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Page 8 The Woodville Republican, Thursday, November 27, 2014 WCCA News SHOWS CHAMPION CABBAGE -- WCCA student Mi- chael Faust is shown with his prize-winning cabbage he nm~ured though last year's long, very cold winter. Each year Bonnie Plants provides the third graders at WCCA with a cabbage plant to grow for the spring contest. Mi- chael planted his cabbage on November 4, 2013, and har- vested it on May 12, 2014, and was last year's classroom vdnner with the largest cabbage. -- Submitted Photo Facts Can Dispel Fears Of Snakes by Leslie Burger, Fact: Larger, adult ven- Extension Instructor omous often incorrectly MSU Department of Wildlife, called poisonous snakes Fisheries andAquaculture have stronger and larger amounts of venom than "'Tile o,~ g.od snake is a smaller, younger venom- dead sna,e" is an attitude ous snakes. But young probably triggered by corn- snakes are more vulnerable mon myths about snakes, and less experienced than Snake myths are found in adults. They may be more cultures around the globe, likely to bite when threat- giving evidence of the trou- ened, rather than avoiding bled relationship between conflict by running away or people and these reptiles, remaining still and camou- People are often afraid flaged, as adult snakes will when they do not need to do. be. There are more snake Myth: Snakes can spit myths than one article can venom. cover, but let's expose a few Fact: Spitting cobras, of the more common ones to found in Asia, Africa and the truth, the Middle East, can spit Myth: Rattlesnakes al- venom. No snakes in the ways give a warning rattle United Statescan spit before they strike. Fact: Rattlesnakes have several defenses against in- jury or death. They prefer to rattle their tails to warn oth- ers of their presence so they are not accidentally tram- [)led. This detbnse mecha- nism works because snakes can feel strong vibrations in the gTound caused by ]arge animals, such as cattle. But people are much lighter in to think it can sting. It actu- comparison, so they have a ally uses the tip of its tail to greater chance of surpris- lure prey, such as frogs, into ing a snake. Without time to striking range. The mud warn with a rattle, the rat- snake has a sharply point- tlesnake is likely to resort ed tail that it will press or m another defense strategy poke into an attacker. It will striking- and biting, also lift its tail like a spear, Myth: Small snakes are earning it the nickname of more venonmus than large "stinging snake" or "horn ones. snake." Despite threatening On Wednesday, Novem- ber 19, WCCA hosted its annual Thanksgiving din- ner for parents and friends. A delicious lunch of turkey, cornbread dressing, sweet potatoes, vegetables and dessert was served in the lunchroom. Members of the student council carried take- outs to the elderly members of our community. In the spirit of Thanksgiv- ing, the elementary classes collected barrels of food for the PBM food ministry. The collection was a huge success and students donated more than 850 non-perishable food items. On Thursday, November 20, the elementary students were treated to a wonderful show of School House Rock- Live at Manship Theater in Baton Rouge, LA. Students also took in sights downtown including the USS Kidd and the Old State Capital. Members of the WCCA robotics team recently trav- eled to Co-Lin in Wesson to attend a First Tech Chal- lenge scrimmage with other area robotics teams. The scrimmage helped teams discuss design and program- ming challenges encountered in this year's game called "The Cascade Effect." Upcoming Events: Dec. 2, Basketball, Away, CHEF, 4 p.m. Dec. 4, Basketball vs Still- man, Home, 4 p.m. Dec. 5, MAIS Teacher Meeting, (no school); Dec. 6, Basketball, Away, Central Private, 4 p.m. Handle With Care: Holiday Lights by Brittany Jacks MSU Ag Communications Holiday lights brighten the inside and outside of homes during this season, but these decorations should be treated with caution. venom. Instead, they inject Homeowners should make venom into an animal by sure lights intended for indoor biting, use have been approved by a Myth: Some snakes can certified laboratory and are la- sting with their tails, beled for outdoor use only. Fact: This myth probably Ted Gordon, risk manage- comes from the habits of ment/loss control manager two snakes: the copperhead for the MSU North and the eastern mud snake, sippi Research and ExWm sion A baby copperhead has a Center in Vemna~ said to dis- bright which INDIANS READY FOR FEAST These Wilkinson County Christian Academy students are all dressed in Indian outfits as they prepare for a feast at Thanksgiving. Pictured are as follows, standing, left to right: Bryson McKlemurry, DeMarien Tolliver-Dixon, LOADING FOOD FOR NEEDY-- These Wilkinson County Christian Academy students are shown volunteering with the loading of food at the PBM Food Bank in Woodville in preparation for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. Maggie CutTer, Karson Boulton, Millie Ashley and Clara Partridge. Kneeling, left to right are as follows: Avery Cavin, Marlee Hughes, Stella Ferguson, April Gash and Alexis Girlinghouse. Seated at front, same order:. Cash Abbott and Da- vis Randall.- WCCA Submitted Photo Seated above, left to right, are as fol- lows: Nathan Mudd, Mary Allynn Mc- Graw, Gracie Cavin, Anna Laura Sand- ers and Madison Jarvis. Standing at right is PBM representative Toni Kee. -- WCCA Submitted Photo "Plug them into an out- dence of overloaded outlets. let," Gordon said. "Check for "One sign to look for when an burned out bulbs, and look at outlet has become overloaded the wiring for scrapes, frays are breaker trips, which can and shorts." cause the electricity to shut Dwight Dempsey, an elec- off," Dempsey said. "Other yellow-green tail, connect all light~-lg from the trical supervisor at MSU, signs include the dimming causes some people electrical outlet every night, cautioned holiday light en- of lights or the cord getting For more informa- tion on holiday light safety, visit http://msu- cares.corn/newsletters/ safety/13/20131201.pdf to read Dawg Tracks-Safety Talks publication of Holi- day Safety Tips. "Never leave lights on when thusiasts to watch for evi- hot." the home, business or other -- -~-~ : i ~- .~ : : ~, I~ riod of time, because lights can overheat," Gordon said. "As a rule, if you're at home and have them on from early evening to around 10 or 11 pan you shouldn't have a problem. The same is true for outdoor light- ing." Outlets are another concern when using decorative holi- day lights. %f an outlet has a fault in the wiring, it can carry throu~ to the li~ts," Gordon sat& "Be careful to not overload' an outlet by using a splitter and plugging multiple strings of lights into it. A power strip Drawn by Woodville native and artist Paul Habig, Jr. I hc~,c prints were originally sold in mid-1980s. An extremely limited number of prints of"Lessley Hunting Camp" were ~ ,~cently discox ered. E isting prints will be sold on a first-come first-se;ved basis, ~ihe prints are signed by the artist. For ordering information contact Ken Habig khabig@bellsouth.net (601) 813-3997 behavior or bright colors, no snake, in the United States can sting with its tail. Myth: Snakes suck milk from cows or goats. Fact: Milk is food for baby mammals. Snakes are rep- tiles, not mammals, so they caImot suck milk, nor do they want to. Snakes are of- ten common in barns, seek- ing out rodents for food, and this probably contributed to this particular myth. Snakes are an important part of the natural world. A few species are venomous and should be given their space. But most are quiet neighbors who desire to be left alone to do their part in protecting the environment from rodents and other harmful pests. For more information on snakes, including an inter- active snake identification Limited Availability Lessley Hunting Camp Print Prints measure 17"x 12" printed cn !9,5" x 14.5" acid4ree s[ock strip. Make sure that the strip isn't overloaded." Gordon recommended in- specting light strands before putting them on the tree. I Hendry Brothers, Woodville is acceptable ifyou only nse the outlets that are built into the