Laura Beth Strickland

By Charlotte Buchanan  •  Photography by Ashley Gatian Laura Beth Strickland is a native of Vicksburg and is Executive Director of the Vicksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau. Even in these trying times when the Covid 19 virus has brought much of the country’s festivals and conventions to a temporary halt, Laura Beth is hard at […]

Kitchings Named Vice President of Member Involvement at MEC

The Mississippi Economic Council recently named Beth Kitchings as Vice President of Member Involvement. As Vice President of Member Involvement, Kitchings leads a team responsible for growing, engaging and retaining the membership base of the state’s chamber of commerce. She comes to MEC with more than 25 years of sales, marketing, and communications experience with […]

USA Rice Federation Principals Meet

Delta Council leader Curtis Berry of Tunica (third from right), who also serves in numerous capacities of leadership in the Mississippi and national rice industry, joined other USA Rice Federation principals this week in meeting with United States Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue (fifth from right) in Washington this week. Secretary Perdue will be the […]

Secretary Perdue Announces Creation of Undersecretary for Trade

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has announced the creation of an undersecretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), a recognition of the ever-increasing importance of international trade to American agriculture.  Perdue made the announcement standing by barges filled with agricultural products along the banks of the Ohio […]

MDEQ encourages proper disposal

Drop-off collection sites for pharmaceutical waste available By Becky Gillette There are growing environmental concerns about the improper disposal of pharmaceutical drugs and household personal care products, said Robbie Wilbur, communications director for the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ). “MDEQ encourages the proper management of pharmaceutical wastes and discourages flushing of household medications and […]

20th annual Cranford Lecture

Dr. Calvin White to speak April 9 Delta State University is gearing up for the 20th annual Sammy O. Cranford Memorial History Lecture on April 6 at 7 p.m. in Jobe Hall Auditorium. The 2017 lecturer is Dr. Calvin White Jr., associate professor of history and chair of the history department at the University of […]

Gov. Bryant appoints new MDOC commissioner

Pelicia Hall will oversee 3 state prisons and more than 2,200 employees Gov. Phil Bryant recently announced the appointment Pelicia Hall commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Corrections. Hall replaces Marshall Fisher, who was recently appointed commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Public Safety. Hall has served as interim MDOC commissioner since late January. Previously, […]

North Sunflower Medical Center receives award

Named “Hospital of the Year” by Mississippi Nurses Association By Angela Rogalski The Mississippi Nurses’ Association and the Mississippi Nurses’ Foundation recognized North Sunflower Medical Center, March 6 as their Hospital of the Year. The Nightingale Awards are the highest honor that the Nurses’ Association and Foundation gives. CEO Sam Miller said receiving the award […]