Sports • B1 Higher hopes Sugar bowl State ramps up expectations Arkansas, Ohio State on TV at 7:30 tonight Tuesday, JA N UARY 4, 2011 • 50¢ nation Vietnam Wall developer’s body found in garbage A8 WEATHER Ever y day Si nCE 1883 Three in hunt so far for governor’s spot By Emily Wagster Pettus The Associated Press mystery death www.v ick sburgp ost.com JACKSON — Republicans Phil Bryant and Dave Dennis and Democrat Bill Luckett have been campaigning for governor for months. On Monday, the first work day of the 2011 election year, they ramped up their efforts. Bryant, the one-term lieutenant governor, made several appearances around the state to announce what Tonight: Partly cloudy with showers; lows in the 30s Wednesday: Mostly cloudy with showers; highs in the 50s everyone knew — that he’s a candidate for the state’s top job. Luckett, a Clarksdale attorney and business partner of actor Morgan Freeman, filed his qualifying papers at the Democratic Party Headquarters in Jackson. Dennis filed qualifying papers with the Republican Party. Bryant, 56, said during a See Gov, Page A5. Qualifying opens today across county, district By Danny Barrett Jr. firstname.lastname@example.org Qualifying kicks off today for 24 county and district races where voters in Warren County will decide winners in summer primaries and fall’s general election. All five seats on the Board of Supervisors are up for reelection, as are members of the local legislative delegation. Offices elected countywide such as sheriff, chancery clerk, circuit clerk, Election year Candidates’ qualifying deadline for county, state and district positions is March 1. The deadline for legislative offices is June 1. Party primaries are Aug. 2, and the general election Is Nov. 8. 10.7 feet Fell: 0.2 foot Flood stage: 43 feet By Emily Wagster Pettus The Associated Press A7 DEATHS • Hayes Clark Sr. • Rodney Mark Erickson • Henrietta Anne Taylor Gibbes • Charles Leon Harris Sr. • Cleo Harrison • Frances G. Hawkinson • Robert Shy • James E. Wright Sr. A7 TODAY IN HISTORY 1821: The first native-born American saint, Elizabeth Ann Seton, dies in Emmitsburg, Md. 1904: The Supreme Court, in Gonzalez v. Williams, rules that Puerto Ricans are not aliens and may enter the United States freely. 1965: President Lyndon B. Johnson outlines the goals of his “Great Society” in his State of the Union Lyndon B. Johnson Address. INDEX Business................................A6 Classifieds............................. B7 Comics................................... B4 Puzzles................................... B6 Dear Abby............................ B6 Editorial.................................A4 People/TV............................. B5 CONTACT US Call us Advertising....601-636-4545 Classifieds....... 601-636-SELL Circulation......601-636-4545 News................601-636-4545 E-mail us See A2 for e-mail addresses ONLINE www.vicksburgpost.com VOLUME 129 NUMBER 4 2 SECTIONS See Qualify, Page A5. Lawmakers are back at Capitol They’re back Mississippi River: coroner, tax assessor and tax collector will be renewed. Such district posts as district attorney, constable and justice court join those, with the justice court position appearing on a local ballot for the third straight year. Qualifying runs through March 1 for county and statewide races and June 1 for legislative offices. Party primaries are Aug. 2, and the general election is Nov. 8. In Warren, one countywide KATIE CARTER•The Vicksburg Post Kindergartner Kameron Wallace shows off to physical education teacher Susan Mims the shoes he received for Christmas this morning as he returned to Bowmar Avenue Elementary after the holidays. Kameron, 5, is the son of Aaron Wilson and Kourt- ney Wallace. About 9,000 students in the Vicksburg Warren School District and those at Porters Chapel Academy returned to classes this morning after a two-week break. Students at Vicskburg Catholic School returned Monday. Blades to go Retiree finds new career in knife-making By Mary Margaret Halford email@example.com When Billy Foster bought his first pocketknife repair manual, he had no idea that knives would be a huge part of his life 15 years later. After the death of his father, Foster found a cigar box containing a pocketknife with a broken blade and decided to fix it. “It kind of just snow‘It kind balled for me after that,” of just he said. “I eventually got to where I could make snowballed them.” for me...’ Foster was employed Billy at Vicksburg Chemical Plant when his co-workFoster ers began asking him to make hunting knives. Today he has progressed to selling his knives at flea markets and shows across the country. “The guys told me if I could make a pocket knife, I could make a hunting knife,” said the 71-year-old Foster. “And so I got into it.” David Jackson•The Vicksburg Post Billy Foster polishes a knife he made at his home. With steel and ivory bought from various companies, Foster makes knives in a shop behind his home on Boy Scout Road. Each knife takes three days to three weeks, depending on the type, he said. He also makes the sheaths that hold them. “He doesn’t use a machine,” said Foster’s wife, Peggy. “He does all that stitching by hand, and it is really just amazing how he does it.” See Foster, Page A7. JACKSON — The Mississippi House returned to the Capitol today with expectations of working quickly on incentives for a Hattiesburg-area project that Gov. Haley Barbour announced just before lawmakers began their 2011 session. Leaders say the threemonth gathering, the final regular session of the four-year term for legislators and Barbour, will be dominated by writing a budget and redrawing legislative district lines. The session began at noon. “I know people inside that building are concerned about nothing more important than what their district lines look like,” Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant said Monday. “But outside of that building, I think the general public’s worried about job creation — can we help move this economy forward? — and the budget — are we going to balance the budget or are we going to spend more money than we’re bringing in?” Leaders say writing a budget will be challenging because state revenues have been relatively weak as the economy recovers. The 122 state House districts and 52 Senate districts have to be updated to reflect population changes between 2000 and 2010. Some legislators’ political careers could depend on whether they keep or lose most of their base of support. The political balance of each chamber could also depend on redistricting. Republicans hold a narrow majority in the Senate. Democrats have a more substantial numerical majority in the House, but an alliance of Republicans and conservative Democrats could change the chamber’s style of leadership starting in 2012. Fast-growing areas such as DeSoto County, just south of Memphis, are expected to gain legislaSee Capitol, Page A5.