News notebook: MSU named among top 20 for military, veteran students

Mississippi State University has been ranked among the top 20 best colleges and universities in the United States for military personnel and veterans.
Military Times EDGE, a career and education supplement published with the Military Times newsweeklies 10 times a year, ranked MSU at No. 20 among 4,000 colleges and universities evaluated.
Andrew Rendon, director of the G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery Center for America’s Veterans at MSU, said, “The staff and students at our center were excited to see Mississippi State’s high national ranking related to military- and veteran-friendly campuses. MSU has always been very supportive of our men and women in uniform, and this recognition is well deserved.”
Schools were evaluated based on financial assistance provided, specifically for veterans and their dependents, including the Yellow Ribbon program, relaxed residency restrictions for in-state tuition, academic flexibility, campus culture, and support services quality.
“The Center for America’s Veterans will continue to strive for excellence when playing a supporting role at Mississippi State and remain committed to work on behalf of our student veteran and military population to ensure their success,” Rendon added.
In addition to its print edition, Military Times EDGE is produced online and updated throughout the month with news and information about career and educational opportunities available to military personnel and veterans. For the full list of college rankings visit

Talk on Jupiter set

FRENCH CAMP — A talk about Jupiter will be given at Rainwater Observatory & Planetarium Saturday at 7 p.m. The talk is free and open to the public.
Rainwater is located one mile east of the Natchez Trace Parkway near the village of French Camp. The presentation will include images of the giant planet taken from Earth as well as space missions to the largest planet in our solar system. Also included will be paintings done by the speaker.
The speaker, Edwin Faughn, is managing director of the the observatory. Faughn was art director of the Pink Palace museum in Memphis for almost 20 years before coming to Rainwater. This presentation is sponsored by the Mississippi NASA Space Grant Consortium. After the lecture, weather permitting, there will be telescopes set up to view Jupiter and other objects in the sky. Comet Hartley will be visible for those who have never seen a comet.
For more information Rainwater Observatory & Planetarium at (662) 547-6377 or e-mail

Child safety seat check set for Louisville today

LOUISVILLE — The Louisville Fire and Police departments will conduct a Child Safety Seat Check 1-3 p.m. today Walmart Parking Lot in Louisville.
This is an event to ensure the safety of children as motorists drive to and from our destinations, city officials said. Organizers asked for citizens to attend and support the event.