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lincolncountybookCo-Lin will host a book signing and talk with the authors of the book Images of America: Lincoln County on Tuesday, Feb. 9, from 1-3 p. at The Thames Center on the college’s Wesson Campus.

The book, written by local authors Sue Dorman, Bettie Posey Bullard, Marti Parker and Tammie Santos Brewer, tells the story of the early days of Lincoln County.

 On April 7, 1870, an act of the state legislature created Lincoln County, named for Pres. Abraham Lincoln, from Lawrence, Franklin, Copiah, Pike, and Amite Counties. Settlement began more than 50 years earlier with Samuel Jayne’s small trading post on St. Stephens Road. Extensive timber resources, the arrival of the railroad in 1857, and the 1859 founding of Whitworth Female College put the county on the map. Logging, lumber mills, and other industries brought scores of people to the region. The agricultural endeavors of cotton and farming provided a way of life before the oil boom of the 1940s. The varied ethnic and religious history of the residents further shaped the county into what exists today.

All four authors have close ties to Lincoln County. Sue Dorman, 76, was born in Natchez, MS., but claims Brookhaven as her hometown. She has always liked history, but researching her family has made her more aware of the local history and how you have to know that history of the area where your ancestors lived to really know them.

An active member of the Lincoln County Historical and Genealogical Society almost from the beginning, she serves as the treasurer on the board of trustees and volunteers at the museum. Her favorite pastime is reading the old newspapers that are at the museum and on microfilm at the local library. Finding items about her family and those of her friends in these newspapers can make her day. It is her hope that this book will generate an interest in the history of Lincoln County and more people will be willing to share their stories and their pictures with the public

Bettie Posey Bullard, a native of Lincoln County, has been interested in genealogy and local history since she was a teenager. Having a wide range of interests, Dr. Bullard earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mississippi College with a major in English and Speech, Master of Arts degree with a major in Creative Writing, and Doctor of Philosophy degree in Special Education with an Emphasis in Gifted Education from The University of Southern Mississippi.

As an educator, her professional teaching experience included public school and university. Dr. Bullard created, developed and taught five e-College course. She has presented workshops throughout the world, including Australia, Russia, Spain and Turkey. Dr. Bullard has extensive musical experience and has established the Posey Music Studio in Biloxi, Mississippi. Always active in the arts and church music activities, Dr. Bullard now serves as part-time organist at Decell Memorial United Methodist Church, Wesson, Mississippi, and makes time to paint and create pottery.

Marti Parker grew up in Brookhaven and attended school there. After graduation, she completed the Library Science program at the University of Southern Mississippi, with her student library work being done in Pensacola, Florida. Living in Pensacola for two years with all the amazing historical buildings and artifacts in the area awakened a love of history that she still follows today. She is a member of several local history groups and was involved in the creation and development of the Lincoln County Historical Society and Genealogical Museum/ and Jewish History Museum. Parker is currently involved with the Mississippi Department of Archives and history as a volunteer one afternoon per week at the Eudora Welty House assisting in book cataloging. She hope this book will be an item the citizens and families of Lincoln County will keep to share with future generations of their families and continue their love of this unique community.

Tammie Santos Brewer, is a native of Brookhaven, Mississippi. Her early ancestors settled in what became the Lincoln County area in the early 1800s. She has always been interested in history and genealogy. Brewer is an award-winning journalist, having won many awards from the Mississippi Press Association for writing, photography and magazine design. She has spent 30 years in newspaper publishing. She is a member of the Lincoln County Historical and Genealogical Society, where she has served as president and vice president; and the Rosehill Cemetery Restoration Foundation, where she currently serves as secretary. She hopes that the Lincoln County, Mississippi, book, will be enjoyed by many in the area and help preserve some of the county’s history.

A portion of the proceeds of book sales will be donated for a special project at the Lincoln County Historical and Genealogical Society.

For more information on the book signing and talk contact Marilyn Brown at 601.643.8701.

Admin Building 1Co-Lin has received notification from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History of grant funding in the amount of $100,000 for assistance with the roof replacement on the historic J. M. Ewing Administration Building on the Wesson Campus. The grant award was announced at a special meeting in early December of the Board of Trustees of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History for twenty-six grants totaling 2,980,194. These funds will be used for the preservation of historic courthouses, schools, and other historic properties in specially designated Certified Local Governments. This award is expected to cover approximately one-third of the cost of the re-roofing project for the building, with additional funding coming from the Mississippi Bureau of Building, Grounds, and Real Property, and additional local county maintenance funds. 

“The J. M. Ewing Administration Building at Copiah-Lincoln Community College is one of the remaining historical buildings remaining at the college and has been in major need of a roof replacement with the current roof installed in 1991,”  said Co-Lin President Dr. Ronnie Nettles. “We are very grateful to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History for assisting us with funding this worthwhile project.” 

In order to be eligible for grant funds, school properties have to be registered as a Mississippi Designated Landmark Property. In 1996, the Ewing Administration Building was registered as a Landmark Property with 10 other properties in Copiah County, with only two in the city of Wesson. The J. M. Ewing Administration Building was built in 1938 and designed by Hull and Drummond Architects of Jackson. The Georgian Revival style building contains 15,327 assignable square feet and contains the R. E. Rea Auditorium, which seats over 700 guests and hosts over 10,000 visitors to the building each year. 

To address the needs of the aging roof, Dr. Jeff Posey, Director of Facilities Planning, began researching grant options to assist with the project and found out about the Mississippi Community Heritage Preservation Grant Program, which was passed in Senate Bill 2906 in 2015. 

“We felt the Ewing Building was the perfect property for this type of grant, because of its historic character and its extreme need for roof replacement,”  said Posey. “By participating in the Historic Landmark Property designation, we will enter into a 25 year protective maintenance covenant. The current covenant on the property expires in 2021 with the next one expiring in 2046.”  These covenants require that the college have all building improvements approved by a special historic preservation board at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History to help preserve the historic integrity of the building. 

Grant awards are paid on a reimbursable basis upon the successful completion of the entire project or at the time of the completion of pre-established phases of the project. Prior to application all buildings must have been designated Mississippi Landmarks.

For more information about any of the facilities renovation and historic preservation projects ongoing at Co-Lin, contact Dr. Posey at (601) 643-8411. 

colinlogoWASHINGTON, DC – Highlighting the critical importance of improving student success in America’s community colleges, the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program named Copiah-Lincoln Community College as one of the nation’s top 150 community colleges eligible to compete for the 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence and $1 million dollars in prize funds, as well as Siemens Technical Scholars Program student scholarships.

“I am very confident that this recognition is a result of the dedication of our faculty and staff to the success of our students,” said Co-Lin President Dr. Ronnie Nettles. “Our focus and institutional commitment in recent years on advisement, retention, instruction, and completion of our students is making a difference.”

The Prize, awarded every two years, is the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges and recognizes institutions for exceptional student outcomes in four areas: student learning, certificate and degree completion, employment and earnings, and access and success for minority and low-income students.

Nearly half of America’s college students attend community college, with more than seven million students – youth and adult learners – working towards certificates and degrees in these institutions across the country.

“Community colleges have tremendous power to change lives, and their success will increasingly define our nation’s economic strength and the potential for social mobility in our country,” said Josh Wyner, executive director of the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program.   “This competition is designed to spotlight the excellent work being done in the most effective community colleges, those that best help students obtain meaningful, high-quality education and training for competitive-wage jobs after college. We hope it will raise the bar and provide a roadmap to better student outcomes for community colleges nationwide.”

A full list of the selected colleges and details on the selection process are available at

Scholarship Opportunities

For the first time, the 150 Prize-eligible institutions are also invited to nominate exceptional students enrolled in their best middle-skill STEM programs for scholarships. Up to 50 Siemens Technical Scholars will be selected from programs that provide outstanding preparation for high-demand jobs in manufacturing, energy, health care, and information technology. A partnership between the Siemens Foundation and the Aspen Institute, the Siemens Technical Scholars Program intends to help our nation’s community colleges and their business partners bridge the gap between projected shortages of skilled workers and the millions of high-demand jobs in these STEM industries. Scholarship winners and the programs that deliver rigorous training enabling their success will be announced in fall 2016. For more information and to view video profiles of 2015 Siemens Technical Scholars, go to:

Co-Lin is one of eight Mississippi community colleges out of the 149 community colleges were selected from a national pool of over 1,000 public two-year colleges using publicly available data on student outcomes in three areas:

· Performance (retention, graduation rates including transfers, and degrees and certificates per 100 full-time equivalent students)

· Improvement (awarded for steady improvement in each performance metric over time)

· Equity (evidence of strong completion outcomes for minority and low-income students)

Co-Lin has been invited to submit an application to the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence containing detailed data on degree and certificate completion (including progress and transfer rates), labor market outcomes (employment and earnings), and student learning outcomes.

Ten finalists will be named in fall 2016. The Aspen Institute will then conduct site visits to each of the finalists and collect additional quantitative data. A distinguished Prize Jury will select a grand prizewinner and a few finalists with distinction in early 2017.

The Aspen Prize is funded by the Joyce Foundation, the Siemens Foundation, and the Kresge Foundation.

The Aspen College Excellence Program aims to advance higher education practices, policies, and leadership that significantly improve student outcomes. Through the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the New College Leadership Project, and other initiatives, the College Excellence Program works to improve colleges’ understanding and capacity to teach and graduate students, especially the growing population of low-income and minority students on American campuses. For more information, visit

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute is based in Washington, DC; Aspen, Colorado; and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also has offices in New York City and an international network of partners. For more information, visit

underwoodscholarshipA new scholarship has been endowed with the Copiah-Lincoln Community College Foundation by the Underwood family. Don Underwood of Brookhaven, his sister Tammy Underwood Torrey of Meadville, and their mother, Ann Underwood of Brookhaven have endowed the Underwood Family Scholarship, which will be awarded in the fall of 2017 to a Co-Lin student who is a graduate of Brookhaven High School.

The Underwood family has been involved with Co-Lin for many years. Don is a 1979 graduate of Co-Lin, Torrey a 1980 graduate, and the most recent graduate in the family is Stone Underwood, who was a standout on the Wolfpack’s 2012 state championship football team. He graduated in 2013 before transferring to the University of West Virginia where he was a member of the offensive line for the Mountaineers. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree at the University of West Virginia. Torrey is also a member of the Co-Lin Foundation board of directors.

“We are very fortunate to have the support of the Underwood family,” said Co-Lin President Dr. Ronnie Nettles. “That support has transferred across generations, and they have been excellent representatives of our college in many different ways.”

For information on ways to give to Co-Lin, visit To apply for a 2016-2017 endowed scholarship, visit


The Underwood family recently established a scholarship with the Co-Lin Foundation. The scholarship will be awarded in the fall of 2017 to a Co-Lin student who is a graduate of Brookhaven High School. On hand for the presentation were from left, Don Underwood of Brookhaven, Co-Lin President Dr. Ronnie Nettles, Tammy Underwood Torrey of Meadville, and Stone Underwood of Morgantown, West Virginia.

The Copiah-Lincoln Community College Band and Colette Alumni Chapter is sponsoring its fifth annual “Princess Ball” for fathers and daughters on Feb. 6 at the Thames Center on the Wesson campus.

The purpose of the event is to raise money to fund the Clyde Wilson scholarship for band and Colette students

. Band and Colette Alumni Chapter past president and event organizer Mark Hamilton said the event is the first and best of its kind in the area, and not only will it be an opportunity for the organization to raise funds, but it is an opportunity for fathers and daughters to connect.

“This is a great chance for fathers and grandfathers to spend some time with the young ladies in their lives, and really make some sweet memories,” Hamilton said. “We’ve had four great years of putting on this event, and we’re looking forward to another successful ball this year.”

The ball is open to fathers, grandfathers and father figures and girls ages 5-15. The event times will be separated by age groups with a ball for 4-9 year-olds from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and for 10-15 year-olds from 8-10 p.m. Tickets to the event are $30 per couple and $10 for each additional child. The cost of the ticket includes refreshments, door prizes and ballroom dance instruction. Dress for the event is formal, and photography will be available for an additional fee. Tickets are available at the alumni office and online via the Co-Lin web page. They will also be available at the main branches of Copiah Bank, First Bank, Bank of Franklin, and Pike National Bank in Copiah, Franklin, Lawrence and Lincoln Counties.   

For more information, contact Hamilton at (601) 835-6607 or to purchase tickets go to the website below.


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