FRENCH CAMP — Rainwater Observatory, in French Camp, will offer a free program called “Jupiter: Giant of the Solar System!” on Friday, starting at 7 p.m.
The sponsored program, presented by observatory director Edwin Faughn is part of the 4-County Electric Foundation “Exploring the Heavens” series.
The presentation explores the giant planet Jupiter, one of the most recognizable planets in the solar system. It is filled with mystery, legend and a wealth of scientific discovery. The program will reveal some of the latest discoveries and most breathtaking imagery ever recorded in human history. It will include spectacular new images from the JUNO space probe currently in orbit around the planet.
After the presentation, weather permitting, an observing session will be held using some of the observatory’s collection of powerful telescopes.
Rainwater Observatory and Planetarium is located one mile east of the Natchez Trace Parkway off State Highway 413, near the village of French Camp. Come early and enjoy dinner at the Council House, another support ministry of French Camp Academy.
For more information, contact 662-547-7283 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Starkville author publishes inspirational messages
“Inspirational Messages: COVID-19,” a new book by the Rev. Ronnie B. Tucker Sr. has been released by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc.
The book is a culmination of selected inspirational messages that were delivered during Tucker’s telephone prayer conference calls during COVID-19. The teleconference was created because many of the “Seasoned Saints” did not have access to Facebook Livestream.
These messages are a part of a selection of calls Tucker gave each Tuesday and Thursday beginning in April 2020. The messages gave hope and encouragement to many who were struggling with fear over faith during the pandemic. As a result of these inspirational messages, many developed hope and faith to continue on while dealing with the invisible enemy known as COVID. We can be hopeful that these messages will provide inspiration for future days and times.
Rucker is currently the pastor of the Mt. Peiler Missionary Baptist Church of Starkville. He sponsors the Community Parenting Support Group for Starkville and is a police chaplain for the Starkville City Police Department, and a community activist. He is also a Collegiate Women’s Basketball official for the Gulf South Conference (Division II), the Mississippi Women’s Junior College, and high school basketball official.
“Inspirational Messages: COVID-19” is a 56-page paperback with a retail price of $10.00 (eBook $5.00). The ISBN is 978-1-6393-7217-1. It was published by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc., of Pittsburgh.
AARP awards grants to organizations
JACKSON — AARP Mississippi announced Noxubee County Historical Society will receive a 2022 Community Challenge grant – part of the largest group of grantees to date with $3.4 million awarded among 260 organizations nationwide. Grantees will implement quick-action projects that help communities become more livable in the long-term by improving public places; transportation; housing; diversity, equity and inclusion; digital access; and civic engagement, with an emphasis on the needs of adults age 50 and over.
The grant will aid in completing the renovation of the Macon Welcome Center in the downtown business district. The grant will help with computers, food prep equipment, audio video equipment and more.
The grant program is part of AARP’s nationwide Livable Communities initiative, which supports the efforts of cities, towns, neighborhoods and rural areas to become great places to live for people of all ages. Since 2017, AARP Mississippi has awarded 11 grants through the program to nonprofit organizations and government entities across the state.
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