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Church prepares memorial tree
BY MARY GARRISON editor@dailytimesleader.com Members of the Palestine United Methodist Church in Clay County are giving residents the chance to honor their friends and loved ones, particularly those who have gone before, this holiday season with the lighting of a memorial tree this weekend. Each year, the United Methodist Men’s and Women’s groups light the memorial tree, a fundraising effort in which residents may spend $5 to have one of the multicolored lights on the church’s Christmas tree lit in honor of someone dear. The money raised from the initiative is divided equally among the men’s and women’s groups and goes to benefit various group projects. Keith Thompson, men’s group secretary and treasurer, said often money will be used for community outreach efforts and disaster relief, such as helping a family victimized by fire or bringing fruit baskets to the elderly. Last year, he said, the effort brought in about $700. “The tree officially goes up this weekend and we’ll start lighting Dec. 1,” Thompson said. “We’ve already gotten some that have given for it,
though. ... We usually keep it up through New Year’s.” It isn’t the group’s first tree, however. Ruth “Tuney” Moore, women’s group member and part of the congregation for more than 50 years, said
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Stores make last Black Friday preparations
Holidays may cause added stress
By MORGAN UPTON Special to Daily Times Leader
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Cindy Dewberry shops with her grandsons Baylas Hamilton and Bentley Hamilton for warm camouflage hats. Mossy Oak Outlet has everything for hunters on the Christmas list. Staff stocked up on camouflage Jackets, hoodies, pants, pajamas and more in anticipation of the holiday rush. The outlet also stocked up on pink camo items for ladies and girls, as well as Rocky Boots and Columbia jackets, camo coffee cups and travel mugs to keep hunters wide awake in the tree stand.
The holiday season brings cheer and a time to catch up with many family and friends. However, this time of year can also bring about stress and anxiety for some. Stress from any factor can affect all areas of life, ranging from performance on the job to the ability to focus. There are numerous types of stress that are generated during the holiday season. Wendie Woods, clinical director at Christian Changes Counseling, said there were generally six areas of wellness in life: spiritual, physical, intellectual, emotional, occupation and social. She said once the holidays arrive, financial burdens and social stress can become a major factor in each area. “Financial stress and the social stress of being here, being there, visiting everyone, takes us so far away from the spiritual, the thankfulness of the season, that it’s not worth it,” Woods said. “We have to prioritize.” While many may find themselves stretched thin because of social obligations, Cliff McKinney, director of the Mississippi State University Psychology Clinic, said loneliness was one of the biggest contributors to stress during the holidays. “Individuals most likely to become depressed during the holidays typically have low social support,” he said. “Although this is usual for them throughout the year, the holidays magnify the absence of social support when they perceive others around them as visiting their families, spending time with their friends, and enjoying the holidays.” The lack of sunshine during the shorter days can cause people to become moody and lack energy. Woods said the sun helps our bodies receive Vitamin D, and staying in-
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Balloons, spirits soar at NYC annual Thanksgiving parade
BY LARRY NEUMEISTER Associated Press NEW YORK — The big balloons soared along with the crowd’s spirits Thursday as the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade made its way through the streets of New York City. There’d been some concerns about whether the wind could keep 16 giant balloons grounded, but the cherished tradition prevailed. “We thought they’d find a way to pull it off,” said parade-goer John Mispagel, of San Jose, Calif. “It’s really fun seeing so many people having such a great time.” Balloon handlers were keeping a tight grip on their inflated characters and held them fairly close to the ground in tree-lined areas.
The wind was around 26 mph. Mispagel and his wife, Susan, said Sonic the Hedgehog got caught on a tree while rounding a corner near the start of the parade route; handlers used cutters on a rope to free the balloon. The cheering throngs were bundled against a 30-degree chill, but the sun was shining. Some in the crowd lifted small children onto their shoulders. An excited 9-year-old Lily Thomolaris, of Pittsburgh, was delighted to “see all the balloons.” But she especially thought a big turkey was really cool. Matthew Ragbe, 11, lives in the neighborhood and came out — Associated Press to enjoy the sights. His twin brother decided not to leave their Snoopy flies by as spectators look on during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Thursday in New York. After fears the balloons could be grounded if sustained winds exceeded 23 mph, Snoopy, Spider-Man and the rest of the iconic balloons See PARADE | Page 9 received the all-clear from the New York Police Department to fly between Manhattan skyscrapers on Thursday.
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ON THE iNSiDE 1. Shopping apps help isolate the best deals for the holiday season, courtesy of big retailers. 3 2. Brinkley offers lesson on Psalms and a day to give thanks. 6 3. Thirty years after its initial release, “A Christmas Story” has become a staple of the season. 12 4. LA man opens fire on police, takes two hostages 12 on Thanksgiving.
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New Egg Bowl traditions
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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 shutin, 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 everyone 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.
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u Fall Revival — Strong Hill M.B. Church wish to invite everyone to their revival services at 7 p.m. Guest speaker is Dr. Charlie Davidson of Hopewell Baptist Church of Columbus and Town Creek M.B. Church of West Point. All area churches, pastors and evangelists are welcome.
— Associated Press
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u Music Coterie Christmas Program — The public is invited to hear beautiful renditions of traditional Christmas music in “The Spirit of Christmas” at 7 p.m. at the First Christian Church directed by Ginger Fowler and accompanied by Susan Moore. A reception will follow.
Mississippi State University and the University of Mississippi may be fierce rivals on the gridiron, but the two institutions happily came together--literally--for a few moments this week in Calhoun City.To add more fanfare to annual Egg Bowl traditions, the first Egg Bowl Run began Monday on the Ole Miss campus as a lead-up to the nationally televised Thursday night football game between the two Southeastern Conference rivals at MSU’s Davis Wade Stadium.
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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 supportive. Bereaved parents, 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) 495-2337. 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. u AARP 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.
u 133 Anniversary — Union Star M.B. Church is celebrating its 133rd anniversary at 3 p.m. Guest speaker is Rev. William Richardson of 16th Section M.B. Church of Starkville.
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u Community Meals — Hopewell M.B. Church’s Young Womens Missions Ministry will serve meals from noon – 2 p.m. in the church fellowship hall. Dine – in or carry – out plates are available. For more information call 494 – 8065 or 295 – 3313.
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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
SUNDAY, DEC. 8
u Pre-Christmas Program — Greenwood M.B. Church is having its annual pre – Christmas program at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome to come and sing, perform a skit, read a poem or do a mime troop presentation.
Holiday Baking
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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 highperformance 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 contact Cynthia McCrary or Jessica Flynt at 492-8857 for additional information.
Send us your recipes for holiday treats!
The December 18 edition of the Daily Times Leader Taste Section will be dedicated to our readers’ favorite Holiday Baking Recipes. To submit your favorite, e-mail the recipe along with your contact information to life@dailytimesleader.com by Friday, December 13th. As many recipes as possible will appear in the section.
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 662243-1941 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. u Ladies Auxiliary — The American Legion Post 212 Ladies Auxiliary meet the second Thursday of each month at 6 p.m.
THrougH DEC. 16
u DHS Gifts for Foster Children — Clay County Dept. of Human Services Division of Family and Children Services are now accepting gift donations for children in the foster care system. If you would like to adopt a child or children for Christmas, or for more information call 494-8987 or come by DHS office 360 Washington Street.
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Tashalee Rodriguez, of Boston, uses a smart phone app on Nov. 23 while shopping at Macy's in downtown Boston. Big retailers, are offering apps that feature a hefty selection of deals.
Shopping apps to get best prices
BY JOSEPH PISANI Associated Press NEW YORK — Looking to save a few bucks while you shop for holiday gifts? Don't hit the mall without these shopping apps. Many retailers, for instance, will match deals you find elsewhere, so these apps can help you find better prices to show the cashier. Some let you search for coupons, while others tell you whether you're better off buying online instead. And one keeps track of all those promotional fliers that do little good if you forget them at home. I tested more than a dozen shopping apps — in the process getting some of my holiday shopping done early. I narrowed the list to five because using them all at once can get time consuming. You want to beat others to the best deals, after all. Unfortunately, If you prefer to shop at mom and pop stores, you won't find any deals here. But if you don't mind big retailers, these apps offer a hefty selection of deals from them. The ones I chose are all free, easy to use and beautifully designed. n RetailMeNot (Available for Android, iPhone) This app lets you search for coupons from your favorite stores, so you can instantly save 10 percent, 20 percent or even more on a single item or your entire shopping cart. You can scroll through the list of hot deals on the home page or search for a specific store. You can add your favorite stores to a list to see the deals more quickly. The app uses the phone's location information to narrow the deals to the ones near you. I'm not saying these apps are problem-free. At Toys R Us, the cashier wasn't able to scan a 15 percent off coupon. RetailMeNot says many retailers have outdated scanners, but most will honor the discount anyway. That happened at Toys R Us after the cashier called for a manager. Getting the discount took longer than expected, and some people in line behind gave me bad looks. But the deal was worth it. The app lets you see both in-store and online deals. After walking into a Gap retail store, I found a coupon that works only online. So I left and went to Gap's website. RetailMeNot's 35 percent off coupon code saved me $20.26 on a $57.89 purchase. If you create an account, you can browse for deals on RetailMeNot's website. Any coupons you save on the website will show up on the app. They will delete when they expire. One annoyance: According to RetailMeNot, about a third of the coupons are uploaded by users. Employees go through them to make sure that they work, but some bad ones get through. About a month ago, I went to Gap with a coupon that didn't have an expiration date. But after the cashier called a manager, I was told it expired a week earlier. RetailMeNot says such problems are rare. To me, the savings from this app is worth the small inconveniences. n Amazon and RedLaser (Available for Android, iPhone, Windows) Many retailers, including Best Buy Co. Inc., Target Inc. and Toys R Us Inc., are promising to match cheaper prices you find online, hoping you'll buy on the spot and not wait until you can get to Amazon's website. To take advantage of that, install Amazon.com Inc.'s app on your phone. You can scan barcodes of items in the retail store and see how much it costs on Amazon. If you find a better price, show the app to a cashier. I've gotten cashiers at Best Buy, Target and Toys R Us to knock off as much as $10 on different items. The savings can add up. The RedLaser app, which is owned by eBay Inc., searches several online retailers, giving you more chances to find better prices than if you just searched Amazon. RedLaser doesn't search Amazon, so use both to make sure you are getting the lowest price. n Cartwheel by Target (Available for Android, iPhone) I tried apps for several retailers, but Target's was the best. Cartwheel is easy to use and has coupons for everything from electronics to toys to cereal. You can search for coupons by category as well as "collections," such as items to help ease a cold or holiday decorations. Once you find a coupon you want to use, you tap the add button. Then present the cashier with a single barcode that has collected all the coupons you selected. These coupons don't work online, only inside Target stores. The best part is that they can be used on top of other coupons you may find elsewhere. That can increase your savings a lot. n Flipp (Available for iPhone) I never remember to save retailers' promotional fliers that come in newspapers, even when I come across one that's tempting to use. They're hard to carry around, and they usually end up in the trash. The Flipp app can help. Flipp works with retailers and turns fliers digital. The digital version is identical to the paper one, and you can flip through it with a flick of your finger. You can also search by a store's name and digitally "clip" deals you want to save. If there's a store you shop at often, you can have new fliers automatically appear. While at Macy's, I found a flier that offered $10 off a $25 purchase. Several people ahead of me in line had the coupon cut out of the paper flier. I gave the cashier the coupon from the Flipp app. You can also use the app to build a shopping list or compare prices from different stores. Unfortunately, there's no Android version yet. The app just launched in November.
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We, the family of the late C. D. Shelton, wish to thank everyone for their random acts of kindness with their concerns, expressions of love, prayers, phone calls, cards, flowers, food and donations during our loss. Whatever part you portrayed during the illness and the bereavement of Mr. C. D. Shelton, it is greatly appreciated. May God Bless and Keep each of you. The family of C. D. Shelton - Virgie, Charles and Orson
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OTHERVIEWS How does Obamacare affect Tuition gap may shift enrollment folks like us?
  A friend who has a small business shared with me an interesting story about providing healthcare for his employees. He contacted Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) of Mississippi to get an estimate of costs. All he had to provide was generic information about his employees, i.e. age, gender, etc. On a lark he snuck in his own generic information anonymously. BCBS returned estimates of around $350+/month for individual employees’ health insurance under Obamacare restrictions and minimum standards! Prices skyrocketed to more than $1,000 if any of the employees wanted to cover children or other family members. Interestingly, my friend has had BCBS as his personal healthcare insurance provider for years. He’s currently paying around $470/ month to cover himself and his children. According to the estimate, his generic “employee” who matched his demographics would have to pay around $1,450/ month for family coverage! That’s 3-times the amount he’s currently paying for essentially the same coverage! When he pointed this out to the agent who had given him the estimate, the agent apparently was stunned to learn about such a huge difference in cost of coverage. We may not understand or care about all the squabbles going on in Washington, but all of us begin to take notice when our paychecks decrease or we have to pay much more for things like health insurance. Progressives, those who believe government should meet everybody’s needs, have been working to garner control over healthcare for generations. Obamacare is a big deal to them because it represents a major step toward government controlling our economy. Progressives started debate over Obamacare by promising to cover the 30 – 45 million Americans who didn’t have health insurance for whatever reason. The easiest and most obvious solution would have been to expand Medicaid to cover those who couldn’t afford health insurance. However, progressives wanted something that included all Americans…except those in Congress and the White House…oh yeah, and those groups that supAs part of the settlement in the Ayers case that challenged segregation in Mississippi’s higher education’s system, the state adopted the same admissions standards for all eight universities. Prior to that time, it was tougher to get into the historically white universities than the historically black ones — a disparity that federal courts found perpetuated segregation. Although universal admissions standards have been effective in increasing black enrollment at the historically white schools, they also have brought an unintended consequence. As the state made it easier to get into the three largest universities — Mississippi State, the University of Mississippi and the University of Southern Mississippi — the smaller schools struggled to maintain their enrollments. The problem has been particularly acute at the two Delta universities, Mississippi Valley State and Delta State, which not only have lost prospective students to the comprehensive schools but have also faced a steadily declining population in their region. A growing new disparity — this time in tuition costs — might help correct that, but it could also bring its own unintended consequence. Last week, the College Board approved a tuition plan for the next two years that will increase the cost of enrolling at five of the universities, but leave it unchanged at the two Delta schools and Mississippi University for Women. Next year, on tuition alone, it will be about 17 percent less expensive — more than a $1,000 cheaper — to attend one of these smaller universities than the three largest ones. The difference might be enough to
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Daniel GARDNER
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ported progressives in elections should get exemptions from Obamacare, too. From the beginning Obamacare was never about providing insurance or healthcare to the neediest among us, but about controlling all Americans’ access to healthcare. My friend who has the small business has recently learned his premium is jumping 40 percent higher for healthcare coverage for him and his family due to Obamacare. He’s been satisfied with his coverage, but this huge increase due largely to mandates in Obamacare and not due to any changes in his life is another reason we should care about what they’re doing in Washington. What about those 3045 million among us who didn’t have health insurance? Apparently a significant percentage are not bothering to sign up for Obamacare, instead trusting to the “system” that’s always covered them when they’ve needed help. Meanwhile hundreds of thousands who were satisfied with their health insurance coverage are seeing huge increases in monthly premiums, and doubling or more of out-of-pocket deductibles, from $1,000 to more than $8,000 per year in some cases. Some are having their plans cancelled because the plans don’t meet new “standards” under Obamacare. Claiming to help those without health insurance, progressives have oppressed middle class Americans and thrown the health care system into a cesspool of counterproductive and illconceived mandates and regulations.   Daniel L. Gardner is a syndicated columnist who lives in Starkville. You may contact him at Daniel@DanLGardner. com, or visit his website at http://www.danlgardner.com Feel free to interact with him on the Clarion-Ledger feature blog site blogs.clarionledger. com/dgardner/
better allocate the student populations among the universities, shifting them from the overcrowded larger schools to the underutilized smaller ones. One concern, of course, is that a tuition gap will undo some of the progress Mississippi has made in increasing black enrollments at the comprehensive universities. If the largest schools get priced out of the reach of the state’s poorer families, the minority enrollments of these schools most likely will decline. It’s a difficult balancing act. Can you prop up student numbers at universities in the heavily black areas of the state without reducing black enrollment elsewhere? What’s more important, diversity or keeping eight universities viable? The state may have to pick.
— Enterprise Journal
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Nunnelee reflects on Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is a uniquely American holiday. It does not celebrate a great leader or patriotic day, yet it is part of our national existence. While not a religious holiday, it is very much a part of my spiritual life. It is a season to recognize we have been blessed, and from that blessing springs a thankful heart. When I review the long list of things for which I am thankful in 2013, people top the list. I reflect on those who have died in this past year, and I am grateful that our lives intertwined. For those who are very much alive, the brevity of life reminds me to not take my time with them for granted. I have been blessed to be surrounded by wonderful people: parents and in-laws who have given me a great heritage, a wife who supports me, adult children and their spouses who make a dad proud, and two grand children. This Thanksgiving, the air will be filled with the squeals and laughter of Thomas and Harper playing on a tire swing in the front yard. I am thankful for freedom, and those who have fought for it. A little over a year ago, I had the great opportunity
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to administer the oath of office to my son as he entered the US Navy, and I reflect on those who are not with their families this year because they are keeping us free. The privilege of calling North Mississippi home is also a blessing. This is a place where we care about our neighbors and are committed to building a better world for successive generations. For Thanksgiving 2013, I echo the words of the Psalmist of old, “Praise God from whom all blessings flow.”
— Congressman Alan Nunnelee
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Remembering to count and share your blessings
By GARY ANDREWS gary@gadevotionals.com As we prepare ourselves for this festive Thanksgiving season, are we really thinking of anyone else besides our family and friends? Yes, this is a time for family and friends however we need to look around us and see the people that will have no Thanksgiving dinner or celebration because of no family, no friends, no money, and/or no food. These people are not hard to see if we just open our eyes and our hearts and reach out into our community. About 20 years ago I attended a church whose pastor had a passion for missions and helping local people. He suggested a program for the church called “Feeding of the Five Thousand” and it has been a tremendous hit with everyone in the church and the community. Many other churches have joined in this great event and it is a way to get everyone involved. It takes a lot of preparation and much direction but the people stepped up and made it work. In the gospel of Luke 9:10-17 we read how Jesus fed the five thou-
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sand people that had gathered by the Sea of Galilee to hear Him speak. Even though His disciples questioned how He could do this with five loaves of bread and two fish, they trusted in Him to do as He said He would. Don’t we question our sources on how we can help feed the hungry even though we have plenty to share? As a single person or family we may not be able to help very many but as a collective group such as a church(s) or a community we can accomplish feeding the multitude. I have been very blessed by knowing a restaurant owner in my hometown that opened his doors to anyone and everyone on Thanksgiving Day and fed them for free. His generous heart was a welcome sign to many that may not have anything to eat on that day. Even though he was out quite a bit of money and food he always told me the blessings he received from helping those in need. We, as Americans, have been blessed with abundance because of the nation we live in. Our nation shares our resources with many around the world but I, for one, don’t believe they do enough for the needy in our own country. Many of our communities come together and feed the locals that are homeless and hungry
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and this is what we should be doing. As this church did and continues to do, the “Feeding the Five Thousand” program has been and will always be a tremendous success and one of the greatest witness tools a person, church, or community will ever need. As this tremendous holiday approaches it is my hope that all of us look around us and see the possibilities that lie within just a few feet of where we are working or residing. Even though the crowd was gathering to hear Jesus speak, I believe we will be surprised to the ones that will listen to us when we also offer help, about the plan of salvation. This Thanksgiving let’s thank God for all He has given us and remember the many blessings we have received from Him. Then let’s go forth and share what we have. (Suggested daily Bible readings: Sunday – Matthew 14:13-21; Monday – Deuteronomy 8:10-14; Tuesday – 1 Thessalonians 5:18; Wednesday – Joel 2:26-27; Thursday – Colossians 2:6-7; Friday – 2 Samuel 7:18-22; Saturday – Philippians 4:4-7.) A255-13 Gary Andrews is the author of Encouraging Words: 30-days in God’s Word. To obtain a copy go to his website gadevotionals.com.
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A day to give thanks
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In this 105th number of Psalms I have found some instructions for praise and thanksgiving. The first thing that the writer tells us to do is to give thanks unto the Lord and call upon his name. I never enrolled in a formal etiquette class and I know I’m dumb to a lot of stuff. Sometimes I don’t hold my fork right. When I am real hungry I eat the garnish. I’ll wipe my mouth on my sleeve and every now and then I’ll burp at the table. But one thing my momma taught me to do that I will never fail to do is to say, “Thank you.” If somebody does something for you it is just good manners to say “Thank you”. I have never been punished, penalized or persecuted for saying Thank you. I don’t do my good deeds for the thanks and I know God will bless me whether you say it or not, but it sure does make me feel appreciated when people at least acknowledge that I helped them. If we feel good when people give thanks it stands to reason that God does as well. I would rather please God and make God feel good about me than man. So if the people who don’t thank me would just thank God I would feel much better. Then the Psalmist said to call on his name. The older I get the more I learn the importance of calling sticks closer than a brother; just call on the name of Jesus. And as this psalmist admonishes us to do; when you call on him don’t forget to give thanks. Also contained in this 105th number of psalms is three ways we are told to honor God in our thanksgiving. According to verse 1 we are told to make known his deeds among the people. All of us ought to have something to be thankful for. If we really appreciate God for all he has done, one way to show how much we thank him is by telling it. Somebody ought to be able to say that God has healed your body. They’ll never print this in the American Journal of Medicine but there is more healing in his name and in the hem of his garment than in all the hospitals in the world. That’s why the old folks used to call him a doctor in a sick room. If the Lord did that for you; you ought to tell somebody. Somebody ought to be able to say that God let you out of jail. They’ll never print this in the journals of jurist prudence but there is more justice in the hand of God than in the Circuit Court, Municipal Court, Justice Court, Chancery Court and the Supreme Court. Maybe that’s why the old folks used to call him a lawyer in a courtroom. If the Lord has done that for you then you ought to tell somebody. Somebody ought to be able to say that God gave you peace in the middle of a storm. Their heart was broken and their mind was too. Life seemed to be gone out but then God stepped in. Maybe that’s why the old folks used to call him a heart fixer and a mind regulator. If he has done that for you then you ought to tell somebody. The singing of praises and hymns of thanksgiving is becoming less and less meaningful in our worship settings. Many churches have good choirs to sing. We will pack the house for a good gospel singing. But when it comes to participating is the singing, many church folks act like that is not their job. There is no excuse for a child of God not singing along with the congregation anytime praises and thanksgiving are lifted up to the Lord. If the Lord has been good to you then you should not be ashamed to sing his praise. If you are tired I will pray your strength in the Lord but please don’t short God of his praise. If you are mad at the world, mad at your husband, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend, boo or best friend don’t take it out on the Lord. He has been too good and you have been the recipient of too
I hurt
Thank you Lord for you continue to heal, to mold, to comfort, to reveal. As I bear my heart to man; I must accept what comes my way. But Lord as I trust in you, you give me comfort. I accept all the word of God as he accepts me. I hurt when I love man but I heal when I love God. Today, today, today I hurt. I can feel and I acknowledge a pressing in my spirit. I am experiencing a pressing in an area of my life that I was not quite ready to release. Yet, God says that it is time. I am having a Red Sea experience. God has allowed me to stay in a place of bondage, a fleshy place but now he is calling me out and it hurts. He wants to separate me from this thing and in my head and heart I’m truly not ready, and for this reason, it hurts! I am rebelling against the will of God, the urging of the Holy Spirit, and against all that I know to be true. I must deal with this weakness, this issue, this desire of my flesh, this stronghold, this weight that is hindering me from being obedient to the word of God. On this journey, I am taken to the word… for I need his help to move past his event, this pain, this hindrance in my walk with the Lord. I know from past experiences that I must deal with this thing for it is but another step that I must take, yet another stronghold, another chain that God is prepared to break in the name of Jesus. 1 John 3:8-9 says He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning; because he has been born of God. Hallelujah! Thank you for the blood! I am redeemed by the word of God. I know that I must be obedient to the word for I am born of God.
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on his name. When I was a little boy I used to see my grandma sitting with tears in her eyes and I could never understand why grandma would cry all the time. Sometimes I would just ease up close to her and I would hear her simply say, “Jesus.” Then years later I would see my momma do the same thing. As I eased up close to her I noticed tears in her eyes and she would simply say, “Jesus.” Sometimes I see my wife with tears in her eyes and I don’t have to wonder what’s wrong. When I ease up close to her I realize that it is not what’s wrong; it’s what’s right. I used to think it was just a woman thing but I was wrong. Every now and then tears will fill up in the wells of my eyes and I find myself uttering his name; Jesus. You see, I have come to discover that there is power in that name. There’s joy in that name. There’s comfort and peace in that name. So when you find yourself backed in a corner, just call on the name of Jesus. When you need a friend that
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So this old struggle that is hurting me, it will have to hurt because I know the work that was done on the cross was not in vain. For God has brought me from a “mighty long way.” I know that he is just calling me closer for his good. I also know that he’s an on-time God. I know that my understanding is nothing compared to his, so I must trust him. I don’t have to know or like what’s going on but I must go along with the plan because I do know that he cares for me. I know that he knows what’s best for me and that his plan for me does not include this “sin” that I carry. I must die daily to myself. I must decrease and allow him to increase in me. Help Holy Spirit. Oh my! Just by releasing the truth to you, for I come just as I am; I feel my breakthrough. Hallelujah, oh my Lord. This is just a reminder of just how deeply I need you in my life. It is just a reminder that I am so weak because it is you who is strong. Lord, I need you so; I cannot do this thing without you. Although I hurt now, I know it is but for a season. I know that my joy comes in the morning. I know that I will be the better as I release all to you. How deeply do I need you? What’s hurting you today? What are you holding on to that God is calling you to release? Father, you know that we need you now because of who you are. Join me on this journey, let’s toil together as we enter into his presence, and let’s stand together lest the other fall. We need him every day, in every way. Be blessed in the Lord.
Be a forgiver
Matthew 6: 14-15 “For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father, will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men, their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses”. I welcome you in the name of Jesus Christ that we all forgive all who have wronged us and who we have wronged. Whether you believe it or not the devil knows the day you forgive all and come together in the sight of God. Power from on high will fill your heart to move in true prayer for others. Now, if you don’t forgive, it will eat away at you so deep, you will not be able to function in their presence and you will lose focus on Christ. It will cost unforgiveness to have control over your mind. Jesus gives a startling warning about forgiveness: If we refuse to forgive others, God will refuse to forgive us. Why? Because when
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we don’t forgive others, we are denying our common ground as sinners in need of God’s forgiveness. God’s forgiveness of sin is not the direct result of our forgiving others, but it is based on our realizing what forgiveness means. Be tenderhearted to each other. It is easy to ask God for forgiveness but difficult to grant it to others. You must ask forgiveness from others even when you have asked God for forgiveness as well. Amen.
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Duke beats Alabama 74-64 Iron Bowl highlights final week
NEW YORK — Alabama used its pressure defense to stay in the game with No. 6 Duke but it just wasn't enough to get the Crimson Tide a victory. Freshman Jabari Parker matched his season-high with 27 points, setting the school record for consecutive 20-point games to start a career, and the Blue Devils beat Alabama 74-64 on Wednesday night in the semifinals of the NIT Season TipOff. "It is November, but I think for our team it's a tough lesson, sometimes with a loss," Alabama coach Anthony Grant said. "But hopefully what we need, it's always going to come down to consistency for us. We've got to step up and make some of the plays in the first half that we didn't make. Obviously Duke had a lot to do with that. But it's a learning experience and we're going to try to get better." Duke closed the first half on an 11-2 run to take a 33-22 lead and the Blue Devils opened the second half on a 13-6 run for their biggest lead of the game, 46-28 with 15:23 to play. The Crimson Tide, taking advantage of Duke's season-high 19 turnovers, used a 12-0 run to get within 46-40 with 12:07 left. "They had a pretty sizable cushion," Grant said. "We weren't able to be effective enough to win the game. Whatever the turnovers were, they scored 74 points in the game, shot a pretty good clip from the field, got to the free throw line quite a bit. I would say their attack against what we were doing was pretty effective." Trevor Releford, Alabama's leading scorer, finished with 11 points, seven below his season average. "The way they were guarding I couldn't be aggressive and do the things that I do," he said. "But you've got to learn and I've got to be better for my team." On the pressing defense that caused the turnovers, Releford said: "That's just how we play. We play like that, get turnovers, and for 40 minutes we just need to be more effective." Parker entered the game shooting 58 percent and he improved that number by going 9 of 12 from the field. He had eight rebounds and was 9 of 10 from the free throw line in matching his point total in the Blue Devils' only loss, 83-54 to No. 2 Kansas. "He gets his points in the flow of the offense and we should go through him a lot," coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "We had foul trouble with Rodney. Usually it's through them. We went to Jabari even more." The Blue Devils (6-1) will face No. 4 Arizona, which beat Drexel 66-62, in the championship game on Friday at Madison Square GarAssociated Press
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Duke's Quinn Cook, center, shoots against Alabama's Rodney Cooper (left) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the semifinals of the NIT Season Tip-off tournament Wednesday in New York. den. It's a matchup of the program with the most NIT Season Tip-Off titles — Duke with four — against one of three programs tied for second with three. "Arizona is older and they are really big for us," Krzyzewski said. "Over the years, we have always played really difficult schedules and this year is no different. I'm just glad we have an opportunity to play for a championship. "Arizona is probably ahead of some other teams. Arizona, Michigan State, because they have guys who have played prominent roles, back. And then they have added a great guard and a great wing to their lineup, and so they are big. It will be completely different, from playing this game. They can post three guys from their starting lineup. They post their front line. That's where we are not real big. That will be interesting how we try to get that going." Nick Jacobs led Alabama (3-2) with 18 points and seven rebounds. Algie Key added 11 points. Duke is 25-2 in the NIT Season Tip-Off and has won 14 straight games in the tournament. The Blue Devils were coming off a 91-90 home victory over Vermont, a game that ended with the Catamounts having the ball but not getting off a final shot. It didn't get that close at the end Wednesday, but the Crimson Tide took advantage of the turnovers to be within 56-51 with 5:19 left. Alabama was within six points three times in the final 3:18 but the Blue Devils were able to go up by as many as 10 points. "Teams play well against us. It's a great opportunity for the sun to shine on a program, and so we have to expect that," Krzyzewski said. The only other Duke player to start his career with six straight 20-point games was Art Heyman in 1961-62. "He's probably, in my eight years as a head coach, the most talented freshman I've seen just from his size, his physicality and his skill level," Grant said of Parker. "He's able to make tough shots and free himself for the open shot and he's able to get himself to the free throw line. He's just a really, really talented player. They have got a lot of really good players around them, as well."
A look at five things to watch as the Southeastern Conference enters the final week of the regular season: GAME OF THE WEEK: No. 1 Alabama at No. 4 Auburn. Never before in the regular season has a top-ranked Alabama team faced anyone ranked as high as this Auburn squad. The winner reaches the SEC championship game. Alabama has won four of the last five Iron Bowls and has held Auburn without an offensive touchdown in their last two meetings. Auburn, a 10 ½-point underdog, ranks second nationally in rushing. Alabama ranks fourth in run defense. "We aren't going to hype up things," Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said. "It's already big enough." BEST MATCHUP: No. 19 Texas A&M offensive tackles Jake Matthews and Cedric Ogbuehi vs. No. 5 Missouri defensive ends Michael Sam and Kony Ealy: Matthews is an Outland Trophy finalist and a likely first-round draft pick. Ogbuehi, a junior, also is regarded as an eventual early-round draft pick. They're facing a Missouri defense that tops the SEC with 35 sacks. Sam has 10 sacks and 17 tackles for loss to lead the SEC in both categories. Ealy has 6 ½ sacks. A victory Saturday sends the fifth-ranked Tigers to the SEC championship game. NUMBERS GAME: Vanderbilt's 16 wins over the last two years represent its highest total over a two-year stretch since 1927-28. Vanderbilt's Jordan Matthews is the first SEC player to have back-to-back seasons with 90 catches. He's four receptions away from becoming the first SEC player ever to catch 100 passes in a season. ... Missouri coach Gary Pinkel earned his 100th career victory last week and improved to 100-62. He's one win shy of Don Faurot's school record for career coaching victories. LONG SHOT: Georgia and Tennessee will need to be careful as road favorites this week. Georgia visits 3-point underdog Georgia Tech without star quarterback Aaron Murray, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee against Kentucky last week. Hutson Mason will make his first career start in Murray's place. Tennessee must find motivation at four-point underdog Kentucky now that the Volunteers' bowl hopes have evaporated. PLAYER ON THE SPOT: One of the biggest keys to the Alabama-Auburn game will be how Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall handles the pressure of his first Iron Bowl. A.J. McCarron has plenty of experience in this rivalry after leading Alabama to one-sided victories over Auburn each of the last two years. Marshall has carried Auburn this far primarily with his legs, but Alabama's outstanding run defense could force the Tigers to pass a little more often than usual this week.
No. 15 LSU, Arkansas ready to play for ‘Boot’
BY BRETT MARTEL Associated Press BATON ROUGE, La. — Zach Mettenberger unapologetically explains why he has a hard time viewing 15th-ranked LSU's regular-season finale against Arkansas as a cause for celebration. "It's pretty depressing — another chapter in a lot of guys' lives passing by," the Tigers' senior quarterback said this week. "You spend so much time with all these guys that it's going to be tough to not be around them every day." For Mettenberger, college football has been a sometimes bumpy five-year journey from Georgia — where he was dismissed — to community college in Kansas, to LSU, where he spent one year at third-string before finally taking his first snaps as a starter in 2012. After leading the Tigers (8-3, 4-3 Southeastern Conference) into Friday's "battle for the Golden Boot" against the Razorbacks (3-8, 0-7), and one last bowl game, "I'll never get to play college ball again," Mettenberger lamented. "It's five years I'll never get back," he said. "So I think the word 'depressing' is only fitting. ... I'll never get to play in Tiger Stadium again." By the time Mettenberger starts preparing for the NFL draft, he could be remembered as the best passer in LSU history. He is 74 yards from becoming only the third quarterback to reach 3,000 yards in a season. Rohan Davey's single-season LSU record of 3,347 yards, set in 2001, is well within reach during the final two games. Jarvis Landry said LSU's receivers intend to help Mettenberger "leave his name in the record books forever." The game also holds the potential to alter Arkansas' record books in ways good and bad. Running back Alex Collins will almost certainly become a rare freshman to surpass 1,000 yards rushing. But the Razorbacks also hope to avoid lengthening their school-record eightgame losing streak, along with a first winless record in SEC play since joining the league in 1992. "The Boot is very important. We don't have much to play for other than this big trophy and this rivalry game," Arkansas defensive end Chris Smith said. "If we can definitely come out with the win and get this big trophy, it will be a big deal for us." Here are five things to know about the game: TRADITION: Arkansas and LSU have met 58 times since 1901, with LSU winning 36 and tying twice. This season marks the 18th meeting since they began playing for the "Golden Boot," a 175-pound trophy standing about 4 feet tall and shaped like the two border states. The Tigers have won the boot 11 times, while the Razorbacks most recently won it in 2010. For 15 of the past 17 years, the game has been played as the regular-season finale on the Friday after Thanksgiving, but it's scheduled for midNovember next year. Many of the games have been close, regardless of either team's record. "I feel like every year we play Arkansas the game goes down to the wire," LSU junior defensive tackle Ego Ferguson said. DYNAMIC DUO: LSU's Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry entered this week as the only 1,000-yard receiving duo in the nation. Beckham has 56 catches for 1,101 yards and eight TDs, while Landry has 67 catches for 1,059 yards and 10 TDs.
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LSU wide receiver Jarvis Landry (80) celebrates his touchdown reception with wide receiver Kadron Boone (86) and tight end DeSean Smith in the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday against Texas A&M in Baton Rouge, La., RUNNING RAZORBACKS: Collins is 2 yards from becoming only the second player in Arkansas history to top 1,000 yards rushing as a freshman, joining Darren McFadden. "Hopefully we keep him at 1 yard," LSU defensive tackle Anthony Johnson said. "But he's a
great runner." Collins is not the Hogs' only productive ball carrier. Jonathan Williams has rushed for 842 yards. Arkansas has surpassed 200 yards rushing in seven games.
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Yellow Jackets set to slow down Georgia offense
BY GEORGE HENRY Associated Press ATLANTA — Georgia Tech linebacker Quayshawn Nealy expects no drop-off when junior quarterback Hutson Mason makes his first career start for Georgia. It's been a recurring theme this year for Georgia's offense — when one big playmaker goes down, someone else fills the void. The player that went down last week, four-year starting quarterback Aaron Murray, is the biggest name yet. "Everybody knows about Murray, but Hutson Mason has completed over 68 percent of his passes," Nealy said this week. "At the end of the Kentucky game, he moved the ball well. We're going to have to play him just as well as we play Murray." Mason, in his fourth year at Georgia, is making his first start because Murray underwent season-ending surgery earlier this week. Even though the Bulldogs will arrive Saturday at Bobby Dodd Stadium with Murray, Malcom Mitchell, Keith Marshall and Justin Scott-Wesley unable to play, Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson believes Georgia still has enough offensive weapons to cause problems. Look no further than tailback Todd Gurley, whom Johnson compares to Bulldogs legend Herschel Walker. Johnson says if Gurley "isn't the best running back in the country, he is certainly part of a small line." It's not hard to see why. Despite missing three games with an ankle injury, Gurley returned to help Georgia beat Florida four weeks ago and has averaged 6.2 yards per carry and 12.7 yards per catch in 74 touches since. The sophomore also has scored six touchdowns. Last year against Georgia Tech in Athens, Gurley ran for two early touchdowns and finished with 97 yards on 12 carries and two catches for 20 yards. Gurley finished last season as Georgia's first true freshman to rush for 1,000 yards since Walker in 1980. "To get him to the ground, we're going to need a lot of defenders around him to make tackles," Nealy said. "It's going to take just one guy to bring him down. It's going to take the whole team. That's we're working in practice and that's what we plan on doing in the game." The Jackets (7-4) have lost 10 the last 11 series matchups with Georgia (7-4). Under new defensive coordinator Ted Roof, the Jackets' run defense ranks 10th in the nation, but top opponents like Clemson and Miami have fared better than the lesser teams on Georgia Tech's schedule. Clemson racked up 556 yards of total offense, 173 on the ground, in the Jackets' 55-31 loss two weeks ago. At Miami on Oct. 5, Georgia Tech was beaten 45-30 as the Hurricanes piled up 551 total yards, 227 on the ground. Johnson expects Gurley to get plenty of touches. "They're going to get him the ball because he's a load to tackle," Johnson said. "That will be a challenge."
— Associated Press
Kentucky’s Andrew Harrison (left) shoots in front of Eastern Michigan’s Karrington Ward (14) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday in Lexington, Ky.
Kentucky rips Eastern Michigan
BY GARY B. GRAVES Associated Press LEXINGTON, Ky. — What pleased Aaron Harrison even more than a good night scoring was seeing Kentucky teammates such as Willie Cauley-Stein also thrive, particularly when the ball was lobbed in the air for easy dunks. Both Wildcats had plenty of good examples to reflect on against Eastern Michigan. Aaron Harrison scored 22 points, Cauley-Stein added 15, and third-ranked Kentucky earned its 500th Rupp Arena win by beating the Eagles 81-63 on Wednesday. "I could've played a lot better," said Harrison, who made 9 of 11 free throws along with five baskets including three from beyond the arc. "Staying focused is one thing I need to work on. I made some shots today compared to Monday (3 of 8 from the field)." Two days after escaping Cleveland State with a late rally, the Wildcats (61) were more methodical in improving to 500-62 lifetime in the 37-year-old home named for legendary coach Adolph Rupp. Leading just 35-32 at halftime, Kentucky steadily built it to double digits with 12:52 left and led by as many as 21 with 2:39 remaining. Kentucky controlled the glass, outrebounding the Eagles 52-33 including 19 offensive and scoring 23 secondchance points. The Wildcats' only blemish was 20 turnovers leading to 18 points for the Eagles. "We're getting better," said Wildcats coach John Calipari, adding that he got some perspective on his young, talented team from former Wildcats coach Joe B. Hall. "We're showing signs. Coach Hall made me feel good yesterday, he said, 'would you stop? You have the youngest team in the country. Not always going to come on our terms. It will hit them at some point and you'll say, wow, they're finally figuring it out. We're not there yet." Perhaps, but Kentucky took a small step forward. Julius Randle overcame foul trouble that sidelined him in the first half to contribute all 14 points and nine of his 10 rebounds after halftime in posting his seventh double-double. The alley-oops helped Cauley-Stein
shoot 6 of 12 from the field coming off the bench after last-minute confusion had Marcus Lee starting instead of him. The 7-footer shook it off to grab eight rebounds and tie a career high with seven blocks. "I've been playing good coming off the bench, but it's either way," Cauley-Stein said. "It really doesn't bother me if I don't (start). If I do, hooray. If I don't, then I can just come off the bench." Aaron Harrison added seven rebounds and James Young six with six points before 22,721 including actress and Kentucky native Ashley Judd. Dakari Johnson added 10 points and seven rebounds for the Wildcats. Kentucky also held EMU (5-1) to 24of-66 shooting (36 percent) in dealing the Eagles their first loss. Darell Combs' 23 points led Eastern Michigan, which got just seven combined points from leading scorer Karrington Ward and guard Raven Lee, both of whom entered the game averaging 18 points per contest. "I give Kentucky a lot of credit," Eagles coach Rob Murphy said. "They play pretty good defense and their size got the best of us."
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McCarron thinking win, not Heisman
BY JOHN ZENOR Associated Press TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — AJ McCarron has risen to the occasion on big stages with Southeastern Conference and national titles on the line. Now, top-ranked Alabama's quarterback steps onto one with something more personal potentially at stake, too: His Heisman Trophy chances. McCarron can bolster his case if he leads the Crimson Tide past rival No. 4 Auburn on Saturday and looks good doing it. The player whose gaudiest numbers are the wins and championships he has collected remains adamant that he's all about winning games, not statues. But a win would secure him an even grander showcase in the SEC championship game for another BCS title game trip. McCarron insists the Heisman isn't on his mind. "I ain't worried about that," he said. "If it comes, it comes. If not, I just want us to win." Wide receiver Kevin Norwood said he's never heard his friend and quarterback talk about the Heisman. Norwood thinks McCarron is worthy, even if his statistics aren't jump-off-the-page terrific in the Tide's balanced offense. "I think he deserves it," Norwood said. "For a quarterback to come in the Alabama system under Nick Saban and go out and do the things he has done, helping this team win two national championships and on the way to probably winning another one ... He has less interceptions than anybody. For him to not get
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the recognition he needs, it's ridiculous. But we can't manage that. That's up to the media and politics." McCarron's not about to politic for the individual award. He's waged a pretty good campaign on the field during his career by virtue of poise and consistency. He has led the Tide (110, 7-0 SEC) to 36 wins in 38 starts, plus two straight national titles. He can match Southern California's Matt Leinart for the third-highest winning percentage by a major college starting quarterback if Alabama beats the Tigers (101, 6-1) at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The Tigers don't want him having a so-called Heisman moment on their field. Auburn defensive end Dee Ford, though, said it's not about trying to deny McCarron college football's most coveted individual award. "We're not trying to take that from him," said Ford, one of the SEC's top pass rushers. "We want to stop him. I'm not thinking about him not winning the Heisman. He's not going to come in here and just have his way." While other players have had struggles on or off the field, McCarron has been terrific against No. 19 Texas A&M and solid versus No. 15 LSU and every other opponent. His two-interception game against Mississippi State seems like an aberration. McCarron, who owns Alabama career marks for passing yards (8,355) and touchdowns (72), has passed for 2,399 yards with 23 touchdowns against five interceptions.
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FAITh & LOcAl Missing out on something special NMMC hosts spirit
“Could we all sit down for a minute?” a daughter asked her dad and mother one day. “I’d like to talk to you about something.” They sat on the couch and she was just starting to talk when the phone rang. Her dad went to answer it and returned after several minutes. She began again to talk, but once more the phone interrupted. This time her dad was gone almost thirty minutes. When he came back, he announced he had turned on the answering machine. But it was too late! She said, “Oh, never mind. It wasn’t important anyway.” The moment for sharing had passed, and they never learned what she wanted to tell them that day. I was reminded of that experience this week when I was studying my Sunday to forgive me and to help me focus on Him, to block out all the interruptions sent by the evil one to distract and pull me away from that personal, intimate time alone with Him. Martha, the sister of Mary and Lazarus, allowed distractions to pull her away from a special time with Jesus. Although she was preparing physical food for Jesus and the others, Jesus told her, “Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away” (Luke 10:41-42). Someone has said that if Satan can’t make us bad, he will make us busy. But the devil cannot make us do anything. He has no power over us as believers as Paul reminds us in Romans 8:2. “The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.” In other words, sin no longer has power over me, but I can choose to sin. The Holy Spirit, who came to live within me when I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior, gives me the power to resist the temptation to sin. Am I saying that yielding to distraction is sin? It can be – plus, it is also rude! How do you feel when you are sharing something personal with someone and that person leaves or begins doing something else? Have distractions caused you to miss out on something special? “God will keep us in perfect peace when our minds are stayed (fixed) on Him” (Isaiah 26:3). For Daily Times Leader Join North Mississippi Medical Center Spirit of Women for "Spirit Pure & Simple" featuring Patricia "Sister" Schubert Barnes, founder of Sister Schubert's Homemade Rolls, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, at the Summit Center in Tupelo. Tickets are $25 and include dinner. Spirit of Women members who have paid the lifetime $10 membership fee will also receive a free gift. For ticket information, call 1-800-THE DESK or visit www.nmhs.net/ spirit_of_women by Jan. 17. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for visiting exhibits and shopping vendors. Several door prizes will be awarded, including the grand prize-a custom set of jewelry created especially for Spirit of
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Gwen YARBER
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School lesson. Just as I started getting into the Word and discovering some new truths, a distraction presented itself. When I got back to the study, that special time of revelation had passed. The parents apologized to their daughter for having allowed something to rob them of that special time with her, and she forgave them. I have asked the Lord
Women by designer Laura Marlowe. The nickname, "Sister," came from an older sister who couldn't pronounce her name. The roll recipe was handed down by her grandmother. Back around 1989, Barnes baked these famous rolls in her Troy, Ala., kitchen, only for family and friends. But today, more than 9 million rolls each day come from bakeries in Luverne and Saraland, Ala.; and Horse Cave, Ky. In September 2000, Barnes sold the stock in her company to Lancaster Colony, a specialty foods corporation in Columbus, Ohio. Barnes serves as Culinary Ambassador for Alabama and is on the board of directors for the Alabama Women's Hall of Fame.
STRESS
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doors has an impact on the body, both physiologically and emotionally. “If you’re spending all of your time inside and it’s gloomy and cold outside and the window you’re looking out seems really grey, and all these other stressors have piled up and become overwhelming, it can be easy for someone to slip in a place of sadness, blues, depression, anxiety or all of the above,” Woods said. For those who struggle with sadness or depression, Woods said the holidays could become a slippery slope for sinking into depression. She said those who may be prone to slip should make sure the people they are around are aware. “If they are slipping, they need to make family members aware of how they’re feeling or someone that they trust or a close friend,” she said. “Maybe talk to a pastor or even a counselor.” The weather surrounding the holidays can also cause problems for people’s health. Seasonal affective disorder can begin in the fall and continue through the winter months. McKinney said the best way to keep stress down is simple: cope. “You have to cope,” he said. “Do you exercise, eat healthy, and sleep well? If not, start there. Are you happy with your social network? That’s important, too. Are you able to regulate your emotions and thoughts? Sometimes we can turn to a friend or to ourselves to get through things, but other times it’s nice to be able to ask a professional for help.” Woods said she sees many people during the holiday season who need help managing stress. She recommended three areas to help alleviate stress during the holidays. She said planning, maintaining physical and spiritual health and communication were keys to a happy holiday season. By planning, Woods said people can identify their priorities and understanding the true reason for the season. “Set reasonable goals,” she said. “Know your limits and set boundaries, especially financial boundaries. That also applies to boundaries with people or overextending yourself.” Health-wise, Woods said people should make sure they are spending time maintaining their spiritual health by knowing where true sustenance comes from. Physically, eating healthy meals, getting eight hours of sleep, and taking mini breaks can help create a calm routine. When it comes to communication, Woods said people should express expectations to the people surrounding them. “Ask for what you need,” she said. “Learn to ask for help, be comfortable saying no and practice compromising. … This is really all common sense, but I get a lot of people that come in at the holidays needing help managing their stress.”
— Associated Press
Spectators dressed as turkey stand behind police barricades as they wait for the 87th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Thursday in New York.
PARADE
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warm apartment. “He’s probably watching the parade on TV,” Matthew said. “Loser.” “Lazy is more like the operative word,” joked their mother, Alison Ragbe. In Philadelphia, gusty winds of 28 mph limited use of balloons during the city’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, with officials citing concern for the safety of participants and spectators. Instead of flying along the entire route, the balloons soared only around Eakins Oval and the broadcast area near the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Elsewhere in the country, Thanksgiving traditions were largely unaffected by the weather. Jim Leyland, former manager of the Detroit Tigers, served as grand marshal of that city’s Thanksgiving Day parade, which is billed as the nation’s second largest, behind New York’s. Revelers braved snow showers and slick roads to attend the festivities, which included about two dozen floats and a performance by singer Ruben Studdard. In Washington, President Barack Obama and his family paused to celebrate a quiet holiday at the White House. Their menu was quintessential Thanksgiving, including turkey, honey-baked ham, cornbread stuffing, greens and six choices of pie. In New York City, volunteers
“If they are slipping, they need to make family members aware of how they’re feeling or someone that they trust or a close friend. Maybe talk to a pastor or even a counselor.”
Wendie Woods
Clinical Director, Christian Counseling
from Citymeals-on-Wheels helped escort dozens of elderly residents from neighborhoods affected by Superstorm Sandy to a restaurant feast in Manhattan. The organization funded almost 20,500 Thanksgiving meals, including 13,000 delivered in advance to homebound elderly. On Wednesday, two American astronauts on board the International Space Station, Mike Hopkins and Rick Mastracchio, released a video from 260 miles above Earth showing off their traditional Thanksgiving meal: irradiated smoked turkey, thermostabilized yams, cornbread dressing, potatoes, freeze-dried asparagus, baked beans, bread, cobbler and dehydrated green bean casserole.
TREE
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while no one was really certain how long the annual tree lighting had been part of the church’s holiday activities, her husband had helped obtain the tree before the one in use now. “He went out and helped get it and plant it,” Moore said. “I told him it was going to get too big.” And it did. Thompson said last year the group had to replace the old tree, as “it got to where we just about had to use a boom truck to get it lit.” However, the tree still had plenty to contribute. “We were able to pull it up and save it,” Thompson said. “We made a really nice cross from it, and we use it on Good Friday and the Easter Service. We used some of the greenery from it that same year to decorate the church, too.” great-grandchildren just to think about them.” Moore said the fellowship of the season was certainly felt in the tree-lighting, and each year it always managed to fully shine. Thompson agreed, saying just watching the branches “go from dark to light” could be a powerful thing. “Just (seeing) the amount of people that’s participated — reaching out to people that have lost makes it special,” Thompson said. “People will come to the church and say ‘Aha! I remember them.’” Those interested in obtaining lights in honor of friends or loved ones (both living or deceased) may contact Thompson at 295-1773, Moore at 494-1651 or Carol Sims, head of the UMC women’s group, at 494-6238.
BRINKLEY
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many blessings to hold out on God. If he woke you up this morning; praise him. If he clothed you in your right mind; praise him. If he gave you the activity of your limbs; praise him. The Lord doesn’t care that you had a bad day. Most of your days have been good days so you should give God the praise and thank him for his mercy and his grace. The seeking is tied to rejoicing (v. 3). The joy comes to those that seek God. However, according to verse 4 we are to seek the Lord and his strength. I need the strength of God to help me get through each and every day.
— File photo
Keith Thompson and Ruth Moore stand with the memorial tree at Palestine United Methodist Church in Clay County. It’s about more than trees and lights, or even the fundraising. Moore said the tree gives residents a chance to remember their loved ones and honor those who’ve gone. It’s her favorite aspect of the annual fundraiser. “We hear from those who give to honor their loved ones,” she said. “It’s just caring for the people. I always get one for my husband, and sometimes I’ll give for my
SEEK IT
The cares of the world, the cares of my job (not to mention my ministry) can be unbearable. I’m sure that all of us have problems, cares and concerns. In fact some people have more burdens than I. I am so thankful for the word of God because I know that he will not put more on us than we can bear. God deserves our thanksgiving and our praise; not man. The only other words I have for you come from the Lord himself in Matt. 7:6-7. Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet and turn again and rend you. Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
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HOROSCOPE
by Jacqueline Bigar
ARIES (March 21-April 19) You can’t seem to indulge someone enough, whether you are participating in the Black Friday shopping frenzy or simply hanging back with this person. Don’t worry -- there is no question about your feelings, or his or hers. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) You can do only so much, and then you need to pull back and observe the results. Know that you can’t always tweak a situation to your liking. Screen your calls, as many people could be seeking you out. Be present in the moment. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) You are so upbeat about every facet of the long weekend that you might feel like a kid who is waiting for Santa. Do not forget to check in with a loved one. Your presence makes all the difference to this person. CANCER (June 21-July 22) Understand that it could be hard to make a family member happy. This person could be vested in staying grumpy, and there is little that you can do. In fact, if you keep trying to change his or her mood, you can be sure that he or she will repeat this act! LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) Plans made yesterday probably still will work. Getting together with a special friend over a long meal puts a smile on both your faces. Before you know it, hours will have flown by. Take advantage of Black Friday, or at least check it out. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) You might be quite busy dispensing funds today as you buy one great gift after another. Try to resist playing the “one for you, one for me, one for Sally, another for me” game. Schedule a late meal with a loved one before he or she leaves town. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) You might feel as if you are on top of the world. Make the most of today. Reach out to an old friend and make plans to get together. Each of you feeds the others’ sense of humor. Be sensitive to a loved one’s expectations.
ON THIS DAY...
November 29, 1973
CITY BOARD MAKES ENERGY DECISIONS
The West Point Board of Mayor and Selectmen voted Wednesday night to take positive steps towards cutting back the city’s use of electricity in the wake of the country’s energy crisis. The Christmas street decorations in the downtown area will not be lighted until December 18. The lights will be on from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. each night until Christmas. Mayor Kenny Dill says, “Many citizens expressed their feelings that the lights should be turned on for a while during the holiday season. And white some said they didn’t think the lights should be turned on at all, we (the board) feel that the limited lighting will save energy and at the same time express the bright spirit of the season.” The board also voted to cut off half the lights in City Park and try to eliminate half of the mercury vapor lighting on Highway 45-A through the city. In order to insure that the cutback on the highway lighting will not affect safety, the city will be experimenting to determine what pattern of reduced lighting will facilitate drivers needs. In other city business Wednesday night, the selectmen passed a resolution authorizing Mayor Dill to enter into an underwriting agreement with Goldman, Sachs and Company of New York City for the sale of $1,200,000 in industrial revenue bonds to be used by Big Yank to construct its new building and purchase new equipment for the plant. The arrangement with the New York firm was made by Interco, Inc., parent company of Big Yank, and reimbursement to the City of West Point for payments and interest on the bonds will be made by Big Yank. The board accepted bids on two police cars, and low bidder was Keller Motor Company. The city will purchase two Plymouth Police Specials at a cost of $2,512 per unit after trade-in. Other bids were from Larry White Chevrolet and Jameson Motor Company. The Larry White bid was for a net cost of $3,016.78 per unit after trade-in and the Jameson bid was for $3,200 per unit after trade-in. The city will also purchase a Dodge D100 pickup truck from Keller Motor Company at a cost of $2,493.22. The truck will be used by the Sanitation Department. Roper Supply Company in Picayune was the only firm to bid on new traffic signs for the city. The city will spend approximately $500 on the new signs which will be used at four-way stops and dead end streets. All three new city vehicles and the traffic signs will be purchased with federal reserve sharing money.
THE LOGIC PUZZLE THAT MAKES YOU SMARTER.
Rules:
SUDOKU
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) You won’t be readily available, and you might not be in the mood to share what you are doing with others. You will get a lot questions or at least a subtle inquiry or two. Let people think what they want to think. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Make time for a special friend; perhaps the two of you can get a little shopping done together. Investing in a common experience is important in order to keep this bond alive and well. You’ll have a hoot together and lose all sense of time. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) You have to make an appearance today. You will feel better after it is done; besides, you really don’t mind meeting this responsibility. Join a loved one or friend in the late afternoon. Choose a favorite pastime. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Some of you could be making travel plans for next month, while others might be addressing your Christmas cards. A call in the late afternoon takes you away from the reverie and into the moment.
1. Each row and column must contain the numbers 1 through 4 without repeating. 2. The numbers within the heavily outlined 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 operation indicated. 3. Cages with just one box should be filled in with the target number in the top corner. A number can be repeated within a cage as long as it is not in the same row or column.
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Here’s How It Works:
To solve a sudoku, the numbers 1 through 9 must fill each row, column and box. Each number can appear only once in each row, column and box.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) Be sensitive to a partner or friend. After all the socializing, you will want to kick back and relax together. Even though you might have been under the same roof for Thanksgiving, you could have very different stories to share.
CRYPTOQUIP
DENNIS THE MENACE
HAGAR THE HORRIBLE
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officers to the home around 12:30 p.m., Madia said. The man in the home shot at the arriving officers "before they could even get to the front door," Madia said. Officers returned fire, and a video aired on KABC-TV captured more than a dozen shots being fired. Officers pulled their wounded colleague out of the line of fire, Lt. Oscar Mejia said. Esther Frazier, who lives across the street from the standoff, said she was baking a cake for Thanksgiving when she heard a commotion and walked outside to see police officers banging on the door of the home. She went back inside to turn off her oven when gunfire erupted. "There were so many gunshots, oh my God, it was like you were in a war zone," she told the Los Angeles Times. "A shot came through the screen on my door. "I am scared to death, I'm on my floor in the den," she said by telephone. Police from Inglewood and neigh-
LA man fires on police, holds 2 hostages
Associated Press INGLEWOOD, Calif. — A gunman fired several shots at a pair of police officers, hitting one, and held two hostages for nearly nine hours — but all came away from the standoff without serious injuries. The worst injury Wednesday occurred when an Inglewood policeman was shot in his bulletproof vest. He was taken to a hospital in good condition but "in a lot of pain," police Capt. James D. Madia said. He suffered blunt force injuries and was set to spend the night in another hospital as a precaution, police said. The second officer in was not hit but was hurt when she fell down in the chaos that followed, Madia said. She was treated at a hospital and released. The 45-year-old gunman and the girlfriend and her 14-year-old daughter that he held hostage in their house all came away unharmed, police said. Nearly nine hours earlier, reports of a family disturbance sent the two
boring communities, along with Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies, swarmed the area and evacuated a block of homes. Both injured officers have been with the department for at least a decade, Mejia said. The gunman eventually began talking to negotiators and continued for several hours. At about 9:15 p.m., he released the hostages and walked out of his house with his hands up, police Lt. Mark Fried told the Daily Breeze.
‘A Christmas Story’ at 30: Now part of US tradition
BY THOMAS J. SHEERAN Associated Press CLEVELAND — Even after three decades, the triple-dog dare doesn't get old. The film "A Christmas Story" opened 30 years ago to mixed reviews but has shown its staying power as a holiday family favorite. Cleveland, where parts of the movie were filmed and hard-luck Ralphie dreamed big, is celebrating the anniversary with iconic leg lamps, holiday store windows like the ones that drew Ralphie's wide-eyed stares, and stage and musical versions of "A Christmas Story." "It becomes part of your fabric for your whole life," said Kevin Moore, managing director of the Cleveland Play House, where the stage version of the story has become a holiday staple. In the film, starring Darren McGavin as the father, 9-yearold Ralphie was transfixed by the brightly decorated storefront windows. And he dreamed of getting an air rifle as a Christmas gift, despite warnings that he might shoot his eye out. The plot follows his deter— Associated Press mined gift-begging, his encounAnimated ice skaters perform in a window of the old Higbee's department store on Nov. 21 in Cleveland. The Horseshoe Casino, which ters with bullies and his family's now occupies the building, has decorated the windows to mirror the annual displays of the old Higbee's, where some of the quirky 1983 daily hopes and dreams — including a lamp in the form of a holiday film "A Christmas Story" was filmed.
shapely leg. The Cleveland house where Ralphie's film family lived will highlight the anniversary Friday and Saturday with appearances by original cast members and a BB gun range in the backyard. The movie wasn't widely acclaimed when it debuted, with favorable reviews barely outnumbering bad mentions like the one that grumped, "Bah, humbug" in the headline. But its quirky humor and love-in-family message struck a chord with audiences. Like any holiday favorite, a sense of wonder is needed for "A Christmas Story" and 8-year-old Colin Wheeler thinks he has one to match Ralphie's. "We both have really big imaginations," boasted Colin, who plays Ralphie in "A Christmas Story" musical at Cleveland's Near West Theater. It's not easy playing Ralphie in that ill-fitting pink bunny suit, Colin said. "I'll tell you one thing that's hard: it's really hard not to laugh" while wearing that suit, Colin said. Across town, the Cleveland Play House production of "A Christmas Story" attracts multigenerational audiences of children, parents and grandparents, Moore said.
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