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By Sheena Baker
Daily Times Leader
Lots of improvement activi-
ties will soon be taking place at
Norris Court, one of West
Point’s Housing Authority
communities.
Tuesday night during a
meeting of the West Point
Board of Mayor and Selectmen
Mayor Scott Ross announced
that the city is eligible to apply
again for a Community
Development Block Grant to
clean out drainage ditches
around Norris Court. Under
this project the ditch running
from Main Street almost to
Dunlap Street will be cleaned
out and riprap will be put down
so that the ditch resembles the
creek flowing under the Broad
Street bridge.
Water and Light
Superintendent Dwight Prisock
said the clean out is expected to
drastically reduce flooding.
Over the last couple of years
lots of work to the upstream of
the ditch was done, and if the
city receives the block grant
officials will request for
Tombigbee River Valley Water
Management to perform most
of the downstream work this
summer. The city would use a
portion of the grant to purchase
needed materials for Tombigbee
to perform the work.
The estimated grant amount
the city will apply for is
$300,000. This number reflects
last year’s estimate, as no
revised cost estimate has been
done at this time so there could
be a slight increase. If awarded
the grant, the city would have
to provide a match of $150,000.
About $132,000 of that match
would come from in-kind labor,
leaving $18,000 in cash the city
would have to provide.
Another project in the works
at Norris Court is the construc-
tion of 40 new living units after
the old units have been torn
down and moved out. Prisock
said in the near future all cur-
rent tenants will be temporarily
moved to a different location so
that demolition of the old struc-
tures can begin. Due to safety
reasons no tenants will be able
to remain on sight while demo-
lition is going on. After the old
units have been demolished
building of the new units will
begin, and city officials say the
new units will be more spa-
cious with larger living quar-
ters.
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William Binder
Binder announces
candidacy for
Ward 2
Editor’s Note: In
Wednesday’s edition of the
Daily Times Leader, this
announcement appeared,
but it was cut accidently
before the paper went to
press. We apologize for the
mistake. The following is
the announcement in its
entirety.
I am William Binder, a proud
life-long resident of West Point.
In declaring my candidacy for
the Board of Selectmen, I offer
my character, experience, qual-
ifications, time and genuine
concern for the welfare of all
citizens of this community.
While I now seek to be elect-
ed to serve as Selectman for
Ward 2, it has not been neces-
sary that I have any particular
office, or hold any special title
or be paid in order to be
involved in this community.
My work in this City, in so
many other ways over the
years, makes it clear that I am
motivated by a sincere desire to
continually improve the quality
of life in West Point.
My personal view is that a
voter should never have to sim-
ply rely on friendships, prom-
ises, or the word of a candidate
to evaluate suitability for office.
I am not asking you to just
assume that I am both qualified
and the best person to serve
Ward 2 and the City over the
next four years. Instead, let me
demonstrate my suitability by
asking you to consider a num-
ber of facts about my back-
ground and my views of our
current situation and the possi-
bilities for our future.
I graduated from West Point
High School in 1980 and am
thankful for the foundation it
provided me. But, what is more
important is that I have chil-
dren who are students in the
West Point school system.
I have every reason to be
supportive of education in this
community for both my chil-
dren and the children of others.
I continued my education at
both East Mississippi
Community College and Mary
Holmes Junior College. Like
many of you, I put in long, pro-
ductive hours at Bryan Foods,
having clocked in there for 25
years by the time the doors
closed. It is a fact that I know
first-hand the difficulties and
the possibilities for those who
find themselves without a job
and a family to feed and shelter
here in West Point.
While at Bryan Foods, I
enjoyed the confidence of a lot
of hard-working colleagues by
See ‘Binder’ page 10
City’s participation requested in TVA program
By Sheena Baker
Daily Times Leader
Making West Point homes
more energy efficient while
saving homeowners money
was the topic brought forth
Tuesday to the West Point
Board of Mayor and Selectmen
by West Point resident Barbara
Swindol.
Swindol made a pub-
lic appearance before the
board requesting that the city
participate in Tennessee Valley
Authority’s Energy Right
Solution Program. The only
way homeowners of West Point
can benefit from this program
is through the city’s participa-
tion, and Swindol said it would
be of no cost to the city.
The Energy Right Solution
Program gives homeowners
financial assistance and a cash
rebate for installing home ener-
gy improvements around their
home. Homeowners who make
these energy efficient improve-
ments are eligible for a 50 per-
cent rebate of the cost of the
installation up to $500.
“This is more more money
in their pockets, more money
that goes into the economy but
most importantly this is about
home equity,” Swindol said.
To receive these benefits the
West Point Water and Light
Department would have to par-
ticipate, and a TVA-certified
evaluator would come out and
perform an energy audit. The
auditor would report potential
energy improvements, which
must be done by a TVA quality
contractor. Home improve-
ments would need to be com-
pleted within 90 days after
which time receipts of com-
pleted work must be submitted
to be eligible for the rebate.
See ‘TVA’ page 3
Sheena Baker
West Point resident Barbara Swindol speaks Tuesday before the
West Point Board of Mayor and Selectmen about energy effcien-
cy.
Long remembered
Past Citizen of the Year’s life
celebrated by family and friends
By Bryan Davis
Daily Times Leader
Millard Long Sr. breathed
life into thousands of clocks.
It was surreal, but not sur-
prising when his sons Lynn and
Millard Jr. opened the door to
his shop last week to the ticks
of the timepieces their father
was working on just one day
before he passed.
“There were still clocks in
his shop that were ticking that
he had been working on the day
before,” Lynn Long said this
week.
Millard Long Sr. passed sud-
denly last Tuesday morning,
near his home in Clay County
at the age of 81. He left behind
his wife, Anne Long, and his
two sons.
And there is the host of
friends and neighbors who
knew him as “one of the kind-
est men in Clay County.”
Millard Long Sr. was born in
Starkville, and he went to work
when he was 6 years old, on a
milk truck.
He could fix nearly anything,
but he was partial to wood-
working, and in his later years,
the clocks that he loved.
“He was retired, but he was
always doing something,”
Millard Long Jr. said of his
father. “He was always fixing
things.”
He came to know West Point
early in his adulthood when he
went to work at the Babcock
and Wilcox Company.
That is where he met his
bride, Anne. The two worked
together from the time Millard
Sr. came on board at B&W in
1952.
As a supervisor at the com-
pany, he raised a work family,
while at home he raised two
sons to be hard workers and
thinkers.
“He was a good supervisor,”
Millard Long Jr. said. “He
instilled pride in his workers.”
From an early age, Millard
Courtesy of the family of Millard Long Sr.
Lynn Long (left) and Millard Long Jr. (right) stand with their father,
Millard Long Sr.
See ‘Long’ page 10
Norris Court to receive multiple improvements
Sheena Baker
Norris Court is set to receive several improvements to its amenities and ditches located around the housing complex.
See ‘Norris’ page 10
Community
Daily Times Leader Page 2 • Thursday, April 11, 2013
COMMUNITY
ANNOUNCEMENT
POLICIES
All “Community Announcements”
are published as a community service
on a frst-come, frst-served basis and
as space allows. Announcements
must be 60 words or less, written in
complete sentences and submitted in
writing at least fve days prior to the
requested dates of publication. No
announcements will be taken over the
telephone. Announcements submitted
after noon will not be published for the
next day’s paper. To submit announce-
ments, email dtllife@bellsouth.net.
Monthly
• 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.
• 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.
• 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 oth-
ers be supportive. Bereaved par-
ents, 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.
• American Legion Meeting
-- American Legion Post 212 will
meet every third Sunday of the
month at 3 p.m. at their headquar-
ters on Morrow St. All members
are urged to attend.
Ongoing
• 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 sponsored by EMCC
Workforce Services. Please call
Mitzi Thompson at 243-2647, to
register for free classes.
• 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 deliv-
ery service, call 494-3322 before
8 a.m. the morning of the deliver-
ies.
• WPHS Class of 2003
Reunion
The website for the class
reunion for the WPHS Class of
2003, 10 year reunion has been
created. 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 creating a profle.
Create your profle and you will
be granted access to the site by a
member of the planning commit-
tee. Please allow up to 24 hours
for a member of the planning
committee to verify your identity
as the content is password pro-
tected. The reunion will be in
West Point May 31-June 2.
• 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
betty@msapa.org or call (662)
494-1113.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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 depart-
ment of East MS Community
College. Please contact Cynthia
McCrary or Jessica Flynt at 492-
8857 for additional information.
• C2C Info -- Need work
skills to get a job? EMCC
Workforce offers the Counseling
2 Career program to assist in
gaining work experience. C2C
classes are available for residents
of Clay, Lowndes, and Noxubee
counties, Monday-Thursday from
8 a.m.-3 p.m. If you are 18-21,
please contact Sha’Carla Petty at
662-243-1930 or Chrystal
Newman at 662-243-1941 for
more information.
• 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 trans-
port. If you are interested, please
call the shelter at 524-4430.
• 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.
• 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
classes.
• Foster Parenting -- Foster
and Adoptive Parents are needed.
If you can give time, space, care
and attention to foster children,
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 informa-
tion call Karen Ward at 494-8987.
• 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.
• 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 mem-
bers and prospective members are
invited to attend. Membership in
REPM is open to all retired per-
sons from the Mississippi schools.
For more information call
President Ella Seay 494-8323 or
Vice President Robbie Bryant
494-4129.
April and May
Declutter for a Cause
As you spring clean, donate
items to Oak Hill Academy for
the upcoming giant yard sale.
Drop off items on all Fridays in
April and May 3,10 & 17 from
12:00 to 4:00 PM at the OHA
Band Hall building. Furniture,
Holiday items, Baby items, Toys,
Lamps, Household items, etc.
NO CLOTHES WILL BE
ACCEPTED!!! Proceed will go
toward updating our security on
campus. Call 295-0461 or 574-
5959 for more information.
Thursday, April 4-25
• Childbirth Class
North Mississippi Medical
Center-West Point will offer a
prepared childbirth class for
expectant parents from 6:30-8:30
p.m. Thursdays, April 4-25.
Instructors cover a wide variety
of topics including relaxation
techniques, prenatal care, labor
and delivery, pain relief mea-
sures, breast-feeding and infant
care. The fee is $35.
To register or for more infor-
mation, call (662) 495-2292 or
1-800-THE DESK (1-800-843-
3375).
Saturday, April 13
• Walk for Multiple Sclerosis
The National Multiple
Sclerosis Society will be sponsor-
ing the Walk MS event at the
Mississippi State University
Research Park in Starkville this
Saturday, April 13 at 9 a.m. Those
interested can sign up at www.
walkMS.com or call 1-800-344-
4867.
• Family Fun Night
There will be lots going on in
Downtown West Point with the
Sally Kate Winter’s Family Fun
Night. The Children’s Fun Run
will begin at 5 p.m. followed by
the SKW 5K Run at 5:30 p.m. In
addition to the runs there will be
entertainment, food and jumpers
in the Sally Kate Winters
Memorial Park. To register for
the race and for general informa-
tion you can call 662-494=4867
or go to www.sallykatewinters.
org.
• Downtown Art Walk
More that 50 artists and crafts-
men will be exhibiting and dem-
onstrating their techniques in
Commerce St. businesses
throughout the day. Musicians
will be entertaining on the street,
and businesses and cafes will be
running specials. This free event
is sponsored by the West Point/
Clay County Arts Council. For
more information contact 494-
5678.
• HanaLena Concert
Nashville bluegrass musicians
Hannah and Caroline Melby will
close out the Art Walk with a
concert at Center Stage at 7pm.
Tickets for persons 18 or over are
CHURCH
ANNOUNCEMENT
POLICIES
All “Church Announcements” are
published as a community service on
a frst-come, frst-served basis and
as space allows. Announcements
must be 60 words or less, written in
complete sentences and submitted in
writing at least fve days prior to the
requested dates of publication. No
announcements will be taken over the
telephone. Announcements submitted
after noon will not be published for the
next day’s paper. To submit announce-
ments, email dtllife@bellsouth.net.
Ongoing
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.
Monday April 8-10
• Spring Revival
St. Robertson M.B. Church is
having Spring Revival at 7 p.m.
Guest speaker is Rev. Joe L. Reel
of Greenwood Church and
Harpole M.B. Church.
Saturday April 13
• Men of Praise meeting
The Men of Praise Brotherhood
will meet at Gospel Temple
Church at 8 a.m. on April 11.
• Maximizing your marriage
ministry
The Church House of Refuge
Family Worship Center
Maximizing Your Marriage
Ministry will be having their 1st
seminar on April 13, 2013 @ 6:00
p.m. The guest speakers will be
Pastor Thomas and Minister
Linda Lane of Palestine Church -
Woodland, MS. The public is
invited.
• Marriage Seminar
The Church House of Refuge
Family Worship Center
Church Calendar
Special to the
Daily Times Leader
STARKVILLE, --As co-
director of Mississippi State’s
creative writing program, assis-
tant professor Catherine Pierce
already knows how to create
literary works that speak to
readers.
A group of her peers agrees
and recently awarded the uni-
versity’s English department
faculty member with the 2013
Mississippi Institute of Arts
and Letters’ Poetry Award. The
honor recognized Pierce’s sec-
ond full-length collection of
poems, “The Girls of Peculiar.”
The 80-page book, published
by Pennsylvania-based
Saturnalia Books in 2012,
addresses adolescence in lyric
form, Pierce said.
“I tried to represent the age
fairly and accurately, just
exploding the idea of nostalgia
-- what it can do and how it can
work for us or how it can work
against us,” she said.
Pierce said she felt incredibly
honored to be recognized by
her peers, especially because so
many great writers have come
from and been inspired by the
Magnolia State. She also
expressed appreciation to stu-
dents in the creative writing
courses she teaches.
“Teaching writing and writ-
ing my own works: they’re
inextricably connected, and
they feed one
another really
well,” she
s a i d .
“ Te a c h i n g
gives me a
c o n s t a n t
reminder of
what I value
in poetry,
what I need to
be pursuing in
my own writ-
ing, and I
think my stu-
dents appreci-
ate knowing
that I’m try-
ing to do my
best creative work alongside
them.”
P i e r c e
emphasi zed
that poetry
and literature
remain as rel-
evant in mod-
ern society as
they were for
past genera-
tions.
“ P o e t r y,
like any art, is
one of the
things that
teaches us to
be human,”
Pierce said.
“In reading
literature, we
learn how to connect with other
people and become more
human ourselves.”
One key to inspiring poetry
appreciation in future genera-
tions is to make the art form
constantly accessible to chil-
dren as they get through school,
culminating in postsecondary
education, she said.
“The importance of reading
can’t be overemphasized. It’s
part of what college is about--
to be reading, to be experienc-
ing worlds outside of our own,”
Pierce said.
She has begun work on a
third collection of poems,
which will focus on a tornado
and individuals’ response to it.
In addition to Pierce’s two
full-length collections, she also
released a cut chapbook in
2004. Her poems have appeared
in Boston Review, Mississippi
Review and The Best American
Poetry, among others.
Pierce has taught at MSU
since 2007. Prior to receiving
her doctorate from the
University of Missouri, Pierce
completed her master of fine
arts at Ohio State University
and her bachelor’s at
Susquehanna University in
Pennsylvania.
Learn more about Pierce and
her work at http://www.cathe-
rinepierce.net. For more about
MSU, visit http://www.msstate.
edu.
MSU faculty member wins state literary award
Community Calendar
See ‘Calendar’ page 5
See ‘Church’ page 5
Catherine Pierce
WEATHER FORECAST
Daily Times Leader Thursday, April 11, 2013 • Page 3
Special to the
Daily Times Leader
STARKVILLE, --Fourteen
Mississippi State staff mem-
bers are participating in the
university’s 2013 Learning
Experience for Aspiring
Professionals program.
Gathering recently for the
first time, they were congratu-
lated and welcomed by Provost
and Executive Vice President
Jerry Gilbert. He also provided
them with an overview of the
program goals and expecta-
tions.
Over the next nine months,
members will be meeting with
a variety of campus and com-
munity leaders and representa-
tives to discuss, explore and
understand the current and
future goals and priorities of
the 135-year-old land-grant
institution and its departments.
University operations, build-
ing effective teams, managing
employee performance, build-
ing relationships and influence,
and strategic thinking are
among the topics covered at the
sessions.
A LEAP graduation presen-
tation and reception will be
held in December.
The program’s primary pur-
pose is to provide advanced
knowledge, enhanced leader-
ship skills, and direct, practical
work application for selected
MSU employees, according to
Meg Arnold, learning and
development manager for
Human Resour ces
Management, which coordi-
nates the program.
“Employee development
programs such as LEAP help
give professionals at
Mississippi State the tools they
need to compete and succeed,”
she said.
Chosen through a competi-
tive nomination and selection
process, this year’s group
includes:
--Heather Andrews, informa-
tion services coordinator,
Shared Advancement Services;
--Bobbie Baker, business
manager II, Vice President for
Agriculture, Forestry and
Veterinary Medicine;
--Michael K. Busby, manag-
er/distance education, Center
for Distance Education;
--David Garraway, video
program manager, University
Television Center/University
Relations;
--Clay Hill, websites manag-
er/coordinator of web services;
MSU Libraries Web Services;
--NaToya Hill, recruitment,
retention and program special-
ist, Office of Institutional
Diversity and Inclusion;
--Shauncey Hill, business
manager, Institute for Imaging
and Analytical Technology;
--Melissa Inmon, procure-
ment card manager, Office of
Procurement and Contracts;
--Nicole Ivancic, contract
and grant specialist, Computer
Science and Engineering;
--Mashala Pulliam, IGBB
accountant, High Performance
Computing Collaboratory/
Institute for Genomics,
Bi ocomput i ng and
Biotechnology;
--Andrew Rendon, assistant
dean of student affairs, Division
of Student Affairs;
--Alexander Washington,
loan counselor, Student
Financial Aid;
--Christine Williams,
Institutional Review Board
compliance administrator,
Office of Regulatory
Compliance and Safety;
--Lari H. Wright, associate
director for administrative
operations, Housing and
Residence Life.
Campus session presenters
will include Greg Bohach,
Darrell Easley, Sharon Fanning,
Bill Kibler, Lemond Irvin, Joan
Lucas, Scott Maynard, Wanda
McCallum, Patrik Nordin,
Allison Pearson, David Shaw,
Cade Smith, Judy Spencer,
Tommy Stevenson, Kacey
Strickland, Scott Stricklin,
John Rush, Jason Townsend,
Amy Tuck, Ron White, Carmen
Wilder, and Don Zant.
For additional information
about the program, contact
Arnold at 662-325-3713 or
marnold@hrm.msstate.edu.
College staff development program announces 2013 class
Pet of
the week
Minnie Pearl, a three year
old spayed female chihua-
hua/miniature pinscher mix
is available for adoption
from the West Point/Clay
County Animal Shelter. She
was found in the Kilgore
Hills area. If you would like
to adopt Minnie Pearl or any
of the puppies and dogs at
the shelter, or would like to
foster a dog or puppy for
the Homeward Bound
Transport Program, come by
the shelter Tuesday- Friday 9
a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday 10
a.m. - noon, or call 524-4430.
Please have your pets
spayed or neutered and
reduce the problem of
unwanted kittens and pup-
pies. Photo by Donna
Summerall
Swindol said right now West
Point is the only municipality
in this region that does not par-
ticipate in TVA’s Energy Right
Solution Program.
Dwight Prisock, West Point
Water and Light Superintendent,
said there are several reasons
the city does not currently par-
ticipate. He said there are mul-
tiple programs that fall under
the TVA Right Solution. One is
a residential energy efficiency
“bureaucratic program that has
very little results for the cost.”
The city opted out of this par-
ticular program because there
is a $3500 cost associated with
it, and the program would sub-
sidize ratepayers who choose to
do energy efficiency projects
through this program.
“We declined this year
because it’s a bad program,”
Prisock said.
Another program is a TVA
guaranteed loan program, and
in order to participate the city
would have to have an active
collections system to collect
bad debt owed to the Water and
Light Depart. Mayor Scott
Ross said the city has old past
due accounts from people who
have moved out of state, leav-
ing the city with the bill. the
Water and Light Department
does not have a system in place
or the capability of reaching
these individuals once they’ve
moved far away. Prisock said
the Water and Light Department
has requested the collections
system for the past two years
and it was never approved by
the board.
Ward 3 Selectman Charles
Collins said he wanted to make
sure the current Board of
Mayor and Selectmen is not
standing in the way of the
Water and Light participating
in the loan program. He made a
motion for the Water and Light
Department to bring the board
a proposal for a collections
system, and the motion carried.
Prisock said if the city develops
this system and participates in
TVA’s energy efficient loan
program there would be some
administrative costs involved
so the city would not totally be
free from costs.
‘TVA’ continued from page 1
Opinion
Daily Times Leader Page 4 • Thursday, April 11, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) —
President Barack Obama sent
Congress a $3.8 trillion
spending blueprint on
Wednesday that strives to
achieve a “grand bargain” to
tame runaway deficits, raising
taxes on the wealthy and trim-
ming popular benefit pro-
grams including Social
Security and Medicare.
The president’s budget
projects deficit reductions of
$1.8 trillion over the next
decade, achieved with nearly
$1 trillion in higher taxes,
reductions in payments to
Medicare providers and cut-
backs in the cost-of-living
adjustments paid to millions
of recipients in Social Security
and other government pro-
grams. Obama’s budget
would negate nearly $1.2 tril-
lion in automatic spending
cuts, replacing some of those
with smaller reductions of his
own.
The president’s proposed
spending for the 2014 fiscal
year, which begins Oct. 1,
would rise 2.5 percent from
this year.
The budget projects a defi-
cit for the current year of
$973 billion, falling to $744
billion in 2014. Those would
be the first deficits below $1
trillion since 2008. Even with
the president’s deficit reduc-
tions, the budget projects the
red ink would total $5.3 tril-
lion over the next 10 years.
The plan includes a com-
promise proposal that Obama
offered to House Speaker
John Boehner during “fiscal
cliff” negotiations last
December. Boehner walked
away from those talks because
of his objections to raising
taxes on the wealthy.
By including proposals to
trim Social Security and
Medicare, the government’s
two biggest benefit programs,
Obama is hoping to entice
Republicans to consider tax
increases.
“I have already met
Republicans more than half-
way, so in the coming days
and weeks I hope that
Republicans will come for-
ward and demonstrate that
they’re really as serious about
the deficit and debt as they
claim to be,” Obama said in
the White House Rose
Garden.
But instead of moving
Congress nearer a grand bar-
gain, Obama’s proposals so
far have managed to anger
both the Republicans, who are
upset by higher taxes, and
Democrats unhappy about
cuts to Social Security bene-
fits.
The White House highlight-
ed $580 billion in tax increas-
es on the rich over 10 years,
which would be obtained pri-
marily by limiting deductions
the wealthy can take. But the
figure climbs closer to $1 tril-
lion after adding in a 94-cents-
per-pack increase in taxes on
cigarettes, slower inflation
adjustments to income tax
brackets, elimination of oil
and gas production subsidies,
an increase in the estate tax
and a new “financial crisis
responsibility” fee on banks.
Responding to the budget,
Boehner said Republicans
were unwilling to go beyond
the $660 billion in higher
taxes approved as part of the
“fiscal cliff” deal. “The presi-
dent got his tax hikes in
January. We don’t need to be
raising taxes on the American
people,” Boehner said.
House Budget Committee
Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis.,
said Obama’s budget “doesn’t
break new ground. It goes
over old ground. It takes more
from families to spend more
in Washington.” Senate
Republican Leader Mitch
See ‘Budget’ page 5
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Wednesday, April 10, 2013. The president sent Congress a $3.77 trillion spending blueprint that seeks to tame runaway defcits by
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Emily Jones: The sudden death of Huey P
Monday was a really bad
day. Huey P, my oversized HP
laptop computer, just up and
died. He had no symptoms
indicating that his life was
nearing its natural end. In fact,
I was in the process of booting
him up for an exciting day of
blogging when he took a noisy
sigh and his bright blue lights
went out, never to glow again.
It was horrible.
Huey P held all my secrets,
not to mention my tax informa-
tion which has not yet been
filed. He stored the rough draft
of my mystery novel which I
am certain will become a best
seller, survived viruses that
would have killed any other
PC, and never complained.
Without Huey P, I was lost
and unable to pay my bills or
google recipes for my dinner. I
had no idea how co-dependent
we had become!
I called my trusty computer
tech - who happens to be my
son - and he rushed right over
with his “doctor bag” of tools.
He tried every resuscitation
technique in his play book, but
after 35 minutes, Hugh was
declared legally and irrevers-
ibly dead. Apparently he had
succumbed to a weak hard
drive, the result of years of
abuse.
Huey’s decline began about a
year ago when I had the bright
idea of hiding my password
cheat sheet underneath the
computer. The piece of paper
became overheated and burned
slap up, but Huey kept on
trucking. Of course, I lost all
my passwords
and fortunate-
ly I will never
again log onto
the “Over 50
Dating Site,”
N e i m a n
M a r c u s
Preferred cus-
tomers, or
W e i g h t
Wa t c h e r s
online. Just
as well.
Huey P was
very patient
with me and
didn’t com-
plain when I
sloshed hot
coffee on his
keyboard, or
left him up and running for
weeks on end
without so
much as a
nap. His key-
board had
become coat-
ed with a
sticky resi-
due, the result
of my love of
eating donuts
while work-
ing on the
computer.
I really
don’t blame
Huey for his
early demise.
He was just
worn out and
ready for
c o m p u t e r
heaven. I have no idea where
to take his body or how to let
him rest in peace. “Computer
hacking” him with a hammer
seems so cruel. Briefly I con-
sidered gutting him and repur-
posing him into a kitty litter
box or maybe a flat screened
ant farm, but that sounds like
too much work. Perhaps I will
mount Huey on concrete blocks
on my front lawn.
On second thought, I’ll just
put him in the back seat of my
car and leave it unlocked while
I go to the computer store to
replace him. In case that
doesn’t work, I will call my
local sanitation department to
find out how to responsibly
dispose of the computer so the
lead and metals don’t leach into
our water supply. But first I
will have my son erase my hard
drive so my secrets can never
come back to haunt me. You
never know when I might want
to run for public office.
In the meantime I have a
brand new more lady-like lap-
top which has a completely
foreign operating system. She
seems a tad temperamental and
I’m not sure this relationship is
going to work out.
Emily Jones is a retired
journalist who edits a web-
site for bouncing baby
boomers facing retirement.
She welcomes comments
at www.deludeddiva.com.
Emily Jones
DTL Columnist
JERUSALEM (AP) —
Israeli authorities have pro-
posed establishing a new sec-
tion at the Western Wall where
men and women can pray
together, a groundbreaking
initiative that would mark a
significant victory by liberal
streams of Judaism in their
long quest for recognition.
The proposal is aimed at
ending turmoil surrounding
the Orthodox establishment’s
monopoly over the site, high-
lighted by the arrests of
female worshippers who
prayed while performing reli-
gious rituals the Orthodox say
are reserved for men.
“One Western Wall for one
Jewish people,” said Natan
Sharansky, chairman of the
quasi-governmental Jewish
Agency and mastermind of
the proposal. He expressed
hope that the site “will once
again be a symbol of unity
among the Jewish people, and
not one of discord and strife.”
While it still needs govern-
ment approval, the proposal
already risks upsetting Israel’s
powerful ultra-Orthodox
community as well as the
Western Wall’s Muslim
neighbors, reflecting the
explosive mix of religious
sensitivities in the area.
The Western Wall, a retain-
ing wall of the biblical Temple
compound, is the holiest site
where Jews can pray.
Currently, it is divided into
men’s and women’s sections.
Orthodox rabbis, who control
Israel’s religious institutions,
oppose mixed prayers.
Under the plan, Israel
would create a permanent
area for mixed-gender and
women-led prayer. It would
be situated in an area on a
lower level where limited
mixed prayer already is
allowed, but which mainly
serves as an archaeological
site.
The area would be renovat-
ed with a platform that would
place it at the same level as
the rest of the Western Wall
plaza and operate around the
clock, like the men’s and
women’s sections.
It also would be easily
accessible from the main
entrance to the plaza. Like the
other sections, it would be
stocked with Torah scrolls
and prayer books. Currently,
worshippers must bring their
own prayer materials.
Rabbi Gilad Kariv, who
heads Israel’s Reform Jewish
movement, said that the pro-
posal could become a water-
shed moment for liberal
Judaism.
“If the Israeli government
embraces the solution, I think
it’s a breakthrough of rela-
tions between the Israeli gov-
ernment and the progressive
Jewish world,” Kariv said.
He said he believed “there
are good chances” that Prime
Mi ni st er Benj ami n
Netanyahu’s new Cabinet,
which does not include any
ultra-Orthodox parties, will
support the plan.
A spokesman for Netanyahu
declined comment. But in a
boost for the plan, the Western
Wall’s Orthodox rabbi,
Shmuel Rabinowitz, endorsed
the new prayer section.
“I want everyone to pray
according to Orthodox Jewish
religious law, but I don’t
interfere,” Rabinowitz told
Army Radio. “If these things
can be done at the Western
Wall without hurting others,
and this can bring about com-
promise and serenity, I don’t
object.”
While most Israelis are sec-
ular, Judaism has a formal
place in the country’s affairs,
and Orthodox rabbis strictly
govern religious events such
as weddings, divorces and
burials for the Jewish popula-
tion. The ultra-Orthodox, who
follow their strict brand of
Judaism by promoting reli-
gious studies over work, mili-
tary service and other involve-
ment in modern society, wield
vast political power, although
they make up only about 10
percent of the population.
The Orthodox rabbinate has
fiercely resisted inroads by
the progressive Reform and
Conservative streams of
Judaism, refusing to recog-
nize their rulings, conversions
or ceremonies as religiously
valid.
This has led to a deepening
rift with American Jews, most
of whom are affiliated with
the liberal streams.
Nowhere has this conflict
been more visible than at the
Western Wall. Women of the
Wall, a group that conducts
monthly prayer sessions there,
have endured arrests, heck-
ling and legal battles in a
struggle to attain what they
consider their inalienable
right — praying and worship-
ping at the Western Wall as
men do. Under Reform and
Conservative Judaism,
women may be ordained as
rabbis, read from the Torah or
Jewish holy book, and wear
prayer shawls.
The proposal’s acceptance
would be the latest in a series
of achievements by Reform
and Conservative Jewish
streams to win recognition in
Israel, where their communi-
ties are small compared to the
Orthodox.
Last year, Israel agreed to
grant state funding to some
non-Orthodox rabbis;
Orthodox rabbis are paid by
the government.
In 2010, the Israeli govern-
ment froze a controversial bill
that would have strengthened
Orthodox control over Jewish
conversions. The same year,
Israel began allowing Israelis
with no declared religion to
marry outside the strict reli-
gious establishment — giving
hope to many who reject the
Orthodox monopoly on fami-
ly matters. Civil marriages are
generally banned in Israel.
These small steps toward
recognition, including the
new plan, have angered some
in the ultra-Orthodox commu-
nity, who see such conces-
sions as part of a slippery
slope that could threaten their
customs.
“The moment we allow
these groups a foothold, then
tomorrow they will start to
Liberal Jews see a victory in
proposed prayer area
See ‘Prayer’ page 6
Lifestyles
Daily Times Leader Thursday, April 11, 2013 • Page 5
Maximizing Your Marriage
Ministry will be having their 1st
seminar at 6 p.m. The guest
speakers will be Pastor Thomas
and Minister Linda Lane of
Palestine Church of Woodland.
The public is invited.
Sunday April 14
• Pastor Appreciation
Payne Chapel M.B. Church
family will honor their pastor and
his wife, Rev. and Mrs. Edward
Dean with an appreciation pro-
gram in gratitude for 17 years of
Godly service at 3 p.m. Guest
speaker, Rev. Billy Rainey pastor
of New Lebanon M.B. Church of
Tupelo, accompanied by his
choir and church family. Everyone
is invited to attend.
Sunday April 21
• Youth Praise and Worship
Pleasant Ridge M.B. Church is
having a Youth Praise and
Worship Service at 3 p.m. Guest
speaker is the Rev. Oneal
Simmons of Darden Chapel M.B.
Church.
• Church Anniversary
Northside Christian Church
will celebrate its 116th Church
Anniversary at 3 p.m. A cordial
invitation is being extended-
please come and share in this
celebration with the Northside
Church Family. The dynamic
speaker for this celebration ser-
vice will be the Rev. Lee Brand,
Pastor of the Bethel M. B.
Church, Starkville. Prior to the
hour of worship, there will be a
116 balloon release. Looking for-
ward to seeing you there. For
more information, please call
494-5210.
• Church Anniversary
Greenwood M.B. Church is
celebrating their 188th
Anniversary at 3 p.m. Guest
speaker is the Rev. Clyde Knox,
associate pastor of West Grove
M.B. Church of Houlka.
Everyone is invited to attend.
• Usher Appreciation
Fountain Head M.B. Church is
having its annual Usher
Appreciation Program at 3 p.m.
Guest speaker is the Rev. Elbert
Lee of St. Robertson M.B.
Church.
• Usher Appreciation
Yeates M.B. Church of West
Point will hold their Usher’s
Appreciation program on April
21, 2013. The event is scheduled
for 3 p.m. Pastor L.T. Gathings
encourages all ushers to attend.
• Northside Christian
Church Anniversary
Northside Christian Church,
located at 155 Cottrell Street,
West Point will celebrate its 116th
Church Anniversary on Sunday,
April 21, 2013 at 3:00 P. M. A
cordial invitation is being extend-
ed- please come and share in this
celebration with the Northside
Church Family. The dynamic
speaker for this celebration ser-
vice will be the Rev. Lee Brand,
Pastor of the Bethel M. B.
Church, Starkville, MS. Prior to
the hour of worship, there will be
a 116 balloon release. Looking
forward to seeing you there. For
additional information, please
call (662) 494-5210. The Rev.
Orlando R. Richmond, Sr., Pastor.
Monday April 22-24
• Revival
New St. Peter M.B. Church is
having Spring Revival at 7 p.m.
Guest speaker is the Rev. Kelly
Martin of Concord M.B. Church.
$15. Those under 18 get in free
when accompanied by a ticket-
holding adult, and seniors aged
65 and up get in free. Tickets can
be purchased at the door or by
calling 494-5678. This event is
sponsored by the West Point/Clay
County Arts Council.
Monday, April 18
• Multiple Sclerosis Support
Meeting
Those who are suffering from
or have been affected by Multiple
Sclerosis are invited to Baptist
Memorial Hospital in Columbus
on April 18 for the MS support
group. It will be from 6 p.m. -
7:30 p.m. in Conference Room 5.
• Proactive Parenting
Workshop
Weems Consulting is offering a
Proactive Parenting Workshop
from 5 – 7 p.m. at the ICS Head
Start Center. The topics will cover
the Common Core curriculum
and what will be expected of
beginning students. Make and
take activities, educational mate-
rials and door prizes will be given
away Training provided by:
weems consulting (Sharon
Weems) For more information
contact: The Offce of Special
Services Director, Yvonne B.
Cox, Adm. Asst. Amy Taylor
492-5867.
Sunday, April 21
• Columbus Choral Society
Concert
“Sweet ‘n Sassy”, a free choral
music concert by the Columbus
Choral Society and sponsored by
the West Point/Clay County Arts
Council, will begin at 3pm in the
sanctuary of the First Presbyterian
Church, with a reception to fol-
low in the fellowship hall. For
more information contact 494-
5678.
Tuesday, April 23 and 25
• Pre K and Kindergarten
Registration
Pre K registration will be April
23 from 3-6 p.m. at the Catherine
Bryan campus. Kindergarten reg-
istration will be April 25 from 3
- 6 p.m. at East Side Kindergarten.
Thursday, April 25
• Oak Hill Student Play
Students at Oak Hill Academy
will perform the play “Nana’s
Naughtly Knickers” by Katherine
DiSavion Thursday, April 25th
and Friday, April 26th at 7 pm in
the school gym. Admission is
Adults $8 and Students $5.
• Dad’s Event
Dads are invited to come to the
West Point High School North
Gymnasium on April 25 for Excel
by 5’s Dad’s Event.
The purpose of this event is to
provide an opportunity for Dads
of all ages of the West Point com-
munity to come together for fel-
lowship and focus:
-If they are a teen dad they can
get support from the WP School
District and Excel by 5 to stay in
school and graduate in order to be
a stable and supportive dad for
their child/children
-To provide Dad Parenting Tips
that encourage and support them
to be the best Dad they can be
The keynote speaker will be
Mario Willis, Principal of West
Point High School
Fellowship time will include a
“Dunking Dads” B-Ball Classic 4
on 4, door prizes, and concession
stand
Friday, April 26
• Friday Night Jams
Hosted by the West Point/Clay
County Arts Council, the Friday
Night Jam session will be from
7-9:30pm at the Parks and
Recreation Building in Marshall
Park. This is a free, family-friend-
ly event, where no smoking or
alcohol is allowed, but people are
welcome to bring refreshments to
share. For more information con-
tact 494-5678.
Sunday, April 28
• Music in the Park
“Our Children’s Voices” will
feature the Dynasty performance
group from West Point High
School and the Raider Rhythm
from Oak Hill Academy .
Sponsored by the West Point/
Clay County Arts Council, this
free event will begin at 3pm. For
more information contact 494-
5678.
• Night Sunday School
The Church House of Refuge
Family Worship center will have
their annual Night Sunday School
April 28, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. The
public is invited to attend.
Friday, May 10-11
• Relay for Life
Join the fght against cancer on
May 10 and 11 with Relay for
Life of Clay County. Events kick
off on May 10 at 6 p.m., with a
walk for cancer survivors. There
will be a 5K. Those interested can
sign up at www.active.com.
Events should continue through
until about midnight. For more
information, visit RelayForLife.
org.
Community Calendar Continued
Church Calendar Continued
OHA Anchors visit Pilot Club
The Oak Hill Academy Anchor Club was recognized by the
Pilot Club of West Point at the monthly meeting of the
Pilots Tuesday night. The girls were treated to a chicken
spaghetti supper by the Pilots while Beth King played soft
music on the keyboard. Graduating seniors were recog-
nized, new Anchors were introduced. Senior Anchors were
presented with tokens of appreciation for the hard work
and community service put forth during their time as club
members. Stephanie Stroud was recognized and present-
ed a gift for her dedication to continuing the Oak Hill
Academy Anchor Club traditions, Photo by Donna
Summerall
Donna Summerall
New Anchor Club member Beth King entertained Pilots and An-
chors by playing the keyboard during the meeting.
Donna Summerall
New Anchor Club members, Caitlyn Walker, Anna Grace Hemphill, Megan Fair, Madison Collier, Bentley Blair, Elaine Wilbourne,
Sydney Carver, Sydney Holton and Beth King.
Donna Summerall
Graduating seniors leaving Oak Hill Academy and the Anchor
Club, Hannah Allen, Mamie Allen, Shay Atkins, Lauren Billing-
ton, Jackie Gates, Rachel Herndon, Taylor McCallum and Caitlyn
Walker.
Donna Summerall
Leader of the OHA Anchor Club, Stephanie Stroud is presented
a gift of appreciation from the Pilot Club of West Point by Anchor
Club Sponsor and Pilot Club member Janice Brasfeld.
McConnell dismissed
Obama’s budget as “not a
serious plan. For the most
part, just another left-wing
wish list.”
Maya MacGuineas, presi-
dent of the Committee for a
Responsible Budget, a bipar-
tisan group that promotes
deficit reduction, praised
Obama for retaining the defi-
cit reduction elements of his
December offer to Boehner in
his new budget. She said this
showed Obama was “still
serous about fiscal reform.”
Briefing reporters on the
budget, Alan Krueger, chair-
man of the president’s Council
of Economic Advisers, said
the economic growth assump-
tions for this year are a bit
more optimistic than those of
some private forecasters. He
said the administration’s fore-
cast was done in November
and assumed that the March 1
across-the-board spending
cuts would not occur.
The president’s spending
and tax plan is two months
late. The administration
blamed the delay on the
lengthy negotiations at the
end of December and then
fights over the resulting
March 1 automatic spending
cuts.
The Obama budget propos-
al will join competing out-
lines already approved by the
Republican-controlled House
and the Democratic-run
Senate.
Obama’s plan is not all
about budget cuts. It also
includes an additional $50
billion in spending to fund
infrastructure investments,
including $40 billion in a “Fix
It First” effort to provide
immediate money to repair
highways, bridges, transit
systems and airports nation-
wide.
Obama’s budget would also
provide $1 billion to launch a
network of 15 manufacturing
innovation institutes across
the country, and it earmarks
funding to support high-speed
rail projects.
The president’s plan to
establish a program to offer
preschool to all 4-year-olds
from low- and moderate-
income families would be
financed by the higher tax on
tobacco, which the adminis-
tration said would raise $78
billion over a decade.
The administration said its
proposals to increase spend-
ing would not increase the
deficit but rather would be
paid for either by increasing
taxes or making deeper cuts
to other programs.
Among the proposed cuts,
the administration wants to
trim defense spending by an
additional $100 billion and
domestic programs by an
extra $100 billion over the
next decade. However, those
cuts would actually be less
than the automatic spending
cuts they would replace in the
“sequester” that would have
trimmed government spend-
ing by $1.2 trillion over 10
years. Obama’s budget, if
adopted, would eliminate
future sequester reductions.
Those cuts began taking effect
on March 1 with an initial $85
billion in cuts.
The Obama budget propos-
es cutting $400 billion from
Medicare and other health
care programs over a decade.
The cuts would come in a
variety of ways, including
negotiating better prescription
drug prices and asking
wealthy seniors to pay more.
It would obtain an addi-
tional $200 billion in savings
by scaling back farm subsi-
dies and trimming federal
retiree programs.
The most sweeping propos-
al in Obama’s budget is a
switch in the way the govern-
ment calculates the annual
cost-of-living adjustments for
the millions of recipients of
Social Security and other ben-
efits. The new method would
take into account changes that
occur when people substitute
goods rising in price with less
expensive products. It results
in a slightly lower annual
reading for inflation.
The switch in the inflation
formula would cut spending
on government benefit pro-
grams by $130 billion over 10
years, although the adminis-
tration said it planned to pro-
tect the most vulnerable,
including the very elderly.
The change would also raise
about $100 billion in higher
taxes because the current CPI
formula is used to adjust tax
brackets each year. A lower
inflation measure would mean
more money taxed at higher
rates.
In the tax area, Obama’s
budget would also implement
the “Buffett Rule” requiring
that households with incomes
of more than $1 million pay at
least 30 percent of their
income in taxes.
Congress and the adminis-
tration have already secured
$2.5 trillion in deficit reduc-
tion over the next 10 years
through budget reductions
and with the end-of-year tax
increase on the rich. Obama’s
plan would bring that total to
$4.3 trillion over 10 years.
It is unlikely that Congress
will get down to serious bud-
get negotiations until this
summer, when the govern-
ment once again will be con-
fronted with the need to raise
the government’s borrowing
limit or face the prospect of a
first-ever default on U.S.
debt.
As part of the administra-
tion’s effort to win over
Republicans, Obama will
have a private dinner at the
White House with about a
dozen GOP senators
Wednesday night. The budget
is expected to be a primary
topic, along with proposed
legislation dealing with gun
control and immigration.
Early indications are that
the budget negotiations will
be intense. Republicans have
been adamant in their rejec-
tion of higher taxes, arguing
that the $660 billion increase
on top earners that was part of
the late December agreement
to prevent the government
from going over the “fiscal
cliff” is all the new revenue
they will tolerate.
The administration main-
tains that Obama’s proposal is
balanced with the proper mix
of spending cuts and tax
increases.
Obama has presided over
four straight years of annual
deficits totaling more than $1
trillion, reflecting in part the
lost revenue during a deep
recession and the govern-
ment’s efforts to get the econ-
omy going again and stabilize
the financial system.
The budget plan already
passed by the GOP-controlled
House projects reaching bal-
ance in 2023, a year in which
Obama’s proposal projects a
$439 billion deficit. The bud-
get outline approved by the
Democratic-controlled Senate
tracks more closely to the
Obama proposal, although it
does not include changes to
the cost-of-living formula for
Social Security.
‘ Budget ’ continued from page 4
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‘Prayer’ continued from page 4
restrain us in our own syna-
gogues, in the name of democ-
racy, in the name of liberalism
and in the name of pluralism,”
said Shmuel Poppenheim, an
ultra-Orthodox activist who
serves as a spokesman for the
community.
The plan was also criticized
by the Muslim religious
authority that oversees the
nearby Al-Aqsa Mosque com-
pound. Any Israeli changes to
the compound, real or per-
ceived, have set off violent
clashes in the past.
The head of the Islamic
religious authority in
Jerusalem said the area, which
lies near the Mughrabi Gate
and footbridge that lead to the
Al-Aqsa compound, was dis-
puted and Israel should not
claim it.
“If they pray in this place
now, tomorrow they will say
it’s a Jewish sacred place and
will take it forever,” said
Izzam al-Khatib, head of the
Islamic religious authority in
Jerusalem.
While the Jewish Agency
has not released full details of
its plan, Sharansky said that
in order to respect Muslim
sensitivities, the arrangement
would not touch the Mughrabi
Gate and footbridge.
Women of the Wall will
hold their monthly prayer ser-
vice at the holy site on
Thursday and a showdown
with police is expected, as
with previous monthly visits.
Israeli police spokesman
Micky Rosenfeld said police
would strictly enforce restric-
tions against women wearing
religious garments, in order to
lower tensions in the area.
Women of the Wall cau-
tiously welcomed the propos-
al.
“The principle is the most
important issue here,” said
Peggy Cidor, a board member
of Women of the Wall. “The
most important thing for us is
that someone has at last
understood that this cannot
continue.”
___
Associated Press writers
Daniel Estrin and Josef
Federman in Jerusalem and
Mohammed Daraghmeh in
Ramalla, West Bank, contrib-
uted to this report.
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Columbus, – MedStat EMS,
Inc. announces the expansion
of its Helicopter Emergency
Medical Service (HEMS) oper-
ation in an effort to improve
access to care for victims of
traumatic injuries and critical
illnesses in the Golden Triangle
Region of east central
Mississippi. Company officials
today announced the opening
of their newest medical heli-
copter base at the Golden
Triangle Regional Airport.
MedStat EMS, with its cor-
porate headquarters located in
Winona, MS, presently has a
medical helicopter based in
Winona, MS and serves as the
primary 911 ambulance pro-
vider for 15 Counties in central
and north Mississippi. MedStat
will staff the helicopter with a
critical care team consisting of
a nurse and paramedic who will
utilize advanced medical equip-
ment and procedures beyond
what is typically provided on
paramedic level ambulances.
MedStat EMS CEO Barry
Eskridge emphasized that this
service will fill a void in east
central Mississippi as well as
provide increased availability
for MedStat’s HEMS program.
“Prior to the establishment of
our base at GTR, the region’s
closest HEMS helicopter was
over 50 miles away. Citizens of
the Golden Triangle region
now have immediate access to
the life saving expert medical
care and increased speed of
transportation a HEMS unit
offers.”
Company officials state the
program expansion will benefit
a wide variety of patient types.
Patients suffering from sig-
nificant trauma, heart attacks,
strokes, and critical medical
problems will benefit from the
service. Rapid and direct trans-
portation to trauma center,
heart catheterization lab, stroke
center, or a facility that pro-
vides advanced medical care is
proven to provide substantially
better outcomes for patients.
With the helicopter based at a
central location and by closely
integrating the activation of the
helicopter with local ambu-
lance services and healthcare
facilities, Patients will have
rapid access to the major trau-
ma centers and tertiary care
hospitals substantially faster
than if transported by ground
ambulance or by having to wait
for an aircraft from out of the
area to facilitate the transport.
The expansion will also pro-
vide logistical benefits for
MedStat’s existing HEMS pro-
gram. “By having another heli-
copter located just 60 miles
from our existing Winona base,
the units can provide backup
coverage for each other in the
event one aircraft is busy or if
there is a multicasualty scene,”
Eskridge said.
Both helicopters to be uti-
lized were built at the American
Eurocopter facility located at
the Golden Triangle Regional
Airport. Widely used in HEMS
transport programs across the
country, the Eurocopter
AS350-B2 is well known for its
mechanical reliability, perfor-
mance and safety record. The
Helicopter based at GTR will
be equipped with advanced avi-
onics to include terrain avoid-
ance technology, air traffic col-
lision avoidance technology,
autopilot, radar altimeter, satel-
lite tracking and monitoring
through MedStat’s control cen-
ter as well as night vision gog-
gles for the pilot and medical
crew members. The helicopter
has a range of over 300 miles
and has a cruising speed of 133
knots (153 mph).
The aircraft based at the
Golden Triangle Regional
Airport will respond to request
for service from local EMS
agencies and hospitals within a
75 mile radius of GTR and will
provide support for our ground
ambulance operations in
Monroe County.
MedStat to expand helicopter emergency medical service program
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SCOOBA – East Mississippi
Community College will pres-
ent a Music Reading Workshop
for members of the community
on Saturday, April 13. The ses-
sion begins at 8:30 a.m. at the
Orr Center for Christian
Activity on EMCC’s Scooba
campus.
Wendy Smith, director of
EMCC’s Choral and Vocal
Music Instruction Department,
has offered the music reading
workshop for several years.
“As a music instructor and
church music director, I have
come to realize that many song
leaders and workers need some
basic skills to go along with
their willingness to help and
their talents,” Smith said.
“Many of my teaching years
were in small schools and
churches that did not have
much funding. I have learned to
make a miracle from limited
resources. This workshop is
geared toward churches and
schools whose volunteer lead-
ers need fresh ideas and basic
instruction. This is not an
advanced music reading work-
shop. This is for song leaders
with good voices, but limited
music training.”
Smith will be assisted by
EMCC accompanist Martha
Blackwell, who also serves as
choral music director at Central
Academy in Macon.
The workshop will cover
these areas:
1. Beginning conducting pat-
terns for leading hymns.
2. Individual conducting les-
sons with an instructor and
practice leading actual hymns
in EMCC’s Chapel in the Pines.
3. Lecture and activities cov-
ering the basics of music read-
ing, notes and rhythms.
4. Where to find low-cost
music for small churches and
schools.
5. Tips for leading a chil-
dren’s choir, including a list of
resources and activities.
The session ends with lunch
in the F.R. Young Student
Union and a performance by
the EMCC Reflection Singers.
The cost is $10, which cov-
ers the workshop, light break-
fast and lunch. Attendees can
make reservations by phone or
email and pay at the door as
they arrive. To reserve a place,
contact Wendy Smith at (662)
476-5004 or wsmith@eastms.
edu.
EMCC presents Music Reading Workshop
Courtesy of EMCC
Wendy Smith, right, director of Choral and Vocal Music at East Mississippi Community College, and Martha Blackwell, EMCC accom-
panist, will present a Music Reading Workshop Saturday, April 13, at the Orr Center for Christian Activity, Scooba campus.
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STARKVILLE, Miss.--The
creations of 16 graduating
Mississippi State art majors are
being featured during the spring
semester Bachelor of Fine Arts
and Photography Thesis
Exhibition.
The exhibit is being featured
at the university art depart-
ment’s campus galleries on the
ground floor of McComas Hall,
Colvard Student Union’s sec-
ond floor and the Visual Arts
Center at 808 University Drive.
Displays at McComas and the
arts center may be viewed
through Sunday [the 13th]; at
the union, through the end of
the month.
Free and open to all, three
successive Thursday [April 11]
receptions for the seniors will
begin at 5:30 p.m. at McComas;
at 6:30 p.m. in the union; and
7:15 p.m. at the University
Drive location near the state
Highway 12 overpass.
A part of the College of
Architecture, Art and Design,
MSU’s art department is home
to the state’s largest undergrad-
uate studio program. A thesis
exhibition is held at the conclu-
sion of each semester.
This year’s collection
includes the works of (by
hometown):
AMORY- - Phot ogr a phy
major Hannah P. Williams,
daughter of Bruce Petty of
Smithville and Melinda Petty
of Amory.
ATHENS, Ala.--Photography
major Riley E. Reid, daughter
of Brad and Leah Reid. She
also is majoring in business.
BATESVILLE--Drawi ng
major Destiney S. Powell,
daughter of Randy Powell and
Klandra Brownlee.
BRANDON--Painting major
Dorothy E. Printz, daughter of
Gerald and Amy Printz.
B R O O K H A V E N - -
Photography major Kellie E.
Brady, daughter of the Rev.
Bruce and Mary Brady.
CLINTON--Photography
major Whitten Sabbatini, the
son of William and Neva
Sabbatini.
FLORENCE- - Cer ami cs
major April G. Shelby, the
daughter of Frank and Audrey
Shelby.
GRENADA--Photography
major Nathan P. McRee, son of
Marion and Kimberly McRee.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark.--
Painting major Loren N.
Bartnicke, daughter of
Benjamin and Theresa
Bartnicke [72223].
MACON--Drawing major
Mary Katherine Blackwell,
daughter of Richard and Martha
M. Blackwell.
MADISON--Sculpture major
Morgan B. Welch, son of Dow
and Cheryl Welch.
MORTON--Painting major
Kacey R. Woolery, son of
Phillip and Donna Woolery.
OCEAN SPRINGS--
Drawing major Ashlei Michelle
Stewart, daughter of David and
Michelle Stewart.
RIDGELAND--Sculpture
major Jonathan Q. “Jon”
Nowell, son of Gary and Moni
Nowell.
S O U T H A V E N - -
Photography major Alexis L.
Harrington, the daughter of
Pamela Armstrong.
STARKVILLE--Pai nt i ng
major Mary F. Switzer, the
daughter of Lyellyn Switzer
and the late Frank Switzer.
For more information, visit
http://caad.msstate.edu/wpmu/
artnews/.
Public invited to Mississippi State art/photo exhibit
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S.
Senator Thad Cochran
(R-Miss.), ranking member of
the Senate Defense
Appropriations Subcommittee,
today announced that the
Republic of Korea has chosen a
combat radar equipment pro-
duced in Mississippi to upgrade
its fighter aircraft.
On Wednesday, the Republic
of Korea Air Force selected the
Active Electronic Scanned
Array (AESA) radars produced
at a Raytheon facility in Forest,
Miss., to upgrade the radar
capabilities of 134 of its KF-16
fighters. The potential sale,
which has to go through the
U.S. Foreign Military Sales
process, is estimated to be
worth $550 million.
“This decision comes at a
critical time as our allies on the
Korean peninsula face an
imminent threat from the North
Koreans,” Cochran said.
“Versions of this radar built in
Mississippi have also been
helping the U.S. Navy and Air
Force defend us against air-
borne threats to our security for
some time.”
Cochran helped facilitate an
October 2011 visit by the
Republic of Korea Ambassador
to the United States to the pro-
duction facility in Forest in an
effort to highlight
Mississippians’ success and
capabilities in manufacturing
complex military electronics.
Cochran has consistently
worked to ensuring that the Air
National Guard F-15s are
equipped with enhanced radar
to ensure U.S. air superiority
during any possible attack on
North America, as required by
the Air Force.
Cochran announces
South Korea has
chosen Mississippi-
built radars
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Saltillo gets extra inning victory over Wave
By Will Nations
Daily Times Leader
Taylor Park was the site for
the final game of the three
game series between the West
Point Green Wave and the
Saltillo Tigers.
The Wave took an early 1-0
lead in the bottom of the first
and were able to cling to the
advantage through four innings.
A two-run top of the fifth gave
Saltillo a narrow 2-1 lead, but
West Point would not go away.
A Tony Reese single and a bunt
by Steffon Moore resulting in
two Tiger throwing errors, tied
the ball game 2-2 at the close of
seven innings. Saltillo found a
run during a fielder’s choice
which was the resulting decid-
ing run as the Tigers escaped
West Point with a victory 3-2.
“We played with a little dif-
ferent effort, a little different
intensity, and a little different
competitiveness which makes
for more positive things during
the night,” commented West
Point’s head coach Buddy
Wyers after the extra-inning
defeat, “Based on the last cou-
ple of weeks, we did things that
were good that we hadn’t been
doing which was a plus.”
Sophomore left-hander Rico
Lane went seven innings dur-
ing the game against Saltillo.
The last time on the hill against
the Tigers, Lane allowed 11
runs, but Tuesday night Lane
had turned his performance
around. The lefty held Saltillo
to only two runs and less than
ten hits while on the mound.
“Rico threw the ball very,
very well. Early on, he stayed
ahead in the counts and kept
them [Saltillo] off balance,”
said Coach Wyers, “He battled
through some tight situations,
all while still throwing the ball
well.”
Making an impact at the
plate as well were Bradley
Ewings and Freddie Reed for
West Point, both collecting
solid hits at the plate.
Though the Wave continue to
search for their first win in six-
teen games and their first dis-
trict victory, Tuesday’s perfor-
mance bodes well for a strong
finish to the 2013 season. West
Point will return to the dia-
mond in New Hope against the
Trojans tomorrow, weather per-
mitting. First pitch is slated for
7:00 pm.
Will Nations
West Point batter Davin Webb waits for a pitch from the Saltillo hurler during Tuesday night’s district
game at home.
Will Nations
West Point’s starting pitching gave the team a chance to win, holding Saltillo to two runs through
seven, but the team would lose in extras 3-2.
Oak Hill tennis drops
frst match to Heritage
By Will Nations
Daily Times Leader
The Oak Hill tennis team
was back on the court Tuesday
afternoon in West Point. In a
heated team match against rival
Heritage Academy, the Lady
Raiders and Raiders stepped
out of district play for a cross-
classification tilt.
The Heritage Lady Patriots
and Patriots seemed to have the
“it” factor Tuesday as Heritage
took four matches by way of
tiebreakers. Though Raider
boys singles David McElwain
and John Willis Stevens along
with Lady Raider girls singles
player, Anna Ready, remained
undefeated on the season,
Heritage picked up a decisive
six matches to clinch tennis
bragging rights 6-3 over Oak
Hill.
In the three matches claimed
by Oak Hill, McElwain won his
match in the two sets (6-1, 6-4).
Stevens followed suit taking
his match in two sets (6-4, 6-1)
giving the Raiders a sweep in
the boys singles.
Ready won her girls singles
match in three sets, rallying to
take the final two sets from her
Heritage opponent (2-6, 6-3,
10-7) which helped split the
points in girls singles.
The Lady Raiders and
Raiders hit the courts this
Friday in Canton. Returning to
district 2-AA play, Oak Hill
tennis will take on Canton
Academy at 3:00 pm, weather
permitting.
Will Nations
Oak Hill tennis player Mary Campbell Gray serves one up during the team’s frst match of the sea-
son last week.
Oak Hill falls a run short
to Canton Academy
By Will Nations
Daily Times Leader
It was do or die for head
coach Marion Bratton and his
Oak Hill Raiders Tuesday eve-
ning against district 2-AA foe
Canton Academy. Following
two difficult losses to Winston
Academy, the Raiders were
holding onto their postseason
life.
Bill Ayers Field was electric
Tuesday as a playoff atmo-
sphere could be felt from the
second the first pitch was
thrown. A back-and-forth affair
between Oak Hill and the dis-
trict 2-AA leading Canton was
full of drama and gutsy plays
that culminated in four lead
changes throughout seven
innings and two three-run ral-
lies in the final three innings of
play. Closing out a three-run
rally, a bases loaded passed ball
was all the Canton Panthers
need to finish the Raiders 6-5.
“They [Canton] were a
scrappy ball club and when
they brought Fedducia in, he
meant business and closed it
down,” commented Coach
Bratton following the third
consecutive loss in district play,
“Down 3-1, we could have
hung our heads earlier in the
game, but we kept battling and
got back into the game. We
make a play or issue fewer
walks we could have had a dif-
ferent ball game.”
Offensively, the Raiders
drew first blood against
Canton’s starting pitcher
Landon Wilson in the home-
half of the second inning. A
Drake Riley liner to shallow
left field caused a fielding error
allowing Oak Hill short-stop
Curt Huffman to score giving
the Raiders a 1-0 advantage.
The Oak Hill 1-0 lead lasted
only one complete inning under
starting pitcher Adam Tumey
as the Panthers were able to get
on base often with four walks
in the top of the fourth. A bases
loaded walk and a 2 RBI-single
gave Canton a 3-1 lead. An
error in the bottom of the fourth
scored a run shortening the
Canton ascendency to 3-2.
The Raiders did not lay down
finding a rally in the fifth. A
lead-off Riley Pierce single
sparked three runs on three hits
and a Canton error. Drew Riley
knocked in a 2-RBI single to
retake the lead and a wild pitch
gave Oak Hill a 5-3 lead at the
end of five.
It only took one frame for
Canton to find the lead to win
the game. The three run rally in
the sixth allowed for the
Panthers to barely hold on
under their closer Jacob
Fedducia 6-5.
The Raiders used three dif-
ferent pitchers in seven innings.
Tumey took to the mound first
with four innings of work
allowing three runs, giving up
only two hits, and issuing six
walks. Throwing in relief were
Brandon Westover and Drew
Riley. Westover went one and
two-thirds innings and Drew
Riley went one and one-third
innings. Westover and Riley
gave up a combined three runs
with three hits and issued four
walks together. Tumey led the
Oak Hill pitching staff with
three strike outs against Canton.
The pitching staff in total
allowed ten walks which was
the Achilles’ heel against the
Panthers.
In the batter’s box, Oak Hill
used six hits and six errors to
plate their five runs. Drake
Riley knocked in a double
while brother Drew Riley had a
single and collected two runs
batted in. Also picking up sin-
gles against the Panthers were
Jeb Stephens, Conner Baird,
Tres Turner, and Riley Pierce.
The 6-5 loss to Canton
almost completely sealed the
Raiders’ postseason fate. In
need of a number of scenarios,
Oak Hill will hope to finish off
the season strong. Oak Hill will
travel to Madison County
today, weather permitting, to
play game two against Canton
at 6:00 pm.
Photo Courtesy of Kristen Stevens
Oak Hill’s Brandon Westover slaps a tag on an opposing runner
at home.
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With the recent discovery of
66 unidentified graves at the
former site of a mental institu-
tion, Mississippi State
University, the University of
Mississippi Medical Center and
others are working together to
lay bare a chapter of the state’s
buried past.
As has happened before at
the UMMC campus in Jackson,
a construction crew scraped
away decades-old layers of dirt
and desertion to reveal human
remains that were unmarked,
making it virtually impossible
to attach names to them.
Wooden coffins, unearthed
from November through early
March, probably date from the
late 19th to early 20th centuries
and may be linked to the van-
ished Mississippi Insane
Asylum.
A team from the Department
of Anthropology at MSU in
Starkville is removing and doc-
umenting the skeletal remains,
in conjunction with the Center
for Archaeological Research at
the University of Mississippi in
Oxford and the Mississippi
Department of Archives and
History in Jackson.
“Asylums in late 19th centu-
ry or early 20th century proba-
bly weren’t salubrious places to
live, so it matters to us to be
able to exhume these people in
a very respectful and ethical
manner that’s very standard-
ized,” said Molly Zuckerman,
assistant professor of anthro-
pology/Middle Eastern culture
at MSU.
“The goal is to treat them
respectfully and analyze them
respectfully.”
Also known as the State
Insane Hospital, the asylum
operated from 1855 to 1935.
It was destroyed to make
way for UMMC, which opened
in 1955, and was replaced by
the Mississippi State Hospital
in Whitfield; but during its
80-year history in Jackson, it
treated thousands of patients.
Its main building rose four
stories alongside north State
Street near the current Ronald
McDonald House site on the
UMMC campus. Many patients
who died at the asylum were
buried on a site hundreds of
yards to the east, where 21st
century workers discovered the
66 graves near a stand of pine
trees.
The coffins are about six feet
long but alarmingly narrow, as
if each held a pair of stilts
instead of a human skeleton.
“The weight of the soil com-
pressed them,” said Nicholas
Herrmann, associate professor
of anthropology/Middle
Eastern culture at MSU.
Construction equipment
exposed the coffins as crews
dug out subsoil to see if it was
fit to support a new road
designed to provide better
access to the north and east
portions of the campus.
UMMC plans to schedule the
opening of the new road within
the next couple of months, said
Nicole Reese, senior project
manager in UMMC’s Office of
Planning and Design.
The roadway cuts through a
wooded area and intersects an
existing road running parallel
to Lakeland Drive. The remains
were found just off the north
side of that existing road.
“A lot of clay and junk was
in the soil,” said Ron Horne,
director of construction proj-
ects at UMMC, “and has to be
replaced with something more
solid.”
Most of the graves were at
least four or five feet deep.
“We might have built the
roadbed on top of them if the
subsoil had been solid,” Horne
said.
Although Herrmann believes
the remains are tied to the asy-
lum, a Department of Archives
report declared it unlikely to be
pinpointed whether “the burials
located on the ridge to the east
of the project area include
inmates from the asylum or
paupers or some other group of
people. …”
Investigators will try.
MSU will have the remains
for two years for university
experts to study them. Students
are a helping in a variety of
ways, including identifying the
bones’ characteristics.
“Bone chemistry” can help
determine residential history,
Herrmann said. By examining
tooth enamel, for instance,
archaeologists can learn much
about a deceased person’s diet
— in this case, if it was typi-
cal for Mississippi.
Traces of certain elements
— say, lead and carbon —
reveal details about a person’s
environment and approximate
age.
MSU students aren’t the only
ones volunteering for the data
collection: University of
Alabama students and
Louisiana State University stu-
dents have offered their help.
One MSU undergraduate,
senior anthropology major
Kenneth “Kent” Aasand II of
Brandon, said the experience
he’s gaining by working at the
site and in MSU’s lab is invalu-
able.
“The professors are talking
about it, but you never really
fully understand until you get
out in the field,” he said. “When
you’re actually part of every
process in an excavation,
you’re learning better ways to
do things.”
In addition to garnering vol-
unteers from all over the South,
MSU and Ole Miss are collabo-
rating with University of
Southern Mississippi to deter-
mine the coffin wood’s age and
makeup, which could also
reveal clues about the graves’
occupants.
“We want to give these peo-
ple a voice,” Zuckerman said.
Once the investigation is
complete, the remains will be
reburied at UMMC, in a ceme-
tery set aside for anatomical
donors and for other human
remains discovered on campus
in the past.
“It’s the right thing to do,”
said Jim Woodrick, director of
the Historic Preservation
Division of the Department of
Archives.
“Things expand, but memory
doesn’t expand with them.”
Archaeologists help recover
it, he said.
“This doesn’t stop progress,
but we are also able to accom-
modate those who died.
“We learn things about our
past. We honor the dead.”
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serving as Secretary and
Treasurer of UFCW Local
1991, being responsible for the
management of over
$3,000,000 annually. I ulti-
mately served as Vice President
of UFCW Local 1991 and
learned a great deal about being
a voice for others.
I am now employed as the
Director of Security for North
Mississippi Medical Center,
West Point, where I supervise
eleven staff members and work
with over 20 Department
Managers. This responsibility
has allowed me to complete
fifteen courses in Homeland
Security.
For years, I played a number
of sports. My love of sports has
led me to serve as a coach of
children for various sports
teams through the West Point
Department of Parks and
Recreation. I know just how
important the
Department is and how it
adds to the quality of life for so
many, especially our youth.
Importantly, I am an active
member of the Northside
Christian Church. My service
in my church includes that of
Chairperson of the Deacon
Board; Sunday School
Superintendent and Bible Study
Instructor.
Our county has one of the
highest unemployment rates in
the state. This is an issue which
has not received enough cre-
ative attention by the Board of
Selectmen. During the past
four years, the Board has spent
too much of its time on the
issue of City employees and
not enough on employment for
residents of the City. Our alli-
ance with the Link is good, but
we must also promote West
Point and it’s diligent work-
force. One employment lawsuit
after another doesn’t help make
our City an attractive place, no
matter the actual circumstanc-
es. Supporting competent, ded-
icated law enforcement is how
you instill confidence in would-
be residents and industry.
While reasonable minds can
differ, there has far too often
been a lack of respect and pro-
fessionalism among Board
members which has not only
been embarrassing at times, but
only leads to more disturbing
perceptions of City govern-
ment. I am committed to being
a voice for the people of my
ward and this City, consistent
with my experience, and work-
ing with other Board members
and a newly elected Mayor in a
way that progress commands
the headlines as opposed to
turmoil.
I ask for your vote and sup-
port. I still believe that our best
days are ahead of us. As the
father of Kedrick, Tia, Shelton
and Sasha on the one hand and
the son of Rosie Mae on the
other hand, I am under an obli-
gation to bring about a better
situation for people of all ages,
ethnic backgrounds and experi-
ences in this outstanding com-
munity. Help me by voting for
me, William Binder, as
Selectman, Ward 2.
This is a non-paid politi-
cal announcement. Any
candidate who has quali-
fied to run in the upcoming
municipal elections may
submit a photo and letter
of intent to the Daily Times
Leader.
Long Jr. and brother Lynn
remember spending at least
part of Christmas at B&W.
“He would take us down
there so that we could wish a
Merry Christmas to the second
and third shifts,” Millard Long
Jr. recalled.
The oldest son had his
father’s working spirit and his
mind for business.
“He always said take care of
your people, and your people
will take care of you,” Millard
Jr. said.
In the late 1980s, Millard Jr.
took over operations at the
Airhead candy factory in
Erlanger, Kentucky.
“One of the greatest moments
of my life was when I got to
take my dad and my 3 year-old
daughter to my plant to wish
my workers a Merry
Christmas,” Millard Jr. said.
Overseeing the operation at
the Airhead company, Millard
Jr. used the business and people
skills he learned from his father
to increase production drasti-
cally.
Millard Jr. says that a $22
million project that was used to
increase output was paid off in
a year and half.
“All of that was made possi-
ble by what my daddy taught
me,” Millard Jr. said. “If it had
not been for him, it would not
have had near the impact.”
His eldest son recalls “hun-
dreds of hours” sitting and talk-
ing with his Millard Sr. about
business and managing people.
A friend to all
On the inside of Babcock and
Wilcox, Millard Long kept a
company running smoothly. On
the outside, he was the resident
fix-it man, who made friends
with everyone from his neigh-
bors to his barber.
“I cut his hair for years,” said
Frank Dichiara, who cut three
generations of the Long’s hair
at the Henry Clay Hotel Barber
Shop. “I knew him a long time.
You couldn’t find a better
friend. I cut his hair, his sons’
hair, and I cut one of his grand-
children’s hair.”
Dichiara says he will always
have fond memories of talking
with Millard Sr. about clocks.
Lynn and Millard Jr. say to
call his work with clocks a
hobby or a passion is an under-
statement.
“It was more like an obses-
sion,” Millard Jr. said.
Millard Sr. worked on his
first clock when he and his
family lived in North Carolina
for a brief time.
“He ran into a guy who asked
him to repair a clock case for
him,” Lynn said. Everyone
knew that Millard Long could
fix anything.
“He fell in love with working
on clocks,” Lynn continued.
Pretty soon, Millard Sr.
learned all of the ins and outs
about all types of clocks, and
he would eventually become a
member of the National
Association of Watch and
Clock Collectors.
A lasting legacy
During retirement, Millard
Sr came through for his com-
munity in a huge way. Using
his connections at Babcock and
Wilcox, he helped secure a sus-
tainable place for Navistar to
locate and operate.
“He was really past the age
where he should have been
doing that,” Lynn said, adding
that Millard Sr. not only secured
the B&W bays, but he also
helped to provide much of the
workforce in the early part of
the project.
“He got people to work, old
seasoned retirees from the
B&W plant,” Millard Jr. said.
Millard Sr. was traveling the
state, working with the indus-
trial engineers on the project,
and all of his hard work result-
ed in him receiving the Citizen
of the Year Award at the next
West Point banquet.
A man of deep convic-
tion
Lynn and Millard Jr. remem-
ber going to First United
Methodist Church throughout
their childhood, but when
Millard Sr. retired and moved
to the county, he put everything
he had into his local communi-
ty.
“He said he was going to go
to church out there,” Lynn said.
“He said he wanted to be a part
of that community.”
He was a member of Siloam
United Methodist Church.
“He was a Methodist, but he
was always trying to bring the
churches together out there,”
Lynn said. “He put a lot of
effort into that church (Siloam
UMC), and the Methodist and
the Baptist churches had many
socials together out there
because of him.”
Lynn and Millard Jr. say that
after their father was laid to rest
last week, a former employee
from Babcock and Wilcox told
them about a time when the
worker was injured on the job.
He was cut by a piece of
metal down the front of his
body, and he was bleeding.
“He said that daddy went
over and took off his shirt,
rolled it up and put it under his
head,” Lynn said. “They put
him in the ambulance with dad-
dy’s shirt. He thought for sure
he would never see it again.
The next day he came into
work, and the shirt was hang-
ing, cleaned and pressed. The
man’s wife had done that.”
Millard Long Sr. is remem-
bered as a wonderful husband,
a loving father, a lifelong friend
and a man who literally gave
the shirt off of his back when
someone was in need.
“They will be very attrac-
tive,” said Mayor Scott Ross.
“They won’t look anything like
the existing construction.”
In this project the land will
be leased to the developer for
15 years after which time the
land will be turned back over to
the West Point Housing
Authority.
Windale Apartments may be
the next housing complex in
the city to receive upgrades in
the future. Prisock said instead
of moving everyone out of
Windale Apartments at one
time tenants will be moved one
at a time and units will be con-
structed one at a time.
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