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Terry Headlight News

Terry P. Johnson

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On Tuesday, prior to the March meeting of the town’s alders, Chief of Police Anthony Moore announced a number of police officer awards.

Terry’s Officer of the Year for 2023 is Officer John Arnold, who is continually active in preventing crime, helping citizens in our town during times of disaster and bad weather, enforcing laws and apprehending wanted suspects.

The January 2024 Officer of the Month is Investigator Kenneth Short. Investigator Short’s examinations have resulted in seven felony charges over a five-month period. Four suspected criminals have been charged with auto burglary, auto theft, convicted felon in possession of a firearm, possession of narcotics and burglary.

Officer Jeffery Dotson was announced as the Life Saver of 2024. He is responsible for summoning medical attention of a citizen who had been found in a local park on January 29th. This individual was experiencing medical difficulties and was unable to talk or to make contact with anyone else for help. (It was discovered that this person had overdosed.) The quick actions of Officer Dotson helped to save the life of this citizen.

An Honorable Mention Award for 2024 honored Investigator Rozerrio Camel. Having investigated an theft after a company truck had been stolen from a local business, the work of Investigator Camel led to the prosecution of a suspect.

“Oh rainy season, in the month of March,
Thou bringeth life, to every parched arch.
With each droplet, a symphony of sound,
Thou bringeth joy, to all around.
“The earth awakens, from its winter sleep,
As raindrops fall, and the soil doth weep.
The trees and flowers, raise their head,
As they drink in, thy life-giving spread.
“The birds sing out, in sweet refrain,
As they dance in the rain, without any disdain.
And all around, the world is alive,
With the glory of nature, that we should thrive.
“The streams and rivers, come to life,
As they flow with grace, and without any strife.
The waterfalls, glisten in the light,
A breathtaking sight, in every sight.
“Oh rainy season, in the month of March,
Thou bringeth blessings, that forever last.
A time of renewal, and of rebirth,
Thou fill our hearts, with endless mirth.
“So let us embrace, Thy gift of rain,
And feel its power, in every vein.
For it is a time, of joy and love,
A gift from above, that we should always treasure thereof.”

Friday’s heavy rain served to be an illustration of Dr. Shamim Ali’s poem printed above. The Town of Terry experienced flooding on Friday. The roadways between the Frontage Road and Cunningham Avenue as well as between the Frontage Road and Tank Road began to flood. I understand that flood waters came very close to some of the town’s houses.

Saturday (the 17th) will be Saint Patrick’s Day. St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland, but he did not always live in Ireland. Patrick was born in Britain in the fourth century and did not arrive in Ireland until he was 16 years old, when he was sent to work in the country. After he arrived, Patrick became interested in Christianity and started teaching others about the religion. He is said to have converted many of the country’s residents to Christians, and now St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on the day Patrick supposedly died.

St. Patrick was a real person, but some of the traditions associated with him and the holiday are actually myths. We often see the four-leaf clover on St. Patrick’s Day. However, according to legend, Patrick used a three-leaf clover (the shamrock) as part of his teachings. Even though a shamrock may grow a fourth leaf, a four-leaf clover is simply considered a symbol of good luck.

Another legend says that Patrick chased all the snakes from Ireland. However, these creatures never actually lived in the country. Many of the animals found throughout Europe and North America do not live on the island of Ireland.

The fact that Ireland is an island—as well as green with leafy trees and grassy hills—means that the nation is sometimes called the Emerald Isle. But the color that people originally associated with St. Patrick was blue! (Some ancient Irish flags even sport this color.) Green was finally introduced to St. Patrick’s Day festivities in the eighteenth century, when the shamrock (which is, of course, green) became a national symbol. Because of the shamrock’s popularity and Ireland’s landscape, the color’s association with Saint Patrick’s Day remained.

March 19th will be St. Joseph’s Day. Joseph has been called “the forgotten person of the earthly trinity (the Holy Family).” In addition to being the earthly adoptive father to Jesus, he is also our spiritual father. We all need to love Joseph just as Mary and Jesus loved him.

Jesus loved Joseph because it was Joseph who saved Jesus by taking Him to Egypt when Herod wanted to kill the newborn king. It is for that reason that Joseph has been called “the savior of the Savior.”
We should be reminded by the news each day that in today’s world there are young children who are similarly being transported from one country to another for political reasons. This is very much like the political reasons that the Holy Family had been forced to flee into Egypt, and Jesus was indeed an “undocumented” political immigrant.

This prudent, patient and obedient master of carpentry was a faithful, chaste and virtuous husband to the virgin Mary. He made social sacrifices in order that God’s purpose of bringing Jesus to the entire world be realized.

In Sicily, where Saint Joseph is regarded the patron saint, and in many Italian-American communities, thanks are given to Saint Joseph (or San Giuseppe in Italian). Giving food to the needy is a Saint Joseph’s Day custom.

One prominent custom is the Saint Joseph’s Day altar, which has spread from Sicily to the United States in the 1800s. These altars tend to be very elaborate; being decorated with figurines, medals, and candles. These altars are often divided into three sections, representing two sets of three (Father, Son and Holy Ghost as well as Joseph, Mary and the Christ child), and have a statue of Joseph at its head. The tables are dressed with food, which will later be donated to the poor. Upon a typical Saint Joseph’s Day altar, people place flowers, limes, candles, fava beans, specially prepared cakes, breads and cookies. Foods are traditionally served containing bread crumbs to represent saw dust since Joseph was a carpenter. Because the Saint Joseph’s feasts always occur during Lent, no meat is placed on the celebration table.

The 4 Bible passages for March 18 are Jeremiah 31:31-34 (Jeremiah tells the people that the Lord will make a new covenant with them, planting the law with their hearts), Psalm 51:3-4, 12-15 (a prayer for God’s mercy and forgiveness), Hebrews (Through His sufferings, Jesus gained salvation for all who obey Him.) and John 12:20-33 (Jesus teaches His disciples about the way in which He will be glorified by God, and a voice from Heaven is heard to affirm this teaching.)

The twelfth chapter of John’s Gospel is a preparation for the beginning of the passion narrative which will be following. Jesus had just raised Lazarus from the dead and come into conflict with the Jewish authorities. Following His triumphant entry into Jerusalem, Jesus predicted His upcoming suffering, death and Resurrection. He also taught the disciples that following His example of sacrifice is necessary for those who are to be His followers. (This theme will be repeated in John’s account of the Last Supper when Jesus washed the feet of His disciples as an example to them on how to serve one another.) Through Christ’s death and Resurrection, Jesus conquered Satan. Instead, through His dying and rising, salvation is brought to the world.

The First Baptist Church’s Women’s Missionary Union (W. M. U.) met on Election Day, March 12 at 10:30 a. m. in the former Church nursery.

Please add James Lawrence to your prayer lists.

I do hope that no one was late on this past Sunday morning due to not setting the clock correctly on Saturday evening. I also hope that your favorite candidate did well in Tuesday’s election.

On Saturday, March 16, there will be a “Crop Drop” at the newly renovated Terry Community Center. Sweet potatoes will be distributed from 8:00 a. m. until there are no more left. This is sponsored by the Town of Terry Mayoral Health Council.

There are a number of birthdays to mention, and some of them are these: March 4- Trey Vick; March 9- Terry Rogers; March 11- Carolyn Booth Patrick; March 13- Rebecca Booth, Chritopher Cohn; March 14- Jill Whitlow Hardy, Jodi Whitlow, Terry Tannehill, Jeff Whitlow; March 17- Joyce Patrick Preston.

Here are the scheduled ballgames for Terry High School up until Easter Sunday:

The baseball team will play Pearl River Central (Pearl River County) on March 26th and, again, on March 28th (beginning at 2:00 p. m.), while the softball team will play Raymond High School on March 26th and South Jones High School (Jones County) on March 28th (beginning at 5:00 p. m.)

As you are thanked each week for your readership, you are again thanked. You have read the oldest newspaper in the county, and it may be read weekly. Your submissions, corrections, and additions are always welcomed, and this writer may be reached at terryj1@bellsouth or 601-878-5714. (Pray for PEACE, people everywhere!)

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