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Wesson News PO Box 1028 Wesson, MS 39191 Volume 7, Number 2 “Good News You Can Use” February 12, 2019 PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID WESSON, MS PERMIT NO. 3 INSIDE: Area Arts............................................... 2 Community Calnedar .......................... 4 News Nuggets...................................... 5 Tending Your Garden .......................... 6 Healthy Living .................................... 10 Sports Shorts..................................... 12 The Area Economy Page 3,8,9 & 11 601-835-2661 750 Hwy. 51 SE, Brookhaven MS (next to Bobby's Alternator & Starter) Family owned and operated: Ryan, Candice, Josh and Sissy Strange. GUNS · AMMO · ACCESSORIES · ELECTRONICS · JEWELRY · PET SUPPLIES · TOOLS · APPLIANCES & LOTS MORE Open Monday-Friday 8 am-5pm Sat 8 am -12 noon. Come see us! Like us on Facebook! WessonNews A community organization, a town agency, an employer and four citizens have received 2019 Wesson of Chamber of Commerce awards for service to their town. The Chamber recognized the seven honorees for their contributions to Wesson at its annual banquet last month. Some 150 attendees at the event helped the Chamber celebrate: •Wesson Band Boosters Club as Organization of the Year •Wesson Police Department, recipient of the Public Service Award •Copiah-Lincoln Community College as Business of the Year •Dr. Steven Liverman , recipient of the Community Service Award •Lucile Horton as Ageless Hero •Linda Mehri as Wesson Attendance Center Educator of the Year •Brad Hamilton as Co-Lin Educator of the Year Chambermembers BrandonHalford, Janet Currie, Chris McSweyn, Marty Stroud, Marilyn Britt and Stephen Ashley introduced the honorees, described their roles in the life of Wesson and presented special award plaques to them. Halford, also pastor at Decell Memorial United Methodist Church, noted achievements of the Wesson High School band during 2018, including superior, first and second place awards in West Lauderdale competition and superior ratings in Pearl State Marching Evaluations, calling the Band Boosters "the Mighty Cobras biggest cheerleaders." "They make sure the band has water and Gatorade, pay to have its uniforms clean and ready, load their instruments onto trailers and pull them, helped move the band hall to a new location, coordinate props and raise money," he pointed out. Currie, the Chamber president and proprietor of Another Time... Another Place, lauded the Wesson Seven recognized by Wesson Chamber Police Department for the protection it provides to the community in the midst of events and varied activities that "bring a lot of people through town." Currie also noted that Wesson "is blessed that Co-Lin is part of the town." Established as an agricultural high school in 1915, it became a junior college in 1928 and now is celebrating its ninetieth year, meeting needs of more than 3,000 college students on three campuses at Wesson, Natchez and Simpson County in 60 buildings on 525 acres, she said. McSweyn, chef and co-owner of Porches Restaurant, compared Dr. Liverman's service in Wesson to that of special servants of God described in the Old Testament. He described the physician's extraordinary care to him and members of his family when stomach viruses -- "a hazard faced by restaurant workers" -- have afflicted them. Liverman, McSweyn said, settled in Brookhaven with his family when he was two years old, met his wife-to-be, Sandra -- the daughter of Wesson physician, Dr. Barton Friedman, there when he was in elementary school and came to Wesson to work with Dr. Friedman in 1984. He graduated from the University of Mississippi Medical Center at Jackson in 1978, did a three year residency in family medicine at the Naval Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, on a Navy Health Professional Scholarship and worked in a three- year payback program for his scholarship at the Marine Air Station at Cherry Point, North Carolina. Stroud, a manager at the Walmart distribution center in Brookhaven, said "In God We Trust" has been the guiding principle for Ageless Hero Horton, who retired from an educational career in 1991 as director/ instructor at Co-Lin's child care center. In her student years, before starting work as a teacher in Pueblo, Colorado, Horton played basketball in the lower grades, was valedictorian and a cheerleader in high school and Paige Anderson (right) accepts Organization of the Year plaque on behalf of Wesson Band Booster Club from Chamber of Commerce's Brandon Halford. Chamber of Commerce Ageless Hero is Lucile Horton (left), who accepts award plaque from Chamber's Marty Stroud. Chamber of Commerce's Stephen Ashley (left) presents Co-Lin Educator of Year award to math teacher Brad Hamilton. Dr. Stephen Liverman (right) receives Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award from Chamber's Chris McSweyn. Wesson Police Department officers look on as Chamber of Commerce president Janet Currie (second from left) presents Community Service Award to WPD Chief Chad O'Quinn for work of the force. Wesson Attendance Center Educator of Year Linda Merhri accepts award from Chamber' of Commerce's Marilyn Britt. Cont. on page 3 All photos by Wesson News