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Today’s News . . . Tomorrow’s Trends
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Community Opinion Sports
State Department applauds WPHS
By Sheena Baker
Daily Times Leader
A report delivered Monday
by a Mississippi Department
of Education representative
revealed that strides taken by
West Point High School are
moving the school out of an
at-risk status and up the
achievement ladder.
Terry Davis, representative
of MDE’s Offce of School
Recovery, met with the West
Point School Board of
Trustees Monday and flled
board members in on efforts
WPHS has made in improv-
ing teaching, improving
grades and improving the
high school’s graduation rate.
Currently WPHS is a priority
school under MDE, meaning
it is receiving assistance from
MDE because its academic
growth expectation was not
met or a percentage of stu-
dents are functioning below
grade level.
Davis said when she began
working with WPHS at the
beginning of the school year
the school was give a rubric
of 48 achievement indicators
to begin utilizing within each
classroom. The rubric serves
as a framework for the imple-
mentation of WPHS’s
improvement plan.
West Point High School
has two more years to fully
meet all 48 indicators, which
Davis calls “rigorous.”
Already, WPHS has gotten
the ball rolling on 22 of the
indicators, leaving 26 to be
implemented over the next
couple of years. Davis’ role is
to ensure the school is meet-
ing its indicator requirement,
observe teachers and meet
with WPHS Principal Mario
Willis to discuss ways to
“We talk about everything
that goes on in the school; we
talk about scheduling, we talk
about discipline problems, we
talk about any staff issues, we
talk about what we need to
do to make sure students are
passing the tests,” Davis said.
“I ask, ‘What are you doing
right now to make sure your
graduation rate is up; what
are you doing right now to
make sure your attendance
rate is up’ because all these
things are factors in meeting
these turn around principles.”
Some of the principles
being monitors are students’
participation rate of state
Tots on their toes:
Local daycare partakes
in 50s Sock Hop
Kids participating in First Baptist Church’s Early Childhood
Ministry had a toe-twirling good time Tuesday as they danced
the day away to 1950s classics as part of their Sock Hop
celebration. Little guys, girls and even teachers got all dressed
up in 1950s attire and made treats, such as old-fashioned
milkshakes, before their dance routine commenced.
To the right, Grayson Marshall and Draven McDonald hold
hands as they do the “Twist” Monday during First Baptist
Church’s Early Childhood Ministry’s Sock Hop. Photos by
Sheena Baker
Sheena Baker
MDE Representative Terry Davis briefs the West Point School Board on the progress West Point
High School is making.
See ‘School’ page 12
By Sheena Baker
Daily Times Leader
Saving each and every dol-
lar that can possibly be saved
is one of the goals of the
West Point School District,
which recently discovered
another way to save not hun-
dreds but thousands of dol-
lars beginning next school
With major changes in
security the school district
made this past school year,
the district has invested thou-
sands and thousands of dol-
lars in upgrading its security
system and paying for trou-
bleshooting to ensure the sys-
tem is working properly.
Anytime a problem with the
security system arose, the
school district relied upon an
outside, private security com-
pany to fnd the solution.
Now, for the frst time, the
district is working on hiring
an in-house electrical techni-
cian, who would be a part of
the West Point School
District’s maintenance team
and work directly under the
maintenance director.
“We are looking at ways
we can save the district
money, and when we looked
at our maintenance costs we
put into our security system,
along with other minor elec-
trical things being out-
sourced, we fgured if we had
our on in-house person it
would save the district
money,” said School
Superintendent Burnell
Business Manager Susan
Cothran said maintenance
invoices through April show
that hiring an in-house elec-
trical technician could save
the district $26,000 each
year. This fgures doesn’t
include May and June main-
tenance costs, so the savings
to the district could be even
Monday the School Board
unanimously approved the
establishment of the job
description for an in-house
electrical technician.
Whomever is hired for this
post will be responsible for
maintaining the school dis-
trict’s security camera system
and handle electrical issues
that may arise from the secu-
rity system. The new electri-
cal technician will also offer
assistance with general main-
tenance as needed.
The School District has
already advertised for the
position and has already
interviewed interested appli-
cants. McDonald said pend-
ing board approval, the elec-
trical technician could begin
at the start of the upcoming
school year.
New electrician
job to save school
district thousands
Special to the
Daily Times Leader
Members of 4-County
Electric Power Association are
invited to attend the coopera-
tive’s annual membership
meeting Thursday, June 13, at
the East Mississippi
Community College auditori-
um in Mayhew.
Plans for the day are simple.
Sit back, relax and enjoy a day
of good food, good fun, good
fellowship and good informa-
Remember, annual meeting
times have changed a little this
year. Registration begins at 10
a.m. A health fair for members
will begin at 10:30 a.m. A bar-
becue lunch for members will
also begin at 10:30 a.m. And
the business portion of the
meeting will begin at 1 p.m.
Held in conjunction with the
annual meeting, the health fair
will provide consumers the
opportunity to receive health-
care screenings from a variety
of vendors. Screenings offered
will include blood pressure,
cholesterol, vision and glauco-
In addition to the pre-meet-
ing health fair, the business
session will include fnancial
and management reports along
with the election of two direc-
tors to the Association’s board
of directors.
Two incumbent directors are
nominated for re-election to
4-County Electric Power
Association’s board of direc-
tors. The Association’s nomi-
nating committee met March
19 and submitted the names of
John Scarbrough of Columbus
for District 1, Lowndes County,
and Marty Crowder of
Ackerman for District 5,
Choctaw and Winston counties.
The candidates’ names have
been placed in nomination for
re-election to three-year terms
on the Association’s board of
directors, beginning June 13 at
June 13 4-County meeting a day of fellowship and fun
See ‘4-County’ page 12
Daily Times Leader Page 2 • Wednesday, June 12, 2013
This Week at Anthony's Blues Nights
Wednesday, June 12th
Cedar Creek Ramblers
Thursday, June 13th
John Staggers
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
All “Community Announcements”
are published as a community ser-
vice on a frst-come, frst-served ba-
sis and as space allows. Announce-
ments 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. An-
nouncements submitted after noon
will not be published for the next
day’s paper. To submit announce-
ments, email life@dailytimesleader.
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 cor-
dially 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 fol-
lowing the death of a child
of any age and to help oth-
ers be supportive. Bereaved
parents, siblings, grandpar-
ents and immediate family
members are welcome to
attend. For more informa-
tion, 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 mem-
bers and those interested in
AARP are urged to attend.
For more information call
Ella Seay 494-8323 or
Dorothy Landon 494-3577.
u Basic Skills Class —
Free Basic Skills class at the
EMCC West Point Center,
Hwy. 45 North, Monday
thru Thursday each week,
11:30-1:30 p.m. The Basic
Skills class will prepare you to
take the WorkKeys test and
receive a Career Readiness
Certificate. WorkKeys® is a
job skills assessment that
helps employers select, hire,
train, develop, and retain a
high-performance workforce.
These classes are sponsored
by EMCC Workforce
Services. Please call Mitzi
Thompson at 243-2647, to
register for free classes.
u WPHS Class of 2003
Reunion — The website for
the class reunion for the
WPHS Class of 2003, 10 year
reunion has been created.
Please visit http://www.class-
creator. com/West-Poi nt-
Mississippi-2003 to view it.
Sign up for the site by search-
ing for your name under the
classmate profle tab and cre-
ating a profle. Create your
profle and you will be granted
access to the site by a member
of the planning committee.
Please allow up to 24 hours
for a member of the planning
committee to verify your iden-
tity as the content is password
protected. The reunion will
be in West Point May 31-June
u The Academy of
Performing Arts — located
at the North Mississipppi
Medical Center-West Point
Wellness Canter is now
enrolling for the fall session.
Classes begin August 13 in
ballet, tap, hip hop, jazz, lyri-
cal, tumbling, musical theatre
and voice. Semester will run
for four months and culmi-
nate with a Christmas recital
in December. For more infor-
mation, email betty@msapa.
org or call (662) 494-1113.
u Welding and Carpentry
Classes — EMCC Workforce
Services is offering Welding
and Carpentry classes two
nights a week from 5 – 9
p.m. Please contact Mitzi
Thompson at 243-2647.
u Grief Support Group
— Christ United Methodist
Church is providing support
for grieving families with a
Grief Support Group who
will meet Mondays at 6:30
Dorothy Reed Felder
Dorothy Reed Felder, 90, passed away, Tuesday, June 11,
2013, at the Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Mandeville,
Dorothy Ray Felder was born January 12, 1923, in
Oktibbeha County to the late Georgia Lee Justice Reed and
Raymond Bell Reed. Mrs. Felder was a 5th Grade School
Teacher for the West Point Public School System for 29
years. Early in her teaching career she taught at Pheba, while
a military wife, she taught schools in Boston area before her
husband retired from the Navy and returning to West Point.
Dorothy Reed Felder married Kelly Reed Felder December
9, 1944, at the Pheba Baptist Parsonage, he preceded her in
death March 9, 1966. Mrs. Felder loved her family and
friends and was a wonderful friend and neighbor. She was
an active member at First Baptist Church-West Point. An
avid sports fan, enjoying West Point High School Greenwave
Baseball and Basketball.
She once was awarded the WPHS Booster Club Best Fan
award. She spent many hours enjoying Mississippi State
University Sports with friends. Dorothy was a graduate of
Mississippi State University where she received her Masters
Degree in Education. She was an member of Martha Chapter
#53, Order of the Eastern Star. Dorothy was active with the
Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion. She was also a
charter member of the Alpha Iota Chapter, that was chartered
May 8, 1976, of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International,
a professional honorary Society of Women Educators. After
retirement she worked as Pink Lady at North MS Medical
Center and gave freely of her time for work at the Food
Funeral services are Friday, June 14, 2013, 2 p.m. at
Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Dale
Funderburg officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood
Cemetery West Point.
Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of
Survivors include her daughter, Nancy Felder Jones (Bill)
of Mandeville, LA; three grandchildren; William A. Jones,
II, Kelly Jones Montgomery (Randall), and Brittany Jones
Bruner (Michael); Three great grandchildren; Reed Anderson
Montgomery, Molly Evelyn Montgomery, and Arden
Kelly Montgomery; her brother in law, William Eickel of
Metarie, LA; and numerous nieces and nephews of whom
all she loved. Preceding her in death was her son, Lewis
Reed Felder October 16, 1965. She was one of five children
also preceding her were her brother and sisters Byron,
Lucille Reed Love, Lois Reed Clark, and Virginia Reed
Pallbearers are William A. Jones, II, Randall E.
Montgomery, Michael Bruner, Dr. John Cantrell, Bill Love
and Laymon Watson.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, P. O. Box
794, West Point, MS 39773 or to Diabetes Foundation of
Mississippi, 800 Avery Blvd, Suite 100, Ridgeland, MS
Visitation is Friday, noon - 2 p.m. service time at Calvert
Funeral Home.
Please leave a condolence message on our website www.
Mary Beth Ryan
Mary Beth Ryan passed away Tuesday June 11, 2013, at
North Mississippi Medical Center of Tupelo.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time and will
be announced at a later date by Robinson Funeral Home.
Robinson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
COmmunity Calendar
Phyllis J. Dreher
Phyllis J. Dreher, 83, passed away, Saturday, June 8, 2013
at Aurora Health and Rehabilitation, in Columbus. Phyllis
Jean Dreher was born July 19, 1929, in El Dorado, Arkansas
to the late Lena Jane Haynie and Walter Samuel Parks, Sr.
She had worked as a Teacher’s Assistant in West Point
Public School System and was a member of Faith Lutheran
Church of Columbus. Phyllis Jean Parks Dreher married
Frederic Nicholas Dreher May 31, 1947, in El Dorado, Ark.
Funeral services are Saturday, June 15, 2013, 2 p.m. at
Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Benjami Kratz
officiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Garden Cemetery
in West Point.
Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of
Survivors include her husband Fred N. Dreher; four
daughters, Debra Leigh Lancaster (Gary) and Jennifer Leigh
Gray allof West Point, Jean Dreher King (Richard) of
Oxford, Paula Sue Dreher Oakes (John Earl) of Vicksburg;
one son, John David Dreher (Teresa Ann) of West Point;
nine grandchildren; Tammala Lancaster Atkins, Olivia
Lancaster Laine, Amanda Lee Dreher, Elizabeth King Gong,
Martha King, David Nicholas Dreher, Kimberly Oakes,
Holly Oakes and Wendy
Oakes; ten great grandchildren; two brothers, Jim Ed
Parks of Forney, TX, Joe Allen Parks (Linda) of Greenbrier,
Those preceding in death were her son, Thomas Ray
Dreher, and great grandson Zayne Atkins, three brothers,
Parks, Jr., Ray Parks, Sr. George Parks, two sisters Marilyn
Parks Edmonds, Billie Grace Parks Hammons.
Pallbearers are Earl Foreman, Gary Lancaster, Gene
Boggess, Bryan Smith, Jonathan Smith, Jeremy Roberts,
Chuck Jones, Neil Gong.
Honorary Pallbearers are David Dreher, John Dreher,
Craig Laine, Robert Atkins, John Earl Oakes, and Richard
Memorials may be made to Faith Lutheran Church, P. O.
Box 7912, Columbus, MS 39701.
Visitation is Saturday, 12:30 - 2 p.m. at Calvert Funeral
Friends may leave an online condolence at www.calvert-
See ‘Calendar’ page 12
Daily Times Leader Wednesday, June 12, 2013 • Page 3
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contest that appears in the Daily Times Leader each Thursday
DTL Photo
WUSM-FM (88.5 fm), the
campus radio station at The
University of Southern
Mississippi in Hattiesburg, was
recently voted “Best of the Pine
Belt” in the Signature
Magazine/Festival South year-
ly poll.
“It’s great to have our fans
step forward and vote in such
great numbers to help us earn
this award, and we want to
keep building on that,” said
WUSM Station Manager Justin
WUSM’s music format is a
celebration of American roots
music with a strong Mississippi
influence, drawn from a
60,000-plus music library. Its
programming and other infor-
mation can be found streaming
on the Internet at www.
To contact WUSM, including
for program underwriting
opportunities or other informa-
tion on the station and how to
support it, call 601.266.4287 or
e-mail The
station’s offices are located on
the first floor of Southern Hall,
and the physical mailing
address is WUSM, 118 College
Drive, Box 5049, Hattiesburg,
MS 39406.
About The University of
Southern Mississippi
Founded in 1910, The
University of Southern
Mississippi is a comprehensive
doctoral and research-driven
university with a proud history
and an eye on the future. As
one of only 34 institutions in
the nation accredited in art,
dance, music and theatre, we
are a haven for creativity and
artistic expression. A dual-cam-
pus university, Southern Miss
serves students on campuses in
Hattiesburg and Long Beach, in
addition to six teaching and
research sites in Mississippi.
We are among U.S. News &
World Report’s most popular
universities and recognized by
The Princeton Review for our
commitment to sustainability.
Our Center for Undergraduate
Research affords our students
meaningful research opportuni-
ties, and as a proven leader in
innovation, we conduct trans-
formative research that trans-
lates into real-world solutions.
In the classroom or lab, on the
playing field, or in the perfor-
mance hall, we strive to have a
positive impact not only on our
students, but also the world
around us. Further information
is found at
WUSM-FM earns Best of the
Pine Belt Award
Pet of the Week
Thursday is an approximately 5 year old female feist. She is scheduled to be spayed next week. She is a very friendly, playful,
happy dog. She was picked up by Animal Control on Hwy. 45, near Carter’s Mortuary Services. If you would like to adopt
Thursday or any adult dog or fluffy feline, come by the West Point/Clay County Animal Shelter Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m.-3
p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-noon or call 524-4430. Photo by Donna Summerall
Daily Times Leader Page 4 • Wednesday, June 12, 2013
One of the staunchest critics of
government surveillance pro-
grams said Tuesday that the
national intelligence director
did not give him a straight
answer last March when he
asked whether the National
Security Agency collects any
data on millions of Americans.
Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore.,
called for hearings to discuss
two recently revealed NSA pro-
grams that collect billions of
telephone numbers and Internet
usage daily. He was also among
a group of senators who intro-
duced legislation Tuesday to
force the government to declas-
sify opinions of a secret court
that authorizes the surveillance.
But other key members of
Congress, including House
Speaker John Boehner and
Senate Intelligence Committee
chairman Dianne Feinstein, say
the programs were valuable
tools in counterterror and that
the former NSA contractor who
leaked them is a traitor.
President Barack Obama has
vigorously defended the pro-
gram, saying Americans must
balance privacy and security to
protect the country from terror-
Wyden, however, com-
plained that Director of
National Intelligence James
Clapper, during a Senate
Intelligence hearing in March
about threats the U.S. faces
from around the world, was
less than forthcoming.
“The American people have
the right to expect straight
answers from the intelligence
leadership to the questions
asked by their representatives,”
Wyden said in a statement.
Wyden said he wanted to
know the scope of the top secret
surveillance programs, and pri-
vately asked NSA Director
Keith Alexander for clarity.
When he did not get a satisfac-
tory answer, Wyden said he
alerted Clapper’s office a day
early that he would ask the
same question at the public
“Does the NSA collect any
type of data at all on millions or
hundreds of millions of
Americans?” Wyden asked
Clapper at the March 12 hear-
“No, sir,” Clapper answered.
“It does not?” Wyden
Clapper quickly and halting-
ly softened his answer. “Not
wittingly,” he said. “There are
cases where they could, inad-
vertently perhaps, collect —
but not wittingly.”
Wyden said he also gave
Clapper a chance to amend his
A spokesman for Clapper did
not have an immediate response
on Tuesday, but the intelligence
director told NBC that he
believed Wyden’s question was
“not answerable necessarily, by
a simple yes or no.” Officials
generally do not discuss classi-
fied information in public hear-
ings, reserving discussion on
top-secret programs for closed
sessions where they will not be
revealed to adversaries.
“So I responded in what I
thought was the most truthful
or least most untruthful man-
ner, by saying, ‘No,’” Clapper
The programs that do sweep
up such information were
revealed last week by The
Guardian and The Washington
Post newspapers, and Clapper
has since taken the unusual step
of declassifying some of the
previously top-secret details to
help the administration mount a
public defense of the surveil-
lance as a necessary step to
protect Americans.
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Senator says intel chief
was not forthcoming
See ‘Intel’ page 7
Terrorists, Snowden and liberty all on the run
While many in the media
continue to ask the obvious
questions about Edward
Snowden, the contractor who
leaked information about the
National Security Agency spy-
ing on Americans, there is one
question that bothers me.
How have the terrorists real-
ly fared since September 11,
I think that it is important for
the media to dig up as much as
they can about Snowden. We’d
all like to know who he is,
where he is and why he did
what he did.
I personally think there is
much more to this story than
originally meets the eye, but I
think that in the wake of
Snowden’s claims, many miss
a very important point.
If even half of what Snowden
says turns out to be true, the
“War on Terror” is far from
When the 19 hijackers took
the four jets on September 11
and took thousands of
Americans’ lives, it not only
changed the United States
intelligence community, but it
exposed many flaws that exist-
ed in our gathering of intelli-
I have always believed that
the Jihadists who carried out
those attacks, and others, were
evil, but they were not stupid.
Public perception in the wake
of 9/11 was that we were deal-
ing with cavemen, primitive
religious fanatics. Fanatics,
perhaps, but they are not quite
as Flintstone-like as some made
them out to be.
History tells us that Osama
Bin Laden’s initial dealings
with the United States occurred
while his Mujahideen forces
were fighting Russian soldiers
who were sent in to aid the
Soviet-friendly Republic of
The Bin Laden family is far
from primitive, and they know
a little bit about the nature of
tyranny, surveillance states and
police states.
That’s why they were fight-
ing so diligently against the
American aid to the
Mujahideen army dealt a big
blow to the Soviet Union, but
somewhere along the way, the
lines got crossed between our
intelligence community and the
It did not take them long to
begin to hate us as much as
they hated the Russians.
Osama Bin Laden has been
implicated in
m u l t i p l e
attacks on
Ame r i c a n s
i n c l u d i n g
Embassies, the
U.S.S. Cole
and most nota-
bly 9/11.
As horrific
and devastat-
ing as 9/11
was to our
nation, it did
not bring the
nation to its
knees. The
government did not crumble,
and we did not surrender to the
terrorists or any foreign gov-
As the years pass, I feel more
each day that this was not the
intent of the attack.
In the months following
9/11, the administration of
George W. Bush urged
Congress to pass laws such as
the USA Patriot Act, a piece of
legislation that has since been
renewed by President Barack
Many of us were and still are
frequent critics of the law.
P a s s e d
under the
guise that it
was needed in
order to help
locate and
track down
terrorists, I
r e p e a t e d l y
stated that the
law was dan-
It did not
matter if
Bush, Obama
or the next
five presi-
dents abused the law or not.
As long as it is on the books,
the potential is there for
Americans to lose liberties
through abuse of the law.
Trading liberty for security is
never a good idea.
The Bush and Obama admin-
istrations have both taken liber-
ties with our liberties. Executive
orders and legislation since the
Patriot Act have been billed as
only beefing up our efforts
against foreign and domestic
We’ve been assured that
these laws would never be used
to monitor the average citizen.
If Snowden is telling the
truth, the government has not
been completely honest with
us. That’s the Democrats and
the Republicans.
But I can’t help but wonder if
the NSA spy grid, the
Unconstitutional Associated
Press information grab and the
IRS using its power to monitor
“conservative” groups was all a
part of the terrorists’ diabolical
plan to begin with.
George Bush stated multiple
times that the terrorists bombed
us because “they hate our free-
If this is true, Bush should
have seen the trap. Obama
should see the trap.
Aside from the loss of
life,they should know that five
more planes and 10 more
bombs would not have served
to take anyone’s freedom away
in America.
The source of the deteriora-
tion of our freedoms comes
from our government and our
intelligence agencies, who do it
in the name of fighting terror-
We’re so wrapped up in our
own polarizing ideologies, that
we’ve resorted to spying on
each other, seemingly to have a
political advantage.
Now all the Jihadists have to
do is sit back and watch the
destruction of America on the
nightly news.
And it doesn’t matter who’s
watching who. It doesn’t matter
if it’s a Republican administra-
tion spying on liberals or a
Democrat administration spy-
ing on conservatives. We’ve
made ourselves the enemies
instead of the terrorists, and
this divided house is not going
to be able to stand much longer.
Snowden has told us what we
have always feared. What
we’ve always suspected. The
terrorists may be losing to the
war on the battlefield, but they
are winning the war against
American liberty.
— Pentagon Papers leaker
Daniel Ellsberg calls the reve-
lations by a government con-
tractor on U.S. secret surveil-
lance programs the most “sig-
nificant disclosure” in the
nation’s history.
In 1971, Ellsberg passed the
secret Defense Department
study of U.S. involvement in
Vietnam to The New York
Times and other newspapers.
The 7,000 pages showed that
the U.S. government repeatedly
misled the public about the war.
Their leak set off a clash
between the Nixon administra-
tion and the press and led to a
landmark Supreme Court rul-
ing on the First Amendment.
Ellsberg, 82, told The
Associated Press Monday that
the leaks by Edward Snowden,
29, to The Washington Post and
The Guardian newspapers are
more important than the
Pentagon Papers as well as
information given to the anti-
secrecy website Wikileaks by
Army Pfc. Bradley Manning,
an intelligence analyst.
Snowden, a former CIA
employee who later worked as
a contractor for the National
Security Agency, told the news-
papers about a government pro-
gram that tracks American
phone records and another one
that tracks phone and Internet
messages around the world.
“I was overjoyed that finally
an official with high or a for-
mer official with high access,
good knowledge of the abusive
system that he was revealing
was ready to tell the truth at
whatever cost to his own future
safety, or his career, ready to
give up his career, risk even
prison to inform the American
people,” Ellsberg said.
“What he was looking at and
what he told us about was the
form of behavior, the practice
of policy that’s blatantly uncon-
stitutional. I respect his judg-
ment of having withheld most
of what he knows, as an infor-
mation specialist, on the
grounds that its secrecy is legit-
imate and that the benefit to the
American people of knowing it
would be outweighed by possi-
ble dangers. What he has cho-
sen, on the other hand, to put
out, again confirms very good
Manning is being tried in
military court under federal
espionage and computer fraud
laws for releasing classified
documents to WikiLeaks about
the wars in Iraq and
Afghanistan, among other
items. The most serious charge
against him is aiding the enemy.
Ellsberg recently expressed
support for Manning but said
he didn’t have access to infor-
mation with the same “degree
of significance” as the revela-
tions released by Snowden.
“There has been no more
significant disclosure in the
history of our country. And I’ll
include the Pentagon Papers in
that,” Ellsberg said of
Snowden’s leak.
“I fear for our rights. I fear
for our democracy, and I think
others should too. And I don’t
think, actually, that we are gov-
erned by people in Congress,
the courts or the White House
who have sufficient concern for
the requirements of maintain-
ing a democracy.”
Ellsberg: No leaks more
signifcant than Snowden’s
AP Photo
Glenn Greenwald, a reporter of Britain’s The Guardian newspaper, speaks to The Associated Press in Hong Kong Tuesday, June 11,
2013. Greenwald, the journalist who interviewed Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old contractor who allowed himself to be revealed as
the source of disclosures about the U.S. government’s secret surveillance programs, said he had been in touch with Snowden, but
declined to say whether he was still in Hong Kong and said he didn’t know what his future plans were. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
Bryan Davis
Managing Editor
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Good food doesn’t have to be pretty
I always try to make
my dinner look nice on
the plate. It looks more
appetizing and it makes
a better picture to share
with my readers. But
there are some foods
that will never look
pretty and my dinner
last night was one of
those meals.
Generally, I follow a
couple of rules when
plating and photo-
graphing my dinners:
• Use different colors - this is
pretty easy unless you’re from the
South. So much of our food is
brown or yellow! Think about
your Thanksgiving dinner - turkey
is brown, dressing is brown, gravy
is brown, bread is brown, your
entire plate is brown! But on
Thanksgiving, we don’t really seem
to mind because we know the food
is going to be delicious. On a nor-
mal day, though, I will usually try
to have a meat (which will proba-
bly be brown because meat is just
brown), a white starch, and at least
one colorful vegetable. Sometimes,
I will try to add a colorful sauce of
some sort to the plate as well.
• Layer or stack the food - several
months ago, I received a plate por-
tioning device as a gift. While I
think the gift is awesome, it doesn’t
result in gorgeous
plates (but that isn’t it’s
purpose). You set the
portioner on top of
your plate and fill the
three holes with your
protein, starch, and
vegetable. That way,
you have the appropri-
ate portion of each
food. But how often
do you go to a nice
restaurant and your
food is all plated sepa-
rately and nothing is touching - for
me, not very often. If you watch
cooking shows like Chopped or
Iron Chef on the Food Network,
I’m sure you have seen the elabo-
rate ways that those chefs plate
their food. Often, they will use a
formula like this: something
creamy on the bottom (could be
mashed potatoes, creamed corn, or
some sort of sauce or puree), main
item sitting on top of the creamy
item, something crunchy resting
against the main item, and some
sort of garnish on top. Trying to
arrange your ingredients like this
makes for a more visually appeal-
ing dish.
• Garnish, garnish, garnish - ten
years ago, every restaurant would
put little inedible green sprigs on
the plate to garnish dishes. I’m not
even sure what the green sprigs
were (maybe parsley?) but I cer-
tainly saw no reason for them to be
on my plate. Today, though, edible
garnishes are a more appealing way
to make a dish more eye-catching.
Maybe you crush up a few crackers
on top of a bowl of soup right
before serving it to give a little
color and texture contrast; or
maybe you use some whole or
roughly chopped herbs to add a
little green to the plate. I some-
times even like to grind some
crushed black pepper on top of a
light colored dish to add a little
more texture to the dish.
But like I said at the beginning,
some of the time, dishes come
together and you realize they just
aren’t going to look pretty. And as
long as they taste good, that’s
really all that matters. Last night
for dinner, I made a dish that had
bacon, chicken, rice, rotel toma-
toes, broccoli, and a cheese sauce
all mixed together.
It was successful is being several
different colors, between the
brown/white/yellow from the
bacon, chicken, rice and cheese;
red rotel tomatoes and green broc-
coli, but there was no way to layer
the food nicely to make it not look
like a huge mess! But, it was deli-
cious. So, this week I share a recipe
(but not a picture) of a tasty, easy
weeknight meal.
If you want to try making your
plates look more professional, use
the suggestions I talked about. Or,
just make delicious food that
nobody cares if it takes a pretty
Easy, Cheesy, Spicy, Creamy
Chicken, Bacon, Broccoli & Rice
6 slices bacon, diced
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
salt and pepper
1 cup long grain white rice
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup chicken stock
1 tsp salt
1 cup diced onion
12oz broccoli, chopped
2-4 cloves garlic, minced
20 oz Ro-Tel tomatoes and chiles
2 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp flour
1 cup chicken stock
1 1/2 cups sharp cheddar cheese
Add the diced bacon to a large
skillet or wok (a dutch oven would
also work) and turn heat to medi-
um high. Cook the bacon until
crisp, stirring occasionally.
Meanwhile, cut chicken into bite-
sized pieces. Season chicken with
salt and pepper. When the bacon is
cooked, remove from pan using a
slotted spoon. If you have bacon
grease in the pan, leave it. If you
don’t have bacon grease, add 1
Tbsp butter to the pan and let it
melt. Add the chicken to the pan
and cook, stirring to cook all sides.
Once the chicken is completely
cooked, remove it to the plate with
the bacon.
Add rice, 1 1/2 cups water, 1/2
cup chicken stock and 1 tsp salt to
a saucepan and bring it to a boil.
Cover, reduce heat to low and sim-
mer for 14 minutes. When rice is
done, remove from the heat.
Meanwhile, add the onion and
garlic to the same skillet used to
cook the meat. Cook over medi-
um-high heat until fragrant. Stir in
broccoli and cook until tender,
about 10 minutes. Top with toma-
toes, cooked rice, chicken and
bacon and stir to combine. Reduce
heat to low to keep warm.
Melt 2 Tbsp butter in a small
saucepan and whisk in 2 Tbsp flour
until just combined. Add the chick-
en brown and stir well. Cook on
high until it becomes thick.
Remove from heat and whisk in
the cheese as well as salt and pep-
per (to taste.) Once cheese is melt-
ed, pour into skillet with all other
ingredients. Stir to combine and
Connor Guyton is a graphic artist
and foodie living in Starkville, MS.
Contact her via e-mail at connorguy-
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I’m in the Kitchen
Special to the
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JACKSON, Miss. – When
Dr. James D. Hardy and his
surgical team became the frst
to successfully transplant a
lung from one human to anoth-
er on June 11, 1963, the remark-
able achievement was over-
shadowed by what also
occurred in Jackson on that
fateful day – the murder of
Civil Rights activist Medgar
But the shockwaves of what
Hardy achieved still resonate
50 years later.
To this day, those who per-
haps knew Hardy best – his
former trainees and residents –
can’t stop talking about the
man who proved to the world
that lung transplantation could
provide effective therapy for
otherwise fatal pulmonary
“He (Hardy) expected excel-
lence of himself and he
demanded excellence of those
around him,” said Dr. Jerry
Holleman, a former resident of
Hardy’s. “He had relatively no
tolerance for less-than-com-
plete effort.”
“He was an excellent techni-
cian and could get things done,”
said Dr. Richard Yelverton, a
resident of Hardy’s from 1960-
65, “and he took the step for-
ward and did it.”
“Even today, 50 years after
he did the frst lung transplant
and a decade after he passed
away, I can’t go to a national
meeting without somebody
asking me about Dr. Hardy,”
said Dr. Marc Mitchell, James
D. Hardy Professor and chair-
man of the Department of
Surgery at UMMC. Mitchell
calls the lung transplant one of
the “seminal events” in surgery.
“The world’s frst lung
transplant . . . was a major,
major feat,” Mitchell said. “It’s
actually more diffcult to do a
lung transplant than a heart
transplant, so it is interesting
that he did the frst lung trans-
plant before he did the frst
heart transplant.
“That the lung transplant
was done less than eight years
after the doors to the hospital
opened . . . to accomplish that
in such a short period of time in
such a young medical center
makes the feat even more fasci-
Hardy was an up-and-com-
ing director of surgical research
at the University of Tennessee
at Memphis when Dr. David
Pankratz, dean of the School of
Medicine at the still-under-con-
struction University of
Mississippi Medical Center,
recruited him to become chair-
man of surgery in 1953. Within
a year, Hardy began to concen-
trate on what would become
the next leap in surgical evolu-
tion: organ transplantation.
“Transplantation was just
coming into its own,” Yelverton
recalled. “Dr. Hardy was just a
Over the years, with each
successful experiment, Hardy
began to unravel the intricacies
of transplantation and became
convinced that human-to-
human organ transplants were
not only possible, but entirely
“Many of the fundamental
documents that govern human
subject research had not been
written,” said Dr. Ralph
Didlake, professor of surgery,
director of the Center for
Bioethics and Medical
Humanities and a former resi-
dent of Hardy’s. “At the time,
Dr. Hardy was asking the right
questions about the morality of
these transplants.
Those boundaries were
pushed to their limits on April
15, 1963, when 58-year-old
John Russell, a prisoner at the
Mississippi State Penitentiary
at Parchman, was admitted to
University Hospital with a his-
tory of repeated bouts of pneu-
monia that antibiotics had
failed to improve. Squamous
cell carcinoma in his left lung
had rendered it all but useless,
and his right lung had been
weakened by advanced emphy-
sema. Russell also suffered
from kidney disease.
Dr. Robert Marston, then-
dean of the School of Medicine,
had granted Hardy permission
to do a human lung transplant
under certain agreed-upon con-
ditions. After further tests,
Hardy offered Russell the
option of a transplant of his
diseased left lung.
Russell accepted, and on
June 11, when a donor left lung
became available, the trans-
plant took place. But what
attention came with the surgery
was extremely short-lived.
Before the operation had
concluded, Hardy received an
urgent call from the emergency
room. He asked Dr. Martin
Dalton, a senior thoracic sur-
gery resident and member of
his surgical team, to report to
the ER.
When Dalton arrived, he
found an African-American
man who had suffered a gun-
shot wound at close range.
Dalton attempted to stop the
man’s bleeding and revive him,
to no avail. Dalton pronounced
the time of death and went to
notify the man’s family. It was
then that he learned the man he
had been trying to save was
Medgar Evers.
Russell, the lung transplant
recipient, died 19 days after the
history-making surgery. It was
his kidney disease – not the
newly transplanted lung – that
led to his death.
While preparing for the
University of Mississippi
Medical Center’s recognition
of the 50th anniversary of
Hardy’s pioneering lung trans-
plant, Connie Machado, associ-
ate professor of academic
information services, discov-
ered many of the surviving 16
mm flms of Hardy’s proce-
dures acquired by the universi-
ty’s library in 2003 had been in
various states of deterioration.
The one of immediate con-
cern was canister No. 97,
marked “Transplantation of
Organs (Heart Out).” Last fall,
Machado obtained a National
Film Preservation Foundation
grant to restore the 10-minute
flm at a cost of $5,200.
“We wouldn’t be doing
transplants today if people like
Dr. Hardy hadn’t had the cour-
age to perform these proce-
dures,” said Machado. “In the
1960s, health care wasn’t
where it is now. They were try-
ing to make a difference to
improve people’s live.
Much of the restored foot-
age is included in an associated
video news release from the
Division of Public Affairs,
which can be found here.
Within a year of his ground-
breaking lung transplant, Hardy
made even bigger news when
he and his surgical team became
the frst to successfully trans-
plant a donor heart – taken
from a chimpanzee – into a
human. The attention paid to
that frst heart transplant – a
controversial decision in its day
– quickly surpassed that of the
frst lung transplant. Yet it was
clear, according to Didlake,
that Hardy’s work had a pro-
found impact on medical eth-
Dr. Martin McMullan, pro-
fessor of surgery, special advi-
sor to the vice chancellor and
former Hardy resident, put it
“No matter what operation
or what sentinel event occurs,
somebody has to be the frst to
do it,” McMullan said. “The
value of Dr. Hardy’s frst trans-
plant was to show the world
that transplants were likely
UMMC commemorates 50th anniversary of frst lung transplant
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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 shut-in, and could benefit
from this free delivery service,
call 494-3322 before 8 a.m.
the morning of the deliveries..
u Town Creek Bible
Study — Minister Lester
Moore will be holding Bible
Study at Town Creek
Apartments in the Laundry
Room each Tuesday night
from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. The
current 13-week less is titled
“How to be a Christian.”
Monday, June 10-12
u VBS — The Church
House of Refuge Family
Worship Center will be having
Vacation Bible School June
10-12, 2013. VBS will be
from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.
Monday, June 10-14
u VBS — Walker Grove
M.B. Church wishes to invite
everyone to Vacation Bible
School from 6 – 8 p.m. The
theme is “Tell it on the
Mountain where Jesus Christ
is Lord.”
u VBS — Siloam M.B.
Church wishes to invite every-
one to Vacation Bible School
from 6-8 p.m.
u Revival — Yeates Chapel
M.B. Church is having Revival
at 7 p.m.
Monday, June 10-13
u VBS — St. Paul United
Methodist Church is having
Vacation Bible School from
5:30 – 8 p.m. Children from
kindergarten through 12th
grade are welcome to attend.
Wednesday, June
u Pre-Pastor Appreciation
— Progress St. Church of God
Pastor’s Aide Dept. would like
to invite area pastors and their
church families to come and
share in their Pre-Pastor and
wife Appreciation Services at 7
p.m. There will be a different
speaker each night.
Saturday, June 15
u Choir Anniversary —
First Baptist Pheba Church is
celebrating their Choir
Anniversary at 6:30 p.m. All
solo singers, choirs, and
groups are invited to attend.
Monday, June 17-21
u VBS — West End
Baptist Church will be hosting
Vacation Bible School 6-9
p.m. WEBC invites pre-school
thru 5th graders and adults to
come join the “Colossal
Coaster World; Facing Fear,
Trusting God.” 2 Timothy
1:7. VBS Family night will be
on Friday, June 21st at 6 p.m.
Wednesday, June
u VBS — Gospel Temple
M.B. Church wishes to invite
everyone to Vacation Bible
School from 6-8 p.m. The
theme is “Round em’ up for
Sunday, June 23
u Pastor Appreciation —
Progress St. Church of God
wishes to invite everyone to
their Pastor Appreciation
Service for Bishop William
and Lou Golden at 3 p.m.
Guest speaker is Bishop
Charles Ferrell of Holy Temple
Church of God in New
Albany, along with his choir
and church family.
Sunday, June 23-27
u Revival — Walker Grove
M.B. Church wishes to invite
everyone to their Summer
Revival Services, Sunday at 6
p.m. Monday-Thursday at 7
p.m. Guest speaker is Rev.
Charles Brown of Pine Grove
M.B. Church of Starkville.
Monday, June 24-26
u VBS — Third Mt. Olive
M.B. Church is having
Vacation Bible School from
5-7 p.m.
Monday, June 27-29
u VBS — Shady Grove
Abbott M.B. Church wishes
to invite everyone to Vacation
Bible School at 6 p.m. Classes
for all ages, includes adults.
Daily Times Leader Page 6 • Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Happy Father’s Day & Happy Birthday!
Thank you for all of your prayers, phone calls,
food, visits, generosity and sincerity on behalf
of our beloved “Joey Baernard Bell” for which
we are indeed grateful. From the bottom of my
heart, I say again, Thank You.
ChurCh Calendar
Special to the
Daily Times Leader
BILOXI – A pair of East
Mississippi Community
College Adult Basic Education
instructors have been named
the best in North Mississippi.
Reading, writing and sci-
ence instructor Melissa Wilson
and math and social studies
instructor Geneva Atkins are
the frst pair of instructors to
share the North Mississippi
Teacher of the Year designa-
tion, awarded at the annual
Mississippi Adult Education
Summer Conference June 4 in
“This is normally an indi-
vidual award. But Geneva and
Melissa are the embodiment of
the word teamwork and I’m
glad the selection committee
was able to see the value of
their work. And for the frst
time, two instructors share the
award,” said Jim Bearden,
director of EMCC’s ABE pro-
gram, called Launch Pad.
Wilson echoed Bearden’s
comments Thursday.
“We work together as a team
in every aspect our job, from
scheduling classes to develop-
ing effective curricula that will
foster success for our students,”
she said.
The awards for instruction
follow EMCC’s rebranding of
its ABE program, based at the
Golden Triangle campus, as
Launch Pad. The ABE curricu-
lum was retooled and rebrand-
ed in October of last year to
increase class offerings aimed
at passing specifc tests.
“ABE has the connotation
of being only GED testing and
that’s what we’re trying to get
away from. It’s basic skills
enhancement, ACT prep,
WorkKeys prep, industry
assessment prep and more,”
said Bearden.
Along with the more target-
ed instruction, the Launch Pad
is working to help interested
Golden Triangle residents com-
plete their GEDs before the test
goes strictly online nationwide
in 2014, at which point any
partial scores for students who
took the test in the past but
didn’t pass all sections will be
lost. In addition to losing par-
tial scores, the price for online
GED testing in 2014 is set to
rise to $125.
MSU obtains harpsichord thanks
to local doctor, women’s clinic
Submitted Photo
East Mississippi Community College Adult Basic Education in-
structors Geneva Atkins and Melissa Wilson were named co-
Teachers of the Year for North Mississippi at the annual Missis-
sippi Adult Education Summer Conference Tuesday in Biloxi.
“This is normally an individual award. But Geneva and Melissa
are the embodiment of the word teamwork and I’m glad the selec-
tion committee was able to see the value of their work. And for
the frst time, two instructors share the award,” said Jim Bearden,
director of EMCC’s ABE program the Launch Pad.
EMCC ABE instructors
named North State
Techers of the Year
Special to the
Daily Times Leader
special gift by a Starkville phy-
sician and his medical practice
is providing a French double-
manual harpsichord for the
music department at Mississippi
Dr. Chester Lott made pos-
sible the department’s acquisi-
tion of the keyboard instrument
similar in appearance to a
smaller grand piano but whose
strings are plucked rather than
Built in 1988 by
Massachusetts-based Hubbard
and Broekman Inc., the harpsi-
chord is modeled on one built
in France in 1769, according to
university piano professor
Jackie Edwards-Henry.
She leads the piano program
in the music department, which
is shared by the colleges of Arts
and Sciences and Education.
Edwards-Henry said Lott, a
1977 MSU microbiology grad-
uate, made the donation on
behalf of Starkville Clinic for
Women, his professional asso-
“Dr. Lott said the variety of
opportunities for a small city is
among the reasons he considers
Starkville a wonderful place in
which to live,” she said. “He
recognized that the MSU music
department plays an important
role in that variety through its
student, faculty and guest artist
Lott, who has practiced in
the city since 1990, “sees this
donation as an opportunity to
continue to make Starkville a
great place to live for years to
come,” she added.
“Thanks to the generosity of
Dr. Lott and Starkville Clinic
for Women, our music depart-
ment now will be able to
expand repertoire choices in
vocal- and instrumental-applied
studios and ensembles,”
Edwards-Henry said. “We also
now can provide harpsichord
instruction as an option for our
keyboard majors.
“As for public concerts, we
now can invite professional
early music guest artists and
ensembles to perform on cam-
pus and in Starkville,” she
Featuring a profle more
elongated than a grand piano
and with a sharper curve to the
bentside, the harpsichord fea-
tures long bass strings on one
side and short iron treble strings
on the other.
Edwards-Henry said the
new MSU acquisition came
from the Boston-area
Harpsichord Clearing House
that had obtained it through a
Los Angeles, Calif., estate sale.
“The quality of this Hubbard
and Broekman is superb, rank-
ing among the best instruments
I have played at the University
of Michigan, Indiana University
and the Oberlin Conservatory,
all well-established schools
with highly respected early
music programs,” she said.
According to the veteran
MSU educator, the harpsichord
was used in most of the vocal
and instrumental repertoire
written during the Baroque era,
which began in Italy in the
early 1600s and spread through-
out Europe.
Plans currently are being
made to have the new-to-cam-
pus instrument featured with
the Starkville/MSU Symphony
(and MSU Philharmonia) dur-
ing the upcoming school year.
It recently was given promi-
nence during a Philharmonia
concert held at the Starkville
First Baptist Church.
“As the fall semester gets
under way, we encourage mem-
bers of the Golden Triangle
area to check the “Events
Calendar” icon on the music
department website for dates,
times and locations of these
and other concerts,” Edwards-
Henry said. The website
address is
Submitted Photo
Shown with the MSU music department’s new French double-manual harpsichord are, from left, Michael Brown, department head;
Jackie Edwards-Henry, piano professor; and Dr. Chester Lott, Starkville physician and contributor of the instrument.
Daily Times Leader Wednesday, June 12, 2013 • Page 7
Baird, Walker honored with Senior Party
Oak Hill Academy seniors, Conner Baird and Caitlyn Walker were recently honored with a senior party at Profftt’s Porch in
Columbus. Guests included at the top from left Taylor Harris, Jacob Dickens, Conner Baird and Chance Craddock.
On the bottom from left are Hannah Allen, Taylor McCallum, Caitlyn Walker and Anna Ready. Other guests were parents
of the honorees along with other family members. The party was given by Junior and Gail Ray and Chris and Stephanie
Craven. Submitted Photo
One of the NSA programs
gathers hundreds of millions of
U.S. phone records to search
for possible links to known ter-
rorist targets abroad. The other
allows the government to tap
into nine U.S. Internet compa-
nies and gather all communica-
tions to detect suspicious
behavior that begins overseas.
A new poll by the Post and
the Pew Research Center found
Americans generally prioritize
the government’s need to inves-
tigate terrorist threats over the
need to protect personal priva-
cy, and most (56 percent) con-
sidered the NSA’s collection of
Americans’ telephone call
records an acceptable way for
the government to investigate
terrorism. Americans were
more closely divided on wheth-
er the government should be
able to monitor email and other
online activities to prevent
future terrorist attacks, with 52
percent opposed to that.
The poll was conducted June
6-9, as many details of the
NSA’s data collection efforts
were still being revealed.
A senior U.S. intelligence
official on Monday said there
were no plans to scrap the pro-
grams. Despite backlash from
overseas allies and American
privacy advocates, the pro-
grams continue to receive
widespread, if cautious, sup-
port within Congress as an
indispensable tool for protect-
ing Americans from terrorists.
The official spoke on condition
of anonymity to discuss the
sensitive security issue.
Wyden said lawmakers must
have clear and direct answers
to questions in order to conduct
oversight. “This job cannot be
done responsibly if senators
aren’t getting straight answers
to direct questions,” he said in
the statement.
The Justice Department is
weighing whether to charge the
American man who claims to
have given documents about
the classified programs to jour-
nalists. The whereabouts of
Edward Snowden, 29, were not
immediately known. He was
last in Hong Kong, where he
hopes to avoid being extradited
to the United States for prose-
The NSA contractor for
whom he worked, Booz Allen
Hamilton, announced Tuesday
that they had fired Snowden
after less than three months on
the job.
Meanwhile, the European
Parliament planned to debate
the spy programs Tuesday and
whether they have violated
local privacy protections. EU
officials in Brussels pledged to
seek answers from U.S. diplo-
mats at a trans-Atlantic minis-
terial meeting in Dublin later
this week.
The global scrutiny comes as
other lawmakers including
Senate intelligence chairwom-
an Sen. Dianne Feinstein of
California accuse Snowden of
committing an “act of treason”
that should be prosecuted.
Officials in Germany and the
European Union issued calm
but firm complaints Monday
over two National Security
Agency programs that target
suspicious foreign messages —
potentially including phone
numbers, email, images, video
and other online communica-
tions transmitted through U.S.
providers. The chief British
diplomat felt it necessary to try
to assure Parliament that the
spy programs do not encroach
on U.K. privacy laws.
And in Washington, mem-
bers of Congress said they
would take a new look at poten-
tial ways to keep the U.S. safe
from terror attacks without giv-
ing up privacy protections that
critics charge are at risk with
the government’s current
authority to broadly sweep up
personal communications.
“There’s very little trust in
the government, and that’s for
good reason,” said Rep. Adam
Schiff, D-Calif., who sits on the
House Intelligence Committee.
“We’re our own worst enemy.”
House Speaker John
Boehner, however, said he
believes President Barack
Obama has fully explained why
the program is needed. He told
ABC’s “Good Morning
America” Tuesday that “the
disclosure of this information
puts Americans at risk. It shows
our adversaries what our capa-
bilities are and it’s a giant vio-
lation of the law.” He called
Snowden a “traitor.”
Sen. Angus King, I-Maine,
who sits on the Senate
Intelligence Committee, said
he was considering how
Congress could limit the
amount of data spy agencies
seize from telephone and
Internet companies — includ-
ing restricting the information
to be released only on an as-
needed basis.
“It’s a little unsettling to have
this massive data in the govern-
ment’s possession,” King said.
Snowden is a former CIA
employee who later joined
Booz Allen, where the papers
said he gained access to the
surveillance. Sen. Susan
Collins, R-Maine said, it was
“absolutely shocking” that a
29-year-old with limited expe-
rience would have access to
this material.
FBI agents on Monday visit-
ed the home of Snowden’s
father, Lonnie Snowden, in
Upper Macungie Township, Pa.
The FBI in Philadelphia
declined to comment.
The first explosive document
Snowden revealed was a top
secret court order issued by the
Foreign Intelligence
Surveillance Court that granted
a three-month renewal for a
massive collection of American
phone records. That order was
signed April 25. The Guardian’s
first story on the court order
was published June 5.
Snowden also gave the Post
and the Guardian a PowerPoint
presentation on another secret
program that collects online
usage by the nine Internet pro-
viders. The U.S. government
says it uses that information
only to track foreigners’ use
It was unclear when or if
Snowden would be extradited.
“All of the options, as he put
it, are bad options,” Guardian
journalist Glenn Greenwald,
who first reported the phone-
tracking program and inter-
viewed Snowden extensively,
told The Associated Press on
Monday. He said Snowden
decided to release details of the
programs out of shock and
anger over the sheer scope of
the government’s privacy inva-
“It was his choice to publicly
unveil himself,” Greenwald
told the AP in Hong Kong. “He
recognized that even if he
hadn’t publicly unveiled him-
self, it was only a matter of
time before the U.S. govern-
ment discovered that it was he
who had been responsible for
these disclosures, and he made
peace with that. ... He’s very
steadfast and resolute about the
fact that he did the right thing.”
Greenwald said he had more
documents from Snowden and
expected “more significant rev-
elations” about NSA.
Although Hong Kong has an
extradition treaty with the U.S.,
the document has some excep-
tions, including for crimes
deemed political. Any negotia-
tions about his possible hando-
ver will involve Beijing, but
some analysts believe China is
unlikely to want to jeopardize
its relationship with Washington
over someone it would consid-
er of little political interest.
Snowden also told The
Guardian that he may seek asy-
lum in Iceland, which has
strong free-speech protections
and a tradition of providing a
haven for the outspoken and
the outcast.
The Justice Department is
investigating whether his dis-
closures were a criminal
offense — a matter that’s not
always clear-cut under U.S.
federal law.
A second senior intelligence
official said Snowden would
have had to have signed a non-
disclosure agreement to gain
access to the top secret data.
That suggests he could be pros-
ecuted for violating that agree-
ment. Penalties could range
from a few years to life in
prison. The official spoke on
condition of anonymity to
describe the process of access-
ing classified materials more
The leak came to light as
Army Pfc. Bradley Manning
was being tried in military
court under federal espionage
and computer fraud laws for
releasing classified documents
to WikiLeaks about the wars in
Iraq and Afghanistan, among
other items. The most serious
charge against him was aiding
the enemy, which carries a
potential life sentence. But the
military operates under a dif-
ferent legal system.
If Snowden is forced to
return to the United States to
face charges, whistle-blower
advocates said Monday that
they would raise money for his
legal defense.
Clapper has ordered an inter-
nal review to assess how much
damage the disclosures created.
Intelligence experts say terror-
ist suspects and others seeking
to attack the U.S. all but cer-
tainly will find alternate ways
to communicate instead of rely-
ing on systems that now are
widely known to be under sur-
White House spokesman Jay
Carney said Obama was open
for a discussion about the spy
programs, both with allies and
in Congress. His administration
has aggressively defended the
two programs and credited
them with helping stop at least
two terrorist attacks, including
one in New York City.
Privacy rights advocates say
Obama has gone too far. The
American Civil Liberties Union
and Yale Law School filed legal
action Monday to force a secret
U.S. court to make public its
opinions justifying the scope of
some of the surveillance, call-
ing the programs “shockingly
broad.” And conservative law-
yer Larry Klayman filed a sep-
arate lawsuit against the Obama
administration, claiming he and
others have been harmed by the
government’s collection of as
many as 3 billion phone num-
bers each day.
Army records indicate
Snowden enlisted in the Army
around May 2004 and was dis-
charged that September.
“He attempted to qualify to
become a Special Forces sol-
dier but did not complete the
requisite training and was
administratively discharged
from the Army,” Col. David H.
Patterson Jr., an Army spokes-
man at the Pentagon, said in a
statement late Monday.
Associated Press writers
Donna Cassata, Frederic
Frommer and Matt Apuzzo in
Washington, Robert H. Reid in
Berlin and Kelvin Chan in
Hong Kong contributed to this
‘ Intel ’ cont i nued f rom page 4
Jackson, Miss. (June 10,
2013) – The Mississippi
Development Authority will
lead a delegation of Mississippi
business leaders and economic
development professionals at
the 6th Annual Southeastern
U.S. – Canadian Provinces
Alliance conference and trade
mission. The event, which will
take place at the Halifax
Marriott Harbourfront Hotel,
will be held July 14-16, 2013 in
Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Mississippi businesses, eco-
nomic developers, university
representatives and local offi-
cials are encouraged to join the
state’s delegation at the
event. “Several large energy
projects and shipbuilding ini-
tiatives are currently underway
in the Canadian marketplace.
From Nova Scotia and Labrador
to New Brunswick and Prince
Edward Island, this is a prime
time for Mississippi businesses
to pursue trade and investment
opportunities with Canada,”
said MDA Executive Director
Brent Christensen. “Mississippi
businesses interested in form-
ing new industry relationships
with our Canadian counterparts
should mark their calendars to
join us at this event.”
This year’s conference will
cover topics such as Marine
Defense and Security
Technologies, Global
Gateways, Cleantech
Innovation, Life Sciences and
Health Technologies. Sectors
of focus for the event include
shipbuilding, energy, defense,
aerospace, ocean-technology,
logistics, ICT and digital media
and agri-food/life sciences.
MDA urges Mississippi busi-
nesses interested in attending
the event to take advantage of
pre-arranged business-to-busi-
ness matchmaking meetings
with companies in these sec-
tors. The deadline to register
for this business development
opportunity is June 15th.
Grant assistance to defray the
cost of attending the event is
available to Mississippi busi-
nesses on a first-come, first-
served basis through the U.S.
Small Business Administration-
funded Mississippi State Trade
Export Promotion Program.
Small businesses interested in
learning more about the STEP
program are encouraged to
contact the Mississippi
Development Authority’s inter-
national trade specialists at
(601) 359-3155.
To register for the SEUS-CP
6th Annual Conference, visit For more
information, contact Liz
Cleveland or Vickie Watters
Martin at (601) 359-3155 or by
e-mail at lcleveland@missis- or vwatters@missis-
MDA encourages businesses
to make conference trip
Daily Times Leader Page 8 • Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Locals take in an MSU baseball game
Some West Point natives found time to make it out to the ballpark when Mississippi State was in town for the NCAA
Regional. Pictured are Lindsay Linhares, Brent Thompson, Daniel Fisher and Ashley Edwards. Photo by Dana Smith
Special to the
Daily Times Leader
– Omaha, the Bulldogs are
coming back.
Mississippi State clinched
its ninth appearance in the
College World Series with a
dramatic 6-5 win over No. 6
national seed Virginia Monday
afternoon at Davenport Field to
clinch the Charlottesville Super
With the victory, the
Bulldogs swept the Super
Regional best-of-three series
and won its second-ever Super
Regional in fve career tries.
MSU advances to the College
World Series for the frst time
since 2007 and will play for a
frst-time in the new CWS
home, T.D. Ameritrade
MSU will face No. 3 nation-
al seed Oregon State in the
opening round of the eight-
team, double-elimination
CWS. The Bulldogs’ opener is
scheduled for Saturday, June
15, at 2 p.m. CT and will be
televised by ESPN2.
“It does without saying that
Virginia is a great club,” MSU
head coach John Cohen said.
“Virginia’s RPI is No. 2 in the
country and they are a really
good club. I’m so proud of our
guys. I think the thing that I’m
most proud of with our guys is
they all wanted to be in Omaha
but their goal is to try and win
the whole thing.
“They don’t see this as a job
being fnished. We’re excited
but at the same time, I think
these kids still think we have
some journey left to go here.”
MSU held a 5-3 lead when
the series clincher was sus-
pended by rain in the seventh
inning Sunday night. Once play
resumed Monday, the Bulldogs
expanded the lead before hold-
ing off a furious Cavaliers rally
in the ninth inning.
The story of the series
clincher was the relief perfor-
mance of Chad Girodo. Trevor
Fitts started on the mound for
the Bulldogs and was lifted
with one out in the third inning
and his team down 1-0.
From there, Girodo (8-1)
sparkled in relief, allowing fve
hits and two runs (both earned),
with 10 strikeouts and two
walks. In three regional and
super regional appearances,
Girodo recorded 24 punch outs.
The Bulldogs (48-18) erased
the 1-0 defcit with a single
score in the second inning and
Wes Rea’s mammoth home run
in the third inning. Rea hit a
two-run shot into the trees in
left feld. It was the Maroon
and White’s frst postseason
home run.
“We got to school in August
and the guys just meshed well,
Rea said. “It felt like we have
something special in the locker
room and we’d never really had
that with a ballclub before. We
knew going to Omaha was our
goal and if you don’t talk about
your goals then you’re never
going to reach them. We’re not
done yet, and we’re going to
try to win the whole thing with
the same approach.” An inning
later, the Bulldogs extended the
lead to 5-1 and chased
Cavaliers’ ace Scott Silverstein
(10-2). Silverstein allowed
seven hits and fve runs (four
earned), with one strikeout and
three walks. The Bulldogs bat-
tled at the plate and extended
Silverstein’s outing, as the
ffth-year senior threw 71
For the contest, MSU fn-
ished with 10 hits, after pound-
ing out 20 hits in an 11-6 win in
the series opener Saturday.
Frazier had two hits and fn-
ished the Super Regional hit-
ting at an 8-for-11 clip. Frazier
is now second on the all-time
single season hits list at MSU
with 102 hits, one shy of the
school record by Brian Wiese.
C.T. Bradford and Derrick
Armstrong also had multiple
Virginia (50-12) responded
with two runs in the sixth
inning. Nate Irving lined a two-
run double for the Cavaliers in
that at-bat. Girodo worked his
squad out of that tight spot and
with skies threatening worked
a 1-2-3 seventh inning.
After play was suspended,
Hunter Renfroe got things stat-
ed in the home half of the sev-
enth inning with a leadoff triple
for MSU. Renfroe trotted home
with an RBI-single by Bradford.
In relief, Jonathan Holder
worked a 1-2-3 eighth inning
but ran into trouble in the ninth
inning. The Bulldogs gave up
two hits and a walk, while also
making an error on a potential
game-ending ground ball. Still,
Holder regrouped and got a
ground ball from Derek Fisher
to end the contest.
“We felt pretty good about
our chances with Holder on the
mound,” Frazier said. “Even
after those two things didn’t go
our way in the ninth and the
tying run on third, you still feel
really comfortable.”
As the last out was record-
ed, Holder pointed to the skies
and Bulldog players came from
everywhere for a Maroon-clad
dog pile on the pitcher’s
“Yeah, I thought we’d get
here because it’s Mississippi
State,” Cohen said. “I really
believe in our staff. The most
important thing you do as a
staff is get the right people in
our program. These are the
right kids. We have phenome-
nal kids.”
As the skies darkened again,
the Bulldogs celebrated, a large
Maroon and White contingent
chanted “S-E-C, S-E-C” and
notice was served that MSU
was ready for college base-
ball’s biggest stage.
Bulldogs to face Oregon State
AP Photo
Mississippi State’s Ross Mitchell throws during the ninth inning of an NCAA super regional college baseball game against Virginia in
Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, June 8, 2013. Mississippi State 11-6. (AP Photo/Andrew Shurtleff)
Omaha braces for MSU
Special to the
Daily Times Leader
Game 1 — Mississippi State
(48-18) vs. Oregon State (50-
11), 3 p.m.
Game 2 — Indiana (48-18)
vs. Louisville (51-12) , 8 p.m.
Sunday, June 16
Game 3 — North Carolina
(57-10) vs. N.C. State (49-14),
3 p.m.
Game 4 — UCLA (44-17)
vs. LSU (57-9), 8 p.m.
Monday, June 17
Game 5 — Game 1 loser vs.
Game 2 loser, 3 p.m.
Game 6 — Game 1 winner
vs. Game 2 winner, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, June 18
Game 7 — Game 3 loser vs.
Game 4 loser, 3 p.m.
Game 8 — Game 3 winner
vs. Game 4 winner, 8 p.m.
Wednesday, June 19
Game 9 — Game 5 winner
vs. Game 6 loser, 8 p.m.
Thursday, June 20
Game 10 — Game 7 winner
vs. Game 8 loser, 8 p.m.
Friday, June 21
Game 11 — Game 6 winner
vs. Game 9 winner, 3 p.m.
Game 12 — Game 8 winner
vs. Game 10 winner, 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 22
x-Game 13 — Game 6 win-
ner vs. Game 9 winner, 3 p.m.
x-Game 14 — Game 8 win-
ner vs. Game 10 winner, 8 p.m.
If only one game is neces-
sary, it will start at 8:30 p.m.
Championship Series
Monday, June 24: Pairings
TBA, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, June 25: Pairings
TBA, 8 p.m.
x-Wednesday, June 26:
Pairings TBA, 8 p.m.
CWS at a glance
Special to the
Daily Times Leader
Danny Hayes hit a two-run
home run and Oregon State
advanced to the College World
Series with a 4-3 victory over
Kansas State on Monday night
in the fnale of the Corvallis
super regional.
Ben Wetzler (9-1) struck out
fve, walked fve and allowed
three earned runs over 7.2
innings, and opening-game
starter Matt Boyd held off the
Wildcats to earn his frst save
of the season and send the
Beavers to Omaha for the frst
time since 2007, when Oregon
State won its second consecu-
tive national title.
”We’ve got an incredible
team with incredible guys.
Guys who know how to fght,
guys who know how to put
extra runs on when you’re
already up,” Oregon State out-
felder Michael Conforto said.
”I think we’ve got the full
package if we do all the things
Oregon State (50-11)
jumped ahead in the second
inning when Hayes followed a
leadoff walk by Dylan Davis
with a two-run home run to
”I got lucky with two strikes
that he threw one right down
the middle, it was a fastball,”
Hayes said. ”I was a little antsy
my frst at-bat. I probably
swung at a ball that was liter-
ally over my head. But it was a
great pitch to hit and I’m glad I
hit it.”
The Beavers took a 3-0 lead
in the fourth when Kavin Kayes
knocked an RBI double off the
fence in right-center to score
Ryan Barnes from frst base.
That was all for Kansas State
starter Jake Matthys (9-2), who
struck out fve and allowed
three runs on three hits in his
frst career start.
”Their starting pitching just
really held us down and we
could never get any momentum
until late in the game,” Wildcats
coach Brad Hill said.
Oregon State added another
run in the ffth when Kansas
State shortstop Austin Fisher
couldn’t handle a slow roller
with two outs, allowing
Beavers catcher Jake Rodriguez
to score from third.
Kansas State (45-19) threat-
ened with back-to-back singles
to lead off both the sixth and
seventh innings. After Ross
Kivett and Tanner Witt led off
the sixth with hits and a double
play moved Kivett to third,
Jared King hit an RBI single to
put the Wildcats on the board.
Kansas State pulled within a
run in the eighth when Blair
DeBord hit a two-run double
into the left feld corner to
score King and Fisher. The
Beavers turned to Boyd, a one-
time reliever-turned-starter,
who threw 123 pitches on
Saturday. With the tying run on
second, R.J. Santigate singled
to left, Conforto threw out
DeBord at home to preserve
the lead.
”This ride came up just one
game short. Give credit to
Oregon State. Good team.
They’ve got some great arms,”
Kivett said.
Oregon State will open the
College World Series against
Mississippi State on Saturday
at 3 p.m. ET.
Oregon State holds off Kansas State
Daily Times Leader Wednesday, June 12, 2013 • Page 9
From Staff Reports
Daily Times Leader
The Sure Shots 4-H Club
has had a very busy year. In
preparation for the Northeast
Region Shooting Competition
they participated in three quali-
fying events: The Golden
Triangle Shooting Competition
in Columbus, Alcorn County
4-H Shooting Competition in
Glen, and the Pontotoc County
4-H Shotgun Competition in
Pontotoc. Sure Shot members
earned 18 frst place medal-
lions, 11 second place medal-
lions, and three third place
medallions from the competi-
tions during the three competi-
tion span. In the Northeast
Region Shooting Competition,
Clay County 4-H members
brought home fve frst place
fnishes, four second place fn-
ishes, and three third place fn-
Following the regional com-
petition, seven members of the
Sure Shots qualifed for the
state competition that will be
hosted in Pearl, July 12-13. The
seven qualifiers are Will
Blackford, Jahimon Lyons,
Tucker Malone, Elizabeth
Nolan, Curtis Smith, Alex
Wheeler, and Audrey Wilson.
With the rise in ammunition
cost, the Clay County 4-H
reached out to local business
for support. The Sure Shots
would like to thank the 17 busi-
nesses for their support. Gold
Level members: Eddie Scott-
Sherriff; Lyle Machine, Gary
Pawn and Gun, D&B Pawn and
Gun; Prestige Farm; Thompson
Machinery; Clay County
Co-Op; Mark A. Cliett-
Attorney at Law; Nix Barber
Shop; Wal-Mart- Beverly
Griggs; Brian, Bubby, and Gail
Briggs; and Tim and Beth Ray.
Silver level members: G’s
Creative Looks- Gladys
Houston; State Farm Insurance-
Jamey Ballard; Main St.
Market; State Farm Insurance-
Kevin Flurry; and Adventure
ATV. The Sure Shot Clay
County 4-H team again extends
a “thank you” for your support.
The Sure Shots 4-H is com-
prised of 23 members who
compete in air pistol, archery,
.22 rife, and shotgun. Members
of this year’s shooting team
were Julie Rae East, Denton
Jenkins, Mitchell Smith, Brian
Brunson, Carley Wooten,
Jonathan Cochran, Rebekah
Cochran, Caroline Dukeminier,
Wesley Gaskin, Isaac Hatcher,
Jahimon Lyons, Tucker
Malone, Elizabeth Nolan, Matt
Ray, Curtis Smith, Alex
Wheeler, Audrey Wilson,
Heather Wilson, Dustin Baker,
Isaiah Baker, Daniel Blackford,
Riley Blackford, and Will
Sure Shots 4-H Club sending 7 to state competition
Submitted Photo
The Sure Shots load their bows to fre down range; Alex Wheeler, Tucker Malone, Caroline Dukeminier, Elizabeth Nolan, Heather Wilson, Matt Ray, and Wesley Gaskin all get ready to get a bulls-eye.
West Point High School Basketball Camp
When: June 17-19 8 am - 12 pm
Where: West Point High School Gymnasium
Ages: 7 to 13
Fee: $30 per camper
West Point High School Baseball Camp
When: June 17-20 8:30 am - 12 pm
Where: Taylor Park on the campus of West Point High School
Grades: Kindergarten to Sixth Grade
Fee: $50 per camper; $40 after the first camper if the next camper(s) comes
from the immediate family.
community camps
AP Photo
Atlanta Braves pinch hitter Evan Gattis connects for a three run home run against the San Diego
Padres in the ninth inning of a baseball game won by the Padres 7-6 in San Diego, Monday, June
10, 2013. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
Special to the
Daily Times Leader
four pinch-hit home runs, rook-
ie Evan Gattis is just one shy of
matching the franchise record
set by Butch Nieman in 1945.
“You think you see every-
thing you are going to see in
the game, then someone like
him comes along and does
what he’s been doing.” Jason
Heyward said after the Braves
rallied for four runs in the ninth
inning before losing to the San
Diego Padres, 7-6 on Monday
Gattis’ fourth pinch-homer,
in eight at-bats, was impres-
sive, a three-run shot to left
feld with one out in the ninth
off Tim Stauffer to pull the
Braves to 7-5. Dan Uggla and
Chris Johnson were aboard on
singles for Gattis’ 14th homer
overall. He leads all major
league rookies with 14 homers
and 37 RBIs.
“Going with the feel of what
I’ve been working with, I just
wanted to stay in there and not
try to do too much,” Gattis
said. “That’s usually when the
bat head comes through a little
bit better. I put a good swing on
it and got a good pitch to hit.”
Gattis made 27 starts at
catcher earlier in the season
while Brian McCann was
recovering from offseason
shoulder surgery. He’s also
made 11 starts in left feld.
As a pinch hitter, Gattis is 6
for 8 with 11 RBIS.
Heyward homered to
straightaway center feld with
two outs in the ninth, his sec-
ond solo shot of the game and
ffth of the season. It came off
Dale Thayer, who got the fnal
two outs for his frst save in
three chances.
Seeing a four-run ninth
inning “is the bright side of the
game,” manager Fredi
Gonzalez said. “You start see-
ing guys like Heyward and B.J.
(Upton) and Justin (Upton)
swinging the bats. And Gattis
with his fourth pinch-hit home
run. You just keep running him
out when you get the situation.
His swing works. He’s got a
short swing and he’s a big,
strong man.”
Logan Forsythe homered in
his frst at-bat of the season,
Will Venable added a three-run
homer and Jason Marquis won
his seventh straight decision to
lead the Padres.
Both homers came off rook-
ie Julio Teheran, who had a
no-hitter through 7 2-3 innings
in his previous start.
Forsythe was reinstated
from the 60-day disabled list
earlier in the day to take the
spot of rookie Jedd Gyorko,
who was put on the 15-day DL
with a strained groin.
Forsythe hit a two-out shot
to left-center in the second,
estimated at 445 feet.
Venable homered into the
Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Deck
atop the right-feld wall with
one out in the fourth to give the
Padres a 5-0 lead. Carlos
Quentin and Kyle Blanks sin-
gled ahead of Venable’s homer,
his eighth.
Teheran (4-3) went six
innings, allowing fve runs and
six hits with three strikeouts
and no walks.
Marquis (8-2) allowed
Heyward’s solo shot to right-
center with one out in the
eighth and then walked Freddie
Freeman with two outs before
making way for Tommy Layne.
Marquis held Atlanta to two
runs and fve hits, walked fve
and struck out four.
Marquis has won seven
straight decisions over nine
starts, the second-longest streak
of his career. His last loss was
on April 22 to Milwaukee.
The Padres added two runs
in the seventh on Yasmani
Grandal’s single and Marquis’
double-play ball.
The Braves lost for just the
third time in 10 games.
Rookie Gattis opening
eyes with pinch-hit HRs
Special to the
Daily Times Leader
(AP) — Tim Tebow is back on
the feld with an NFL team —
the New England Patriots.
The Patriots announced the
signing of the former Jets quar-
terback on Tuesday, six weeks
after he was cut by New York
and just in time for the start of
the three-day Patriots mini-
camp that runs through
Tebow practiced with veter-
an New England starter Tom
Brady and backup Ryan
Mallett. The newest Patriot
wore No. 5, not his familiar 15
— which belongs to Mallett —
on his shorts and helmet. The
QBs wore red jerseys without
“First and foremost, I just
want to thank the Patriots for
giving me an opportunity. I’m
very thankful,” Tebow said on
the feld after practice. “It’s
such an honor to be a Patriot
and play for Coach (Bill)
Belichick and for Coach (Josh)
McDaniels, learn under Tom
(Brady), and be a part of this
very successful franchise.”
Two people with knowledge
of the deal told The Associated
Press that Tebow was signed
for two years with no guaran-
teed money. One person says
he will make the veteran’s min-
imum salary, $630,000 in 2013,
with incentives.
The people spoke on condi-
tion of anonymity because
terms of the deals had not been
ESPN frst reported terms of
the signing.
“Anything we do, we feel is
in the best interests of the
team,” Belichick said at a
standing-room-only news con-
ference before practice. “We’ll
see how it goes.”
With 15 video cameras and
more than 40 media members
in the audience, Belichick said,
“We’ve been in front of bigger
crowds before.”
Tebow, 25, is being reunited
with McDaniels, the Patriots
offensive coordinator who was
Denver’s head coach when the
Broncos traded into the frst
round to take him with the 25th
draft pick in 2010. McDaniels
stood next to Tebow on the
practice feld.
“I’m looking forward to
working hard every single day,
and getting a lot better, and
learning under some great peo-
ple,” Tebow said during his
40-second visit with reporters.
“So, that’s all I got. But thank
you so much and God bless.
I’m sure we’ll be talking more
There is no guarantee that
Tebow will still be with the
Patriots when training camp
begins next month, but if the
Patriots keep him, he would
have time to develop as a quar-
terback since Brady holds that
job. Tebow even could be tried
at tight end, where the status of
Rob Gronkowski is uncertain
after he had his fourth opera-
tion on his broken left forearm
on May 20 and faces back sur-
gery this month.
Asked if Tebow would be
used at quarterback, Belichick,
in his usual low-key manner,
said, “we’re going to do what
we think is best for our football
team. We’ll see.”
He also said during the news
conference lasting about nine
minutes that Tebow is “a tal-
ented guy. He’s smart. He
works hard.”
Tebow’s NFL career
appeared to be over when the
Jets released him on April 29
and no team rushed to sign
him. But Belichick decided to
bring in the 2007 Heisman
Trophy winner who led Florida
to two national championships.
“I’m happy for the young
man to get another opportunity
in the league and things like
that. We’ve already mentioned
that it didn’t work out here,”
New York coach Rex Ryan
said. “Obviously, Tim had
more success in Denver than he
did here.”
After the NFL draft, in
which they selected quarter-
back Geno Smith from West
Virginia, the Jets decided to
release Tebow just more than a
year after a dressed-up, high-
profle press conference that
welcomed him to the organiza-
New York went 6-10 last
season, lost its fnal three
games and fnished tied for last
place in the AFC East with
Buffalo. New England, mean-
while, went 12-4, won the divi-
sion and advanced to the AFC
title game.
“I felt like it was a learning
Tebow signs with PATS
See ‘Tebow’ page 10
Daily Times Leader Page 10 • Wednesday, June 12, 2013
opportunity for me. There
was a lot that I’ll take from it,”
Tebow said at the end of the
season. “There’s a lot that I
learned, and there are lot of
relationships that I’ve built, so I
know that it happened for a
Now, he joins a rival who
swept the Jets last season,
including an embarrassing
49-19 loss that New York
endured at home on
Thanksgiving night.
“It’s not a surprise to me that
Tim would be picked up.
Obviously, as I’ve said before,
he’s a tremendous young man
and very competitive. I look
forward to competing against
him,” said Ryan, who is getting
used to seeing his former play-
ers and staff members catch on
“If you look throughout our
league now, you’ve got Tim
with New England, (tight end)
Dustin Keller in Miami and
(defensive coordinator) Mike
Pettine and Co. in Buffalo, so
there’s a lot of my former guys
throughout the league,” Ryan
added. “(Running back) Shonn
Greene in Tennessee, who
we’re going to go up against
(too). With that, I’ve always
wished those guys the best.
“Unless they play against
us, obviously.”
The last time Tebow threw a
pass in Foxborough, Denver
lost in the divisional playoff
round to the Patriots 45-10 in
the 2011 season. He completed
9 of 26 passes for 136 yards
with no touchdowns or inter-
ceptions and fve sacks in that
game and gained 13 yards on
fve rushes.
When he was traded to the
Jets with great fanfare in March
2012, there was speculation he
might replace Mark Sanchez as
the starting quarterback. But
when Sanchez struggled, he
was replaced by Greg McElroy
late in the season. Tebow threw
only eight passes all year and
played primarily as the protec-
tor for the Jets’ punter.
Tebow’s presence on the
team and absence from the feld
fed a media frenzy in New
The spotlight will be dim-
mer in Foxborough where
Belichick tightly controls
which players can talk to the
media and what they can say.
When they go beyond those
limits, Belichick sometimes
forbids them from talking with
But does Belichick need any
advice from Ryan on how to
handle Tebow?
“Oh, please, he’s not going
to listen to me, and he
shouldn’t,” Ryan said. “He’ll
just do what he does, and that
makes sense.”
Former Broncos general
manager Ted Sundquist sees
the logic in the Patriots’ deci-
sion to bring Tebow to mini-
“If you can fnd a club that’s
mature enough to handle it as
an organization, then you’re
going to fnd the right spot for
him,” Sundquist said. “What I
mean by that is all the media
mania and that sort of thing.
The club says, ‘Look, this is the
reason we’re bringing him on.
We feel he can bring X, Y, Z
and A, B, C to the table.’
“Explain it to Tim, explain it
to the media, explain it to your
fan base and explain it to your
The Patriots run a complex
offense and Tebow had trouble
grasping the strategy in Denver.
But the presence of McDaniels
could help him.
“If there’s one guy in the
NFL who’s a fan of Tim Tebow
or pulling for him, it would be
Josh McDaniels,” said former
Jets and Patriots offensive line-
man Damien Woody, now an
ESPN analyst.
“I think they’ll take their
time developing him,” Woody
said. “The Patriots are one of
those teams that like to develop
guys, and they’ll even trade
them if it works in their favor.
In the more immediate future,
having played in New England,
I know one thing they value is
versatility. They’re going to try
to use Tebow in positions
where they feel they can maxi-
mize his talent.”
As an NFL rookie in 2010,
Tebow threw just 82 passes in
nine games, starting three.
In 2011, he started 11 games
and threw for 12 touchdowns
and six interceptions. He led
Denver to a wild-card win over
Pittsburgh before the divisional
loss to New England.
He was traded to New York
after that season when Denver
signed Peyton Manning. With
the Jets, Tebow completed six
of eight passes and ran 32 times
for 102 yards.
Tebow, who won the
Heisman as a sophomore, has
2,422 passing yards and a 75.3
rating as an NFL quarterback.
‘ Tebow’ continued from page 9
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420 Hwy 45 North • West Point, MS
(662) 494-2731
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
u C2C Info — Need
work skills to get a job?
EMCC Workforce offers the
Counseling 2 Career program
to assist in gaining work
experience. C2C classes are
available for residents of Clay,
Lowndes, and Noxubee
counties, Monday-Thursday
from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. If you
are 18-21, please contact
Sha’Carla Petty at 662-243-
1930 or Chrystal Newman at
662-243-1941 for more
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 trans-
port. If you are interested,
please call the shelter at 524-
u Ladies Auxiliary —
The American Legion Post
212 Ladies Auxiliary meet
the second Thursday of each
month at 6 p.m. All members
are urged to attend.
u GED classes — Free
GED classes at Bryan Public
Library on Tuesday and
Wednesday each week, 4:30
- 7:30. These are sponsored
by the Adult Basic Education
department of East MS
Community College. Please
call 243- 1985 to register for
free classes.
u Foster Parenting —
Foster and Adoptive Parents
are needed. If you can give
time, space, care and atten-
tion 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 information call
Karen Ward at 494-8987.
u Lodge Breakfast —
West Point Masonic Lodge
No. 40 will have a breakfast
the frst Saturday of each
month from 5”30-8:30 a.m.
The public is invited.
u REPM Meeting — The
Clay County Unit of Retired
Education Personnel of
Mississippi, will meet at 2
p.m. in the Esther Pippen
Meeting Room of the Bryan
Public Library. J.W.
Chrestman from Alert
Guardian will be guest speak-
er. All members and prospec-
tive members are invited to
attend. Membership in
REPM is open to all retired
persons from the Mississippi
schools. For more informa-
tion call President Ella Seay
494-8323 or Vice President
Robbie Bryant 494-4129.
Now thru August
u Immunization
Requirements for Public
School — To the Parents/
Guardians of 7th Graders:
According to the Mississippi
State Department of Health,
a new immunization require-
ment for 7th grade students
has been implemented. The
new immunization is the
Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria,
and pertussis) vaccine. This
immunization is required for
all students entering the 7th
grade. All updated immuni-
zation records must be turned
in to the offce at Fifth Street
Junior High School by
Thursday, August 1, 2013 or
they will not be able to receive
a schedule until the updated
immunization record is
received. If you have any
questions, please call the
offce at 662.494.2191from 8
a.m.- 3 p.m.
Monday, June 10-
July 22
u USDA Approved
Summer Feeding Program
— USDA Approved Summer
Feeding Program for children
up to age 18 and handi-
capped adults, will take take
place at Progress St. Church
of God Monday – Friday
with breakfast at 8-10 a.m.
lunch at noon-2 p.m. Closed
July 4. For transportation call
494-3237 or 662-425-6752.
Wednesday, June 12
u Noon Tunes — The
West Point/Clay County will
present Noon Tunes at the
Library, Wednesday,
June12th. Pianists will enter-
tain on the grand piano with
ragtime, jazz and some sur-
prises. Everyone is encour-
aged to bring a lunch and
enjoy this free event in the
Esther Pippin meeting room.
Drinks and desserts will be
provided. For more informa-
tion call 494-5678.
Friday, June 14
u Friday Night Jam —
The Friday Night Jam at the
Parks and Rec building at
Marshall Park begins at 7 and
goes until 9:30pm. Hosted
by the West Point/Clay
County Arts Council, the ses-
sions are family-friendly, free
events, where no smoking or
alcohol is allowed, but people
are welcome to bring refresh-
ments to share. Karaoke as
well as live music is encour-
aged, and musicians are asked
to bring their own instru-
ments, and the more variety,
the better. Come out and
enjoy the fun music and fel-
lowship. For more informa-
tion please call either Marion
Johnson at 275-3232, or
Kathy Dyess at 494-5678, or
email kathydyess@bellsouth.
Monday, June 17
u Lodge Meeting — The
West Point Masonic Lodge
No. 40 will have their regu-
larly stated communication at
7:30 p.m. All Master Masons
are urged to attend.
Thursday, June 20
u Alzheimer’s Support
Group — The local
Alzheimer’s Support Group
will meet at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 20, at the
Henry Clay Retirement
Center Parlor, 133 Commerce
St. For more information,
call Brenda Johnson at (662)
495-2339 or 1-800-THE
DESK (1-800-843-3375).
Thursdays, June
27-July 25
u Childbirth
Preparedness Classes —
North Mississippi Medical
Center-West Point will offer
a prepared childbirth class for
expectant parents from 6:30-
8:30 p.m. Thursdays, June
27-July 25. Instructors cover
a wide variety of topics
including relaxation tech-
niques, prenatal care, labor
and delivery, pain relief mea-
sures, breast-feeding and
infant care. The fee is $35.
Class will not meet July 4. To
register or for more informa-
tion, call (662) 495-2292 or
1-800-THE DESK (1-800-
Friday, June 28-30
u Section Fun Day — It’s
time for the 3rd Annual
Section Fun Day from 10
a.m.-8 p.m. There will be
games, fre truck rides,
horseback rides and much
more. Saturday night will
feature a Fireworks Show.
Any organizations or church-
es who would like to partici-
pate in this years event call
Ripp 295-7791 or Bojo 295-
ChurCh Calendar COntinued
‘ School ’ continued from page 1
exams, dropout rate, stu-
dent attendance rate, percent-
age of students completing
advanced coursework early,
discipline incidents and teach-
er attendance rate.
In order to accomplish the
goal of fully implementing all
indicators, Willis gathered a
leadership team of 18 school
administrators, who met at
least once a month this past
school year to discuss ways of
applying the indicators at the
high school. Davis advised
Willis and other team mem-
bers to start on the other 26
indicators now instead of
waiting until the next school
term begins. Different mem-
bers of the team are respon-
sible for making sure each
task is completed.
Davis announced WPHS’s
preliminary increased gradua-
tion rate of 72 percent, which
is based on the 2011/2012
“West Point is like my
shining star out of the four
schools I’m working with
simply because of the gradua-
tion rate if nothing else,”
Davis said. “To have 1,000
students in that school and to
have as few discipline prob-
lems as (Willis) has and to
have the high standards that
he has and to maintain those
every single day is amazing.
He has more energy than
anyone I’ve ever seen...He is
successful because he has the
support of the superintendent
and the support of the board,
who doesn’t stand in his
Davis feels that in two
years WPHS will no longer
be a priority school and will
be able to function success-
fully without intervention by
the cooperative’s annual
membership meeting at East
Mississippi Community
College’s Golden Triangle
Campus in Mayhew.
Proxy/ballots were mailed
by May 14 to all 4-County
members. June 7 was the dead-
line for the receipt of executed
proxy ballots. Each proxy must
be signed, dated and returned to
the cooperative no later than 2
p.m. June 7 to be cast as a valid
vote at the annual meeting.
Cooperative members also
have the option to go online to
cast votes in this year’s election
for Board of Directors. Online
voting will work just like the
paper ballot members receive
in the mail every year but,
instead of using the mail, they
will be able to cast their votes
via the internet. When the
annual meeting notice and bal-
lot arrived at member homes in
May, it included instructions on
how to cast a vote online
instead of returning a paper
ballot. The online voting option
features easy-to-use instruc-
tions, candidate biographies
and has the option to alert
members when their votes have
been successfully submitted for
Members returning their
proxy/ballots, as well as those
who attend the meeting, may
qualify to win valuable prizes.
Those returning their proxy/
ballots (by mail, proxy or
online voting) may qualify to
win a $1,000 credit for electric-
ity. Those attending the meet-
ing may qualify for the grand
prize, a retired 4-County feet
pickup truck. Other attendee
prizes include hundreds of dol-
lars in gift cards (courtesy of
4-County vendors), fat screen
televisions, other home elec-
tronics and more.
Employees will be on hand
to instruct members on how to
participate in a variety of
4-County programs.
For more information on the
annual meeting or how to vote
in the directors’ election, please
call 327-8900 and ask for the
4-County marketing depart-
‘ 4-Count y’ continued from page 1
Special to the
Daily Times Leader
S T A R K V I L L E ,
--Mississippi State University
is supporting initiatives of the
Board of Trustees of State
Institutions of Higher Learning
to signifcantly increase diver-
sity among higher education
vendors through an event
designed to help minority busi-
nesses gain more access in the
bidding process.
MSU and the University of
Mississippi will co-host a
minority vendor fair on June 18
in Oxford. The event offers
face-to-face opportunities for
dialogue and networking
between minority business
owners and university leaders.
“Minority Business Expo:
Making The University
Connection” begins at 1 p.m. in
the Jackson Avenue Center
Multipurpose Room near the
Ole Miss campus. Online regis-
tration is available through and
early registration is encour-
The IHL Board created the
Mississippi Public University
Mi nori t y Economi c
Opportunity Initiative to facili-
tate greater synergy between
minority business and the
state’s eight universities. The
program provides tools to
enable minority businesses to
increase interaction on quote
and bid submissions for goods
and services utilized by IHL
Other institutions expects to
participate in the initiative
include Alcorn State University,
Delta State University, Jackson
State University, Mississippi
University for Women,
Mississippi Valley State
University and the University
of Southern Mississippi.
IHL has contracted with, a Web-
based platform that connects
vendors to buyers through its
quote feature. Minority compa-
nies post information about
their business and the goods
and services they provide.
Universities send and receive
quotes, proposals and subcon-
tracting opportunities through
the online system. This benefts
minority businesses with
awareness of opportunities and
enables them to respond using
the website’s easy-to-use meth-
While any business can be
listed on the site, minority busi-
nesses are recruited for inclu-
sion in the featured listing sec-
tion, which provides access to
the Quote, RFP, Subcontracting
Opportunity solicitations.
Procurement offcers at each
of Mississippi’s public univer-
sities have been trained how to
post opportunities to the site
and retrieve quotes and infor-
mation from the vendors.
“MSU is constantly seeking
out new suppliers so we can
expand the number of compa-
nies participating in the public
procurement process,” said
Don Buffum, MSU director of
procurement and contracts.
“We do this by urging depart-
ments to seek additional quotes
or to try new vendors, actively
seeking out new vendors at
trade shows, conducting ‘Doing
Business With MSU’ seminars,
and by maintaining an open-
door policy to meet with new
“Co-hosting the minority
vendor fair with Ole Miss on
June 18 provides us a great
opportunity to implement all
those strategies in a single
venue,” said Buffum. “By
locating small and minority
vendors, we are able to provide
our departments with more
potential sources while also
making a valuable contribution
to the economy.”
The ability to use the site to
request quotes and track the
outcome will save universities
time and effort, said Hank
Bounds, state commissioner of
higher education.
“It will also provide data for
future decision-making,” he
For direct contact with the
MSU Offce of Procurement
and Contracts, call Buffum at
662-325-2861 or email dbuf-
edu. To visit the IHL’s website, go
to http://www.wheretogo411.
For more information on
Mississippi State University,
MSU to co-host IHL minority vendor fair as part of IHL initiative
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