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The Woodville Republican, Thursday, March 26, 2015 Page 3A Natchez Lawyer Leads Prison Book Club Meet The Newest For 14 Years, Great Books Used To Inspire Offenders Docs At Lane TO PERFORM AT WOODVILLE B.C. The Woodville Baptist Church Hosting Free Concert Way, Mike Mike Manuel, Tommy Brandt, The Woodville Bap- Branded, the Fox Brothers, tist Church will be hosting Charlie Daniels and Lone- Christian Country Singer star. Hunter Erwin in a free Additionally, Erwin concert on Sunday, March played for a Duck Dynasty 29, at 6 p.m. The musician event in 2013 and received is a southern country boy the 2014 CCHA Award for born September 29, 1978, Male Vocalistlof the Year. and raised in the small town The Woodville Baptist of Tickfaw, Louisiana. He Church would like to invite has been a singer/songwriter everyone from Woodville of Christian country music and the surrounding corn- since 1998. With his rich, munities to: come enjoy a baritone voice, he dedicates great night of some good ol' his talents to serving God country singin'! A love offer- and has had his share of ing will be taken up follow- success in the radio industry ing the performance to help with two radio releases, both cover Erwin's travel expens- hitting the Christian coun- es. Please contact Haleigh try charts, as well as award Beisel (985) 687-2344 if you winning music videos, have any question! Minor Earns Top Spot in Poetry Competition Nine of Baton. Rouge's at that time to do so. It's the most talented spoken word same with poetry." poets performed for a stand,. According to the article ing room only crowd recent- almost every spoken word ly with four emerging after poem is rooted in a grain of a series of judged rounds to truth whether in the form proudly represent the city of an actual event, a feel- at the National Poetry Slam ing or an important issue. set in Oakland, California, Minor manages to seam- this summer, a Baton Rouge lessly weave all three into publication stated, his work. Included in the top win- Minor is a versatile voice, ners was Rodrick Minor, who also draws from the son of Lela and Bennie Mi- people he has spent the ma- nor of Woodville. The poet jority of his life around -- is a graduate of Wilkin- his family. son County High School in But, not all of Minor's Woodville and of Southern pod, try is meant to shake University in Baton Rouge, audiences into conscious- La. ness. Sometimes he wants Traditionally, the points to exchange finger snaps for are not the point, the po- a little laughter as seen in etry is the point. However, his final poem for the eve- Rodrick Minor effortlessly ning which centered on an delivered both. After earn- encounter with a Florida ing the top spot among his Hampton Inn that left grits peers, he generously spoke out of their continental about his process and where breakfast spread. he draws his inspiration. Minor said about his per- "A lot of time you pull formances, "The most chal- from your personal narra- lenging thing is trying to tive, your own experiehce," make sure you can connect said Minor. "It's like deal- with people because it's ing with visual art, there more than just memorizing are certain messages that the words, You can't really you would like to convey look at a hand manual for to the world. And, you use that. You just have to say, that canvas and whatever I'm going to give all of my- type of media you're using self to these people tonight." BEYOND THE BARS Jill IIIIIIlgLm~Y IlF PO~RY mm HOSE ~ ~1 BISIt~t~l PllllteN OFFENDERS PUBLISH BOOK-- In 2004, members of the Higher Learning Book Club at Wilkinson County Correctional Facility, Woodville, saw their woik pub- lished. Volunteer book club lead- er Thomas McNeely, Jr., joined Red Dawn Press of Natchez to publish a book containing a col- lection of writings by the offend- ers, Beyond the Bars: An Anthol- ogy of Poetry and Prose from a Mississippi Prison. Thomas McNeely Jr., a I~rat- Erwin has been blessed chez attorney,has been goingto to have shared the stage prison for 14 years, but notas 'heir efforts are matdng a in Nashville with a num- a visitor or a lawyer helping a difference in the lives of the of- ber of artists including Del client. WCCF RECENTLY RECOGNIZED BOOK CLUB VOLUNTEERS FOR 14 YEARS OF SERVICE -- Seated from left are Higher Learning Book Club leaders Nell Stuard and Thomas McNeely, Jr. Stand- ing from left are some of the book club participants: Ricky Scales, Antonio Phares Pickens, Steven Far- ris and Damon Hipps. -- Submitted Photo fenders. As volunteers, they are Instead, he's been going m a opening minds, giving insight, volunteer leader of a book chb presenting challenges, and for W'flldnson County Corre- introducing the offenders to tional Facility in Woodville. many of the important names Known as the Higher Lea~# in history.." ing Book Club, the readL~g The book club started in program is associated with the September 1999 with only four Great Books Foundation outff members. It's now in its 15th Chicago, nl., which provides the year and has membership that books and other support for the ranges from 10 to 20 offenders dub. The dub reads and dis. who meet on the first and third cusses literature that has stood Wednesday of the month. the test of time, from ancient '~he more the offenders Greece to the present time, put into this, the more they from all countries. Current cur- get out of this," said McNeely. riculum includes fiction, nonfic- "In other words, the more tion, plays and poetry., they share, the more they l'hepurpeseofthisdubisto gain from each meeting. It achieve 'shared inquiry' at each is about sharing ideas based meeting," explained McNeely. upon the text." "To do this members/offenders McNelley said that each are obligated to read each short meeting % an experience of selection, ideally twice, before ioining with other club mem- coming to a meeting so that ers in opening our minds to they will be able to discuss the selection with others." McNeely is joined by Nell Stuard, a retired English teach- er of Baker, La. She joined the book club in 2014. "As a middle school English teacher, the thinking of my students was best stimulated through books and literature" she said. "This book club of- fers the same opportunity to our members, who ably share their insights about the selec- tions. I have enjoyed being a part of these 90 minute ses- sions and look forward to con- tinuing." WCCF recently honored the volunteers for their many years of service. Tira Jackson, deputy warden of programs, presented them with a spedal recognition plaque and certificates of ap- preciation on behalf of Warden Frank Shaw and WCCF. '2Vlr. McNeely and Ms. Stu- ard are dedicated to this pro- gram, as can' be seen by their years of service," said Jackson. Wilkinson County Calendar Of Events To add events please call 601-888-4293 6r email wrepublic nL bellsouth.net by r, oon Friday PLEASE DON'T LITTER... Keep Wilkinson County clean! Premier Physical TheraW 558 First South Street Woodville 601-888-7944 he wide variety within man, mture, society and spirit shown in literature." In 2004, McNeely joined fled Dawn Press of Natchez to l:ublish a collection of writings b? the offenders in the book, Regional Hospital Beyond the Bars: An Anthology of Poetry and Prose from a Mis- sissippi Prison. Join the staff and phy- sicians of Lane Regional Medical Center for an old- fashioned Meet n' Greet on Thursday, March 26, from 3 p.m. to 4 p,m., in the Lane Cafeteria to wel- come our newest special- ists: Dr. Thomas Trahan, Lane Wound Care and Hyperbarics Center Dr. Amanda Lee, Zach- ary Family Practice Dr. Jason Beeharilal, Premier Wellness Associ- ates Dr. Allison Parkman, FASTLane After Hours Walk-in Ciinic Dr. Kirk Mullins, Gas- troenterology Associates Dr. Cynthia Boyer, Ra- diation Oncology Center Dr. David Longmire, Hospital Medicine Dr. Samer Bakhos, Hos- pital Medicine Dr. Heather Hill, Hospi- tal Medicine Dr. Michael Oswald, Williamson Allemond Re- gional Eye Center Aerin Couvillion, Fleur de Lis Acupuncture For more information or a physician referral, please call 225-658-4585.