Saturday June 9, 2012 50 cents Daily Corinthian Vol. 116, No. 139 Partly sunny Today Tonight 89 68 • Corinth, Mississippi • 16 pages • 1 section Embezzlement investigation closed Investigation: No wrongdoing in Alcorn School District BY JEBB JOHNSTON email@example.com The Mississippi State Auditor’s Office has closed an embezzlement investigation in the Alcorn School District. Chief Investigator David Huggins said the investigation found that the school district had no loss, and the accused individual was exonerated. The auditor’s office has closed three inquiries in the school district, and only one of them had risen to the level of case adoption. Huggins said the auditor’s office was pleased to have a positive outcome. “We work just as hard to exonerate people as we do to arrest and convict,” he said. A statement in a press release following the arrest of a Lee County School District employee had stirred specu- lation about a local embezzlement case. While announcing the arrest of Randy Thweatt, State Auditor Stacey Pickering said, “This is one of several cases the State Auditor’s Office is working involving school district employees allegedly embezzling.” Summer program provides nutrition BY JEBB JOHNSTON firstname.lastname@example.org Staff photo by Steve Beavers Working up a sweat School is out for the summer, but the cafeteria is still cooking. The Corinth School District is again participating in the Summer Food Service Program with seven feeding sites in the area providing free meals to kids 18 and under. Children do not have to be Corinth students to get a meal. The program began Monday at the seven feeding sites. “The Summer Food Service Program was created to help ensure that children can continue to receive nutritious meals during summer vacation when they do not have access to school lunch and breakfast,” said Margaret Simpson, food service coordinator for the district. Walk-ins are welcomed and no registration or fee is required. This year sees the return of the South Corinth school campus to the program as the Easom Outreach Foundation begins to use the building for community center activities. That location had been one of the most popular feeding sites before it ceased being used for classes. “We had a lot of people just walk over from their homes,” said Simpson, who is pleased the site is back on the list. Supervised activities are also available for the children at many of the sites. Lunch is served from noon to 1 p.m. at South Corinth, Corinth Elementary School, Corinth Middle School, Corinth SportsPlex, Farmington Arms, Project Attention and The Lighthouse. Breakfast sites are CES and CMS, 7:30 to 8 a.m., and Project Attention, 8 to 9 a.m. A snack is served at the SportsPlex from 3 to 3:30 p.m. Meals will be served each weekday through July 27 except the July 4 holiday, and CMS participates only through Cousins 4-year-old Jesse Putt (left) and 2-year-old Praylee Putt enjoy the playground equipment at Corinth Elementary before their grandmother, Teresa Putt, takes them swimming. Those Wacky Slugs Slugburger festival among wackiest summer events BY BOBBY J. SMITH email@example.com This summer it’s all about those “wacky” slugburgers. Corinth’s annual Slugburger Festival has been named one of “America’s Wackiest Summer Events.” On Thursday the editors of TripAdvisor.com released a list of quirky summer festivals. Corinth’s Slugburger Festival ranked No. 2 — right behind “The Great Texas Mosquito Festival” of Clute, Texas. “Now in its 25 year, the annual Slugburger Festival pays tribute to Corinth’s local culinary delight,” wrote the TripAdvisor editors. “Comprising a deepfried patty formed of beef and soy meal, the ‘slugburger’ may be an acquired taste — but fervent fans of the unique sliders will be in their element at the three-day celebration in northeast Mississippi.” TripAdvisor.com is one of the web’s most popular travel sites. Most of the site’s content is provided by its users, including reviews of hotels and travel and destinations. With the added publicity from the TripAdvisor story and the interest generated by the first-ever World Slugburger Eating Championship, this year’s June 12-14 Slugburger Festival may be the biggest every, said John Orman, president of Main Street Corinth. “It’s brought a lot of positive attention to Corinth, and it’s making it the best one we ever had,” said Orman. “That was our goal, to make it a festival we can share with our entire region, and make it a larger festival.” The TripAdvisor list is alPlease see SLUGBURGER | 2 Index Stocks........7 Classified......14 Comics...... 13 Wisdom...... 12 Weather........5 Obituaries........ 3 Opinion........4 Sports...... 10 Please see PROGRAM | 2 NEMCC to offer accredited medical assisting program Special to the Daily Corinthian BOONEVILLE — Beginning this fall the medical assisting technology program at Northeast Mississippi Community College will offer a certificate option with full accreditation. According to program director and instructor Vickie Hopkins, medical assisting is a multi-skilled, allied health profession whose practitioners work primarily in ambulatory settings such as medical offices and clinics. “Medical assistants perform routine administrative and clinical tasks to keep the offices and clinics of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors, and optometrists running smoothly,” Hopkins explained. “The duties of medical assistants vary from office to office, de- pending on office location, size, and specialty.” Hopkins of Corinth, is a Certified Medical Assistant (AAMA) and a graduate of the medical assisting program at Northeast. She earned a bachelor’s degree from The University of Mississippi and has 20 years of work experience in the field of Medical Assisting, including 17 years as a Medical Office Manager for the Magnolia Women’s Clinic of Corinth. Dedicated to providing excellent instruction and leadership in this versatile program, Hopkins is preparing graduates that are in demand in the job market. “We are so fortunate to Please see ASSISTING | 2 On this day in history 150 years ago Ten days after abandoning Corinth, Beauregard establishes his headquarters in Tupelo. Union cavalry under Col. Phil Sheridan arrives in Baldwyn and finds the Confederate army has moved south, burning all bridges behind them.