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G.I. Joe, world’s first action figure, turns 50 // Page 3
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Daily Times Leader
Serving West Point & Clay County Since 1867 FRIDAY, February 7, 2014
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County moves on port project
BY JUSTIN MINYARD Clay County is pulling up its sleeves in preparation for a new addition to its bridge dock at the TennesseeTombigbee Waterway port. According to Clay County Grant Writer Phyllis Benson, the Clay County Board of Supervisors submitted an application to the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) for a Multi Modal Port grant in March. This go around, she said, would be the fourth time the county has been awarded the grant.
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Center fighting addiction, mental health disorders
BY MARY GARRISON Struggling with addiction and mental health disorders can take its toll on any family, but staff of The Pines and Cady Hill Recovery Center in Columbus are working to help those affected to succeed and become healthy contributors to society. Martha Wooten, head of marketing and referrals for Community Counseling Services, spoke to West Point Rotarians Thursday at the Ritz Theater in West Point on services the recovery center provides, which include a 30-day intensive in-patient care program, 60-day secondary continuing rehabilitation therapy and family support after discharge. However, Wooten said therapists on staff — and keeping a low staff to patient ratio — were key to the center’s success. “Most of our therapists have their master’s or doctorates,” Wooten said. “And many our in recovery themselves.” That common thread between doctor and patient can be crucial to
Mark Hazard (left) and Robert Harrell Sr. pass phrases during an exercise conducted by Dr. Greg Little (center, background) during a Rotary Club meeting Thursday at the Ritz Theater in West Point. Little discussed his own difficulties with a speech impediment and how he uses his experiences to connect with his clients at The Pines and Cady Hill Recovery Center in Columbus.
— Justin Minyard/Daily Times Leader
Volunteer Shirley Blair prepares a small meal for Thursday at the Louzearah Robinson Health Care building on Highway 45 Alt. N. The We Care Committee, in conjunction with area volunteers, spent Thursday dishing out free goodies to individuals in need of extra sustenance.
establishing a bond and helping patients recover from what ails them. Greg Little, therapist at the center, shared some of his own experiences with Rotarians and how he turned them into tools for his clients to use. Little said he was born with a severe speech impediment, which caused him to stutter as a child, and bred a debilitating fear of public speaking. It was a fear that only worsened after a car accident left him with head trauma, exacerbating his problem. “I had three skull fractures, a bruised brain and I was in a coma for eight days,” Little said. “I wasn’t found for six hours … (when I woke up) I was paralyzed, and I couldn’t talk for two and a half weeks. … It got much worse.” Some 10 years later, though, Little began working for the state; as part of his career path, the department required him to attend intensive speech therapy in Jackson once a week. There, he met a therapist who changed everything, he said.
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Conservation district preps for 2014 Tree Planting Week
By DoNNa SUMMEraLL Tree Planting Week has been celebrated by the Clay County Soil and Water Conservation District for more than 40 years. The CCSWCD strives to promote the value of trees to the environment, economy, wildlife and public health. According to the CCSWCD, more than 300,000 trees have been given free of charge to residents to plant on their property. This year’s tree giveaway is from 8 a.m. - noon, Friday, Feb. 14, at the USDA Service Center on Highway 50 East. “The Clay County SWCD is always glad to sponsor the Tree Planting Week because trees are such a boon to the environment,” said John Elliot, president of the CCSWCD. “Forestry always ranks in the top three industries in Mississippi, providing employment and a better natural environment.” In Mississippi, the forest industry ranks second or third every year, only behind poultry and cotton, depending on the market, Elliot said. Every human being is dependent on trees for housing, heat, food, clean air and recreation. The species of trees available this year are: loblolly pine, saw tooth oak, southern red oak, white oak, wild pecan, bald cypress and eastern red bud. “It has been a great program for years,” said Van Williams, a former employee of CCSWCD, and now a volunteer. “It helps with landscaping and is conducive to wildlife. I planted a tree when my daughter was born. It’s a great way to commemorate special events in your family. It’s a good project to do with a child, tell them that the small tree will be huge by the time they graduate from high school and watch the tree grow together. Plant a tree this Valentine’s Day.”
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The Clay County Soil and Water Conservation District prepares supplies for its annual Tree Planting Week giveaway. Trees will be distributed Friday, Feb. 14 at CCSWCD in West Point.
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Olivia J. White Bernard
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Olivia J. White Bernard of Pheba, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, at NMMC in West Point, at the age of 83. Mrs. Bernard was born Aug. 23, 1930, in Clay County to the late James Oliver Johnson and Myrtis Norris Wooten. She worked as an inspector for Monty Glove Factory for many years and was a member of Pheba Baptist Church. Mrs. Bernard a member of the Clay County Home Demonstration Club, on the board of Pheba Volunteer Fire Department, the WMU at Pheba Baptist Church and a member of the DAR. Services for Mrs. Bernard are 2 p.m. today, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at Robinson Funeral Home Chapel in West Point with Rev. Terry Rhodes and Rev. Jerry King officiating. Burial will follow in the Pheba Cemetery. Pallbearers include John Wesley Williamson, Mike Huffman, Chris Stevens, Lee Eaton, Jonathan Ward and Red Moore. Honorary pallbearers are Ella Carty Sunday School class at Pheba Baptist Church, George McClain, Dr. John Cox and Staff, Blue Pod Nurses at NMMC-West Point, Ann Alford, Johnny Hall, and former employees at Monty Glove. Mrs. Bernard is survived by two daughters: Carolyn (Henry) Stevens of Woodland, and Jackie W. (Johnny) Ward of Pheba; one sister, Phyliss (Red) Moore of Belden; four grandchildren: Chris Stevens, Lee Eaton, Jonathan Ward, and Jack Stevens; and six great- grandchildren. Mrs. Bernard is preceded in death by her parents, two husbands: W.O. Jack White and Wes Bernard, a grandson Cody Ward, a brother Buddy Wooten, and a sister Eva Mae Coggins. Memorials may be made to the Pheba Cemetery Fund. c/o Becky McNee P.O. Box 23 Pheba, MS 39755 Friends may leave condolences online at Robinson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
— Justin Minyard/Daily Times Leader
Individuals line up at the front desk Thursday in the Louzearah Robinson Health Care building on Highway 45 Alt. N. to receive a free care package. The We Care Committee along with local volunteers toiled during Thursday’s giveaway to ensure individuals in need could stop by and pick up a boost of nutrients and heart-healthy foods.
Marian E. Bramlett
Marian E. Bramlett, 82, passed away, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, at West Point Community Living Center. Marian E. Bramlett was born Sept. 11, 1932, in Stewart, to the late Tessie Murphy and Frank Velcek. She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith. She married Prentiss Eugene Bramlett, Sr. Dec. 24, 1955, West Point, he preceded her in death Dec. 29, 2013. Funeral services are Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, 10 a.m. at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with the Dr. James Towery officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements. Survivors include one daughter, Mary Ann Kershaw (Bill) of Braden, Tenn.; two sons: Randy W. Bramlett (Terri) of West Point, Larry Bond of El Paso, Texas; six grandchildren: Robin Guillot, Juanita Baker, Jermiah Bond, Amber Bond, Heather Brown, and Nicole Weston; ten great - grandchildren; Brandon Baker, Jr., William Baker, Gabrielle Guillot, Christopher Guillot, Theodore Guillot, Donnie Getz, Holden Getz, Kalib Getz, Colton Brown, and Conner Brown; one sister, Eda Mae Bramlett of Natchez. Preceding her in death was her brother, Joe Velcek Pallbearers are Charles McComic, Mike Bramlett, Brandon Baker, Ashley Poss, Charlie Foster, and Royce Bigham Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P. O. Box 1818, Memphis, TN 38101. Visitation is today, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, 5 - 8 p.m. at Calvert Funeral Home. Friends may leave an online condolence at www.calvertfuneralhome. com
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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 Civitan meetings — The West Point Civitan Club meets on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at noon in the Training Room of NMMCWest 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 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
u Lodge Breakfast — West Point Masonic Lodge No. 40, sponsors a breakfast the first Saturday of each month from 5:30 – 8:30 a.m.The public is welcome to attend.
u Basic Skills Class — Free Basic Skills class at the EMCC West Point Center, Hwy. 45 North, Monday thruThursday 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
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A Most Stalwart and Reliable Ally
Is Israel indeed America's unsinkable aircraft carrier?
In previous hasbarah (educating and clarifying) messages, we made clear what a tremendous asset for our country Israel is. We gave many examples of its contribution to American safety in that important area of the world. But there is much more. under the late, loathsome Khaddafi – and probably still is. Turkey, once a strong ally, has cast its lot with Iran. Turmoil in the Middle East. There is upheaval in the A stalwart partner. Israel, in contrast, presents a totally Middle East. Governments shift, and the future of this vital different picture. Israel’s reliability, capability, credibility area is up in the air. In those dire circumstances, it is a and stability, are enormous and irreplaceable assets for our tremendous comfort to our country that Israel, a beacon of country. Many prominent military people and elected Western values, is its stalwart and unshakable ally. representatives have recognized this. Gen. John Keegan, a Unreliable “allies.” Egypt, a long-term “ally” of our former chief of U.S. Air Force Intelligence, determined that country, is the beneficiary of billions of dollars of American Israel’s contribution to U.S. intelligence was “equal to five aid. Its dictator, Hosni Mubarak has been dethroned. As of CIA’s.” Senator Daniel Inouye, now, it is unclear who and what will of the Senate be Egypt’s new government. It is “What a comfort for our country Chairman Appropriations Committee, said that widely assumed, however, that it may be the Muslim Brotherhood. Far to have stalwart and completely “The intelligence received from Israel exceeds the intelligence from being a religious organization, reliable Israel in its corner...” received from all NATO countries as its name would imply, it is combined. The huge quantities of Soviet military hardware dominated by fanatical radicals, ardent antagonists of the that were transferred by Israel to the USA tilted the global West, obsessed anti-Semites, and sworn enemies of the balance of power in favor of our country.” State of Israel. If the Muslim Brotherhood would indeed In 1981, Israel bombed Iraq’s nuclear reactor. While at come to power, a bloody war, more violent than anything first condemned by virtually the whole world – sad to say, that has come before, is likely to ensue. including the United States – it saved our country a nuclear Saudi Arabia, a tyrannical kingdom, is another important confrontation with Iraq. At the present time, US soldiers in “ally” of the U.S. It is the most important source of Iraq and in Afghanistan benefit from Israel’s experience in petroleum, the lifeblood of the industrial world. It is, combating Improvised Explosive Devices, car bombs and however, totally unreliable and hostile to all the values for suicide bombers. Israel is the most advanced battle-tested which the United States stands. The precedent of Iran laboratory for U.S. military systems. The F-16 jet fighter, cannot fail to be on the minds of our government. The for instance, includes over 600 Israeli-designed Shah of Iran was a staunch ally of the U.S. We lavished modifications, which saved billions of dollars and years of billions of dollars and huge quantities of our most advanced research and development. weapons on him. But, virtually from one day to the next, But there is more: Israel effectively secures NATO's the mullahs and the ayatollahs – fanatical enemies of our southeastern flank. Its superb harbors, its outstanding country, of Israel, and of anything Western – came to military installations, the air- and sea-lift capabilities, and power. Instead of friends and allies, Iran’s theocratic the trained manpower to maintain sophisticated government became the most virulent enemy of the United equipment are readily at hand in Israel. States. Could something like that happen in Saudi Arabia? Israel does receive substantial benefits from the United It is not at all unlikely! States – a yearly contribution of $3 billion – all of it in Other U.S. allies in the region – Jordan, the “new” Iraq, military assistance, no economic assistance at all. The and the Gulf emirates – are even weaker and less reliable majority of this contribution must be spent in the US, reeds to lean on. Libya, which once, under King Idris, generating thousands of jobs in our defense industries. hosted the Wheeler Air Base, became an enemy of the U.S. Israel is indeed America's unsinkable aircraft carrier. If it were not for Israel, thousands of American troops would have to be stationed in the Middle East, at a cost of billions of dollars a year. In contrast to the unreliable friendship of Muslim countries, the friendship and support of Israel are unshakable because they are based on shared values, love of peace and democracy. What a comfort for our country to have stalwart and completely reliable Israel in its corner, especially at a time when in this strategic area turmoil, upheaval and revolution are the order of the day. Yes, Israel is indeed America’s most steadfast friend, a most important strategic asset and most reliable ally.
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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 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.
u Pastor Appreciation — Pilgrim Grove M.B. Church is having a Pastor Appreciation program for Rev. Robert Shamblin – Traylor at 3 p.m. Guest speaker is Rev. Jesse Daniels of White Hill M.B. Church of Tupelo.
u Valentine Banquet — Progress St. Church of God is presenting a Valentine Banquet at 6 p.m. at the Living Manna Resource Building.The banquet is for ages 18 and over, tickets are $10. For more information call 662-705-1349 or 494 -3237.
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G.I. Joe action figures portray Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima in a display at the New York State Military Museum Friday in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. A half-century after the 12-inch doll was introduced at a New York City toy fair, the iconic action figure is being celebrated by collectors with a display at the military museum, while the toy's maker plans other anniversary events to be announced later this month.
GI Joe, first action figure, turns 50
BY CHRIS CAROLA Associated Press SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — G.I. Joe is turning 50. The birthday of what's called the world's first action figure is being celebrated this month by collectors and the toy maker that introduced it just before the nation plunged into the quagmire that would become the Vietnam War — a storm it seems to have weathered pretty well. Since Hasbro brought it to the world's attention at the annual toy fair in New York City in early 1964, G.I. Joe has undergone many changes, some the result of shifts in public sentiment for military-themed toys, others dictated by the marketplace. Still, whether it's the original "movable fighting man" decked out in the uniforms of the four branches of the U.S. military, or today's scaled-down products, G.I. Joe remains a popular brand. "Joe stood for everything that was meant to be good: fighting evil, doing what's right for people," said Alan Hassenfeld, the 65-year-old former CEO for Pawtucket, R.I.-based Hasbro Inc., whose father, Merrill, oversaw G.I. Joe's development in 1963. But it's Don Levine, then the company's head of research and development, who is often referred to as the "father" of G.I. Joe for shepherding the toy through design and development. Levine and his team came up with an 11 1/2-inch articulated figure with 21 moving parts, and since the company's employees included many military veterans, it was decided to outfit the toy in the uniforms of the Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force, with such accessories as guns, helmets and vehicles. Levine, who served in the Army in Korea, said he got the idea for the moveable figure as a way to honor veterans. But he and his team knew the product wasn't in Hasbro's usual mold, and it took years of pitches before Merrill Hassenfeld gave it the company's full backing. "Most boys in the '60s had a father or a relative who was or had been in the military," said Patricia Hogan, curator at The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, home to the National Toy Hall of Fame. "Once you've bought Joe, you need to buy all the accessories and play sets and add-ons, which was great for business." G.I. Joe hit the shelves in time for the 1964 Christmas shopping season and soon became a big seller at $4 apiece. It remained popular until the late 1960s, as opposition to Vietnam intensified and parents shied away from military-related toys. Hasbro countered in 1970 by introducing "Adventure Team" G.I. Joes that played down the military connection. Into the '70s, G.I. Joes featured "lifelike hair" and "kung-fu grip" and were outfitted with scuba gear to save the oceans and explorer's clothing for discovering mummies. Hasbro discontinued production later that decade. In the early 1980s, Hasbro shrank Joe to 3 1/2 inches, the same size as figures made popular by "Star Wars." It has stuck to that size, with the occasional issue of larger special editions.
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The county was officially awarded the $84,000 grant in July. “When we applied for the money ... we had to be specific in the (grant) proposal,” Benson said. “We had to state what their needs were ... and how they would be corrected.” But the county sat on the grant money for almost a year before it and Tom Soya Grain were ready to push forward with a project, which would supplement the county’s dock with an increased lifespan. Perry Lucas, Tom Soya Grain vice president, put up a $12,000 match for the grant. In order to increase the durability of the county’s dock located at the port, Lucas said it was time to add rubber fenders to it. When barges arrive at the port to unload cargo, Lucas said they “rub against” the pier, which slowly deteriorates the dock’s lifespan. “The dock is held up by a single concrete pier,” Lucas said. “That pier supports the dock, as well is what the barges are pulled up against to be unloaded. To protect that pier, and to make it last longer, we want to install these (rubber) bumpers that will protect it when the barges are shoved up against it.” Lucas said the implementation of these rubber bumpers would effectively “add life” to the dock facility. With that, the board made a motion to begin advertising bids for the laminated rubber fender section, which will envelope the county’s dock. Tom Soya Grain, Lucas said, would be in charge of the installation. “That’s our contribution to the project,” Lucas said. Lucas also added that once the bid is awarded, he estimated project completion in either June or July of this year. The board will advertise one day out of the week for two consecutive weeks, then wait seven work days before awarding the bids. Benson, who will be responsible for advertising for the laminated rubber fender, said a start date for advertisement has yet to be established. The board will review fender bids at 9 a.m. March 3. Clay County District 2 Supervisor Luke Lummus said Lucas worked hard to maintain a functional and efficient port. “It’s been a win-win for the taxpayers of Clay County, and it’s going to be a big help to our farmers ... “ Lummus said. “As much that comes in and out (of the port), it’s a pretty good weight. He’s done a really good job of staying on top of that.” The board tabled discussion on a Community Development Block grant for further consideration at the next meeting scheduled for 9 a.m. Feb. 27. In other business, the board: n authorized the deletion of a Dell computer tower at the Clay County Courthouse from inventory; n approved a $1,200.21 invoice to replace a transmission line in one county garbage truck belonging to District 2; and n approved the purchase of seven pieces of body armor for the Clay, Oktibbeha, Lowndes counties Special Response Team (cost estimated to be about $5,000).
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Rocky mountain high insurance prices rankle ski towns
BY Eric WHiTNEy Kaiser Health News Colorado Insurance Commissioner Margeurite Salazar has been getting an earful about high health insurance premiums in pockets of the state since prices she approved were unveiled Oct. 1. She is under increasing pressure to do something about them now that part of Colorado has been identified as having the most expensive premiums in the country. “To hear that they’re the highest in the country is very startling to me,” Salazar said upon learning where Colorado’s four-county “resort” insurance market ranks. The area includes the towns of Aspen and Vail. One of the counties is now threatening to sue Salazar for approving the high rates, reports Health News Colorado. Kaiser Health News compared premiums in new geographically delineated health insurance markets created by the Affordable Care Act nationwide. In central Colorado’s ski resort counties, the lowest-cost, silver-level plan costs $483 a month. That’s $22 a month more than the same level plan in the next highest-price market, a 12-county region of southwestern Georgia. It’s $100 a month higher than premiums in the ninth most expensive health insurance market, Fairfield, Conn., a tiny suburb of New York City. Many resort county residents “were hoping that the ACA would be able to provide some kind of affordable coverage for them, but in fact there’s a whole group of people … finding themselves priced out,” Salazar says. She also points out that ski country residents have long paid more for health coverage than Colorado’s urban denizens. “The biggest difference that we have with the ACA is the transparency,” she says. “People didn’t realize how much more they were paying than people in Denver (before the ACA). “I think transparency has been a good thing,” Salazar says, but, “we need to figure out how to balance these things out. … It doesn’t really help to have all these (health insurance) plans if nobody’s going to be able to purchase them.” Critics of the law say it’s making things worse for people in high cost insurance areas, because they’re required to buy a product many of them previously bypassed. The ACA sets minimum benefit levels for health policies, meaning the skimpier coverage people purchased in the past is no longer available. Rep. Jared Polis, a Democrat whose U.S. House district includes part of the resort area, last fall asked the
White House to give people living there a waiver from the ACA’s requirement to have health insurance. No waiver was granted, and Polis has said little on the subject since. Salazar emphasizes that not everyone has to pay the full sticker price. People making less than $45,960 a year qualify for subsidies to reduce their insurance costs. Average incomes for each person in the four-county resort region ranges from a low of $26,989 in Garfield County to a high of $54,428 in Pitkin County. The reason Salazar says she approved higher insurance premiums in the resort counties is because prices for health care services are higher there. The average payment for in-patient hospitalization in one resort county, for instance, is 61 percent higher than the rest of the state. Setting premiums too low, Salazar says, would drive carriers from the market, decrease competition and send insurance prices even higher. The reasons why health care services cost more in the mountains are complicated, Salazar says, and, since Colorado’s Division of Insurance doesn’t regulate health care providers, “it’s really hard for us to start wading into those discussions.” Salazar says she will convene meetings with Colorado’s hospital association, insurance companies, local health improvement groups and others to generate cost containment ideas. She had hoped to alter the geographic ratings for 2015 but stepped back from that plan because there wasn’t data to support it. She says one state lawmaker from the resort region is contemplating asking for additional subsidies for residents of high cost areas. High premium areas generally reflect a lack of competition between insurers or health care providers, or both. In each of Colorado’s highest-cost counties, which have low populations (ranging from 17,263 to 56,963), there is only one small hospital. Larger medical centers are far away over roads that can be impassible in winter. All have an adequate number of primary care providers, as defined by the federal government, but local specialists can be hard to find. There is significantly less competition among insurance carriers in the mountain resort counties than in urban Denver. Colorado’s health insurance exchange offers a total of 41 plans from four carriers in the resort region, versus 78 plans from eight carriers in Denver. The lowest price silver plan for a 40-year-old Denver resident is $200 a month less than a comparable plan in the resort counties.
The CARE Act: A new GOP approach to ACA or missed opportunity?
Associated Press "[I]f you have specific plans to cut costs, cover more people, increase choice, tell America what you'd do differently. Let's see if the numbers add up. But let's not have another 40-something votes to repeal a law that's already helping millions of Americans ..." — President Obama, last week in his State of the Union address Three Republican senators — Richard Burr (N.C.), Tom Coburn (Okla.) and Orrin Hatch (Utah) — seem to have done just that, and hours before Obama delivered his speech. On its face, the Patient Choice, Affordability, Responsibility and Empowerment Act, or CARE Act, feels different than the other plans offered by the GOP. Yes, the proposal guts many of the ACA's major provisions. It would repeal the ACA's individual mandate, employer mandate and minimum coverage requirements, among other things. However, unlike most other Republican proposals, the CARE Act would keep in place some of the more popular pieces of the ACA, such as banning insurers from imposing lifetime limits on benefits and allowing children to remain on their parents' health plans until age 26. Below, California Healthline examines what health policy experts are saying about the proposal. Almost immediately after the CARE Act was unveiled, the Center for Health and Economy released its analysis. CH&E, formed by conservative economist Douglas Holtz-Eakin, features a board with a number of noted economists, including Princeton University professor Uwe Reinhardt. The analysis, which assumed that the ACA would be fully repealed and the CARE Act would be enacted by 2017, found that the proposal would lower premiums by between 2% and 11% for individual policies by 2023, largely because of its provisions seeking to end "junk lawsuits" and "defensive medicine." CH&E also found that the federal government would save $1.4 trillion, in part because the plan would reduce the number of U.S. residents covered by Medicaid. Further, the more easily available subsidies and tax credits in the CARE Act would result in a "significant increase in individual market participation," although that would be offset by reduced Medicaid eligibility. Meanwhile, some supporters of the ACA have been almost complimentary to the CARE Act. For example, Ezekiel Emanuel, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and a former adviser to the Obama administration, lauds Burr, Coburn and Hatch in a New York Times op-ed, writing that it is "hard and politically courageous" to put together a health reform plan and that they "deserve credit" for doing so. He even goes so far as to say the blueprint has some "interesting ideas," but he does point out that some of its provisions are flawed. On the other hand, Dean Clancy, vice president of public policy for FreedomWorks, in a Daily Caller op-ed calls the CARE Act "a definitive example of the wrong way" to reform health care. Many ACA supporters are lambasting the proposal. White House press secretary Jay Carney dismissed the CARE Act as "just another repeal proposal." And, in a post titled, " The Five Worst Things About The New Republican Proposal To Replace Obamacare," CAP's "ThinkProgress" blog argues that the CARE Act would "kick millions of Americans off of their health plans." Some are saying that Burr, Coburn and Hatch's plan might be a case of too little, too late. In a post in his "freeforall" blog, Donald Taylor, a professor of public policy at Duke University specializing in health policy, writes that Burr and Coburn "missed a big opportunity" in the first few months of 2010, when Democrats were putting the finishing touches on the ACA. The two senators could have rallied support from fellow committee Republicans to propose alternatives to the ACA at that point. Instead, Taylor says that Burr and Coburn "chose full opposition and gross overstatements in their arguments against the ACA," opting to take a position counter to Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine). He concludes, "In the end, [Burr and Coburn] helped to create and exacerbate the political culture that will make it so hard for their proposal to be given the subtle, and nuanced listen that it deserves." Emanuel agrees. In an interview with California Healthline, Emanuel said that Burr, Coburn and Hatch "missed their opportunity to negotiate seriously" in 2009 and 2010, and now there is an "absence of a typical sausage making of a bill where you horse trade things you're not really wild about to get the other side's vote." He added, "Now we're not in that time. Now, health care reform's well under way." It is unlikely the CARE Act will advance, considering the Democratic-controlled Senate and Obama in the White House. And while it doesn't necessarily mark a sea change in relations between Democrats and Republicans on the health policy front, the introduction of the CARE Act might hearken the beginning of a different strategy from the GOP. Stephen Parente, a professor and director of the Medical Industry Leadership Institute at the University of Minnesota and an advisory member for the Center for Health and
Economy, tells California Healthline that the blueprint could represent a GOP that is more willing to work in a bipartisan fashion to reform the health care system. Parente knows a thing or two about working on both sides of the aisle. He was the health policy adviser for John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign and served as legislative fellow in the office of Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) in the early 1990s. According to Parente, the CARE Act could be viewed as a sort of admission from a small slice of the GOP. Parente says, "One could look at the CARE Act as the Republicans, ever so slightly, claiming back their ownership over market-based health reform and saying, 'ACA kind of was our design. We don't want to admit it, but back in the day, circa 1991, this wasn't so far-fetched, and we understand times have changed, but if you're going to take our playbook, let us at least tune the playbook up and make it actually work in the 21st century.'" The CARE Act also could help Republicans position themselves in the upcoming midterm elections. At a time when public opinion of Congress is at an all-time low and the electorate is tiring of the divisiveness between Democrats and Republicans, the CARE Act could become a less-contentious GOP talking point. Joseph Antos, a health care policy expert at the American Enterprise Institute, told Reuters that the CARE Act "gives [Republicans] an opportunity to talk about these things in a more positive way than just repeal and replace."
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Here's a quick review at what else is making news on the road to reform. Top team, top exchange? The Washington Post 's "Wonkblog" notes that it's not just Seattle's pro football that's the best at what they do. The state's health insurance exchange also is tops in the nation in the percentage of eligible population enrolled in its exchange. High-cost health care. Kaiser Health News has compiled a list of the top 10 mostcostly insurance markets under the Affordable Care Act, and some of the regions might surprise you. Bailout or boon? Republicans have been critical of the ACA's "risk corridors" provision, in which health insurers can receive federal payments to help offset high costs they might incur by enrolling a higher-than-anticipated number of sick individuals through the health insurance exchanges, calling it a "bailout" for insurers. However, a Congressional Budget estimate out Tuesday finds that the provision would actually save the federal government about $8 billion, because insurers must pay the government when their costs are lower than expected.
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Saying “I Love You” and meaning it
We find this very often in today’s world. Love is being replaced in the home with purchases, and it just doesn’t work. Love has to be given. It has to be open and unconditional. If it is hard, then we need to work at it. There was never any doubt that this father loved his daughter, it was just hard for him to say it. So many times children have been hurt beyond measure because someone or a parent was afraid to give them a vocal expression of love. Most children of today want to know their parents confidence in them and hear their love verbally expressed to them. 1 Corinthians 13 has always been known to me as the love chapter of the Bible. Verse 4 tells us, “Love is patient, love is kind, it does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.” And then again in verse 13 it states, “And now these three
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Saying “I Love You” is three of the most important words anyone can say. The biggest part of saying these words is to mean it when you say them. I know of a father that is on his death bed and for the first time ever told his 40 year old daughter that he loved her. It’s a sad situation that someone has to wait 40 years to hear the words that she has wanted to hear all of her life. It hasn’t been a pretty raising of this child. There have been periods of drug use, substance abuse, and two failed marriages. This could possibly have been avoided had love been shown to her from her father instead of him trying to buy her love through material items.
things remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” Whether we are a parent, brother, sister, or a child we should never be ashamed to say to someone, “I Love You,” and mean it. It could be the difference of which road they take in life. Prayer: Father I pray that you will allow me to be a person of love and have the ability to express it to the people around me. Amen. (Suggested daily Bible readings: Sunday - 1 Corinthians 13:113; Monday - 2 Peter 1:7; Tuesday - Mark 12:18027; Wednesday Psalm 63:3; Thursday - Proverbs 16:6; Friday - Song of Songs 8:7; Saturday - Revelation 3:19.) A09510 Gary Andrews is the author of Encouraging Words: 30-days in God’s Word. To obtain a copy go to his website
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A ram in the bush
genesis 22 :9-13 God is a way maker. Even when we can’t see our way out God already knows what we need and when we need it. God can fix all problems. Take courage in the fact that God cares about you, and as long as we love and obey Him, He will always provide a ram in the bush for us. I want to examine this very familiar account in the Bible and see the level of testing that one of the patriarchs of our faith had to endure. I pray that God never puts me or you to this level of testing as I’m sure that many of us will not fare so well. I am humbly pleased that God never puts more on us that we can bear. As we look at how the character in the text handled his test, I want you to reflect on your own trials and remember that God has not forgotten about you or your situation. He may be testing you to make you stronger. Your test may be tied to a mighty blessing. When Abram was 99 years old the Lord came to him and said, “I will make a covenant with you. I’m going to multiply your seed exceedingly. You will be that father of many nations. From now on your name will be Abraham and your wife shall be called Sarah and she is going to have a baby. I want you to call his name Isaac.” Sarah conceived and had a bouncing baby boy. Then in the opening verses of chapter 22, God shows up and tells Abraham to take Isaac to Moriah and offer him as a burnt offering. He was supposed to kill the boy while his son looked him in the eyes. If the offering was acceptable to God then the smoke that rose up to heaven from the burncan, so look up. Your family can’t provide what God can, so look up. Your government can’t produce like the Lord, so look up. David said, “I will lift up mine eyes to the hills from whence cometh my help. My help comes from the Lord which made heaven and earth.” God told Isaiah to tell the people, “Look unto me and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth; for I am God and there is none other.” Jesus said in Luke 21:28, “When certain things begin to come to pass, look up and lift up your heads for your redemption draws near.”
He looked in the thicket
Not only did he look up and behind, he looked in the thicket. A thicket is a tangled up bunch of vines, thorns or bushes. Only animals that are suitable for that habitat can go through there. Sometimes God will send you to a place where you don’t want to go for your blessing. I am shocked at people who want God to bless them but they want the blessing to fall in their lap, on a silver platter, wrapped in pretty paper, tied with a bow and with sugar and cream on top. God told Abraham to make a sacrifice. If you want a blessing you have to go to Moriah, build and altar and prepare to make a tough sacrifice. God will offer you something if you offer something to him. But you might have to go to the thicket for your ram. Abraham looked up and behind him and saw a ram in the thicket. He took the ram and offered it as a sacrifice instead of his son Isaac. But because he was willing to do that he became the father of many nations. His seed is a numerous as the stars in heaven and sand on the sea shore. A ram caught in the bush was a suitable sacrifice to God. I see Jesus all over this thing. The ram died for somebody else. Jesus died for somebody else. The ram did nothing worthy of death. Neither did Jesus. The ram was caught by the head in the thorns. Jesus wore a crown of thorns on his head. The ram was trapped in the thicket. Jesus was trapped in the cross. The ram was slain on the wood, so was Jesus. The burnt offering was atonement for sins, so was Jesus.
All is well
It has been proven time and time again that when I am up “close and personal” in my relationship with God all is well. Up close and personal with God allows me to be up close and personal with all things concerning my life, especially my troubles/ problems. God allows me to look at situation through His strength, through His word, not by what life says it is. Allowing God to intercede in my life is the only way to handle whatever is going on and come out blessed. I am reminded in 2 Kings 4:8-37 (read my sisters and brother) that things are never what they look like when you are looking through faith. Our ant-hills can sometimes appear as mountains. (I am looking at a small issue, not at my big God.) It is just a trick of Satan for the believer to take his eyes off God. It is at such times when I meet the enemy that I must still realize that all is well. When the ones that I love the most are having issues, or one of the girls become dreadfully ill, I must believe all is well. When I have fallen into the very pit of Hell and feel as though there is no turning back for me, I must believe all is well. When I am on the verge of losing my mind and throwing in the towel — just giving up — I must believe all is well. When my marriage and relationship of many years came apart due to my unfaithfulness, I had to believe all was well. When my addicted love one had gone out, and my heart was breaking — when I felt it was all over — I had no choice to believe but all was well. You see, once again God was allowing the stage to be set for an extraordinary, spiritual breakthrough. Let us take a look in the day of the life of the Shunammite woman. Elisha, a servant, a prophet, a man of God, often traveled through the town of Shunem. He often ate at the home of a certain Shunammite woman. They soon befriended each other because it was revealed to her that he was holy. She asked her husband one day about adding a room for Elisha (sometimes we have to make room for God to come in). In doing this, Elisha and Gehazi would have a place to stay as well as study. He agreed. So they built (made room for God in their home) a room for Elisha. In this room, she kept it simple, she placed a bed, lamp, table and chair. Elisha was very pleased with the kindness shown him. He asked Gehazi what he could do to repay the woman for the kindness that had been shown him. Gehazi noted that she had no son and that her husband was old. So he called the woman before him. When he asked what he could do for her, she simply replied she had no need. She was well provided for. Elisha was so blessed by her humble state that he promised her a son. A son, the thought brought her both join and pain, was very important at this time for he would carry on the legacy of the family. She immediately prayed to him to not bring pain to her. (She did not want to be disappointed if she did not become pregnant.) As Elisha promised, by the next year, she gave birth to a son. (A gift from God) The boy grew in statue. One day he became ill and died in her arms. When he died she took him upstairs and laid him on the bed of Elisha (She placed him on the altar). She then went out of the room and shut the door (let her issue with God). She then prepared to go see Elisha. She went imme-
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ing of the sacrifice would be a sweet smelling savor to the Lord. So Abraham went to the place of sacrifice, built an altar and laid the wood upon it. Abraham tied up Isaac and laid him on the altar. Then he took the knife and stretched forth his hand to kill his son when he heard somebody calling his name. “Don’t kill the boy. Now I know that you fear God because you have not even withheld your son from me.” Abraham was obedient to God and because of that God spared him from doing what he thought he had to do and blessed him all at the same time. Here is how he found his ram.
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He looked behind
Not only did Abraham look up but he looked behind him. God will usually work on your behalf in a way that you never see coming. The old folks used to say, “The Lord works in mysterious ways.” Most of us can only focus on what lies ahead and therefore we must leave what is behind us to somebody else. God put our eyes in the front of our heads and faced them forward so that we will always look ahead and not behind. I have heard of lots of birth defects — people born with too many arms and legs. I have heard of people born with 12 fingers and eight toes. I have heard of people born with ESP (extra sensory perception). I have even heard of people born with two heads but I have never heard of anybody born with eyes in the back of their head. To that end, we, as children of God, are forced to rely on him to take care of unseen problems.
He looked up
According to the first part of verse 13 Abraham looked up. If you want help from on high you must always look up. You don’t just look up with your eyes but you also look up with your spirit. When you worship, you look up. When you pray, you look up. When you sing songs of praise, you look up — not necessarily with your eyes but in your spirit. Up is precisely where God wants us to look. Your friends can’t provide the kind of help that God
Giving God a hug
How can you hug someone who is invisible? How can you hug someone who is so big that He fills the whole earth? I don’t know, but I wish I could give God a hug. My heart is so overflowing with love and thankfulness to Him, I wish I could just wrap my arms around Him and give Him a big hug. For almost two months I had been trying to go my mother, but each time I made plans, something always happened and I had to change them. But, finally, I was able to go. On the three-hour ride there, I listened to praise music. I took my camera with me, which I don’t always do, and I took pictures of my childhood home. Beginning outside, I photographed the front and
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back yards, and then I took multiple shots of every room in the house. The photos include a picture of my mother sitting in her chair where she always sits. (She’ll be 95 years old in July.) By flipping through the album in which I’ve placed the photos, I can “almost visit” home anytime I want. Nothing unusual happened
on the trip; but the feeling of peace and joy in my soul was so overwhelming, I found myself smiling and almost hugging myself. I thoroughly enjoyed being with my mother. She has been such an influence in my life, and I was able to tell her face to face how much I love and admire her. She is — and always has been — a godly woman. She loves the Lord, beginning and ending each day with Him in His word. She is truly the Proverbs 31 woman, “watching over the ways of her household.” We talked about how she and daddy met, married and reared six children on a farm. I could picture her as a young bride living with her in-laws until after the birth of their
first child. Then they built a house just up the road, where she still lives today. Spending that private time together, just the two of us, allowed us to share some very special moments. On my return trip home, I didn’t turn on the radio or CD, I just reveled in the joy of being alone with the Lord. In the quietness, we shared some precious moments. I think I understand now how the psalmist must have felt when he said, “He restores my soul.” “Thank You, Father, for the uninterrupted time alone with you. Maybe that was what I was needing — just being able to be with you — uninterrupted and without distractions. I love you, Lord. And consider yourself hugged.”
Lord better served without complaint
Philippians 14-16 says, “Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless children of God without fault crooked and perverse generation among whom you shine as lights in the world of, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.”  Why are complaining and arguing so harmful? If all people know about a church is that it’s members constantly argue, complain and gossip, they get a false impression of Christ and the good news. Belief in Christ should unite those who trust him. If your church is always complaining and arguing, it lacks the unifying power of Jesus Christ. Stop arguing with other Christians or complaining about people and conditions within the church. Instead, let the world see Christ. There are so many people out there, especially our young boys and girls, who need us. We that are true people of God should be characterized by morals purity, patience and peacefulness, so that we will shine brightly in the dark and depraved world. If he be lifted up he will draw all men. So shine until Jesus returns in his radiant glory.         
Dorothy TUCKER
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Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.
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diately. She assured her husband before she left that “all is well.” (She never spoke of her son for she had closed the door). Elisha saw her approaching and sent Gehazi to see what was wrong. Faith and trust told her that all was well. She did not stop pressing until she was at the very feet of Elisha. She poured her heart out to him. (Just a little talk with Jesus makes it right; she didn’t talk to her husband nor friend, just to God). Elisha sent Gehazi ahead of them with instructions to wake her son. (Some situations require the very presence of God.) He was unable to wake her son. Elisha was needed for the healing, the restoration to happen. When Elisha (God) showed up, he went into the room and shut the door. (God will take on your situation, your problem, your enemy, your mess … face to face) He woke the boy and presented him back to his mother. God will turn your sadness into gladness. All you have to do is leave the room and shut the door. Take it to God, and He will do all that He has promised that He will do. God wants to free us up from all our burdens so that we can serve and praise Him. Please know that God is the giver of all things. He is the provider, there is none wiser. We should never give up on the word of God. Faith is the key and will close the door on anything that may come against us. All we need to do is close the door and repeat the report that all is well. I am so grateful. I am grateful that God is my deliverer. He promises that if I love Him, He will deliver me from every evil known to mankind. God will protect and deliver from any harm that may attack me from the inside (be it sickness or disease) or from the outside (be it man or animal). God has shown me His delivering power with His encounter with the man with leprosy, with the woman who had the issue of blood, with the opening and nourishing of the womb of Hannah. He continued to show His delivering power when He protected David from dangers seen and unseen and as He parted the Red Sea. He revealed it the most when He allowed His son to die on the cross at Calvary for you and for me. I am so grateful. God’s word promises us new mercies every day. In other words, He even protects us from ourselves. If you have ever been in an adulterous relationship and you are reading this then God protected you from yourself. If you have ever been addicted to drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, lying, cheating or stealing, then God has protected you from yourself. If you have been healed of envy, jealousy and backbiting, then God has protected you from yourself. I truly believe that each day we live, it is for the purpose of getting just that much closer to God. God allows us another day so that we can prepare to spend eternity with Him. This is why as Christians we proclaim, “This is the day the Lord has made let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Today, my soul rejoices for I, as the Shunammite woman, have found joy in the Lord and all is well.
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Back-to-back champs
Texas A&M defeats MSU Bulldogs, 72-55
Associated Press COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Texas A&M, in citing a "sense of urgency" the Aggies said they repeated in every huddle, snapped a five-game losing streak with a 72-52 victory over Mississippi State on Wednesday night before 4,626 fans in Reed Arena. Jamal Jones led the Aggies with 20 points and fellow forward Kourtney Roberson followed with 14. The Aggies (13-9, 4-5 SEC) and Bulldogs (13-9, 3-6 SEC) had lost eight consecutive games between them entering the contest, and A&M avenged an 81-72 overtime loss in Starkville, Miss., on Jan. 18 that kicked off the Aggies' losing streak. "We've been talking about a sense of urgency in the past three days," said A&M guard Alex Caruso, who tallied a game-high 10 assists. "Even with 3 minutes left and we were up by 15, we were saying, 'Let's have a sense of urgency.'" MSU, in playing its first game in history in College Station, traded leads with A&M until early in the second half, when the Aggies pulled away thanks to a relentless 16-0 run. A&M's defense held the Bulldogs scoreless for more than 10 minutes in that stretch - from the 16:26 mark (36-35) to 6:08 (52-37). "I was really disappointed with our effort," said Bulldogs coach Rick Ray, whose program owns a 14-game road
Hebron Junior High Lady Eagles claim District 3-A title
DTL staff CALHOUN CITY — The Hebron Christian Junior High Lady Eagles had a championship on their mind for the 2013-14 season. The goal was achieved as the Lady Eagles claimed their second consecutive District 3-A junior high title with a 32-17 victory over the Central Academy Junior High Saturday night at Calhoun Academy in Calhoun City. In the championship contest, freshmen Rebekah Falkner and Holly Hudson led the Lady Eagles with 10 and nine points, respectively. Brooke Griffin added six points in a game in which Hebron never trailed Central. The Lady Eagles soundly defeated their semi-final opponent, Immanuel Christian Junior High, 50-8. Hebron blanked the Lady Rams in the first three quarters before Immanuel scored its only eight points in the final period. Hudson scored a game-high 16 points, Falkner added 12 and Millie Hudson notched eight points for the Lady Eagles. The district championship is the first junior high basketball title for Hebron under Head Coach Bruce Franks.
losing streak (including six this year) dating to last season. "I thought we had as bad a first half as we've had all season, but I was still optimistic, because as bad as we played it was still a tie ballgame (at 26-26). "Then we played even worse in the second half. We've got to figure out where our competitive spirit is, especially on the defensive end, if we want to win ballgames." The Aggies shot poorly from the 3-point line early (1 of 12 in the first half but 6 of 18 overall), but pulled away late by outscoring the Bulldogs 40-14 in the paint and 22-1 in points off turnovers. "We finished around the basket, got some open 3-pointers and we made them, and we shared the ball," said coach Billy Kennedy, who's trying to lead the Aggies into the postseason for the first time in his three seasons. "We competed at a high level, and we haven't done that the last couple of games. We got better." The game's highlight occurred when A&M freshman Davonte Fitzgerald blocked a fast-break layup attempt by Fred Thomas that prompted a roar from the sparse crowd more than midway through the second half, with A&M clutching a 47-35 lead. "He sprinted back - we had talked about no layups all week, because we'd given up too many layups," Kennedy said. "He showed some athleticism in that instance."
Bama's early arrivers hoping to get head start Cleveland Cavaliers
BY JOHN ZENOR Associated Press TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Those five-star Alabama recruits coming in this summer will have some catching up to do with their early-arriving peers. The Crimson Tide already has eight signees enrolled, and most of them are at positions where there happen to be vacancies. Massive lineman Cam Robinson has spring practice to start competing to replace left tackle Cyrus Kouandjio. Perhaps cornerback Tony Brown can use the extra time to take over for Deion Belue, or safety Laurence "Hootie" Jones will challenge for Ha Ha ClintonDix's job. Maybe quarterback David Cornwell will edge up the depth chart before Florida State transfer Jake Coker gets on campus. Potential candidates for job openings at linebacker and on the defensive line are also already on hand for offseason workouts and the spring. All that's getting way ahead of anything coach Nick Saban is talking about, but the opportunities are there for the early enrollees. "I don't think there's any question about the fact that when you're a mid-year guy your transition to college is a little smoother transition because you have more time to make the transition," Saban said. The Tide's recruiting class was rated the nation's best by all the major recruiting services on Wednesday. Brown and Robinson are two of the group's most highly rated players. Saban made six of the eight available on Wednesday before putting into effect his rule against freshmen talking to the media. The 6-foot-6, 335-pound Robinson, a top-5 national recruit, isn't taking it for granted that he'll replace the All-American Kouandjio. "Of course I wouldn't mind starting," Robinson said, "but that's something you have to ask coach about." He was the centerpiece of an impressive group of offensive linemen that included the nation's two top-rated centers. "Oh man, we've got a great, great, great, great offensive line class coming in," Robinson said. For defensive end D.J. Pettway, Wednesday was the second time he has celebrated signing with Alabama. The junior college transfer was one of four players dismissed from Alabama in February 2013 after being charged in two robberies in Tuscaloosa. The university said Pettway no longer faces charges and cleared him to return. Former Alabama safety Eddie Williams had told police that Pettway and another teammate, Tyler Hayes, watched him commit one of the robberies from a nearby vehicle, according to court documents. Pettway said discussions with Saban about his return were pretty much "about staying on the right track." He said he learned a lot during the last year. "I learned how to be more courageous," Pettway said. "If I see anything or if I'm around anything bad happening around me, I'm willing to stop it or step forward. I'm willing to be the man that makes a change. I'm willing to help anyone around here — any of my teammates. I learned just to be more positive, be more grateful." So when he got the offer to come back he described his emotions as "surprised, excited, humbled, eager — everything and anything you could think of." Fellow East Mississippi Community College defensive lineman Jarran Reed is also in school. Brown, who didn't speak to the media Wednesday, has already run into some trouble. He was charged in January with failure to obey and resisting arrest. Cornwell's focus has been partly on rehabilitating from a knee injury sustained midway through last sason at Norman High School in Oklahoma, about three miles from the Sooners' campus. He's not sure yet how much he'll be able to do in the spring under new offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin. Cornwell is entering a crowded quarterback race, though the presumed frontrunner isn't even around yet. "I came here to compete. Jacob Coker, I know he is coming in," Cornwell said. "Great kid from what I hear. Excited to go and compete with these guys, see what I've got. Each day I'm going to get better, even if I don't win the job. But I'm here to compete, get better, help this team however I can."
fire GM Chris Grant
Associated Press
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — The Cleveland Cavaliers made a big change with another season falling apart, firing general manager Chris Grant on Thursday. Grant was fired a day after the Cavs dropped their sixth straight game, an embarrassing home loss to a Los Angeles Lakers team that started with eight players and finished with five. Vice president of basketball operations David Griffin will serve as acting general manager. Owner Dan Gilbert made it clear he's unhappy with what has transpired in a season that began with hopes the Cavs would make the playoffs after a three-year absence. "This has been a very difficult period for the franchise," Gilbert said in a statement. "We have severely underperformed against expectations. Just as this is completely unacceptable to our loyal and passionate fan base, season ticket holders and corporate partners, it is also just as unacceptable to our ownership group." Gilbert also met with reporters at the team's training facility following the announcement. He expressed confidence that the Cavs can show improvement under coach Mike Brown over the final 33 games. Grant was instrumental in the rehiring of Brown, who was fired during his first stint with the team in 2010. Gilbert was asked if Brown's job was safe for the rest of this season. "We're going to see Mike Brown succeed this year because I think that he'll be able to do good things and I think this team will be able to do good things," Gilbert said. "I think they're going to look at each other and they're going to look in the mirror and they're going to rally." Gilbert also was asked why he decided to change his general manager but not his coach.
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Sochi's opening show: Let Putin's games begin
BY ANGELA CHARLTON Associated Press SOCHI, Russia — It's designed to celebrate a millennium of Russian might and this country's modern rebound, and kick off two weeks of extraordinary human endeavors and planetary sportsmanship. But the ceremony opening the Sochi Olympics on Friday, more than anything, will be about one man: Vladimir Putin. He charmed and strong-armed his way to hosting the games at a summer beach resort that he envisioned as a winter paradise. He stared down terrorist threats and worldwide wrath at a scarcely veiled campaign against gays. He has shrugged off critiques that construction of the most costly games in Olympic history was both shoddy and corrupt. Ballet, man-made snow and avantgarde art will make an appearance at Sochi's opening ceremonies, though as with
— Associated Press
The Olympic Cauldron, left, is lit during a test between the Bolshoy Ice Dome, top, and the Iceberg Skating Palace, foreground, early Thursday morning in Sochi, Russia, prior to the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
all past opening ceremonies, the details are under wraps. They can't really compete with the cinematic splendor of the London Olympics or the pyrotechnic extravaganza of Beijing, but then again, the Winter Games are usually more low-key. No matter. All Putin needs is an event that tells the world "Russia is back." It's a message meant for millions around the world who will watch the show — and meant for his countrymen, too. Russians will form the bulk of the spectators in Sochi for the Olympics, a people whose forebears endured centuries of oppression, a revolution that changed the world, a Soviet experiment that built rockets and nuclear missiles but struggled to feed its people. Russians who sometimes embrace Putin's heavy hand because they fear uncertainty more than they crave freedom, and who, despite inhabiting the
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Bayne fit, gearing Kyle Shanahan set as Browns' OC up for Daytona 500
Associated Press BY JOHN ZENOR Associated Press TALLADEGA, Ala. — Trevor Bayne sped around Talladega Superspeedway in his No. 21 Ford getting his car ready for the upcoming season, and then did the same thing in his running shoes. The 2011 Daytona 500 winner and part-time triathlete is fit, motivated and hungry to contend for another big win upon his return later this month to the scene of his greatest triumph and to challenge for a Nationwide Series championship. "This is a really big year for us," Bayne said during a break from Thursday's solitary testing session. He's scheduled to run 12 Sprint Cup races, including all four on the superspeedways, with The Wood Brothers plus a full-time Nationwide schedule for Roush Fenway Racing. "Being here at Talladega by ourselves today, I think that shows that this team wants to do what it takes to be the best and to have a shot to win those 12 races that we show up at," he said. The daily workouts, including those squeezed-in runs at racetracks, are also indicative of his thriving health. Bayne went public in November with the revelation that he has multiple sclerosis, but said he still has no symptoms and isn't taking medication. An outspoken Christian who often shares his religious testimony in speeches, Bayne said that good health just reinforces his faith. Bayne also said he's been training harder than ever, meeting three times a week with a personal trainer and going on 1.5-mile swims, three-mile runs and 25-plus mile bike rides. He ran around the 2.66-mile tri-oval Thursday afternoon in near-freezing temperature. But he's got his next triathlon coming up in April in Charleston, S.C., so clearly multiple sclerosis isn't slowing him down. BEREA, Ohio — New Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan started a rookie quarterback once in his six years as a play caller. Robert Griffin III, the No. 2 pick in the 2012 draft, set numerous rookie records and was picked AP Offensive Rookie of the Year for the Washington Redskins. Shanahan could get the chance again in his first season in Cleveland. The Browns own the fourth pick in the NFL draft and are expected to take a quarterback, possibly former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M. "The most important thing is asking them to do what they're great at and then working and improving on other aspects of their game," Shanahan said. "You don't need a certain type of quarterback, you just want a good quarterback." New Browns coach Mike Pettine introduced Shanahan on Thursday along with defensive coordinator Jim O'Neil and special teams coordinator Chris Tabor. Pettine took different routes to land the trio. He never worked with Shanahan but was impressed by his six years as coordinator, two with Houston and four with Washington. O'Neil played for Pettine's father, Mike Sr., in high school in Pennsylvania and they worked together for the last five years with the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills. Tabor will enter his fourth year in Cleveland — with his third head coach. "I think the guys are go-
— Associated Press
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"Coach Brown has only been here over half a season," he said. "Chris Grant has been here 8 1/2 years. He's been the general manager almost four years. There's a lot of talent on this team. I think everybody knows that." Gilbert promised last spring the Cavs would not return to the NBA lottery, but Cleveland is 16-33 and has dropped six in a row — matching its longest losing streak of the season. The Cavs are 5 1/2 games out of the final playoff spot in the weak Eastern Conference and their only win in the last nine games came over Milwaukee, which has the league's worst record. "Accountability starts with me," Gilbert said. "I take responsibility for where we're at." Grant's tenure will be known for not being able to rebuild the Cavs fast enough despite having a slew of first-round draft picks, including two No. 1 overall selections. Grant addressed the team's poor play last week, saying everyone in the organization was accountable, including himself. Grant took Anthony Bennett with the first pick last June and then signed free-agent center Andrew Bynum during the summer when no other team would offer the 7-footer a contract. Grant was able to unload Bynum in a trade with Chicago for Luol Deng, but the forward's arrival has done little to invigorate the Cavs. Cleveland has been under .500 since the fifth game of the season and the players have been slow to pick up Brown's system on both ends of the floor. In a season that's already had too many low moments, the Cavs hit rock bottom Wednesday. Not only did they fall behind by 29 points to Los Angeles, the Lakers played the final few minutes with five healthy players, including one who was allowed to remain in the game after committing his sixth foul because coach Mike D'Antoni was out of bodies. The Cavs were booed throughout the game and Brown, who has been unable to come up with any answers to stop his team's skid, benched All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving and three other starters in the fourth quarter as Cleveland got back in the game before losing 119-108. The acquisition of Deng last month brought hope the season could be salvaged, but that proved to be temporary. The Cavs went 3-2 on a West Coast trip, but followed that with a 1-4 record on its longest homestand of the season. Cleveland then lost three consecutive road games, including a 31-point rout by the Knicks on national television. Grant joined the organization in 2005 as vice president of basketball operations/assistant general manager. He was hired as general manager on June 4, 2010. Griffin was hired later that year after spending 17 seasons with the Phoenix Suns, the last three as the club's senior vice president of basketball operations.
Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine speaks to the media after being introduced Jan. 23 in Berea, Ohio. Pettine emerged as the favorite to become Cleveland’s fourth coach in six years as the Browns eliminated candidates and Denver offensive coordinator Adam Gase, considered the front-runner when the search started, told the team to move on without him. ing to instantly respect the guys we've hired because its, to me, a staff of men of high character, vast football knowledge, coupled with the ability to teach it," Pettine said. Pettine was impressed by Shanahan's scheme flexibility and the success of his offenses, either throwing or running. In four of Shanahan's six years as coordinator, his offense ranked in the top 10 in yardage, and Washington in 2012 became the first team in NFL history to pass for 3,400 yards and rush for 2,700 yards in the same season. "Kyle Shanahan is one of the best offensive minds in football," Pettine said. However, the 34-year-old Shanahan and father Mike Shanahan, the Redskins' former head coach, were let go by Washington on Dec. 30 after going 3-13. Griffin's production slipped in his return from a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered in the playoffs in 2012, and his relation-
ship with the Shanahans deteriorated. Shanahan said he learned a lot from his time with Griffin. "We did a lot of real good things together," Shanahan said. "I'm very proud of that first year. I think he arguably had one of the best years in NFL history for a rookie quarterback, and I enjoyed coaching him. "Anytime you go through a 3-13 season, it's tough, it is a challenge, it's a challenge on your relationship. You've got to deal with a lot of stuff, a lot of negativity, and the thing I learned going through that, especially with a high-profile guy, there's a lot more stuff that comes out. I think Robert and I got through a very tough time, we managed to keep our relationship through the year. I'm not going to say it was easy." O'Neil is a coordinator for the first time. He was linebackers coach in Buffalo in 2013 and spent the previous four years working with defensive backs for the Jets. Notes: Pettine hired 11 more assistants Thursday, nearly completing his staff: quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains, wide receivers coach Mike McDaniel, offensive line coach Andy Moeller, running backs coach Wilbert Montgomery, defensive line coach Anthony Weaver, strength and conditioning coach Paul Ricci, assistant offensive line coach George DeLeone, assistant strength and conditioning coach Chris DiSanto, offensive quality control coach Richard Hightower, assistant strength and conditioning coach Derik Keyes and defensive quality control coach Tony Tuioti.
US speedskating team wants big medal haul
BY PAUL NEWBERRY Associated Press SOCHI, Russia — The U.S. speedskating team's best Olympic performances have come on home ice. Now, in the faraway Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, the Americans think they have a shot at matching their biggest medal haul. "Oh, I definitely think that's realistic," said Heather Richardson, one of several top contenders on the U.S. squad. The 2002 team won eight medals in Salt Lake City, a performance that still reverberates through the program, leading to improved training methods and the American team moving largely to the Utah Olympic Oval. The only other time the U.S. captured as many as eight medals was 1980, also on home ice at Lake Placid with Eric Heiden carrying the bulk of the load with five golds. "The home-field advantage plays to the host country," U.S. sprint coach Ryan Shimabukuro said Thursday, about 48 hours before the start of speedskating at Adler Arena. "That's been shown through and through at every Olympics." That means the Russians will likely perform better than their World Cup results have shown. Throw in the Dutch,
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U.S. speedskater Heather Richardson speaks during a 2014 Winter Olympics news conference Thursday in Sochi, Russia. who appear to have one of their strongest teams ever, and it's going to be especially challenging to claim a spot on the podium in Sochi. That said, the Americans have plenty of medal hopefuls. Start with Shani Davis, the two-time defending gold medalist in the 1,000 meters and a silver medalist in the 1,500 at
the last two Olympics. At 31 and possibly competing in his final Winter Games, he is especially motivated to add to his legacy as one of the sport's most complete skaters — even planning to join team pursuit for the first time at the Olympics. Though not at Davis' level, Brian Hansen and Tucker Fredricks have also
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largest country in the world, feel insecure about their place in it. They're pinning especially high hopes on their athletes, once a force to be reckoned with and the pride of the nation. They were an embarrassment at the Vancouver Games in 2010, with just three gold medals and a string of doping busts. This year, Russia has cleaned up its game and is presenting hundreds of skaters, skiers and other champions in the arenas on Sochi's seashore and in the nearby Caucasus Mountains slopes of Krasnaya Polyana. While the United States, Norway and Germany are seen as leading medal contenders, Russia will be pushing hard to bring home a bundle for the home crowd. Putin put on the pressure even as he tried to motivate them this week: "We are all counting on you." If there was any doubt, it was erased on the first evening of competition, as a booming crowd of Russian shouted "heroes" at world champion pairs Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov as they, along with men's skater Evgeni Plushenko, pushed Russia into the early lead in the new competition of team figure skating. "It's pressure, but this pressure helps us," Volosozhar said. "They push us very hard," Trankov added. It was a night on which competition and the athletes finally took a back seat to thoughts about terrorism, but they remain not far from anyone's mind. A few hundred miles (kilometers) away lies Chechnya, the site of two wars in the past two decades. And Dagestan, childhood home to the two brothers suspected in the Boston Marathon bombings and where militants regularly mount attacks. And Volgograd, where two suicide bombs killed 34 people in December. A decade ago, extremists hid a bomb in a stadium in Chechnya during construction. Then when the Kremlin-backed Chechen president showed up for a ceremony, the bomb went off, killing him and several others. Fear of terrorism have clouded the run-up, fueled Putin's strict security agenda and brought U.S. warships to the region. And about 40,000 Russian security forces are working to prevent an attack on the games, and they stand watch in all corners of Sochi and its Olympic Park on the sea and built-from-scratch mountain ski resort. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security rekindled the fears this week, warning that terrorists may try to smuggle explosives into Russia in toothpaste tubes. Yet some air travelers heading to Sochi have defied a temporary Russian ban on all liquids in carry-on luggage, and brought toothpaste and other toiletries on board unnoticed. The world will be watching the entire Olympic machine in Sochi, and much as it did when Soviet-era Moscow hosted the Summer Olympics in 1980, it will use what it sees to sit in judgment of Putin's Russia, where he has suffocated political opposition and ruled overtly or covertly for 15 years. Is it a has-been superpower that can't keep the electricity on during a hockey game? Or a driver of the 21st century global economy? A diplomatic middleweight with ties to despots that wields influence only via its veto at the United Nations? Or a fairy tale of prosperous resurrection from the communist collapse and its brutal aftermath? Who sits next to Putin on the VIP balcony may provide some clue. President Barack Obama and some other Western leaders are staying away, upset at a law that he championed barring homosexual "propaganda" aimed at minors that has been used to more widely discriminate against gays. But organizers say some 66 leaders — including heads of state and international organizations — are joining the games, including U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon. The opening ceremonies will gloss over these ugly bits as they hand over the games to the men and women who will spend the next two weeks challenging records and the limits of human ability. Some 3,000 athletes, a record for the Winter Olympics, will come for 98 events, including the new slopestyle extreme skiing competition that began Thursday. More women will compete than ever before. Among Americans, Shaun White is skipping slopestyle to focus on winning a third-straight snowboarding gold in halfpipe. Gracie Gold and Ashley Wagner will try to out-
skate South Korea's Yuna Kim. The pros of the NHL won't arrive until Monday, taking a special break in their season to hop on charter flights to Sochi and splitting off to compete against each other on behalf of their homelands. Legions of small business owners, political leaders and residents of this region are also hoping that Putin wins his gamble the games will turn Sochi into a year-round resort zone. Glitches with not-quite-ready hotels and a run of last-minute construction have seeded doubts. The opening ceremony provides a moment of inspiration. Who will light the Olympic cauldron? Russian hockey great Vladislav Tretiak — among the best to ever play the game — has said he'll take part, and some speculate he'll be Putin's choice for the high honor of the opening ceremony. It may be too much for Putin to hope that three hours of an opening ceremony will reshape his global image. But in a country that embraces superlatives and spectacle and set a world standard for classical dance, he can count on them to provide a good show.
Second nine weeks term
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West Point High School
Ninth grade All A Honor Roll Wilson, Katie Lynn Ninth grade A/B Honor Roll Anderson, Tori Brianna Barnhill, Terry Wayne, II Bateman, Dustin Allen Bobo, Amber Renee Brantley, Derrica Jerice Brown, Andrea Jean Carothers, Tamiya Shundre Caskey, Frances Ann Cherry, Alicia Nicole Collins, Kaecia Lafawn Edwards, Douglas Allen Edwards, Sara Leann Evans, Jakobe Antwan Facella, Isabel Frances Fisher, Rakema Jania Gary, Kenesha Keana Gillespie, Sara Denise Haughton, Mya Janal Hicks, Kennie Lerenzo, III Hodges, Anisha Lashae Howard, Aleeyah Lanay Hughes, Kaliyah Shakelsey Ivy, Vermel Rena Johnson, Kadaijha Danshae Kelley, Morgan Patrice McDonald, Adeline Faith McFarland, Demonica Trenae Miller, Franklin Curtis Moffett, Hannah Elizabeth Nolden, Brianna Lnya Antoine Pratt, Joshontania Desirae Reid, Lindsay Nicole Scott, Sarah Katherine Scott, Xzayvia Chyrece Shaffer, Jeremy Lovell, Jr Tamez, Laura Elena Thomas, Tiana Lanay Ware, Donald Jordan Watson, Chandler Braun White, Nolan Keith 10th grade All A Honor Roll Armstrong, Megan Chantel Baird, Hannah Elizabeth Bensend, Angel Marie Binder, Tia Lafaye Boatner, Tori Ashley Bradshaw, Jayla Elaine Brown, Shakiera Monea Brown, Titiana Monsha Busbin, Hayley Amber Calhoune, Stephon Diante Cannon, Chrlexus Marquette Collins, Deshelia Janay Davis, Elvia Irena Gardner, Tyler Tyshon Gibbs, Taraja Kashay Hodnett, Savannah Elsie Shea Ivy, Nashuna Oesha Lyles, Kiera Shantae Richardson, Jabria Zhane Sanders, Jasmine Shardai Smith, Hope Catherine Smith, Tywauna Nykia Wilkerson, Presley Beth 10th grade A/B Honor Roll Allen, Robert Foster Alsadi, Dina Ali Anderson, Tytianna Alexzae Avant, Taylor Shanae Binder, Shawn Antwone Bridges, Paul Walker Campbell, Anna Nicole Cox, Chrinautica Quinsha Davidson, Shakerie Ashunaste Davis, Kenya Tyneshia Dora, Caitlyn Cierra Edwards, Chantal Ligrace Farr, Jessica Lynn Golson, Graysen Mackenzie Harris, Dyleesha Sydnee Haughton, Lakia Shardae Jenkins, Ella Markeisha Johnson, Ashley Rose Jones, Alisha Monee Jones, Davie Lee, II Jones, Jacobe Brandon Lairy, Taylor Jenai Lee, Dameon Guy Livingston, Helen Brinkley Marion, Denise Shantell Matthews, Rnajee Ariel Melton, Darren Nickolas Morton, Devin Deandre Moseley, Myesha Vyshon Patterson, Taylor Alexandria Price, Lexus Aydan Pulley, Jamoni Jamar Quinn, Tykelia Marie Rambus, Jordan Javon Rias, Jessica Sanford, Terrence Deandre Scott, Morgan Alisse Shewmake, Ayanna Wykeema Smith, Brandon Scott Spraggins, Joshua Cortez Swift, Dalvin Tillman, Briana Desirea Vance, Ladarius Re Won Vowell, Jacob Alexander Walls, Kimberly Denise West, Lasharoka Lashae Witherspoon, Alicia Nicole Woodard, Rodriguez Lemont 11th grade All A Honor Roll Quinn, Shamaesha Atalaya Simmons, Alicia Lachelle 11th grade A/B Honor Roll Banks, Apryl Chandler, Ajacia Quinteria Cox, Jeanesha Jonee Dyson, Jasmine Andra Gandy, Lakeithra Sanara Holder, Shanquia Reerica Holmes, Devonte Marquez Humphries, Christian DJohn Johnson, Kenyada Renee Lyles, Shamaya Brsha Martin, Amichalei Shantel Melcher, Marlee Hope Montgomery, Jonesa Olivia Owens, Dawanda Aumae Pigram, Kamaria Patricia Pratt, Onassis Isaiah Quinn, Tynika Tyshae Rape, Chelsea Paige Roach, Megan Brionna Saul, Shimyia Janae Seals, Shacquinita Quashel Spraggins, Shakandis Monique Summerall, Amber Dawn Sykes, Tahzija Makhlia Tuggle, Teayra Patrice Lynn Walker, Jaiyatta Myesha Walker, Tamara Adair Walls, Whitley Danyel Webber, Jamia Tikeara 12th grade All A Honor Roll Binder, Ashley Nicole Brown, Joshua Alonzo Coggins, Ashli Nicole Culberson, Taneshia Rena Davis, Jamessa Dessianna Falls, Khiante LaPrincia Gammill, Charles Curtis Haughton, Kierra PhiLisca Huggins, JeQuailia Nechelle Jack, Jarvis Denzell Macon, Wakedra Lachelle Redus, Kelsey LeAnn Roberson, Shenika Shaquita Starks, Tachina Mone Yates, Devante LaQuarius 12th grade A/B Honor Roll Bagwell, Jessica Nicole Barr, DeAndrea Trinae Berry, Laura Catherine Calvert, Kamron Aleisha Cannon, Aliya Chantal Davidson, Lashawn Marquis Eichelberger, Yvaunda Elisabeth Evans, Shamiah Monique Foy, Janelle Annette Garcia, Maria Guadalupe Meza Hamby, Athen Lee Hammond, Itosha Lasha Haughton, Vonda Nikayia Jenkins, Senina Rochelle Jones, Alexander Olando, Jr Jones, Sarah Marshnae Knox, Keshana Jenae Lane, Undrica Chrishuna Langley, James Drake McCotry, Shameka Shaneice McCurry, Tyshia Ashuntae McMillian, Alicia Chanta Mills, Tempestt Chante Moore, Shaericia Manyaa ONeal, Quanterria Shantea Pigram, Treasie Jacquline Luvern Poss, Katelyn Olivia Quinn, DaLexus Atavis Quinn, LaDarious Jamel Rhoden, Alexandria Cierra Rhoden, Alexis Tierra Rice, Evelyn Lillian Ricks, Chelsea Denise Salmon, Joseph Saline Shelton, Fantasia Anneisaha Shelton, Marquezz Deion Simmons, Caroline Chloe Spears, Shaquille Naquon Tallie, Trivette Taylor, Tyler Andrew Williams, Chyffon AnChelle
International students enjoy home feeling at Mississippi College
For Daily Times Leader Mississippi College is thousands of miles away from his native Nigeria, but Joseph Oladele Afolabi discovered the Baptistaffiliated university is a comfortable place to earn his master’s degree. “I like Clinton,” the 30-yearold finance major said as he reflected on his first few weeks at MC in the new year. “It is peaceful, and the people are friendly.” A 2009 accounting graduate of the University of Lagos in a Nigerian city of more than one million people, Afolabi relishes the close-knit environment on the Clinton campus. It’s easy to get to know professors, he says. Afolabi is part of an uptick in MC’s international population to 252 students this winter. That’s up by 50 students from the fall with the latest international students coming from such nations as China, Bangladesh, India and Saudi Arabia. There are nearly 820,000 international students attending colleges in the United States in Fall 2013, a jump of 7 percent from a year ago, reports the New York-based Institute of International Education. China is the leader with 236,000 college students in the USA or nearly double the number of secondranked India. Afolabi says he will use his MC education to become a financial analyst in Nigeria. Salman Alahmari, 27, of Saudi Arabia is working on a master’s degree in public relations and corporate communications at MC. He hopes to join the business world in his native land. But for right now, he’s happy with the people he’s met at Mississippi College and around the Magnolia State. “I enjoy hanging out with friends I have discovered all over Mississippi,” Salman said. “I feel it’s a second home for me. This is a good place and environment to help students.” A friend from Saudi Arabia at Mississippi College encouraged him to come to MC. And now, after a few weeks, he wants to spread the news to bring more people from his Middle East nation to the university in metro Jackson. Salman’s discovered some
new things outside his MC classrooms in the School of Business. “I had never seen snow in Saudi Arabia,” he said, but was delighted to see snowflakes for the first time in his life in Mississippi in late January. Students from Mississippi and around the nation say the international students at Mississippi College add a great deal of diversity to their education and expand their knowledge of other cultures. The growth in international enrollment this semester didn’t happen by accident. Vice President for Academic Affairs Ron Howard credits Global Education Office director Mei-Chi Piletz and her staff for working hard to recruit and advise international students. They’ve worked diligently to process applications and help international students to adjust to life in the USA and Mississippi College, he said. “Our goal is to increase enrollment steadily, along with the services to assist these students in their academic progression,” Howard said. “We have a devoted faculty and staff who go out of their way to make our international students feel welcome in our classes and on our campus.” Piletz says the staff at her office worked long hours, and thanks faculty and staff at the university for welcoming international students. “This is just the beginning,” Piletz says. “We are now working on students’ retention through our mentoring program and our collaboration with dedicated professors across campus. We want our international students to realize that MC offers a nurturing environment that a lot of big state universities might not be able to do.” M.D. Mynul Byzid, 29, a graduate student in finance, is happy with his Mississippi College experience after just a few weeks. He comes from a city of millions in Bangladesh, but enjoys the peaceful community of 26,000 people in Clinton. “I like the education system here and heard that Mississippi was the Hospitality State,” he said. “I would recommend my cousins and friends to come to Mississippi.”
Trailblazer in Mississippi State University history shares experiences
For Daily Times Leader STARKVILLE — What Dr. Richard E. Holmes starts, he finishes. That's why the first AfricanAmerican student to study at Mississippi State completed both his bachelor's and master's degrees at the university. During his campus visit Tuesday [Feb. 4], the retired physician and Columbus resident helped kick off Black History Month at MSU with "Leading out Front: A Conversation with Dr. Richard Holmes." The general public, as well as university students and employees, gathered in the Colvard Student Union's Bill R. Foster Ballroom to ask Holmes questions and thank him for being an integration trailblazer. Holmes enrolled and began taking MSU courses in the summer of 1965. He received a bachelor's degree in liberal arts in 1969 and a master's in microbiology in 1973. He completed his medical degree at Michigan State University in 1977. "In 1965, I met Dr. Morris Kinsey, and Dr. Kinsey had just graduated from Michigan State with a Ph.D.," Holmes said. "He mentioned that at Michigan State, there was a new medical school there, and said, 'If you're interested in going to medical school, I'll write the dean and I'll introduce you.'"
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Mississippi State biochemistry major Jarell L. Colston (left), talks with Dr. Richard E. Holmes about his experiences as the university’s first African-American student. When the time came for Holmes to apply, he took Kinsey's offer. He became a longtime, well-respected physician in Birmingham, Ala., where he served for more than 20 years. Then, he and his family moved to Columbus, and he joined the physician staff at MSU's Longest Student Health Center. He retired from the university in 2007. Holmes was asked whether professors, students or others had tried to discourage him from attaining his education goals. He acknowledged challenges as the land-grant institution's first African-American student. Though most students and teachers treated him with dignity and respect, he recalled one particular student who didn't want to be his partner in a microbiology lab course. "The microbiology professor said, 'If you won't be
Holmes' partner, you can't take the course,' so he proceeded to be my partner," Holmes said. About a week after the incident, his white partner's hair accidentally caught fire from the lab station's Bunsen burner. The ballroom audience roared with laughter when Holmes said the partner didn't seem embarrassed to receive his help in putting out the fire. Though he often felt lonely as a student, Holmes said he is proud to have attended MSU, especially in light of the large African-American population of students and professors at the university today. He said the recent achievement of Donald M. "Field" Brown of Vicksburg, MSU's first Rhodes Scholar since 1911, is proof of the excellent education the university offers to all races. "You have to recognize, we are a top university, and you can dream and follow your passion," Holmes said. "Having the new Rhodes Scholar means we're a top school, and you can do the same thing. "I dreamed that I would do what I wanted to do, and I got to go to medical school," he emphasized. "I never gave up, so follow your dream and your passion, and don't quit. Keep fighting." Holmes' visit was sponsored by the Richard Holmes Cultural Diversity Center—named in his honor—and the NAACP. Learn more about MSU at
Friday, February 7, 2014 | Daily Times Leader
by Jacqueline Bigar
ARIES (March 21-April 19) You might want to take some of the heat off a close associate or loved one. You might try having a discussion with someone else involved, but that is unlikely to succeed. In fact, your efforts likely will fall short. Recognize your limits. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) You often tend to exaggerate a situation without realizing it. Certain facts really do stand out to you more than others. A partner or close loved one might feel uneasy about a conversation. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) You could breeze through a lot of work and feel much freer for a while. Double-check everything you do right now, because there could be an error. Someone you count on could be off-kilter. You see a situation differently from how he or she does. CANCER (June 21-July 22) Do more listening and less reacting. You might not be happy with what you are hearing, but you will see a situation differently in the long run. Make a list of the pros and cons rather than react. Detach as much as humanly possible. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) Listen to news more openly than you have in the past. You might conclude that a partner is less than helpful. Find out what is on this person’s mind, and clear out any obstacles between the two of you. You could discover that one of you has incorrect information. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) How you deal with others and their complications could be exhausting. Some have expectations that you might not be able to fulfill. It will be important to have a discussion about what you can do, as opposed to what they would like you to do. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Your ability to see the big picture might be more significant than you realize. You are able to visualize an idea and see how to make it possible. Use your unique creativity. You must not allow someone or a situation to trigger you.
February 7, 1974
A Senate Committee today recommended approval of a bill that would abolish the Mississippi Highway Commission and provide for election of a new Highway Administrative official on a statewide basis. The measure was approved by the Highways Committee, headed by Sen. R.B. Reaves of McComb, as the State’s lawmakers pressed to meet a deadline for committee action on legislation. The Senate took no floor action during the morning and recessed to allow committees to continue their deliberations. The Senate will return at 10 a.m. Friday. Today was the last day for Senate and House committees to act on general legislation and constitutional amendment that originated in their own chambers. The cutoff did not affect revenue bills, appropriations nor local and private legislation. Reeves said the Highway proposal would do away with the present system of electing three highway commissioners from separate districts across the state. Instead, a single highway commissioner would be elected on a statewide basis and then serve as the chief administrator and Director of the Highway Department. The director would receive a proposed salary of $30,000 annually. Reeves said the bill, if passed, would not go into effect until Jan. 1, 1976, and have no effect on the present members of the commission. Reeves said he felt chances for passage of the bill were “slim” since it goes to the bottom of an already long calendar. The present highway system has been under attack for more than a year by several persons, and was the target of a special interim study conducted by a joint legislative committee headed by Reeves. Gov. Bill Waller has been among the leaders in the move to bring about changes in the existing system. A variety of bills were introduced this session to revamp the commission. Reeves said he felt the one-man proposal was the wrong “approach.” He said he personally would prefer that a “large panel serve as a Board of Directors in effect, rather than have one man who would both set policy and carry it out.”
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Listen to what someone shares. You might think that you are in a position to clear up a problem. However, even if you succeed, you will have to redo this same process later. Be aware that someone might have a mental block. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) You have reason to feel popular, as others seek you out. Your ability to understand what is happening is a resource that people want to tap into. A family commitment could be more difficult to handle than you are aware. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) You might want to approach an associate in a different way. Listen to what he or she has to say. Observe what is happening between you and a close friend, sibling or neighbor. You might not be seeing this person clearly. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) You could be very forthright in your dealings over financial concerns and/or a creative project. You won’t be able to complete your agreement at this time, because it would backfire. Stay light and easy when dealing with a loved one or child.
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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) You could be wondering what is happening with a family member who seems a bit out of sorts. This person might feel weighed down by responsibilities. If you pitch in, you could be surprised by how fast his or her mood will change.
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John W. ‘Bill’ Vest
—Mary Garrison/Daily Times Leader
West Point Rotarians listen to Dr. Greg Little Thursday at the Ritz Theater in West Point. Little shared life experiences with club members and how he’s learned to use those experiences in working with patients.
John W. “Bill” Vest, 93, passed away, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, at the State Veterans Home in Kosciusko. John W. “Bill” Vest was born in Stevenson, Ala., to the late Ella Mae Hart and James Horton Vest Sr. He was a farmer and former service station owner and was a member of the Baptist faith. Bill was a veteran of the U. S. Army having served during WW II. He was awarded the Silver Star and was a Purple Heart recipient. John William Vest married Mildred Lucille Vaughn Vest on March 13, 1948. She preceded him in death Nov. 25, 1998. Funeral services are today, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. James Towery officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements. Survivors include his three daughters: Cindy Vest Reed, Gay Vest Miller, Kay Vest Kisner (Ronnie); one son, Billy D. Vest (Annette) all of West Point; seven grandchildren: Stephanie Reed Stroud (David), Josh Lee Vest (Brandi), Elizabeth Lucille Hamlin, Graham Walker Hamlin, Jr. (Shannon), Mitzi Kay York (Jim), Melanie Powell (Ron, Jr.) and Jody Denney; six great grandchildren; three sisters: Virginia Blankenship Partin of West Point, Christine Henley of West Point, Betty Mooney of Buena Vista, Ark.; one brother, Bobby Vest of Rutherford, Texas. Preceding him in death were Lena Mae Walker, Beulah Easter, James Horton Vest, Jr., Jim Ed Vest and Arthur Brady “Butch” Vest Pallbearers are Skeeter Smith, David Cox, Bob Lummus, David Stroud, Harry Welch, and David Lummus. Honorary pallbearers will be Nurses and Staff of the State Veteran’s Home in Koscuisko Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, P. O. Box 8217, Jackson, MS 39284. Friends may leave an online condolence at
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“He told me, ‘What you have cannot be cured, but it can be arrested,’” Little said. “My clients dealing with addiction are the same. What they have is a disease. It can’t be cured, but it can be arrested.” Little said he learned to conquer his speech impediment through simple methods: Think, breathe, articulate, using another voice and speaking slowly. “I’ve done workshops in 26 states now, speaking to people,” Little said. “I use laughter as a buffer. I don’t speak on anything until I can make the whole room laugh.” It’s a technique he’s employed in dealing with clients, as well. Little demonstrated strategies and games he uses with clients, in which seems to be little point and no winners — such as a group holding hands and passing phrases back and forth around a circle trying to keep the messages moving without getting confused. While light-hearted and fun, the games serve a specific purpose and are designed to break tension and make participants laugh. It’s a technique that has served center clients well, Wooten said. “You know, the games really help,” Wooten said. “So many of those struggling with addiction have never had any sort of success or reason to laugh … or real interaction with anyone, just holding their hand and looking at them in the eye. … Greg’s clients can relate to him, and understand him, and that really helps.” That bond becomes particularly important as it comes time to initiate changing lifestyles. “One word scares my clients more than any other,” Little said. “It’s sobriety. … Sobriety brings change.” The recovery center is a 42-bed facility which houses both men and women for inpatient treatment. For more information, visit
Royce Webster Ervin
Royce Webster Ervin age 60. passed away Friday, Jan. 31, 2014. Funeral services are Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, at 2 p.m. from Mt. Pisgah M.B. Church with Rev. James Verdell officiating. Burial will follow in Tibbee Community Cemetery. Visitation is Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, from 3 – 6 p.m. at Carter’s Mortuary Services Chapel. Carter’s Mortuary Services is in charge of arrangements.
Charles M. Johnson
Charles M. Johnson age 76, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, at Dugan Memorial Home. Funeral services are 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014. from Lake Grove M.B. Church with Rev. J.P. Orr officiating. Burial will follow in Randle Cemetery. Visitation is today, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, from 3 – 6 p.m. at Carter’s Mortuary Services Chapel. Carter’s Mortuary Services is in charge of arrangements.
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History Program at 2:30 p.m. Guest speaker is Pastor Carlos Orr of New Hope M.B. Church. The public is invited to attend. u Black History Program — Progress St. Church of God wishes to invite everyone to join them for a Black History Program at 3 p.m. Guest speaker is Attorney Jessie Pennington of Jackson, theme is “Rooted in the Past, Growing Toward the Future.”
u Seminars — The Church House of Refuge Family Worship is having aTeachers/Leadership Seminar along with a health awareness workshop from 9 a.m. - noon. The speaker for the workshop is Rev. Eric Ratliff from Union Star M.B. Church.The health awareness workshop will consist of CPR, blood pressure and glucose screening, and breast cancer awareness.The public is invited to attend.
u Outreach Mission Program — New Greater Saint Mark Outreach Ministry in Prairie, is sponsoring an Outreach Mission program at 3 p.m. Guest speaker is Pastor Timothy Bourne of Beulah Grove Full Gospel Baptist Church, in Artesia.The public is invited to attend. u First Sermons — The Church House of Refuge Family Worship Center will have first sermons delivered by Minister Sherri McCrary and Minister Brittney Henley 6 p.m. The public is invited to attend.
u Usher Board Program — Walker Grove M.B. Church is having their Usher Board program at 3 p.m. Guest speaker is Rev. Rossie Sullivan of Callahan M.B. Church of Woodland. u Choir Anniversary — The Florida Marcell Choir of Mt. Hermon M.B. Church will celebrate its 39th anniversary at 6 p.m. Guest soloists will be Sister Linda Lane and Bro. Bobby Ford. The public is invited to attend.
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Masons are urged to attend.
u B&W Credit Union Meeting — Members of B&W Credit Union are asked to meet at the Local Union Hall at 2 p.m. for the annual report of the Board of Directors, Supervisory Committee, Credit Committee and election of officers.
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 CTC Open House — West Point Career and Technology Center marks the 40th year of serving West Point and Clay County high school students. The CTC will host an Open House from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and the public is invited to attend.We encourage all former staff and students to visit and share stories of their time in our programs. We also invite any prospective students and families to visit our center to learn how we can help them prepare to join tomorrow’s workforce. February is Career and Technical Education Month. All month we will be highlighting our programs and emphasizing how CTC helps prepare our students for entering the workforce or continuing their education.
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.
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.
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u CCCC Meeting — The Community Christian Children’s Choir will meet at 1st Presbyterian, EPC across from Sally Kate Winters Park from 3:30 - 5 p.m for students in grades 1 - 6. Choir members will participate in scripture memory, music and refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Susie Marshall, 494-6524.
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 Head Start Enrollment — Children age 3 – 4 born between Sept. 2, 2009 – Sept. 1, 2011, can enroll in the Head Start Program for 2014 – 2015 school year. For more information call (662) 252 – 1582 ext. 149
u Ladies Auxiliary — The American Legion Post 212 Ladies Auxiliary meet the second Thursday of each month at 6 p.m.
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