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Daily Corinthian Vol. 116, No. 266
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Aldermen to consider liquor vote Supporters of a referendum on liquor sales present petitions Tuesday BY BRANT SAPPINGTON email@example.com
Corinth aldermen will consider setting a special election for a city-wide referendum on the sale of liquor at their regular meeting on Tuesday night. An agenda for Tuesday’s regular meeting of the board of aldermen released late Friday
lists consideration of the certification of the petition seeking the vote and consideration of a resolution setting a special election for the vote among the items to be discussed. Supporters of a vote on the liquor issue have been gathering signatures since September and now have the required 2,400
signatures on their petitions to force a citywide vote. The effort is seeking a vote on whether or not to permit the sale of liquor within the city limits of Corinth. A new state law allows citizens in cities with a population of at least 5,000 people or which are the county seat and are located in a county
that is currently dry to petition for a referendum on whether to allow liquor sales only within the city limits. The petitions must include the signatures of at least 20 percent of the city’s registered voters, a number supporters have now reached in Corinth. The law requires the board
of aldermen to set an election on the issue once the required number of signatures is presented and certified. They must provide a notice of at least 30 days prior to the date of the election. Corinth’s referendum on the issue would most likely be held in December.
Election officials predict record turnout Tuesday BY BOBBY J. SMITH firstname.lastname@example.org
Local election officials are expecting a big turnout for Tuesday’s general election and want to make the public aware of some new equipment that will be in place. The new electronic polling booths will be in place in half the 16 precincts in Alcorn County — Five Points, North Corinth, Jacinto, Central, Glen, South Corinth, Kossuth and College. They will be in place in all
of the precincts that are split for the school board elections, explained 4th District Election Commissioner Keith Settlemires. The electronic polling booths were also sent to other, non-split precincts to give voters a chance to get used to them. “Eventually it’s coming to this,” said Settlemires. “They have many advantages. They keep a paper poll you can double check, and in the time Please see ELECTION | 2A
Staff photo by Bobby J. Smith
Charge! The 16th Alabama living history regiment will demonstrate many facets of life for the common Civil War soldier in the Western Theater today at the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center.
Grand illumination spotlights history BY BOBBY J. SMITH email@example.com
For Corinth residents Larry and Marilyn Mangus, volunteering at the Grand Illumination is an annual tradition.
“We’ve missed one year, but we’ve been here every year but that one,” said Larry. The couple were among the many volunteers helping to place luminaries on the grounds
of the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center on Saturday. Larry is the commander of the local Col. W.P. Rogers Camp of
Staff photo by Bobby J. Smith
Circuit Clerk Joe Caldwell looks over the voting maps in preparation for Tuesday’s election.
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Field trip introduces elementary students to Civil War Toy Store registration kicking off BY BOBBY J. SMITH
A group of Corinth Elementary School students spent a fun-filled and educational Saturday on a field trip to the Grand Illumination activities. Amy Chandler’s CES fourth grade class, along with some of the students’ siblings, made a day of the Grand Illumination activities. The kids learned about the Civil War from park rangers and living history reenactors, and even chipped in to help the volunteers place luminaries around the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center.
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BY BRANT SAPPINGTON firstname.lastname@example.org
Staff photo by Bobby J. Smith
Fourth grade students from Corinth Elementary School learned about Old Douglass, the Civil War camel, during their field trip to Grand Illumination activities on Saturday.
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Christmas is just around the corner and the Lighthouse Foundation is already gearing up to make the holidays brighter for those struggling in these tough economic times. The foundation will begin registering participants in its 17th annual Toy Store Christmas toy program this MonPlease see LIGHTHOUSE | 2A
On this day in history 150 years ago Grant’s army pauses at Davis Bridge on the Hatchie River, the scene of recent heavy fighting during the Corinth campaign. Richard Gatling receives a patent for his rapid fire Gatling gun which makes an appearance on battlefields late in the war.
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Beaver control signup underway BY STEVE BEAVERS email@example.com
Landowners are getting help controlling the beaver population. In order to assist local farmers conserve timber and crops, beaver control sign-up is being done through the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Registration runs through Nov. 30 at the conservation office. “It continues to be a big problem,” said Sandy
Mitchell with the Alcorn County Soil and Water Conservation District. “We felt the issues would drop off at some point, but we haven't reached that level yet.” A heavy beaver activity have caused landowners to suffer significant damage through the years. The damming of creeks by the animals has led to water covering prime cropland and timberland. “This is still a needed program,” said Mitchell.
“We had more people sign up last year than ever before.” Last year, 156 landowners took part with 266 beavers eliminated over 5,400 acres in Alcorn County. Since the program began, over 6,800 beavers have been trapped. Landowners may trap the animals themselves or use the services of a trapper. “We have a list of trappers if the landowners
need one,” added Mitchell. Landowners are asked to wrap each beaver’s tail and left front foot in clear plastic wrap or freezer bag and freeze until collection day. They will receive $12.50 for each tail up to the maximum amount set. Collection days will be held on bi-monthly intervals during the program. A schedule of collection days will be provided to all landowners approved
for the program. The collection program will begin January of 2013. Payments will be made to the landowners on the collection days or within 3-5 days. No juvenile or baby beaver tails will be accepted. Deadline to sign up for the program is November 30. “A lot of quality timber has been lost because of beavers,” said Mitchell. “The Board of Supervisors have been a great sponsor
in helping with the problem.” The Alcorn County Board of Supervisors has earmarked funds again this year for the purpose of controlling the population. The Alcorn County Soil and Water Conservation District administers the program. Interested landowners can come by the NRCS office at 3103 Mullins Drive to sign up or call Mitchell at 287-7223, Extension 3 for more information.
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day. The program serves hundreds of children in Alcorn County each year, helping families provide Christmas gifts for their children. Foundation Executive Director Gary Caveness said they’re expecting another big year for the program as people throughout the area continue to struggle with the economic downturn. “There are a lot of hurting people out there. It’s probably even worse than last year,” he said. Registration sessions for those wanting to receive help through the program begin Monday and will be held each Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon at the foundation’s headquarters on Johns Street each week during November. There will also be an evening session set on Thursday, Nov. 29, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. for those unable to register during the day. No sessions will be held the week of Thanksgiving. Caveness said he can’t emphasize enough how vital it is that everyone who needs assistance from the
program register. The Toy Store plans for the number of people they expect to serve once registration is complete and it can be difficult to provide for anyone who comes in after registration is over. “It’s just very very important for everybody to register,” he said. Those registering for help should bring a photo ID; proof of residency in Alcorn County (such as a utility bill, rent or mortgage statement or other official paperwork showing where they live) and a social security card and birth certificate for each child they are registering. Caveness said with the huge need expected they are once again counting on the community to help them help others this Christmas. Last year the Toy Store had a budget of around $100,000 and they expect to need a similar amount to provide for the needs this season. They will also need volunteers to help with a variety of tasks both before and during distribution day on Dec. 6. Anyone interested in learning more about how to get involved should call
the Lighthouse Foundation at 662-286-0091 or e-
mail lighthot@bellsouth. net. Donations may also
be mailed to The Lighthouse Foundation; 1101 S.
Johns Street, Corinth, MS 38834.
that precinct.” The new polling booths are also designed to eliminate clerical errors and speed the voting process. First District Election
Commissioner Bobby McDaniel said the machines will take at least three steps out of the process, enabling voters to cast their ballots in
roughly half the time it took before. On election day there will be two bailiffs at each precinct — one outside and the other inside. No loitering will be allowed within 50 feet of the polling place and no campaign literature or “politicking” will be allowed within 150 feet. Circuit Clerk Joe Caldwell predicts the Nov. 6 election will be one of the biggest Alcorn County has ever seen. Presidential elections usually have more partic-
ipants than any of the local or statewide elections, Caldwell said. And with over 1,400 absentee ballots already cast, it looks like it’s going to be a late night at the hospital. But the election will only be the end of a lot of hard work that has been going on for the last three weeks and county officials and employees prepare for Nov. 6. “All the commissioners and all the precinct workers have spent a lot of time getting everything ready for this election,”
said Settlemires. “It’s a big election and we want everybody to vote.” McDaniels expressed the election commissioners’ gratitude for the work done by the employees of Joe Caldwell’s office. “The clerks in Joe’s department are fantastic,” he said. “We couldn’t do without them.”
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Volunteers with the Lighthouse Foundation distribute toys during last year’s distribution day for the annual Toy Store Christmas toy program. Registration for this year’s Toy Store kicks off Monday.
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Local Races In the races for county school board seats, six candidates have qualified. David Boren, Jimmy Newcomb, Jeramie Roach and James Voyles will are all seeking the 2nd district school board seat. Incumbents Mary Katherine Coleman and Carroll Morton are unopposed for the 4th and 3rd districts, respectively. At the county level, voters will also choose election commissioners with contested races in districts 1 through 4. Candidates for election commissioner are: ■ 1st district — Tim Chapman (D) and incumbent Bobby McDaniel (R). ■ 2nd district — Ray Nash (D) and incumbent John Peebles (D) ■ 3rd district — Incumbent Billy Bearden (D), Everett Lee Davis (D) and Jimmy Harwood (R). ■ 4th district — Jim Blalock (R) and incumbent Keith Settlemires (D) ■ Wendell Dixon is unopposed in the 5th district. Also on the ballot are Mississippi Supreme Court District 3 Place 3 and the congressional seats held by Rep. Alan Nunnelee (R) and Sen. Roger Wicker (R).
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Deaths Anne Brant
Anne Maureen Brant, 68, of Corinth, died Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, at her residence. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012.
Visitation is Wednesday from 5 until 7 p.m. and Thursday from 1 p.m. until service time. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Magnolia Funeral Home.
Today in History Today is Sunday, Nov. 4, the 309th day of 2012. There are 57 days left in the year.
Todayâ€™s Highlight in History: On Nov. 4, 1942, during World War II, Axis forces retreated from El Alamein in North Africa in a major victory for British forces commanded by Lt. Gen. Bernard Montgomery.
On this date: In 1862, inventor Richard J. Gatling received a U.S. patent for his rapid-fire Gatling gun. In 1884, Democrat Grover Cleveland was elected to his first term as president, defeating Republican James G. Blaine. In 1922, the entrance to King Tutankhamenâ€™s tomb was discovered in Egypt. In 1924, Nellie T. Ross of Wyoming was elected the nationâ€™s first female governor to serve out the remaining term of her late husband, William B. Ross. In 1939, the United States modified its neutrality stance in World War II, allowing â€œcash and carryâ€? purchases of arms by belligerents, a policy favoring Britain and France. In 1952, Dwight D. Eisenhower was elected president, defeating Democrat Adlai Stevenson. The highly secretive National Security Agency came into existence. In 1979, the Iran hostage crisis began as militants stormed the United States Embassy in Tehran, seizing its occupants; for some, it was the start of 444 days of captivity. In 1980, Ronald Reagan won the White House as he defeated President Jimmy Carter by a strong margin. In 1987, 6-year-old Elizabeth (Lisa) Steinberg was pronounced dead at a New York City hospital in a childabuse case that sparked national outrage; her illegal adoptive father, Joel Steinberg, served nearly 17 years behind bars for manslaughter. In 1991, Ronald Reagan opened his presidential library in Simi Valley, Calif.; in attendance were President George H.W. Bush and former Presidents Jimmy Carter, Gerald R. Ford and Richard Nixon â€” the firstever gathering of five past and present U.S. chief executives. In 1995, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated by a right-wing Israeli minutes after attending a festive peace rally. In 2008, Democrat Barack Obama was elected the first black president of the United States, defeating Republican John McCain.
Kossuth has completed sidewalk improvements throughout the town. With the help of Wanda Christian, director of Northeast Mississippi Planning and Development, grant money and town matching funds, the town was able to improve the sidewalks around the town and to the Kossuth schools. The sidewalk improvements was the longtime vision of Jim Cliff Hughes, who served several decades as Kossuth Alderman, but was unable to see the completion of the project. The 2012 Kossuth Sidewalk project was recently dedicated to Mr. Hughes. Those on hand for the dedication were Hughesâ€™ family, Sara Steiner, Dustin Null, Lori Null, Kossuth Mayor Don Pace, Margie Pace, City Clerk Randy Holt, Representative Nick Bain, Brooks Bain, aldermen Johnny Potts, James Allen, Jerry Strickland, Steve Jones, and Ken Rainey, Kossuth Fire Chief Adron Hodum, along with city engineer Bobby Scott.
Ten years ago: President George W. Bush barnstormed through four battleground states â€” Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas and Texas â€” in a final appeal for Republicans in Congress; Democrats worked for a strong voter turnout to tilt key races their way.
Five years ago:
Hope Center Donation Corinth Mayor Tommy Irwin (right) and alderman J.C. Hill make a personal donation to Hope Dream Center Board president Annie Saffore and board secretary Sue Kiddy. The center recently held a fundraising dinner to help with more renovations at the center for homeless women and children.
King Tutankhamunâ€™s face was unveiled for the first time to the public more than 3,000 years after the pharaoh was buried in his Egyptian tomb.
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