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June 30, 2013

Collinsville Development Club

MERIDIAN —     The Master Crisis Plan to be implemented in Lauderdale County schools was explained in detail by Chief Deputy Sheriff Ward Calhoun of the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department at the May meeting of the Collinsville Development Club.

    In May, law enforcement agencies joined emergency responders and Lauderdale County School District officials in conducting a live shooter drill at West Lauderdale Elementary School. According to Calhoun, the purpose of the drill is to practice procedures so everyone will know what to do in case of a major crisis.

    Agencies involved in the drill were: Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department, Meridian Police Department, Lauderdale County Emergency Management Agency (LEMA), Lauderdale County Fire Service, Mississippi Dept of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, Mississippi Highway Patrol, Mississippi Department of Transportation and the Lauderdale County School District.

    Calhoun also discussed the juvenile facility located in Rankin County. Juveniles housed there follow a very rigid program.

    Calhoun also discussed the Lauderdale County Detention Facility, noting that it is running out of space to occupy prisoners. Prisoners must be provided care, food and medical care.

    Noting that we do not live in Mayberry, Calhoun discussed ways to protect personal property and oneself. He said to not leave keys in cars, and to not leave purses, laptops or anything on car seats. He also advised members to keep houses and cars locked and always be on the watch.

    President Faye Houston called the May 20, 2013, meeting to order. Calhoun led the Pledge of Allegiance and West Lauderdale High School choral student Savannah Zimmerman sang "Let’s Go Down to the River to Pray." Maureen Sellers led the group in prayer.

    Club members voted to purchase a new stove for the clubhouse’s new kitchen.

    Billy Allen announced that the club's tour to the Old Order Amish Community in Ethridge, Tenn.. scheduled for June 20 has been changed to August.

    Several projects have been completed this month, including: some club members served as proctors and monitors at West Lauderdale Middle School for state testing; a book scholarship was presented to Randal Walker at Awards Day at West Lauderdale High School; and old donated shoes were delivered to Golden Living Nursing Home to be sent to several countries for recycling.

    The Yard of the Month Committee announced award recipients for the month: Dave and Beverly Scales, first place; Billy and Marjorie Nabors, second place; and Ellen Walker, third place.

    The meeting adjourned and members and guests enjoyed a time of refreshments and fellowship. The serving committee included: Glenda Rowell, Beverly Scales, Maureen Sellers and Ellen Walker.

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