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Maggie Shoultz, 22, of Pelahatchie participated in the Miss Mississippi Pageant in Vicksburg, June 20-23, as the reigning Miss Rankin County. The daughter of Virginia Davis and John Shoultz and granddaughter of Margaret Davis Clay, Shoultz is cur- rently majoring in dentistry with a minor in vocal performance at East Central Community College. The East Rankin Academy graduate plans to at- tend Merdian Community College’s dentistry program next. Here’s a Q&A to learn more about Shoultz. List scholastic honors : Sigma Sig- ma Mu Tau officer; Julliard honors stu- dent. What is your hometown like ? I was raised in a small Southern town with its unique qualities. Pelahatchie is a hid- den gem that offers quiet but personable hospitality. Greatest non-academic accom- plishment : Full scholarship lead vo- calist in Collegians; Earned the Patriot Award for leadership skills; Mentoring at risk children to make positive choic- es; Promoted South Sudan Water Well donations; X-factor finalist; American Idol finalist. One thing I’d like to try that is out of character for me : Living in a small city, I would like to live in a large city like Nashville, Tennessee, where there is more than one traffic light and plenty of opportunities. Describe one defining moment in PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID PELAHATCHIE, MS PERMIT NO. 4 Pelahatchie News P.O. Box 771 Pelahatchie, MS 39145 INSIDE THIS ISSUE Wolf named City Attorney Back-to-school information (see center section) Renfrow new ERA baseball, softball coach July 2018 Volume 7 Issue 7 Pelahatchie, MS Burchfield named new PHS principal Shoultz competed for Miss Mississippi A Caring & Friendly Atmosphere Treating Children, Adults, and Seniors Cleanings • Fillings Extractions • Whitening Dentures • Crowns Root Canals • Implants and More Special to Pelahatchie News Town in turmoil: Will Muscadine Jubilee happen Se v e n t e e n - y e a r education veteran Dr. Teague Burchfield is the new principal at Pelahatchie High School (PHS). The former Brandon High School assistant prin- cipal started on June 13. A Mississippi Col- lege and University of Southern Mississippi graduate, Burchfield spent nine years as a social studies teacher and coach, and eight as an administrator. He previous- ly served as assistant basketball coach at Madison Central and head basket- ball coach at Lafayette High School in Oxford. He was assistant principal at Vicksburg, Warren County Schools, Ridgeland High School and Brandon High School. He is from an education family, both his father and mother, Phil Burchfield and Bobbye Taylor, his step-parents, Nita Burchfield and the former Mickey Taylor, and his sib- lings, Jodie Burchfield and Shea Taylor, are either teachers or ad- ministrators. Even his wife, Robyn, works for the Foundation at Hinds Community College. His father, Phil Burchfield, re- tired as superinten- dent at the Clinton Public School District in 2017 and is now the director of the Missis- sippi Association of School Superinten- dents. Burchfield is an avid sportsman who was involved in baseball, basket- ball, track and golf at Enterprise High School, a town and school similar in size to Pelahatchie. He had 41 in his graduating class. He said he is a "big family guy" and believes working together is the key to success. By Susie A. Wolfe Dr. Teague Burchfield is PHS’ new prin- cipal. A former coach and social studies teacher, Burchfield is from a family of ed- ucators. Photo by Pelahatchie News continued on page 4 Shoultz, right, is shown with her grandmother, Margaret Davis Clay, at a reception in Vicksburg during the pageant. Special to Pelahatchie News continued on page 3 Good News You Can Use! The Pelahatchie Mayor and Board of Aldermen had four meetings in June. First was the June 4 Board meeting, followed by a Special Session on June 11, where Board Attorney Brad Mills resigned. On June 14, the Board voted to hire Michael Wolf as the new attor- ney. Mayor Ryshonda Beechem called another Special Session on June 18 to discuss the 2018 Muscadine Jubilee, but none of the aldermen showed up, leav- ing the annual event in question. Mayor Beechem’s actions of changing of the City Hall locks after being told not to by aldermen and having a wall built at Milltown Park without Board approval are currently in question with the Board. The Board stressed that any Muscadine Jubilee commitments by the Town must be pre-approved by the Board. Beechem is proposing Southern Rock band Cadillac Three as the head- line entertainment at a cost of $25,000. She also recommended hiring Stagelite Entertainment as the booking agent, along with Lari Johnson for $3,500 and Bishop Gunn for $3,000. The mayor is also putting together a committee of res- idents to help promote the Thirty-Eighth Annual Muscadine Jubilee scheduled for September 8. As the thirty-day window for re- sponding to the Office of the State Au- ditor’s (OSA’s) demands happened in June, the case is still open and in the pro- cess of being turned over to theAttorney General’s of- fice for en- for cemen t . Though there was no em- bezzlement or criminal activity, the A u d i t o r ’ s findings do indicate that funds were misappropriated and need to be repaid to the police department’s budget. Former Mayor Knox Ross said, “We completely disagree with it [OSA de- mands], and our CPA assured us we have done nothing wrong.” The former Mayor, City Clerk and Board members, as well as the new mayor and two new Board members, are named in the OSA report as being responsible for misappropriated funds of $421,688.10 from June 2015 to June 2017, and of $80,694.97 for July 2017 to December 2017. The City Clerk, Deputy Clerk, Utility Clerk, and Police Chief, as well as oth- er officers, court clerks and dispatchers are bonded under a surety bond for $ 50,000 each, whereas the Town Mayor and Board also have $50,000 coverage for unethical service. The Board’s cov- erage is reimbursed through the Missis- sippi Municipal Liability Plan, whereas the Town pays for the mayor’s coverage. How this translates to the officials out- of-pocket cost is still to be determined. By Susie A. Wolfe Special to Pelahatchie News