Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Former FC Bulldogs Suit Up in Semi-Pro Football Action

May 28, 2012
ROXIE, MS  -  Three former Franklin County Bulldogs plan to  suit up this Saturday in new Semi-Pro football action in Brookhaven, Ms. 

Call it the ‘Dandy Dozen Team’ or a group hoping to catch the eye of an NFL scout passing through. The Tri-County Heroes, a Semi-Pro football team based out of Brookhaven, will debut Saturday night at 7:00 at Brookhaven High’s King Field against the Pike County Iron Horse in newly developed Gulf-Coast League of Minor League Football.

The team has a Franklin County flavor to it as well, featuring three former Bulldogs that starred on the Bulldogs 2006 Class 3A State Championship squad in linebacker Mike Hunt, defensive lineman Bo Tillman, and safety Greg Hunt. All three played college football, and are hopeful to catch on with an Arena League or Canadian League team. Tillman will don jersey #81, while Mike Hunt will wear jersey #21, and Greg Hunt jersey #5.

Jimmy Johns, the former Mississippi Mr. Football will quarterback the team. Johns led the Brookhaven Panthers to a Class 4A State Championship in 2004, and signed with Alabama. Off-the-field trouble derailed Johns shot at the NFL, plus it took away his senior season. After being profiled on several Jackson news-stations and magazines, Johns is hoping to make an impression on pro-scouts.

Both Johns and Tillman are former ‘Dandy Dozen’ selections by the Clarion-Ledger. Hazlehurst alum Jazzmen Guy is another at Dandy Dozen product, who will play both defensive and offensive tackle on the team.

As football goes, Saturday night should be fun for those wondering where yesterday’s high school stars are today. The team will play games each Saturday, stretching from Pensacola, Florida to Hammond, La. Kickoff is set for 7:00 this Saturday evening at Ole Brook.

Source: James O Covington, Sports Reporter

B&B Special - Do You Add Meat to Your Ragu Spaghetti Sauce ?

May 28, 2012

Weekly Specials

Sunday May 27 - Saturday June 2

Hwy 98 & 84  Bude, Ms
Mon - Sat - 8:00AM till 7:00PM 
Sun - 1:00PM till 6:00PM

 This weeks specials are very 'special' if you are making spaghetti  as a meal!  
Buy the Ragu Sauce and Ronco Spaghetti for a great savings combo .... 

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Citizens of The Netherlands Honor Fallen US Soldiers - One a Franklin County Native

May 26, 2012

ROXIE, MS - Not all came home.  A native Mississippian, Pvt Howard Thomas Bonds, from Roxie in  Franklin County, has his name listed on the Tablet of the Missing at The Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial in the Netherlands.  The Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial in the Netherlands will hold a Memorial for the 1,729 identified American soliders buried and honored there on Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. their time. 

The Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial is the only American military cemetery in the Netherlands.  Netherlands American Cemetery lies in the village of Margraten, 6 miles east of Maastricht. Maastricht can be reached by train from Paris (Gare du Nord) via Li├Ęge, any city in Holland, or from Germany via Aachen. A bus service runs from Maastricht railroad station and Maastricht airport with taxicabs available for the 5 mile trip north to cemetry. 

Citizens of The Netherlands have a special pride in the cemetery and most all gravesites have been adopted by more than one family. A special heart closeness has been felt down through the years since World War II for the American soldiers that help liberate The Netherlands Citizens from the Germans.     Click here for a short video of the cemetry. 

Bonds, Pvt. Howard Thomas (34272642) - Company A
Died: October 4, 1944 - between two woods west of Kijkuit and north of Castle Hattert, east of Overloon, Holland
Last Duty Location: between two woods west of Kijkuit and north of Castle Hattert, east of Overloon, Holland on October 4, 1944

MOS: 604 (Light Machine Gunner)  
Home State: MS (Roxie - Franklin County Native) Son of Iva Elizabeth Aldridge Bonds Whitehead and Thomas Kirby Bonds - 
Buried at: Netherlands USMC (Margraten, Holland) WOM

There are 86,732 known soldiers buried overseas; 6,506 marked as unknown; 78,976 Missing Commemorated Soldiers (missing but confirmed dead)  in countries such as Belgium, France, England, Italy, Luxembourg, Philippines, Holland, Tunisia, Hawaii based on current data compilied in an American Battle Monuments Publication. Some numbers are included in American Battle Monument Cemeteries data but are not administered by ABMC.  

American Battle Monuments Cemeteries (ABMC) administers, operates, and maintains 24 permanent American burial grounds on foreign soil. Presently there are 124,905 U.S. war dead interred at these cemeteries, 30,921 of World War I, 93,234 of World War II and 750 of the Mexican War. Additionally 6,237 American veterans and others are interred in the Mexico City National Cemetery and Corozal American Cemetery

Source: American Battle Monuments Publication website
American Forces Network Europe

Outstanding 6 Wks of League Play - Jason McKinney hits 9th home run !

May 26, 2012

ROXIE, MS - As the Franklin County Dixie Youth League heads into week 7 of its exciting schedule, the consensus from coaches, parents and spectators that this season has produced some great little league games.   It goes from such players as Josh Guice hitting his 1st career home run to Jason McKinney hitting his 9th home run of the season.  Many other players have hit their first home run and battled at the plate for great batting percentages.  Several players have had multiple home run games such as Tebow Hunt hitting his 6th and 7th home runs this week.   Hunt leads the Majors with a 694 batting average followed by Jason McKinney at 576 and Kail Jordan at 467.  Jaquan Brown and Wyatt Brumfield lead the Minors with 471 and 458 respectfully followed closely by Colby Guice at 440. 

In Friday night action, Yankee Major League player Jacob McDaniel moved his pitching record to 5-0 with the Yankees 12-4 win over the Athletics.  Southern Pipe Minor League player Ashton Arnold increased his winning pitching to 6-1 with Southern Pipes 17-3 win over Franklin Advocate.  

SCORES FROM 5/25/2012
Inside the Park Homeruns: Parker Marcengill (PB); J'wan Mackey (PB); Bryce 
Barfoot (J&J); Jacob Miller (J&J) - 2; Bryce Wilkinson (J&J) - 2

Winning Pitcher: Jacob McDaniel (5-0)
Doubles: Drew Johnston (A); Jace Watts (A); Justin Emfinger (Y)
Homeruns: Tebow Hunt (Y) - 2; Jason McKinney (Y)
Multiple Hits: Drew Johnston (A) - 2; Tebow Hunt (Y) - 4; Bronson Smith (Y) - 2;
Jacob McDaniel (Y) - 2; Jason McKinney (Y) - 3; Monte Martin(Y) - 2

Winning Pitcher: Ashton Arnold (6-1)
Doubles: Wyatt Brumfield (SP) - 2; Chasney Green (FA); Jett Watts (FA)
Triples: Ashton Arnold (SP); Zach Cothren (SP)
Homeruns: Doobie Brown (SP) (Inside the Park)
Multiple Hits: Ashton Arnold (SP) - 2; Wyatt Brumfield (SP) - 3; 
Zach Cothren (SP) - 2; Branson Arnold (SP) - 2


6) 417 J. J. STARKS



Source: Stats FC Dixie Youth League 

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Group Paddle Day Set for Sunday, June 3 at 2pm

May 24, 2012

ROXIE, MS - Everyday Adventure, LLC located at 334 Main Street Natchez, Ms. is now booking a Group Paddle Fun Day for Sunday, June 3, 2012.  The day begins at 2:00 pm sharp and will last for approximately 4 hours.  The only thing you have to bring to enjoy the day is yourself.  Everyday Adventure, LLC  furnishes everything !  

Just book your space, show up and you are guaranteed to have fun.  The cost is $50.00 per person.  This canoe paddling adventure is beginner friendly and will held in peaceful water and safe surroundings.  

Call Lena Yarbrough at 601-392-3079 today for more information.  Lena is a co-owner of Everyday Adventure.  Lena is an AFAA Certified Personal Fitness Trainer, Level 3 USA Cycling Coach, 4-3-2-1 training instructor, is certified in CPR & First Aid.

Come and Enjoy ... Group Paddle Fun Day  Sunday June 3 

Source: Everyday Adventures, LLC  / FCNews Staff Reporter

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Does Pepsi Cost More than a Gallon of Gas in Bude ?

Weekly Specials

Sunday May 20 - Saturday May 26

Hwy 98 & 84  Bude, Ms
Mon - Sat - 8:00AM till 7:00PM 
Sun - 1:00PM till 6:00PM

Each and every week B and B Foods in Bude brings extra specials to their customers.  Many times we spend more on gas and time traveling to other areas to buy what we can purchase locally.  B and B Foods supports the local economy each and everyday.  Stop in and shop ... you may be surprised at the quality selection of produce and their special selection of meats ... and prices are comparable ... especially if you factor in time and cost !  

Hint to question1 liter = 0.26417205 US gallons 
4 single 2 liter bottles = 8 liters of Pepsi - cost - $5.00 
2.113375 gallons total - 2.37 per gallon

Monday, May 21, 2012

Two Lady Bulldogs KeKe Collins & Latroya Griffin Collect Awards

May 21, 2012 

For the second year in a row, KeKe Collins collected All-Area Softball Player of the Year honors from The Daily Leader. The athletic Collins played shortstop for the Franklin County Lady Bulldogs, she batted .549 this season and knocked in 27 RBI's.  The Daily Leader is a newspaper serving Brookhaven, Ms and all of Southwest Mississippi. The paper gives out its awards each year to outstanding local athletes.  

Ms. Collins is a Co-Lin basketball signee. She has been one of the top softball players in the area the last four years, but has elected only to play basketball in college.

Also, making the First Team was Latroya Griffin, who batted .400 this season for the Franklin County Lady Bulldogs. She also pitched, winning 14 games for the team in fast-pitch softball action.

Meadville Native Tristan Beach Wins Awards at Sports Banquet

May 21, 2012

ROXIE, MS -  Tristan Beach, a rising senior at Adams County Christian School, took home several overall awards last week at the Adams County Sports Banquet. 

Tristan Beach

Beach won Most Valuable Defensive Player in Football and Most Improved in Track & Field. 

He was also named All-District in both sports.  

The Meadville native is the son of Chris and Stephanie Beach. He is one of the top returning football players in the area this fall.

Corporate Flag at Half Mast in Honor of Fallen Prison Guard Catlin Carithers

10:40am May 21, 2012

ROXIE, MS -  The President and Chief Executive Officer of Correction Corporation of America (CCA), Mr. Damon Hininger, published a statement in CCA's Company Corporate Newsletter about the death of Adams County Correction Facility employee Catlin Carithers.  Mr. Carithers was  24 year old and served as a senior correctional officer at the facility.  He joined CCA in 2009.  

 See newsletter article by clicking here. 

Source: insidecca newsletter May 21, 2012

Local Prison Riot Update News Stories - 1 death - 16 hurt

Monday, May 21, 2012
ADAMS COUNTY, MS -  FC News Staff has compiled the most up-to-date news stories of the Adams County Correctional Center riot which took place on Sunday, May 20, 2012.  The facility is located at 20 Hobo Fork Road and Hwy 98/84Natchez, MS 39120

Correction Corporation of America opened its newly-constructed $128 million facility in late 2009. Adams County Correctional Center was a contract award from the Federal Bureau of Prisons to house up to 2,567 inmates. Criminal alien offenders began arriving in December 2009. 

The opening of the new facility created more than 400 new jobs in the state of Mississippi. “This is a momentous development for Adams County, its surrounding communities and the entire state of Mississippi,” said former Gov. Haley Barbour at its opening. “For more than a decade, and especially during these troubled economic times, CCA has remained a viable partner with state and local governments, filling a public need and providing good-paying jobs to Mississippians. Now, bringing a federal contract to our state represents yet another success in the making of this important public-private partnership in corrections.”

Sunday afternoon riot is the first reported major conflict since the facility opened. 

Click on the following stories to get more news - 

Ms. prison riot leaves one guard dead & 16 hurt
by Holbrook Mohr, AP reporter 2 hours ago

Prison riot leaves one dead, others injured - 
by Emily Lane - Natchez Democrat Reporter on Scene Published 1:20am Monday, May 21, 2012

Adams County prison riot kills one guard, hostages held - 

Thursday, May 17, 2012

B and B Foods Has Very Special Shopper

May 17, 2012

An alligator evaded capture for more than twenty-four hours in a drainage ditch beside B&B Grocery store earlier this week.  The four foot, three year old was first spotted by a B&B employee on Tuesday.  

Wednesday afternoon after word had spread of the alligator’s presence, Franklin County Sheriff Deputies were alerted to spectators trying to gain a peak of the creature.  At that time Mississippi Wildlife and Fisheries Department was called in to help.  With law enforcement from Franklin Sheriff’s Department, Bude Police Department, Mississippi Highway Patrol, and Gaming officials, the alligator was caught with the assistance of Bruick Larkin after an hour struggle. 

With over fifty people gathered in the parking lot watching the capture, B&B store owner, Darrin Ballard, announced, “Y’all come back next Wednesday.  We’ll put another one down there and sell popcorn and cokes.” 

Wildlife officials planned to release the alligator back into the wild.  They warned that alligators reproduce quickly and they are all over this area. 

Keep an eye out as you’re out and about near water this season.

As reported -  
by: Samantha Sivils 

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

F C Native Milton Griffin Impresses MLB Scouts

May 15, 2012

ROXIE, MS - Milton Griffin is a Co-Lin football player with Franklin County roots. He soon may be a Co-Lin baseball player with Major League Baseball (MLB) who has recently gotten the scouts attention.

Griffin, an athletic 5-9, 160-pound Kirby native, worked out for five MLB clubs last week at Co-Lin's Sullivan Field and he looked impressive running a 6.55 in the 60-yard dash. He also showcased a plus outfield arm in front of scouts from the Rockies, Cardinals, Angels, Marlins, and A's.

Source: James O. Covington

Weekly Specials - B and B Foods in Bude, Ms

Weekly Specials

Sunday May 13 - Saturday May 19

Hwy 98 & 84  Bude, Ms
Mon - Sat - 8:00AM till 7:00PM 
Sun - 1:00PM till 6:00PM

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Comments on Food Pantry Closure Continue to Pour In

May 8, 2012
ROXIE, MS -  The comments to the Franklin Baptist Association Food Pantry Closure continue to be made on the article http://franklincountymsnews.blogspot.com/2012/05/secret-ballot-forces-franklin-county.html written yesterday. Here are just a few of the comments.  You may voice  your opinion or comment in the section below the article.  

Anonymous May 7, 2012 1:37 PM
Its so sad that the food pantry is closing, but as someone who worked with the Thrift Store to try to fund its efforts i can see why it has come to this. Times are hard, and its sad that not all churches could keep up with the demand to attend this crucial meeting. What will happen now Franklin County? What will happen to the little thrift store who can't keep the lights on?

Anonymous May 7, 2012 1:50 PM
Wonder who needed a job???? perhaps we can find out later (Associational Mission Director) and why not be transparent and tell what [other ministry programs] are more important than the hungry in our county. And we wonder why folks are dropping out of the churches in this county..... thought the Bible says help all and to minister to all. Would also like to see a list of Pastors attending and list of Pastors not attending.

Anonymous because there are Baptists that would ostracize those that disagree with them.....REALLY?

Anonymous May 7, 2012 8:42 PM
Maybe the Pastors were too embarrassed to watch all the "poor" come to the pantry.....too embarrassed to be there to invite them to their church???? 

Oh, or maybe they were not dressed well enough or have the right "credentials" to be invited to their church. Seems the local churches are pretty "cloned" as far as parishioners are concerned.....at least the ones I have attended.

Anonymous May 7, 2012 5:02 PM
A 'spade' is a 'spade' no matter who sent them. They were doing either the bidding of the pastor or the church that elected them ... So, are you telling me the Church does not support the ministry ? You may want to check your facts ! Seems like the article called a spade a spade 

Anonymous May 7, 2012 3:36 PM
Messenger's bring the word and 'vote' as decided by 'someone'- be it the Pastor or the Church Members - seems like a 'spade' is still a 'spade' !

Anonymous May 8, 2012 3:06 AM
The ones who voted to close the food pantry have probably NEVER volunteered at the food pantry or the thrift store. Why can't the "Associational Mission Director" volunteer for this job? Whoever is hired probably doesn't NEED the extra pay check anyway. Why can't more people volunteer to help at the thrift store? Why does it just have to be a "Baptist" thing? Why can't there be a "Franklin County Food Pantry" and let all churches and organizations raise funds to support it?

Source: Article in Franklin County News Blog 

Monday, May 7, 2012

B & B in Bude Weekly Specials - May 6th - May 12th

Weekly Specials

Sunday May 6 - Saturday May 12

Hwy 98 & 84  Bude, Ms
Mon - Sat - 8:00AM till 7:00PM 
Sun - 1:00PM till 6:00PM

Franklin High Spring Football Jamboree set for May 15th

May 7, 2012
by: James O. Covington

ROXIE, MS - The Franklin High Bulldogs (FCHS) will conclude Spring Practice with the 'Bulldog Blitz Jamboree' on Tuesday May 15th at 5:00 inside spacious Louie Mullins Memorial Stadium.

The Bulldogs will play host to several teams in the area, such as North Pike, Hazlehurst, Amite County, and Bogue Chitto. FCHS will play Amite County and North Pike in games beginning at 5:00.

Coached by Ricky O'Quinn, the Bulldogs return a solid group of players to make a run in the fall for a District and State Championship.

Everyone in the county is encourage to come out and support the Dawgs.

Source: James O Covington, Sports Reporter

Heavannah Holland Wins Kids Fishing Tourney with 3.8 lb Catfish

May 5, 2012
CLEAR SPRINGS RECREATIONAL AREA - Kids had fun but so did their parents, grandparents and others as over 225 kids (up to 16 years old) enjoyed the annual Kids Fishing Tourney which was held Saturday, May 5th.  The tourney is held each year at the Clear Springs Recreational Area in Franklin County.  Tourney Co-ordinator, Mr "Bill" Meriwether with the U S Forrest Service said " we would like to thank all that attended in addition to U S Forrest Service, the U S Wildlife and Fisheries, the National Park Service  , the Franklin County Sheriffs Department, the Franklin County First Responders and the Franklin County Ready Mix for their continued help and support each year".   Mr. Meriwether also said "I would like to take this opportunity to give a special thanks to all the volunteers and businesses but a special note to Mr. Barry Tyson for his continued efforts in helping to make this Kids Fishing Tourney a success".  Without Mr. Tyson's personal efforts, this may not be possible" ... 

The green shirts with the fishing tourney logo were everywhere ... 

Click to watch short video

This years winner was Ms. Heavannah Holland (above), a 12 year old 6th grader from Franklin Middle School.  Ms Holland is the daughter of Greg Holland and Robbyn Wallace.  This was her first tourney and she decided to attend after seeing a poster at the Bank of Franklin.  

Ms Holland caught the most fish at 22 total and the largest fish weighing in at 3.8 pounds.  She broke her fist pole and was able to continue fishing with a second pole.  She was supported by her Grandparents and a lot of friends and other family members.  

Lots of parents, grandparents and friends joined in for a day of family and fun.  If you did not attend this year, you missed a fun filled day. 

Ms. Heavannah Holland the tourney winner 

".... land them in the grass !
 clean'em later"
 said winner Ms Heavannah Holland 

Walter, Sierra and Sadie Phillips enjoying the day !

...a little swimming to cool off during the day !

.. each of the 'points' were loaded with fishermen !

.. was a busy day for all volunteers
but so much fun to see the
Kids enjoy themselves ... 

Source: FCNews Staff Reporter 

Secret Ballot Forces Franklin County Food Pantry to Close Its Doors

May 7, 2012

Typical Monthly Food Pantry
Box of Food Provided to Needy Families
BUDE, MS - The Franklin Baptist Association Food Pantry will close its doors effective May 28, 2012.  Only 13 Churches out of 22 Baptist Churches associated with the Franklin Baptist Association attended the Spring Association Meeting which was held on April 16th at the Bude Baptist Church.  As part of that meeting a motion was made and seconded to close the Food Pantry and divert the monies used for the Food Pantry to hire an Associational Mission Director in addition to funding other ministry programs.  After a lengthy discussion from the floor, a secret ballot vote was held allowing only the pastors and their pastor messengers representing their church to vote.  The vote was 24 in favor of closing and 17 opposed. Yes, you read the count correctly as 41 pastors or pastors messengers voted even though only 13 out of the 22 Baptist churches were present.  The many non paid volunteers, that have given of their time and effort over many years to operate the Food Pantry, were left wondering what 'ministry program' had they been operating over these many years.  Some volunteers have given of their time, talent and effort for over 12 years ... through thick and thin times but always with a cheerful face and a sense of pride that they were able to 'minister' to the less fortunate whom look to the Food Pantry for some assistance. 

A volunteer and Food Pantry Manager, Mr. Charles Calcote said "the volunteers here at the Food Pantry are saddened and regret the closing of this important ministry.  It has been a joy and a privilege to serve the many residents of Franklin County.  Our prayer today is that it will be in operation again to help but it will take the Churches of Franklin County doing their part in giving financially, on a monthly basis to this ministry, in order for the food to be bought and given to the needy"  One Volunteer said 'this is a ministry of love that we volunteers do; but to turn it into a paid position is so disheartening. Is one salary worth the cost of the good we have done in our County?'  Many others stood by shaking their heads in agreement.  

Mr. Calcote also suggested that any interested party that would like to voice an opinion or further discuss closing the Food Pantry; contact any of the following persons:  Mr Brad Moak 601-384-5462; Mr Leon Wallace 601-384-5925; or Mr. Marvin Howard 601-384-2581 or 601-384-7493 or The Franklin Baptist Association, 122 Holly ST N, Bude, MS 39630 601-384-2759 

Source: FCNews STaff / Interview

Saturday, May 5, 2012

5/5/2012 7:44AM Mississippi Highway Patrol Issues Amber Alert for Four Persons

5/5/2012 7:44:07 AM
Active AMBER ALERT:  http://www.mstraffic.com/

The Mississippi Highway Patrol has issued an Amber Alert. Four people have been abducted. They are identified as Jo Anne, Adrienne, Alexandria, and Kyliyah Bain and were last seen yesterday. Adrienna is a white female. She has brown hair and brown eyes and is 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 129 pounds. Alexandria is a white female. She has brown hair and hazel eyes and is 5 feet tall and weighs 105 pounds. Kyliyah is a white female. She has blonde hair and brown eyes and is 4 feet tall and weighs 57 pounds. They may be in the company of their mother, Jo Ann Bain and an adult male, Adam Mayes. Jo Ann is a white female. She has brown hair and brown eyes and is 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighs 130 pounds. Adam Mayes is a white male. He has brown hair and blue eyes and is 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighs 175 pounds. Mayes has altered his appearance by cutting his hair and may have also cut the hair of the children and dyed it an unknown color. To see ABC News Report Click Here > http://abcnews.go.com/US/police-search-widens-missing-memphis-mom-daughters/story?id=16270151#.T6UpE-hSTXo   

Information has been developed during the investigation that the children may be in extreme danger. Warrants for kidnapping are being issued for Adam Mayes, who is considered armed and extremely dangerous. Mayes was last seen in Guntown, Mississippi on Tuesday May 1, 2012. They may be going to Arizona or Mississippi. 
PHOTO: Jo Ann Bain and her three daughters, Adrienne Bain, 14, Alexandria Bain, 12, and Kyliyah Bain, 8, were last seen leaving their Whiteville home.

Mayes has connections to Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida. If you have any information on these subjects, please contact the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation at 601-987-1353.

Source: Public Alert / FCNews Staff

Friday, May 4, 2012

How Does a Bill Become a Law in Mississippi ?

May 3, 2012

ROXIE, MS - How does a bill become a law?  The following chart guides you through the steps.

Source: FCNews Staff / Public Record