Open Arms Food –Meal Ministry
During the pandemic, Open Arms Food-Meal Ministry is providing bags of food to the community on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month from 4:30-6:30 p.m. They are located at 239 Railroad Ave. For more information call 601-663-8505. Next Dates are is Tuesday, 10/13 & 10/27/2020.
Mississippi State University 2020 Football Schedule
University of Mississippi 2020 Football Schedule
University of Southern Mississippi 2020 Football Schedule
Lock up your Valuables:
Recently Neshoba and neighboring counties have been targets for a growing zero turn lawnmower theft ring.
These thieves are preying on unsuspecting people, stealing mowers, trailers, and utility vehicles. We are getting reports of farm tractors being stolen in neighboring areas.
My warning to all citizens of Neshoba County is to secure anything of value. Chain, lock, monitor, place cameras and protect anything that you own. Make your property a “HARD TARGET” or at least do everything you can to make their job as difficult as possible.
“Our citizens are our greatest asset, our eyes and ears out and about in our community. We can all help keep our community safe by reporting suspicious activity. Citizens can report suspicious activities, tips, or crimes by calling or texting our tip hotline at (855-485-TIPS), or calling our office at (601-656-1414). Reporters can remain anonymous if desired,”
Neshoba Central High School
The Neshoba Central High School Athletic Department is selling ALL Season Passes for students at a cost of $ 30. Adult All Season Passes are $ 100 each.
Governor Reeves Monday Announcement
The statewide mask mandate has been extended through the remainder of September with a few alterations.
Originally set to expire this morning, Governor Reeves signed the extension of the order requiring masks to be worn in schools and in public on Sunday night. As for the changes included in the latest iteration of the order, capacity limits have been increased for restaurants, shops and bars.
Restaurants can increase capacity limitations from 50 to 75%. Increased individual party size from six to ten when tables can be spaced out by six feet.
Other private sector entities, such as retail shops and gyms, can increase capacity from 50-75%.
Gyms can be open 24 hours.
Group gathering limitations are now at no more than 10 indoors or 50 outdoors when social distancing is not possible. If people are able to social distance, group gatherings are set at no more than 20 indoors or 100 outdoors.
Earlier today( September 14th), the Mississippi State Department of Health reported 145 new cases, continuing the downward trend in the state. Governor Reeves explained that Mississippi’s 7-day average has dropped to approximately 412 new cases— a 65% decline since the state’s peak in late June.
“We were able to do that at a time when we reopened K-12 schools, at a time when we reopened community colleges, at a time when we reopened our institutions of higher learning, at a time when the vast majority of private sector entities, while they may have had limited restrictions on them, they were operational. They were operational. They were functional. Our economy is functioning, but because of the efforts of the people of this state, we are making progress. Not only from an economic standpoint but also from the standpoint of reducing the amount of virus that is in our local communities,” Governor Reeves said.
The order is offically set to expire on September 30th at 5:00 p.m.
FREE COOL SEASON FORAGES WORKSHOP
The Neshoba Extension Service will have a Cool Season Forage Workshop on Monday, September 28. They will be two sessions, one at 10:00 a.m. or 2:00 p.m., both will be in the Neshoba County Coliseum multi-purpose room. The guest speaker will be Dr. Brett Rushing, MSU Associate and Research Professor. Space is limited to 20 people per session so that we can insure social distancing. You must call to register, and masks are required. Contact the Extension Service office at 601-656-4011 to register or for more information.
Digital Media students
produce hype video
Kathryn Dreifuss and Jon Addy
There’s always an abundance of hype on Rocket Field during football games but this year there’s a new addition, which is drawing accolades from not only the fans but the players and coaches as well.
A new hype video, produced by Neshoba Central High School’s Digital Media Technology students, premiered last Friday night on the jumbotron.
The video was later posted on social media and reached over 6,000 people in less than a week.
Shannon Broom, Digital Media 2 teacher, couldn’t be more excited for her students.
“That’s a lot of Facebook views for us,” she said. “We are just a little organization here in Philadelphia.”
Dr. Lundy Brantley, superintendent of education, shared her excitement.
“I am very proud of these very talented students,” he said. “They are able to build their resume while getting real world experience in their chosen fields. Their creativity is really mind blowing.”
This is the third year for Digital Media at Neshoba Central and Broom’s second to teach the second-year course. Bridgette McFarland teaches the first-year course.
Skills taught include photography, graphic design, music production, video and animation.
Two students, junior Kathryn Dreifuss and senior Jon Addy, have enjoyed the class so much that they plan to pursue similar fields of study in college.
Addy filmed five or six Rocket practices for the football hype video.
“I did one last year but this one is much better because I have learned a lot more,” he said. “I searched and listened to good songs to fit the mood of the video.”
Addy started out flying the class’s drone before getting into filming and putting videos together.
He used shots taken from a drone to do the “Welcome to Rocket Field” video which is shown on the jumbotron before football games.
Dreifuss developed a love as well as a talent for Digital Media while helping her mother produce videos for the Choctaw Indian Fair. Her mother, Misty, works in the Public Information Office for the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.
While she didn’t work on the football hype video, she did produce a similar one for the volleyball team, which was played before the football game.
“I love filming,” Dreifuss said. “The editing is the hard part. I listened to various songs to find what worked best with the video.”
Broom said her previous class was working on a number of projects before in-school classes ended early last spring.
“Since we started, we’ve been doing more stuff with athletics because people were asking for it,” she said. “Both the volleyball and football videos are on our Facebook page.”
In addition to the hype videos, her Digit Media class produced a starting lineup video where the football players are introduced over the jumbotron instead of over a microphone in the press box.
Chief Keith Page’s voice is heard introducing the players on the video. He comes to Broom’s classroom on Wednesdays and records any changes for the next game. Addy adds it to the animation that he has already created.
“Any changes are a quick fix,” Broom said.
The class has also produced commercials for many of the game’s sponsors, which are also played over the jumbotron.
Broom’s classroom has about 25 desktop Mac computers along with much more state-of-the-art technology.
“The Mississippi Department of Education gives us specific requirements for the devices and printers that we use,” Broom said.
“Students like Kathryn and Jon are so interested in the technology that they will work on video production at home. Not everybody is willing to do that.”
Several Digital Media students can be seen volunteering their talents at football games, many in the press box at Rocket Field.
“They play live video on the jumbotron just like you would see at a college football game,” Broom said.
Student Amanda Murphy films the game for the football coaches from atop the press box. Addy can be found inside the press box showcasing his digital talents.
William Schmid is also on top of the press box with a camera.
Cora Manning is also a big help, Broom said.
Addy is training junior Allen Marshall to take his place after he graduates. They are working to get Marshall certified to fly the drone.
Hayden Burrage is also working with Addy.
“Football snagged Kathryn before we started this with the press box,” Broom said. “She runs Huddle for the football coaches. During soccer, she will rotate out of Hudl and work in the press box. Huddle is the software used in athletics, where they video games, upload them into Huddle and share with coaches on opposing teams.”
To watch all the videos, go to Neshoba Central High School Digital Media Technology’s Facebook page.
ECCC Offering Short-Term Training Through ReSkillMS program
The Workforce Development Center at East Central Community College in Decatur is offering several short-term training courses through the new ReSkillMS program. The training being offered through December is intended to put Mississippians who lost their jobs or were displaced due to COVID-19 back to work. Financial aid is available to qualified applicants. Through ReSkillMS, ECCC is offering short-term training on the main campus in Decatur and at the Louisville Career Advancement Center and Louisville Career and Technology Center in Louisville, at the Integrated Technologies Center in Choctaw, and at the Philadelphia/Neshoba Career-Technical Center and Old U.S. Motors Building in Philadelphia. Training includes Certified Nursing Assistant, Basic Welding, Advanced Welding, Industrial Maintenance, Manufacturing Skills-Basic, Forklift Operation, Machine Shop, and Construction Trades. For more information, contact the ECCC Workforce Development Center at 601-635-6429 complete and submit the form located at www.eccc.edu/reskillms. ReSkillMS was recently announced by Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves to help individuals who have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to find jobs and to support employers who want to hire and train new employees on the job. Funds to support the program come from the federal CARES Act.