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Chamber Partnership honors businesses and students at annual banquet

The Jefferson Davis County Chamber Partnership held their annual banquet Tuesday, March 25, at the Rosenwald Building in Prentiss.

Guest speaker was the director of the Mississippi Development Authority, Brent Christensen.

“We were very privileged and honored to have Mr. Christensen with us. He recently spent a good portion of time working to ensure the Foley Products Company materialized in Jefferson Davis County creating much needed jobs for this area,” said Partnership Director Ben Hamby.

“We sincerely thank him for his personal involvement,” Hamby added.

Entertainment for the evening was singer Tonya Youngblood Polk of Madison, formerly of Prentiss.

At the conclusion of the evening, Partnership  Director Ben Hamby presented the Business of the Year awards to two outstanding businesses in the county: Norwood Medical Supply of Prentiss and Sip-N-Eat of Bassfield.

Owned by Von Norwood,  Norwood Medical Supply carries a diverse group of products including durable medical equipment, diabetic supplies and shoes, wound care and orthopedics.

Holley Cochran / The Prentiss Headlight—Von Norwood, owner of Norwood Medical Supply of Prentiss,  with Partnership Director Ben Hamby and Administrator Jerleen White.

Holley Cochran / The Prentiss Headlight—Von Norwood, owner of Norwood Medical Supply of Prentiss, with Partnership Director Ben Hamby and Administrator Jerleen White.

Norwood Medical Supply services a 100 mile radius extending from Jefferson Davis to Hinds and Forrest counties.

Norwood’s main purpose for starting her business was to fulfill her desire to help the community by providing medical services.

Bobby L. Wilson opened Sip-n-Eat in 2012 and also owns the Bassfield Shell Station.

Both businesses average a total of 17 employees.

Holley Cochran / The Prentiss Headlight—Bobby L. Wilson, owner of Sip-N-Eat of Bassfield, with Partnership Director Ben Hamby and Administrator Jerleen White.

Holley Cochran / The Prentiss Headlight—Bobby L. Wilson, owner of Sip-N-Eat of Bassfield, with Partnership Director Ben Hamby and Administrator Jerleen White.

Wilson exemplifies his support of Jefferson Davis County by being a great sponsor for various functions, is very involved in Bassfield and Prentiss community sports, and writes the Bassfield sports section for The Prentiss Headlight.

Wilson says the purpose for opening Sip-N-Eat was to fill an essential need of the Bassfield community.

STAR Students awarded  at the banquet were  Oliviyah Farris from Bassfield High School and Sarah Harrell from Prentiss Christian School.

STAR Student Awards are presented to the senior with the highest ACT score.

Holley Cochran / The Prentiss Headlight—Oliviyah Farris was named Bassfield High School's STAR Student. Oliviyah scored a 27 on the ACT and plans to attend Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., in the fall.  Oliviyah chose her physics teacher Mr. Joel Hoxie as her STAR Teacher. Also pictured are Bassfield High Headmaster John Daley and Partnership Administrator Jerleen White

Holley Cochran / The Prentiss Headlight—Oliviyah Farris was named Bassfield High School’s STAR Student. Oliviyah scored a 27 on the ACT and plans to attend Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., in the fall. Oliviyah chose her physics teacher Mr. Joel Hoxie as her STAR Teacher. Also pictured are Bassfield High Headmaster John Daley and Partnership Administrator Jerleen White

Holley Cochran / The Prentiss Headlight—Sarah Harrell was named Prentiss Christian School's STAR Student.  Sarah scored a 32 on the ACT and is planning to attend Mississippi College in the fall.  Sarah chose her advanced math teacher Headmaster Danny Quick as her STAR Teacher.  Pictured with Sarah are Assistant Headmaster Robbie Hathorn and Partnership Administrator Jerleen White.
Holley Cochran / The Prentiss Headlight—Sarah Harrell was named Prentiss Christian School’s STAR Student. Sarah scored a 32 on the ACT and is planning to attend Mississippi College in the fall. Sarah chose her advanced math teacher Headmaster Danny Quick as her STAR Teacher. Pictured with Sarah are Assistant Headmaster Robbie Hathorn and Partnership Administrator Jerleen White.