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volume 4 number 5<br />

<strong>October</strong> <strong>2017</strong><br />

Little Engine. Big speed<br />

_________________<br />

Good Rogue Hunting<br />

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Cruisin’ for a Cause


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PUBLISHER & EDITOR<br />

Tahya A. Dobbs<br />

CFO<br />

Kevin W. Dobbs<br />

CONSULTING EDITOR<br />

Mary Ann Kirby<br />

ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES<br />

Dacia Durr Amis<br />

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS<br />

Camille Anding<br />

Dan Armstrong<br />

Dani Edmonson<br />

Mary Ann Kirby<br />

Susan Marquez<br />

Melanie McMillan<br />

STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER<br />

Othel Anding<br />

CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER<br />

Lea Anne Culp<br />

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT<br />

Alisha Floyd<br />

SPECIAL PROJECTS MANAGER<br />

Brenda McCall<br />

STAFF WRITER & GRAPHIC DESIGN<br />

Leah Mitchener<br />

LAYOUT DESIGN<br />

Daniel Thomas - 3dt<br />

• • •<br />

When your son buys a puppy that grows into a relationship<br />

reminiscent of Old Yeller and Travis, there’s seldom a good ending.<br />

I knew that, so I appreciated the training time Carson spent with<br />

his canine friend, Thatcher, but I distanced myself from any<br />

long-term attachments to the brown lab.<br />

Isn’t it strange how dogs don’t know how to talk or possess a<br />

single word in the dictionary but they still possess skills that can<br />

weave themselves into human lives? That was the case with<br />

Thatcher. He became Carson’s constant companion and became a<br />

four-footed member of our family. We all fell in love with Thatcher.<br />

When Carson moved to Oxford to become an Ole Miss Rebel, he took Thatcher with him.<br />

The off campus apartment with the room-to-run backyard was the model set up for the two devoted<br />

companions. Life was good—the perfectpicture of carefree college days.<br />

Then we got he call. Thatcher had been hit by a car after breaking out of his fence. The inseparable<br />

were now permanently separated. We were all heartbroken and miss Thatcher to this day. He will never<br />

be replaced, but Carson does have a new companion....a German Short-haired Pointer named Bambino.<br />

Hopefully this month’s outdoorsy magazine theme won’t be an overload of nostalgia but will invoke<br />

memories of happy, fall days from your own memory banks. As for all you dog lovers; we’ve got some<br />

beauties. Almost as good-looking as Thatcher.<br />

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On the cover: Greg Stanton and his Pudelpointer, Rogue<br />

In this issue Little Engine Big Speed 8<br />

Van’s Sporting Goods 20<br />

Be the Light 26<br />

Cruisin' for a Cause 46<br />

Good Rogue Hunting 52<br />

The Hunting Dog 62<br />

For the Love of the Outdoors 66<br />

Giving Back 78<br />

Whitetails Unlimited 82<br />

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Little<br />

Engine.<br />

Big<br />

Speed.<br />

Leah Mitchener<br />

The spectator sport of racing has been around since<br />

before the ancient Greeks and Romans. Crowds of<br />

thousands have gathered for over two millennia to<br />

watch as speedsters whiz by on the track, cheering<br />

them on with fervor. Not much has changed over the<br />

years except for the technology. From horse-drawn<br />

chariots to high-octane engines, the passion remains.<br />

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Children have long-imitated the excitement of the track<br />

using toys like slot cars since they first hit the market in 1912<br />

in Lionel model train kits. Specially-designed model cars<br />

could be placed on a track that carried an electric current,<br />

and a small hand-held controller would give kids the power<br />

of ‘driving’ the vehicles around the track. Having its boom<br />

in popularity in the late 1960s and early 1970s, slot car<br />

racing has held onto its biggest enthusiasts and made a<br />

local resurgence since the opening of Charlie’s Garage, LLC<br />

in the fall of 2016.<br />

Evolved from his interest in drag racing as a child, slot<br />

car racing has become a new business venture for Garage<br />

owner Charlie Murray. Charlie’s is chock-full of different<br />

types of tracks, parts, and accessories that any slot car lover<br />

would covet. Charlie will even give you some pointers on<br />

what makes a racer look authentic! He has examples from<br />

his personal collection on-hand which features racers from<br />

his childhood and a few professional builds.<br />

Several racing tracks are available for a spin including a<br />

1:24 scale drag strip, road course, and a tri-oval. Rental cars<br />

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are available, or you can bring your own from home and<br />

strut your stuff on the tracks! With these little roadsters,<br />

patrons can watch as they zoom around at impressive<br />

speeds of 60-75 miles per hour! That’s so fast that a car<br />

can complete one lap around the 105 foot road course<br />

in 2 seconds flat!<br />

It’s a great way to spend a Friday evening and makes for<br />

a great venue for a fun birthday party for the kids. Though<br />

it is a draw for all ages, the weekly competitive races usually<br />

appeal more toward an older generation who remember<br />

the excitement of participating in the heyday of scale<br />

racing. NASCAR and super-modified races are held on<br />

Friday nights, while drag and wing car races are held on<br />

the first and third Saturday of each month. On the second<br />

and fourth Saturday, drag races take place. Participants<br />

who claim the glory in races are awarded with a prize of<br />

either “Garage Bucks”, which can be redeemed in Charlie’s<br />

shop, or track time to get in some extra laps.<br />

Whether you are a long-time fan or new to the idea,<br />

slot car racing at Charlie’s Garage is a great way to get<br />

out and meet some new friends while having some good<br />

old-fashioned fun. A quick trip over to his shop in Pearl is<br />

a guaranteed to thrill!<br />

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SPORTING GOODS & DEER PROCESSING<br />

A Commitment to Succeed<br />

Camille Anding<br />

“Fear of failure drove me,” Van Allen said<br />

as he considered the catalyst responsible for<br />

turning a one-man deer processing room into<br />

the largest gun selection store in Mississippi.<br />

Game hunters know it as Van’s Sporting Goods<br />

in Brandon, and it’s made its run of success in<br />

just twenty-five years.<br />

Van credits his parents for the work ethic<br />

that they molded into his life before school age.<br />

Now octogenarians, they continue to choose<br />

hard work over retirement and continue to<br />

challenge their son with their own work ethics.<br />

When Van reached kindergarten age, it<br />

only took a few days to tell his mother that<br />

kindergarten wasn’t for him. He already knew<br />

how to add, subtract, and multiply – skills<br />

that he learned in the small country store that<br />

his dad ran. So he skipped kindergarten! When<br />

he reached second grade, he stood on a Borden<br />

milk carton so he could reach the cash register<br />

that he operated in his dad’s store.<br />

“In those days, cash registers weren’t<br />

equipped to add sales tax or show amount of<br />

change, so I learned to figure the 2% in my head<br />

and give correct change,” Van says of his early<br />

business training. “I wanted to participate in<br />

sports as a teenager, but I wanted that change<br />

in my pocket more,” he continued, describing<br />

the make-it-on-your-own philosophy to which<br />

his parents adhered.<br />

Van’s dad added deer processing to his<br />

grocery store amenities due to the large<br />

demand of deer hunters in the area. In 1987,<br />

Mr. Allen got tired of “messing with the deer<br />

meat,” and Van volunteered to take over the<br />

job – at night.<br />

With an uncommon drive to grow his<br />

new business, he came up with a plan:<br />

“Capture the wife.” He knew most wives hated<br />

cleaning, deboning, and cutting the deer meat,<br />

so he began doing it for them and wrapping it<br />

in neat, labeled portions. It didn’t take long<br />

for the wives to insist that their hunters take<br />

their deer to Van’s.<br />

In five years, the business outgrew his<br />

space, and he built a larger operation. Bobby<br />

Cleveland, sports writer for the Clarion-Ledger,<br />

wrote an article on Van’s <strong>Rankin</strong> County wild<br />

game processing business, and as Van said,<br />

“It put us on the map.” Before the article,<br />

Van was processing two thousand deer a year.<br />

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In the following year after the article, he<br />

processed six thousand deer.<br />

As an employer who insists on taking care<br />

of his employees, Van didn’t have enough work<br />

for them after deer season, so he began selling<br />

sporting goods. By this time, he was working<br />

in his daddy’s grocery and in his processing<br />

plant as well as in his pool hall he had opened.<br />

The dedicated work paid off!<br />

This marks the 25th anniversary of Van’s<br />

Sporting Goods and Deer Processing. The<br />

sprawling hunter’s paradise stocks close to ten<br />

thousand guns and processes twenty thousand<br />

deer per year.<br />

Van takes confidence in the operation of<br />

his business because of his scrutiny in hiring<br />

its employees. Todd Sarotte began work<br />

behind Van’s gun counter in 2007.<br />

Due to his occupational skills<br />

and commitment to the<br />

business, he was promoted<br />

to manager in 2014.<br />

When not on the floor dealing with customers,<br />

Todd sits at his desk covering a major<br />

responsibility of stocking while he monitors<br />

a screen showing coverage from ninety-six<br />

cameras in and outside the store. Todd<br />

describes Van as a “really good employer and<br />

always accommodating.”<br />

Todd shared an amusing story about<br />

his boss’s first dog that he would<br />

bring to the store – a black<br />

schnauzer that Van named<br />

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TK. The kids loved petting TK and he<br />

became another friendly face among the<br />

customers. When TK died, Van bought<br />

another black schnauzer and named him TK.<br />

TK the II was followed by TK the III. For<br />

years of returning customers, TK was an<br />

amazing, long-lasting pet!<br />

Sam Moore is another employee that Van<br />

considers an exception in work ethic. He<br />

manages the deer processing department and<br />

works seven days a week for the entire deer<br />

hunting season. Van said that his own work<br />

ethic pales in comparison to Moore’s.<br />

Van believes customer service is the key to<br />

what makes the store. When he hires, he<br />

looks for friendly personalities who can relate<br />

with people and show initiative during the<br />

trial time that he initiates before hiring.<br />

In 2006, Van opened a second location in<br />

Cullman, Alabama, his wife’s hometown.<br />

With a hands-on attitude in his businesses,<br />

Van doesn’t have time for hobbies but does<br />

enjoy the days when the crappies are biting.<br />

The store’s generous parking lot is always<br />

filling with customers that can shop six days<br />

a week from 9 am to 6 pm and Sundays,<br />

noon to 6pm. With those hours of returning<br />

and new customers, Van doesn’t entertain any<br />

thoughts of retirement. As for the fear of<br />

failure, Van’s Sporting Goods totally targets<br />

that thought as “out of season!” n<br />

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Be the Light


Mary Ann Kirby<br />

Once you find the light at the end of the tunnel,<br />

become that light for others . . .<br />

There are very few times in my life that I can recall thinking<br />

to myself, “that was an absolutely terrible week.” An occasional<br />

bad day? Sure. But a whole week? Not that I can remember. But<br />

recent events have started to erode my optimism a bit and make<br />

me wonder if this is the new normal. Hurricanes and wildfires,<br />

earthquakes and epic flooding, the threat of nuclear conflict,<br />

24-hour doom-and-gloom news cycles, and a general sense of<br />

civil and political unrest have all played their part in undermining<br />

my broader sense of well-being. Frankly it’s becoming more<br />

and more challenging to stay above the fray in the midst of<br />

such negativity.<br />

While I’m usually a pretty positive person, I once made<br />

the critical social-media misstep of commenting on what<br />

seemed like a fairly benign political discussion among friends<br />

on Facebook, only to be completely hijacked and eventually<br />

eviscerated by a complete stranger. It took me days to get<br />

over it as I had never been the recipient of such a hostile and<br />

unprecedented lashing out by a keyboard warrior. And I’m no<br />

shrinking violet mind you . . . but nor am I able to function in<br />

a way that brings me joy while trying to think of the meanest<br />

thing I could possibly say in retaliation—all while salvaging<br />

my own sense of self-respect.<br />

I might should just stick to pictures of puppies and kittens.<br />

And baby goats. And Pinterest recipes.<br />

People just seem so angry. Maybe it’s a sign of the times–<br />

and finding the best during difficult times can, no doubt, be a<br />

daunting task. But here are a few things I’ve learned while trying<br />

to do it, nonetheless, despite what’s happening around me:<br />

You gotta take the bad with the good. They say that bad days<br />

make you appreciate the good days more. It’s that whole<br />

Yin-Yang thing, I suppose. It takes negative space to create<br />

balance with positive space. What would it be like if all we<br />

had was good days? Would we any longer know they’re good?<br />

So, even on your worst day, try to find something good. Life<br />

is always going to contain a little darkness. We have to focus<br />

on the light that will follow.<br />

Life’s not always fair. There are so many things that happen<br />

that we may never understand, or can explain, that seem<br />

completely unfair. Like, why do some people retain their health<br />

despite their poor lifestyle choices while others that live “by<br />

the book” are blind-sided with a life-changing diagnosis with<br />

no apparent reason or warning? Why do some enjoy great<br />

success without significant effort while others seem to struggle<br />

their entire lives? Why do some good people die young? These<br />

are all challenging questions to which I don’t know the answer.<br />

Sometimes life just hits you so hard it knocks your helmet off–<br />

but what defines us is how well we rise after falling. The point<br />

is to rise. Get back up, every time.<br />

Every day is a do-over. The best part of this life is that we are<br />

given the chance to start over every single day that we wake up.<br />

Don’t drag the negative with you from day to day like a dead<br />

body. You’re not obligated to give it a free ride. Move forward<br />

with thoughts and actions that empower you, not the ones that<br />

weaken you. This is your opportunity to begin again, so be<br />

intentional. This is your do-over.<br />

Make a “good things” list. One of the best ways I’ve found to<br />

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stay optimistic when times are tough is to focus on<br />

what I have rather than what I don’t. Gratitude is one<br />

of the best tools for overcoming any difficulty and, as<br />

counter-intuitive as it may seem, it’s particularly<br />

beneficial when things aren’t going well. The incredible<br />

thing about gratitude is that once we realize all the<br />

things we have in our lives and all the things we can<br />

do, it unlocks a fullness of life and turns what we have<br />

into enough.<br />

Learn to harness your opinion–or should I say,<br />

“articulate your thoughts and views in a more<br />

constructive way.” Lordy! Never in my life have I seen<br />

so many opinions shared about things that either have<br />

absolutely nothing to do with the person sharing them<br />

or are communicated in such a way that it creates<br />

complete divisiveness and hostility. And when did it<br />

become acceptable to rebuke someone because they<br />

happen to think differently? We live in the Universal<br />

Age of Sharing. Let’s commit ourselves to doing it<br />

nicely. Otherwise it will be the downfall of civility.<br />

Find a place for faith. If you’re Christian, faith is not<br />

only the belief that Jesus Christ can save you, but it’s<br />

actually knowing that He’s on his way to do it—and<br />

that promise alone provides hope for many. But<br />

regardless of your religious beliefs, the point is that it’s<br />

important to believe in something. It’s been proven<br />

that people of faith have a greater sense of optimism<br />

than those without it.<br />

They say that how we respond to life ultimately<br />

defines our character. There are plenty of days I want<br />

to crawl under the coffee table and hide from the news<br />

and the mean people and the storms of life. But then<br />

I remember that I have a job to do. We all have jobs<br />

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To spread hope and joy any way we can. To show love<br />

when no one else does.<br />

So when it rains, look for rainbows—when it’s<br />

dark, look for stars! And when you can’t find the<br />

sunshine, BE the sunshine. That would go a long way<br />

toward making the world a better place. n<br />

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Camille Anding<br />

Surely it has to be one of the most unusual occupations<br />

in Mississippi – a horologist who makes house calls!<br />

Some readers are thinking – what’s a horologist?<br />

Billy Fortenberry could answer any questions concerning horology – the study and<br />

measurement of time. That’s because he is a horologist, and he makes house calls to<br />

repair broken clocks. Whether he’s called a clock doctor or clock mechanic, he appears<br />

to be a master at his trade since 1990 when he began dabbling with clock repair.<br />

The hobby/occupation had its roots in a visit to an auction where Fortenberry<br />

purchased an antique clock in nonworking condition. He proceeded to try his hand<br />

at fixing it by removing its working parts, oiling them, and putting it back together.<br />

The clock regained life, and Fortenberry discovered a new love.<br />

When Fortenberry left his “real” job at Siemens to pursue other jobs, he said about<br />

horology, “It was my getaway from the world.” It was also the perfect fit for a man with<br />

brains, patience, and steady hands.<br />

Fortenberry lists Tom Isbell from South Jackson as being his first mentor. This was<br />

a major boost for Fortenberry’s education because at that time, elderly clock repairmen<br />

didn’t like sharing their knowledge for fear they could lose their business to upcoming<br />

repairmen. Isbell was a locksmith, owned a motorcycle shop and a clock repair business.<br />

His expertise in “clockwork” gave Fortenberry valuable information and knowhow in<br />

beginning his quest in horology.<br />

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Three semesters in night school at Jones Junior College added to<br />

Fortenberry’s clock skills along with knowledge gleaned from his second<br />

mentor, Joel Dunipace of Ocean Springs. His philosophy concerning<br />

watch repair describes the value of his expertise:<br />

“If man made it, man can repair it.”<br />

Within time, news of Fortenberry’s talent spread due to connections<br />

he made through word of mouth and the National Association of Watch<br />

and Clock Collectors. He also joined the state’s Magnolia Chapter 41<br />

where he has written the newsletter for the last eight years and contributed<br />

numerous articles. Billy also served as chairman of the restoration<br />

committee that restored the tower clock in the Lyceum Building at the<br />

University of Mississippi.<br />

A native of Tylertown, Fortenberry has lived in Brandon for the past<br />

thirty-six years and is married to Judy Fortenberry, the <strong>Rankin</strong> County<br />

tax collector. They have ten grandchildren, but none seem to show a<br />

serious interest in carrying on their grandfather’s trade.<br />

Time-keeping has carried his business, Old Time Clock Shop,<br />

to multiple states and allowed him to bring life to valuable time<br />

pieces. His favorite challenges are grandfather clocks. His oldest<br />

repaired piece was a Lantern clock built in the 1600s.<br />

Fortenberry’s workshop in his backyard is small – perfect for<br />

all the small, myriad of pieces that he uses to put the “tick” back into<br />

clocks. Coils, springs, chiming tubes and delicate instruments line<br />

the table and shelves. His rule for any visitor, including the<br />

grandchildren, is: Don’t touch. I know where everything is!<br />

The phone rings often for this house-call horologist. The Delta is<br />

his favorite nearby area for his services. The homes along the river<br />

usually house the most valuable clocks – the works of art that need<br />

to return to their design of time-keeping.<br />

“And can you always repair a broken clock?,” I ask. Quicker than<br />

the swing of a grandfather clock’s pendulum, the accomplished<br />

doctor of clocks replied, “Oh yeah!” It’s obvious that time never<br />

stands still for long, once Horologist Billy Fortenberry touches the<br />

time piece. n<br />

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Corkscrews &<br />

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An evening of wine, hors d’oeurvres,<br />

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Pastor<br />

Appreciation<br />

<strong>October</strong> is Pastor Appreciation Month, and <strong>Hometown</strong> <strong>Rankin</strong> wants to<br />

celebrate those in our community who dedicate their lives to leading<br />

people to Christ. The work of a pastor surpasses simply preaching on Sundays–<br />

they invest in their congregations and communities to help facilitate love and<br />

peace for those in need, as well as celebrate with them in times of triumph.<br />

So take some time this month to show appreciation for everything<br />

your pastor does for your community and the Kingdom!<br />

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Pastor Vic Bowman - Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church<br />

Bro. Vic Bowman has a true servant’s heart for God and for missions.<br />

He and his wife Martha are true blessings for Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church.<br />

– Sherri Hollingsworth<br />

Pastor Terry<br />

Hickory Ridge Baptist Church<br />

What I love about Bro. Terry is how<br />

well he can take the Bible and the word<br />

that God has given him and preach it<br />

in a way that is so easy to understand.<br />

- Dawn Frazier<br />

Pastor David Hertel<br />

Hope Fellowship<br />

From the day I met my Pastor David Hertel<br />

almost ten years ago, he has loved and<br />

supported my family. T here is not one part<br />

of him that doesn’t believe every word of the<br />

Bible to be true and he lives it out every<br />

single day! He is a treasure to us.<br />

– Wendy Ford<br />

Pastor Kevin Jones<br />

FBC Richland<br />

I love my pastor because he is a man<br />

that chases hard after the heart of God.<br />

He studies and preaches God’s word<br />

with passion and faithfulness. He has<br />

a burning desire to see the lost saved<br />

and the saved nourished and challenged<br />

towards greater maturity. He feeds us<br />

God’s word, loves us unconditionally,<br />

supports and protects us, and challenges<br />

us to walk in complete obedience.<br />

My pastor, my friend….we love<br />

and appreciate you Kevin Jones.<br />

– Mandi Boyanton<br />

Pastor Chip Henderson - Pinelake<br />

One of the things I love most about Pinelake Senior<br />

Pastor Chip Henderson is his ability to relate to his<br />

congregation. He delivers God’s word in a way that<br />

reaches everyone. Each time I leave church, I feel like<br />

the words he’s spoken that day were meant just for me.<br />

– Ruth Gullette<br />

Pastor John Dawson<br />

Brandon Presbyterian<br />

I appreciate my pastor,<br />

John Dawson, because he’s a<br />

real guy. He’s quick to point out<br />

that he has the same everyday<br />

struggles that I have: kids are<br />

tough to raise right, he hates to<br />

lose at anything (especially tennis),<br />

we have same barber, etc. He’s a<br />

friend as well as a spiritual leader.<br />

– Nat Whitten<br />

Pastor<br />

Mitchell Hedgepeth<br />

Brandon First United Methodist<br />

What I love most about<br />

my pastor is that he’s<br />

very relatable and he always<br />

makes everyone feel welcome.<br />

– Austin Bourne<br />

Pastor Chris Cumbest - Crossgates Methodist<br />

Chris Cumbest is a true asset to Crossgates Methodist Church. His devotion to Christ, in addition to the<br />

members and guests of the church, is above and beyond. When my wife and I went into the hospital for the<br />

scheduled delivery of our twins, we were all alone in the intake/prep area nervous about the arrival of not<br />

one but two babies. Unexpectedly, Chris walked in about 5:45am and said he just wanted to pray for us and<br />

our family along with the doctors and nurses that would be providing care for us. Chris Cumbest has truly left<br />

a permanent impression on our lives from his unselfishness, commitment to serve others, and his humble<br />

approach all while teaching us to serve as Jesus served. – Brian McGairity<br />

Father Gerry Hurley<br />

St. Paul Catholic Church<br />

We enjoy going to mass<br />

at St. Paul because Father Gerry<br />

Hurley is welcoming of everyone,<br />

open, down to earth, and very<br />

relatable. – Kelly Weissinger<br />

Father Lincoln Dall<br />

St. Jude’s Catholic Church<br />

It has been just a few months since our<br />

pastor, Father Lincoln Dall, came to St. Jude<br />

in Pearl. However, during this short period<br />

of time, I have come to recognize and am<br />

most inspired by his strong and deep faith,<br />

his dedication to the church and its people<br />

as well as his mission of proclaiming the<br />

Good News of our Lord Jesus Christ. I see<br />

him as a good shepherd for our flock.<br />

- Aggie Cunningham<br />

Rev. George Smith Jr.<br />

True Light<br />

Baptism Church<br />

Rev. George Smith, Jr.<br />

is a man of God that<br />

loves and cares about<br />

his members.<br />

- Ronnie Moore<br />

Pastor Jeremy Nottingham<br />

First Baptist Brandon<br />

What I love most about my pastor<br />

is that he’s very involved, driven,<br />

and relatable, but most importantly<br />

he’s extremely passionate about<br />

bringing people to Jesus Christ.<br />

- Jeremy Rushing<br />

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Pastor Keith Grubbs<br />

Park Place Baptist<br />

What I love about my pastor is<br />

that he is genuine and strives<br />

to live his life above reproach.<br />

Pastor Keith is a great teacher<br />

of God’s word and exemplifies<br />

Jesus Christ in all he does. I am<br />

blessed to call him my friend.”<br />

– Michael Pollard<br />

Pastor Shannon Pullen<br />

The Tabernacle<br />

Every church and every saint<br />

believe, as they should, that their<br />

pastor and pastor’s wife are the<br />

best. The Tabernacle of Brandon<br />

is no exception to that rule. For<br />

the past eight years, Pastor<br />

Shannon Pullen and First Lady<br />

Melissa Pullen have nurtured us,<br />

cried with us, rejoiced with us,<br />

and been an unwavering rock<br />

for us. They exemplify the model<br />

given in Jeremiah 3:15, ‘And I will<br />

give you pastors according to mine<br />

heart, which shall feed you with<br />

knowledge and understanding.’<br />

The saints and members of The<br />

Tabernacle are eternally grateful<br />

for the leadership, dedication, and<br />

the ‘banquet’ our hearts receive<br />

every time our pastor steps to<br />

the pulpit to preach. We love,<br />

appreciate, and pray for you, not<br />

only during Pastor’s Appreciation,<br />

but always.<br />

– Your Tabernacle Family.<br />

Pastor Ron Bird<br />

First Baptist Fannin<br />

Bro. Ron Bird is a very dedicated and<br />

passionate pastor. His love for the<br />

church and his congregation shines<br />

bright. We are most definitely blessed<br />

to have him as our pastor.”<br />

– Tiffany Best<br />

Pastor Jim Taylor - The Pointe Church<br />

Bro. Jim Taylor is genuine and sincerely cares.<br />

He doesn’t preach at you. He shares the word<br />

of God with you. – Barry Bean<br />

Pastor Bret Nettles<br />

River of Life AG<br />

Jim and I love Pastor Bret and<br />

Brittany because they have ears<br />

that listen to the Holy Spirit,<br />

hearts filled with compassion,<br />

hands eager to serve the community,<br />

and mouths filled with grace and<br />

wisdom. They love well and promote<br />

a culture of honor and gratitude<br />

in the congregation. We are blessed<br />

to call them out pastors and friends.<br />

– Chrystal Peery<br />

Pastors Jamane and Alecia Williams<br />

The Bridge Church<br />

Jeremiah 3:15 says, ‘And I will give you pastors according<br />

to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and<br />

understanding.’ Pastor Jamane and Pastor Alecia are the<br />

epitome of this verse. From the moment I entered The<br />

Bridge Church in 2013, love and acceptance were given<br />

to my daughter and me unconditionally. They have truly<br />

blessed our lives. I am a better believer, giver, mother,<br />

employee, friend, aunt, sister and the list goes on because<br />

of their love, leadership, teaching, support, prayers, and<br />

the true example they are as the ‘Pastors according to<br />

mine heart.’ - Brenda Watt<br />

Rev. Dr. Clifton Boggans<br />

Rock Star Missionary Baptist Church<br />

What I love about Pastor Boggans is his passion and<br />

love for the Word of God. It shows in his preaching,<br />

teaching and his living. – Naomi Pack Quite<br />

Pastor David Jett<br />

Crossgates Baptist Church<br />

God’s mark is evident on Brother David,<br />

and that makes him such an effective witness.<br />

He often speaks about raising his now-grown<br />

sons, and how he helped them understand God<br />

wants the best for them and He deserves the best<br />

from them. Brandon and Crossgates are blessed<br />

to have a Pastor that leads and directs us<br />

like he did his own children.<br />

– Hunter Hudson<br />

Pastor Guy Hughes<br />

Pelahatchie Baptist Church<br />

Guy Hughes is a pastor in every sense of the word. His love for the church is evident<br />

in the way that he interacts with everyone, from the youngest member to the senior adults.<br />

From Vacation Bible School to senior adult trips, he is an active participant, not just a<br />

spectator. He is passionate about serving outside the church as well,<br />

participating in many community events. Brother Guy is truly a man of God who<br />

lives out his faith every day....Neal and Scottii Mashburn<br />

Pastor Brad Randall - First Baptist Church Florence<br />

I love my pastor! Bro. Brad is young and forward-thinking, and he and Natalie bring fresh<br />

ideas to the ministry. God is using them to strengthen families and to help us grow deeper<br />

in our walk with the Lord. As a former youth pastor, Bro. Brad is able to open the scripture<br />

in a way that is particularly relevant for today’s culture. And he constantly challenges us<br />

toward a greater compassion for others. His love for all people reflects the heart of our<br />

Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave His life for all who come to Him in faith. We<br />

appreciate you, Brad Randall! - Janet Green<br />

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Leah Mitchener<br />

“How could you not smile when you’re sitting in one?”<br />

laughed Mississippi Corvette Club President Freddie Jones. For him and other<br />

members of the club, anytime they get to talk about Corvettes is a good time.<br />

The club has been getting together to swap stories and go for cruises for over<br />

25 years with no end of the road in sight. With the first generation hitting the market<br />

in 1953, ‘America’s Sports Car’ has had nearly 65 years to gain a world-wide<br />

following, and it has definitely made its mark in Central Mississippi.<br />

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Membership is granted to all who apply. Currently, the club has<br />

150+ members, including any spouses or family members that want<br />

to be involved with monthly meetings or activities. “It’s a social club,”<br />

Freddie said. Members get together about once a month to drive to a<br />

restaurant in different Mississippi towns; usually somewhere they<br />

can drive there and back in about 100 miles. They share a great meal,<br />

cover some business matters, and just enjoy the ride.<br />

In addition to their local and state drives, the club also<br />

participates in caravans and trips to see other Corvette clubs around<br />

the United States. “Several of us drove to Corpus Christi, Texas, to<br />

take part in an event on the deck of the aircraft carrier, Lexington,”<br />

said Tom Gerity, vice president of the club. “We parked nearly<br />

300 Corvettes on the flight deck and it was an absolute hoot!”<br />

he explained.<br />

Other trips have included laps around Texas Motor Speedway,<br />

Talladega, and a special drive up to the Corvette manufacturing<br />

plant and museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Unfortunately,<br />

the great Corvette sink hole of 2014 took a few show room beauties<br />

down to the depths of its pit, but some were able to be restored<br />

and put back out for future viewing pleasure.<br />

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The Mississippi Corvette Club car show is held annually at the<br />

Jackson Convention Complex. Participating vehicles can be entered in<br />

the Sponsor’s Choice Awards as ‘stock’ or ‘modified’ meaning they are<br />

like new from the factory, or they have had after-market modifications.<br />

Some interesting alterations have been made to the cars over the years<br />

including a Corvette that was airbrushed and decorated to commemorate<br />

all things Tweety Bird, and another called “The Time Machine” which<br />

had custom paint everywhere, including inside the hood, on the engine,<br />

and in the trunk. There is even a Batmobile! Plaques and trophies are<br />

awarded to those selected as 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in their car<br />

generation category.<br />

The club has partnered with the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi for<br />

the past three years to raise money for diabetes research. They’ve had a<br />

lot of help from major sponsors like Central Mississippi Chevy Dealers<br />

and Rogers-Dabbs Chevrolet. Funds are also raised through entry fees<br />

for contestants, rented booth space for vendors, and the sale of donated<br />

items in a silent auction. Their contributions have grown exponentially<br />

throughout the partnership starting with a $25,000 donation the first<br />

year, $27,000 the next, and this year’s donation came in at a whopping<br />

$33,000. All proceeds from their car shows (less the cost of expenses)<br />

are donated directly to the Foundation.<br />

Choosing a charity to support was an easy decision for the group.<br />

“We’re real sold on this organization,” said Tom. “We wanted someone<br />

who would partner with us in hosting the event and not just show up<br />

when the money was counted to get a check.” Freddie added that the<br />

club wanted to find a partner where all the money that was raised<br />

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would stay in Mississippi and help Mississippians. The Foundation was<br />

a perfect fit. During one of their monthly meetings, the group was asked<br />

to raise their hand if they themselves, a family member, or even a close<br />

friend had diabetes. “Every hand in the room went up,” exclaimed Tom.<br />

That really resonated with the group, so they have put a lot of work and<br />

effort into supporting the cause while having a good time.<br />

With seven generations worth of models to consider, each club<br />

member has their own specific preferences as to what makes one<br />

Corvette more desirable over another. Some are only interested in<br />

fifth-generation models, while another might be infatuated with the<br />

original C1 model. Many enthusiasts have spent countless amounts of<br />

time and money on customizing their vehicles to suit their personalities<br />

and other interests. Freddie tends to like the newer generations himself.<br />

“It does bother me, but I’ve adjusted,” he said concerning the tail light<br />

redesign the Corvette has undergone the past few years. “The thing that<br />

kind of wins me over [about a newer model] is the way it handles and<br />

drives.” What once was a jerky and bumpy ride has been re-engineered<br />

to be smooth and comfortable.<br />

The Corvette has left a set of scorched tire mark on the historic<br />

road of classic American sports cars. It makes a bold statement, and<br />

growls with a raw fury of energy raring to get up and go. The members<br />

of the Mississippi Corvette Club are passionate about that history, and<br />

about leaving a legacy of philanthropy. Whether they love the old or new,<br />

these Corvette enthusiasts are cruising in style for a great cause. n<br />

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Good RogueHunting<br />

Leah Mitchener<br />

A man and his dog are some of the<br />

best friends you’ll find in this world.<br />

In addition to providing unconditional love<br />

and companionship, dogs work hard for their<br />

owners. Whether it be on a farm rounding up<br />

livestock, or in the wilderness sniffing out prey,<br />

a good dog will always get the job done.<br />

Greg Stanton was a lifelong Labrador<br />

retriever fan and owner, but four years of hunting<br />

trips with his friend Hugh and his dog, Cricket,<br />

opened Greg’s eyes to a whole new kind of<br />

four-legged friend: the Pudelpointer. “I had<br />

never even heard of them,” he said. Hugh had<br />

researched dog breeds for years trying to weed<br />

out the best hunting companion and decided<br />

that this wiry-haired, honey-eyed pooch met<br />

all of his criteria.<br />

Out of hundreds of different breeds - each<br />

curated for specific traits and abilities - the<br />

Pudelpointer is perhaps one of the rarest and<br />

most adaptable. Originating in Germany in the<br />

mid-19th century, the Pudelpointer is a mix of<br />

the German hunting poodle and an English<br />

pointer. The breed was not brought to America<br />

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until 1956, and has had a slow but steady<br />

growth in popularity. Categorized as a versatile<br />

breed, these are a kind of “all purpose” dog that<br />

possess traits like high intelligence, a love of water<br />

and retrieving, pointing instinct, trainability,<br />

and a generally happy disposition. “They’re just<br />

awesome!” said Greg enthusiastically.<br />

Because he was friends with the owner of<br />

Cricket, the stud dog, Greg was able to hop to<br />

the front of a 70+ name list of people hoping to<br />

adopt from the breeders at Juniper Creek down<br />

in Florida. Their rarity and growing popularity<br />

is putting Pudelpointers in high demand. Greg<br />

believes that, according to the North American<br />

cracklin business my entire life,” laughed Greg,<br />

so it was easy to come up with a middle name<br />

like Cracklin. Greg also attributes his role as a<br />

“rogue salesman” for Rudolph Foods to his dog’s<br />

mysterious-sounding name.<br />

“He is a clown” said Greg. “He’s happy<br />

100% of the time and always doing goofy things.”<br />

Rogue loves to chew on a circle bone and play<br />

around with his forever family. But when it<br />

comes time to hunt, Rogue gets serious and down<br />

to business. Aiding in nearly 50 hunts in his first<br />

year alone, Rogue retrieved approximately<br />

60 ducks, and pointed, flushed, and retrieved<br />

almost 30 pheasants. “It’s definitely the breed<br />

Versatile Hunting Dog Association, there are as<br />

few as seven Pudelpointers in the state of<br />

Mississippi. With that sort of availability, it’s good<br />

to have friends in high places!<br />

Juniper Creek Cracklin Rogue, or Rogue for<br />

short, has been by Greg’s side for two years now.<br />

While having four names for a single dog might<br />

seem a bit silly, dogs are traditionally named<br />

first for the kennel where they were bred, second<br />

to correspond with what alphabetical litter they<br />

were a part of (Rogue being a member of litter C),<br />

and third by a name of the owner’s choosing.<br />

“I have actually been in the pork rind and<br />

and not training,” said Greg. Rogue’s natural<br />

ability to concentrate on the task at hand has<br />

made him an indispensable part of Greg’s hunting<br />

arsenal. But bring him back home from the<br />

fields, and Rogue is back to his playful self.<br />

“He’ll sit in your lap and just love you,” said Greg.<br />

The right dog is like the right fit of blue jeans;<br />

you find it and you know it’s a winner for life.<br />

Rogue has become as dependable and loved<br />

as a good pair of Levi’s in the Stanton household.<br />

A glance into his kind eyes shows the warmth<br />

of his personality and the goodness of a hunter<br />

and friend. n<br />

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“<br />

He is<br />

a clown.<br />

He’s happy<br />

100% of the<br />

time and<br />

always<br />

doing goofy<br />

things.<br />

”<br />

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The<br />

Hunting<br />

DOG<br />

Happiness is a good<br />

gun, a great dog and<br />

just the right spot.<br />

Rylee<br />

Labrador Retriever<br />

Owner: Brandon Johnston<br />

Gage<br />

Yellow Labrador Retriever<br />

Owner: Chelsa Jones<br />

RAINEE<br />

Chocolate Labrador Retriever<br />

Owner: Chris Hopkins<br />

Willow<br />

Black Labrador Retriever<br />

Owner: Greg Owen<br />

Rogue<br />

Pudelpointer<br />

Owner: Greg Stanton<br />

Ava<br />

German Shorthaired Pointer<br />

Owners: Ryan & Haley Collins<br />

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<strong>Hometown</strong> <strong>Rankin</strong> recently hosted a photo contest on our Facebook page<br />

asking for your best shots of your hunting dog. There was a great<br />

response and we had tons of pooches and pups submitted.<br />

Some posed next to their hunting trophies while majestically staring<br />

off into the middle-distance, and others just played around and smiled<br />

for the camera. After deliberating over all of the submissions,<br />

these are a few of our favorites!<br />

Beau<br />

Chesapeake Bay Retriever<br />

Owners: Jennifer & Shelby Warren<br />

Bailey<br />

Labrador Retriever<br />

Owner: Katie Watson<br />

REBEL<br />

Black Labrador Retriever<br />

Owner: Lindsey Kirkland<br />

Gabby<br />

Labrador Retriever<br />

Owner: Melissa Shanks<br />

Teal<br />

American Lab<br />

Owner: Peyton Sharplin<br />

Gus<br />

Deutsch Drahthaar<br />

Owner: Andrew Forrest<br />

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66 • <strong>October</strong> <strong>2017</strong>


For the<br />

Love of the<br />

Outdoors<br />

DANI EDMONSON<br />

If someone were to say to Kristy<br />

Halle, “Outdoor sports are best suited<br />

for a man,” her reply might be, “I beg<br />

to differ. Come spend a day on the<br />

water or in the woods with me!”<br />

She was born on August 31, 1981,<br />

to a family that spent most of their<br />

time outdoors which embedded her<br />

addiction to outdoor living very early<br />

on. “We raised cattle and grew large<br />

gardens to help support our family,”<br />

she recalls. Living in the country, off a<br />

gravel road without access to cable<br />

TV or internet meant she needed to<br />

find other ways to fill the days. “The<br />

outdoors was my entertainment,” she<br />

states without regret. As early as five<br />

years old, she thinks back when it<br />

began: “One of my earliest memories<br />

was my dad building a pond on our<br />

land, and I would put on my rubber<br />

boots and go play in the bottom of it<br />

as it was just beginning to fill up. I<br />

remember thinking, ‘I can’t wait for<br />

this pond to be full and the fish to be<br />

big enough so I can fish in it.’” It took<br />

years for that pond to become a<br />

fruitful fishing site, but once she knew<br />

throwing a bait would result in catching<br />

fish, she said she spent countless hours<br />

on their pier fishing for bream without<br />

help from anyone.<br />

Living off the grid had its challenges,<br />

but Kristy made the most of it.<br />

“Although I longed to have neighborhood<br />

friends like many of the kids at<br />

school, there was something about<br />

that alone time that allowed me to just<br />

ponder all of life’s questions, and find<br />

security in who I was.”<br />

Being an only child until she was<br />

five (when her sister Kimberly was<br />

born) led her to seek the company of<br />

those who, too, enjoyed the outdoors.<br />

“I would go to my grandparents’<br />

house and spend time with my<br />

cousins who happened to both be<br />

boys.” This is when she added hunting<br />

to her list of preferred activities. “My<br />

grandfather hunted and fished, and he<br />

would let us tag along if we were quiet<br />

and behaved. He was a strict man, so<br />

you knew if you went you had better<br />

be ready to sit quietly and for quite<br />

some time,” she added. Being seen<br />

but not heard during these hunting<br />

and fishing trips helped her to learn<br />

about the value of being still and just<br />

listening to nature. “We deer hunted,<br />

rabbit hunted, squirrel hunted, and<br />

fished. We did it all,” she said. “I<br />

learned about all sorts of guns, and at<br />

10-years old, probably knew more<br />

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than most boys about different calibers<br />

and ballistics.”<br />

“My first real gun, other than my<br />

Daisy BB gun, was passed down from<br />

my dad who had it himself as a child,<br />

although he never really hunted. It was a<br />

bolt action 410 shotgun,” she explained.<br />

“I quickly graduated from that gun to<br />

a single shot 20 gauge - the gun I<br />

killed my first deer with.” Talent<br />

should be rewarded, so eventually her<br />

father bought her a Remington Model<br />

Seven 7mm-08. Deer hunting from<br />

a stand became a norm for her.<br />

Her weapons’ skills gave her the<br />

freedom to hunt alone at a young age.<br />

“When I was 11-years old, mom and<br />

dad began letting me go sit on our 63<br />

acres of land and hunt by myself from<br />

the ground.” She states this was a<br />

life-changing year for her. “I surrendered<br />

my life to Christ that year, which<br />

was the most important decision I<br />

believe one can make.” This lifealtering<br />

commitment was coupled<br />

with her first successful deer hunt.<br />

Something only a true outdoorsman<br />

(or woman) can understand. “I killed<br />

my first deer, and I was pumped<br />

because I was on my dad’s land, and it<br />

was all by myself,” she proclaims. After<br />

that “adrenaline rush of killing my<br />

first deer,” she said she was hooked<br />

with the outdoors and loving it even<br />

more because, “it became a time when<br />

I could talk to God and admire His<br />

creations.”<br />

“During my childhood summers,<br />

I would stay with my grandparents<br />

out in Simpson County with my<br />

male cousins while my parents were<br />

working,” she said. “We played in<br />

creeks, fished, played baseball, rode<br />

our bikes, and even built clubhouses<br />

when our grandparents didn’t have us<br />

picking watermelons, and shelling<br />

butterbeans and peas.”<br />

When she started high school, she<br />

tried to spend time with friends going<br />

to church socials or the movies, but<br />

the call of the wild still embraced her.<br />

“I still had it in my bones to be<br />

outside,” she said. “I picked up playing<br />

basketball and developed a love for<br />

sports both indoor and outdoors,”<br />

Halle said. “I recall during my senior<br />

year my best friend Laura and her<br />

dad would go turkey hunting at my<br />

parent’s land before school. We<br />

would hunt, and then her dad would<br />

drop us off at school right before 8 a.m.<br />

just in time to change out of our camo<br />

and head to class.”<br />

College then called. “I remember<br />

asking God for a man that had a<br />

passion for Him and people, and<br />

please help it be someone that loves<br />

the outdoors as much as I do!” God<br />

answered that prayer her freshman<br />

year at Hinds Community College.<br />

As if it happened yesterday she recalls,<br />

“I was sharing my testimony with a<br />

group of students at the Baptist<br />

Children’s Village in Jackson with<br />

our Baptist Student Union (BSU).”<br />

It happens another BSU group joined<br />

them that day. “A handsome, blue-eyed<br />

guy had shared a message of the<br />

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Gospel just before I shared my<br />

testimony. I thought hmmm...he’s<br />

really cute and he definitely cares<br />

about God and people.” Since she<br />

had asked for such an opportunity, she<br />

knew she had to follow through. “After<br />

the service was over, we all walked out<br />

to his truck to ride together to eat<br />

lunch. He had a big Chevy truck<br />

with 4x4…he really had my attention.”<br />

Then the dream was realized. “He<br />

opened the door for us to get in, but<br />

had to move all his hunting clothes<br />

and stuff. Basically the back seat<br />

looked like a Wal-Mart sporting goods<br />

section.” So he’s a godly man, drives a<br />

4x4, and likes to hunt? Yes, God is<br />

indeed good. Time for the deal-breaker<br />

question, “How many deer have you<br />

killed?”<br />

They became friends–and then<br />

more than friends while she was<br />

attending MSU. “We hunted together,<br />

fished together, watched MSU games<br />

together, and rode four wheelers<br />

together,” adding those were typical<br />

date nights. They married in July of<br />

2003, and after almost 15 years of bliss,<br />

she said their “dates” are still the same.<br />

“We hunt, kayak fish, or just check<br />

wild game cameras–it makes for a<br />

great date.” She felt compelled to add<br />

an encouraging side note to females<br />

intimated by hunting and fishing:<br />

“Until recently, I had killed more deer<br />

than Kevin. Now he’s ahead of me.”<br />

If they find themselves bored with<br />

freshwater fishing, or just to add some<br />

spice to the marriage, they jump in a<br />

kayak and saltwater fish. “I remember<br />

one Valentine’s Day morning when I<br />

walked in my classroom at Brandon<br />

Middle School where I teach, and<br />

Kevin had purchased a new fishing rod<br />

and reel!” If only all women were that<br />

easy to please.<br />

“We spend a lot of time camping<br />

with our four-legged child Maddie, a<br />

black lab,” she said. “We find enjoyment<br />

in that because we like it better<br />

than traveling and staying in hotels<br />

because, once again, we are able to<br />

be outdoors.”<br />

She appeals to others to get outside.<br />

“I love the smell of the outdoors from<br />

fresh cut hay, to pine trees, to a good<br />

campfire blowing across the lake that<br />

I can smell from my kayak. I love the<br />

sound of the outdoors: the crickets,<br />

the frogs on a summer night. The<br />

hoot owls early in the morning. The<br />

birds singing. It relaxes me, it revives<br />

my soul. It gives me those moments<br />

that I connect with my Creator.”<br />

Although she enjoys hunting and<br />

fishing, trophy catches or hunts are not<br />

on her agenda. “It is not my goal to<br />

always kill the biggest or catch the<br />

biggest, but to spend another moment<br />

enjoying God’s creation.”<br />

She is passionate about hunting<br />

and fishing to the point she will share<br />

any secret she has. You can ask her<br />

about a preferred weapon, be it a<br />

certain firearm or a favorite rod/reel<br />

and bait, and she does not see that as a<br />

threat to her place in the great outdoors.<br />

“I would encourage everyone, male or<br />

female, to turn the TV off, put the cell<br />

phone and computer away, and get<br />

outdoors. Find a place of solitude and<br />

listen to the birds singing and smell<br />

the outdoor aroma. There is nothing<br />

like it.”<br />

Halle insists you do not have to be<br />

a man to enjoy the outdoors, nor do<br />

you have to be the best at fishing or<br />

hunting. “Find an afternoon just to go sit<br />

and watch a sunset. Just get out there and<br />

enjoy the solitude. God created it for<br />

us to see His glory–and I see it each<br />

time I spend time in His creation.” n<br />

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72 • <strong>October</strong> <strong>2017</strong><br />

Identity<br />

Theft Today<br />

Keeping Your<br />

Family Safe?


Identity theft’s origin goes back<br />

in time to Genesis, the 27th chapter,<br />

where Jacob stole Esau’s identity.<br />

Esau did not have a social security<br />

number or credit cards, yet his<br />

identity was taken by his brother;<br />

causing him much agony.<br />

Today, the Federal Trade Commission,<br />

along with other federal<br />

agencies, classifies identity theft as<br />

the “fastest growing white-collar<br />

crime in America today”.<br />

When speaking at functions, I ask<br />

people to give me their definition of<br />

identity theft. Most will define it in<br />

terms of credit cards and banking.<br />

However, depending on the statistics<br />

you read, financial identity theft<br />

only makes up around 23-27% of the<br />

crime. In addition to financial, there<br />

are six other areas that furnish this<br />

crime:<br />

• Character/Criminal<br />

• Driver’s License<br />

• Social Security<br />

• Medical<br />

• Synthetic<br />

• Children<br />

Identity theft reminds me of<br />

cancer; hitting you from multiple<br />

angles. It could be a lost purse or<br />

billfold/wallet, stolen mail, or<br />

someone going through your trash<br />

or stealing your personal information<br />

from your place of work.<br />

A lady in Mississippi was stopped<br />

for speeding on I-55. When the<br />

trooper ran her driver’s license he<br />

came back and told her, “You’re<br />

under arrest for DUI evasion in San<br />

Diego”. Shocked she replied, “I’ve<br />

never been to San Diego”. The<br />

trooper said, “Yes ma’am,” and took<br />

her in accompanied by a warrant for<br />

her arrest. Would a monitoring<br />

product have helped her in this<br />

situation? What she needed in this<br />

event was legal advice; not credit<br />

monitoring. More than 50% of the<br />

time, identity theft can become a<br />

legal issue. And while I do believe<br />

that credit monitoring is important,<br />

I also recommend a product with<br />

restoration benefits that has options<br />

for legal counsel.<br />

Is your family safe?<br />

Texting has become a way of<br />

communication for every age. Cyber<br />

criminals are increasingly targeting<br />

victims through smartphone’s with<br />

a scam called “smishing” that can<br />

infect your mobile device and allow<br />

thieves to steal your personal<br />

information. Thieves send out<br />

millions of these text messages<br />

every single day from children to<br />

grandmothers and everybody in<br />

between.<br />

Today, when a newborn child<br />

enters the world, they leave the<br />

hospital with a social security<br />

number. According to different<br />

statistics, children are 51 more<br />

times vulnerable to victimization<br />

than adults.<br />

Their identities are a hot commodity<br />

in the underground market<br />

for stolen IDs. In fact, a recent study<br />

by Debix, shows the number of<br />

young victims is steadily growing.<br />

Thieves have discovered that an<br />

unused social security number is<br />

particularly valuable. In a moment,<br />

they can choose any name or<br />

birthday they want, making it<br />

incredibly flexible. The worst part is<br />

it can be years before the crime is<br />

ever detected. When a child turns<br />

18, their risks get higher as they<br />

embark on a journey of firsts:<br />

Getting a job, applying for credit<br />

cards and student loans, and moving<br />

out on their own.<br />

In one case, a 17-year-old Arizona<br />

girl found herself $725,000 in debt<br />

with 42 open accounts including<br />

mortgages, car loans and credit<br />

cards. Her social security number<br />

was linked to eight suspects.<br />

So what can parents do?<br />

Social sites that our kids use, like<br />

Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram,<br />

should be monitored by a parent or<br />

adult. How much information should<br />

be put on Facebook? As little as<br />

possible. I guarantee you identity<br />

thieves are looking in any place they<br />

can to gain personal information. On<br />

most Facebook pages I can find out<br />

where each parent works, how many<br />

children they have and where those<br />

kids attend school. I can also find out<br />

if they have a dog and what size, and<br />

also when they are going on vacation<br />

and how long.<br />

There are several red flags that<br />

you can look for: If your children<br />

start getting credit card applications<br />

or magazine subscriptions, there’s a<br />

good possibility that their personal<br />

information has been compromised.<br />

If parents notice any of the red flags<br />

or become suspicious they need to<br />

seek legal advice and not ignore it.<br />

Parents should safeguard their<br />

child’s personal information as<br />

fiercely as they would guard their<br />

own. The three exceptions for giving<br />

out your children’s social security<br />

number are healthcare, taxes and<br />

school.<br />

There is no product or silver<br />

bullet that will protect you from<br />

all levels of identity theft. In my<br />

research, I have found several<br />

programs that I recommend. For<br />

information on my findings, please<br />

email me at dancarmstrong@aol.com<br />

and I will send you information<br />

and a link.<br />

_________________________________<br />

Dan Armstrong is certified by the Institute of<br />

Fraud Risk Management as a Certified Identity Theft<br />

Risk Management Specialist. You may contact him at<br />

dancarmstrong@aol.com<br />

Dan will be leading an ID Theft Seminar on <strong>November</strong> 17th<br />

at Brandon Municipal Complex.<br />

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76 • <strong>October</strong> <strong>2017</strong>


“To whom much<br />

is given, much is<br />

required”, a familiar<br />

quote to most, could well be<br />

the motto of <strong>Rankin</strong> County<br />

businessman Don Wynne and<br />

his wife Beth. The couple has<br />

lived in <strong>Rankin</strong> County since<br />

1998, but Don’s story begins<br />

in Lexington, Mississippi,<br />

where he was born. The second<br />

of six children, he learned the<br />

value of hard work helping in<br />

the family restaurant along<br />

with his siblings. Growing up,<br />

there wasn’t much downtime.<br />

“Between working at the<br />

restaurant, replacing roofs,<br />

and getting in the hay on the<br />

farm,” Don says, “there wasn’t<br />

much time for anything else!”<br />

After high school, Don was<br />

awarded a basketball scholarship<br />

to Holmes Community<br />

College, performing so well<br />

that he was recently inducted<br />

into the Hall of Fame. He<br />

went on to Mississippi State<br />

where he earned a business<br />

degree. While at State, Don<br />

met the love of his life, Beth,<br />

and they have been married<br />

since 1970. Their family has<br />

grown to include a son,<br />

Ryan, his wife, Jessica and<br />

two grandchildren, Summer<br />

and Jackson.<br />

Don and Beth have been<br />

blessed to own not one, but<br />

two successful restaurants in<br />

the metro area. Their<br />

partnership with the Sonny’s<br />

chain began in 1985 when<br />

they purchased the Sonny’s in<br />

Jackson with their friend Bill<br />

Haddox. Twelve years later,<br />

they opened what is now a<br />

Brandon landmark, their<br />

second Sonny’s location.<br />

The restaurant has been very<br />

successful, in more ways than<br />

one, earning the first<br />

“Humanitarian Award” in the<br />

Sonny’s chain. Don takes the<br />

success in stride, however,<br />

graciously giving credit where<br />

he feels it is due. “We feel so<br />

blessed to have the support<br />

from our local community<br />

and the surrounding cities,”<br />

Don says, “The city has a<br />

great staff of people to work<br />

with you and to protect you<br />

and your business.” General<br />

manager Robbie Martin has<br />

been with the restaurant from<br />

the beginning and is Don’s<br />

right-hand man. “Robbie,<br />

his wife Ginger, and their<br />

two boys have been a part<br />

of our lives for a long time.<br />

Robbie has allowed Beth<br />

and me the opportunity to<br />

spend a lot of time at our<br />

lodge in Holmes County.”<br />

The Wynnes have hosted<br />

many people at “WestWynne<br />

Farms” over the years, including<br />

close friend and founder of<br />

Sonny’s, Sonny Tillman, and<br />

wanted to extend that<br />

hospitality to those who might<br />

not have an opportunity<br />

otherwise. Having a soft spot<br />

for young people, Don and<br />

Beth joined with an organization<br />

called “A Hunt Above”,<br />

which provides hunting<br />

experiences for children with<br />

special needs. For several years,<br />

the couple has used their lodge<br />

and timberland to host hunts<br />

for these children.<br />

Don and Beth had no idea<br />

the impact that the children<br />

would have on them. “We<br />

didn’t realize that this experience<br />

would be so rewarding<br />

and inspiring to us,” Don says,<br />

“These kids all seem to have a<br />

great outlook on life, in spite<br />

of their hardships. I have never<br />

had a bad day in my life since<br />

hosting these kids. I shed many<br />

tears, but they were tears of joy.”<br />

One young man in<br />

particular made quite an<br />

impression on Don. Nick<br />

Santonastasso was fourteen<br />

years old when he hunted<br />

with Don. A New Jersey<br />

native, Nick was born with<br />

Hanhart Syndrome, a very<br />

rare condition causing him<br />

to be born with no legs and<br />

one arm. Now 21 years old,<br />

Nick is a fitness athlete,<br />

model, motivational speaker,<br />

and the CEO of Raw Mettle<br />

Motivations. He has accomplished<br />

many things in his life,<br />

thanks to a supportive family<br />

and his sheer determination.<br />

Nick has been fortunate to<br />

be able to travel all over the<br />

world but remembers well<br />

his trip to the hunting lodge<br />

in Mississippi. “Mr. Don’s<br />

place is incredible, like a big<br />

playground. From the moment<br />

my dad and I walked in, he<br />

treated us like family. Mr. Don<br />

generously shares what he has<br />

with others. He is an amazing<br />

human being.” One thing<br />

Nick remembers vividly is the<br />

shooting house, which was<br />

built large enough to accommodate<br />

wheelchairs. Nick<br />

harvested an 8 point buck<br />

weighing over 200 pounds,<br />

and Mississippi Outdoors was<br />

on hand to film the hunt.<br />

Over the years, Don and<br />

Beth have hosted almost 20<br />

children, partnering not only<br />

with “A Hunt Above” but also<br />

with Bass Pro and Mississippi<br />

Wildlife on the Kids Super<br />

Hunt. It’s hard to say who<br />

enjoys the hunts more, the<br />

kids or Don. “Most of us get<br />

so frustrated and discouraged<br />

when everything doesn’t go<br />

perfectly, but these kids all<br />

have smiles on their faces<br />

and are grateful for the<br />

simplest things. I have been<br />

so blessed to be a part of<br />

these kids’ lives.” n<br />

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<strong>Hometown</strong> <strong>Rankin</strong><br />

READER<br />

SPOTLIGHT<br />

Terri<br />

Wood<br />

Why did you decide to make <strong>Rankin</strong> County<br />

your home?<br />

I married into <strong>Rankin</strong> County and quickly made<br />

Richland my home.<br />

How long have you lived in <strong>Rankin</strong> County?<br />

I have lived in <strong>Rankin</strong> County for 36 years.<br />

Tell us about your family.<br />

I am married to Jack Wood, who is the most<br />

selfless man I know. He loves doing things for<br />

people and his family, he has such a servant’s<br />

heart. God has blessed me with a wonderful<br />

husband and two beautiful daughters Emily and<br />

Katie. Emily is married to Ryan Chance and they<br />

have two precious boys, John Parker (4) and Eli<br />

(9 months). Katie is married to Chris Allen and<br />

they have one beautiful daughter, Kennedy Claire<br />

(2). They both live in Richland which means we<br />

get to see our grandchildren almost every day and<br />

we love that. We love sports, playing games and<br />

enjoy going to see the MSU Bulldogs play. We<br />

are active members of First Baptist Church<br />

Richland. We love our church and our church<br />

family.<br />

What are some fun things to do in <strong>Rankin</strong><br />

County on the weekend?<br />

There are many things to do in <strong>Rankin</strong> County;<br />

Braves game, Reservoir, shopping, etc. I like our<br />

hometown events as well–Richland’s Movies<br />

under the Stars, being one of my favorite. I love<br />

seeing all the families come out for this.<br />

What is your favorite memory of living<br />

in <strong>Rankin</strong> County?<br />

It is hard to think of one favorite memory in<br />

<strong>Rankin</strong> County as I have had so many through<br />

the years. Many of my favorite memories have<br />

centered around 49 Fest, formerly known as<br />

Richland Day. I love watching our community<br />

come together for a day of fun. The many Lawn<br />

Mower Races we have had in past years have been<br />

so fun to watch—from the stock class where it is<br />

all about the costumes and performance to the<br />

outlaw class where it is all about the speed. They<br />

brought joy and a smile to everyone’s face and<br />

those memories are forever etched into my mind.<br />

The Lawn Mower Races will hopefully make<br />

another appearance in the years to come.<br />

Where are your three favorite places to<br />

eat in <strong>Rankin</strong> County?<br />

We love to go to the Half Shell Oyster House,<br />

Jerry’s Fish House, and I like to support our local<br />

Richland restaurants as well.<br />

Share some things you enjoy doing in your<br />

spare time.<br />

Spare time is often hard to find, but I love to go<br />

fishing with my husband. It’s relaxing to me.<br />

What are three things on your bucket list?<br />

Go snow skiing just one more time (the first time<br />

I was terrified and really thought I had broken<br />

my ankles when I took off my ski boots), travel<br />

on a Viking Riverboat Cruise, and a month-long<br />

beach trip.<br />

Who is someone you admire and why?<br />

I admire my two sisters, Andrea and Judy. I admire<br />

them for their strength and faithfulness to<br />

overcome life’s adversities. We laugh, we cry and<br />

they inspire me to be a better person. They love<br />

the Lord. We are very close and our families are<br />

very close. That is how our parents raised us.<br />

I mean, who goes on vacation every year to the<br />

beach with about 32 family members...for a week!<br />

We do. This is us.<br />

Where do you see yourself ten years<br />

from now?<br />

Hopefully retired...but I love my job so much they<br />

may have to make me leave.<br />

What is your favorite childhood memory?<br />

My grandparents had a farm in the country.<br />

I loved going there for Christmas and staying<br />

weeks with them in the summer–playing<br />

outside all day in the hayloft. I would wake up<br />

every morning to the smell of bacon, eggs and<br />

cinnamon toast. It was such a simple life back then.<br />

If you could give us one encouraging<br />

quote, what would it be?<br />

Do everything for the glory of God.<br />

– 1 Corinthians 10:31.<br />

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The articles are so heartfelt and the colorful<br />

pictures are just so refreshing. The magazine just<br />

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Hunters around the country wait anxiously for the opening of deer<br />

season every fall. With rifles and bows at the ready, they head out into<br />

the woods to bag their prey. While some outside of the hunting culture<br />

may see it simply as a sport to collect taxidermy trophies or put<br />

sausages on the breakfast table, the work of these hunters is actually<br />

contributing to conservation efforts of the white-tailed deer population.<br />

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Wisconsin, is a national nonprofit conservation organization<br />

that aims to dedicate their resources “to the betterment of the<br />

white-tailed deer and its environment.” They have over 600<br />

chapters nationwide, most of which are in the northeastern<br />

United States. In the past five or six years, though, chapters in<br />

Mississippi have been forming rapidly, and the membership<br />

numbers keeps growing. In fact, over 650 people recently<br />

attended one of their events in Brandon.<br />

People wishing to join Whitetails Unlimited can do so by<br />

filling out their online application and sending in the annual<br />

membership fee of $23 or by attending one of their banquets<br />

and registering there. Volunteers help by selling tickets to these<br />

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and silent auctions. Booths are<br />

also set up at events like the<br />

Wildlife Extravaganza. Funds<br />

raised by the organization go<br />

toward researching deer populations,<br />

health, diseases, bag limits,<br />

education, and sustaining herds.<br />

A visit to their website at<br />

whitetailsunlimited.com will<br />

provide a plethora of resources on<br />

conservation efforts, educational<br />

pamphlets, upcoming events<br />

calendars, hunting tips, and even<br />

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It’s not your run-of-the-mill doctor’s office.<br />

There’s no receptionist. No non-descript waiting room. Instead, it feels more like<br />

stepping into a luxury spa. Smiling faces greet those who walk in like valued clients.<br />

NewCare MD is the new look of how medical care is delivered, and patients are loving it.<br />

“We offer a totally different way of getting primary healthcare than you get at a regular clinic,”<br />

said Dr. Micah Walker. “Everything is centered around the patient-doctor relationship. For too long,<br />

we seem to have accepted healthcare as impersonal. There are just too many people between<br />

the patient and the doctor. Doctors, myself included, went to school to care for people, but our<br />

medical system has made that increasingly difficult. Where, along the way, did doctors end up<br />

having to deal with so many levels of management?”<br />

For a guy from the small town of Tchula, Walker has always had big dreams. He started his own<br />

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Marriage, children and working<br />

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never stopped Walker from<br />

dreaming big.<br />

At age 30, he started his<br />

journey into medicine at the<br />

University of Mississippi Medical<br />

Center and became a family<br />

physician. While there, he<br />

befriended Dr. John Vanderloo,<br />

an attending physician at UMMC<br />

who was becoming increasingly<br />

burned out.<br />

A conversation between Walker and Vanderloo developed into an idea and then a business plan and<br />

finally, the first location of NewCare MD. “In <strong>October</strong> 2016 we had no building, no lease, and no loan. But on<br />

January 3, <strong>2017</strong>, we opened the location in Madison,” Walker said.<br />

Located on Fountains Boulevard, NewCare MD offers patients a personal level of care that far exceeds<br />

other healthcare experiences. “We spend a great deal of time with our patients – about thirty minutes, which is<br />

something they’re not used to,” said Walker. “We develop relationships with our patients. We want to know about<br />

their families, what’s important to them, things that a ‘normal’ patient-doctor relationship doesn’t allow time for.”<br />

The financial end of the business is different for patients as well. There is a monthly fee of $69, less than<br />

most cell phone bills, and no co-pay for office visits. “We don’t take insurance,” Walker explained. “Our costs are<br />

very low. For example, a normal CT scan may cost $1200 or more. We charge $300. The co-pay on a Z-Pak<br />

may be $10 or $15 or more, but we only charge $3 and you don’t have to go to a pharmacy to pick it up.”<br />

Walker said they have most prescriptions at the clinic, and they explain how to take it when they dispense<br />

medications to the patient.<br />

“I feel fortunate that I was able to partner with Dr. Vanderloo on this clinic,” said Walker. “We have the same<br />

vision, and this has afforded both of us to be the kind of doctors we really want to be. This is working well in<br />

Madison, and now we want to solve problems everywhere.” Another NewCare MD clinic is set to open in Flora in<br />

early September, and Walker and Vanderloo are seeking a doctor for another clinic in Brandon. “We want to<br />

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High School Seniors are invited to join us for Honors Day Friday, <strong>October</strong> 20, <strong>2017</strong><br />

from 8:30-11:30 a.m. At Honors Day, seniors can visit the Honors Center to learn about<br />

requirements, classes, and scholarships, and meet the faculty and staff.<br />

Get more information at hub.hindscc.edu/rankinhonors.<br />

In compliance with the following: Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX, Education Amendments of 1972 of the Higher Education Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and other applicable Federal and State Acts, Hinds Community College offers equal education and employment opportunities and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national<br />

origin, religion, sex, age, disability or veteran status in its educational programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Dr. Tyrone Jackson, Vice President for Utica Campus and Administrative Services and District Dean of Student Services & Title IX Coordinator Box 1003, Utica, MS 39175 . Phone: 601.885.7002 or Email: titleIX@hindscc.edu<br />

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RECIPES<br />

Louisiana<br />

Duck Gumbo<br />

• Flour<br />

• Oil<br />

• Celery<br />

• Bell pepper<br />

• Onion<br />

• Garlic<br />

• 3 duck breasts<br />

• Andouille sausage<br />

• Tony Chachere’s seasoning<br />

• Bay leaf<br />

• Tomatoes<br />

• Rice<br />

• Chicken stock<br />

First make a roux by cooking 3 tablespoons of<br />

flour and oil in bottom of pan. This should be a<br />

slow process as not to burn your roux. The longer<br />

you cook it the darker your gumbo will be. When<br />

roux is ready, in separate pan cook one onion,<br />

4 stalks chopped celery, one chopped bell pepper<br />

and pepper and 5 cloves of garlic. When done,<br />

brown chopped duck breast and andouille sausage.<br />

Combine all in one pot add one quarter of the<br />

chicken stock, 2 cans of chopped tomatoes<br />

and 2 bay leaves. Season with Tony’s to taste.<br />

Simmer 30 minutes to one hour while stirring<br />

occasionally.<br />

Serve over rice and add file seasoning for taste.<br />

Dove on a Stick<br />

• 12 dove breast filets<br />

• Worcestershire sauce<br />

• Italian dressing<br />

• Garlic<br />

• Salt<br />

• Wood skewers<br />

Marinate dove overnight in one part Worcestershire<br />

and three parts Italian dressing. Put dove<br />

breast on skewers and season lightly with salt<br />

and garlic powder. Cook medium on grill over<br />

low heat.<br />

Pan Fried Elk<br />

Steak & Gravy<br />

• Tenderized elk steak<br />

• Garlic powder<br />

• Salt and pepper<br />

• 1 egg<br />

• Flour<br />

• Oil<br />

• Milk or buttermilk<br />

• Tony Chachere’s seasoning<br />

Soak meat for a short time in buttermilk and egg<br />

mixture. Season flour with salt, pepper, garlic<br />

powder, and Tony’s. Sprinkle meat with a little<br />

extra Tony’s. Roll meat in seasoned flour, fry in a<br />

black iron skillet until golden brown. Remove<br />

meat and add 1 tablespoon of flour to remaining<br />

oil in pan. Brown flour, add one cup of milk bring<br />

to a slight boil; turn down heat to simmer, season<br />

to taste. Spoon over elk steaks.<br />

Louisiana<br />

Redfish<br />

on the Half Shell<br />

• 2-5 lb. Redfish filets with scales left on one side<br />

• Tony Chachere’s seasoning<br />

• Garlic powder<br />

• Salt and pepper<br />

• Lemon<br />

Season fish with Tony’s, salt, and garlic powder.<br />

Place fish scales side down on grill. Cook on<br />

medium heat until fish is white and flakey.<br />

Squeeze ½ a lemon<br />

Bacon-Wrapped<br />

Deer Tenderloin<br />

• Deer tenderloin<br />

• Salt and pepper<br />

• Tony Chachere’s seasoning<br />

• Worcestershire<br />

• Italian dressing<br />

• Cream cheese<br />

• Jalapeno peppers<br />

• Bacon<br />

Slice tenderloin in ½ inch thick strips. Marinate<br />

tenderloin overnight in one part Worcestershire<br />

and three parts dressing. Season with salt, pepper<br />

and Tony’s. Lay tenderloin flat. On top of each<br />

piece put a dab of cream cheese and a jalapeno<br />

pepper, roll into a ball, wrap each piece with a ½<br />

piece of bacon and stick with a toothpick. Cook on<br />

medium heat until bacon is done.<br />

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Wild<br />

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Recipes from the kitchen of<br />

Kenneth Lancaster<br />

Elk Chili<br />

• 1 lb. of ground elk<br />

• Salt and pepper<br />

• Tony Chachere’s seasoning<br />

• Onion<br />

• Garlic<br />

• Petite diced tomatoes<br />

• Yellow mustard<br />

• Chili powder<br />

• Red kidney beans<br />

• Pinto beans<br />

• Water<br />

Brown elk and drain excess liquid off. Slice ½<br />

onion and 5 garlic cloves, cook until soft. Add<br />

ground meat back in pot along with two cans of<br />

petite diced tomatoes, ½ can drained kidney beans,<br />

½ can drained pinto beans, one teaspoon of salt,<br />

teaspoon of pepper, teaspoon of Tony’s, one cup of<br />

water and two tablespoons of chili powder. Bring<br />

to a boil add 1 teaspoon of mustard and stir. Let<br />

simmer for about 20 minutes and serve with<br />

crackers or over rice.<br />

A native of Lake Providence, Louisiana, Kenneth Lancaster has an<br />

exceptional reputation in the hunting industry. His background in<br />

archery and his work as a guide, videographer, and hunter, have<br />

enhanced his popularity as a devoted outdoorsman.<br />

Kenneth's respect for the great outdoors began as a child, having<br />

a father who was a trapper and hunter, and a grandfather who was<br />

a commercial fisherman on the Mississippi River. At an early age<br />

Kenneth developed a love for archery, shot in 3D tournaments,<br />

and worked in a local archery shop.<br />

His background includes nine years with Primos Hunting Calls<br />

and his passion for hunting continues through his work with<br />

Michael Waddell's Bone Collector and with Antler Insanity.<br />

Kenneth has hunted elk, whitetail deer, mule deer, moose,<br />

woodland caribou, barren ground caribou, black bear, waterfowl,<br />

and all species of turkey.<br />

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The CHALKBOARD<br />

RANKIN COUNTY SCHOOLS<br />

Brandon Elementary<br />

Brandon Elementary School recently held a celebration<br />

breakfast to honor its top scorers on the Mississippi Assessment<br />

Program (MAP) language arts and math tests that were completed<br />

Spring <strong>2017</strong>. Honorees were commended for their excellent<br />

performance and received certificates from BES principal, Lisa<br />

Hudson. Parents were also applauded for their hard work and<br />

dedication to their children. Students and parents enjoyed<br />

breakfast as well as a fun photo booth.<br />

The Mississippi Assessment Program measures students’<br />

knowledge, skills, and academic growth from elementary through<br />

high school. In order to qualify for top score recognition, students<br />

must obtain the highest scale score possible.<br />

Congratulations, BEST & Brightest of BES!!<br />

McLaurin<br />

“All in. Every student. Every day. Whatever it takes.” These<br />

words have become the law that new McLaurin High School<br />

Principal Tammy Crosetti believes and stresses every, single, day<br />

at MHS. Mrs. Crosetti, the administrative team, teachers, and<br />

parents believe that every student at McLaurin High School will<br />

be successful and it is our job as teachers, parents, and a community<br />

to be a support system for our students.<br />

On August 31, students new to the McLaurin family were<br />

treated to breakfast provided by the administration and teachers.<br />

Students from as far away as Alaska and the Philippines were<br />

elated to be recognized and were excited to introduce themselves<br />

and tell everyone a little background information about himself<br />

or herself. Zion Wood, MHS senior and one of the newest<br />

McLaurin family members commented, “I have never been to a<br />

school that has welcomed me and made me feel like family. I love<br />

this school.”<br />

In addition to the<br />

new students, Coach<br />

Danny Lewis and Coach<br />

Stephen Atkins joined<br />

the MHS family as new<br />

assistant principals and<br />

received the monthly Crown Trophy “All In” award for August.<br />

Although we are one of the smaller schools in <strong>Rankin</strong> County,<br />

we have the best students. When new families move to the area,<br />

many are surprised that a smaller, family-oriented school has such<br />

big goals and bigger expectations for our students. According to<br />

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Northwest Middle<br />

One of the newest programs at Northwest Middle School is<br />

Project Lead the Way (PLTW), a program that engages<br />

students’ interest in the engineering field and prepares them for<br />

the engineering academy at Northwest <strong>Rankin</strong> High School.<br />

There are currently 80 seventh- and eighth-grade students<br />

participating in the program.<br />

“After surveying the needs of our students, we saw a tremendous<br />

gap in our students’ ability to start a problem and think critically,”<br />

said Sarah East, PLTW instructor. “Project Lead the Way has<br />

provided a curriculum that builds the confidence of our students<br />

to solve problems independently.<br />

The students engage in the engineering design process with<br />

every activity. The first project students were asked to design and<br />

create was an ankle boot orthosis for a child with Cerebral Palsy.<br />

A professional orthotist from the community spoke to the<br />

students about how to properly assess patients and create a brace<br />

that takes into account all of the design constraints.<br />

In automation and robotics, students use VEX EDR robotics<br />

kits to explore the principles of gear ratios and mechanisms. Each<br />

project engages students in the learning process by applying<br />

content. Near the end of<br />

the semester students<br />

will reach the “assembly<br />

line” project.<br />

“In this project<br />

students use their<br />

knowledge of coding,<br />

mechanisms, and wiring<br />

to create an assembly line<br />

that will produce a<br />

manufactured product,”<br />

said East. “At that point<br />

students are no longer<br />

looking to me for<br />

guidance and inspiration<br />

for solutions to their part of the project. They have built skills to<br />

communicate and collaborate as a classroom community to<br />

solve problems.”<br />

During the 2016-17 school year, three students participated<br />

in the MDOT TRAC Bridge competition and were invited to<br />

participate in the American Association of State Highway and<br />

Transportation Officials Bridge Competition.<br />

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The CHALKBOARD<br />

RANKIN COUNTY SCHOOLS<br />

Florence Middle<br />

When you walk inside an English class or the library,<br />

probably the last thing you expect to see is robots, 3d printers,<br />

Legos/K’NEX, and slow motion animation. However, that is<br />

exactly what you will see at Florence Middle School. Faced with<br />

lower circulation numbers and less teacher collaboration when<br />

the district went 1:1 with laptops, librarian Debbie Martin,<br />

decided to think outside the box to get students and teachers<br />

back into her library. That’s how the library evolved into a<br />

Makerspace where students gather to create, invent, and learn.<br />

Students now use the space to create programs and items<br />

based on books they are reading while also making connections<br />

to the text. Shannon Price, 8th grade English teacher said, “ I<br />

loved how the Makerspace area made the students represent the<br />

journey of their character based on a narrative they had written.<br />

They started to really see the weaknesses in their writing when<br />

they had to change code on the robots, change a 3d design, or<br />

change a storyline in a video to represent their character’s<br />

journey. For the first time I saw them go back and modify not<br />

only what they were creating, but also their narrative writing<br />

which I had never seen before unless I forced them to do a<br />

revision. But what I loved the most is that it allowed different<br />

students to shine and I saw leadership and innovation among<br />

the students. ”<br />

That is just one of the ways Florence Middle School is<br />

moving the district from “Great to Best!”<br />

Pisgah Elementary<br />

Our faculty and staff were excited about welcoming our students<br />

back to school for the <strong>2017</strong>-18 school year. Students, parents, and<br />

teachers were all smiles. Since school has started, we have celebrated<br />

Open House, Elementary Cheer Camp, Grandparents’ Day, and<br />

Scholastic Book Fair. Students, parents, and faculty partner<br />

together to move Pisgah Elementary School from Great to BEST!<br />

Trey Lee working on a fully functioning roller coaster in Makerspace<br />

during Zero Block.<br />

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Richland Elementary<br />

At Richland Elementary we believe that character education is<br />

important because it fosters development both academically and<br />

socially. We are working to instill respect, kindness, compassion,<br />

and empathy among each other. Recently, our school was carefully<br />

chosen by The Joseph Middlemiss Big Heart Foundation “Buddy<br />

Bench Gift Program” selection committee as the recipient of the<br />

May <strong>2017</strong> buddy bench! The buddy bench is a simple idea to<br />

eliminate loneliness and foster friendship and kindness on the<br />

playground. The buddy bench also helps reinforce character<br />

education traits taught at Richland Elementary. Valuable traits<br />

such as respect, friendship, peace, generosity and many more that<br />

are taught align perfectly with the purpose of the buddy bench.<br />

The character trait for September is Friendship. In Kindergarten,<br />

Mrs. Sawyer, the school counselor, talked to each class about being<br />

a Bucket Filler or a Bucket Dipper. Being a bucket filler means we<br />

are filling our friend’s invisible buckets when we do kind things<br />

such as sharing, listening, using manners, and saying kind words<br />

to others. Being a bucket dipper is when we are emptying other’s<br />

buckets by not doing such kind things like shouting at someone<br />

or saying mean things to others. Mrs. Sawyer read the book,<br />

Fill a Bucket, and completed the lesson with a visual activity for<br />

students to actually see how you can fill other’s buckets.<br />

Discovery Christian<br />

Discovery Christian School in Florence hosted its first annual<br />

Grandparent’s Breakfast on September 8th, <strong>2017</strong>. With 190<br />

guests in attendance, the event was a huge success. The students<br />

and grandparents enjoyed a delicious breakfast and quality time<br />

together on the campus of DCS.<br />

“Discovery has started a campaign to reach the grandparents<br />

of our students, and get them involved inside the walls of our<br />

school,” said co-head of DCS, Michele Thames. “We have<br />

started a Very Important Grandparents (VIG) club whose members<br />

will be grandparent greeters, classroom readers, and vital<br />

helpers at school events. Our goal is to get grandparents excited<br />

about what is happening at our school and to help cultivate the<br />

precious God-given relationships between our students and their<br />

grandparents.”<br />

For more information about VIG or Discovery Christian<br />

School, please visit discoverychristianschool.org.<br />

Submissions provided by local officials from each individual district and not to be considered editorial opinion.<br />

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The CHALKBOARD<br />

RANKIN COUNTY SCHOOLS<br />

Puckett Elementary<br />

The faculty, staff, and students at Puckett Elementary know<br />

that they are all on a journey from great to BEST. Students and<br />

teachers can be seen working together in ways that broaden<br />

their learning beyond the confines of their classrooms.<br />

Teacher Jennifer Parker and her students conduct interviews<br />

with published authors by using Skype. These sessions provide<br />

students with practical guidance that supports their writing<br />

more than any textbook could ever do.<br />

The efforts of Ms. Parker and all of Puckett Elementary are<br />

paying high academic dividends. Last year, four students earned<br />

the highest score possible on their state standardized tests.<br />

These students, Nolan Canoy, Cooper Wilson, Jackson Smith,<br />

and Macy Morrow, all embody the spirit of high achievement<br />

that Puckett Elementary is known for.<br />

Academics isn’t the only arena in which Puckett Elementary<br />

students excel. As part of the school’s commitment to its<br />

community, several students performed at a home football<br />

game. Mallory Lemoine, Maci Hammock, Ashley Purvis, and<br />

Austin Barrett performed the national anthem during pregame<br />

activities. While these students were performing, many of their<br />

schoolmates were on the football field supporting the edges of<br />

an American flag that exceeded 30 square feet. Puckett students<br />

are very proud of the community and nation.<br />

Homecoming is a special time in Puckett. For this community<br />

to be so small, the support they show for their school is amazing.<br />

Each day, students donned creative costumes to represent a<br />

different aspect of this year’s theme, “Home for the Holidays.”<br />

Puckett Elementary School is a very special place, filled with<br />

wonderful people who all share one mission: to be the very BEST<br />

they can be in every way. Puckett Wolves know not to lower their<br />

expectations to fit the world. They were born to stand out, and<br />

that they do!<br />

Nolan Canoy, Cooper Wilson, Jackson Smith and Macy Morrow all scored the<br />

highest possible score on their State Standardized Tests.<br />

Sixth grade students supported a 30 foot flag during the national anthem.<br />

Mallory Lemoine, Maci Hammock, Ashley Purvis, and Austin Barrett performed<br />

the national anthem during pregame activities.<br />

Ms. Parker’s fifth grade ELA classes Skyped with author Chris Tozier<br />

from Florida.<br />

Mrs. Martin’s kindergarten class dressed for St. Patrick’s Day during<br />

Homecoming Week.<br />

106 • <strong>October</strong> <strong>2017</strong>


Pelahatchie<br />

Pelahatchie Elementary is keeping the main thing the main thing.<br />

Students are involved in engaging activities and are learning<br />

through working together. Teachers are facilitating lessons and<br />

helping students to become critical thinkers in our ever-changing<br />

world. Excitement is in the air with a renewed commitment to<br />

ensure that all students are successful. Students are given many<br />

opportunities to work in collaborative groups to discover, discuss,<br />

teach, research, and to critique various issues or topics. Research<br />

has shown that educational experiences that are active, social,<br />

contextual, engaging, and student-owned lead to deeper learning.<br />

The benefits of collaborative learning include increasing student<br />

retention, self-esteem, responsibility, exposure to and an increased<br />

understanding of diverse perspectives, and preparation for real life<br />

social and employment situations. Pelahatchie Elementary is<br />

striving to take these “Little Chiefs” from Great to BEST!<br />

Submissions provided by local officials from each individual district and not to be considered editorial opinion.<br />

<strong>Hometown</strong> <strong>Rankin</strong> • 107


The CHALKBOARD<br />

RANKIN COUNTY SCHOOLS<br />

Hartfield<br />

Hartfield Academy’s Homecoming Week was September 25-29.<br />

The Homecoming Court was presented Friday night, September<br />

29th at the football game.<br />

Seniors Serving at Smith Park - For a third year in a row, in<br />

connection with Why Not Now Ministries of Jackson, the senior<br />

class visited Smith Park in downtown Jackson to serve the<br />

homeless on Sunday, September 10th. They collected socks,<br />

underwear, undershirts, tote bags, chapstick, washcloths, towels,<br />

mints, personal hygiene products, feminine products, bottled<br />

water, and individually wrapped snacks to distribute.<br />

Hartfield freshman offer Hurricane support - On Sunday,<br />

September 17th, members of the HA freshman class worked to<br />

assist victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Supplies were<br />

collected and students were able to assemble 68 personal hygiene<br />

bags. These along with extra towels, toothbrushes, deodorants,<br />

and soaps, will be distributed through UMCOR (United<br />

Methodist Committee on Relief ).<br />

Front to back left to right: Kennedy Montgomery-12, Julia Ashcraft-12,<br />

Kaylee Van Norman-12, Jaya Brown-12, Lachlan Clark-12,<br />

Julie Thompson-11, Gracee Wells-11, Kayla Burrell-11,<br />

Kaylee Collins-10, Amelia Myers-10, Jacey Calendar-10,<br />

Reagan Williams-9, Olivia Sallis-9, Cailey Walker-9<br />

College Fair - Hartfield Academy welcomed 31 college and<br />

universities to campus on September 7th to visit with our high<br />

school students.<br />

108 • <strong>October</strong> <strong>2017</strong>


The CHALKBOARD<br />

PEARL PUBLIC SCHOOLS<br />

Pearl<br />

For nearly a decade Pearl High School, along with the entire<br />

Pearl Public School District and Pearl community, has been<br />

committed to feeding the needy through its participation in the<br />

“Food for Families” Football Challenge, a friendly competition<br />

between area high schools organized by WAPT. Each week, a high<br />

school football game is named the “challenge” game, and the two<br />

schools hold food drives during the week to see which can collect<br />

the most donations for the Mississippi Food Network.<br />

In 2013 Pearl High School was recognized by the Mississippi<br />

Food Network for setting a new state record with its donation of<br />

nearly 190,000 food items. That was the last year PHS competed<br />

against another school in the Football Challenge. Despite not<br />

having a school to face in the Challenge in 2015 and 2016, PHS<br />

continued its commitment to the Mississippi Food Network,<br />

raising the second most canned foods in the state both years. This<br />

year’s Food for Families Football Challenge was held the week of<br />

the September 11 between Pearl High School and Madison<br />

Central High School. Together the schools set a new state record<br />

with 338,086 food items collected, but Pearl High School smashed<br />

all records by rallying everyone in Pirate Country to collect over<br />

200,250 food items.<br />

Submissions provided by local officials from each individual district and not to be considered editorial opinion.<br />

<strong>Hometown</strong> <strong>Rankin</strong> • 109


Town of Pelahatchie<br />

Prayer Breakfast<br />

August 26<br />

Pelahatchie Baptist Church<br />

110 • <strong>October</strong> <strong>2017</strong>


<strong>Hometown</strong> <strong>Rankin</strong> • 111


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<strong>Hometown</strong> <strong>Rankin</strong> • 113


Camille Anding<br />

The Time Coin<br />

Brandon seems to be home to a lot of<br />

doves, and there are two that live<br />

near our back yard. I wish they would<br />

migrate – permanently! It’s those forlorn<br />

bird sounds they make that take me back<br />

some thirty years ago when our children<br />

were adolescents and the “circle of life” in<br />

our extended family hadn’t been broken.<br />

I realize now what a blessed chapter that is in a family’s life cycle<br />

and how different life can become in the chapters that always follow.<br />

I should have relished those days more.<br />

The family dove shoot meant a cousins and siblings reunion.<br />

Daddy would have the sprawling pasture harvested from the doves’<br />

favorite seeds, leaving behind an enticement for hungry doves to fly low.<br />

My brother and sisters along with spouses and kids would circle the<br />

perimeter of the field, waiting for the first morning’s rays to reflect off<br />

the gun barrels and the arrival of the breakfast-seeking doves.<br />

“Here they come!” someone would shout, and the battle would<br />

ensue. A barrage of shoulder-pounding shotguns would bring down<br />

the first kill followed by cousins racing our Lab retriever to fetch the<br />

feathered trophies. The war zone was active until noon when everyone<br />

left the field to gather around our table for<br />

lunch. It would be light fare so there would be<br />

ample room for the feast that night.<br />

By mid-afternoon, the hunters and<br />

retrievers headed back to the dove shoot for<br />

Round II. Sometimes the doves took their<br />

time in returning and other times they would<br />

fly over in supersonic maneuvers. While we<br />

waited, muffled conversations among the families and random dragon<br />

fly chases by the kids filled the quiet until we heard it again, “Here<br />

they come!”<br />

The evening meal was fare beyond description – biscuits, a<br />

hundred plus with bowls of dove gravy to match the heaping platter of<br />

fried doves. Fresh lima beans, chilled potato salad and sliced tomatoes<br />

were the usual accompaniments. The fellowship was the finest but no<br />

finer than the taste of that once a year delicacy of fried doves.<br />

I seldom travel down Hwy 30 in Union County. The dove pasture<br />

once seen from the highway is overgrown and blocked off by roadside<br />

trees. The doves probably never fly low over the neglected pasture, and<br />

laughter amid the shotgun booms is only a memory. A nearby cemetery<br />

is the resting place of my favorite cook and dove hunter.<br />

I should have relished those days more. n<br />

114 • <strong>October</strong> <strong>2017</strong>


Presented by the Junior League of Jackson<br />

wednesday, november 1<br />

Tis the Season to Sparkle<br />

PREVIEW GALA & AUCTIONS<br />

Presented by the Junior League of Jackson<br />

WALK THE RED CARPET | 7 - 10 P.M.<br />

Presented by C Spire<br />

SHOPPING HOURS | 7 - 11 P.M.<br />

SILENT AND PREMIER AUCTION | 7 - 10 P.M.<br />

LIVE AUCTION | 9 P.M.<br />

PRESENT PICK | 7 - 10 P.M.<br />

Presented by Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry<br />

thursday, november 2<br />

Tis the Season to savor & shop<br />

MISTLETOE MORNING | 8 - 11 A.M.<br />

Presented by Trustmark<br />

Tis the Season to Sip & Shop<br />

MISTLETOE SPIRITS BAR | 11 A.M. - 3 P.M.<br />

Tis the Season to be Merry & Bright<br />

GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT | 6 - 8 P.M.<br />

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general shopping hours<br />

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2 | 11 A.M. - 9 P.M.<br />

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3 | 11 A.M. - 8 P.M.<br />

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4 | 9 A.M. - 5 P.M.<br />

friday, november 3<br />

Tis the Season to be Festive<br />

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11:30 A.M. - 1:30 P.M.<br />

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SANTA SNAPS | 2:30 - 6:30 P.M.<br />

Tis the Season to Shine<br />

TWEEN FASHION SHOW | 4:30 - 6 P.M.<br />

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FRIDAY NIGHT AT MISTLETOE | 8 - 11 P.M.<br />

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