Back-to-School Bash Saturday

Ward 3 Neighborhood Watch is sponsoring a Back-to-School Bash on Saturday at the Verona City Park from 2 to 4 p.m.

There will be free food, school supplies, teacher’s gifts and fun – Pie Your Principal and Dunk the Police. Games and entertainment will feature Tawana Westbrook and Partlow Drummers. For more information, contact Juanita Chandler at 566-4738, Alice Nunnelley at 566-4559, Michael Agnew at 566-7573 or Jessie Gilmore at 566-8937.

City news

Verona Board of Alderman and City Clerk recently attended four days of training and leadership development at the Mississippi Municipal League’s 75th Annual Conference in Tunica. Gov. Haley Barbour delivered the keynote address.

An estimated 3,000 local public officials attended this annual training opportunity. Many state agencies and organizations provided speakers for the educational sessions. They included the attorney general’s office, state auditor’s office, Mississippi Development Authority, Mississippi Planning and Development Districts, the American Planning Association, MEMA/FEMA, MOOT, MDEQ and others. Topics included state law updates, grant writing, flood plain management, beautification and preservation, infrastructure issues, municipal liability issues, and community and economic development.

Other conference highlights included the election of the MML 2006-2007 slate of officers, the presentation of the 2006 Municipal Excellence Awards, induction ceremonies for the 2006 Municipal Hall of Fame and a trade show, showcasing over 190 businesses, state agencies and other organizations.

“The Mississippi Municipal League provides important networking and professional growth opportunities for our members during two full days of presentations and roundtable discussions that help us all become more effective leaders for our respective cities and towns,” said Pontotoc Mayor Bill Rutledge, MML president, 2006-2007.

“Our conference is the largest annual association conference held in the state. In addition to a full-day of educational break-out sessions, mayors and board members were able to participate in all four core courses of our Basic Certified Municipal Officials program,” added George E. Lewis, MML executive director.

Established in 1931, MML represents 288 city, town, and village governments in Mississippi. MML is also affiliated with the National League of Cities, a lobbying, legislative and legal arm representing municipalities before the U.S. Congress.

First Baptist Church

Two Southern Baptist missionaries will share their testimonies and report on their mission work on Sunday, Aug. 27. J. Mark Wakefield of the International Mission Board will speak at the morning worship service and Christopher McNairy of the North American Mission Board will speak at the evening worship service.

First United Pentecostal Church

The Rev. Danny Bishop will be singing and preaching during the evening service Sunday at 6 p.m.

Daughters of Zion will meet Monday at 7 p.m. Daughters of Zion are committed women who join together on the first Monday night of each month and pray focused prayer for their children. These mothers pray for the salvation of their children and against the forces of evil that attack them. We would love to pray with you for your children. You will be amazed at what God will do in your child’s life.

Verona UMC

Verona UMC will have a revival August 13-15 with evening services at 7 p.m., and noon to 1 p.m. services on Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 14-15. The evangelist will be Rev. Tim Green, pastor of Saltillo First United Methodist Church. The music director will be Tommy Monts Jr. We invite everyone to attend. The Rev. Don Sparks is the host pastor.

Sympathy

Extended sympathy to the families of Herbert T. Chatham, Sereda Cooley and Annetta Jean Duke.

Margaret Baker is the Verona correspondent for Lee County Neighbors. E-mail her at mabake@bellsouth.net