Published 12:00 am Sunday, August 3, 2008

Promotion set today for 412th’s deputy

Col. William M. Buckler Jr. of the 412th Engineer Command will be promoted to brigadier general today.

A 10 a.m. ceremony and reception is set at the Morris Army Reserve Center on Porters Chapel Road.

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Buckler is the 412th’s deputy commander. The group provides command and control support for 10,000 soldiers in the southeastern and northeastern United States. It also offers wartime support. Soldiers from the 412th are currently serving in Iraq.

Local in surers receive awards

Hennessey, Thames & Leavitt Insurance Agency in Vicksburg has received the Agency Excellence Award from the Leavitt Group.

The local agency, at 1001 Belmont St., is co-owned by John Hennessey and David R. Thames. They accepted the award during the Leavitt Group’s annual conference in San Diego. Clients and employees are surveyed to determine which agency receives the honor. Hennessey and Thames also received the Circle of Excellence Award.

The Leavitt Group is an organization of independent insurance agencies in 115 offices across the United States. It is the 14th largest brokerage in the nation.

County man completes state skills program

A Warren County man has graduated from the Mississippi Department of Mental Health’s Focus Program.

Chuck Oliphant participated in a commencement ceremony in June.

The Focus Program lasts 12 to 18 months and involves four multi-day retreats. The program offers Department of Mental Health employees the opportunity to hone their skills.

Street Clinic’s Agrama resigning position

Dr. Mark Agrama of the Street Clinic has resigned, and his last day will be Friday, said a letter to his patients.

Agrama is moving to West Palm Beach, Fla., to be closer to family.

Dr. Al Windham of the Street Clinic will be available to take over the care of Agrama’s patients.

Patients’ medical records will remain at the Street Clinic. Those who wish to transfer to another provider can visit the clinic at 104 McAuley Drive or call 601-638-7271.

USM offering program to aid homebuyers

Mississippi Home of Your Own has scheduled a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop in Jackson.

The seminar is set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 16. in the meeting room of the Hinds County Extension Office, 1735 Wilson Blvd. It is for residents with and without disabilities in Hinds and surrounding counties.

HOYO is a program of the University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies. Since 1997, HOYO has helped 30 people with disabilities in 42 counties become homeowners.

To register, call 601-432-6876.