Praying, Fasting and Almsgiving are Lenten Season Challenges


We are sorry to learn of the death of Scott Central senior Madison Paige Edwards who transitioned following a vehicular accident Friday. Visitation is from 5-9 Wednesday and 10:30 – 11:45 on Thursday at Wolf Funeral Service in Morton.  Her funeral is Thursday, March 14th at noon at the Wolf Funeral Chapel.  Please keep her family in your prayers, and special prayers for her mother, Mrs. Jeanette Fortenberry Edwards, and father Timothy Edwards.

Our prayers are with the family of Mr. Billy Fortenberry who transitioned March 6th with his family at his side. Funeral services were held Friday, March 8th at Ott & Lee Funeral Home Chapel. Special prayers for his family especially his wife, Mrs. Sue Fortenberry, daughter Rhonda (Alex) Harrison, and son Scott (Renee) Fortenberry.  

Congratulations to Larry Robinson for his latest victory.  He placed first at the 40th Run Through History Race in Vicksburg March 2nd.  The event was held at the Vicksburg National Military Park and Larry placed first out of 344 participants.  He will participate in the Legal Beagle Race to be held in Jackson on March 9th, and proceeds will go toward the MS Volunteer Lawyers’ Program which assists persons who cannot afford legal services.

Congratulations to the Forest High School Lady Bearcats for their hard work at the “Big House (BH)” Wednesday, March 6th!  We’re proud of their sportsmanship during a difficult game.  We’ll continue to cheer them next year when they return to the BH Court!

Lynch Chapel U.M. youth shared their special spirit-filled gifts — singing, dancing, and speaking — each night during Spring Revival and reflected their commitment of  faith.  Pastor Shirley Wilder congratulated these young Christians and encouraged them to continue their work.  Speakers were Rev. Craig Baxton, Pastor of Trinity U.M. Church in Brandon on Monday; Little Rock M.B. Church’s  Pastor, Rev. Sheldon Thomas brought the message on Tuesday; and the final message, on Wednesday, was brought by Pastor Author Maples from Sherman Hill U.M. Church. Each evangelist addressed the theme “A Time to Plant: Is Your Soul Ready?”  We enjoyed all services and appreciate the invitation to attend.

The Black Law Student Chapter at the University of MS (named in honor of Constance Slaughter-Harvey) celebrated 50 years at the University Wednesday, February 27th.  University  of MS (Ole Miss)  Law School Dean Susan Duncan welcomed those in attendance. U of MS General Counsel Erica McKinley introduced the guest speaker, Constance Slaughter-Harvey. Her daughter, Constance Olivia Burwell, and grandson, James “Tre” Burwell, accompanied her and shared in this special occasion.

President Maxine Odom Gilmore presided at the March 7th meeting of the JSU Scott County Alumni Chapter meeting. Members discussed final preparations for their Annual Scholarship Banquet to be held at the Forest Services Center on April 5, 2019. Proceeds from this event will go toward their Endowment Scholarship for undergraduate students.  In addition to president Gilmore, other members present and participating in the meeting were Rose Anderson, Cynthia Melton, Ester Perry, Annie Owens and Lisa Darby.

Bettye Mae Jackson’s Mentoring Group “Better Together Girls” enjoyed their field trip to Alcorn State University (ASU) Saturday, February 23rd. They ate lunch at Simply Southern in Flowood and then attended a basketball game at ASU where the Braves took on a doubleheader with Alabama State.  The ladies lost and the men won in overtime. The group toured the beautiful Alcorn campus and afterwards, they enjoyed supper at Mazzio’s.  Kudos to Mrs. Debra Crudup Lowery for her commitment to working to save our youth!

Legacy’s Save Our Youth through Community Action stakeholders held their March meeting at the Slaughter Library Monday, March 4th at noon. Their focus during this meeting was to finalize plans for additional community and school forums on bullying, dangers of second-hand smoking, and negative impact of electronic cigarettes.  Plans were also discussed regarding summer activities for Scott County’s youth.  

Women’s month was celebrated by members of the Women for Progress in Mississippi, supporters and guests as they honored women during their March 5th luncheon meeting in Jackson at the Smith Robinson Museum. Local attorney Constance Slaughter-Harvey was the guest speaker and received the Dorothy Stewart Leadership Award. Her grandson, James, accompanied her and enjoyed the delicious meal.

We enjoyed hearing from Mrs. Bonnie Russell Hodge who called to send her best wishes and to share the news that her mother, Mrs. Annie Russell, is doing well.  She, too, sends her greetings to our readers. Please continue to remember them in your prayers.

We always enjoy hearing from our social media supporters, namely Mesdames Susie Boyd, Laura Jackson, Ruby Warnsley, Debra Lowery, Cora Jones and many others.  Thanks!

March babies born during last ten days of the month include Juanita Odom Banks, Maxie Glover Rasco and Myra Murrell Davis (23), Lawenca Pinkston and Robert Buchanan (25), Lucille Parker (27), Doris Bell and Byron Johnson (28), and Berdia Lang and Flo Chambers (30).

Answer to Women’s History Quiz Teaser # 2019-1: Susie Blue Buchanan was the first female lawyer to practice law in court in Mississippi (1918).  Dr. Helen Barnes, a Jackson, MS native, was the first female doctor to practice in Mississippi, after receiving her MD degree in 1958 at Howard University in Washington, D.C.  Dr. Nell Ryan was the first woman to graduate from MS’s new School of Medicine in 1957 and completed residency at UMMC in 1960. In 1961, she joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in pediatrics

Women’s History Quiz Teaser # 2019-2: Who was the first female president of a MS university and the first woman to serve as the chief executive officer of a MS university?