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Daily Times Leader
Today’s News . . . Tomorrow’s Trends
Serving West Point & Clay County Since 1867 Friday, July 12, 2013 75 cents
Inside Online
2: Community
4: Opinion
6: Lifestyles
9: Sports
10: Comics
11: Classifeds
Check out new events on the Church
and Community Calendars. page 2
Smith represents Mississippi at
4-H Nationals page 8
Guyton’s recipe for perfect, creamy
ice cream page 5
Sheena Baker
Daily Times Leader
JACKSON, July 9, 2013 – The Bower Foundation
has awarded the Mississippi Department of
Education’s Office of Healthy Schools $540,000 to
fund the Nutrition Integrity 2014 Program, which
will allow schools to purchase and install new equip-
ment in school kitchens.
Schools may apply for the grant to replace
schools’ existing deep-fat fryers with combination
oven steamers. The ovens use super-heated steam to
cook foods with less fat, saturated fat and trans fat.
In addition, the Foundation is funding a $60,000
pilot program to provide additional training to
school staff in the operation of the combination
oven steamers.
“Improving nutrition and physical activity levels
for Mississippi school children is a priority of the
foundation,” said Anne Travis, CEO of The Bower
Foundation. “Healthy children are more likely to be
academically successful.”
The Bower Foundation has provided funding for
134 schools to install the combination steamer
Community Lifestyles Sports
See GRANTS | Page 12 See WISEMAN | Page 7
Fluoride concern arises again
Sheena Baker
Daily Times Leader
The fight to take fluoride out of
West Point’s water supply is still
ongoing, and members of the West
Point Board of Mayor and Selectmen
listened tentatively Tuesday to the
issue concerning fluoride.
West Point residents Chad Scott
and Vaughn Blaylock appeared before
the board, stating their case that the
use of fluoride in the city’s drinking
water is harming the community’s
Scott, a licensed health instructor,
said many other countries have reject-
ed fluoridation of water because uni-
versities and media in these countries
“have a more open view of the issue.”
He said the Center for Disease
Control admitted in 1999 that fluo-
ride intake results in little benefit and
stated people can get fluoride, if they
choose, from different sources, such
as toothpaste and even sweet tea.
Blaylock agreed.
“The general theory is that if we
take the fluoride out of our water is if
we take the fluoride out of our water,
our teeth are going to rot and fall out
of our heads,” Blaylock said.
“Throughout the developed world
the rate of tooth decay versus fluori-
dated and unfluoridated water shows
virtually zero difference...When you
start talking about children, going
back to the early ‘50s cities around
the country began to think that fluo-
ridation of water was a good idea.
They thought that if you drink fluo-
ride it strengthens the teeth from the
inside out, which has basically been
rejected now.”
He said the studies done on fluori-
dation were conducted to determine
the effects of fluoride on brain devel-
opment. A 2012 Harvard Law study,
Blaylock said, reveals an average IQ
loss of seven points in children living
in areas that have fluoride in the
“When we get into fluoridating an
entire water supply how do you con-
trol the dosage,” Blaylock asked.
The city of West Point uses .8 mil-
ligrams of fluoridation. Blaylock said
eight to ten glasses of water per day
has enough fluoride to constitute a
poison emergency. He asked that the
city holds a hearing calling for the
removal of fluoride from the city’s
water, which he believes will save the
city money.
The board took no action Tuesday
on the issue and will revisit it at
another date, said Mayor Robbie
Murder case to
be heard Monday
Sheena Baker
Daily Times Leader
A West
Point man
accused of
taking the
life of Tracy
La wr e nc e
Maxwell is
expected to
stand trial
Monday for the charge of
murder in Clay County Circuit
37-year-old Nathaniel
Collins is accused of shooting
and killing Maxwell back on
July 5, 2012 on Old Tibbee
Road. He was incarcerated at
the Clay County Detention
Center but was released on a
$100,000 bond.
Several of Maxwell’s family
members feel Collins betrayed
Maxwell by posing as his
friend yet allegedly taking his
life. Family members say
Collins should be ordered to
spend the rest of his life behind
bars and feel he is a threat to
the community.
Also on the docket for
Monday is the Oct. 28, 2012
stabbing death case involving
Shunbrica Roby, Natisha
Roby and Latwanna Roby.
All three are accused of stab-
bing Marcus Payne of
Hamilton near the One Stop
Deli store at the corner of
Bugg Street and Division
Street. West Point police dis-
covered Payne at the store
suffering from a stab wound
to the chest, and Payne died in
route to North Mississippi
Medical Center – Tupelo.
Shunbrica Roby of Columbus
remains incarcerated at the
Clay County Detention Center
and Natisha and Latwanna
Roby, both of Macon, were
released on bond.
u State v. Charles T. Davidson, aggravated assault
u State v. Devin Robinson, child abuse
u State v. Tjai Jones, armed robbery
u State v. Michael Walker, grand larceny/kidnapping
u State v. James G. Jenkins, kidnapping/aggravated assault
u State v. Lonnie Roby, kidnapping/aggravated assault
u State v. Jimmy Avant, kidnapping/aggravated assault
u State v. Javonte Parks, kidnapping/aggravated assault
u State v. Annie McGee, aggravated assault
u State v. Justin Wilkerson, aggravated assault
u State v. Martel Lyons, aggravated assault
u State v. Kelvin Tillman, possession of cocaine/aggravated
and simple assault on a law enforcement officer
u State v. Jack Shelton, domestic violence-aggravated
u State v. Ashley Gross, robbery/aggravated assault
Others cases set to
be heard Monday
are as follows:
Yokohama announces selection of design firm
Special to the
Daily Times Leader
2013) – A little over two months
ago, Yokohama Tire Corporation
(YTC) announced its plan to build
a new commercial tire manufactur-
ing plant in West Point, Mississippi.
Thursday, the company made pub-
lic its selection of Kajima
Associates/Architects & Engineers,
PC (KA/AEPC) of Atlanta,
Georgia to design the first phase of
the project – a 931,000-square-
foot factory that will include pro-
duction, warehousing and opera-
tions facilities.
Yokohama will make an invest-
ment of $300 million and create
approximately 500 jobs as part of
the initial phase. Construction is
slated for summer 2013, which
when completed in October 2015,
will provide the factory with a
manufacturing capacity of up to
one million tires annually.
“We planned for the project to
take on a brisk pace and we are
extremely pleased it is progressing
as scheduled,” said Thomas
Masuguchi, YTC’s senior vice pres-
ident and chief strategy officer.
“The demand for Yokohama’s
commercial tire products is outpac-
ing our current production capaci-
ty and the faster we move along
the plant’s timeline, the faster we
can increase our supply to meet
our dealer requirements. We are
confident that Kajima Associates/
Architects & Engineers, PC will
provide us with design plans for
the factory that are aimed at opti-
mum productivity and efficiency.”
“We are honored to have been
selected as the design firm,” said
Yoshi Koshiyama, KA/AEPC’s
Design Director.
“We look forward to being a
partner in translating Yokohama’s
strategic vision for their new plant
to reality by providing extensive
services from Building Information
Modeling (BIM) to structural and
interior design.”
Yokohama Tire Corporation is
the North American manufactur-
ing and marketing arm of Tokyo,
Japan-based The Yokohama
Rubber Co., Ltd., a global manu-
facturing and sales company of
premium tires since 1917. Servicing
a network of more than 4,500
points of sale in the U.S.,
Yokohama Tire Corporation is a
leader in technology and innova-
tion. The company’s complete
product line includes tires for high-
performance, light truck, passenger
car, commercial truck and bus, and
off-the-road mining and construc-
tion applications.
For more information on
Yokohama’s extensive product line,
Schools to receive
grants to improve
Sheena Baker
West Point resident Chad Scott says
fluoride in city water is harming children
and adults.
See WATER | Page 12
Wiseman speaks to
West Point Rotary
Will Nations
Daily Times Leader
When it comes to politics,
especially in Mississippi, Dr.
Marty Wiseman is the man to
Mid-day Thursday, Wise-
man spoke to the West Point
Rotary Club about a range of
political topics. Some of the
highlights were his in-depth
analysis on the recent special
session in Jackson about re-
funding and possible expansion
of Mississippi medicaid. Wise-
man quipped that he “hasn’t
seen anything quite like that
Director of the John C.
Stennis Institute of Govern-
ment at Mississippi State Uni-
versity, Wiseman has been
around politics for a very long
time. Wiseman can be typically
found writing editorials where
he evaluates federal, state, and
local politics.
Setting up the table to ex-
plain what happened during
the special session back in June,
Wiseman explained that grid-
lock in Washington between
the Democrats and the Repub-
licans has given way to the state
governments, which are mainly
partisan, to make decisions
concerning the everyday lives
of American citizens, proclaim-
ing the Tenth Amendment was
still alive in the United States of
“State government has been
fexing their largely partisan
muscle,” said Wiseman, “Grid-
lock has created this scenario
where the actual fghts are tak-
ing place. Republicans are at-
tacking government through
the state governments.”
Wiseman continued to ex-
plain that state government is
no longer the little guy on the
block anymore, especially since
gridlock continues in the U.S.
House and Senate. The states
are now becoming the engine
of change to our everyday life
Daily Times Leader Page 2 • Friday, July 12, 2013
Community Calendar
All “Community Announcements” are published
as a community service on a frst-come, frst-served
basis and as space allows. Announcements must be
60 words or less, written in complete sentences and
submitted in writing at least fve days prior to the re-
quested dates of publication. No announcements will
be taken over the telephone. Announcements sub-
mitted after noon will not be published for the next
day’s paper. To submit announcements, email life@
u Civitan meetings — The West Point
Civitan Club meets on the first and third
Wednesdays of each month at noon in the
Training Room of NMMC-West Point. All
interested persons are cordially invited to
u West Point Alumni Chapter Meetings
— The West Point Alumni Chapter Meets
on the second Saturday of each month at the
Northside School building on Fifth St. at
noon. All members and interested persons
are invited to attend.
u City Board Meetings — The City
Board of West Point holds its meetings the
second Tuesday of each month at City Hall
at 5:30 p.m. Work Sessions are held every
Thursday prior to the board meeting at City
Hall at 5:30 p.m.
u Compassionate Friends — Families
who have experienced the death of a child
are invited to attend The Compassionate
Friends meeting at 6:30 p.m. the second
Tuesday of each month, at North Mississippi
Medical Center-West Point, 835 Medical
Center Drive. The mission of The
Compassionate Friends is to assist families
toward resolving grief following the death of
a child of any age and to help others be sup-
portive. Bereaved parents, siblings, grand-
parents and immediate family members are
welcome to attend. For more information,
call Michele Rowe, director of Social Services
at NMMC-West Point, at (662) 495-2337.
u American Legion Meeting —
American Legion Post 212 will meet every
third Sunday of the month at 3 p.m. at their
headquarters on Morrow St. All members
are urged to attend.
u AARP Meeting — The Clay County
AARP will meet every third Thursday, at
5:30 p.m. at the Henry Clay Retirement
Center. All members and those interested in
AARP are urged to attend. For more infor-
mation call Ella Seay 494-8323 or Dorothy
Landon 494-3577.
u Basic Skills Class — Free Basic Skills
class at the EMCC West Point Center, Hwy.
45 North, Monday thru Thursday each
week, 11:30-1:30 p.m. The Basic Skills
class will prepare you to take the WorkKeys
test and receive a Career Readiness
Certificate. WorkKeys® is a job skills
assessment that helps employers select, hire,
train, develop, and retain a high-perfor-
mance workforce. These classes are spon-
sored by EMCC Workforce Services. Please
call Mitzi Thompson at 243-2647, to regis-
ter for free classes.
u WPHS Class of 2003 Reunion — The
website for the class reunion for the WPHS
Class of 2003, 10 year reunion has been cre-
ated. Please visit http://www.classcreator.
com/West-Point-Mississippi-2003 to view it.
Sign up for the site by searching for your
name under the classmate profle tab and cre-
ating a profle. Create your profle and you
will be granted access to the site by a member
of the planning committee. Please allow up to
24 hours for a member of the planning com-
mittee to verify your identity as the content is
password protected. The reunion will be in
West Point May 31-June 2.
u The Academy of Performing Arts —
located at the North Mississipppi Medical
Center-West Point Wellness Canter is now
enrolling for the fall session. Classes begin
August 13 in ballet, tap, hip hop, jazz, lyrical,
tumbling, musical theatre and voice. Semester
will run for four months and culminate with
a Christmas recital in December. For more
information, email or call
(662) 494-1113.
u Welding and Carpentry Classes —
EMCC Workforce Services is offering
Welding and Carpentry classes two nights a
week from 5 – 9 p.m. Please contact Mitzi
Thompson at 243-2647.
u Grief Support Group — Christ United
Methodist Church is providing support for
grieving families with a Grief Support Group
who will meet Mondays at 6:30 p.m.
u GED Classes — EMCC West Point
Center, if offering free GED classes at EMCC
West Point Center, Monday thru Thursday,
from 8 am – 1:30 p.m. These classes are spon-
sored by the Adult Basic Education depart-
ment of East MS Community College. Please
contact Cynthia McCrary or Jessica Flynt at
492-8857 for additional information.
u C2C Info — Need work skills to get a
job? EMCC Workforce offers the Counseling
2 Career program to assist in gaining work
experience. C2C classes are available for resi-
dents of Clay, Lowndes, and Noxubee coun-
ties, Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. If
you are 18-21, please contact Sha’Carla Petty
at 662-243-1930 or Chrystal Newman at
662-243-1941 for more information.
u Animal shelter help — The West Point
Clay County Animal shelter needs foster
families for several puppies who have been
selected to go on the next Homeward Bound
rescue. You would need to keep the pup for
two weeks, until the day of transport. If you
are interested, please call the shelter at 524-
u Ladies Auxiliary — The American
Legion Post 212 Ladies Auxiliary meet the
second Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. All
members are urged to attend.
u GED classes — Free GED classes at
Bryan Public Library on Tuesday and
Wednesday each week, 4:30 - 7:30. These are
sponsored by the Adult Basic Education
department of East MS Community College.
Please call 243- 1985 to register for free
u Foster Parenting — Foster and
Adoptive Parents are needed. If you can give
time, space, care and attention to foster chil-
dren, maybe you can qualify to be a foster
parent. Caring families in Clay Co. are needed
who have the interest and ability to be loving
foster parents. For more information call
Karen Ward at 494-8987.
u Lodge Breakfast — West Point Masonic
Lodge No. 40 will have a breakfast the frst
Saturday of each month from 5”30-8:30 a.m.
The public is invited.
u REPM Meeting — The Clay County
Unit of Retired Education Personnel of
Mississippi, will meet at 2 p.m. in the Esther
Pippen Meeting Room of the Bryan Public
Library. J.W. Chrestman from Alert Guardian
will be guest speaker. All members and pro-
spective members are invited to attend.
Membership in REPM is open to all retired
persons from the Mississippi schools. For
more information call President Ella Seay
494-8323 or Vice President Robbie Bryant
Now thru August
u Immunization Requirements for
Public School — To the Parents/Guardians
of 7th Graders: According to the Mississippi
State Department of Health, a new immuni-
zation requirement for 7th grade students has
been implemented. The new immunization is
the Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis)
vaccine. This immunization is required for all
students entering the 7th grade. All updated
immunization records must be turned in to
the offce at Fifth Street Junior High School
by Thursday, August 1, 2013 or they will not
be able to receive a schedule until the updated
immunization record is received. If you have
any questions, please call the offce at
662.494.2191from 8 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Thursdays, June 27 - July 25
u Childbirth Preparedness Classes —
North Mississippi Medical Center-West Point
will offer a prepared childbirth class for
expectant parents from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Thursdays, June 27-July 25. Instructors cover
a wide variety of topics including relaxation
techniques, prenatal care, labor and delivery,
pain relief measures, breast-feeding and infant
care. The fee is $35. Class will not meet July
4. To register or for more information, call
(662) 495-2292 or 1-800-THE DESK
Thursday, July 18
u Alzheimer’s Support Group — The
local Alzheimer’s Support Group will meet
at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at the Henry
Clay Retirement Center Parlor, 133
Commerce St. For more information, call
Brenda Johnson at (662) 495-2339 or
1-800-THE DESK (1-800-843-3375).
Tuesday, June 27
u Donation Drive — The Sally Kate
Winters Family Services is having a donation
drive through July 23. They are in need of
toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo and con-
ditioner (for all hair types), soap (any: bar or
liquid), foss, feminine hygiene items for
girls, anything that can be termed personal
hygiene products. Everyone takes these
items for granted, but they are very impor-
tant to a child who doesn’t have them.
Donations may still be dropped off at Sally
Kate Winters Family Services after July 23.
Friday, August 2-4
u Alumni Reunion — The National
West Point Alumni,Inc. Reunion will be
held August 2-4, 2013, in St. Louis, Mo.
The West Point Chapter is currently taking
names of those who would like to ride on
the bus. Please contact Mary Gibbs at 494-
1140 or Bettye Swift at 494-2647.
August 15 - September 5
u Childbirth Preparedness Class —
North Mississippi Medical Center-West
Point will offer a prepared childbirth class
for expectant parents from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Thursdays, Aug. 15-Sept. 5.
Instructors cover a wide variety of topics
including relaxation techniques, prenatal
care, labor and delivery, pain relief measures,
breast-feeding and infant care. The fee is
Class will not meet July 4. To register or
for more information, call (662) 495-2292
or 1-800-THE DESK (1-800-843-3375).
ChurCh Calendar
All “Church Announcements” are published as a community service on a
frst-come, frst-served basis and as space allows. Announcements must
be 60 words or less, written in complete sentences and submitted in writing
at least fve days prior to the requested dates of publication. No announce-
ments will be taken over the telephone. Announcements submitted after
noon will not be published for the next day’s paper. To submit announce-
ments, email
u Feed the Hungry — Holy Temple Holiness Church
Women’s Ministries deliver meals to Feed the Hungry the
second Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. If you or someone
you know is elderly or shut-in, and could benefit from this free
delivery service, call 494-3322 before 8 a.m. the morning of
the deliveries..
u Town Creek Bible Study — Minister Lester Moore will
be holding Bible Study at Town Creek Apartments in the
Laundry Room each Tuesday night from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m.
The current 13-week less is titled “How to be a Christian.”
Sunday, July 14
u Homecoming — Jones Chapel United Methodist
Church will celebrate its 55th Annual Homecoming Service
11 a.m. The guest speaker will be WPSD Superintendent
Burnell McDonald. The public is cordially invited to attend.
Monday, July 15 - 19
u VBS — Northside Christian Church wishes to invite area
children to its Vacation Bible School from 6-8 p.m. There will
be games, singing, crafts, Bible stories and FUN-4-ALL!
Registration may be processed by e-mailing: Name, Mailing
Address, Contact Number and Age to:
for more information call 494-5210.
Monday, July 15 - 19
u Revival — Mt. Pisgah Waverly M.B. Church wishes to
cordially invite the public to Summer Revival Services. Please
join us in receiving God’s blessing.
Wednesday, July 17 - 19
u Revival — Greenwood M.B. Church is having revival at
7 p.m. Guest speaker is Rev. Eugene Brandon of Second
Baptist M.B. Church of Houston. The public is invited to
Sunday, July 21
u Friends and Family Day — Walker Grove M.B. Church
is having Friends and Family Day at 11:15 a.m. Guest speaker
is Rev. Duane E. Belford of Emmanuel Baptist Church of St.
Louis, Missouri.
u Pastor Appreciation — Mt. Hermon, M.B. Church will
commemorate six years of spiritual leadership of its pastor,The
Rev. Tim Brinkley, during services at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. The
Rev. Willie Moore III, along with his choir, will deliver the
morning message. Dr. James A Boyd, pastor of Zion Gate
M.B. Church in Columbus, will bring the message that after-
noon. His Choir will render special music, The community is
invited to attend one or both of these services.
Sunday, July 21 - 23
u Revival — Mhoon Valley M.B. Church wishes to invite
everyone to their Summer Revival Services Sunday at 6 p.m.
Monday-Tuesday at 7 p.m. Guest speaker is the Rev. Henry
Shelton of Walker Grove M.B. Church of Pheba.
Sunday, July 27 - 28
u Hay Day Bible School — Hope Baptist Church of
Cedar Bluff is having a weekend Hay Day Bible School. July
27 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (lunch will be served) and July 28
from 9 - 10:30 a.m. Parents are welcome to join us on Sunday.
Sunday, July 28
u Appreciation and Anniversary — Strong Hill M.B.
Church is honoring their pastor and his wife, Rev. Israel and
Geraldine Lee, with an Appreciation and Anniversary
Celebration at 3 p.m. Guest speaker is Rev. Eric Ratliff of
Union Star M.B. Church. His choir and church family will
accompany him. All churches and pastors are cordially invited
to attend.
Sunday, July 28 - 31
u Revival — Hopewell M.B. Church is having Summer
Revival at 6 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. week nights. Guest
speaker is Rev. Andrew Robinson of Second Baptist Church
in Oxford.
Monday, July 29 - 31
u Revival — New St. Peter M.B. Church is having their
Summer Revival at 7 p.m. Guest speaker is Rev. George
Taylor of New Prospect M.B. Church, Nettleton.
Monday, July 29 - August 2
u Revival — Union Star M.B. Church wishes to invite
everyone to their Summer Revival at 7 p.m. Guest speaker is
Rev. Christopher Wriley.
Wednesday, July 31 - August 2
u VBS — Greenwood M.B. Church is hosting Vacation
Bible School from 6-8 p.m. This years theme is: Adventures
on Promise Island Where Kids Discover God’s Lifesaving
Daily Times Leader Friday, July 12, 2013 • Page 3
Doubt is failure to
believe in your ability to
do something or the unbe-
lief in someone else’s abil-
ity to do something.
Doubt is also the unbelief
of a group to perform a
task. A hundred people
could have the resources
and the manpower to do
whatever they want to do,
but one doubter in the
bunch can kill the project
I’m convinced that some
of our churches now are
handicapped when it
comes to doing the Lord’s
work. Some are blind and
crippled in their service to
the community not because
of lack of funds, manpow-
er or resources but because
we have too many doubt-
ers in our church houses.
Its one thing to doubt
the ability of a man to do
something, but to doubt
GOD is something else
altogether. Doubt can be
born in your mind or
planted in your mind by
another but however it
gets there it will immedi-
ately attack your faith.
Jesus said, “If you have
faith as of a mustard seed,
you can move mountains.”
Faith must be exercised to
grow, but doubt will grow
and fester all by itself. It
will attack and cancel out
your faith so that all that’s
left is growing doubt.
A disciple of Jesus was
overcome by doubt. This
guy walked with Jesus,
talked with Jesus, and wit-
nessed miracle after mira-
cle performed by Jesus.
Now he has joined the
ranks of the unbelievers.
On the same day that Jesus
rose from the grave Jesus
appeared to the disciples.
That evening they were
gathered together in a
room with the door was
shut when suddenly, Jesus
appeared before them.
No Presence
All of the disciples were
there except Thomas. The
scripture doesn’t indicate
where Thomas was but he
was not in the room with
the disciples when Jesus
showed up. Anytime the
house of GOD has assem-
bled and you are not pres-
ent then you will miss out
on your blessing.
Too often the Disciples
of Christ meet to worship,
plan and commune about
the direction that GOD
wants the church to go,
but certain folks won’t
show up. Then later they
come and bring doubt to
stunt the growth of the
Thomas was not
there. I think that as a
people society has spoiled
us with too many modern
day conveniences. Now
you can take college classes
over the internet, order
prescription drugs over the
telephone and get your
driver’s license on-line.
And you don’t even have
to be present to join.
I once purchased a raffle
ticket from an organization
that was having a fund
raiser. I saw these words
printed in bold letters right
The Danger of Doubt
Tim Brinkley
A message from John 20:19, 24-29
Thinking with a New Mind
Walk Like It
By Dorothy Tucker
Ephesians 4:17-24 “This I
say therefore, and testify in
the Lord, that ye henceforth
(walk not) as other Gentiles
walk, in the vanity of their
minds; Having the under-
standing darkened, being
alienated from the life of God
through the ignorance that is
in them, because of the blind-
ness of their heart: Who
being past feeling have given
themselves over unto lascivi-
ousness, to work all unclean-
ness with greediness. But ye
have not so learned Christ; If
so be that ye have heard him,
and have been taught by him,
as the truth is in Jesus: that
you put off concerning the
former conversation the old
man, which is corrupt accord-
ing to the deceitful lust; and
be renewed in the spirit of the
mind; and that ye put on the
new man, which after God is
created in righteousness and
true holiness.”
Let’s look at this because
it’s important. If we are
going to think with Christ
centered minds, it must
become a way of life every
day. We cannot be sacred on
Sunday and secular on
Monday. We are to be sacred
every day all day; because we
are all ministers under God
no matter what our particular
professions happen to be.
Because, as Christians, we are
supposed to think Christian;
that is, with brand new minds.
A Christian mind is that mind
ordered by the word and will
of God. His word came to
set our minds on the things
above because that’s where
Christ is. So, walk like you
know you belong to the royal
family of God. Walk worthy
of the vocation wherewith ye
are called. In other words,
walk in accordance to who
you are in Christ Jesus.
You’ve got a great calling.
Make sure you walk a great
walk. Look! He drew you
by the power of the Holy
Spirit. He called you unto
him. Now you are a child of
the King. Walk like it! Talk
like it! Praise God!
My Place
I would rather have Jesus…
the Son of God…the only
one who can save my soul. I
will never know the cost of
having the Lord God as my
fortress, my refuge, my God.
Lord, I am here to worship,
to bow down before you in
Jesus name.
When God is in it, there is
no limit to what you can do.
God is Lord over all things.
It is the purpose and plan of
God that we shall prosper. If
only we would believe that
God is always working
behind the scene for our
good. No matter what may
come your way, know that
God’s got it. We must know
that he has a plan for you, just
believe it and receive it. We
are called to lift up our eyes
and see the promises of God
being revealed.
Father God, I know that I
never could have made it
without you. I thank you that
you have allowed me to grow
stronger, wiser and much bet-
ter in you. My soul rejoices as
I praise you once again for
not giving up on “this one’
who continued to go astray,
who continued to operate in
disobedience, who would
have truly been lost without
I must say that God you
have done great things in my
life and I bless your holy
name. Lord, I say I am avail-
able to you. I just ask that
you use me Lord for your
service. My spirit rejoices as I
worship you, for you are the
center of my joy. You are my
strong tower. You are my
friend, my deliverer, my lover,
my banner, my Savoir. You
are my lily in the valley. You
are my light in this world of
darkness. You are my way
throughout the day. You are
my king.
Lord, I thank you that you
continue to reveal your desire
for me! Father, I know that
you hear me when I pray. I
know that you hear me when
I call on your name. I know
Gavis Mosley
After a disappointing
game, the football coach
was asked what he would
be doing with his team
during the coming week.
He said, “We are going
back to the basics. We
will practice blocking,
tackling, and all the other
fundamentals of the
game.” Successful coach-
es of any sport constantly
review the basics of their
game. They know the
players must be so well
trained that the basics
become second nature to them. In a game, they do not
have the time to stop and think which leg stance or posi-
tion of the body they should use. The slightest delay
could spell defeat.
We, as believers, have basics that are very important in
our spiritual life, (basic being defined as ‘most important
or essential’). We cannot afford to neglect the practice of
these fundamentals if we want to grow and mature in our
faith. Studying the Word of God is basic. New believers
are compared to newborn babes who “desire” the pure
spiritual milk of the Word (1 Peter 2:2). “Desire,”
according to Nelson’s Study Bible, does “not mean
merely to want something, but rather to long for some-
thing with your whole being.” We have all seen and heard
a baby who desires to be fed. Feeding on the milk is
essential to its growth and maturity. So it is with us. We
are not meant to remain “spiritual infants, weak and vul-
nerable to every temptation, doubt, falsehood, or fear”
(Billy Graham). We must be in the Word, digesting the
meat of it as well as the milk. The psalmist called it “hid-
ing His word in our heart.” How can we know His will
or His strength if we do not know His promises written
in His Word?
Another basic of faith is prayer. “Prayer,” again quot-
Gwen Yarber
Back to the Basics
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Sallie George Wedgeworth Gray
Funeral services for Sallie George Wedgeworth Gray are
Saturday, July 13, 2013, at 10 a.m. at Robert Barham
Family Funeral Home Chapel in Meridian. There will be a
private family burial at Oxford Presbyterian Church Cemetery
in Cuba, Alabama.
Visitation is Friday, July 12, 2013, from 5 - 7 p.m. at the
funeral home.
Sallie Wedgeworth Gray died Wednesday, July 10, 2013
in Meridian. She is survived by her daughter, Faye Michel
and husband Joey of West Point.
Essie L. Conaway Griffin
Essie L. Conaway Griffin passed away peacefully at her
home, Saturday, June 22, 2013.
A memorial service is Saturday, July 13, 2013, at 2 p.m.
from Northside Christian Church, with Rev. Orlando
Richmond Sr., officiating.
Burial will be private.
Elmer Morgan Jr.
Elmer Morgan Jr., 82, of West Point, passed away after an
extended illness July 6, 2013. He left behind wife, Rina
Morgan; son, Matt; daughter Jaye; and four grandchildren.
He was employed by Bell Helicopter, Texas in the
Chemistry Laboratory until retirement. He served in the
Judge Advocate Eighth Army in Japan during the Korean
War. He was awarded the Korean Service Medal and the
Japan Occupation Medal. Mr. Morgan was a member of
Calvary Baptist Church.
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Internet anonymity breeds deceit, maliciousness
I rarely fnd anything of value on
T.V. At the risk of sounding a little
too old for my 33 years, I general-
ly fnd most of what’s on the air in
adult programming to be smut and
garbage. I can’t stomach most reality
shows, and think the vast majority
of programs in this arena are staged.
Those that aren’t are experiments in
brain rot and hardly qualify as real-
That said, I still have my guilty
pleasures. I think “Duck Dynasty”
is hysterical, and I still indulge my
morbid fascination with serial killers
by watching “Criminal Minds” as of-
ten as I can fnd the time (I’m not
certain how much of this revolves
around the plot or the fact that I
think the character of Dr. Spencer
Reid is unbelievably attractive — ei-
ther way, it’s good stuff). A number
of other shows have captured my at-
tention from time to time as well.
However, as profoundly mindless
as many programs seem to be, most
are harmless in the respect that a vast
majority of the populous
realize these shows simply
are what they are: make
The Internet, however,
is a far more dangerous
and obscene playground.
Thanks to media atten-
tion on Internet predators,
many users are far more
cautious about visiting
the dark corners of the web. Chat
rooms and questionable sites have
come screaming to the forefront of
parental concern, and those with In-
ternet access will often take measures
to protect themselves from intrusion
and deceit (though sometimes to no
The thing is this: While several of
us have sense enough to realize the
prince of Nigeria has no reason to
bequeath his fortune to us via email,
there are far more subtle things we
fall victim to daily. The line between
real and make believe is decidedly
harder to defne. For instance, how
many times have Eddie
Murphy and Jackie Chan
died on Facebook in the last
couple of months? Several,
I can tell you that.
It is important to note
that both Eddie Murphy
and Jackie Chan are very
much alive.
These things are the
slightly less harmful sorts of
lies that weave through us regularly.
Celebrities are subject to the tabloid-
like gossip that surrounds persons of
their particular notoriety. It happens.
What troubles me about these par-
ticular instances is the method by
which they are spread — through
the fngertips of our friends. We’re
trusting creatures when we often
shouldn’t be, and I know I’m less
likely to stop and question what is
communicated to me by someone
I know and care about. Celebrity
gossip aside, how many rumors do
we perpetuate by sharing posts or
retweeting? Granted, I’d venture to
say that often, these too are harmless,
but what happens when they’re not?
What happens when those whispers
become more than celebrity specula-
tion and political sounding boards
and falsities?
I’ll tell you what happens. Those
“harmless” untruths turn into cess-
pools of maliciousness. They collect
and fester and boil over into online
forums like those found on Topix.
Forums where anyone can say any-
thing about anyone else under the
protective veil of anonymity. Par-
ticipants have the power to destroy
reputations and homes. Marriages
and families. There’s a certain power
that comes with no identity.
And people do and say hor-
rible things when they don’t have
a face. Just ask the family of Nikki
Catsourus, otherwise known as the
“Porsche girl.”
On Halloween night in 2006, fol-
lowing an argument with her parents,
16-year-old Nikki Catsourus nabbed
the keys to her father’s Porsche and
took off down a California freeway
at 110 mph. She clipped a car and
hit a toll booth head-on. The ac-
cident scene photos were nothing
short of gruesome and horrifc.
And they’re all over the Internet.
Cruel, nameless cowards — the worst
specimens of humankind — took to
emailing them to her grief-stricken
parents, and to my knowledge still
do, purely because they could. As a
parent, I could not imagine a more
painful existence.
Is this highlighting the extreme?
Yes. Am I saying you should stop
using the Internet or you’ll all burn?
No, of course not. I don’t have any
plans to unplug anytime soon, why
should you?
Certainly gives you something
to consider the next time you hit
“Share” though, doesn’t it?
Mary Garrison is the news editor at
Starkville Daily News. She can be con-
tacted at news@starkvilledailynews.
Mary Garrison
sDn news eDitor
Stevens talks Romney
campaign at Ole Miss
Jackson, Mississippi native Stuart Ste-
vens — author, television writer, politi-
cal ad creator and senior advisor to Gov-
ernor Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential
campaign — addressed the Overby Cen-
ter for Journalism and Politics at the
University of Mississippi in April. If
you missed it, like I did, the video is now
available online courtesy of Ole Miss.
Stevens agreed the high point in the
campaign against President Barack
Obama was the frst debate. But Hur-
ricane Sandy slowed Romney’s progress
— internal polls on momentum shifted
40 points in three days – and the cam-
paign went from huge rallies and driv-
ing a message to sitting in a hotel room.
He says you can’t blame the storm, but it
had a major impact and like in a compet-
itive basketball game, it all comes down
to control at the end and the storm pre-
vented control.
Meanwhile, Obama was able to con-
trol the message by virtue of being an
incumbent president during a crisis, in
addition to his fundraising and spending
“Incumbent presidents
usually win,” Steven said,
“It’s very diffcult. Now, I
think we made a lot of mis-
takes in the campaign but ev-
ery campaign I’ve ever been
involved in has a lot of mis-
takes, both Bush campaigns
had a lot of mistakes. When
you win you look smarter,
when you lose you look
Stevens said he believes
candidates opting out of federal funding
for presidential campaigns will be a ma-
jor negative on Obama’s legacy. During
Obama’s frst presidential campaign in
2008, despite his promise to stay within
the federal funding program, he opted
out because his campaign knew it could
do so and raise more money. Once
elected, he was able to raise money as
President for his reelection beyond fed-
eral funding limits, something not done
since Richard Nixon’s 1972 reelection.
Stevens said Obama raised $1.2 bil-
lion and he expects the next incumbent
to raise $2 billion. “We’ve
come close to abolishing a
four year term under this sys-
tem,” said Stevens who noted
any challenger coming out of
a competitive primary is un-
likely to be able to compete
fnancially with an incumbent
president. Over sixty percent
of Romney’s time between
the nomination and Election
Day was spent on raising
money, Stevens said.
“Super PAC” ads can’t drive a mes-
sage that requires events, speeches and
the candidate because they can’t coor-
dinate with campaigns. Stevens argued
that makes “super PAC” ads less effec-
tive. About 40 percent of pro-Romney
ads were campaign generated with 60
percent by outside PACs. Meanwhile,
the Obama campaign produced 80 per-
cent of its ads: creating a more effective
That message, Stevens believes, has
Brian Perry
See PERRY | Page 12
Bride dress shopping
hits heart
She said yes to the dress. What a wonderful moment to
cap off a delightful birthday.
Last week, I traveled to New Orleans to visit my daugh-
ter, her fiance and Grandpup Bonnie. Ostensibly, it was to
allow them to properly observe my 64th birthday.
Not one meal did we prepare, unless you count that bowl
of Raisin Bran I had a couple of mornings.
Miss Bon, my daughter’s Cavalier King Charles spaniel
and my former ward, was especially surprised and delighted
to see me. Apparently, Margaret had forgotten to tell her I
was coming, or did Bonnie forget? I can’t remember which.
The weather generally cooperated, if you acknowledge
ahead of time that high humidity is a given.
Of course, we ate a lot of great food. No doubt, the cui-
sine highlight of the visit was my birthday dinner at August,
one of famed NOLA chef John Besh s restaurants just a
block off Canal Street.
I had the Trout Pontchartrain topped with fresh crab
meat and sauteed chanterelle mushrooms, with a light cream
sauce alongside. Margaret had the soft-shell crabs and
Chapman had lamb loin correctly pink.
Dessert was ridiculous I had some moussy chocolate
napoleon, crunchy Bavarian chocolate wafer atop and vanil-
la ice cream on the side, and my two companions had Besh
s famous Banana Pudding, which our waiter noted Southern
Living chose as the city s favorite dessert. I m saving that for
next time.
But the real highlight of the visit was my adventure with
Margaret into the world of bridal fashion. Obviously, the
kids are planning a wedding next year, but in the bridal
world, you’d better get that gown ordered months and
months ahead or people will think badly of you.
So we ventured across Lake Pontchartrain to Mandeville,
which is a pretty word to me. Margaret had done her home-
work, and sensible young engineer that she is, told the
consultant she wanted to see six dresses, which she’s chosen
Thus, the fashion show began. I sat calmly in the mirrored
viewing area and waited expectantly while Margaret wres-
tled with each dress. Ultimately, I knew she’d emerge for
inspection after I heard the fabrics swishing stop.
Each gown was different and we praised and critiqued the
various aspects. My, what a wonderful experience. I was
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Investigators look into pairing of Asiana pilots
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — As Flight 214
descended over San Francisco Bay, both Asiana
Airlines pilots were trying something new.
In the left seat of the cockpit sat Lee Gang-
kuk, a 46-year-old pilot with 35 hours of expe-
rience flying a Boeing 777 who was landing the
big jet for his first time at San Francisco
International Airport. At his right was Lee
Jeong-Min, a trainer making his first trip as an
instructor pilot.
While the two men had years of aviation
experience, this mission involved unfamiliar
duties, and it was the first time they had flown
together. The flight came to a tragic end when
the airliner, which came in too low and too
slow, crash-landed on Saturday, killing two pas-
sengers and injuring many others as it skittered
and spun 100 feet.
Investigators trying to piece together what
went wrong are looking at the pairing of the
pilots, who were assigned to work together
through a tightly regulated system developed
after several deadly crashes in the 1980s were
blamed in part on inexperience in the cockpit.
They will also be examining their working
relationship, said National Transportation
Safety Board chairman Deborah Hersman on
“We are certainly interested to see if there are
issues where there are challenges to crew com-
munication, if there’s an authority break in
where people won’t challenge one another,” she
Pilots are trained to communicate their con-
cerns openly, she said, “to make sure that a
junior pilot feels comfortable challenging a
senior pilot and to make sure the senior pilot
welcomes feedback in a cockpit environment
from all members of the crew and considers it.”
The NTSB has now concluded interviews
with all four pilots who were aboard the plane.
Hersman said Wednesday the pilot trainee
told investigators he was blinded by a light at
about 500 feet, which would have been 34 sec-
onds before impact and the point at which the
airliner began to slow and drop precipitously.
She said lasers have not been ruled out. It was
unclear, however, whether the flash might have
played a role in the crash.
Hersman also said that a third pilot in the
jump seat of the cockpit told investigators he
was warning them their speed was too slow as
they approached the runway.
And she said when the plane came to a stop,
pilots told passengers to stay seated for 90 sec-
onds while they communicated with the tower
as part of a safety procedure. Hersman said this
has happened after earlier accidents and was not
necessarily a problem. People did not begin
fleeing the aircraft until 90 seconds later when
a fire was spotted outside the plane.
Hersman stressed that while the trainee pilot
was flying the plane, the instructor was ulti-
mately responsible, and thus the way they
worked together will be scrutinized.
“That’s what the airline needs to do, be
responsible so that in the cockpit you’re match-
ing the best people, especially when you’re
introducing someone to a new aircraft,” former
NTSB Chairman James Hall said.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology aero-
nautics professor Mary Cummings said it’s
common for two commercial pilots who have
never worked together before to be assigned to
the same flight.
But she said the military tries to have crews
work together more permanently.
“Research would tell you that crew pairing
with the same people over longer periods of
time is safer,” she said. “When two people fly
together all the time, you get into a routine
that’s more efficient. You have experience com-
Jeff Skiles, a US Airways first officer, said that
with the right training it should not matter if a
pilot new to a plane is paired with a pilot mak-
ing his first trip as a training captain.
“Everybody had to have their first time,”
Skiles said. “You can’t show up and have 500
hours experience in aircraft.”
Skiles was the co-pilot of the “Miracle on the
Hudson” jet that lost thrust in both engines
after colliding with a flock of geese. The skillful
flying of captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger
and teamwork between Skiles and Sullenberger
was credited for a water landing on the Hudson
River that saved the lives of all aboard.
The January 2009 accident happened after
the pilots had been paired together only four
Details emerging from Asiana pilot inter-
views, cockpit recorders and control-tower
communications indicate that Lee Gang-kuk,
who was halfway through his certification train-
ing for the Boeing 777, and his co-pilot and
instructor, Lee Jeong-Min, thought the airlin-
er’s speed was being controlled by an auto-
throttle set for 157 mph.
Inspectors found that the autothrottle had
been “armed,” or made ready for activation,
Hersman said. But investigators are still deter-
mining whether it had been engaged. In the last
two minutes, there was a lot of use of autopilot
and autothrusters, and investigators are going
to look into whether pilots made the appropri-
ate commands and if they knew what they were
doing, she said.
When the pilots realized the plane was
approaching the waterfront runway too low
and too slow, they both reached for the throttle.
Passengers heard a loud roar as the plane revved
up in a last-minute attempt to abort the land-
The two pilots at the controls during the
accident had also been in the cockpit for takeoff.
Then they rested during the flight while a sec-
ond pair of pilots took over. The two pairs
swapped places again about 90 minutes before
landing, giving the trainee a chance to fly dur-
ing the more challenging approach phase.
The investigation is ongoing, and Hersman
cautioned against speculating about the cause.
But she stressed that even if the autothrottle
malfunctioned, the pilots were ultimately
responsible for control of the airliner.
“There are two pilots in the cockpit for a
reason,” she said Wednesday. “They’re there to
fly, to navigate, to communicate and if they’re
using automation a big key is to monitor.”
As the trainee pilot flew, she said, the instruc-
tor captain, who is ultimately responsible for
flight safety, was tasked with monitoring. The
third pilot was in the cockpit jumpseat also to
monitor the landing.
Crash survivor Brian Thomson, who was
returning from a martial arts competition in
South Korea and walked away physically
unscathed, said he’s not concerned about the
pilot’s lack of experience with the airliner.
“At some point you have to start at hour one,
hour two. It’s just natural. Everyone starts a
career someway, somehow. Starts a new plane
someway, somehow. They have to have train-
ing,” he said.
The flight originated in Shanghai and stopped
over in Seoul before making the nearly 11-hour
trip to San Francisco.
A dozen survivors remained hospitalized
Wednesday, half flight attendants, including
three thrown from the airliner during the acci-
dent. One has been identified as 25-year-old
Maneenat Tinnakul, whose father told the
Thairath newspaper in Thailand she suffered a
minor backache.
Another flight attendant, Sirithip Singhakarn,
was reported in intensive care.
Meanwhile, fire officials continued their
investigation into whether one of their trucks
might have run over one of the two summer
camp bound Chinese teenagers, Wang Linjia
and Ye Mengyuan, killed in the crash.
Citing similarities to a February 2009 fatal
U.S. airline crash near Buffalo, N.Y., two New
York Democrats — Sen. Charles Schumer and
Rep. Brian Higgins — on Wednesday called on
the Federal Aviation Administration to issue
long-delayed safety regulations that would
require pilots to undergo more extensive train-
ing on how to avoid stalling accidents.
“While the (Asiana) investigation is still
ongoing, one thing is clear, this crash and the
other recent crashes like Flight 3407 demon-
strate a troubling pattern in which pilots are
mishandling air speed, which can lead to fatal
stalls,” Schumer said.
The tail of Asiana Flight 214, which crashed on Saturday, July 6, 2013, is seen on a tarmac at San
Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, Wednesday, July 10, 2013. Investigators are strug-
gling to piece together what went wrong in an accident that left two of the 307 aboard dead and
close to 20 seriously injured. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
which led to the special session
in Jackson on Medicaid.
Described as a blow by blow
event, Wiseman went on to ex-
plain everything that occurred
inside the hollowed halls in the
Mississippi Capitol. Something
based on philosophy, Demo-
crats had hoped to discuss some
form of expanding Medicaid.
“The Democrats had hoped
to get the story of expanded
Medicaid out there this special
session,” said Wiseman about
the true hopes of the Missis-
sippi Democratic Party, “They
did get their story out there on
both side, though they did not
get to take the vote like they
The whole session unfolded
the way it did to keep a lid on
expanded Medicaid. Wiseman
continued to explain the clos-
ings of the special session in-
cluding the “No Repeal” clause
that was placed in the bill that
was passed in Mississippi.
Wiseman fnished up his
speech with a question and an-
swer session and thanked the
Rotarians again for allowing
him the foor to speak to them.
Wiseman was the guest of
newly sworn-in Mayor and Ro-
tarian Robbie Robinson.
From page 1
Will Nations
Marty Wiseman of the Stennis Institute at Mississippi State University talks about a range of po-
litical issues on the State and Federal levels Thursday at the West Point Rotary Club.
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Xavier Moody, Aiden Henson, Baker Watson, Brody Pierce, and Joseph Golson
Daniel Harrington and Carson Taylor
Joseph Golson
For Daily Times Leader
Surrounded by some of the best quarter-
backs on the planet, Mississippi State senior
quarterback Tyler Russell will participate as a
counselor at the eighth annual Manning Pass-
ing Academy, to be held today through Sun-
day in Thibodaux, La. The Meridian native
is the frst Bulldog to be invited to the camp
since its inception.
“I am honored to be asked by the Manning
family to participate in the Manning Passing
Academy,” Russell said. “I look forward to
working with knowledgeable NFL coaches
and elite National Football League quarter-
backs, and applying what I learn toward a suc-
cessful senior season back in Starkville.”
Russell will be joined by fve former No. 1
overall picks in the NFL draft, including three
of the last four: Matthew Stafford (2009), Sam
Bradford (2010) and Andrew Luck (2012).
A member of the 2013 preseason Maxwell
Award watch list, MSU’s senior signal caller
broke 11 single-season school records as a ju-
nior, completing 231 passes for 2,897 yards
and 24 touchdowns. The 6-4, 220-pounder
currently stands as the school’s all-time leader
in passing effciency (136.38), and is only one
passing touchdown away from the tying the
school record for passing touchdowns (38),
held by Derrick Taite (1993-96).
Russell, along with sophomore linebacker
Benardrick McKinney and junior defensive
lineman Kaleb Eulls, will represent the Bull-
dogs next Wednesday at 2013 Southeastern
Conference Media Days. The trio and the rest
of their teammates begin their 2013 season
on August 31 in Houston, Texas, at Reliant
Stadium against Oklahoma State. The Texas
Kickoff Classic is set for a 2:30 p.m. kickoff
and will be televised live nationally of ABC
and ESPN2.
For more information on MSU, follow
the program on Twitter at @MStateFB and
like the team on Facebook at
Jones, Simpson
join MSU roster
Defensive linemen Chris Jones and Trent
Simpson began their Mississippi State aca-
demic careers as second summer term classes
began on campus Wednesday.
Jones of Houston enrolls after earning ac-
colades as the consensus top rated player in
the state of Mississippi for the 2013 class. He
was also rated the No. 2 prospect (regardless
of position) by Simpson, a
two-sport star at Oxford High School in Ox-
ford, Ala., missed the second half of the 2012
football season with a knee injury but fnished
the 2013 baseball campaign with a .420 bat-
ting average and 10 home runs.
Jones and Simpson are the most re-
cent freshmen now enrolled in class and par-
ticipating in summer workouts. They join
Shelby Christy, Jamaal Clayborn, Tolando
Cleveland, Kent Flowers, Dezmond Harris,
Jahmere Irvin-Sills, Gabe Myles, Fred Ross,
Ashton Shumpert, Jake Thomas, Brandon
Wells, Damian Williams and De’Runnya Wil-
Daily Times Leader Friday, July 12, 2013 • Page 9
Russell of MSU set to participate in Manning event
Road To The Championship Part 2
West Point U10 takes down Louisville twice
Paul Caskey and Will Nations
Daily Times Leader
After defeating Columbus 8-7 on
Friday and Houston 14-9 in the final
inning on Saturday, the West Point
U10 All-Stars were sitting with a
strong 2-0 record in a double-elima-
tion formatted tournament.
Standing between West Point and a
ticket to the South State Tournament
Championship game was the
Louisville All-Stars. Louisville had
two hard-throwing aces in their arse-
nal. With speed clocking in between
52 to 56 miles per hour and a short
45 foot distance from rubber to plate,
West Point had to buckle up for some
quick pitches.
West Point’s Jonah Caskey took the
mound for his second start and third
appearance of the tournament. In his
last start, Caskey qualified for the
winning decision with three innings
of work only and only giving up four
The intensity of the game though
seemed to get the best of the Green
Wave All-Stars’ defense as six errors
allowed Louisville to romp in the first
inning plating five runs.
Answering in the bottom half of
the first, West Point collected hits
from Baker Watson, Brody Pierce,
Cohen Trolio, and 2-run home run
from Caskey to tie the game at 5-5.
After a scoreless second inning,
Louisville retook the lead with a four-
run top of the third. Louisville sat
ahead of West Point 9-5.
The game was turning into a slug-
fest by the middle innings. Gray
Berry, following Louisville’s four-run
top of the third, sparked his team-
mates with a lead-off double in the
bottom half. Watson, Xavier Moody,
Joseph Golson, Gage Hinnatt, and
Caskey, all joined the hit parade, chas-
ing Louisville’s ace from the mound.
The inning proved fruitful for West
Point as the Green Wave had taken a
10-9 lead.
Entering the game in relief, Berry
hurled an excellent final three innings.
Holding Louisville in check, Berry
allowed only one run on two hits
while fanning four batters.
Continuing the outstanding effort
in the batter’s box, West Point added
three more runs in the fourth and
four more in the fifth including a
three-run shot from Berry. West
Point closed the door in the top of the
sixth to clinch a berth into the cham-
pionship game, 17-10 over Louisville.
After beating Louisville on Sunday,
the West Point All-Stars again would
face a familiar foe as Louisville fought
their way out of the loser’s bracket to
make the championship game. In a
gem of a baseball game, West Point
was persistent and kept to their team
motto, “Focus and Finish.”
Again Jonah Caskey received the
nod from his coaches to take the
mound for his third start of the tour-
nament. Not only did Caskey keep
Louisville at bay in the top of the
first, he lead-off the bottom half of
the first with a solo shot to take an
early 1-0 lead.
The domination on the mound
continued for Caskey as well. In his
next innings of work, Caskey faced
only seven batters, four in the second
and three in the third. Caskey, in his
final inning, struck out two batters
and forced a pop up to Gage Hinnatt
to end the inning.
Coming in as relief, Gray Berry
hoped to extend Caskey’s no-hitter.
Though Berry found himself in a jam
in the top of the fourth, he was able
to battle his way out of it to leave
Louisville blank on the scoreboard.
In the top of the fifth, a West Point
error gave up a base hit which allowed
for the tying run to score from third.
With a runner on second and one out,
Louisville was hoping to continue the
rally. The next batter grounded to
shortstop Baker Watson who fielded
the grounder and fired to first to pick
up the out. Trying to advance to
third, the runner made a break, Cohen
Trolio made a split-second decison
and threw a bullet to third to com-
plete a 6-3-5 double play and ended
the inning.
In the bottom of the fifth, West
Point regained the lead with a Joseph
Golson lead-off single and a Berry
RBI base hit. At the end of five West
Point led 2-1.
Only three outs away from sealing
a victory for West Point, Louisville
chose to put a change in the script.
Another costly fielding error allowed
for Louisville to tie the game a 2-2.
Unable to answer in the bottom half
of the final regularly scheduled inning,
West Point and Louisville were head-
ed to extra innings.
After a solid performance on the
mound from Berry, three strike outs
facing four batters, West Point was
given another chance to walk-off with
the decision. The top of the order was
due for the Green Wave. After an
error giving Caskey a base, an inten-
tional walk to Berry, and a four-ball
walk to Watson loaded the bases with
two outs.
Brody Pierce stepped in the batter’s
box in a tight position. Pierce, facing
a 2-2 count, knocked a fly ball into
shallow right field which fell just in
between the second baseman, center
fielder, and right fielder to plate the
winning run.
West Point had taken the 3-2 deci-
sion in walk-off fashion. Berry took
the decision for the win on the
West Point had played for a Dizzy
Dean State Title in 9-10 year old
baseball and won. Those words have
not been said around these parts for
many many years. West Point was
known for baseball long ago prior to
becoming a football town. Through
the years, West Point High School,
Oak Hill Academy, and even the
West Point Packers had battled for
state championship and even won.
Possibly the last time a city league
Dizzy Dean team won a state champi-
onship was back in the late 1980’s
with the late Glenn Robinson and the
late Levy Washington were coaching.
Bud Bowen may have to correct if I
am wrong.
What a feat the 9-10 year-olds had
down to bring another championship
back to a town that is used to winning
the big prize! A perfect 4-0 record in
the Dizzy Dean Tournament was also
as nice.
The U10 All-Stars from West Point
will continue their run for a national
title next Friday in Southaven.
With the high cost of travel and
room and board, any donations or
sponsorship for the State Champion
U10 West Point All-Stars is welcome.
Coach Sherman Berry can be con-
tacted Cadence Bank if anyone is
interested in helping the team in their
fight for the Dizzy Dean World Series
Photo by Kim Murrell, SDN
Mississippi State quarterback Tyler Russell (17) will participate in the eighth annual Manning Pass-
ing Academy this week.
Daily Times Leader Page 10 • Friday, July 12, 2013
on the ticket. “You do not have
to be present to win.” Well, we
have taken the “you don’t have
to be present to win” concept
way too far. We even try to
apply it to GOD’s mission.
We want all the blessing of
GOD but we don’t want to
have to show up for anything.
Some people hold onto church
membership like a raffle ticket.
They won’t come to church on
Sunday, Wednesday night or
any other time, but as soon as
they get behind on the rent or
the lights get cut off; they’ll
show up waving their member-
ship like the winning raffle tick-
Well, this is not a game of
chance. The mission of salva-
tion is nothing like a two bit
raffle. What we do here is love
and fellowship and if you expect
to be blessed then you must be
No Proof
In verse 25, Thomas made a
shocking statement when the
other disciples told him they
had seen Jesus. This statement,
sadly, was also a profession of
his faith. He said, “Unless I can
see the nail prints in his hands,
and put my finger in the nail
prints and thrust my hand in his
side; I will not believe.”
It is not so unusual today to
find Christians who think like
Bro. Thomas. We have too
many Christians now from the
State of Missouri (the show-me
state). Doubt will make us do
some crazy stuff. We will spend
a fortune on new carpet, pad-
ded pews and new buildings
when the old stuff is in good
shape. But when it comes to
helping the poor, we must
watch every penny.
Thomas says, “Unless I see
the nail prints.” Now where
have I heard that? I can’t see it.
Somehow science and technol-
ogy has spoiled us also. If we
can’t witness it, view it, exam-
ine it and test it; then we have
no proof. But at the same time,
worldly concepts don’t have to
measure up to the same stan-
dards for us to believe.
The 2nd thing Thomas said
was, “Unless I can put my fin-
ger in the nail print, I won’t
believe.” So not only does he
have to see it, he has to touch
it. Have you ever heard some-
body say, “There is something
about him/her but I just can’t
put my finger on it? What they
are saying is that the person,
although they may be fine to
others, because he/she has not
met their standard of approval
they might not make the cut.
Did you know that there are
some self-appointed finger
pointers among us today? The
membership may not have a
problem, the deacons and offi-
cial staff may not have a prob-
lem, the pastor may say it’s
alright and the church unani-
mously agrees. But one person,
who can’t put their finger of
approval on it, can stop the
progress of the church dead in
its tracks.
The 3rd thing that Thomas
said was, “Unless I can thrust
my hand in his side, I will not
believe.” Not only did he have
to see and touch to believe, but
he had to test the evidence.
Just because Thomas didn’t
believe the fact still remained
that Jesus showed up. GOD
will not stop being GOD just
because you don’t believe. He
is who he is and no doubter will
ever change that. If you don’t
believe he woke you up this
morning…that’s okay, he is still
If you don’t believe he put a
roof over your head and clothes
on your back….that’s okay, he
is still GOD. If you don’t
believe that he has snatched you
from the jaws of death many,
many times before you ever
even knew you were in dan-
ger….that’s okay, he is still
No Peace
Eight days later Jesus appeared
to the disciples again while
Thomas was with them. Jesus
said, “Peace be unto you.”
Sometimes we cannot have
peace in our lives until we come
to terms with some of the issues
we face.
The first thing that Jesus did
was to confront doubting
Thomas with his issue. He tells
Thomas, “See the nail prints in
my hand. Come put you finger
in the nail print. Come on
thrust you hand into my side.”
Jesus is saying; here I am …put
up and then shut up.
Jesus told him, “Because you
have seen, you believe. But
blessed are those who have not
seen, yet they believe. GOD
never said you would be there
every time he showed up….but
you must believe. GOD never
said to prove….he just said to
believe. If you just believe
GOD will always make himself
From page 3
ing Billy Graham, “is one of the
greatest privileges as God’s chil-
dren. Think of it: the God of the
universe wants us to bring every
concern to Him in prayer. ” And
He has made it so easy to talk to
Him – we do not have to be in a
certain place at a certain time in a
certain position or posture in order
to pray. In fact, more praying is
probably done in vehicles while
traveling than beside the bed at
night or early morning. Prayer is
basic to our growth. Meeting with
others in worship is also a necessity.
The church has been described as “a
storehouse of spiritual food where
our souls are fed, nourished, and
developed into maturity.” It is
there we can ‘encourage one anoth-
er and build each other up’ (1
Thessalonians 5:11). Spending
time with God is basic!
Let us not neglect the basics!
“His divine power has given us
everything we need for life and
godliness through our knowledge
of Him who called us by His own
glory and goodness” (2 Peter 1:3).
As Billy Graham so aptly puts it:
“Conversion is the work of an
instant. Spiritual maturity is the
work of a lifetime.”
From page 3
Daily Times Leader Friday, July 12, 2013 • Page 11
Daily Times Leader Page 12 • Friday, July 12, 2013
been undersold because of
the turnout narrative. While
Democrats get a lot of credit
for their turnout machine,
they turned out fewer voters
than they did four years ear-
lier, more people voted for
Romney than John McCain,
and only among Hispanic and
African American voters did
Obama’s turnout increase:
Democrats got fewer younger
voters and fewer senior vot-
ers. Meanwhile the Romney
campaign metrics far exceed-
ed any other Republican cam-
Unfortunately, Stevens said,
Obama’s message doesn’t ft
the nation’s need from a lead-
er, “[Obama] is very much a
cause politician. He didn’t go
into politics to get two point
fve economic growth; he
went into politics to bend his-
tory’s arc – very compelling to
some people, but I think it’s
fair to ask, ‘does the moment
demand a different focus?’”
Stevens continued, “We
live in a very Dickensian mo-
ment of the best and worst
of times. The stock market
is at an all time high and we
have levels of poverty not seen
since the 1970s. The number
of people that have gone on
food stamps in the last four
and half years has increased
by 16 million - 16 million
people and its continuing to
rise. A new study came out
last week that showed that 46
percent of the people living in
New York City are under the
poverty level. This is extraor-
Stevens believes a Republi-
can renaissance will be driven
by policy and candidates who
can speak to the great eco-
nomic stress Americans are
feeling with the most compel-
ling message, will win.
Stevens doesn’t blame re-
porters and said there is
no liberal conspiracy in the
press, but the nature of the
news business has decreased
the number of experienced
reporters and many current
political reporters lack context
for coverage. Couple that
with more and more report-
ers based in Washington DC
and New York City – where
wealth in centralizing – and
coverage is necessarily af-
fected. Less isolated reporters
in major papers in Iowa and
Florida, Stevens said, are do-
ing better reporting.
Stevens plans to continue
in politics and writing. He
said there is a thrill and honor
to “being involved in some-
thing bigger than yourself”
although “the pain of losing
is much greater than the plea-
sure of winning.”
Brian Perry is a columnist for
the Madison County Journal and
a partner with Capstone Public
Affairs, LLC. Reach him at rea- or
@CapstonePerry on Twitter.
From page 4
Lord I know that I need you
each and every day for in you
Lord there is no limit.
As I journey today, I am
once again called to be in your
presence. I am called to rest
and abide in your protection.
As I observe my mountains
and declare your word against
them, I walk in your deliver-
ance and in your protection.
As I seek my place in you
Lord, I rejoice for I know that
in you I am safe to be all that
you are calling me to be. As I
look to the cross, I am remind-
ed of the goodness of God. I
am reminded of the promises
of God. I am reminded of his
provision and protection.
Today as I journey, I seek the
comfort and security that only
trusting God can give. As I
walk in faith, I am called to
continue to study the word
and go forth and conquer my
land but I can only do this if I
abide in the Lord and seek his
protection as I go.
I am reminded of the time
when the Lord had led his
people to the Promised Land.
He in essence said to them...
Here’s the land that I have
promised you…Now go…
Take your land. God is good.
I have journeyed with the
Lord through my wilderness.
I have been like those of old,
wandering but I now stand
before the land God has
promised me. My spirit
speaks…Here is your land
that I have promised you…
Go...Possess it. Thank you
Lord. As I go, you are my
God in whom I trust. As I
walk and claim that which
you have for me...I seek your
wisdom; I seek your under-
standing; I seek your protec-
tion for your are my refuge...I
seek that quiet, peaceful place
in you where I can disappear
from all those around me and
see you. I seek that place in
you where I can curl up and
watch the storms of life rage.
I seek that place in you where
there is healing and deliver-
ance. I seek that place in you
where I can run and hide
when I am uncertain. I seek
that place in you where I am
content with just being me. I
seek that place in you where
when I worship; we are one.
I seek to abide in you and in
your protection. I believe
your report for it is for me; it
is my turn; it is my time.
God has an appointed time
and season for us all. Allow
him to lead you to your prom-
ised land. Seek him with all
your heart in Jesus name. Be
blessed in the Lord.
I have journeyed to and fro;
in doing so, I have been
blessed. I had the opportuni-
ty to write some pieces of
poetry on subjects that were
dear to me. I would like to
share this piece with you. It is
the second of three pieces of
work that speak to finding My
Place…Enjoy the Read.
Accepting My Place
Written July 14, 2009
Today, it’s all about my
place, and where God had
blessed me to be
Because I’ve been a lots of
places, that were not for me.
My place is spirit driven, the
calming of the sea
My place is toss & torn, by
the rough and ready.
My place smells of freshly
pressed hair,
My place challenges my
heart to go there.
My place changes from day
to day but that is okay because
so do I
My place is where I find my
heart, my love, my most trea-
sured memory.
My place is where God is
waiting to talk to me.
My place is finding peace
on the rough riding sea; or
my place can be with Tony,
My sweet thang, sitting next
to me.
My place can be filled with
loving thoughts of my girls,
Thoughts of us sharing an
iced pecan cinnamon swirl.
The joy of my place is that
it lies inside of me,
Where God and I keep
I am so blessed today to be
So blessed today to feel
God’s spirit inside.
I have ignored his words of
wisdom before, but this time
above all, I pledge no more.
You would have had trav-
eled in my shoes to truly
understand me.
I am the product of layers
of complexity.
My stories are deep and take
me often to where my heart
does not want to go,
But without heart my world
would not flow.
What does that mean, what
does it really say?
A lot. A lot. Each tear.
Each day.
From page 3
ovens in 100 school districts since
2006. Through its partnership with
OHS, Bower also works to improve
the health of Mississippi students
through several additional nutrition
and physical activity projects.
“School meals are one of the most
important ways to ensure that chil-
dren are fit, healthy and ready to suc-
ceed,” said Scott Clements, Director
of MDE’s Office of Healthy Schools.
“This new oven steamer will help
schools serve breakfasts and lunches
that are as nutritious and delicious as
possible for children in our state. We
are also excited about the additional
training component in the Nutrition
Integrity 2014 program. Schools will
be allowed to send staff to training
sessions on how to use the new equip-
ment and healthy meal preparation.”
Kitchen staffs have been pleased
with the higher quality food and
grease-free work environment.
Installing new kitchen equipment and
practicing lower-fat cooking are just
two of the many ways that schools can
focus on the health of students.
“Mississippi is leading the way in
improving the health of our school
children through the partnership of
the Mississippi Board of Education,
the Mississippi Legislature, the
Mississippi Department of Health and
the continued support of the Bower
Foundation,” said Dr. Lynn House,
Interim State Superintendent of
Education. “The Legislature passed a
law to increase physical activity and
health education in the classroom.
The Board of Education set new stan-
dards for food and drinks in our
school vending machines, and the
Bower Foundation maintains its
ongoing commitment to provide
grants for schools to replace fryers
with steamers. These combined efforts
have helped schools to create an envi-
ronment that supports healthy behav-
Anne Travis agrees.
“Schools are where major shifts in
health are going to start. By starting
to reinforce healthy eating behaviors
now, we’re not only helping schools
educate more successful students, but
we also helping Mississippi’s future.
From page 1
there to support Margaret’s choice, although
we wound up agreeing in the end.
We took photos and admired them to be
dispatched to a few close folks, especially
Chapman s mom in Boulder, Colo.
Through it all, I was completely surprised
at how calm I was, especially after viewing
about a zillion episodes of Say Yes to the
Dress, during which at least one appoint-
ment someone bursts into tears. We were
almost finished and Margaret appeared in
the gown she later chose. In the background,
I suddenly realized the Glenn Miller classic
In The Mood was playing softly. I immedi-
ately thought of my dear belated mother,
who’d taught me to jitterbug to that tune.
Goodness gracious, I thought, if she could
drift into this appointment on any dear
song, it would be that one. Of course, I lost
it. When Margaret emerged, she asked, Is
this a Betty moment? I said I couldn t talk
about it.
Thank goodness for email.
PATSY R. BRUMFIELD writes a Thursday col-
umn. Contact her at (662) 678-1596 or patsy.
From page 4
“The health of this community is
paramount with this board, and they
won’t brush this matter off,” Robinson
said. “We’ll investigate it and be open-
When the issue was raised last January
by Scott, Dwight Prisock, West Point
Water and Electric Superintendent, said
it is a requirement of the Mississippi
Department of Health for the city to
have fluoride in its water. The optimal
fluoride concentration, according to the
Mississippi Department of Health is .80
mg/L, and in order for the city to reach
that level, .5 parts fluoride is added to
the city’s water, which Prisock said
naturally has .3 parts fluoride. If the city
removes the .5 that is added to meet
standards, a public notice would have to
be sent out, and a public hearing would
have to be held, he said.
Prisock said each month water sam-
ples are taken to the state Health
Department to be lab-analyzed, and a
report is sent back with the levels of
fluoride concentration in the water.
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