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Today’s News . . . Tomorrow’s Trends
Friday, August 16, 2013 Serving West Point & Clay County Since 1867
By Bryan Davis Special to Daily Times Leader The Yokohama Tire Company’s Clay County project is set to bring hundreds of jobs and scores of economic opportunities to the region over the next decade. The project, however, must be paid for in order for operations to begin, and the city of West Point is doing its part in bringing in funding for the deal through partnerships with organizations like the Appalachian Regional Commission. On Tuesday night, the West Point Board of Selectmen voted on three items related to the Yokohama deal, which executed grants and loans coming from ARC for Yokohama. Most of the monies discussed on Tuesday related to the development of sustainable water and sewer for the project, including a one million gallon elevated water tank that will supply water to the facility. Golden Triangle Planning and
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Sundbeck presents to Rotary
Development District Project Manager Phylis Benson reported to the board and requested the board’s action on the three items. “ARC has moved really quickly to get this
See ‘Funds’ page 3
Resident asks to end water fluoridation
By Bryan Davis Special to Daily Times Leader
Milton Sundbeck, president of Southern Ionics in West Point, presents information about the company’s new mining operation to the Rotary Club on Thursday at the Ritz. Sundbeck said the company was working toward construction on both a wet and dry mining operation for heavy minerals in Georgia, which would be completed by 2014. The new operation could have the potential to increase Southern Ionics’ business three-fold. (Photo by Mary Garrison, DTL)
  It took Chad Scott 25 agenda items to get his two minutes of public discourse at Tuesday night’s Board of Mayor and Selectmen meeting, but the local activist made the most of his time. Scott, who has spoken on the issue of water fluoridation at past city and county board meetings, brought research to support his statements, calling for the city reduce or eliminate the use of fluoride in the local water supply. Scott said that two government agencies, the Centers for Disease and Control and the Environmental Protection Agency have conflicting opinions on the effectiveness and dangers of fluoride use. “Obviously, the CDC does not do their own research,” Scott said. The CDC report that Scott presented called water fluoridation “one of the top 10 greatest achievements of the 20th century.” The EPA’s study, however, called for a serious reduction in the parts per million use of fluoride due to negative effects the study found fluoride could have. The CDC said that water fluoridation strengthened teeth and bones, while the EPA said that a “high intake of fluoride can increase the risk of brittle bones, fractures and crippling bone abnormalities.” “We’ve seen an exceptional number of our elderly population fall, many of those due to broken hips,” Scott said. “The amount of fluoride we ingest plays a big part in that.”
See ‘Water’ page 3
WPPD receives Obesity very high in 13 southern states 2 safety grants
BY MIKE STOBBE Associated Press By Will Nations
West Point Police Department has been awarded two national grants to help prevent impaired driving and endorse occupant protection inside vehicles. Tuesday evening at the West Point City Board meeting, West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley announced the police department had been awarded grants totaling $17,702.62. The two grants are the “Occupant Proctection Grant” and the “Impaired Driving Grant”, $5,000 and $12,702.62, respectively. The grants will help the West Point Police Department participate in national and statewide traffic stop events that coincide with holidays which force the department to pay personnel overtime. “These grants help us administer safety checkpoints and road blocks,” Brinkley said on Thursday afternoon. “We have been administering these checkpoints through the same 'Impaired Driving' grant which will run out on Oct. 1. Now we are able to continue our efforts after receiving these grants. We are glad to have it.” In 2012, West Point police, according to Brinkley, wrote over 300 citations to West Point motorists during these traffic checkpoints. Most of the 300 citations mainly came from expired licensees to no auto-insurance. Brinkley wants to remind West Point citizens to keep their registration and insurance renewed throughout the year. Brinkley said he hopes that every one remains safe on the road and that his department will continue to promote public vehicular safety. These two grants are non-matching grant meaning West Point will not owe any money for the grants. ATLANTA — Adult obesity still isn’t budging, the latest government survey shows. The national telephone survey found 13 states with very high rates of obesity last year. Overall, the proportion of U.S. adults deemed obese has been about the same for years now. “A plateau is better than rising numbers. But it’s discouraging because we’re plateauing at a very high number,” said Kelly Brownell, a Duke University public policy expert who specializes in obesity. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does the survey each year, and recently released 2012 results. At least 30 percent of adults were obese in 13 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia. In 2011, a dozen states reached that threshold. Louisiana and Mississippi led the list. In both, nearly 35 percent of adults were obese. Colorado was lowest, with less than 21 percent obese. It’s not surprising states in the South and Midwest top the charts year after year, experts say. Many states in those regions have higher poverty rates. “When you have a limited income, you have to buy foods that are cheap. And foods that are cheap tend to have a lot of
Two women speak to each other on June 26, 2012, in New York. A national telephone survey found 13 states with very high rates of obesity. But overall, the proportion of Americans deemed obese has been about the same for years now. Results were made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “A plateau is better than rising numbers. But it’s discouraging because we’re plateauing at a very high number,” said Kelly Brownell, a Duke University public policy expert who specializes in obesity. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
sugar and salt and fat,” said Dr. George Bray, an obesity expert at Louisiana State University.
The CDC defines someone as obese if
See ‘Obesity’ page 3
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Community Calendar
All “Community Announcements” are published as a community service on a first-come, firstserved basis and as space allows. Announcements must be 60 words or less, written in complete sentences and submitted in writing at least five days prior to the requested dates of publication. No announcements will be taken over the telephone. Announcements submitted after noon will not be published for the next day’s paper. To submit announcements, email
Perry Wayne Robinson
Perry Wayne Robinson age 55, died Aug. 8, 2013, at his home in West Point. Funeral services are Saturday, August 17, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Siloam M. B. Church with Rev. Robert Shamblin Traylor officiating. Burial will follow in the Siloam M. B. Church Cemetery. Visitation is today, Friday, August 16, 2013, at Carter’s Mortuary Services Chapel from 3-6 p.m. Carter’s Mortuary Services is in charge of the arrangements.
u Civitan meetings — The West Point Civitan Club meets on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at noon in the Training Room of NMMC-West Point. All interested persons are cordially invited to attend. u West Point Alumni Chapter Meetings — The West Point Alumni Chapter Meets on the second Saturday of each month at the Northside School building on Fifth St. at noon. All members and interested persons are invited to attend. u City Board Meetings — The City Board of West Point holds its meetings the second Tuesday of each month at City Hall at 5:30 p.m. Work Sessions are held every Thursday prior to the board meeting at City Hall at 5:30 p.m. u Compassionate Friends — Families who have experienced the death of a child are invited to attend The Compassionate Friends meeting at 6:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month, at North Mississippi Medical Center-West Point, 835 Medical Center Drive. The mission of The Compassionate Friends is to assist families toward resolving grief following the death of a child of any age and to help others be supportive. Bereaved parents, siblings, grandparents and immediate family members are welcome to attend. For more information, call Michele Rowe, director of Social Services at NMMC-West Point, at (662) 4952337. u American Legion Meeting — American Legion Post 212 will meet every third Sunday of the month at 3 p.m. at their headquarters on Morrow St. All members are urged to attend. u AARP Meeting — The Clay County AARP will meet every third Thursday, at 5:30 p.m. at the Henry Clay Retirement Center. All members and those interested in AARP are urged to attend. For more information call Ella Seay 494-8323 or Dorothy Landon 4943577.
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. to view it. Sign up for the site by searching for your name under the classmate profile tab and creating a profile. Create your profile 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 identity as the content is password protected. The reunion will be in West Point May 31-June 2. u The Academy of Performing Arts — located at the North Mississipppi Medical Center-West Point Wellness Canter is now enrolling for the fall session. Classes begin August 13 in ballet, tap, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, tumbling, musical theatre and voice. Semester will run for four months and culminate with a Christmas recital in December. For more information, email or call (662) 494-1113. u Welding and Carpentry Classes — EMCC Workforce Services is offering Welding and Carpentry classes two nights a week from 5 – 9 p.m. Please contact Mitzi Thompson at 243-2647. u Grief Support Group — Christ United Methodist Church is providing support for grieving families with a Grief Support Group who will meet Mondays at 6:30 p.m. u GED Classes — EMCC West Point Center, if offering free GED classes at EMCC West Point Center, Monday thru Thursday, from 8 am – 1:30 p.m. These classes are sponsored by the Adult Basic Education department of East MS Community College. Please contact Cynthia McCrary or Jessica Flynt at 4928857 for additional information. u C2C Info — Need work skills to get a job? EMCC Workforce offers the Counseling 2 Career program to assist in gaining work experience. C2C classes are available for residents of Clay, Lowndes, and Noxubee counties, Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. If you are 18-21, please contact Sha’Carla Petty at 662243-1930 or Chrystal Newman at 662243-1941 for more information. u Animal shelter help — The West Point Clay County Animal shelter needs foster families for several puppies who have been selected to go on the next Homeward Bound rescue. You would need to keep the pup for two weeks, until the day of transport. If you are interested, please call the shelter at 524-4430. u Ladies Auxiliary — The American Legion Post 212 Ladies Auxiliary meet the second Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. 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 2431985 to register for free classes. u Foster Parenting — Foster and Adoptive Parents are needed. If you can give time, space, care and attention to foster children, maybe you can qualify to be a foster parent. Caring families in Clay Co. are needed who have the interest and ability to be loving foster parents. For more information call Karen Ward at
494-8987. u Lodge Breakfast — West Point Masonic Lodge No. 40 will have a breakfast the first Saturday of each month from 5”30-8:30 a.m. The public is invited. u REPM Meeting — The Clay County Unit of Retired Education Personnel of Mississippi, will meet at 2 p.m. in the Esther Pippen Meeting Room of the Bryan Public Library. J.W. Chrestman from Alert Guardian will be guest speaker. All members and prospective members are invited to attend. Membership in REPM is open to all retired persons from the Mississippi schools. For more information call President Ella Seay 494-8323 or Vice President Robbie Bryant 494-4129.
Harper Sizemore
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 requirement for 7th grade students has been implemented. The new immunization is the Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) vaccine. This immunization is required for all students entering the 7th grade. All updated immunization records must be turned in to the office 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 office at 662.494.2191from 8 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Friday, August 16
u Friday Night Jams — Friday Night Jams is scheduled for 7-9:30 p.m. at the Parks and Rec Building at Marshall Park. Bring your instruments, voices and listening ears and dancing feet for a funfilled family event. Sponsored by the West Point/Clay County Arts Council. For more information call 494-5678.
Harper Sizemore, 81, passed away, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013 at Calhoun Health Services, in Calhoun City. Harper Sizemore was born August 21, 1931, in West Point to the late Carrie Mae Harkins Sizemore and Floyd Sizemore. He was a carpenter and was a member of Pheba Baptist. He was Veteran of the U. S. Army having served during the Korean War. He married Bobbie Harpole Sizemore April 29, 1955. Funeral services are Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, 2 p.m. at Hebron Baptist Church in Pheba with the Rev. Terry Rhodes officiating. Burial will follow in Hebron Cemetery Pheba. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements. Survivors include his wife, Bobbie L. Sizemore of Pheba; one daughter, Amanda Lou Goodson (Perry) of Calhoun City; two sons, George Warren Sizemore (Marsha) of Brooksville, Timothy Wood Sizemore (Beth) of Cape Girardeau, MO; five grandchildren; four great grandchildren; one sister, Marie S. Butler of Dallas, TX; one brother, Tommy Sizemore of Pheba. Pallbearers are Robert Champion, Dale Bigham, Sonny Sizemore, Myron Foster, Bill Cox and Eddie Strickland. Honorary pallbearers will be Perry Goodson and Nick Phillips Visitation is Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, 5-8 p.m. at Calvert Funeral Home and from 1-2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, at Hebron Baptist Church. Friends may leave an online condolence at www.
August 15 - September 5
Sarah Elizabeth Criddle Walls
u Childbirth Preparedness Class — North Mississippi Medical Center-West Point will offer a prepared childbirth class for expectant parents from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays, Aug. 15-Sept. 5. Instructors cover a wide variety of topics including relaxation techniques, prenatal care, labor and delivery, pain relief measures, breast-feeding and infant care. The fee is $35. Class will not meet July 4. To register or for more information, call (662) 4952292 or 1-800-THE DESK (1-800-8433375).
Saturday, August 24
u Health Fair — The public is invited to Northside Christian Church Annual Health Fair, 9 a.m. - noon. More than twenty Healthcare Providers will be there to serve our community. Some of the services are provided by: NMMC West Point & Tupelo prostate blood test for men ($20.00). Lipid panel blood work ($12.50), mammogram screening (accepting insurance card, med card, credit card, no insurance-$206.00). All other services are free. There will be lots of information on obesity, health and wellness, personal training, domestic violence, child abuse, bulling, stalking, assistance care for the elderly, job opportunities (barber & cosmetology), water slide and jumper, the City of West Point Fire Truck. Early bird drawing/free prizes 8:45, refreshments served at noon.
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 Lodge Meeting — West Point Masonic Lodge No. 40, will have its regularly stated communication the third Monday of each month. All Master Masons are urged to attend.
See ‘Calendar’ page 3
Sarah Elizabeth Criddle Walls, 80, died Wednesday, August 14, 2013, at NMMC Hospice Unit in Tupelo. She was born May 26, 1933, in Chickasaw County to James Chester Criddle and Lela Bell Hill Criddle. She was a homemaker and a member of Macedonia United Methodist Church. Funeral services are today, Friday, August 16, 2013, at 4 p.m. at Macedonia United Methodist Church in Houston, with Rev. Steve Lampkin officiating. Burial will follow at Macedonia Cemetery in Houston. Houston Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of the arrangements. Survivors include her daughter, Ann and Tommy Smith of Houston; her grandchildren, Lynn and Clay Nabors, and Chris Smith of Houston, Kenneth and Adele Yearby, and Joe Yearby of New Hope; her great-grandchildren, Mykkie Smith, Megan Nabors, Ashley and Ross Haig, Matthew Yearby, Dylan Chain, Ashley Chain, Robyn Yearby, AJ Yearby, Mattison Yearby; her great-great grandchildren, Damion Haig, Gabriella Haig: and her special care givers, Rhonda Burrows, Robbie Tutor and the rest of the team at NMMC Hospice. She was preceded in death by her husband, Sam Walls, her daughter, Frankie Yearby, and her parents, Chess and Lela Bell Criddle. Pallbearers are Chris Smith, Kenneth Yearby, Joe Yearby, Mykkie Smith, Eugene Criddle, Tommy Criddle. Honorary pallbearers are Clay Nabors, Ross Haig, and the men of Macedonia United Methodist Church. Visitation is today, Friday, August 16, 2013, at Macedonia United Methodist Church from 2 p.m. until service time at 4 p.m. Friends and family may sign and leave a message on our register book at houstonfuneralhomems. com.
Church Calendar
All “Church Announcements” are published as a community service on a first-come, first-served basis and as space allows. Announcements must be 60 words or less, written in complete sentences and submitted in writing at least five days prior to the requested dates of publication. No announcements will be taken over the telephone. Announcements submitted after noon will not be published for the next day’s paper. To submit announcements, email
The current 13-week less is titled “How to be a Christian.”
Family Life Center. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge… Proverbs 1:7. u Concert — Yeates Chapel M.B. Church is having their Youth and Adult Choir Day at 3 p.m. Associate Minister Danny Box will bring the message. Refreshments will be served.
Saturday, August 17
u Bake Sale — Greenwood M.B. Church is having a Bake Sale from 7 a.m. - until at Bancorp South parking lot by Kroger.
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.
Sunday, August 18
u Men and Women’s Day — Walker Grove M.B. Church is having their Men and Women’s Day Program at 3 p.m. Guest speaker is Willie T. Edwards of Shady Grove Abbott M.B. Church. u Back to School Forward with God — West End Baptist Church will be hosting Back to School-Forward with God during the 10 a.m. worship service. WEBC invites all children and educators to join us for this morning of worship and prayer. At 6 p.m. there will be fun, food and fellowship in the
u Mime Ministry Anniversary — Greenwood M.B. Church is celebrating it’s Mime Ministries 2nd Anniversary at 3 p.m. The public is invited to attend.
Saturday, August 24
u Men’s Program — Progress St. Church of God is presenting a Life Builder’s Men’s Program at 6 p.m. There will be five dynamic speakers. The theme is: Men of Power. Everyone is invited to attend.
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Friday, August 16, 2013 • Page 3
their weight-to-height ratio — called a “body mass index” — hits 30 or higher. A 5-foot-9 person would be considered obese at 203 pounds or more. The CDC’s annual telephone survey asks adults their height and weight. Overall, nearly 28 percent of Americans were obese, the 2012 survey found. That’s roughly the same as it’s been since 2008. Another CDC survey — which weighs and measures participants — is considered more accurate. Since the middle of the last decade, that survey has found that around 35 percent of U.S. adults are obese.
The story may be different with children. A CDC study released last week showed — for the first time — slight drops in obesity for lowincome preschoolers in 18 states. Experts called that report encouraging, but note it studied children fed through a fed-
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eral program which provides food vouchers and other services. The decline in obesity was largely attributed to program changes — instituted in 2009 — that eliminated juice from infant food packages, provided less saturated fat, and made it easier to buy fruits and vegetables.
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The EPA study cited by Scott says that two out of five adolescents have tooth streaking or spottiness due to high amounts of fluoride. The
study said that there were discourse on fluoride. extreme cases where teeth “Fortunately, that does not were pitted. Scott said that happen in Mississippi,” Scott surrounding states have said. passed laws that limit public Mayor Robbie Robinson
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extended an invitation to Scott to a meeting that will take place in the near future where the topic of water fluoridation will be discussed.
Mississippi At A Glance
Tupelo 84/67
Mammogram mobile units will be open from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. group-- 1st Place --$25.00, 2nd Place --$15.00, 3rd Place For more information contact Dorothy Ryland, 275.2474 or --$10.00, and Honorable Mention Certificates (no cash award). Northside Christian Church 494.5210. Judging will be done by an out-of-town judge on Friday. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony Saturday, Wednesday, August 28-29 August 31, 2013, at l:00 p.m. at Bryan Public Library. u PAF Art Competition — PAF Student Art Competition is open to students K-12. They can bring their entries to the Bryan Public Library from 3-6 p.m. Arts Council representatives will be on hand to register the entries only on these days and times. Each student can enter two artworks for $1 each. Students residing in Clay County and/or attending Grades K-12 in Clay County are eligible to enter the competition. Student entries are grouped for judging as follows: Grades K-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12. Prizes are: Best in Show--$50.00; Each
Greenville 85/65
Starkville 85/67 Meridian 86/67
Friday, August 30 - 31
u Class Reunion — WPHS classes of ‘88, ‘89 and ‘90, are having a reunion Labor Day weekend. Friday night at Quail Ridge Camp House, Saturday picnic at Christ United Methodist Church and dinner will be announced at a later date. Cost is $50 per person. The deadline is Aug. 3. For more information contact Sherri Bell McCrary or Helen Harrell Faccella 492-0854.
Jackson 88/66
Sunday, August 25
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Sunday, September 8
u 12 Tribes Service — Strong Hill M.B. Church is focusu Usher Program — Hopewell M.B. Church is having their ing on the 12 Tribes of Israel; A Journey Out of the Wilderness Annual Usher’s Ministry Program at 3 p.m. Guest speaker is to the Promised Land at 2:30. Guest speaker is Rev. Joe Rev. Donald Anderson of Fountain Head M.B. Church. Peoples of Stephen’s Chapel Baptist Church of Columbus. u Pastor Appreciation — Concord M.B. Church wishes Everyone is invited to attend. to invite everyone to share in the celebration of Pastor Kelly and Saturday, September 14 Sister Felisa Martin with an appreciation program at 3 p.m. Guest speaker is the Rev. Henry Vaughn of Mt. Pleasant u Bake Sale — Greenwood M.B. Church is having a Chesterville M.B. Church of Belden. Bake Sale from 7 a.m. until at the Bancorp South parking lot next to Kroger. Sunday, August 25-27 u Restoring the Family — The Church House of Refuge Family Worship Center “Restoring the Family Conference” will begin at 6 p.m. Sunday. Aug. 26-27 at 7 p.m. There will be a different speaker each night. The public is invited to attend.
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Monday, August 26-27
u Restoring the Family Conference — The Church House of Refuge Family Worship Center “Restoring the Family Conference” day classes will be held at 10am. Pastor Michael and Sharon Cannon and will be the lecturers. The public is invited to attend.
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u Homecoming — Yeates Chapel is having homecoming services at 2:30 p.m. Guest speaker is Dr. Kenneth Calvert of Shiloh Baptist Church of Kinsport, Tenn.
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Government owns us now
Why have Republicans in the U.S. House voted forty or more times to repeal or defund the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare? Even Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), co-author of the bill called it “a train wreck” after he realized what was in the bill. Obamacare will be a huge front page story in September as Republicans in the House probably vote again not to fund the bill when Congress and the White House wrestle over the budget, continuing resolution, and debt ceiling. Who would have thought a 2,700 page bill written largely by special interest groups and lobbyists, passed in the dead of night solely by Democrats who had not even read the law, enforced by the IRS, a bill which has generated more than 16,000 pages of regulations in at least seven federal agencies each of which will have access to all of your private information including income, medical records, phone records, Internet usage … Well, it goes on and on. What could possibly go wrong with a bill like that? Now that we’ve had Daniel Gardner three years to read the Columnist bill, many former advocates want out from under it including labor unions and Congress itself! That’s right! Congress doesn’t want any part of the bill it passed because it will cost them and their staff money, and may cause a “brain drain” from congressional staffers leaving the Hill for more lucrative jobs. A “brain drain” from political offices in Washington? Please! That train left the station a long time ago! We all know the primary job of anyone in political office is to stay in office. That’s a recipe for fraud, waste, and abuse if there ever was one. Obamacare is just one example of politicians growing government programs in exchange for getting reelected. What began as an exercise of providing health insurance for the 10 – 15 percent of us who didn’t have insurance became a monstrosity that adversely affects all of us. Obamacare requires taxpayers and most businesses to purchase health insurance or pay a fine to Uncle Sam. When you pay income tax in January, you’ll have to prove you have federally-defined adequate health insurance or pay a fine, and the fine escalates every year from a minimum of $95 per person in a household in 2014, to $325 in 2015, and $695 in 2016, with a cap of $2,250 per family. Those who already have health insurance through their employers may have to pay taxes on their health insurance, i.e. your taxes are likely to go up next year as well as your health insurance. Why didn’t Congress tweak Medicaid and Medicare to provide health insurance for those who didn’t have it and leave the rest of us alone? Because Obamacare has never been about health insurance or healthcare. Obamacare has always been about the government gaining more control over individuals and businesses. Make no mistake: when the government controls your health care and forces you either to buy or pay a fine for anything the government says you need, you know the government owns you. Do you really want the government involved in every aspect of your life? Daniel L. Gardner is a syndicated columnist who lives in Starkville, MS. You may contact him at, or visit his website at Feel free to interact with him on the Clarion-Ledger feature blog site
In government, one size doesn’t fit all
My youngest niece has peanut allergies. They're bad enough, in fact, that my sister's family has to watch what they eat, watch what they throw away, ask about ingredients in advance of going to restaurants and carry an EpiPen with them wherever they go. So as the toddler Amelia grows older, her body may never learn to accept the utter goodness of a Snickers bar, certain types of ice cream, Cracker Jacks or peanut butter. Many would agree those food items are very good but given the health challenges they present to my niece, all would agree they're not good for her. Now, if my sister looked at peanuts the way the U.S. government views democracy, she would keep feeding Amelia peanuts, keep taking her to the emergency room and wonder why her daughter just wouldn't come around. Because surely if you inject enough goodness into a body, it eventually stops resisting it, right? Democracy is certainly the most inclusive form of government around, and as far as I'm concerned it's the best form in the world. Given America's collective personality, it's likely the only form that would sustainably work here, and millions have died honorably since our country's founding to proMorsi to power or calling for Egyptians to hold another election to replace him. Regardless of what happens, very little will change there in the near future. At least a very large number of Egyptians have made it evident they don't want democracy. They want power — or as Bob Dylan would put it, they just want to be on the side that's winning. What's more is that these protestors — both the mobs for and against Morsi — are willing to harm their neighbors to get it. Democracy, to them, is just a means to an end. It's a term the Muslim Brotherhood used to placate the West and win over Egyptian sentiment before completely flipping the script when Morsi took office. The word could've been "Skittles" for all they cared, so long as it got the Brotherhood the keys to the palace. Protestors again used the term "democracy" to protest the fact their duly elected leader turned out to be a tyrant, and egged on the military to remove Morsi from power, through something Americans have an apparent fiduciary obligation not to call a coup. They did not hold recall elections or call for impeachment proceedings. Instead, they besieged the presidential palace and told him to get the heck
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tect it. Just because it works here, though, doesn't mean it works everywhere. And just because we're the supposed standardbearer for democratic society doesn't give us a mandate to forcibly proselytize our system on other people. If the will of the country's people is truly there to have democracy, then by all means let's facilitate it. That's not the case everywhere, and we've had enough examples, especially lately, where we should realize that fact by now. Yet, our government and national news media stand aghast at what's happening in Egypt when there's nothing at all shocking about it. We keep hearing dignitaries call for a return to a citizen-elected government, whether through returning the elected-thenousted president Mohammed
out. Why? Because that was the will of the people … or at least those people. Others are now protesting military rule, and the whole thing has turned into a bloody, violent mess. And what has become a warped idea of democracy — an idea that apparently changes based on who you talk to over there — has fueled the entire mess. Trying to level with the Egyptians on the value of true democracy right now is akin to playing chess with someone who is playing checkers against you. Only in this case, when the red piece jumps our knight and we say, "You can't do that. It's against the rules," the response from the other side is, "Our board. Our rules." Should we pull our aid from Egypt until the country gets its government straight? Sure, and maybe we could even use that as an incentive for Egyptians to complete that process quickly. But if the prevailing government turns out not to be democratic, that should have no bearing on our reinstating that aid unless its leadership is committing atrocities against its own people or Egypt declares itself our political enemy. If its a government that represents the Egyptian people, and the Egyptian people are happy with it, I don't think it matters if it looks like ours.
Tepid US retail sales raising doubts about economy
WASHINGTON — Bleaker outlooks at retailers like WalMart and Macy’s are raising doubts that consumers will spend enough in coming months to lift the still-subpar U.S. economy. Though the economy is growing steadily, Americans are being hampered by weak pay, higher taxes and tepid hiring. Sluggish overseas economies are also slowing sales for U.S. retailers. It’s a picture the Federal Reserve will weigh in deciding whether to scale back its bond purchases as soon as next month. “Consumers aren’t going to start spending with abandon until we see much stronger job and wage growth,” says Mark Vitner, an economist at Wells Fargo. Average weekly paychecks have grown just 1.3 percent since the recession ended more than four years ago. Over the past 12 months, pay has trailed even low inflation. That’s why spending has remained lackluster and why many Americans may be postponing purchases at department stores so they can afford to buy cars, homes and other costly necessities. Americans increased their spending at an annual rate of just 1.8 percent in the AprilJune quarter — down from a 2.3 percent rate in the JanuaryMarch period. Consumer spending is expected to improve in the second half of the year. But most economists foresee only a slight acceleration to an annual rate of 2 percent to 2.5 percent. Those spending rates are historically weak. And they’re too meager to significantly boost the economy, which grew at an annual rate of just 1.4 percent in the first half of the year. Consumer spending fuels about 70 percent of the U.S. economy. For much of this year, many Americans have made major purchases that they had postponed during the recession and the weak economic recovery. Auto and home sales have strengthened. Yet that’s left less spending money for discretionary purchases such as electronic goods, clothes and eating out. “Consumers are very much need-based,” said Ken Perkins, president of RetailMetrics, a retail research firm. “If they’re buying a new car, that leaves less money for a child’s wardrobe.” That trend has weakened sales and profits of many retailers, such as Macy’s. On Wednesday, Macy’s reported a disappointing profit for its second quarter and cut its outlook for the year. And Wal-Mart, the world’s biggest retailer, issued a quarterly earnings report Thursday that intensified worries about the strength of U.S. consumers, long a driving force for the global economy. The Bentonville, Ark.-based discounter cut its annual profit and revenue forecasts. WalMart said it expects economic strains in the United States and abroad to squeeze its lowincome shoppers the rest of the year. Wal-Mart is considered an economic bellwether: It accounts for nearly 10 percent of nonautomotive retail spending in the United States. The company attributed its gloomier report in part to a Social Security tax increase that’s reduced most Americans’ paychecks this year. Charles Holley, the company’s chief financial officer, said its customers appear to be reluctant to buy discretionary items, like flat-screen TVs. The state of the American consumer will be a key factor the Fed will consider in deciding whether to scale back its $85 billion a month in Treasury and mortgage bond purchases. Those purchases have been intended to keep rates on mortgages and other long-term loans near record lows. Chairman Ben Bernanke and other Fed officials have said the central bank may start slowing its bond purchases later this year if the economy continues to strengthen. Many economists think the slowdown will be announced at the Fed’s next meeting on Sept. 17-18. Fears that a slowdown in the Fed’s purchases will hurt stocks and bonds sent financial markets plunging Thursday. Many traders worry that less Fed bond buying will cause interest rates to rise and loans to grow more expensive. The Fed’s aggressive bond buying is credited with helping drive the stock market’s record run. Vitner is among those who think the Fed will start slowing its bond purchases in September. He suggested that bond purchases on a scale of $85 billion a month are intended for extraordinary circumstances. “It’s not something you use when the economy is just struggling,” Vitner added. Retail analysts note that back-to-school sales have been slow so far — potentially a worrisome sign for winter holiday sales late this year. If the back-to-school business falls below expectations, stores could pare their holiday orders, Perkins said. That would slow production at manufacturers. Michael P. Niemira, chief economist at the International Council of Shopping Centers, expects total sales for the backto-school season to grow 3.1 percent from last year to $42.2 billion. That would be less than the 3.6 percent gain in 2012 and below the 3.3 percent average annual increase for the past decade. Among consumers who are making tough decisions about where to direct their limited spending money is Lance McConnell of Urbindale, Ill. McConnell, 33, a teacher, bought a used car a few weeks ago for $23,000. He said the $350 monthly payments mean he won’t be making any impulse purchases for the back-to-school season and beyond. “I feel overall confident
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about the economy,” said McConnell, a father of three daughters, ages 3, 6 and 8. “But we really watch what we spend and how we spend.” Such sentiment may help explain why Macy’s, typically a stellar performer, issued a dim outlook Wednesday. Similarly, Kohl’s Corp., a department store chain that serves middle-income shoppers, announced Thursday that its second-quarter net income declined 4 percent. It, too, trimmed its outlook for the year. Those cautionary reports came on top of warnings this week from two teen stalwarts, American Eagle Outfitters Inc. and Aeropostale Inc. Both cited the need to discount much of their merchandise to induce shoppers to buy. More than four years after the Great Recession officially ended, many consumers remain reluctant to buy goods that aren’t discounted, said Sung Won Sohn, an economist at California State University. Sohn noted that JC Penney’s former CEO, Ron Johnson, learned that lesson the hard way after he eliminated sales at Penney’s. Many shoppers deserted Penney’s, and Johnson lost his job. Retailers who cater to middle- and lower-income shoppers have suffered in part because their customers haven’t benefited as much from the recovery. Rising stock prices and home values have mainly benefited upperincome Americans. “It’s getting better on Wall Street and in the news reports, but the economy isn’t getting better with the average consumer,” said C. Britt Beemer, chairman of America’s Research Group, a consumer research firm. Wal-Mart has said its lowerincome consumers, in particular, have felt squeezed by this year’s Social Security tax increase. The tax increase has meant that a household earning $50,000 has about $1,000 less to spend this year.
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Are we going as Christ commanded us to?
hear about someone else’s problems. The word “go” appears over 250 times in the New Testament. We need to keep ourselves reminded of this and never pass up an opportunity of telling someone the good news of Jesus. Many in our country today need to hear the good news. As a Christian nation we have allowed Satan to get his hold on many people, and many of these are in a position of power. We have stood back and watched as godless people have used our documents created by our forefathers as fodder to discredit Christianity. For years now we have allowed the minority to speak out and gain rule over the majority. We have seen in the last few years the decline in membership in churches and we have also seen preachers in churches that are called by man and not God. All of us need to look within our own selves and see if we are really doing what Jesus has told us to do. Are we going into the world,
I was reading a devotional not long ago when I came across a humorous story that sounds a lot like my golf game. A golfer had lost his ball, and he turned to his caddie, shouting angrily, “Why didn’t you watch where it went?” “Sir,” said the boy, “it usually doesn’t go anywhere, so it took me by surprise.” Over the years and being part of many churches in different communities, I have noticed that we can probably say the same about some church members, “they usually don’t go anywhere.” Jesus tells us in Mark 16:15, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.” In today’s society all church members need to be spreading the good news. Nationally and locally we hear more of the bad news than we do anything else. It seems that everyone wants to
especially our local communities, and preaching the good news? If we examine our lives and realize we are not being the Christians we were called to be then we need to get on our knees and talk to Jesus about our own sinful ways. There is a saying that goes, “It is not the things we get, but the hearts we touch, that will measure our success in life.” Let’s not give in to the world and do as Jesus has commanded us to do. Prayer: Father, guide me each and everyday and give the strength and wisdom to spread the good news. Thank you for loving me and the opportunity to serve you here on earth. Amen. (Suggested daily Bible readings: Sunday - Mark 4:40; Monday - Proverbs 3:21-26; Tuesday John 15:1-8; Wednesday - 2 Peter 1:5-9; Thursday - Psalm 48:9-14; Friday - John 14:15-21.) A077-09 Gary Andrews is the author of Encouraging Words: 30-days in God’s Word. To obtain a copy go to his website
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If I could only see Jesus Joy in the Lord
Most of us have a list that we start at the top and work our way down. I can’t call this one because I already own him. I can’t call that one because she helped me last month. When times get hard we all need somebody we can go to for help. When the piggy bank is nothing more than a pig you can’t eat, you need some folks you can call. On our list there is always somebody who is the most promising but they are also the hardest to make contact with. You already know they have the resources you need so you find yourself trying to figure out the best way to approach this person. But I will have you to know that finding them is only the first step in getting the help you need. When you find them you have to get their attention. And once you get their attention you have to get them to listen to your issue. Once you get them to listen to your issue, you have to get them to contribute to your relief. Somebody on the verge of losing their job needs a conference with the boss. The supervisor is uncaring or unsympathetic. But if you could just see the boss; he has the power to make a difference. The bill collector is talking crazy on the phone and you can’t get him to understand your situation. If only you could see the president of the company; he has the power to give you an extension. The bible tells us that there was a man named Zacchaeus. He desired to see Jesus as he passed through Jericho. But because he was a little man and the crowd was so large there was little chance of that happening. He was too short to see the Lord among a tall crowd. Not only was he a little man but the Bible also records that he was a publican (a tax collector). Tax collectors were hated then, and they are hated now. It was common for them to cheat people out of their hard earned money. When they collected the taxes they added an extra fee for themselves so they were filthy rich off of the proceeds of their thievery. But not only was he a pub-
Climbing a tree seems such a small price to pay in order to receive an abundance of blessings.
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lican, the Bible says that he was the chief publican. He was boss over all the tax collectors. But hated or not, for some reason this man wanted to see Jesus. He didn’t just want to see him, he wanted to see who he was. That says to me that he was interested in knowing more about Jesus. If he was lucky enough, he might just get more than he bargained for. However, at the very least he was hoping to just see him who he was. ever it was he needed he knew he could only get it from the Lord. I can relate here because there are times when I feel the same way; “If I could only see Jesus.” tionship with him requires something in return but it’s never anything that we can’t afford to give. This man ran and climbed up a tree in eager expectation that Jesus would pass by and get close enough to him for him to see who he was. I don’t blame him one bit. Climbing a tree seems such a small price to pay in order to receive an abundance of blessings. If everything was true that was being said about Jesus height will not be an issue. If what they say about Jesus is true then a sinful lifestyle may not get in the way. If all the hype is true about Jesus then what ever is wrong can be turned right. Everything will work out if only I could see Jesus.
It’s hard enough to get church folks to walk to see the Lord; let alone run. But this guy had discerned which direction Jesus was going to be traveling. He knew what road he was on and devised a plan to give him a vantage point to see who Jesus was. He had to get ahead of the crowd. Bro. Zacchaeus and I must think alike, because I believe that the best way to get in position to see the Lord is get ahead of the crowd. But for some reason the early arrival isn’t popular anymore. I can see first timers being a little shy but I’ve noticed that the back pews always fill up first. I guess it’s more popular to arrive late and sit in the back. I wish more people today would get as excited as Zacchaeus about seeing Jesus. For some reason we’ll run to everything and everybody rather than run to the Lord. Everybody had heard about his teaching and his miracles. I just bet that the crowd was thick but this guy was determined. The bible doesn’t reveal anything about his motives. It doesn’t say he had a sick child. He doesn’t say his wife had an issue of blood. It doesn’t say that he had a demon problem. But what-
It would appear that although he got ahead of the crowd there was still another challenge. Once Jesus got to his location the crowd would just step in front of him and he’d still have the same problem. So he climbed up in a sycamore tree. I know that you know that a relationship with the Lord will lead you to a higher level. But I want you to know today that even the desire to get to know Jesus will lead you to the next level. You see, according to the Bible all you need is the desire to be saved. Nicodemus came in the middle of the night and Jesus told him, “You must be born again.” The thief of the cross looked over and told Jesus to remember him when he comes into his kingdom. And the Lord replied, “Today you will be with me in paradise.” A relationship with Jesus requires some effort to be with him. There are tons of people who want a relationship with the Lord but they don’t want to be faithful to him. They want to be considered a child of GOD and they want GOD to bless them but they don’t want to do anything in return. They don’t want to come to church. They don’t want to read the bible. They don’t have time to pray and they will not render any service. It’s like being in a relationship with a man or woman that will not honor the union. What man will stay with a woman who won’t come home? What woman will stay with a man who spends his whole paycheck paying bills for another woman? But isn’t that the way we treat GOD? He is a jealous GOD. A rela-
After he got in the tree all he needed to do was wait for Jesus to get there. He had done the hard part. He had worked the plan. He may have sweated when he ran. He may have sweated when he climbed but there is no sweating involved when you just wait. This little man needed something that he couldn’t get at home. He must have needed something that he couldn’t get from the Romans. He must have needed something that he couldn’t take from the Jews. He must have needed something that money couldn’t buy. There was no one else to go to. He must have been at wits end to climb a tree and wait on Jesus. “If only I could see Jesus.” Now that he is set up it’s time for Jesus to show up. Moses stood still but Isaiah said, “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.” David said, “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.” There is no harm in waiting on the Lord.
As I journey, I am enjoying the goodness of God. I am tasting and seeing that the Lord is good. What is God doing to move you? He’s calling me out of all my dry places. He says there is more that he requires of me. He has heard my prayers. He is blessing me with a peace beyond my own understanding. As I seek his face, I hear his voice … as he calls me higher. He is calling me out of all my dry places. He has given me comfort in times of dismay. He has given me protection during my times of doubt and confusion. He’s breaking chains as he calls me out of all my dry places. Lord, as I see my army rising up, I feel my chains not only breaking, but I can feel them falling away from me. Oh, help Holy Spirit. I rejoice as David did as he brought home the very presence of the Lord. I dance as David danced because today I know God as my all and all. In Jesus, I know I win. My friend, rejoice with me. Leave behind the troubles of the past. Focus not on the challenges of today for they are mere test of your faith. Look to the future and to what God has for you. Rejoice my friend; I say rejoice. “The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever.” Isaiah 40:8. Go with me to 2 Samuel 6:1-12. It tells of the joy of David for God fought his battles. (Do you, my friend, have a trouble that you need God to take care of for you?) You will find David celebrating in the joy of the Lord. You will find David asking God for wisdom, for direction and for strength. You will see David asking God for deliverance and victory over his enemy. (You got anything that seems to be hindering you from experiencing the joy of God?) I feel the spirit of God preparing you for the greater. You will see God being God. You will see God doing what he does. You will see God preparing a testimony in a man after his own heart. (I ask you today; where is your heart?) Don’t you know that God is greater than anything that can come against you? Don’t
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you know that sickness and disease must surrender to the power and authority of God? Don’t you know that if you bless the name of Jesus, he will give you perfect peace? Don’t you know that if you trust God with all that pertains to you he will care for you as you receive him? Don’t you know that God will not put more on you that you can bear if you just speak his promises to you back to him? In your time with God, tell him what he said in his word he would do for you. Tell him. You will find that you are only reminding yourself for he has not forgotten. For in his word he says “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Psalms 27:1 says, “The Lord is my light and my salvation- so why should I be afraid? The Lord protects me from danger — so why should I tremble.” Psalms 121: 1-5 says “I look up to the mountains — does my help come from there? My help comes from the Lord, who made the heavens and the earth! He will not let you stumble and fall; the one who watches over you will not sleep. Indeed, he who watches over Israel (that’s you) never tires and never sleeps. The Lord himself watches over you. The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade.” As I lay my burdens down, I look to the Lord. Life is such a gift my friend, when I think back on where I’ve been. Life is a rose that continues to bloom, for God abides in my spirit today and there is no more gloom. Life, today I treasure, for it is centered in giving God pleasure. My friends, as I journey, I go forth in the joy of the Lord. Be blessed in the Lord.
‘Becoming God’s spokesman’
You that have an ear, hear what the word is saying to the church. Jeremiah 15:19 says, “Therefore thus saith the Lord. If thou return then will I bring thee again, and thou shall stand before me and if thou take forth the precious from the vile, thou shalt be as my mouth: let them return unto thee; but return not thou unto them.” The Lord our God says here in this scripture: If you repent, I will restore you that you may serve me; if you utter worth, and not worthless words, you will be my spokesman. Amen. So let these people turn to you, but you must not turn to them. You see, as God’s mouthpiece, we are to influence the people, not let them influence us. You great men and women of God; you that have been called to leadership over God’s people. Stop and see the precious in that which appears worthless and begin speaking to it and drawing it out of one another; then we will
Is having faith being naïve?
Is it being naïve to have faith? You might say, “It depends in what you have faith.” How many times a day do you exercise faith? When you set your alarm clock last night, you expected it to go off at the time set, right? Is that not having faith in the clock? When you sat in the chair or on the stool for breakfast, you expected it to hold you up, right? Is that not having faith in the chair? When you got in your car, you expected it to take you where you wanted to go, right? Is that not having faith in the car? When you made your deposit of money in the bank, you expected it to be there when you wanted it, right? Is that not having faith in the bank? When you boarded an airplane, you expected it to take you to your destination safely, right? Is that not having faith in the airplane? What is faith? The Greek term for “faith” means “trust” or “strong persuasion.” The corresponding verb means “to believe.” To have faith is to relinquish trust in oneself and to put that trust in another. A barn caught on fire with a little boy trapped in the top loft. His dad stood on the ground outside and told the little boy to
“Therefore know that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments.”
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jump and he would catch him. The little boy was afraid, but he finally jumped, believing that his father would do what he said. He had faith in his father. God told Abraham to leave his home and family and travel to a land He would show him. Abraham believed God and went without even knowing where he was going. He believed God, and Scripture tells us that “it was accounted unto him for righteousness” (Genesis 15:6). God not only led Abraham to a land but made him the father of more people than there are grains of sand or stars in the sky! All that after Abraham fathered his and Sarah’s first child at age 100 and she at age 90. In Matthew 8:10, a centurion had a servant who was dying and he came to Jesus pleading that He heal his servant. When Jesus told him He would go to his house and heal him, the centurion said it was not necessary for him to go, but just to speak the words and his servant would be healed. Jesus said, “I have not seen such great faith in all of Israel... Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” Why do we put our faith in things? Because they have a history of working, right? But banks fail, planes crash, cars stall, chairs break and sometimes clock alarms don’t go off. We can have faith in a sure thing – Deuteronomy 7: 9 identifies Him. “Therefore know that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thou-
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start to become the prophetic people we must be to accomplish the mandate of God for this hour. Now, my brothers and sisters, let’s stop crucifying Christ again and start recognizing him, honoring him and calling him forth in one another. We are looking for the fruit; we fail to see the seed that is to become the fruit. Let us be discerning enough not to miss him in whatever form he appears. Prepare his way and make it straight.
sand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments.” He does not change. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He will not tell us one thing today and change His mind tomorrow. He is not afraid of storms for He controls the weather. He knows when the smallest bird falls to the ground, and “you are worth much more than many sparrows” – so much more that He sent His only begotten Son, Jesus, to die for us, and by believing on Him we will not perish but will have everlasting life. And it will be so! “For all the promises of God in Him (Jesus) are yea, and in Him Amen, unto to the glory of God through us” (2 Corinthians 1:20). It is not naïve to have faith in Someone who has not and cannot fail.
Verse of the Day
If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. Romans 14:8 NIV
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Friday, August 16, 2013 • Page 7
Days away from High School football kickoff
By Will Nations
Roger Burton will tell you that he bleeds green-and-white and there is no one doubting that answer. After two years away from West Point High School, Burton returned to the Green Wave football program, hoping to continue the success he experienced during his earlier threeyear stint between 2008 and 2011. Burton is a familiar name, a familiar face and a coach that many of the West Point players and coaching staff have known prior to this season. Burton’s journey away from West Point began on May 24, 2011, when he accepted the head coaching position at Simmons High School in Hollandale, Ms. The Wave had just won their second consecutive 5-A state championship and had rushed for 4,000 yards on the ground behind a Burton-coached offensive line. “It was an interesting journey,” Burton said about his two seasons as a head coach at two different high schools, “I learned I missed West Point tremendously while I was away.” Beginning his first career head coaching post in the fall of 2011, Burton led the Simmons Blue Devils to an 8-5 overall record. Hollandale Simmons would make a quarterfinal appearance in the 2-A playoffs, bowing out after a 19-0 loss to Calhoun City. After one complete season at
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Roger Burton talks with the West Point running backs during Saturday, Aug. 10 practice at the Green Wave football facilities.
Gridiron action gets under way
Oak Hill takes on Pickens Academy tonight
By Will Nations sports@dailytimesleader. com
The Oak Hill Raiders will take the field tonight against the Pickens Academy Pirates in Carrollton, Al, slated to start at 6:30 p.m. The Raiders are looking confident in their early fall practices and are ready to actually hit somebody else other than their teammates said Oak Hill head coach Daniel Merchant. According to Merchant, Pickens Academy were the 2012 runner-ups in the Alabama Independent Schools Association single-A classification and will have a very strong football team. Oak Hill starting quarterback Riley Pierce echoed his coach's thoughts following a Wednesday practice on the campus of Oak Hill. “I am really feeling confident with the direction the team is heading,” Pierce said about his thoughts before the game. “I don't think I'll sleep too much before on Thursday night, I'll definitely have butterflies. Our coaching staff with Merchant, Brister and Dance have really driven the offense to a new level.”
Above, sophomore Drew Riley hopes for a strong start to his tenth-grade campaign in Carollton, Al. against Pickens Academy. At left, Oak Hill quarterback Riley Pierce comes around the end during the Raiders’ spring game in Baldwyn this spring. Oak Hill head coach Daniel Merchant and assistant coach Carl Middleton dial in a defensive play during the Raiders’ spring game in Baldwyn.
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Girl challenges ban from football team
Associated Press
BALTIMORE, Ohio — An Ohio school district is refusing to let a seventh-grade girl play football, prompting requests that the board change its policies on female athletes. Makhaela Jenkins has played youth football around Baltimore, southeast of Columbus, but isn’t allowed on the active roster for her school team because the district doesn’t allow girls to participate in games and contact drills. Liberty Union-Thurston District superintendent Paul Mathews said the longstanding policy doesn’t violate any gender-related regulations, because the district offers girls other, non-contact athletic options. “We are not violating Title IX,” Mathews told WTTE-TV in Columbus, referring to the federal law that bans gender discrimination in federally funded school programs, including sports. “We have opportunities for girls, but those opportunities do not include contact sports.” He said it’s the district’s choice to set which school sports are available to girls. “We think we have plenty of places for everyone to fit in, but it is simply a choice,” Mathews said. The Ohio chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union in a letter to Matthews on Thursday said the district’s decision is “unacceptable and unlawful.” The organization added that the district cannot say it has a “legitimate basis” for denying female students from participating on the football team. Makhaela said gender shouldn’t be a barrier to participation in school sports. “Some people have different goals and dreams they want to follow, and if they want to play a sport, (they) should be able to play a sport no matter what gender you are,” she told WTTE. She and her relatives contend she practiced, lifted weights and earned the right
to play. And she still wants to do so. “It sets me apart from everybody else, and it lets other people know it’s OK to be different and you don’t have to follow what everybody else does,” she said. The 12-year-old previously played in a football league not affiliated with a school district, WCPO-TV in Cincinnati reported.
Pittsburgh Pirates’ Russell Martin watches as his solo home run leaves the park during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Cardinals beat Pirates 6-5 in 12 innings
BY R.B. FALLSTROM AP Sports Writer
of six. St. Louis won 4-3 in 14 innings in the opener on Tuesday night. “We had a number of guys that had opportunities,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. “The great thing about what we’re going through is the challenge and opportunities we’re all getting. “It’s playoff atmosphere baseball.” The Cardinals lost the division lead when they dropped four of five in Pittsburgh from July 29-Aug. 1. Rookie Kevin Siegrist (1-1), St. Louis’ seventh pitcher, struck out two in a perfect 12th against the heart of the order. Russell Martin and Clint Barmes homered for Pittsburgh, which blew a 4-0 lead in one inning. Jose Tabata had three straight hits after entering as a pinch hitter. Carpenter sparked the winning rally with a one-out walk. He went to third on Jon Jay’s single before Holliday grounded a single up the middle off Bryan Morris (5-6). Carpenter, the Cardinals’ leadoff man, leads the National League with 48 multihit games and 40 doubles. He entered with league-leading averages of .366 at home and .367 in day games. Holliday also had an RBI double and is batting .452 during a 12-game hitting streak. Martin hit a tying leadoff drive off Trevor Rosenthal in the eighth, handing the setup man his second blown save of St. Louis’ 4-6 homestand. The Pirates hit for the cycle against Lance Lynn in a fourrun fifth that featured rookie Andrew Lambo’s first hit and RBI on a double and Barmes’ two-run homer. The Cardinals responded by knocking out A.J. Burnett with five runs in the bottom half on a two-run single by Daniel Descalso and RBIs in
Matt Carpenter had four hits and scored the winning run in the Cardinals’ second extraST. LOUIS (AP) — Just a inning triumph over the NL few days ago, the St. Louis Central leaders in three days. Cardinals had no wins when trailing after eight innings and “Anytime having a walk-off just one extra-inning victory. win, it’s a big deal,” manager They certainly showed the Mike Matheny said. “Jumping Pittsburgh Pirates they can go on it again it today is just the the extra mile. resiliency of this club. “We did a good job of bounc“You could sense it on the ing back,” said Matt Holliday, bench. The guys weren’t going who hit a game-ending RBI to give in, weren’t going to stop single in the 12th inning of St. pushing.” Louis’ 6-5 victory over The Cardinals took two of Pittsburgh on Thursday. three in the series to pull within “Winning this game could be two games of the sagging very important for us.” Pirates, who have dropped five
consecutive at-bats from Carpenter, Jon Jay and Holliday. “As good as it looked early, it’s never easy against this group,” Burnett said. “They figured me out early.” Both managers put a heavy stamp on the game. Hurdle hit for two regulars in the sixth and emptied his bench, and Matheny used three relievers in the sixth and seventh. St. Louis activated All-Star catcher Yadier Molina from the 15-day disabled list, and he announced his presence almost immediately. He threw out Starling Marte trying to steal third to end the first.
Stroud, Fisher share Wyndham lead at 64
By JOEDY McCREARY AP Sports Writer
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Chris Stroud doesn’t want any rust in his game for the PGA Tour’s playoffs. Ross Fisher just wants to make it that far. Stroud and Fisher each shot 6-under 64 on Thursday to share the first-round lead in the Wyndham Championship. Eight players — defending champion Sergio Garcia, Matt Jones, Robert Garrigus, Jordan Spieth, Trevor Immelman, Morgan Hoffman, Patrick Reed and Andrew Svoboda — shot 65. John Senden and Stuart Appleby were among the five players at 66 at the final tournament before golf’s postseason begins next week. It was the highest score for an opening-round leader since the tournament returned to Sedgefield Country Club in 2008. Stroud had eight birdies during his best round of the year, which came at the Donald Rossdesigned course that had vexed him through the previous five years. “I’ve even told people I love this golf course,” Stroud said. “I have no idea why I don’t play well here.” Stroud could’ve easily skipped this week and rested up for the playoffs. He arrived at No. 48 on the points list and — unlike so many other players here this week — is assured of a spot in the playoff field. He has played this tournament every year since the crosstown move but made it to the weekend only once — tying for 73rd last year. After missing the cut at PGA Championship by a stroke, he said he “told my caddie, ‘I got to play next week.’ “I’m playing too well to go home and just sit and get rusty,” Stroud said. “I said I want to get sharp for The Barclays. Let’s go to Greensboro, low expectations since I haven’t played that great
here.” Those expectations might have been raised after a strong first round in which he made a quick charge up the leaderboard with three straight birdies. The 31-year-old Texan, who started on the back nine, stuck his tee shot roughly 2 feet from the flagstick on the par-3 seventh and sank that putt to briefly move to 7 under.
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Simmons, Burton was heading to his second head coaching job in 2012 at Cleveland East Side High School. Directing one of the most talented teams in the Mississippi High School Activities Association 3-A classification, Burton led the East Side Trojans to a 14-1 record, with their only loss coming to state runner-up Charleston in the semi-finals of the 3-A postseason. Though Burton experienced two programs in a short period of time, football was the same game whatever sideline he stood on. It was the lessons he learned while at West Point that helped him establish a 23-6 career record as a head coach, he said “It’s all the same,” Burton said about lessons he learned during his two-year stint as a head coach at Simmons and East Side, “What I did learn was that what we do here at West Point is successful. There would be times I would call Coach [Brett] Morgan and [Lee] Grisham to ask them question about certain offensive theories on weekends. Those talks helped me do well as a head coach.” Now suited in green on the practice field at West Point’s football facilities, Burton is in charge of what many say is the best backfield in Mississippi. A Mississippi State verbal-commit in Aeris Williams, a strongwilled Roger Thomas and a bruising Quincy Stark have given Burton the tools to help the Wave achieve a similar season to the 2010 4,000-yard attack. “Quincy, Roger and Aeris are three specials backs,” said Burton about his running backs. “If these three guys allow me to share my knowledge with them, then all three will be great running backs this season.” Burton looks excited and joyous to have returned to the Green Wave fold. Burton said
that all the coaches on the West Point staff are his close friends and he enjoyed working with them. “I’m a Green Wave,” said Burton, “If you cut me open I will bleed green-and-white. I am planning and everyone on this staff is planning on being here for a very long time.” Burton is not the only new addition to the West Point football program. Adam Lowrey has joined the ninthgrade Junior Wave as an assis-
tant coach, all two hirings were confirmed by West Point head football coach Chris Chambless. “I am glad to have both guys on our staff,” Chambless said, “I am always glad to have people who want to come into our program and are willing to work for what is best for the kids.” West Point will play in the Mississippi State jamboree tomorrow against the Louisville Wildcats. The contest is slated to start at 1 p.m.
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Friday, August 16, 2013 • Page 9
Clay County zoned for health care master plan
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JACKSON — Mississippi is pioneering new strategies in developing its health care economy, Gov. Phil Bryant shared with more than 700 people who attended the Governor’s Health Care Economic Development Summit today. As part of the health care clustering strategy Gov. Bryant outlined last year in a report detailing his vision for growing Mississippi’s health care economy, the governor announced that communities around the state are developing health care zone master plans to guide health care investment and expansion at the local level. At Thursday’s Summit, Gov. Bryant announced the certification of 12 communities master plans. “The cooperation of private sector leaders and Mississippi’s elected officials is producing great opportunities for this state,” Gov. Bryant said. “Mississippi is unique in its approach to applying health care zones and clustering to economic development, and today I am proud to announce 12 communities have been certified through the Mississippi Development Authority as certified Health Care Zone Master Plan Communities.” In 2012, Gov. Bryant enacted the Health Care Industry Zone Act to spur health care development within five miles of major acute care hospitals. Under the act, businesses like laboratory testing facilities, medical supply distributors and biotechnology research facilities that either make an investment of at least $10 million or create a minimum of 25 full time, permanent jobs within the health care zone are eligible for certain tax incentives. During the 2013 session, Gov. Bryant expanded the act to include health care investment in communities that developed a certified health care master plan in lieu of meeting the original law’s acute care bed count. “The communities that develop and adopt these master plans are setting solid groundwork for facilitating health care job creation,” Gov. Bryant continued. “These plans are valuable, proactive tools that will aid communities, MDA and local economic development practitioners as they work to attract the startup or recruitment of a variety of private sector health-related industries.”  Clay County is one of 12 Mississippi counties zoned as a health care master plan community. “Last fall I traveled the state with the Mississippi Economic Council after evaluating the strengths and weaknesses in Mississippi’s health care economy. Together we issued Blueprint Mississippi Health Care: An Economic Driver—a report that provides the framework to help us further develop our health care growth strategies,” Gov. Bryant said. The report identified ways to grow Mississippi’s health care economy and benefit the state in four key areas: workforce development, quality of life, business sustainability and the creation of economic wealth. Blake Wilson, president and CEO of the Mississippi Economic Council, said Gov. Bryant’s leadership will help Mississippi realize the importance of focusing on Mississippi’s health and its economy through developing the state’s medical industry “Gov. Bryant’s focus on this importance of health care as an economic driver will play a vital role in positioning Mississippi for the future,” Wilson said. “We have the opportunity through this summit to develop a new pathway to progress for Mississippi as part of the Blueprint Mississippi effort.” “Leaders around the state are continuing to foster a positive environment for health care development, and we are implementing many of the strategies outlined in the Blueprint health care report,” Gov. Bryant said. “The clustering concept is taking root around the state as evidenced by these new master plan communities, and the Mississippi Health Care Solutions Institute, which I announced in my 2013 State of the State address, will work to promote Mississippi’s health care sector.” Gov. Bryant hopes other communities around the state will see the importance of developing a Health Care Zone Master Plan as part of a strategy for expanding health care investment. Copies of plans for the certified communities are available at www.
David O. Malone exhibit set soon
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The David O. Malone student art competition and exhibit is set to begin Aug. 29, and local students are encouraged to submit artwork for the show. Student entries will be grouped for judging as follows: grades 1-3, grades 4-6, grades 7-9, grades 10-12. Prizes to be awarded include The David O. Malone Best in Show Award which carries a prize of $50 for first place, $25 for second place, $15 for third place in each group respectively. Certificates will be given for honorable mentions, but carry no cash award. The school with the most entries will win $100 to purchase art supplies for the coming year. Acrylic, oil, watercolor, pencil, pastels, pen and ink, collage, pottery, photography and sculpture are all acceptable media for entry. Students can enter one or two pieces with an entry fee of $1 each. All entries should be delivered to Bryan Public Library Wednesday, Aug. 28, or Thursday, Aug. 29, from 3-6 p.m.. No art work will be accepted before these dates. Entries must be registered and accepted by the West
Inmate pleads guilty in deadly Miss. prison riot
BY HOLBROOK MOHR Associated Press
JACKSON — An inmate suspected of participating in the fatal beating of a guard during a prison riot in Mississippi last year has pleaded guilty to rioting. Prosecutors say Marco Perez-Serrano, also known as Jesus Fernando Ochoa, was the first inmate to attack correction officer Catlin Carithers during the riot at the privately run Adams County Correctional Facility in Natchez on May 20, 2012. Carithers died and 20 people were injured. The riot involved hundreds of inmates. Perez-Serrano pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Natchez. He faces up to 10 years in prison at sentencing on Nov. 19. Several other inmates have been charged with participating in the riot. The prison holds nearly 2,500 inmates, most of them convicted on charges of returning to the U.S. after deportation for being in the country illegally. The prison is owned by Nashville, Tenn.-based Corrections Corporation of America, one of the nation’s largest private prison companies. An FBI affidavit filed in the case said inmates stacked food
Point — Clay County Arts Council Representative. The library staff will not accept or register entries. The judge for this year’s student competition is Jane Gair, veteran art teacher from Starkville. Judging will be on Friday, Aug. 30. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony at l p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31 in the library during the Prairie Arts Festival. The exhibit will remain on display until Sept. 30. Part of the Prairie Arts Festival, this competition was named for the late David O. Malone, who worked in starting the festival more than 30 years ago and had a love for children. The Arts Council felt it was appropriate to rename the Student Art Competition in his memory. Best in Show winner will have their name engraved on a plaque that will hang in the library. Student artists can pick up a form containing the complete rules and regulations from the office at their school or the Bryan Public Library. Rules can also be found on the website at Students must reside in Clay County to enter. For more information, call Kathy Dyess at 494-5678.
Tupelo council to look at new development code
Associated Press
TUPELO, Miss. — The City Council is expected to decide next week whether to adopt an updated development code. During the previous council term, members lacked the votes to approve a version of the code, the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reported. City planner Pat Falkner told council members on Tuesday that changes have been made to a section on billboards after a billboard company registered some objections. Falkner says the proposed code would give builders more options, easing restrictions found in the current laws while still maintaining high levels of standards for commercial and residential development in Tupelo. "It's the public perception of red tape," B.J. Teal, head of development services for Tupelo, said during a City
The Adams County Correctional Facility holds nearly 2,500 illegal immigrants convicted of crimes in the United States. (AP file photo)
service carts from the kitchen and climbed on to a roof where Carithers was stationed with another guard. The affidavit says PerezSerrano was the first person seen attacking Carithers when he hit him with a food tray. After other inmates joined in the attack on Carithers, PerezSerrano was seen hitting another guard with the tray, according to the affidavit. The inmates used keys they took from the guards to get into secured prison areas
where more correction officers were attacked, according to the affidavit. Perez-Serrano also was seen destroying prison property, including a surveillance camera, and fought with members of the special response teams that responded to the riot, authorities say. The FBI has said in court records that the riot was started by a group of Mexican inmates, known as Paisas, who were angry about what they considered poor food and medical care and disrespectful
guards. Paisas are a loosely affiliated group within the prison, without ties to organized gangs, the FBI has said. It took hours for authorities to control the riot, which caused an estimated $1.3 million in damage. The prison’s special response team and the Mississippi Highway Patrol’s SWAT team worked to end the riot while state and area law enforcement officers, some from neighboring Louisiana, helped secure the outside.
Council work session on Tuesday. "We need to create a more receptive working relationship with people who want to do business with the city." During the council's last meeting in June before the current term began, members deadlocked by a 3-3 vote. Representatives with Lamar Advertising, a company that owns many billboards in the city, objected to elimination of billboards at key city streets after five years. Falkner said changes in the new code responding to the billboard company's concerns include allowing replacement of some billboards in the city with digital billboards and eliminating the provision that non-conforming billboards must be taken down within five years. Mayor Jason Shelton, who campaigned on loosening regulations in the city, said he's reviewing the updated code and may suggest more revisions.
Navigator groups set for earning $67 million to sign up uninsured
BY CARLA K. JOHNSON Associated Press
CHICAGO — With the new health law's enrollment period set to open in just a little more than six weeks, President Barack Obama's administration announced $67 million in awards Thursday to organizations that will help people understand their new insurance opportunities and get signed up. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the Navigator grant awards to 105 groups in states where the federal government will run online insurance marketplaces. Sebelius said consumers are "hungry for information." "These navigators will help consumers apply for coverage, answer questions about coverage options and help them make informed decisions about which option is best for them," Sebelius said from Tampa, Fla., during on a conference call with reporters. Ideally, navigators will use a variety of math and logic skills to walk people through the somewhat confusing process of buying insurance. For example, navigators will help people estimate their family income for 2014, important in determining eligibility for federal tax credits to help pay the cost of coverage. Navigators may need to answer questions about family size, such as: Do you count the kids if they are claimed on an ex-spouse's income tax? And, they will need to be able to explain the differences between the bronze, silver, gold and platinum insurance policies offered on the marketplaces. Karen Pollitz, a senior fellow at the Kaiser Family Foundation, said the Navigator program will be particularly important in such states as Florida and Ohio that aren't doing any statedirected outreach. The pressure now is on the organizations getting the awards, which "don't have a lot of time" to hire and train staff and plan their strategy for reaching the uninsured, she said. Enrollment for the health law's new coverage options starts Oct. 1, and benefits kick in Jan. 1. Pollitz predicted there will be unevenness within states with some sophisticated groups being "shovel ready" with a strategy and others needing more time to plan. "They don't have to sign everybody up on Oct. 1. That's the good news," Pollitz said. "Every day of the open season is going to be important." Enrollment will continue through the end of March 2014. Navigators must complete a 20- to 30-hour training program developed by the federal government and pass an exam to be certified. Strict security and privacy standards will be part of the training. They will be subject to federal criminal penalties for violations of privacy or fraud laws. Possible privacy breaches are a concern of the attorneys general of 13 states, who on Wednesday sent a letter to Sebelius questioning whether there will be enough protection of consumer data in the Navigator program. Public and private groups were eligible to apply for the grants, which were apportioned to states based on their numbers of uninsured residents. The grants announced Thursday are going to universities, food banks, community groups and health organizations. Planned Parenthood groups in Iowa, Montana and New Hampshire are getting grants, prompting some Republicans to object.
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by Jacqueline Bigar
ARIES (March 21-April 19) Reach out for someone else or seek out another perspective if you are not comfortable with what you are hearing. A partner softens up considerably. New beginnings are possible if both parties are willing to talk. Don’t push; you have time. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) You see a situation differently because of feedback from a partner. Approach an associate with care, who might feel cornered or disappointed. Your efforts are appreciated. Put your best foot forward, and others naturally will join in. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Indulge a child or loved one who now seems to be more willing to cooperate. What generates could last for a substantial time if the spirit of cooperation remains. A group discussion draws many opinions. Opinions are just that -- opinions. CANCER (June 21-July 22) Pace yourself, though you might want to have a lengthy talk with someone who is family or feels like family. Maintain a steady pace as you eye what has to be done. Be aware of what the costs of a purchase are, even if it improves the quality of your life. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) You might want to review some decisions you are about to make. You will see important results once others understand that you will claim your power. They will also need to know what your expectations are. Just be clear. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Take your time moving forward, especially if you are not sure which way to go. You could test the waters. Friends and associates offer feedback, but ultimately the choice is yours and only yours. A gesture draws a caring response. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Your conversation multiplies the possibilities in your mind. You have a set of expectations and desires; the time has come to express them. Only then can others or another person respond. Don’t make the assumption that the other person just knows -- he or she doesn’t necessarily.
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August 16, 1973
lunches are bargain in school cafeterias
Parents of students of the West Point Municipal Separate School District received some good news today when Mrs. Foster Landis, lunch room supervisor for the school system, reported the price of lunches at the various attendance centers will be the same as last year. Mrs. Landis said the schools planned to hold the price of the lunches at 35 cents per day as long as possible. “We just don’t know how long we will be able to keep the price at last year’s level but we will do so as long as possible,” Mrs. Landis said. Several school systems in this area have already announced an increase in school lunches. Columbus public school students will have to pay a nickel more this coming school term. Mrs. Landis indicated that the price of all canned goods advanced recently. “We are finding it increasingly difficult to find some canned foods especially canned fruits. We just can’t find any canned fruits right now.” The current beef shortage is forcing the lunch room supervisor to alter some menus. “We plan to give the students as much beef as we can without going into the hole too much.” Mrs. Landis indicated. In the past, the lunch room supervisor has planned the menus for schools about three weeks in advance but the current food shortage has forced her to now plan at least a month in advance in ensure the availability of food stuffs to fill the menu. “We have the same meat and vegetables each day at all the lunch rooms but a different dessert,” she said. “We will have to go to using more cheese and turkeys this year than in the past to make up for the shortage of beef and other meat items including wieners. The year’s menus will include a lot of chili and fish, too.” When asked what the schools might expect from the US Department of Agriculture commodity program whereby the schools receive food stuffs from the government, Mrs. Landis indicated that the school system did not receive all its quota last school year. “we don’t know what to expect this year,” she said. “We don’t know what we will receive or how much.” Peanut butter will be another item seen in more use in this lunch rooms of the city. This item is reportedly in good supply and at a price close to last year’s.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) You often hold back or don’t disclose the whole story. Though your feelings could be intensified by keeping some details private, the result might not be positive. Do use your intuition with funds right now. A talk with a respected associate about this risk might be wise. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Use your strong personality and taste for adventure to encourage others to forge a new path. You find someone has strong feelings about you. This not-so-secret admirer gives you a lot to consider. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) You have reason to maintain a low profile. In a sense, you are a tiger crouched behind a bush, ready to pounce when the timing is right. Still, you quietly gain information. Don’t forget to touch base with an older or respected friend. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Follow another’s lead who clearly seems more directed and energized. A call or contact from a distance forces you to stop and make a decision, or at least consider your options regarding a decision.
1. Each row and column must contain the numbers 1 through 7 without repeating. 2. The numbers within the heavily outlined set of squares, called cages, must combine (in any order) to produce the target number in the top corner of the cage using the mathematical operation indicated. 3. Cages with just one box should be filled in with the target number in the top corner. A number can be repeated within a cage as long as it is not in the same row or column.
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Here’s How It Works:
To solve a sudoku, the numbers 1 through 9 must fill each row, column and box. Each number can appear only once in each row, column and box.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) You might be getting a little too much attention for your taste. Nevertheless, you gracefully move forward and assume the lead. You get a lot of support from a loved one or dear friend who eases your passage into this role.
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Bryant: State needs to pursue health care jobs
JACKSON — Republican Gov. Phil Bryant says Mississippi needs to pursue health care businesses to promote economic growth. He says the state is working to create "medical corridors" by offering incentives to private companies such as pharmaceutical firms, medical equipment manufacturers and others. Bryant hosted a health care economic development meeting Thursday at the Jackson Convention Complex. He told an audience of about 700 that, "The more we get the government out of health care, the better off we would be." He did not mention his opposition to Medicaid expansion, which is an option under the 2010 federal health overhaul. Ocean Springs Mayor Connie Moran, a Democrat, said outside the meeting that expanding Medicaid would provide health coverage to 300,000 working Mississippians, with the federal government paying most of the tab.
Retired Staff Sgt. Alonzo Lunsford describes one of his wounds from the 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage on June 4 at his home in Lillington, N.C. Nearly three dozen soldiers wounded in the deadly attack on the Texas Army post are facing the prospect of being approached and questioned in court by the man many witnesses have identified as the gunman: Maj. Nidal Hasan. (AP Photo/ Chuck Burton, File)
Soldier shot 12 times during rampage
FORT HOOD, Texas — One of the soldiers killed during the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood suffered a dozen gunshot wounds that indicate he was trying to charge the gunman, while another victim was pregnant, medical experts testified Thursday. The two were among 13 people killed when a gunman opened fire inside a crowded medical building at the sprawling Army post in Texas on Nov. 5, 2009. The accused shooter, Maj. Nidal Hasan, also is accused of wounding more than 30 people as he stands trial for the worst mass shooting ever on a U.S. military base. Spc. Frederick Greene was shot 12 times during the attack, Lt. Col. Phillip Berran told the judge after reviewing photos of the soldier’s body before jurors were led into the courtroom at Fort Hood. When asked by a prosecutor if his findings were consistent with Greene “charging the shooter,” the pathologist responded: “Yes, it is.” Prosecutors chose not to introduce the photos as evidence. Another victim, Pvt. Francheska Velez, was shot once by a bullet that fractured her rib and went through her heart and right lung — a wound that wasn’t survivable, said pathologist Col. AbuBakr Marzouk. When asked if the 21-yearold Chicago woman had any other significant medical conditions, Marzouk replied: “She was pregnant.” Witnesses testified earlier in the trial that they would hear Velez crying out, “My baby! My baby!” during the shootings. Berran also described how Pfc. Aaron Nemelka, who was shot three times, was likely shot while lying on the ground. That means at least five victims were shot while lying down, according to testimony from several pathologists this week. Hasan — who is acting as his own attorney — raised no objections and didn’t question any of the witnesses Thursday, which has largely been his strategy since the trial began last week. The Army psychiatrist’s lack of defense so far has allowed prosecutors to call more than 70 witnesses, indicating that the trial could wrap up far sooner than the monthslong timeline originally announced by the judge. The military defense attorneys who have been ordered to help Hasan during the trial have accused Hasan of trying to convince jurors to convict him and sentence him to death. Hasan has disputed those claims, calling them a twist of the facts. But he recently authorized the release of a report that shows he told military mental health experts after the attack that he “would still be a martyr” if he were convicted and executed by the government. The report was released by Hasan’s civil attorney to the New York Times, which posted it online, but prosecutors were ordered by the judge not to read it. If convicted, Hasan could face the death penalty.
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approved and to TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority),” Benson said of a $1 million grant that ARC approved in the last fiscal year. ARC is required to send the money through a federal agency, and TVA is the most ideal agency to handle money for this project, according to Benson. Benson told the board that ARC had requested an additional $460,000 grant for Fiscal Year 2014 to help fund the water and sewer development for Yokohama. “They (ARC) are crunching to get FY13’s grants out,” Benson said, adding that ARC’s program year ends Sept. 30. The board approved a commitment of matching funds for this application. Later in Tuesday’s meeting, the board voted to authorize Mayor Robbie Robinson to execute CAP Loan documents with the state of Mississippi regarding the
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water and sewer project for Yokohama. The CAP Loan, totaling $3.4 million, had been approved. “This is a big project,” Benson said of Yokohama. “It is going to mean a lot of jobs for this area, and it is a great private investment.” U.S. Congress created ARC in 1965, and according to the agency’s mission statement, it maintains four goals pertaining to economic development:  Increasing job opportunities and per capita income in Appalachia to reach parity with the nation;  strengthening the capacity of the people of Appalachia to compete in the global economy; developing and improving Appalachia’s infrastructure to make the region economically competitive; and building the Appalachian Development Highway System to reduce regional isolation.  
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