Friday, April 29, 2016

Pastor vs Evangelist

by Scott Bouldin

This week, our church has enjoyed worship services that would be normally classified as ‘revival meetings’. It has been a wonderful series of services with evangelists Bro. Charles Miller, who has led worship, and Bro. Michael Mason. Both men have yielded to the Holy Spirit and led and preached as the Lord has called them to do. I appreciate both of these men for their service to the Lord and for the way that they have led us during the week. I pray that seeds of revival have been planted and that they will be nurtured for future growth. With revival in mind, I would like to share a thought or two about the reception of an evangelist in the church.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

My journey from "new girl" to state Beta Club President

by Ashlynn McCain

​In the early months of my junior year, it was announced that an election would soon be held for the office of Beta Vice President. Originally, I didn’t think about it much. I saw the others who had signed up and figured I didn’t have a very good chance at winning. However, the day of the deadline, I decided to throw caution to the wind and sign my name to the list. I had no concept of what this small action would do for me and my school.
The day of the election came, and all Beta Club members were summoned to the lunch room to hear a quick speech from those running. I had only been part of Lamar County High School for a little over a year, and the “new girl” feeling had just worn off. I knew many members of the club, but I was still afraid that I was an outsider, and that my loud personality had probably made many feel uncomfortable, dooming me to last place. Despite my worries, I ended up in a runoff. It was my name called over the intercom a day later, and I was shocked beyond words. Nervousness crept in as I realized in several months, I would have to speak in front of over 2,000 people. I knew I had leadership skills, and that I could really make a difference if I were elected into state office. But would I be able to pull it off? Though the question hung within me, I knew that I had to try.

​When March rolled around, Mrs. Leanne Burks and I began to brainstorm over different themes for my campaign. Because the show had become so popular with my friends, I had begun to watch Grey’s Anatomy a couple months previously. The characters were not only intelligent, but strong and enduring. I admired many of them and wished to accomplish great things as they did. We agreed that Beta’s Anatomy should be the theme, and I immediately began on my speech.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Lamar County Schools Win Big at State Beta Convention

The 76th annual Alabama Senior Beta Convention was recently held in Birmingham where over 2000 students and chaperons gathered to participate in various areas of competition. Students from Lamar County High School and Sulligent High School came home with numerous awards. The highlight for these schools involved the campaigns for state office which resulted in two students from our county being elected to represent our state. Ashlynn McCain, a junior at LCHS, was elected as the new state president, and Collin Carruth, a junior at SHS, was elected as the new state secretary. In addition, LCHS received the 1st place award for campaign skits, and Sulligent was awarded 2nd place.

The following students from LCHS also received individual awards: 

McCain, Irvin, Robertson, Allen, Hankins
Regan Robertson- 1st place in painting, 1st place in watercolor, and 1st place in onsite acrylic painting;
Julia Irvin- 1st place in spelling, 3rd place in mixed media art, and 3rd place in onsite colored pencil;
Katelyn Allen- 3rd place in oratory; and
Madison Hankins- 3rd place in poetry.

Sulligent was awarded 3rd place in quiz bowl and was named as a finalist in special talent. Nicholas Roberts placed 2nd in the social studies academic test.

The state convention was planned by Mrs. Leanne Burks of Lamar County High School who is currently serving a two-year term as the state sponsor. She was assisted by Ms. Rebecca Green of Sulligent High School, who is serving as state sponsor-elect. They would like to thank LCHS Principal Vance Herron, who is serving on the state council, and their fellow sponsors in the county (Ernestine Chandler, Portia Johnson, Janet Adams, Tracy Windle, Molly Wheeler, and Brooks Moss), who all helped organize and carry out various competitions. Such an event would not be possible without the cooperation of dedicated teachers and administrators. Most of all, they would like to thank the students for representing our schools in such a distinguished manner.

Pictured L to R: Portia Johnson, Ernestine Chandler, Leanne Burks, Ashlynn McCain,
Vance Herron, Collin Carruth, Rebecca Green, Janet Adams, Molly Wheeler, and Tracy Windle

Congratulations and best wishes to these schools as they prepare for nationals in New Orleans this summer. Any support and encouragement given to these young people would be greatly appreciated.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Celebrating "Earth Day" Every Day

by Will Gilmer

"Earth Day" began nearly half a century ago as a way to celebrate and show support for protecting our environment. For dairy farmers like myself and others throughout the agriculture community, every day is Earth Day and April 22nd is simply the day on the calendar that everyone else acknowledges what we’ve always appreciated. We farmers strive to be responsible stewards of the environment because our livelihood and family legacy are connected to the health of the land, air and water we share.

Dairy farmers work hard to protect these precious resources which provide the foundation for the cows we raise to produce milk, but also because we live on this land with our families. Many families like mine have been living on the same land we have farmed for over 100 years, and we hope to pass it along to future generations just as it was passed down to us. This is why sustainability is so important, because we need to be able to produce nutritious and affordable foods like milk and grow crops while maintaining or even reducing the amount of land required to do so.

Captured dairy manure is used to
fertilize forage crops and pasture grasses.
Advances in the dairy industry have allowed us reduce our overall “carbon footprint.” We can now produce 60 percent more milk, using 64 percent fewer cows than half a century ago. In fact, it takes about 90 percent less land to produce a gallon of milk compared to 1944.

Dairy farmers now do more than ever before to re-use and recycle the waste their cows produce. Like many other dairymen, we take our manure and spread it around in our fields to fertilize grass, corn or other crops. Others use dried out manure as sanitary bedding for cows, while other are using it to create electricity via anaerobic digesters.

Dairy farmers like me have lived “green” for decades, not because it’s a movement, but because it’s the right thing to do and happens to be good for business. So if you’re looking for a way to celebrate Earth Day, raise a glass of milk or thank a farmer for what they do the other 364 days each year.

Will Gilmer is the founder and publisher of The Lamar Countian, and is a graduate of Lamar County High School and Mississippi State University. Along with his father, he co-owns and operates his family's dairy farm in the Shiloh community. You can follow Will on Twitter at @gilmerdairy.