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Serving West Point & Clay County Since 1867 Wednesday, October 23, 2013
BY JUSTIN MINYARD As technology improves, so do the methods of scam artists of all stripes. The massive war being waged daily in the cyber realm is as invariable as a scam artists’ motivation to pillage civilians. With tools such as sensationalism, faux lotteries, virusridden emails and the like, a scammer could lead people to a bear trap time after time. Interestingly enough, some Internet users will readily input personal information on websites, or give the information out to a seemingly random telemarketer or charity organization. Although it is reasonable to consider donating or purchasing valuables by means of a website or through over-the-phone conversation, West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley said it’s crucial to be as conservative as possible with disseminating potentially damaging personal information. “We’re trying to encourage the public to be careful about entertaining (possible scammers) who are asking for personal information,” said Brinkley. “(This includes) bank account numbers and social security numbers.” In the cyber realm, however, one’s craftiness in which he or she ensnares an individual is as limited as the current technology says it can be. However, even then, with the vast quantity of tomes containing pro-
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EMCC athlete named MACJC player of week. — See 5A
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Cyber scams steadily rising
gramming languages and coding techniques, loopholes are not entirely out of the question. Nobody is invincible, but some are more apt to mosey about into the middle of a crosshair. According to Brinkley, scammers, doubly so in the case of cyber scammers, are more
See SCAMS | Page 6A
EMCC hosts Alzheimer’s walk
‘Boo!’ parade scares up good time for WP
— Submitted photo — Submitted photos
East Mississippi Community College recently hosted an Alzheimer’s Association “End Alzheimer’s” walk on its Golden Triangle Campus in West Point. Participants planted a flower garden in addition to the three-mile awareness walk. Some 275 participants from around the region came to support the cause.
Lisa Klutts leads the way at last year’s Boo Parade. This year, the event is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. on Halloween on Commerce Street.
Annual event set to begin at 9 a.m. Halloween day
Residents can expect to see downtown West Point crawling with spooks and specters of all sorts next Thursday, as the annual Boo Parade gets under way. Some 800 children from Head Start, Pre-K and Kindergarten programs from schools around the county will congregate in their finest Halloween wear to march the parade route beginning at 9 a.m. along Commerce, Main and East streets in one of the city’s most celebrated traditions.
See PARADE | Page 6A
Quilt show to be held in Cedar Bluff Community Center Oct. 27
By Donna Summerall The ladies of the Cedar Bluff Quilters are sponsoring a quilt show at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27 at the Cedar Bluff Community Center. More than 30 of the handmade works of art will be on display. “We want to invite everyone to come by and see the quilts, hear their histories and ask questions of the quilters,” said Peggy Wooten, one of the members of Cedar Bluff Quilters. “Cedar Bluff United Methodist Church is having homecoming and a pot luck lunch on that day and people can come after they eat. We welcome anyone who is interested in quilting to join us Sunday.” The ladies meet from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. each
Tuesday at the community center to practice the disappearing art of hand-piecing and quilting. Wooten said the club members would love to have school children make a field trip of coming to watch and see what goes into making a quilt. The group is more than happy to teach anyone willing to learn the craft of making beautiful quilts. Wooten said more than being functional and beautiful to look at, the quilts have been instrumental in keeping the community center open. “Proceeds from quilt raffles have put a new roof on the center and enabled us to have the — Donna Summerall/Daily Times Leader bathroom re-worked as handicapped accessible,” said Carol Thomas, another member of The Cedar Bluff Quilters are more than happy to show off one of their hand-made creations. The pattern is called a Giant Dalia and contains thousands of tiny stitches. Pictured are, (from left) Peggy See PARADE | Page 6A Wooten, Carol Thomas, Debbie McCarter, Brenda Fowler, Sue Holbrook and seated is Toni Doons.
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Slots open on Stennis Raising awareness Civil Rights bus tour
For Daily Times Leader STARKVILLE — Mississippi State's John C. Stennis Institute of Government and Community Development will commemorate the state's 1964 Freedom Summer with a Civil Rights Bus Tour. The Nov. 18-20 university-organized trip is designed to immerse participants in civil rights era experiences by visiting important communities and landmarks. It coincides with the recent Freedom Summer observances and the 50th anniversary of the Washington, D.C.-based Institute for Educational Leadership's Education Policy Fellowship Program. Tour admission is $450, with a Nov. 15 registration deadline and limit of 52 participants.
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u Feed the Hungry — Holy Temple Holiness Church Women’s Ministries deliver meals to Feed the Hungry the second Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. If you or someone you know is elderly or shutin, and could benefit from this free delivery service, call 494-3322 before 8 a.m. the morning of the deliveries. u Town Creek Bible Study — Minister Lester Moore will be holding Bible Study at Town Creek Apartments in the Laundry Room each Tuesday night from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m.The current 13-week less is titled “How to be a Christian.” u Noonday Prayer Service — Strong Hill M.B. Church is having a prayer service from noon – 1:30 p.m. every Wednesday. Inviting everyone seeking the power of prayer. Ministers, evangelists and pastors are welcome. u Computer Classes — Pilgrim Grove M.B. Church is offering free computer classes for senior citizens age 60 and over from 6 – 7 p.m. each Tuesday. Classes will teach basic beginner computer skills. Don’t let technology pass you by.
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The ladies of B&S Cleaners were pretty in pink Friday when employees wore pink in honor of October being National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Pictured are, (from left) Martha Powell, Tanisha Robinson, Etheleen Holder, Kathleen Robinson, Alberta Washington and Linda Holmes. Sitting is, Bessie Patterson.
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performance workforce. These classes are sponsored by EMCC Workforce Services. Please call Mitzi Thompson at 243-2647, to register for free classes. u Lodge Meeting — West Point Masonic Lodge No. 40, will have its regularly stated communication the third Monday of each month. All Master Masons are urged to attend.
u Civitan meetings — The West Point Civitan Club meets on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at noon in the Training Room of NMMC-West Point. All interested persons are cordially invited to attend. u West Point Alumni Chapter Meetings — The West Point Alumni Chapter Meets on the second Saturday of each month at the Northside School building on Fifth St. at noon. All members and interested persons are invited to attend. u City Board Meetings — The City Board of West Point holds its meetings the second Tuesday of each month at City Hall at 5:30 p.m. Work Sessions are held every Thursday prior to the board meeting at City Hall at 5:30 p.m. u Compassionate Friends — Families who have experienced the death of a child are invited to attend The Compassionate Friends meeting at 6:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month, at North Mississippi Medical Center-West Point, 835 Medical Center Drive. The mission of The Compassionate Friends is to assist families toward resolving grief following the death of a child of any age and to help others be supportive. Bereaved parents, siblings, grandparents and immediate family members are welcome to attend. For more information, call Michele Rowe, director of Social Services at NMMC-West Point, at (662) 495-2337. u American Legion Meeting — American Legion Post 212 will meet every third Sunday of the month at 3 p.m. at their headquarters on Morrow St. All members are urged to attend. u AARP Meeting — The Clay County AARP will meet every third Thursday, at 5:30 p.m. at the Henry Clay Retirement Center. All members and those interested in AARP are urged to attend. For more information call Ella Seay 494-8323 or Dorothy Landon 494-3577. u Lodge Breakfast — West Point Masonic Lodge No. 40, sponsors a breakfast the first Saturday of each month from 5:30 – 8:30 a.m. The public is welcome to attend.
u 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.
Saturday, Oct. 26
u Youth Explosion — Pastor Emmanuel Moore and Cornerstone Christian Church invite all area youth and young adults to our Annual Youth Explosion at 3 p.m.. We welcome all mime and dance teams, choirs and soloists. The theme is “An Incredible God Deserves An Incredible Praise.” For more information contact Lamar Rice at 4181974. u Hay Ride — Union Star M.B. Church is having their annual hay ride from noon to 2 p.m.
u Grief Support Group — Christ United Methodist Church is providing support for grieving families with a Grief Support Group who will meet Mondays at 6:30 p.m.
u GED Classes — EMCC West Point Center, if offering free GED classes at EMCC West Point Center, Monday thru Thursday, from 8 am – 1:30 p.m. These classes are sponsored by the Adult Basic Education department of East MS Community College. Please contact Cynthia McCrary or Jessica Flynt at 492-8857 for additional information.
Sunday, Oct. 27
u Deacon Ordination — Pleasant Ridge M.B. Church is having a deacon ordination at 2:30 p.m. Guest speaker is Rev. Dr. P.L. Montgomery of First New Hope M.B. Church of Grenada. u Church Anniversary — Pilgrim Grove M.B. Church is celebrating its 103rd anniversary at 3 p.m. Guest speaker is Rev. Joseph Stone of Second Baptist Church of Starkville. u Homecoming — Cedar Bluff United Methodist Church is celebrating homecoming beginning with the morning worship service at 11 a.m. with a covered dish meal at noon. Rev. Charles Coggins will bring the message. The Tuesday Quilters will have a quilt show in the community center at 2 p.m. u Church Anniversary — Gospel Temple M.B. Church is celebrating its 112th anniversary at 3 p.m. Guest speaker is Rev. Larnzy Carpenter Jr. and his church family from First Baptist Longview of Starkville. u Harvest Program — Union Star M.B. Church is having their annual harvest program at 3 p.m. u Unification Day — St. Paul M.B. Church wishes to invite everyone to Unification Day at 10:45 a.m. Guest speaker is Rev. James Gates. u Family and Friends — Davidson Chapel C.M.E. Church is having friends and family day at 3 p.m. Guest speaker is Rev. Orlando Richmond of Northside Christian Church.
u C2C Info — Need work skills to get a job? EMCC Workforce offers the Counseling 2 Career program to assist in gaining work experience. C2C classes are available for residents of Clay, Lowndes, and Noxubee counties, Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. If you are 18-21, please contact Sha’Carla Petty at 662-243-1930 or Chrystal Newman at 662243-1941 for more information.
u Animal shelter help — The West Point Clay County Animal shelter needs foster families for several puppies who have been selected to go on the next Homeward Bound rescue.You would need to keep the pup for two weeks, until the day of transport. If you are interested, please call the shelter at 524-4430. u Ladies Auxiliary — The American Legion Post 212 Ladies Auxiliary meet the second Thursday of each month at 6 p.m.
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u The Arts Council’s 5th Annual Photo Competition — “Hands” is the theme of this year’s photography competition with three age categories: Youth up to 12, Teens up to 17, and Adults. A grand prize of $250 will be offered as well as first prizes of $50 and second prizes of $25 in each of the three age categories. All entries must be submitted with an entry form which is available, along with copies of the full contest rules, at local schools, Bryan Public Library, Petal Pushers, and Culin-Arts. They can also be downloaded at
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-
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u Christmas Assistance Registration — Christmas Assistance Registration for Clay County from 9 a.m. - noon at the Salvation Army in Columbus. A list of registration requirements can be picked up from DHS in West Point.
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Todd Glusenkamp is ready to put Yokohama Tires on any size vehicle at George’s Tire Pros.
George’s Tire Pros offers Yokohama tires
By Donna Summerall George’s Tire Pros received a visit from a Yokohama Tire representative immediately after the announcement of the new plant to open in West Point. Todd Gluesenkamp, owner of George’s Tire Pros, was asked if he would be interested in being the only place in West Point to carry Yokohama Tires. He, of course, was happy to be in partnership with Yokohama. “It has completely enhanced our business,” said Gluesenkamp. “A lot of people are putting Yokohama tires on all their vehicles to show their support for the Yokohama company. I look for business to increase even more after construction on the new facility begins.” Gluesenkamp said that the store carries Yokohama tires in every size, passenger, vans, SUVs and trucks. He said that no one has to wait until production begins, he has Yokohama tires in stock and ready for his expert staff to mount them on any vehicle. George’s Tire Pros does more than just sell top-of-the-line tires and rims, they also install brakes, lift kits, batteries and do front end alignments. Tire rotation and balancing are done while customers wait. “I really enjoy working here with Todd and with all our customers,” said Susan Makamsom, office manager of George’s Tire Pros. “I’m interested to see what an impact it will have on us and on all of West Point’s businesses when Yokohama starts to build. It is going to be great boost for everyone.” Gluesenkamp expanded the business three years ago. The warehouse is now filled with Yokohama brand tires. He not only sells Yokohama but other name-brand tires such as Michelin and B.F. Goodrich. The Yokohama tires are his top sellers and Gluesenkamp said he doesn’t see that changing anytime soon.
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Detroit faces crucial trial period in bankruptcy case
BY ED WHITE Associated Press DETROIT — Thousands of Detroit streetlights are dark. Many more residents have fled. Donors are replacing ambulances that limped around for 200,000 miles. Millions in debt payments have been skipped. Is there really any doubt the city is broke? A judge starts exploring that question Wednesday in an unusual trial to determine whether Detroit indeed is eligible to scrub its books in the largest public bankruptcy in U.S. history. Unions and pension funds are claiming the city failed to negotiate in good faith before filing for Chapter 9 protection in July. A city isn't eligible for a makeover unless a judge finds that key steps have been met, especially good-faith talks with creditors earlier this year. It's a critical decision: If Detroit clears the hurdle, the case would quickly turn to how to solve at least $18 billion in debt and get city government out of intensive care. "It's a crucial point in the case," said lawyer Chuck Tatelbaum, a bankruptcy expert in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. "There will be others, but this is the go or no-go. ... If there was ever a poster child for what Congress decided when they enacted Chapter 9, it's for a city like this." Jim Spiotto, another bankruptcy expert in Chicago, said it's "virtually impossible" to argue that Detroit is solvent. "They're not paying their debts," he said. "Look at their blighted areas. Look at their services." Nonetheless, unions and pension funds are challenging Detroit on the eligibility question. They claim emergency manager Kevyn Orr, who acquired nearly unfettered control over city finances following his appointment by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, was not genuinely interested in negotiating when they met with his team in June and July. Orr insists pension funds are short $3.5 billion and health coverage also needs to be overhauled. Evidence will show that Orr "planned to file bankruptcy long before the purported negotiations had run their course, confirming that the 'negotiations' were no more than a check-the-box exercise on the way to the courthouse," Babette Ceccotti, an attorney for the United Auto Workers, said in a court filing. Earle Erman, attorney for Detroit's public safety unions, said the city has cut wages and changed health care benefits without across-the-table talks. Another lawyer, Sharon Levine, representing AFSCME, said the city spent months "mapping out its path to Chapter 9," not looking for compromises that could keep Detroit out of bankruptcy. In response, however, attorneys for the city said a June 14 meeting and subsequent sessions with creditors were well-intended but fruitless. A bankruptcy filing was being prepared, they acknowledged, but "never set in stone." Spiotto said Judge Steven Rhodes will have much discretion to determine whether the city has met its "goodfaith" burden. "I don't think courts require perfection," he said. "Good faith is not measured solely by, 'Did they offer what we want?' It's about providing opportunity."
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Home should come first
How many times have we seen commercials asking us to send money to the starving families in far off lands? How often has praise been given to famous icons for adopting foreign children? What about Mississippi’s very own home grown star, building million dollar prep schools in third world countries? Nice, right? We lend a hand and help the whole world, here’s the thing … Shouldn’t we fix the loose boards on our own front porches before we go building verandas for someone else? It’s great to help, admirable even, but wake up people! There are starving families right here in our own back yard. Every day ,millions of Americans go to bed hungry. Shocking isn’t it? Every day, a child is born right here at home — children that are unwanted or abandoned or beaten, children with no place to call home and no one to tell them they are loved. Did I mention where that takes place? Let me say it again. It’s not thousands of miles away, it’s right here in America. You should be getting the drift here. The point is, we hear about problems all over the world, meanwhile, we ignore what is going on right here. We take a stand and try to help those in need when we are the ones in need. Our resources are being used to fertilize foreign soil while the foundation that this wonderful country was built on is crumbling. In closing, let me say my heart does go out to those in need, but I think we all need to look a little closer to home. Before we try to save the world, we need to learn how to save what’s ours. This country is our home. It’s about time we started taking care of it.
Redefine aging by having fun
The sun comes up. The sun goes down. The hands on the clock keep going around.  Yikes, wasn’t it just yesterday that we were high fivin’ Helen Reddy when she sang, “I am woman, hear me roar?” The baby boomers are badly in need a new anthem.  Any suggestions? The only one I can think of is “I am 60, hear me snore.” There’s got to be something more inspiring than that. Now, when there are more years behind us than in front of us, each day becomes a precious commodity. And for sure, I’m not wasting any more time doing something I don’t enjoy — like polishing silver or unloading the dishwasher.  I just wash my plate and fork and put it back in the cabinet, and I’m spray painting all my silver a garish shade of orange that would embarrass a Crayola.  The color complements my graying hair and the silver will never need polishing again. As we grow older, we spend more time with our doctor than our friends and, unless, like me, you’ve splurged on a Catnapper recliner that does all the hard work, every time we stand up or sit down it’s accompanied by a groan.  Boomers are beginning to reminisce more than we
· The Deluded Diva ·
look ahead and current affairs don’t take us by surprise because we’ve long ago realized that there is nothing new under the sun … except shoes.  Have you noticed how really ugly shoes are today?  I make it a rule to never wear anything that adds more than 20 pounds to the scales.  These clunkers the fashion conscious are wearing today are reminiscent of bondage — all straps and metal.  My emerging philosophy of life is that anything worth doing or wearing must offer some degree of fun. So I’ve compiled a list of sure-fire ways to have a bit of fun while growing older gracefully. No, make that gratefully. Here are the rules I follow and they seem to work on most days. n Wear something ridiculously bright and mismatched at least once a week, like a ’70s psychedelic, multi-colored, multi-patterned, big collared blouse
— Candice Barkes West Point
Now you guess who
This person used the public media forum of Daily Times Leader to demean someone in the public’s eye. With no thought to how derogatory her statments were, she kept using the word “is,” which — to me — means current or something now happening. Why won’t this person say what she means and mean what she says? A columnist for Lifestyles, this woman has no style. Now, since you want us to play your guessing game, I think you are trying to refer to President Barack Obama —your president and mine, and I’m proud of it. Where did you get the idea that Adolph Hitler was biracial? You have just set West Point back to those days. Maybe you should re-evaluate your values. Are they real, make believe or just something you’ve wanted to say for a long time? I think all of the above. Now who is she? Why, it’s Donna Summerall.
or shirt. They’ll either think you’re woefully behind the times or light years ahead of the next hot fashion trend. n Go to a tourist area and ‘accidentally’ appear in the background of people’s holiday snapshots. They’ll be too busy posing in front of that historical monument to notice you and you’ll be plastered across the Internet and become a Facebook sensation. n Show off your mature (and therefore naturally superior) intellect by injecting little known facts into every topic of conversation. People don’t need to know that you’re making them up. n Start a rumor and see how long it takes to come back to you. I told everyone in town that the Publix Supermarket chain was putting a location here and it wasn’t two days before it circled the community and came back to me “on good authority.”  I got a kick out of that one. n Tell people that you’re 10 years older than you actually are and enjoy being complimented for looking so good. n Throw a party for your grandchildren, (parents not invited) and catch up with the latest trends in music, fashion, iPods, websites and cool slang.  n Get a temporary tattoo
but don’t tell people it’s temporary.   Either that, or trace your varicose veins with a purple marker.  Voila - your very own customized tattoo. n Jump on the bed and dare someone to make you stop. (You might want to wear a helmet.)   n Make a batch of chocolate chip cookies and eat the raw cookie dough.  (Make sure your health insurance premium is paid up.) n Drive around town with your left turn signal on and try to keep the speedometer under 20 mph.  That really messes with people’s minds. One undeniable truth about getting older is that my metabolism has begun to slow down worse than my vehicle. Why is it that we can’t retire from our jobs until we are in our 60s, but our metabolism can retire before it has even put in a good 30 years? If you’re in the Boomer boat with me, let’s vow to grow old gracefully and have some fun while doing it. And remember, old age is always 15 years older than you are.  
Emily Jones is a retire journalist who edits a website for bouncing baby boomers facing retirement. She invites you to stop by
— Theresa W. Chandler West Point
Tuition not linked to parking garage
While parents and students at Mississippi universities may complain about tuition costs, alumni at Ole Miss have been mostly griping about something else: on-campus parking, or the lack thereof, at football games. The state College Board, ironically, took up both subjects at its meeting this week. Ole Miss officials, as well as those at Mississippi State, are seeking to increase tuition 5 percent a year over the next two years. Meanwhile, the Ole Miss Athletic Foundation secured approval from the College Board to lease 8.3 acres on the west side of VaughtHemingway Stadium to build a new basketball arena and an 820-space parking garage. The Foundation plans to borrow almost $80 million to supplement what has already been raised and pledged in a capital campaign. As planned, this debt will be repaid by private contributions to the Foundation, supplemented by payments from the university to use the facilities. To be fair the tuition increases and the new athletic facilities to draw more fans aren’t linked. Tuition would go up with or without more parking for ball games and better arenas. But it does say something about priorities and where much of the fan base of an SEC university is willing to voluntarily put its money. BY PAUL HAMPTON Sun Herald I will be taking the next few months off while the columns write themselves. Thank you, Chris McDaniel. The fellow had me at "The lamps of liberty are going out across the Republic." Haven't heard anything that good since I skipped school to go with our chemistry teacher to "Christ's 40 Acres" and listen to the John Birch Society rant about JFK shaking hands with Khrushchev. Even if Democratic leader Rickey Cole is correct and the McDaniel's Tea Party is "dangerous for the country and dangerous for Mississippi," he's gold for the newspaper business. And he's already paying off. Seems he has a web ad that's sure to go viral. It's called the "End of Appropriations" and in it he calls Mississippi a welfare state. Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley called him out on it and it went "private" for several hours, then it reappeared without fanfare on McDaniel's YouTube channel. I confess. Hiding an ad for hours. That's an advertising trick I've never seen before. Presley, a Democrat, saw it before it went dark and he pounced Friday morning. "The people of Mississippi work as hard as any state in this country," Presley said. "We're not a welfare state. Our people are hard-working people. He ought to be ashamed. If I felt like Mississippi was a welfare state, I wouldn't want to represent it in the U.S. Senate." I'm not sure how the "End of Appropriations" will go over with those who work at Ingalls Shipbuilding, Keesler Air Force Base, the Naval Construction Battalion Center, the Veterans Affairs Medical Center or Stennis Space Center. Surely he didn't mean those appropriations. But there's a story bigger than McDaniel. I think he's got a steep climb to the Senate if Sen. Thad Cochran decides he wants to serve six more years. There's a chance Cochran will retire. He's certainly earned it. A bit of advice. Don't be anywhere near the door of the Secretary of State's Office if that happens. Imagine this. State Auditor Stacey Pickering and McDaniel carving up the faith and family vote. The mainstream Republican vote? Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves would have to give due consideration to a run. It'd be tough for McDaniel to say he's more fiscally conservative than his boss in the state Senate. And Reeves has name recognition. What about Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann? In 2011, the Democrats didn't even bother. He'd have to be thinking about a promotion. Gov. Phil Bryant? I guess he's the one heavy hitter I haven't heard named repeatedly. But he's tough and experienced in statewide races. That little voice that says, "What if?" has to be getting louder. All these folks have something in common — they're Republicans. There hasn't been a peep from the Democrats. And none of the state's big-name GOP are falling all over themselves to support McDaniel. So far, all of his endorsements — Club for Growth PAC, Madison Project PAC and the Senate Conservatives Fund — are from way out of state. An opponent could have a ball with that fact in Mississippi. But I'm betting McDaniel will never let his opponents run out of ammo. Paul Hampton, is politics editor at the Sun Herald. Reach him at 896-2330 or
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DTL staff WINONA — The Indianola Lady Colonels (1-0 preseason) defeated Hebron Christian 60-24 in a MAIS sanctioned preseason contest Monday on the campus of Winona Christian School. “We didn’t play well at all,” Hebron Head Coach Bruce Franks said. “We didn’t shoot well and we turned the ball over too much. Indianola was a really good team to start as the first game. We are going to have to learn to set tempo and make less turnovers to get to where we need to be this season.” Indianola finished last season as the fourth-place team in the Class-AA North Half Tournament falling to Prairie View Academy, 44-42, in the third-place game on the campus of Leake Academy in Madden.
Daily Times Leader | Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Indianola defeats Hebron
The Lady Eagles (0-1 preseason) picked up their 24 points from senior Alaina Hill and junior Shelby Arnold along with freshmen Rebekah Falkner, Holly Hudson and Jana White. Despite the setback on Monday, Hebron returned to the court Tuesday against MAIS Class-AAA Division-II member Washington School of Greenville in the Winona Preseason Tournament.
EMCC to preview basketball season
For Daily Times Leader SCOOBA – In anticipation of the tip-off of the upcoming basketball season, East Mississippi Community College will offer fans an early opportunity to preview the 2013-14 Lion and Lady Lion teams with Monday’s “Late Night with the Lions” event on the Scooba campus. Scheduled for a 7 p.m. start at Keyes T. Currie Coliseum, there will no charge for admission. Along with player introductions for head coach Sharon Thompson’s Lady Lions and head coach Mark White’s four-time reigning NJCAA Region 23 and MACJC North Division Champion Lions, Monday’s EMCC hoops preview is also set to feature a dunk contest involving members of the men’s team as well as three-point shooting contests by both squads. The preseason event is scheduled to conclude with separate intra-squad scrimmages by both EMCC basketball teams. The EMCC Lady Lions are slated to tip off the 2013-14 campaign against a pair of Texas-based schools, Nov. 1-2, at the BRCC Lady Bear Classic in Baton Rouge, La. After taking on San Jacinto College on Friday evening (Nov. 1), the EMCC women will return to the court the next morning to face Houston Community College. The EMCC basketball teams will make their collective season debut on Thursday, Nov. 7 at Meridian Community College. The hoops doubleheader on the MCC campus is set to begin at 5:30 p.m., with a men’s game following a women’s contest. A week later on Thursday, Nov. 14, the East Mississippi squads will make their home season debut against East Central Community College. A 5:30 p.m. women’s game will be followed by a 7:30 p.m. men’s contest at Currie Coliseum on the Scooba campus.
Pruitt repeats as MACJC player of week
For Daily Times Leader SCOOBA — For the second straight week, East Mississippi Community College sophomore quarterback Dontreal Pruitt has been accorded MACJC Offensive Player of the Week honors for the second-ranked Lions. In just three quarters of action during EMCC’s 79-7 road win over Northwest Mississippi Community College a week ago, Pruitt threw for seven touchdowns for the second time this season and eclipsed the 300yard passing mark for the sixth straight contest. The former Laurel High School standout accounted for 380 yards of total offense against the Rangers on 23-of-38 passing for 348 yards and the seven scores in addition to 32 rushing yards on seven carries. For the season, Pruitt continues to rank among the NJCAA’s top five statistical leaders in virtually every passing category. Along with ranking second nationally with 33 touchdown passes on the year, Pruitt stands third in averaging 343.3 passing yards per game and fourth while completing 67.2 percent of his passes. In addition to connecting on 176-of-262 pass attempts for 2,746 yards this season, the 5-foot-11, 175-pound signal caller has only been intercepted three times. Pruitt, who also earned the MACJC’s offensive player honor a week ago following EMCC’s 59-0 home victory over Northeast Mississippi, is joined by the Holmes Community College tandem of linebacker Quay Watt (defense) and safety Terrious Triplett (safety) as this week’s MACJC honorees. Holding down the No. 2 spot behind top-ranked Georgia Military College in this week’s NJCAA Top 20 national poll, head coach Buddy Stephens’ 8-0 EMCC Lions close out the regular season by playing host to division rival Itawamba Community College Thursday evening on the Scooba campus. With the winner securing the MACJC North Division championship and
Omar Lemus
The West Point place kicker Omar Lemus knocked in the winning field goal of 25 yards for the Green Wave’s second district win over Lake Cormorant, 24-21, Friday at Hamblin Stadium in West Point. The field goal attempt was Lemus’ first field goal attempt of the season and his high school career. Lemus was also a perfect three of three on extra point field goals Friday. Lemus has been a constant cog for the West Point football team this fall as he is 30 of 35 on extra point field goals in his first starting opportunity for the Green Wave after backing up his older brother, Eric Lemus, his sophomore season.
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MAIS Player of the week
East Mississippi Community College sophomore quarterback Dontreal Pruitt sets up for a pass against Northwest Community College during the second-ranked Lions’ 79-7 win Thursday in Senatobia. The Laurel High School product was selected as the MACJC Offensive Player of the Week for the second straight week for his performance. No. 1 seed during the upcoming MACJC State Playoffs, kickoff for Thursday’s regularseason finale between the Lions and Indians is set for 7 p.m. at EMCC’s SullivanWindham Field. Along with EMCC and ICC having already nailed down the two playoff spots from the MACJC’s North Division, so too have division champion Jones County and second-seeded Mississippi Gulf Coast from the MACJC’s South Division punched their postseason tickets. In first-round playoff action, fourth-ranked Jones County will host the No. 2 north seed, while the north champion will entertain fifth-ranked Mississippi Gulf Coast on Saturday, Nov. 2. The two semifinal-game winners will then compete for the 2013 MACJC State/NJCAA Region 23 Championship the following Saturday (Nov. 9) at a site to be determined.
Palardy enjoys breakthrough in senior year
By STEVE MEGARGEE Associated Press KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee's Michael Palardy is one of the nation's busiest special-teams performers. Lately, he also has been among the best. Palardy is part of a small group of players working triple duty as the main field-goal kicker, klckoff specialist and punter for their respective schools. Palardy has welcomed the heavy workload while emerging as one of Tennessee's most valuable players. His 19-yard field goal Saturday as time expired in Tennessee's 23-21 victory over South Carolina continued the best season of this senior's career. The loss dropped South Carolina from 11th to 20th in the Top 25. "I'm definitely a lot more confident kicker and punter than I (had) been these last few years," Palardy said. Palardy said he received over 50 congratulatory text messages after the game. It's a much different reaction than Palardy received early in his career, when he struggled to live up to forecasts that rated him as one of the nation's top kicking prospects in his recruiting class. Early last season, he temporarily lost the kicking job to walk-on Derrick Brodus. "I've appreciated every ounce of criticism I've received over the past couple of years because that's kind of fueled me to be successful this year," Palardy said. Palardy is 8 of 10 on fieldgoal attempts this season. One of the misses was a bit of a fluke, as a 52-yard attempt against South Alabama left the ground and hit holder Tyler Drummer's left hand before he could pull it away. Palardy also averages 44.5 yards per punt to rank 13th nationally. He landed six of his eight punts Saturday inside South Carolina's 20-yard line, which helped make Palardy the Southeastern Conference special teams player of the week. The only other Football Bowl Subdivision players who have the majority of their teams' fieldgoal attempts, kickoffs and punts this season are Notre Dame's Kyle Brindza, Boston College's Nate Freese, Houston's Richie Leone, Louisiana Monroe's Justin Manton, Kent State's Anthony Melchiori and Idaho's Austin Rehkow. “We’ve improved defensively because of him,” Tennessee coach Butch Jones said. “Offensively, we’re now generating some more points because of field position. Field position in the game of football is everything, and he’s playing with a lot of confidence. He’s been a weapon for us in everything he’s done in terms of kickoffs, punting the football and placekicking.” Palardy received advice from NFL punters and former Tennessee players Britton Colquitt and Dustin Colquitt before the season. Jones got Palardy accustomed to kicking under pressure by creating uncomfortable situations for him. At various points in practices, Jones will yell “Game-winning field goal!” and have Palardy try making a kick in that type of situation. During spring practice, players occasionally would gather around him and scream as he kicked. Coach Jones “will consistently be in your ear,” Palardy said. “He is always yelling at me, but it isn’t because he is angry but to look out for the best of us. I like to think of myself as having thick skin with all of the criticism I have taken over the past couple of years.” Palardy needs another big game Saturday for Tennessee (4-3, 1-2 SEC) to have any chance at top-ranked Alabama, a 28-point favorite. Alabama (7-0, 4-0) has the SEC’s top punt returner in Christion Jones and an excellent special-teams duo in kicker Cade Foster and punter Cody Mandell. Alabama beat Tennessee 12-10 during its 2009 national championship season only after Terrence Cody blocked a 44-yard field-goal attempt by the Vols’ Daniel Lincoln as time expired. “I can’t remember if I was standing on the bench or something, trying to see it, and couldn’t see it because I was stuck all the way in the back,” Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron said. “Then I heard everyone cheer and thought something must have gone right and then watched the replay.”
Channing Tapley
The Hebron Christian quarterback Channing Tapley accounted for four touchdowns and a two-point conversion in the Eagles 50-0 rout of Central Academy in a District 7-A eight-man contest Friday in Macon. The sophomore signal caller was four of six passing for 107 yards, throwing for three touchdowns. Tapley added 47 yards on four carries and an eightyard touchdown on the ground. Defensively, Tapley tallied seven tackles against the Viking offense.
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United Way luncheon to be held Thursday
For Daily Times Leader “Thirty Years of Caring” will be the theme for the United Way of Clay County Campaign Kickoff Luncheon Thursday. The event will be held at 12 noon at The Civic in West Point. United Way of Clay County began in 1983 when a group of civicminded residents decided to grow the local Community Chest into a more diverse organization. “Many of these local residents are still active in our community today,” said Stacy Hays. “People like Mayor Robbie Robinson, his brother, Harmon, Waidean Williamson, Louise Campbell, Sandra Murray, Edgar Harris, Loretta Milican, Robert Smith, Cheryl Stamps, Bob Seitz, and many others, all saw a need in our community. And now, 30 years later, we are still working to making our community a better place in which to live.” The late Kitty Dill served as the first executive director of United Way and the local United Way office building on Westbrook Street stands in her honor. “A community wide capital campaign was held in 1992 in order to purchase the building, which housed the CCARC at that time. Board members wanted to make sure that donations were raised strictly for the building and those donations were kept separate from contributions to the annual United Way campaign,” Hays said. “Once again, local residents saw a need and met it.” Joan Houston served as executive director of United Way from 1988 until 1993 and Hays was hired in June of ’93. “My dad, the late Spanky Bruce, was a firm believer in community involvement. Through his career as editor of the Daily Times Leader, he was a big supporter of community causes and United Way was one of them. He taught my brothers and me the importance of giving back to your community and I have always considered my job to be a privilege.” Hays said the annual campaign goal will be announced at the luncheon Thursday and community volunteers will be recognized. Local author Bobby Cole will be the guest speaker and the event will be catered by Rubye Wray and her staff from “Did Someone Say Party?” “No matter what you are able to give, whether it’s five dollars, $100, $1000 or just volunteering your time, it is important to just give,” Hays said. “I always say that if you look at the list of United Way funded agencies, you will realize that you have been touched by at least one of them at some point in your life. If you haven’t yet, you will be. They are dependent on United Way funding and United Way is dependent on the contributions of the residents of Clay County. And 99 cents out of every dollar raised stays right here in West Point and Clay County.” Agencies funded by United Way of Clay County are American Red Cross, Area Agency on Aging, Boy Scouts of America, 4-H, Clay County Diabetes Assistance Fund, CASA, Contact Helpline, Clay County Day Care, Girl Scouts, Clay County ARC, Recovery House, Safe Haven, Project Homestead Food Pantry, Sally Kate Winters Family Resources.
Haunted house opens this weekend
For Daily Times Leader It’s that haunting time of year again, and the legendary haunting of Joe Myers Road is opening this weekend. The Keenums have once again turned their old barn on Joe Myers Road into a haunted house with the help of their family and friends. This haunted house has been a tradition for the last six years. It started out as a family and friends get together but has been opened to the public for the last three years. It has been family-oriented from the beginning. Participants enjoy scaring the older visitors but it is toned down for the younger, so both old and young are welcomed and can have a good time. The Haunted House is located at 12782 Joe Myers
Road in Cedar Bluff. Admission is 13 years old and over $5, 6 - 12 years old is $2, and children 5 and under are admitted free. The hours it will be open is 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25 and Saturday, Oct. 26.
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focused on the elderly populace. “More and more elderly people are starting to experiment with technology,” said Brinkley. “(They might sometimes) share more personal information (with a possible scam artist).” Most people are unaware as to how devastating a debit card’s number can be to the account holder, as well. “Even though you can use a debit card as a credit card, it’s still a debit card,” said Brinkley. “(With a debit card), that card number is tied to your account.” If an adept cyber scam artist gets his or her hands on a debit card number, they can “wipe you out,” said Brinkley. One would be exponentially more likely to receive a firm response from his or her financial institution were there to be fraudulent use of a credit card. There’s a gaping difference between the two: Purchases made with a debit card subtract funds directly from the individual’s banking account while a purchase with a credit card pulls money from the respective financial institution’s wallet with the understanding reimbursement follows closely behind. According to an Embassy of the United States report provided by the WPPD, there are a number of caveats one should consider before sending funds to unfamiliar organizations which include: n “(An individual) only knows his or her friend or fiancé online and may never have met in person. In some cases, the victim has even believed he or she has married the scammer by proxy;” n “Photographs of the scammer show a very attractive person, and appear to have been taken at a professional modeling agency or photo studio. If they provide (an individual) with a copy of their passport or visa, he or she can always contact the U.S. embassy in the country where the passport or visa was issued to verify the validity of the document;” and n “The scammer’s luck is incredibly bad — he or she is in a car crash, or arrested, or mugged, or beaten or hospitalized. Close family members are dead or unable to assist. Sometimes, the scammer claims to have a young child overseas who is ill or hospitalized.” Ultimately, personal information should be handled with the most delicate of hands, said Brinkley. It should not be liberally doled out to unknown organizations or causes. Doing research on the prospective organization one wishes to donate to, or the website he or she desires to purchase an item from goes a long way in preventing a devastating financial catastrophe, Brinkley said.
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Cynthia Wilson, director of the West Point/Clay County Growth Alliance, said it’s an event that comes together relatively easily and draws a substantial crowd to the area. “You’re talking about 800 kids and their parents and teachers … and you get a lot of grandparents and people who work along the route that come out to watch,” Wilson said. “It gets kind of congested.” Most streets will not be physically barricaded, though West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley said officers would be on hand to help control traffic flow and ensure children’s safety. “It’s a small parade, so we usually only block off Broad and Commerce (streets),” Brinkley said. “We just urge people to drive safely and watch for little kids. There are going to be several of them in the downtown area crossing back and forth.” Brinkley cautioned residents to be mindful of traffic and watch closely on the day of the event for pedestrians. Passersby should also heed speed limits and parking issues that could arise for the parade. “If you’ve got to do business downtown that day, be prepared,” Brinkley said. “You may have to park elsewhere that morning.” All in all, it promises to be a fun day for anyone involved. Lisa Klutts, parade volunteer and insurance agent at Galloway, Chandler and McKinney in West Point, said she’s been involved with the parade since 2007, and it’s become a highlight in her year. “Halloween has got to be my absolute favorite holiday of the year,” Klutts said. “It’s so much fun to watch them parade around in their costumes and have everyone get together and just celebrate Halloween together. Everyone always ends up in the park after it’s over … we can all just enjoy being there together before the kids go back to school for the day.” Typically, Klutts said she dresses as a witch and helps lead the children down the route, which begins at the intersection of Broad and Commerce then down Main Street and up East Street before kids walk through the gazebo and receive goody bags from the Growth Alliance. At the head of the line is a city fire truck, clearing the way. It’s just a part of the delight participants get from the event, Klutts said. “I try to add something new to my costume every year,” she said. “Last year I got this bird on a stick, and I walked around asking ‘Do you want to pet my bird?’ When they reach up to pet it, it would bark at them. I call it my little barking bird.” This year, however, Klutts said she and five others in her office were doing something a little different. Children will get a visit from a secret, yet “famous insurance character” rather than the witch they’ve grown accustomed to seeing. Still, she’s got no intention of giving up her role and said the witch should be making another appearance at next year’s parade. “It’s just a lot of fun for the kids,” Wilson said. “… We’ve been doing it every year for heaven only knows how long.” Wilson said the festivities would conclude at about 10:30 a.m. The event is open to the public.
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the quilting group. “One quilt has been known to bring in over $2,000 during a raffle. We made the large curtain over the stage. It only cost $50 in materials and we did the sewing and installing ourselves. Our using the community center has helped keep it a vital part of Cedar Bluff. It used to be a school and is a voting precinct during elections. We hope some of the visitors from homecoming will stop by to remember going to school here.” Members of the Cedar Bluff Quilters are not just inhabitants of Cedar Bluff. Some of the 10 members are from Pheba, West Point and Starkville. “We love to quilt,” said Debbie McCarter, a member who has introduced her granddaughter to quilting. “She enjoys quilting but is impatient with all the handstitching. I think if she ever tries a quilting machine that I’ll never get her to make one by hand again. I am glad that I was able to teach her to quilt and pass on the knowledge of the craft.”
In the Kitchen
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Now you’re cooking
— Donna Summerall/Daily Times Leader
Claire Spradling shows an array of homemade goodies she bakes from scratch.
Blueberry Cream Pie
1 9 in. graham cracker crust 2 8 oz. packages of cream cheese (softened) 1 cup powdered sugar 1 7 oz. jar of marshmallow crème 1 tbls lemon juice 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 cups frozen blueberries
Claire Spradling does it all
BY DONNA SUMMERALL ong before Claire Spradling was the author of “Duress,” a novel that used West Point and its interesting inhabitants as a backdrop, she was known for her skill in the kitchen. Spradling began cooking as a young girl. She had three older brothers who were always hungry and a mother who was a school teacher and was continuing her education to earn her master's degree. Spradling could experiment with cooking as boys tend to eat everything. “I used teach cooking here in my home to young women who either wanted to learn to cook or wanted to be a better cook, called Reality Hospitality,” said Spradling. “We would concentrate on a dish and then build an entire meal around it. It was so much fun and everyone had a great time. Then we would have a Bible study afterward.” Spradling is a registered dietician and said the secret to cooking and staying in shape is to only eat when you are hungry and to eat until you are full and stop. That's the key, according to Spradling, most people tend to continue to eat even after they are full if the food is really good and that's when the food we eat turns to fat. Spradling is always ready to exchange recipes with friends or try what they say is “The Best,” whether it is cake, pie, casserole or bread, she is always ready to try something new. “I always keep frozen fruit in the house. You can do so much with it,” said Spradling. “I love to make a blueberry cream pie and a strawberry cake with frozen fruit. The one thing I refuse to use is artificial whipped topping, I have to make my own whipped cream, it is so much better.” Her husband Stanley is always taking her home-baked treats to work at Calvert-Spradling Engineering or sharing them with clients. It's a sweet way to share a little bit of Claire's magic in the kitchen with everyone. Spradling was happy to share one of her go-to recipes for blueberry cream pie.
Beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth, add in marshmallow crème and mix together, stir in lemon juice and blueberries. Pour into graham cracker crust and refrigerate overnight. Can be garnished with whipped cream or eaten as is.
Halloween is only one week away, so if you haven't already started your Halloween themed baking, it is officially time. I have a couple friends who are vegConnor etarian (and by a couGUYTON ple, I mean exactly two, and they are mar· Food Columnist · ried to each other.) A couple weeks ago, they had their second child. I am very much a meat eater, so I never have any idea what to cook that is vegetarian friendly. So I stuck with candy. This Halloween Bark is super easy, can be modified for any holiday or event, is tasty and best of all, vegetarian friendly! Start by collecting all kind of tasty things and putting them in bowls. These will be the toppings for the bark. I had pistachios, stick pretzels, peanuts, candy corn, Reese's pieces, and Oreo's. I had to shell my pistachios and cut my Oreo's into smaller pieces to use them in my bark. Next, I melted some white chocolate almond bark. While it melted, I laid graham crackers out on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper. Once the white chocolate was melted, I poured it over the graham crackers, covering it evenly. Then, all you have to do is decorate with your toppings, let the chocolate harden and break the bark into small pieces. I repeated the process with regular (non white) chocolate as well. I didn't use the graham crackers and instead just poured a layer of chocolate straight onto the parchment paper. I then repeated the same decorating and cooling process. I've made similar treats at Christmas time by crushing up peppermints and sprinkling them over a thick layer of white chocolate. Peppermint bark is definitely one of my favorite easy Christmas treats. Halloween Bark would make a great snack to take to a Halloween party at school or just to snack on around the house!
Spooky Treat: Halloween Bark
Ingredients 1 package white almond bark 16 whole graham crackers pretzel sticks Oreo's Reese's Pieces pistachios Peanuts Directions Prep toppings and put into bowls. Melt almond bark over a double boiler or in the microwave, following the package instructions. Stir until smooth. Arrange graham crackers together on a timer baking sheet topped with parchment paper. Pour the melted almond bark over the top and use an offset spatula to spread it evenly over the surface. Sprinkle on toppings over the chocolate and lightly press with the palm of your hand to make sure they're anchored on. Allow the chocolate to set completely. Break the bark into smaller pieces. — Connor Guyton/Starkville Daily News
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Wednesday, October 23, 2013 | Daily Times Leader
Stoller a hospitable, never pretentious winemaker
Sometimes you just want to love a wine because you like the people behind it. Sometimes the producers are like their wines: hospitable with personalities easy to navigate and never ever pretentious. That’s certainly the case with Bill Stoller and his wines from Willamette Valley’s Stoller Family Estate. If Stoller’s towering figure isn’t enough to take control of a room, his quick laugh and engaging personality will wilt a boor like heat on ice. And, like him, his wine is not pretentious. Stoller grew up on a turkey farm only a couple of miles down the road from his winery. A co-owner of Chehalem Wines, he and his late wife got the hankering to put his name behind his own label and in 1993 bought another turkey farm from his cousins. Not everyone thought a turkey farm on rocky Jory soil could produce good wine, but Stoller was determined. Good advice and patience has reaped rewards from his 190 planted acres that range in elevation from 220 to 640 feet. About half of the fruit picked from this largest vineyard in Dundee Hills is sold to other wineries. His first vintage in his current winery was 2005. Before entering the wine industry, Stoller founded Express Employment Professionals, a franchaise staffing company that has become one of the largest privately held staffing companies in the world. Educated in Oregon colleges not far from home, Stoller didn’t stray from his roots. His pride for the Dundee Hills appellation is apparent in his monumental effort to revitalize Dayton, a small town that he remembers as a kid. Slowly he has been buying up property around the town square in hopes of creating a charming town similar to Healdsburg, CA. He showed us a small Baptist church that has been meticulously restored and a large building that is well on its way. He reviews a grid of the city’s streets with the zeal of an urban planner. He moves planning like a bulldozer moves earth. His staff attests to his carefree spirit and extols the value of working with someone so
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open-minded and supportive. Winemaker Melissa Burr and vineyard manager Rob Schultz spar, as winemaker and grape growers often do, over when to pick, but there is never a doubt that they are pursuing the same goal. During our visit in early October, the rain and resulting botrytis gave the duo much to discuss. This year Rob defers to Melissa: “It’s a winemaker’s year,” he concedes. Burr is not timid or apologetic about employing whatever tools are in her box to make good wine, whether its adding water to reduce alcohol or sugar to increase it. Still, the farming is all sustainable and Stoller’s modern, environmentally friendly winemaking facility was the first in the country to be LEED Gold Certified. While Burr’s pinot noir is the haymaker, not to be overlooked are the stunning chardonnays made from Dijon clones. Stoller’s estate pinot noir and chardonnay are two of the best values in Oregon. His reserve wines, which we tasted over several vintages, have harmonized elegance and depth. When he isn’t traveling for his employment businesses, he spends his time at his beautiful home near the winery or shoot hoops with his twin at a basketball facility he built in a barn on the property. Visitors are welcomed to stay in one of the property’s moderately priced guest houses on the property.
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Flemming: It’s confession time
BY LEE ANN FLEMMING Food Columnist It is confession time. When you write food columns, everybody assumes you eat like kings and queens. As I have written before, I know my way around a frozen food section at the grocery store and don’t mind an occasional drive-through. Last week, we had to have a “come to Jesus meeting.” We were headed home from school, and the subject of supper came up. I told Steve we were having round steak, gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans and cornbread. He looked at me and informed me that we had the same exact menu at school that day. It had not even dawned on me. After he told me he just could not eat that again, I was perplexed. I decided that we would have a nice, big salad. I had some homemade salsa ranch dressing that I had prepared, and that would be a great din-
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ner. Steve’s next question was about what meat we would have on our salad. My reply was “none.” I had not been to the grocery store and was doing the best I could. He told me not to worry. He would be in charge of the salad. After we got home and I began to prepare the salad, I noticed that he was busy in the pantry. After a few minutes, he came out with a can of Spam and a smile. How in the world did that can of Spam get into my pantry? Apparently Coach had dropped it into my basket while we were shopping. I sort of fried it or whatever, and he added it to his salad. I tried not to watch! I was happy with my salad. and he happy with his. Spam, Vienna sausage, potted meat — it is all a southern thing. We make the best out of what we’ve got! Just don’t tell anybody about the Spam salad. I might lose my food writing job.
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This Week at Anthony's Blues Nights
Wednesday, October 23rd
Big Joe Shelton
Thursday, October 24th
Live Music
Playing Wednesdays & Thursdays from 7:00 to 10:00
Seating is limited and reservations are highly recommended
Monday - Thursday 5:00 - 9:30 Friday - Saturday 5:00 - 10:00
Daily Times Leader | Wednesday, October 23, 2013
by Jacqueline Bigar
ARIES (March 21-April 19) Focus on individuals rather than the group in a meeting. Your sense of what is appropriate could change as a result. Use care with a matter involving your home or your domestic life. A conversation moves to the top of your priorities. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Continue using care with your finances. You could be taken aback by a new insight later in the day, which might change a lot of what you do from here on out. Communication accelerates as the day goes on, and you finally will feel understood. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) You soar from one level to the next and from one topic to another. Others could have difficulty following you. You seem to know your destiny and the direction you are headed in. Do not feel intimidated by anyone under any circumstance. CANCER (June 21-July 22) You might want to continue distancing yourself, as you’ll want to avoid distractions. More information comes through a superior or boss. You might not have the right answers just yet, but trust that you will, given time. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) Spend some time thinking about a personal matter before you join a friend. You might be taken aback by all the different conversation topics. Both of you have been doing your share of reflecting, which becomes quite obvious and gratifying. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) You are goal-oriented, but to some people you might come off as demanding. You can’t be distracted once you are focused. Others witness you bringing an idea or project to fruition. They could be envious. Know that you don’t need to say anything. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Continue the role of observer. You gain through the process and feel much better than you thought possible. Lighten up the moment by treating friends to a fun dessert or whatever feels right. You will need to take the lead in an important project. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) You might want to handle a problem quickly before it gets even bigger. You could be delighted by how the other parties involved respond. Recognize that these people really want your attention. Once you give it to them, problems will melt away. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Others seem determined to have it their way. Honor a change in a situation, and accept a less-active role. You will see that you like your new part in a project, as it allows you more free time. You might choose to be more receptive to someone’s suggestions. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Pace yourself, and know how much you want to get done. You seem determined to accomplish a goal, no matter what it takes. Others help pave the way. Take advantage of everyone’s good will. You know what works, and others see that. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) You might want to reconsider your options with more care and sensitivity. Take a hard look at a professional situation that involves dealing with a superior. You’ll see events in a slightly more serious way than you originally did.
on This Day...
October 23, 1973
Rains during the early part of the week have slowed harvesting operations to a standstill in portions of the state. Most cattlemen welcomed the moisture as it will help get winter grazing crops up to a stand. Permanent pastures are doing well and cattle are in good condition. Where the ground is not too wet, farmers are continuing to plant winter crops. Mostly early plantings are up and growing rapidly. Cotton and soybean harvesting were just getting into full swing when interrupted by the rain. They should get back underway as soon as field dry out. Operators are on the lookout for armyworm invasions on winter grazing crops and many are treating for control. Pecan crop prospects still look excellent. Houston Ladner, county agent at Purvis, reported that crop conditions are very good in Lamar County. Worms are infesting oats and ryegrass. The rain has slowed the soybean harvesting and lime trucks are busy. In Lowndes County, County Agent D. S. Cochran noted that rain has stopped all harvest work. Winter grazing is still being planted and early plantings are off to a good start. Hay is still being harvested. The rain really helped out grazing crops in Kemper County, according to County Agent John Parker. Field crops harvesting in picking up momentum, where conditions permit.
Mississippi pecan growers will harvest their largest crop in recent years this fall. This year’s crop is estimated at about 19 to 20 million pounds. “This figure is rather impressive when one remember that many of the larger orchards in south Mississippi have not fully recovered from the devastation of Hurricane Camille and are producing only partial crops,” observed Dr. Richard Mullenax, horticulturist for the Cooperative Extension Service. This year’s increased production is due to the fact that many older orchards are now receiving care such as pruning, fertilization and spray programs to control insects and diseases. Neglected orchards can and are being turned into very profitable enterprises under proper management practices. “Many growers who have never sprayer their orchards did this year and I believe they will see the results in cash,” the horticulturist said.
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1. Each row and column must contain the numbers 1 through 7 without repeating. 2. The numbers within the heavily outlined set of squares, called cages, must combine (in any order) to produce the target number in the top corner of the cage using the mathematical operation indicated. 3. Cages with just one box should be filled in with the target number in the top corner. A number can be repeated within a cage as long as it is not in the same row or column.
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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 have been under unusual tension on the homefront. You might want to lighten up, but you don’t know how. Try to let go of your concerns. Plan a fun get-together with a loved one. Understand that everything will work out.
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Wednesday, October 23, 2013 | Daily Times Leader
Daily Times Leader | Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 | Daily Times Leader
What’s on the Menu? WINE
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Here are some of the current releases we liked: n Stoller Family Estate Dundee Hills Chardonnay 2012 ($20). The lack of oak in this refreshing chardonnay is a pleasant relief. It washes the mouth with crisp acidity and sports citrus, pear and apple flavors. This is a great value. For a more burgundian wine, spend a few bucks more for the lush 2011 Stoller Reserve Chardonnay ($28) made from Dijon-cloned grapes. Wow, what mouthfeel with generous citrus flavors and dashes of vanilla, allspice and toasted oak. These chardonnays are underrated in a house known for its pinot noir. n Stoller Family Estate Dundee Hills Pinot Noir 2011 ($25). The first time we tasted this wine several years ago, we declared it one of the best values in the pricey pinot noir market. It’s simple and medium bodied but with lavender and lilac aromas and understated cherry fruit flavors and a good dose of cloves. n Stoller Family Estate Reserve Pinot Noir 2010 ($45). Using grapes from the best blocks, this exquisite pinot noir exudes a silky mouthfeel. It has floral aromas and cherry, raspberry flavors with a dash of smoke and pepper.
Spiced Pumpkin Seeds
1 1/2 tablespoons margarine, melted 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon garlic salt 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce 2 cups raw whole pumpkin seeds
Preheat oven to 275 degrees fahrenheit (135 degrees C). Combine the margarine, salt, garlic salt, Worcestershire sauce and pumpkin seeds. Mix thoroughly and place in shallow baking dish. Bake for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
Bat Wings
1 cup white sugar 1 cup soy sauce 1 dash garlic powder 2 pounds chicken wings
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Hope you enjoy today’s Cajun-infused recipes. Thanks for reading.
Preheat an oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C); prepare a 9x13 inch glass baking dish with cooking spray. Whisk together the sugar, soy sauce, and garlic powder in a medium bowl. Arrange the wings in the bottom of the prepared dish; pour the soy sauce mixture evenly over the wings. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes; turn the wings over with a spatula and cook another 20 minutes.
Cajun Nachos
24 wonton wrappers 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning 1 (14 ounces) package jalapeno and cheese smoked sausage (remove casings and crumble) 1/2 (16 ounces) package mild Mexican white cheese dip, heated according to package 1 (4 ounces) can chopped green chilies, drained 1 (3 ounces) can sliced black olives, drained 1/2 cup sliced cherry tomatoes 1/4 cup sliced green onion Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line two rimmed baking sheets with foil, and spray with Pam. Cut wonton wrappers in half diagonally. Place wrappers in a single layer on prepared baking sheets. Brush with olive oil, and sprinkle with Cajun seasoning. Bake for 5 minutes or until brown. In a large skillet, cook sausage over medium heat, stirring frequently, for about 10 minutes. Drain well. On a large platter, arrange wonton wrappers in a single layer. Sprinkle with sausage. Drizzle cheese dip over sausage, and top with green chilies, olives, tomatoes and green onion. Serve immediately.
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A glimpse into lives of James Dean, other icons
BY Dave Lobeck CNHI News Service A couple of weekends ago I was driving to Ft. Wayne, Ind., to participate in a barbershop competition. (No, I don't cut hair. I sing with the Louisville Thoroughbreds.) As I was sailing down Interstate 69, I saw a sign for Fairmount. For some reason, the town jumped out at me. But why? Ah, yes, it dawned on me: James Dean grew up in Fairmount, and he was buried there. I don't think I have ever watched a full movie staring James Dean, but what the heck? The dude is a cultural icon. I was a couple of hours ahead of schedule, and I like exploring things I come across as I travel. So I visited Fairmount, Ind. What a cute, quaint town. After visiting the museum, I was given directions to the graveyard and the farm where he grew up. Once I located his gravestone, I was shocked by the number of fresh flowers and tokens of love for a kid - he was only 24 when he died - who passed away more than 50 years ago. Bottles of beer, coins, fresh flowers and love letters. One letter was tucked under a rock, ready to fall off of the gravestone. I replaced it but felt the urge to read it. I opened it, and the letter started off with the following: "Jimmy, it's been over 50 years since you have been gone, and I still miss you every day.” The letter was handwritten and two full pages. After reading the first sentence, I immediately folded it up and replaced it securely under the rock. This letter was not meant for me. I felt like I had just spied on a private moment, fleetingly, but wrongly. I then looked at the beer bottles and packs of cigarettes surrounding the stone, and it reminded me that these icons were in many ways normal people, just like you and me. They had passions, likes, dislikes, favorite dishes, desserts they couldn't resist, holiday traditions things that help make each of us who we are. So, today's column will briefly touch on icons of the past and their favorite foods. To foodies like me, good food is one of the most enjoyable experiences in life, and a peek into one's soul. James Dean: It is reported that his favorite food toward the end of his short life was a brick oven pizza at Villa Capri outside of Hollywood, which no longer exists. Some say he ate his last meal there. Marilyn Monroe: Warm milk with raw eggs blended in for breakfast. Steak, lamb or liver (all broiled) for dinner. Frank Sinatra: Eggplant parmigiana with marinara sauce. Nat King Cole: Bacon cheeseburger was his favorite burger. There is also a cole slaw recipe floating around with his name on it, but I'm guessing that's a play on words more than anything else. John F. Kennedy: Quite a broad menu but he typically had to be reminded to eat. Clam chowder seems to have been one of his favorite dishes - and Boston beans. Ronald Reagan: Split pea soup, grilled hamburgers, mac and cheese, and meatloaf, just to name a few. John Lennon: Curry, jelly and tea. (Is there food listed there?) Abraham Lincoln: Bacon, apples and coffee. Cooks say he was also preoccupied and ate just to survive. What a pity. Carey Grant: Barbecued chicken as the main course. He also loved hard candies. Arnold Palmer: I gave up. All I could find were references to iced tea and lemonade. Mark Twain: Anything American steak, biscuits, fried chicken, corn on the cob and pie. It's possible to go on and on with this exercise. But don't you feel like you entered into the soul of those above, just a little bit? It's the simple things. Dave Lobeck is a barbecue chef from Sellersburg, Ind., who writes the "BBQ My Way" column for CNHI News Service. Visit his website at
Cajun boiled peanuts
3 pounds raw green peanuts Water — enough to cover peanuts plus 2 inches 1/3 cup kosher salt 1 package shrimp and crab boil mix Thoroughly rinse raw unshelled peanuts in cold water. Place water, salt, seasoning and peanuts in a large stewpot. Bring to a low boil and cover. Maintain a low boil for 2½ hours. Check for tenderness and taste. Remove stockpot from heat. Let soak for 15 minutes. Drain and refrigerated. Contact Lee Ann Flemming at
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