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By Bryan Davis
Daily Times Leader
A little paint can make a tre-
mendous difference on a build-
A lot of paint can transform
the look of an entire down-
West Point’s Main Street
Design Committee has numer-
ous projects in the works that
should improve the looks of
individual businesses in town,
and these undertakings should
make the overall look of the
town better.
“Let’s Paint the Town” is the
main project that encourages
business and building owners
to get on board the beautifica-
tion efforts.
On Thursday, Main Street
committee members Kathy
Dyess and Deborah Mansfield
spoke to the West Point Rotary
Club about the organization’s
efforts to spruce up buildings
along both sides of Main Street.
‘I love doing what I’ve done
By Sheena Baker
Daily Times Leader
“As an initial matter, my sin-
cerity and commitment to this
community is best evaluated by
how I have served over the
years without any particular
obligation to do so. I have
always been both visible and
There can be no doubt that
the obligation of an elected
office added to my voluntary
service makes me a person
well-suited for the position of
Selectman. But I offer more
than desire and good intention.
I have served in representative
capacities for others regarding
their jobs, benefits and other
employment rights as a Union
officer. I have successfully han-
dled the duties of a treasurer
with a substantial budget. I now
have the duty to supervise and
motive others and work in
cooperation with scores of peo-
ple as a part of my employment
at North Mississippi Medical
Center – West Point. Finally,
and importantly, I am a reason-
able and approachable person.
There can be no doubt that
the most crucial problem in
Ward 2 and in the City is a lack
of jobs. In addition to the jobs
issue, we have a perception
problem regarding our fine
City. West Point should not
simply be considered a quick
stop for a restroom break, a
scoop of ice cream or a dozen
fried gizzards on the way to
Starkville. We have more to
offer than that now and even
greater potential yet to be real-
ized. Our City should be a
place where people want to
live and we must cause our
City to become a destination
for worship, business and rec-
reation. West Point has to be a
place you “come to” and not
simply one you “go through.”
We have to promote the West
Point workforce. Nobody can
question how hard-working our
citizens are. The industrial
employment, which sustained
us for years, was driven by men
and women who worked for
decades in conditions, which
were not for the faint of heart.
Businesses should know that
there is actual proof that you
can count on this force. In a
famous movie it was said that,
“If you build it, they will
come.” My belief is that, “If
you plan it you can build from
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The Golden Triangle Regional Solid Waste Management Authority and the Mississippi Department of Environmental quality invite citizens to bring
household hazardous waste products to the GTR Landfll from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday. Citizens may bring aerosols, household cleaners,
automobile fuids, oil flters, lighter fuid, batteries, chlorine, herbicides, pesticides, paint, wood fnish, rodent poison and electronic waste. For more
information, call 324-7566.
Household Hazardous Waste Day set for Saturday at GTR Landfill, Starkville
A word from Ward 2 candidate Homer Cannon
Bryan Davis
This is the new look for West Point TV and Appliance after owners Kay and James Bagwell had the front repainted and touched up this past week.
spruce up
‘Let’s paint the town’
William Binder
Homer Cannon
‘We must be proactive’
A word from ward 2 candidate William Binder
By Sheena Baker
Daily Times Leader
“My sole purpose for seeking
this officer four years ago was
because of my love and con-
cern for our city and its citi-
zens. I believed that I could
make a difference regarding the
quality of life for all. What I
bring to the table is hands-on
experience, knowledge and
One example of my experi-
ence is I am the proud pastor of
the Bethel M.B. Church in
Hamilton, Mississippi. I have
pastored this church for more
than 18 years.
Under my lead-
ership, we built
a new edifice
with the aid and
assistance of a
15-year bank
loan, which we
paid in full with-
in seven years.
Since paying
that loan, we
have a new addi-
tion to our
c h u r c h .
Everyone was
not in agree-
ment with
everything we
had to do to
accomplish our
goals, but we
still worked
together to
accomplish the
tasks we set for
ourselves. The
knowledge I
gained in bud-
get management
of the funds of
our congrega-
tion required me
being able to
deal with
people of
varying personalities. This was
surely as challenging as the
skills required of a Selectman. I
have found that having love
and respect for the differences
in people works in dealing with
people and situations in secular
and community life.
The most important issue I
see in this city and in Ward 2 is
the lack of employment oppor-
tunities for all segments of our
community. The lack of jobs in
West Point has taken its toll on
the whole city. It has affected
all of us directly and/or indi-
Let’s hear it from the ward 2 candidates
This past Sunday we heard from Ward 1 candidates on various issues affecting the community and their plans
to help alleviate those issues if elected to the West Point Board of Mayor and Selectmen. Today we continue this
conversational series with Ward 2 incumbent Homer Cannon and Ward 2 candidate William Binder, who were
both given the same questions and asked to share their answers. Let’s hear what our Ward 2 candidates had to
say about their plans to effectively manage and improve the city.
See ‘Binder’ page 3
See ‘Cannon’ page 10
Submitted Photo
Cutline: Wyatt Pumphrey of 4-County Electric Power Associa-
tion’s West Point district offce is one of the line workers nation-
wide who are being honored today as part of National Lineman
Day festivities.
Special to the
Daily Times Leader
4-County Electric Power
Association joins the U.S.
Senate in recognizing April 18,
2013, as National Lineman
Appreciation Day. The Senate
passed a resolution Wednesday
honoring lineworkers for their
efforts at keeping power flow-
Headquartered in Columbus,
4-County has 51 employees
who work in the field restoring
power during outages and
4-County celebrates National
Lineman Appreciation Day
See ‘Design’ page 10
By Bryan Davis
Daily Times Leader
Education reform went from
a dream of most of the state’s
conservative lawmakers to a
reality on Wednesday, when
Gov. Phil Bryant signed four
laws known as the Education
Works package which repre-
sents the most sweeping chang-
es in state education policy
since 1982.
Lawmakers battled nearly
the entire 90-day legislative
session over charter schools,
West Point schools head
reacts to new education laws
See ‘Lineman’ page 10
See ‘Schools’ page 10
Daily Times Leader Page 2 • Friday, April 19, 2013
Church Calendar
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 announcements,
• Feed the Hungry
Holy Temple Holiness Church
Women’s Ministries deliver
meals to Feed the Hungry the
second Saturday of each month
at 10 a.m. If you or someone you
know is elderly or shut-in, and
could benefit from this free deliv-
ery service, call 494-3322 before
8 a.m. the morning of the deliver-
Sunday April 21
• Youth Praise and Worship
Pleasant Ridge M.B. Church is
having a Youth Praise and
Worship Service at 3 p.m. Guest
speaker is the Rev. Oneal
Simmons of Darden Chapel M.B.
• Usher Program
The New Covenant M. B. Church
Hwy 46 West will be having their
annual usher program Sunday
April 21st time 2:30 p.m. The
guest speaker will be Minister
Mary White Pastor of Houston
Church of Hope, Houston MS.
Johnnie J. Daniel Jr., and
Gwendolyn Daniel
Johnnie J. Daniel, Jr., age
65, passed away Thursday,
April 11, 2013, at North
Mississippi Medical Center
in West Point.
Gwendolyn Daniel, age 62,
passed away Friday, April 12,
2013 at North Mississippi
Medical Center in West Point.
Funeral services are
Saturday, April 20, 2013, at
11 a.m. from
Northside Christian
Church, with the Rev.
Orlando R. Richmond offici-
ating and the Rev. Gene King
delivering the eulogy. Burial will follow in Greenwood
Visitation is today, Friday, April 19, 2013, at Carter Funeral
Home from 3 – 6 p.m.
Carter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Walter Sykes
Walter Sykes age 77, passed away Saturday, April 13, 2013,
at North Mississippi Medical Center of West Point.
Funeral services are Saturday, April 20, 2013, at St.
Matthews Church of God in Christ at 3 p.m.
Visitation is Friday, April 19, 2013, from 7 – 9 p.m. at the
Carter Funeral Home Chapel.
Carter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Johnnie J. Daniel Jr.
and Gwendolyn Daniel
I believe that we all have a
little farmer in us. Whether
you farm a thousand acres of
beans or a window sill flower
box, you are a farmer.
Everybody knows that if you
want to grow mustard greens
then you plant mustard seeds.
If you want watermelons, you
plant watermelon seeds.
Nobody in their right mind
will plant peas and go back
expecting to harvest corn.
I suspect that our churches
now have forgotten the prin-
ciples of farming. Many of us
are expecting our churches to
grow love but too many
Christians are walking around
sowing seeds of hate all day
long. We want to grow unity
but we sow seeds of division.
We want to grow in our giv-
ing but we sow seeds of stin-
giness. For some reason we
struggle to raise the level of
love, forgiveness, charity and
compassion in the church
even though
the seeds are
supposed to
be there.
We struggle
to raise the
level of wor-
ship. We
struggle to
rise to a high-
er degree of
praise. All
we seem to
be able to
raise is hell
because I
believe that
too many
Ch r i s t i a n s
have forgot-
ten the divine
principles of
farming set
forth in the
word of
We all have
what it takes
to be gardeners in grace.
GOD has given us all seeds to
plant. We were born with the
seeds of grace. How we use
them will determine how
much we’ll get out of them.
GOD has a blessing for us but
we must grow in grace.
Paul came to Corinth and
planted seeds of GOD’s grace.
Where people sought to get
all they could get, Paul said,
“Give.” Where people were
taught to hate those who hate
you; Paul said, “Love.” He
took old, hardcore Jews and
gentiles and turned them into
He had most of the congre-
gation on the right track but
there were certain cliques in
the church that kept stirring
up strife and disrupting the
harmony of the church. So
Paul wrote this epistle to
admonish them and, among
Brinkley: Gardeners in Grace
A message from the book of 2 Corinthians 9:6-7
When we were growing up,
we would often sit on our front
porch and watch the clouds
form different shapes.
Sometimes, we could see a dog
or a bear. We would see a lamb
as it changed size and became
another animal, but I never saw
a cloud as a vehicle of travel.
Yet, when I started studying the
Scripture, I discovered that
God has made the clouds His
chariot (Psalm 104:3). This
information has been a comfort
to me, especially when we have
been separated from our chil-
dren. Our son went to Iraq as
an Army chaplain; and know-
ing that God rode on the clouds
(He also walks on the wings of
the wind) assured me that,
though my son was out of my
sight, he was never out of
God’s view. When our daugh-
ter was traveling the world as a
missionary, I knew there was
not any place
where He
would not be
present with
her! (Praise
His Name!)
“The heavens
are Yours, the
earth also is
Yours; the
world and all
its fullness,
You have
f o u n d e d
them” (Psalm
Nothing is
hidden from Him. We know
that in our hearts, but it helps to
be reminded through Scripture
of His omniscience (all know-
ing), His omnipresence (ever
present), and His omnipotence
(all powerful). One such
reminder is found in 2 Kings 6.
The king of Syria became wor-
ried because
all his battle
plans were
being revealed
to Israel, their
enemy. He
accused his
men of having
a traitor
among them.
But he was
told that
Elisha, the
prophet of
Israel, was
able to know
what the king
said in his bedroom, so the
Syrian king sent his army to
capture Elisha. When Elisha’s
servant saw the city surrounded
by Syrian horses and chariots,
he panicked. Elisha said, “Do
not fear, for those with us are
more than those with them.”
God then opened the eyes of
the servant and “behold, the
mountain was full of horses
and chariots of fire all around
Just because I can’t see how
God is working in my life and
circumstances doesn’t mean
He is not working! The main
battles are in the unseen. We
do not need to fear or worry
about adversities that seem to
have us surrounded, for 1 John
4:4 tells us: “He Who is in us is
greater than he who is in the
world” for He has overcome
the world!
Even as an adult, I continue
to watch the clouds because the
Scripture has taught me some-
thing else about them! Jesus is
coming back “in a cloud with
power and great glory. So …
look up and lift up your heads,
for your redemption draws
near!” (Luke 21:27
Gwen Yarber
Tim Brinkley
The clouds are his chariot
“His Mercy Endures
Over this past week, I have
heard many things. The news
continues to speak of the heart
of man. The stories of bomb-
ings, threats and attacks are
almost overwhelming.
However, there is good news
for the child of God!
Amidst the troubles of this
world…I heard a very provoca-
tive statement on this week; on
which I presently ponder: The
only part of the bible that works
is that part on which you
believe. It evoked a mixture of
emotions and thoughts…inter-
esting, breathtaking, stunning,
sadness, joy and then peace.
“The only part of the bible that
works is that part on which you
believe.” This could be a state-
ment of confirmation of your
faith depending on where you
are in Jesus Christ.
As we journey, we must not
become distracted from our
purpose. We
cannot focus
on the things
of this world,
the verbal
attacks of
man or any
action that he
may plan
against you;
for our faith
lies in the
word of God
and all that it
has to say.
“No weapon
f o r m e d
against me shall prosper.” So
enemy, you just go right ahead
and do your thing…for what
you mean for evil will only be
for the Good and Glory of
In times like these we are
called to believe on the word of
God and all it has to say to and
about us. We need to believe
so that it will work in our lives.
We must
believe and
have faith in
the word of
God. In it, we
will find wis-
dom, protec-
tion, comfort
and guidance
as we journey
in the Lord.
Without the
word, we are
easily fright-
ened and
tossed by the
words and
deeds of the enemy. I declare
to you, “Stand, and be not
As I began my day, my spirit
was renewed by a devotional
speaking of Job. You know the
story (or at least I hope you
do). Job was considered a
faithful servant of the Lord.
One day Satan and God had a
conversation, in which, God
granted Satan permission to
attack Job, but he could not
touch his life. (You see, Satan
has no power over the righ-
teous). Satan set out to do all
he could to entice Job to speak
against all the he had come to
believe about God. He attacked
Job where it hurt most…his
family, his finances, his pos-
sessions, his relationships and
finally his health. Job was
moved from a position of
strong standing to a position of
devastation. (That is what
Satan wants to see—a child of
God—give in to his attacks.)
But through it all…the heart-
ache, the questions, the misery,
the sadness, the pain and the
loss…Job never once cursed
the name of God. Job stood,
when all else around him
seemed hopeless, on the word
of God. Job’s strength lay in
his faith in God. He trusted
Mosley: Are you there?
Gavis Mosley
See ‘Brinkley’ page 3
See ‘Mosley’ page 3
If people would stope and
look, they would see that time
is slowly passing away. Not the
clock on the wall, wrist watch-
es and cell phone clocks but
life. In this scripture we we
learn that there is a time to be
born, time to die, time to weep,
time to mourn, etc. We need to
get it right before we are left
out of the time line. I am talk-
ing about getting your life right
before it is too late. You prob-
ably wonder how. Well a pre-
scription for you is to get the
Lord Jesus Christ in your life.
Accept Him, pray to Him and
you will have a new life that
will be better than this life. All
you need to do is believe what
Romans 10: 9-11 says and you
can be saved. So do you want
the time to end for you now?
Brother Lester Moore
What time is it? A message from the Clay County
Christian Clergy Fellowship from Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
See ‘Church’ page 8
Now Open
7 Days a week
for Lunch!
New options added
to our weekday
Blue Plate Special!
121 Commerce St.
West Point
Clay County, Mississippi, is considering applying to the Mississippi Development
Authority for a Small Cities Community Development Block Grant of up to $600,000
for water improvements. Te State of Mississippi has been allocated approximately
$23 million that will be made available to cities and counties on a competitive basis to
undertake eligible community development activities. Tese funds must be used for
one of the following purposes:
1. to beneft low- and moderate-income persons;
2. to aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight; or
3. to meet other community development needs having a particular urgency
because existing conditions pose a serious and immediate threat to the health or wel-
fare of the community where other fnancial resources are not available to meet such
Te activities for which these funds may be used are in the areas of public facilities
and economic development. More specifc details regarding eligible activities, pro-
gram requirements, and the rating system will be provided at a public hearing which
will be held at the Clay County Courthouse, 205 Court Street, West Point, Mississippi
on Monday, May 6, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. Te purpose of this hearing will be to obtain citi-
zen input into the development of the application.
Daily Times Leader Friday, April 19, 2013 • Page 3
April 21st - 24th
Faith Baptist Church
1834 East Churchill Road
SERVICES Sunday 10:30 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.
Monday - Wednesday 7:00 P.M. Nightly
Childcare provided • Need a ride to services? Call 275-2296
Call 662 494-9699 for information
Dr. Rex Yancey
Charlie Farrar
‘Brinkley’ continued from page 2
‘Mosley’ continued from page 2
other things, talks about
their giving. What he told the
Church at Corinth is very rel-
evant for all of our church
Every child of GOD has a
command and a duty to give
as an act of obedience. In the
bible, love may be translated
as charity. You cannot love
without charity and you can-
not have charity without love.
How can you love somebody
and not ever give them any-
Something is wrong when a
Christian will spend his time
washing his car or mowing
his grass on Sunday morning
but won’t give GOD two
hours for worship service.
Something is wrong when
Christians will take a vacation
to remodel the house but
won’t show up for revival at
least one night during the
week. Something is wrong
when Christians will put 500
dollars in a slot machine but
won’t put 5 dollars in an
offering tray.
What we have is too many
people running around claim-
ing to be Christians. But their
actions don’t say the same.
The bible says he which
soweth bountifully shall reap
also bountifully. I know it
seems like a crazy solution to
get out of debt, but just give
to the Lord. The ideology of
the world is; in order to have
more, you save more. But the
theology of GOD’s word is;
in order to have more you
give more.
It doesn’t make sense but
GOD never said understand
it, he just said believe it. If
you are saved you didn’t get
that way on logic; you got
saved on belief. GOD the
father the Son and the Holy
Ghost are three separate and
distinct entities. But they are
also one. I can’t explain that
but I believe that.
Jesus performed many mir-
acles on earth. I don’t know
how he opened blinded eyes,
unstopped deaf ears, made the
lame to walk and the dumb to
talk. I can’t explain that but I
believe that. He which sows
bountifully shall also reap
bountifully. I cannot explain
that. All I know is that the
bible says so and I believe
that and I have tried it for
myself and it works.
Paul said those who sow
sparingly will reap also spar-
ingly. I think he is telling the
church not to be slow in their
giving. GOD doesn’t need
halfway anything. If you are
not willing to do your best
then GOD will not be pleased
with a little bit.
He is not a “little bit” GOD.
I’m glad he doesn’t do us like
some of us do him when it
comes to giving. If he gave
you just little bit of air to
breath you would suffocate
and die. If he gave you just a
little bit you food to eat you
would slowly starve to death.
If he gave you just a little
bit of water to drink you
would wither up like a prune
in the hot sun. He is not a
“little bit” GOD and he don’t
want your little bit of any-
thing. In the book of
Revelation, the Lord told the
church at Laodicea, “I know
thy works, that thou are nei-
ther cold nor hot. I would
rather you be either cold or
hot. So because you are luke-
warm I will spew you out of
my mouth.
I just believe that we have
too many lukewarm Christians
in our churches who are too
slow when it comes to giving.
They will invest in every “get
rich quick” scheme that
comes along but when the
offering tray comes around
they get slow.
A deacon who won’t tithe is
a danger to the growth of the
church. If you have a mem-
ber in charge of the building
fund who is not giving to the
building fund; he is slowing
you down. Would you make a
sister the choir president who
is not in the choir? Our
churches are suffering
because we have too many
people in charge who are
sowing too sparingly.
Paul was addressing mem-
bers of the church. Because
they were all church folk the
concept was understood. You
must sow and don’t be slow.
What Paul didn’t say but I
want to say is do no mow.
When you mow all you do
is cut down whatever every-
body else has planted. There
are people in the church who
will not sow and don’t want
you to sow. Some folks think
they own the church and if
they don’t approve of the
project they will go out of
their way to cut it down.
There is no room in GOD’s
program for church mowers
and frankly I believe as a
people of GOD we have been
to tolerant of them for too
many years.
Paul said the Lord loves a
cheerful giver. I don’t have a
problem giving cheerfully
when I think about all that the
lord has given to me. When I
realize that he put a roof over
my head. I can give cheer-
When I realize that he has
given me the activity of my
limbs, I can give cheerfully.
When I realize the he picked
me up, turned me around and
placed my feet on solid
ground, I can give cheerfully.
And every time I think about
what he did on Calvary, I can
give cheerfully.
and believed in God and all
that he had experienced with
him. Job saw his attack not as
one of the flesh but one that
dealt with the spirit. It was one
that could only be fought with
the word of God. The promises
of God became a survival tech-
nique for Job. Job had to feed
night and day, day and night on
the word of God. Question…
what would have happened to
Job had he only believed a por-
tion of what God had said to
him? What if he turned his
back on all the things that he
and God had shared and cursed
the name of God? What if Job
had given up and given in to
the enemy?
We will never know the
answer to those questions; but
what we do know is that he did
not give in to the attacks of the
enemy. We do know that when
this valley experience was over,
God restored Job to a better
place in him. All that was lost
was restored in abundance. In
the process as well, Job was a
new and stronger man in the
Lord. This was the true victory
that had been won…a deeper,
more faithful and personal
walk with God.
As I journey and am con-
fronted with the difficult deci-
sions of life, I too (you too)
must rely and believe on the
word of God. When God says
it time to let go of people,
places and things…then let go
and don’t look back. Press for-
ward toward the mark that God
now has for you.
As we journey in the Lord,
we are called to believe, to
have faith and to trust in God.
We are called to take all of him
not just the part that suits our
fancy. We need all of him so
that we will be covered from
head to toe, front to back, and
side to side in the blood of
Jesus. God will be our shield in
times of trouble.
Just where is God when all
hell is breaking loose? Know
that he is there, for in his word
he tells me that he will never
leave me nor forsake me. He
tells me that I can never get to
far away or go so low that he
cannot reach out or down and
get me up. He tells me that he
may not remove my mountain,
but he will strength me as I deal
with the mountain just as long
as my eyes stay on his great-
ness. He tells me that when I
am weak…he is my strength.
He teaches me that my strength
lies in my faith and what I
believe to be true. I know, just
as Job, that in the midst of my
drama; God has a plan. In God,
I will recover. I am called to
not be ashamed of the Gospel
of God, for he will be glorified.
As I journey, in such a cha-
otic world, I seek peace today.
I look to Psalms 23…The Lord
is My Shepherd; I shall not
want…I gain peace, restoration
and protection, for I believe the
word of God. I believe and
know what he was to Job and
David; he is the same for and to
I shed tears of joy, gratitude
and comfort as I think on the
goodness of God…his being
my shepherd. I picture sheep
coming into the fold at the end
of the day. I see a faithful shep-
herd appointed to watch over
and care for each one. He
examines and counts them as
they enter the fold. He touches
them with his rod so that they
will feel him. He looks through
their wool for any blemish that
may have appeared. He, then,
calls them by name. Oh, what
a sense of safety to be cared for
so intimately throughout the
day and to receive such an
intensive examination at the
close of the day. God cares for
us all day long and then at night
he watches over us…for he
neither sleeps nor slumber. He
is the Good Shepherd.
As I reflect on my past, I
know that the Good Shepherd
has watched over me. He was
there with me all the time. He
protected me each time I wan-
dered off to do my own thing.
He never took his eyes off of
me nor his love from me. In
due season, he came to me,
with staff in hand; and gently
guided me by his love, his
grace and his mercy back into
his fold. He restored me.
Today, I must wait on the
Lord as Job. And while I wait,
I must do so with the peace of
David. Lord, I thank you. I do
know and I do believe that no
matter what it looks like…You
are there. Be blessed in the
The new administration must
immediately convene a group
of leaders from multiple cate-
gories, with the assistance of
the Stennis Institute at
Mississippi State, and develop
written short-term and long-
term plans for the City and get
buy-in from everybody. We
should all know what the plan
is and all participate. Thriving
cities like Tupelo use this
model. There is no reason we
shouldn’t do the same thing.
We cannot afford to be solely in
reaction-mode anymore. We
must be proactive. We have to
plan and build what we want,
not simply complain about
what isn’t. I am committed to
this process and to making
West Point a destination.
A common desire that West
Point realizes is its potential.
Whether it is the federal gov-
ernment, state government or a
social organization, an unwill-
ingness to work together for the
common good only leads to
inaction and bitterness. The
Mayor must instill confidence
by projecting concrete, obtain-
able goals. The Selectmen must
focus primarily on policy-mak-
ing and being creative. Being
aggressive individually doesn’t
yield much. Understanding that
being strong really equals being
able to produce something that
increases the quality of life in
West Point is a must. Politicians
demonstrate their strength by
what is accomplished and noth-
ing else.
Withing 90 days of the new
administration, planning con-
ferences should be scheduled,
which should include planning
with professionals, leaders and
participants from every seg-
ment of the community. The
goals should be to identify
strengths and weaknesses and
to analyze and act on both.
Within six months of the new
administration, the first draft of
the master plan should be com-
pleted and it should be compre-
hensive. It should address jobs,
education, business, recreation
and social issues. As we com-
plete plans, we should be
aggressive regarding a plan to
move visitors from our City off
Highway 45 Alternate and into
the interior of the City. Finally,
we should work with current
businesses to see not only what
we can do for them but ask
them to be more involved in
participation with our schools
and recreation.
‘Binder’ continued from page 1
Daily Times Leader Page 4 • Friday, April 19, 2013
Few aspects of the Affordable
Care Act are more critical to its
success than affordability, but
in recent weeks experts have
predicted costs for some health
plans could soar next year.
Now health law supporters
are pushing back, noting close
ties between the actuaries mak-
ing the forecasts and an insur-
ance industry that has been
complaining about taxes and
other factors it says will lead to
rate shock for consumers.
“Most actuaries in this coun-
try -- what percentage are
employed by insurance compa-
nies?” Sen. Al Franken, a
Minnesota Democrat, asked an
actuary last week at a hearing
of the Committee on Health,
Education, Labor and Pensions.
The committee was discuss-
ing a study published last
month by the Society of
Actuaries (SOA) predicting
that, thanks to sicker patients
joining the coverage pool,
medical claims per member
will rise 32 percent in the indi-
vidual plans expected to domi-
nate the ACA exchanges next
year. In some states costs will
rise as much as 80 percent, the
report said.
The witness was unable to
answer Franken’s question, but
the senator made his point.
Insurance is why actuaries
exist. The industry and the pro-
fession are hard to separate.
Using predictive math, actu-
aries try to make sure insurers
of all kinds don’t run out of
money to pay claims. Many
actuaries also work for consul-
tants whose clients include
insurance companies.
Undisclosed in the SOA
report was the fact that about
half the people who oversaw it
work for the health insurance
industry that is warning about
rate shock. The chairman of
society committee supervising
the project was Kenny Kan,
chief actuary at Maryland-
based CareFirst BlueCross
Others on the committee
work for firms with insurer
clients. The report included
committee members’ names
but not their affiliations.
The SOA “portray them-
selves as this nonpartisan think
tank when in fact everything
about the study is by people
who have a vested interest in
the outcome of the study,” said
Birny Birnbaum, executive
director of the Center for
Economic Justice, a Texas
group that advocates on behalf
of financial and utility consum-
To perform the research, the
society hired Optum, sister
company of UnitedHealthcare,
the country’s biggest private
health insurer.
Society spokeswoman Kim
McKeown said the project was
overseen by credentialed actu-
aries “from a cross-section of
industry organizations” and
was “exposed for review and
comment to the broad health
care actuarial community.”
Even supporters of the health
act worry about premium
increases next year, when many
of its provisions take effect.
But the debate fits into a larger
discussion about actuaries’
public role. Actuaries are self-
regulated, which some say
makes them unaccountable.
Their associations set con-
duct standards and investigate
malpractice in confidential pro-
ceedings. During the previous
two decades the Actuarial
Board for Counseling and
Discipline, which works with
the Society of Actuaries, has
recommended public disciplin-
ary measures for fewer than
two people a year, according to
its annual report.
Yet actuaries play many pub-
lic roles. By calculating the
adequacy of employer pension
contributions they affect the
retirement of millions. And
they’ll act as virtual referees
for important aspects of imple-
menting the health act.
“I have a great deal of respect
for actuaries,” said Timothy
Jost, a law professor at
Washington and Lee University
and health law expert. “But I do
think they often end up in …
situations where the interests of
the public and of their employ-
ers might be in conflict.”
While the Obama adminis-
tration has developed a calcula-
tor plans must use for deter-
mining whether insurance plans
meet the health act’s standards
for benefits and value, recently
finalized regulations give
insurer-employed actuaries the
power to override it by substi-
tuting one benefit for another.
Insurance company actuaries
calculate rates when plans file
with states, which act as the
industry’s primary regulators.
Charged with making sure the
prices are justified, state insur-
ance departments often have
far less actuarial expertise at
their disposal than the insurers.
The Vermont Department of
Financial regulation “does not
have actuaries on staff,” a
spokeswoman said. “We out-
source our review of rate fil-
The situation in 2011 was the
same in a dozen other states,
according to information com-
piled by the National
Association of Insurance
Health-act supporters com-
plained that that the actuary
society’s study predicting a 32
percent increase in claims
didn’t account for key factors,
including the potential for com-
petition to lower prices, the
subsidies people will receive to
buy the coverage and the fact
that next year’s plans will be
more generous than this year’s.
Often actuaries’ predictions
are not significantly better than,
say, those of the Weather
Channel. Recent premium
increases of 50 percent and
higher for nursing home insur-
ance reflect a previous under-
calculation of costs by actuar-
ies. Actuarial models didn’t
work especially well at calcu-
lating subprime mortgage risk a
few years ago, either.
A settlement in New York
last month revealed cases in
which actuaries overestimated
liabilities and a mortgage insur-
er paid out as little as 20 per-
cent of collected premiums in
Jost and Birnbaum want rep-
resentatives of consumers and
state insurance departments to
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Terrorists strike again: Horrifc day for our country
Will Walker
DTL Columnist
For most Americans April
15 has for years signified the
ever so dreaded “tax day,” the
day by which we must have
our taxes or extensions filed,
or face penalties if we do not.
For those in the New
England area in 2013, April
15 also commemorates
“Patriot’s Day,” the day in
which the Revolutionary War
began as the American patri-
ots of Massachusetts took on
the British to begin our War
for Independence on April 19,
1775; it is always celebrated
in Boston on the third Monday
in April---April 15 this year.
Every year, Bostonians also
commemorate Patriot’s Day
with the annual running of the
Boston Marathon on that day
as well.
This year is a year that will
long be remembered, not for
the joyous occasion of cele-
bration that normally marks
this day in Boston and
American history, but for the
unexpected and unbelievable
tragedy that occurred on this
As runners in the Marathon
were racing toward the finish
line, loud blasts sounded off
like the cannons once used in
the Revolutionary War, but
these blasts became far too
real for innocent bystanders
and participants.
The earth shook underneath
runners and lookers-on----
smoke filled the air--- win-
dows shattered from nearby
pubs and hotels---and terror
soon became a reality.
Shrapnel from the explosions
flew everywhere, and very
few if any escaped unscathed.
As the bombs placed by
unknown terrorists went off,
hundreds of innocent
Americans’ lives changed for-
ever---3 dead, 176 injured,
many with amputations of
lower extremities, including a
small, five year old boy who
lost both legs and was raced
to the nearest ambulance by
an adult male--a stranger--a
true hero----several blocks
away on foot.
Included in those whose
lives were taken was an eight
year old boy,
M a r t i n
R i c h a r d ,
whose photo
holding a
sign stating
“No more
hurting peo-
p l e - - -
PEACE” has
become a
symbol of
this horrific
tragedy. His
sister, a 6
year old first
grader, also
lost one of her
legs in the
blast. So
much tragedy, so unneces-
sary, so heartbreaking.
It is unknown whether the
bombs were placed near the
finish line area by domestic or
foreign terrorists, but they
were placed by terrorists
This attack marks the worst
tragedy of the kind our nation
has seen since 9-11-01, and
another reminder that peace,
as we once
knew it, will
almost cer-
tainly never
return to our
l a n d .
Leaders of
our country,
i n c l u d i n g
o u r
Pr e s i de nt ,
have said
t h o s e
will pay
dearly for
the deaths,
the injuries,
and the
and indeed they must.
The heartless individuals
responsible for the bombing
must and will face justice,
and let us hope it is sound and
swift. They truly deserve no
mercy in this instance for
their cowardly, ruthless, cold-
blooded actions.
True heroes emerged
through this horrific event on
this Patriot’s Day. There are
heroes who faced death and
went on from this life. There
are heroes who faced death
and lived with severe injury,
with their way of life changed
There are heroes who res-
cued the dying and injured
amidst the chaos, terror, and
devastation. There are heroes
who saved others from harm’s
way, and helped out any way
they possibly could. From
this tragedy, there are many
Indeed, Boston and America
as a whole has always been
full of heroes, since the days
of Lexington and Concord
and our beginnings as an
independent nation, and even
before. And on April 15,
2013, heroes were in abun-
dance throughout the city of
Boston, just as they were
throughout New York on
September 11, 2001, in more
shapes and forms than ever
imagined. Indeed, New
England has seen enough
death and destruction to last a
lifetime in this year alone
from the school shootings and
deaths at Newtown in neigh-
boring Connecticut to the
death and destruction at the
Boston Marathon bombings
this week. Our hearts and
prayers go out again to the
people and families involved
in the marathon and tragedy,
to all those affected by the
bombings, to the city of
Boston, and to all of New
England. May we as a nation
never have to deal with such
inexplicable horror again.
And may justice be served to
those responsible very soon.
Will Walker, Guest
J.D. (Law), University of
Graduate Studies in
Theology, Duke University
B.A. (Political Science &
Liberal Arts), B.S.
(Psychology), Mississippi
State University
As experts focus on the cost of
requiring everybody to have
health coverage next year, a new
study highlights the broad reach
of federal subsidies to help peo-
ple pay for it. Nearly 26 million
Americans will be eligible for
tax credits under the Affordable
Care Act to partly offset the cost
of insurance in online state mar-
ketplaces, says Families USA, a
consumer interest group that sup-
ports the health law.
The credits, which are sup-
posed to take the form of instant
discounts when people buy cov-
erage in the online exchanges,
extend high into the middle class
and across racial groups, the
report says. The subsidies are
intended to work in tandem with
an expansion of Medicaid for
lower-income families to bring
health insurance to a projected
16 million next year who now
lack it and eventually to more
than 30 million.
Households with incomes of
between $47,100 and $94,200
for a family of four will make up
slightly more than half of those
eligible for tax credits, the study
said. About 58 percent of those
eligible for credits will be white,
about 23 percent will be Hispanic
and about 11 percent will be
black, according to the study.
Young adults are “the likeliest
age group” to be eligible, the
report said. Because most people
already have coverage through
an employer, not all those eligi-
ble for credits will take them.
Families USA hired consultants
the Lewin Group, a sister com-
pany of UnitedHealthcare, the
biggest private health insurer, to
conduct the research for the
The study offers hypothetical
cases for “silver” coverage — a
medium-benefit plan on the
exchanges. From the report:
Jane Smith, age 45, no chil-
dren, annual income of $23,000
(about 200 percent of poverty): If
the annual premium for the silver
reference plan in the state mar-
ketplace in Jane’s zip code is
$5,000, Jane’s out-of-pocket
contribution for premiums for
the silver reference plan would
be about $1,450 (or about $121 a
month). The remainder of her
premium for the silver reference
plan would be covered in the
form of a tax credit of $3,550 (or
that amount could be credited
toward the premiums for a more
or less expensive plan of her
The Johnsons, a family of four
(two adults, two children under
age 18), annual income of
$35,300 (about 150 percent of
poverty): If the annual premium
for the silver reference plan for
family coverage in the state mar-
ketplace in the Johnsons’ zip
code is $12,500, the Johnsons’
out-of- pocket contribution for
premiums for a silver reference
plan would be about $1,410 (or
about $118 a month). The
remainder of their premium for
the silver reference plan would
be covered in the form of a tax
credit of $11,090 (or that amount
could be credited toward the pre-
miums for a more or less expen-
sive plan of their choice).
Last month the Society of
Actuaries predicted that sicker
people joining plans next year
would help increase claims
expense by 32 percent for indi-
vidual insurance, implying a
sharp increase in premiums, too.
Critics said the study didn’t
account for the widespread avail-
ability of tax credits and the fact
that benefits will be more gener-
A recent tracking poll by the
Kaiser Family Foundation found
that Americans remain ignorant
of key details of the health act.
KFF has done its own research
on who will benefit from cover-
age expansion down to the zip
code level. (Kaiser Health News
is an editorially independent part
of the foundation.)
Healthcare tax credit
could beneft 26 million
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• Civitan meetings
The West Point Civitan Club
meets on the first and third
Wednesdays of each month
at noon in the Training Room
of NMMC-West Point. All
interested persons are cor-
dially invited to attend.
• City Board Meetings
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holds its meetings the second
Tuesday of each month at
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Sessions are held every
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• Compassionate Friends
Families who have experi-
enced the death of a child are
invited to attend The
Compassionate Friends
meeting at 6:30 p.m. the sec-
ond Tuesday of each month,
at North Mississippi Medical
Center-West Point, 835
Medical Center Drive. The
mi ssi on of The
Compassionate Friends is to
assist families toward resolv-
ing grief following the death
of a child of any age and to
help others be supportive.
Bereaved parents, siblings,
grandparents and immediate
family members are welcome
to attend. For more informa-
tion, call Michele Rowe,
director of Social Services at
NMMC-West Point, at (662)
• 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
• 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.
• Feed the Hungry
Holy Temple Holiness
Church Women’s Ministries
deliver meals to Feed the
Hungry the second Saturday
of each month at 10 a.m. If
you or someone you know is
elderly or shut-in, and could
benefit from this free deliv-
ery service, call 494-3322
before 8 a.m. the morning of
the deliveries.
• WPHS Class of 2003
The website for the class
reunion for the WPHS Class
of 2003, 10 year reunion has
been created. Please visit
to view it. Sign up for the
site by searching for your
name under the classmate
profile tab and creating a
profile. Create your profile
and you will be granted
access to the site by a mem-
ber of the planning commit-
tee. Please allow up to 24
hours for a member of the
planning committee to verify
your identity as the content is
password protected. The
reunion will be in West Point
May 31-June 2.
• The Academy of
Performing Arts
located at the North
Mississipppi Medical Center-
West Point Wellness Canter is
now enrolling for the fall ses-
sion. Classes begin August 13
in ballet, tap, hip hop, jazz,
lyrical, tumbling, musical the-
atre and voice. Semester will
run for four months and cul-
minate with a Christmas recit-
al in December. For more
information, email betty@
Community Calendar
See ‘Calendar’ page 10
Spring Into Action 5K
Fun Run Overall Results
April 13, 2013
Place Name City Bib No Age Gend Age Group Time Pace
1 Judson Hamp West Point MS 4 49 9 M 1 Top Fin 8:21.0 8:21/M
2 Thomas Kuhn West Point MS 434 8 M 1 8- 8 8:28.5 8:28/M
3 Parker Brand West Point MS 398 10 M 1 10-10 8:50.0 8:50/M
4 Jack Easterling West Point MS 453 8 M 2 8- 8 8:55.7 8:55/M
5 Wells Williams West Point MS 448 9 M 1 9- 9 8:57.1 8:57/M
6 Conner Freeman West Point MS 433 9 M 2 9- 9 9:00.4 9:00/M
7 Brody Pierce West Point MS 431 10 M 2 10-10 9:23.7 9:23/M
8 Gibson Walker Pheba MS 308 6 M 1 6- 6 9:48.8 9:48/M
9 Garrison Walker Pheba MS 307 11 M 1 11-99 9:57.7 9:57/M
10 Sara Nash West Point MS 435 9 F 1 Top Fin 10:20.1 10:20/M
11 Nicholos Flannagan West Point MS 430 10 M 3 10-10 10:25.9 10:25/M
12 Hazard Zepponi West Point MS 451 6 M 2 6- 6 10:44.9 10:44/M
13 Noah Brand West Point MS 400 7 M 1 7- 7 11:09.6 11:09/M
14 Dalton Turnipseed West Point MS 446 7 M 2 7- 7 11:15.9 11:15/M
15 Joshua Howell West Point MS 386 9 M 3 9- 9 11:29.2 11:29/M
16 Jadyn Bryant West Point MS 343 5 F 1 5- 5 11:31.2 11:31/M
17 Jack Bryant West Point MS 387 7 M 3 7- 7 11:33.5 11:33/M
18 Mason Conn Prairie MS 390 8 F 1 8- 8 12:09.8 12:09/M
19 Emma-Lleyton Collier West Point MS 378 6 F 1 6- 6 12:19.7 12:19/M
20 Camille Jester West Point MS 408 7 F 1 7- 7 12:39.5 12:39/M
21 Bradley Key Cohen West Point MS 437 50 M 2 11-99 12:44.2 12:44/M
22 Riley Cooper West Point MS 354 7 M 4 7- 7 12:49.1 12:49/M
23 Luke Desantis West Point MS 324 6 M 3 6- 6 12:59.9 12:59/M
24 Keaton Murrell Avon MS 314 7 F 2 7- 7 13:04.8 13:04/M
25 Colt Whitacre West Point MS 423 50 M 3 11-99 13:12.2 13:12/M
26 Maggie Reece Canton MS 305 7 F 3 7- 7 13:22.3 13:22/M
27 Kendryn Whitacre West Point MS 424 8 F 2 8- 8 13:43.6 13:43/M
28 Chip Ballard West Point MS 405 6 M 4 6- 6 13:53.9 13:53/M
29 Owen Freeman West Point MS 432 5 M 1 5- 5 14:09.5 14:09/M
30 Elliott Shaw West Point MS 348 7 M 5 7- 7 14:13.0 14:13/M
31 Jack Blaylock West Point MS 413 5 M 2 5- 5 14:32.2 14:32/M
32 Miller Usry West Point MS 366 6 M 5 6- 6 14:35.0 14:35/M
33 Jane Desantis West Point MS 323 5 F 2 5- 5 14:37.1 14:37/M
34 Eliza Yelverton West Point MS 365 4 F 1 4- 4 14:42.0 14:42/M
35 Caroline Murrell Avon MS 313 4 F 2 4- 4 16:04.6 16:04/M
36 Tyler Carter West Point MS 392 7 F 4 7- 7 16:48.5 16:48/M
37 Chris Carter West Point MS 391 33 M 4 11-99 16:48.9 16:48/M
38 Jessica Brewer Columbus MS 350 11 F 1 11-99 17:28.4 17:28/M
Sally Kate Winters One Mile Fun Run results
OHA boasts Pennington as
star art competition winner
Braydon Pennington, a pre-kindergarten student at Oak
Hill Academy wins 1st Place in the state MAIS art competi-
tion. His picture was entered in the category of mixed
media. Submitted Photo
Rotary Readers
The Rotary Club of West Point announces its April Readers
of the Month from Church Hill Elementary. Pictured on the
right is first grade student Gabby Yates. To the right is sec-
ond grader Zion Reeves. Photo by Bryan Davis
Pet of the Week
Vikki, Veronica, Vanessa and Violet are eight week old
female kittens ready to be adopted. The kittens are litter
mates, very well socialized with people and lots of fun to
watch. They are set to be spayed Monday. If you are inter-
ested in adopting a fun ball of fur from the West Point Clay
County Animal Shelter come by Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m. - 3
p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. - noon or call 524-4430. Photo by
Donna Summerall
Daily Times Leader Friday, April 19, 2013 • Page 7
Special to the
Daily Times Leader
SCOOBA – The Lions of
East Mississippi Community
College collectively out-hit
visiting Holmes Community
College 19-7 in picking up a
critical division doubleheader
sweep, 5-1 and 9-1, during
their regular-season home fina-
le Wednesday afternoon at
EMCC’s Gerald Poole Field.
Battling down the stretch for
one of four divisional playoff
spots available, the EMCC
Lions used the long ball and
combined five-hit pitching
from starter Tyler Odom and
reliever Tyler Jones in the
opener. The power surge began
early as Austin Braddock
smashed a two-run homer in
the first inning. The former
Heritage Academy standout
then chased Holmes starter
Payden Lynch in the fourth
with a two-out, solo blast for
his team-leading eighth home
run of the season.
The Lions tacked on two
more runs in the fifth to move
ahead 5-0. Freshman center-
fielder LeDarious Clark, of
Southeast Lauderdale, belted
his fourth homer of the year – a
solo shot – off reliever Carl
Brice, while freshman short-
stop Drew Standland added an
insurance run with a two-out,
RBI single that plated Philip
Meanwhile on the mound for
the Lions, Odom pitched
through the sixth inning, allow-
ing a solo run in the sixth and
just three total hits in the game
before being relieved. The for-
mer Oak Grove High School
product struck out five and
walked two in upping his
record to 3-1 on the season.
Braddock headlined EMCC’s
nine-hit team effort in game
one with a 4-for-4 showing at
the plate, including two singles
to go along with his pair of
round-trippers and three runs
batted in. Odom also had two
singles in the opener.
Badly in need of a home
sweep to remain a legitimate
contender in the divisional
playoff race, the Lions struck
early and often in the nightcap
to stake reigning MACJC
Pitcher of the Week Smokey
Ethridge to a 6-0 lead with a
six-run first inning. EMCC
took advantage of three Holmes
errors and added four singles to
bat around in the opening
Pitching on three days’ rest
after earning a third straight
complete-game victory this
past Saturday at Mississippi
Delta, Ethridge threw the first
two innings against Holmes,
giving up a single and a walk,
before giving way to Blake
Thomas. Thomas, a product of
West Lauderdale High School,
proved to be very effective in
relief for the Lions. The sopho-
more right-hander completely
shut down the Bulldogs, allow-
ing only one single and a sev-
enth-inning run while fanning
six and not issuing a walk in
five innings of work, to pick up
his first win of the year.
With Holmes going through
five pitchers in the second con-
test, EMCC added a solo tally
in the third and two more runs
in the fourth on a pair of bases-
loaded walks to account for the
final margin.
Odom, playing third base in
the nightcap, added two more
singles, as did Clark and Colton
Caver, to pace the Lions’ 10-hit
team effort in game two.
Coach Chris Rose’s 19-21
EMCC Lions, now 9-11 in
MACJC North Division play,
will hit the road for the final
week of the regular season,
beginning with Tuesday’s 4
p.m. doubleheader at Northwest
Mississippi Community
College. EMCC wraps up the
regular season a week from
Saturday (April 27) with a 1
p.m. twin bill at Coahoma
Community College.
Lions conclude regular season with sweep of Holmes
Lady Lions maintain division lead
Special to the
Daily Times Leader
BOONEVILLE – The front-
running Lady Lions of East
Mississippi Community
College maintained their one-
game division lead by sweep-
ing Northeast Mississippi
Community College, 3-1 in
eight innings and 11-3, on the
road Wednesday afternoon.
The opening game proved to
be a pitching duel between
EMCC’s Amelia LaVergne and
Erin Dixson of Northeast, who
both pitched into the extra
frame. The lone scoring in
regulation came in the fourth
inning as both teams traded
solo tallies.
The visitors scratched out the
first run of the day following a
one-out double to left-center
field by freshman catcher Abby
Roberts. Courtesy runner
Allison Hauer moved to third
on a wild pitch and came into
score on Misty Richard’s
groundout. Northeast wasted
little time knotting things up as
Dixson led off the bottom half
of the inning with a solo home
run to center field.
The score remained tied at
1-1 heading into the interna-
tional tiebreaker. With Corey
Dawkins placed at second base
to begin the eighth inning, the
Lady Lions benefitted from a
pair of infield errors by
Northeast and some wildness
by Dixson to push across two
runs. In the home half of the
extra inning, LaVergne held
Northeast in check to close out
the 3-1 victory.
LaVergne, from Rayne, La.,
went the distance, giving up the
lone run on four hits, while
striking out two and walking
two, to improve her season
pitching record to a team-lead-
ing 7-5.
Dawkins, Roberts and Amber
Spann each had two hits apiece
to pace EMCC’s nine-hit team
effort in the opening-game tri-
In the nightcap, the Lady
Lions took advantage of anoth-
er Northeast miscue and a pair
of early walks to generate a
five-run first inning. The big
hit in the frame was Jade
Albritton’s bases-clearing dou-
The Lady Tigers cut the defi-
cit to 5-2 in the home half of
the second on Victoria White’s
two-out, two-run single off
EMCC starter Kendra Wilson.
After the two teams traded solo
runs in the third inning, the
visitors increased their lead to
9-3 an inning later with three
more runs on four hits off
Northeast starter Bianca
With EMCC plating solo
runs in the sixth and seventh
innings, sophomore outfielder
Haley Tutor capped a 3-for-3
outing in game two with an
RBI single in the final frame.
The former New Hope High
School standout also drew two
walks, stole two bases and
scored three runs in the contest.
Dawkins, Roberts and Spann
all had two hits each again in
the nightcap, as did freshman
shortstop Taylor Hackney, to
contribute to the Lady Lions’
12-hit attack.
In the circle for the winners,
Wilson scattered seven hits and
allowed three runs in five
innings of work. The Millport,
Ala., native struck out three
and walked two in raising her
season record to 3-4. LaVergne
returned to throw the final two
innings for EMCC.
Coach Kyndall White’s
EMCC Lady Lions, 21-15
overall and 14-4 atop the
MACJC’s North Division
standings, conclude the home
portion of their regular-season
schedule by entertaining
Northwest Mississippi
Community College (23-9,
11-7) Friday afternoon in a 1
p.m. doubleheader on the
Scooba campus.
Hebron in the playofs
Find out how Hebron Christian School fared against Tri-County Academy in the firs t
round of the post-season by reading Sunday’s sports page. Above, Drew Myatt and Will
Corbin Rogers come off the field during Tuesday’s home game against the Rebels.
Photo by Taylor Turnman
MSU football reveals
schedule poster and cards
Special to the
Daily Times Leader
If you’re a glass-half-full
kind of person, the picture
above is your sign that football
season is slowly but steadily
creeping closer, waiting for us
on the other side of a hot
Mississippi summer.
Spring practice, of course,
wraps up this weekend with the
Maroon-White Game in Davis
Wade Stadium, our last chance
to watch Dan Mullen’s football
team until the calendar hits
However, it’s not Mullen you
see on this year’s football
schedule poster, but the players
and leaders of the team. Senior
quarterback Tyler Russell and
his center Dillon Day, senior
running back LaDarius Perkins
and his offensive guard Gabe
Jackson and a pair of defensive
linemen in senior Denico Autry
and Kaleb Eulls.
The significance of the play-
ers is obvious, a group of stars,
veterans and leaders.
The understated but impor-
tant part of the poster is the
short, declarative sentence in
the corner. “Fight for
Mississippi State.”
You’ll recognize the words
from the final line of the fight
song. “Fight for Mississippi
State” is the theme for the team
in the 2013 season, including
this weekend’s festivities, as
chosen by those in the new Seal
Football Complex and you’ll
likely be seeing it elsewhere as
the season nears and arrives.
The other theme is that of the
style for the poster and accom-
panying pocket schedules. An
MSU grad and my former co-
worker from our days at The
Reflector, Blake McCollum
has been the go-to photogra-
pher for these types of projects.
Over the last many months,
marketing has strayed away
from the typical action shots
and cut-outs of players catch-
ing a ball or diving for a quar-
Instead, they have opted for
the more serious and seemingly
in-your-face style of players
staring straight into the camera,
fully aware the photo is being
taken with, in my mind at least,
a mixture of both embracing
and defying the lens.
The idea is to be clean, sim-
ple and hopefully intimidating.
In a new twist this year, MSU
is sending out four different
versions of the pocket/wallet
schedule. Each one has a differ-
ent player on it, all seniors,
with Russell, Perkins, Jackson
and Autry varieties.
Points for anyone who col-
lects all four. Imaginary points,
but points nonetheless.
Daily Times Leader Page 8 • Friday, April 19, 2013
Everyone is invited Herbert Ivy is
the Pastor.
• Church Anniversary
Northside Christian Church will
celebrate its 116th Church
Anniversary at 3 p.m. A cordial
invitation is being extended-
please come and share in this cel-
ebration with the Northside
Church Family. The dynamic
speaker for this celebration ser-
vice will be the Rev. Lee Brand,
Pastor of the Bethel M. B. Church,
Starkville. Prior to the hour of
worship, there will be a 116 bal-
loon release. Looking forward to
seeing you there. For more infor-
mation, please call 494-5210.
• Church Anniversary
Greenwood M.B. Church is cele-
brating their 188th Anniversary at
3 p.m. Guest speaker is the Rev.
Clyde Knox, associate pastor of
West Grove M.B. Church of
Houlka. Everyone is invited to
• Usher Appreciation
Fountain Head M.B. Church is
having its annual Usher
Appreciation Program at 3 p.m.
Guest speaker is the Rev. Elbert
Lee of St. Robertson M.B.
• Usher Appreciation
Yeates M.B. Church of West Point
will hold their Usher’s
Appreciation program on April
21, 2013. The event is scheduled
for 3 p.m. Pastor L.T. Gathings
encourages all ushers to attend.
• Northside Christian Church
Northside Christian Church,
located at 155 Cottrell Street,
West Point will celebrate its 116th
Church Anniversary on Sunday,
April 21, 2013 at 3:00 P. M. A
cordial invitation is being extend-
ed- please come and share in this
celebration with the Northside
Church Family. The dynamic
speaker for this celebration ser-
vice will be the Rev. Lee Brand,
Pastor of the Bethel M. B. Church,
Starkville, MS. Prior to the hour
of worship, there will be a 116
balloon release. Looking forward
to seeing you there. For additional
information, please call (662)
494-5210. The Rev. Orlando R.
Richmond, Sr., Pastor.
• Men in Black Women in Hats
First Baptist Pheba Church wish-
es to invite everyone to share in
their Men in Black Women in
Hats Program at 3 p.m.
• Men and Women’s Day
Hopewell M.B. Church is having
their Men and Women’s Day
Program at 3 p.m. Guest speaker
is Rev. Darrick Whitfeld of
Shady Grove M.B. Church.
Monday April 22-24
• Revival
New St. Peter M.B. Church is
having Spring Revival at 7 p.m.
Guest speaker is the Rev. Kelly
Martin of Concord M.B. Church.
Monday April 24-26
• Spring Revival
Pleasant Ridge M.B. Church
wishes to invite everyone to join
them for Spring Revival at 7 p.m.
Guest speaker is the Rev. Thomas
Rogers of Josey Creek M.B.
Church of Starkville.
Saturday April 25
• Moms in Prayer
Janet Mackert, USA Regional
Director of Moms in Prayer
International - Southeast (www. is preparing
for the Mississippi Group Leader
Session to be held in Starkville.
She will be at Northside Christian
Church at 4 p.m. for more infor-
mation call 494-5210.
Saturday April 27
• Usher Appreciation
Union Star M.B. Church is having
its annual Usher Appreciation
Program at 3 p.m.
Sunday April 28
• Church Clean-up
Mt. Hermon M.B. Church will
hold its Church Clean-up event on
April 27 in preparation for the
church’s 145th anniversary.
• Men’s and Women’s Day
Third Mt. Olive M.B. Church is
having its Men’s and Women’s
Day program at 3 p.m. Guest
speaker is James A Greenlaw of
Providence M.B. Church.
• Night Sunday School
The Church House of Refuge
Family Worship center will have
their annual Night Sunday School
at 6 p.m. The public is invited to
• Pastor’s Aide Program
Walker Grove M.B. Church is
having a Pastor’s Aide Program at
3 p.m. Guest speaker is Associate
Minister Gary Worldlaw.
Tuesday April 30
• Sisterhood Ministry
Gospel Temple M.B. Church is
having its Sisterhood Ministry at
6 p.m. in the fellowship hall.
Everyone is invited to come and
be blessed.
Wednesday, May 1
• Spiritual Enrichment Revival
Third Mt. Olive M.B. Church is
having a Spiritual Enrichment
Revival at 7 p.m. Guest speaker is
the Rev. Donald Anderson of
Fountain Head M.B. Church.
Everyone is invited to attend.
Wednesday, May 1-3
• Usher Crusade
Upper Prairie Creek M.B. Church
is hosting an Usher Crusade each
night at 7 p.m. Guest speaker is
the Rev. Anthony Macintosh of
Mt. Bell M.B. Church of
Louisville. Everyone is invited to
• Revival
Progress St. Church of God wish-
es to cordially invite everyone to
their anointed and soul winning
revival at 7 p.m. Guest speaker is
Chaplain Mitchel Tullouss.
Friday, May 3-5
• Homecoming Celebration
On May 3, Mt. Hermon M.B.
Church will kick off its
Homecoming celebration with a
“Meet and Greet” in the Mt.
Hermon parking lot, weather per-
mitting (otherwise in the Mt.
Hermon fellowship hall). On May
4, at 8:30 a.m., there will be the
25th annual Prayer Breakfast.
Later that day, there will be the
“Blue and White Evening” in the
fellowship hall. The events will
climax on Sunday at 11 a.m., with
Sunday, May 19
• Church Anniversary
The Church House of Refuge
Family Worship Center will be
celebrating their 11th Church
Anniversary on Sunday May 19,
2013 at 3:00 p.m. The guest
speaker will be Pastor Donald
Wesley of Mt. Pisgah Tibbee. The
public is invited.
Church Calendar Committee
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Daily Times Leader Page 10 • Friday, April 19, 2013
here,” Mansfield told the
Mansfield, who recently
completed a mural on the side
of Cash and Carry Dry Cleaners
on East Main Street, has also
completed an artist rendering
of each building on Main Street
and what they might look like
after a touch-up.
“She sank a lot of her artistic
energy into the project,” Dyess
said of Mansfield, who took
the club on a building-by-
building tour of the potential
There is no question that
first impressions mean a lot,
especially in economic devel-
West Point/Clay County
Growth Alliance Director
Cynthia Wilson noted to the
club that individuals and busi-
nesses who participate in this
project are playing a key role
in the economic development
of the town.
Mansfield pointed out that
several of the buildings on
Main were not in bad condi-
tion. Many need a paint job,
and some simply need the
proper plants or trees in front
of their businesses to make
them look more attractive.
The Main Street Design
Committee has already met
with many of the Main Street
business owners, and they say
there has been a good response.
Perhaps there was none bet-
ter than West Point TV and
Appliance, a longtime business
on East Main that responded to
the call and completed the
repainting of their building this
Owners Kay and James
Bagwell said they were happy
to jump on board the endeav-
ors of the Design Committee,
the only stipulation being that
the building had to stay blue.
“We just decided to go ahead
and do it,” Kay Bagwell said,
adding that one of their cus-
tomers, Albert Pippins did the
paint work.
Mansfield also pointed out
that West Point Mayor Scott
Ross had already painted his
buildings on Main.
Mansfield and Dyess say
that Main has other potential
besides building makeovers.
The two noted a couple of
spots, notably one beside
Cadence Bank which could be
used for outdoors activities
like concerts or outside vend-
The Design Committee has
organized a downtown clean-
up day to be held on May 4.
They encourage business
owners to wash their windows,
do facade repairs, install spring
plants and clean up clutter and
trash around the business.
Longterm, the committee is
determined to replace the city’s
street signs with historic sig-
This has been a project in the
works for quite some time.
Mansfield also sees a great
need for new sidewalks.
“There are a lot of cracks,
and there’s grass growing up
through the cracks,” she said.
“I know that this takes money,
and this takes time.”
The group is also pinpoint-
ing locations for more murals,
like one completed on Main
Street last week.
All of these things are set to
make the town more inviting to
visitors and more attractive to
potential industry.
Bryan Davis
Main Street Design Committee members Kathy Dyess and Deborah Mansfeld hold up one of Man-
sfeld’s renderings after their presentation at Rotary on Thursday.
‘Design’ continued from page 1
‘Cannon’ continued from page 1
rectly. As a Selectman, I have
worked diligently and coopera-
tively to help get the proper
amount of resources in place to
bring about structural changes
in the way we do business and
to bring on the right type per-
sonnel to develop and manage
industrial growth in our city. I
will continue to be especially
concerned about our youth,
who do not have jobs that help
support their own recreational
I will continue to advocate
for the identification of ade-
quate resources to do the job
we set for ourselves as a city,
develop adequate structure to
accomplish our objectives, hire
the right staff, back off and
give them space to operate and
hold them accountable for the
results achieved.
I believe what is needed most
is to elect strong, dedicated and
capable people to fill the posi-
tions on the board. We need to
remember that all the positions
are elected. When the election
is over, we take whatever the
voters have presented us and
maximize the potential they
bring them. Just in case there
are deficiencies, establish a
training program to develop the
skills needed to perform the
constitutional duties of the
respective positions. Out of
everything, a Board of Mayor
and Selectmen can do, we can’t
do everything. There is a need
to structure a plan of operation
specifically tailored to our city,
which includes specific prob-
lems to be solved, strategies
and timetables for their
achievement. Finally, we must
be willing and able to objec-
tively evaluate ourselves.
“Unrealistic goals and expec-
tations is the easiest way to
lock failure as the most likely
results to be achieved. Since its
founding, has West Point ever
reached its fullest potential?
Should I be re-elected as
Selectman for Ward 2, I plan to
get to know constituents com-
pletely. I will be concerned
with determining what their
specific needs are and what
resources are available to meet
those needs.
‘Schools’ continued from page 1
funding and consolidation
When it was all over, the
Republican establishment did
not get everything it wanted on
the outset, but what was passed
is ground breaking.
Mississippi expanded its
charter school law, which now
allows 15 charter schools to be
created in districts that rate
either a D or an F by Mississippi
Department of Education stan-
Districts ranked A, B or C
would have veto power over
the charters.
Currently, the West Point
School District would not have
veto power if enough support
gathered to charter a school in
Clay County.
WPSD received a D grade
last year from MDE.
WPSD Superintendent
Burnell McDonald said on
Thursday that it is imperative
that the district achieve a high-
er grade.
“Anytime you talk about tak-
ing money and the small
amount of resources away from
what you have, and expect
things to improve, that is not
logical thinking,” McDonald
said of charter schools.
Charter schools might have
gotten most of the press during
the education debates, but there
was much more to the law.
For instance, Bryant’s vision
of improving teacher standards
took a step forward on
Wednesday as law now requires
a 21 ACT score or a passing
grade on the PRAXIS assess-
ment to enter university educa-
tion programs. A 2.75 GPA on
pre-coursework is also man-
“I don’t know what research
actually shows that a 21 ACT
score makes someone an effec-
tive teacher,” McDonald said.
“I believe that teachers actually
have gifts.”
McDonald noted that there
are teachers with scores below
a 21 who have turned out to be
effective, while some who
scored in the high ‘20s have
been less so.
McDonald says that he sup-
ports any effort to improve the
teacher pool in the state, but he
says he would like to see an
emphasis placed on Subject
Area Teachers.
“When it comes to Subject
Area Teachers, there is not as
large of a pool of applicants,”
McDonald said. “It could be
beneficial more in secondary
Lawmakers touted Bryant’s
“Third Grade Gate” as well
during the session as a way to
stop “social promotion” and
improve literacy in grades 1-3.
“With the resources we have,
and the resources we need to
make it happen, where is
money going to come from,”
McDonald asked?
Public education advocates
have made note throughout the
session that K-12 is “under-
funded.” This has forced larger
class sizes and fewer teachers
in some areas.
“You have to reduce the class
sizes and get assistant teachers
in these classrooms in order to
identify these kids and have
appropriate interventions,”
McDonald said. “If you don’t
do that, what’s changing
besides the standards?”
The governor has yet to sign
into law legislation that was
passed that is set to consolidate
the West Point School District
with the West Clay School
District, but many of the items
in Bryant’s Wednesday signing
will most likely affect WPSD
in the future.
‘Lineman’ continued from page 1
maintaining distribution lines
and equipment. Across the
nation, more than 19,000 men
and women maintain 2.5 mil-
lion miles of line for electric
co-ops, public power districts,
and public utility districts.
“The caliber of our line
employees is top notch,” says
Anthony Miller, 4-County
manager of operations. “Each
and every member of our line
crews should be commended
for their hard work in deliver-
ing safe and reliable power to
our members.”
A bill introduced by U.S.
Sens. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.)
and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.)
“recognizing linemen, the pro-
fession of linemen, the contri-
butions of these brave men and
women who protect public
safety” was passed by unani-
mous consent. The resolution
resolves that these workers…
are steeped in personal, fam-
ily and professional tradition;
are often first responders
during storms and other cata-
strophic events, working to
make the scene safe for other
public safety heroes;
work with thousands of volts
of electricity high atop power
lines 24 hours a day, 365 days a
year, to keep electricity flow-
must often work under dan-
gerous conditions far from their
families to construct and main-
tain the energy infrastructure of
the United States;
and put their lives on the line
every day with little recogni-
tion from the community
regarding the danger of their
“We celebrate our linemen
on a daily basis. And it’s great
that lineworkers were recog-
nized like this on a national
level,” Miller says. “It’s a great
‘Health’ continued from page 4
be included on the actuaries’
discipline board. In proceed-
ings at the insurance commis-
sioners’ group, consumer advo-
cates also want the board to
state that actuaries’ first duty is
to the public whenever they
furnish calculations to state or
federal regulators and to tight-
en conflict-of-interest standards
for firms producing work relied
on by both insurers and regula-
“There is always room for
improvement in everything,”
said Karen Terry, an actuary for
State Farm and the vice presi-
dent of professionalism at the
American Academy of
Actuaries, an umbrella group
that works with the discipline
board and groups such as the
SOA that represent profession-
al subspecialties such as health
or pension actuaries. “We’re
open to that dialogue.”
Kaiser Health News is an
editorially independent pro-
gram of the Henry J. Kaiser
Family Foundation, a nonprof-
it, nonpartisan health policy
research and communications
organization not affiliated with
Kaiser Permanente.
Community Calendar Continued or call (662) 494-
• Welding and Carpentry
EMCC Workforce Services is
offering Welding and
Carpentry classes two nights a
week from 5 – 9 p.m. Please
contact Mitzi Thompson at
• Grief Support Group
Christ United Methodist
Church is providing support
for grieving families with a
Grief Support Group who will
meet Mondays at 6:30 p.m.
• GED Classes
EMCC West Point Center, if
offering free GED classes at
EMCC West Point Center,
Monday thru Thursday, from 8
am – 1:30 p.m. These classes
are sponsored by the Adult
Basic Education department of
East MS Community College.
Please contact Cynthia
McCrary or Jessica Flynt at
492-8857 for additional infor-
• C2C Info
Need work skills to get a job?
EMCC Workforce offers the
Counseling 2 Career program
to assist in gaining work expe-
rience. C2C classes are avail-
able for residents of Clay,
Lowndes, and Noxubee coun-
ties, Monday-Thursday from 8
a.m.-3 p.m. If you are 18-21,
please contact Sha’Carla Petty
at 662-243-1930 or Chrystal
Newman at 662-243-1941 for
more information.
• Animal shelter help
The West Point Clay County
Animal shelter needs foster
families for several puppies
who have been selected to go
on the next Homeward Bound
rescue. You would need to
keep the pup for two weeks,
until the day of transport. If
you are interested, please call
the shelter at 524-4430.
• Ladies Auxiliary
The American Legion Post 212
Ladies Auxiliary meet the sec-
ond Thursday of each month at
6 p.m. All members are urged
to attend.
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