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Wesson News PO Box 1028 Wesson, MS 39191 Volume 7, Number 5 “Good News You Can Use” May 14, 2019 PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID WESSON, MS PERMIT NO. 3 INSIDE: Sports Shorts....................................... 2 Community Calnedar .......................... 4 News Nuggets...................................... 5 Healthy Living ...................................... 6 Area Arts............................................. 10 Meet Your Neighbor........................... 11 Founders Day Queen & Awards Page 12 601-835-2661 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! Volunteers sought to plant trees and flowers WAC students thank Lions Club Summit initiates economic strategizing Special to Wesson News Wesson is looking for volunteers to plant trees and flowers in locations around town as part of its response to a beautification grant awarded the city by the Mississippi Urban Forest Council, America in Bloom and the Canadian National Railroad. The town received $12,500 from the organizations and they must match it with community involvement Special to Wesson News Three eleventh graders and the faculty advisor to the Beta Club from Wesson Attendance Center (WAC) thanked the Wesson Lions Club for helping youth become leaders in their communities. Recalling the observation by legendary football coach Vince Lombardi that although "perfection is unattainable," you "can reach excellence" by chasing it, Albert Brown, the WAC Beta Club advisor, said the Lions Club helped students pursue the chase through its youth leadership conferences in Mississippi. This year, the Wesson Lions Club sent four WAC students, all members of the school's Beta Club, to its state organization's conferences for boys and girls inMarch. At the conferences, students hone leadership skills in interacting with peers in competitive sports, discussing issues important to them and hearing motivational speakers. Daniel Anderson and Special to Wesson News Southwest Mississippi economic leaders started thinking about cooperative strategic planning last week to help guide regional economic development. Co-Lin and Entergy hosted an economic summit that featured more than one hundred local, state and national speakers and participants, including development specialists, educational leaders, elected officials, business stakeholders and others interested in the well-being of their communities for the five-hour meeting at the Thames Conference Center on the Wesson Co-Lin campus that looked at creating a regional economic development approach. Dr. Jane Hulon, Co-Lin president, welcomed attendees, noting that she has made local economic health a priority at the college and wants it to be a leader in developing a regional approach to boost economic development in Southwest Mississippi. The summit focused specifically on in planting the trees and flowers it purchases with the grant funds, Town Clerk Angela Hester reports. Four sites have been identified for planting: • The municipal park near the railroad tracks. • West Railroad Street andMain Street at the edge of the Ashley property. • The fountain courtyard on Highway 51. • Grounds of the Old School. "We're asking anyone interested in Larson Lewis attended to the boys leadership conference. Caitlyn Williams and Emma Anderson participated in the girls leadership conference. Although Larson could not be present to personally thank Wesson Lions Club members, he sent word through Brown that he appreciated the opportunity to attend the boys conference, which "gave me tools for my journey towards becoming a better man." Lewis cited Dog Patch is Olympic competition, which builds team leadership, as an important program. He and his cabin mates at the conference were winners. At the girl's camp, Emma Anderson said she learned to speak easily one-on-one with new people and went away with greater confidence. Daniel Anderson cited robotics and tug-of-war and Dog Patch Olympics competitions at the boys conference, and Catilyn Williams said she came "out of my shell," made new friends, the seven counties that comprise the Co-Lin district -- Adams, Copiah, Franklin, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lincoln and Simpson. Five economic development specialists from the Co-Lin district helping beautify the community," Hester says. "Boy Scout Troop 125 and Girl Scout Troop 4751 are already on board." Wesson Garden Club will schedule work days for different planting areas as volunteers sign up. As the planting project moves through various stages, grant judges will come to Wesson periodically to evaluate local progress and compare it to activity in other community that have received similar grants. Judges will first visit Wesson on June 13. Nora Berch and Keep Copiah County Beautiful submitted the grant application on behalf of Wesson, Hester says. Mississippi State University and officials from the U.S. Agricultural Extension Agency based there are helping to guide the local project and participating in ongoing planning. Already flowers and willow trees have arrived for planting to begin. Special to Wesson News Dr. Jane Hulon cont. on page 9 cont. on page 12