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Serving West Point & Clay County Since 1867 Wednesday, August 21, 2013 75 cents
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Today’s News . . . Tomorrow’s Trends
By MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com
While residential construction
nationwide has increased during
the last year, and even in the last
month — up 5.9 percent in July
— West Point and Clay County
haven’t necessarily followed the
same trend.
Ben Perry Green, senior vice
president for the lending division
of Renasant Bank in West Point,
said new residential construction
lending at his establishment was
steady but “certainly not boom-
ing.”
“The biggest thing is that
there’s not really any place to
build in West Point,” Green said.
“You see some of the more upscale
areas like Old Waverly (develop-
ing) … but you’d be hard pressed
right now to find a residential lot
for development.”
Green said coupled with a large
number of existing homes on the
real estate market, new home con-
struction was not presently grow-
ing.
Marnie Gayle, mortgage loan
originator for BancorpSouth said
her establishment had seen a larg-
er increase, however. Gayle esti-
mated a 50 percent growth in
construction lending at
BancorpSouth in the last year,
Local housing market
down some, still stable
This home stands empty, ready for sale near West Point High School. Data indi-
cate the housing market in West Point is down slightly, but consistent. Local bank
representatives said residential construction lending has remained steady, as well.
(Photo by Mary Garrison, DTL)
BY KAte MOSeR
news@dailytimesleader.com
Residents of West Point might experience a smooth-
er ride the next time they travel over the train tracks on
Broad Street.
The Kansas City-Southern railroad crossing is being
renovated to fix the rails and crossties of the track,
according to Chief Administrative Officer Randy
Jones.
Permanent fixtures will be introduced within the
next four to six months, but temporary fixtures will
suffice for right now, he said.
“The intent was to replace the cross ties and rails to
make a smoother crossing,” Jones said. “It was time to
do something before a serious mechanical problem was
caused to someone’s car.”
There was also concern that vehicles would lose con-
trol if the approaches were not corrected, due to the
possibility that wheels would lose contact with the road
and cause the vehicle to skid.
Jones also cited concern for emergency vehicles and
school buses that cross the tracks on a daily basis.
Complaints from residents and some commercial
traffic about the condition of the tracks has lead to the
renovation, but Jones understands that “anytime you
have to slow down below the speed limit, it’s undesir-
able.”
Following some curiosity on why the project has
taken so long to complete, Jones said that the plan to
fix the crossing has been there all along.
“Kansas City-Southern and rail master Randy
Mitchell have ensured that the project has stayed on the
to-do list,” Jones said.
According to the Mississippi Department of
Transportation’s Rail Plan, the crossings in the city of
West Point are part of the Meridian Speedway LLC,
which is included in the 606 miles of railroad tracks
that are in the state of Mississippi.
The rail line, which is owned by Kansas City-
Broad Street train
tracks to undergo
lengthy renovation
BY KAte MOSeR
news@dailytimesleader.com
The Junior Auxiliary of West
Point’s annual rodeo benefit has
come and gone, but not before giv-
ing back to the community. On
Tuesday, Aug. 20, the West Point
Fire Department presented the
Junior Auxiliary with a check for
$4,500 from this year’s event.
The benefit, which is sponsored
by Junior Auxiliary, the fire depart-
ment and Lummus Rodeo
Productions, brings people and
families to the West Point area for
fun and entertainment.
This event, according to Junior
Auxiliary Finance Chairman Jade
Smith is “the biggest fundraiser we
have during the year.”
The event brought in roughly
3,000 visitors and about $15,000
this year, between entry fees and
concessions, but all of that money
goes to benefit other projects.
“The city and fire department do
not profit from this event,” said
Lummus Rodeo Productions
Owner Luke Lummus. “That
money is used to pay the contrac-
tors and Junior Auxiliary.”
For the past 27 years, the rodeo
has been an event that the West
Point residents can look forward to
and help out with.
Over the course of two days,
people come to the rodeo and see
bucking horses, bull riding, and
team roping, to name a few events.
There are also many events for chil-
dren, such as a pig chase and a
haystack dig.
“It’s a good community event,”
Smith said. “It gives the communi-
ty something to do, it’s good clean
fun.”
This good fun is the reason the
fire department likes to help out in
any way they can.
“The fire department is an agen-
cy that does good things,” said
Annual rodeo wrangles money for WPJA
See HOUSING | Page 9
The WPCCAS has kittens of all colors and sizes. These little guys are all piled up for a nap. (Photo by Donna Summerall, DTL)
Jade Smith, Junior Auxiliary fnance chairman, accepts a check from John-
ny Littlefeld, West Point fre chief, Tuesday at the fre station on Brame
Avenue. The fre department contributed $4,500 to the auxiliary from the
annual rodeo. They are pictured with Kerrie Blissard, deputy director of
West Point Clay County Emergency Management and Luke Lummus, su-
pervisor. (Photo by Kate Moser, DTL)
See TRACKS | Page 9
See RODEO | Page 9
By Donna Summerall
life@dailytimesleader.com
Beginning its third year of opera-
tion, the West Point Clay County
Animal Shelter has made an enormous
impact on the number of unwanted
dogs and cats being euthanized. As one
of only two “No-Kill” shelters in
Northeast Mississippi, the WPCCAS
offers a haven for unwanted animals
until they can be adopted.
According to Lisa Henley, director
of WPCCAS, the shelter is partnered
with the Homeward Bound
Program,which places dogs and pup-
pies in states where adoptable animals
are not plentiful. The program needs
the help of foster homes here in West
Point. To foster a dog or puppy, an
individual needs to have the canine in
their home for two weeks prior to
WPCCAS combating population problem
See SHELTER | Page 9
COMMUNITY
ANNOUNCEMENT
POLICIES
All “Community Announce-
ments” are published as a com-
munity service on a frst-come,
frst-served basis and as space al-
lows. Announcements must be 60
words or less, written in complete
sentences and submitted in writ-
ing at least fve days prior to the
requested dates of publication.
No announcements will be taken
over the telephone. Announce-
ments submitted after noon will
not be published for the next
day’s paper. To submit announce-
ments, email life@dailytimeslead-
er.com.
Monthly
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 build-
ing 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 fol-
lowing the death of a child
of any age and to help oth-
ers be supportive. Bereaved
parents, siblings, grandpar-
ents and immediate family
members are welcome to
attend. For more informa-
tion, call Michele Rowe,
director of Social Services at
NMMC-West Point, at
(662) 495-2337.
u American Legion
Meeting — American
Legion Post 212 will meet
every third Sunday of the
month at 3 p.m. at their
headquarters on Morrow
St. All members are urged
to attend.
u AARP Meeting —
The Clay County AARP
will meet every third
Thursday, at 5:30 p.m. at
the Henry Clay Retirement
Center. All members and
those interested in AARP
are urged to attend. For
more information call Ella
Seay 494-8323 or Dorothy
Landon 494-3577.
Ongoing
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 regu-
larly stated communication
the third Monday of each
month. All Master Masons
are urged to attend.
u WPHS Class of 2003
Reunion — The website
for the class reunion for the
WPHS Class of 2003, 10
year reunion has been cre-
ated. Please visit http://
www. cl asscreat or. com/
W e s t - P o i n t -
Mississippi-2003 to view it.
Sign up for the site by
searching for your name
under the classmate profle
tab and creating a profle.
Create your profle and you
will be granted access to the
site by a member of the
planning 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 — locat-
ed 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 infor-
mation, email betty@
msapa.org or call (662)
494-1113.
u Welding and
Carpentry Classes —
EMCC Workforce Services
is offering Welding and
Carpentry classes two nights
a week from 5 – 9 p.m.
Please contact Mitzi
Thompson at 243-2647.
u Grief Support Group
— Christ United Methodist
Church is providing sup-
port for grieving families
with a Grief Support Group
who will meet Mondays at
6:30 p.m.
u GED Classes —
EMCC West Point Center,
if offering free GED classes
at EMCC West Point
Center, Monday thru
Thursday, from 8 am – 1:30
p.m. These classes are spon-
sored by the Adult Basic
Education department of
East MS Community
College. Please contact
Cynthia McCrary or Jessica
Flynt at 492-8857 for addi-
tional information.
u C2C Info — Need
work skills to get a job?
EMCC Workforce offers
the Counseling 2 Career
program to assist in gaining
work experience. C2C
classes are available for resi-
dents of Clay, Lowndes,
and Noxubee counties,
Monday-Thursday from 8
a.m.-3 p.m. If you are
18-21, please contact
Sha’Carla Petty at 662-243-
1930 or Chrystal Newman
at 662-243-1941 for more
information.
u Animal shelter help
— The West Point Clay
County Animal shelter
needs foster families for sev-
eral 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 mem-
bers are urged to attend.
u GED classes — Free
GED classes at Bryan Public
Library on Tuesday and
Wednesday each week, 4:30
- 7:30. These are sponsored
by the Adult Basic Education
department of East MS
Community College. Please
call 243- 1985 to register
for free classes.
u Foster Parenting —
Foster and Adoptive Parents
are needed. If you can give
time, space, care and atten-
tion to foster children,
maybe you can qualify to be
a foster parent. Caring fami-
lies in Clay Co. are needed
who have the interest and
ability to be loving foster
parents. For more informa-
tion call Karen Ward at
494-8987.
u Lodge Breakfast —
West Point Masonic Lodge
No. 40 will have a breakfast
the frst Saturday of each
month from 5”30-8:30 a.m.
The public is invited.
u REPM Meeting —
The Clay County Unit of
CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENT POLICIES
All “Church Announcements” are published as a community service on a
frst-come, frst-served basis and as space allows. Announcements must
be 60 words or less, written in complete sentences and submitted in writing
at least fve days prior to the requested dates of publication. No announce-
ments will be taken over the telephone. Announcements submitted after
noon will not be published for the next day’s paper. To submit announce-
ments, email life@dailytimesleader.com.
Ongoing
u Feed the Hungry — Holy Temple Holiness Church
Women’s Ministries deliver meals to Feed the Hungry the
second Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. If you or someone
you know is elderly or shut-in, and could benefit from this
free delivery service, call 494-3322 before 8 a.m. the morning
of the deliveries..
u Town Creek Bible Study — Minister Lester Moore
will be holding Bible Study at Town Creek Apartments in the
Laundry Room each Tuesday night from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m.
The current 13-week less is titled “How to be a Christian.”
Saturday, August 24
u Men’s Program — Progress St. Church of God is pre-
senting a Life Builder’s Men’s Program at 6 p.m. There will
be fve dynamic speakers. The theme is: Men of Power.
Everyone is invited to attend.
Sunday, August 25
u Usher Program — Hopewell M.B. Church is having
their Annual Usher’s Ministry Program at 3 p.m. Guest
speaker is Rev. Donald Anderson of Fountain Head M.B.
Church.
Community
Daily Times Leader Page 2 • Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Community Calendar
See CHURCH | Page 6
ChurCh Calendar
CLASS TOPICS
Infant Care • Infant CPR • Baby Safety
Helping New & Expectant Parents
Educational Playtime Activities
Nutrition Do’s & Don’ts
SATURDAY,
AUGUST 24, 9-11 A.M.
OCH First Floor Classroom
Cost: $10 per grandparent
Pre-register to
(662) 615-3364
by Wednesday, August 21.
TAKE A TOUR
Labor & Delivery Unit • Nursery
Postpartum Area
Grandparenting
Classes ... because it takes more
than just hugs and kisses!
The Horseshoe Robertson Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution helped sponsor
a recent genealogy workshop in Columbus. The ladies learned to use the latest technology to help those interested in
tracing their family tree. Pictured are DAR members, (from left) Jane Caston, Marguarite Breland, Mary Dean Dill, Brenda
Edwards and MSSDAR Regent Billie Breedlove. (Submitted photo)
See CALENDAR | Page 6
Anthony's Blues Nights
Wednesdays & Thursdays
LIVE MUSIC
Playing Wednesdays & Thursdays from 7:00 to 10:00
Seating is limited and reservations are highly recommended
662-494-0316
Monday - Thursday 5:00 - 9:30
Friday - Saturday 5:00 - 10:00
Daily Times Leader Wednesday, August 21, 2013 • Page 3
Today's Weather
Local 5-Day Forecast
Wed
8/21
89/70
Partly cloudy
skies. A
stray after-
noon thun-
derstorm is
possible.
High 89F.
Sunrise:
6:22 AM
Sunset:
7:34 PM
Thu
8/22
91/71
Partly
cloudy.
Highs in the
low 90s and
lows in the
low 70s.
Sunrise:
6:23 AM
Sunset:
7:33 PM
Fri
8/23
91/70
Times of sun
and clouds.
Highs in the
low 90s and
lows in the
low 70s.
Sunrise:
6:24 AM
Sunset:
7:32 PM
Sat
8/24
90/70
Partly
cloudy.
Highs in the
low 90s and
lows in the
low 70s.
Sunrise:
6:24 AM
Sunset:
7:30 PM
Sun
8/25
87/69
Times of sun
and clouds.
Highs in the
upper 80s
and lows in
the upper
60s.
Sunrise:
6:25 AM
Sunset:
7:29 PM
Jackson
90/70
Meridian
87/70
Tupelo
90/71
Biloxi
87/74
Greenville
93/70 Starkville
89/70
Mississippi At A Glance
Area Cities
City Hi Lo Cond. City Hi Lo Cond.
Baton Rouge, LA 89 72 t-storm Memphis, TN 90 71 mst sunny
Biloxi 87 74 t-storm Meridian 87 70 t-storm
Birmingham, AL 85 70 t-storm Mobile, AL 87 75 t-storm
Brookhavem 89 69 t-storm Montgomery, AL 87 72 t-storm
Cleveland 93 71 pt sunny Natchez 90 71 t-storm
Columbus 89 69 t-storm New Albany 89 68 pt sunny
Corinth 89 68 pt sunny New Orleans, LA 87 76 t-storm
Greenville 93 70 pt sunny Oxford 89 68 pt sunny
Grenada 91 68 pt sunny Philadelphia 88 69 t-storm
Gulfport 87 74 t-storm Senatobia 89 69 pt sunny
Hattiesburg 87 70 t-storm Starkville 89 70 pt sunny
Jackson 90 70 t-storm Tunica 90 69 mst sunny
Laurel 88 70 t-storm Tupelo 90 71 pt sunny
Little Rock, AR 92 71 sunny Vicksburg 92 70 mst sunny
Mc Comb 88 70 t-storm Yazoo City 93 70 pt sunny
National Cities
City Hi Lo Cond. City Hi Lo Cond.
Atlanta 82 69 t-storm Minneapolis 89 62 t-storm
Boston 91 67 sunny New York 90 73 mst sunny
Chicago 90 71 mst sunny Phoenix 105 84 pt sunny
Dallas 97 75 mst sunny San Francisco 64 56 pt sunny
Denver 87 61 t-storm Seattle 79 57 sunny
Houston 93 74 t-storm St. Louis 91 73 sunny
Los Angeles 82 63 pt sunny Washington, DC 91 74 t-storm
Miami 87 80 t-storm
Moon Phases
Full
Aug 20
Last
Aug 28
New
Sep 5
First
Sep 12
UV Index
Wed
8/21
10
Very High
Thu
8/22
10
Very High
Fri
8/23
10
Very High
Sat
8/24
10
Very High
Sun
8/25
10
Very High
The UV Index is measured on a 0 - 11 number scale,
with a higher UV Index showing the need for greater
skin protection.
0 11
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• 4 Grilled/ Fried Wings
• R. Pulled Pork Plate
• Leg Quarter Plate
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• Chef Salad
• Taco Salad
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Business
BY KeN SWeet
Associated Press
NEW YORK — It's been a
chilly August for the stock
market.
At the start of the month,
the Dow Jones industrial aver-
age and Standard & Poor's
500 index hit all-time highs.
Now the market is down 4
percent from its peak, and
August is on track to be the
Dow's worst month since May
2012.
On Tuesday, the Dow post-
ed in its fifth straight day of
losses, the first time that's
happened this year. While the
S&P 500 and Nasdaq com-
posite index did rise modestly,
it was first time in four days
those indices have seen green.
The stock market slide in
the last couple of weeks
reflects a shift in investor strat-
egy that began in the bond
market and spilled into stocks.
The spillover then mixed with
lingering concerns about the
U.S. economy, leading to the
last several weeks of volatility,
market observers say.
"The bond market is the
catalyst for this selloff," says
Quincy Krosby, market strate-
gist with Prudential Financial.
While most of the selloff
occurred in the last couple
weeks, it had its origins
months ago.
Up until early June, bond
funds had been one of Wall
Street's more popular invest-
ments — particularly among
average investors. More than
$1.2 trillion was socked away
into bond mutual funds and
bond exchange-traded funds
between 2009 and 2012,
according to TrimTabs.
"People were just throwing
money at bonds, even at low
rates," says Julius Ridgway, an
investment adviser with
Mississippi-based firm Medley
& Brown.
That was before Federal
Reserve Chairman Ben
Bernanke said the central bank
could pull back on its $85
billion-a-month bond-pur-
chase program, which was
designed to keep bond yields
low.
Bernanke made bond inves-
tors nervous in mid-June by
saying that the Fed, one of the
bond market's biggest cus-
tomers in the last several years,
may scale back its buying.
Investors pulled more than
$65.8 billion out of bond
funds in June, according to
mutual fund research firm
Lipper, the largest amount
ever on a cash basis and the
second largest outflow in per-
centage terms since the finan-
cial crisis in 2008. Investors
pulled an additional $22.5 bil-
lion out of bond funds in July,
according to Lipper.
With so many investors
exiting bonds — particularly
Treasuries — at the same time,
bond prices declined sharply.
The yield on the benchmark
10-year U.S. Treasury note
has climbed from 1.63 percent
in early May to as high as 2.88
percent this week. Yields
climb as prices fall.
"As the 10-year yield has
inched higher, the selling has
led to more selling," Krosby
said.
This exodus out of bond
funds has touched the stock
market in two different ways,
investors say, starting with
dividend-paying stocks.
Shares in industries such as
utilities, pharmaceuticals and
telecommunications are often
purchased because they pro-
vide a higher-than-normal
dividend. As Treasury yields
rise, it makes all dividend-
paying stocks less attractive to
investors. That's because
Treasuries can provide a simi-
lar return with significantly
less risk.
Dividend-paying stocks
have been hurt the past
month. The S&P Utilities
index is down nearly 5 percent
whil e the S&P
Telecommunications index is
down 4 percent. Another type
of investment that got hit in
recent weeks was real estate
investment trusts — invest-
ment companies that focus on
buying and managing real
estate. An index that tracks
REITs, as real estate invest-
ment trusts are commonly
known, is down nearly 8 per-
cent.
Investors also have broader
economic concerns. It is
unclear how the possible end-
ing of the Fed's bond-buying
program will affect growth.
"Bernanke is going to try to
make this transition as smooth
as possible, but we just don't
know how much (the bond
buying) is going to be scaled
back," Krosby says. "And the
biggest enemy to the market is
uncertainty."
Investor worries have also
been heightened by bad news
from retailers. Wal-Mart,
Kohl's, Macy's and Saks all cut
their investment outlooks for
the year last week — raising
concerns that the American
consumer, who makes up
roughly 70 percent of the
U.S. economy, might be pull-
ing back.
While stocks have declined
noticeably in the last few
weeks, it's important to keep
things in perspective, says
Greg Sarian, managing direc-
tor of the Sarian Group at
HighTower Advisors and a
certified financial planner. The
S&P 500 is up 16 percent this
year while the Dow is up 15
percent. In any normal year,
such returns would be consid-
ered respectable for a retire-
ment portfolio.
On Tuesday, the S&P 500
index rose 6.29 points, or 0.4
percent, to close at 1,652.35.
The Nasdaq composite rose
24.50 points, or 0.7 percent,
to 3,613.59. The Dow fell
7.75 points, or 0.05 percent,
to 15,002.99.
Stock market having chilly August
Specialist John O’Hara, left, works with traders at his post Tuesday on the foor of the New York
Stock Exchange. U.S. stock futures are edging higher after a four-day sell-off that shaved more
than 300 points off the Dow Jones industrial average. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE
Te City of West Point Planning Commission will con-
duct a public hearing to consider an amendment to the
Development Code to allow Animal Clinics as a ma-
jor conditional use in Residential Ofce (RO) zones on
Tursday, September 5, 2013 at 5:30 P.M. at City Hall,
204 Commerce Street, West Point, MS 39773. Te City of
West Point Board of Mayor and Selectmen will conduct a
public hearing to consider the recommendation and po-
tential amendment to the Development Code to allow
Animal Clinics as a major conditional use in Residential
Ofce (RO) zones on Tuesday, September 10th, 2013 at
5:30 p.m. in the upstairs conference room at City Hall,
204 Commerce Street, West Point, MS 39773.
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Almost daily, I am struck
by the new words and phras-
es which manage to worm
their way into the American
vocabulary. They catch on
and spread like wildfire
through the media and the
Internet. Then suddenly you
wake up one morning and
you find yourself using them
and you hang your head.
(Miss Elizabeth Miller, our
high school grammar teach-
er wouldn’t be happy.)
Being a person fascinated
by words and the evolution
of language, I decided to
begin a collection of terms
that are getting on my nerves
simply from over-use. A few
that come to mind are “feed-
ing frenzy,” “going viral on
the Internet,” “falling over
the fiscal cliff” and it seems
everyone on the little screen
has become an “icon” for
something or other. Such
terms seem to be the “cool”
things to sprinkle through-
out a news report and that’s
another thing. I wish the
word “cool” would go away
forever.
“Cool” has been around
since I was a teenager,
although its pronunciation
has changed from something
that sounds like “coool” to
the more modern-day “kull.”
Have you noticed how
politicians and celebrities
being interviewed on televi-
sion frequently exclaim
“That’s a great question,” no
matter how stupid and inane
the question might be?
“Are you wearing under-
wear, senator?”
“Great question,” he
responds with enthusi-
asm. “Do you mean today or
yesterday.”
I think celebrities use the
term to buy some time while
they search for something
intelligent to say. And they
invariably conclude the
interview with “At the end
of the day … blah, blah,blah.”
It is true that my fellow
boomers have been known
to invent new words when
no other term seems to fit
the situation. Case in point:
I had a note from a friend a
few days ago bemoaning the
fact that he had finally
become a “dult.” I love
that. Not only does the word
sound boring and middle
agey, it reflects a certain
amount of perfunctory pre-
occupation with mundane
tasks like cleaning out the
gutters, painting the mailbox
and all the other niggling
tasks that come with the ter-
ritory as we mature.
A college chum men-
tioned to me that she is
becoming downright “clut-
tery” since she was faced
with her “empty
nest.” Worried that may be
the first step in becoming a
hoarder, she’s determined to
“nip it in the bud,” as Barney
Fife loved to say back in the
day. I’d never heard of a
hoarder until the dawn of
the 21st century.
One of the new terms
which is particularly abrasive
to me is the identification of
a pregnant woman as one
sporting a “baby bump.”
Where does that leave those
of us with post menopausal
shift in “assets” if you get my
drift?
There are a few new catch
phrases which leave me con-
fused, like that new car ad
that mentions hashtags over
and over. I have no idea
what that means and why it’s
being inserted into ad copy
about a car. Look guys,
there are still a lot of us
boomers who don’t know a
hashtag from a vacuum bag,
and I wish marketers would
give those older than 40 a
break and use coherent lan-
guage.
When I checked my
email inbox for the word of
the day to which I sub-
scribe, I couldn’t believe it
was Procrustes (pro-
CRUS-teez), which means
a person imposing confor-
mity without concern for
individually. At the end of
the day, that’s what I’ve
been compl ai ni ng
about. Cool, huh?
Emily Jones is a retired
journalist who edits a blog for
bouncing baby boomers facing
retirement. She welcomes you
to stop by at www.deluded-
diva.com.
Is ‘dult speak’ the
new cool virus ?
Emily Jones
The Deluded Diva
Have you noticed
how politicians and
celebrities being
interviewed on
television frequently
exclaim “That’s a
great question,” no
matter how stupid
and inane the
question might be?
Mark Leibovich, chief
national correspondent for
The New York Times
Magazine, jolted establish-
ment Washington, DC with
his new book, “This Town”
which explores the personal
relationships, egos and social
engagements of Washington’s
best known politicians, lob-
byists, journalists and social-
ites. The peak behind the
curtain story could send Tea
Party conservatives or good
government liberals frothing
at the mouth; confirm the
skepticism of passive political
observers; and concern those
in “The Club” that they might
be mentioned, or worse, that
they wouldn’t be mentioned.
Leibovich notes in his pro-
logue the terms referencing
this insider class in
Washington, DC: Permanent
Washington, The Political
Class, The Usual Suspects,
The Beltway Establishment,
The Echo Chamber, The
Gang of 500, and others
including, “This Town.”
Presidents come and go and
congressmen and senators can
be transient, too. Sometimes
by virtue of their office or
power they enter the periph-
ery of “This Town” but most
never reach true establish-
ment status or become club
members: they are more likely
to be currency of the political
class which doesn’t care about
party labels and doesn’t let
passion about policy get in
their way of a cocktail party
with their adversaries.
Two Mississippians made
the cut for discussion in
Leibovich’s book: Haley
Barbour and Trent Lott. The
book was written when
Barbour was a former gover-
nor and Lott was a former
senator; but that does not
slow their inclusion as mem-
bers of “This Town.”
Leibovich writes about
“Nerd Prom” – the self depre-
cating and humble-brag term
used by Washington to
describe the highlight of that
world’s social calendar: the
White House Correspondents’
Association dinner. In 2010,
Barbour was unable to make
it due to his duties as gover-
nor.
Leibovich writes, “The
human toll of BP’s spill was
great and far reaching. Chief
among the tragedies in This
Town was that it meant
Governor Haley Barbour of
Mississippi had to stay home
to monitor the crisis and
could not attend the
Correspondents’ Association
dinner.” He continues, “Haley
loves a good glass of wine, or
six, another reason it was such
a shame he could not be here.
Few politicians are as fun as
the former Republican
National Committee chair-
man, political director in the
Reagan white House, and
legendary tobacco lobbyists.
Barbour is a throwback to a
time when politicians would
tell dirty jokes, boast of all the
cigars they smoked, and refer
to their friends – on the record
– as ‘drinking buddies.’ He
speaks in a mud-mouthed
Mississippi drawl and looks
like a grown version of
Spanky from the Little
Rascals.”
On Lott, Leibovich writes,
“Lott is a stickler for neatness
and order, loath to allow the
different foods on his plate to
touch. Every surface of his
life is arranged just so, begin-
ning with is luscious helmet
of senatorial hair. He is a
devout creature of routine,
walking just after six, drinking
three cups of Maxwell House,
reading in his pajamas, and
spraying his hair into perfect
form. Upon arriving back
home after work, Lott must
– within seconds of walking
through the front door – take
off his clothes and put on his
pajamas.”
Leibovich tells the story of
how Terry McAuliffe, former
Democratic National
Committee Chairman (and
currently candidate for gover-
nor in Virginia) had just com-
pleted “a fund-raiser at
Washington’s MC Center that
sucked in more than $26 mil-
lion for the DNC. (‘The big-
gest event in the history of
mankind,’ McAuliffe told
me)” and was talking to then
President Bill Clinton about
an ambassadorship to the
Court of St. James’s (Britain).
McAuliffe would need Senate
approval and spoke to his
friend Barbour about it.
Barbour called Lott and told
him the Senate should not
punish McAuliffe for being
Clinton’s pal and that he was
“qualified and effective and
would represent the nation
with distinction” writes
Leibovich.
Barbour had other motives,
according to the book:
“McAuliffe later learned from
Lott, his occasional hunting
buddy, that when Barbour
called him about the appoint-
ment, his first thought was
how convenient it would be
to get the best political fund-
raiser in the Democratic Party
out of the country in time for
the 200 elections. ‘Tell
[McAuliffe] I’ll walk him to
the airplane,’ Lott told
Barbour, according to
McAuliffe.”
It may sound like
Leibovich is picking on
Barbour or Lott, but this is
the same treatment he gives
all the characters in his book,
and notes frequently, he him-
self is part of the incestuous
political-media-money family
that attends the same events
and plays the same game.
If you’re interested in how
government works, this isn’t
really the book for you. If
you’re intrigued that the same
people who cuss Sarah Palin
on cable, flock to chat her up at
a party; or how when pundits
say something stupid the scan-
dal usually ups their standing
in “This Town,” then Leibovich
has the gossip for you.
Brian Perry is a columnist for
the Madison County Journal and
a partner with Capstone Public
Affairs, LLC. Contact him at
reasonablyright@brianperry.ms
or @CapstonePerry on Twitter.
‘This Town’ citizens include Barbour, Lott
Brian Perry
Syndicated Columnist
Zack Plair
Special to DTL
It's occurred to me lately that
my title in life has changed a
number of times since I was a
child, and each time the change
indicates a greater change in
my life position.
As my father's name is Bob,
my unofficial, official title
growing up was "Bob's boy."
Honestly, there are still some
in Warren, Ark., who call me
"Bob's boy" and will for as long
as they live.
After I got a little older,
from about my junior year in
high school until a few years
after college, I hit the stride of
my golden age. Largely, I had
crafted my own identity based
on my own merit, unattached
to other identifying factors. I
was simply Zack to the masses,
and I was just fine with that.
When I started volunteering
at church and with youth pro-
grams in my mid 20s, I became
Mr. Zack, not only to the kids
but also to the other adults
helping in these endeavors with
whom I mutually strived to
maintain the integrity of the
pecking order. That made me
feel kind of old, at first, but I
got used to it.
Alas, my title has changed
again, as evidenced by the
friendly greetings both the chil-
dren and workers meet me with
every day at First Baptist Church
Creative Learning Center. I am
now "Zayley's dad." I'm not
Zack, Mr. Zack, Mr. Plair or
Bob's boy. I'm known, devoid
of any identifying factors of my
own, as the fellow who drops
off and picks up Zayley on
weekdays.
I figure that whole title busi-
ness is similar for most. People
assign definitions to themselves
and others based on the context
they're known or the things they
think are important. Whether
you're "the preacher," "the mail-
man" or "the town gossip,"
everyone goes through some
sort of title metamorphosis in
their lifetime and I suppose it
lasts about that long.
So, when I walk into my
daughter's classroom each
morning to her classmates hol-
lering, "Hi, Zayley's dad!" I
don't look at it as other people's
well-meaning kids stripping me
of my identity, I take it as a step
in the right direction. I could've
just been Zack forever, being
Moving on up the social ladder
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Food
Daily Times Leader Wednesday, August 21, 2013 • Page 5
The children and grandchildren of the late Queen
Ester Blair Glover would like to thank everyone
who showed their love to us in our time of bereave-
ment of our beloved mother and grandmother
Queen. Thanks for your words of encouragement,
prayers, cards, fowers, food, and phone calls. We
pray that the lord will bless each and every one of
you. Please pray for us and we will pray for you.
The Glover Family
Gail, Jent, Mike, Ant, Dennis, Keisha, Ty, Bird, Meka, Chels and Tee
Thank You Again
Thank you, Thank you
It’s never too late to say thanks. We are the
grandchildren and great grandchildren of the
late Bertha Mae Collins Metcalf. We want to
thank everyone for your prayers, phone calls,
cards fowers, food, and your words of sympathy
during the death of our loving Grandma Bertha.
Thanks again, The Glover Family
Gail, Jent, Mike, Ant, Dennis, Keisha, Ty, Bird, Meka, Chels, & Tee
The family of Morris Rush would like to
express sincere thanks and gratitude for all
acts of kindness shown during the loss of our
dearly beloved.
Special thanks to the West Point Ambulance
Service, the staff at North Mississippi
Medical Center, Dr. Brett Miller, Dr. Ed
Miller, 3rd Mt. Olive Church, NS Christian
Church, Christ Deliverence Center, and our
dear family at Carter’s Mortuary.
We love you all and may God bless
The Rush & White Families
In March, my dad ordered a
new grill. Last week, the grill
finally arrived.
You must understand,
though,
this isn’t
just any
g r i l l .
This is a
w o o d
burning
grill that
c a n
burn as
hot as
ar ound
1 0 0 0
degrees
Fahrenheit. This grill arrived
on an 18-wheeler and weighs a
little more than 450 pounds.
You might also think it is
crazy that we ordered a grill in
March and it arrived in August
— but this grill was specially
built for us after we ordered it.
Of course, we were originally
promised the grill at the end of
June and we had to wait a bit
longer to get it here, but the
point is this: The grill has
arrived!
Last week, my dad grilled
hamburgers on the grill one
night and chicken on the grill
another night - just to get used
to it and start seasoning the
grate.
My dad has been grilling on
a gas grill for years now and
grilling on charcoal again is a
little different.
But on Sunday night, he
was ready to really show what
the grill could do. We made
wood-fired pizzas.
And they were delicious.
We had made grilled pizzas
before, I think in January. But
we cooked them over fairly
direct heat on a gas grill, which
just isn’t what we did on
Sunday.
This new grill has a fire box
on the side of it. You can burn
charcoal or wood in the smoke
box and it will heat the grill up
completely without having any
flames under what you’re cook-
ing.
While dad worked on get-
ting the grill ready, I was inside
working on the edible parts.
I started my pizza dough on
Saturday afternoon so that I
could give it 24 hours to fer-
ment before it was time to roll
it out.
I also made a delicious
bacon pizza sauce (for which I
have included the recipe) and
prepped all of the pizza top-
pings.
Once the grill’s thermome-
ter was reading a steady 425
degrees, I started rolling out
my pizza dough. The book that
we have about grilling pizzas
suggests that you roll them
into an “organic” shape — so I
did just that.
The family that had come to
eat with us kept trying to figure
out what they thought the
dough was shaped as. To be
honest, the shape was confined
by the counter space that I was
working on - and how often
my rolling pin hit the micro-
wave or the bag of pretzels.
Once the crusts were rolled,
they went onto the grill. At this
point the “top” (the side where
we would put the pizza top-
pings) was facing down. That
way, it could cook and get
browned before we started lay-
ering the toppings on. They
hung out on the grill for about
6 minutes before we took them
off and started topping them.
I had a whole array of
options for topping, but you
could use anything that you
like on a pizza. All the meats
should be cooked before put-
ting them on the pizza, as
should any vegetables that you
don’t want to eat raw. For
example, I cooked up two
kinds of sausage and I sautéed
mushrooms before we started.
The amount of time spent on
the grill to finish them isn’t
long enough to actually cook
any of those items.
Crust, sauce, toppings,
cheese — back onto the grill.
The second grilling took us
about 9 minutes, and we rotat-
ed the pizzas once about half-
way through. That way, there
were grill marks on the crust.
The second grilling time should
be however long it takes for the
cheese to melt on top of the
pizzas. By then, the crust
should be golden, crunchy and
delicious.
If you want to try this at
home, I highly suggest it. You
can even take a few shortcuts
by using a pre-made pizza
dough (anything you find at
the grocery store should work)
and pre-made pizza sauce.
However, I think the bacon
pizza sauce is one of the things
that truly makes these pizzas
special.
Bacon Pizza Sauce
1 lb pepper-crusted bacon
2 14.5 oz cans of diced
tomatoes, any flavor (I used
fire-roasted garlic)
1/4 cup olive oil
Sea salt
Chop your bacon into small
pieces and cook them in a pan
with the olive oil. Work in
batches and, using a slotted
spoon, remove cooked bacon
pieces onto a paper towel.
Once all of the bacon is
cooked, add the tomatoes into
the pan with the olive oil and
bacon grease. Add the cooked
bacon back to the pan and heat
through.
Using an immersion blend-
er, blend the sauce until it is at
your desired consistency. (I
like mine to stay pretty
chunky.)
Taste and season with sea
salt to your liking.
Makes enough for 4 pizzas.
Connor Guyton
Food Columnist
On the grill: Wood-fired pizzas
Above, one of the four wood-fred pizzas that we cooked for dinner on Sunday night. Organically shaped and topped with mushrooms,
sausage, pepperoni, green onions, bell pepper, and mozzarella cheese. The fre box on the side of the grill opened to give the fre
more oxygen, bottom right. This offset cooking method allows you to cook with no direct fames. Pictured bottom left, you’ll see me on
Sunday night getting ready to pull the last pizza off of the grill. (Photos by Connor Guyton)
BY MARY eSCH
Associated Press
SCHAGHTICOKE, N.Y. — Justine and Brian Denison say
they adhere to all the growing practices required for organic
certification, yet if they label their beans and tomatoes "organic"
at the farmer's market, they could face federal charges and
$20,000 or more in fines.
Because the Denisons chose not to seek organic certification
by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Denison Farm,
which has been under organic management for more than 20
years, is banned from using that term. So they and hundreds of
other small direct-marketing farms across the country have
adopted an alternative label: Certified Naturally Grown.
Started by a group of organic farmers in New York's mid-
Hudson Valley as a backlash against federal takeover of the
organic program in 2002, Certified Naturally Grown has
expanded over the past decade to include more than 700 farms
in 47 states, executive director Alice Varon said.
"Certified Naturally Grown is tailored for direct-market farm-
ers producing food without any synthetic chemicals specifically
for their local communities," Varon said. "It's a particular niche
of the agricultural world. It's not in direct competition with the
national organic program."
Many small farmers previously certified organic by an inde-
pendent organization have declined to participate in the federal
program. They voice a variety of objections: extensive record-
keeping requirements; fees that can amount to 6 percent of a
small farm's gross sales; and philosophical objections to joining
a monolithic government-run program that also certifies huge
operations that ship produce across the country.
"We have noticed over time that more and more farmers —
often, younger farmers — who appear to be following organic
practices don't bother to get certified," said Jack Kittredge, co-
owner of a certified organic farm in Barre, Mass., and editor of
"The Natural Farmer," journal of the Northeast Organic
Farming Association. "My major concern is that sometimes,
unless you're certified you're not even aware of some of the
problems," such as calling livestock organic even though the
animals eat feed containing genetically modified crops.
Naturally grown: An alternative label to organic
Daily Times Leader Page 6 • Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Local & State
Kristee Harpole Trammell
Kristee Harpole Trammell 51, was granted her angel wings Sunday,
Aug. 18, 2013.
Her final days were spent surrounded by family and friends whose
lives were inspired by her incredible spirit.
A memorial service was held Monday, August 19, 2013, at 6:30
p.m. at First Baptist Church, Greenville. Visitation immediately fol-
lowed the service in the Forbus Center. Services were under the direc-
tion of Boone Funeral Home, Greenville.
Kristee was born Oct. 21, 1961, in West Point, the daughter of
Martha Elizabeth “Libby” Harpole and the late Thomas Belton
Harpole. She graduated high school from Starkville Academy in 1979.
She attended Mississippi State University where she met the love of her
life, Floyd Goza Trammell, Sr. She later graduated from Delta State
University with a Masters degree in Elementary Education. She was
a dedicated teacher for over 30 years touching the lives of many chil-
dren. Kristee began her teaching career in the Greenville Public Schools
and continued to serve the youth of Greenville at Washington School
for 20 years. In recent years, she taught the Adult Basic Education
Class for Mississippi Delta Community College. She was a faithful
member of First Baptist Church, Greenville.
Kristee was the center of the universe to her loving husband of 31
years, Floyd G. Trammell, Sr. Her greatest accomplishments in life
were her two children, Student Dr. Preslee Evans Trammell and Dr.
Floyd “Chip” G. Trammell, Jr., and her daughter in law Dr. Lauren
Tucker Trammell. Her most endearing title was that of “Kiss Kiss” to
her precious grandchildren Aven Kathryn and Tucker Wade Trammell.
She was an amazing sister to Thomas Wayne Harpole (Ellen), Belton
“Shag” Wyatt Harpole (Julie), Larry Steven Harpole (Theresa) and
Kimberly Harpole Knox (Paul). She was blessed with too many
beloved nieces and nephews to list or even count. She had a life-long
love affair with all things Mississippi; The Delta, The Dawgs, and her
special friends whom she loved dearly.
Kristee was a treasure. Throughout her illness she was the epitome
of strength, beauty, and courage. She never complained and always
had a big beautiful smile and a warm heart. She will be missed beyond
words. Her signature gift of joy, shown through her constant laughter
and joking will never be forgotten.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Delta Cotton Belles,
St. Jude, or First Baptist Church.
obituaries
uPastor Appreciation — Concord M.B.
Church wishes to invite everyone to share in
the celebration of Pastor Kelly and Sister
Felisa Martin with an appreciation program at
3 p.m. Guest speaker is the Rev. Henry
Vaughn of Mt. Pleasant Chesterville M.B.
Church of Belden.
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.
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.
Sunday, September 1
uHomecoming — Yeates Chapel is hav-
ing homecoming services at 2:30 p.m. Guest
speaker is Dr. Kenneth Calvert of Shiloh
Baptist Church of Kinsport, Tenn.
Sunday, September 8
u12 Tribes Service — Strong Hill M.B.
Church is focusing on the 12 Tribes of Israel;
A Journey Out of the Wilderness to the
Promised Land at 2:30. Guest speaker is Rev.
Joe Peoples of Stephen’s Chapel Baptist
Church of Columbus. Everyone is invited to
attend.
Saturday, September 14
uBake Sale — Greenwood M.B. Church
is having a Bake Sale from 7 a.m. until at the
Bancorp South parking lot next to Kroger.
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.
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 immuniza-
tion requirement for 7th grade students has been imple-
mented. The new immunization is the Tdap (tetanus, diph-
theria, and pertussis) vaccine. This immunization is required
for all students entering the 7th grade. All updated immu-
nization records must be turned in to the offce at Fifth
Street Junior High School by Thursday, August 1, 2013 or
they will not be able to receive a schedule until the updated
immunization record is received. If you have any questions,
please call the offce at 662.494.2191from 8 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Thru September 5
uChildbirth 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 relax-
ation 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 infor-
mation, call (662) 495-2292 or 1-800-THE DESK (1-800-
843-3375).
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 insur-
ance-$206.00). All other services are free. There will be
lots of information on obesity, health and wellness, per-
sonal training, domestic violence, child abuse, bulling, stalk-
ing, 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. Mammogram mobile units
will be open from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. For more information
contact Dorothy Ryland, 275.2474 or Northside Christian
Church 494.5210.
Sunday, August 25
The newly-called Mission President Richard D. Hanks of the
Birmingham, Ala., mission of the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-Day Saints, will be speaking on the subject of Blessings of
the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ at 6 p.m. on Aug. 25.
The Fireside Meeting will be held at the West Point Chapel,
located at 3072 East Church Hill Road.The public is invited to
attend.
Wednesday, August 28-29
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 group-- 1st Place
--$25.00, 2nd Place --$15.00, 3rd Place --$10.00, and
Honorable Mention Certifcates (no cash award). Judging
will be done by an out-of-town judge on Friday. Winners
will be announced at the awards ceremony Saturday, August
31, 2013, at l:00 p.m. at Bryan Public Library.
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.
u Class Reunion — West Point High School Class of
1978, is having their 35 year reunion Labor Day Weekend.
For more information, sign on or sign up at www.classcre-
ator.com/West-Point-Ms-1978. If you have problems
accessing the website call Diane Tallie Jack 492-0368.
‘ Cal endar’ continued from page 2
‘ Church’ continued from page 2
Jenny, a 7-month-old female shepherd mix, would love to leave
the shelter and fnd a new home. She has been spayed, walks
well on a leash and obeys simple commands. Jenny loves peo-
ple and gets along well with other dogs. Anyone interested in
adopting Jenny or any of the other pets available at the West
Point/Clay County Animal Shelter, may visit 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. - noon Saturday or call 524-4430.
(Photo by Donna Summerall)
Pet of the Week
For Daily times Leader
STARKVILLE —
Frequently recognized for its
achievements in science and
engineering, Mississippi State is
also a top 50 university for the
humanities, according to data
in a new report from the
National Science Foundation.
The recently released NSF
Higher Education Research
and Development Survey for
Fiscal Year 2011 places
Mississippi State at 49th overall
in the humanities among public
and private institutions based
on $1.7 million in research and
development expenditures.
“Our faculty includes excel-
lent teachers and researchers
who are serving the people of
Mississippi through innovative
and internationally-recognized
research,” said Greg Dunaway,
dean of the university’s College
of Arts and Sciences.
Dunaway’s counterpart in
the College of Architecture, Art
and Design agreed.
“Research in our college and
its multifaceted research centers
is helping to improve commu-
nities around the state and well
beyond, and it also upholds the
highest standards of architec-
ture, art, design and construc-
tion,” said CAAD’s dean, Jim
West.
Of note, Mississippi State
also held a top 50 humanities
ranking in FY 2009 at No. 46
and in FY 2010 at No. 50.
“Our research enterprise is
exceptionally diverse,” said
David Shaw, MSU’s vice presi-
dent for research and economic
development.
“From labs to the library and
to fieldwork around the world,
Mississippi State faculty, staff
and students are engaged in
research programs that are solv-
ing challenging problems, cre-
ating new knowledge and
unlocking the secrets of the
past,” he added.
MSU’s expenditures in non-
science and engineering fields
by subfield for FY 2011 totaled
$8.3 million, which in addition
to humanities included busi-
ness and management,
$993,000; communication,
journalism and library science,
$324,000; education, $2.5 mil-
lion; visual and performing
arts, $197,000; and other, $2.5
million (amounts have been
rounded).
Overall, Mississippi State is
ranked 91st among all public
and private institutions based
on $226.1 million in total FY
2011 research and development
expenditures.
MSU in top 50 for humanities
Associated Press
HATTIESBURG —
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has
set a Sept. 24 special election for
a do-over in the Hattiesburg
mayoral race.
Bryant's order on Tuesday
came days after Judge William
Coleman ordered a new election
because of questions about the
way the June 4 election was con-
ducted.
Former city council member
Dave Ware, who ran for mayor
as an independent, brought a
court challenge after narrowly
losing to Democrat Johnny
DuPree, who has been mayor
since 2001.
Ware contested the election
results after DuPree was certified
the winner with a 37-vote lead.
Ware contends that absentee bal-
lots had problems ranging from
allegedly improper signatures to
ballots that didn't state for which
election the vote was cast.
Bryant said all mayoral candi-
dates who ran June 4 will be on
the ballot Sept. 24, unless they
withdraw from the race. Shawn
O'Hara, Nathan Jordan and
Clyde Stewart also were on the
June mayoral ballot as indepen-
dents.
Voters must be registered by
Aug. 26 to cast ballots in the new
election.
The Hattiesburg City Council,
meanwhile, met in closed session
Monday evening to discuss city
attorney City Attorney Charles
Lawrence's ordering Hattiesburg
police to conduct a criminal back-
ground check of a man who had
been scheduled to testify in the
trial challenging the election
results.
Council President Kim Bradley
told the Hattiesburg American
(http://hatne.ws/14yTXSW )
that the executive session involved
questions directed at Lawrence
over why he ordered a National
Crime Information Center check
of Ware supporter Arthur Smith.
Bradley said he was constrained
by the laws of executive session to
comment further about the mat-
ter, but said: "No action was
taken."
Lawrence told the Hattiesburg
American in Sunday's edition
that he ordered the background
check because he believed Smith,
whose absentee vote was lost,
would perjure himself on the
stand.
Smith filled out his absentee
ballot for Dave Ware. However,
a search of the ballots did not find
an Arthur Smith vote. WDAM-
TV reported that during the City
Council's closed session, it was
revealed in a court transcript that
the Hattiesburg Police
Department, on orders from
Lawrence, did a background
check on Smith. Smith was called
to testify as a witness in the Ware
v. DuPree trial, but he never
showed up when subpoenaed
July 26.
Forrest County District
Attorney Patricia Burchell
released a statement Monday say-
ing she is aware of citizens' con-
cerns stemming from the mayoral
election and trial.
"I have received numerous
inquiries from members of our
community as to what actions
this office will take to investigate
criminal activity. I want to assure
the citizens of Hattiesburg that
your concerns are not being
ignored," Burchell said.
She said it would be "improp-
er" to comment on any specific
allegations or investigations dur-
ing the ongoing electoral process.
"The office is committed to
ensuring that all allegations of
any type of criminal conduct
within our community are inves-
tigated and properly handled,"
she said.
Governor sets Sept. 24 Hattiesburg special mayoral election
Sports
Daily Times Leader Wednesday, August 21, 2013 • Page 7
2
Days away from High School football kickoff
BY WILL NAtIONS
sports@dailytimesleader.com
PHEBA –– Harvey Gordon Sr.,
really never expected his son, Justin Gordon,
to switch from kicking a round soccer ball to
carrying an egg-shaped pigskin, but for
Harvey futbal and football are the same thing
now.
“I will tell you. What a child is going to do
is never known till the time comes around for
them to do it,” Harvey said with a laugh
about Justin’s excursion into the world of
eight-man football. “Soccer and football is
football now, if you know what I am saying.”
Not only has Justin begun to play football
for Hebron Christian in Pheba, Justin has
flipped the norm of soccer players playing
football. Instead of place kicking, punting or
kicking off–– the typical positions of soccer
players on the gridiron, Justin is taking to the
backfield, making contact while still impress-
ing with his athletic ability, contributing a
major impact for his squad.
“He is a great athlete that has great poten-
tial,” Harvey said of his son’s abilities.
Justin, a senior running back, has begun to
flourish in a sport that many would say for-
eign for some one that just picked up a foot-
ball back in the spring after transferring from
Starkville High School.
“The transition between schools has gone
extremely well,” Harvey said. “The will of
God makes things happen. Those things
always seem to make doors open, and these
doors have opened to positive things for
Justin at Hebron Christian.”
The time spent in between the lines of the
gridiron has been a very abbreviated stint for
Justin. Yet his performances on the Eagles’
practice field have wowed his teammates dur-
ing spring practices and throughout preseason
fall practices in August.
Last Thursday at Calhoun Academy, Justin
let everyone know in the MAIS eight-man
division that he was someone to contend
with. Justin carried the ball five times for 117
yards and three touchdowns during his foot-
ball debut in a 20-minute scrimmage against
Marvell Academy (Ark.).
After Thursday’s jamboree, his fellow team-
mates in navy-and-gold agree that helmets
and shoulder pads were meant for Justin.
“We haven’t had an athlete like Justin
around since I have been on the team,”
Hebron senior offensive and defensive line-
man Troy Arnold said about the talents Justin
has brought to the Eagles. “What I saw of
Justin last Thursday was phenomenal. I hope
he continues those performances and strings
them into a great season.”
The transition from playing soccer to foot-
ball and learning the fundamentals of the
game presented a challenge to Justin, but with
FUTBOL TO
FOOTBALL
Gordon makes transition from pitch to gridiron
Hebron Christian Eagle Justin Gordon has made a splash into eight-man football following a
strong performance last Thursday at Calhoun Academy’s jamboree. The senior tail back ran
117 yards on fve carries, scoring three touchdowns. (Photo by Will Nations/ DTL)
BY DAvID BRANDt
Associated Press
STARKVILLE — Mississippi State’s LaDarius
Perkins has waited a long time to become the
Bulldogs’ starting running back, stuck for three
years behind standouts Anthony Dixon and Vick
Ballard.
But the fifth-year senior finally got his chance
last season, and responded with 1,024 rushing
yards and eight touchdowns.
Now he’s ready to cement his legacy as one of
the school’s best running backs in his final season.
With another 1,000-yard performance, Perkins
would become the school’s third all-time leading
rusher behind Dixon and Jerious Norwood.
Perkins, a Greenville, Miss., native who is listed
at 5-feet-10 and 195 pounds, has proven surpris-
ingly durable despite a relatively small frame.
Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen said he “never
really had any doubt (Perkins) could be that every-
down player for us,” even when he was buried on
the depth chart.
“He’s not a tall, skinny 190 pounds, he’s a
short, thick 190 pounds,” Mullen said. “So he had
the size to do that. He works at pass protection,
works at all the little things the right way.”
Mullen said Perkins’ progression is the blue-
print of how he wants to run his program. He
redshirted in 2009, learning from Dixon, and then
spent two seasons in a part-time role behind
Ballard. Last year, he experienced what it was like
to be the starting running back and now he’s
emerged into one of the team’s premier players.
Dixon and Ballard are now in the NFL. Perkins
hopes to join them next year.
But for now, he’s working on becoming more
versatile as Mississippi State tries to improve on
last season’s 8-5 record. He caught 19 passes for
160 yards and two touchdowns out of the back-
field last season.
While Dixon and Ballard had the ideal size for
a running back — both easily topping 200 pounds
— Perkins is a little more unconventional. He’s
still had plenty of success.
MSU linebacker Benardrick McKinney, who is
6-foot-5 and 235 pounds, said Perkins is no fun to
bring to the ground during practice.
“He’s a lot stronger than he looks,” McKinney
said. “I have a lot of trouble bringing him
down. He keeps moving his legs and he’s so
Mississippi State football running back LaDarius Perkins, center, takes advantage of a leading block by offensive tackle Blaine Clausell, left,
to run past a defender during practice on Aug. 10 in Starkville. Perkins says he’s ready to cement his legacy as one of the school’s best run-
ning backs in his fnal season. With another 1,000-yard performance, Perkins would become the school’s third all-time leading rusher behind
Anthony Dixon and Jerious Norwood. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Mississippi State’s
Perkins among
program greats
See PERKINS | Page 8
See GORDON | Page 8
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what I wanted and keeping a
schedule unhindered by such
things as water play day, show
and tell or the daily report that
indicates whether Zayley was
helpful or challenging, but that
would've become boring. And if
I'm going to have a title, I'd
rather it be associated with the
best part of me rather than any
number of other things it could
be.
As this whole thing evolves,
though, I know where this is
going. If I make it to grandpar-
enthood — assuming I don't
bury myself alive in the back-
yard during what promises to be
Zayley's eventual epic bout with
puberty — I'll serve varying
purposes to varying people.
When I was little, I called some
man at church Mr. Worthers,
for obvious reasons, and I'm not
sure I ever knew his real name.
Along the same vein, Zayley
called a man we went to church
with in Paragould "Smarties,"
and she never bothered to learn
his real name either.
Within the family, I've already
seen this phenomenon hit my
father — a principled, hardline
disciplinarian who suddenly
turned into a pushover with
children as soon as he got his
AARP card. His grandkids,
including my daughter, call him
"Lawnmower Pop." His func-
tion: to give lawnmower rides
to all these children on holidays
… or Tuesdays, whichever
comes first … because those
guys think that's what the lawn-
mower is for. Yet, I don't hear
my father gripe about how
much gas it burns, the fact the
lawnmower isn't actually a toy
or how he's too tired to mess
with being a backyard carnival
conductor. Instead, he has just
as much fun as the kids do, and
he's been known to even offer
the lawnmower rides at times.
When it comes my turn for
that phase of the process, I don't
yet know who I'll be. Just so
long as it's not something like
"Papaw Piñata," I suppose I'll be
fine.
‘ Ladder’ continued from page 4
the help of teammates and Hebron
Christian Head Coach David Foster,
Justin has come very far.
“There has been a lot more contact
than soccer,” Justin said. “The biggest
change has been the style of the two
games. Football plays are short, burst
plays rather than continuous running like
in soccer. It finally got easy to get used to
because coach Foster made it easier for
me to understand.”
Justin has also seen that his time spent
on the soccer field has translated to the
gridiron. Justin said that his agility and
vision of the field was developed while
playing soccer. The rest he has learned
from the knowledge shared by Foster.
Foster attests that Justin’s willingness
to learn the game has made the switch
onto the football field very easy for both
of them.
“He is very coachable,” Foster said
about how quickly Justin learned the run-
ning back position. “Not to have ever
played football, you tell him something
and it seems like he sees it very well. At
practice, he can put plays into his mind
and it doesn’t take too many reps for him
to understand what he is doing.”
Already an accomplished soccer player,
Justin has been offered a spot on the
University of Alabama-Birmingham soc-
cer team, a division one program. Justin
–– a midfielder and forward when he is
on the soccer field –– has elected to spend
time at Itawamba Community College
prior to going to UAB.
“I’m gonna head to ICC to prepare
myself for the college atmosphere,” Justin
said. Then I will hopefully attend a four-
year after Itawamba.”
In his time at Starkville, Justin was on
the 2011 5-A state championship soccer
team experiencing what it takes to win a
championship. Justin hopes to bring that
same mentality to Hebron now that the
Eagles are contending for a state title.
“Since this is our first year to be eligi-
ble to compete in a state championship, I
think that’s where we all want to be at the
end of the season,” said Justin.
For Harvey, he is beyond happy that
his son has chosen to compete in athletics
which he said were wholesome activities.
“The most important thing a parent
sacrifices is allowing their kid to engage
in activities,” Harvey said about the sacri-
fices parents make for their children. “We
count athletics as something wholesome
that Justin has engaged in. Athletics have
given Justin a great opportunity.”
Harvey will be leading Justin’s family
and friends, cowbells ringing and ready,
to cheer him and his teammates on from
the bleachers on Friday at Eagle Field on
the campus of Hebron Christian,.
Though his first true, organized foot-
ball game is Friday, Justin is ready to
strap on the helmet and shoulder pads to
hit the field running.
“I think I hopefully got those jitters
out of the way last Thursday,” Justin said.
“Also, having such an experienced line in
front of me is big help, as well.”
‘Gordon’continued from Page 7
low to the ground. A lot of
people underestimate him, but
he’s really tough to see behind
all those blockers and then if he
gets past you, you aren’t catch-
ing him.”
Perkins said the topic of his
place among Mississippi State’s
greatest running backs occasion-
ally came up during summer
workouts, when the team’s
strength coaches would try to
motivate players.
“That would be a great honor
for me,” Perkins said. “But real-
ly, I’m just looking forward to
this season. We’re trying to have
a great year. Trying to win as
many games as possible and an
SEC championship.”
Perkins did say it’s been satis-
fying to prove doubters wrong
— especially when it comes to
his ability to run inside among
the SEC’s big boys.
“I used to hear a lot of nega-
tive things like ‘Oh, he’s so
small, he can’t be an every-down
back,” Perkins said. “But I
worked my butt off last year,
and I’m still working my butt
off, to have a great year like I
did last year. All the seniors are
trying to bring everybody up to
our level.”
Now Perkins is one of the
team’s mentors — especially for
young running backs like Josh
Robinson, Nick Griffin and
Ashton Shumpert.
Like Dixon and Ballard
before, Perkins has embraced the
role.
“He’s taught us a lot,” said
Robinson, who is roommates
with Perkins. “You see the
way he always works his eyes
on the field, follows his blocks
and stays patient. He shows
you what it takes to be suc-
cessful against SEC competi-
tion.”
‘Perkins’ continued from page 4
BY MIKe MAROt
AP Sports
MURFREESBORO, Tenn.
— The NCAA has ruled that a
Middle Tennessee football player
who spent five years in the
Marines will be allowed to com-
pete this fall and that he will
have four years of eligibility
remaining.
It’s a reversal from the
NCAA’s earlier decision to rule
Steven Rhodes was ineligible
because he played in a recre-
ational league during his military
service. School officials had said
earlier Monday that they were
working with NCAA officials to
come up with a solution.
“It’s nothing but a blessing,”
Rhodes said after Monday’s
practice.
Late Monday afternoon, the
NCAA issued a news release say-
ing Rhodes could play immedi-
ately and member schools would
continue to re-examine the com-
petition rules, especially as it
impacts those returning from
military service. Rhodes has been
practicing at tight end and defen-
sive end.
“We thank Steven for his ser-
vice to our country and wish him
the best as he begins college,”
NCAA vice president of aca-
demic and membership affairs
Kevin Lennon said.
Before the ruling came down,
Middle Tennessee President
Sidney McPhee said it was a “no
brainer” to allow Rhodes to
play. After learning of the deci-
sion, McPhee thanked the
NCAA.
“This is exciting news for
Steven and Middle Tennessee
State University,” McPhee said
in a statement. “We express our
gratitude to the NCAA for
reviewing this situation and
granting Steven the ability to
play this fall. We are hopeful that
the NCAA will look at the
bylaws regarding all individuals
who serve in the military before
becoming a student-athlete.”
Middle Tennessee athletic
director Chris Massaro said he
and McPhee went to the practice
field Monday afternoon to
inform Rhodes of the NCAA’s
decision.
“It was really a neat moment
to be there for that,” Massaro
said. “He was extremely happy,
as you’d imagine. It’s always fun
to be there when dreams start to
come true.”
Rhodes’ eligibility was in
question because he played in a
recreational league during his
military service. An NCAA rule
states that student-athletes who
don’t enroll in college within a
year of graduating high school
will be charged one year of eligi-
bility for every academic year
they participate in organized
competition.
By NCAA standards, Rhodes’
play at the Marine base counted
as “organized competition”
because there were game offi-
cials, team uniforms and the
score was kept.
But the 6-foot-3, 240-pound
Marine sergeant said the recre-
ational league was nothing close
to organized.
“Man, it was like intramurals
for us,” the 24-year-old told
The (Murfreesboro) Daily News
Journal, which first reported the
story. “There were guys out
there anywhere from 18 to
40-something years old. The
games were spread out. We
once went six weeks between
games.”
The rule first took shape in
1980, when “participation in
organized competition during
times spent in the armed servic-
es, on official church missions or
with recognized foreign aid ser-
vices of the U.S. government”
was exempt from limiting eligi-
bility.
But through several revisions
and branches of the rule, the
clause allowing competition dur-
ing military service was lost and
not carried over into the current
bylaws.
Massaro said earlier Monday
before the NCAA’s latest ruling
that he was cautiously optimistic
things would go in Rhodes’
favor, particularly as the case
began to draw national atten-
tion. U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais,
a Republican whose district
includes Murfreesboro, had sent
a letter to NCAA President
Mark Emmert in support of
Rhodes.
“This is such a no-brainer,
frankly,” McPhee said Monday
before the NCAA ruled Rhodes
could play. “Even though the
rule is very clear on this, I think
there is a sense that a wrong
needs to be made right in this
particular case.”
NCAA reverses course on
Marine playing at MTSU
By RONALD BLUM
AP Sports Writer
NEW YORK — Ryan
Dempster of the Boston Red Sox
was suspended for five games
and fined by Major League
Baseball for intentionally hitting
Yankees star Alex Rodriguez
with a pitch last weekend.
The penalty was announced
Tuesday by MLB senior vice
president Joe Garagiola Jr., two
days after Dempster hit A-Rod
in the second inning at Fenway
Park. Garagiola also fined
Yankees manager Joe Girardi for
arguing with plate umpire Brian
O’Nora on Sunday night.
Dempster could still play if he
appeals the penalty. Boston has
off days Thursday and Monday,
allowing him to serve the sus-
pension while getting pushed
back only a couple days in the
Red Sox rotation.
Dempster threw one pitch
behind A-Rod’s knees and two
more inside in the second inning.
Then his 3-0 pitch struck
Rodriguez’s left elbow pad and
ricocheted off his back.
Girardi sprinted onto the
field, screaming at plate umpire
Brian O’Nora for not ejecting
the pitcher. Girardi was tossed as
the benches and bullpens emp-
tied, and Rodriguez homered off
Dempster to spark a sixth-inning
rally that lifted New York to a
9-6 win.
Dempster maintained he was
just pitching inside and wasn’t
trying to hit Rodriguez.
Earlier Tuesday, Girardi
insisted it would be “open sea-
son” on Rodriguez if MLB failed
to suspend Dempster.
Dempster suspended 5 games for hitting A-Rod
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most of which she said was residential,
though summer transactions had slowed
considerably. Both she and Green said most
of the home-related lending had centered
around traditional mortgages and refinanc-
ing, however.
“Interest rates have been so low in the last
couple of years we’re just about tapped out
on the refinance market,” Gayle said. “Most
everyone who is going to do it has already
done it, and the rates are starting to go up
again. … I never thought I’d see interest
rates in the 3 percent range. We’ve been
spoiled by that. We’ve had customers refi-
nance every year for the last three years
because the rates were so good.”
Gayle said rates had increased from 3.375
percent on Jan 2. to 4.625 percent on Aug.
1.
The local real estate market is seeing a
slight dip, as well. According to regional
Multiple Listing Service data, total active list-
ings on the market in Clay County have
dropped about 4 percent, from 75 to 72 as
compared with August 2012. When looking
at the year as a whole, 2013 is on track for a
9.6 percent decrease at 141 active listings,
down from 156 in 2012. New listings were
down as well, from eight to six in August
2012 to August 2013 respectively. For the
year, new listings are on track for an 11 per-
cent decrease at 72, down from 81 in 2012.
“West Point really follows its own trend,”
said Donna Ross, real estate agent and
owner of Hometown Realty in West Point.
“As a total, our inventory is down. We see a
lot more people looking to rent rather than
buy. … Financing is a problem we’re having
now. Credit needs to be a little better. The
economy has been bad, and it’s affected
everyone.”
Ross said the market remained fairly sta-
ble, however, and some areas had seen an
upswing. According to MLS data, average
sale prices had increased by 25.59 percent,
from $98,917 in July 2012 to $124,229 as
of July 2013. Average number of days on the
market had improved, as well, from 190 to
161 when set to the same comparative time
frame.
“I try to see the positive in everything,”
Ross said. “If everything goes as predicted
with the addition of the Yokohama plant and
everything that will come along with it, we’ll
have to have more new construction. … I
think we’ll see more long-time renters willing
to make the long-term investment in buying
a home if they have another reason to stay
(in the area).”
Both Green and Gayle agreed, the addi-
tion of the plant could spur renewed interest
in home ownership as well as further residen-
tial development.
“I definitely expect it to increase,” Green
said. “I don’t know what the magnitude will
be because we’ve never experienced anything
like this here before. … I think we might see
a subdivision or two pop up.”
Southern, is located in the
corridor that stretches from
Corinth to Meridian.
In addition to the cross-
ing at Broad Street, two
other crossings in West
Point that will be fixed by
Kansas City-Southern. One
will be fixed on Industrial
Access Road, with the
main concern being the east
crossing. The second cross-
ing will be fixed on
Highway 45 South, next to
Sherwin-Williams.
Back in July, the crossing
at East Morrow Street was
repaired, with the old rails
and mats being replaced.
It is possible that the
other temporary rails may
be replaced before the per-
manent fixtures are put into
place on Broad Street, but
Jones said that Kansas City-
Southern “won’t be absent
from the community.”
The temporary process is
to remove deteriorated
asphalt between the rails
and replace it, as well as
smooth out the approaches
to the crossing.
This temporary fix has
caused a slight bump
because “the outside and
inside rails are uneven,”
Jones said. This slight
bump will not be fixed until
the new crossties and rails
are permanently installed.
Once construction
begins on the permanent
fixtures, it will be a little
more time consuming, due
to the civil engineering that
goes along with it.
“It takes testing and
compaction to make sure
the rails don’t settle more
than the normal wear and
tear,” Jones said.
Jones believes the per-
manent installation of
crossties and rails will take
two to three days.
West Point Fire Chief
Johnny Littlefield. “Junior
Auxiliary is the same way.
They don’t do bad things,
they just do good things.”
Lummus also said that
there were many volunteers
that came out to help set up
and work around the event,
including young ladies who
just were there for work
experience.
While the fire depart-
ment’s involvement is no
secret, Littlefield said it has
slowly began to fade into
the background.
“When the event first
started, the men went out
and sold all the ads,”
Littlefield said. “Now, we
go and pick up the conces-
sions, stack everything up
and get everything ready.
We play a part, but a quiet
part. No one knows we’re
there.”
For Junior Auxiliary, this
event alone is enough to
cover half of the group’s
budget for the next year to
keep working on other proj-
ects.
“We do Toys for Tots,
where we collect toys for the
children in the hospital,”
Smith said. “We do Stuff
the Bus, where we sit out-
side of Walmart with a bus
collecting school supplies.”
Junior Auxiliary also
sponsors programs for chil-
dren at the Sally Kate
Winters home, community
outreach programs and vari-
ous other projects to help
the West Point community.
Junior Auxiliary has
received $26,000 in the last
six years from the event, and
it’s a program that will con-
tinue to work in the group’s
favor.
“As long as Junior
Auxiliary wants this event,
they will have it,” said
Lummus.
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transport, said Henley. This
socializes the animal and
makes him family friendly.
It only takes a couple of
weeks of love to insure a
dog or puppy will have a
home. Henley appreciates
all those who can be count-
ed on as fosters.
In addition to Homeward
Bound, the shelter also
offers a Low-Cost Spay-
Neuter Program. If a pet
owner meets the income
requirements, they may
qualify to have their pet
altered for much less than
normal vet fees.
“We have grant monies
available to help with spay-
ing or neutering cats or
dogs,” said Henley.
“Households with income
under $30,000 a year will
probably qualify for the pro-
gram. Just bring proof of
income and fill out some
paper work. We want to
help prevent unwanted lit-
ters. Its called SNaP for
Spay Neuter Program.”
The shelter has a Trap,
Neuter and Release Program
for feral cats as well. The
shelter will loan a trap, the
cat is taken to the shelter to
be altered, and released.
Henley is very proud of the
program. signs of success
are already apparent. The
unwanted kittens this year
have never reached capacity
at the shelter for the first
time.
“This is a place for the
stray dog and cat population
to find a home or at least be
spayed and neutered,” said
Winn Ellis of the West Point
Clay County Animal Shelter.
“It has gone a long way
toward cutting down the
pet population here in town
and in the county.”
The local schools often
adopt the animal shelter as a
project by raising money or
collecting donations of
needed items. The children
visit while supervised by
their teachers and help
socialize puppies and kit-
tens.
“We want people to think
of us first when they lose
their pet,” said Henley.
“Don’t assume your pet was
stolen or run over, especially
in the county. Give us a call,
even if we don’t have your
pet, maybe someone who
finds it will contact us. We
love reuniting lost animals
with their owners. Almost
as much as as we love seeing
them adopted.”
BY JeFF AMY
Associated Press
JACKSON — A free-market
advocacy group that opposes
Mississippi Power’s $4.7 billion
coal-fired power plant under
construction in Kemper County
now finds itself on the defen-
sive, accused of using public
funds in the fight against the
plant.
JobKeeper Alliance, a union-
linked group based in
Montgomery, Ala., claims the
nonprofit Bigger Pie Forum is
using public money held by the
private Institute for Technology
Development to oppose the
plant.
JobKeeper Alliance wants
Mississippi state Auditor Stacey
Pickering to investigate whether
public money is being funneled
through ITD into Bigger Pie’s
opposition to Kemper in viola-
tion of any laws.
ITD was created to promote
and commercialize research
from Mississippi universities
and has received millions of dol-
lars in state and federal money.
Bigger Pie Forum is a subsid-
iary of ITD. On its website, the
forum says it focuses on ideas
that “encourage economic free-
dom, discourage cronyism, and
help Mississippi’s economy
grow.”
Bigger Pie CEO J. Kelley
Williams said the group has
spent up to $400,000 since
2012, but not all on opposition
to Kemper. Williams said fund-
ing came from technology
licensing proceeds and was
spent legally.
JobKeeper Executive Director
Patrick Cagle said Pickering
should investigate the financial
relationship between ITD and
Bigger Pie.
In an opinion piece published
Aug. 15 in The Clarion-Ledger
newspaper, Cagle asked, “Why
are ITD’s unused funds not
being returned to the state to
repay the taxpayer money
invested in the organization?”
Cagle also charged that
Bigger Pie has been taking pub-
lic money at the same time it is
promoting “a less government,
free-market philosophy explicit-
ly opposed to taxpayer-funded
subsidies for private business.”
Williams countered that
Cagle’s claims are “blatantly
false” and “reckless.”
Pickering spokesman Brett
Kittredge said Tuesday that the
auditor is aware of the allega-
tions, but wouldn’t say whether
the auditor’s office is looking
into them.
Cagle’s charges are the latest
in a series of attacks on oppo-
nents of the Kemper plant.
The pro-business Partnership
for Affordable Clean Energy
has purchased newspaper and
billboard ads attacking another
Kemper foe, the Sierra Club.
Alabama-based PACE claims
the environmental group will
cause electricity prices to rise
“beyond affordable” with its
opposition to burning coal to
generate power. In Mississippi
the Sierra Club has focused
mainly on the cost and technical
feasibility of the Kemper facili-
ty, called Plant Ratcliffe by
Mississippi Power’s parent, the
Southern Co.
JobKeeper and PACE also
have attacked opponents of
Alabama Power, also a division
of the Southern Co.
PACE was the first to publi-
cize the link between ITD and
Bigger Pie. It’s not clear that
ITD’s involvement was
unknown to Kemper support-
ers, however.
Until February, Hattiesburg
wood products manufacturer
Warren Hood Jr. was a mem-
ber of the ITD board. Hood
also is a member of the Southern
Co. board. Multiple attempts to
reach him for comment were
unsuccessful.
JobKeeper has raised nega-
tive attention on Bigger Pie,
buying radio ads attacking
Williams and Bigger Pie
President Ashby Foote. Union
members passed out pro-Kem-
per flyers at the Neshoba
County Fair last month before
state officials spoke. Late last
year, Mississippi Power agreed
to hire union laborers at the
plant, and unions switched
from opposing to favoring
Kemper.
“All they want to try to do is
character assassination, which is
really, for a Fortune 500 com-
pany, very unseemly,” Foote
said. “It’s like mob tactics from
a bunch of people who are sup-
posed to be highly regarded.”
Groups spar
over power
plant money
BY HOLBROOK MOHR
Associated Press
JACKSON — A federal
judge has denied a request
from an alleged Mississippi
gang leader to have a differ-
ent attorney appointed in a
racketeering case.
Authorities say 37-year-old
Jason Marshall Bullock, also
known as "Sir J-Mac," was
the leader of a Mississippi
chapter of the Simon City
Royals gang operating in the
Hattiesburg area.
Bullock is charged with
racketeering conspiracy for
alleged offenses including
attempted murder, kidnap-
ping, bank robbery, drug dis-
tribution and bribery. He
was arrested July 9 in
Pensacola, Fla.
Bullock asked for a new
lawyer in a handwritten letter
filed last Thursday in U.S.
District Court in Hattiesburg.
The judge denied the
request in a ruling Monday.
The ruling came after a hear-
ing on the matter. U.S.
District Judge Keith Starrett
ordered that the transcript
from the hearing be sealed
until further notice by the
court.
Bullock had said his law-
yer, Wesley Broadhead,
seemed unprepared and tried
to get Bullock to incriminate
himself.
Broadhead denied the alle-
gations.
The letter said Bullock
wants to go to trial and did
not want Broadhead to ask
for a continuance. Broadhead
asked for a continuance July
31, saying he needed more
time to review evidence in
the case. Court records show
Bullock signed the motion to
continue.
The trial had been sched-
uled to begin Monday, but
has now been pushed back to
Oct. 21.
Broadhead said last week
that Bullock's "allegations are
wrong and false," but he
would have no problem step-
ping aside if Bullock feels
strongly about it and the
judge approves.
The Simon City Royals
gang was formed in Chicago
and spread throughout the
city in the 1960s and 1970s
before branching out to
other parts of the county,
including Mississippi, accord-
ing to the indictment.
Bullock, who identified him-
self as the "Prince of
Mississippi," sometimes trav-
eled to Chicago to meet with
gang leaders, the indictment
said.
Bullock has also faced
numerous state court charges
over the years, including
grand larceny, selling mari-
juana, aggravated assault and
perjury, according to the
Mississippi Department of
Corrections.
He was most recently sen-
tenced in state court in 2008
to four years as a habitual
offender for perjury.
The indictment said that in
2006, Bullock and others
conspired to murder a man
identified as Joseph Shelton,
who was assaulted and shot.
The court document said
Bullock ordered gang mem-
bers and associates to kill
Shelton, but it did not say
who Shelton was, why he
was targeted or offer details
about the shooting.
The oldest crime listed in
the indictment was in 1998,
when prosecutors allege that
Bullock and other gang
members robbed Citizen
State Bank in Seminary,
Miss. In 1999, Bullock was
sentenced to a little more
than four years in federal
prison after pleading guilty
to bank robbery, according
to court records from that
case.
Judge denies new lawyer for alleged gang leader
Daily Times Leader Page 10 • Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Dennis The Menace
ARIES (March 21-April 19)
Emotions could be running high right now.
Though you’ll want to have an animated
conversation, the other party will need
more gentleness. You might have to tip-toe
around this person’s mood, but by the end
of the experience, you’ll be all smiles.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20)
Meetings will prove to be important, as will
the need to come to an agreement. You
could have the kind of support you want if
you’d just ask. An associate initially might
seem moody, but by the end of the day, he
or she will be more upbeat.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20)
You could be overwhelmed by everything
that is occurring around you. Life might
seem demanding, especially when it comes
to your career. You might be considering
a move in a different direction. Be reason-
able, and do what you must.
CANCER (June 21-July 22)
Tap into your intuition, and realize that
more answers are needed. Detach from a
situation involving someone who knows
how to trigger you. What starts out as a se-
rious and heavy conversation could become
a fun, light interaction.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)
Your spunky ways attract many people.
The problem is that most of them want to
be close to you, even just as friends. Expect
to be extremely busy. Let someone else take
over some of the tasks that can be delegat-
ed. Listen to a suggestion.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
You are full of excitement. You might want
to make a major change. Right now, you
barely can discuss what’s on your mind, as
others keep seeking you out to help them
with their issues. Transform this unbal-
anced situation, and you will be happier.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
You have your hands full. Prioritize, and
you’ll clear out your to-do list. People
could demand a lot from you, but be sure
to meet your personal needs frst. Initially
you might feel tense, but by late afternoon,
you will be celebrating.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
No one will deny your creativity. You
sometimes limit yourself by being negative
and closing off your options. Review those
decisions that were recently made, and as-
sume a positive stance -- you will see the
difference.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
You might want to stay close to home or
work from home. Sometimes, when people
are not used to spending so much time at
home, they will feel isolated. Look at the
situation positively and imagine everything
that you could get done.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Make calls and listen to what is being
shared on the other end of the line. Know
that you don’t need to go along with plans
if you don’t want to. Be aware of someone’s
generosity. If you do not feel the same way,
don’t push yourself. Remain authentic.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Be more forthright and open with others.
A money matter could come up in conver-
sation. If you don’t feel like discussing the
issue, say so rather than being evasive. You
might fnd that your optimism will soar,
even when dealing with a diffcult friend.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)
You will be in your element, but realize that
others might feel intimidated when you are
like this. Be conscious of their discomfort,
and try to help them relax. No matter
what goes on right now, the fnal say will
be yours. Opportunities will open up as a
result.
Horoscope
by Jacqueline Bigar
Rules:
1. Each row and column must contain
the numbers 1 through 7 without re-
peating.
2. The numbers within the heavily out-
lined 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 opera-
tion indicated.
3. Cages with just one box should be
flled in with the
target number
in the top cor-
ner. A number
can be repeat-
ed within a cage
as long as it is
not in the same
row or column.
THE LOGIC PUZZLE THAT
MAKES YOU SMARTER.
BlonDie
hagar The horriBle
Barney google & snuffy sMiTh
BeeTle Bailey
popeye
CrossworD
CRYPTOQUIP
suDoku
Here’s How It Works:
To solve a sudoku, the numbers
1 through 9 must fll each row,
column and box. Each number
can appear only once in each
row, column and box.
COMICS
on This Day...
August 21, 1973
BOARD ANNOUNCED WATER
SYSTEM EXPANSION GRANT
Approval of a supplemental water and sewer project grant of
$65,577 from the Appalachian Regional Commission was an-
nounced at a meeting of the Mayor and Board of Selectmen Mon-
day night.
The announcement of the approval of the grant came at the same
time the Board was meeting to hear any objections to a resolution
calling for the issuance of an additional $241,000 worth of water
and sewer revenue bonds to fnance the overrun cost of the planned
water and sewer system expansion.
With the supplemental ARC grand, the city will be able to reduce
the bond issue by that amount.
Mayor Kenny Dill said Congressman David Bowen notifed him
late Monday ARC offcials had given fnal approval to the $65,577
additional grant which was requested soon after the opening of bids
for the massive construction work.
Cost estimates of the project were set at $1,019,000 but when the
bids were received the total exceeded the estimates by approximately
$241,000.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development and the
ARC had pledged a grant of $619,000 to help cover the cost with
the city read to sell $400,000 worth of bonds to fnance the balance.
The city then requested the assistance of the Golden Triangle
Planning and Development District offce in securing any additional
aid to help cover the cost overrun.
“We are indeed grateful to Col. J. W. Thames of the Golden Tri-
angle Planning and Development District and Congressman Bow-
en’s offce for all the assistance and help given the speedy approval
of this additional grant,” Mayor Dill said.
There being no objections to the proposed bond issue, the Board
voted Monday night to issue bonds necessary to make up the bal-
ance of the cost overrun or approximately $176,000.
In anticipation of the approval of the supplemental grant, the
Board had tentatively approved a budget for the coming year that
would cover the interest and principal of the $176,000 worth of
bonds instead of the full $241,000 total.
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BY RANDALL CHASe
Associated Press
WILMINGTON, Del. —
Beau Biden, the Delaware
attorney general and the son of
Vice President Joe Biden, is
undergoing medical testing in
Texas after being hospitalized
last week for weakness and dis-
orientation, his office said
Monday night.
The younger Biden, who suf-
fered a mild stroke in 2010,
began experiencing the new
symptoms last Wednesday
night after driving to Indiana
for a family vacation, said Jason
Miller, a spokesman for the
Delaware Department of
Justice.
Biden, 44, was admitted to
Northwestern Memorial
Hospital in Chicago and trav-
eled the next morning to
Jefferson University Hospital in
Philadelphia to consult with his
doctor.
He was discharged and spent
the weekend at home in
Wilmington. Miller said Biden
currently is undergoing testing
in Houston to determine the
cause of his symptoms.
The White House says the
vice president, who had been at
his home in Delaware for the
past several days, accompanied
his son to Houston. There was
no word on how long Vice
President Biden would remain
in Texas.
Miller said Beau Biden spoke
by telephone with Chief Deputy
Attorney General Ian McConnel
over the weekend, and had
been in touch with his office
Monday evening.
Officials with Biden's office
said they had no comment
beyond the prepared statement
Monday, but that further infor-
mation would be forthcoming.
Biden's Twitter account on
Sunday posted a photo of him
and his father sitting on a porch
and smiling while sending a
message of encouragement to a
Delaware team that was in the
Little League World Series.
This isn't the first health scare
for the younger Biden, who
became Delaware's attorney
general in 2007. After suffering
a mild stroke in May 2010, he
spent a week in the Jefferson
University hospital and more
than a month recuperating at
home.
"I was just a little off," Biden
later explained to The
Associated Press when asked
about his stroke. "My arm
didn't feel right. I was able to
move it, but I just wasn't
myself."
"Stroke was the farthest
thing from my mind when I
went in," Biden added then,
saying he didn't know enough
to be scared, or to reflect on
the brain aneurysm that nearly
killed his father in 1987 at age
45.
Beau Biden is the eldest son
of Vice President Biden. After
the 1972 accident that killed his
wife and daughter and critically
injured brothers Beau and
Hunter Biden, the vice presi-
dent devoted himself to caring
for his two sons as a single
father.
Beau Biden served a yearlong
deployment to Iraq with his
Army National Guard unit,
returning stateside in 2009.
Beau Biden
hospitalized
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