Jones College’s art gallery features works of Bethanie Wilson

ELLISVILLE – The artwork of Bethanie Wilson of Hattiesburg is now on display in the Eula Bass Lewis Art Gallery at Jones College through September 15, 2023. She will be sharing more about her work at an “Art Talk” on Wednesday, September 13, at 1:30 p.m. in the art gallery on the Ellisville campus.

Wilson’s large, oil paintings depict portions of her life being raised in rural Forrest County, near Hattiesburg, where she developed an intimate love for drawing the landscapes and life around her, with some of those pieces on display at the free showing at Jones College. Her work is also on display at the Mainstreet Gallery in Hattiesburg, and she is working as an adjunct art instructor at William Carey University.

She began her formal painting career her freshman year of college at William Carey University, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and master’s in education degree in Art. Passionately exploring the infinite painting world, Wilson is heavily influenced by artists such as Mark Rothko, Claude Monet, and Joan Mitchell. The energetic color abstractions she creates are sincere spiritual and emotional expressions.

“As an artist, I bring out the life within me, through strokes of paint, I can’t express in words. In my work, it interests me to evoke an intellectual emotion; each element of a piece is thoughtfully composed by strategic theory of color and composition partnered with an embodiment of human experience. Object matter is taken away, but the memories and senses shared remain. I am enlightened through my faith that unapologetically tells a personal journey between creation and Creator. What I veil upon the canvas is evidence of things not seen, literally. When I paint, I am engaged in a visual conversation,” explained Wilson.

The young artist has received art awards including Best in Painting Award at the 2020 Mississippi Collegiate Art competition, winning the 2021 Art Student Exhibition at the Sarah Gillespie Museum of Art, the Best in Show Award at the 2022 South Mississippi Art Association Juried Exhibition. She has been featured in shows held in the Odd Fellows Gallery, Sarah Gillespie Museum of Art, the Hattiesburg Cultural Center, Lucile Parker Gallery and at the University Baptist Church gallery space.

For more information about the JC art show or to arrange a visit to the gallery call 601-477-8401. The Eula Bass Lewis Art Gallery is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m., and by appointment only on Wednesdays. The gallery is closed during the holidays. If you want to know more about the Jones College Art Department, or the JC Art Department’s social media: Facebook page, and on Instagram @artatjonescollege.

Jones College’s Maroon Typhoon led by experienced Drum Majors

ELLISVILLE – Leading the Maroon Typhoon Marching Band at Jones College are four students: two returning sophomores and two new freshmen. Both newcomers are Jones County residents with a long history of musicianship. Northeast Jones High School graduate, Hannah Latham has been playing clarinet since sixth grade and continued until her junior year in high school to become a drum major.

“Being drum major is such a thrilling feeling unlike anything else,” said Latham. “I can’t wait for this season and I’m ready for the experiences and impact that Jones will have on my life. I am currently a vocal major, and I hope to share my love for music with as many people as I possibly can.”

She describes this year’s Maroon Typhoon Marching Band’s half time show as being “super exciting” because there is a lot of popular music that will be recognizable for many.

“This show is a perfect example of how hard we have worked, and I cannot wait for people to be blown away by it. I’m also looking forward to all the friendships I’ll make along with becoming a better leader. I can’t wait to gain more experience with what I love doing!” said Latham.

Joining Latham is freshman Braden Yarber, a South Jones High School graduate. His band experience began in eighth grade playing mallets as a percussionist and continuing through his freshman year of high school. Yarber was named a drum major his sophomore year and continued through his senior year. The Medical Laboratory Science major is pursuing a career in medical studies and research but is enjoying his musical experiences at Jones College. 

“Although I have only been a member of the Maroon Typhoon for a short time, I have already enjoyed the new memories and friends I have made. I am looking forward to watching the band grow and improve as performers and as a family throughout this season,” said Yarber.

Returning sophomores to the drum major podium are music education major, Jessica Manning from Quitman who also plays alto saxophone, and Melania Sanders from Columbia. Manning served as drum major for three years at Quitman High School. The alto saxophonist has plans to make music her career and is thrilled to return to the drum major podium this season. Manning’s family is also rooted at Jones. Her parents, Douglas and Carla Manning are JC alumni with their daughter Hannah, being a 2021 member of the Maroon Typhoon as a trumpet player. Jessica said she will also be sharing her vocal talents singing in the Concert Choir at Jones.

Melania Sanders’ family tree also includes several JC Bobcats. Her sister, Kimberly played trumpet in the JC band and convinced Melania to pick up the horn too. Her mother and her cousin came to JC and Sanders said a lot of her friends have made Jones College their choice too. However, her rodeo skills and the agricultural opportunities at Jones are what sold Sanders on being a part of the Bobcat family.

While her career goal is to be a veterinarian, Sanders has been playing trumpet since sixth grade. She was the drum major for her last two years at Columbia High School and is also ready to take the field as a Maroon Typhoon Drum Major for her last season at Jones College. For more information about the JC Band and the Fine Arts program click or email Dr. Burge at

Jones College practical nursing grads fill critical demand

ELLISVILLE – A total of 38 practical nursing graduates completed Jones College’s three-semester program, filling a critical need at area health care facilities and hospitals. The Ellisville campus had 24 graduates while 14 students completed the inaugural program at the Jasper County Center in Bay Springs with a pinning and completion ceremony.

“Class for those students in Bay Springs started as a whirlwind last August, and they have come through with grace. This group also dove right into doing community service that was appreciated by many,” said Jones College Practical Nursing Director, Amy Myers. “At the main campus in Ellisville, 24 graduates are entering the nursing profession during a massive nursing shortage. We welcome them to the healthcare family.”

At the pinning and completion ceremony in Bay Springs, three students earned honors awarded by faculty members. Receiving Jasper County Center’s Florence Nightingale Award for the first, practical nursing class was Kamilia Ross of Louin, while the Rising Star Award went to Lexi Sims of Bay Springs. Shelsea Harden of Stringer received the Academic Excellence Award.  

Earning the Florence Nightingale Award for the Ellisville class was Sally Sharplin of Moselle. Monica Lawrence of Hattiesburg earned the Rising Star Award and Lanett Travis of Hattiesburg was awarded the Academic Excellence honor for having the overall highest average.

To learn more about the practical nursing program at the Jasper County Center call, 601-477-5473, email Sonya Ready at or check out the Jones College website on practical nursing at

Jasper County Practical Nursing grads August 2023 (14)

  1. O’Nett Lorrell Booth, Collins
  2. Destinee Burton, Mize
  3. Madalyn Grace Bynum, Stringer
  4. Shelsea Harden, Stringer
  5. Anna Grace Dykes, Stringer
  6. Isabella Graham, Stringer
  7. Delayna Harris, Stringer
  8. Jordyn Marie Harris, Bay Springs
  9. Abigayle Kupperschmid, Stringer
  10. Kailya L Pierce, Heidelberg
  11. Kamilia A Ross, Louin
  12. Victoria (Lexi) Sims, Bay Springs
  13. Anthony T Steele, Bay Springs
  14. Sarah Elaine Thompson, Stringer

JC Ellisville Practical Nursing grads August 2023 (24)

  1. Nickolas Ray Bustin, Laurel
  2. Leigh Ann Coppins Toomsuba
  3. Jeralyn Christine Doss, Petal
  4. Christina Foster, Millry AL
  5. Renee Hardy, Laurel
  6. Kassidy K Gray, Waynesboro
  7. Laura Hendry, Bassfield
  8. Hines Nicholas M, Poplarville
  9. Doneja Abrielle Hinton, Waynesboro
  10. Jada Makyla Holmes, Waynesboro
  11. Destini Rashanti Keeton, Waynesboro
  12. Creshona Kenny, McComb
  13. Monica N Lawrence, Hattiesburg
  14. Demetria Karin Lewis, Brookhaven
  15. Kaice Janae Lumpkins, Columbia
  16. Samantha McGowan, Laurel
  17. Dayna Miller, Hattiesburg
  18. McKenzie Moses, McComb
  19. Sally V Sharplin, Moselle
  20. Latoya Nevida Steele, Kemper County
  21. Jameshey Strickland, Hattiesburg
  22. Lanett S Travis, Hattiesburg
  23. Annabelle Walters, Laurel
  24. Chloe White, Waynesboro

Jones College students ready for fall classes

ELLISVILLE – Jones College’s fall semester began with a nice cool breeze filled with sunshine and fellowship. As students crisscrossed campus in search of their classes, various personnel were stationed outside and inside buildings to offer assistance. While traditional classes began today, online and dual enrollment classes begin on Monday, August 21. For more information about how to apply go to the website,

Bruce Smith with Damarcus Dennis of Laurel

Jones College Maroon Typhoon gets gold & glittery with great music

ELLISVILLE – Jones College’s 180-member marching band, the Maroon Typhoon is serving up its fans a grandiose show featuring gold and glitter and a cross-generational selection of music with various genres this fall. Music about the sun, stars, and all things gold and glittery will be featured in this year’s fall show including Madonna, Soundgarden, Dua Lipa, Jake, Muse, Ellie Goulding, Sza and Kendrick Lamar. The Maroon Typhoon is led by Director of Bands, Dr. Ben Burge who is in his eighth year, with associate band directors, Dr. Lindsey Keay, who has been on staff since 2013 and teaches flute, and Dr. Josh Frans, who joined the team in 2018 and is the percussion instructor. Also on staff is brass instructor, Caleb Owenby (2021), clarinet instructor, Susan Schuman (2022), Touch of Gold choreographer and JC alumna, Lora Martineau Davis (1991), and the newest member joining the Maroon Typhoon is Color Guard and Winterguard Director, Meredith Owen who began her JC journey last fall (2022). 

Lora Davis, Josh Frans, Susan Schuman, Ben Burge, Meredith Owen, Lindsey Keay & Caleb Owenby

The Maroon Typhoon has been meeting for the last two weeks in Band Camp to hone their marching and performing skills and learning the JC traditions and pregame show.  

“The Jones College Fanfares, the College fight song, National Anthem, Hey Song and the student’s favorite, JC Jam will remain a part of the traditional pregame performance. This season, the Touch of Gold dance team will be featured performing, ‘Let it Whip,’” said Burge.

Fans should notice the largest drumline in several years in addition to a growing band, post Covid. Also, the JC Cheerleaders will continue to coordinate their routines with the band, continuing another long-standing tradition during the fall season.

“I really appreciate the collaborative atmosphere and coordination between cheer and band. It is always a joy to work with our cheer squad and coaches. It is an integral part of each show and has become one of my favorite things about fall at JC. The Maroon Typhoon and the JC Cheer squad really put on a professional and fun start to each ballgame,” Burge shared.

Hannah Latham, Braden Yarber, Melania Sanders & Jessica Manning

Sophomore drum majors are Jessica Manning of Quitman and Melania Sanders, of Columbia, with newcomers, Hannah Latham from Northeast Jones and Braden Yarber from South Jones High Schools. They lead the group of various college majors in addition to music majors, on and off the field. The Touch of Gold dance team is led by co-captains, Kelly Biglane of Ellisville and Taylor Garretson of Leakesville and the Color Guard captains are Gabi Lopez of Flowood, Layken Valentine of Laurel, and Ellisville’s, Arielle Grimaldo and Charlee Norman.

Kelly Biglane & Taylor Garretson

Fans can meet the Maroon Typhoon and JC athletes during, “A Night with the Bobcats” on Thursday, August 31, at 6:30 p.m. on the C.L. Neill Student Center Plaza. The first home football game and band performance will be on September 21, when JC takes on Co-Lin CC at 7 p.m. in Bobcat Stadium/Sim Cooley Field. For more information about Jones College, go to the website,

Jones College Maroon Typhoon Marching Band 8/11/2023

Name               HS                          County   Instrument/Section

Jeffery Wimbley  Washington County HS, Washington Co AL-Tenors

James  Leggett West Potomac HS, Alexandria, VA (Petal) Tuba

Madilyn Pitts                          Enterprise HS            02 Clarinet                      

Timothy (Dalton) Pitts           Enterprise HS                            10 Tenors

Trinity Pitts                            Enterprise HS                               06 Trumpet

Chase Albritton                      Quitman HS                                 06 Trumpet

Jessica Manning                     Quitman HS                15 Drum Major

Emari Moody                          Quitman HS                                 05 Horn

J’len Noel                               Quitman HS                                09 Tuba

Natyana Noel                          Quitman HS          16 Manager

Zoe Payne                               Quitman HS                 02 Clarinet

Adrian Roberts                       Quitman HS                            10 Snare

Tykeivia Watts                       Quitman HS                                16 Manager

Alex Rogers                            Copiah Academy           13 Dancer

Halie Dunn                              Collins HS                            01 Flute               

Jacey Mangrum                      Collins HS                           01 Flute

Peyton Jones                           Seminary HS                     16 Manager

Dalton Leggett                        Seminary HS                        07 Trombone

Iquec Magee                           Seminary HS                             07 Trombone

Wayne (Alan) Nitsche            Seminary HS                             01 Flute

Ethan Noffke                          Seminary HS                               06 Trumpet 

Julie King                               Seminary HS                          01 Flute

Breana Walker                        Seminary HS                       06 Trumpet

Leila Daniels           Forrest County AHS                          13 Dancer

William (Will) Carlson      Forrest County AHS                      12 Guard

Trinity Williams                     Forrest County AHS             06 Trumpet

Mallory Anderson                  Petal HS                                   13 Dancer           

Carter Bullock                        Petal HS                                     05 Horn

Dakota Fowler                         Petal HS                                     06 Trumpet

Grace Frey                              Petal HS                                      13 Dancer

Avery Hampton                      Petal HS                                      16 Manager

Ella Jolly                                 Petal HS                                           13 Dancer

Abby Knight                           Petal HS                                       13 Dancer

Serenity (Cici) Lawson           Petal HS                              01 Flute

Douglas Prout                         Petal HS                                10 Snare

Peyton Rowell                         Petal HS                               10 Snare

Ethan Smith                            Petal HS                                       10 Snare

Ben Thames                            Petal HS                                  10 Bass 2 

Landen  Upton                         Petal HS                          06 Trumpet

Zander Watts                          Petal HS                                   09 Tuba

William (Kai) Welborn          Petal HS                            06 Trumpet

Josie Young                            Petal HS                                   13 Dancer

Jordan Stianche                      Petal HS                                  11 Front Ensemble

India Dearman                        Greene Co HS                             03 Saxophone

Taylor Garretson                    Greene Co HS                                    13 Dancer

De’Juan (DJ) Odems              Gautier HS                                08 Euphonium

Aidan Brewton   Bay Springs HS      11 Front Ensemble                     

Richard (Trey) Daverson        Stringer HS       06 Trumpet

Brady Segraves                       Stringer HS                  09 Tuba

Hanah Zugg                            Stringer HS                   01 Flute

Samuel Ellard                         Northeast Jones HS                09 Tuba

John Marshall Ayres   Northeast Jones HS          10 Tenors                        

Granville (Lee) Arrington  Northeast Jones HS         11 Front Ensemble

Nathan Brabham                     Northeast Jones HS        06 Trumpet

Trevor Broadway                    Northeast Jones HS            07 Trombone

Hailey Brown                         Northeast Jones HS              01 Flute

Nayasia (Campbrelle) Bryant Northeast Jones HS   12 Guard

Michael (Ashton) Champion  Northeast Jones HS 10 Bass 5

Emilee (Paige) Farve              Northeast Jones HS         12 Guard

Stephen Gowin                       Northeast Jones HS     04 Bari Sax

Martha Hernandez                   Northeast Jones HS           12 Guard

Alisha Hudson                         Northeast Jones HS              12 Guard

Hannah Latham                      Northeast Jones HS       15 Drum Major

Logan Miller                           Northeast Jones HS        11 Front Ensemble

Ardajah Pierce                         Northeast Jones HS             12 Guard

Kawanda Turner                     Northeast Jones HS            02 Clarinet

Kameron Upchurch                Northeast Jones HS                  13 Dancer 

Gabriel Vermilyea          Northeast Jones HS         11 Front Ensemble

Stacy (Darlene) Villaseca       Northeast Jones HS       03 Saxophone

Alexis Wade                           Northeast Jones HS            02 Clarinet

Kelly Biglane                         South Jones HS                  13 Dancer                       

Phoebe Boozer    South Jones HS                     04 Tenor Saxophone

Nathan Bower                         South Jones HS                   06 Trumpet

Hudson Bryant                        South Jones HS                       05 Horn

Kalilah Cash                           South Jones HS                     01 Flute

Arielle Grimaldo                    South Jones HS                           12 Guard

Kayla Hamil                           South Jones HS                        13 Dancer

Isabella Hammond                  South Jones HS               13 Dancer

Kylee Hicks                            South Jones HS                         13 Dancer

Casie Husack                          South Jones HS                         10 Snare

Sofia Jeri                                 South Jones HS                               01 Flute

Kinsey Lawson                       South Jones HS                          13 Dancer

Halla Lower                            South Jones HS                             05 Horn

Kaitlyn Massie                       South Jones HS                             02 Clarinet

Alexus McCulllum                 South Jones HS                        02 Clarinet

Demarion McCullum             South Jones HS                            10 Bass 3

Elizabeth McLemore              South Jones HS                 02 Clarinet

Kelsey Lawrence                    South Jones HS                   13 Dancer

Leo Norman                            South Jones HS                    09 Tuba

Charlee Norman                     South Jones HS                     12 Guard

Olivia Odom                           South Jones HS                      16 Manager

James Rigdon                         South Jones HS                   08 Euphonium

Olivia Roberts                        South Jones HS                 12 Guard

Jonathan Roney                      South Jones HS                       06 Trumpet

Leigha Thompson                   South Jones HS                    03 Saxophone

Sydnee Tisdale                         South Jones HS                 07 Trombone 

Sophie Wansley                      South Jones HS               01 Flute

Robert (Braden) Yarber          South Jones HS                  15 Drum Major

Sydney Tisdale                       Ellisville                               03 Bari Sax

Kylan Combest   Laurel HS                       07 Trombone                              

Destini Jordan                         Laurel HS                    11 Front Ensemble

Dashia Jordan                         Laurel HS                             16 Manager

Nylah (Gabby) Mckenzie       Laurel HS                    09 Tuba

Precious Perkins                     Laurel HS                       16 Manager

Miracle Shelby                       Laurel HS                                16 Manager

Alyssa (Max) Adams   West Jones HS                    09 Tuba                           

Ethan Ainsworth                     West Jones HS            06 Trumpet

Andres Avalos                         West Jones HS                   07 Trombone

Bailie Bishop                          West Jones HS                          13 Dancer

Alexander Francisco               West Jones HS                 09 Tuba

Trinity Gieger                         West Jones HS               09 Tuba

Hailey Graves                         West Jones HS                    06 Trumpet

Jeffrey (Alex) Guy                  West Jones HS                08 Euphonium

Allari Hernandez                    West Jones HS                 03 Alto Saxophone

Hunter Herrington                  West Jones HS                          06 Trumpet

Ava Hickson                           West Jones HS             01 Flute

Kaitlyn Huddleston                West Jones HS         11 Front Ensemble

Bryce Jasper                           West Jones HS              08 Euphonium

Caleb Mosley                         West Jones HS                      07 Trombone

Kaylee Moss (Fulgum)           West Jones HS                  12 Guard

Isaiah Pleas                             West Jones HS                         06 Trumpet

Jaime Ramirez                         West Jones HS                 07 Trombone

Aaron Reiher                          West Jones HS                   02 Clarinet

Adamaris Rivera                     West Jones HS                       12 Guard

Aidan (Harley) Slater             West Jones HS          01 Flute

Alex Slater                              West Jones HS                     10 Snare

Layken Valentine                    West Jones HS                   12 Guard

Logan Histand                         Oak Grove HS                         11 Front Ensemble

Sadie Luckett                          Oak Grove HS                  12 Guard

Larson Ware                           Oak Grove HS              08 Euphonium

Briana McGinty                     Purvis HS                              07 Trombone

Pearlz Adams                          New Hope HS              02 Clarinet

Donna  Cameron                     West Marion HS      16 Manager

Melania Sanders                     Columbia HS              15 Drum Major

Gynesis Rivers                        Newton HS            12 Guard

Xoe Lockhart                          Pearl River Central HS        13 Dancer

Chris Garner                           Perry Central HS                     16 Manager

Gabrielle King                         Perry Central HS                   02 Clarinet

Mariah Smith                          Richton HS                               11 Front ensemble

Kim Arevalo                           Pearl HS                                01 Flute

Tana Bradshaw                       Puckett HS                              16 Manager

Ceilia Burkett                         Florence HS                               12 Guard

Cody Holliday                        Florence HS                              10 Bass 6

Johnna Nail                             Northwest Rankin HS                      06 Trumpet

Gabriella Lopez                      Northwest Rankin HS                12 Guard

Ghenessey Lopez Vicente      Morton HS                       16 Manager

Meghan Torrano                     Morton HS                                06 Trumpet

Kaylee McWilliams               Magee HS                                  12 Guard

Lakendrick Wells                   Mendenhall HS                       10 Snare

Emily Wicker                         Magee HS                                      12 Guard

Dayanara (Michel) Gonzalez Magee HS                  02 Clarinet

Mark (Curtis) Adcox              Mize HS                         10 Bass 4                        

Zachary Hand                         Mize HS                             05 Horn

Jay’Nia Keyes                         Mize HS                                       12 Guard

Raelyn Lee                              Mize HS                                      01 Flute

Dori Saranthus                        Mize HS                                      12 Guard

Elizabeth (Paige) Shoemake  Mize HS                 12 Guard

Dawson Temple                     Mize HS                                 04 Tenor Saxophone

Rosemary Aguilar                  Raleigh HS                      02 Clarinet

Logan Ingram                         Raleigh HS                                  03 Alto Sax

Kaydence Johnson                  Raleigh HS                       10 Bass 1

Mersadi McCarter                  Raleigh HS                                     06 Trumpet

Haydn Westbrook                   Raleigh HS                     11 Front Ensemble

Sadie Jones                             Sylva Bay Academy       13 Dancer

Tony Ducksworth                   Taylorsville HS        04 Tenor Saxophone

Emerald Green                        Pennfoster Homeschool      16 Manager

Zion Cooper                   Wayne County HS                      16 Manager                                 

Joshua Evans                          Wayne County HS                 10 Snare

Kaylee Hines                           Wayne County HS                   02 Clarinet

Nigel Johnson                         Wayne County HS                  Wayne        10 Snare

Alexandria (Alli) Smith         Wayne County HS               11 Front Ensemble

Lakiriya (Kira) Stokes   Wayne County HS                          11 Front Ensemble

Jakevis West                           Wayne County HS                      10 Tenors

Darla Williams                       Wayne County HS                 02 Clarinet