Wesson News

Wesson News PO Box 1028 Wesson, MS 39191 Volume 7, Number 8 “Good News You Can Use” August 13, 2019 PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID WESSON, MS PERMIT NO. 3 INSIDE: Meet Your Neighbor............................. 3 Sports Shorts....................................... 5 Community Calendar .......................... 6 News Nuggets...................................... 8 Area Arts............................................. 11 Tending Your Garden ........................ 12 New Pastor in Town Page 4 Community block party Wesson News Some 300 persons turned out last month for the third annual Wesson Baptist Church community block party in the municipal park to celebrate the town and honor its residents. There was free food and drink, an inflatable for the kids and a disk jockey with music. The event is part of the church's outreach to the wider community led by Outreach Pastor Josh Hood. The outreach program has encompassed assistance with home construction and yard work and last month featured a bilingual worship service with a visiting mission group from Puerto Rico participating. Special to Wesson News The Seawolves -- the Co-Lin un- derwater robotics teams -- again up- held its tradition of surpassing top notch collegiate competitors, placing twelfth among 71 teams in an interna- tional event. The Seawolves travelled to King- sport, Tennessee, for international remotely operated vehicle (ROV) competition hosted by Marine Ad- vanced Technical Education (MATE), which included teams from eighteen countries. Co-Lin finished twelfth in the 25-team Explorer class, above all other Mississippi colleges, and even Purdue University. MATE promotes science and environmental education, encouraging students to build under- water ROVs that are eco-friendly and can positively impact the oceans. In the competition, MATE judges score teams on how well their ROVs ad- dress assigned underwater tasks with- in a limited time frame and how well they explain and sell them through technical documentation, product pre- sentations and marketing displays At the Tennessee event, the Sea- wolves and competing teams formed simulated businesses around their robots, with CEOs and engineering and marketing di- visions. Their underwater ROVs were tasked with completing vari- ous underwater missions -- mov- ing debris away from an engine block or transporting a mooring into water -- in a simulated envi- ronment in an Olympic-size pool housed in the Kingsport Aquatics Center in front of a panel of judg- es. The missions revolved around the theme “Innovations for In- shore: ROV Operations in Rivers, Lakes, and Dams.” To compete effectively, the teams included not only science, technology, engi- neering and math students to cre- ate and handle a robot, but others in English, Pre-Medical Biology, Chemistry, Biology Research, Drafting and Design, Graphic De- sign and Electronics to write tech- nical reports and press releases for the media and make presentations about their robots. "I think we were nervous going into the competition, because none of us had been in it before, but the team per- formed well under pressure," McInnis said. "I learned that coordination is a lot harder than it looks. It took a lot of time, but it was a great learning experience. Members of the Seawolves met twice a week to design and manufac- ture an underwater robot during the 2018-2019 academic year. The team, including students Jenner McInn- is (captain), Andrew Tanksley, Trey Dorsey, Jesus Vasquez-Marcelino and advisors Kevin McKone and Carey Williamson, spent countless hours ensuring the robot satisfied strict stan- dards to qualify for the international contest. Although Co-Lin's robot ran well in the competition, the Seawolves did confront some technical difficulties that required troubleshooting. "This is part of the learning experience," McKone said. This is the eighth year the Seawolves eawolves finish twelfth in contest Wesson News Co-Lin underwater robotics team practiced for international competition at Brookhaven Country Club pool. cont. on page 4 cont. on page 12 Wesson News A little more than six months after Advanced Auto Parts (AAP) closed the doors of its Copiah County facil- ity at Gallman, a Georgia-based dis- tribution company has acquired it and plans to begin full scale operations there next month. Premier Transportation, headquar- tered at Forest Park, Georgia, near Atlanta, drew some 500 area people to an open house at the facility last month who wanted to learn about the company and apply for the office, warehousing and trucking jobs that will be there when it starts up in Sep- tember. Premier Transportation is an irreg- ular route common and contract car- rier which specializes in providing integrated transportation and logistics solutions to the retail and consumer products industries nationwide. As part of a corporate consolidation program, AAP completed the shut- down of its Gallman operation at the end of December last year. "For Premier, its former facility was per- fect for its needs, with a centralized location accessible to its distribu- tion points, parking and loading and New company acquires Advanced Auto facility