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Hinds CC names its heroes for Fall 2019

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Hinds CC Heroes, Fall 2019. Left to right. Top row: Margaret “Nita” Burchfield, William Everett Carraway, Kathryn Cole and Betty Collins. Center row: Stephanie Henderson-Davis, Angela Hite, Dr. Phatia McClellan and Tangela Myles. Bottom row: Kathy Price, Ronald Rice, Jennifer Ross and Tiffany Taylor.

From Hinds Community College:

The Fall 2019 group of honorees in the Hinds Heroes employee recognition program at Hinds Community College have been named.

Hinds Heroes are chosen because they represent the college well, provide exceptional customer service to all its customers and consistently promote the Hinds mission of service. Heroes selected receive a lapel pin, a token of appreciation and one free day off work.

In alphabetical order, this semester’s honorees and a quote from their nomination are:

  • Margaret “Nita” Burchfield, of Raymond, business administration instructor, department chair and curriculum coordinator, based on the Raymond Campus. In addition to teaching, she ensures curriculum is consistent across the district. She has been with Hinds for six years. “Nita is ALWAYS looking for ways to help her students, her coworkers and Hinds in general! Nita is always using a new technique or tool that will garner mastery of the outcomes in her courses.”
  • William Everett Carraway, of Utica, history instructor at the Vicksburg-Warren Campus. He has been with Hinds for 10 years. “He is an excellent instructor who cares about his students and is well-deserving of the recognition.”
  • Kathryn Cole, of Clinton, district director of Enrollment Services, based on the Raymond Campus. Her duties include overseeing recruitment efforts for Hinds’ six locations and providing holistic enrollment services to prospective students. She has been with Hinds for 14 years. “Kathryn is amazing! She is very knowledgeable about every aspect of the college. She is a one-stop shop of information.
  • Betty Collins, of Raymond, mathematics department instructor and chair, based on the Raymond Campus. She teaches classes both on campus and online. She has been with Hinds for seven years. “Besides being a great chair, she is a great teacher, leader, co-worker and friend to all. She treats everyone with respect and kindness
  • Stephanie Henderson-Davis, of Raymond, financial aid adviser on the Raymond Campus. Her duties include collecting all required data for determining student eligibility for Title IV funds; advising students and families regarding federal, state and institutional guidelines and assisting students in person and via technology. She has been with Hinds for 32 years. “She goes above and beyond her duties to make sure that every student has the chance at an education! She has truly been my hero more than once!”
  • Angela Hite, of Raymond, administrative assistant and Hi-Stepper director on the Raymond Campus. Her duties include assisting the associate vice president for Student Services/district dean of students, directing homecoming court presentations, the Miss Hinds competition and the Eagle Beauty Revue. As director of the Hi-Steppers, she has a range of duties including recruiting dancers and scheduling performances. She has been with Hinds for 26 years. “She is always going above and beyond for her students and the Hi-Stepper Alumni. She wears a smile no matter what and is always encouraging students to do their best and keep their heads up.”
  • Dr. Phatia McClellan, of Jackson, biology instructor and department chair at Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center. Her duties include leading instructors with academic instruction and advising the campus’ Phi Theta Kappa chapter. She has been with Hinds full-time for one year and seven overall, including six as adjunct faculty. “She is an awesome instructor and is willing to help her students succeed no matter what.”
  • Tangela Myles, of Brandon, director of the child care facility at the Rankin Campus. Her duties include caring for the children who attend the center, plus overseeing the safety procedures. She has been with Hinds for 19 years. “She makes sure that the childcare center on the Rankin Campus runs smoothly and without problems. She  is a great boss and a good person to work for.”
  • Kathy Price, of Terry, senior advancement specialist on the Raymond Campus. Her duties include being the financial manager for all accounts held by the Hinds Community College Foundation. She has been with Hinds for 22 years. “Kathy has taken on additional responsibilities with the New Market Tax Credit and is the ‘glue’ that holds it all together.”
  • Ronald Rice, of Wesson, instructor in the carpentry program on the Raymond Campus. He has been with Hinds for 10 years. “Those who have had the privilege of working with him have discovered a special person and friend. Many former Hinds Community College employees are now recipients of treasured items he crafted, showcasing his master craftsman talents as a carpenter.”
  • Jennifer Ross, of Raymond, administrative assistant in the Career-Technical Education Department at the Raymond Campus. Her duties include managing spending and budgets for several departments, purchasing equipment and handling inventory. She has been with Hinds for six years. “Her skills and knowledge of computer operations and software are performed at a level of expertise. She is always pleasant and takes initiative.”
  • Tiffany Taylor, of Utica, administrative assistant in the Career-Technical Education Department at the Utica Campus. Her duties include a variety of clerical functions, including handling mail, filing correspondence, scheduling, keeping staff meeting minutes and recordkeeping. She has been with Hinds for nine years. “Tiffany is an outstanding employee. She goes far above and beyond what is required of her on a daily basis.”

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Silver Alert issued for Amite County man

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Ronnie Ray Ratcliff (photo courtesy MBI)

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation has issued a Silver Alert for Ronnie Ray Ratcliff, 67, of Summit, Mississippi, in Amite County.

Ratcliff is a white male, 6 feet tall, weighing 200 pounds with black and gray hair and brown eyes.

He was last seen Monday, Nov. 16, in the 6500 block of North Greensburg Road in Amite County.

Ratcliff is believed to be in a 2009 aluminum Chevrolet Silverado bearing Mississippi license plate DBN755 traveling in an unknown direction. The Chevrolet has damage to the front passenger side.

Family members say Ratcliff suffers from a medical condition that may impair his judgement.

If anyone has information regarding the whereabouts of Ronnie Ray Ratcliff call the Amite County Sheriff Department at 601-657-8057.

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Vicksburg man charged with embezzlement of TJ Maxx

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Rogers Zakolby Wesley (photo courtesy VPD)

Vicksburg police officers arrested a man Thursday for embezzlement.

Officers were dispatched to the TJ Maxx store, 3405 Pemberton Square Blvd., where they arrested Rogers Zakolby Wesley, 20, of Vicksburg, on Thursday, Nov. 19. Wesley is accused of stealing $2,641.16 in merchandise from the store.

He appeared before Judge Penny Lawson in Vicksburg Municipal Court Friday, Nov. 20, charged with one count of embezzlement. Lawson set his bond at $2,500 and bound him over to the Warren County grand jury.

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Alcorn’s J. D. Boyd Library recognized for community outreach

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The J.D. Boyd Library at Alcorn State (photo courtesy ASU)

Alcorn State University’s J. D. Boyd Library received recognition for its community outreach efforts.

The Library won the Best Year-Round Effort by an Individual Library to Publicize Library Services in General award during the 2020 Mississippi Library Association Virtual Conference’s Award Program. The award focuses on the Library’s provision of enriching outreach programs for the campus and surrounding communities during the 2019-2020 academic year.

The Library’s goal is to shed light on library programs, resources, and services through community outreach and engagement.

Dr. Blanche Sanders, dean of university libraries, was thrilled to hear the news of the library’s win.

“I was very optimistic that Alcorn would leave the conference with an award,” Sanders said in a statement. “Before the conference, I received a call from Rachelle Moore, chair of the awards committee, stating that Alcorn had risen to the occasion. When I received the news, excitement filled the air.”

Some of the Library’s achievements include hosting the second annual Friends of the Library Celebration Luncheon, spotlighting a breast cancer awareness program, participating in the Giving Back Campaign to the Community by donating dinners and canned goods to families in Claiborne County, and much more.

For more information about the J. D. Boyd Library, call 601-877-6350.

 

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