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Vol. 116, No. 63
Local voters go with Santorum BY BOBBY J. SMITH email@example.com
Tuesday’s primary election in Alcorn County saw a low, primarily-Republican voter turnout. “What we found was that not
many Democrats turned out,” said Circuit Clerk Joe Caldwell. “Most of the people voted Republican.” Out of Alcorn County’s 23,660 registered voters, only 3,608 (15.25 percent) cast bal-
■ See state results on Page 11A. lots on Tuesday. In the race for Republican presidential nominee, Alcorn
County supported Rick Santorum, who netted 1,127 of the county’s votes — almost 35 percent of all votes cast in the county on Tuesday. Santorum was followed by Newt Gingrich with 1,024 votes (31.55 percent)
Local woman loves competing in team penning sport BY STEVE BEAVERS
and Mitt Romney with 921 votes (28.37 percent). Incumbent Alan Nunnelee received the majority of Alcorn County’s votes in the RepubliPlease see ELECTION | 12A
Drug unit plans ‘zero tolerance’ for meth makers BY STEVE BEAVERS
Erin Rainey has seen the country — all on a speedy horse. The 24-year-old has been part of team penning and ranch sorting competition since she was 6 after a friend of her father’s introduced the event. “It has been a family thing for me,” said the 2010 Mississippi State graduate. Rainey and her dad, David, have been teammates in the sport for 18 years. The two will be part of the United States Team Penning Association (USTPA) Regional Qualifying Show on Saturday at the Crossroads Arena, beginning at 9 a.m. The show — usually held at the Rainey’s Horseshoe R Arena off Highway 72 West every March — has been moved to the arena as part of Cowboy/Rodeo Week in Corinth and Alcorn County. “We have been doing this as a family for over 20 years,” said Erin’s mother Susie Rainey, who teamed with her daughter to win an event in 2005. “Erin fell in love with the sport and still loves it today.” Team penning begins with 30 cows marked zero through nine in multiples of three at one end of an arena. A team of three penners lines up and an announcer calls a number. The riders then race against the clock to strategically separate each cow with that number. Once separated, the cows must be gathered into a pen at the other end of the arena. “I just have a connection with horses,” said Erin Rainey inside the family arena. “If something
Staff photos by Steve Beavers
Please see PENNING | 12A
Erin Rainey has been competing in team penning with horses like Doc for close to 20 years.
The Alcorn Narcotics Unit is sending a clear message to those involved in methamphetamine activity. There will be no letting up. “There is a zero tolerance for people who manufacture methamphetamine,” said Alcorn Narcotics Unit’s Darrell Hopkins. “It is very serious with a lot of families suffering due to use and abuse.” The unit arrested a pair of individuals involved in the illegal activity over the weekend. Lacey Diane, 30, of 79 CR 515, Corinth and Christopher James Hughes, 36, of the same address, were arrested after turning themselves in to the Alcorn County Sheriff’s Department on Saturday. Both have been charged with conspiracy to manufacture meth and currently out on bond. The two individuals were stopped on U.S. 72 prior to officers determining they were traveling to other states purchasing pseudoephedrine pills used to manufacture meth. “People who cook meth continue to persuade other people to purchase pills and bring the pills to them,” said Hopkins. “They do this so their name does not come up on record as buying the pills.” According the officer, people who purchase the pills are convinced the activity isn’t illegal. “It is illegal to purchase pseudoephedrine pills and bring back to cooks to manufacture meth,” he said. “We are not going to let up on the cookers or people who posses methamphetamine.” Hopkins says officers keep a close eye on prescriptions of pseudoephedrine along with people that go to other states to buy the pills. “Children are the most vulnerable due to being exposed to the drug by simply living in the house where cooks and smokers have been,” said Hopkins. “This is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.”
“There is a zero tolerance for people who manufacture methamphetamine. It is very serious with a lot of families suffering due to use and abuse.” Darrell Hopkins Deputy, Alcorn Narcotics Unit
Cook-off looking for volunteers, more entries BY MARK BOEHLER firstname.lastname@example.org
Entries continue to trickle in for the 5th Annual Crossroads Chili Cook-Off, which crowns the official International Chili Society sanctioned Mississippi state champions in several categories. Organizers are hopeful a new Local Favorite category will help generate more local interest in the event as volunteers are also being asked to step forward to help as judges. The popular event will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 7, at the Corinth Depot in downtown Corinth in conjunction with the Green Market’s fourth season. “We continue to have teams sign up,” said cook-off organizer Steve Knight. “It’s still
“We continue to have teams sign up. It’s still a little early, but registrations now sure are appreciated as the number of entries will determine prize money.” Steve Knight Event organizer a little early, but registrations now sure are appreciated as the number of entries will determine prize money.” The Crossroads Chili CookOff has added a new Local Favorite Category which will be scored by sanctioned judges. The winner gets $300 and a trophy, while second and third places will depend on number of entries, said Knight. “This is something just for lo-
cal teams,” explained Knight. “We want to encourage some local friendly participation for bragging rights as to local folks who cook some good chili.” The fee is $25 and local favorites entries must have two quarts of chili for the judges and another gallon for People’s Choice. The best part for participants in the local favorite — the chili can be made ahead of time, not-
13 teams competed last year. “People enjoy sampling the chili.” The cook-off committee is encouraging churches, school groups, civic clubs and businesses — especially restaurants — to get involved and enter in local favorites. The Crossroads Chili CookOff will also host a sanctioned Please see CHILI | 12A
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ed Knight. “It’s simple for people to get involved,” added Knight. “Just prepare chili ahead of time and keep it warm.” People’s Choice is one of the most fun parts of the chili cookoff. For a small fee to a charity, people get to sample chili and pick their favorite. The winner gets a trophy. “People’s Choice has been a huge success,” said Knight, as
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Deaths Johnny Phillips John Thomas “Johnny” Phillips, 87, of Corinth, died Monday, March 12, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Saturday at Magnolia Funeral Home. Visitation is Friday from 5 until 8 p.m. and Saturday from noon until service time at the funeral home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Magnolia Funeral Home.
Funeral services with Military Honors for Charles Arnold Null, 80, of Corinth, are set for 2 p.m. Thursday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Forrest Memorial Park Cemetery. Mr. Null died Sunday, March 11, 2012, at his residence. He was born in Alcorn County on March 20, 1930. He served his country in the U.S. Army by fighting in the Korean War. He received the Korean Service Medal with one bronze star and the UN Service Medal. Mr. Null was a member of the American Legion for over 20 years and retired from Pittman Brothers LP after 50-plus years of service. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alec and Ethel Killough Null; one sister, Beatrice Newcomb; and one brother, Michael Null. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Mary Ann Deaton Null; three daughters, Lynn Null, Myra
Null (Daphne), Jerry Null (Millie) and Harold Null; nine grandchildren, Cassandra, Kevin, Jennnifer (John), Jeremy, Wesley (MaShell), Monica (Jerry), Logan, Cory and Mallory (James); 20 great-grandchildren; one great-greatgrandson; several nieces, nephews and a host of friends. Bro. Warren Jones and Bro. John Boler will officiate. Visitation is today from 5 until 8 p.m. and Tuesday from 11 a.m. until service time.
Elsie Bingham Funeral services for Elsie Elizabeth Bingham, 94, are set for 2 p.m. today at Hight Funeral Home. Mrs. Bingham was born Dec. 27, 1917, in Colbert County Alabama. She died Monday, March 12, 2012. One of the oldest attending members of The Church of the Crossroads, Mrs. Bingham loved her Sunday school class, Songs of Zion, and attended as long as she could. She was a loving housewife who enjoyed cooking, gardening and working in the yard. She was very energetic and loved a good game of dominoes and cards with her family and friends. She was affectionately known as Granny and Tic-Tock, a beloved mother, grandmother and Bingham loyal friend, but above all she was a woman of God (Proverbs 31:10-13). She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Grady Bingham; a great-grandson, Branden Haskin; a granddaughter, Lina Brunstad Haskin; a great-granddaughter, Heather Haskin; two sons-in-law, Leck Fraley Jr. and David Brunstad; four sisters; three brothers; and her parents, James and Carrie Patey. Survivors include three daughters, Patsy Brunstad and Frankie Fraley of Memphis, Tenn., and Nancy Hight (Wayne) of Corinth; five grandchildren, Kim Doles (John) of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Brad Hight of Corinth, Amy Mora of Memphis, Tenn., Bingham “Bing” Fraley of Memphis, Tenn., and Nancy Stoneman (Ronnie) of Nashville, Tenn.; ten great-grandchildren, David Haskin, Sarah Mora, Michael Doles, Megan Stoneman, Matthew Stoneman, Rachel Stoneman, Braddock Hight, Sydney Hight, Neeley Hight and Franklin Fraley; and her best friend, Sally Plaxico. Rev. Nelson Hight will conduct the services. Visitation is today from 9:30 a.m. until service time at Hight Funeral Home. Studdard (Bobby), all of Corinth, and Anita Tucker (Randy) of Adamsville, Tenn.; one son, Anthony Null of Corinth; two sis-
Funeral services for Dolores Self, 77, are set for 1 p.m. today at McPeters Inc. Funeral Directors Chapel with burial at Henry Cemetery. Mrs. Self died Monday, March 12, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. She was born Sept. 15, 1934, in Memphis, Tenn. She was a retired property manager. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ted Stephens and Alyce Purvis Kellum. Survivors include a son, Robert Steven Borchert of Memphis, Tenn.; two daughters, Cathryn Bolles (Vaughn) of Collierville, Tenn., and Teresa Schwend of Nesbit; three grandchildren, Brian O’Neal, Shannon Schwend and Christina Bolles; four great-grandchildren; and a host of cousins. Bro. Warren Jones will officiate. Visitation is today from 11 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.
ters, Imojean Dillingham (Don), and Mary Ruth Tyson (Noel); six brothers, Aaron Null (Joretta), Hershell Null (Mary), Jimmy
Corinth School District Project Director Kim Jobe won six awards at the Mississippi School Public Relations Association’s annual awards dinner. One award include a first place for a feature story on Corinth Elementary School Principal Denise WebbHarrell.
Project director wins six awards For the Daily Corinthian
JACKSON — Corinth School District Project Director Kim Jobe was one of 20 Mississippi public school communication officers recognized for their work recently during the recent Mississippi School Public Relations Association’s annual awards dinner. “We have so many great programs and people in our schools, and this is one way to honor their hard work in the area of communications,” said Nicole Thomas, public infor-
Preserved memorabilia at Tennessee Civil War event For the Daily Corinthian
PICKWICK DAM, Tenn. — The Tennessee State Library and Archives continues the successful Looking Back project on April 4 at Pickwick Landing State Park. This event is a rare opportunity for all Tennessee citizens and visitors with Tennessee Civil War manuscripts, artifacts and photographs to have the items digitally preserved free of charge. As part of the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, a team of professional archivists, curators and conservators from TSLA will be on-hand starting at 10 a.m. to digitize privatelyowned Civil War records. “The great strength of this project is that it reaches out to families and com-
munities around the state and taps into that rich vein of interest in the Civil War that exists in Tennessee,” said Dr. Wayne Moore, assistant state archivist. “The quality of the photographs, documents and artifacts that people are bringing out is just extraordinary. No other state has done a Civil War digitization project of this magnitude. It allows us to create a virtual archive that will be a resource and legacy for future generations of students and Civil War scholars.” The goal of the Looking Back: The Civil War in Tennessee project is to digitize records and artifacts from all 95 counties in Tennessee and promote public interest in Tennessee’s Civil War history. The files are maintained
by TSLA and will become part of a virtual archive to be used by the general public as well as K-12 teachers and students. The state’s 2012 Sesqui-
centennial Signature Event, “Invasions by Rail and River: The Battle of Shiloh,” will be held April 4-5 at Pickwick Landing State Park in Pickwick Dam. Dur-
ing the event, the public will not only have the opportunity to have their Tennessee related Civil War memorabilia copied, but can review some of the 7,500 relics.
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