Pelahatchie News

Good News You Can Use PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID PELAHATCHIE, MS PERMIT NO. 4 Pelahatchie News P.O. Box 771 Pelahatchie, MS 39145 INSIDE THIS ISSUE Wilson receives Session scholarship - pg. 5 Bronc Bash raises $6,000 for local charities - pg. 9 November 2018 Volume 7 Issue 11 Pelahatchie, MS A Caring & Friendly Atmosphere Treating Children, Adults, and Seniors Cleanings • Fillings Extractions • Whitening Dentures • Crowns Root Canals • Implants and More Rankin County Sheriff takes over PPD After the resignation of Inter- im Pelahatchie Police Department (PPD) Chief Timothy Fikes on October 17, the Rankin County Sheriff’s Department stepped in to provide police leadership until the Town of Pelahatchie hires a new chief. The Board unanimously signed an "informal" letter of agreement to ap- point Rankin County deputy Chris Picou as the town's new interim chief. Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey said the assistance will end once the town completes its search for a new police chief, which could take anywhere from two weeks to two months. Bailey said it's not unusual for his department to help out in towns and cities across the county if they are short-staffed, but he admitted he's never been in a situation where his department dispatched one of its own deputies to run the town's po- lice department. Fikes took over the chief position after Kevin Poole’s resignation in July. He told Pelahatchie News pre- viously that he was working with one reserve officer and six part-time officers, but only three of those were active. He had only one full-time officer. He could not be reached for comment before publication. In the interim, the sheriff's office will dispatch deputies to Pela- hatchie as needed. The Mississippi Highway Patrol will also assist the Town by monitoring I-55. By Susie A. Wolfe Photo by Pelahatchie News Chiefs heading to playoffs Pelahatchie High School (PHS) Athlet- ic Director and Head Football Coach Sam Williams is proud of his varsity football team and is excited to be heading into the playoffs. The first 6-2A playoff game will be at home November 2. "It has been a good year," said Wil- liams. "We were the number one offense in scoring in the State after Week Nine, and we will keep going. It was a great win over undefeated Scott County on October 19." Quarterback Javeious Purvis is a "phe- nomenal player" according to Coach Williams. He has not only been the Blitz 16 Player of the Week this year, but he has also been selected to represent PHS as a defensive back for the Mississippi/ AlabamaAll-Star 2018 game. The game will be played on Monday, December 17, at 6:30 p.m. at the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Alabama. Other recognitions include wide re- ceiver Cedric Wilder being selected to play and Coach Williams being chosen to be a scout coach for the 2018 Ber- nard Blackwell Classic All-Star Foot- ball South Team. The 2018 Bernard Blackwell North/South All-Star Foot- ball Game is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 8, in Gulfport. By Susie A. Wolfe Photo by MaChandra Forest-Wilder Rankin County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Picou will be leading the PPD until a new chief is hired. The Rankin County School District (RCSD) reports that 15 schools rated "A," seven rated "B," one rated "C" and four rated "D." High schools across the state dropped dramatically, while ele- mentary schools increased. Out of 243 high schools in the state of Mississip- pi, 132 decreased by at least one let- ter grade (54% of the high schools in Mississippi). Further, of those 243 high schools, 172 went down in scale score, which is 70% of the high schools in Mississippi. Last year in the account- ability model, there were 50 "A" high schools and this year there are 24, due to the fact that Mississippi Depart- ment of Education (MDE) reset the cut scores and is now using a percentile ranking. There were also 85 "B" high schools last year, and this year, there are 65 in the state. "The Pelahatchie zone has a lot to be proud of," said RCSD Superintendent Sue Townsend. "Pelahatchie Elementa- ry received an "A" rating! The students, parents, faculty, and administration are to be highly commended for reaching Superintendent Townsend explains Pelahatchie’s accountability ratings Special to Pelahatchie News continued on page 8 Special to Pelahatchie News Sue Townsend, Rankin County School District Superintendent of Education