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Daily Corinthian Vol. 116, No. 310
2012 Christmas Basket Fund “A Community Tradition”
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‘Reason for the season’ Civil War film about Corinth progresses
Basket fund closer to goal The true meaning of Christmas can be witnessed during the 17th annual Corinth Rotary Club/Daily Corinthian 2012 Christmas Basket Fund. Santa Claus forwarded a letter to the newspaper office, as it contained $5 cash. Santa thought the donation would be best served going to the local basket fund. The letter stated: “Dear Santa, I want to help the poor. So I am giving you a 5 dollar bill and I want you to give that 5 dollars to the poor. Gregory Dec. 7, 2012.” Gregory Spencer is the 8-year-old son of Joseph Spencer and Amber Fletcher, both of Corinth. He is third-grader at Corinth Elementary School. Thanks to Gregory’s donation and hundreds of many other giving spirits in the Crossroads area, the basket fund keeps getting closer to the $20,000 goal. The civic club and newspaper set community fundraising goal this year so 1,000 food baskets could be given away to local families Dec. 15 at the Crossroads Arena. The event was a huge success this year with plenty of need. Food was distributed on faith the goal will be reached. Recent donations include $25 from Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church; $50 from David and Karna Parker; $50 from Annelle, Gena and Joby in
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The world’s greatest gift was born in a manger in Bethlehem. First Presbyterian’s Christmas ALIVE told the story of the Savior being born with its two-day experience on Dec. 1415. Braddock Dixon portrayed Jospeh and Katie Bailey played the part of Mary in the church production.
The story of Corinth in the Civil War is getting its own movie. The National Park Service’s movie about the Civil War happenings in Corinth is moving toward completion, according to Ashley Berry, a park ranger at the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center. Berry reported to the Tourism Board on Tuesday that the movie is now in its “second draft” phase. The movie will features lots of local faces, Berry said, including folks from the Interpretive CenPlease see FILM | 2A
Corinth woman found wartime calling in US Cadet Nurse Corps BY JEBB JOHNSTON email@example.com
While most of her male classmates left home to join the military, Mary Sue Heyer found her wartime calling in the United States Cadet Nurse Corps. At 18, she left Corinth for Howard College (now Samford University) in Birmingham, Ala., to help fill the nation’s need for nurses, which were in short supply during World War II. “They furnished everything — your food, your lodging, your uniforms, your books, the whole thing,” recalled Heyer, 85. “You chose where you wanted to go.” In September, Samford University, where her granddaughter is expected to be a nursing graduate this year, honored
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Heyer as a living legacy during a reunion of the School of Nursing. She was the oldest to be honored. The young lady who had been Noel’s Cola Queen in a 1938 parade at age 11 would learn of the attack on Pearl Harbor while sitting in a classroom at age 14. Heyer can’t say if nursing was of a particular interest to her as a possible vocation while she was in high school, but the corps presented an attractive opportunity during the nation’s struggle. “How does any teenager know what they want to do?” she asked. “It was just an opportunity for me to go to school without putting a burden on my mother Please see HEYER | 3A
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Mary Sue Heyer, who entered the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps in 1945, shows the Ida V. Moffett Living Legacy Award she recently received at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala.
ACHS dance squad wins third state championship
‘You’ve been good’ Alcorn Central Elementary School second-grader Jadyn Calvary was able to give her list to Santa Claus personally at the Alcorn Central “Photos with Santa” event earlier this month. Santa noted that Jadyn had been a great girl this past year. The photo project was held to raise money for the Lighthouse Foundation Toy Store. Santa made all of his stops last night and earlier today before resting up for a few months.
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JACKSON — Alcorn Central wasn’t leaving the Big House without another title. The two-time defending state dance champions didn’t. AC captured a third consecutive Mississippi High School Activities Association Hip Hop state crown with a title-winning performance Friday. “We had a lot of expectations to live up to and if we didn’t win, we weren’t coming back to school,” said junior member Lakin Little with a laugh. “We felt like everyone was counting on us to win.” The Lady Bears, in only their
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fourth year as a dance squad, entered the 2012 competition as back-to-back Class 3A state champs. This year’s hip hop event included all six classifications. “Their energy level couldn’t be matched,” said first-year head coach Rebecca Lewis. “It makes it much sweeter that the competition included all classes this year.” AC finished with a score of 84.7 to best runner-up Lewisburg and third place squad Olive Branch. Tishomingo County was fourth while Byhalia rounded out the top five. Please see DANCE | 2A
On this day in history 150 years ago Merry Christmas. Unfortunately for the soldiers, there is little rest and little time to celebrate. There are a number of skirmishes across the country and near Murfreesboro, Tenn., two large armies are poised for a major battle.
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‘All aboard the Polar Express’
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Senior Erica Doran and the squad practice their title-winning routine in preparation for nationals. Staff photo by Steve Beavers
The first-grade students of Keturah Hutson at Glendale Elementary climbed aboard the Polar Express for a trip to the North Pole on Wednesday. McKenzie Dixon brought along her gingerbread man for the trip to see Santa Claus. “The Polar Express,” a 1985 award-winning children’s book written by Chris Van Allsburg and adapted for a movie and television, is widely considered a Christmas classic for children.
The Alcorn Central dance team won a third straight Hip Hop state title last Friday in Jackson. Keturah Hutson reads “The Polar Express” to her first-grade students.
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Teams were judged on choreography, technique, group execution and overall effect. Central’s performance brought their new coach to tears. “I’m so proud of them,” said Lewis. “I knew they were good, but to see the work they put into the competition made me cry … everything had to do with them.” “We left it all on the floor,” said junior Taylor Bordeleau. Members of the 201213 team are seniors: Erica Doran, captain; Abbey Brooks, co-captain; Anna Bowling, Caleigh Newton; juniors, Taylor Bordeleau; Lakin Little; Brooke Odle; sophomores, Lindsey Miller; Alissa Ann Williams; Katie Smith; freshmen, Adrianna Ligon; Kayti
Lakin Little, Erica Doran and Taylor Bordeleau have been a part of three state championship squads at Alcorn Central. Ligon; Annie Moody; and Nikki Robertson. Doran, Little and Bordeleau have been part of all three championship squads. “I am proud of the team and how far we have come,” said captain Doran. “We have started a tradition of winning at Alcorn Central.”
Lewis also wanted to praise the efforts of choreographer Marley Whitaker Ashe. “She has a talent level beyond what I have seen,” said the coach. “She challenges the girls to be the best every day.” Ashe choreographed all three of the title-winning performances.
Riley Culver visits Santa during his trip to the North Pole via the Polar Express.
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ter as well as Tourism Director Kristy White. Lena Mitchell, an Iuka resident and the Corinth reporter for the Daily Journal, lent her voice to the project. The moviemakers hope to have the project complete in time to begin showing the movie in May, Berry said. In other news for the Interpretive Center, the
facility has been awarded $22,000 to fund a threeday symposium on the Contraband Camp in 2013. As the Civil War Sesquicentennial continues in the upcoming year, the focus will move to the Corinth Contraband Camp, which reached its peak 150 years ago in 1863. Berry said the Interpretive Center will utilize its connection with John Marszalek, executive di-
rector of the Ulysses S. Grant Association, in finding speakers for each night of the symposium. The Contraband Camp symposium will likely be held in September, she said. Local tourism and National Park Service officials will meet within the next couple of months to decide how to move forward with the Grand Illumination event.
Lynn Hopkins. Donations can be the perfect time to make a holiday tribute to a special person. Contributions can be made “In honor of” someone living or “in memory of” someone who has passed. They can be family or friends, co-workers, employees, bosses or even groups who have made an impact on a person’s life.
All tributes will be published in the Daily Corinthian. Donations can be brought to the newspaper office at 1607 Harper Road or mailed to Daily Corinthian, Attn: Christmas Basket Fund. P.O. Box 1800, Corinth, Miss. 38835. The newspaper office will be closed on Christmas Day.
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memory of their mother, Bobbie Anne Greene; $100 from Ann Davis, Thomas Davis and Clara Davis Fair in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Charlie and Josie Davis; $200 from H.L. Sandy and Rosemary T. Williams; and $50 from Lydell and Dorothy H. Hopkins and family in loving memory of Ronald
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White Christmas in Crossroads area? Best chances are to keep dreaming BY JEBB JOHNSTON email@example.com
While heavy snow is in store for parts of the MidSouth on Christmas evening, the Crossroads area might see a dusting at best going into Wednesday morning. The National Weather Service in Memphis issued winter storm watches and warnings for primarily Arkansas ahead of
a storm that was expected to drop 3 to 9 inches of snow in the state. Meanwhile, forecasters were eyeing the potential for the storm system to bring severe weather to central and southern Mississippi. The Corinth area will see a rainy Christmas day with the possibility of snow mixing into the precipitation after 3 a.m.
Wednesday, according to NWS-Memphis. Some thunder is also possible with a low temperature of about 38 tonight. A mix of rain and snow is expected Wednesday morning, ending by noon, but the temperature will remain above freezing. Snow accumulation of less than a half inch is possible, primarily on grassy surfaces and atop vehicles.
NWS-Memphis pulled out the record books from the last 137 years to show the extreme rarity of a white Christmas. Memphis saw a measurable amount of snow on Christmas only one time during that period — 3.5 inches in 1913. Trace amounts fell on 10 other occasions, most recently in both 2009 and 2010.
Northeast students spread holiday cheer BY ANGELA STOREY firstname.lastname@example.org
Marketing DECA at Northeast Community College shared the spirit of Christmas with “love” through its community service project this year. Marketing students traveled to a local business to pick up toys and money to distribute to area children, said Vickie Huggins, instructor of Business Marketing and Management Technology. B&B Recreation of Corinth, customers and friends, held a benefit on Saturday, Dec. 8 to collect toys and money for children. Owners of B&B are Rickie and Ruby Brawner. “This retail store gave $1,000 worth of toys and money combined,” she said. The DECA organization previously had done this as a community service but does not always pick the same group. “This year we went to Wal-Mart and selected Angels off the tree from the Salvation Army in Corinth,” Huggins said. “We selected this group because they were needing the most help at the time we were planning our community service.” DECA seeks out those who need help during this season. “Our organization is all about helping people and hopefully teaching our students to help others. I feel like our students learn by our actions more than they learn by words,” she said. DECA does this or a similar project every year, said Huggins, who has taught at NEMCC for 28 years. Because of the generosity of B&B Recreation in Corinth, its customers and friends, and the work of the DECA organization, the Salvation Army received $1,000 worth of toys and money for 40 children. “My DECA students and I went to deliver $500 worth of toys the morning of Friday, Dec. 14,” Huggins said. “When we arrived, we found out that we had enough toys for 26 chil-
IUKA — Funeral services for Ray Belue, 82, are set for 12 noon Wednesday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka with burial at new Lebanon Cemetery. Mr. Belue died Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, at his home. He was a member of Fifth Street Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Martha Belue of Iuka; one son, Rick Belue of Iuka; one daughter, Debra Lynn Grace (Steve) of Cincinnati; three brothers, Virgil Belue (Aline) of Clinton, Donald Belue (Bertha) of Rockdale, Tenn., and Bobby Belue (Barbara) of Cairo; two sisters, Mona Sue Nunley (George) of Ozark, Mo., and Martha Lou Enlow of Iuka; two grandchildren, Meghan Belue and Ryan Grace; and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lealon and Esther Belue. Bro. Tony Curtis will officiate the service. Visitation is Wednesday from 11 a.m. until 12 noon.
Marketing DECA at Northeast Community College joined with B&B Recreation of Corinth to help make Christmas merrier for area children with the Salvation Army receiving $1,000 worth of toys and money. Taking part in the project were (from left) Aneysa Matthews from Corinth, NE DECA member, Marketing student; Vickie Huggins from Biggersville, instructor of Business Marketing and Management Technology; Shawna Butler from Corinth, former DECA member and Salvation Army employee; Ruby Brawner from Biggersville, owner of B&B Recreation; and Cindy Burcham from Corinth, Salvation Army employee. dren. So, we took the other $490 that was collected from B&B and went shopping in hopes of filling 14 more Angel requests. The Salvation Army said that some of the Angels did not get taken off the tree or some had been brought back.” So, Yolanda Carodine, president of BMM Northeast DECA, Aneysa Matthews, vice president of BMM Northeast DECA, and Mrs. Huggins went shopping to fill 14 Angel requests. “The three of us had a fantastic time talking, laughing and loving every minute of giving our time for these precious children. We had customers staring at us, wondering what we were so happy about and how three people could have so much fun. “Some people were even talking to us and asking ‘What are you doing?’” NEMCC student Yolanda Carodine of Union County said this DECA toy project was a life changing experience for her and a huge honor for her to take part in. “After participating in the project I made a commitment to myself that I would support this worthy cause every year my health allows me to,” Carodine said.
This DECA toy project made me more thankful for the things and blessings that I have already. I feel that everyone should support this touching experience. “I would encourage anyone to take out a little time to spread love to a family or child in need that to me is the true meaning of Christmas,” she said. DECA member Aneysa Matthews of Corinth said working with this DECA toy project was amazing. “I wanted to be involved in helping someone this Christmas and my prayers were answered through this project,” Matthews said. “My desire is to help feed the hungry, clothe the naked and house the homeless. This DECA project was a way to help children in need this Christmas. “As Mrs. Vickie Huggins, Ms. Yolanda Carodine and myself came together agreeing that we were not going to sit around preparing to enjoy our Christmas when we knew some children would be in need. “Our plan came together, the Lord blessed it and we were able to help 40 children with the Salvation Army with brand new toys and clothes. Nothing to me is more
fulfilling than to see a smile on someone’s face and I helped make that smile a little brighter by helping them in a time of need,” Matthews said. “This DECA project allowed us to do this and I’m just thankful I could be a part of it. Don’t forget to give to someone who really needs it this ‘Giving Season.’” Huggins said giving back to the community is the DECA organization’s way of expressing their love for those who support the group when the students attend fall leadership conference, state leadership conference and especially National DECA Conference. “The students at Northeast could not function without the support of our community. I feel it is vital that we also teach our students that we should be more caring and compassionate about other people. Mrs. Huggins’ mother, Ruby Brawner, is an owner of B&B Recreation and Mrs. Brawner is quick to say it wasn’t just the business that gave for this project but her customers and friends as well. “It shows you that giving is contagious and love should be in our hearts every day and not just at Christmas,” said Huggins.
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and daddy.” The corps required a commitment to continue working until the war was over. After graduating from high school in 1945, Heyer began the three-year nursing program in July as the war neared an end. “They never took another [class] in, but they honored our program,” said Heyer. The nurse cadets had studies half the day and worked the other half. For needed instruction that wasn’t available in Birmingham, her class also traveled to St. Louis and New Orleans, where seeing a case of leprosy made an impression on her. While many of her nurse classmates could go home after their daily duties, Heyer was far from Corinth, so visits were limited. “It was round-theclock for three years, not semesters,” she said. “I didn’t come home except like at Christmas, which was maybe two days.” She and some of the others would take the bus, and they enjoyed the status their cadet attire afforded them when it came time to load the bus. “We had dress uniforms, just likes the WACs and WAVES,”
said Heyer. “We had the cap and the coat and the whole thing. I always thought this was so fun — they would let all the soldiers get on first, and we were considered a soldier, so we always got on first on the bus.” Heyer graduated at the top of her nursing class, taking the doctor’s award. That helped pay her way when she went for further study in anesthesia at St. Louis. “I enjoyed my stay at St. Louis,” said Heyer. “I stayed there a year. Then I came back here and did anesthesia at the community hospital here for a couple of years.” She married the late Richard Heyer, who ran a Buick dealership in Corinth, and spent the next 25 years as a homemaker. After taking a refresher in Memphis, she reentered the field, working for 22 years at one of the local nursing homes. Now, she enjoys spending time with her family, taking part in church and community activities and visiting with friends. Heyer recalls that the long-ago experience became more than just an opportunity at a difficult time of war. “It was interesting. It made you think more about how it got started,” she said.
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Career criminals new issue for lawmakers BY JACK ELLIOTT JR. Associated Press
JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court has sent the Legislature a message: If you want burglary considered a violent crime to catch more career criminals, you’d better write it into the law. A majority of the high court, in a Harrison County case, rejected home burglary as a crime of violence for the purpose of state sentence enhancement. A minority of the court said the decision weakens criminal statutes and flies in the face of all citizens’ right to be safe and secure from intrusion and invasion. Mark Kee Brown was convicted of escape, which carried a maximum five years in prison. By applying the burglary conviction to upgrade Brown’s status to that of habitual offender, the maximum sentence became life in prison. In seeking a new trial, Brown’s attorneys argued that rulings in other Mississippi cases suggest burglary is not a violent crime. They said the Legislature designated burglary of a dwelling as a crime against property, as opposed to a crime against a person. Prosecutors argued appeals courts never had addressed the question specifically because most offenders had other prior convictions that made addressing the burglary of a dwelling issue unnecessary. Mississippi’s habitual offender law kicks in when a defendant has two previous felony convictions and served more than a year for each crime and when one of those crimes was a violent one. The Supreme Court upheld Brown’s escape conviction but threw out the life sentence and ordered the case back to Harrison County for re-sentencing. Brown had previous convictions for drugs, jail escape, burglary and others. Prosecutors used the burglary conviction to support a habitual offender status for him. The trial judge and the state Court of Appeals found burglary to be a crime of violence. Supreme Court Presiding Justice Jess Dickinson, writing for the 5-3 majority, said the lower courts were wrong. “We will not place a ‘violent crime’ label on a crime where there was no proof of a violent act, unless the statute itself — or some other provision of law (such as the definitions within the chapter that include the statute) — clearly and unambiguously requires us to do so,” Dickinson said. Dickinson said if the Legislature wants burglary to be a violent crime under the habitual offender statute, the Legislature must specify it because the court will not. “The Legislature certainly is free to enact a statute that makes burglary of a dwelling a per se crime of violence. But it has not chosen to do so, and we decline to assume that it intended to do so,” Dickinson said. But Justice Michael Randolph said that “burglary of a dwelling possesses characteristics of both a crime against property and a crime against the person. It involves a criminal act affecting one’s property.” “Applying the ordinary meaning of the words reveals that burglary of a dwelling is a crime of violence,” Randolph said. Whether burglary is a crime of violence is only one of three issues with which lawmakers might deal in 2013. Pending before the Supreme Court are cases addressing whether prosecutors must prove “intent” to pursue death penalties and whether statutory rape is a violent crime under the habitual offender law. The Supreme Court has been inconsistent in its rulings on statutory rape. Generally, it has held that “a separate standard of determining violence applies when the victim is a child.” The intent issue came in a death penalty case in which prosecutors used robbery as the underlying felony — or crime — to support a capital murder charge. The defendant claimed he never intended to rob any one and prosecutors didn’t prove he did. (Daily Corinthian columnist Jack Elliott is writer for the Associated Press based in Jackson.)
Prayer for today God, what a joy it is to receive your gift of Jesus Christ! We welcome him in our hearts as a reminder of your love and share your gift with others as a token of our love for you. Amen.
A verse to share Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. — Hebrews 11:1 (KJV)
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Left’s battle cry: ‘Forward’ to the past? The political slogan “Forward” served Barack Obama well during this year’s election campaign. It said that he was for going forward, while Republicans were for “going back to the failed policies that got us into this mess in the first place.” It was great political rhetoric and great political theater. Moreover, the Republicans did virtually nothing to challenge its shaky assumptions with a few hard facts that could have made those assumptions collapse like a house of cards. More is involved than this year’s political battles. The word “forward” has been a political battle cry on the left for more than a century. It has been almost as widely used as the left’s other favorite word, “equality,” which goes back more than two centuries. The seductive notion of economic equality has appealed to many people. The pilgrims started out with the idea of equal sharing. The colony of Georgia began with very similar ideas. In the midwest, Britain’s Robert Owen — who coined the term “socialism” — set up colonies based on communal living and economic equality. What these idealistic experiments all had in common was that they failed.
T h e y learned the hard way that people would not do as much for the comThomas mon good as Sowell they would do for their Columnist own good. The pilgrims nearly starved learning that lesson. But they learned it. Land that had been common property was turned into private property, which produced a lot more food. Similar experiments were tried on a larger scale in other countries around the world. In the biggest of these experiments-- the Soviet Union under Stalin and Communist China under Mao — people literally starved to death by the millions. In the Soviet Union, at least 6 million people starved to death in the 1930s, in a country with some of the most fertile land on the continent of Europe, a country that had once been a major exporter of food. In China, tens of millions of people starved to death under Mao. Despite what the left seems to believe, private property rights do not exist simply for the sake of people who own property. Ameri-
cans who do not own a single acre of land have abundant food available because land is still private property in the United States, even though the left is doing its best to restrict property rights in both the countrysides and in the cities. The other big feature of the egalitarian left is promotion of a huge inequality of power, while deploring economic inequality. It is no coincidence that those who are going ballistic over the economic inequality between the top one or two percent and the rest of us are promoting a far more dangerous concentration of political power in Washington — where far less than one percent of the population increasingly tell 300 million Americans what they can and cannot do, on everything from their light bulbs and toilets to their medical care. This movement in the direction of central planning, under the name of “forward,” is in fact going back to a system that has failed in countries around the world — under both democratic and dictatorial governments and among peoples of virtually every race, color, creed, and nationality. It is one thing when conservative leaders like Ronald Reagan in America and
Margaret Thatcher in Britain declared central planning a failure. But what really puts the nails in the coffin is that, before the end of the 20th century, both socialist and communist governments around the world began abandoning central planning. India and China are the biggest examples. In both countries, cutbacks on government control of the economy were followed by dramatically increased economic growth rates, lifting millions of people out of poverty in both countries. The ultimate irony is that the most recent international survey of free markets found the world’s freest market to be in Hong Kong -- in a country still ruled by communists! But the Chinese communists have at least learned, the hard way, a lesson that Barack Obama seems oblivious to. We are going “forward” to a repeatedly failed past, following a charismatic leader, after a 20th century in which charismatic leaders led countries into unprecedented catastrophes. (Daily Corinthian columist Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305. His Web site is www.tsowell.com. )
Explaining, preventing evil is difficult task Trying to explain an evil act like the one that killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., is on a par with explaining how the universe was formed. The natural human reaction after extending sympathy and prayers for the victims and their families is to ask what actions might have been taken to prevent the massacre. More gun laws? Connecticut already has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation. Those laws did not prevent a man with evil intent from carrying out his heinous act. Some will blame TV and video game violence. Depictions of murder and other violent acts on TV and in the movies have grown in recent years, but people killed people long before TV and movies. Such explanations are too easy. Would armed guards at Sandy Hook have helped? Possibly, but do we want guards at every elementary school, patrolling not only the halls, but playgrounds where kids ought to be able to play in an atmosphere
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of fun and freedom? That may be where we are headed. W h a t about locked Cal doors? SanThomas dy Hook’s doors were Columnist reportedly secured, but the shooter still managed to somehow gain access. As much as humans have tried for millennia to prevent evil acts, we have not succeeded. In the modern era, Woodrow Wilson believed his League of Nations would usher in peace on Earth, if not goodwill to men. The United Nations followed that aborted experiment. The U.N. has been equally unsuccessful in preventing the slaughter of innocents and other evil acts. Political leaders not usually identified with spiritual concepts are making use of the word “evil’ in accurately describing what happened in Newtown. We hear calls for prayers from politicians committed to the separation of church and state. Wheth-
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er it is Columbine, Virginia Tech, Tucson, Aurora, Ft. Hood, Oklahoma City or the 9/11 terrorist attacks, evil seems to have gained a foothold in America. Not every parent with a child in public school has the option of home-schooling, but that is something they might want to consider if they want to create a completely safe environment. Even private schools can’t offer full protection from a deranged mind hell-bent on carnage. More information about the killer will surface in the days to come, but even if we learn he was psychotic and off his medication, that will not satisfy our communal anger or anguish. It will not explain evil. It will not explain why 26 innocent lives were lost. The way to deal with evil is to first acknowledge that it exists and that we all possess the potential for it. We don’t become evil by what we do, but because of who we are. We are human beings, not God. We are not “basically good,” as some claim, we are imperfect and fall far short of any true
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standard of perfection. Evil is a “pre-existing condition.” In some it is controlled by an inner compass, or by laws and cultural constraints. When it is not, we get Sandy Hook and tragedies like it. We get what we do not understand and cannot begin to fathom. There may be no greater expression of evil than the murder of children in their classrooms. In calling for prayers, officials have taken an important first step in combating evil, but a larger question should be asked. Perhaps theologians, pastors, priests and rabbis are the ones to ask it, but permit me a suggestion. If there is a source of evil, is there also a source of good? And if there is, has that source for good been offended by all of the accumulated evil we are piling up, affording it an upper hand? As a friend of mine says, “Not a sermon, just a thought.” (Readers may e-mail Daily Corinthian columnist Cal Thomas at email@example.com.)
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Firm wants sanctions in suit against Minor JACKSON — An insurance company is asking for sanctions against Paul Minor in a lawsuit linked to the corruption case that sent the former attorney and two Mississippi judges to prison. USF&G Insurance Co. says its lawyers have had to respond to “frivolous” motions filed by Minor, including his attempts to remove U.S. District Judge Henry Wingate from the lawsuit. Minor was convicted of corruption with former Harrison County judges John Whitfield and Wes Teel in 2007. The USF&G lawsuit, filed in 2003, stems from a $1.5 million settlement in which Teel was the judge when Minor sued USF&G on behalf of Peoples Bank. Minor says in court filings last week that his motions were not frivolous and the case has dragged on because it was on hold pending the criminal charges.
Lowndes man killed in 3-car crash COLUMBUS — A 65-year-old man died after being involved in a three-vehicle wreck on Highway 12. Lowndes County Coroner Greg Merchant said William Mixon was westbound on Highway 12 when he collided with another vehicle head-on. The impact sent his vehicle into the lane of an oncoming vehicle which hit him as well. The accident happened just before noon Sunday on a stretch of highway approximately three miles from the Alabama state line northeast of Columbus. The coroner said Mixon was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. The accident remains under investigation.
Hernando City Court offering amnesty HERNANDO — Just in time for people in legal arrears to move out of the shadows in early 2013, Hernando City Court is bringing back
and expanding its amnesty program. It’s aimed at those who have failed to pay fines when due, or who are currently past due, and no other schedule of payment has been arranged with the court. From Feb. 1 to Feb. 28, City Judge Tony Nowak said defendants who pay their overdue fines in full will have any outstanding warrants — issued for the defendants’ failure to pay the fines — withdrawn, and any pending charges for failure to pay will be dismissed at no cost to the defendants.
2 indicted for sex crimes in Forrest HATTIESBURG — A Forrest County grand jury
has returned indictments in two sex crime cases. Herbert Norris, 58, of Petal was indicted on a touching of a child for lustful purposes charge, and 23-year-old Christopher Fairley was indicted on a sexual battery charge. Norris’ indictment charges him with fondling a child between January 2009 and March 2012. Forrest County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Alyssa Chandlee said the victim of the alleged crime was a pre-teen family member who reported the allegation to adult relatives. Fairley’s indictment charges him with having sex with a girl under the age of 16 on May 4. It was unclear if the
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DeSoto sets up new notification system HERNANDO — The DeSoto County school system is implementing a new text and email notification system. The new system is part of a redesign of the school district’s website. Tina Streeter, the system’s webmaster, said the new system will give parents basic school information as well as instant information about school closings because of weather. “It has a new name now, “Notify Me,” and even if you had alerts before, you need to sign up again to use the new system,” Streeter said. Under the new system,
the district website, desotocountyschools.org, and sites for individual schools in the 41-school district have a similar “Notify Me” button that users can click to get details about the new system and sign up for it. Streeter said if parents sign up through the link on the district website, they will receive districtwide information, not news about specific schools. For details about the school that a user’s child attends, he or she needs to sign up through the “Notify Me” link on the school’s website. “They’ll get weather alerts either way,” Streeter said, “but they need to be sure to use the school’s link to get information about the school.”
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Robert Frostâ€™s Christmas cards being collected BY HOLLY RAMER Associated Press
HANOVER, N.H. â€” Take heart, holiday procrastinators: Famed poet Robert Frost once waited until July to get his Christmas cards in the mail. Unlike the flimsy, forgettable cards of today, however, Frostâ€™s cards arguably were worth the wait. For the past 28 years of his life, he teamed up with a boutique printer to send beautifully illustrated booklets featuring a different poem for each year. Dartmouth College, which Frost briefly attended as a student and later returned as a lecturer, has collected more than 500 of the cards, including the first installment, which was sent without Frostâ€™s knowledge. In 1929, Joseph Blumenthal of the New Yorkbased Spiral Press, who was setting type for one of Frostâ€™s poetry collections, decided the poem â€œChristmas Treesâ€? would make an attractive greeting card. With permission from Frostâ€™s publisher, he printed 275 copies, one of which eventually made its way to Frost. The poet liked it so much, he decided to collaborate with Blumenthal on cards starting in 1934. The resulting series lasted until 1962, the year before his death. â€œIt was one of the more
fun things about him,â€? said Frost biographer Jay Parini, a professor at Vermontâ€™s Middlebury College. He called the cards a â€œremarkable traditionâ€? thatâ€™s carried out by other poets today. Many of Frostâ€™s cards feature woodcut illustrations evoking the New England landscape with which he was so deeply associated. Printed on heavy cardstock, some run to 10 or 15 pages. The 1942 card included a hand-colored illustration of a country village and the poem â€œThe Gift Outright,â€? which Frost, who won four Pulitzer Prizes for poetry, later recited from memory at the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy. Many in the Dartmouth collection were sent to Frostâ€™s close friend and editor Edward Lathem, whose nearly six decades of work at the Ivy League school included a long stint as head librarian. In 1959, the card featured a previously unpublished poem called â€œA-Wishing Well,â€? and on Lathemâ€™s copy, Frost inserted two hand-written lines in the poem. Parini said that was not unusual for Frost, who often inscribed first editions of his books with little notes for his friends, or sometimes even complete, unpublished poems.
â€œHe liked to personalize things,â€? he said. In 1951, Frost accompanied a card featuring the poem â€œA Cabin in the Clearingâ€? with this note to Dartmouth bookstore employee Ruby Dagget: â€œin hopes that you will carry it like a lesson to your schoolhouse in the wilds of Vershire,â€? a nearby Vermont town. In one of his 1953 cards, he explained why the poem â€œDoes No One at All But Me Ever Feel This Way in the Least?â€? was postmarked July instead of December. â€œThis Christmas poem, though not isolationist, is so dangerously isolationist, it was thought better to send it out for Independence Day instead of Christmas,â€? he wrote. Sending such a tardy greeting also was in keeping with Frostâ€™s personality, Parini said. â€œHe never lost an opportunity to make a splash,â€? he said. From an initial print run of 775 cards in 1934, the number of cards produced grew to more than 17,000 in 1962. Some have been snatched up by collectors for $4,000 to $5,000, said Steve Smith, who researched the cards for Dartmouthâ€™s alumni office. Among his personal favorites is the 1934 card Frost sent from Key West, Fla., to a Dartmouth professor.
Obama has long work list to tackle when he returns BY CHARLES BABINGTON Associated Press
WASHINGTON â€” Itâ€™s hardly a secret that Barack Obama, like every president no doubt, muses about his ultimate legacy and spot in the presidential pantheon. He approaches his second term confronting tough and shifting challenges that will play big roles in shaping the rest of his presidency and his eventual place in history. In the coming months, Obama will have to decide where to be ambitious, where to be cautious, and where to buy time. He draws political strength from his surprisingly easy re-election in a bad economy. Itâ€™s partly offset, however, by Republicansâ€™ continued control of the House, plus their filibuster powers in the Senate. Some of the big issues awaiting the presidentâ€™s decisions are familiar, long-simmering problems. They include immigration and the need for a tenable balance between taxes, spending and borrowing. Another issue, gun control, jumped to the national agendaâ€™s top tier this month following the massacre of first-graders and teachers in a Connecticut school. And the issue of climate change remains unresolved. Veteran politicians and presidential historians say itâ€™s almost impossible
for Obama to â€œgo bigâ€? on all these issues. Indeed, it might prove difficult to go big on even one. While some counsel caution, others urge the president to be as bold and ambitious as possible. â€œAmericans are yearning for leadership,â€? said Gil Troy, a presidential scholar at McGill University. As a president dealing with policy, he said, Obama has generally failed to give â€œthat visionary, powerful address that we came to know and love and expect in the 2008 campaign.â€? Rather than let Congress take the lead on big issues, as it did in drafting the 2009 health care overhaul, Obama should be more forceful in pushing new legislation or using his executive powers to bypass Congress where possible, Troy said. â€œThe gun control issue is a major opportunity for Obama to make his mark on history â€” and solve a problem that has frustrated Democrats for decades,â€? he added. Other presidential historians, however, think Obama is severely constrained by political realities. They say he will have to carefully pick and choose which goals to emphasize in his second four years. â€œI see Obama as almost uniquely handcuffed by circumstances,â€? said John Baick of Western
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â€œThe gun control issue is a major opportunity for Obama to make his mark on history â€” and solve a problem that has frustrated Democrats for decades.â€? Gil Troy Presidential scholar, McGill University New England University. The number of big, unresolved problems facing the nation, coupled with a deeply divided public and Congress, he said, leave Obama with fewer viable options than most presidents have enjoyed. At best, Baick said, the U.S. government â€œis a gigantic cruise liner, and the most he can do is keep us from hitting ice bergs.â€? For instance, Baick said, â€œif he goes big on gun control, then itâ€™s 1994 all over again.â€? Then-President Bill Clinton pushed an assault weapons ban through the Democratic-led Congress that year, prompting fierce pushback from gun-rights groups. Clinton later would credit the NRA with shifting the House majority to the GOP for the first time in 40 years. However, other factors â€” including a House bank scandal â€” played big roles, too. Paul Rego, a political scientist at Messiah College in Grantham, Penn., largely agrees with Baick. â€œWhile President Obama does not face the same cataclysmic events that Abraham Lincoln faced, or that FDR encountered in the form of the Great Depression and World War II, his challenges are many and significant,â€? Rego said in an email. He said Obama â€œfaces
a hurdle that neither Lincoln nor Roosevelt had to overcome during the tumultuous years of their respective presidencies: divided government.â€? Todayâ€™s Democrats and Republicans differ so sharply about governmentâ€™s proper role, Rego said. He said that Obamaâ€™s job â€œis actually harder than that of his most illustrious predecessors.â€? Politicians of all stripes say Obamaâ€™s first priority is to resolve the deep partisan divide over tax-andspending issues, exemplified by repeated impasses over two years that led to this weekâ€™s showdown on the â€œfiscal cliff.â€? An even higher-risk conflict may arise in a few months. Congress again must either raise the federal debt ceiling or see the government default on its loans. Beyond that, lawmakers and interest groups are watching for signs of how hard Obama might push to restrict firearms and expand illegal immigrantsâ€™ rights. Obama said last Wednesday that gun control will be a central issue in his second term. â€œI will use all the powers of this office to help advance efforts aimed at preventing more tragedies like this,â€? he said of the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass
killings. The president named an interagency task force to recommend anti-violence legislation within weeks. The strategy gives him room to distance himself somewhat from its recommendations if he wants, even though he named Vice President Joe Biden to chair the panel. Americansâ€™ affinity for firearms runs deep, and many political activists think Obama could have more sweeping success with immigration changes. He won a big majority of Hispanicsâ€™ votes in both his elections. The trend alarms Republican strategists, who fear their party wonâ€™t win another presidential election until it repairs its bad relations with Latinos. With Democrats and Republicans increasingly aware of Hispanicsâ€™ growing political clout, â€œthis might be an historic opportunity,â€? Troy said. Chris Dolan, a political scientist at Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania, agrees. He said he expects Obama to be â€œincredibly ambitious on comprehensive immigration reform.â€? The effort, Dolan said, could â€œbuild a lasting Democratic support group. You canâ€™t do that with gun control.â€? Still, opposition to granting citizenship to illegal immigrants runs deep in many circles, especially the Republican Partyâ€™s base. Bids for â€œcomprehensive immigration reformâ€? have gone nowhere in Congress in recent years. Several advocacy groups want Obama to make the most of his executive powers to enact measures that
donâ€™t require congressional action. The Migration Policy Institute earlier this year made several suggestions regarding immigrants. They included â€œestablishing uniform enforcement priorities,â€? defining â€œwhat constitutes effective border control,â€? and â€œallowing applicants for immigrant visas to file in the United States.â€? Now that Obama has won re-election, however, the advocacy group wants him instead to push a broader agenda through Congress. â€œWith the issue teed up for possible action,â€? said Doris Meissner, a former commissioner at the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, antagonizing congressional Republicans with executive actions â€œwould not be politically smart.â€? The political climate for sweeping immigration changes â€œis significantly better,â€? Meissner said, â€œbut that does not mean it will happen.â€? Even with a full plate of challenges and a hostile party controlling the House, she said, â€œI think Obama absolutely has to go big on immigration.â€? The White House has declined to detail the presidentâ€™s plans for a secondterm agenda. Once the deficit-spending problems known as the â€œfiscal cliffâ€? are addressed, said White House spokeswoman Jamie Smith, â€œPresident Obama looks forward to working on a number of issues that are critical to our future, from immigration to energy, to education and national security direction.â€?
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Christmas not complete without faux gifts The time has come, the walrus said ... sorry, that was something else. Christmas and/or Festivus — for the Seinfeld inclined — is upon us. So there will be Christmas cheer, along with the feats of strength and the airing of grievances . As Frank Costanza, father of one George Louis Costanza, said “I got problems with a lot of you.” In reality, I just like the quote. If you’ve got holiday problems, I feel for you son. I got 99 problems, but playing Santa ain’t one. So here’s Lee’s — at one time annual — Christmas gifts for the sporting and regular world: Andy Kennedy: To the Ole Miss men’s basket-
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ball coach I give the twitter hashtag KenNITy. Seems the Rebels always find a way to play themselves into that “other” tournament. The American Kennel Club: A “Moncrief” stamp to save time when Ole Miss fans register their new dogs. One can only imagine the ca-
nines named for the Ole Miss wide receiver in the coming months — maybe not so much as an honor, but just so they can say “Honey, don’t forget to Feed Moncrief.” Fellow Cancer Patients: To the ones I know well, but need not name, the others whose faces I’ve seen at the West Clinic and the ones I’ve never met; I convey a nightly prayer that each and everyone (yes, I know that’s redundant) have the same outcome as I’ve had. The Mississippi Yard Wiffleball League: All the amenities to make the field and league even more exciting. And for Jay Moore and Hunter Bronson to have someone sign Steve Beavers
and myself as free agents. McCartney Smith wants to play too, of course but has made it known it will only be for the Braves. Scott Strickland: To the Mississippi State athletics director, a keyboard — or any other device used for social media and billboards — that doesn’t include a hashtag. Enough with the gimmicks — including uniforms that commemorate the Independence Bowl (yes the Independence Bowl) — win some meaningful games first. Dale Murphy: For my, and countless others, childhood baseball hero I give a key to the Hall of Fame. For Please see LEE | 8A
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Ex-MLB player Freel found dead Associated Press
MIAMI — Ryan Freel, a former Major League Baseball player known for his fearless play but whose career was cut short after eight seasons by a series of head and other injuries, was found dead Saturday in Jacksonville, Fla., according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. Freel, who was 36, died of what appeared to be a self-inflicted shotgun wound, sheriff’s office spokesman Shannon Hartley wrote in an email Sunday. The medical examiner will make the final determination of the cause of death. “RIP Ryan Freel!! Great teammate, great guy,n loved his family!” former Cincinnati Reds teammate Sean Casey tweeted. “Such a sad day today with his passing!Awful news!Prayers are with his family!” The speedy Freel spent six of his eight big league seasons with the Reds and finished his career in 2009 with a .268 average and 143 steals. “Really hurt by his passing!” Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips said on Twitter. “You’ll never will be forgotten.” Freel drew attention in 2006 when he was quoted by the Dayton Daily News as saying he had an imaginary friend, Farney. “He’s a little guy who lives in my head who talks to me and I talk to him,” Freel was quoted as saying. “Everybody thinks I talk to myself, so I tell ‘em I’m talking to Farney.” The Jacksonville native thrilled fans with his all-out style, yet it took a toll on his career. During his playing days, he once estimated he had sustained up to 10 concussions. Freel missed 30 games in 2007 after a collision with a teammate caused a concussion. Freel showed no fear as he ran into walls, hurtled into the seats and crashed into other players trying to make catches. His jarring, diving grabs often made the highlight reels, and he was praised by those he played with and against for always having a dirtstained uniform.
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Ole Miss forward Aaron Jones (34) pulls in a rebound next to San Francisco’s Matt Christiansen during the Diamond Head Classic on Sunday. Ole Miss will face Hawaii today in the fifth-place game.
Christmas basketball tough for Rebels in Hawaii Ole Miss will face host team in 5th-place game Associated Press
HONOLULU — Two days before Christmas, there were no presents to be found for Andy Kennedy’s Mississippi team. Instead, Ole Miss (9-2) took to a consolation game of the Diamond Head Classic Sunday and came away with a hard-fought 85-78 win over San Francisco that was anything but gift-wrapped.
Murphy Holloway scored 23 points and grabbed 13 rebounds Sunday to lead the Rebels back from a 13-point first-half deficit to win the consolation-round game. “When you’re in the consolation bracket at 10 a.m. (Hawaii time), 3,000 miles from home, it’s about survival and that’s what we did today,” Kennedy said. Ole Miss will face Hawaii
(6-4) in today’s fifth-place game. East Tennessee State will play San Francisco (5-6) for seventh place. Arizona, one of five unbeaten teams left in the country, advanced to today’s championship game of the eightteam tournament against No. 18 San Diego State, which beat Indiana State 62-55 earlier Sunday. Indiana State (6-4) and
Miami (8-2) will play in the third-place game. ■ Holloway, a senior forward, was 9 of 15 from the field and made 5 of 7 free throws. He had 16 points and 13 rebounds on Saturday in the Rebels’ 87-85 overtime loss to Indiana State. Nick Williams scored 18 Please see REBELS | 8A
AFC playoff picture lineup set; NFC has intrigue Associated Press
All set in the AFC, except for the matchups. As for the NFC playoff race, there’s still plenty of intrigue. Indianapolis finished off its remarkable one-year turnaround by beating Kansas City 20-13 Sunday to grab an AFC wild card. The Colts went 2-14 in 2011, drafted Andrew Luck first overall and now are 10-5.
“We were a confident locker room from Day 1,” Luck said. “I remember going in trying to gauge the feel of what it would be like, and guys were confident. There are guys on this team who have never missed a playoff, those guys know how to win, and I think they imparted that on the younger guys in the locker room, and I think it worked out.”
Cincinnati made the playoffs for the second straight year, the first time the Bengals managed that since 1982. They beat archrival Pittsburgh 13-10 on Josh Brown’s 43yard field goal with 4 seconds remaining. The Bengals have been around since 1968. This is the first time they’ll make the postseason in two straight
non-strike years. “I know they just think that there’s some complex; there’s no complex, you’ve just got to come play and win,” coach Marvin Lewis said. “This group in there has very little history of anything.” Baltimore clinched the AFC North by routing the New York Please see PLAYOFFS | 8A
North Mississippi lake ready for restocking small fish Associated Press
SALTILLO — It may not look ready, but according to state wildlife officials, Lake Lamar Bruce is ready to be stocked with fish — very small bluegill and redear sunfish as well as catfish fingerlings.
“Tupelo Fish Hatchery and Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks have partnered to raise the fish to put back into Lamar Bruce,” said MDWFP’s Larry Pugh. “So we’ll be stocking probably 150,000 bluegill
and redear ... and probably 15,000 channel catfish.” He said it’ll take two years for those fish to spawn twice before they are ready to fully stock the lake with bass and other larger species. The lake has been closed
for two years to repair an old dam at its south end. Now, it’s good as new. “We’ve got a new dam, a new water level control structure. We were able to complete it, so we’re finished with it.
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some reason your all natural numbers and an attitude that clearly showed your love for the game aren’t enough to get you in the door otherwise. I’m sure Jeremy Hudson shares my belief, and I throw his name in here in case I ever need an attorney. Pete Boone: To the former Ole Miss athletics director, a Thank You-A-Day Calendar. And that won’t do justice to the glee brought on by your “retiring.” The Bain Family: A very exciting and well-attended Peggy Bain Memorial Scholarship Holiday Hoops Tournament, which begins on Thursday. And Coach Foster, her scorekeeping sister and both Roger Dales better be on their best behavior, because she’ll be keeping an eye on you!! The Immaculate Scorebooks: Speaking of Christy Bain McKee, to her and Kossuth’s one-two punch of Angela Shipman and Christy Dickson, go an unlimited supply of pens and pencils. Hands down the cleanest and most accurate books I’ve seen in years! Makes typing boxscores and compiling stats that much easier. Ross Bjork: As Ole Miss athletics director you’ve done great things. Still with the name Bjork, I can’t help but give you a swan dress. Just don’t make them into an alternate uniform. Orma Smith (ORS III): A get out of a speeding ticket card while trying to make Stennett’s soccer/fast-pitch and Hacks’ (ORS IV) basketball/baseball games at different locales on the same night. Also a “Rumor Has It” game, because, rumor has it you want one. I also have a vintage Corinth Warrior football jersey (No. 63) ... let the bidding begin!! Brandon Quinn: To the Alcorn Central boys’ basketball coach, I present a zoo. You got a huge monkey off your back Friday, but something tells me Central “fans” will still find something else to “ride” you about. Doug Jones: A surveillance camera so the Corinth High School football coach can catch whomever adorned his yard with “W” signs following victories. Hopefully it will be the system that will stop unnamed culprit, not lack of victories. Delusional/Unruly Fans: Ones at both the high school and collegiate level receive a visit from Sweet Brown because “Ain’t nobody got time for that.” Area sports guru Adam Gore can also handle that in a pinch. Doug Gottlieb: To the former ESPN and current CBS sports talent, unlimited Seinfeld clips and memes. You’ve already made me “Twitter Famous” by retweeting and/or commenting on earlier ones. I’m 1-for-20 or so with Jason Alexander, but that doesn’t make you Lloyd Braun. Dan Mullen: Most everyone knew I couldn’t complete this column without mentioning the TCBU — that’s The Coach Beneath Us. Dan gets a championship belt, after all he did lead his team to a championship, albeit the Sun Belt. (Insert sad trombone here.) To everyone else out there in readerland I wish you all a safe and a Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year. Remember the reason for the season, and that it’s perfectly fine to be cordial and share the love between holidays. (When not playing Santa, or browsing through Twitter, H. Lee Smith II is sports editor of the Daily Corinthian. Also an avid Seinfeld fan, he has been known to answer to the name George.)
AMERICAN CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF y-New England 11 4 0 .733 529 Miami 7 8 0 .467 288 N.Y. Jets 6 9 0 .400 272 Buffalo 5 10 0 .333 316 South W L T Pct PF y-Houston 12 3 0 .800 400 x-Indianapolis 10 5 0 .667 329 Tennessee 5 10 0 .333 292 Jacksonville 2 13 0 .133 235 North W L T Pct PF y-Baltimore 10 5 0 .667 381 x-Cincinnati 9 6 0 .600 368 Pittsburgh 7 8 0 .467 312 Cleveland 5 10 0 .333 292 West W L T Pct PF y-Denver 12 3 0 .800 443 San Diego 6 9 0 .400 326 Oakland 4 11 0 .267 269 Kansas City 2 13 0 .133 208 NATIONAL CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF Washington 9 6 0 .600 408 Dallas 8 7 0 .533 358 N.Y. Giants 8 7 0 .533 387 Philadelphia 4 11 0 .267 273 South W L T Pct PF y-Atlanta 13 2 0 .867 402 New Orleans 7 8 0 .467 423 Tampa Bay 6 9 0 .400 367 Carolina 6 9 0 .400 313 North W L T Pct PF y-Green Bay 11 4 0 .733 399 Minnesota 9 6 0 .600 342 Chicago 9 6 0 .600 349 Detroit 4 11 0 .267 348 West W L T Pct PF x-San Francisco 10 4 1 .700 370 x-Seattle 10 5 0 .667 392 St. Louis 7 7 1 .500 286 Arizona 5 10 0 .333 237 x-clinched playoff spot y-clinched division
PA 331 289 347 426 PA 303 371 451 406 PA 321 303 304 344 PA 286 329 419 387 PA 370 372 337 402 PA 277 410 377 325 PA 299 314 253 411 PA 260 232 328 330
Saturday’s Game Atlanta 31, Detroit 18 Sunday’s Games Green Bay 55, Tennessee 7 Indianapolis 20, Kansas City 13 New Orleans 34, Dallas 31, OT Minnesota 23, Houston 6 Carolina 17, Oakland 6 Miami 24, Buffalo 10
Cincinnati 13, Pittsburgh 10 New England 23, Jacksonville 16 Washington 27, Philadelphia 20 St. Louis 28, Tampa Bay 13 San Diego 27, N.Y. Jets 17 Denver 34, Cleveland 12 Chicago 28, Arizona 13 Baltimore 33, N.Y. Giants 14 Seattle 42, San Francisco 13 Sunday, Dec. 30 Jacksonville at Tennessee, 1 p.m. Carolina at New Orleans, 1 p.m. N.Y. Jets at Buffalo, 1 p.m. Baltimore at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. Cleveland at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. Houston at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. Philadelphia at N.Y. Giants, 1 p.m. Chicago at Detroit, 1 p.m. Tampa Bay at Atlanta, 1 p.m. Oakland at San Diego, 4:25 p.m. Arizona at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m. St. Louis at Seattle, 4:25 p.m. Kansas City at Denver, 4:25 p.m. Green Bay at Minnesota, 4:25 p.m. Miami at New England, 4:25 p.m. Dallas at Washington, 8:20 p.m.
Pro basketball NBA standings EASTERN CONFERENCE W L Pct d-Miami 18 6 .750 d-New York 20 7 .741 Atlanta 16 9 .640 d-Chicago 15 11 .577 Indiana 16 12 .571 Milwaukee 14 12 .538 Brooklyn 14 12 .538 Boston 13 13 .500 Philadelphia 13 15 .464 Orlando 12 15 .444 Toronto 9 19 .321 Detroit 9 21 .300 Charlotte 7 20 .259 Cleveland 6 23 .207 Washington 3 22 .120 WESTERN CONFERENCE W L Pct d-Oklahoma City 21 5 .808 d-L.A. Clippers 21 6 .778 d-San Antonio 21 8 .724 Memphis 18 7 .720 Golden State 18 10 .643 Houston 14 12 .538 Denver 15 13 .536 Minnesota 13 12 .520 Utah 15 14 .517 Portland 13 13 .500 L.A. Lakers 13 14 .481 Dallas 12 16 .429 Phoenix 11 17 .393 Sacramento 9 18 .333 New Orleans 5 22 .185 d-division leader
GB ½ — 3 4½ 4½ 5½ 5½ 6½ 7½ 8 11½ 12½ 13 15 16 GB — ½ 1½ 2½ 4 7 7 7½ 7½ 8 8½ 10 11 12½ 16½
Sunday’s Games Brooklyn 95, Philadelphia 92 New York 94, Minnesota 91 Utah 97, Orlando 93 San Antonio 129, Dallas 91 L.A. Clippers 103, Phoenix 77 Sacramento 108, Portland 96 Monday’s Games No games scheduled Tuesday’s Games Boston at Brooklyn, 12 p.m. New York at L.A. Lakers, 3 p.m. Oklahoma City at Miami, 5:30 p.m. Houston at Chicago, 8 p.m. Denver at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m. Wednesday’s Games Miami at Charlotte, 7 p.m. Chicago at Indiana, 7 p.m. New Orleans at Orlando, 7 p.m. Cleveland at Washington, 7 p.m. Detroit at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. Houston at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Philadelphia at Memphis, 8 p.m. Brooklyn at Milwaukee, 8 p.m. Toronto at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Denver, 9 p.m. New York at Phoenix, 9 p.m. Golden State at Utah, 9 p.m. Sacramento at Portland, 10 p.m.
College Basketball scores EAST Boston College 71, Providence 68 Boston U. 70, Cornell 57 Bryant 79, Dartmouth 66 Drexel 69, Davidson 58 Elon 70, Columbia 69 Fairfield 60, Saint Joseph’s 57 George Washington 76, VMI 67 Georgetown 65, American U. 48 Hartford 56, Marist 46 Harvard 72, Holy Cross 65 La Salle 100, Sacred Heart 71 Loyola of Chicago 54, St. Peter’s 49 Maine 84, Florida Gulf Coast 78 N. Kentucky 55, Navy 46 NJIT 71, CCNY 43 Princeton 79, Bucknell 67 Rhode Island 65, Georgia St. 60 Seton Hall 89, LIU Brooklyn 58 South Carolina 63, Manhattan 57 St. Francis (NY) 73, Colgate 61 Temple 83, Syracuse 79 Tulane 83, Hofstra 62 UMass 88, East Carolina 81 Vermont 76, Fairleigh Dickinson 62 Villanova 83, Monmouth (NJ) 56 West Virginia 72, Radford 62 SOUTH Appalachian St. 78, Presbyterian 70 Coll. of Charleston 60, Coastal Carolina 51
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Florida St. 79, Charlotte 76 Gardner-Webb 83, Spalding 54 George Mason 67, Richmond 64 Georgia 64, Southern Cal 56 Georgia Tech 73, The Citadel 41 Jacksonville 65, Furman 53 Kentucky 82, Marshall 54 Louisiana-Lafayette 91, Duquesne 79 Louisville 78, W. Kentucky 55 Mercer 66, Alabama 59 Mississippi St. 79, Cent. Arkansas 72 NC State 92, St. Bonaventure 73 North Carolina 97, McNeese St. 63 Old Dominion 63, Virginia 61 South Alabama 77, UALR 62 Wake Forest 84, UNC Greensboro 70 Winthrop 74, Auburn 67 MIDWEST Butler 75, Evansville 67 Cincinnati 68, Wright St. 58 Dayton 77, Murray St. 68 DePaul 69, UMBC 61 Drake 74, E. Illinois 56 Green Bay 72, South Dakota 55 Illinois St. 83, Austin Peay 57 Iowa 80, Coppin St. 50 Kansas 74, Ohio St. 66 Kansas St. 67, Florida 61 Kent St. 73, Arkansas St. 69 Marquette 84, LSU 80 Miami (Ohio) 82, Ill.-Chicago 70 Michigan St. 67, Texas 56 Minnesota 75, Lafayette 50 Missouri 82, Illinois 73 Oakland 59, E. Michigan 57 Ohio 93, Md.-Eastern Shore 57 SE Missouri 66, UMKC 65 Saint Louis 65, Loyola Marymount 44 Valparaiso 79, Purdue-Calumet 51 W. Michigan 87, Mount St. Mary’s 66 Wichita St. 59, Southern Miss. 51 Wisconsin 74, Milwaukee 53 Wofford 56, Xavier 55 SOUTHWEST Arizona St. 77, Texas Tech 62 Arkansas 95, Alabama A&M 68 FIU 48, Texas Southern 45 Houston 79, Chicago St. 57 Oklahoma St. 78, Tennessee Tech 42 Southern U. 53, Texas A&M 51 TCU 65, Rice 63 Texas-Pan American 80, Nebraska-Omaha 72 Tulsa 72, Oral Roberts 68 FAR WEST Air Force 61, UC Riverside 53 California 85, Prairie View 53 Colorado St. 70, Portland 53 E. Washington 57, Idaho St. 54 Georgia Southern 63, MVSU 52
BASEBALL National League MILWAUKEE BREWERS — Agreed to terms with RHP Jim Hoey on a minor league contract. BASKETBALL National Basketball Association DALLAS MAVERICKS — Waived G Derek Fisher. Signed G/F Chris DouglasRoberts from Texas (NBADL). GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS_Assigned G/F Kent Bazemore and F/C Jeremy Tyler to Santa Cruz (NBADL). FOOTBALL National Football League BALTIMORE RAVENS — Placed LB Jameel McClain on injured reserve. Signed LB Adrian Hamilton from the practice squad. DALLAS COWBOYS — Waived WR Anthony Armstrong. Signed T Ronald Leary from the practice squad. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS — Placed DE Aaron Morgan on injured reserve. SOCCER Major League Soccer COLORADO RAPIDS — Traded F Omar Cummings to Houston for M Nathan Sturgis and allocation money.
The 23-point win was the largest margin of victory in tournament history. Clair and Jawato previously averaged less than 10 minutes per game. But both played well enough off the bench in Saturday’s loss to Miami to earn their starting roles Sunday. “If you’ve ever coached freshmen — and I’ve coached a bunch of them — there’s always usually a game where all of a sudden it kind of clicks and they grow up a little bit and we’re hoping this one is Manroop’s,” Hawaii coach Gib Arnold said. “He always has this to fall back on and we can refer back to the confidence that he played with, because I do think he needs to be a part of this rotation.” Clair, smiling, said that he was tired after the game. “It’s a good feeling,” Clair said of being on the floor. “As long as we got the W. The win is what matters.” Clair ran the point and
controlled the floor well for Hawaii. He finished with season highs in points and assists (five). Jawato had four steals and three assists. “He hurt us,” East Tennessee State coach Murry Bartow said of Clair. “He’s a guy that can make shots. We lost him a couple times in our zone.” Hawaii led 34-22 at halftime and never trailed in the game. Hawaii scored the first 12 points of the second half to distance itself from East Tennessee State. Clair hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give Hawaii a 57-31 lead with 12:39 remaining. Hawaii led by as much as 31 points late in the game and shot 51 percent from the field, converting 34 of 67 shots. East Tennessee State shot just 34 percent from the field, making 23 of 67 shots. Rashawn Rembert and Jarvis Jones scored 14 points each, and Lester Wilson added 11 points for East Tennessee State (2-9).
It was the seventh time Luck has rallied his team to victory in the fourth quarter. Darius Butler returned an interception 32 yards for a TD in helping the Colts (10-5) join the 2008 Miami Dolphins as the only NFL teams to win at least 10 games after losing 14 or more the previous season. The Chiefs are 2-13.
the next play, setting up Brown’s winner. Dalton completed 24 of 41 for 278 yards and two interceptions for the Bengals (9-6), who snapped a five-game losing streak to Pittsburgh (7-8).
NC Central 73, Utah Valley 67 New Mexico St. 71, Missouri St. 51 North Florida 80, CS Bakersfield 70 Oregon 91, Houston Baptist 50 Oregon St. 86, San Diego 79 San Jose St. 68, James Madison 77 S. Dakota St. 70, New Mexico 65 Seattle 72, Campbell 49 UC Davis 82, Nicholls St. 71 UCLA 91, Fresno St. 78 UNLV 89, Canisius 74 Utah St. 70, S. Illinois 58 Virginia Tech 66, Bradley 65, OT Washington 67, N. Illinois 57 Weber St. 73, Portland St. 69, OT TOURNAMENT Cable Car Classic Championship Santa Clara 69, Wagner 45 Third Place SMU 67, Alcorn St. 52 Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational First Round UTEP 83, Ark.-Pine Bluff 61 Nebraska 89, Cent. Michigan 75 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Class First Round Arizona 73, ETSU 53 Indiana St. 87, Mississippi 85, OT San Diego St. 80, San Francisco 58 Miami 73, Hawaii 58
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points, making 4 of 7 from 3-point range. Marshall Henderson scored 12 and Jarvis Summers added 11 points for Ole Miss, which made 9 of 19 from 3-point range. San Francisco (5-6) shot 60.7 percent from the field in the first half, but just 40.7 percent after halftime. Cody Doolin led the Dons with 20 points, seven rebounds and eight assists. De’End Parker had 17 points and Cole Dickerson scored 14 for San Francisco. San Francisco led 3219 with 6:17 left in the first half following Doolin’s 3-pointer, but the Rebels used a 14-4 run to cut it to 36-33 with 2:20 left until halftime. It was 38-33 Dons at the half. “We just went in halftime and Coach let us know that we came out, weathered the storm, took their best punch and (were) only down five and we didn’t play our best basketball,” Wil-
liams said. “We knew we could come out in the second half and improve on some things.” The Rebels took the lead for good at 64-62 with about seven minutes to play on Williams’ 3-pointer. It was part of a quick 8-0 Ole Miss run in less than a minute that turned a 62-58 deficit into a 66-62 advantage. “We were mixing defenses all game and we went to our 2-2-1 full court and we got some turnovers,” Williams said. “It energized us and we took the lead.” The Rebels shot 52 percent from the field in the second half and made 24 of 30 free throws, including 20 of 24 after the intermission. Ole Miss overcame 14 turnovers against just five assists. “In the second half we were much more aggressive on both ends of the floor,” Kennedy said. “We held them to 40 percent (shooting) and outrebounded them by about 10 in the second half and as a result we had enough possessions to do what
we needed to do.” San Francisco lost to No. 18 San Diego State 80-58 on Saturday. Rebels junior center DeMarco Cox exited the game near the midpoint of the first half with an apparent left ankle injury. He was helped off the court and into the locker room and did not return. His status for Tuesday is uncertain.
Hawaii 84, E. Tennessee St. 61 Reserve guard Manroop Clair got the starting nod and scored 15 points to help Hawaii beat East Tennessee State, 84-61 in a consolation-round game of the Diamond Head Classic on Sunday. Freshman Brandon Jawato also started the game. Vander Joaquim scored 23 points to lead Hawaii (6-4). Christian Stanhardinger had 18 points and 12 rebounds. Isaac Fotu had 14 points and 14 rebounds, and Brandon Spearman added 10 points.
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Giants 33-14. Houston owns the South even though it lost to Minnesota 23-6. Denver has the West and won its 10th in a row by romping over Cleveland 34-12. New England is the East champion and beat Jacksonville 23-16. As for the NFC, Seattle’s 42-13 victory over San Francisco muddled the West, but earned the Seahawks at least a wild card. The 49ers lead the division by a half-game and have clinched a postseason berth. North winner Green Bay’s 55-7 rout of
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Tennessee moved it up to the second seed behind South champion Atlanta. The Falcons have home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs after defeating Detroit 31-18 on Saturday night. The East lead belongs to Washington thanks to a 27-20 win at Philadelphia, while the Giants fell to the Ravens and Dallas was beaten 34-31 in overtime by New Orleans. The Redskins and Cowboys meet next Sunday, with the winner taking the division. Washington also can get a wild card, as can New York, but the defending Super Bowl champion Giants need lots of help. Chicago’s 28-13 victory at Arizona kept it in the wild-card chase.
Also Sunday, it was St. Louis 28, Tampa Bay 13; Miami 24, Buffalo 10; San Diego 27, the New York Jets 17; and Carolina 17, Oakland 6.
Colts 20 Chiefs 13: At Kansas City, Mo., Luck threw for 205 yards to break the single-season rookie record, and his touchdown pass to Reggie Wayne late in the fourth quarter put Indianapolis in the playoffs. Luck surpassed yearold record of 4,051 yards passing by a rookie in the second quarter, and then came through in the closing minutes. He marched Indy to the Chiefs 7, then found Wayne in the back of the end zone on thirdand-goal for the go-ahead score.
Bengals 13 Steelers 10: At Pittsburgh, Brown missed a 56-yarder earlier in the fourth quarter, but earned a second chance when Reggie Nelson picked off Ben Roethlisberger and returned it to the Pittsburgh 46 with 14 seconds remaining. Andy Dalton hit A.J. Green for 21 yards on
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Seahawks 42 49ers 13: At Seattle, Russell Wilson threw four touchdown passes to move into second place for TD passes by a rookie. Marshawn Lynch scored twice in front of Seattle’s rocking crowd. Wilson threw TDs to Lynch, Anthony McCoy and two in the second half to Doug Baldwin to give him 25 for the season, one shy of Peyton Manning’s record of 26. Lynch added 111 yards rushing and a 24-yard TD run on Seattle’s opening drive that set the tone. Richard Sherman returned a blocked field goal 90 yards for a touchdown and added an interception for the Seahawks (10-5). Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers (10-4-1) struggled with the deafening noise at CenturyLink Field, making for a miserable 49th birthday for coach Jim Harbaugh.
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Horoscopes BY HOLIDAY MATHIS “Peace on Earth, good will toward men” may be a Christmas ideal, but it’s an attainable one. The harmony you create inside yourself will count toward the effort and spread to loved ones and out into the world. Mars enters Aquarius, driving philanthropic efforts and encouraging us to take personal responsibility for one another’s wellbeing. ARIES (March 21-April 19). With your guiding planet on the move into charitable Aquarius, you’ll be swept up in the humanitarian spirit, sensing what you can do to help and heal your corner of the world. TAURUS (April 20May 20). You’re not exactly selfless; you happen to love the feeling of giving. Fate smiles on you because you desire what is good for you and for everyone else, as well. GEMINI (May 21June 21). You’ve been excited about the prospect of surprising your dear ones with unpredictable expressions of your love, and now you’ll pull it off. The moon in your sign gives you a creative advantage. CANCER (June 22-July 22). You’ll get caught up in the flurry of activity, but you’ll never stray far from the heart of it all. You’ll will yourself to slow down and savor the meaning of the moment. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Leading with a playful spirit, you’ll make the effort to meet the needs of those around you. You’ll seize the opportunity to be kind, forgiving, charitable and compassionate. VIRGO (Aug. 23Sept. 22). You’ll be effective in creating your own snow globe of a world. It will be as though you and your loved ones exist inside the protective bubble of your collective care. LIBRA (Sept. 23Oct. 23). The sun seems to shine just for you today, as your efforts pay off brilliantly, especially the ones that required an artistic touch. Your highly attuned visual sense contributed to the specialness of this day. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). All of the lights, decorations and anticipation seem to build to a moment, but that’s not entirely how it is. This won’t end soon. The feeling of unity will carry you into the new year and continue on. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You’re the one voted most likely to turn the traditions you’ve known on their ear. Last-minute touches will be most effective. You’re terrific when the pressure is on. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You’ll get exactly what you need, even if it’s not exactly what you want. As the great musician Clarence Clemons said, “I wanted an electric train for Christmas, but I got the saxophone instead.” AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). As Mars enters your sign, good fortune may seem to befall you randomly, but it more likely happens
because you so fully appreciate the fragrant brilliance of life. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You’ll take a high level of responsibility for the way things happen, and because of this, all goes well. You’ll be an instigator of laughter and a bestower of blessings. TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Dec. 25). Intrigue surrounds you — an accidental benefit of your recent choices. Relationships heat up over the next seven weeks. You’ll charm your way into an exclusive arrangement and experience the best of what’s available. You’ll take February’s training to the bank. April brings a profitable sale. July brings a move. Pisces and Cancer people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 20, 4, 38, 31 and 14.
Your Christmas cosmic gift What will the stars give you this Christmas that you couldn’t possibly buy in a department store? ARIES: The undivided attention of someone you admire (and might have fallen in love with). TAURUS: The dedication to your craft necessary to take it to the next level. GEMINI: A friendship credit that you can cash in whenever you need it most or just think it would be fun. CANCER: A tendency to see and act on the opportunity inside of each problem. LEO: Unstructured time to yourself in which you’re free to do whatever you want sans guilt. VIRGO: The social savvy that will make people from all walks of life instantly connect with you. LIBRA: The kind of play that will boost your immune system and make you feel like you’re on top of the world. SCORPIO: The imagination necessary to turn an unsatisfactory arrangement into a sheer pleasure. SAGITTARIUS: The opportunity to be part of a team — to share, teach, negotiate and solve problems with others. CAPRICORN: The resolution of a conflict and the ability to be your own advocate, preventing any similar dynamics in your future. AQUARIUS: The tenderness you so deserve. PISCES: The answer to a prayer. CELEBRITY PROFILES: Whether Sir Isaac Newton was hit on the head by a falling apple is debatable, but few would argue that this Capricorn was the greatest scientist of the 17th century and possibly of all time. His work in the area of gravity, motion, optics, astronomy, mathematics, religion, alchemy and more changed the world forever. Newton was born when the moon and Venus were in the sign of the future. (If you would like to write to Holiday Mathis, please go to www.creators.com and click on “Write the Author” on the Holiday Mathis page.)
Thought for Today “My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?” — Bob Hope, American comedian (1903-2003)
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Readers combat cemetery thieves DEAR ABBY: May I comment on the letter from “Itching to Get Even in Cincinnati” (Oct. 1), the woman who was upset that the handmade wreaths she had placed on her family graves had been stolen? I volunteer at a historical cemetery. Many cemeteries have rules about the type and size of grave decorations that are allowed on the grounds, which is sometimes none at all. In fact, if decorations ARE allowed, unless they can be firmly attached to the ground, real flowers are usually preferred because they biodegrade and do not create a nightmare for groundskeepers when the plastic eventually weakens. While it’s touching that “Itching” and her sister continue to make thoughtful and beautiful arrangements for their deceased loved ones, they should consider speaking with the cemetery office or groundskeeper about any regulations they might have in order to avoid this kind of upset again. — MAUREEN IN
BROOKL Y N , N.Y. DEAR M A U REEN: For the Abigail most part, Van Buren r e a d ers agree Dear Abby that the policies of a cemetery should be checked out before placing wreaths or flowers on graves. However, other readers offered some interesting solutions to the problem: DEAR ABBY: When Dad died, my mom and I returned to his grave the next day. All the flowers were missing, but the plastic they were attached to was still there. When we inquired about it we were told that deer come down at night and eat the flowers. My dad, a nature lover, would have been pleased that they provided a meal for the deer. — STILL MISSING HIM DEAR ABBY: The dead are no longer of this world. When people visit their graves, they should leave good thoughts, not
material items that end up as trash or stolen. — PAMELA IN VICTORVILLE, CALIF. DEAR ABBY: After my mother died, I bought a concrete garden angel statue and put it by her headstone. Like “Itching,” I too was bitter after it was stolen. When I told my husband, he told me, “Honey, your mother WAS an angel. She didn’t need one. Someone else must have needed one.” After he said it, it put the incident into a different perspective. — ANGEL’S DAUGHTER IN MISSOURI DEAR ABBY: Years ago, the flags my mother and I had placed on Memorial Day were stolen. After that we would write, “Stolen from the grave of ...” on the sticks of the flags we left for my father’s and stepfather’s graves. It worked! — DOT IN NEW JERSEY DEAR ABBY: My sister made a Christmas tree for our mother’s grave and decorated it with functional lights. When I asked her why she went
to the extra expense, she replied that she knew it would likely be stolen. She said she wanted the thief to have a tree with working lights, so the person would have a brighter Christmas. — GERRY IN HUNSTVILLE, TEXAS DEAR ABBY: I had the same problem until I started attaching small signs to my floral wreaths that read, “Thou Shalt Not Steal.” I make the signs business card-sized, cover them with clear tape, attach them to a beverage straw and insert them in the flowers or attach them to the wreaths. So far it has worked. And if it doesn’t, at least it may make the thief think twice. — MARIE IN PENNSYLVANIA TO MY CHRISTIAN READERS: A very merry Christmas to you all! (Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Write Dear Abby at www.DearAbby. com or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.)
Crum awarded bronze emblem in FFA event Special to the Daily Corinthian
INDIANAPOLIS — Kaitlin Crum of the Kossuth FFA Chapter in Mississippi was one of 49 participants in the National FFA Creed Speaking Career Development Event (CDE). The event was held in conjunction with the 85th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind. The participant, led by advisor Brad Gillmore, was awarded a Bronze emblem. The top four individuals received cash awards to recognize their success in the event. The cash awards and the Creed speaking event is sponsored by CHS. The National FFA Creed Speaking CDE is designed to recognize outstanding FFA members for their ability to present the National FFA Creed in a competitive setting. Members deliver the Creed from memory and respond to three
Kossuth FFA member Kaitlin Crum was awarded a bronze emblem at national event in Indianapolis questions. The event gives FFA members the opportunity to develop their ability to communicate in a powerful, organized and professional manner.
The event, held at the Marriott Hotel in Indianapolis, Ind., is one of many educational activities at the National FFA Convention & Expo
in which FFA members practice the lessons taught in agricultural education classes. The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 557,318 student members as part of 7,498 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs.
Today in History Today is Tuesday, Dec. 25, the 360th day of 2012. There are six days left in the year. This is Christmas Day. ■
On Dec. 25, A.D. 336, the first recorded celebration of Christmas on Dec. 25 took place in Rome. ■
On this date:
In 1066, William the Conqueror was crowned king of England. In 1776, Gen. George Washington and his troops crossed the Delaware River for a surprise attack against Hessian forces at Trenton, N.J. In 1868, President Andrew Johnson granted an unconditional pardon to all persons involved in the Southern rebellion that resulted in the Civil War. In 1887, Conrad Hilton, founder of the hotel chain bearing his name, was born in San Antonio, Territory of New Mexico. In 1926, Hirohito became emperor of Japan, succeeding his father, Emperor Yoshihito. In 1931, New York’s Metropolitan Opera broadcast an entire live opera over radio for the first time: “Hansel and Gretel” by Engelbert Humperdinck. In 1937, the NBC Symphony Orchestra, led for the first time by conductor Arturo Toscanini,
performed a Christmas concert featuring works by Vivaldi, Mozart and Brahms. In 1941, during World War II, Japan announced the surrender of the British-Canadian garrison at Hong Kong. In 1962, the movie version of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” adapted from the Harper Lee novel and starring Gregory Peck, opened in Los Angeles. In 1991, Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev went on television to announce his resignation as the eighth and final leader of a communist superpower that had already gone out of existence. In 2009, passengers aboard Northwest Airlines Flight 253 foiled an attempt to blow up the plane as it was landing in Detroit by seizing a man who tried to set off explosives in his underwear. Ten years ago: Pope John Paul II delivered a Christmas message in which he said war had to be and could be avoided even in a world made fearful by terrorism. A major storm made for a white Christmas in parts of the U.S.; the severe weather ultimately was blamed for some two dozen deaths. Katie Hnida became the first woman to play in a Division I-A football game when she attempted an extra point
following a New Mexico touchdown in the Las Vegas Bowl. (Hnida, a walk-on junior, had her kick blocked, but by then she had already made history in the 27-13 loss to UCLA.) ■
Five years ago:
A tiger at the San Francisco Zoo escaped her enclosure and killed a park visitor; two brothers also were mauled, but survived. (The tiger was killed by police.) Russia’s military successfully test-fired a new intercontinental ballistic missile capable of carrying multiple nuclear warheads. A ruptured gasoline pipeline exploded near Nigeria’s
main city of Lagos, killing at least 40 people. ■
One year ago:
Five members of a family, including three children and their grandparents, died in a Christmas morning blaze in Stamford, Conn., that was blamed on burning embers in a trash can. A 56-year-old man dressed as Santa Claus shot and killed his estranged wife, their two teenage children and three other relatives at an apartment in Grapevine, Texas, before taking his own life. A suicide bombing of a Catholic church near Nigeria’s capital left at least 44 people dead.
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Celebrating Jesus’ birthday at Oakland Baptist Staff photos by Bobby J. Smith
The preschool and kindergarten groups at Oakland Baptist didn’t let Thursday’s windy weather get in the way of their celebration of Jesus’ birthday. The youngsters sent birthday balloons up to Heaven and later had a party – complete with a birthday cake.
Assistance Support group Corinth “Crossroads” Multiple Sclerosis Group invites anyone with multiple sclerosis to come meet with them on the third Wednesday of each month at 11:30 a.m. at the Mississippi State/ Alcorn County Extension Office, 2200 Levee Road, located behind the Crossroads Arena. Contact Joy Forsyth at 662-462-7325 for more information.
Fee increase The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers TennesseeTombigbee Waterway Project has announced a $2 increase in camping fees to take effect Jan. 1. This increase will affect camping fees at
the following recreation areas: Blue Bluff Campground, DeWayne Hayes Campground, Town Creek Campground, Pickensville Campground, Cochrane Campground, Fulton Campground, and Piney Grove Campground. The campgrounds will continue to honor the Federal “America the Beautiful” passes with discounted fees. There will be no fee increase for boat launches or day use. For more information, contact the TennesseeTombigbee Waterway Management Center at 662-327-2142. Reservations can be made online at www.recreation.gov or 877-444-6777.
‘Sharing Hearts’ The Sharing Hearts adult care program offers Alzheimer’s Day Care on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 501 Main Street, Corinth. It is a respite day program that provides individual group activities such as arts and crafts, exercise, music, games and therapy and lunch to patients diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. The purpose of the program is to provide caregivers some free time from care while providing social interaction for the participants. For more information, call Tim Dixon at 662396-1454.
What about Reincarnation? Deﬁnition: “The belief that the souls of the dead successively return to earth in new form or bodies.” This is the basic doctrine of Mohammedanism and other religious groups. We may think the doctrine is too ridiculous to consider. Others have felt the same way, only to see someone start a new church with this unscriptual doctrine as a basis. The Bible never speaks of reincarnation; therefore there can be no faith in the doctrine - Rom. 10:17. “It is appointed unto men once to die” - Heb. 9:27 - note “ONCE,” not several times. “A time to be born, and a time to die” - Ecc. 3:2 - note “A Time,” not several times. “For that shall abide with him of his labor the days of his life, which God giveth him under the sun” - Eccl. 8:15 - “life -under the sun” - singular, not many lives. Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it” - Eccl. 12:7 - return to God - not enter into another body. “For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle - body - were dissolved, we have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens” - 2 Cor. 5:1. Solomon emphasized that now in this life - not in other lives - is the time to labor for a reward. “For the living know that they shall die, but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward: for the memory of them is forgotten: “Whatsoever thy hand ﬁndeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whiter thou goest” - Eccl. 9: 5, 10. This aspect of man’s relationship to God has not changed, since Solomon’s day. Got will bring man into judgement for what he has done in this life. “For we must all appear before the judgement seat of Christ; that every may receive the things done in his body - not bodies - according to that he hath done, whether it be good or b ad: 2 Cor. 5:10. God permitted Moses and Elias to appear on earth again - Matt. 17:1-5 - but not as other people or animals; and that appearance was only temporary. In Luke 16: 19-31 we have the story of the death and destination of two men, and neither was reincarnated. We must prepare to meet God - in this life. Have you obeyed the gospel?
Northside Church of Christ 3127 Harper Road - Corinth, MS - 286-6256 Minister - Lennis Nowell
Schedule of Services Sunday Morning Bible Study........................................................... 9:45 Sunday Morning Worship Service ................................................. 10:30 Sunday Evening Worship Service .................................................... 5:00 Wednesday Night Bible Study ......................................................... 7:00 You are cordially invited to attend every service.
A museum dedicated to the Battle of Shiloh and area veterans is open next to Shiloh National Military Park. It is located at the intersection of state Route 22 and Route 142 in Shiloh, across from Ed Shaw’s Restaurant. The Shiloh Battlefield & World War II Museum is the home of Honor Our Veterans Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to raising money for projects to benefit area veterans. The museum features items Larry DeBerry has amassed over a lifetime of collecting Shilohrelated artifacts, as well as artifacts from the Korean War, World War II, the Vietnam War – all the way up to the war in Afghanistan. The Shiloh Battlefield & World War II Museum is open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. For more information call Larry DeBerry at 731-926-0360.
vation Army, 1209 U.S. Hwy. 72 West, whether it be clothing or furniture can call 287-6979. The Salvation Army hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. MondaySaturday. The social service part of the agency is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Post 6 meets Perry Johns Post No. 6, American Legion will hold its regular monthly meeting every second Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Legion Hall on South Tate St., Corinth, along with the Ladies’ Auxiliary and Sons of Legion Squadron No. 6.
Food ministry Bread of Life Ministries is an outreach of the Alcorn Baptist Association Food Pantry – every Thursday from 10-10:30 a.m. at Tate Baptist Church on Harper Road. Announcements and devotionals by various pastors and others are followed by personal attention as well as food distribution. Food donations and volunteers are welcome. For more information, call 731645-2806.
Call for Help A service of United Way of Corinth and Alcorn County, First Call for Help is a telephone service that connects callers with programs in the community available to help those in need. This information and referral program is available to the public, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Knowing what services are available and how to access them is the first step to getting help. For further information, call 286-6500.
Living Will Thrift stores The Lighthouse Family Thrift Store is located in the Harper Square Mall at 1801 South Harper Road in Corinth. One hundred percent of the revenue goes back into the community in helping the Lighthouse Foundation. The store is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. ■ Those wanting to donate items to the Sal■
The Magnolia Regional Health Center’s Patient Advocate’s Office offers free forms and assistance for those wishing to express their medical wishes through a living will or advanced directive. Anyone interested in learning more should call 293-1117.
Senior activities The First Presbyterian Senior Adult Ministry has two fitness classes available to senior adults.
Judy Smelzer leads a stretching/toning class on Mondays at 9 a.m. in the fellowship hall. There is no charge. FPC is also hosting 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.
Red Cross The Northeast Mississippi Chapter of the Red Cross offers a wide variety of assistance and services, including disaster relief. The Northeast Mississippi Chapter includes 16 counties. It is headquartered in Tupelo, with offices in Tishomingo, New Albany, Starkville and Columbus. Although Red Cross no longer has a Corinth office, the organization wants to stress it continues to offer services in Alcorn County. People seeking disaster assistance in Northeast Mississippi can call the Tupelo headquarters during office hours at 662-842-6101. The tollfree after hours phone line is 1-855-891-7325. The Red Cross’ service line for the armed forces is 877-272-7337. They also offer health and safety training, including first aid, baby-sitting and CPR, as well as disaster training for businesses. To learn more about the Red Cross health and safety training call 1-800-733-2767.
the auditorium monthly. The Corinth Friends of the Library hold their ongoing book sale inside the library. Hardback, paperback and audio books, and VHS and DVD donations to the library are always appreciated. For more information, call 287-2441.
Marines help “The Few and the Proud – Marines Helping Marines” – a United States Marine Corps League is a visitation program for senior inactive Marines. When a senior inactive Marine is housebound or in a nursing home or hospice, the Corinth detachment will visit fellow Marines – because once a Marine always a Marine. For more information, call 662-287-3233.
Volunteers needed Magnolia Regional Hospice is currently seeking individuals or groups to be trained as volunteers. Hospice is a program of caring for individuals who are terminally ill and choose to remain at home with family or a caregiver. Some of the ministry opportunities for volunteers are sitting with the patient in their homes to allow the caregiver a break, grocery shopping, reading to a patient, craft opportunities, bereavement/grief support and in-office work. For more information, contact Lila Wade, volunteer coordinator at 662-293-1405 or 1-800843-7553.
Friendship class The Friendship Class meets weekly on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall of the First Presbyterian Church on Shiloh Road. This group of mentally challenged adults and mentors enjoy sharing time together, games, crafts, singing and refreshments. For more information, call the church office at 2866638.
Story Hour Pre-school Story Hour is held each Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Corinth Library. Year-round art exhibits are also on display and educational non-profit groups meet in
Program expanded The Northeast Mississippi Planning and Development District/Elderly and Disabled Medicaid Waiver Program has expanded into Alcorn, Prentiss, Tippah and Tishomingo Counties. This home and community based program is an alternative to nursing home placement and can offer services such as homemakers, expanded home health services, home delivered meals, adult day services, escorted transportation, inhome respite and case management. For more information, call 1-800-745-6961 for details.
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Unforgettable Christmas â€” wishing for Red Ryder BB gun â€œA Christmas Storyâ€? is my favorite holiday movie. I can relate to the little boy wanting something so badly that anything else would be second best. In my case, it was also a BB gun. When I was about 9 or 10 years old, all I wanted for Christmas was a BB gun. I pleaded and begged every chance I got. Daddy wasnâ€™t hard to convince, but Mommy was a different story. Not just because she was afraid Iâ€™d shoot my eye out, but mainly because I was a girl and supposed to be asking for sissy things like dolls and tea sets. Ugh! How I envied Barry Rickman, Phil Bingham and rest of the neighborhood boys. They had the freedom to roam the woods with their guns all day if they wanted to. Christmas morning, sister Brenda and I hopped out of bed and ran to
the living room. In my stocking was the usual apples, oranges and Sue nuts. UnBronson der the tree Santa had Down Home left a few items, but nowhere was a box that looked like it might hold a BB gun. I pouted because Brenda had gotten what she had asked for â€” a cute little doll. Life just wasnâ€™t fair. Daddy then got strangled on his coffee and asked me to run to the kitchen to get him a drink of water. When I walked toward the sink, I saw it! Leaning against the corner of the refrigerator was a BB gun. Not just any BB gun, but a single-action Red Ryder BB gun with matching gloves.
Thereâ€™s nothing like the memory of that first gun. Iâ€™ve had over 50 Christmases and several guns since, but not one as memorable as that beloved Red Ryder. My gun and I were inseparable. Any time Mommy wanted me, all she had to do was holler from the back porch. I was usually in the back yard targeting tin cans or in nearby woods shooting pine cones from the trees. Occasionally, Daddy would say, â€œLetâ€™s me and you go do some shootinâ€™â€? He would wedge quarters and nickels between pine bark for target practice. Mommy would just shake her head and know it was useless to mention she needed help with the housework. After a while, I wanted more. I decided Iâ€™d go
hunting with Daddy. He refused until he tired of listening to my whining and finally gave in. As we walked through the pasture, I stayed close to him because I was afraid of the cows. Two rabbits hopped past us over a hill and he told me to see what I could do. Taking aim, I got one with the first shot. His â€œAtta, girlâ€? made me swell with pride. All pride left when I saw the rabbit lying there twitching and looking at me with pleading eyes. Daddy got mad when I couldnâ€™t finish the job. As he was telling me how
cruel it was to let it suffer, he stepped on its head. This act sent me running home, past the cows, unafraid this time. I hid behind the chimney, hugging my gun and cried, vowing my beloved gun would never harm another animal. Iâ€™m sure Daddy told Mommy about the incident, but it was never mentioned. After that I was satisfied to just plink cans and pine cones. As my sons became of age, I relived the memory and told this â€œboring storyâ€? as I watched them receive their first guns. It was different though, because being boys, they expected guns. As my boys grew, I enjoyed target practicing with them and later when they were teenagers, joined them and their daddy in high-powered rifle and pistol silhouette competition matches at the Natchez Trace Gun
Club in Houston. I have also watched as all three grandsons received guns and are now avid hunters. The best yet was recently when 9-year-old granddaughter Lexi opened her main birthday present. Memories came flooding back as I watched her unwrap a pink .22 rifle. She has already been target practicing with plans to go squirrel hunting. Thereâ€™s nothing like the memory of that first gun. Iâ€™ve had over 50 Christmases and several guns since, but not one as memorable as that beloved Red Ryder. An unforgettable Christmas â€” thatâ€™s what I wish for everyone this season. (Sue Bronson worked at the Daily Corinthian for 44 years before her recent retirement.)
The greatest gift of all this season â€” write about your feelings BY SARAH HUDSON PIERCE For the Daily Corinthian
The best gift that I can give myself and others at Christmas time that will last all year is to pour out my stories knowing we are all struggling with situations too deep to articulate to others. In doing so, I encourage you to do the same because writing is the greatest therapy I have found to keep me from going completely under. Incidentally, using this gift can completely wash out all of the emotional energy to provide relief. Itâ€™s February, 1962. As a 14-year-old girl, I sat on the floor in front of the cast iron wood stove, inside our unpainted, mostly unheated cabin in the woods near Noel, Mo. As I put the kindling in the stove, I stirred the coals
a n d watched t h e flame ignite. I looked d e e p within the fire a n d vowed Pierce then and there that â€œI will rise up from whence I came.â€? Not knowing exactly what that would entail, change came at lightning speed. Less than six weeks later, I became a Christian and was asked a couple of weeks later by the minister Fred Webb, of Grove, Okla., who baptized me, if I would like to go to a Christian orphanage near Tulsa, Okla. He assured me that I would have immaculate
Having gone to bed hungry for years, after and even before our father died in 1958, I grabbed the brass ring and my sister and I went into the orphanage. It changed both of our lives forever. It wasnâ€™t easy, but I knew God had a plan in it for me. surroundings and plenty of food and clothing and that I would be sent to school. Having gone to bed hungry for years, after and even before our father died in 1958, I grabbed the brass ring and my sister and I went into the orphanage. It changed both of our lives forever. It wasnâ€™t easy, but I knew God had a plan in it for me.
Now at age 64, â€œlife is difficultâ€? as the famed author M. Scott Peck said. But it has been worthwhile. God has always taken care of me and has always provided sometimes even more than I need whether some would think I deserve it or not. Life isnâ€™t easy in our world, though it never has been, I suppose. Fifty years later, I strug-
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