A good educational system is vital to the health of a community, and according to Choctaw County School District Superintendent, Glen Beard and Asst. Superintendent, Glen Blaine, the schools in Choctaw County are in good standing, and there is much excitement concerning a number of facets of the district.
The historic French Camp Academy, which was established in 1885, is a thriving educational institution still today.
With 271 students in grades 7-12 FCA had continued strong academic performance in 2018, with their class averaging 21.5 on the ACT (state average is 18.6).
As the name suggests, the Golden Triangle Planning and Development District (GTPDD) certainly aids communities in planning and development. However, there are a number of services offered that most people are not aware of.
The Choctaw Chamber of Commerce held their annual meeting on Thursday, March 21, at the Choctaw County Community Center.
The meeting began with the call to order by Chamber Vice-President, Juliette Ashford, followed by prayer from Choctaw Co. Economic Development District Board President, Ron Bennett.
There are 190 students in Weir Elementary, a ‘C’ rated school; according to Principal Robbie Denson that rating has improved over the past two years and improved a letter grade last year, and they continue to aim higher. She added that each year the WES students have grown in both reading and mathematical computation.
During their regularly scheduled meeting, on Monday, March 4, the Choctaw County Board of Supervisors received an update from Pafford Medical on the status of EMS service since taking over in January. Pafford officials stated that everything was going well, and some elected officials concurred, stating that they had heard only good reports.
In their regularly scheduled meeting, on Tuesday, March 5, the Ackerman Board of Aldermen dealt with a shortened agenda.
Voted 5-0 to grant an exception to Vankaitha Robinson to place a mobile home on Bruce Drive.
Voted 5-0 to approve personnel policy updates.
The filing deadline for the 2019 elections was Friday, March 1 at 5 p.m.
The primary election will be held on Tuesday, August 6, with runoff elections on Tuesday, August 27 and the general election on Tuesday, November 5.
Following is a complete list of Choctaw County candidates, as provided by Circuit Clerk Amy Burdine:
During their February meeting the Weir Board of Aldermen discussed the problem of litter around the town. The suggestion was made that the Town schedule a clean-up day, publicize it and bring members of the community together to clean up the litter. Mayor Shuni Coffey suggested Saturday, March 2.