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Daily Times Leader
Today’s News . . . Tomorrow’s Trends
Serving West Point & Clay County Since 1867 Sunday, May 12, 2013 50 cents
Inside Online
2: Community
4: Opinion
5: Lifestyles
7: Sports
8: Comics
9: Classifeds
Check out events on the Church and
Community Calendars pages 2,3 and 6
Hebron wraps up Spring Practice
Section B-1
Happy Mother’s Day
page 4
Community Opinion Sports
West Point is on the map
Special to the DTL
West Point has been included on a map being distributed by the Americana Music Association our
of Tennessee which shows the hot spots for tourists interested in exploring the history of Americana.
By Bryan Davis
Daily Times Leader
When Richard Ramsey’s
phone rings, the Howlin’
Wolf Blues Museum Director
never knows who is going to
be on the other end.
Right before last year’s
Howlin’ Wolf festival in
September, Ramsey got a call
from a Tennessee business-
man named Aubrey Preston.
Preston, a Leiper’s Fork,
Tenn. native is working with
the Franklin-based Americana
Music Association in creating
the “Americana Music
This marketing brand,
which will lap over the
already existing Blues Trail,
will extend into fve states,
and Mississippi will be the
“We’re building a global
See ‘Triangle’ page 5
By Sheena Baker
Daily Times Leader
Keeping our campuses safe
is of the utmost importance
to trustees of the West Point
School Board, who will soon
welcome a Clay County
Sheriff Deputy as the school
resource offcer for the West
Point School District.
This past Thursday, the
Clay County Board of
Supervisors entered into an
interlocal agreement with the
West Point School District
after Sheriff Eddie Scott, sev-
eral Clay County board mem-
bers and Board Attorney Bob
Marshall met with representa-
tives from WPSD and talked
about the agreement.
“My concerns were, not
only as the sheriff but for the
board, would we be liable for
anything,” Scott said. “I just
wanted to make sure of what
we were getting into. After
meeting with them I was
pretty well satisfed. What
they proposed to us and what
they asked for, I felt it was
within our scope. I would be
able to maintain control and
know what our person is
He said the deputy, who
will serve as the SRO, will
have specialized juvenile
“It’s needed from what
we’ve seen going on across
the country,” he said. “My
main thing was I wanted to
make sure that who I put out
there is able to do the job and
not get strung out doing
something. My whole deal
and the way law enforcement
looks at it is threat assessment
and being able to deal with
potential threats that come
in. We know we won’t ever
be able to stop it. Anybody
can do something at any
time, but what we want to do
is have certifed people who
can help in case something
does happen.”
West Point Police Chief
Tim Brinkley said he’s thrilled
that the WPSD is moving
towards the use of a SRO but
expressed his concerns about
the partnership between the
city school board and the
“Even though the schools
are within Clay County it
clearly sits within the confnes
of the municipality, so for the
School District to go to the
Sheriff’s Department for its
law enforcement needs –
although it’s nothing wrong
with it – it’s dysfunction at its
fnest,” Brinkley said. “When
a serious issue happens at a
school, because it sits within
the city, by default the Police
Department will be frst
responders. By them partner-
ing with the county, which
would probably have to send
offcers from outside the
county to respond, it puts the
Police Department in a pre-
carious predicament.”
Brinkley said he has not
been informed by school off-
cials of what role, if any, the
Police Department will play
in handling emergency situa-
tions involving the schools.
With little guidance, Brinkley
said he can only assume that
the WPPD will not play any
role in the security of the
“I’m prepared to turn all
issues with the school system
over to the Sheriff’s
Department, which will
hopefully relieve us of any
liability associated with a per-
ceived obligation beyond
what would normally be
expected of a local law
enforcement agency,” he said.
“I wish them well, and I hope
it’s an arrangement that will
work but I’m very con-
Sheriff’s deputy to serve as SRO
Bryan Davis
CREATE Foundation representative Lewis Whitfeld speaks to the
West Point Rotary Club about the “State of Clay County.”
Clay County has
much work to do
By Bryan Davis
Daily Times Leader
It has been just over a
week after the champaign
bottles were popped in cele-
bration of Clay County’s vic-
tory in economic develop-
ment with the announcement
of Yokohama Tire
Corporation coming to town.
There is much to celebrate,
but there is a lot of work to
be done in Clay County in
order to make sure that the
community’s citizens are
equipped with the education
it takes to fll the hundreds of
jobs that will be open in
On Thursday, Mike
Clayborne and Lewis
Whitfeld of the CREATE
Foundation spoke to the
West Point Rotary Club
about some of the issues that
face Clay County in the com-
ing decade.
CREATE is a foundation
that was created to bring
about regional cooperation
by attacking key challenges
that face the Northeast
Mississippi region.
Recently, Lowndes
County was added to the list
of counties served by
CREATE has been look-
ing at economic and educa-
tional conditions in Clay
County for some time.
In terms of jobs and edu-
cation, the county has fallen
behind and continues to lag
in key social and economic
categories that help deter-
mine the economic prosperity
of a community.
“It is hard to build a strong
economy when people are
dropping out of high school,”
Whitfeld said, as he showed
educational data from Clay,
one of the 17 counties served
by his foundation.
Clay County currently lags
behind the national average
of Median Household Income
by nearly $20,000. Clay is
behind the state average by
around $6,000.
Whitfeld and Clayborne
emphasize that education is
the key to overcoming this
large economic gap that exists
between Clay, Mississippi
and the rest of the nation.
“We have spent the last six
years focusing on education,
because we believe that edu-
cation is the key to economic
prosperity,” Whitfeld said.
A 21st Century industry
like Yokohama is not only
looking for high school grad-
uates to fll their positions,
but they will be looking to fll
jobs that require advanced
technical training.
West Point’s graduation
rates have been projected to
improve this school year, but
the high school has had as
See ‘CREATE’ page 5
See ‘SRO’ page 6
Northside hosting golf tournament
Northside Christian Church will be hosting its Golf Classic Tournament on
May 18, starting at 8 a.m. The four-man scramble will have an entry fee of $65
per person. The tournament will beneft programs sponsored by the church.
Above, Marion McClenton takes a swing on the course. Contact McClenton at
549-2437 for more information. Photo by Bryan Davis
Bid process
waived for
Yokohama water
line installation
By Sheena Baker
Daily Times Leader
The last thing the Clay
County Board of Supervisors
want to do is delay the pro-
cess of bringing Yokohama
Tire Corporation to West
Point. That’s why the board
made a unanimous move
Thursday regarding a tempo-
rary water line that the com-
pany will soon be in need of.
Board Attorney Bob
Marshall said Thursday that
the most immediate obliga-
tion the board has in regards
to Yokohama is giving
approval for Calvert Spradling
Engineers to install the tem-
porary water line and meter
along Cosby Corner Road
near the site. But in order to
get this work completed by
the August 1 deadline, the
board had to decide whether
to go through a 30-day bid-
ding process, which may have
delayed the process, or waive
the bidding process.
“There were concerns that
See ‘Water’ page 6
Daily Times Leader Page A-2 • Sunday, May 12, 2013
To the Voters of Ward 3
Words cannot express how much I appreciate
the votes you gave me on Tuesday. I need you to
STICK WITH ME ON MAY 21 and come out to
vote one more time.
Also, congratulations to KEN POOLE for running
a strong and meaningful compaign. I know he had
the best interest of West Point at heart.
Jimmy Clark
needs you
one more time.
On May 21
Elect Jimmy Clark
Selectman, Ward 3
Paid for by the concerned voters in Ward 3.
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All “Community Announcements”
are published as a community ser-
vice on a frst-come, frst-served
basis and as space allows. An-
nouncements must be 60 words
or less, written in complete sen-
tences and submitted in writing
at least fve days prior to the re-
quested dates of publication. No
announcements will be taken over
the telephone. Announcements
submitted after noon will not be
published for the next day’s paper.
To submit announcements, email
u Civitan meetings —
The West Point Civitan
Club meets on the first and
third Wednesdays of each
month at noon in the
Training Room of NMMC-
West Point. All interested
persons are cordially invited
to attend.
u City Board Meetings
— The City Board of West
Point holds its meetings the
second Tuesday of each
month at City Hall at 5:30
p.m. Work Sessions are held
every Thursday prior to the
board meeting at City Hall
at 5:30 p.m.
u Compassionate
Friends — Families who
have experienced the death
of a child are invited to
attend The Compassionate
Friends meeting at 6:30
p.m. the second Tuesday
of each month, at North
Mississippi Medical
Center-West Point, 835
Medical Center Drive. The
mi ssi on of The
Compassionate Friends is
to assist families toward
resolving grief following
the death of a child of any
age and to help others be
supportive. Bereaved par-
ents, siblings, grandpar-
ents and immediate family
members are welcome to
attend. For more informa-
tion, call Michele Rowe,
director of Social Services
at NMMC-West Point, at
(662) 495-2337.
u American Legion
Meeting — American
Legion Post 212 will meet
every third Sunday of the
month at 3 p.m. at their
headquarters on Morrow St.
All members are urged to
u AARP Meeting —
The Clay County AARP will
meet every third Thursday,
at 5:30 p.m. at the Henry
Clay Retirement Center. All
members and those interest-
ed in AARP are urged to
attend. For more informa-
tion call Ella Seay 494-8323
or Dorothy Landon 494-
u Basic Skills Class —
Free Basic Skills class at the
EMCC West Point Center,
Hwy. 45 North, Monday
thru Thursday each week,
11:30-1:30 p.m. The Basic
Skills class will prepare you
to take the WorkKeys test
and receive a Career
Readiness Certificate.
WorkKeys® is a job skills
assessment that helps
employers select, hire, train,
develop, and retain a high-
performance workforce.
These classes are sponsored
by EMCC Workforce
Services. Please call Mitzi
Thompson at 243-2647, to
register for free classes.
u WPHS Class of 2003
Reunion — The website for
the class reunion for the
WPHS Class of 2003, 10
year reunion has been creat-
ed. Please visit http://www.
Mississippi-2003 to view it.
Sign up for the site by search-
ing for your name under the
classmate profle tab and cre-
ating a profle. Create your
profle and you will be grant-
ed access to the site by a
member of the planning
committee. Please allow up
to 24 hours for a member of
the planning committee to
verify your identity as the
content is password protect-
ed. The reunion will be in
West Point May 31-June 2.
u The Academy of
Performing Arts — located
at the North Mississipppi
Medical Center-West Point
Wellness Canter is now
enrolling for the fall session.
Classes begin August 13 in
ballet, tap, hip hop, jazz,
lyrical, tumbling, musical
theatre and voice. Semester
will run for four months and
culminate with a Christmas
recital in December. For
more information, email or call
(662) 494-1113.
u Welding and
Carpentry Classes —
EMCC Workforce Services
is offering Welding and
Carpentry classes two nights
a week from 5 – 9 p.m.
Please contact Mitzi
Thompson at 243-2647.
u Grief Support Group
— Christ United Methodist
Church is providing support
for grieving families with a
Grief Support Group who
will meet Mondays at 6:30
u GED Classes —
EMCC West Point Center,
if offering free GED classes
at EMCC West Point
Center, Monday thru
Thursday, from 8 am – 1:30
p.m. These classes are spon-
sored by the Adult Basic
Education department of
East MS Community
College. Please contact
Cynthia McCrary or Jessica
Flynt at 492-8857 for addi-
tional information.
u C2C Info — Need
work skills to get a job?
EMCC Workforce offers the
Counseling 2 Career pro-
gram to assist in gaining
work experience. C2C class-
es 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 informa-
u Animal shelter help
— The West Point Clay
County Animal shelter needs
foster families for several
puppies who have been
selected to go on the next
Homeward Bound rescue.
You would need to keep the
pup for two weeks, until the
day of transport. If you are
interested, please call the
shelter at 524-4430.
u Ladies Auxiliary —
The American Legion Post
212 Ladies Auxiliary meet
the second Thursday of each
month at 6 p.m. All mem-
bers are urged to attend.
u GED classes — Free
GED classes at Bryan Public
Library on Tuesday and
Wednesday each week, 4:30
- 7:30. These are sponsored
by the Adult Basic Education
department of East MS
Community College. Please
call 243- 1985 to register for
free classes.
u Foster Parenting —
Foster and Adoptive Parents
are needed. If you can give
time, space, care and atten-
tion to foster children,
maybe you can qualify to be
a foster parent. Caring fami-
lies in Clay Co. are needed
who have the interest and
ability to be loving foster
parents. For more informa-
tion call Karen Ward at 494-
u Lodge Breakfast —
West Point Masonic Lodge
No. 40 will have a breakfast
the frst Saturday of each
month from 5”30-8:30 a.m.
The public is invited.
u REPM Meeting —
The Clay County Unit of
Retired Education Personnel
of Mississippi, will meet at 2
p.m. in the Esther Pippen
Meeting Room of the Bryan
Public Library. J.W.
Chrestman from Alert
Guardian will be guest
speaker. All members and
prospective members are
invited to attend.
Membership in REPM is
open to all retired persons
from the Mississippi schools.
For more information call
President Ella Seay 494-
8323 or Vice President
Robbie Bryant 494-4129.
April and May
u 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
ACCEPTED!!! Proceed will
go toward updating our
security on campus. Call
295-0461 or 574-5959 for
more information.
Saturday, May 11
u Green Wave Sports
Banquet — The West Point
Green Wave Booster Club
will hold its annual Sports
Banquet on May 11, at the
West Point Civic at 6 p.m.
Tickets are $3 for athletes
and $7 for all other attend-
Tickets may be purchased
by calling Paulette at 662-
524-0191, Denita at 662-
295-1788 or Tammy at
Those wishing to buy
tickets can also go to Image
Makers to make the pur-
Tuesday, May 14
u REPM Meeting —
The Clay County Unit of
the Retired Educational
Personnel of Mississippi
will meet at 2 p.m. in the
Esther Pippen Meeting
Room at the Bryan Public
Library. Guest speaker is
Mary Helen Waggoner to
inform on services avail-
able at the library.
Members and prospective
members are urged to
attend. For more infor-
mation on REPM contact
President Ella Seay 494-
8323 or Vice President
Robbie Bryant 494-4129.
u ARC Meeting — The
ARC of Clay County will
hold it’s annual meeting at
the Catherine Bryan School
Cafeteria at 5 p.m. This
meeting is for all members
and people interested in
Saturday, May 18
u Golf Tournament-
Northside Christian
Church will be hosting
its Golf Classic
Tournament on May 18,
starting at 8 a.m. The
four-man scramble will
have an entry fee of $65
per person. The fee
includes the 7:30 conti-
nental breakfast, lunch
and prizes. Cash prizes
are $200 for frst place,
$150 for second place
and $100 for third place.
For registration and
information, contact
Northside Christian
Ch u r c h a t
net. Also contact Marion
McClenton at 662-549-
2437 or Dorothy Ryland
at 662-524-0289. The
tournament will take
place at the MSU Golf
Course at 1520 Old
Highway 182 East,
Friday, May 31
u Vidalia Onion
Fundraiser — The West
Point Civitan Luncheon
Club are selling Vidalia
Onions 10 pounds for $10.
Don’t miss out on these deli-
cious onions and help the
Civitans continue their work
in our community.
Community Calendar
ChurCh Calendar
All “Church Announcements” are published as a com-
munity 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 announcements will be taken over the
telephone. Announcements submitted after noon will
not be published for the next day’s paper. To submit an-
nouncements, email
u Feed the Hungry — Holy Temple
Holiness Church Women’s Ministries deliver
meals to Feed the Hungry the second
Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. If you or
someone you know is elderly or shut-in, and
could benefit from this free delivery service,
call 494-3322 before 8 a.m. the morning of
the deliveries..
Sunday, May 12
u Mother’s Day Program — New Hope
M.B. Church would like to invite everyone
to their Mother’s Day Program at 8 a.m.
Guest speaker is Minister Emmanuel Moore
of Cornerstone Christian Church.
Sunday, May 19
u Church Anniversary — The Church
House of Refuge Family Worship Center
will be celebrating their 11th Church
Anniversary on Sunday May 19, 2013 at 4
p.m. The guest speaker will be Pastor Donald
Wesley of Mt. Pisgah Tibbee. The public is
u Pre-Memorial Program — Gospel
Temple M.B. Church will hold its Annual
Pre-Memorial Program on Sunday, May 19
at 3 p.m. Pastor Terry Butler will be the
guest speaker. Butler is Pastor of The Refuge
Church in West Point. The program’s theme
is “Still Leaning on the Everlasting Arms.”
u MayDay Celebration — Northside
Christian Church is having a Mayday
Celebration, honoring and celebrating
“GENERATIONS”! at 3 p.m. Guest Speaker
is the Rev. Dr. Ethel Young-Minor, Associate
Professor of English and African American
Studies at the University of Mississippi (Ole
Miss). Please come and share in this celebra-
tion service. For more information, please call
(662) 494-5210.
Sunday, May 26
u Church Anniversary — Come rejoice
with Cornerstone Christian Church Ministries
as we celebrate our 8th Year Church Anniversary
at 3 p.m. This year’s theme is “Still Standing in
God” Matthew 16:18. Pastor Michael Cannon
of The House of Refuge will be the guest
speaker. Everyone is cordially invited to join us
as we lift up Christ Jesus. A Celebratory ban-
quet will follow the anniversary program.
u Family and Friends — Strong Hill M.B.
Church Willing Workers Ministry is hosting a
Family and Friends Celebration at 3 p.m. in
the Christian Life Worship Center. Guest
speaker is the Rev. Elbert Lee of St. Robertson
M.B. Church in Cedar Bluff. All pastors and
church families are cordially invited to attend.
u Pastor Anniversary — Mhoon Valley
M.B. Church is celebrating the 31st Pastor
Anniversary and Appreciation Program in
honor of the Rev. William L. Sister Lessie
Davidson at 2:30 p.m. Guest speaker is
Minister Mike Wilson of Union Baptist M.B.
Church. Everyone is invited to attend.
Daily Times Leader Sunday, May 12, 2013 • Page A-3
Special to the
Daily Times Leader
East Mi ssi ssi ppi
Community College students
have graduated and they’re
ready to take their next step
toward excellence, whether
it’s transferring to a four-year
college or university or enter-
ing the job market.
Almost 600 students
earned associate’s degrees and
vocational certifcates during
three graduation ceremonies
held May 10-11.
“These graduates are the
future leaders of our commu-
nity. Whether they seek fur-
ther education or go straight
to work after their time with
us, it won’t be long before
they are the ones providing
the products and services that
support and enrich our com-
munities,” said EMCC
President Dr. Rick Young.
“Just like the Lions who
came before them, these
graduates will be a living tes-
tament to the quality of
instruction available at
The Golden Triangle cam-
pus in Mayhew held two
commencement ceremonies
at its Lyceum auditorium.
Academic students graduated
Friday, May 10, at 2 p.m.
Career-technical students
graduated the same day at 6
p.m. These ceremonies
included students from the
Golden Triangle campus, as
well as the college’s branch
locations at Columbus Air
Force Base and the EMCC
West Point/Clay County
Graduation at the Scooba
campus was Saturday, May
11, at 10 a.m. This ceremony
also included students from
the EMCC branch at Naval
Air Station Meridian.
Here’s a look at the Class
of 2013 at East Mississippi
Community College, broken
down by county and home-
It is made up of Scooba
and NAS Meridian students
who graduated in July and
December of 2012, as well as
spring 2013 candidates for
graduation from the southern
end of the EMCC district.
On the northern end of
the EMCC district, the
Golden Triangle campus held
its frst-ever fall graduation in
December, awarding degrees
and certifcates to about 300
students who graduated in
the summer and fall of 2012.
That being the case, the list
below includes only spring
2013 candidates for gradua-
tion from the northern end of
the EMCC district.
In total, East Mississippi
Community College has
awarded almost 900 associ-
ate’s degrees and vocational
certifcates during the 2012-
13 academic year.
Houston: Tierra Boone,
Steven Reeves
Okolona: Lasonya
Woodland: Audrey Whitt
Cedar Bluff: Jennifer Dott,
Darren Harris
Pheba: Joshua Poe
Tibbee: Charles Johnson
West Point: Kayla Allen,
Hillary Arnold, Robert
Arnold, Shiera Bilbo, Kevin
Boatner, Roger Brand,
Michael Brown, Cory Byrd,
Brieana Calvert, Kevin Camp,
Denoval Cannon, Justin Cox,
Whitney Cummings,
Machelle Cunningham,
Chelsea Davidson, Ebony
Dismukes, Darris Ewing,
Bobby Ewings, Ragan Foster,
Michael Gable, Audria
Guines, Hunter Howell,
Santana Ivy, Jessica Jefferson,
Corey Lane, Hakeem Mays,
Cody Miller, Lamarcus
Mitchell, Bryant Moore,
Telisa Moore, Deismen
Robinson, Elizabeth
Robison, Demond Smith,
Stacie Smith, Kyle Summerall,
Bernice Thomas, James
Walker, Li’Erick Walker,
Arenta Washington, Jessica
Whitehead, Jamar Wicks
Tupelo: Howard Belk,
Emily Flora, Susan Chiles,
Kristy Groves
Artesia: Don Bell, Fredrico
Caledonia: Ashley
Dodson, Erin Getz, Jeffrey
Goley, Carlton Hollis,
Brandon Logan, Chase
Reeves, Billy Snider, Dustin
Spruill, Kara VonKanel,
Matthew Wilcox
Columbus: Paula Abrams,
Kaden Adams, Stephen
Baeuerlin, Kimberly Baucom,
Amber Blunt, Ceddrick
Bogan, SteRonda Boyd,
Kenneth Boykin, Austin
Braddock, Brandi Brantley,
Brittney Brantley, Tara
Brauer, Amber Brown,
Devonta Brown, Justin
Brown, Maria Bruce, Aimee
Burwell, De’Ambril Bush,
Katlyn Christopher, Rachel
Clemmons, Rebecca Coker,
Randy Conley, Shannon
Crowder, Denise Davis,
Krystyna Davis, Sheila Davis,
Amy Dempsey, Gentris
Duhart, Courtney Edwards,
Nicole Elsey, Jennifer
Enfnger, Emily Faulkner,
William Fleming, Samuel
Fondren, Gabriel Franks,
Reagan Graham, Renee
Graham, Alexandra Gray,
Dalton Gray, Walter Harkins,
April Harris, Stevie Harris,
Ashley Hatcher, Ashley
Heard, Kendrick Hill, Peter
Hill, Sharell Hill, Stephanie
Huges, Kenneth Hunt, Greta
Jackson, Lassandra Jackson,
Tonya Jackson, Glyndolyn
Jefferson, Kaitlyn Jenkins,
Melissa Jenkins, Brittany
Johnson, DeMarius Johnson,
Hunter Johnson, Daniel
Jolly, Jared Jones, Michael
Jones, Sayanora Jones,
Thaddieus Jones, Robert
Jordan, Jared Jones, Tyler
Jones, Alexandra Kerekes,
Kevin Kugel, Christopher
Lackey, Marcus Lagrone,
Earnest Lang, Kashayla
Lewis, Laterrica Lockett,
Tykeria Lucious, Sean
Manders, Tad McConahie,
Marcus McKinley, Kayla
McKnight, James Mullis,
Shanta Newby, Breana
Newton, Tanya Noble,
Angela Oliver, Maci Peoples,
Brenda Petty, Tameka Petty,
Amanda Pevey, Courtney
Pilkinton, Caleb Pounders,
Edward Preston, Frederick
Price, Omar Robinson,
Teressa Ross, Jeanna Sanders,
Derrick Saucer, Sandra
Shanks, Bradford Songer,
Benjamin Stephens, Suzette
Suggs, Lakeitha Swanigan,
Tawonda Tallie, Nikea Tate,
Victoria Tate, Charles Taylor,
Terry Taylor, Samantha
Thompson, Shanderica
Thompson, Doris Tuggle-
Payne, Haley Tutor, Robert
Triplett, Jacob Upton,
Valisady Watford, Montiga
Watt, Brittani Weathers,
Katrina Whitaker, Wanda
White, Naomi Whitehead,
Jessica Whitfeld, Ashley
Whitten, Ben Williams,
Cortney Williams, Reagan
Williams, Shambria Williams,
Undra Williams, Brandi
Crawford: Joslyn Gillespie,
Shenita Gillespie, Dayna
Miller, Stephanie Rice, Dalen
Sanders, Matthew Taylor
Steens: Joshua Burr,
Jessica Gavin, Julia Hill,
Anchica Humphries, Marlon
Kyles, Shareda Moore, Justin
Perkins, Tiquana Phillips,
Jason Reedy, Stephanie
Valentin, Cori White
Aberdeen: David Howard,
Whitney Mitchell, Demia
Roberts, Shoneel Walker,
Taylor Williams
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— It’s early on a Friday morn-
ing, and high school chemistry
students in Victoria Dawson’s
class are working equations at
the board.
Dawson is peppering the
class of 11 girls and four boys
with questions, trying to keep
everyone focused as she helps
correct mistakes.
When a student gets one of
the dense equations right,
Dawson and the class salute
with finger-snapping in place
of applause
“I want some A’s on
Tuesday,” the teacher says,
warning of an upcoming test.
In a state where Republican
leaders are trying to put their
stamp on long-running efforts
to improve education,
Clarksdale is emblematic of
both the challenges the state
faces and innovative ideas for
boosting schools. Dawson’s
class is part of a program in the
district to develop a more rigor-
ous high-school curriculum.
Leaders of the city in the
impoverished Delta region —
known as the crossroads of the
blues where Robert Johnson
once lived — hope improved
education will help stanch a
hemorrhaging population that
now stands at 18,000.
“Without a strong public
school system, you have no
growth in the community,” said
Lois Erwin, a former principal
at a private school who’s now
coordinating a community
development effort sponsored
by a local bank. “You’ve got to
have a strong public school
system or you don’t have eco-
nomic development. That’s just
Republicans’ statewide solu-
tions include making it easier
to create charter schools and
holding back third-graders who
can’t read. Other changes
approved by lawmakers are
state-funded prekindergarten
and higher qualifications and
merit pay for teachers.
“All those categories that we
see that have an effect not only
on quality of life, but on our
society and workforce, go back
to beginning with a failure in
the educational system,” said
Republican Gov. Phil Bryant,
who names education as key to
improving Mississippi’s weak
economy. “There’s nothing bet-
ter that I could do than change
what I think has been a fairly
ineffective educational sys-
The GOP-sponsored mea-
sures could mean more big
changes for Clarksdale’s nine
public schools, which would be
fine with local attorney and
former Democratic gubernato-
rial candidate Bill Luckett.
“We need a cultural shift,”
said Luckett, who’s now run-
ning for mayor of Clarksdale.
“We need a big war; that’s how
I look at it.”
Though Mississippi lags in
education, it has made prog-
A Harvard University study
found that Mississippi students
posted greater gains on the
National Assessment of
Educational Progress than the
average among the 41 states it
measured. The state ranked
13th out of that group overall
for improvement between 1992
and 2011.
In 1980, only 54.8 percent of
Mississippi residents 25 and
older had a high school diplo-
ma according to Census data,
compared to 80.4 in 2010.
Mississippi improved by 25.6
percentage points while the
nation improved 13.9 points to
85.3 percent. The improvement
was even steeper in Coahoma
County, which includes
Clarksdale. The share of adults
with a high school diploma
rose from 43.8 percent in 1980
to 75 percent in 2010.
But the Harvard study finds
that while Mississippi has been
able to boost many of its stu-
dents up to basic achievement
levels, most are not yet truly
proficient. And while
Mississippi has many more
high school graduates than 30
years ago, American-born
Mississippi adults are still the
least likely of those in any state
to have a high school diploma.
Improvements are toughest
in areas such as Clarksdale,
where per capita income is
about 78 percent of the national
average and the unemployment
rate was 13 percent in March.
Half of all county children live
in poverty, and 90 percent of
Clarksdale’s 3,200 students
qualify for free or reduced-
price lunches. Most white chil-
dren attend private schools,
while 97 percent of students in
See ‘Education’ page 8
Mississippi prepares new push on education
Happy Mother’s Day
The last four weeks have
been some of the most chal-
lenging of my life. It has been
more so challenging for my
bride Callie, who has proven
that she is the greatest mother
in the world.
She’s the greatest in my
I want to talk today about a
few great mothers I know.
On April 11, Callie gave
birth to our firstborn, Anna
Elizabeth. It was 4:37 p.m.
By 8 p.m. that evening, Anna
Beth was on her way to the
NICU in Tupelo, leaving Callie
in West Point to recover from
her delivery.
By the next afternoon, Callie
could not wait to see her baby.
She was wheeled into the NICU
and got to play with Anna Beth
for the first time.
What we had hoped to be a
short stay in the hospital has
turned out to be four weeks of
going back-and-forth between
facilities, with few answers as
to what is wrong with our new-
She has been moved to the
University Medical Center in
Jackson, and the hardest part is
that I have been in West Point
working during the week,
while my girls are two and half
hours away.
To make it
harder, I have
to see my
baby through
pictures and
hear updates
that are not
always good
Callie has
been with
Anna Beth
nearly every
step of the
way, making
sure that she
gets fed and
that she is
being taken
care of prop-
She has spent long days and
nights at the hospital, making
sure that family and friends get
to meet our sweet baby, one
visitor at a time.
She’s done this without a
There are two other mothers
in the mix taking care of Anna
Beth and Callie.
My own mother, who
became a nurse one year ago,
has made sure
that Anna has
gotten the
best care. She
has taken care
of Callie as
well during
these hard
C a l l i e ’ s
m o t h e r ,
Mamma Liz,
put every-
thing that she
was doing
aside when
Anna was
born to make
sure that our
family got
the best
Her stay was intended to be
short after we were to come
home from the hospital, but she
stayed over a week after Anna
Beth was born.
While I was at work, Mamma
Liz drove Callie back-and-
forth to Tupelo to see the baby.
She washed clothes, prepared
meals and made sure the house
was in order.
She went above and beyond
the call so that we were looked
Now that Anna Beth is closer
to her grandparents, all of the
mothers have formed a task
force to see after the baby.
We still do not know what is
wrong with Anna Beth, but I do
know that she is being looked
after by great doctors. Most
importantly, she’s being looked
after by three wonderful moth-
Today is not the Mother’s
Day that we had in mind when
Anna Beth was born a month
ago, but I can count my bless-
ings that I have a beautiful
baby girl, and that girl has a
wonderful mother.
Happy Mother’s Day to
Callie, Liz, Mamma, Laura and
I also want to wish a Happy
Mother’s Day to the moms on
my staff, Sheena Baker, Donna
Summerall, Donna Harris and
Natasha Watson.
Bryan Davis
Managing Editor
The decision by the
Mississippi Supreme Court to
grant convicted quadruple mur-
derer Willie Jerome Manning a
stay of execution on Tuesday is
one likely decided on the side
of both political and legal cau-
tion in light of recent develop-
The 11th hour reprieve came
on an 8-1 decision by the state’s
highest court after issues were
raised by Manning’s attorneys
challenging the testimony of
FBI agents regarding ballistics
and hair analysis used to con-
vict him. At the same time,
statements by state Attorney
General Jim Hood, District
Attorney Forrest Allgood and
former Oktibbeha County sher-
iff Dolph Bryan that Manning’s
conviction was based on sub-
stantially more evidence than
those issues were ignored by
the majority of the court. Or at
least, the state’s high court had
a rather sudden change of heart.
That 8-1 state Supreme Court
ruling to stay Manning’s exe-
cution came less than two
weeks after the same court
ruled 5-4 on April 25 that there
was “conclusive, overwhelm-
ing evidence of guilt” present-
ed to an Oktibbeha County jury
during Manning’s original trial.
It’s been a little over 20 years
since Mississippi State
University students Jon
Steckler and Tiffany Miller
were murdered on Dec. 11,
1992. Manning, now 44, was
convicted of murdering the two
students in 1994. According to
trial transcripts, the young cou-
ple was last seen alive in the
early morning hours of Dec.
11, 1992, out-
side of
Steckler’s fra-
ternity house
near the cam-
pus. The cou-
ple left the
house around
1 a.m. in
Miller’s car.
At 2:15 a.m.,
S t e c k l e r ’ s
body was dis-
covered in the
right hand
lane of a
county road.
near his
body, authori-
ties found a
gold token, three shell casings,
and a projectile. Steckler’s
injuries were consistent with
having been run over by a car
at a low speed. Miller’s body
was discovered in the nearby
woods. She had been shot
twice in the face.
Miller’s car was discovered
in front of an apartment build-
ing nearby. On the pavement
near the driver’s side door,
coins were found as well as a
ring identified as belonging to
Miller, all about 100 yards
away from Miller’s residence.
The damning evidence against
Manning was his own attempt
to sell certain items belonging
to his victims.
In the period between the
time Steckler
and Miller
were killed
and when
M a n n i n g
went to trial
and was con-
victed for
their mur-
ders, he was
accused of a
second grisly
murder. Less
than six
weeks after
the students
were killed
-- on the eve-
ning of Jan.
18, 1993 --
elderly women Emmoline
Jimmerson and Alberta Jordan
were found dead in their
Brooksville Gardens apart-
ment. Police found no signs of
forced entry, and the apartment
was not ransacked. Both
women had been beaten about
the head, and their throats were
One reason Mississippi is
susceptible to 11th hour DNA
arguments in death penalty
cases is that until 2009, the
state had no DNA preservation
law. When the DNA preserva-
tion law was passed in 2009,
most state and local law
enforcement agencies had no
place to store DNA evidence
and no budget to maintain such
In June 2011, the state began
construction of a new 90,000
sq. ft., $37 million State Crime
Laboratory with a long-term
storage warehouse for DNA
and other evidence in Rankin
County. Construction will be
complete in 2014.
There have been a sufficient
number of cases in Mississippi
in which DNA tests revealed
injustice - cases like those of
Larry Ruffin, Phillip Bivens
and Bobby Ray Dixon. Ruffin
died in prison after spending 23
years incarcerated for a rape
and murder in Hattiesburg that
DNA evidence proved he didn’t
commit. Bivens and Dixon
were cleared of similar charges
after spending more than three
decades in prison.
But as law enforcement,
prosecutors and Hood suggest,
trial transcripts reveal that the
circumstantial case against
Manning was far stronger than
DNA or the lack of it.
Sid Salter is a syndicated
columnist. Contact him at 601-
507-8004 or sidsalter@sidsal-
State’s late embrace of DNA helps Manning
Sid Salter
Syndicated Colunist
Daily Times Leader Sunday, May 12, 2013 • Page A-5
Te Clay County School District will hold a
public hearing on its proposed school district
budget for fscal year 2013-2014 on June 4, 2013,
at 5:00 P.M. at the Clay County Courthouse. At
this meeting, a proposed ad valorem tax efort
will be considered.
Te Clay County School District is now op-
erating with a projected total budget revenue of
$2,399,835. Of that amount, Tirty-fve per cent
(35%) or $837,616 of such revenue is obtained
through ad valorem taxes. For the next fscal
year, the proposed budget has total projected
revenue of $2,402,036. Of that amount thirty-
three per cent (33%) or $795,166 is proposed to
be fnanced through a total ad valorem tax levy.
For the next fscal year, the proposed increase
in ad valorem tax efort by Clay County School
District may result in an increase in the ad va-
lorem tax millage rate. Ad valorem taxes are
paid on homes, automobile tags, business fx-
tures and equipment, and rental real property.
Any citizen of Clay County School District is
invited to attend this public hearing on the pro-
posed ad valorem tax efort, and will be allowed
to speak for a reasonable amount of time and
ofer tangible evidence before any vote is taken.
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brand,” Preston told the
Daily Times Leader on
Friday. “To do that, you have
to have a deep inventory.”
Preston frst heard about
West Point and its place in
Blues history from Clay
County native Erin Lee when
they met in Clarksdale.
After visiting West Point
and hearing the town’s story,
Preston knew it had to be on
the brand.
“We walked away major
fans of West Point,” Preston
Preston came to the
Howlin’ Wolf Memorial
Blues Festival in September,
and he treated himself to a
tour at the museum the next
“They presented me with a
concept draft of the music
triangle,” Ramsey said. “After
staying for the festival and
visiting the museum and the
Blues Trail marker, Aubrey
came to the conclusion that
the Wolf project in West
Point would be invaluable to
the Americana Triangle.”
The concept map has now
been released by Preston’s
group, and West Point is
privileged to have a star next
to its name.
“There are a lot of places
that did not get a star,”
Preston said. “We knew that
we had to focus on our high-
priority places. We think that
Howlin’ Wolf, his legacy and
the effort being put forth in
the community makes it a
signifcant stop.”
Contrasted with the Blues,
Americana is inclusive of
many types of artists who
helped to form “America’s
Stars like Jimmy Rogers of
Meridian, Elvis Presley,
Johnny Cash and Hank
Williams are included in the
West Point sits on the
Highway 45 corridor between
Tupelo and Meridian, both of
which are on the current
Americana Music Triangle’s
tourism map.
Preston says that the cur-
rent project that is underway
in creating a bigger and more
interactive Howlin’ Wolf
Black Prairie Blues Museum
will not only enhance West
Point’s tourism value but will
also make the fve-state tour-
ism project more valuable.
“It’s a really important
part of the project we’re
working on,” said Preston,
who has already made a fnan-
cial contribution to the Wolf
Both Ramsey and Preston
agree that this program, com-
bined with the Mississippi
Blues Trail is a win-win for
the state and the deep South.
“This musical and cultural-
based trail program could be
a boon for tourism,” Ramsey
said. “The Mississippi Blues
Trail is basically an open-air
museum at every marker. To
add the information and the
multicultural Americana
Music Triangle is a winning
situation for all.”
Ramsey says that this proj-
ect is just one part of the
equation that is moving West
Point in a positive direction.
“West Point is on a roll,”
Ramsey said. “Our future
with jobs has hit home with
the inception of Yokohama
Tire. To be able to look for-
ward to a world-class muse-
um that houses one of the
biggest names in music his-
tory, West Point will be able
to increase the fgures of the
one percent tourism tax, a
much needed boon for West
Bryan Davis
Richard Ramsey holds the conceptual map of the Americana Mu-
sic Triangle given to him by map producer Aubrey Preston.
‘ Tri angl e’ continued from page 1
high as 32.2 percent drop-
out rates in the recent past.
That is double the state aver-
That means only 56 per-
cent of our high school stu-
dents are leaving with gradu-
ated, which often times is still
not enough to land higher
end jobs.
“We have to fgure out a
way to close that achievement
gap,” Whitfeld said.
Whitfeld’s data shows that
the number of manufacturing
jobs in Clay County has
dropped from nearly 3,000 in
2005 to just 624 in 2011.
While Yokohama is pro-
jected to improve those num-
bers, the 500 jobs in the frst
phase of the project will not
close that gap, and there is no
guarantee all of those jobs
will go to those in the county.
Whitfeld says that with all
of the challenges, Clay
County does have strengths
that could help overcome
“You have strong leader-
ship potential,” Whitfeld
said. “I think that Old
Waverly is an asset, not just
in this state, but nationally.”
Whitfeld said that with
the Golden Triangle Regional
Airport, the county is near
good transportation and our
local health care facilities are
sound as well.
“The key is leadership,”
Whitfeld said.
CREATE was founded in
1972 by George A. McLean.
Over the frst 32 years of the
foundation’s existence it
acquired $30.5 million in
donations. In the past eight
years, the foundation has
been given $60.8 million and
should surpass $100 million
in donations this month.
‘ CREATE’ continued from page 1
Daily Times Leader Page A-6 • Sunday, May 12, 2013
Over a year ago, the
WPPD began voluntarily
offering added security to the
schools by allowing patrol
offcers to walk through the
schools, checking for suspi-
cious activity and making
sure students were safe. The
walk-throughs are still being
conducted by municipal off-
cers, but Brinkley said that
may change because it may
tie the WPPD to liability
issues since the WPSD con-
tracted with the county.
Rob Smith, WPSD
Assistant Superintendent,
said allowing a deputy to
serve the city schools is the
way it was done years ago,
and he pointed out that the
school district serves students
living in the county as well.
“If we had to handle situa-
tions that were out in the
county it would be best that
we use the Sheriff’s
Department,” Smith said.
“Of course, anything that
needs to be handled in our
schools, the Police
Department is the frst that
we call because we are located
in the city. We just felt in this
manner, since we’re dealing
with kids in both the county
and city, that the Sheriff’s
Department would be the
best to use.”
Smith said the SRO would
be stationed at the West Point
High School and would be
required to report criminal
incidents at school or investi-
gative matters to the princi-
pal. Besides maintaining
order and discipline at school,
the SRO also has responsi-
bilities of investigating crimes
on school property and
appearing before court as a
witness. He or she would also
patrol the school and provide
counseling and referral in
area of expertise.
The salary for the Sheriff’s
Department to provide the
WPSD with a SRO will be
paid through the Sheriff’s
Department budget, but the
WPSD will fully reimburse
the Sheriff’s Department.
Thursday, District 2
Supervisor Luke Lummus
made a motion for the board
to enter into the agreement,
and the motion passed after
being seconded by District 3
Supervisor R.B. Davis.
The Sheriff’s Department
has not offcially announced
which deputy will serve in
this role, but he or she is
expected to begin as the SRO
during the next school term
in August.
Security offcers currently
employed by the School
District will maintain their
posts and still be required to
perform their duties.
if we went through the
standard bidding process it
will put it in jeopardy to be
able to do it timely,” Marshall
said. “The one thing we don’t
need to do is not be timely on
our frst obligation under this
He said the bid statute
cites provisions for emergen-
cies, which would waive the
bid requirement. One of
those emergencies is when
the process of obtaining com-
petitive bids would cause
adverse impact on the agen-
cies or other authorities gov-
erning the project.
Clay County Engineer
Robert Calvert said in order
to provide water to the
Yokohama site by August 1,
engineers must get the plans
for the water line approved
by the Mississippi Department
of Health and must hire a
contractor, who would con-
struct the line. The line would
then have to be tested and
cleared of any bacteria
through an analysis proce-
Marshall read the board a
resolution stating that the bid
process in this case does con-
stitute an emergency of
adverse impact, and after
determining that an emer-
gency exists the board unani-
mously voted for Board
President Shelton Deanes to
sign the resolution, waiving
the bid process.
Calvert Spradling
Engineers will now work
directly with a contractor to
develop plans for the water
line and installation. The frm
has already obtained a permit
to be able to install the line
down Cosby Corner Road.
‘ SRO’ cont i nued f rom page 1
‘ Water’ continued from page 1
The W bestows honorary doctorate to Kossens
By Sheena Baker
Daily Times Leader
The W will award honorary
doctorates, the university’s
highest honor, to two long-
time supporters and friends
of the university at its com-
mencement exercises Saturday
This year’s recipients are
Tom and Connie Kossen of
Edwards. Each of the eight
public universities in
Mississippi is allowed to
award two honorary doctor-
ates a year, and the selections
must be approved by the
Board of Trustees of State
Institutions of Higher
Tom Kossen launched
Kossen Equipment in 1976
with $5,000 and two employ-
ees when he obtained the
Kohler distributorship rights
for Mississippi. Before the
Kossens sold the company in
early 2012, Kossen
Equipment represented
Kohler Power Systems in
Mississippi, Alabama,
Louisiana and the Florida
panhandle, serving thousands
of accounts, including health-
care facilities, telecommuni-
cations sites, manufacturing
plants, and grocery stores.
Connie Kossen, who is a
1964 graduate of The W, also
earned a master’s in church
music with an emphasis in
voice from Southwestern
Baptist Theological Seminary.
Before joining Kossen
Equipment to work with
Tom for over 35 years to
grow the company to one of
the largest generator distribu-
tors in the Southeast, she
taught private voice and
piano lessons and taught
classroom music. She has
remained active in music,
singing over 20 roles with the
Mississippi Opera and serv-
ing as vice president for artis-
tic advisory with the
Mississippi Symphony
Orchestra Board and a mem-
ber of the Mississippi
Symphony Orchestra
Foundation Board.
She has been very active at
MUW, including serving as
former treasurer of the
Jackson Metro Area MUW
Alumni Chapter. She previ-
ously served as chairman of
the MUW Foundation and
has received the Alumni
Achievement Award and the
Medal of Excellence. MUW
named the recently renovated
auditorium in Poindexter
Hall in her honor.
The Kossens have been
very generous to MUW with
both their time and their
donations. One notable dona-
tion is the establishment of
the Connie and Tom Kossen
Faculty Excellence Award
which gives $5,000 each year
to a meritorious tenured fac-
ulty member at the May com-
The Kossens, who have
been married for 40 years and
have one grown son, are now
enjoying retirement.
Special to the DTL
Tom and Connie Kossen will be this year’s recipients of the Mississippi University for Women’s
honorary doctorates.
Daily Times Leader Sunday, May 12, 2013 • Page A-7
the public system are black.
Of children born in Coahoma
County, 18.8 percent have a
low birth weight. That critical
predictor of future problems is
more than twice the national
rate of 8.1 percent.
Beth Fulmer, a rookie teach-
er at Oakhurst Middle School,
says poverty is a destabilizing
force that her students struggle
with. “I think a lot of a child’s
success comes from their home
lives,” she said.
Superintendent Dennis
Dupree’s profile is rising as he
tries to lift achievement levels
in Clarksdale. Since Dupree
was appointed in 2007, the dis-
trict has won grants to improve
its high school and one of its
two middle schools. Clarksdale
was one of the first three dis-
tricts statewide to adopt a more
rigorous high school curricu-
lum. After piloting it with 40
students, Dupree plans to roll it
out for all 9th graders next fall.
He’s also volunteered
Clarksdale as one of four dis-
tricts to experiment with pay-
ing teachers based on perfor-
mance, a pilot program meant
to help Mississippi develop a
merit pay system for all teach-
ers. And Dupree is one of a
group of educators who
designed a new scoring system
to grade schools statewide.
Dupree says his ultimate
goal is to vault Clarksdale into
the top rank of Mississippi dis-
“We’ve been seeing improve-
ment, Dupree said. “We know
we’ve been seeing it.”
Many say Dupree is at least
chipping away at the schools’
“I feel like they are doing a
fairly good job,” said Lamar
Hicks, a Clarksdale High grad-
uate and former assistant teach-
er who has a son in first grade.
“They are doing exactly what
they can do.”
There’s still a long way to
go. The overall district and
Clarksdale High School were
exempted from Mississippi’s
A-to-F school grading system
last year because of the high
school curriculum pilot. Results
from elementary and middle
schools were mixed. Two of six
elementary school got B
grades. But two elementary
schools and both middle
schools were graded F.
One big change coming in
Mississippi is a requirement to
hold back children in grades
K-3 who aren’t reading at grade
level. That’s modeled on laws
adopted in Florida and 13 other
Clarksdale’s elementary
schools are trying to improve
student literacy. Valarie Davis,
principal at Myrtle Hall IV
Elementary, said the biggest
reading challenge is lack of
preparation at home, reflecting
poverty and low parental edu-
cation levels.
“The children don’t have the
background,” Davis said.
“Some of them have never
been read to or read books at
Preschool preparation for
kindergarten could ease that
problem. Mississippi has been
the only state in the South and
one of only 11 nationwide with
no state-funded preschool pro-
gram. But lawmakers approved
a plan for school districts, Head
Start centers and private child
care operators to jointly pro-
vide voluntary preschool for
4-year-olds. Clarksdale is
already using federal money to
run three 20-student preschool
classes, putting it among the
one-third of Mississippi dis-
tricts doing so even without
state aid.
Clarksdale could also be an
early target for a charter school
under a new law easing cre-
ation of the alternative public
schools. The Knowledge is
Power Program, a national
group, operates a charter school
in nearby Helena-West Helena,
Ark. The group has expressed
interest in Clarksdale and many
mississippi leaders have said
the school is a model. Some
Clarksdale residents, including
Luckett and his mayoral rival,
Democratic state Rep. Chuck
Espy, also support charter
Dupree says the public
school system is striving to be
so attractive that parents will
choose public schools even if a
charter school opens.
“When there’s choice, we
want to be the choice,” he said.
‘ Educati on’ continued from page 4
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Coleman, Jerrica Franklin,
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Johnson, Lillian Lindsey,
Misty Roberts, Christopher
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Cecilia Kern, Abbey King,
Monica Koehn, Lidia Liddell,
Melissa Martinez, Andrew
McDowell, Jimmy Miles,
Patrick Mobley, Edmond
Moore, Robert Moorhead,
Matthew Phillips, Marvin
Poe, Christopher Pollan,
Amber Roach, Adrian
Roberts, Sherrod Robinson,
Trevell Robinson, Robert
Schoolar, Jason Sharp, Billy
Shed, Ashley Shook, Joshua
Shows, Danielle Shumaker,
Robert Stumpf, Chasity
Swoopes, Chelse Swoopes,
Daniel Teeter, Trey Triplett,
Kevin Tucker, Cheyanne
Underwood, William
Valentine, Corey Watts,
Jondia Weatherspoon, Bailey
Sturgis: Todd Eck,
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Milner, Donna Reacco, James
‘ EMCC’ continued from page 3
Daily Times Leader Page A-8 • Sunday, May 12, 2013
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Sect i on B
SportS and Living
By Will Nations
Daily Times Leader
On Thursday afternoon,
the Hebron Christian School
Eagles hit the football feld
for their “Navy-Gold Spring
Game” in Pheba to fnish
their two weeks of training in
anticipation of the 2013 fall
The Eagles are coming off
one of the most successful
seasons in school history as a
strong group of 2012 seniors
helped Hebron Christian
hold an 8-2 overall record.
With the departure of these
seniors, there were many
questions that needed answers
entering into spring training.
These questions seemed to
be answered during the Navy-
Gold game Thursday.
“My seniors did what I
expected them to and they
gave me good effort,”
explained Hebron Christian
head coach David Foster
about the spring proceedings,
“In the short period of time,
we worked on fundamentals
in tackling and blocking. We
also worked on some plays
and taught our new guys my
system. Overall, I was well
satisfed with their effort.”
Even with the loss of Daily
Times Leader’s all-area team
members Will-Corben
Rogers, Taylor Coggins, and
Austin Foster in the back-
feld, an experienced front
three return in the trenches
for the Eagles. Led by rising
senior Troy Arnold, an all-
area team member, the
Hebron offensive line will
have a lot of experience.
Arnold makes the move to
center while fellow returning
starter Joey Ard remains at
the guard position. Nolan
Whitt and Jessie Moore have
also been taking snaps on the
offensive line.
“It is going to be big,” said
Coach Foster about his offen-
sive line, “I have Troy and
Joey coming back, also Nolan
Whitt and Jessie Moore are
stepping up in the offensive
line. I know that will be our
strong point.”
Answering the question of
a new backfeld, Channing
Tapley, Trey Chism, and
Justin Gordon made strides
in the right direction during
the two week practice period.
Coach Foster mentioned that
he was happy with where his
backfeld is and that he hopes
that they will only get better.
Due to the numbers on
the team, Hebron was not
able to see their full defense
together. The Eagles did
deliver some hits during
spring and had a handful of
players make improvement
on that end of the ball.
“I thought we looked
good. I had our guys split up
and I really don’t know what
my frst team defense will
look like yet,” said Foster
about his defense, “I had
some guys who are veterans
who were a little rusty on
some techniques, but we’ll
work on that. Overall, I still
think we looked good and I
had some guys who weren’t
playing last year that stepped
up this spring.”
The Navy-Gold game was
won by the gold team in a
late drive touchdown to win
28-21. The Eagles return to
district 8-A in eight-man
football with Mississippi
Association of Independent
Schools and have an opportu-
nity to make the playoffs this
fall season. Hebron will start
their 2013 football campaign
against Victory Christian of
Columbus in Pheba August
Navy-Gold Game concludes Hebron Spring Practice
Will Nations
The Hebron Christian Eagles conclude Spring Practice with an exciting game.
West Point Relay for Life a success
Donna Summerall
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turns making sure Berry was completely soaked by throwing baseballs at a target.
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Donna Summerall
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They were only one of many different groups preparing food and donating the proceeds to help fght
Donna Summerall
Cancer survivors open Relay for Life by taking a victory lap against cancer.
On Friday, West Point held its annual Relay for Life events. Below are some scenes from the Survivor’s Walk. Next Week, the DTL will have more
coverage from Friday’s events
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Cadence raises money for Relay
Amy Berry buys a half dozen sno cones from John Wesley Williamson, owner of J. Bizzy. Williamson
donated his time and his sno cone proceeds to Team Cadence Relay for Life. Williamson set up his snow
cone business in Cadence Bank and sold his chilly delights Friday afternoon. Photo by Donna Summerall
Summerall: Happy
Mother’s Day
I just thought that all of us
mom’s could use a little
shout-out today.
We truly have the toughest
job on earth. If you don’t
think so, you’re either not a
mother or you’re simply not
very good at it.
From the time we bring
our little miracles home from
the hospital, we are slob-
bered on, urinated on, vom-
ited on and worse. If you
thought you were going to
get any sleep, (ha ha ha ha)
you were WRONG! You
won’t get reacquainted with
the insides of your eyelids for
a long time. If you let them
start dating early you may
never sleep again.
For whatever insane rea-
soning, we then begin trying
to get them sitting up, mobile
and talking. Talking is a huge
mistake. Once they start, they
won’t stop until they reach
adolescence. Then they shut
themselves up in their room,
listen to sad music and refuse
to come out except to go to
the bathroom. (At least I hope
they come out then).
When they start school and
you think you can have a little
grown up time, guess again.
If you work, they volunteer
you to make homemade cup-
cakes, cookies, etc. If you
don’t work then you get vol-
unteered to chaperone every
party and field trip. Oh.. and
don’t forget the,
“I have a project due
tomorrow! I forgot!” This
always happens at nine or ten
at night.
BUT I can personally tell
you that it’s all worth it when
they’re in high school, you go
to the parent-teacher confer-
ence and hear from their
“I wouldn’t care if I didn’t
see you again for the rest of
the year. They are great stu-
dents, always have their work
done. YOU are not the parent
I need to see.”
Then comes the creature
with his hair in his eyes who
THINKS he’s going to take
your daughter somewhere.
This is where that tracking
device in their phone becomes
invaluable. Make sure your
husband greets them at the
door, invites him in and
Sasquatch sees that her dad is
cleaning his guns. All his
guns. He might even throw in
a survival knife or bow for
good measure.
You can ride that through
to graduation.
Then this human that did
not exist until you gave birth
to him, walks across a stage
and gets a piece of paper that
makes him think he’s ready to
move out and go to college.
No. You only arrived yes-
terday, I’m not ready to give
you up yet. You can’t leave
If you did it right they
come back. If only to bring
you their dirty laundry.
Donna Summerall
Lifestyles Reporter
Fullbright instructs school of
architecture graduates
Special to the
Daily Times Leader
Harriet Mayor Fulbright,
president of the J. William &
Harriet Fulbright Center, vis-
ited Mississippi State on
Friday to emphasize the
importance of education to
the university’s graduating
The widow of Sen. J.
William Fulbright of
Arkansas, Fulbright offered
the endowed Dr. William L.
and Jean Giles Memorial
Lecture for the School of
Architecture’s annual
Recognition Day.
“Mrs. Fulbright believes
that education facilitates
peace: That countries with
good, universal education
through the primary grades
and beyond are signifcantly
more peaceful,” said Jane
Britt Greenwood, associate
professor of architecture and
MSU Fulbright faculty repre-
sentative. “Her own teaching
experiences exemplify this.”
Fulbright’s address focused
on her late husband’s lifelong
commitment to education,
and her own, and the overall
importance of international
experience informing that
“The sources of strength
lie in learning -- in history,
art, ecology, science, technol-
ogy and business, just to
name a few,” she said. “Moral
values, faith and knowledge
should be gained only
through a system of educa-
tion that teaches understand-
ing: training that gives every
student the ability and the
desire to complete their learn-
ing in our society.”
Democracy relies upon an
educated citizenry, Fulbright
said, and worldwide peace
results when we respect and
embrace other cultures. To
break down the barriers of
prejudice, educators must
lead the way to understand-
ing and knowledge, she
“We can and we must use
our minds and our hearts to
ensure that all youth are given
the best education possible to
ensure a peaceful and produc-
tive future for our nation and
for the world,” Fulbright
said. “I certainly praise this
university for doing the very
best in that area.”
Among Fulbright’s many
honors are the Maharishi
See ‘Fullgright’ page B-3
Daily Times Leader Sunday, May 12, 2013 • Page B-3
Jamie and Jeanette Thornton of West Point, were once the sweethearts of New Harmony High School. After 66 years they
are still sweethearts. Friday, May 10, 2013, they celebrated 66 years together. They were married, May 10, 1947, in New
Albany. They have been blessed with four children, Kay Coggins, Gene Thornton, Diane Moore and Eddie Thornton. They
have six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Thorntons celebrate 66 years together
Award for contributions
to international under-
standing through educa-
tion; El Orden de Manuel
Amador Guerrero,
Panama’s highest civilian
award; and Fulbright
Award for Contribution to
I n t e r n a t i o n a l
Students and graduates
receiving awards during
Recognition Day included,
by hometown:
ARAB, Ala. -- Samantha
King, third-year architec-
ture student and daughter
of William Patrick King III
and Yvonne Rockweiler,
received the Brick Industry
Association Traveling
Fellowship Award and
$1,000 for her semester-
long, third-year studio
project in the BIA Design
BILOXI -- Haley
Whiteman, third-year
architecture student and
daughter of Glen and Diana
Whiteman, received the
Brick Industry Association
Traveling Fellowship
Award and $1,000 for her
semester-long, third-year
studio project in the BIA
Design Competition.
Wasser, spring 2013 gradu-
ate and son of William
Wasser and Jane Woods,
received the Fifth-Year
Jurists Award in recogni-
tion of his personal growth
as a designer and his contri-
bution to the ffth-year
design studio.
Robinson, spring 2013
graduate and son of Johnny
and Cheryl Robinson,
received the American
Institute of Architects
Henry Adams Certifcate,
the runner-up award for
general excellence in archi-
tecture throughout the
course of study.
JACKSON -- Scott
Penman, spring 2013 grad-
uate and son of Alan and
Anne Penman, received the
Academic Achievement
Award because he complet-
ed his architecture studies
at MSU with the highest
cumulative GPA in the
Penman also received
the American Institute of
Architects Henry Adams
Medal, the top award pre-
sented to a graduating stu-
dent. The medal marks
general excellence in archi-
tecture throughout the
course of study.
Will Randolph, spring
2013 graduate and son of
William Randolph and
Julie Alexander, received
the Creative Windows &
Doors/Marvin Window
Traveling Fellowship, a
$4,000 traveling award.
Andrew Robertson,
spring 2013 graduate and
son of David and Faustina
Robertson, received the
Fifth-Year Jurists Award in
recognition of his personal
growth as a designer and
his contribution to the
ffth-year design studio.
PETAL -- Chelsea
Pierce, fourth-year archi-
tecture student and daugh-
ter of Ronnie and Angela
Pierce, received the
Architectural Research
Centers Consortium King
Award in recognition of
her innovation, integrity
and scholarship in architec-
tural and/or environmental
design research.
Dennis Daniels, spring
2013 graduate, received the
Fifth-Year Jurists Award in
recognition of his personal
growth as a designer and
his contribution to the
ffth-year design studio.
(Parent information not
-- Carolyn Lundemo,
spring 2013 graduate and
daughter of Dwain and
Ellen Arterburn, received
the Alpha Ro Chi medal, in
recognition of her leader-
ship, service and profes-
sional merit in MSU’s
School of Architecture.
‘Fullbright’ continued from page B-2
Cochran helps introduce
battlefeld protection bill
By Donna Summerall
Daily Times Leader
U.S. Senator Thad Cochran
(R-Miss.) today announced
the introduction of biparti-
san legislation to reautho-
rize the program that helps
preserve historic battle-
grounds in the United
States, including battlefelds
in Mississippi.
Cochran joined Senator
Tim Kaine (D-Va.) to intro-
duce the American
Battlefield Protection
Program Amendments Act
(S.916). The bill reautho-
rizes the Civil War Battlefeld
Preservation Program
(CWBPP) that provides
competitive federal grants
to match private and non-
proft donations. This legis-
lation would for the frst
time extend the program to
signifcant battle sites asso-
ci ated wi th the
Revolutionary War and the
War of 1812.
“With this year marking
the 150th anniversary of so
many pivotal Civil War bat-
tles, it is an appropriate
time to extend our efforts to
preserve key battlefeld sites.
These sites remind us of the
enormous sacrifces made by
our forebears in the name of
freedom, and should be pro-
tected in order to help teach
future generations of
Americans.” Cochran said.
The American Battlefeld
Protecti on Program
Amendments Act would
extend through 2018 the
existing $10 million autho-
rization that is set to expire
in September 2013. In addi-
tion to Civil War sites, it
would add Revolutionary
War and War of 1812 sites
to program eligibility.
Introduction of S.916 fol-
lows the passage of a com-
panion measure (HR.1033)
in April. The House mea-
sure was cosponsored by
Representative Bennie
More than 17,500 acres
of high-priority Civil War
battle sites have been pre-
served since the program
was initiated in December
2002. More than 3,300
acres in Mississippi have
been preserved. In addition
to preserving historic battle-
feld sites, the CWBPP has
helped to enhancement
tourism, support local and
state economies and increase
land conservation.
Earlier this year, Cochran
introduced the Champion
Hill, Port Gibson and
Raymond Battl efi el d
Addition Act (S.305) that
would authorize the
National Park Service (NPS)
to acquire approximately
10,000 acres of property
deemed signifcant to the
long-term preservation of
historic Civil War battlefeld
sites in Claiborne and Hinds
counties. The bill, which is
cosponsored by Senator
Roger Wicker (R-Miss.),
specifes that any purchases
must be acquired through
voluntary sales, donations
or exchanges.
Daily Times Leader Page B-4 • Sunday, May 12, 2013
An Evening of Power, Promise and Potential
Sigmas prepare young men for the future
The local alumni chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
has been molding six of the Golden Triangle’s young men for
the future. The young men are participating in the organiza-
tions Beautillion Scholarship Pageant 2013. Workshops are
currently being held to cover topics from fnancial responsi-
bility to personal health to college preparation. The pageant
will culminate the workshops and fundraising efforts on May
18th at Mary Holmes College Auditorium at 7pm.
Phi Beta Sigma is preparing to celebrate 100 years of ser-
vice to the community; the fraternity’s local alumni chapter
has been in the Golden Triangle since the 1960’s comprised
of professional males ranging from the 20’s to 70’s. If there
are any concerns, please contact a representative by phone
at (601) 227-1283 or email at
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Luttrell, Atkins enjoy senior party
Aunts and uncles of Bryan Luttrell and Clark Atkins, hosted a barbecue supper
in honor of the graduating seniors at the home of Marc and Helen Facella.
Hosts and hostesses were Helen and Marc Facella, Bob and Tonya Harrell,
Robert and Catherine Moorehead, Mike and Frances Smith, and Bryan and
Laurann Harrell. Games were played, prizes were awarded and gifts were pre-
sented to the two seniors. Pictured are (from left) Catherine Moorehead, Helen
Facella, Beverly Luttrell, Bryan Luttrell, Caroline Atkins, Clark Atkins, Larann
Harrell, Frances Smith and Tonya Harrell. Submitted Photo
Luttrell, Atkins honored with senior parties
Graduating seniors, Bryan Luttrell of Germantown, Tennessee, and Clark
Atkins of West Point, were given a senior brunch by their grandparents Robert
and Caroline Harrell at Old Waverly Golf Club. Friends and family joined
them for the country breakfast. Submitted Photo
Williamson senior party is “eggcellent”
Seniors at Oak Hill Academy enjoyed the frst Senior party of the year by hunt-
ing Easter eggs with fashlights. The party was given in honor of John Wesley
Williamson by his aunt, Dee Dee Brackett, great aunts Jane Hamilton and Irene
Moorman and his grandmother Phyliss Moore at Quail Ridge camp house.
Seniors enjoyed hamburgers, baked beans, chip and dip and a variety of sweets.
Seniors were presented with party favors after they hunted for several “prize”
eggs. Submitted Photo
Special to the
Daily Times Leader
Starkville, MS, : The local
alumni chapter of Phi Beta
Sigma Fraternity, Inc. has
been molding six of the
Golden Triangle’s young men
for the future. The young
men are participating in the
organizations Beautillion
Scholarship Pageant 2013.
Workshops are currently
being held to cover topics
from fnancial responsibility
to personal health to college
preparation. The pageant will
culminate the workshops and
fundraising efforts on May
18th at Mary Holmes College
Auditorium at 7pm.
Phi Beta Sigma is prepar-
ing to celebrate 100 years of
service to the community; the
fraternity’s local alumni chap-
ter has been in the Golden
Triangle since the 1960’s
comprised of professional
males ranging from the 20’s
to 70’s. If there are any con-
cerns, please contact a repre-
sentative by phone at (601)
227-1283 or email at
Sigmas prepare young men for the future
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Bradley Randle, and Courtney Goss.
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