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Daily Corinthian Vol. 116, No. 201
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• Corinth, Mississippi • 16 pages • 1 section
Inmate escapes, found hiding in ditch BY BRANT SAPPINGTON firstname.lastname@example.org
A Booneville man being held in the Prentiss County jail on burglary and larceny charges escaped from a parked patrol car while shackled at the hands and waist and was discovered a short time later hiding submerged in a nearby ditch. Matthew Branch Arnold, 24, of Booneville had been taken to a doctor by a deputy who then stopped at Booneville Discount Pharmacy to have a prescription filled - leaving the prisoner locked in the back of the patrol car. Arnold was dressed in orange prison clothing, hand-
cuffed behind his back and shackled at the feet. Prentiss County Sheriff Randy Tolar said Arnold kicked out the back driver’s side window of the car and fled on foot. After approximately an hour, Deputy Keith Lovell spotted the prisoner trying to cross a ditch between MetroCast cable and Unity Broadcasting on North Third Street, one street west of the pharmacy. The suspect then attempted to elude officers by hiding under an overhang in the bank of the ditch with only his nose above the water to allow him to breathe. Booneville Police
Department Detective Jerry Bridges noticed the water looked different in the area and then spotted the submerged prisoner. Arnold was taken back into custody at 1:49 p.m., approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes after he escaped. Tolar said he had been in the Prentiss County Jail since June 13 on burglary and larceny charges filed by Booneville PD. He will now face an additional charge of felony escape. The sheriff said they appreciate all those who assisted in Please see WATERLOGGED | 2
Photo courtesy Prentiss County Sheriff’s Department
Prentiss County Deputy Keith Lovell leads escapee Matthew Branch Arnold out of a ditch, where the prisoner had attempted to hide by submerging himself under the water after escaping from a patrol car.
Drainage districts eye tax option BY JEBB JOHNSTON email@example.com
The Bridge, Phillips and Elam Drainage Districts are making preparations to exercise their taxing authority. Milton Sandy Jr., chairman of the Elam Creek Drainage District, delivered notice of the intended tax to the Alcorn County Board of Supervisors Monday morning along with final paperwork on the fourth of the five priority drainage projects approved
by the Tombigbee River Valley Water Management District. The concurrent drainage districts are seeking a tax of twotenths of 1 mill on property within the districts beginning in fiscal 2013. Sandy said it is a “token” amount that will generate about $15,000 per year and cost $2 on a property with a value of $100,000. In an afternoon session, supervisors focused on the county budget and completed the pro-
posal which will go to a public hearing at 9 a.m. on Sept. 4. The Board of Supervisors is proposing no change to the millage level of 53. One reason for the drainage district tax is “so we can pay legal and engineering costs to consolidate these three drainage districts into one,” said Sandy. “Our intention is to consolidate into one drainage district and annex property within the city of Corinth, which is us-
ing the drainage districts for storm water drainage.” Another reason is to be better positioned for grants. “You have to prove that you have taxing authority, and you have to prove that you can maintain the improvements that the Corps of Engineers or any kind of government agency helps you with,” said Sandy. Please see DISTRICT | 2
Boys & Girls Club garners education award BY STEVE BEAVERS firstname.lastname@example.org
“Telling Teens” is tops in Mississippi. The Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Mississippi received the best club honor for the musical production used to promote its after school program. The local club was presented the Mississippi Program Award in Education & Career at a banquet hosted by the Boys & Girls Club of America and Mississippi Area Council. “I have won program awards the last five years, but this is the first one in education,” said unit director Christy Grice. Grice, who was named unit director of the Corinth club last
June, won previously in the art & life skills category. “The goal of the project was to develop a core of teenage storytellers who would promote the club and share the benefits of being a member as well as the benefits of building community partnership,” said the unit director. Grice used the story of “The Wizard of Oz” to show the benefits. The club’s version of the classic had Dorothy discovering the Boys & Girls Club and all it has to offer. “I was looking for something to the keep the kids interested,” she said. “I think they really Please see AWARD | 2
Staff photo by Steve Beavers
Unit Director Christy Grice and the Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Mississippi received the Boys & Girls Club of Amercia and Mississippi Area Council program award in the education and career development category.
‘Controlled burn’ sees 3 FDs respond BY BOBBY J. SMITH email@example.com
A controlled burn at a Pisgah residence got the attention of a number of concerned motorists Monday morning. The Pisgah Volunteer Fire Department received a call just after 9 a.m. about a structure fire on the corner of U.S. 45 and County Road 8200, just across the line in Prentiss County. When firefighters arrived at the scene a few minutes later they learned that it was a controlled burning of an old manufactured home, said Pisgah Fire Chief Gary Yancey. “It was a controlled burn, but a concerned passerby saw it and called it in,” said Yancey. “But it was an old trailer they had been tearing apart for a couple of weeks. The windows were gone, wires and two-by-fours were showing — it was an old trailer being demolished.” Yancey said the firefighters didn’t realize the call wasn’t an emergency until they arrived at the scene. “I guess we can consider it a training session,” the fire chief said with a laugh. “If it had been the real McCoy, we’d have been Please see BURN | 2
Photo contest has 50 entries; deadline to enter is Aug. 31 BY JEBB JOHNSTON firstname.lastname@example.org
Staff photo by Steve Beavers
Crossroads Museum Director Brandy Steen hands a photo contest entry.
The Crossroads Museum is asking local photographers to put forth their best shots. The entry period for the annual photo competition is open and continues through Aug. 31. About 50 entries have been submitted thus far. “What I’ve seen so far are really good,” said Museum Director Brandy Steen. “I’ve gotten a lot of vacation photos.” The museum hopes to see a spike in participation this year, and Steen notes that anyone might have a winner on the camera phone in his or her pocket. “Someone asked me the other day if they could enter a photo
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of a sunset they took using their iPhone,” she said. The answer is yes — as long as an 8x10 print can be made, it’s eligible. “I encourage anyone who has taken a photo they are proud of to enter the contest,” said Steen. The competition is for amateur photographers who do not derive more than half of their income from photography, and the photos cannot have been previously published. Photos must have been taken since 2010 and may be entered in the categories of architectural landscapes, natural landscapes, people, pets and animals, blossoms, vacations and digitally edited. With the exception of the va-
cation category, photos must have been taken in the local tristate region. Contest entries will comprise an exhibit for the month of September at the museum with an opening reception and awards ceremony on Sept. 7. The museum changed its previous plan to have the exhibit at the library. The cost is $10 per entry for the first three photos and $5 per entry thereafter, with the number of entries determining the cash prizes. Photos may be digital, film, black and white or color. Photos should be submitted in the 8 by 10 format and should not be framed or matted. Photos Please see CONTEST | 2
On this day in history 150 years ago Aug. 21 — President Davis orders that General David Hunter and “all other officers who drilled, organized, or instructed slaves with a view to using them as soldiers to kill whites were to be considered outlaws. If captured, they were not to be treated like prisoners-of-war but held for execution as felons.”
August is National CATARACT Awareness Month
Dr. John Shipp, M.D.
Cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss worldwide, affecting nearly 22 million Americans age 40 and older. By age 80, half of all Americans will have cataracts. Cataracts are a natural result of aging when the eye’s lens turns yellow and cloudy. Symptoms of cataracts may include blurred vision, difficulty seeing at night, glare or sensitivity to light, faded colors, need for brighter light for reading, and frequent changes in eyeglass prescription. --- If you are experiencing trouble with your vision that may be due to cataracts, call (662) 286-6068 to schedule your cataract evaluation.
Eye Care Specialists 3302 W. Linden St. Corinth, MS 38834 (662) 286-6068
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Staff photo by Bobby J. Smith
Wreck injures two Two Alcorn County residents were hospitalized as the result of a two-car crash near the Pisgah community Monday morning. Shortly before 11 a.m. a tan Toyota Corolla and a white Pontiac Grand Am collided headon when one of the vehicles attemped to turn from County Road 518 onto County Road 552. “That’s a bad place to turn right there,” said Pisgah Fire Chief Gary Yancey. “You can’t seen anything over the hill.” Both drivers were taken to Magnolia Regional Health Center. The investigating officers from the Alcorn County Sheriff’s Department refused to identify either of the drivers or release any information about the accident.
Bellevue’s Dr. Gaines speaks tonight BY JEFF YORK For the Daily Corinthian
A Corinth native will return to the Crossroads City tonight to preach as part of Oakland Baptist Church’s “Awesome August” series of worship services. Dr. Steve Gaines, pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova, will preach at Oakland for the first time tonight at 7 p.m. He was born in Corinth and spent most of his childhood in Dyersburg. “We are very happy to have him come to speak at our church,” said Oakland pastor Dr. Randy Bostick. “He and I have
been friends for a long time and have preached together at several conferences in the past. He is excited about coming to preach in Corinth.” Dr. Gaines replaced the legendary Dr. Adrian Rogers as Bellevue’s pastor in 2005. He came to Bellevue after a successful tenure at First Baptist Church in Gardendale, Ala. His first pastorate was at Lake Shore Baptist in Lake Dallas, Texas and he served three years as pastor at West Jackson Baptist in Jackson, Tenn. “I’ve followed his ministry for several years and I know he was Dr. Rogers
first choice to replace him at Bellevue,” said Dr. Bostick. “When you have to follow Adrian as a pastor, it is like following Bear Bryant as the Alabama football coach.” Bellevue’s television and Internet ministries have helped introduce Dr. Gaines to a wide exposure of people throughout the Mid-South and the country. Bellevue is one of the largest churches in the Southern Baptist Convention. “A lot of folks have told me they were coming because he is their favorite television preacher,” said Dr. Bostick. “I’ve had peo-
ple in town tell me they were coming to hear him preach, some who are not even Baptist.” While he was pastor at Gardendale, the church led the state of Alabama for seven years and was second in three other years in just over 13 years as their pastor. He has written two books, “Morning Manna” in 2003 and “When God Comes to Church” in 2007. Oakland Baptist will conclude their “Awesome August” series next Tuesday with Bro. Ed Newton coming to preach on a youth oriented night.
enjoyed it … especially, wearing the costumes.” According to Grice, “The Wizard of Oz” theme went a long in entertaining and educating youth around the area on the importance of an after school program. “It sent the message that after school is key to children’s success and that we must keep the lights on and doors open after school,” added Grice. “Telling Teens” was unveiled at the Crossroads Museum during the club’s participation in the 12th Annual Lights On After School last October. As part of
program, clubbers took part in a scarecrow contest with entries displayed around downtown. “The program was designed to get the community involved and let them see the daily programs that take place in our local club,” said Grice. The Boys & Girls Club has been busy since the start of school. Grice said the club is “getting ready for the annual Kids Day” at Crossroads Regional Park. The day is set for September 15. Grice is also in the process of lining up Phenomenal Women to speak with clubbers. Anyone woman interested in having a program with the females of the club can contact Grice at 286-2808.
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Taxing authority came with the court order reactivating the drainage districts. The districts previously had a tax until 1948 when the bond was paid off for construction of the canals, according to Sandy.
The drainage districts will have a public hearing on the tax. On the other drainage matter, Sandy presented the necessary documents to proceed with the priority cleanup project, which is on Bridge Creek from U.S. Highway 72 north to the Norfolk Southern railroad crossing.
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the search including the police department, Northern District Prentiss County Constable
Sammy Henderson, the Prentiss County Coroners office and numerous volunteers. Several witnesses also aided in tracking down the escapee.
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there with plenty of water and hose.” The Pisgah firefighters were back at the station
by 9:45 a.m. Personnel from the Biggersville, Rienzi and Southwest fire departments all responded to the fire.
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must have the owner’s contact details, title and category written on the back, and an entry form must be submitted. A panel of anonymous
judges will critique the submitted work. The entry form and all contest details can be found on the web at crossroadsmuseum.com or can be picked up at the museum at 221 North Fillmore.
Customers of Alcorn County Water Association on the Jacinto water system, beginning at the treatment plant and going east to CR 449, are advised to boil drinking water. Pressure at the well was lost
due to a main line break. The State Health Department recommends boiling drinking water vigorously for one minute before use. Customers will be notified when samples have been cleared by the health department.
Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, 1-4 p.m. Admission is adults, $5; over 50, $3; and children under 16, free. For more information, contact the museum at 662-287-3120 or visit www.crossroadsmuseum. com.
card, kids may participate in a ranger-led tour or answer a question about their visit to the park. Children visiting Shiloh or Corinth will receive a free Civil War backpack by showing a card from another park to a park ranger. For a list of the participating parks and images of trading cards, go to the NPS flickr site at http://bit.ly/JPrPnT. For more information on the cards, contact the Shiloh visitor center at 731689-5696 or the Corinth Center at 662-287-9273. Information can also be found on the park website at www.nps.gov/shil.
Things to do Today Homecoming reunion and the tax impact are The Alcorn County Branch NAACP is planning for the 2013 Homecoming Reunion. Anyone who would like to meet for the first meeting is encouraged to join in the meeting tonight at 7 p.m. at the Johns Street Community Center. Please bring any ideas for the reunion.
Future Fare Corinth voters can have their say today on Future Fare. All voting in the special election on a 12-mill property tax increase for infrastructure improvements will take place at City Hall between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Copies of the Future Fare booklet with details on city finances
available at City Hall.
Rogers camp meets The Col. William P. Rogers Sons of Confederate Veterans are holding their monthly meeting today at Martha’s Menu, 302 Taylor St. in Corinth at 7 p.m. The speaker will be Alan Palmer, commander of the Mississippi Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Visitors are welcome to attend all meetings.
Senior activities The First Presbyterian Senior Adult Ministry hosts a Wii sports class for senior adults on Tuesdays at 9 a.m. There
is no cost to participate. Call the church office at 286-6638 to register or Kimberly Grantham at 284-7498.
gust to those who come in to pick up information on “Free things to see and do in MS,” and sign the daily visitor register.
Free ‘things to do’
The Alcorn County Welcome Center, 2028 S. Tate St., Corinth has information on free museums, free parks, free events, etc. and welcomes everyone to come in and find out what they can do in Mississippi for free. The Welcome Center is highlighting Corinth, Iuka, and the surrounding area, but will also have information on all free things throughout the entire state. There will be a free Mississippi specialty item giveaway during the month of Au-
The Bishop Activity Center is having the following activities today: Exercise. Senior citizens age 60 and above are welcome and encouraged to attend. Daily activities include crafts, jigsaw puzzles, quilting, table games (Dominoes & Rook), washer games and Rolo Golf.
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Civil War exhibit The Crossroads Museum at the Historic Depot at 221 North Fillmore Street (across from Joe’s Shoes) in downtown Corinth has a special Civil War Archives exhibit to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Corinth, Battle of Shiloh and the Civil War. The exhibit features authentic and some never-beforeseen rare Civil War relics and information from the vast Crossroads Museum archives. The museum is open
Prussia exhibit Dogwood Plantation resident and artist Alice Prussia has 25 additional paintings added to her exhibit at Dogwood Plantation Assisted Living bring her total collection to 75 paintings. Visitors are welcomed to view the exhibit at Dogwood Plantation, 1101 Levee Rd., Corinth.
Trading cards Shiloh National Military Park is now offering new Civil War to Civil Rights trading cards. Both the Shiloh Battlefield and the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center are offering 10 free trading cards featuring the people and stories of the Civil War in this area, including lesser-known stories of the Civil War. To “earn” a trading tqxÃ;:K97J?EDÃI7L?D=IÃFB7D <?N;:Ã?D9EC; I H;J?H;C;DJÃFB7DD?D=
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