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Plans Finalized For Archery Shoot

Yalobusha County Economic Development and Tourism Director Bob Tyler (center) goes down his checklist detailing the preparation for the North half archery qualifier. Also helping coordinate the event are county agent Brent Gray (right) and Bill Taylor, an appointee to the county’s economic development board.

By David Howell

COFFEEVILLE–With 1,500 shooters and even more spectators anticipated, plans are being finalized for the county to host Archery in Mississippi Schools (AIMS) 2014 North State Qualifier at the Multi-Purpose Building in Coffeeville on April 1 and 2.
    Yalobusha County Economic Development and Tourism Director Bob Tyler checked off various details and duties during the “first Monday” supervisor meeting held Monday.
    Tyler said a “gang of volunteers” working half-day shifts during the two-day event will assist, along with manpower from the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks (MDWFP) and MWFP Foundation.
    Tyler also checked off first aid, which will be provided by Yalobusha General Hospital with both a first-aid station and an ambulance stationed at the event; concessions, which will be provided by the county’s 4-H and supplemented by private cookers in front of the building to handle overflow; and  janitorial services will be provided by the MDWFP while the county will supply the actual janitorial supplies.
    Security and parking will also be coordinated by MDWFP game wardens assisted by local deputies.
    Tyler also said local restaurants will be contracted to provide five meals for the 30 uniformed MDWFP officers who will work the event. The officers will be housed at Cossar State Park during the event.

About the Program
    Archery is the fastest growing sport in the school, nationwide, in grades 4-12, according to MDWFP. In Mississippi the AIMS started eight years ago and is now in almost 400 schools across the state.
    That growth pushed MDWFP to have a north half and south half qualifier before the state championship in Jackson. Coffeeville was selected for the north half, and if everything goes well the event could be held annually at the Multi-Purpose building according to Waldo Cleland, state chairman of the AIMS Program.
    The primary mission of the program is to provide the activity for all students, boys and girls, regardless of their level of athletic talent, according to Tyler. The program can be offered in a school as a segment of the school’s physical education program or it can be a semester-long proposition. Safety is a basic element of the program and no student has ever been injured since the program began, Tyler added.

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