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Daily 75¢ Today’s News ... Tomorrow’s Trends Newsroom: 494-1422
1. Cul i n- Ar t s gi ves
unique touch to gift shop-
pi ng, bridal regi stry i n
West Point. 3
2. EMCC c at c her
among Lady Lions to re-
ceive honors 6
Vol. 147, Issue No. 96
© 2013
3. Mississippi meat loaf
stands the test of time for
those on a budget, picky
eaters. 8
4. Poutry farmers hit
hard by recent toradoes:
work to recover. 9
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WEDNESDAY, May 14, 2014 75 cents
Check the Community Calendar for upcoming events // Page 2 Power of the mind // Page 4
DTL staff
The Clay County Health Department
is scaling back operations to accommodate
patient load.
Previously open Monday through Fri-
day, the department will now only oper-
ate on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and
Friday. The health department, located at
138 S. Division St., has begun closing on
Hours of operation will remain 8 a.m.
to 5 p.m., with an hour break from noon
to 1 p.m.
The new schedule took effect Monday.
Mississippi State Department of Health
Director of Communications Liz Sharlot
said the decrease in hours will not decrease
or change the center’s existing services.
Clay County’s patient numbers will al-
low the clinic to accommodate the four-day
schedule, according to Sharlot.
She said that nearby health departments
in Monroe, Oktibbeha and Lowndes Coun-
ty are experiencing staff shortages, and on
Wednesdays the staff from the Clay County
department will be sent to those counties.
She said the health department’s sched-
ule will be reevaluated in six months.
The Supplemental Nutrition As-
sistance Program (SNAP), formerly
known as the Food Stamp Program,
is a federal aid program administered
under the Food and Nutrition Ser-
vice of the United States Department
of Agriculture to provide food-pur-
chasing assistance to low-or-no-in-
come residents in the country.
The number of Clay County resi-
dents assisted by SNAP has steadily
increased over the past decade, ac-
cording to a report from the Mis-
sissippi Department of Human Ser-
MS DHS Public Information Of-
ficer Julia Bryan said the number of
Mississippi residents using SNAP has
increased overall since the economic
downturn of 2007-08.
County SNAP use increases
Number of residents receiving food stamp
benefts up 19 percent since 2010
See SNAP | Page 5
Local health
scales back
Special to Daily Times Leader
The Golden Triangle Region has an abundance of eco-
nomic development potential, but the communities that
comprise the region must take certain steps to create and
maintain a skilled labor force to ensure that potential does
not go to waste.
That was POLICOM Corporation President William
Fruth’s message to Oktibbeha, Clay and Lowndes county
residents and officials at a Golden Triangle Development
LINK-hosted event at East Mississippi Community College
on Tuesday to unveil the results of a regional economic de-
velopment assessment. POLICOM Corporation is a Flori-
da-based economic analysis firm.
LINK CEO Joe Max Higgins said Fruth has worked
with Clay and Lowndes counties on individual studies. He
said Fruth’s regional study was the first he’d conducted for
the Golden Triangle as a whole.
Higgins said the regional study’s purpose was to look at
the strengths and weaknesses of the three counties that com-
prise it and to help elected and economic development offi-
cials craft a way to improve the region’s economic standings.
“Since we’ve added all three counties we’ve been talking
to him about analyzing all three counties, telling us where
MSU fits in, where EMCC fits in, what each county’s pros
and cons were and kind of a snapshot of what we needed to
do in each county to be successful,” Higgins said.
The LINK hired Fruth to conduct a $50,000 study, half
of the cost of which C Spire paid.
Fruth said the Golden Triangle’s wide range of assets
— including Mississippi State University and its research
park, the Golden Triangle Regional Airport, and a number
GT regional
study released
to public eye
Oak Hill Academy Elementary School
Principal Jane Rives’ time at OHA is
drawing to a close after 48 years, and her
friends, former students and coworkers
prepared a surprise for her on Tuesday.
Jewelry designer Ronaldo Needham,
of Kentucky and the Indiana-based Ron-
aldo Designer Jewelry, visited OHA to
present Rives with a handcrafted bracelet.
“It’s not often I have the pleasure of
meeting a person who’s loved and taken
care of children for 48 years,” Needham
said, as he presented Rives with one of
his Guardian Angel bracelets.
The Guardian Angel bracelet was
meant to represent Rives’ husband,
James, who passed away in 1997, accord-
ing to Needham.
“James is your guardian angel up in
heaven, looking down on you today and
wishing you well on your journey,” he
told Rives. “From the countless thou-
sands you’ve influenced and from every-
body in the community, we’re proud to
present this to you.”
Former OHA student and current
OHA parent Robin Bounds, owner of
Robin’s Unique Boutique in Aberdeen,
presented Rives with one of Needham’s
Diamond Creation bracelets.
“The diamond is God’s love,” Need-
ham said. “It’s not stiff and stationary,
but it’s around you constantly and has
Friends, coworkers host surprise event for OHA educator
— Alex Holloway/Special to Daily Times Leader
PoLICoM Corporation President William Fruth speaks to an audience Tuesday in the Lyceum Auditorium at East Mississippi Community College
about the fndings of an economy development analysis of the golden Triangle region he'd conducted.
— Josh Presley/Daily TImes Leader
ronaldo Needham (left) presents long-time oak Hill Academy educator and principal Jane rives with a
special bracelet Tuesday at oak Hill Academy in West Point. rives, who will step down from her position
after 48 years, was honored with a special surprise from her friends, coworkers, former students and family.
See STUDY | Page 5
See RIVES | Page 5
2 Wednesday, May 14, 2014 | Daily Times Leader
Announces the relocation of her ofce to
222 Court St.
in West Point
Divorce, Child Custody and Child Support
Criminal Defense – Felony and Misdemeanor
Estate Planning, Probate and Administration
Business and Corporate Planning
P: (662) 524-4380
Tonight at Blues Night
May 14th
Cedar Creek Ramblers
Playing Wednesdays from 7:00 to 10:00
Seating is limited and reservations are highly recommended
Monday - Thursday 5:00 - 9:30
Friday - Saturday 5:00 - 10:00
All “Church Announcements” are published as a community service on a
frst-come, frst-served basis and as space allows. Announcements must
be 60 words or less, written in complete sentences and submitted in
writing at least fve days prior to the requested dates of publication. No
announcements will be taken over the telephone. Announcements sub-
mitted after noon will not be published for the next day’s paper. To submit
announcements, email
u Feed the Hungry — Holy Temple Holiness Church
Women’s Ministries deliver meals to Feed the Hungry the sec-
ond Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. If you or someone you
know is elderly or shut-in, and could benefit from this free
delivery service, call 494-3322 before 8 a.m. the morning of the
u Town Creek Bible Study — Minister Lester Moore will be
holding Bible Study at Town Creek Apartments in the Laundry
Room each Tuesday night from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. The current
13-week less is titled “How to be a Christian.”
uMen of Praise meetings — The West Point-Clay County
Men of Praise group hosts meetings at 8 a.m.. on the second
Saturday of each month at the West Point Living Center.
uBake Sale – Greenwood M.B. Church is sponsoring a bake
sale from 7 a.m. - until at the Kroger parking lot.
uPheba Community Services – Pheba Community Services
at 2 p.m. at Hogan Chapel Church. Guest speaker is Rev. Willie
B. Lairy.
uChurch Anniversary - The Church House of Refuge Family
Worship Center is celebrating their 11th church anniversary at
4 p.m. Guest speaker is Elder Steven L. James Sr., Pastor of
United Christian Baptist Church in Columbus.
uMemorial Day Service – Enon Baptist Church is having a
Memorial Day service at 10:30 with Bill Monaghan leading
music and preaching. A covered dish meal in the fellowship hall
will follow the service.
uPastor Anniversary – Walker Grove M.B. Church is cele-
brating Rev. and Sister Henry Shelton’s dedication to the church
at 3 p.m. Guest speaker is Gene King of Mt. Nebo M.B. Church
of Prairie.
uusher Anniversary – Strong Hill M.B. Church is having an
usher anniversary program at 3 p.m.
u Choir - The Florida Marcell Choir of Mt. Hermon M.B.
Church will present its fortieth concert at 6:30 p.m. Special
music will be rendered by the church’s youth choir and Tori
Brinkley. The public is invited to attend.
All “Community Announcements” are
published as a community service on a
frst-come, frst-served basis and as space
allows.Announcements must be 60 words
or less, written in complete sentences and
submitted in writing at least fve days prior
to the requested dates of publication. No
announcements will be taken over the
telephone. Announcements submitted af-
ter noon will not be published for the next
day’s paper. To submit announcements,
u Civitan meetings — The West
Point Civitan Club meets on the first
and third Wednesdays of each month
at noon in the Training Room of
NMMC-West Point. All interested
persons are cordially invited to attend.
u West Point Alumni Chapter
Meetings — The West Point Alumni
Chapter Meets on the second
Saturday of each month at the
Northside School building on Fifth St.
at noon. All members and interest-
ed persons are invited to attend.
u American Legion Meeting —
American Legion Post 212 will meet
every third Sunday of the month at 3
p.m. at their headquarters on
Morrow St. All members are urged
to attend.
u City Board Meetings — The
City Board of West Point holds its
meetings the second Tuesday of each
month at City Hall at 5:30 p.m. Work
Sessions are held every Thursday
prior to the board meeting at City
Hall at 5:30 p.m.
u AArP Meeting — The Clay
County AARP will meet every third
Thursday, at 5:30 p.m. at the Henry
Clay Retirement Center. All mem-
bers and those interested in AARP
are urged to attend. For more infor-
mation call Ella Seay 494-8323 or
Dorothy Landon 494-3577.
u Lodge Breakfast — West Point
Masonic Lodge No. 40, sponsors a
breakfast the first Saturday of each
month from 5:30 – 8:30 a.m. The
public is welcome to attend.
u Basic Skills Class — Free Basic
Skills class at the EMCC West Point
Center, Hwy. 45 North, Monday thru
Thursday each week, 11:30-1:30 p.m.
The Basic Skills class will prepare you
to take the WorkKeys test and
receive a Career Readiness
Certificate. WorkKeys is a job skills
assessment that helps employers
select, hire, train, develop, and retain a
high-performance workforce. These
classes are sponsored by EMCC
Workforce Services. Please call Mitzi
Thompson at 243-2647, to register
for free classes.
u Lodge Meeting — West Point
Masonic Lodge No. 40, will have its
regularly stated communication the
third Monday of each month. All
Master Masons are urged to attend.
u Welding and Carpentry
Classes — EMCC Workforce
Services is offering Welding and
Carpentry classes two nights a week
from 5 – 9 p.m. Please contact Mitzi
Thompson at 243-2647.
u gED Classes — EMCC West
Point Center, if offering free GED
classes at EMCC West Point Center,
Monday through Thursday, from 1-3
p.m. and 6-8 p.m. These classes are
sponsored by the Adult Basic
Education department of East MS
Community College. Please con-
tact Tshurah Dismuke or Jessica
Flynt at 492-8857 for additional
u C2C Info — Need work skills
to get a job? EMCC Workforce offers
the Counseling 2 Career program to
assist in gaining work experience.
C2C classes are available for resi-
dents of Clay, Lowndes, and Noxubee
counties, Monday-Thursday from 8
a.m.-3 p.m. If you are 18-21, please
contact Sha’Carla Petty at 662-243-
1930 or Chrystal Newman at 662-
243-1941 for more information.
u Animal shelter help — The
West Point Clay County Animal
shelter needs foster families for sev-
eral puppies who have been selected
to go on the next Homeward Bound
rescue. You would need to keep the
pup for two weeks, until the day of
transport. If you are interested, please
call the shelter at 524-4430.
u Ladies Auxiliary — The
American Legion Post 212 Ladies
Auxiliary meet the second Thursday
of each month at 6 p.m.
MAY 14
ureception — The Friends of
Bryan Public Library announce
that the featured author at the
Luncheon with Books is West
Point’s own Bobby Cole, who will
be discussing his third novel, THE
RENTED MULE at noon in the
Esther Pippen Meeting Room. He
will have books for sale. The
Friends will serve lunch for a $6.00
donation to Friends of the Library.
For more information call the
library 494-4872.
uCCVFD Meeting — Central
Clay Volunteer Fire Department will
have its Annual Meeting at 7 p.m. at
Station 2 on Hwy. 50 West.
Everyone is invited to attend.
u Senior Appreciation Day –
The Henry Clay Retirement Center
is appreciating senior citizens from 9
a.m. to noon with door prizes and
light snacks.
u Senior Awards Program —
West Point High School will hold its
Annual Senior Awards Program at 9
a.m. in the auditorium on the south
campus. All community organiza-
tions that would like to attend and
present a award or scholarship to a
graduating senior, please contact the
senior counselor, Leterice Townsend
at 494-5083 by May 9. This event is
free and open to the public.
uArt Walk — The West Point
Clay County Arts Council will host
its inaugural Art Walk from 10 a.m.
to 3 p.m. in downtown West Point.
No admission will be charged. The
public is invited to attend.
uCar Wash — A fundraising car
wash is set from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at
O’Reilly’s Auto Parts parking lot. All
proceeds go toward Section Fun
Day. For more information, call BoJo
275-8176 or Rip 295-7791.
uDisaster relief — First United
Methodist Church youth groups will
be collecting bottled water from
9-11 a.m. in the Sunflower parking
lot on Main Street. Water will be
delivered Sunday, May 19 to FUMC
in Louisville.
MAY 21
u Noon Tunes — The West
Point/Clay County Arts Council will
host Noon Tunes from noon to 1
p.m. Wednesday, May 21 at Bryan
Public Library in West Point. Rachel
Delk, Zane Lynn, Alisa Toy along
with Nancy Kennedy, pianist, will be
performing at this free event. Bring
your lunch and the Arts Council
will provide desserts and beverag-
es. For more information, call 494-
uLiving with Sickle Cell – Delta
Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. is hosting
“Living with Sickle Cell” at 10 a.m. at
Mt. Hermon M.B. Church. A panel
discussion, educational segment and
a video presentation from the
National Institute of Health is on the
agenda. Anyone who suffers from
the disease or has a loved one who
does is encouraged to attend. The
public is invited.
— Submitted photo
The West Point Career and Technology Center inducted 17 students into the National Technical Honor Society May 8. Pictured are,
(front row, from left) yvaunda Eichelberger, Lakendra Bentley Strong, Kaitlyn Taylor, Alicia McMillian, Deandra Barr, Chelsea rape, Tynika
Quinn; (back row, from left) Ashley Darnell, Courtney Jordan Neely, Angela reives, Terencio Lawrence, Hanna Chandler, Lashawn Davidson,
Marquezz Shelton, Lagaris Wordlaw and Jarvis Jack. Not Pictured: Mary Alice Miller.
WPCTC announces inductees to NTHS
For Daily Times Leader
STArKVILLE — A chemical
engineer at Mississippi State
University has earned a top
research-funding award from
one of the National Science
Foundation's most prestigious
Santanu Kundu, an assis-
tant professor in the Dave C.
Swalm School of Chemical
Engineering, received an NSF
Faculty Early Career Develop-
ment (CAREER) award. The
grant will provide more than
$500,000 of funding over
the next five years to support
research into the mechanical
properties of polymer gels.
"We are proud of Dr. San-
tanu Kundu for his efforts in
learning, service and research
at Mississippi State University
and especially his proposed
work on this project," interim
dean Jason Keith said.
Polymer gels can be used in
biological implants, food ma-
terials, oil recovery, and drug
delivery. These and other ap-
plications can put the material
under strain that results in in-
stability and fracture.
MSU chemical
engineer earns
NSF career grant 3 Daily Times Leader | Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Today's Weather
Local 5-Day Forecast
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morning be-
coming more
in the after.
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able cloudi-
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in the mid
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lows in the
upper 40s.
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7:49 PM
Highs in the
low 70s and
lows in the
mid 40s.
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and clouds.
Highs in the
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and lows in
the low 50s.
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and lows in
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66/49 Starkville
Mississippi At A Glance
Area Cities
City Hi Lo Cond. City Hi Lo Cond.
Baton Rouge, LA 77 51 t-storm Memphis, TN 66 47 t-storm
Biloxi 79 58 t-storm Meridian 81 53 t-storm
Birmingham, AL 82 59 t-storm Mobile, AL 80 61 t-storm
Brookhavem 76 49 t-storm Montgomery, AL 83 63 t-storm
Cleveland 66 48 t-storm Natchez 71 48 t-storm
Columbus 83 53 t-storm New Albany 79 49 t-storm
Corinth 76 49 t-storm New Orleans, LA 82 57 t-storm
Greenville 66 49 t-storm Oxford 71 47 t-storm
Grenada 74 48 t-storm Philadelphia 81 50 t-storm
Gulfport 79 58 t-storm Senatobia 69 48 t-storm
Hattiesburg 80 54 t-storm Starkville 80 50 t-storm
Jackson 76 50 t-storm Tunica 65 47 t-storm
Laurel 79 53 t-storm Tupelo 81 50 t-storm
Little Rock, AR 57 45 rain Vicksburg 66 48 rain
Mc Comb 77 49 t-storm Yazoo City 70 49 t-storm
National Cities
City Hi Lo Cond. City Hi Lo Cond.
Atlanta 86 65 pt sunny Minneapolis 59 37 mst sunny
Boston 70 61 cloudy New York 65 60 rain
Chicago 56 44 rain Phoenix 91 61 sunny
Dallas 69 47 rain San Francisco 84 58 sunny
Denver 60 39 pt sunny Seattle 80 60 mst sunny
Houston 71 51 rain St. Louis 57 47 rain
Los Angeles 97 70 sunny Washington, DC 82 66 pt sunny
Miami 83 76 t-storm
Moon Phases
May 7
May 14
May 21
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UV Index
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©2010 American Profile Hometown Content Service
• Rib Tips
• Lg. Pulled Pork
• Pulled Pork Nachos
• 1/2 Pound Cheeseburger
• Polish Sausage Plate
• 4 Grilled/ Fried Wings
• R. Pulled Pork Plate
• Leg Quarter Plate
• Chef Salad
• Taco Salad
• R. Brisket
• 1/2 Pound Pulled Pork
• Rib Sandwich
Dots BBQ
415 Commerce Street • Across from Post Ofce
Mon. & Tues. : 11am - 2pm • Wed. & Tur. : 11am - 6pm
Fri. & Sat. : 11 am - 7pm
$5 Menu
West Point Community
Living Center
Dementia Unit Open House
Date: May 15, 2014
Time: 4pm - 6pm
Place: 1122 Eshman Ave.
West Point, MS
Come enjoy refreshments
and experience our very
own dementia tour! Free health
screenings will be available!
Guest Speaker:
Tate Harper, Regional Life Connection Consultant
Leigh Ann Allen
Veleda Carmichael worked
in the Bryan Foods test kitch-
ens for 16 years, attended the
Culinary School of America
in Hyde Park, N.Y., and the
Culinary School of America
in Napa Valley, Calif., owned
Carmichael’s, an upscale res-
taurant in West Point in 1985,
and has been the owner of Cu-
lin - Arts in West Point for 12
“My goal is to present
cooking demonstrations in the
kitchen of my store,” Carmi-
chael said. “I offer select cater-
ing, will rent out the kitchen
to bridal luncheons, small class
reunions or the breezeway and
courtyard for small functions.
My store has the most up-to-
date cookware and kitchen
gadgets for any home cook.”
Before opening Culin-Arts,
Carmichael said she went to
stores in the area to see what
they had to offer. She didn’t
want to have the same mer-
chandise that was readily avail-
able. She wanted to bring in
unique items that no one else
in the Golden Triangle or sur-
rounding towns had in stock
to her store, Carmichael said.
She said the store offers din-
nerware that is oven, micro-
wave, dishwasher and freezer
proof. There are large displays
of dinnerware that can be pur-
chased in different colors and
still match each other, accord-
ing to Carmichael.
“When brides-to-be come
in to register, I put a table in
my side room just for her,”
Carmichael said. “The items
she picks out are placed on
the table. When people come
in to buy a wedding gift, they
can see what she has chosen
and give the couple some-
thing they want. Some items
are very practical and some are
more decorative, but they are
what the couple has chosen to
start their home.”
Carmichael said she doesn’t
want to sell anything that she
would not want to use in her
own home. From enamel-
ware, to ScanPan cookware,
or bamboo bowls, serving
spoons and cutting boards and
cooking gadgets galore, Culin-
Arts offers everything needed
for cooking and entertaining,
Carmichael said.
Carmichael wanted to an-
nounce that jewelry by Wel-
don Merchant, oil paintings
by Lee Gibson Allen Lox and
pottery by Pat Givens Pottery
are available from Culin Arts
and these local artists will be
part of the Art Walk Saturday
in West Point.
Culin-Arts is open 9:30 to
5 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday.
For more information, like
Culin-Arts on Facebook.
— Donna Summerall/Daily Times Leader
Valeda Carmichael stands in her Culin Arts on Commerce Street Tuesday in West Point. Carmichael offers tables with the choices made
by brides registered with Culin-Arts to make shopping for the perfect wedding gift easy.
Culin-Arts offers unique touch
4 Wednesday, May 14, 2014 | Daily Times Leader
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Three Mississippi Court of
Appeals judges stand for reelec-
tion this year: Jimmy Maxwell,
Kenny Griffis and Virginia Carl-
ton. All three are unopposed
following the May 9 qualifying
deadline, not an unusual situa-
tion. Four years ago, five seats
on the Court of Appeals were
up for election, all five incum-
bents ran and won, only two
were opposed.
Of the 102 chancery and
circuit court judges on the bal-
lot, over 75 percent will be re-
elected without opposition. The
unopposed rate is down slightly
from 77 percent in 2010.
Forty of the 49 chancery
judges elected in Mississippi this
year are unopposed incumbents.
There are two open seats and
seven races featuring incum-
bents challenged by opponents.
Here are the contested chancery
court races; next week’s column
will highlight circuit court races.
The Eight Chancery Court
District (Hancock, Harrison,
Stone) features two races. In
Place 2, incumbent Jennifer
Schloegel, daughter of former
Gulfport mayor George Schloe-
gel, is seeking a second term.
She defeated four opponents in
2010 with 51 percent to avoid a
run-off. She faces a challenge by
civil litigation attorney Stephen
Benvenutti of Bay St. Louis.
Schloegel made headlines this
year presiding over the open
records lawsuit against Audi-
tor Stacey Pickering by the Sun
Herald seeking documents from
the Department of Marine Re-
sources that state and federal of-
ficials were using as part of their
In Place 3, incumbent Sandy
Steckler, a former state senator,
faces a challenge from former
Biloxi city attorney Ronnie Co-
chran. Steckler was appointed to
the bench in 2001 by Governor
Ronnie Musgrove.
In the Eleventh District
(Holmes, Yazoo, Madison),
three-term Judge Janace Harvey
Goree is retiring. The open seat
is being sought by Jackson city
prosecutor Barbara Ann Blunt-
son and Robert G. Clark III, a
Holmes County youth court
judge and Lexington municipal
judge. Bluntson is the daughter-
in-law of former Jackson Coun-
cilman Frank Bluntson who was
criticized for allegedly using two
city employees to help Barbara
Ann Bluntson’s campaign dur-
ing her failed run at Madison
County Court Judge in 2010.
Clark also serves as attorney for
the town of Cruger and Holmes
County Board Attorney and
is the law partner and brother
of state Representative Bryant
Thirteenth District (Simp-
son, Smith, Covington, Jef-
ferson Davis, Lawrence) Judge
David Shoemake faces a re-
match from Larry Buffington.
Shoemake defeated Buffington
four years ago after the former
judge got into hot water by is-
suing improper subpoenas to
county supervisors in an attempt
to discover who passed on pub-
lic information to the media
regarding his appointment of
former Supreme Court Justice
Oliver Diaz as an additional
youth court public defender.
The Mississippi Judicial Perfor-
mance Commission reported,
“Judge Buffington admitted
that he had failed to comply
with the law when issuing the
subpoenas, but did not care.”
The Mississippi Supreme Court
ordered a public reprimand and
assessed fines to Buffington.
Also in the Thirteenth Dis-
trict, incumbent Judge Joe Dale
Walker, facing his own complaint
from the Judicial Performance
Commission, is not seeking re-
election. Collins attorney Mary
K. Burnham, Mississippi Depart-
ment of Human Services attorney
Deborah Kennedy, and Gerald
Martin of Taylorsville who has
served there as Board Attorney,
are running for this open seat.
Two of the three incumbents
in the Sixteenth District (Jackson,
George, Greene) face challenges.
In Place 1, incumbent Neil Har-
ris, Sr. is being opposed by Jack-
son County Board of Supervisors
Attorney Paula S. Yancey. Last
year, the Mississippi Supreme
Court ordered a public reprimand
and $2500 fine for Harris for
violating the due process rights of
three people he charged with con-
tempt. Yancey has served as Jack-
son County’s Board Attorney and
formerly as county administrator.
Place 3 incumbent Chuck Bor-
dis, IV is being challenged by Mi-
chael Fondren and Gary Roberts.
Bordis was appointed by Gover-
nor Haley Barbour in 2009 after
his predecessor, Randy Pierce,
won election to the Mississippi
Supreme Court. Bordis was un-
opposed in 2010. Fondren is an
attorney in Pascagoula and Rob-
erts is a Gautier city judge whose
now ex-wife was involved in a
scandal which resulted in the res-
ignation of American Red Cross
President Mark Everson.
Both incumbents in the 18th
District (Lafayette, Marshall,
Benton, Tippah, Calhoun) are
being challenged. In Place 1, long-
time Judge Glenn Alderson faces
Carnelia Pettis Fondren, former
Vice-Chairman of the Mississippi
Democratic Party; and Tina Dug-
gard Scott, who won with 54 per-
cent a special election for Calhoun
County Attorney in 2010.
In Place 2, Judge Robert
Whitwell faces Helen Kennedy
Robinson. Whitwell, a former
US Attorney, was appointed by
Governor Phil Bryant last year.
Robinson lost a challenge to
Chancery Judge Edwin Roberts
in 2010 with 31 percent of the
The election is Nov. 4 and in
any race where one candidate does
not receive more than 50 percent
of the votes, there will be a run-
off election on Nov.r 25. Only
three races could potentially go to
a run-off.
Brian Perry is a columnist for
the Madison County Journal and a
partner with Capstone Public Affairs,
LLC. Reach him at reasonablyright@ or @CapstonePerry
on Twitter.
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·reasonably right ·
· The Deluded Diva ·
Coach potatoes, listen
up. I’m about to deliver the
most important news of the
decade and it will make you
happy, I promise.
The latest findings suggest
you may be able to strengthen
your muscles by simply think-
ing about it. I say hooray for
this research, which will save
me a lot of time and sweat
from now on as I put myself
through my (mental) paces
while sipping my morning
If this is true, I’m doing
one handed push-ups while
banging out this story on my
computer keyboard, and I’m
not even breathing hard.
9:30 a.m.: Now I’m lift-
ing a 15-pound weight with
one hand — 17, 18, 19 and
20. Whew. I love working out
this way. I don’t even have
to put on those embarrassing
tights or leave my easy chair.
9:45 a.m.: Now I doing
those dreaded sit-ups. (Frank-
ly, I even hate thinking about
doing them, but no pain no
gain, as they say);
10 a.m.: I’m sprinting
a mile and not even wind-
ed. While I’m at it, I think I’ll
pretend there is a crowd gath-
ering to cheer me on. Maybe
I’ll even award myself an
imaginary medal at the end of
the race.
10:05 a.m.: Workout
done. I can enjoy the remain-
der of the day without berat-
ing myself for skipping my
exercise routine.
No doubt some of you are
skeptical, but hold on: This
radical finding was reported at
the Society for Neuroscience’s
annual meeting according to
“Today’s Health and Well-
ness” magazine. That sounds
pretty legitimate.
The article goes on to say
that people who imagined us-
ing their muscles for 15 min-
utes a day five days a week
for 12 weeks increased their
muscle strength between 13
and 35 percent. Works for me.
If that isn’t enough to get
you thinking about exercise
instead of actually doing it,
consider this. A man in Ohio
has invented a cordless jump
rope. You read that right. For
$19.95 you can order a jump
rope minus the rope. All you
get is two handles. You’ll be
able to go out and jump your
imaginary rope or you can use
it inside since you don’t need
to worry about getting it tan-
gled up in the ceiling fan.
Better yet, just can just
think about jumping while
you are preparing for your
afternoon nap and spend the
$19.95 on some gelato from
Kroger. You can eat it without
gaining weight since you’ve
done your virtual workout.
In fact, just believing that
your mundane daily activi-
ties are exercise has also been
shown to improve physical
fitness. Harvard researchers
informed one group of ho-
tel housekeepers that their
daily work qualified as exer-
cise, whereas a control group
did not receive this informa-
tion. Four weeks later, those
who believed their work was a
form of exercise had a decrease
in weight, blood pressure,
body fat, waist-to-hip ratio
to and body mass index, even
through their behaviors hadn’t
actually changed at all.
The power of the mind —
what a beautiful thing!
Emily Jones is a retired jour-
nalist who edits a blog for bounc-
ing baby boomers facing retire-
ment. She invites you to drop by
Power of mind can be beautiful thing
One has to start wondering whether
Mississippi Power Co. will ever generate
a kilowatt of electricity from coal gasifi-
Last week, the utility’s parent com-
pany announced yet another cost over-
run and further delay at its experimental
and controversial power plant in Kem-
per County.
Add another $196 million to the
price tag, says Southern Co., bringing
the total projected cost to $5.5 billion
— more than double what Southern said
it would cost when it received its first
tentative go-ahead from the state Public
Service Commission.
The company has also pushed the
start date for generating electricity by
gasifying lignite back to May 2015, al-
though it says it will begin generating
power at the plant the more convention-
al way — by burning natural gas — this
Critics of this boondoggle have said
all along that Mississippi Power was be-
ing foolish with the ratepayers’ money
by pursuing expensive, untested technol-
ogy when it would have been so much
cheaper to run the plant on natural gas,
the domestic supply of which has be-
come plentiful thanks to new technolo-
gies used to extract it.
As long as the ratepayers in?Mississippi
were being stuck with the excesses at
Kemper, its investors didn’t care much.
But now they’re noticing, as media scru-
tiny and political pressure have forced
Southern to pay for the last $1.5 bil-
lion in overruns, reducing its profits and
bringing down its stock price.
Analysts are expecting more bad
Because the complex’s construction
won’t be complete this year as original-
ly planned, the company is due to lose
$120 million to $150 million in federal
tax benefits, unless it can twist the arms
of politicians in Washington to make an
exception. And any further delays are ex-
pected to cost the company another $25
million a month in additional costs and
lost revenue.
Further worrisome for Mississippi
Power is that the Public Service Com-
mission still has to rule on the prudency
of the plant. The utility can’t pass on to
ratepayers whatever the regulatory body
rules was an imprudent expenditure.
As the bad news from Kemper keeps
piling up, the commission — and all the
politicians, including Gov. Phil Bryant,
who’ve been backing this project — will
be less likely to go to bat for Missis-
sippi Power and further stick it to the
186,000 ratepayers in the souteastern
part of the state.
The ratepayers have seen their already
uncompetitive utility bills go up 18 per-
cent over the last two years because of
a dubious legislative decision, still be-
ing contested in the courts, that allowed
Mississippi Power to pass on the costs
of the plant while it was under construc-
Nothing about this project is looking
good for Southern, Mississippi Power,
its investors, the ratepayers or the politi-
cians who’ve enabled this colossal mis-
take. It’s now a matter of who is going
to pay the biggest price for a bad busi-
ness decision.
Troubles mount for Kemper
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“SNAP benefits are the
number one safety net we have
in the U.S. for people that are
food-insecure,” Bryan said.
“It’s such a big program and
it’s constantly expanding.”
The MS DHS report shows
that 29.5 percent of Clay
County’s residents received
SNAP benefits in 2013, up
from 19 percent in 2010. This
is above the state average of
22.5 percent.
Clay County has the largest
percentage of residents bene-
fiting from SNAP in the Gold-
en Triangle region, with 24.2
percent of Lowndes County
residents and 18.3 percent of
Oktibbeha residents receiving
Bryan said Clay County’s
percentage is considered in the
lower range, as some counties
in Mississippi, such as Hum-
phreys and Sharkey counties,
have as high as 45- 50 percent
of their population receiving
SNAP benefits.
According to the MS DHS
report, in 2013, 2,760 house-
holds and 6,080 residents in
Clay County use SNAP, re-
ceiving $8.4 million in ben-
“In 2005 the county re-
ceived just over $4 million, so
that number has doubled since
then,” Bryan said.
The report shows MS DHS
received 1,381 new SNAP ap-
plications in 2013, of which
1,017 were approved.
USDA FNS Senior Pub-
lic Affairs Specialist Debbie
Smoot said while numbers
have steadily increased since
2007, the past year has shown
a slight decrease in SNAP us-
ers nationwide.
“Month to month SNAP
participation remained rela-
tively steady from Decem-
ber 2013 to January 2014,”
Smoot said. “Looking at a
slightly longer timeline indi-
cates a slight downward trend
in participation.”
She said that from January
2013 to January 2014, SNAP
participation nationwide de-
creased 2.6 percent, or approx-
imately 1.2 million people.
“The economy taking a
slight uptick is helping to slow
and reverse the trend of ris-
ing participation in SNAP,”
Smoot said.
Bryan said MS DHS en-
courages residents to contact
local offices to find out if they
are eligible to receive SNAP
“Only about 60 percent of
the people that are eligible for
SNAP are using the program,”
she said. “Many people can
think it’s embarrassing or not
worth their time, but SNAP is
a supplement to their income,
which puts food on the table.”
To check SNAP eligibility,
visit the MS DHS website at For
more information visit the
FNS website at www.fns.usda.
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of industrial parks and develop-
ments such as Yokohoma Tire
Corporation in Clay County —
gave the region the tools to be-
come the most dynamic micro-
politan area in the United States
if officials can find a way to incu-
bate the skilled labor force nec-
essary to take advantage of the
region’s potential.
“One of the problems that
could prevent that is your inabili-
ty to provide a skilled workforce,”
Fruth said. “That doesn’t have
anything to do with training, be-
cause you have the training.”
Fruth said socio-economic,
educational and cultural issues
hampered the region’s ability to
provide sufficiently-skilled work-
ers to meet the needs of compa-
nies that might want to locate to
the tri-county area. The biggest
problem, he said, is an enor-
mous percentage of the region’s
population is not working. Fruth
said 34,056, or 41 percent of the
working-age population in the re-
gion, is not working.
Figures he provided Tuesday
further broke down the spread of
non-working adults as a percent-
age of each community to 15,152
(44 percent) in Oktibbeha Coun-
ty, 6,209 (50 percent) in Clay
County and 12,695 (34 percent)
in Lowndes County.
“There are individuals in the
working-age population who
work,” Fruth said. “There are
individuals in the working-age
population that have been laid
off and are unemployed who are
looking for work. Then there are
people in the working-age popu-
lation that are not looking for
work. There are several reasons
why they might not be working.
They might be at home taking
care of the kids, which is a choice.
They may be wealthy individuals
and have some cash on hand and
decide to live off their cash. That’s
a choice. But we have this mas-
sive number of people who are
not working.”
Still, Fruth said the region
has an abnormally-high number
of out-of-work residents who
draw on welfare programs. He
said the challenge, and key to
moving forward economically,
would be finding some way to
pull those individuals into the
“I look at Columbus and West
Point and Starkville as a region
and say 'My gosh, you’ve more
geographic–economic assets than
any small economy in the coun-
try,'” Fruth said. “Companies are
going to come here. They’re go-
ing to create jobs. There’s going
to be opportunity. We have to do
something to inspire these indi-
viduals to leave entitlements and
participate in this robust, exciting
To tackle the issue, Fruth sug-
gested the communities in the re-
gion unite to create a multi-coun-
ty economic development center
that would provide programs to
encourage economic participa-
tion and advancement for the
region’s populace. He said the
facility could provide programs
to, among other goals, provide
guidance on how to build a busi-
ness, show school-age children
what people do to earn money
and expose the community to the
region’s industry.
He said the region’s unique as-
sets and resources, which would
be a draw to businesses, made the
endeavor worth considering.
“If I suggested something like
this in Greenville, it would be a
waste of money,” Fruth said. “I’ve
spoken in Greenville, and I know
the situation there. Why would it
be waste of money? There’s no
opportunity. They’re not going
to create the jobs you’re going to
create there. You could go to De-
troit and say ‘Oh gee, we’re going
to do inspirational programs for
people to get off of welfare and
go into the working world!’ It’d
be a waste of money. Compa-
nies aren’t going to Detroit and
they’re not going to for 20 years.
But they’re going to come here.”
Fruth said Mississippi State
University represented the re-
gion’s largest chance for eco-
nomic growth. He said the uni-
versity could act as the catalyst
for “explosive” economic growth
if it continues to strengthen ties
with private enterprises for re-
search, as it has through its
Center for Advanced Vehicular
Systems (CAVS) and in areas
of agricultural and aerospace re-
He also suggested officials set
aside at least 500 acres for an-
other research park, which could
draw private enterprise as the
university collaborates with busi-
nesses, and identify an additional
500 acres for future use.
If the university could draw
private businesses through its
research investments, Fruth said
more money could come into the
community, especially in Oktib-
beha County, which would lead
to further economic develop-
However, he said Starkville
officials needed to make the com-
munity more attractive to help
the odds of that.
“I don’t mean any offense to
Starkville, but I’ve been to hun-
dreds of communities and every
chamber of commerce believes
their town is the best in the
world,” Fruth said. “The best
quality of life, the best people,
the best schools, but everybody
can’t be the best. People have
community pride. Most of the
companies we envision coming
to this facility at the university
will not employ local people.
They will be highly sophisti-
cated, $100,000 per-year, highly
trained and they will be asked to
locate to the facility.
“You will be competing with
Austin, Texas, Chapel Hill, North
Carolina… a lot of different oth-
er communities,” Fruth added.
“These individuals have choices.
They can work for a company in
Raleigh, North Carolina, or they
can work in Starkville. Do you
want to live in Starkville versus
Chapel Hill? That’s going to be
a major decision, and what I’m
suggesting for folks in Oktibbeha
County and Starkville is you initi-
ate a quality of life program for
the area.”
Fruth said local officials could
use the quality of life program to
lay out a master plan for qual-
ity of life amenities that could
benefit residents and help draw
highly-skilled workers who might
consider moving to the area. He
recommended allowing residents
to weigh in on how they want
Starkville to look in 20 years and
suggested city officials communi-
cate with their university counter-
parts to find out what obstacles in
the community had presented the
most challenge in drawing pro-
fessors and other similar workers
to the area.
“Starkville is a good place,” he
said. “But compared to some of
these other places, there’s a lot of
work still left to do.”
Higgins said LINK officials
have had the results of Fruth’s
study for a few months and were
already working on implement-
ing some of them.
“We’ve had the luxury of hav-
ing this study, at least in draft
form, on our desk for the last
four months,” Higgins said. “So
if it seems like shortly here after
this report is made public that
things start going into motion, it
shouldn’t come as a surprise, be-
cause we’ve already known some
of the things that were going to
be recommended and we’ve tak-
en these four months to go ahead
and start getting plans ready to
do some of the things he talks
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been since the day you were born, and will be always.”
Bounds said Needham was going to be visiting her
store Tuesday, as she is one of the 440 stores in the
U.S. that sell his products, and he agreed to come out
to Oak Hill as a favor to her.
“I just wanted to give Mrs. Rives something she
would remember,” she said. “She collects Ronaldo’s
bracelets and I thought that would be a good, lasting
memory for her.”
When Needham agreed to come, Bounds reached
out to OHA Elementary Secretary Paula Wooten,
who put out calls to Rives’ friends and former stu-
dents to invite them to the presentation. Wooten said
that having Needham there to present the bracelets to
Rives, while surrounded by her friends, was meant to
be a special moment.
According to Wooten, May 23 will be Rives’ last
day, but this week is the last full week of school. She
hinted the bracelets may not be the last surprise in
“No words can possibly express the way I feel about
Mrs. Rives,” Wooten said. “She’s been a joy to work
for, and I’m really going to miss her.”
Rives said she was overwhelmed by the show of
love and support, and that she wasn’t expecting any-
thing like a visit from a renowned jewelry designer.
“This was just so special and it’s really cheered me
up today,” Rives said. “The bracelet is absolutely gor-
geous and has such a great meaning behind it.”
Rives said she plans to stay in the area after her
term at OHA ends and will spend more time with her
children and family.
OHA Headmaster Yandell Harris said that while a
new OHA Elementary principal has been hired, out
of respect for Rives, the school will not announce her
replacement until May 23.
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6 Wednesday, May 14, 2014 | Daily Times Leader
Chappelle leaves MSU football team
Jeremey Chappelle is no longer with the Mississippi State foot-
ball team a team spokesperson confirmed Monday afternoon.
The wide receiver posted a message on his Facebook page say-
ing he was no longer with the Bulldog football program.
In his comments, Chappelle knows people will assume that his
leaving MSU will be because of a failed drug test, but said that is
not the case.
“I’ve been kicked out of two programs for that but this time it
was me standing up for what I believe in and that’s myself,"
Chappelle wrote. "I know I can make it and I suppose to but I can’t
be seen on the sideline simple as that."
Chappelle, who said it was his decision to leave the Bulldogs,
was present for the first few spring practices, but missed the latter
half with no explanation given.
He appeared in 11 games with MSU this past fall as a junior
college transfer from Tyler, Texas. He made just four catches for 45
Chappelle spent his freshman season at Stephen F. Austin
before going the junior college route.
MSU, FSU set hoops series
The Mississippi State men's basketball program has scheduled a
home-and-home series with Florida State beginning in January of
The Bulldogs will host the Seminoles on Jan. 2 this upcoming
season with a trip to Tallahassee, Fla., coming in 2016.
FSU finished the season with a 22-14 overall record with a 9-9
mark in Athletic Coast Conference play. The Seminoles lost to
Minnesota in a National Invitational Tournament semifinal in
Madison Square Garden to end the 2013-14 season.
This is the second big series the Bulldogs have scheduled for the
next two seasons. MSU will also play a home-and-home with Pac-
13 opponent Oregon State, with the first game coming on the
road in December of this year.
For Daily Times Leader
SCooBA — Headlined by Abby
Roberts repeating as the MACJC
North Division’s Best Defensive
Player, seven East Mississippi Com-
munity College softball players have
collected all-division honors for the
2014 campaign. Released this week,
the Mississippi Association of Com-
munity and Junior Colleges’ All-
North Division Softball Team was
voted on by the division’s head soft-
ball coaches.
A sophomore catcher by way
of Clarkdale High School, Rob-
erts garnered the Golden Glove
Award for the second straight year
as the Best Defensive Player among
the MACJC’s seven North Divi-
sion member schools. Along with
Roberts, East Mississippi also had
Brooksville’s Corey Dawkins earn
first-team all-division honors along
with Louisiana native Pepper Baker.
Fellow Louisianan Halie Green was
tabbed all-division second-team as a
In addition, EMCC sophomore
right fielder Jade Albritton, along
with freshman infielders Kristen
Mitchell and Kasey Stanfield, re-
ceived honorable mention recogni-
tion for the Lady Lions.
Along with hitting .338 with 17
extra-base hits and 32 runs batted in
as a 47-game starter this past year,
Roberts fielded at a solid .971 clip as
a sophomore with only eight errors
in 277 total chances. Having signed
with the University of Alabama in
Huntsville, the two-year starter be-
hind the plate batted .383 during her
two EMCC seasons with 32 career
extra-base hits and 61 RBIs.
Dawkins, who prepped at Pickens
Academy, made this year’s MACJC
All-North Division First Team after
earning honorable mention status
a season ago. EMCC’s starting left
fielder led the 2014 Lady Lions with
her .395 batting average along with
topping the club in runs scored (41)
and stolen bases (13). A two-year
starter for the Lady Lions, Dawkins
hit .366 for her EMCC career with
72 runs scored.
As EMCC’s freshman center field-
er, Baker batted .252 with 11 extra-
base hits, including a grand slam. A
product of Hahnville High School
near New Orleans, Baker ranked
third on this year’s Lady Lion squad
with 26 runs batted in.
A repeat all-division selection for
the Lady Lions, Green was EMCC’s
pitching ace as a sophomore with
an 11-12 record, 3.15 ERA and 99
strikeouts in 142 innings pitched.
For her two seasons on the Scooba
campus, the Lafayette, La., native
was 17-17 in the circle with 24
complete-game performances in 28
career starts.
Albritton, a product of Wayne
County High School, led the Lady
Lions with five home runs, 15 dou-
bles and 41 runs batted in this past
season. Along with hitting .364 as a
41-game sophomore starter, she also
posted a team-leading .628 slugging
Mitchell, from Clarkdale High
School, and Stanfield, of New
Hope High School, batted .333 and
.326, respectively, for the Lady Li-
ons as collegiate rookies. Stanfield,
EMCC’s lone 48-game starter on the
year, had 13 extra-base hits with 40
runs scored and 25 runs batted in.
As a team under second-year
head coach Kyndall White, the 2014
EMCC Lady Lions were 27-22 over-
all in becoming the winningest team
in the school’s fastpitch softball his-
tory. Their 16-8 division record and
third-place finish in the MACJC’s
North Division standings also ex-
tended East Mississippi’s current
streak to six consecutive postseason
softball tournament appearances.
The other individual superlatives
handed out to MACJC North Divi-
sion softball players for this season
were claimed by Northeast Mis-
sissippi pitcher Chelsea Buntin as
Most Valuable Player, along with the
Itawamba tandem of Hannah John-
son and Kory Watterson receiving
accolades for Best Overall Pitcher
and Best Offensive Player, respec-
tively. MACJC North Division
Coach of the Year honors went to
Andy Kirk of the division champion
ICC Lady Indians.
EMCC catcher among those earning MACJC honors
Special to Daily Times Leader
Associated Press
BALTIMorE — Preak-
ness contender Ride on Cur-
lin turned in a strong gallop
Tuesday morning at Pimlico.
Perhaps a little too vig-
orous to suit trainer Billy
"I thought we were going
to go slow today," Gowan
shouted to exercise rider
Bryan Beccia, who responded
with a shrug from the saddle
as the colt came off the track.
"It was a little quicker than
I wanted, but it didn't hurt
him any," Gowan said. "He
was on the hook pretty good
this morning."
That's never a bad thing
with the middle jewel of the
Triple Crown only days away.
Ride on Curlin might have
been stirred up by a brief de-
lay before he stepped onto the
track. The tardy tractor crew
was five minutes late finishing
the midmorning renovation
of the racing surface, and the
colt got antsy during the un-
expected wait.
He's got a temper, a trait
he inherited from daddy Cur-
lin, the 2007 Preakness win-
ner and the Horse of Year in
2007 and 2008.
So far, he hasn't come close
to replicating his sire's suc-
cess. Ride on Curlin is only 2
for 10 in his career. He had
a terrible trip in the Kentucky
Derby, dropping back to 19th
in the early stages, then hit-
ting a traffic jam in the bulky
field before rallying to finish
Some observers believe
Ride on Curlin has the best
chance to upset Derby winner
California Chrome and snap
his five-race winning streak.
They point to the fact Ride on
Curlin never had a clear shot
in the Derby. The smaller field
of 10 likely Preakness runners
is another positive, keeping
him much closer to the early
And a rider switch, from
Calvin Borel to Joel Rosario,
could pay off.
"California Chrome is an
awful nice horse," Gowan
said. "I'd like to see a clean
trip and see what our horse
is really made of. I thought it
would be our day in the Der-
by. Maybe it's our day in the
Projected speed
There was not much pace
in the Derby, producing a
relatively slow race.
The final time was 2:03.66
for the 1 1/2 miles. Nothing
Ride on Curlin gallops strongly in Preakness prep
— Associated Press
Exercise rider Bryan Beccia gallops Preakness Stakes hopeful ride on Curlin at Pimlico race Course Tuesday in Baltimore, Md. The
Preakness Stakes horse race is scheduled for Saturday.
Associated Press
CHArLoTTE, N.C. — Panthers Pro Bowl defensive end
Greg Hardy has been arrested on misdemeanor charges of
assault on a female and communicating threats, according
to Charlotte Mecklenburg police.
Police said in a press release Hardy turned himself in
Tuesday and was transferred to the custody of the Mecklen-
burg County Sheriff's Office.
The Panthers said in a statement, "We are very disap-
pointed to learn of the allegations involving Greg and are
concerned for all parties as we continue to investigate."
Hardy, who signed the team's franchise tag tender in
March and will make $13.116 million this season if he
doesn't sign an extension before July 15, turned himself in
Tuesday, according to police. He went before the magis-
trate and no bond has been issued.
Hardy's agent Drew Rosenhaus declined comment to
The Associated Press.
The 25-year-old Hardy has 26 sacks over the past two
seasons with the Panthers, including a franchise-tying 15
in 2013.
According to the police report, patrol officers responded
to a domestic violence assault call for service at 4:18 a.m.
Tuesday in Charlotte.
The report states that upon arrival officers spoke to the
victim, who advised that she had been physically assault-
ed and threatened by Hardy. The victim also stated that
she and Hardy had been in a relationship since September
Police obtained warrants for an arrest on Hardy.
The Panthers recently agreed to give Hardy a $1.3 mil-
lion advance on his franchise tag if he attends the team's
voluntary offseason workouts.
Hardy has been a flamboyant personality since joining
the Panthers and regularly refers to himself as the "Kraken,"
after a mythical sea creature.
A motorcycle accident before his second season with the
team left Hardy with severe skin burns and prevented him
from participating in the team's training camp, although he
still made it back for the 2011 season.
He has long been one of the outspoken players in the
locker room, predicting a late-season win against Atlanta
in 2012.
He has also been one of the most productive the past
two seasons, earning him the franchise tag tender even
though the Panthers are strapped under the salary cap.
By keeping Hardy, the Panthers were forced to let oth-
er free agents walk, including safety Mike Mitchell, cor-
nerback Captain Munnerlyn and wide receivers Brandon
LaFell, Ted Ginn Jr. and Domenik Hixon. The team also
released wide receiver Steve Smith.
Panthers Hardy arrested
on assault, threat charges
See PREAKNESS | Page 7
to write home about, espe-
cially after Orb won last year
in 2:02.89 on a sloppy track.
Secretariat's stakes record
of 1:59.40 in 1973 was more
than four full seconds faster.
Quicker times could be in
store for the Preakness, with
Social Inclusion in the field.
The inexperienced colt has
the most raw speed in the
race. He broke the Gulfstream
Park record for 1 1-16 miles
in only his second start, blaz-
ing away in 1:40.97 to win by
10 lengths March 12.
With the Derby approach-
ing, Social Inclusion lacked
qualifying points earned in
stakes races.
So in a last-ditch Derby
bid, Rontos Racing Stable
and trainer Manny Azpurua
entered Social Inclusion in the
Wood Memorial at Aqueduct.
The colt suffered his first
defeat in three races, running
well despite a demanding trip
from the outside post in a
10-horse field.
He got nosed out of sec-
ond by Samraat. That tiny
margin denied him enough
points for an automatic spot
in the Derby. Social Inclusion
was entered in a stakes race
at Gulfstream Park on Derby
Day but scratched with a right
front foot bruise.
He seems fully healed,
based on a sharp 47-second
half-mile drill Monday. A
quick workout is usually a
sign a horse will flash speed in
his next race.
On Tuesday, Social Inclu-
sion headed back to the track
for an easy jog.
"It was like he did noth-
ing," Azpurua said of the
colt's reaction to the work-
out. "Sometimes after a work,
horses that are tired will drop
their heads. He was looking
all around."
Bonus time
Pimlico has introduced a
$100,000 trainer bonus this
weekend to beef up the sup-
porting stakes on Preakness
There will be 15 stakes,
including the Preakness,
presented over Friday and
Saturday. Trainers will be
awarded points for each
stakes starter with 10
points awarded to each
winner, on down to 1
point for every horse that
The top point-accumu-
lating trainer gets $50,000
with smaller bonuses paid
back to sixth place. A train-
er must start at least five
horses to be eligible.
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Associated Press
HouSToN — Efforts to
protect the Houston Astro-
dome from demolition have
taken a new turn, with a
Texas agency looking at des-
ignating it as a "state antiqui-
ties landmark."
After voters last year
failed to approve a referen-
dum that would have autho-
rized up to $217 million in
bonds to turn it into a giant
convention and event cen-
ter, the Astrodome seemed
likely headed for the scrap
heap. The stadium has been
closed since 2009 and vari-
ous ideas over the years to
refurbish it — from water
park to sports memorabilia
museum — have gained lit-
tle traction.
But efforts to save the so-
called Eighth Wonder of the
World gained momentum
after an advisory commit-
tee of the Texas Historical
Commission voted late last
month to recommend that
the Astrodome get the antiq-
uities designation. The com-
mission is expected to make
a final decision during its
meeting on July 30-31.
If the Astrodome is desig-
nated a state antiquities land-
mark, any proposals to alter
or demolish it would have to
be approved by the commis-
sion, making it more difficult
to tear it down.
"There are an awful lot of
people who love that build-
ing who would do anything
for it," said Cynthia Neely,
a Houston writer and pro-
ducer who along with Ted
Powell, a retired chemical
engineer, submitted the an-
tiquities designation applica-
tion earlier this year.
But Harris County Judge
Ed Emmett isn't as excited
about the potential antiqui-
ties designation. Emmett will
hold a meeting Wednesday
with stakeholders who have
expressed interest in the As-
trodome's future to discuss
this and other developments.
Joe Stinebaker, Emmett's
spokesman, said the county
judge doesn't want the As-
trodome demolished, but
Emmett believes the antiq-
uities landmark designation
could make it more difficult
to attract investors who want
to refurbish the stadium.
Emmett has said any ideas
for the Astrodome will have
to be paid through private
sector funding.
"He's opposed to any-
thing that ties the county's
hands, which this does in no
uncertain terms," Stinebaker
Opened in 1965, the As-
trodome hasn't been home
to a sports team since 1999
and has been closed to all
events since 2009. While still
structurally sound, the iconic
stadium had fallen into disre-
pair. Stadium seats, pieces of
AstroTurf and other Astro-
dome items were sold to the
public late last year.
The stadium's most prom-
inent use in recent years was
as a shelter for Louisiana
residents displaced by Hur-
ricane Katrina in 2005.
In January, the National
Park Service added the As-
trodome to its National
Register of Historic Places.
While this federal designa-
tion was mostly honorary,
it was needed for the state
antiquities designation to
Neely said she believes the
antiquities designation will
not "create a monument that
sits there and does nothing."
The designations at the state
and federal level will qualify
the Astrodome for grants
and tax incentives that can
help pay to revamp the sta-
dium, she said.
"Up to now, they have
waited on a white knight to
ride in, hand them a bunch
of money and take this prob-
lem off their hands," Neely
said. "That is not going to
happen. But there may be a
lot of knights that can help
Associated Press
MIAMI — The Miami Heat
are a game away from a fourth
straight trip to the Eastern Con-
ference finals.
And it's like they haven't even
Almost from the moment
Game 4 of this East second-
round series against the Brook-
lyn Nets ended, the moment
where the Heat took complete
control of the matchup by riding
the strength of LeBron James'
49-point night in a 102-96 vic-
tory, all the attention was direct-
ed toward what the two-time
defending NBA champions fig-
ure to be their biggest challenge
The test: Game 5 on Wednes-
day, when the Nets' season will
be at stake.
"This team is not going to
give us the game," Heat guard
Dwyane Wade cautioned, min-
utes after his team took a 3-1
lead in the best-of-seven series.
"This series is far from over."
That's exactly the mindset
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra wants
his team to have. Recent history,
though, would suggest that Mi-
ami is on the brink of advancing.
Since James, Wade and Chris
Bosh became teammates, the
Heat are 8-0 in home games that
could end a series. Two of those
wins came against Paul Pierce
and Kevin Garnett when they
were wearing Boston green.
"It's Game 5. We understand
what's at stake," Nets coach Jason
Kidd said. "It's Game 7 for us
from here on out. If we lose, it's
over. If we win, we fight another
day. We can only focus on Game
5 and one quarter at a time."
The task is daunting, with-
out question. For Brooklyn to
prevail, it needs to beat the Heat
three times in five days, two of
those games in Miami, and do so
with James coming off a scoring
show that matched the best of
his postseason career. He made
16 of 24 shots in Game 4, carry-
ing Miami for much of the night.
Brooklyn guard Joe Johnson
said after the game that James
flopped. Even that didn't get
a reaction out of the four-time
NBA MVP, who seems as busi-
nesslike as ever.
"Win," James said when asked
what the Game 5 mentality will
be for Miami. "It's the mental-
ity we go into every postseason
game. Play with a sense of urgen-
cy defensively, help one another,
communicate, try to get the ball
moving offensively, get it mov-
ing from one side to another and
attack. If we do those things, if
we do it with a clear mind but
at the same time an aggressive
mind, we give ourselves a good
chance to win."
He was disappointed Mon-
day night after missing a free
throw that would have given
him 50 points.
That's forgotten now. To
James, the only number that
matters is four — the win that
would send Miami back to the
NBA's Final Four.
"The wise one knows that
you don't go into it thinking
'This is it,'" Heat guard Ray Al-
len said. "You have to still build
on all your habits. You have to
go out there and you have to get
better. If this is a closeout game,
then we don't want to just settle
for how we played. We want to
get better and think about where
we can potentially go."
Brooklyn has won in Mi-
ami twice this season, both part
of the Nets' 4-0 regular-season
sweep of the Heat.
But in this series, the MVP
has been the difference.
James alone is averaging
30.3 points through four games.
Johnson and Pierce, Brooklyn's
top two scorers so far in the se-
ries, are combining to average
"To win the whole series, you
need to win on the road any-
way," Brooklyn forward Andrei
Kirilenko said. "It's going to be
a huge challenge for us but the
series is not over yet, so we are
going to fight."
Miami would expect nothing
That's why Spoelstra told
— ordered would be a more ac-
curate term — his team to take
Tuesday off and rest. Coaches
were at the arena in Miami
studying film; no new material
was made available to players,
underscoring the decree from
Spoelstra that players come in
Wednesday ready for the tough-
est game yet.
"We wouldn't expect any-
thing else," Spoelstra said. "It's
a veteran team. It's not the first
time they've been in a situa-
tion like this. Both teams know
what's at stake. It's great compe-
tition. You have to embrace it.
We'll have to earn it."
— Associated Press
Brooklyn Nets forward Paul Pierce (34) defends Miami Heat forward LeBron James in the frst half of game 4 of the second-round NBA
playoff basketball game at the Barclays Center Monday in New york. James had 49 points as the Heat defeated the Nets 102-96 to go up
3-1 in the series.
Heat bracing for toughest test yet
Designation may
protect Astrodome
from demolition
Associated Press
Tennessee linebacker Jalen
Reeves-Maybin was shot in
the arm during an early Sun-
day morning incident in his
hometown, but school officials
say he wasn't seriously injured.
Clarksville police say they
were responding to reports
of shots being fired at a party
on Sunday at 2:45 a.m. when
Reeves-Maybin said he was
standing in the street and
"someone started shooting and
he then felt a sharp pain in his
arm." Reeves-Maybin told po-
lice he didn't see who fired the
shots. Reeves-Maybin, who is
19 years old, was treated and
released from Gateway Medi-
cal Center.
Tennessee athletic depart-
ment spokesman Jimmy Stan-
ton said Reeves-Maybin didn't
require stitches and was at-
tending class in Knoxville on
Monday. Stanton said Reeves-
Maybin "was grazed by a stray
"He's a great individual,
great character young man,
so we're just very fortunate,
very blessed that he's doing
fine right now," Tennessee
coach Butch Jones said Mon-
day night during a Big Orange
Caravan stop in Memphis.
Reeves-Maybin led Tennes-
see with 11 special-teams tack-
les as a freshman last fall. He
had 14 tackles overall while
alternating between linebacker
and defensive back. He is ex-
pected to compete for a start-
ing role at linebacker this sea-
Volunteers’ linebacker Reeves-Maybin
shot in arm following Sunday incident
Associated Press
DES MoINES, Iowa — The Iowa Speedway
will reopen just six months after its purchase
New president Jimmy Small is among those
eager to see how Sunday's Nationwide race
will set the tone for the short track's future.
NASCAR took the rare step in November
of purchasing the track for a reported $10 mil-
lion, a steep drop from the $70 million it cost
to build it less than a decade earlier.
The 28-year-old Small is the third person
to run the Iowa Speedway in less than three
years. He inherited a track that has remained
popular with fans and drivers despite patches
of instability.
"As far as challenges, I think the biggest one
has been timing," he said. "We knew we only
had a short amount of time before our first
weekend here in just a few days now."
Points leader Chase Elliott, Trevor Bayne
and Ty Dillon headline the list of drivers in
the first stand-alone race of the Nationwide
NASCAR, which also owns the Road At-
lanta course under its IMSA sports car banner,
became Iowa's third owner in just eight years
when it bought the track from Featherlite Inc.,
founder Conrad Clement and his family.
NASCAR-owned Iowa Speedway
opens frst big season this Sunday
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eat loaf has satisfied
meat lovers since
the fifth century
according to ancient cook-
books. Cultures around the
world created distinctive
versions to express their
tastes. For example, the Ro-
mans added wine-soaked
bread, spices and pine nuts
to their recipe. Germans hid
whole boiled eggs in the
In the U.S., this comfort
food has survived the Indus-
trial Revolution, the Great
Depression, World War I
and World War II because
of its adaptability. Dur-
ing times of economic dif-
ficulty, oats, bread crumbs
and starches were added to
feed large, hungry families.
Recently, rich and exotic
ingredients, such as quinoa
or sun-dried tomatoes, have
been added to meat loaf to
invent gourmet specialties.
Meat loaf has evolved
through every generation.
This tasty, kid-friendly en-
trée can be mixed quickly
and baked or grilled to please
finicky eaters, young or old.
Try leftover sliced meat loaf,
pan seared with onions and
topped with Swiss cheese on
wheat bread. Take it a deli-
cious step further by grilling
the sandwich between a Pa-
nini press or a George Fore-
man griddle, and savor each
hearty bite.
Be creative with meat
loaf. Add the herbs and
seasonings that you love.
All ground venison or all
ground chuck may be used
in this recipe. Ask the butch-
er for fresh ground pork. I
divide the meat mixture into
two loaves, bake both and
freeze one to serve later with
a homey meal.
Claire Spradling is a con-
tributing food columnist
from West Point. She can be
reached via email at clairespra-
with Claire
· Food Columnist·
Meat loaf survives test of time to satisfy picky eaters of all ages
1 ½ lbs. ground venison or ground chuck
1 lb. ground pork
2 large eggs
½ cup aats or breadcrumbs
1 cup chopped onion
½ cup ketchup
1 ½ tsp. garlic salt or your favorite seasoning
½ tsp. black pepper
Wearing gloves on your hands, combine ingredients
in a large mixing bowl. Pack into one or two loaf pans.
Spread savory glaze (see recipe below) on top and
bake at 350 degrees for 50 to 60 minutes. Remove
from oven and cover with foil until serving time. 8-10
Savory Meat Loaf Glaze
2/3 cup ketchup
2/3 cup brown sugar
3 tbsp. vinegar
½ to 1 tsp. worcestershire
Measure ketchup in a 2-cup glass measure. Add
brown sugar, vinegar and Worcestershire to measuring
cup. Microwave one minute. Pour over meatloaf and
Mississippi Meat Loaf
with Savory Glaze
— Claire Spradling/Special to Daily Times Leader
Meaty and favorful, Mississippi meat loaf is a simple to prepare entrée for your next home-cooked meal.
Meat loaf has evolved through every generation. This
tasty, kid-friendly entrée can be mixed quickly and baked
or grilled to please fnicky eaters, young or old.
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Impress Your Guests with Easy, Tasty Ribs
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What You Need
4 lb pork ribs
3/4 c light brown sugar
1 tsp smokehouse maple
1 tsp mesquite
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
1 tbsp garlic powder
2 c barbecue sauce
(your favorite)
• Preheat oven to 300
F. Peel off the tough
membrane that covers
the bony side of the ribs.
Marie’s I Want
More Ribs
• Mix together sugar and
spices to make rub.
• Apply rub to ribs on all
• Lay ribs on two layers of
foil (shiny side out and
meaty side down).
• Lay two layers of foil
on top of ribs. Roll and
crimp edges tightly
(edges facing up to seal).
• Place on baking sheet
and bake for 2-2 1/2
hours or until meat is
starting to shrink away
from ends of bone.
• Remove from oven.
Heat broiler.
• Cut ribs into serving
sized portions.
• Arrange ribs on broiler
pan, bone side up. Brush
on sauce.
• Broil for 1 or 2 minutes
until sauce is cooked on
and bubbly.
• Turn ribs over. Repeat
on other side.
• Instead of broiling, you
can also fnish ribs on the
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Alsace is an underappreciated grape growing region
in France producing wines that reflect the geopolitical
upheaval of the past 150 years. The region is located in
the northeastern area of France, hard against the Rhine
River that defines the border with Germany. Protected
from the west by the Vosges Mountains, Alsace of-
fers a semi-continental climate with summers that are
remarkably dry.
We recently met with Christian Beyer owner of
Emile Beyer wines, a company that has been in his
family for 14 generations. Christian explained 20th
century politics in Alsace by telling us that his elderly
grandmother, a lifelong Alsatian resident who recently
passed away, was “born German, became French, then
German, and died French.'
The predominance of German grape varieties
grown in the region reflects this turmoil, but French
winemaking turns these grapes into unique, food-
friendly wines.
Emile Beyer is a relatively small producer -- about
20,000 cases per year -- in a region that, according to
Beyer, was “where the Romans first bought wine cul-
ture to France”. All of the domaine wines are currently
organic assisted by the very dry conditions during the
grape growing season, using only organic copper and
sulphur to combat mildew pressure in the vineyards.
Beyer believes that the chalk soil predominant in the
region is one of the main elements that define the style
of wines produced in the region.
Ninety-eight percent of wines from Alsace are
white, allowing for a small amount of pinot noir to
be produced. The most common varieties planted
are riesling, gewürztraminer, and pinot gris. Wines
from Alsace are noted for their food affinity with the
local cuisine, which includes both French and Ger-
man elements. In addition, Christian commented that
“gewürztraminer would go well with Thai, Tex-Mex,
Chinese and Indian foods”.
In tasting Emile Beyer’s wines we were impressed
by their freshness and purity as well as a complexity
that is not always present in white wines. Following are
our favorite wines from our tasting:
Domaine Emile Beyer Gewurztraminer “Tradition”
Alsace 2012 ($24). Gewürztraminer is the last grape
picked in Alsace in late October to early November
exhibiting a dark pink skin color, although it makes a
white wine. This example shows the classic nose and
flavors of lychee and spice that is a favorite.
Emile Beyer “Hohrain” Lieu Dit Pinot Gris Alsace
2010 ($50). Very rich and round in the mouth with
some peach notes in the nose and mouth. Just a hint
of sweetness that is balanced with appropriate acidity.
Emile Beyer Riesling Grand Cru Pfersigberg Alsace
2010($60). This is a very nice wine with ripe fruit and a
whiff of petrol in the nose. This wine exhibits three dis-
tinct phases in the mouth: Peach and citrus fruit at first
then a mineral streak emerges, and finally a creamy finish.
This is a terrific wine that can age 15-20 years according
to Christian but offers a great tasting experience now.
Emile Beyer Gewurztraminer Grand Cru Pfersig-
berg Alsace 2011 ($60). Drink this beauty as a des-
sert wine by itself or with a crème caramel or fruit tart.
Very rich and round in the mouth with ripe fruit fla-
vors. Complex and satisfying. Delicious.
California soars
The California wine market has much to brag
about this year. Sales are up, more vineyards have been
planted, more wines are being exported and profits are
According to figures from the Wine Institute, wine
sales have increased 3 percent by volume last year. And
it wasn't just cheap wine the drove more sales. The
premium market -- wines that are priced at $10 and
above -- rose 9 percent in volume. This is an important
number because the more expensive wines account for
nearly half of winery revenues, according to the Winery
Chardonnay remains the most popular wine with
a 20-percent share of the market. The others are cab-
ernet sauvignon (13 percent), merlot (9 percent), red
blends/sweet reds (9 percent), pinot grigio (9 percent),
moscato (6 percent), white zinfandel (5 percent), pinot
noir (4 percent) and sauvignon banc (4 percent).
Alsace underappreciated
in wine production
Daily Times Leader | Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Associated Press
ABErDEEN — A Mississippi man
who pleaded guilty to making ricin and
sending letters laced with the poison to
President Barack Obama and other of-
ficials now wants to withdraw the plea.
James Everett Dutschke pleaded
guilty in January to sending the tainted
letters to Obama as well as Republican
U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker and Missis-
sippi judge Sadie Holland. He was to
be sentenced Tuesday in Aberdeen,
At the sentencing, Dutschke told
U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock
that he was innocent and wanted a
chance to prove it.
Aycock did not rule immediately.
She told the defense and prosecution to
submit briefs on the issue. She said she
will likely hold a hearing before ruling
on Dutschke's request.
Dutschke argued FBI agents and
federal prosecutors committed perjury.
Plea withdrawn in poison-letters case
Associated Press
JACKSoN — Poultry
growers are looking for some
help after the April 28 torna-
does that caused tremendous
damage on farms and the loss
of more than a million birds in
four Mississippi counties.
The Mississippi Board of
Animal Health reports more
than one million birds were
lost to the tornadoes or sub-
sequent power outages. Win-
ston, Wayne, Newton and
Scott counties reported 58
houses with major damage
and 17 houses with minor
Tom Tabler with the Mis-
sissippi State University Ex-
tension Service said many
poultry growers have signifi-
cant recovery expenses but
no options for income except
disaster money. He said some
of them may have lost their
homes in addition to their
poultry houses.
"There will not be any
quick fixes for these farm fami-
lies," he said.
The Extension Service
hosted a meeting with poultry
growers on May 8.
Winston County grower
Tim Hobby said he lost 10
broiler houses and 234,000
birds. About half of the birds
arrived four days before the
storm, and he said the oth-
ers were placed in the houses
about two hours before the
tornado barreled through.
Hobby said his immediate
need is debris removal.
"I would need 2 miles of
roadside to pile all this within
10 feet of the right of way for
the county to pick up. There
is just too much for that to
work," he said.
Mike Sullivan of the U.S.
Department of Agriculture's
Farm Service Agency told
growers the agency hopes the
livestock indemnity portion of
the new farm bill will move
along faster than it did in the
old farm bill.
"These recent tornadoes are
the first time we are imple-
menting the new legislation.
Unfortunately for Mississippi,
but fortunately for those im-
pacted, we have a lot of expe-
rience handling disasters," Sul-
livan said.
Associated Press
PASCAgouLA — The
perjury trial of former
Jackson County sheriff's
Lt. Ken McClenic is set for
July 7 before Special Judge
Michael Ward.
McClenic was indicted
in January. If convicted, he
could be sentenced to up
to 10 years in prison and
fined $10,000.
The Sun Herald reports
( )
McClenic was scheduled
for trial Monday, but Jack-
son County judges recused
themselves from hearing
the case. Ward, who served
over the years in Harrison
County as a county court
judge, youth court judge
and family court judge,
was appointed by the Mis-
sissippi Supreme Court.
An indictment alleges
McClenic lied to a grand
jury hearing evidence
against former Jackson
County Sheriff Mike Byrd.
McClenic's testimony re-
sulted in Byrd being in-
dicted on a felony charge
of intimidating an officer
in the discharge of his du-
ties and tampering with a
The charges accused
Byrd of pressuring Mc-
Clenic to make an arrest in
a murder so Byrd could say
he had no unsolved mur-
ders in his campaign for re-
election in 2007.
McClenic told the grand
jury Byrd ordered him to
sign an affidavit for the ar-
rest of Robert McKee on a
charge of murder though
McClenic told the grand
jury he did not believe
McKee committed the
In September, dur-
ing a hearing in an un-
related case challenging
McClenic's credibility as a
witness, McClenic backed
off his testimony, saying
then he believed he had
obtained the affidavit to ar-
rest McKee on the murder
charge because McKee had
confessed and provided
details about the crime no
one else had.
After McClenic changed
his testimony, Circuit
Judge Robert Krebs or-
dered all of McClenic's
grand jury testimony in
July, along with any ex-
hibits and McClenic's tes-
timony at the hearing in
September, turned over to
the attorney general's office
to investigate.
Associated Press
VICKSBurg — German tan-
nery company ISA TanTec will
open its first American tannery
in Mississippi.
The company, which cur-
rently has tanneries in Vietnam
and China, is investing $10.1
million and plans to hire 366
people over five years.
The company will locate in
the former CalsonicKansei fac-
tory in the Ceres Research &
Industrial Interplex in eastern
Warren County.
The state is lending $2 mil-
lion to Warren County to buy
the building. The Mississippi
Development Authority is also
giving the company $750,000
åfor building improvements and
is sending $1.9 million in fed-
eral community development
money to build a wastewater
pretreatment facility.
CalsonicKansei made emis-
sions equipment for Nissan Mo-
tor Co. in the 135,000-square-
foot building. It closed in 2007,
laying off or relocating 130
ISA TanTec sells leather to
shoe makers including Tim-
berland, Wolverine, Deckers,
Clarks, Merrell, Sperry, Rock-
port and New Balance.
"ISA TanTec is confident
that its third location - its first in
the United States - is the right
strategic approach for further
growth and development of the
most modern tannery group in
the world," ISA TanTec CEO
Thomas Schneider said in a
statement. "With the domestic
market and supply of leather
to the South American region,
ISA TanTec will strengthen its
competitive advantage and of-
fer sustained profitability for our
At is Chinese and Vietnam-
ese tanneries, TanTec has fo-
cused on producing leather in
ways that use less energy and do
less harm to the environment,
what it calls Lite, or "low impact
to the environment."
Gov. Phil Bryant and U.S.
Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-
Miss., welcomed TanTec in a
"I am proud to welcome this
global company as the newest
business partner to the state of
Mississippi and newest member
of the Vicksburg community,"
Bryant said in a statement.
Growers reeling from April 28 tornadoes
Former Jackson
County deputy’s
trial set for July
— Associated Press
A chicken house remains next one that was fattened at Pine ridge Farm by a tornado April 28 in Noxapater as seen in this photograph
April 30. Several poultry farms were damaged during the storms.
ISA TanTec to create 366 jobs in
fve years at Mississippi tannery
Associated Press
BILoXI — A plea hearing is scheduled May
28 in Harrison County Circuit Court for former
Mississippi Department of Marine Resources em-
ployee Grant Larsen.
The Sun Herald reports Larsen was scheduled
for trial Monday before Judge Lisa Dodson, who
continued the case for the plea hearing.
Larsen initially pleaded not guilty in December
to a charge of embezzling $821 the state reim-
bursed him, allegedly after he filed a travel voucher
for expenses he did not actually incur.
Larsen was one of five DMR employees arrest-
ed on state embezzlement charges in November.
The trials of former DMR employees Leslie
Gollott and Kerwin Cuevas have already been con-
tinued at their request. Court records showed Cue-
vas wanted more time to prepare for trial. Gollott
did not list a reason.
Also charged in the case were Susan Perkins,
a former DMR public relations specialist, and
Tina Shumate, who headed the agency's Office of
Coastal Resource Management and Planning.
A simultaneous federal investigation netted for-
mer DMR Executive Director Bill Walker, Walk-
er's son, businessman Scott Walker, former DMR
Chief of Staff Joe Ziegler and Shumate.
Bill and Scott Walker have pleaded guilty in the
federal case and await sentencing. Shumate and
Ziegler have maintained their innocence and are
scheduled for separate trials in U.S. District Court
in Hattiesburg, with Judge Keith Starrett presid-
Another DMR employee’s trial delayed
Search continues for missing boater
Associated Press
BELMoNT — The search for
a missing boater on Bay Springs
Lake in Tishomingo County
Authorities tell WTVA TV
they have been unable to locate
the man who went into the water
Friday night.
The search has been centered
in the area near the McDougal
Branch boat ramp.
The U.S. Army Corps of En-
gineers, the Mississippi Depart-
ment of Wildlife, Fisheries and
Parks and the Tishomingo Coun-
ty Sheriff's Department have
been involved with the search.
Sheriff Glenn Whitlock says
there were three others on the
boat when the man disappeared.
The missing man's name has
not been released.
10 Wednesday, May 14, 2014 | Daily Times Leader
ARIES (March 21-April 19)
Optimism flows among your peers with the
exception of one person. You might feel as
if others are testy, especially when the issue
is money! You have a lot to share, but a
boss or respected associate might not listen
to your ideas.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20)
You might need to go along with someone
else’s ideas and leadership, even if just for
today. If you stop and think about it, both
of you have the same bottom-line issue;
you simply have very different approaches.
Feelings run high at the moment.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20)
Pace yourself, and follow through on what
you must do. If you start overthinking your
words and actions, you could stall out and
create a problem. You’ll need to call upon
your self-discipline to complete what you
CANCER (June 21-July 22)
You seem to have an answer when others
are flustered. Friends could be as demand-
ing as a loved one usually is. If you don’t
know how to juggle, you are doing a mas-
terful act. A partner could become quite
determined. Listen to this person’s news.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)
Pressure builds where you least anticipat-
ed it would. Someone close to you, like a
roommate or a partner, could be singing
the blues. A problem might surround your
home or an investment. Your priorities are
likely to change as a result.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
Choose your words with care. You might
not be ready for a fast change that a state-
ment could trigger. Tap into your creativ-
ity as well as your communication skills. A
loved one might be quite smitten when it
comes to you.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
You might feel as if you have much to learn
before you can feel competent in a certain
area of your life. Your domestic situation
might be transforming in front of your
eyes. News comes in from a distance that
might put you in a more amorous mood.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
You will see a way of bypassing a problem.
Be open to possibilities that you normally
would not come up with on your own.
You’ll see how differently others think and
how there are no answers written in stone.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
You might be keeping certain personal
matters to yourself and refusing to share
them. Some of you could be depressed. A
risk around money will be unusually tempt-
ing, but how are you going to handle it if it
should backfire?
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Emphasize what you want and expect from
certain friends in your life. Be more upbeat
in how you approach a friendship, even if
the person is difficult or remote at times.
For that matter, understand that you have
similar moods at times.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
You might want to take a stand and han-
dle a personal matter far differently from
how you have in the past. You’ll have your
hands full with work and your personal life.
A relationship likely will add high-voltage
energy to your life.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)
Keep seeking a different vision or a new
understanding of what might be workable.
A friendship is in the process of developing
into a much deeper bond. Indulge a female
pal who makes your life easier.
by Jacqueline Bigar
1. Each row and column must contain
the numbers 1 through 6 without re-
2. The numbers within the heavily out-
lined set of squares, called cages, must
combine (in any order) to produce the
target number in the top corner of the
cage using the mathematical opera-
tion indicated.
3. Cages with just one box should be
filled in with the
target number
in the top cor-
ner. A number
can be repeat-
ed within a cage
as long as it is
not in the same
row or column.
Here’s How It Works:
To solve a sudoku, the numbers
1 through 9 must fill each row,
column and box. Each number
can appear only once in each
row, column and box.
The House Judiciary Committee listened to its first recording
Tuesday - President Nixon’s recollections of a talk with John N.
Mitchell - as another subpoena of impeachment evidence seemed
headed for the White House.
For 30 seconds, the 38 members listened to a “very clear”
voice of President Nixon dictating a memo about an unrecorded
telephone conversation on June 20, 1972 - three days after the
Watergate break-in.
Tuesday was the committee’s first full day of closed-door hear-
ings, and they are expected to continue through this week as the
committee hears six or seven hours of taped presidential conver-
The committee prepared to vote in public Wednesday on a
subpoena for 11 more tapes before going back to executive ses-
sion. Nixon’s attorney, James D. St. Clair, opposed the propos-
al, saying the committee already had enough evidence to do its
St. Clair’s five-page brief was rejected by the committee and
there seemed to be support for the new subpoena. The White
House lawyer will not be permitted to speak Wednesday. Chair-
man Peter W. Rodino, D-N.J., said St. Clair has a role in the
proceedings but only to discuss evidence and not to speak on
procedural matters such as the committee subpoena.
The White House Dictabelt was also silent for 42 seconds. “It
sounded like something was missing,” said one member, and
another described it as “a mishmash of sound.”
For the rest of the 5 1/2 hour session special counsel John
M. Doar took the committee chronologically from the June 17,
1972 break-in through June 28, 1972.
The Dictabelt was only a 30-second recollection of what Nix-
on told Mitchell, one congressman said, “but as I think it over
- the gap and all - you wonder if there wasn’t something more.”
May 14, 1974
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