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Daily Corinthian Vol. 116, No. 25
• Corinth, Mississippi •
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18 pages • Two sections
Former Wurlitzer property to be revitalized BY JEBB JOHNSTON firstname.lastname@example.org
The city of Corinth is planning to revitalize a prime spot in the industrial park with hope of bringing new jobs to the city. The city-owned Wurlitzer property is the focus of the plan, which would include removal of the industrial building. Officials believe removing the dilapidated
City wants to use site to recruit new industry industrial building will improve the marketability of the site. “The Wurlitzer property is probably some of the best industrial property that I have seen in Corinth,” said Mayor Tommy Irwin. About six months ago, he met
with FCA, which occupied the Wurlitzer building, to discuss the possibility of FCA moving to the Gateway building. A manufacturer of wooden containers with Caterpillar as its largest customer, FCA agreed to make the move. The building formerly occu-
pied by the Gateway Corporation “was a great facility that was not being used,” said Irwin, “and it’s been a great match for the owners of Gateway, us and FCA.” He said the cleaned up Wurlitzer site will serve as “skin in the game” to help the city at-
tract industry. Environmental assessments of the property will be forthcoming, and the building would then be torn down. The city is looking at a brownfield grant to assist with the environmental process, but Irwin said the city can handle the other costs. Please see WURLITZER | 3A
Corinth Machinery comes down BY JEBB JOHNSTON email@example.com
With the hope of preservation now past, a portion of the Corinth Machinery building was taken down for safety reasons Saturday morning. Its profile, visible for many years from various points downtown, is now mostly gone. “There was so much collateral damage when the straight-line wind came in that there’s just no salvaging it,” said co-owner Trey Albright. The storm that brought severe winds in the early morning of Jan. 21 caused a large portion of the building to collapse. It suffered another collapse later in the week during heavy rains. “Another big section of the roof and side wall fell in,” he said. A track hoe was used early Saturday to take much of the building, including the front area where collapse appeared imminent, down to the first floor level. The back wall remains standing for now. It took only a gentle nudge from the heavy equipment to bring down the area that appeared most vulnerable. At this point, Albright said safety is the foremost concern.
Staff photo by Mark Boehler
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A track hoe knocks down the front wall of the Corinth Machinery building Saturday morning. The wall was in danger of collapse and was taken down for safety.
Author takes nontraditional route to success BY BRANT SAPPINGTON firstname.lastname@example.org
A new medium combined with a sharp wit and a touch of Southern charm have helped a Prentiss County native take a big bite out of the Big Apple’s publishing world with the publication of her debut novel. Stephanie McAfee’s “Diary of a Mad Fat Girl” quickly became a bestseller when she self-published it as an electronic book on Christmas Day 2010. By March of 2011, the book had landed on the New York Times Bestseller list for print and e-book fiction and remained there for two weeks. It held on for three months on the bestseller list for e-book fiction and was soon picked up by major publishing house Penguin Group. McAfee said it’s been a whirlwind since she took the leap of faith and published the novel online and she’s been over-
Homemakers club to honor Lucille King BY BOBBY J. SMITH email@example.com
Prentiss County native Stephanie McAfee’s selfpublished “Diary of a Mad Fat Girl” landed on the New York Times Bestseller list.
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Index Stocks...... 7A Classified......4B Weddings......3B Wisdom......1B
Weather......5A Obituaries......3A Opinion......4A Sports......8A
A local homemakers’ group will honor one of its original members during a banquet on Wednesday. Lucille King — a charter member of the Corinth Town and Country Homemakers Club — will receive awards for her years of dedication to the group at an awards luncheon beginning at 11:30 a.m. “She’s a very devoted club member and always has been,” said Joan Birks, the club’s treasurer and secretary. “She does what she can to help and promote the club — and she’s a very good cook.” She will be awarded the 50 Please see KING | 3A
On this day in history 150 years ago A small skirmish breaks out at the community of Lee’s House, Va., where Union cavalry arrives and breaks up a dance being held by the Confederates. The uninvited Yankees were not welcome and the party soon ended.
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Staff photos by Mark Boehler
Work begins to remove portions of the historic Corinth Machinery building at about 6:45 a.m. Saturday, left. Most of the building was taken down to the ground floor level by about 8 a.m, right.
MACHINERY: Albright purchased the South Tate Street property with co-owner with hopes of improving it CONTINUED FROM 1A
The building has attracted numerous sightseers and people trying to get bricks, and it’s simply not safe for
people to approach the building, he said. The owner has asked the police department to keep a close watch on the property.
The Mississippi Department of Archives and History gave verbal approval for the owners to take steps to get the building safe and instructed Albright to send
a written request for the preservation easement to be lifted from the property. Although the fate of the building now appears certain, Albright is not sure
when the rest of it will come down. “It’s a sad day. I’m not enjoying this at all,” he said. Albright purchased the South Tate Street prop-
erty with co-owner Justin Shelton of Columbus with the hope of improving it. The neighboring woolen mill building is used for their export business.
AUTHOR: McAfee will celebrate publication of newly revised print edition with book launch party in Tupelo CONTINUED FROM 1A
whelmed by the response. She’ll celebrate the official publication of the newly revised print version of the novel with a book launch party at Reed’s Gum Tree bookstore in Tupelo from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7. The novel, a fast-paced, humor-filled mystery centered on the small town of Bugtussle, Miss., was brewing in McAfee’s mind for a decade before she took the leap and focused on writing it. The author is a 1992 graduate of Booneville High School and went
on to earn degrees from Northeast Mississippi Community College, the University of Mississippi and the University of Alabama. She taught in Prentiss County for 5 years before moving to Colorado Springs, Colo., in 2007 when her husband was stationed there with the U.S. Army. In 2010 she decided to turn her focus to writing the novel she had been dreaming of for many years and over the course of the year, her heroine, Graciela “Ace” Jones came to life. A feisty high school teacher who finds herself caught up in a
tangle of small town mysteries and scandals, Jones will be familiar to anyone who has spent time in a small Southern town. The small-town native and former high school teacher said while the book is not autobiographical, there is a lot of her in the character. “I certainly know about being a fat girl,” she said. Her goal was to create a character that everyone could find common ground with. “Everybody says you should write what you know. I wanted it to be a character that’s really relatable,” she said.
While the characters and setting of the novel may be familiar, McAfee’s path to success has been anything but traditional. McAfee self-published the original version of the book through Amazon’s Kindle Direct service, which allows independent authors to offer their books for sale through Amazon in an electronic form for use on e-readers and other devices. The book sold 2,000 copies in January 2011, and McAfee then listed it on Barnes & Noble’s site and others. In March it made the New York Times bestseller listing,
and McAfee’s life began to change. “That’s when it really just took off,” she said. She had shopped the novel around to traditional agents and publishers with little success, but the e-book format gave her an opportunity to get it out to the public in an inexpensive and easy to use manner and build up buzz that helped lead to the new revised edition making its debut in traditional book format. McAfee said technology has helped break down barriers for authors. “It makes it so much easier to get your work
out there,” she said. The former Prentiss Countian, who now makes her home in Florida, is excited about coming home for the launch of her new novel. She was given a choice about where to start her book tour and hold the launch party for the book, and there was no question in her mind what she wanted to do. “I need to start it where home is, with all my friends and family,” she said. For more information on McAfee and Diary of a Mad Fat Girl, visit www. stephaniemcafee.wordpress.com
NICHOLAS R. BAIN
Attorney at Law Member of Mississippi House of Representatives 2nd District And
TYLER L. MOSS Attorney at Law Former Assistant District Attorney For the First Judicial District
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Deaths Vera Martin TISHOMINGO — Vera M. Martin died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are pending with Grayson Funeral Services.
Willie Austin Willie B. Austin, 85, died Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012, in Booneville. A private funeral service with military honors was held Saturday at Hight Funeral Home in Corinth with burial at Forrest Memorial Park. Born March 27, 1926, Mr. Austin was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Army. He received the ATO Medal, EAMETO Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. He worked in fabrication and was a Baptist. Bro. Kerry Powell officiated the service.
Jimmy Dillingham Jimmy Dale Dillingham died on Jan. 14, 2012. A private graveside memorial service will be held Monday at Oaks Hill Cemetery. He was born Feb. 24, 1952. He was preceded in death by his father, Leroy, and two sisters, Barbara and Geraldine. Survivors include his mother, Ruby; two sisters, Greta and Blenda; two brothers, Tim and Garion; and several nieces, nephews and great-nephews. Submitted photo
Pet of the Week The Daily Corinthian Pet of the Week is a female bassett mix named Katie. Katie is approximately 1 to 2 years old. She is very friendly and loves being with people. Call the Corinth Alcorn Animal Shelter at 662-2845800 for more information about pets for adoption.
KING: Woman is only surviving original member of homemakers club CONTINUED FROM 1A
Year Pen and the ThreeRuby Pen for active service on the local level at the awards luncheon. She is a past winner of the club’s fashion revue and a regular contributor to its cultural arts exhibitions. King, an 84-year-old Corinth resident, is the only surviving original member of the Town and Country Homemakers Club, part of the MSU Ex-
tension Service. The club was founded in September 1962. “We still exist today — but we’re getting kind of gray around the temples,” said Birks. Upon its founding, the Homemakers Club specialized in homemakers’ skills such as cooking and canning. The club has sponsored activities which share its skills at past county fairs and continues to stay active with a vari-
ety of functions, including sewing pillows for a children’s home in Jackson. The Homemakers also maintain the garden at the intersection of Old U.S. Highway 45 and U.S. 72. The Town and Country Homemakers Club holds an annual awards banquet. The 2012 banquet will honor King and celebrate its first 50 years in existence. The banquet will be held at the MSU Ex-
tension Service behind Crossroads Arena. All past members are invited to attend. Women interested in joining the club should contact Birks for more information. “New members are always welcome,” Birks said. “All ages are always welcome.” For more information contact Joan Birks at 2872702 or the MSU Extension Service at 286-7755.
WURLITZER: Mayor estimates 700 to 800 worked at site during peak CONTINUED FROM 1A
Alliance President Gary Chandler believes the plan will be good for marketing the site. “The building as it stands now, in my opinion, is not very marketable,” he said. “The mayor’s plan to tear the building down and market it as a site is the way we need to go.” With environmental studies involved, he noted it will
not be an overnight process. Irwin estimated 700 to 800 worked at Wurlitzer during its peak. Known for organs, electronic pianos and jukeboxes, the Rudolph Wurlitzer Company entered an agreement with Corinth in 1955 to come to the city. The agreement entailed a bond issue and the city improving the land and constructing a factory building of about 100,000 square feet. The Gateway property
has been an industrial site since 1950. “I’m delighted that a great woodworking business with the great reputation that FCA has is able to continue using the property for its intended use,” said building owner Clayton Stanley. Alcorn County Board of Supervisors President Lowell Hinton said the county supports the city’s effort to redevelop the property. Ward 1 Alderman An-
drew Labas said the city has begun taking applications and qualifying statements from engineers for the environmental assessment. “I feel like it’s a great industrial site. However, the current condition is not really marketable,” he said. Alderman at Large Mike Hopkins said he also supports the plan. “I do think that when we get it ready it will be an asset for recruiting new industry,” he said.
Hazel Kirk POCAHONTAS, Tenn. — Funeral services for Hazel Marie Kirk, 46, are set for 2 p.m. today at Gentry Chapel Church with burial at White Oak Cemetery. Mrs. Kirk, a homemaker, died Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012, at Jackson Madison County General Hospital. She was a Baptist, born June 21, 1965. Survivors include her husband, James Kirk of Pocahontas, Tenn.; two sons, James Lesley Kirk of Corinth and John Raymond Kirk of Pocahontas; one daughter, Susan Kirk of Pocahontas; her mother, Margie Wilbanks of Byhalia; brothers Johnny Wilbanks of Mountain View, Ark., Micheal Gentry of Hickory Flat, Roy Wilbanks of Byhalia and Sammy Wilbanks of Byhalia; one sister, Kathy Miller of Independence; and three grandchildren, Ruby Kirk, Mary Kirk and Jason Stanford. She was preceded in death by a son, William Travis Kirk; her father, Russell Wilbanks; and a sister, Diane Wilbanks. Bro. Travis Wilbanks will officiate the service. Visitation was Saturday evening. Corinthian Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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