Sec­re­tary of State gives Pri­mary Elec­tion re­minders

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Mis­sis­sippi State Univer­sity Pres­i­dent Mark Keenum will be the guest speaker at the Ok­tibbeha County Alumni An­nual “Min­utes with Mark” pro­gram on Tues­day, June 5.

The event, which is free to all MSU alumni, fans, and friends, will be held at The Store­house at CWM lo­cated at 1437 Fire Sta­tion Rd.

So­cial time will be­gin at 5:30 p.m. with heavy hors d'oeu­vres, with the pro­gram set to be­gin at 6 p.m.

Chap­ter Pres­i­dent Amanda Ed­wards en­cour­ages ev­ery­one to come by on the way from work or bet­ter yet go home and get the fam­ily.

Reg­is­tra­tion for the event is not re­quired, but if you plant to at­tend, you are en­cour­aged to email ok­talum­nichap­ter@gmail.com. For more in­for­ma­tion about the pro­gram or to find out how to be­come more in­volved with the lo­cal Alumni Chap­ter, con­tact Carol Moss Read at car­ol­moss@cspire­home. net or 662-312-0637.

The Starkville Ok­tibbeha Con­sol­i­dated School Dis­trict will be­gin its sum­mer meal pro­gram on Mon­day, June 4 at Hen­der­son Ward Ste­wart Ele­men­tary School and Armstrong Mid­dle School.

Chil­dren un­der the age of 18 will eat for free.

The fol­low­ing are times, lo­ca­tions and other in­for­ma­tion for those want­ing to at­tend. June 4 - July 13 Break­fast: 7:45 a.m. - 9 a.m. (adult break­fast price $1.80)

Lunch: 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (adult lunch price: $3.15)

For more in­for­ma­tion, call Prudie Shumpert at 662-324-4122

June 4 - June 28 (Mon­day and Thurs­day only)

Break­fast: 7:45 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. (adult break­fast price $1.80) Lunch: 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Melissa Smith at 662324-4079

The el­derly, peo­ple who have to work or will be out of town and want to vote in the June 5 Demo­cratic and Repub­li­can pri­maries for the U.S. Se­nate and U.S. House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives have un­til June 2 to vote ab­sen­tee in per­son.

In ad­di­tion to reg­u­lar week­day busi­ness hours, Cir­cuit Court Clerks of­fices in Clay and all other coun­ties in Mis­sis­sippi will be open from 8 a.m. un­til noon Satur­day, June 2 for voter con­ve­nience to vote ab­sen­tee.

By-mail ab­sen­tee bal­lots must be post­marked June 2 or ear­lier to count.

Mis­sis­sippi is one of eight states with fed­eral pri­maries on June 5. State vot­ers will pick Repub­li­can and Demo­cratic nom­i­nees in each of the state's four con­gres­sional dis­tricts, although not all are con­tested, and the U.S. Se­nate seat held by Repub­li­can Roger Wicker of Tu­pelo.

The Se­nate seat va­cated by long-time Sen. Thad Cochran will be filed by a non-par­ti­san spe­cial elec­tion on Nov. 6, 2018, the same day as the gen­eral elec­tion.

Other races, in­clud­ing state Supreme Court and Court of Ap­peals, chancery, cir­cuit and county judges and school boards also are on the Novem­ber bal­lots but not in the June pri­maries.

In the U.S. Se­nate race for Wicker's seat, Wicker is chal­lenged by Richard Boyan­ton in the Repub­li­can pri­mary and six Democrats -- David Baria, Jensen Bohren, Jerone Gar­land, Vic­tor Mau­rice Jr., Ome­ria Scott and Howard Sher­man --are seek­ing the party's nom­i­na­tion.

If no can­di­date gets more than 50 per­cent of the vote, a runoff be­tween the top two vote-get­ters will be June 26.

In the House races, Repub­li­can in­cum­bent Trent Kelly and Demo­crat chal­lenger Randy Wad­kins are un­op­posed in the re­spec­tive First Dis­trict pri­maries and Demo­crat in­cum­bent Ben­nie Thomp­son is un­op­posed in both the pri­mary and the gen­eral elec­tion in the Sec­ond Dis­trict.

The most con­tested pri­maries are in the Third Dis­trict where in­cum­bent Gregg Harper is not seek­ing re-elec­tion. Democrats Michael Ay­cox and Michael Evans are seek­ing their party's nom­i­na­tion while Repub­li­cans Sally Doty, Mor­gan Dunn, Michael Guest, Whit Hughes, Perry Parker and Kather­ine Tate are seek­ing the party's nom­i­na­tion.

A 25-year-old West Point woman is free on $7,500 bond on charges she cut her ex-boyfriend dur­ing a week­end dis­pute.

And the ag­gra­vated do­mes­tic vi­o­lence charge could land Ladas­mond Shanta Jack­son back in jail on a two-yearold ID fraud case.

Ac­cord­ing to West Point Po­lice Det. Jesse An­der­son, Jack­son was ar­rested Satur­day night after the vic­tim re­ported be­ing cut at his home on Lone Oak Drive near High­way 45 Al­ter­nate North. He re­ceived mi­nor in­juries to his arms and legs, the de­tec­tive said of the vic­tim.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors ar­rested her at his res­i­dence but did not find a weapon, ac­cord­ing to An­der­son.

She was booked into the Clay County Jail at about mid­night Satur­day and posted bond Mon­day af­ter­noon.

Dis­trict At­tor­ney Scott Colom ac­knowl­edged Jack­son was placed on pre­trial di­ver­sion on April 13, 2017, on the ID fraud charges. She was ar­rested after tak­ing a debit card be­long­ing to Whit­ney Lenoir and us­ing it sev­eral times to spend $69.62.

Jack­son has not com­pleted her pre­trial di­ver­sion pro­gram, which would al­low her to have her record cleared. Colom said his of­fice is re­view­ing whether to file pa­per­work to have Jack­son's di­ver­sion re­voked.

JACK­SON — A Demo­crat has won a spe­cial elec­tion to fill an empty seat in the Mis­sis­sippi House, so the par­ti­san bal­ance in the cham­ber re­mains the same.

Tracey Rose­bud of Tutwiler de­feated Blake Fer­retti of Cleve­land in a spe­cial elec­tion Tues­day in Dis­trict 30. It in­cludes parts of Bo­li­var, Quit­man, Sunflower and Tal­la­hatchie coun­ties.

Party la­bels don't ap­pear on bal­lots in Mis­sis­sippi spe­cial elec­tions, but Democrats had en­dorsed Rose­bud.

Un­of­fi­cial re­sults showed Rose­bud re­ceived 1,429 votes and Fer­retti re­ceived 1,275.

Rose­bud will serve un­til Jan­uary 2020, fill­ing the end of a term started by Demo­crat Robert Hud­dle­ston of Sum­ner, who had served since 1996. Hud­dle­ston re­signed dur­ing the 2018 leg­isla­tive ses­sion to spend more time with his fam­ily.

Repub­li­cans hold a three­fifths su­per­ma­jor­ity in the Mis­sis­sippi House and Se­nate.

Mis­sis­sippi Sec­re­tary of State Del­bert Hose­mann is re­mind­ing Mis­sis­sip­pi­ans about Elec­tion Day pro­to­col as the 2018 Pri­mary ap­proaches.

Polls will open for the 2018 Pri­mary Elec­tions at 7 a.m. Tues­day, June 5.

Mis­sis­sip­pi­ans can cast a bal­lot for can­di­dates seek­ing party nom­i­na­tion for U.S. Se­nate and House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives seats.

Polls will close at 7 p.m. Any voter in line at 7 p.m. is en­ti­tled to cast a bal­lot.

Se­nate and Con­gres­sional Pri­mary Elec­tions are con­ducted by po­lit­i­cal par­ties in Mis­sis­sippi. The Sec­re­tary of State's Of­fice will have 26 ob­servers in precincts across Mis­sis­sippi. Prob­lems at the polls ob­served by state ob­servers or oth­er­wise re­ported to the Elec­tions Di­vi­sion will be re­ferred to the au­thor­i­ties, in­clud­ing the At­tor­ney Gen­eral's Of­fice or ap­pro­pri­ate Dis­trict At­tor­ney's Of­fice. The Sec­re­tary of State's Of­fice has no en­force­ment author­ity to re­solve prob­lems.

· Ab­sen­tee Vot­ing Dead­line: The in-per­son ab­sen­tee vot­ing dead­line is Satur­day, June 2, 2018. Cir­cuit Clerk's Of­fices will be open from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The dead­line to vote by mail is Mon­day, June 4, 2018, and Cir­cuit Clerk's Of­fices must be in ac­tual re­ceipt of the ab­sen­tee bal­lot by 5 p.m. UOCAVA vot­ers, in­clud­ing ser­vice­mem­bers de­ployed out­side their county of res­i­dence, must ab­sen­tee vote by 7 p.m. on Elec­tion Day, Tues­day, June 5, 2018.

· Polling Place Lo­ca­tion: A polling place lo­ca­tor is avail­able on the Sec­re­tary of State's web­site at http:// www.sos.ms.gov/PollingPlace/Pages/de­fault.aspx.

· Voter Photo ID: Vot­ers are re­quired to show photo iden­ti­fi­ca­tion at the polls. A voter with­out an ac­cept­able form of photo iden­ti­fi­ca­tion is en­ti­tled to cast an af­fi­davit bal­lot. An af­fi­davit bal­lot may be counted if the voter pro­vides an ac­cept­able form of photo iden­ti­fi­ca­tion to the Cir­cuit Clerk's Of­fice within five busi­ness days after the elec­tion. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.msvoterID.ms.gov.

· Cam­paign­ing: It is un­law­ful to cam­paign for any can­di­date within 150 feet of any en­trance to a polling place, un­less on pri­vate prop­erty.

· Loi­ter­ing: The polling places should be clear for 30 feet from ev­ery en­trance of all peo­ple ex­cept elec­tions of­fi­cials, vot­ers wait­ing to vote, or au­tho­rized poll watch­ers.

· Cam­era Phones: Vot­ers are pro­hib­ited from tak­ing pic­tures of their marked bal­lot.

(Submitted photo)

Christina Clark and Marissa Gandy will both at­tend the MUW nurs­ing pro­gram di­rectly out of high school.

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