Tuesday August 28,
Daily Corinthian Vol. 116, No. 207
• Corinth, Mississippi • 16 pages • 1 section
30 employers register for job fair BY STEVE BEAVERS email@example.com
The job search will end for some come Sept. 18. Those attending the Northeast Mississippi WIN Job Fair could find the type of work they have dreamed about. “Thirty employers have regis-
1 qualifies for school board BY JEBB JOHNSTON firstname.lastname@example.org
With less than two weeks to go for county school board qualifying, just one name is on the list thus far. As of noon Monday, only 3rd district incumbent Carroll Morton has submitted qualifying papers at the circuit clerk’s office. Based on the number of inquiries by prospective candidates, the clerk’s office is expecting one or two candidates for each position. The deadline is 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7. A majority of the school board seats are up for election — districts 2, 3 and 4. The District 4 incumbent is Mary Kathryn Coleman. In district 2, the current board member, Dale Bain, has said he will not seek election to the post. A special election to complete the term of his late mother, Peggy Bain, accompanies the regular election for districts 3 and 4. A six-year term is up for grabs in districts 3 and 4, while the district 2 winner will serve the four years left Please see BOARD | 2
Governor’s Job Fair Network — a statewide program created to aid Mississippians in finding safe and secure employment. Job seekers will also have access to the WIN Job Center bus. The bus is equipped with computers that can be used to touch up resumes and search jobs on
the extensive Mississippi Department of Employment Securities Job Bank. Those attending the fair should come with a positive attitude and dress as they would for an interview.
Alliance seeks members
Area preps for rain, wind from TS Isaac
tered and more will register before the event date,” said WIN Job Center Case Manager/ Custom Service Coordinator Amanda Johnson. Last year during the five hours of the Job Fair, 358 people were hired. Job seekers will have a chance
to make face-to-face contact with employers during the fair. That’s something that doesn’t usually happen during today’s method of online applications. The event, set for 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Crossroads Arena, is free and open to the public. The Job Fair is part of the
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The Alliance kicked off its annual membership drive on Monday, with the goal of welcoming new members into the association. Alliance members have formed teams that will engage in some friendly competition to find out which team can recruit more new members through the end of the drive on Thursday. “Membership in the Alliance is something that is mutually beneficial for not only the Alliance, but for the business that sees the value in joining,” said Alliance President Gary Chandler. “The Alliance helps market all of our member businesses, and in turn, our member businesses are able to help the community advance with their investment in the Alliance.” Alliance member and team captains met at Pizza Grocery on Monday to officially kick off the membership drive. The main speaker at the kickoff lunch was Paul Oliver, the founder of Chamber of Commerce Consultants and past candidate for lieutenant governor of Mississippi. Oliver emphasized the need for chamber of commerce type associations — especially in times of economic woe. “You’re wondering if a membership drive is effective today, with the economy the way it is. It’s going to be more effective,” Oliver said, “because people
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to the board how big of an upside we have … we have to build on what we already have.”
With Tropical Storm Isaac expected to turn into a hurricane sometime today, the Crossroads area is bracing for what could be a wet and windy approach to the weekend. According to the National Weather Service, the outer bands of Isaac will begin moving over the Southeast today. The Corinth area could begin seeing light rain tonight, with chances of precipitation continuing as the week progresses. As of Monday afternoon, forecasters were predicting two possible tracks for the storm as it moves to the north — up the Mississippi River or northward through the center of the state. The main storm will probably reach north Mississippi and Alabama either Thursday or Friday, according to AccuWeather. “If it goes up the mouth of the Mississippi, we can see mild flooding, possibly, but it’s more likely going to be in the Delta, around Clarksdale,” said Alcorn Emergency Management Director Ricky Gibens. “If it goes straight up through Mississippi inland, we could get three to five inches of rain and mild flooding.” The area could possibly get some mild to moderate strength straight-line winds that may cause damage, and there is a chance of flash flooding. Another effect of the storm may be an influx of displaced residents of the coast that could fill local motels and even necessitate the designation of temporary shelters. Gibens said the recent work done to Corinth’s draining system should prevent any major flooding in the city. “Since M.L. Sandy Jr. and some people have done so much dredging and all they’ve done, it may not affect us much,” said Gibens. Corinth Street Commissioner Jim Bynum and his crew are on standby, sharpening their saws and making sure the backhoes are ready. “We’re cleaning the storm drains and making sure there’s no debris in the ditches,” Bynum said.
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Consultant Paul Oliver speaks to Alliance members during the membership drive kickoff lunch. need your Alliance more than ever.” Oliver told the group to focus on the PEC method — working with pride, enthusiasm and commitment. He spoke about the importance of believing in oneself. “A man can’t do what he don’t believe in no more than he can come back from where he’s never been,” he said, repeating the whole phrase to let it sink in. Team Captain Jonathan
Marsh said his team looks forward to the membership drive this year. “And if you’re not yet an Alliance member, contact me and we’ll get that done,” he said. The Alliance is the chamber of commerce and economic development for Corinth and Alcorn County. For more information about the Alliance or membership in The Alliance call 2875269 or email Kelly Rinehart at email@example.com
Program: Stronger families mean better community BY STEVE BEAVERS firstname.lastname@example.org
The possibilities are unlimited. Those words were driven home to members of the Easom Outreach Foundation and Corinth/Alcorn County Excel By 5. The words came from someone who knows. Dr. Joan Butler has been there. The director of Family-Centered Programs with the Starkville School District started with no budget in her attempt to strengthen families of the students in the district. Her it-all-begins-with-the-family approach, helped FamilyCentered Programs produce a stronger school system and community. “Look at the community and see what is offered,” said Dr. Butler. “See where your strengths are and what services are not being offered.” Since incorporating the plan to make families stronger, the Starkville District has reached thousands of families with special attention paid to at-risk families.
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Easom Outreach Foundation Chairman Samuel Crayton goes over ideas with a committee. “Take what we did in Starkville and make it better,” said Butler to the group of leaders on Saturday. “The main thing is to use all your commu-
nity resources.” “I got a lot of ideas out of this,” said Easom Outreach Foundation Chairman Samuel Crayton. “Her program conveys
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On this day in history 150 years ago Aug. 28 — During heavy fighting at Groveton, Virginia, “Stonewall” Jackson’s troops attack a Federal division but are stopped cold by a brigade of western troops. Under Gen. John Gibbon, the Union soldiers fight with such tenacity they are hereafter known as the “Iron Brigade.”
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.
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Butler, also the Oktibbeha County Excel By 5 chairman, noticed that up to 75 percent of the children coming into her district weren’t ready for school. “With so many other things going on, there was very little time for instruction,” she said. “My job was to see that 75 percent get caught up.” Butler was transferred to the central office in 1994 with no budget in her efforts to improve the relationship of the family, school and community. The director came up with the idea of the Family Centered Programs. Under the programs, Butler set up fee-based and grant-based programming which transformed into the Emerson Family School and Emerson Family Resource Center. “I got what no one wanted, but I had a building,” said Butler. “I also had to juggle a lot of different budgets to make sure the program worked.” One area the director hit on was a year-round program for children. “Schools shouldn’t be closed at 3 p.m.,” she said. “The greatest need for children is between the hours of 3-6.” Emerson Family School is a licensed fee-based service that cares for children 6-weeks to five years-old. The Extended Day portion of the school provides after school and summer programming for schoolaged youngsters year round. Homework assistance and fun actives are also offered. “It is important to have a vision,” said Butler. The Emerson Family Resource Center is run using grants and involves families and the community. “You want get everything you apply for, but that shouldn’t stop you,”
“We’re making sure there’s plenty of oil for the saws, plenty of fuel, chains and files — and make sure we are prepared.” As with any possible disaster, Gibens said it is prudent for residents to make sure they have enough fuel for their vehicles, extra flashlights and batteries, blankets, a transistor radio with extra batteries, rain gear and plenty of canned or dried food that can be eaten without having to be cooked. People need one gallon of water for each person for each day for toiletries and another gallon-per-person of drinking water, Gibens explained. People should also have enough of any
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Commission on the Future of Alcorn County task force member Bobby Capps and a member of the Easom Outreach Foundation Board of Directors discuss plans following the presentation of Dr. Joan Butler.
prescription medications they depend on, as well as water and food for their pets. Families with babies should stock up on diapers. “They used to recommend people make emergency kits for 72 hours, but now they say plan for five to seven days,” Gibens said. Emergency kits can be assembled in one or two tote bags. Food and water should be rotated every six months. Gibens said the best thing to do is to stay aware of the situation. “Just keep an eye on the TV and Weather Channel to find out what’s coming your way,” he said. For more information about emergency kits go to the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency website at www. msema.org.
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on Peggy Bain’s term. School board hopefuls need to reside in the appropriate district and submit a petition with the signatures of at least 50 registered voters in the district. The qualifying period opened on Aug. 8. The nonpartisan school board qualifying will finally round out the ballot for the Nov. 6 general election, which is headlined by the presidential election. Also on the ballot Staff photo by Steve Beavers
Dr. Joan Butler spoke with the Easom Outreach Foundation Board of Directors and the Corinth/Alcorn County Excel By 5 on Saturday. said Butler. Butler’s effort impressed Bobby Capps, a task force member with Commission on the Future of Alcorn County. “She really cares about the community,” said Capps. “If the vision is
right and you realize the community is your resource, you can do the things you want to do.” Crayton and Capps both realize it all starts with the family. “If we don’t pull the family together, none of
this will work,” said Crayton. “We have to figure out how to strengthen the family,” added Capps. “We have to get back to the things that matter with the family being the core foundation.”
are county election commissioners, one state Supreme Court seat and two congressional races. Absentee voting for the election will begin in late September. “We’ve got a lot of military requests for absentees so far,” said Deputy Clerk Crystal Starling. People who are not registered to vote must register by Saturday, Oct. 6, to be eligible to vote in the Nov. 6 election. The clerk’s office will open until 7 p.m. Oct. 1-5 to help people find time to register.
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Job seekers are also advised to bring a resume, make arrangements for child care before the job fair and to be there when the doors open at 9 a.m. Employer registration cost is $150.
“It’s not too late for employers to register,” added Johnson. “Forms will be taken until the day of the fair.” Job seekers can see the list of registered employers by going to jobfairs. ms.gov For more information call 662-287-3247.
Today in History Today is Tuesday, Aug. 28, the 241st day of 2012. There are 125
days left in the year.
Public Hearing Notice A public hearing will be held on September 4, 2012, to provide the general public with an opportunity to comment on the taxing and spending plan incorporated in the proposed budget of the City of Corinth for the ﬁscal year beginning October 1, 2012 and ending September 30, 2013. The meeting will be held in the Board Room of the Municipal Building at 5:00 p.m. All interested citizens are encouraged to attend and comment. The City is proposing NO ad valorem tax increase. Tommy Irwin Mayor
On Aug. 28, 1862, the Second Battle of Bull Run (also known as Second Manassas) began in Prince William County, Va., during the Civil War (the result was a Confederate victory).
On this date: In 1609, English sea explorer Henry Hudson and his ship, the Half Moon, reached present-day Delaware Bay. In 1910, the Kingdom of Montenegro was proclaimed. In 1922, the first-ever radio commercial aired on station WEAF in New York City (the 10-minute advertisement was for the
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Queensboro Realty Co., which had paid a fee of $100). In 1947, legendary bullfighter Manolete died after being gored during a fight in Linares, Spain; he was 30. In 1955, Emmett Till, a black teenager from Chicago, was abducted from his uncle’s home in Money, Miss., by two white men after he had supposedly whistled at a white woman; he was found brutally slain three days later. In 1962, Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter resigned; President John F. Kennedy nominated Arthur Goldberg to succeed him. In 1963, more than 200,000 people listened as the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. In 1968, police and anti-war demonstrators clashed in the streets of Chicago as the Democratic National Convention nominated Hubert H.
Humphrey for president. In 1972, Mark Spitz of the United States won the first two of his seven gold medals at the Munich Olympics, finishing first in the 200-meter butterfly and anchoring the 400-meter freestyle relay. The Soviet women gymnasts won the team all-around. In 1987, a fire damaged the Arcadia, Fla., home of Ricky, Robert and Randy Ray, three hemophiliac brothers infected with AIDS whose court-ordered school attendance had sparked a local uproar. Academy Award-winning movie director John Huston died in Middletown, R.I., at age 81. In 1988, 70 people were killed when three Italian stunt planes collided during an air show at the U.S. Air Base in Ramstein, West Germany. In 1990, an F5 tornado struck the Chicago area, killing 29 people.
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