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By Bryan Davis
Daily Times Leader
They call themselves “a fam-
ily of friends.”
It’s a motto the residents at
the Henry Clay Hotel came up
with for themselves according
to the retirement community’s
manager Dee Mathis.
“That’s what they call them-
selves,” Mathis said. “They are
very close. They check in on
each other all of the time.”
They are all neighbors after
all, and even though some are
more private than others, they
are friends.
Situated on Commerce
Street, at the old Grand Central,
the Henry Clay Hotel has been
serving retirees in Clay County
since the residence was opened
by Methodist Senior Services
in 1995.
Mathis has been at the Henry
Clay Hotel since 2003, and she
and her staff were the recipi-
ents of a Compliance
Excellence award, which was
given to just 17 senior commu-
nities in Mississippi last year
by the Mississippi Home
Rooms are available to per-
sons between the ages of 55
and 62 who are disable and
anyone over the age of 62.
Twenty-seven rooms total
were created by Methodist
Senior Services, and as of
today, seven of those rooms are
available to those who are
exploring retirement options.
One of the rooms that is open
is one of three specifically
designed for a handicapped
“Residents can come and go
as they please, any time of
day,” Mathis said.
Independence is something
that Mathis stresses with her
residents. It is a place where
retirees can live and maintain
the same level of independence
they had while living at home.
“We want them to stay inde-
pendent for as long as possi-
ble,” Mathis said. “What we try
to do here is help them main-
tain their independence.”
Henry Clay’s back parking
lot is open to its residents 24
hours a day.
Equipped with a state of the
art security system, Henry Clay
is a safe option as well.
“The doors are locked from
the inside,” Mathis said. “No
one can get in without a key or
unless a resident lets someone
Residents have available a
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Community Lifestyles Sports
Harmon “Robbie”
vying for
mayor’s seat
I am asking you to elect me
as your Mayor, because I care
about West Point, and my
desire is to restore a confidence
and trust in one another.
We must all come together
and work to ensure a brighter
future for West Point.
I was honored to serve you as
Chancery Clerk for 28 years.
Those years equipped me
with the tools to work with
elected officials and private
citizens to achieve success for
our County.
I want to apply that experi-
ence to the office of Mayor and
move our city forward.
I am sincerely convinced that
good days are ahead for us in
West Point.
I am married to the former
Susan Rodgers, and we have
three daughters, Stephanie,
Leigh and Suzanne. We have
five wonderful grandchildren.
Susan and I are active mem-
bers of First Baptist Church
here in West Point.
I have been actively involved
in our community by serving
on the Clay County Medical
Center Board of Directors, a
member of the Rotary Club and
as a member of the Growth
It has been my privilege to
represent Clay County on the
Executive Committee of the
Golden Triangle Development
Link, working to bring eco-
nomic growth to West Point
and Clay County.
The need for more jobs is a
critical issue for our communi-
I will use all of the assets
available to see that we bring
new jobs to West Point.
At the same time, we must
give support to our existing
industries that have been faith-
ful to provide jobs for West
Point and Clay County citizens.
I will work to build on the
beautification programs that
are ongoing in our city. A clean,
beautiful city is a sign of per-
sonal pride and respect. A city
that has curb appeal attracts
visitors and new industry.
There are many facets of city
government that are sometimes
overlooked, but they are the
keys to the success of a well-
run city.
Public safety, streets, sanita-
tion, water and electric depart-
ments are vital to our quality of
life in West Point.
My pledge to the citizens is
to see that each department is
given the support of the Mayor
See ‘Robinson’ page 8
Special to the
Daily Times Leader
Representatives from
Navistar Defense, LLC, and
the U.S. Army’s Program
Executive Office for Combat
Service Support marked the
urgent completion and sched-
uled delivery of the first wave
of armored cab units designat-
ed for service with the Afghan
National Security Forces dur-
ing a ribbon cutting ceremony
at the Navistar Defense manu-
facturing facility in West
Point, Miss.
Just two months ago,
Navistar received an order to
retrofit 205 armored cabs onto
Navistar Medium Tactical
Vehicles (MTVs), which are
based on the International®
WorkStar® platform. The $23
million award involves replac-
ing the current commercial cab
with a specially designed
armored cab— providing sav-
ings by re-using the original
components of the MTV. The
armored solution will protect
the Afghan National Army
(ANA) and Afghan National
Police (ANP) from ballistic and
blast threats in the theater of
operations. The order also
includes enhancing additional
vehicle elements for improved
survivability to provide Afghan
National Security Forces with
the capability to conduct route
clearance missions with mine
roller applications.
“Today we are celebrating
the rapid manufacturing and
delivery of armored cabs that
will assist in the transition of
our security mission and facili-
tate the withdrawal of U.S.
forces while protecting the
Afghan National Security
Forces,” said Bob Walsh, vice
president and general manager,
Navistar Defense.
“This improvement is tre-
mendously important to our
Afghan allies,” said Colonel
William Boruff, U.S. Army
project manager for
Transportation Systems. “This
solution provides a robust route
clearance capability for
Afghan personnel, improving
their safety each and every
The Navistar MTV is an
extremely flexible platform
that is already in service in
Afghanistan in a variety of key
missions including general
troop transport, water tankers,
fuel trucks, recovery vehicles
and cargo trucks. Since 2004,
Navistar has provided nearly
9,000 MTVs to the ANA and
ANP. There are another 14,000
Navistar MTVs in service with
military units around the
Deliveries of the vehicles
will continue through July.
Bryan Davis
Henry Clay Hotel Director Dee Mathis looks out of a window at
Commerce Street in one of the community’s available rooms.
Navistar delivers urgent order
See ‘Hotel’ page 10
Ken Poole
Poole seeks
Ward 3 post
My heart is filled with joy
and gratitude as I, Ken Poole,
announce my candidacy for the
Board of Selectman, Ward 3.
I was born and raised here in
West Point. I have formed
many meaningful relationships,
and I look to form many more.
Throughout my life I have
enjoyed the pleasures that West
Point has to offer including
owning a business, employ-
ment, home and property own-
ership and voting privileges.
My wife and I have five chil-
dren and just like many of you,
we would like for them to have
the option of returning to West
Point after a college education,
skill training, or any decisions
they make concerning life,
family and career.
West Point deserves to be in
a better position than where we
are now. I believe that some of
our elected officials have for-
gotten about the reason they
were elected to office, which is
to serve and be a voice for the
citizens of West Point. We give
them our support and vote
because we believe they have
the best interest of West Point
at heart. Time after time this
has proven not to be true. Not
only are we behind on jobs and
economic development, but we
are facing tax increases as well.
I am dedicated to serving my
community and giving the peo-
ple of West Point the opportu-
nity to financially support, edu-
cate, and raise their children
here in the city we all call
home. My word that I give to
you as Selectman, Ward 3 is to
work closely and openly with
other elected officials to pro-
mote economic development,
better community relations and
a stronger school district.
Together we will make this a
place that our families can con-
tinue to live and grow for future
The West Point Police
Department has allowed me to
protect and serve my commu-
nity for 12 years. During this
time I received a Purple Heart
and a Medal of Merit as a part
of my committed service to the
city of West Point. Being elect-
ed to the Board of Selectman,
Ward 3 allows me to continue
my service and commitment to
you, the people of West Point,
in a different capacity. I have
been talking with members of
this community to ensure that
everyone’s voice is heard and
concerns are understood. I want
citizens to know that I am your
fellow neighbor and I will
always have an open door poli-
cy. During my time in law
See ‘Poole’ page 8
Bryan Davis
Marguerite Breland looks at her original Buddy Lee Doll which she gave to her son as a birthday
present decades ago.
‘I still sew for my dolls’
Breland’s steady
hands have
built quite a
By Bryan Davis
Daily Times Leader
Some artists paint, others
draw, and there are those who
make pottery and jewelry.
Marguerite Breland builds
and collects dolls.
She is an artist, and she has
been building, collecting and
repairing dolls for decades, all
the while hand-sewing clothes
for her little ones.
“I don’t know how many I
have,” Breland said of her
unique collection. “People ask
me, but I don’t know.”
She has the largest Barbie
Doll, and she is proud to own
the smallest Barbie, which is
tiny enough to fit in the palm of
her steady hand.
Breland will turn 96 on her
next birthday, but the seam-
stress’ hands are sturdy and
ever busy. She says that last
year she sewed her final outfit
for herself, but her dolls will
always get the best handmade
Henry Clay gives community quality retirement option
See ‘Breland’ page 10
Daily Times Leader Page 2 • Sunday, April 21, 2013
May 2, 9*, 16, 23
OCH Educational Facility, Cost: $60
When it comes to nutrition,
the best food for babies is breast
milk. OCH Regional Medical Center’s
prepares you for and examines
the many benefits of
breastfeeding infants.
Pre-register to
(662) 615-3364
by Thursday, April 25.
Our certified lactation
consultant covers topics including:
Common Misconceptions • Nutritional Advantages
Overcoming Nursing Challenges
Breastfeeding while Working
For expectant moms 25+ weeks
with a Certified
Lactation Consultant
*Meeting held in 1st Floor Classroom.
All “Community Announce-
ments” 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. Announce-
ments submitted after noon
will not be published for the
next day’s paper. To submit
announcements, email
• 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
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
• 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@ 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 class-
es are sponsored 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.
• C2C Info
Need work skills to get a job?
EMCC Workforce offers the
Counseling 2 Career program
to assist in gaining work
experience. C2C classes are
available for residents of
Clay, Lowndes, and Noxubee
counties, Monday-Thursday
from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. If you are
18-21, please contact
Sha’Carla Petty at 662-243-
1930 or Chrystal Newman at
662-243-1941 for more infor-
• 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
second Thursday of each
month at 6 p.m. All members
are urged to attend.
• GED classes
Free GED classes at Bryan
Public Library on Tuesday
and Wednesday each week,
4:30 - 7:30. These are spon-
sored by the Adult Basic
Education department of East
MS Community College.
Please call 243- 1985 to regis-
ter for free classes.
• Foster Parenting
Foster and Adoptive Parents
are needed. If you can give
time, space, care and attention
to foster children, maybe you
can qualify to be a foster par-
ent. Caring families in Clay
Co. are needed who have the
interest and ability to be lov-
ing foster parents. For more
information call Karen Ward
at 494-8987.
• Lodge Breakfast
West Point Masonic Lodge
No. 40 will have a breakfast
the frst Saturday of each
month from 5”30-8:30 a.m.
The public is invited.
• REPM Meeting
The Clay County Unit of
Community Calendar
See ‘Calendar’ page 3
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
delivery service, call 494-3322
before 8 a.m. the morning of the
Sunday April 21
• Youth Praise and Worship
Pleasant Ridge M.B. Church is
having a Youth Praise and
Worship Service at 3 p.m. Guest
speaker is the Rev. Oneal
Simmons of Darden Chapel
M.B. Church.
• Usher Program
The New Covenant M. B.
Church Hwy 46 West will be
having their annual usher pro-
gram Sunday April 21st time
2:30 p.m. The guest speaker will
be Minister Mary White Pastor
of Houston Church of Hope,
Houston MS. Everyone is invit-
ed 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
celebration with the Northside
Church Family. The dynamic
speaker for this celebration ser-
vice will be the Rev. Lee Brand,
Pastor of the Bethel M. B.
Church, Starkville. Prior to the
hour of worship, there will be a
116 balloon release. Looking
forward to seeing you there. For
more information, please call
• Church Anniversary
Greenwood M.B. Church is cel-
ebrating their 188th Anniversary
at 3 p.m. Guest speaker is the
Rev. Clyde Knox, associate pas-
tor 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
extended- please come and share
in this celebration with the
Northside Church Family. The
dynamic speaker for this cele-
bration service 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 see-
ing you there. For additional
information, please call (662)
494-5210. The Rev. Orlando R.
Richmond, Sr., Pastor.
• Men in Black Women in
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 hav-
ing 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
( is pre-
paring for the Mississippi Group
Leader Session to be held in
Starkville. She will be at
Northside Christian Church at 4
p.m. for more information call
Saturday April 27
• Usher Appreciation
Union Star M.B. Church is hav-
ing 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 attend.
• 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
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
Third Mt. Olive M.B. Church is
having a Spiritual Enrichment
Revival at 7 p.m. Guest speaker
is the Rev. Donald Anderson of
See ‘Church’ page 3
Yancey to kick of
Faith Baptist Revival
Dr. Rex Yancey, former president of the Mississippi Baptist
Convention and current pastor of First Baptist, Ripley,
Mississippi, will be the guest evangelist at Faith Baptist
Church’s revival services beginning today. Charlie Farrar of
Columbus will direct the music. Revival services
begin Sunday, April 21st, at 10:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., and
will run through Wednesday night, with services beginning
at 7:00. Childcare will be provided. Van pick-up is available
by calling the church office 494-9699. Submitted Photo
Romer S. Carroll
Romer S. Carroll, 85, passed away, on Friday, April 19,
2013 at Hermitage Gardens Nursing Home, in Southaven.
She was born November 3, 1927 in Clay County Mississippi
to the late Myrtle Hodnett and Jesse G. Stafford. Mrs.
Carroll was a Customer Service operator for NAPA of
Memphis. She was of the Baptist faith. Romer S. Carroll,
married Charles Ernest Carroll, Jr. on July 10, 1943, in West
Point, MS he preceded her in death on August 22, 2011.
Funeral services will be Monday, April 22, 2013, 1:00 p.m.
at from the graveside at Palestine Cemetery in Montpelier,
where burial will follow. Calvert Funeral Home of West
Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Patsy Bailey (Jim) of
Southaven, one daughter in law Nancy Carroll of Millington,
TN; five grandchildren; Kelly Copeland, Keith Carroll,
David Carrroll, Tanya Bailey and Chris Bailey and 12 great
grandchildren; one brother, J. J. “Buddy” Stafford of
Greensboro, NC, She was preceded in death by her son
Charles Harold Carroll and her brother, James David
Pallbearers will be Chris Bailey, Jim Bailey, David Carroll,
and Keith Carroll.
Visitation will be at the graveside Monday, April 22, 2013
from 12:45 p.m. until 1:00 p.m.
Friends may leave an online condolence at www.calvertfu-
Jean Clardy
Mrs. Jean Clardy, Age 58 of West Point, Mississippi,
passed away Friday, April 19, 2013 at North MS Medical
Center, West Point, MS Funeral Services are incomplete and
will be announced later.
Daily Times Leader Sunday, April 21, 2013 • Page 3
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continuous love and support during
our loss.
While we are still grieving, we do
draw comfort in knowing that we
buried only his body and that his
soul shall live forever
with Jesus.
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Community Calendar Continued
Church Calendar Continued
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.
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 pro-
spective 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.
April and May
Declutter for a Cause
As you spring clean, donate
items to Oak Hill Academy for
the upcoming giant yard sale.
Drop off items on all Fridays
in April and May 3,10 & 17
from 12:00 to 4:00 PM at the
OHA Band Hall building.
Furniture, Holiday items, Baby
items, Toys, Lamps, Household
items, etc. NO CLOTHES
Proceed will go toward updat-
ing our security on campus.
Call 295-0461 or 574-5959 for
more information.
Thursday, April 4-25
• Childbirth Class
North Mississippi Medical
Center-West Point will offer a
prepared childbirth class for
expectant parents from 6:30-
8:30 p.m. Thursdays, April
Instructors cover a wide vari-
ety of topics including relax-
ation techniques, prenatal care,
labor and delivery, pain relief
measures, breast-feeding and
infant care. The fee is $35.
To register or for more infor-
mation, call (662) 495-2292 or
1-800-THE DESK (1-800-843-
Saturday, April 20
• Book Sale
Friends of the Library are
having their annual Spring
Book Sale at the Bryan Public
Library with all proceeds
going to the Summer Reading
Program for the children of
West Point and Clay County.
Books are $2 and $1, the sale
is during regular library hours.
Sunday, April 21
• Columbus Choral Society
“Sweet ‘n Sassy”, a free cho-
ral music concert by the
Columbus Choral Society and
sponsored by the West Point/
Clay County Arts Council,
will begin at 3pm in the sanc-
tuary of the First Presbyterian
Church, with a reception to
follow in the fellowship hall.
For more information contact
Tuesday, April 23 &
• Pre K and Kindergarten
Pre K registration will be
April 23 from 3-6 p.m. at the
Catherine Bryan campus.
Kindergarten registration will
be April 25 from 3 - 6 p.m. at
East Side Kindergarten.
Thursday, April 25
• Oak Hill Student Play
Students at Oak Hill Academy
will perform the play “Nana’s
Naughtly Knickers” by
Katherine DiSavion Thursday,
April 25th and Friday, April
26th at 7 pm in the school
gym. Admission is Adults $8
and Students $5.
• Dad’s Event
Dads are invited to come to
the West Point High School
North Gymnasium on April
25 for Excel by 5’s Dad’s
The purpose of this event is to
provide an opportunity for
Dads of all ages of the West
Point community to come
together for fellowship and
-If they are a teen dad they
can get support from the WP
School District and Excel by 5
to stay in school and graduate
in order to be a stable and
supportive dad for their child/
-To provide Dad Parenting
Tips that encourage and sup-
port them to be the best Dad
they can be
The keynote speaker will be
Mario Willis, Principal of
West Point High School
Fellowship time will include a
“Dunking Dads” B-Ball
Classic 4 on 4, door prizes,
and concession stand
Friday, April 26
• Friday Night Jams
Hosted by the West Point/
Clay County Arts Council, the
Friday Night Jam session will
be from 7-9:30pm at the Parks
and Recreation Building in
Marshall Park. This is a free,
family-friendly event, where
no smoking or alcohol is
allowed, but people are wel-
come to bring refreshments to
share. For more information
contact 494-5678.
Saturday, April 27
• Spring Sing
Free Praise and Worship
Center is sponsoring a Spring
Sing with all proceeds donat-
ed to Sally Kate Winter
Family Services at 6 p.m. at
Community Counseling
Services Gym. Seven differ-
ent groups will be singing.
$10 at the door and children
12 and under free.
Sunday, April 28
• Music in the Park
“Our Children’s Voices” will
feature the Dynasty perfor-
mance group from West Point
High School and the Raider
Rhythm from Oak Hill
Academy . Sponsored by the
West Point/Clay County Arts
Council, this free event will
begin at 3pm. For more infor-
mation contact 494-5678.
• Night Sunday School
The Church House of Refuge
Family Worship center will
have their annual Night
Sunday School April 28, 2013
at 6:00 p.m. The public is
invited to attend.
Monday, April 29
• Degree Conferred
Pheba Masonic Lodge No.
565 will confer an Entered
Apprentice at 7 p.m. The
degree will be conferred at
West Point Masonic Lodge
No. 40. All Entered
Apprentice, Fellowcraft and
Master Masons are urged to
Friday, May 3-4
• Community Clean-up
The West Point/Clay County
Growth Alliance and the City
of West Point will be holding
a City-Wide Recycling Day
on May 3 and a City-Wide
Clean-up Day on May 4.
Saturday, May 4
• NAACP Banquet
The Clay County Unit of the
NAACP is hosting its 39th
annual Freedom Fund
Banquet at 7 p.m. at the M.I.
and College. This years
theme is “Acknowledging the
Challenges Before Us.”
Friday, May 10-11
• Relay for Life
Join the fight against cancer
on May 10 and 11 with Relay
for Life of Clay County.
Events kick off on May 10 at
6 p.m., with a walk for cancer
survivors. There will be a 5K.
Those interested can sign up
at Events
should continue through until
about midnight. For more
i nf or mat i on, vi s i t
During one of the many
semesters I was in college, I
fell into a crowd of musicians.
Without any musical talent
to speak of, I guess I became
an honorary member of all of
the garage bands that were
being formed out of this
They were all members of a
nearly defunct musical frater-
nity that was desperate for
One night I was invited to
an “interest” meeting at one
of the dorms where they
showed an age-old video his-
tory of the brotherhood.
When the lights came back
up, the frat’s leadership was
anxious to see how many of
us were now interested in
“How many of you can play
and instrument,” one leader
A few people raised their
hands, but most stayed down.
“Ok, how many of you
enjoy music,” the next guy
We all slowly lifted our
hands to the air.
“Well, that’s good enough
for me,” the man said.
To make a long story short,
I never did officially join up
with the fraternity, but for
some reason I was taught the
secret handshake, and the
pledges left so much “secret”
material in my dorm room
over the next semester, I kind
of consider myself a member.
This minor event in my life
came to mind when I saw this
year’s class for the Rock and
Roll Hall of Fame.
I’m no Rock expert, but
Bob Dylan, the surviving
Beatles, Bruce Springsteen,
the Rolling Stones and the
Beach Boys have got to be
feeling a little devalued at this
The 2013 class includes
Heart, Rush, Donna Summer,
Randy Newman, Public
Enemy and Albert King.
The message that the HOF
is sending musicians is that if
you’ve ever had a song on the
radio, and
you manage
to outlast you
addi ct i ons ,
stick around
and you’ll
e v e n t u a l l y
cycle into the
Rock and
Roll Hall of
R a n d y
N e w m a n ?
I say this as
a person who
a d mi t t e d l y
has the “Best
of Randy
N e w m a n ”
album on my Ipod.
He’s got a friend in me.
The man had a few good
songs, but Newman is defi-
nitely long on haul and short
on fame.
Halls of Fame are reserved
for the best of the best, and
the sad fact is that no matter
how much attention the Rock
museum needs to bring to
itself each
year, it needs
to consider
a l l o w i n g
some years
to go by
w i t h o u t
a d mi t t i n g
anyone into
what should
be an exclu-
sive club.
The Rock
and Roll
Hall of
Fame could
take some
real pointers
from the
M a j o r
League Baseball Hall of
MLB’s voters elected no
one to their Hall this year, and
it was for a good reason.
There was no one worthy
who qualified.
They could have allowed
Dale Murphy in.
I admit that Murphy did not
have a Babe Ruth-like career,
but he had more hits than
Randy Newman.
I have to take a little time-
out for confession.
I don’t know much about
the other musicians in this
I know enough about Donna
Summer to say that when she
was good, she was good, but
she was not consistently good.
My musical taste is very
limited to a few genres, and it
is limited even further to a
few artists within those
Disco, rap, R&B, and what-
ever the Village People was
never really got to me in a
meaningful way.
I grew up on Simon and
Garfunkel and Jim Croce.
When I was in high school,
I discovered Bob Dylan and
the Beatles, and I never
looked back. In college, I
found John Prine and Kris
The newest thing I have on
my Ipod is Bob Dylan’s son
Jakob Dylan.
So I confess that I’m a bit
of a snob when it comes to
If it grabs me, then it doesn’t
let go, but most music makes
my ears bleed.
There was something about
Randy Newman that did grab
I guess it was his way with
words. His lines are clever,
but I wouldn’t let him sleep in
the kitchen with his feet in the
When standards among
baseball players lowered, the
standards of the HOF voters
never wavered.
It should be the same for
As it stands though, the
class of 2035 should be Katy
Perry, Taylor Swift, Cold
Play, Brad Paisley and the
token oldies act, Richard
Daily Times Leader Page 4 • Sunday, April 21, 2013
OXFORD, (AP) — The
ricin mailed to the president
and a U.S. senator is relatively
easy to make but generally
can’t be used to target a large
number of people, experts say.
A Mississippi man, Paul
Kevin Curtis, 45, has been
charged with mailing letters
laced with the naturally occur-
ring toxin to President Barack
Obama, U.S. Sen. Roger
Wicker and a Mississippi judge.
Curtis has denied making the
ricin and mailing the letters.
The FBI has not yet revealed
details about how the ricin was
made or how lethal it may have
been. It was in a powdered
form inside the envelopes, but
the FBI said no one has been
sickened by it so far. A senate
official said Thursday that the
ricin was not weaponized,
meaning it wasn’t in a form that
could easily enter the body.
More than a dozen officials,
some wearing hazardous mate-
rials suits, were searching the
home Friday where Curtis was
arrested in Corinth, Miss. FBI
spokeswoman Deborah
Madden would not say if
authorities have found ricin or
materials used to make it in
Curtis’ home, and officials
have not provided details about
how Curtis may have either
obtained or made the ricin.
Law enforcement agents
should be able to test the toxin
found in the letters to deter-
mine its potency and purity, as
well as learn what chemicals
may have been used to extract
it from widely available castor
beans, said Murray Cohen, the
founder of the Atlanta-based
Frontline Foundation, which
trains workers on preparedness
and response to bioterrorism
and epidemics. Those chemi-
cals might then be able to be
linked to purchases made by
Curtis or materials found in his
Curtis’ ex-wife has said he
likely didn’t have the know-
how to make ricin, and she did
not know where he would buy
it because he was on disability.
But Cohen said ricin was once
known as “the poor man’s bio-
terrorism” because the seeds
are easy to obtain and the
extraction process is relatively
“Any kid that made it through
high school science lab is more
than equipped to successfully
make a poison out of this stuff.
Any fool can get recipes off the
Internet and figure out how to
do it,” Cohen said.
Those seeds, which look a bit
like coffee beans, are easy to
buy online and are grown
around the world; they are
often used to make medicinal
castor oil, among other things.
However, using the seeds to
make a highly concentrated
form of ricin would require
laboratory equipment and
expertise to extract, said
Raymond Zilinskas, a chemical
and biological weapons expert.
“It’s an elaborate process,”
he said.
Cohen said ricin is not com-
mon because other poisons,
such as anti-freeze, can easily
be bought at a store. And it’s
not a weapon of choice for
mass casualties because it
would need to be eaten or
inhaled to be most deadly.
“You can put this stuff in an
envelope, but how are you
going to get the intended per-
son to inhale or ingest it?”
Cohen said.
Authorities say Curtis sent a
letter that may have contained
ricin to Sadie Holland, a judge
who sentenced him to six
months in jail in an assault case
a decade ago. Holland’s son,
Democratic Rep. Steve
Holland, said Friday that his
80-year-old mother has under-
gone medical tests and had no
signs of poisoning. He said she
had done a “smell test” of the
threatening letter, telling him it
burned her nose a bit.
If swallowed, the poison can
in a matter of days shut down
the liver and other organs,
resulting in death, according to
the federal Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention. If
inhaled, it can cause respiratory
failure, among other symp-
toms. No antidote exists.
The most notable case of
ricin poisoning was in 1978,
when a Bulgarian dissident was
lethally injected with ricin by
an operative of that country’s
secret service.
Meanwhile, Curtis appeared
in federal court Friday after-
noon for a hearing in Oxford,
Miss. He was ushered into the
courtroom in an orange jail
jumpsuit and shackles. He
turned to face his adult daugh-
ter in the audience before the
hearing and whispered, “I
didn’t do it.”
In court documents, Curtis’
attorney, Christi McCoy, gave
some details of Curtis’ arrest.
Curtis had gone to get his mail
outside his home and was plan-
ning to go to his ex-wife’s
home to cook dinner for her
and their children when he was
approached by officers in
SWAT gear, she wrote. He was
then interrogated at an FBI
office for several hours, hand-
cuffed and chained to a chair.
Curtis cooperated to the best
of his ability, but when he sug-
gested he might need a lawyer,
an agent discouraged that,
McCoy wrote.
Under questioning by Curtis’
attorney, FBI Agent Brandon
M. Grant testified Friday that
he could not say whether ricin
had been found in Curtis’ home
and stressed that he did not
know what may have been
found as the hearing approached
two hours. He did say that
investigators found a package
they were interested in, but he
did not know what was in it.
Prosecutors had wanted to
delay the hearing because
searches of Curtis home and
car had not been completed and
DNA and other tests are pend-
ing, the judge allowed it to go
Grant testified that there was
one fingerprint on the letter
sent to the judge, but that it
didn’t match Curtis. He said
several people handled the let-
ter, and DNA and other tests are
Grant said authorities were
still trying to determine wheth-
er there were any co-conspira-
tors, but Curtis is the main
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AP Photo
Armed federal agents wearing hazardous material suits and breathing apparatus make their way to the West Hills Subdivision home
of Paul Kevin Curtis in Corinth, Miss., Thursday evening April 18, 2013. Law enforcement offcials blocked off the dwelling after taking
Curtis into custody under the suspicion of sending letters covered in ricin to the U.S. President Barack Obama and U.S. Sen. Roger
Wicker, R-Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
The bar has been lowered
Bryan Davis
Managing Editor
the third year in a row, the
nation’s economic recovery has
hit a springtime soft spot.
Reflecting that weakness, only 1
in 4 Americans now expects his
or her own financial situation to
improve over the next year, a
new Associated Press-GfK poll
The sour mood is undermining
support for President Barack
Obama’s economic stewardship
and for government in general.
The poll shows that just 46
percent of Americans approve of
Obama’s handling of the econo-
my while 52 percent disapprove.
That’s a negative turn from an
even split last September —
ahead of Obama’s November re-
election victory — when 49 per-
cent approved and 48 percent
Just 7 percent of Americans
said they trust the government in
Washington to do what is right
“just about always,” the AP-GfK
poll found. Fourteen percent trust
it “most” of the time and two-
thirds trust the federal govern-
ment just “some of the time”; 11
percent say they never do.
The downbeat public attitudes
registered in the survey coincide
with several dour economic
reports showing recent slow-
downs in gains in hiring, con-
sumer retail spending, manufac-
turing activity and economic
growth. Automatic government
spending cuts, which are starting
to kick in, also may be contribut-
ing to the current sluggishness
and increased wariness on the
part of both shoppers and
Overall, 25 percent of those in
the poll describe the nation’s
economy as good, 59 percent as
poor — similar to a January
AP-GfK poll.
Respondents split on whether
this was a “good time” to make
major purchases such as furni-
ture and electronic devices, with
31 percent agreeing it was, 38
percent calling it a “bad time”
and 25 percent remaining neu-
The economy’s recovery from
the severe 2007-2009 recession
has been slow and uneven. Even
so, most economic forecasts see
continued economic growth
ahead, even if it is sluggish and
accompanied by only slowly
improving levels of joblessness.
Another recession in the near
future is not being forecast.
In the new poll, few say they
saw much improvement in the
economy in the last month. Just
21 percent say things have gotten
better, 17 percent say they’ve
gotten worse and 60 percent
thought the economy “stayed
about the same.” And the public
is split on whether things will get
better anytime soon, with 31 per-
cent saying the national economy
will improve in the next year, 33
percent saying it will hold steady
and 33 percent saying it will get
worse. Further, about 4 in 10
expect the nation’s unemploy-
ment rate to climb in the next
And the public’s outlook for
its own financial future is at its
worst point in three years. Just 26
percent think their household
economic well-being will
improve over the next year, 50
percent think it will stay the
same and 22 percent expect it to
About 27 percent of those with
Poll: Pessimism about
economy growing
See ‘Economy’ page 8
By Donna Summerall
Daily Times Leader
For Debbie Hinshaw, Relay
for Life means more than just
another fundraiser for a worthy
cause, it means money for
research for a disease she takes
very personally.
She is a cancer survivor.
“One morning I got the
phone call from my doctor that
no one ever wants to get,” stat-
ed Hinshaw to the Civitan Club
of West Point this week. “One
of my tests did not come back
negative. I had cancer. I was
lucky enough to catch it early.
I’m three years cancer free. I
am thankful everyday for the
American Cancer Society and
their dedication to research and
to one day finding a cure.”
She went on to explain to the
Civitans how far research has
In the 60’s there were cobalt
radiation treatments. Life
expectancy was very low and
the treatments themselves were
extremely unpleasant with little
hope for recovery. You had to
travel to Dallas, Memphis and
farther for treatment. Thanks to
the American Cancer Society,
research into new and innova-
tive treatments has raised life
expectancy. Many people today
survive and thrive thanks to
money raised by Relay for Life
and other groups who are dedi-
cated to finding a cure for can-
The West Point/Clay County
Relay for Life is changing its
venue this year. Friday, May
10, it will be held at the Mossy
Oak Outlet. Hinshaw would
love to see the entire commu-
nity come out and show sup-
port for cancer survivors,
remember those who lost their
battle and enjoy the activities
and entertainment that have
come to be part of Relay for
“We will have the 5K run,
the Survivors Walk, children’s
choirs and other singing groups,
of course our Luminary
Ceremony,” explained
Hinshaw. “We would love to
involve churches, school class-
es and groups to help raise
money. So far we haven’t had
any contestants for our
Womanless Beauty Pageant.
We want to invite high school
guys, men’s groups, any men
who will put on dress to help us
in our fight against cancer to
come out. It’s a lot of fun and it
does so much good.”
The Delta Sigma Theta
Sorority Inc., will be selling
cobblers, East Side
Kindergarten and Pre K will
have ice cream for sale. Other
groups will have food and
drinks for sale to benefit Relay
for Life.
Cancer touches us all, regard-
less of race, age, who we are or
where we live. If you would
like to help or need more infor-
mation about Relay for Life
call Debbie Hinshaw 662-312-
9836. If you would like to pur-
chase a $10 luminary in honor
of a survivor or in memory of a
loved one contact Judy
Ashmore 662-495-2300.
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Summerall: A picture is worth...
I was thinking some more
about taking pictures of our
children especially when they
are babies. There is nothing
they can do that you don’t think
is amazing. When they first
arrive, you are overcome with
delight at every breath this tiny
little person takes. You feel you
must chronicle their every min-
ute and every movement. So
you do. Little knowing that you
are not only taking photos that
you and your family can go
back through and remember,
you are building up blackmail
for when they start dating. Oh
You only thought you took
those pictures of your baby in
the tub, or lying on a soft rug
with nothing on but a smile
because he was soooo cute.
Nahhh! That’s the ones you
threaten to show to their newest
boyfriend of girlfriend.
Teenagers can literally die of
shame. It is a wonderful weap-
on. I wonder what parents did
before the 20th century and
modern photography? Oh yeah,
back then you could still take
them to the woodshed. You
didn’t have to resort of black-
mail. But it is
very effec-
tive. We
h a v e n ’ t
pulled out the
really good
ones yet. Just
the ones that
make them
hide their
face and
groan. The
baby pictures
that will make
them cry
we’re saving
for when they
get engaged.
When they
wonder why
you are tor-
turing them
this way,
remember the
s l e e p l e s s
nights, the
endless diaper
c h a n g i n g ,
being thrown
up on and
w o r s e .
Revenge is a
dish best
served cold.
Now we have digital imaging
programs. You can make that
potty training photo poster size
if you want or add a naughty
caption. I took digital imaging
classes at MUW while I was a
stay at home mom. I learned
some wonderful things and I
highly recommend PhotoShop
or Paint Shop Pro. You will be
amazed at what you can do
with and to old photos. It’s
almost as good as threatening
to take away their phone, and
way more fun.
And you can make copies of
those photos. Lots and lots of
So you new parents out there
who think that video is the only
way to go, take some digital
snapshots too. Make hard cop-
ies of them. Send them to all
the relatives, especially the
grandparents and great-grand-
parents who haven’t embraced
the digital revolution. They will
really appreciate your thought-
fulness. Put away a few of the
really cute ones. They might
come in handy in about 16
years. I guarantee it.
Donna Summerall
Lifestyles Reporter
Donna Summerall
Debbie Hinshaw speaks to the Civitans about Relay For Life com-
ing in May.
Join the fght against cancer on May 10
Cedric and Charlotte
Hamilton and Finis Matthews
Jr., of West Point, are pleased
to announce the engagement
and forthcoming marriage of
their daughter, Monique K.
Matthews, to Shedrick D.
Bradshaw, son of Dianna Carr
and Mr. and Mrs. Charlie
Bradshaw of West Point.
The bride-elect is the
granddaughter of Mary Helen
and Finis Matthews Sr., and
the late Ben and Cornelia
She was a 2000 graduate of
West Point High School, and
continued her education at
East Mississippi Community
She is currently employed
with Dugan Memorial Home
and has been in Nursing for
11 years.
The prospective groom is
the grandson of Mary Lee
Carr and the late Fluid Carr
and Charlie Bradshaw and the
late Mary Bradshaw.
He was a 1992 graduate of
West Point High School.
He has been employed
with Badcock and Wilcox for
15 years as a welder.
Wedding vows will be
exchanged Saturday, April 27,
2013, at U.F.C.W. Union Hall
at 4 p.m.
Family and friends are cor-
dially invited to share in this
joyous occasion.
Bradshaw to wed
Lauren Billington, Jessi
Cole, Taylor Harris, John
Wesley Williamson and Palmer
White enjoyed a Senior Swing
Dance Party, March 28, with
their friends and parents at the
American Legion in West
Point. Guests entered through
an arbor of lights, stars and
records. Dance instructors
Steve and Freida Burt guided
everyone in East Coast and
Country Swing Dances and
popular line dances.
A fountain of chocolate
enticed guests to dip cookie
pops, fresh fruit, marshmallows
and an array of bite-sized mor-
sels. The food table, decorated
with top hats, stars and tinsel,
was spread with savory meat-
balls, sausage balls, pizza bites,
sausage rolls, queso and chips.
Bottles of water were adorned
with Senior Swing 2013 labels.
Framed photos were given
as favors at the conclusion of
the evening. Hostesses present-
ed the honorees with monetary
Hostesses for the party were,
Mary Ann Berry, Gina Brewer,
Missy Brown, Melanie Busby,
Nikki Holton, Keena Kaiser,
Donna Ross, Claire Spradling,
Thea Kay Tribble, Ginger
Weimer, Angela White and Kay
OHA seniors feted with senior party
You are cordially invited to the
West Point School District
Dropout Prevention Kick-Off Campaign
“Destination: Graduation”
Thursday, May 2, 2013
6:00 P.M.
West Point High School North
Please R.S.V.P. by April 26, 2013 at 494-4364
• 1 in 3 students are not graduating from high school.
• High school graduates earn $9,245 more per year than high school
• 60% of high school dropouts are unemployed while 60% of high
school graduates are employed.
• As early as 6th grade, missing 18+ days of school in a year predicts
that a student will drop out of high school.
Daily Times Leader Page 6 • Sunday, April 21, 2013
Kathy Kenne Cindy Hodo
Special to the
Daily Times Leader
West Point, – Marketing
today can take many shapes,
yet one advertising agency has
found a niche in sports.
Whether promoting a sporting
event, sponsoring a team,
advertising during a sports
broadcast or utilizing a sports-
related campaign theme, Quest
Group has capitalized on our
country’s sports obsession
since the agency opened its
doors in 1995.
Quest Group is a full service
advertising, public relations
and special events firm.
Headquartered in West Point,
MS, the company has grown to
include locations in Jackson,
MS, and Birmingham, AL – all
areas that happen to be near
major universities and their
teams. About 50 percent of
Quest’s work is sports related.
The experts at Quest Group
believe sports marketing is
good common ground on which
business clients can build rela-
tionships with their respective
“Sports in some fashion is an
area of interest to most people
– whether they follow a favor-
ite team or just like to stay fit,”
observes partner Cindy Hodo,
who holds a graduate degree in
sports marketing. “Because it’s
enjoyable and appeals to a
friendly sense of competition, it
creates good feelings.
Capitalizing on those feelings
and associating a company or
product with them just makes
An area where Quest Group
has had years of experience is
in aiding clients in negotiating
and fulfilling their sponsor-
ships for Southeastern
Conference universities. For
example, the agency worked
with Bryan Foods on its spon-
sorship negotiations and fulfill-
ment when its product became
the official hot dog for the ath-
letic programs at the University
of Alabama, Auburn University
and Mississippi State
University. These sponsorships
included, among other things,
managing the head coaches’
endorsements for Bryan.
Other clients have contracts
with the Southeastern
Conference itself. A recent
project was the development of
a television commercial for
Golden Flake Snack Foods
highlighting the company’s
long-standing support of the
“We chose to work with
Quest Group because of their
experience with SEC universi-
ties, particularly as it related to
food sponsorships,” says Julie
McLaughlin, marketing direc-
tor for Golden Flake. “We are
very pleased with the SEC
sponsorship commercial they
produced and have now con-
tracted with them to produce an
image ad for us that is not
sports related.”
Sometimes Quest Group’s
work includes projects for
sports organizations them-
selves. For example, projects
for Mississippi State University
and The Citadel have included
ticket sales brochures, fund-
raising campaign materials and
radio commercials.
Another client, Old Waverly
Golf Club in West Point, and
Quest Group have collaborated
on a number of projects, the
most well known of which was
the 1999 U.S. Women’s Open
Championship. Quest was
asked to manage all the enter-
tainment for players, guests,
sponsors and fans during the
week. The agency coordinated
celebrity appearances at the
tournament to increase ticket
sales among non-golfers. They
also planned a players’ recep-
tion at a nearby antebellum
home, produced a concert by
Vince Gill and Patty Loveless,
and staged a block party in
downtown West Point featuring
local and national bands and a
Mississippi catfish fry. Old
Waverly still boasts the second
largest attendance at any U.S.
Women’s Open in history with
126,000 fans.
Quest’s success in sports
marketing is a natural cross-
over with its event-production
“Our events have run the
gamut from golf and tennis
tournaments to shooting sports
and even bull riding,” laughs
partner Kathy Kenne, who
heads the company’s events
department. “We stage corpo-
rate grand openings, perform-
ing arts exhibitions, even air
shows, but so many times it
circles back around to sports.”
Another company that has
taken notice of Quest’s exper-
tise is Calhoun Apparel, a
Calhoun City, MS-based cloth-
ing manufacturer. The compa-
ny turned to Quest Group to
produce a more efficient meth-
od of communicating with their
customers who needed custom
sports uniforms. Quest was
asked to create an interactive
online “uniform builder” that
would allow coaches to cus-
tomize the uniforms they want-
“The uniform builder
designed by Quest Group expe-
dites our custom sports uniform
sales process,” explains
Brandon Lee, vice president of
Calhoun Apparel. “The interac-
tive builder saves production
time, which is critical during
peak seasons.”
Other Quest Group clients
have used sports themes in
advertisements to promote their
products – a racecar theme for
a credit union, a yachtsman for
an insurance company and a
track coach for an ophthalmol-
“We really are very diverse
in what we offer,” shares Hodo.
“Since we’ve worked from
every angle, we have an under-
standing of what any client
needs to gain from his or her
marketing. Our desire is sim-
ply to create the best way for
our clients to connect with their
customers effectively.”
For more information visit
Quest Group fnds niche in sports marketing
Carson James Prewitt debuts
Mark and Lindsey Prewitt of Actworth, Georgia, are proud to announce the birth of their
son, Carson James Prewitt, March 22, 2013, at Northside Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, at
8:01 p.m. He weighed 8 pounds, 7 ounces and was 20 inches long.
Maternal grandparents are Lt. Col. Rebecca Gober of San Antonio, Texas, and Mr. and
Mrs. Jerry Shurley of Harrah, Oklahoma.
Paternal grandparents are Yevonne S. Prewitt of West Point, and Mr. and Mrs. Gray Prewitt
of Fairhope, Alabama.
Great-grandmother is Mrs. Ferrell Honnoll Stapp of West Point.
Welcoming Carson home is big brother Grayson, age 2.
Natalia Prewitt
is born
Scott and Rosanna Prewitt of
Pelham, Alabama, are proud
to announce the birth of
their daughter, Natalia Rose
Prewill, November 21, 2012,
at St. Vincents Hospital in
Birmingham, Alabama, at
9:36 p.m. She weighed 7
pounds, 13 ounces and was
20 inches long.
Maternal grandpar-
ents are Mr. and Mrs. Robert
Pate of Coker, Alabama.
Paternal grandpar-
ents are, Yevonne S. Prewitt
of West Point, and Mr. and
Mrs. Gray Prewitt of
Fairhope, Alabama.
is Mrs. Ferrell Honnoll Stapp
of West Point.
Welcoming their
baby sister home is Kailyn
age 6 and Avery age 4.
The mother is the
former Rosanna Pate of
Coker, Alabama.
Quinn takes
gold in dance
Nia Symone Quinn, an 11
year old sixth grade honor
student at Central School,
won Gold and Special
Judges Award at Celebration
Talent dance competition in
Chattanooga, Tennessee,
April 13-14. Quinn had pre-
viously won Gold in Star
Systems Competition in
Mobile, Alabama in
February. She is a dance stu-
dent at the Academy of
Competitive and Performing
Arts of Starkville. Quinn is
the daughter of Andre and
Tavita Quinn. Submitted
The West Point Home and
Garden Club held it’s annual
Spring Luncheon recently at
the home of Laura Stewart
on Broad Street. Tables were
decorated with lovely spring
flowers and delicious food
was prepared by members.
Stewart is pictured with co-
hostess Melanie Busby.
Submitted Photo
By Will Nations
Daily Times Leader
The Hebron Christian Eagles
had their backs against the
ropes following an 18-0 rout
Tuesday afternoon.
In a win or go home game
two, the Eagles needed any-
thing and everything to fall in
their favor to defeat the top-
ranked Tri-County Academy
Thursday afternoon in Flora.
From the start the Eagles
seemed to have better luck, a
one-out two-run home run by
senior Will-Corben Rogers
gave Hebron an early 2-0 lead
after the top of the first inning.
But the Rebels bats were too
much for the Eagles to handle
as Tri-County knocked out five
home runs and an RBI-single
gave the Rebels all the runs
they needed to defeat the Eagles
After an exciting start to the
game for Hebron, the Eagle
pitching staff had a difficult
time dealing with the Rebel
With the wind blowing out to
left and dead center, the condi-
tions were far from ideal for
any pitching staff. Channing
Tapley, Trey Chism, and Drew
Myatt, braved the conditions
and gave a good effort to calm
the hard hitting Tri-County.
The Hebron pitching staff
combined gave up eight runs
and twelves hits to Tri-County.
In the batter’s box Thursday,
the Eagles found more success
getting the ball into play and
bettering their on base percent-
Unlike the no hit perfor-
mance Tuesday afternoon,
Rogers’ two-run homer in the
first boosted the confidence at
the plate for his teammates.
The Eagles were able to
knock in three hits on afternoon
with Rogers grabbing two and
fellow senior Austin Foster hit-
ting a single during the final
The Eagles concluded their
season with the 8-2 loss to Tri-
County. Hebron will have three
seniors departing this year as
Ryan Moore, Foster, and
Rogers, played in their final
game as a Hebron Eagle.
The Eagles are looking for-
ward the summer as the remain-
ing starters look to improve for
another run at the playoffs.
Daily Times Leader Sunday, April 21, 2013 • Page 7
Hebron team enjoys playof run
The Hebron Christian Eagles after the completion of their 2013 season. First row (left to
right): Will-Corben Rogers, Jessie Moore, Ryan Moore, Collin Moore, Henry Hudson, and
Payton Griffin. Second Row (left to right): Austin Foster, Coach Todd Griffin, Channing
Tapley, Trey Chism, Hayden Carty, Troy Arnold, Drew Myatt, Coach DeWitt Moore, and
Coach Cass Tapley. Photo by Will Nations
End to a good season
Will Nations
Austin Foster connects with the baseball during Hebron’s fnal playoff match against Tri-County on Thursday.
Hebron eliminated from postseason
Will Nations
Payton Griffn awaits a ground-
er during the playoffs.
Will Nations
Troy Arnold gets ready to
smash one on Thursday.
Special to the
Daily Times Leader
Twelve days after defeating
No. 3 Florida on the road, the
Mississippi State softball team
(29-14, 7-9 SEC) made another
national statement, defeating
No. 4 Alabama (38-7, 10-6
SEC), 3-2, Friday night at
Rhoads Stadium. The win
made it the second time in
school history the Bulldogs
defeated the defending national
champion as well as two top-
five teams in the same season
(both 2002).
“Credit a great Alabama
team,” Stuedeman said. “It was
a great ballgame tonight. I
could not be more proud of our
seniors for getting the victory. I
am proud of our team and the
Bulldog Nation.”
Senior left-hander Stephanie
Becker earned the starting
assignment, striking out seven
in five strong innings of work.
The southpaw improved her
overall record to 9-6 in her
final campaign, giving up two
runs (one earned). Junior righty
Alison Owen earned her SEC-
leading fifth save of the season
with two shutout stanzas to end
the game.
“Tip your hat to Stephanie
Becker,” Stuedeman said.
“What a great game she threw.”
Junior Jessica Offutt contin-
ued her torrid pace with a pair
of hits and two RBIs, while
fellow junior Heidi Shape went
1-for-3 with one driven in.
Senior Jessica Cooley (1-for-
3), redshirt sophomore Julia
Echols (1-for-3) and freshman
Kayla Winkfield (0-for-1,
walk) scored the three runs for
the Maroon and White.
State added the game-win-
ning run in the top of the fourth.
Cooley went shopping at the
gap in right field, ending up
underneath the tag of the
Alabama third baseman for her
second career triple. Shape
stepped up to the dish next and
drove in Cooley with a hard-
and-low single up the middle.
Alabama scored its first run
of the game with a solo homer
by cleanup batter Molly
Fichtner in the bottom of the
fourth, and plated its last run of
the game with an RBI single by
Kaila Hunt in the fifth. Hunt,
an All-American, struck out
with the tying run on base to
end the game.
“If we focus on playing in
the moment, we can do special
things,” Stuedeman said.
The Bulldogs, who are riding
a six-game winning streak,
including five straight in the
SEC, return to action Saturday
at Alabama for a 4:30 p.m. first
pitch. Sunday’s 1 p.m. series
finale will broadcast live on
Fox Sports South, with Dave
Neal calling the game and
Cheri Kempf analyzing the
For live in-game updates of
the series, follow the program
on Twitter at @MStateSB. For
pictures, like the team on
Facebook at
MStateSB and visit the team’s
Instagram account at MStateSB.
For pregame and postgame
video, check out MSU’s offi-
cial YouTube channel at
Lady Bulldogs beat another top 5 team
Daily Times Leader Page 8 • Sunday, April 21, 2013
enforcement this open door
policy has served the commu-
nity well in addressing chal-
lenges, concerns, and safety
issues in the community. I have
proven that your concerns are
my concerns.
I am a graduate of West
Point High School. I am also a
graduate of Mississippi Delta
Law Enforcement Training
Academy and Itawamba
Community College EMT
Certification Program. I have
been a certified EMT since
2008 and currently work for
North Mississippi Medical
Center in West Point. I have
worked in several West Point
industries such as Flexible
Flyer, Artex, and Americold
Logistics, which was once
named Freezer Services. I have
been certified to teach martial
arts since 1995, which I have
been doing in the city of West
Point since this certification. I
also worked with the West
Point School District 21st
Century Community Learning
Center after school program
teaching respect, discipline,
hard work and self control
through martial arts.
To this position I will bring a
strong work ethic, dedication, a
community-oriented spirit, a
listening ear and leadership
abilities. It is my priority to put
the citizens of West Point first.
I hope that all that I have to
offer is taken into consideration
as you make your decision for
Selectman, Ward 3.
I have met and visited with
many of you over the past few
weeks and I thank you for wel-
coming me into your homes. I
will continue to visit with many
more of you to kindly ask for
your vote. I am also asking you
to invest your ideas on the
changes you feel the commu-
nity could benefit from the
most. Again I greatly appreci-
ate you taking the time out of
your busy schedules to allow
me to visit with you for a brief
moment. I would be honored to
have your vote for Selectman
Ward 3. I will not disappoint
This is a non-paid politi-
cal announcement. Any
candidate who has quali-
fied to run in the upcoming
municipal elections may
submit a photo and letter
of intent to the Daily Times
and the independence it
needs to operate efficiently,
free from outside influence.
I will work with all elected
officials in harmony and with
respect to create an atmosphere
that will promote progress for
West Point.
Please to the Civic Center on
May 7, 2013, and elect Harmon
A. “Robbie” Robinson as your
next Mayor.
This is a non-paid politi-
cal announcement. Any
candidate who has quali-
fied to run in the upcoming
municipal elections may
submit a photo and letter
of intent to the Daily Times
‘Robinson’ continued from page 1 ‘Poole’ continued from page 1
‘Letters’ continued from page 4
McCoy said the only evi-
dence linking her client to the
mailings are postings online.
She said after the hearing
Friday that she has seen no
hard scientific evidence thus
far. The federal government has
offered no evidence he had
ricin or castor beans in his pos-
session, she said.
McCoy peppered the agent
with questions in an attempt to
show the government had little
hard evidence, but Grant said
lives were at risk and it wasn’t
like a fraud investigation in
which authorities could gather
more evidence before making
an arrest.
Grant testified that Curtis’
family had become increasing-
ly concerned by his behavior.
Grant said Curtis’ ex-wife
told authorities that he fought
with his daughter around
Christmas and told her, “Maybe
I should go ahead and kill you.”
The daughter, 20-year-old
Madison Curtis, said after the
hearing that she loves her father
and stands by him, without
directly addressing the accusa-
Grant also testified that
Curtis’ ex-wife said Curtis once
told her that he was in hostage
situation in Chicago in 1991
after a breaking up with a for-
mer girlfriend. He threatened
suicide and shot a gun in the
air, the agent said.
However, the agent said they
haven’t been able to find a
record of that.
Grant’s testimony ended
Friday evening, but the hearing
is set to continue Monday
Family and acquaintances
have described Curtis as a car-
ing father and enthusiastic
musician who struggled for
years with mental illness and
who was consumed by trying to
publicize his claims of a con-
spiracy to sell body parts on the
black market.
incomes under $50,000 are the
most likely to expect things for
them personally to get worse in
the next year compared with
fewer than 2 in 10 among those
with higher incomes.
Democrats, who typically rate
the economy better under the
present Democratic president
than do Republicans, have
become less optimistic about
their financial prospects since
January. Then, 41 percent of
Democrats thought their finances
would improve in the next year
while only 30 percent feel that
way now.
Obama’s overall job approval
in the poll is at its lowest point
since his re-election, at 50 per-
cent, with 47 percent disapprov-
ing. His approval among
Republicans is just 10 percent;
among independents, 49 percent
But, if it’s any solace to the
president and his supporters,
Congress fared even worse.
Thirty-seven percent approve of
the performance of congressio-
nal Democrats, while 57 percent
disapprove. For congressional
Republicans, 27 percent
approved of their performance
and 67 percent disapproved.
‘Economy’ continued from page 4
Daily Times Leader Sunday, April 21, 2013 • Page 9
Daily Times Leader Page 10 • Sunday, April 21, 2013
threads around.
“I made my last outfit last
year, but I still sew for my
dolls,” Breland said. “I’m
working on one right now. I do
it by hand, with a thread and a
Breland was the director of
the Noxubee County Library
for 20 years. During that time,
she read books on dolls and
doll repair.
“Joe Stevens had an antique
shop, and he brought me pieces
of a doll in a paper bag and put
it on my desk,” Breland
recalled. “I ordered a book on
doll restoration.”
An avid reader, Breland soon
got caught up in the world of
doll collecting. Today, she is an
active member of the National
Doll Restoration Society.
Her curio cabinet is dedicat-
ed entirely to a number of U.S.
Presidents and first ladies. She
says she crafted each one with
the exception of the Kennedy
“Those came as they are,”
she said.
Laying face down on the top
of another cabinet is John
Wayne in a U.S. Army uniform.
“Old John Wayne has been
through a lot,” Breland said.
To the right of the Duke is
perhaps the prize of Breland’s
whole collection.
It is an original Buddy Lee
Doll, the dolls that were used
from the 1920s until the 1960s
to promote Lee Jeans.
“I gave it to my son for his
birthday, and he hated it,”
Breland quipped. “He said ‘you
knew I wanted a bulldozer.”
That’s where the doll got its
only blemish.
“He hit it in the head with a
hammer,” Breland said, point-
ing to the decades old mark
atop Buddy’s noggin.
Lining the walls of Breland’s
home is a miniature rocking
chair collection, and on a shelf
at the end of a hallway is a siz-
able collection of frogs.
Surrounding it all are hun-
dreds of books which have
been read and read again by the
retired librarian.
Breland is an active member
in the Daughters of the
American Revolution and she
is a member of First United
Methodist Church.
library of books, games, and
each room comes with basic
Activities are also set aside
for each resident like Bible
studies and trips.
This past weekend, Henry
Clay residents traveled to
Amory’s Railroad Festival.
On top of being the manager
of the Henry Clay, Mathis has
become close with a number of
residents, including one who
was diagnosed with cancer.
“She was German, and she
could hardly speak English,”
Mathis said. “They were going
to do a biopsy, but she said they
could not do it unless I was in
the room with her.”
Mathis has also taken it upon
herself to track down as many
resources for her residents as
possible, letting them know all
of their medical and retirement
options as she possible can.
Six of the rooms that are
available are $640 per month.
The handicapped room is $670
per month.
For more information on the
Henry Clay Retirement
Community, call 494-1079.
‘Hotel’ continued from page 1
Bryan Davis
The blue-dressed doll to the right was made in the early 20th Century, the oldest in Marguerite
Breland’s collection. Breland estimates that it was made around 1912.
‘ Breland’ continued from page 1
Bryan Davis
Marguerite Breland is also a collector of porcelain frogs and frog
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