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Good News You Can Use Luke Robinson brought home the bronze medal in unified flag football from the Special Olympics held in Se- attle June 30-July 7. He is the son of Connie and Joe Robinson of the Shiloh community in Pelahatchie. The Mississippi team, who played seven games in four days, was made up of six Special Olympic athletes: Robinson, Dan Arata, Daniel Ara- ta, Bill Holden, Madison Dennis, and Ben Rogers, and four partners from Ole Miss, including Trey Skocy, Josh Obregon, Marcus Thornton, and Dalton Sheffield. The coaches were Mary Eve- lyn Webb and Amanda Alpert. Robinson, 37, who works at the Pela- hatchie Elementary cafeteria, has been participating in Special Olympic ath- letic events since he was nine. He has participated in bowling, softball skills, softball team, unified flag football and bocce ball. He has attended both world and na- tional games and brought home med- als previously. In 2010, Robinson won gold in team and doubles in Nebraska National Games playing bocce ball or yard bowling. InWorld Games in North Carolina, he also won bronze in singles and doubles in bocce ball. In Kansas and Iowa, he placed in softball. His mother, Connie, said that Luke, who works out of the Capitol Region Special Olympics’ office, spends a lot of time practicing at locations around the state, and that they have built a boc- ce ball court in their front yard. Those who see Luke at school are encouraged to ask to see his big medal. PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID PELAHATCHIE, MS PERMIT NO. 4 Pelahatchie News P.O. Box 771 Pelahatchie, MS 39145 INSIDE THIS ISSUE Chief Poole resigns from Police Department - pg. 3 Let's develop a circle of trust, Teague Burchfield - pg. 7 August 2018 Volume 7 Issue 8 Pelahatchie, MS Shoemaker honored with memorial Robinson wins Special Olympics' Medal A Caring & Friendly Atmosphere Treating Children, Adults, and Seniors Cleanings • Fillings Extractions • Whitening Dentures • Crowns Root Canals • Implants and More By Susie A. Wolfe Citizen committee putting on Muscadine Jubilee More than 75 folks showed up to honor for- mer police chief Glen- da Shoemaker on a hot Thursday morning at Muscadine Park. May- or Ryshonda Beechem and town clerks and po- lice officers as well as Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey and other people that knew and worked with her gath- ered as a memorial sign was unveiled behind the library in the east end of the park. Her brother and sis- ters were there as well as her husband, Willie Shoemaker, and her children, Sabrina Frith, Catherine Poarch, Brandi Till, and Keith Shoemaker, and their families. The family had a few remembrances for the Chief, who passed in 2016. Oth- ers shared these thoughts: "The chief was not about locking up. She gave people a second chance, and for many of those, it paid off. The chief created a legacy of love for the people in this town. Her love didn’t die. It will live on forev- er." ~Patsy Watson "Thank you to the community for coming together. Chief Glenda was special to every- one." ~Mayor Ry- shonda Beechem "This is a mo- mentous occasion. She loved and showed us how to love." ~Officer Wil- lie Robinson "She was the female version of Andy Griffith. She was a shining example of serving and helping people." ~Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey By Susie A. Wolfe The Shoemaker family gathered at the sign unveiling on July 19, at Muscadine Park. Pictured (l to r) front row, are: Sa- brina Frith, Willie Shoemaker, Brandi Till, Keith Shoemaker, and Catherine Poarch. Photo by Pelahatchie News While in Seattle, Robinson was able to attend a Seattle Mariners baseball game and take a duck boat tour. Special to Pelahatchie News The Muscadine Committee is coor- dinating the thirty-eighth annual Mus- cadine Jubilee, set for the first Saturday in September since the Board of Alder- men decided they "couldn’t afford it" this year. Amanda Alman-Newby is the chairperson of the committee. The Town budget has $10,714.85 in a Muscadine Jubilee account that will be transferred to the committee, plus they have received ten company sponsor- ships, and vendors are reserving booths for the September 8 event. The committee is still confirming en- tertainment but had proposed Cadillac Three as the main act and Larry John- ston from the Mississippi Mass Choir, who sang at last year’s Prayer Breakfast, as an- other act. Some local groups have also expressed interest in per- forming. Any interested group needs to contact the committee. The com- mittee is led by Amanda Alman Newby, chair- person; Shem- ecka Johnson, co-chair; Pasty Watson, co- chair; and Judy Duke;. Members include Sandra Harvey, Cath- erine Poarch, Kathey Mosley, Ryan Harrell, Joetta Watson, Howard Bee- man, Will Allen, Kordia Mosley, Jearleen Holly, Jessica Cupstid, Alicia Weems, Amy Harper Langley, Casey Bynum, Michael Langley, Rod- erick Beechem, Kevin Poole, Miranda Allen, Ryshonda Beechem, and Marie Harper. Sponsors, at present, include at the $1,000 level, Mid-South Baking Com- pany; at the $500 level, Jackson Com- modities and Insurance Associates; at the $250 level, Rhodes & Robby Drug Store, St. D Medical Clinic, Crooked Creek Animal Hospital, Multicraft In- ternational, HBG Academy Inc. 2, and Marathon/Dickerson; and at the $100 level are ReChelle’s Pet Parlor and BEW Enterprises. For more information, see the event Facebook page or email muscadineju- . Anyone interested in working with the committee or sponsor- ing the event, contact Mrs. Alman-New- by at 601-896-2673. By Susie A. Wolfe Special to Pelahatchie News