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Daily Times Leader
Today’s News . . . Tomorrow’s Trends
Big GED changes coming in 2013
By Sheena Baker
Daily Times Leader
We’ve all been there. Lack
of money, lack of transporta-
tion and lack of time to get
everything done that we need
to get done. And all these things
are understandable contributors
to why some General Education
Diploma (GED) participants
don’t fully complete the GED
program they enter as a first
step to landing a better job.
All too often, GED partici-
pants may pass perhaps the
writing and math portions of
the GED program with flying
colors but never go back, due to
personal circumstances, to take
their examinations in the other
subject fields, such as Social
Studies and Science. So they
never walk across stage to
receive their general education
diploma. Used to, GED stu-
dents who partially completed
the GED program could go
back, if they choose, to finish
up the rest of their classes and
earn their diploma without hav-
ing to retake what they already
took. But in 2014 things will
Starting Jan. 1, 2014, tests
scores from the current GED
program will expire, and those
who have only taken examina-
tions in one or two subjects will
lose those test scores and have
to retake those classes if they
plan on getting their GED.
But that’s not the only
change coming, said Jim
Bearden, Director of Adult
Basic Education for East
Mississippi Community
College. Beginning in January,
the GED test will be adminis-
tered only online; no more
paper and pencil testing.
“That’s going to pose sever-
al issues,” Bearden said. “It’s
been ten years since the test has
changed, so there’s ten years
worth of people out there who
have taken part of the test and
haven’t finished and all those
scores are going to go away
when that test changes. For the
next seven or eight months
that’s going to be our message.
If you have partial scores, if it’s
really something you want to
do you need to come in here
and get this finished. We don’t
want you to have to start over.”
Old and prospective GED
students still have until Dec. 31
to complete their GED without
any risks of losing their current
Another change slated to
take effect Jan. 1, 2013 is the
increase to the examination fee.
Whereas the testing fee for the
entire GED exam, which cov-
ers all subjects, is currently $75
that fee will increase to $120
next year. Bearden said just last
year the examination was $40
but increased this year to $75 in
anticipation of the 2013 chang-
es. He said this was done by
GED Testing Services in asso-
ciation with Pearson Vue to
“prepare people that this is not
just going to be a cheap test
Also in 2013 people aiming
to receive their GED will have
to register themselves online
for the examination and pay
their testing fee online
Bryan Davis
Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott speaks to the West Point Rotary Club about the county’s progress
in 2012 during the club’s frst 2013 meeting on Thursday.
Much accomplished by CCSD
during Scott’s frst full year
By Bryan Davis
Daily Times Leader
There are defining moments
in the careers of every leader.
These moments teach valu-
able lessons, and they often
serve to prepare these individu-
als for their leadership roles.
For Clay County Sheriff
Eddie Scott, the storm outbreak
of April, 2011 shined light on
his talents as a law enforcement
officer, and it exposed some
weaknesses in local emergency
response which Scott began to
address as soon as he was elect-
ed the following November.
“I really learned a lot from
that storm,” Scott told the West
Point Rotary Club during the
group’s first meeting of 2013
on Thursday. “I saw some
things that we needed to do.”
The storm system which rav-
aged many small north
Mississippi towns, as well as
towns in Alabama dropped a
tornado on the northwestern
corner of the county in
Already in a role of leader-
ship as Chief Deputy at the
time, Scott saw a great need for
a mobile command center, and
he has since secured one as
“We didn’t have a place for
our officers to work out of or
even go in and take a nap,”
Scott said. “Officers can go in
and set up their computers and
Thanks to a generator, the
MCC is fully functional, and
Scott says that it has already
come in handy. In one circum-
stance, it was used when there
were persons missing in a
By Sheena Baker
Daily Times Leader
No one really fancies the
idea of boiling their tap water,
especially if that means boiling
the water for six or seven days.
But for safety reasons, boiling
water is the very step residents
must take if they’re water sup-
ply has been affected by under-
ground construction, a mal-
function of the check valve or
any other factor that may con-
taminate the water.
While it is unclear when the
boil water notice for the Siloam
Water Association-Beasley
Well will be lifted, the city of
West Point believes the 40 resi-
dents on Broad Street, who
have been under a boil water
notice since last Friday, won’t
have to boil their water any
longer after Saturday.
West Point Water and Light
Superintendent Dwight Prisock
said the Broad Street boil water
advisory only effects those on
the 800 block of Broad Street
and several houses on Calhoun
Street that meets Broad Street.
Broad Street boil
water notice may
soon be lifted
Latest WPPD
warrant list released
From Staff Reports
Daily Times Leader
Warrants for the arrests of
individuals below will be
issued by the West Point Police
Department if delinquent court
fines are not paid soon to the
WPPD or if payment arrange-
ments are not made. Names
below were chosen randomly
for publication, and a list with
different names will be pub-
lished weekly. To make pay-
ment arrangements, stop by the
WPPD or call 662-494-1244.
It is understood that resi-
dents in the community may
have the same name as people
listed on the active warrant list.
Names are printed exactly as
they appear on the list from the
WPPD. The Daily Times
Leader is under no obligation
to give a statement explaining
that a resident with the same
name as someone on the list is
not the person who actually
committed the crime. Dates of
birth of individuals on the war-
rant list are now being printed
to better identify offenders who
have warrants. If you feel that
your name is on the list and
should not be, please contact
the WPPD.
Names of individuals owing
fines to the WPPD as of Dec.
27 are as follows:
POINT, 1/23/1983, NO DL ,
STARKVILLE, 12/12/1985,
POI NT, 2/ 7/ 1991,
WEST POINT, 9/8/1987,
OKOLONA, 6/14/1976,
WEST POINT, 9/13/1988,
See ‘Fines’ page 10
By Sheena Baker
Daily Times Leader
Folks living in the country
can tell you it’s a strain driving
15 miles into town just to enjoy
a hot, home-cooked meal that
you don’t have to prepare your-
self. But the residents living in
the western part of Clay County
don’t have to worry about that
any longer thanks to the open-
ing of Pheba’s Diner, which
offers a vast variety of down
home breakfast and lunch
meals in a warm, comfortable
The opening of Pheba’s
Diner, located at 21781
Highway 50 West, was just a
dream at first for restaurant
owners Darren and Linda
Wade, both of whom love to
cook up hearty, delicious meals
in the kitchen. That dream soon
became reality with a lot of
hard work, said Linda Wade,
and now the Wade’s welcome
everyone out to enjoy a country
breakfast, a blueplate lunch or a
tasty short order entree.
“It’s just something me and
my husband wanted to do, and
the other store here in town
retired and left a space here in
Pheba that we felt needed to be
filled, so here we are,” Linda
Wade said. “It’s a lot of people
out here, but there’s no where
to eat on a regular basis. There
are a couple of other places to
eat but just not a lot of short
orders and things like that. It’s
just something that needed to
happen here.”
The Wade’s moved the res-
taurant building to its location
in February of 2012 and offi-
cially opened this past
Halloween. County supervisors
and other county officials came
out Thursday to celebrate the
opening of the restaurant dur-
ing a ribbon cutting ceremony.
Linda Wade said one of her
favorite’s on the menu is the
patty melt served on Texas
toast with sauteed onions, but
one customer said nothing
beats the diner’s chicken strips,
which are “the best around.”
Already plans are underway
to add more features this spring
to the menu and to the diner
itself. Linda Wade said ice
cream will soon accompany the
Community celebrates
opening of Pheba’s Diner
Sheena Baker
Several Clay County supervisors, other county offcials, family and friends surround Linda Wade Thursday as she prepares to cut the
ribbon marking the opening of her and her husband’s new restaurant in Pheba’s Diner.
See ‘Water’ page 10
See ‘Scott’ page 10
See ‘GED’ page 10
See ‘Diner’ page 10
Daily Times Leader Page 2 • Friday, January 4, 2013
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
after noon will not be published for the
next day’s paper. To submit announce-
ments, email
• 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.
• 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.
• Compassionate Friends --
Families who have experienced
the death of a child are invited to
attend The Compassionate
Friends meeting at 6:30 p.m. the
second Tuesday of each month, at
North Mississippi Medical
Center-West Point, 835 Medical
Center Drive. The mission of The
Compassionate Friends is to
assist families toward resolving
grief following the death of a
child of any age and to help oth-
ers be supportive. Bereaved par-
ents, siblings, grandparents and
immediate family members are
welcome to attend. For more
information, call Michele Rowe,
director of Social Services at
NMMC-West Point, at (662) 495-
• American Legion Meeting
-- American Legion Post 212 will
meet every third Sunday of the
month at 3 p.m. at their headquar-
ters on Morrow St. All members
are urged to attend.
• 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-perfor-
mance workforce. These classes
are sponsored by EMCC
Workforce Services. Please call
Mitzi Thompson at 243-2647, to
register for free classes.
• Feed the Hungry -- Holy
Temple Holiness Church
Women’s Ministries deliver
meals to Feed the Hungry the
second 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 deliv-
ery service, call 494-3322 before
8 a.m. the morning of the deliver-
• The Academy of
Performing Arts -- located at
the North Mississipppi Medical
Center-West Point Wellness
Canter is now enrolling for the
fall session. Classes begin August
13 in ballet, tap, hip hop, jazz,
lyrical, tumbling, musical theatre
and voice. Semester will run for
four months and culminate with a
Christmas recital in December.
For more information, email or call (662)
• 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-
• Computer Classes -- Free
twelve hour computer
classes:Beginning computer,
Internet, Word, and Excel. These
classes are sponsored by EMCC
Workforce Services. Please con-
tact Bryan Public Library at 494-
• Grief Support Group --
Christ United Methodist Church
is providing support for grieving
families with a Grief Support
Group who will meet Mondays at
6:30 p.m.
• GED Classes -- EMCC West
Point Center, if offering free GED
classes at EMCC West Point
Center, Monday thru Thursday,
from 8 am – 1:30 p.m. These
classes are sponsored by the
Adult Basic Education depart-
ment of East MS Community
College. Please contact Cynthia
McCrary or Jessica Flynt at 492-
8857 for additional information.
• 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 residents
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.
• Animal shelter help -- The
West Point Clay County Animal
shelter needs foster families for
several 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 trans-
port. If you are interested, please
call the shelter at 524-4430.
• Ladies Auxiliary -- The
American Legion Post 212 Ladies
Auxiliary meet the second
Thursday of each month at 6 p.m.
All members are urged to attend.
• GED classes -- Free GED
classes at Bryan Public Library
on Tuesday and Wednesday each
week, 4:30 - 7:30. These are
sponsored by the Adult Basic
Education department of East MS
Community College. Please call
243- 1985 to register for free
• Foster Parenting -- Foster
and Adoptive Parents are needed.
If you can give time, space, care
and attention to foster children,
maybe you can qualify to be a
foster parent. Caring families in
Clay Co. are needed who have the
interest and ability to be loving
foster parents. For more informa-
tion call Karen Ward at 494-8987.
• Lodge Breakfast: West
Point Masonic Lodge No. 40 will
have a breakfast the frst Saturday
of each month from 5”30-8:30
a.m. The public is invited.
Tuesday, January 8
• Families who have experi-
enced the death of a child are
invited to attend The
Compassionate Friends meeting
at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, at
North Mississippi Medical
Center-West Point, 835 Medical
Center Drive.
The mission of The
Compassionate Friends is to
assist families toward resolving
grief following the death of a
child of any age and to help oth-
ers be supportive. Bereaved par-
ents, siblings, grandparents and
immediate family members are
welcome to attend.
The Compassionate Friends
organization offers friendship and
understanding to bereaved fami-
lies. Chapter meetings offer an
opportunity for bereaved families
to express their feelings, as well
as for those who have worked
through their grief to help other
families through their loss.
For more information, call
Michele Rowe, director of Social
Services at NMMC-West Point,
at (662) 495-2337. To learn more
about The Compassionate
Friends, visit their national web-
site at www.compassionate-
Thurs., January 10-31
• North Mississippi Medical
Center-West Point will offer a
prepared childbirth class for
expectant parents from 6:30-8:30
p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 10-31.
Instructors cover a wide variety
of topics including relaxation
techniques, prenatal care, labor
and delivery, pain relief mea-
sures, breast-feeding and infant
care. The fee is $35.
To register or for more infor-
mation, call (662) 495-2292 or
1-800-THE DESK (1-800-843-
Thursday, January 17
• Proactive Parenting
Proactive Parenting Workshop
will be held at the ICS Head Start
Center from 5 - 7 p.m. Topics will
include: Common Core Reading,
Reading Comprehension,
Questioning Techniques, Student
In-depth Responses, Why
Questions and Hands on Games
and Activities. For more informa-
tion contact the offce of Special
Services Director Yvonne B. Cox
and Administrative Assistant
Amy Taylor 492-5867.
Thursday, January 17
• The local Alzheimer’s
Support Group will meet at 6:30
p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at the
Henry Clay Retirement Center
Parlor, 133 Commerce St.
For more information, call
Brenda Johnson at (662) 495-
2339 or 1-800-THE DESK
Friday, January 18
• MLK Black Tie Banquet
The West Point Alumni Chapter
will sponsor the annual Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr. Pre- Holiday
Black Tie Banquet at 6:30 p.m. at
the UFCW Local 1991 Union
Hall. Burnell McDonald,
Superintendent of the West Point
School District will be the speak-
er. Please contact Bettye Swift at
494-2647 or any member of the
West Point Alumni Chapter for
ticket information.
Community Calendar Obituaries
Nathaniel Reives
Nathaniel Reives age 90, passed away Wednesday,
December 26, 2012, at Okibbeha County Hospital in
Funeral services are Saturday, January 5, 2013, at 11 a.m.
from St. Paul M.B. Church with the Rev. Eddie A.
Longstreet officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Zion M.B.
Church Cemetery.
Visitation is today, Friday, January 4, 2013, at Carter’s
Mortuary Services Chapel.
Carter’s Mortuary Services is in charge of arrangements.
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 submitted
after noon will not be published for the
next day’s paper. To submit announce-
ments, email
Feed the Hungry
Holy Temple Holiness Church
Women’s Ministries deliver
meals to Feed the Hungry the
second 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
During December
• Love Lights a Christmas
Palestine United Methodist
Church “Love Lights a Christmas
Tree” annual project. A $5 dona-
tion puts a light on the tree in
honor or memory of someone. All
proceed go to the Palestine United
Methodist Women and Men’s
groups to help with local mis-
sions. Send the donation and the
name of the honoree to Carol
Sims 17163 Hwy. 46, Pheba MS
39755. For more information call
Carol Sims 494-6238, Tunnie
Moore494-1651 or Keith
Thompson 295-1773.
Saturday, January 5
• Summit
On Saturday, January 5, 2013
at 5:00pm a S.O.S.(Saving Our
Seed) Summit: “Bullying:
Hurting People Hurt People” -
Will convene at the Third Mt.
Olive M.B. Church,Fellowship
Hall at 904 Mosley Avenue, West
Point, MS. Pastor Al Lathan will
serve as Presenter.
YOUTH, YOUTH and more
YOUTH! Fore more informa-
tion, please call Mr. Robert Smith,
West Point School District
Community Liasion at 494-0928.
Wednesday, January 9
• Revival Program
Third Mt. Olive M.B. Church
is having a Spiritual Enrichment
Revival Program at 7 p.m. Guest
speaker is Pastor Eric Ratliff of
Union Star M.B. Church.
Friday, January 11
• Women’s Discipleship
Progress St. Church of God is
having a Women’s Discipleship
Service at 7 p.m. Guest speaker is
Minster LaShanda Lenior of
Concord M.B. Church. Everyone
is invited to attend.
Saturday, January 19
• Musician Appreciation
Progress St. Church of God is
having a Musician Appreciation
Program at 5 p.m. Everyone is
invited to attend.
Sunday, January 20
• Pastoral Celebration
The Church House of Refuge
Family Worship Center will be
celebrating their Pastor Michael
Cannon and Co-Pastor Sharon
Cannon 10th anniversary on
Sunday, January 20, 2013 @ 3:00
p.m. The guest speaker will be
Pastor R.J. Matthews from
Kingdom Vision International –
Columbus, MS. The public is
• Pastor Anniversary
The Church House of Refuge
Family Worship Center will be
celebrating their Pastor Michael
Cannon and Co-Pastor Sharon
Cannon’s 10th anniversary at 3
p.m. The guest speaker will be
Pastor R.J. Matthews from
Kingdom Vision International of
Columbus. The public is invited.
Sunday, January 27
• Usher’s Ministry
Greenwood M.B. Church is
having an Usher’s Ministry
Program at 3 p.m. Guest speaker
is the Rev. Shalamark Simpson of
First Baptist Cedar Bluff Church.
The public is invited to attend.
Church Calendar
Sally Kate Winters Family
Services offers youth
leadership program
Special to the
Daily Times Leader
West Point, - In an effort
to empower community
youth, Sally Kate Winters
Family Services is now offer-
ing a free leadership program
to teens 12-17 years old dur-
ing the afterschool hours.
Parents and teachers are
encouraged to refer students
to the program that will pro-
vide two hours (3:30 p.m. -
5:30p.m.) of supervised lead-
ership building activities,
such as independent-living
skills, educational encourage-
ment, problem solving, char-
acter building, personal
responsibility, and community
service opportunities. The
program is open to students in
grades 7-12, specifically for
youth ages 12-17 years of age
beginning January 22 and
running until May. For those
enrolled in the program, trans-
portation and an afternoon
snack will be provided.
Program leaders say that
space is limited so youth or
their parents should call to
enroll immediately.
Sally Kate Winters Family
Youth Leadership program is
unique to West Point, where
there is an overall lack of
resources for teens between
the ages of 12-17. With the
help of MSU volunteers and
interns, dedicated staff, and
other community members
who generously donate their
time, teens will now have a
positive place to grow and
learn those vital leadership
skills that are so important for
today’s youth. “We want
youth of West Point to be suc-
cessful and feel that the main
focus of this new leadership
program is to be a safe and
welcoming place where teens
can come to learn and be
empowered.” said Sheila
Brand, Sally Kate Winters
Executive Director.
The program is completely
voluntary; teens have to want
to attend regularly, so the pro-
gram has been designed to
actively engage each youth.
“We understand that youth
aren’t going to voluntarily
attend unless we have some
fun and relevant activities
planned. Some of these activ-
ities will include trips to the
DMV, EMCC, and MS State,
cooking instruction, as well
as, other independent living
need-t o-knows, ” says
Yelverton. “The program is
completely designed around
and with youth’s input. As a
group, the youth determine
everything from youth-led
weekly activities, to commu-
nity service projects, to the
program ‘name’, and even the
t-shirt design for the pro-
gram.” Incorporating positive
youth development compo-
nents within the program
ensures the goal of each youth
completing the program with
new, empowering skills that
they can confidently use with-
in their schools, homes, and
Sally Kate Winters Family
Services Afterschool program
is funded through a Basic
Center Program federal grant
and is offered to provide sup-
port services for at risk youth.
For more information about
enrolling in Sally Kate
Winters Family Services
Leadership program, contact
Georgi a Sasso at
Weather Forecast
Daily Times Leader Friday, January 4, 2013 • Page 3
Gavis Mosley
Mosley: He reigns
I receive your anointing
today. As you break the chains
and shackles of the evil one,
Lord, you Lord have placed in
the spirit of your anointed to
give to me this word, “It is now
time to move on. It is now time
to erase the past.” This is a
blessing to me because I believe
in the anointing of God and that
he speaks to me through others.
My spirit spoke peace to a life-
style that would no longer hin-
der my walk on this journey. It
is now time for me to totally
release the pain and discomfort
of my past to God. Release, my
spirit speaks to me. I am now
brand new in the name of Jesus.
“All that has happened has
been given to Jesus,” she
speaks to me. I too must give it
to him. My spirit says that my
past has been crucified on the
cross with Jesus Christ. And to
my new freedom in Christ, I
shout “Glory”.
Oh way a night. It was pro-
phetic in more ways than I
could have
ever imag-
ined. Know
that God has
erased the past
of many. It
does not
means that the
events of the
past never
happened but
it does means
that we are no
longer held
captive to the
fears, the pain,
and the shame
of the past.
What was a
secret is now ready to be told as
a testimony as to the goodness
of God and no shame or regret
will be attached to the message.
It means a deeper relationship
with God. It means freedom
and liberty where there was
once bondage. Hallelujah. It is
a desire, a request, a dream
come true.
Journey with me…look and
read please
Daniel chapter
7. It is a move
from history
to prophecy.
For you see,
Daniel had
visions and
dreams of his
own. He was
deeply trou-
bled as well.
He sought
help from the
angels of God
to help him to
understand his
visions and
dreams. He
dreamed of beast, horns,
wars…things that disturbed his
peace. The angel comforted
Daniel with this interpreta-
tion…kingdoms would rise and
God’s people would be prose-
cuted but he was assured that
the children of God, the king-
dom of God, the word and
promises of God would stand.
God’s reign would be attacked
but it would not be overruled
by any force. Daniel was given
assurance from the very angels
of God, that God is who he says
he is. He is all powerful and all
mighty. One thing I would like
to note here is that as Daniel
dreamed and had visions, he
sought God for interpretation,
for confirmation. He did not
speak what was revealed nor
did he try to convince man of
his heart. He trusted God.
As we begin 2013…Allow
your heart to trust God. Trust
God for all you may be experi-
encing right now. Trust God to
erase those things that hinder
your walk with him. Trust God
to hold and keep you from the
evil one. Trust God that he will
bring you out of anything that
he allows to happen in your
life. Trust God.
As 2013 begins, I pray
respect. One of the shortcom-
ings from my past that I don’t
want to be a “longcomings” is
A message from the Clay County
Christian Clergy Fellowship
We spend a lifetime getting
ready for all kinds of events.
Major planning takes place
from birth to death: salvation,
baptisms, child-rearing, gradu-
ations, vocations and avoca-
tions, weddings, divorces, car-
ing for the infirmed, wills and
testaments, and leisure. The
to-do life-list involves endless
preparation. Life is truly a
journey. We schedule our
affairs with the hope of a good
return on the investment of our
energy and resources. So far,
how are your plans coming
along for the Great Day, which
is the return of Jesus Christ?
Jesus is coming back.
Therefore, what readiness steps
are you taking? In Acts 2:38 is
will not find the date of his
return. However, your partici-
pation in the process is clear.
“…Repent, and be baptized
every one of you in the name of
Jesus Christ for the remission
of sins and ye shall receive the
gift of the Holy Ghost.” Acts
to repent of your sins and to be
baptized in the name of Jesus
Christ. Then, receive the gift of
the Holy Ghost (Spirit). Please
attend an assembly of Christian
believers (church) where you
can learn of Jesus. By the
Divine influence of God at
work on our behalf we can live
well and die well. Let us pray:
Dear Jesus, we pray for the
revelation of truth in the Church
and in the world. And, we
thank you for your plan of sal-
vation. In the name of Jesus we
pray. Amen.
There are times when our
good intentions will be
smeared by controversy. All
you wanted to do was relieve
somebody’s burden, but peo-
ple will turn your good works
into something ugly and pro-
fane. For all the good you do,
somebody will try to destroy
you because of it. As long as
you travel on this Christian
journey, your good works will
be counted as unholy by
somebody. But you must not
stop doing good works
because of the threat of perse-
Jesus’ healing of a blind
man was turned into a com-
munity scandal by the chief
priests and Pharisees. They
launched a full scale inquiry
into his acts of kindness and
were almost ready to pass
sentence on him until the
blind man reminded them that
he was the beneficiary of a
good work.
Jesus passed by and noticed
a blind man. He was born
blind, had grown up blind and
had come to face the reality
that he would always be blind;
until he met Jesus just passing
by. Jesus spat on the ground,
made a mud pie, put it on the
blind man’s eyes and told him
to go wash is
eyes in the
pool of
Siloam. The
man did as he
was told and
came back
seeing like a
new born
Jesus was
among ene-
mies and
whenever you
are among enemies they will
make sure you live under a
microscope and nothing you
do will go unnoticed. Jesus
healed this blind man on the
Sabbath day. According to
Jewish law, no work was to
be done on the Lord’s Day.
So the Chief priests and the
Pharisees seized the opportu-
nity to persecute and possibly
prosecute Jesus for doing
something good.
Somebody is always out to
get you? It doesn’t matter
whether you break any laws
or not because if they want
you bad enough they’ll just
make up the laws as they go
along. They’ll change and
bend the rules just to get you
tangled up in
a situation to
destroy and
bring you
There’s a
lesson in this
scripture for
every child
of GOD.
Even when
you do your
best out of
the goodness
of your heart,
s o me b o d y
won’t like it. It doesn’t mat-
ter how many friends you
have, who’s in your corner or
how big hearted you are.
Somebody is out to get you.
Jesus helped somebody on
Lord’s Day. That was the
situation. He did a good deed
but the people who should
have been praising him were
the guys who were condemn-
ing him. I once heard some-
body say that no good deed
ever goes unpunished.
Soon after opening up the
eyes of him that was blind,
some members of the com-
munity recognized him as the
man that sat and begged.
Immediately they began an
investigation into how he had
received his sight.
They questioned the man
intensely. His reply was, “A
man called Jesus made clay,
anointed my eyes and told me
to go wash in the pool of
Siloam. I went, I washed and
now I can see.” They arrested
the man and brought him
before the Pharisees who con-
tinued the investigation by
demanding that this man con-
demn Jesus for doing a good
In order for a crime to be
committed there must be a
crook and a victim. But in
this instance there is neither
so what is the point of the
investigation. The blind man
is not complaining. The com-
munity is not in danger. The
problem is that a man called
Jesus is doing good works
and a certain group of people
don’t want him to have the
favor of the people.
Even in our churches today
there are certain groups that
consider themselves the elite
and controlling body. When
you come between the glory
of the church elite and the
members of the church you
Tim Brinkley
Brinkley: When your
good has turned to bad
A message from John 9:6-7, 16-17, 24-25
See ‘Brinkley’ page 8
The new year has brought
with it many uncertainties, as
the news media has consis-
tently expressed. They have
explored the danger of falling
off the “fiscal cliff,” the
unknown elements of the new
health care law, and even the
price of milk has been dis-
cussed at length. Listening to
all the possibilities, one could
become anxious about tomor-
row. That is, unless one
knows Who holds tomorrow!
Jesus Himself has told us,
“Don’t worry about tomor-
row, because tomorrow will
worry about itself...” He gets
specific in Matthew 6:31-34
about the things over which
we so often stress. “…Do not
worry saying, ‘What shall we
eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’
or ‘What shall we wear?”’
Why should we not worry?
“…for your heavenly Father
knows that you need all these
things.” Then
He tells us
how to live a
wor r y- f r ee
life: “Seek
first the king-
dom of God
and His righ-
t e ous ne s s ,
and all these
things will be
provided for
So, instead
of spending
time worry-
ing about things over which I
have no control, I try to
deliberately keep my mind
“stayed” on Him (Isaiah
26:2), and He reminds me of
how He has shown Himself
faithful in times past. It is
exciting and faith-building to
read in Scripture of the many
different ways He has worked
– ways that only He can!
There was
a famine in
Israel, espe-
cially in
Samaria, and
the people
were starv-
ing. To make
m a t t e r s
worse, the
army of Syria
had the city
totally sur-
rounded, not
allowing any-
one in or out.
BUT GOD caused those sea-
soned Syrian soldiers to hear
noise of a terrific battle when
there was no battle. The sound
frightened these tough, hard-
ened soldiers so badly that
they ran away – leaving
everything in their camp –
including their food – enough
food to feed the starving
Israelites (2 Kings 7:6-7)!
Whatever weather the
future holds, whether sunny
days or storms of wind and
rain, of financial hardships,
health problems, or any other,
we can trust Him! The psalm-
ist said it best: “God is our
refuge and strength, a very
present help in trou-
ble. Therefore we will not
fear, even though the earth be
removed, and though the
mountains be carried into the
midst of the sea; Though its
waters roar and be troubled,
Though the mountains shake
with its swelling” (Psalm
46). There is no limit to His
power or the ways He can
work in the lives of those who
love Him.
“Be still, and know that I
am God; I will be exalted
among the nations, I will be
exalted in the earth!” (Psalm
Yarber: What does tomorrow hold?
Gwen Yarber
See ‘Mosley’ page 8
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Taxpayers and students will pay dearly
for “more is better” philosophy
The basic fundamental
principle of conservatism is
that generally less is better.
This idea has been obvi-
ously long abandoned by the
left and the right establish-
ments in this country. The
ideas that “more is better” and
piling on more time, money
and resources is the solution
to every problem of society
have taken hold in the major
political parties.
The media spouts this
mythology as well, as I
remember seeing a headline
prior to the “fiscal cliff” sell-
out that read “Mississippi
Education Stands to Lose
Millions if Fiscal Cliff Deal
Not Met.”
They want you to believe
that a good education is tied
directly to how much money
is being spent. If they get you
to subscribe to this, then you
will naturally come to believe
that more money in education
will eventually fix education.
Take a look at the issues
surrounding the “fiscal cliff”
in the first place. We have an
ever-growing $16 trillion
national debt which stands as
the poster child for the “more
is better” camp.
The spending bills that
increase our deficits represent
that camp as well.
The progressives are always
quick to tell us that “if we just
have a little bit more money,
we can make this program
The reality is that no matter
how much money you throw
at a program, if it has one
single ounce of government
bureaucracy involved in its
facilitation, it will never work.
As the state legislature pre-
pares to tackle the issues of
public education, be prepared
for both sides of the political
aisle to fling their version of
“more is better” at you.
“Conservatives” will call
for more choice, more pay
(merit pay for teachers) and
more workforce training.
“Liberals” will call for the
same thing they always call
for and that is simply more
money dumped into the abyss
of Mississippi
P u b l i c
Educ a t i on.
They’ll want
you to give
the state more
time with
your child as
N e i t h e r
side will offer
a true pro-
gram designed
to scale back
on spending,
and political
corruption in education.
Each will have their own
agenda designed at putting
more tax dollars on the rou-
lette wheel of education.
The odds of consulting
firms getting richer are very
high. The odds of more fluff
six-figure district and state
jobs being created are also
very high.
However, the odds of chil-
dren becoming more educated
remain the same as they were
when the Mississippi
Education Reform Act of
1982 was passed. The odds
are not great.
Where I taught school,
seven periods was not work-
ing for the school. The natural
thought process of the pro-
gressive is and was to add an
eighth period.
Did test scores improve?
No. Did behavior improve?
No. Did graduation rates go
up? No. Did the students seem
any more interested in the
subject matter of that eighth
period? Need I answer?
Now I hear they’ve gone to
the tried and false method of
block scheduling. Surely
making the classes one hour
and 15 minutes will hold their
attention better than 48 min-
ute intervals. Let’s don’t hold
our breath for improvement.
It is political and journalis-
tic heresy in the state of
Mississippi to ever question
the legacy of William Winter,
but the more I read about the
1982 “reform” act, the more I
have come to the conclusion
that the great legacy is more
about the
fact that a
piece of edu-
cation legis-
lation was
passed, not
in the results
that have
come in the
years since.
In all hon-
esty, what
g r e a t
i m p r o v e -
ments have
come about
in public
education since 1982?
Back then, the progressives
gave us the same lines they
are giving us today. Give the
state more time with the chil-
dren, and their education will
improve. Give the state more
money to educate the child,
and the education will
The state legislature gave
us Kindergarten and compul-
sory schooling, and they have
pumped billions upon billions
of taxpayer dollars into edu-
cation in the last 30 years.
Where are the great results?
What miracles have
Kindergarten and compulsory
education performed in the
last three decades?
The last time I checked,
Mississippi is still at the bot-
tom of the barrel in education
nationally. The state is still at
the bottom in test scores and
graduation rates.
Our third grade students
still don’t read at a third grade
level, and many of our seniors
cannot point to the state of
Mississippi on a map of the
United States.
And the progressives’
answer is?
“We must have yet another
year with your child in order
to fully educate,” they say.
“Give your child to the state
at age 3 or 4, and then, and
only then, will your child
know how to read on grade
We are already seeing the
fabian groundwork being laid
for compulsory Pre-K educa-
tion in this state.
when there are legacies at
stake, politicians have no
problem selling out the tax-
payers and attacking the fam-
ily structure.
We can have major cuts to
public education and still ade-
quately educate each child.
We must force the politi-
cians to destroy the education
bureaucracy they have con-
structed for their friends. We
cannot allow them to build
new ones.
Cutting the six-figure
bureaucratic desk jobs in edu-
cation will provide every dis-
trict the adequate amount of
money needed to hire all of
the teachers needed to service
the children in a community.
Bureaucracy is the cancer
that has eaten tax dollars that
should have been earmarked
for students. It is the disease
that leads to policies which
protect misbehaved students
and punish well-meaning
teachers and administrators.
It decides who is “failing”
and who is “passing.”
It decides how test data is
interpreted and which vari-
ables are included or exclud-
ed from the equations that
pass judgements on districts,
administrators, teachers and
Once opposed to Governor
Phil Bryant’s education
reform agenda, the cancer
now feels threatened enough
to offer a lending hand to our
legislature in creating educa-
tion “reforms” the likes of
what Winter signed in 1982.
I have already voiced my
opposition to the 2013 educa-
tion reform agenda, but if the
state lawmakers do press for-
ward with these reforms, I
plead that you rid this agenda
of the bureaucratic cancer of
Mississippi’s public educa-
tion system.
If the cancer gets into your
charter schools, we will never
have the opportunity to know
whether they could have truly
worked in this state.
More importantly, design
education reform around less
of everything, not more.
Bryan Davis
Managing Editor
Budget battle sends mixed
signals on health care
Confused about the federal
budget struggle? So are doc-
tors, hospital administrators
and other medical profession-
als who serve the 100 million
Americans covered by
Medicare and Medicaid.
Rarely has the government
sent so many conflicting sig-
nals in so short a time about
the bottom line for the health
care industry.
Cuts are coming, says
Washington, and some could
be really big. Yet more gov-
ernment spending is also
being promised as President
Barack Obama’s health care
overhaul advances and mil-
lions of uninsured people
move closer to getting gov-
ernment-subsidized coverage.
“Imagine a person being
told they are going to get a
raise, but their taxes are also
going to go up and they are
going to be paying more for
gas,” said Thornton Kirby,
president of the South
Carolina Hospital Association.
“They don’t know if they are
going to be taking home more
or less. That’s the uncertainty
when there are so many vari-
ables in play.”
Real money is at stake for
big hospitals and small medi-
cal practices alike.
Government at all levels pays
nearly half the nation’s health
care tab, with federal funds
accounting for most of that.
It’s widely assumed that a
budget deal will mean cuts for
Medicare service providers.
But which ones? How much?
And will Medicaid and subsi-
dies to help people get cover-
age under the health care law
also be cut?
As House Speaker John
Boehner famously said: “God
only knows.” The Ohio
Republican was referring to
the overall chances of getting
a budget deal, but the same
can be said of how health care
— one-sixth of the economy
— will fare.
“There is no political con-
sensus to do anything signifi-
cant,” said Dan Mendelson,
president of Avalere Health, a
market analysis firm. “There
is a collective walking away
from things that matter. All
the stuff on the lists of options
becomes impossible, because
there is no give-and-take.”
As if things weren’t com-
plicated enough, doctors keep
facing their own recurring fis-
cal cliff, separate from the
bigger budget battle but
embroiled in it nonetheless.
Come Jan. 1, doctors and
certain other medical profes-
sionals face a 26.5 percent cut
in their Medicare payments,
the consequence of a 1990s
deficit-reduction law gone
awry. Lawmakers failed to
repeal or replace that law
even after it became obvious
that it wasn’t working.
Instead, Congress usually
passes a “doc fix” each year
to waive the cuts.
This year, the fix got hung
up in larger budget politics.
Although a reprieve is expect-
ed sooner or later, doctors
don’t like being told to sit in
the congressional waiting
“It seems like there is a pre-
sumption that physicians and
patients can basically tolerate
this kind of uncertainty while
the Congress goes through
whatever political machina-
tions they are going through,”
said Dr. Jeremy Lazarus,
president of the American
Medical Association. “Our
concern is that physician
uncertainty and anxiety about
being able to pay the bills will
have an impact on taking care
of patients.”
A recent government sur-
vey indicates that Medicare
beneficiaries are having more
problems when trying to find
a new primary care doctor,
and Lazarus said that will
only get worse.
Adding to their unease,
doctors also face an addition-
al reduction if automatic
spending cuts go through.
Those would be triggered if
Obama and congressional
leaders are unable to bridge
partisan differences and strike
a deal. They are part of the
combination of tax increases
and spending cuts dubbed the
“fiscal cliff.”
Medicare service providers
would get hit with a 2 percent
across-the-board cut, but
Medicaid and subsidies for
the uninsured under Obama’s
health care overhaul would be
spared. The Medicare cut
adds up to about $120 billion
over ten years, with 40 per-
cent falling on hospitals,
according to Avalare’s analy-
sis. Nursing homes, Medicare
Advantage plans and home
health agencies also get hit.
The American Hospital
Association says that would
lead to the loss of hundreds of
thousands of hospital jobs in a
labor intensive industry that
also generates employment
for other businesses in local
“It’s very difficult to believe
hospitals can absorb the kinds
of numbers they are talking
about without reducing ser-
vice or workforce,” said
Kirby, the hospital associa-
tion head. “You may decide
that a service a hospital pro-
vides is not affordable — for
example, obstetrics in a rural
community — if you’re mak-
ing a little bit of money or
losing a little bit of money by
continuing to deliver babies
in a rural community.”
Independent analysts like
Mendelson doubt that a 2 per-
cent Medicare cut to hospitals
would be catastrophic but say
it will cost jobs somewhere.
Even if there is a budget
deal, the squeeze will be on.
The administration has pro-
posed $400 billion in health
care cuts so far in the budget
talks, coming mainly from
Medicare spending. That’s
only a starting point as far as
Republicans are concerned.
They also want to pare back
Medicaid and Obama’s health
care law and have also sought
an increase in the eligibility
age for Medicare.
State health care exchange in limbo
Mississippi’s proposed health
insurance exchange is in
limbo because of a dispute
between the governor and the
insurance commissioner.
Gov. Phil Bryant and
Insurance Commissioner
Mike Chaney are Republicans.
They disagree about which
one of them has authority to
create a plan and submit it for
federal approval.
An exchange is an online
marketplace where people
can buy private health insur-
Under the health care law
President Barack Obama
signed in 2010, exchanges are
to be set up and run by indi-
vidual states or by the federal
Chaney submitted an
exchange proposal to the U.S.
Department of Health and
Human Services in mid-
Bryant objects to the feder-
al health law. He has sent let-
ters to the department saying
only the governor can act on
behalf of the state.
Daily Times Leader Friday, January 4, 2013 • Page 5
From the Mississippi Main
Street Association
Special to the
Daily Times Leader
The Mississippi Main Street
Association (MMSA) honors
the life of longtime friend and
architect Samuel “Sam” H.
Kaye, AIA, who went home to
be with the Lord on January 1,
Since 1994, Kaye served as
Staff Consultant to the
Mississippi Main Street
Association, working with
towns throughout Mississippi.
He served as MMSA Director
of Design Services until
2007—in addition to running
his own architectural firm,
Luke Peterson Kaye, Architects.
Kaye volunteered for civic
groups and the Episcopal
Church in Columbus and for
the state. He was also the first
president of the Columbus
Main Street Association.
“Sam has been involved with
Mississippi Main Street since
its origin,” said Bob Wilson,
MMSA Executive Director.
“He was serving on the Board
of Advisors for the National
Trust for Historic Preservation
when Mississippi was brought
into the Main Street program in
“From that day forward,
even though he had his own
successful architectural firm,
Sam gave tirelessly of his time,
energy and leadership to
Mississippi Main Street and
other preservation groups,
including the Mississippi
Heritage Trust, for which he
was chairman of the Steering
Committee and Charter
President,” Wilson said.
Kaye’s involvement through
his work with MMSA has
enhanced many Mississippi
communities and neighbor-
hoods. His work with upper
floor downtown housing has
resulted in more than 30 build-
ings being recycled with new
viability in more than a dozen
communities throughout
Mississippi. His involvement
with the Cutrer Mansion in
Clarksdale, Mississippi result-
ed in saving this building,
which is associated with noted
playwright Tennessee Williams.
The Mississippi Main Street
Association established the
Sam Kaye Excellence in
Design Award in 2008 to honor
Kaye and his longtime service
to Mississippi Main Street and
to the state in architecture and
preservation. The award is
given annually to the design
professional or firm that exhib-
its the spirit, compassion and
talent of the man for whom the
award is named.
Kaye indeed brought togeth-
er his skills as an architect, his
love of history, and a vision of
the future to affect the preser-
vation of important buildings
and districts in his home state.
Former Governor William
Winter was quoted as saying, “I
know of no architect who has
done more to develop a public
appreciation of historic preser-
In 1997 the Mississippi
Department of Archives and
History passed a resolution
stating, “Sam Kaye is one of
Mississippi’s finest preserva-
tion architects and is responsi-
ble for numerous award-win-
ning rehabilitation and restora-
tion projects.”
Kaye was a leader in historic
preservation in Mississippi as
well as nationally, bringing the
practice of architecture to criti-
cal issues in preservation.
Kaye devoted countless
hours of service to the National
Trust for Historic Preservation
as an Advisor and in many
leadership capacities. He lob-
bied to the U.S. Congress as an
advocate for Historic
Preservation issues, such as the
Historic Homeowner Tax
Credit legislation, as well as
funding for the Historic
Preservation Fund.
While a member of the
Trust ee’s Propert i es
Committee, he was instrumen-
tal in the acquisition of the
National Trust for Historic
Preservation’s first minority
property, the Midwife’s Houses
in the Farrish Street Historic
District in Jackson, Miss.
His involvement with histor-
ic preservation and the National
Trust for Historic Preservation
led, in 1992, to the establish-
ment of the Mississippi
Heritage Trust of which he was
chairman of the Steering
Committee and the Charter
President. The Trust has
become a model for new state-
wide preservation organiza-
In 1997, the Mississippi
Heritage Trust began a pro-
gram, The Ten Most
Endangered, which focuses
public attention on threatened
historic buildings and sites
across Mississippi.
The Mississippi Heritage
Trust recently awarded Kaye
the 2012 Al & Libby
Hollingswoth Lifetime
Achievement Award.
Kaye gave much of his time
to speak to many civic and his-
torical organizations on historic
preservation and architecture.
In addition to volunteer servic-
es, Sam provided Mississippi
with the best in architectural
service in the restoration of
historic buildings and districts.
The Mississippi Department
of Archives and History relied
quite heavily on Kaye as an
historic advisor and as an archi-
tect. Some of the awards he
received include:
Award of Merit, Newby-
Perry-Tisdale House,
Mississippi Historical Society,
Award of Merit, Moore-
Drake-Fleischman House,
Miss. Historical Society, 1991;
Award of Merit, Carpenter
Place, Mississippi Historical
Society, 1993;
Award of Merit, The Cady
House, Mississippi Historical
Society, 1994.
Kaye was to receive another
Award of Merit from the
Mississippi Historical Society
in March of this year.
Regarded as the local his-
toric expert, Kaye was chosen
as the 2012 Christmas Parade
Grand Marshall in Columbus,
“Sam Kaye has been chosen
as this year’s Grand Marshall
by the Christmas Parade com-
mittee to represent the vast
contributions to our communi-
ty, particularly historic preser-
vation and downtown develop-
ment made by Kaye” stated
Amber Brislin, Main Street
Columbus Director. Members
of the Kaye family led the
parade in a horse-drawn car-
riage on Dec. 3, 2012.
Kaye worked in the
Columbus community since
1974. His experience in com-
munity planning and develop-
ment ranges from the
Downtown Columbus,
Mississippi Development Plan
in 1976 to ongoing
Comprehensive Streetscape
and Development Plans for
several towns in Mississippi.
His work reached beyond the
limits of Columbus and result-
ed in many historic rehabilita-
tion projects throughout
Kaye is survived by his wife,
Carolyn, three daughters, Kim,
Elizabeth and Mary Catherine,
one step-daughter, Jessie, and
several grandchildren.
Samuel Harvey Kaye
Saint Paul’s Episcopal
318 College Street
Columbus, MS
Saturday, January 5, 2013,
9-11 a.m.
Saturday, January 5, 2013,
11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers the family
welcomes memorials to the
Stephen D. Lee Foundation or
Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church.
“I know of no architect who
has done more to develop a
public appreciation of historic
preservation than has Sam
Former Governor
William F. Winter
“Sam Kaye is one of
Mississippi’s finest preserva-
tion architects and is responsi-
ble for numerous award-win-
ning rehabilitation and restora-
tion projects.”
Mississippi Department
of Archives and History
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Tupelo, MS - After research-
ing the need for additional sup-
plemental education services in
North Mississippi, ScorePlus
Academics will mark the open-
ing of its Tupelo branch on
Thursday, January 10, 2013.
The center will offer a suite of
academic services ranging
from ACT preparation to aca-
demic coaching.
Thousands of dollars in
scholarship money are avail-
able to graduating seniors in
Mississippi who attend public
colleges and universities.
Institutions of higher learning
often make this funding avail-
able on the basis of perfor-
mance on college entrance
exams. ScorePlus Academics
will provide highly skilled
instructors who understand
what is necessary to perform
well on these exams.
Individualized session plans for
improvement in English,
Mathematics, Science
Reasoning, and Reading
Comprehension will be avail-
able at the Tupelo location. In
addition, ScorePlus will partner
with area schools to provide
services to young people
around the area. This will
allow the scope of the center’s
offerings to be available to
young people who may not live
close to the center.
In addition, ScorePlus recog-
nizes the need students have to
perform better on daily class-
work, tests, and examinations
that are required for overall
instructors will be matched on
the basis of expertise and per-
sonality with students. Students
will receive motivating, cus-
tomized academic coaching
that will allow them to receive
better grades and feel better
about their overall learning
experience. Academic coach-
ing will be available to students
of all ages, as well as prepara-
tion for end-of-course exams.
ScorePlus Academics, Inc.
was founded in 2010 with
headquarters in Florence,
Alabama. The new center for
the greater Tupelo area is locat-
ed at 1176 Cross Creek Drive.
It is next to Beltone and the
Home Depot, just north of
Barnes Crossing Road and
directly east of U.S. Highway
45 North. Hours of operation
will be on weekdays from
10:00 AM to 6:00 PM with ses-
sions offered after hours and on
weekends by appointment.
Daily Times Leader Friday, January 4, 2013 • Page 7
Oak Hill travels to Marshall Academy
By Will Nations
Daily Times Leader
The Lady Raiders are com-
ing off two wins at the
Immanuel Christmas
Tournament and currently
holding a 16-3 record.
One of the three losses came
against the Lady Patriots of
Marshall Academy on
December 1. Oak Hill squan-
dered a four point halftime lead
and let one slip away as
Marshall Academy defeated
the Lady Raiders 53-51.
The Lady Raiders will get a
second chance Saturday,
January 5, as Oak Hill makes
the trip to Holly Springs to take
on Marshall Academy. It should
be another tight game, and the
Lady Raiders will hope to be
up for the challenge.
Bryan Davis
On the left, Sarah Dill puts up a two-point shot under the goal against Webster County High School last Thursday. To the right, senior Jeb Stevens puts up a shot of his own against Indianola Academy.
By Will Nations
Daily Times Leader
The Oak Hill Raiders will
go into Saturday’s contest
against Marshall Academy a
little battered, but not broken.
Oak Hill and Marshall
Academy met earlier this sea-
son; the Raiders had a very
difficult time figuring out the
Patriots and lost 51-29. Oak
Hill never trailed by less than
15 after the first quarter and
will hope to erase this past
game in their memory.
The Raiders are currently
coming off a barn-burning win
over Winona Christian School
60-56 at the Immanuel
Christmas Tournament in
Junior High action is set to
tip off at 1 o’clock Saturday
and Varsity action should start
around 3 o’clock.
Oak Hill looks for better showing against Marshall
By Tim Reynolds
The Associated Press
Fla. (AP) — Brian Kelly
walked off the tarmac, hopped
aboard one of Notre Dame’s
team buses that bore his image
on the side and grinned broad-
ly as he sat in the driver’s
Soon, the Notre Dame
coach will know if his team
— or Alabama — will finish
college football’s season in
that proverbial spot.
The top-ranked Fighting
Irish landed in South Florida
on Wednesday, not long before
the arrival of the second-
ranked Crimson Tide. The
teams meet Monday night to
decide the BCS champion-
ship, a matchup that was set
more than a month ago, the
hype growing with each day.
“Going to play the national
championship game in Miami,
it’s not like any trip that
they’ve had before,” Kelly
said. “It’s not like any trip that
I’ve had before. And so there
was an anticipation that when
we got on the buses to the
airport that they were really
excited about this trip. It’s
something that you dream
about when you play this
game and when you coach this
For Notre Dame — at least
for this current batch of
Fighting Irish — this is all
new, as one of the game’s
most storied programs has not
won the national title since the
1988 season. For Alabama,
the hubbub that goes with the
BCS title game is familiar, as
the Tide is trying to win its
second straight crown and
third in four years.
And for Alabama coach
Nick Saban, it was a return to
his former home. Saban
coached the Miami Dolphins
before going to the Crimson
Tide, famously saying toward
the end of his tenure in South
Florida that he wasn’t “going
to be the Alabama coach.”
He was hired by the Tide
not long
Yet on
Saban —
first off the
A l a b a m a
plane —
was greeted
like a visit-
ing digni-
tary, with
about a
dozen TV
c a m e r a s
and twice that many reporters
on hand to record the event.
“It’s great to be back in
South Florida,” he said. “It’s
the first time we’ve been to
the Orange Bowl. I’m sure
these people here are going to
do a great job of providing
tremendous hospitality for our
players and our entire family.”
Grand welcomes were exe-
cuted for both teams, includ-
ing water cannon sprays over
their planes and greetings
from local officials and mem-
bers of the Orange Bowl
Notre Dame
landed in
F o r t
Alabama in
Miami, the
teams about
from Sun
L i f e
Stadium —
the site of
Mo n d a y ’ s
for the title.
Police escorts awaited the
bus caravans, and all players
were getting a gift bag that
some started digging through
immediately, even before
leaving the airport.
“It’s ‘Rudy’ vs. ‘Forrest
Gump,’” Notre Dame wide
receiver Robby Toma said,
referring to the still-popular
films that featured the Irish
and the Tide. “Both very sto-
ried programs, a bunch of
national championships and
we’re excited to compete with
the best because that’s how
you become the best.”
And work is left in both
Notre Dame’s and Alabama’s
quest to finish at No. 1. Both
teams are set to return to the
practice field on Thursday,
with workouts scheduled
throughout the remainder of
the week.
“We’ve got to do a little
work this week,” Kelly said.
“But we feel good about our
Dozens of players, coaches
and guests on the Notre Dame
flight took photos of the mass
of reporters, Broward Sheriff’s
officers and fans when they
deplaned, a few carrying
video cameras and a couple
even tossed oranges — a nod
to the Orange Bowl Committee
— from one hand to another.
Kelly said Notre Dame will
find ways to mix fun and
relaxation with the element of
it being a business trip as
“All the people that were
looking out the window were
pretty much amazed to see the
kind of draw that this game
has,” Kelly said.
On the Alabama side, All-
American center Barrett Jones
wore a walking boot to protect
the left foot he sprained dur-
ing the SEC championship but
said he was ready to go.
Reserve offensive lineman
Arie Koundjio had to be treat-
ed for dehydration when the
plane landed, and tight end
Harrison Jones did not travel
with the team for what Saban
called medical reasons. He’s
expected to arrive Thursday.
The other Tide players
seemed focused.
“We want to reach this
point,” said defensive lineman
Damion Square, who was
recruited by Notre Dame. “To
be here is great, but we have
to finish the job.”
AP College Football Writer
Ralph D. Russo contributed to
this report.
Notre Dame, Alabama arrive for BCS title game
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respect. I am done with
being told what to do, how to
do it, and being told these
things as if I am not worthy of
respect. And questions…some
feel as though you owe them a
timed documentary and speak
with such authority to get it…
OH NO. GET BACK. This is
when I must ask for mercy and
grace and a generous portion of
love. God is working on me
with this and Satan knows it. I
walk in progress not in perfec-
tion. I have learned (from my
most recent experience) that
even if I think I’m going to roll
over and die that I must be
patient more so with others if I
am to achieve what I am asking
God for. He revealed this to
my spirit. He has also shown
me that I will be tried and tried
because my ministry of his
presence is before man. He has
also shown me that he will pre-
vail. So come what may…in
2013 I will trust God to
strengthen me as he refines me
into what he wants me to be. I
will strive to respect because
that is what I desire.
As we experience our daily
trials…allow 2013 to be the
year that God sets us up for a
blessing. We will no longer be
held captive to our limitations
or shortcomings. We will live
each day to the fullest. We will
seek God and his love each day.
We will begin to praise God for
his goodness each day. By
doing so, we will be able to
greet each other in love and
It is time for you and I to
have dreams and visions of our
own. Ask God to show you
what he has purposed for you.
Ask God to reveal his power
and majesty in your life. He
Each day in 2013, we must
remember to smile for this is a
day that the Lord has made, let
us rejoice and be glad in it.
Each day in 2013 is a day to
dream, a day to allow God’s
vision for us to be revealed.
Each day that we wake with a
sound mind, a portion of health
and strength is a good day. It is
a better day. It is a day to praise
the Lord.
Each day in 2013 is a day to
know that God is your refuge.
God is your protector. God is
the Most High. God is the
defender. God is the Comforter.
God’s spirit of love, peace and
mercy lives in you. God is
your deliverer. God is your
strong tower. Each day know
that God is with you all the
way. Know that God wants the
best for you. Know that the
enemy will come against you,
but greater is he who is in you
than is in the world. Know that
you will be tempted, but God
will be there to provide a way
out. He would not have you
trapped; he wants us to walk in
freedom not bondage.
Each day in 2013 proclaim to
yourself and the world that…
Jesus is Lord. You will be
blessed and highly favored. Be
Blessed in the Lord.
will find yourself in the
middle of an investigation
even though you have done
no wrong.
That’s why new members
have such a hard time getting
established in a new church.
If they have a lot of zeal for
the Lord and want to go to
work they will instantly meet
opposition if they pose a
threat to somebody that thinks
they are running everything.
So they launch a series of
It usually starts with a back-
ground investigation. Where
did she come from? Where
does she work? Who is her
husband and how come he’s
not here? What is she doing
over here? All those ques-
tions are a part of an investi-
gation aimed at and with the
intentions of stopping the
elect of GOD from doing a
good work
Then after the background
investigation come the char-
acter investigation. Who
trained him? Did you see
how he was dressed?
Somebody needs to do some
checking because we sure
don’t need that mess over
here. It’s an investigation. If
the investigation doesn’t turn
up anything then we’ll spread
rumors and give them an
It’s no different that the
way they did Jesus back in the
day. They launched a big
investigation over something
that they should have praised
him for. They even called the
man’s parents before the
counsel and made them testi-
They told them that he was
born blind. “We don’t know
why he can see. Why don’t
you ask him? He is of age
and can speak for himself.
The chief priests and the
Pharisees are coming to real-
ize that this investigation is
going nowhere.
The investigation was
yielding no results so the last
recourse was to get the man to
condemn Jesus by classifying
him as a sinner. They never
questioned Jesus. His goods
works was his witness.
They again called the man
forth and demanded that he
give GOD the praise but con-
demn Jesus as a sinner.
However, the man was com-
pelled to make an alarming
statement. He proclaimed,
“Whether he be a sinner or
not, I do not know. But one
thing I do know; whereas I
was blind, now I see.”
In other words, you’re try-
ing to get me to say he was
wrong but all I see is righ-
teousness. You’re trying to
get me to say he is a sinner
but I do believe he is the son
of GOD. I was blind but now
I have a testimony.
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‘ GED’ continued from page 1
using a debit or credit card.
Currently if GED participants
come to class and score well on
the Official Practice Test,
which is free, EMCC will usu-
ally cover the testing fee.
EMCC administrators aren’t
certain at this point if the col-
lege will be able to continue
waiving fees for certain partici-
pants when the new year
“It’s going to be another one
of those hurdles we’ll have to
figure out,” Bearden said.
Laronda Gathings, Chief
GED Examiner for EMCC,
said EMCC GED officials
weren’t notified of all the
changes until October and said
officials are now making a
grassroots effort to contact all
GED students who have par-
tially completed the program to
tell them about the changes.
She said the Official Practice
Test (OPT) is highly recom-
mended for people who may
have gone through one or two
GED subjects and want to
come back this year and brush
up on skills before diving into
the rest of the program.
Bearden said now’s the time
for prospective GED students
to learn and practice basic com-
puter skills, as the 2013 GED
changes will center around the
use of computers.
“Kids are great with iPhones
and technology, but the key-
boarding skills are going to be
the greatest thing to me,” he
said. “They’re going to have to
type essays on a keyboard
instead of writing it out by
hand. GED used to be all mul-
tiple choice, but now there’s
going to be some short answer.
It’s trying to upgrade the tests
to today’s changing face of
‘Diner’ continued from page 1
restaurant’s antique soda
fountain, picnic tables will be
put in on the side of the build-
ing for outdoor dining and
more tables will be placed out
on the front porch for more
outdoor enjoyment.
“It’s a lot of work, but it’s
just been so much fun,” she
said. “It’s let me reconnect with
so many people whom you just
don’t ordinarily see day to day.
The community response has
just been tremendous. We’ve
done the family reunion scene,
we’ve done a wedding rehears-
al dinner, just some of the
things that have already trans-
pired in two months that we
never expected.”
‘ Scott ’ continued from page 1
wooded area.
While attempting to make
significant improvements in the
department, Scott is aware that
budgets are tight. That is why
he has secured funding for
many projects from sources
other than the local taxpayers,
including the local drug fund.
Scott says that money and
actual property and assets
seized during drug busts pro-
vide financial flexibility.
Scott says that his depart-
ment has seen a 70 percent
decrease in the number of meth
labs in the county, and five
dump sites have been located
during the past year.
Over 500 pounds of mari-
juana has been seized by
CCSD, and over $120,000 in
currency has been yielded dur-
ing busts, as well as 100 illegal
firearms taken.
Overall, Scott says that crime
is down in the county, netting
140 felonies in 2012.
“Crime is down in the coun-
ty,” Scott said.
Scott said that one of the
major tools in the fight against
illegal drugs is education.
“If we can educate and stop
the addiction, we will do a lot
of good,” Scott said.
He also added that drugs like
cocaine, marijuana and meth
have taken a backseat to the
prescription drug problems that
have arisen.
“There’s two things that will
happen to you if you’re addict-
ed to prescription pills, “ Scott
overdose or you will end up
spending time in the peniten-
The department will also get
help from the drug dog, Kilo,
which was recently donated to
the CCSD.
“He will make a difference in
Clay County,” Scott said.
Scott commended his force
for its diligence in fighting
crime and serving the citizens
of Clay County, sometimes
even after hours.
It is a force that has seen lit-
tle turnover since Scott took
over as sheriff, and he looks to
push toward higher goals in
“It’s a fun job,” he said. “It’s
a high-pressure job because
you’re always striving to take
things to a higher level, but I’m
very fortunate.”
Scott was the guest of
Rotarian Jim Cook.
‘ Water’ continued from page 1
These residents have been
under the boil water notice due
to the construction at East Side
Elementary School that
required city officials to shut
the water off for a while.
“Any time the pressure goes
off line we’re supposed to do a
boil notice just for safety,”
Prisock said.
Officials believe the boil
water notice for Broad Street
would have been lifted earlier,
but the Mississippi Department
of Health was closed several
days for the holidays and
weren’t able to run tests on the
water earlier this week. Tests
are now being run, and the city
of West Point should receive
notice today advising them if
the water is safe for consump-
tion. Prisock said he doesn’t
believe there is a problem, and
once the test results are in
Broad Street residents, who are
under the advisory, will be noti-
Siloam Water Association
officials said Thursday that the
906 Siloam customers who are
under a boil water notice were
switched to a backup well after
the well they were previously
on went out. Officials say that
well is now under repair.
Samples of water from the
Siloam Water Association-
Beasley Well were sent
Thursday to the Mississippi
Department of Health and more
samples will be sent today.
Officials from Siloam said the
fact that the Health Department
has been closed for the holi-
days has also put the associa-
tion behind in sending the sam-
ples and getting them back in a
more time efficient manner.
Siloam residents under the
water advisory will be notified
once the advisory is lifted.
‘ Fines’ continued from page 1
4/6/1982, CARELESS
DRIVING, $825.00
POINT, MS, 3/2/1962, NO DL,
POINT, 9/ 11/ 1985,
8/3/1991, FAILURE TO
APPEAR, $563.00
8/3/1991, NO INSURANCE,
$500.00, $10,000
COURT, $246.50
WEST POINT, 9/24/1987,
10/17/1972, SUSPENDED
DL, $427.00
WEST POINT, MS, 5/18/1971,
POINT, 2/18/1989, FAILURE
TO APPEAR, $687.50
ABERDEEN, 2/5/1982,
STARKVILLE, 4/8/1992,
FAILure to appear, $558.00
MS, 7/31/1984, NO PROOF
OF INS, $656.50
PHEBA, MS, 12/3/1976,
SPEEDING, $595.50
POINT, 3/25/1984, FAILURE
TOAPPEAR, $714.00
WEST POINT, 9/27/1971,
MS, 11/24/1990, NO DL,
OKOLONA MS, 4/9/1995,
SPEEDING, $818.50
ARTESIA, MS, 11/24/1990,
NO DRIVER LIC, $1,232.50
ARTESIA, MS, 11/24/1990,
NO DRIVER LIC, $1,232.50
ABERDEEN, MS, 2/16/1977,
SUSPENDED DL, $1,482.50
WEST POINT, 10/27/1986,
NO INSURANCE, $1,033.50
POINT, MS, 1/1/1991, NO LIC
TAG, $855.50
WEST POINT, MS, 4/16/1987,
MS, 8/2/1982, SPEEDING,
9/13/1968, DISTURBING
THE PEACE, $266.50
PEACE, $319.50
POINT, 2/7/1990, PHONE
ARTESIA MS, 11/26/1986,
ARTESIA MS, 11/27/1986,
WEST POINT, 7/14/1978,
WEST POINT, 11/18/1965,
OKOLONA, MS, 7/2/1982,
NO INSURANCE, $1,180.50
WEST POINT, 9/5/1971, NO
INSURANCE, $803.50
MS, 6/7/1940, NO LIC TAG,
COLUMBUS MS, 12/6/1955,
WEST POINT, 7/12/1980, NO
DRIVERS LIC, $427.00
WEST POINT, 7/12/1980,
POINT, 10/8/1990, SEAT
WEST POINT, 11/2/1983,
7/13/1987, EXPIRED DL,
WEST POINT, 5/13/1985,
The Associated Press
three Republicans in
Mississippi’s House delegation
voted against legislation to
avoid the fiscal cliff, while the
state’s only Democrat represen-
tative voted for it.
Republican U.S. Reps. Gregg
Harper, Alan Nunnelee and
Steven Palazzo cast no votes,
while Democrat Bennie
Thompson voted for the legis-
lation that passed 257-167
Nunnelee said in a statement
after the vote that out-of-con-
trol spending is the reason the
country is $16 trillion in debt
and the deal adds to the prob-
“Allowing more revenue
today and promising to look at
cutting spending down the road
is the oldest trick in the
Washington book. Somehow,
the day to cut spending never
comes. I cannot support a deal
that adds to our spending-driv-
en debt crisis,” he said.
Palazzo said the bill added
almost $4 trillion to the deficit,
contained minimal spending
cuts and passed without the
support of many House
He said the bill “sets the
stage for the next crisis by only
taking care of two months of
sequestration. This may be a
deal, but it’s no solution.”
“I think the bill ... was the
result of an honest effort to
come together to find a solution
to our fiscal cliff problems. But
along the way, some lost sight
of the goal: real spending cuts,
meaningful tax reform and a
pro-growth agenda that will
help get our struggling econo-
my back on its feet. Congress
has grown so accustomed to
kicking the can down the road,
that government doesn’t know
how to operate any other way,”
Palazzo said in a statement.
The measure passed the
Senate 89-8 earlier Tuesday,
with Republican Sens. Thad
Cochran and Roger Wicker
voting yes.
Cochran and Wicker called
the plan imperfect, but said it
would help prevent a tax
increase for most Americans.
“There is still work left to
do,” Wicker said in a statement.
“Congress and the president
must reduce the federal defi-
Cochran said in a statement
that the legislation “will ensure
that the income taxes for most
families in Mississippi will not
shoot upward this year.”
“There is much more work to
be done to responsibly imple-
ment spending cuts and other
measures to reduce the federal
deficit and national debt,”
Cochran said.
Thompson’s office declined
to comment on passage of the
Mississippi delegation
split on “fscal ciff” bill
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