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Secretary Perdue to keynote 82nd Delta Council

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Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue (right) meets with U.S. Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi before his confirmation.

 

Delta Council President Harry Simmons, of Yazoo City, announced today that U.S. Secretary of Agriculture George Ervin “Sonny” Perdue will be the featured guest and keynote speaker for the 82nd annual meeting of Delta Council, to be held on the Delta State University campus at 10:30 a.m on June 9 at the Bologna Performing Arts Center.

“We are so pleased that agriculture’s friend from Georgia, Sonny Perdue, will be the featured speaker for this year’s Delta Council annual meeting,” said Simmons, an aquaculture and row crop farmer and catfish processor. “Secretary Perdue has an impressive background as an agribusiness man and two-term successful governor of Georgia, and we look forward to the opportunity to meet with him and hear his thoughts on the future of America’s agricultural industry.”

Perdue, a native of Perry, Georgia, earned a doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Georgia. While still in school, Perdue volunteered to serve his country in the U.S. Air Force, receiving an honorable discharge in 1974 with the rank of captain. Following a brief tenure as a practicing veterinarian, Perdue started two businesses from the ground up, concentrating in agribusiness and transportation.

His public service began in the 1980s when he served on the Houston County Planning and Zoning Board. He then successfully ran for the state senate, becoming majority leader in just four years, followed by his election as president pro tempore.

In January 2003, Perdue was elected to serve as Georgia’s governor and he won reelection by an overwhelming margin in November 2006. As governor, Perdue focused on improving education, providing better access to health care, creating quality jobs for Georgians, and increasing resources for stronger, safer communities. He was appointed by President Trump to be the 31st Secretary of Agriculture and was confirmed in late May by the United States Senate.

In addition to the keynote address by Perdue, Delta Council will honor more than 140 high school seniors as Delta Honor Graduates with the ceremony beginning at 9 a.m., located under the tent next to the BPAC. Dignitaries will welcome the graduates, their families and school officials to main event and present them with engraved certificates recognizing them as 2017 Honor Graduates. The top Honor Graduate will be selected by higher education officials and be presented a $2,500 scholarship during the 10:30 a.m. business session.

“The Delta Honor Graduate event is designed to raise the level of awareness of parents, teachers and our local communities of the importance of bringing these bright young minds back to the Delta after they have completed their formal and advanced education,” said Cass Pennington of Indianola, who serves as chairman of the Delta Council Education and Health Policy Committee.

The tradition of a fried catfish luncheon will conclude the program for the 82nd annual event on the grounds of the quadrangle on the Delta State campus.

Sponsors for event include: BankPlus; Catfish Farmers of Mississippi; Cotton, Inc.; Sanders, Inc.; Mississippi Corn Promotion Board; Mississippi Rice Promotion Board; Mississippi Soybean Promotion Board; and Southern Ag Credit/Mississippi Land Bank.

Summer Movie Series returning to BPAC

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For the fifth year, the Bologna Performing Arts Center at Delta State University will screen new releases of major motion pictures on its big screen in the Delta & Pine Land Theatre.

All tickets are $5 for general admission seating. Popcorn and candy concessions are available for purchase with cash only.

First up in the series is Disney’s 2017 hit film “Beauty and the Beast” on June 6. There will be two showtimes at 10 a.m. and 7  p.m. The live adaptation of the fairy tale stars Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast, and is rated PG.

The new “Power Rangers” will play at 7 p.m. on June 13. “Power Rangers” tells the story of five ordinary teens who must become something extraordinary to save the day. Based on the hit TV series “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers,” the superhero film is rated PG-13.

On June 27, “Smurfs: The Lost Village” will play at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. The animated feature film finds the Smurfs in a new adventure through the Forbidden Forest leading to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history. “Smurfs: The Lost Village” stars the voice talents of Demi Lovato, Rainn Wilson, Jack McBrayer, Julia Roberts, and many others.

Finally, Disneynature’s “Born in China,” rated PG, will be shown on July 11 at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. From the frigid mountains to the heart of the bamboo forest, follow the adventures of three animal families in China — the majestic panda, the savvy golden monkey and the elusive snow leopard. Featuring stunning imagery, Disneynature brings the natural world to the big screen as never before, taking moviegoers on a grand journey into the wilds of China.

For more information, to see film trailers or buy tickets, visit www.bolognapac.com, or call the ticket office at 662-846-4626.

Josh Turner Live in Concert April 27

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Multi-platinum MCA Nashville recording artist Josh Turner is one of country music’s most recognizable hit-makers. He will perform live in concert on Thursday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m. at the Bologna Performing Arts Center. The event is locally sponsored by Robinson Electric.

With a rich, deep voice and distinctive style, Turner a disciple of traditional country music and one of the youngest members of the Grand Ole Opry. From his 2003 Platinum-selling debut Long Black Train to his most recent 2012 Billboard No. 1 release Punching Bag, Turner has garnered multiple GRAMMY, CMA, and ACM nominations. Turner’s hits include “Your Man,” “Why Don’t We Just Dance,” “Firecracker,” “Would You Go with Me,” “All Over Me,” and “Time Is Love,” the most played country song of 2012.

Turner recently released his sixth studio album Deep South, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. Turner wrote five of the 11 tracks on the well-crafted album and he is impressing fans and critics alike. Rolling Stone declares that Turner, with his “river deep baritone,” delivers an “eagerly-awaited album from a country purist.”

Prior to the show, weather permitting, there will be a picnic-style dinner with live music by Craig Adams in the Sanders Sculpture Garden located in front of the Bologna Performing Arts Center. Levee Break Grill, Nehi Bottling Co. and Sweetwater Bleu’z will have food and beverages available for purchase. Dinner and music in the garden will last from 5:30 – 7:15 p.m., and the Josh Turner concert begins in the Bologna Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets to see Josh Turner start at $30 and are available at the Bologna Performing Arts Center Ticket Office, open Monday-Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., by phone 662-846-4626 or online www.bolognapac.com. Tickets to the concert are not required to attend the dinner in the Sculpture Garden; food purchases may be made directly from vendors on-site. For more information on Josh Turner, visit www.JoshTurner.com.

“Dar He: The Story of Emmett Till” coming to BPAC

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Mike Wiley will perform his one-actor drama in a free community performance on April 4.

The Bologna Performing Arts Center will host a special evening of theatre and conversation on April 4 at 7 p.m. when documentary theater playwright and actor Mike Wiley will bring his performance “Dar He: The Story of Emmett Till” to the stage.

The performance is co-presented by the BPAC and Delta State University’s Winning the Race Conference, and is funded in part by a grant from the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area.

This riveting play chronicles the murder, trial and unbelievable confession of the men accused of Till’s lynching. The one-actor, multiple-character original drama will be 90 minutes long, with a post performance discussion with Wiley.

The event is free and open to the public, and all advanced tickets have already sold out. All advanced ticketholders must be seated by 6:45 p.m. in order to have a guaranteed seat. At 6:50 p.m., all remaining seats will be made available to the public, first come, first serve.

For more information, contact the BPAC Ticket Office, open Monday-Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., by phone at 662-846-4626, or online at www.bolognapac.com.