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2A Sunday, October 20, 2013 | Daily Times Leader dailytimesleader.com
West Point School District
Parent-Teacher Conference Day
Monday, October 21, 2013
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sponsored by West Point School District Ofce of
Federal Programs and Curriculum and Assessment
COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT POLICIES
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 Announcements submitted after noon will not be published for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 announcements, email life@dailytimesleader.com.
Monthly
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 interested persons
are invited 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 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 others be support-
ive. Bereaved parents, siblings, grandparents and immediate family mem-
bers are welcome to attend. For more information, call Michele Rowe,
director of Social Services at NMMC-West Point, at (662) 495-2337.
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.
uAARP Meeting — The Clay County AARP will meet every third
Thursday, at 5:30 p.m. at the Henry Clay Retirement Center. All members
and those interested in AARP are urged to attend. For more information
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.
ongoing
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 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.
u 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 department of East MS Community College. Please con-
tact Cynthia McCrary or Jessica Flynt at 492-8857 for additional
information.
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 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.
u 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 transport. If you
are interested, please call the shelter at 524-4430.
CommunityCalendar
CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENT POLICIES
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 announcements, email life@dailytimesleader.
com.
ongoing
u 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 deliveries.
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.”
u Noonday Prayer Service — Strong Hill M.B. Church is having a
prayer service from noon – 1:30 p.m. every Wednesday. Inviting every-
one seeking the power of prayer. Ministers, evangelists and pastors are
welcome.
u Computer Classes — Pilgrim Grove M.B. Church is offering free
computer classes for senior citizens age 60 and over from 6 – 7 p.m.
each Tuesday. Classes will teach basic beginner computer skills. Don’t let
technology pass you by.
Sunday, oct. 20
u Pastor Anniversary — Yeates Chapel M.B. Church is celebrating
the 7th year of dedication to the church by Pastor L.T. Jr., and Sister
LaRonda Gathings, at 2:30 p.m. Guest speaker is Pastor Gregory Wright
of Center Hill Baptist Church of Houlka. Everyone is invited to attend.
u Pastor Anniversary — Fountain Head M.B. Church is celebrating
Rev. Donald Anderson’s 3rd anniversary as pastor at 4 p.m. Guest
speaker is Rev. Houston Owens of Oak Hill M.B. Church of Booneville.
Everyone is invited to come and share in the celebration.
u Church Anniversary — Hopewell M.B. Church is celebrating its
142nd anniversary at 3 p.m. Guest speaker is Rev. Tyrone Orr of
Springhill M.B. Church of Starkville. The theme is “The House of Prayer.”
Saturday, oct. 26
u Youth Explosion — Pastor Emmanuel Moore and Cornerstone
Christian Church invite all area youth and young adults to our Annual
Youth Explosion at 3 p.m.. We welcome all mime and dance teams,
choirs and soloists. The theme is “An Incredible God Deserves An
Incredible Praise.” For more information contact Lamar Rice at 418-
1974.
u Hay Ride — Union Star M.B. Church is having their annual hay ride
from noon to 2 p.m.
Sunday, oct. 27
u Deacon Ordination — Pleasant Ridge M.B. Church is having a
deacon ordination at 2:30 p.m. Guest speaker is Rev. Dr. P.L. Montgomery
of First New Hope M.B. Church of Grenada.
u Church Anniversary — Pilgrim Grove M.B. Church is celebrating
its 103rd anniversary at 3 p.m. Guest speaker is Rev. Joseph Stone of
Second Baptist Church of Starkville.
u Homecoming — Cedar Bluff United Methodist Church is celebrat-
ing homecoming beginning with the morning worship service at 11 a.m.
with a covered dish meal at noon. Rev. Charles Coggins will bring the
message. The Tuesday Quilters will have a quilt show in the community
center at 2 p.m.
u Church Anniversary — Gospel Temple M.B. Church is celebrating
its 112th anniversary at 3 p.m. Guest speaker is Rev. Larnzy Carpenter
Jr. and his church family from First Baptist Longview of Starkville.
u Harvest Program — Union Star M.B. Church is having their
annual harvest program at 3 p.m.
ChurChCalendar
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Oak Hill Academy is having their annual Beauty Review 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21 at the Community Counseling Services gymnasium.
Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for students. All proceeds go toward publishing costs of the OHA yearbook. This years beauties are, front
row (from left) Shelby Tyler, Macee Guest, Mary Campbell Gray, Madison Childress, Sydney Carver, Kelci Jo Langford, Paige Buchanan,
Ann Caroline Harrell, and Mikka Davis. Back row, (from left) Sarah Dill, Sydney Holton, Alice Amelia Wooten, Macie Allen, Swayze Har-
ris, Reagan Brown, Carlie Teffeteller, Bet Langley and Carleigh Anne Middleton. Not pictured are, Maegan Ellis and Lexi Havden.
DTL staff
A man in police custody
has died following an appar-
ent heart attack on Thursday.
At about 10 p.m. Thurs-
day, West Point police of-
fcers were dispatched to the
500 block of Griffn Street in
reference to a man allegedly
attempting to break into an
occupied dwelling. 911 dis-
patchers initially reported to
offcers the man had a gun.
Upon arrival offcers dis-
covered a man, later identi-
fed as Silvio Prater, 34, of
West Point, outside of the
residence and detained him
for questioning.
Prater informed offcers
that he lived in the neighbor-
hood and was "being chased
by someone." Police reports
indicate Prater said that
shots had been fred, as well,
but said he was not injured.
However, residents of the
home reported no shots fred,
nor did they see any one
other than Prater. According
to WPPD Chief of Investi-
gations Albert Lee, previous
reports that Prater possessed
a frearm were later deemed
untrue.
Shortly after being de-
tained, Prater complained to
offcers that he was having
diffculty breathing. Emer-
gency medical personnel were
dispatched, where Prater re-
portedly collapsed upon their
arrival.
Attempts to revive him
proved unsuccessful; he was
pronounced dead at the scene
and taken to the Medical Ex-
aminer's offce in Jackson.
After reviewing Clay
County Coroner Alvin Cart-
er's autopsy report, the Medi-
cal Examiner's offce ruled
Friday morning Prater's
death was the result of a heart
condition.
"The examination revealed
that Mr. Prater's death was
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From page 1A
James Russell Ford
James Russell Ford age 69, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 9.
2013, in St. Louis Mo.
Funeral services are Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2013, at 11 a.m. from
Carter’s Mortuary Services Chapel. Burial will follow in Greenwood
Cemetery.
Visitation is Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, from 3 – 6 p.m. at Carter’s
Mortuary Services Chapel.
Carter’s Mortuary Services is in charge of arrangements.
obituary
dailytimesleader.com 3A Daily Times Leader | Sunday, October 20, 2013
Local
Today's Weather
Local 5-Day Forecast
Sun
10/20
70/45
Mainly
sunny. High
near 70F.
Winds light
and variable.
Sunrise:
7:04 AM
Sunset:
6:16 PM
Mon
10/21
74/50
Partly
cloudy.
Highs in the
mid 70s and
lows in the
low 50s.
Sunrise:
7:05 AM
Sunset:
6:14 PM
Tue
10/22
71/47
Times of sun
and clouds.
Highs in the
low 70s and
lows in the
upper 40s.
Sunrise:
7:06 AM
Sunset:
6:13 PM
Wed
10/23
60/39
Mix of sun
and clouds.
Highs in the
low 60s and
lows in the
upper 30s.
Sunrise:
7:07 AM
Sunset:
6:12 PM
Thu
10/24
65/39
Sunny.
Highs in the
mid 60s and
lows in the
upper 30s.
Sunrise:
7:07 AM
Sunset:
6:11 PM
Jackson
74/47
Meridian
71/45
Tupelo
69/42
Biloxi
77/61
Greenville
71/45 Starkville
70/45
Mississippi At A Glance
Area Cities
City Hi Lo Cond. City Hi Lo Cond.
Baton Rouge, LA 77 56 sunny Memphis, TN 70 45 sunny
Biloxi 77 61 mst sunny Meridian 71 45 mst sunny
Birmingham, AL 70 43 sunny Mobile, AL 77 62 pt sunny
Brookhavem 73 49 sunny Montgomery, AL 75 49 pt sunny
Cleveland 71 46 sunny Natchez 75 52 sunny
Columbus 71 42 sunny New Albany 69 42 sunny
Corinth 69 39 sunny New Orleans, LA 76 64 pt sunny
Greenville 71 45 sunny Oxford 69 41 sunny
Grenada 70 42 sunny Philadelphia 70 45 sunny
Gulfport 77 60 mst sunny Senatobia 69 42 sunny
Hattiesburg 74 52 mst sunny Starkville 70 45 sunny
Jackson 74 47 sunny Tunica 69 43 sunny
Laurel 74 49 sunny Tupelo 69 42 sunny
Little Rock, AR 71 45 sunny Vicksburg 70 45 sunny
Mc Comb 75 52 sunny Yazoo City 73 47 sunny
National Cities
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Atlanta 69 45 sunny Minneapolis 48 30 mixed
Boston 63 42 sunny New York 63 48 sunny
Chicago 61 41 pt sunny Phoenix 84 57 sunny
Dallas 73 52 sunny San Francisco 75 53 sunny
Denver 49 30 rain Seattle 62 46 sunny
Houston 76 59 sunny St. Louis 74 49 sunny
Los Angeles 79 56 sunny Washington, DC 65 46 sunny
Miami 88 74 pt sunny
Moon Phases
Full
Oct 18
Last
Oct 26
New
Nov 3
First
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UV Index
Sun
10/20
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High
Mon
10/21
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Tue
10/22
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with a higher UV Index showing the need for greater
skin protection.
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2013 Bridal Registry
August 17, 2013
Whitney Whites & Will Cox
September 7, 2013
Allison Hill & Kevin Cole
September 28, 2013
Sheena Wells & Terrence Coggins
Shekia Ewin & Damoyn Carroll
October 19, 2013
Julie Tigrett & Zachary Golson
December 28, 2013
Molly McIntire & Eric Thornton
Yolanda Matthews & Keidrick Ewing, Sr.
Anthonique McClain & Davonious Davenport
February 1, 2014
Elizabeth Dichiara and Fred Zepponi
February 15, 2014
Megan Black & Ryan Boykin
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We can order special gifts for all your wedding attendants.
If you are a working woman, you are
familiar with having work attire. This at-
tire may include the following: a suit,
a blazer, a cardigan, slacks, skirts and
pumps. I am guessing the colors are neu-
trals (black, gray, brown and white). For
many years, work attire has been the same
color, and silhouette, but that is about to
change. I will give you the top trends to
adhere to for this fashion season.
Key garments for work wardrobe
This fall, the key garments are tailored
blazers, slouchy pants and pumps in unex-
pected colors or patterns. Tailored blazers
give you a sleek and polished look when
paired with a crisp button down shirt. If
you do not want to wear a tailored blazer,
opt for a stylish cardigan. Personally, car-
digans are my favorite go-to garment. It
makes your outft look professional, yet
comfortable, and you can wear it with
anything.
go for bold prints
Prints are big this season. Floral and
graphic prints will upgrade any wardrobe,
but the key is to not go overboard with
a l l o v e r
p r i n t s .
Ins t ead,
pair them
with neu-
tral col-
ors. Not
only will
it give
contrast,
but your
look will
not feel
overpowered. If you want to add another
print with your look, try adding a printed
pump or a printed accessory, but don’t
overdo it.
Play with pastels
Pastels are normally associated with
spring, but many designers have intro-
duced them into their fall collections. It
brings warmth to any wardrobe. Pastels
can also be mixed with any color or print.
A new color trend associated with pastels
is the monochromatic trend, which is mix-
ing different tones of one color to give a
sleek silhouette. To keep this look mod-
ern, pair it with a metallic heel.
don’t be afraid of comfort
The important element in fashion is
to be stylish but comfortable. The days
of wearing stuffy, uncomfortable suits
are over. Wide-legged pants and slouchy
trousers are the go-to garments for
comfort. These pants give you room to
breathe and make you look polished but
relaxed. You can also push the sleeves up
on your blazer to give your look a relaxed
feel.
If you are looking for a wardrobe up-
grade, try fnding these key looks at Belk,
TJ Maxx, Rose’s Corner and The Studio
Salon and Boutique. You may also fnd
some of these items at Dirt Cheap. Have a
great day and happy shopping!
Ashley Love is a fashion designer/illustra-
tor in West Point. You may view her website,
www.behance.net/ashleylove and her fash-
ion blog, All About Fashion, www.irrhoplace-
able.blogspot.com , and contact her through
email, love.ashleyd@yahoo.com.
Ashley
loVE
· Fashion Corner ·
Make clothes earn it: Updating work attire
— Submitted Photography
East Mississippi Community College Sports Hall of Fame member John Apple of Nashville recently donated a golf cart to the college during
2013 Homecoming festivities on the Scooba campus. Apple, a multi-sport athlete who played football under legendary EMCC coach “Bull”
Sullivan, is a 2012 inductee into the EMCC Sports Hall of Fame and is now in his 45th year with Boswell’s Golf Cars in the greater Nashville
area. Nick Clark, EMCC’s Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Alumni Affairs, said the cart is equipped with turn signals, a horn,
a high speed transmission and a fold-down rear seat for transporting larger packages. Shown above, from left are Clark and Gina Cotton
of Alumni Affairs (seated), Apple and EMCC President Dr. Rick Young.
EMCC receives golf cart donation
For Daily Times Leader
Mississippi State’s jazz and
wind ensembles present their
fall concerts early next month
at the university's McComas
Hall auditorium.
Both university events are
free and open to all.
The Nov. 4 jazz ensemble
concert begins at 7:30 p.m.
and features multiple jazz
styles performed by two en-
sembles directed by associate
bands director Cliff Taylor,
with creative consultation pro-
vided by professor and percus-
sionist Robert Damm. Senior
music major Olivia Stolz of
Manitowoc, Wisc., will be fea-
tured during the performance.
Also at 7:30, the Nov. 7
wind ensemble performance
will be conducted by Elva
Kaye Lance, director of MSU
Bands. The concert will fea-
ture premieres of three new
works, including the U.S.
debut of a piece by guest con-
ductor Quincy Hilliard. Also
conducting for the second
event will be Taylor and Craig
Aarhus, associate directors of
bands. Jason Baker, MSU as-
sociate professor of percus-
sion, will be guest performer.
Hilliard, a 1975 music edu-
cation graduate, is the music
department's alumnus of the
year. He currently is compos-
er-in-residence and Heymann
Endowed Professor of Music
at the University of Louisiana,
Lafayette.
For more information,
contact Aarhus at 662-325-
2713 or caarhus@colled.ms-
state.edu.
music department ensembles to perform fall concerts
Former Mississippi Cor-
rections Commissioner and
Parchman penitentiary war-
den Donald Cabana, who
died last week at age 67, was
a man of conficted conscience
and deep integrity.
His legacy should be that
of a man who brought decen-
cy, humanity and progressive
thinking to the operation of
Mississippi’s historically noto-
rious Delta prison and whose
personal conficts over the
death penalty forced others
to refect honestly about their
own opinions.
As a journalist, I covered
four executions at Parchman
and from a broader sense
wrote about issues of crime
and punishment in Missis-
sippi ranging from the late
former U.S. District Judge
William Keady’s decades-long
crusade to reform Mississip-
pi’s prison system that began
with his 1972 ruling in the
case of Gates v. Collier.
I’ve also written about the
impacts of mandatory mini-
mum sentences on the spi-
raling costs of operating the
state corrections system and
of the long ascent of current
Mississippi Department of
Corrections Commissioner
Chris Epps from a corrections
offcer to leading the agency.
In the process, I saw Parch-
man’s old Maximum Security
Unit and Death Row before
all of the Gates case reforms
had been implemented. I in-
terviewed death row inmates
and lifers. I examined the gas
chambers before it was retired
in favor of lethal injection.
Like Cabana, I witnessed
executions – which brought
me into contact with the fam-
ilies of the victims of violent
crime and with the families of
the condemned inmates.
One of those executions I
covered was that of Edward
Earl Johnson of Leake Coun-
ty on May 20, 1987. Johnson
was sentenced to death for
the murder of Walnut Grove
town marshal Jake Trest and
the sexual assault of an elderly
woman. Johnson’s death was
the subject of a BBC docu-
mentary flm called “Fourteen
Days in May” in which British
lawyer and death penalty op-
ponent Clive Stafford Smith
argued that Johnson was in-
nocent and had been framed.
I came to know Cabana
during the time leading up
to the Johnson execution.
He was a remarkably forth-
coming prison warden – in
many ways like Epps in that
he didn’t dodge diffcult ques-
tions and that he allowed
himself to come to know the
Death Row inmates as people
rather than numbers.
Cabana saw in Johnson an
unusual calm. In an interview
with British artist Claire Phil-
lips, Cabana would say:
“In the case of Edward
Earl Johnson, because he in-
sisted on his innocence and
prison offcials are used to
hearing that all the time. But
where a death row prisoner’s
concerned, once they, they
know they’re gonna be ex-
ecuted ... they will say that in
their way ‘warden, would you
apologize to the victim’s fami-
ly for me’ or, ‘tell my momma
I’m sorry’. But in Edward’s
case, you know, he, when I
asked him if he had any fnal
words, his statement was, ‘I’m
innocent. I haven’t been able
to make anybody listen to me
or believe me, and warden,
you know, in a few minutes
you’re about to become a
murderer’.”
Cabana went on to tell
the artist that at the fnal mo-
ment, he offered Johnson a
last chance to “confess” his
crime and make peace with
God.
Johnson told Cabana:
“‘Warden, I’m at peace with
my God, how are you gonna
be with yours?’ And, I walked
out of that chamber con-
vinced that he was innocent,
I really did.”
Two months later, Ca-
bana had to preside over the
execution of Connie Ray Ev-
ans. That encounter brought
Cabana to the emotional and
moral crossroads and he real-
ized that he no longer could
be part of the state’s death
penalty administration.
Cabana’s death penalty
conversion was controversial,
but to those who knew him,
it was in keeping with Don’s
intellect, his morality and his
Christianity. When I covered
the last execution of my ca-
reer, I thought long and hard
about Cabana’s musings.
Sid Salter is a syndicated col-
umnist. Contact him at 601-
507-8004 or sidsalter@sidsal-
ter.com.
Weddings have gotten en-
tirely too complicated in the
last several years. I've never
been one to get all wrapped
up in the idea of nuptials.
I've been in my share of wed-
dings, and I never mind do-
ing it – I'm generally fattered
people like me enough to ask.
However, I don't jump into
the planning and execution
of said ceremonial union until
I'm pretty much dragged in
kicking and screaming.
I always do it, mind you,
but it's a little like pushing a
rope to get me there.
I think it's largely because I
don't think like most women
think, and I never have. Nev-
er once in my childhood do
I remember dreaming about
my Cinderella wedding day.
Never. Not once did I enter-
tain such fantasies. That isn't
to say there's anything wrong
with those who do (and most
little girls at some point or
other do this), it just never
crossed my mind. When I was
a child, most of my daydreams
centered around the places I
would go and see, new realms
I would discover in distant
lands. I wanted to travel and
explore. I wanted to fnd the
cure for cancer in some South
American rainforest.
The idea of some dumb
boy tagging along just to get
in my way was wholly unap-
pealing.
By the time I'd grown up
(somewhat … we all know
how I feel about this whole
“growing up” business) and
decided the opposite sex
might not be entirely useless
– my father and brother were
the only boys worth keeping
around in my opinion until I
was at least 20 years old – I
still hadn't bought into the
massive wedding fever, even
for my own.
Four weeks. My entire
wedding was planned, ex-
ecuted and really quite nicely
done, in four weeks. Limited
fuss, limited venue. That was
enough for me. Still, if I had
it to do over again, we prob-
ably would've just gone up to
the courthouse.
Actually, if I had it to do
over again, I'd have just saved
myself the trouble and gotten
a dog.
But, I digress. The point,
dear reader, is that a big wed-
ding just isn't my cup of tea.
I was reminded of such this
weekend, as my son and I
both took part in the ceremo-
ny of a dear friend.
Just to be clear, I wanted
to be in her wedding. It made
me feel so … loved and mean-
ingful somehow to have been
a part of this event for her.
And by the time all was
said and done, I was so very
glad it was over. Probably not
nearly as grateful for the fact
as she was, to be fair, but still
glad nonetheless. In the last
48 hours (we won't even get
in to the two weeks leading
up to this point), I've been re-
minded of some aspects about
my personality I'd always sus-
pected, yet haven't put to the
test in quite some time. First
and foremost, I'm not a scrap-
booker, and it's now painfully
apparent that I never will be.
If you need help with your
wedding décor, friends, my
advice is to call someone else.
Anyone else.
Secondly, I'm not at all pa-
tient. This one I'm reminded
of on a fairly consistent ba-
sis; however, it's far more
apparent at midnight when
I'm punching holes in stock
paper and trying not to inad-
vertently cut out the words of
the hundreds of little booklets
we're working to put together
for guests 12 hours before the
festivities begin. While I'm
something of a procrastinator
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Opinion
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Big wedding … big mess
cabana’s legacy brought humanity
I couldn't believe the
American Family Associa-
tion had been labeled as a
“Hate Group.”
“Several dozen U.S.
Army active duty and re-
serve troops were told last
week that the American
Family Association, a well-
respected Christian minis-
try, should be classifed as a
domestic hate group because
the group advocates for traditional family values. The briefng
was held at Camp Shelby in Mississippi and listed the AFA
alongside domestic hate groups like the Ku Klux Klan, Neo-
Nazis, the Black Panthers and the Nation of Islam.” according
to FOX and the Independent Journal Review.
The AFA right up there with the KKK and Neo-Nazis.
The Bible quotes Jesus as saying, “But I say unto you, Love
your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them
that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you,
and persecute you.” Matthew 5:44. I'm sorry that isn't hate
speech.
I think the problem with AFA is that they advocate a man
and a woman being married and having children within the
bonds of marriage. That and they aren't fans of the homo-
sexual lifestyle.
Everyone is entitled is their opinions. Why if someone dis-
agrees does that make them a “hater?' If you don't agree with
me, I won't tell you that you have no right to feel or think that
way. I don't understand why the Liberal agenda is to stomp
out everything they don't like.
In 1975 the actor John Wayne gave an interview to Tony
Macklin where he said that he was surprised after all the years
of considering himself a liberal, that he suddenly found him-
self a conservative. Not a middle-of-the-road conservative, but
a right-wing Republican Conservative. Why? Because the Lib-
eral party had changed from being the “party of the people”
to Communist-Socialist-Radical haters of freedom. They dis-
agreed with everything he believed. The “Duke” didn't come
out with guns blazin' to mow down those he didn't agree
with, he just went on knowing that he disagreed with the
direction of the Democratic party. He passed away in 1979
so he didn't get to vote for Ronald Reagan, but I know he
would have.
The Ku Klux Klan, Neo-Nazis, Black Panthers and Na-
tion of Islam all have blood on their hands. They have all ter-
rorized innocent people and butchered them. Who has AFA
killed? Who has AFR hurt? They might have hurt someone's
feelings. I don't doubt that. Telling people that aborting their
babies is murder, that they ought to be married, that marriage
is between a man and a woman is probably going to hurt
some people's feelings. It's not a reason to label them a “Hate
Group.”
If nothing changes soon, if we sit idly by and do nothing,
this is only the beginning.
it's only the
beginning
By StEVE rothWEll
Associated Press
Interest rates are unlikely
to rise anytime soon.
A 16-day partial govern-
ment shutdown that ended
Thursday knocked consumer
confdence. All told, it took
about $24 billion dollars out
of the economy, according to
Standard & Poor's.
The shutdown began two
weeks after the Federal Re-
serve surprised fnancial mar-
kets when it said that it would
continue buying $85 billion
of bonds every month to hold
down long-term interest rates
until the economic recovery
was more entrenched.
The nomination of Janet
Yellen as the next Federal
Reserve chair also suggests
that the U.S. central bank
may err toward keeping rates
low. Yellen is widely seen as a
"dove" on Fed policy because
she stresses the need to boost
growth and reduce unemploy-
ment, rather than worry about
igniting future infation.
Even after four years of
ultra-low interest rates and ex-
traordinary monetary stimu-
lus, analysts don't expect rate
increases to start until at least
the middle of 2015.
Although rates close to
zero may help boost the
economy, they're bad news
for savers who need an invest-
low interest rates to keep
income funds in demand
An Associated Press Report
See ROTHWELL | Page 5A
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Daily Times Leader | Sunday, October 20, 2013
National
By KEn thoMaS
Associated Press
FALLS CHURCH, Va.
— Hillary Rodham Clinton
rallied supporters of Virginia
Democrat Terry McAuliffe
Saturday, pointing to the race
as a sign that divisive politics is
giving way to "common sense
and common ground."
In her frst public politi-
cal event since departing the
Obama administration, Clin-
ton noted the end of the
16-day partial government
shutdown, which affected
many Virginians. More than
800,000 government work-
ers were furloughed while
Democrats and Republicans in
Congress engaged in a partisan
brawl over funding the coun-
try's new health care program,
funding the government and
raising the debt ceiling be-
fore reaching an eleventh hour
compromise.
Clinton said the nation was
watching the Virginia race to
see whether voters "lead the
way of turning from divi-
sive politics, getting back to
commonsense and common
ground."
"We cannot let those who
do not believe in America's
progress to hijack this great
experiment," Clinton added,
endorsing her longtime fam-
ily friend at an event billed,
"Women for Terry McAuliffe."
The former secretary of
state has largely avoided poli-
tics this year, raising money at
private fundraisers for McAu-
liffe and the New York City
mayoral campaign of Bill de
Blasio, a former campaign
aide. McAuliffe was a top
fundraiser for the campaigns
of both former President Bill
Clinton and Mrs. Clinton and
later served as chairman of the
Democratic National Com-
mittee.
Democrats consider Clin-
ton to be the party's leading
contender to succeed President
Barack Obama, her onetime
rival, if she decides to run for
president again in 2016.
While Saturday's event
aimed to energize voters for
McAuliffe, it evoked Clinton's
lengthy bid in 2008 to be-
come the frst woman to win
the White House. The crowd
broke into chants of "Hillary"
as McAuliffe introduced her,
and Clinton confessed that she
had "been out of politics for a
few years now."
When Clinton told the au-
dience that her time traveling
the globe had allowed her to
think about "what makes our
country so great, what kind of
leadership is required to keep
it great," a man in the audience
shouted, "Yours!"
Independent polls show
McAuliffe has built a lead over
Republican Ken Cuccinelli
with more than two weeks
until the Nov. 5 election,
helped by an advantage among
women and voters in north-
clinton campaigns
in Va for mcaulife
By toM hayS
Associated Press
NEW YORK — On a recent morn-
ing on the west side of Manhattan,
Wendy Featherstone showed off a prime
piece of real estate that many New York-
ers don't know exists.
The eight-story brick building in
Chelsea's gallery district has three ter-
races, one with views of the Statue of
Liberty and cruise ships docking along
the Hudson River. There's an indoor
pool, basketball court and even a private
chapel with stained-glass windows.
Featherstone isn't a pushy real estate
agent — she's a prison superintendent.
The property once was a medium-secu-
rity women's lockup called Bayview Cor-
rectional Facility. And those terraces?
They're really caged-in recreation areas.
The superintendent ran Bayview un-
til Superstorm Sandy made the Hudson
surge and sent a wall of water into a fa-
cility as she and her workers helplessly
looked on.
"You know in the "Ten Command-
ments," the way the water is when
they part the sea? That's how the water
was coming down," she recalled as she
walked an empty cell block. "It was the
river. The river was in here."
Featherstone rode out the storm on
a cot in her second-foor offce after the
power went out. The water receded and
no one was harmed. But a year later, the
Bayview Correctional Facility remains
empty.
The 153 women — serving time for
robberies, assaults and lesser crimes —
were evacuated a few days before the
storm to upstate prisons and never came
back. The fooding destroyed boilers and
damaged electrical equipment, causing
$600,000 in damage. The state's current
budget called for the facility to close by
the end of the fscal year as a cost-saving
measure, leaving the building in limbo.
The state has sold other shuttered
prisons elsewhere to local governments
that have turned them into business
parks or to private buyers at auction.
The Empire State Development agency
is still assessing the best use for Bayview,
but its location alone suggests it has
more potential than the typical redevel-
opment stepchild.
Bayview abuts a condominium high-
rise designed by French architect Jean
Nouvel and topped by a penthouse unit
that sold for nearly $20 million. Promo-
tional material for the high-rise touts
neighborhood features that are steps
away — a slew of gourmet restaurants,
the sprawling Chelsea Piers sports facil-
ity and the popular Highline elevated
park — but makes no mention of the
vertical prison that's in plain view from
the upper the foors.
In such a hot neighborhood, poten-
tial buyers would swarm if they knew
the building could be torn down and
replaced with more high-end residen-
tial development, said Jonathan Miller,
president of real estate appraiser Miller
Samuel Inc.
"The value there is in the land, or 'the
dirt' as developers call it," he said. "It's all
about the dirt."
Miller said it's too soon to estimate
the value of the Bayview site, but he
cited the recent sale of a nearby lot that
once had a gas station for a reported
$23.5 million.
Development of the former prison
would be the next step in the colorful
history of a site that was built in 1931 as
a YMCA known as the Seaman's House,
where merchant sailors sought comfort
while their ships were docked on the
Hudson.
In the late 1960s, the state obtained
the property, spent about $4 million to
upgrade it and used it for drug-rehab
programs. It was switched to a prison
in the 1970s, frst for men and later
women.
The tiny rooms once occupied by
sailors became jail cells with barred
windows. Inmates on the west side of
the building were the lucky ones: They
could see the ships on the Hudson and
July 4th freworks displays.
The indoor pool was shut down and
turned into a storage facility that still has
elaborate tile and the words "Shallow"
on one end and "Deep" on the other.
Remaining is a large mural showing a
tall ship adrift on a stormy sea, inscribed
with, "They that go down to the sea in
ships/These men see the works of the
Lord."
Scattered around the building are an
old dentist's X-ray machine, dusty fle
cabinets and evidence of its former oc-
cupants — a sign in a classroom reading,
"You can change your life by altering
your thoughts."
Featherstone is unsentimental when
asked about Bayview's uncertain future.
"I have accepted this as part of the
transition," she said. "I can't imagine it
as anything else. I just see it as a prison."
Sandy-damaged prison to be sold
— Bebeto Matthews/Associated Press
In this Sept. 30, 2013 photo shows a high rise condominium designed by French architect
Jean Nouvel, right, is shown. The high rise is adjacent to the Bayview Correctional Facil-
ity, center, a minimum security women's prison in the Chelsea section of New York. The
eight-story building, surrounded by upscale restaurants, luxury condos, high-end shops and
steps away from the popular Highline elevated park, remains closed after damage during
superstorm Sandy.
ment income to cover their
expenses. Investors seeking to
achieve the steady returns that
used to be typically available
on savings products now have
to look elsewhere.
Income funds, which often
consist of a mix of bonds and
stocks that pay large dividends,
are one way for investors to
achieve a similar return.
Linda Bakhshian, who
manages Federated Inves-
tors' Capital Income Fund,
says that demand for income
funds is also being bolstered
by an aging population and,
as retirees live longer, each in-
vestment dollar has to stretch
further. The fund seeks to pro-
vide a monthly payment for
its investors through a portfo-
lio that's split evenly between
bonds and stocks.
Q: With the Standard &
Poor's 500 posting double-
digits returns in four of the last
fve years, why should inves-
tors buy into an income fund,
rather than just invest in a tra-
ditional stock fund?
A: What income funds es-
sentially do is allow you to
participate in the capital ap-
preciation of the market over
the longer term but, they
minimize the volatility and the
downside of your portfolio.
Think about the roller
coaster that equities go on, on a
yearly basis. Income funds give
you a smoother ride through
that market cycle. They end up
in the same place but with less
volatility, while generating in-
come on a monthly basis.
You also need to think
about taxes. Dividends have
a lower tax rate than capital
gains taxes. If you just want
to be 100 percent in the stock
market and you want to pay
a bill, then you may have to
sell a stock. Whereas, with a
dividend income fund, you
get monthly income and your
taxes are lower.
Q: What type of stocks
does your fund invest in?
A: We are invested across
all the S&P 500 sectors, for ex-
ample we own consumer dis-
cretionary stocks, industrials
and a little bit of technology
stock. We also own fnancial
stocks.
About 14 percent of the
fund is in international equi-
ties. International companies
are a little bit more dividend
friendly than historically U.S.
companies have been because
U.S. companies do generally
consider share buybacks in ad-
dition to dividends.
About nine percent of the
fund is in convertible bonds
(which can be converted into
stock if the stock rises to a cer-
tain level).
Q: Have company attitudes
about dividend payments
changed in recent years?
A: Dividends have really
come back into vogue over the
last 10 years, or so. If you look
back over the 1980s, or the
1990s, dividends were essen-
tially out of favor. Any com-
pany that paid a dividend was
considered a company that
had limited growth and didn't
know what else to do with the
cash, other than give it back to
its shareholders.
Investors are now asking
for that dividend essentially to
get some income from compa-
nies. This also imposes some
shareholder discipline on man-
agement.
Q: At what age should peo-
ple start considering investing
in an income fund?
A: Anywhere after the age
of forty, people should start
to look at income funds. As a
source of monthly income or
to reinvest that income. In-
come investing should be part
of your portfolio; if you're
younger you get that income
and you re-invest it. If you're
older you can take some of the
cash and pay your bills with it.
Income investing should
be part of your whole invest-
ing life cycle, it's just a mat-
ter how much you allocate to
it. When you're younger you
should allocate a little bit less,
when you're older you should
allocate a bit more.
rothWEll
From page 4A
By daVid BaudEr
Associated Press
NEW YORK — The federal government shutdown damaged
the reputations of Washington politicians but proved good busi-
ness for the cable television news networks — and taught some
reporters new benefts of virtually instant communications.
CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC saw their viewership
increase during the 16-day partial shutdown, peaking at more
than fve million Wednesday evening when Congress passed a
compromise bill to put the government back online.
"It was a drama," said CNN congressional correspondent
Dana Bash, who logged many hours of airtime along with Kelly
O'Donnell of NBC News and Mike Emanuel of Fox. "Whenever
there's a drama, people are interested."
MSNBC, which has struggled in this post-election year, saw
its average prime-time viewership jump 35 percent to 978,000
this month through Wednesday, compared to the frst nine
months of the year, the Nielsen company said. Fox, which chose
not to make any of its reporters available for this story, was up 9
percent to 2.22 million in the same period (although the network
also benefted from a prime-time schedule change this month).
CNN improved by 11 percent to 721,000.
The news networks brought their traditional hallmarks of cri-
sis coverage to the political machinations, including "countdown
clocks" that marked each second closer to a debt limit deadline.
The story meant brutal hours: O'Donnell, who fled for MSNBC,
CNBC and NBC News, was at work past 3 a.m. Eastern the frst
night of the shutdown, then back at 6 a.m. for "Morning Joe."
cable news networks
beneft from shutdown
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www.dailytimesleader.com B Section Sunday, october 20, 2013
ScoreBoard
dTL-area Teams
Hebron christian 50, cen-
tral Academy 0
oak Hill 14, canton Acad-
emy 49
West Point 24, Lake cor-
morant 21
Golden Triangle Teams
Starkvi l l e 45, Madi son
central 42
columbus 37, Greenville-
Weston 7
Heritage 32, Leake 20
on The inSide
1. Los Angeles Dodgers
face decisions after playoff
ouster. 2a
2. no. 18 Sooners
bounce back to beat Kan-
sas 34-19 2a
3. Al Jones: extended
red snapper season leads
to cooler waters, heavy
catches 6B
4. Rob taylor prepares
for dove season 6B
Sunday niGhT
fooTBaLL
Bucaneers v. Falcons 12 p.m.
49ers v. titans 3:05 p.m.
texans v. chiefs 3:25 p.m.
Broncos v. colts 7:30 p.m.
DtL staff
MACON — Hebron Christian senior Jus-
tin Gordon returned the opening kick off 95
yards to open the scoring food gates for a
strong district rout.
The Hebron Eagles (5-3; 3-0 District 7-A)
secured their third shut out of the 2013 sea-
son and their highest point total against Cen-
tral Academy with a 50-0 victory in a MAIS
District 7-A eight-man contest Friday on the
campus of Central Academy in Macon.
After a tight, overtime victory in week eight
against Kemper Academy, Hebron sopho-
more quarterback Channing Tapley helped
his team fnd some offense with a career night
under center. Tapley opened his strong per-
formance with a 15-yard touchdown pass to
senior Hayden Carty in the frst quarter to give
Hebron a 12-0 lead. Tapley and Carty would
connect again on a 43-yard touchdown pass in
the second-quarter for the signal caller's third
touchdown pass. Tapley's second touchdown
pass was a 36-yarder to Drew Myatt in the sec-
ond-quarter, as well. Tapley capped his near-
perfect frst half with an eight-yard touchdown
carry, giving the Eagles a 36-0 lead at halftime.
Tapley completed his night four of six pass-
ing for 107 yards with three touchdowns, and
added 47 yards on four carries to his tally. Ta-
pley accounted for a two-point conversion in
the second-quarter, as well.
The Central Vikings (1-6; 1-3 District
7-A) were turnover prone in their fnal district
contest of the season. Central's offensive unit
threw fve interceptions and lost one fumble on
Friday night. Eagle defenders Myatt and soph-
omore Landon Hill caged two interceptions
along with a Collin Moore interception. Jessie
Moore recovered the one fumble for Hebron.
The shut out loss was the frst time this
season that Central did not score any points
By WiLL naTionS
sports@dailytimesleader.com
West Point junior place kicker
Omar Lemus only needed one
chance to successfully convert a feld
goal.
In his frst high school career feld
goal attempt, Lemus was perfect
from the right hash line as he boot-
ed a strong, high 25-yard feld goal
with 7:52 left in the game to cap
a West Point 24-point second-half
rally as the Green Wave celebrated
its second consecutive District 1-5A
win over Lake Cormorant, 24-21,
at Hamblin Stadium in West Point.
The 25-yard feld goal capped an
11-play offensive series but was only
an exclamation point in an exciting,
resurgent second-half for the Wave.
"We're a bunch of fghters," Head
Coach Chris Chambless said. "When
we're down, we are not out. It was
a tale of two halves again, but the
bottom line is when you have your
focus on the goal, you don't see ob-
stacles. We didn't have that focus in
the frst half."
Lemus was perfect on the night
going three of three on extra-point
feld goals and adding the 25-yard
feld goal.
West Point (4-4; 2-2 District
1-5A) was led by the individual per-
formance of senior Aeris Williams,
as the running back rushed for 230
yards on 22 carries and two touch-
downs in the second-half. Williams
started the Wave comeback with a
53-yard touchdown and would tie
the game with a 20-yard touchdown
carry with 2:18 remaining in the
third-quarter.
"We knew we needed a big win
and we just had to go get it," Wil-
liams said. "Without my offensive
line and my fullbacks, I would not
have had this night without them.
We played a good ball team tonight
on both sides of the ball."
Williams also played defensive
back for the Wave defense against
Lake Cormorant.
After Williams' frst touchdown,
Lake Cormorant junior quarterback
Bailey Walker was intercepted by
senior lineback Davion Bradshaw,
which he returned 20 yards for a
West Point touchdown to cut the
defcit, 21-14.
"It was a screen play and I read
right," Bradshaw said, explaining
his interception. "Their guy missed
the ball and the pass just fell right
into my hands. It felt real good --
real good."
Trailing only by a possesion,
West Point used a pouch kick off,
which the Wave coverage team re-
covered in a mad scramble. The
play was a major momentum swing
in the game, despite the Wave not
cashing in points.
"That's a huge play, it was just
sky kick that we are hoping they
don't fair catch," Chambless said.
"We have speed on that side of the
coverage unit and it was about time
we had a little luck on our side."
West Point's defense provided
mutliple stops during the second-
half while shutting out the Gators
but none were as important as the
defensive series following the Le-
mus feld goal. Lake Cormorant
had one last shot inside West Point
territory with under six minutes re-
maining but failed to convert on a
fourth-and-down at the West Point
31-yard line, as senior defensive
tackle Ladarius Gallion led a host of
Wave defenders into the backfeld
to stuff Walker on a quarterback
sneak.
The sneak came after Lake Cor-
morant's offense had traversed 40
yards in seven plays, threatening the
Wave lead.
"I knew it was time to just get to
the football," Gallion said. "I knew
the game was begginning to get on
the line. I had to be a man and stop
it."
The Gator offense failed to get
past its own 30-yard line on its last
possession with under two minutes
remaining as the Lake Cormorant
receiving corps dropped three pass-
es in its fnal four plays of the game.
The Lake Cormorant Gators (5-
3; 2-2 District 1-5A) jumped out
to a halftime lead, 21-0, after two
Bailey passing touchdowns and an
interception touchdown return by
Ladarius Rodgers.
Bailey connected on an 83-yard
touchdown pass to Brandon Wright
to get the visiting Lake Cormorant
Gators going with a touchdown
score, with 10:38 in the frst quarter
after a three-hour road trip. With
14 seconds left in the frst quarter,
Rodgers intercepted West Point ju-
nior quarterback Josh Ewing and
returned the pass 25 yards for a Ga-
tor touchdown. The 21-point frst
half was capped by a 20-yard pass
from Walker to Ryan Golden in the
second quarter.
"They come out and Williams
touches the ball every play and they
fnd the end zone," Lake Cormorant
Head Coach Nick Nester said about
the change of his team in the second
half of action. "We got pinned deep
and lost all the momentum. The
frst half we were able to maintain
their feld position, but in the sec-
ond half we gave them a short feld
and when West Point has a short
feld, they usually put points up."
The Lake Cormorant signal caller
completed his night 14 of 25 pass-
ing for 268. In the frst half, Walker
was seven of 10 passing 184 yards
and two touchdowns. Walker could
not reproduce his frst half effort
during the fnal two quarters.
The West Point offense again
pounded the ground attack racking
up over 400 yards in another hard
fought effort.
The West Point victory is the
ffth straight win over Lake Cormo-
rant for the Wave since the series
began in 2009.
The Friday win keeps West Point
tied for fourth place in District
1-5A with Lewisburg, Saltillo and
Lake Cormorant.
DtL Staff
CANTON – Canton Academy's Lafayette
Wales was a man on a mission.
The senior running back rushed for 238
yards on 24 carries and tallied fve touch-
downs as the Canton Panthers (6-3; 2-2 Dis-
trict 2-AA) shellacked Oak Hill 49-14 in a
MAIS District 2-AA game on the campus of
Canton Academy.
Averaging nine yards a carry, Wales was
a nuisance for the Oak Hill defense that last
week held a highly ranked Indianola Academy
rushing attack in check. Canton gained 391
yards on the ground in total.
Senior running back Kraft McLean helped
the Panther rushing attack with 11 carries for
98 yards on the ground. McLean rushed in
two touchdowns, as well.
Through the air, Canton junior Houston
Persac was an effcient four of seven passing
for 55 yards. Junior Cedric Clanton had three
of the four receptions for 42 yards and junior
John Stewart had a 13-yard catch.
In the frst half, Canton's offense jumped
out to an early 28-6 start and never looked
back. Canton continued to outscore Oak Hill
in the second half with 14 points in the third-
quarter and the last seven points coming in
the fourth.
The Raiders (5-4; 2-2 District 2-AA) kept
the game close at the end of the frst-quar-
ter by only trailing Canton, 14-6. Oak Hill's
Drew Riley rushed in his ninth touchdown of
the season to bring the Panthers within eight
points.
Drew would later leave the game with a
shoulder injury, which could see the sopho-
more running back miss the fnal regular sea-
son game against Leake Academy. After leav-
ing the game, Drew had rushed 12 times for
67 yards and collected two receptions for 13
yards.
Oak Hill junior quarterback Riley Pierce
was four of 10 passing for 103 yards and con-
nected with sophomore Kaleb Darnell on a
76-yard touchdown pass in the third-quarter
of action – the touchdown was Darnell's frst
high school career touchdown and Pierce's
GREEN WAVE OWNS SECOND-HALF
Lemus, Williams lift West Point
over Lake cormorant 24-21
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downs for the Wave in their 24-21 victory over Lake cormorant.
Wales, Canton Academy beat oak Hill 49-14
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By daVe SKreTTa
Associated Press
LAWRENCE, Kan. —
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops
knew that Sterling Shepard
could throw the ball. He had
no idea that another wide re-
ceiver, Lacoltan Bester, may
have an even better arm.
The former high school
quarterback hit Shepard in
stride on a razzle-dazzle, end-
around pass late in the frst
half Saturday, giving No. 18
Oklahoma a lead it would
never relinquish in a 34-19
bounce-back win over Big 12
bottom-dweller Kansas.
"Lacoltan just threw a
great ball," Stoops said of the
49-yard touchdown toss. "I
told him giving him the game
ball that he needed to give the
quarterback some lessons."
Not that Blake Bell had a
lousy afternoon of his own.
Bell threw for 131 yards
and two touchdowns, and
also ran for 53 yards, as the
Sooners (6-1, 3-1) emerged
from a Red River rout hang-
over courtesy of Texas to win
their ninth straight over the
Jayhawks. It was Oklahoma's
15th straight win the week
after playing the Longhorns.
"We did start out slow,"
Bell said, "and I just keep tell-
ing the guys on the sideline,
'Keep coming, keep doing
what we do, and stuff will
work out for us.'"
James Sims ran for 129
yards and two touchdowns
for Kansas (2-4, 0-3), but he
didn't have much help. Jake
Heaps was just 5 of 13 for
16 yards passing, the few-
est yards through the air for
Kansas since throwing for 15
yards in a loss to Nebraska in
2010.
On a couple occasions,
Heaps was benched for fresh-
man Montell Cozart, who
had his redshirt taken away by
coach Charlie Weis in the frst
half. Cozart didn't attempt a
pass.
"I think it's a combination
of a lot of things," Heaps said.
"We just couldn't seem to get
it going, whether it was guys
hanging onto the ball in cer-
tain times, myself putting the
ball in the right spots or just
not having the opportunity
to look down the feld. We've
defnitely got to clean it up
because we had a lot of posi-
tive things going for us offen-
sively."
The Jayhawks tried to
make it interesting in the
fourth quarter, when they
blocked a punt deep in Okla-
homa territory. Sims prompt-
ly scored from 6 yards out to
pull them within 25-19, but
the extra point was blocked
and returned by Aaron Col-
vin to give the Sooners two
points.
Oklahoma, which has won
21 straight following a loss,
promptly went 75 yards the
other direction. Damien Wil-
liams fnished the drive with
a short TD run with 4:19 left
to seal the win.
The defeat was the 24th
straight in league play for the
Jayhawks, who still haven't
beaten a Big 12 foe since
knocking off former member
Colorado on Nov. 6, 2010.
"You really have one of
two ways to go when things
don't go well, especially half-
way through the year," Weis
said. "You're sitting 2-4, you
can say, 'Ah, the hell with it.
We're 2-4. That's how it's
going to go.' Or you can do
whatever you can to be part
of the answer."
Early on, it looked as if the
Jayhawks might fnally have
found some answers.
The Sooners still seemed
to be smarting from last
weekend's 36-20 loss at the
Cotton Bowl when Kansas
forced them to punt on their
frst series. Sims then carried
eight times for 63 yards on a
drive that ended when Heaps
hit Jimmay Mundine from a
yard out for a 7-0 lead.
Kansas stuffed Bell and
the Oklahoma offense in the
early going, and they got the
ball back late in the frst quar-
ter. This time, Darrian Miller
ripped off a 38-yard run, and
Kansas took advantage of a
pass interference penalty be-
fore Sims scampered 11 yards
for a 13-0 lead.
That's when everything
started to unravel.
The Sooners got within
13-6 on Bell's 16-yard touch-
down toss to Jaz Reynolds,
and then Weis elected to take
the redshirt off Cozart. The
freshman quarterback went
backward 11 yards in his frst
three plays under center, and
the Jayhawks were forced to
punt.
Oklahoma came after it
and blocked it through the
end zone for a safety. The
fancy Bester-to-Shepard pass
moments later gave Oklaho-
ma a 15-13 lead, and Michael
Hunnicutt's 37-yard feld goal
extended the advantage just
before halftime.
The Sooners threatened
to put the game out of reach
in the third quarter when
Shepard hauled in his second
TD pass, this time from Bell.
But the Jayhawks kept with-
in striking distance heading
into the fourth quarter, when
Oklahoma managed to fnally
put it away.
"Always want more.
There's still a lot of plays to
be made out there," Bell said,
"but I think we're headed in
the right direction."
No. 18 Sooners
bounce back to
beat Kansas 34-19
By BeTh harriS
Associated Press
LOS ANGELES — The
Dodgers began the season poor-
ly and then soared from last to
frst during a torrid 50-game
stretch to make the playoffs for
the frst time in four years. The
way they exited overshadowed
it all.
Los Angeles lost the NL
championship series 4-2 to St.
Louis on Friday night, with NL
Cy Young Award favorite Clay-
ton Kershaw turning in a rare
clunker on the mound while get-
ting no offense from teammates
in a 9-0 defeat.
It wasn't the ending sought
by the team with baseball's sec-
ond-highest payroll at the end of
the regular season — more than
$236 million. The Dodgers'
drought of World Series appear-
ances now extends to 26 years.
Now, the Dodgers face sev-
eral decisions in the offseason,
starting with Mattingly. He led
the team to 92 wins and the NL
West title in his contract's fnal
guaranteed season. The 52-year-
old manager is 261-226 in three
seasons and the team holds a
$1.4 million option for next
year.
The Dodgers will be discuss-
ing new contracts for Kershaw
and Hanley Ramirez, the team's
best hitter who played hurt dur-
ing the NLCS.
Kershaw had the major
leagues' lowest ERA for the
third straight season while pitch-
ing a career-high 259 innings be-
tween the regular season and the
playoffs. He needed 48 pitches
to get out of the third inning
Friday, when he allowed four
runs. The left-hander is entering
his fnal year of salary-arbitration
eligibility.
Ramirez has one year left on
his contract. He hit .500 in the
division series against Atlanta
with six RBIs in four games.
Then he got plunked by a pitch
from Joe Kelly in Game 1 of the
NLCS and was never the same.
Ramirez broke his left rib and
batted just .133, going 2 for 15
against the Cardinals.
Among the team's dozen
potential free agents are start-
ers Ricky Nolasco and Edinson
Volquez, along with bearded
reliever Brian Wilson, who re-
vived his career while bolstering
the Dodgers' bullpen. Relievers
J.P. Howell and Carlos Marmol
could leave, too, as well as in-
felder Juan Uribe, considered a
clubhouse favorite by his team-
mates.
The Dodgers' bench could be
facing a makeover, with veterans
Jerry Hairston, Nick Punto, Skip
Schumaker and Michael Young
all eligible for free agency.
Besides Ramirez, outfelder
Andre Ethier was slowed by
shin splints throughout the play-
offs, when the Dodgers didn't
have outfelder Matt Kemp. He
spent the season on and off the
disabled list, although his ab-
sence didn't prevent the club's
heralded turnaround in July and
August.
Rookie Yasiel Puig injected
much-needed energy into the
struggling club upon his arrival
in early June. He nearly made
the All-Star team, and his at-bats
became must-see events. But the
22-year-old Cuban defector bot-
tomed out against the Cardinals,
going 5-for-22 with 10 strike-
outs, and committed two errors
in Game 6, when he made a pair
of terrible throws and allowed
Yadier Molina's single to bounce
off his glove and skip away.
"We've got to do a better job
of helping him to mature and
understand what we want done
and the way to do it," Mattingly
said.
The Dodgers won the NL
West by 11 games over Arizona,
their biggest margin since the
team moved West from Brook-
lyn after the 1957 season. But
they failed to earn home-feld
advantage in the playoffs. The
Dodgers lost all three of their
road games in St. Louis.
Dodgers face decisions afer playof ouster
— Jeff Roberson/AP
St. Louis cardinals catcher Yadier Molina reacts after Los Angeles
Dodgers' Mark ellis strikes out to end Game 6 of the national
League baseball championship series Friday, oct. 18, 2013, in St. Lou-
is. the cardinals won 9-0 to win the series.
By Gary B. GraVeS
Associated Press
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Anthony Davis, John Wall and Darius
Miller aren't so far into their NBA careers that they've forgotten their
college days as Kentucky standouts.
Recalling those fond memories was easy as they prepared for Sat-
urday night's preseason game at Rupp Arena that served as a home-
coming for the trio of former Wildcats. Davis and Miller, members
of Kentucky's 2012 NCAA championship team, returned with the
New Orleans Pelicans to face a Washington Wizards squad featur-
ing Wall, who led the 2009-10 Wildcats team within a game of the
Final Four.
Davis and Wall were eagerly anticipating playing before the Wild-
cats faithful for the frst time as professionals. Miller won't play be-
cause of a stress fracture in his left foot but echoed their sentiments.
The NBA exhibition game was Rupp's frst since 2000.
Davis and Miller fgure to get the biggest cheers when intro-
duced on Saturday. They're just two years removed from dominant
team that won Kentucky's eighth national championship led by the
6-foot-10 Davis, a consensus frst team All-American selection and
national player of the year.
The two Wildcats were part of a school-record six players that
were drafted in 2012, with Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist going
1-2 overall.
Former Kentucky
players headline
NBA exhibition
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Dennis The Menace
ARIES (March 21-April 19)
Observe your more possessive side emerg-
ing. You might be confused as to the proper
way to eliminate some distorted insecurity.
Perhaps your best bet is to build yourself
up. Your role might be changing within
your immediate circle.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20)
Express your feelings, and know that you
have a full audience. Your charisma peaks,
and others respond accordingly. Your per-
spective changes when dealing with an ex-
pert or someone at a distance. Finally, you
can identify with someone else.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20)
Know when to pull back and say little.
Someone clearly responds to your efforts,
but you do need to stay low-key. A close
friendship could be changing before your
eyes. Listen to what is being said, and re-
spond openly and authentically.
CANCER (June 21-July 22)
Zero in on what you want. Being a leader
is all good and well, but it is not the same
as being a real friend. Your anger could
emerge in a subtle way, and it might con-
fuse a situation where others will misunder-
stand the source of your irritation.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)
Someone might have to deal with your
conservative, uptight personality. Confu-
sion surrounds plans and conversations.
Hang in there, and you’ll gain insight.
The possibility of changing a situation will
come to you.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
Keep reaching out for a different idea or
solution. This suggestion does not mean
that you need to break into wild behavior,
but rather that you need to think outside
the box. Do not frustrate yourself with un-
workable ideas.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
Deal with others directly. You are even bet-
ter on a one-on-one level. Don’t hesitate
to express your feelings; your vulnerability
could be your best defense. It will be very
hard to run over someone who is authentic.
Direct your energy appropriately.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
You might fnd it unusually diffcult to
share and integrate with others. As a result,
you might opt to go in your own direction
for now. Know that a period will be com-
ing when you will be able to relate more
intensely to a special person.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
Stay focused on what you want to accom-
plish. There could be some frustration and/
or anger surrounding a personal matter.
Find out what someone expects from you,
and then decide whether you can meet this
person’s expectations.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
When you hit a problem, you will be un-
usually energetic and enthusiastic. It is as if
you are doing a special exercise where you
mentally allow new vistas to present them-
selves. You might disagree with a loved
one, but you will act together.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
You might opt to stay close to home, where
you will get a lot done and make a dent
in what you must do. Your ability to deal
with important matters will save you a lot
of time. Use care when cooking and eating
-- a sweet tooth suddenly could appear.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)
Read between the lines. Touch base with a
sibling who often might be on a different
path. Catch up on news, but try to avoid
any negativity. Be aware of what seems off.
Follow your instincts, and ask any ques-
tions that seem relevant.
Horoscope
by Jacqueline Bigar
Rules:
1. Each row and column must contain
the numbers 1 through 6 without re-
peating.
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
flled 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.
THE LOGIC PUZZLE THAT
MAKES YOU SMARTER.
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To solve a sudoku, the numbers
1 through 9 must fll each row,
column and box. Each number
can appear only once in each
row, column and box.
COMICS
on This Day...
October 20, 1973
PROGRAM MARKS OBSERVANCE OF
DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION WEEK
This week, October 21-27, has been declared National Drug Abuse
Prevention Week. Mike Henson, drug education specialist in the West
Point school system, said several special programs are scheduled for this
week.
A poster contest on drug abuse and its prevention is scheduled for East
Side School. South Side School students will have a creative writing con-
test to go along with drug abuse study materials. The elementary schools
will also have study materials.
On Thursday, John Polk of the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics will
speak at the West Point High School. Scheduled for 1:15, Polk will talk
on what the bureau is doing to control the growing drug abuse problem.
Henson said that when people think about drug abuse “they automati-
cally think about marijuana, heroin, and other hard drugs, and rightly
they should
“But, unfortunately, a lot of people abuse the proper usage of drugs
and think nothing about it.”
Henson explained that he was referring to medication and prescription
usage. He said that some people ignore the direction for medicine dosage
that is set out be their the physician or the drug manufacturer. “They take
whatever amount they think would do the job and ignore the advice of
experts,” Henson said.
“This is also a form of drug abuse.”
The drug education specialist then set out several suggestions for prop-
er dug usage.
“Do not use anyone’s prescription medication, except those prescribed
for you by your physician.
“Do not haphazardly use or combine non-prescription drug products.
“Do not again use prescription medication for a condition which you
feel is similar to the one for which it was originally prescribed by your
physician.
“Take your prescription medication only as directed by your physician.
It is just as important not to underdose yourself as it is not to overdose
yourself.
“And be sure to read the directions and precautions which accompany
prescription and non-prescription products.”
To prevent unintentional drug abuse, Henson advised people to consult
their family physician and pharmacist with respect to proper drug usage.
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against its opponent.
In the second half, He-
bron's offense scored its fnal
14 points, as Myatt rushed
for a three-yard touchdown
and senior Taylor Simmons
scored his frst career touch-
down on a 23-yard sprint
into the end zone during the
fourth-quarter.
The Eagle offense was
four of seven on two-point
conversions in the game.
On the ground, Hebron
rushed for 250 yards and was
led by Myatt's 77 yards on
fve carries. Senior Brandon
England added 61 yards on
four carries. Simmons had
four carries for 40 yards.
Defensively, senior Troy
Arnold led the charge again
as the defensive lineman col-
lected nine tackles during the
contest.
The win over Central
gives the Eagles a perfect 3-0
start in District 7-A play but
does not secure a playoff spot
for Hebron. A 68-14 win by
Kemper over Calhoun Acad-
emy Friday made Hebron
the only undefeated team in
District 7-A. Despite being
undefeated, the Eagles will
need a win over the Calhoun
Cougars to secure a playoff
spot and district champion-
ship.
Hebron steps out of dis-
trict competition this week
as the Eagles play host in
their fnal regular season
home game against Friend-
ship Academy Friday at 7:30
p.m. in Pheba.
sixth passing touchdown of
the season. Senior tight end
Bradley Allen had one recep-
tion for 14 yards.
The Raider rushing at-
tack ended the night with
198 yards. Outside of Drew's
rushing efforts, Oak Hill ju-
nior Samuel Harrell carried
the football six times for 52
yards. Junior fullback Drake
Riley rushed for 48 yards on
nine carries and converted the
two-point conversion in the
third-quarter.
Oak Hill completes the
2013 regular season against
District 2-AA foe Leake
Academy for Senior Night at
7 p.m. Friday on the campus
of Oak Hill Academy in West
Point.
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By roB TayLor
With dove season just
around the corner, I found my-
self in our dove feld the other
afternoon prepping for the
upcoming season opener. The
early spring was not agreeable
for planting as most any farmer
will tell you due to extended
cold weather and rain. As late
spring gave way to summer,
we fnally got a break in the
weather and planted the feld
in sunfowers after the torren-
tial spring rains fnally ceased.
Our problem then became that
when the rains stopped, they
stopped completely.
Doves love sunfowers, and
if you have a good feld, you
are in for a good hunt! So, I
spent that entire day in May
prepping and planting the feld.
As I disked, I couldn’t help but
day dream and to get excited
about the prospects of another
great dove season.
Several years prior, we
planted our feld to sunfowers,
and I was just as excited then as
I was this day in early spring.
Then, the worst happened as
chemical drift took out our en-
tire stand of sunfowers in back
to back seasons! Finally in the
third year, we got a good stand
of sunfowers, and had one of
our greatest dove seasons ever!
So this year, I was under-
standably excited as I day-
dreamed of the upcoming sea-
son. However, the weather had
other plans for this year’s feld,
and no rain fell for two months
after we planted. Since there
was no moisture available, the
only thing that grew well in
the feld over the dry summer
was weeds. So here I was, with
season only days away, disking
down the weeds in a barren
sunfower feld doomed by the
elements.
As I disked over the weeds,
I came upon a hand full of
plants that had actually sur-
vived. There were not enough
to make a good dove feld, but
the sight of these large yellow
heads growing in the midst
of the weeds struck me, and I
couldn’t help but leave the larg-
est and prettiest plant standing
as I disked around it and the
patch of grass in which it grew.
As I made the circle around
the feld pulling the disk, I
began to ponder these few
plants that had survived the dry
weather, hard soil, and com-
petition from the surrounding
weeds to grow and produce
when so much more seed was
sown that day and didn’t make
it. The same seed was planted
to the entire feld, and it was
the best seed that money could
buy. The seed wasn’t the cause
of the poor stand. The grow-
ing conditions just weren’t suit-
able for most of the seeds to
grow properly.
Pondering the lack of germi-
nation of the sunfower seeds,
I was reminded of the parable
of the sower that Jesus spoke
of in Matthew 13. The sower
went out and sowed the same
seed to the whole feld. Some
of the seed fell on the path
and was eaten by birds, some
fell to hard, rocky ground and
couldn’t produce good roots,
some fell among the thorns and
were choked out, and some fell
to good ground, grew and pro-
duced fruit.
Our Lord explained that
the seed sown was the gospel
message and that the different
types of ground in the parable
were the hearts of those receiv-
ing the message, and much of
the gospel falls on unproduc-
tive ground. There are those
who get tricked by the enemy,
are too caught up in the cares
of the world, or who do not
set a frm foundation of faith,
leaving a withered seed and
a life that produces no fruit.
Just as with my dove feld, the
problem doesn’t lie in the seed
of the Gospel, but in the dry
and barren hearts to which it
is sown.
Yet there are those in whose
hearts the Gospel message
takes root and grows, produc-
ing a life that is flled with fruit
and is a blessing to all that are
around them. These are the
people who know the Lord
personally and fnd His bless-
ings in their daily lives. These
are the church leaders and
teachers; hearts who reach out
to those in need when everyone
else turns away. These are the
people who continue to sow
even though the ground looks
too dry and barren to receive
it, believing that the Lord will
provide the increase.
I thought about those few
sunfower plants that had set
their roots and grew proudly in
the middle of a feld of weeds
and how everyday occurrences
can reveal to us the truth of
God’s word. As the weeds of
life grow all around us in this
fallen world, we too can grow
and produce just like those few
fowers if we will receive the
truth of the Gospel of Christ,
set a frm foundation of faith,
and rely on Him to provide the
opportunities for growth.
God Bless and good hunt-
ing.
Becoming fruitful
amidst the weeds
By aL JoneS
Gulfive.com
The 2013 recreational red
snapper season came to an
end Monday in the Gulf of
Mexico.
The extended season,
which ran from Oct. 1-14,
was solid considering the re-
duced number of fshing days
due to Tropical Storm Karen.
The late season storm and a
cool front that immediately
followed, limited the number
of fshing days to six or seven
or seven days rather than the
14 days that was granted by
the federal government. And
that's a shame, since the ex-
tended season took place dur-
ing the best time of the year to
fsh for red snapper.
This is the time of the year
when water temperatures in
the northern Gulf of Mexico
begin to cool off after a long
summer, which means red
snapper and other deep-water
species tend to move around
rigs, wrecks and reeks at a
frisky rate. And that benefts
the anglers.
Keep in mind that red
snapper are generally consid-
ered a northern Gulf of Mexi-
co species. So allowing anglers
a chance to harvest some of
the most sought after game
fsh when they're more active
only makes sense.
With that said, the frst
recreational red snapper sea-
son (June 1 through July 14)
occurred during the summer
months when the offshore wa-
ter temperature is at its warm-
est. The end result is slower
fshing for red snapper and
other deep-water species be-
cause the fsh are non-aggres-
sive at best.
Personally, I think it would
be best if the federal govern-
ment shifted the two seasons
around. That would include
moving the longer 44-day
season to the late summer
and early fall period and the
shorter season to the heat of
the summer. This would mean
better fshing and help local
charter boats get a fnal shot in
the arm fnancially before the
long winter period set in and
business becomes a standstill.
It's a long shot that the federal
government would shift the
dates,but it would be best.
The fnal weekend of the ex-
tended season produced some
of the best red snapper this
scribe has seen in years. One
reader from Ocean Springs
caught a 32-pound,six-ounce
red snapper while fshing in
100 feet of water using a cigar
minnow for bait.
Other reports featured fsh
weighing in the low-to-mid
20-pound range with most
fsh being caught around oil
rigs and wrecks in 200-feet of
water or more.
Not only will the fsh be
the new Mississippi state re-
cord on fy rod, it's probably
headed for the world record
books. The fsh is also a pend-
ing Guinness Book World Re-
cord for snapper, and could
be offcially recognized within
the next 8-to-10 weeks as the
largest snapper — of anyspe-
cies — to be caught on a fy
rod.
That's a great way to end
the 2013 recreational red
snapper season to say the least.
Buckle up.
Extended red snapper season effects
— Submitted Photography
Brandi Rountree of ocean Springs holds a red snapper she caught
earlier this summer. the extended season for red snapper starts
oct. 1.
By oTha Barham
the Meridian Star
Question: What kind of sport
hunting tests your woodcraft
skills to their limits, challenges
you to make noiseless stalks, of-
fers one of hunting’s most diff-
cult targets and, if you fail, gives
you another opportunity within
minutes? It’s not deer or elk
hunting or hunts for pronghorn
or bear, where a couple of stalks
a day would be exceptional. Fall
squirrel hunting is your answer.
And there is no better prepa-
ration for hunting the big game
species that must be spotted and
stalked than still hunting squir-
rels in our southern woods. I
have hunted all the big game
noted above, but let me assert at
the outset that not one of them
has been more diffcult to stalk or
caused me more frustration than
the typical gray squirrel in a Mis-
sissippi hardwood forest.
But good squirrel hunters
have long ago learned how it is
done and they go out and do it
well and there are few hunters
in the world more worthy of the
title.
Evidence of the skill needed
to successfully bag squirrels
came quite acutely to me once
when I introduced a fne hunter
and good wing shot to squirrel
hunting. The swamp we hunted
was literally full of young, low-
growing water oak trees that
were in their frst years of acorn
production. It seemed every oak
had a couple of squirrels pluck-
ing acorns far out on young, low,
limber limbs. It was like shooting
fsh in a barrel.
I soon had my limit and
had heard my friend shoot sev-
eral times. When we got back
together, I was shocked to learn
he had not a single squirrel in his
bag. “I can’t get close to the darn
things,” was his explanation.
“They would run off every time!”
The obvious suddenly
dawned on me. One doesn’t
learn to slip up on a squirrel dur-
ing one’s frst hunt.
What I know about squirrel
hunting I learned from my father
and from a couple of buddies
who are outstanding stalkers. But
I am a slow learner, and I decided
early on that because noise and
movement made by the hunter
were the biggest hindrances to
success, I would hunt by sitting
still and letting the squirrels come
to me.
For years that was my method
and I have killed a lot of squirrels
with that strategy. But my bud-
dies always brought in heavier
bags than I. We chalked it up
to better eyesight, better shoot-
ing and other excuses. I fnally
learned their secret.
It is actually not a secret at all,
it is the widely accepted method
of squirrel hunting. I just didn’t
want to practice it because it in-
volves movement and noise; both
alarm signals that alert squirrels
to danger. But what my friends
do is what all good squirrel stalk-
ers do. They keep moving.
I knew they walked and I
didn’t, and I knew they usu-
ally beat me. “You guys can walk
like a cat in these dry leaves and
I walk like a drunk elephant,” I
would tell them. I assumed they
were relatives of Daniel Boone
and somewhere in my ancestry
was one of the Three Stooges.
Well, I fnally learned that
their noise was worth their see-
ing a lot more squirrels than my
“sit still and wait” tactic. I began
slipping among the fall white
oaks without worrying about
tripping over fallen limbs and
crunching dry leaves underfoot.
What I learned at long last was
the tactic known by every good
squirrel hunter in the country.
That yes, every moving squir-
rel hunter spooks squirrels and
many stalks end in the squirrel
dashing away to a safe knot hole.
But the moving hunter will soon
come upon another squirrel and
encounter another chance. The
stalker will fnd enough squirrels
to beat the stand hunter almost
every time.
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