Wesson News PO Box 1028 Wesson, MS 39191 Volume 7, Number 9 “Good News You Can Use” September 10, 2019 PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID WESSON, MS PERMIT NO. 3 INSIDE: Community Calendar .......................... 2 Sports Shorts....................................... 4 Area Arts............................................... 6 News Nuggets...................................... 8 Tending Your Garden ........................ 10 Living Healthy .................................... 11 Lions & Legion Officers Page 9 Wesson ice cream Hood vs. Reeves to headline elections Special to Wesson News Wesson Chamber of Commerce members and community leaders helped Michael and Jennifer Johnson and their family celebrate the opening of Park Place Ice Cream across from the municipal park. When the Johnsons moved to Wesson from Crystal Springs two years ago, they discovered the town lacked a place where children and adults could get ice cream treats, and they decided to the fill the gap and supplement their income with the new business. At the grand opening in July were (left to right in front) Chamber members Libby Kirton and Marty Stroud, Alderman Billy Ellison, the Johnson's daughter Elizabeth, Jennifer Johnson with daughter Harper, Michael Johnson with son Jeremiah, the Johnson's son Clayton, Park Place employee Shelby Lang, Wesson Baptist Church Pastor Nelson Santa Ana, Chamber members Janet Currie and Marilyn Britt; (left to right in back) Park Place employee Lauren Palmer and Jennifer Johnson's parents Walter and Charlotte Hunter. Sidney Dunbar, another Park Place employee, is not pictured. Jennifer Johnson is also a medical social worker at Fresarius Kidney Care, and Michael Johnson works at Nissan in Canton, Mississippi. cont. on page 5 Wesson News Music and dancing kick off the 2019 Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR) fall semester at Co-Lin today. Singer Denise Riley, accompanied by Steve Russell, will provide musi- cal entertainment at the group's inau- gural fall luncheon, and Edna Bou- dreaux will lead those who have been stirred to exercise and keep moving after their meal in some line dancing routines in a workshop immediately following. Through November, ILR will pres- ent another four workshops and also host luncheons in October, November and December. The workshop schedule also in- cludes: September 24. Paper-making, a demonstration led by a team from Georgia Pacific at Monticello, Mississippi, on how pa- per is produced, starting from trees. Participants will see and feel wood Institute for Learning in Retirement fall semester is underway The Institute for Learning in Retirement is a member- driven organization. Its 2018-2020 officers are Bettie Bullard, president; Tommy Sasser, vice president; Bettie Kelly, secretary; Joy Wesbrooks, associate secretary; Patricia Hall, treasurer; Nora Berch, immediate past president; members- at-large Elner Fuller and Kim Whittington. Special to Wesson News While candidates will be actively cam- paigning for important state offices over the next couple of months until general elections in November, many officehold- ers serving Lincoln and Copiah counties were already elected outright in primary and runoff elections last month. In what promises to be one of the most competitive races for governor in Mis- sissippi in a number of years, Demo- crat Jim Hood, current Mississippi At- torney General, and Republican Tate Reeves, current Lieutenant Governor, will go head-to-head. In other state races, Democrat State Representative Jay Hughes will op- pose Republican Delbert Hosemann for Lieutenant Governor; Democrat Johnny Dupree, former Hattiesburg Mayor, and Republican State Senator Michael Wat- son, will contend for Secretary of State; Democrat Jennifer R. Collins will battle current Republican State Treasurer Lynn Fitch for Attorney General; Democrat Addie Lee Green goes against Repub- lican David McRae for State Treasurer; Democrat Rickey L. Cole and Republi- can incumbent Andy Gipson are vying for Commissioner of Agriculture; and Democrat Robert E.Amos will challenge incumbent Republican Mike Chaney for Commissioner of Insurance. In State Representative District 92 and State Senate District 39, Republi- cans Becky Currie and Sally Doty won re-election in primary voting. In Lincoln County, other Republicans securing their elections in the primaries or runoffs were Alisha McGehee (Chan- cery Clerk), Steven H. Rushing (Sheriff), Blake Pickering (TaxAssessor/Collector), Clay McMorris (Coroner), Joe W. Byrd (County Surveyor), Ian Smith (Justice Court Judge 1), Kelly Porter (Constable 1); and Supervisors C.E. (Eddie) Brown (District 4), Doug Falvey (District 5) and NolanWilliamson (District 3). In a big upset, Hazlehurst Police Chief Byron Swilley unseated incum- bent Copiah County Sheriff Harold Jones, securing election in the Dem- ocrat primary, along with most of the county's Democrat incumbents. The other Copiah County outright win- ners in the primary or runoff were Dem- ocrats Steven Amos (Chancery Clerk), Edna Stevens (Circuit Clerk), Ellis Stu- art (Coroner), Elise Munn (County At- torney), Todd Mooney (Tax Assessor), April Holloway (Tax Collector), Terry Channell (District Supervisor 2), Perry Hood (District Supervisor 3), Kenneth Ray Powell (District Supervisor 4), Te- resa G. Bozeman (Justice Court Post 1), Vicki Bass Ramsey (Justice Court Post 2), Jimmy Dale White (Constable Post 1) and Chris Granger (Constable Post 2). On the general election ballot in Novem- ber, incumbent Democrat Vince Mangold will be pitted against independent Rita Wilkinson Goss for District 53 State Rep- resentative and Democrat Dee Bates will be squared off against Republican Joey Norton for DistrictAttorney 14. In the November elections in Lincoln County, Democrat Valerie Moore will contend with Republican Roger Mar- tin for Justice Court Judge 2; Democrat Mary H. Wilson will face RepublicanW. Lavon Boyd for Constable 2; and Dem- ocrats Jerry L. Wilson and Cynthia Price will battle Republicans Dwayne Gill and Jerry McGehee in the contests for Su- pervisors in Districts 1 and 2. In Copi- ah County, incumbent Democrats Daryl McMillian, Sr., and Dwayne Thomp- son will face independents Sue Barlow Johnson, and Judson Jackson and Darren "Big D" Powell for Supervisor in Dis- tricts 1 and 5.