n OKOLONA – The Confederate Cemetery in Okolona has received five new markers directing visitors to the historic area.
The latest sign is a covered kiosk that details the history of the Battle of Okolona and the cemetery and also lists names of all soldiers buried there.
A dedication was held recently for the new kiosk and included local history buffs, government officials and an author.
Author Dr. Brandon Beck’s career teaching history at Shenandoah University in Virginia ended and he retired to Mississippi.
Beck is writing a book about the Battle of Okolona. The manuscript for his book, “Defending the Prairie; Nathan Bedford Forrest, William S. Smith and the Battle of Okolona,” is due to The History Press in August and he expects a quick turnaround for the publication.
Northeast at Corinth open house Tuesday
n CORINTH – The long-awaited completion of additional classrooms, library and other facilities of Northeast Mississippi Community College in Corinth will be shown to the public during an open house 3-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, said center director Nelson Wall.
The Larry McCollum Center on South Harper Road will offer an expanded schedule of classes in Corinth beginning in the fall, eliminating the need for many students to commute to Booneville.
Northeast President Johnny Allen and other special guests will be on hand for the occasion. For more information, call (662) 696-2312.
Interviews set for state
higher education chief
n JACKSON – A search committee next week will begin first-round interviews of candidates for Mississippi commissioner of higher education.
Members of the search committee will meet Wednesday and Thursday in Jackson as they try to find a permanent replacement for Tom Meredith, who resigned last year. Aubrey Lucas is serving as interim commissioner.
The commissioner oversees Mississippi’s eight public universities.
Maben man sentenced
in two slayings
n STARKVILLE – A Maben man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole after pleading guilty in the slaying of his wife and another woman in 2008 in Okitbbeha County.
Moses Leon McBride was sentenced this week to two life sentences without parole for two counts of capital murder. Prosecutors dropped aggravated assault and burglary of a dwelling charges.
Prosecutors say deputies found the bodies of McBride’s wife, Erica Denise McBride, and Stephanie Nicole Bedford after reports of gunfire at a mobile home west of Starkville on June 15, 2008. Erica McBride’s body was found in a wooded area near the trailer.
– Daily Jurnal, wire, Chickasaw Journal reports