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Scammers prey on your fear of electric service disconnection t the risk of sounding like a broken record, I feel it’s necessary to warn our members once again to be on guard for phone scammers, including those demanding payment of a socalled overdue power bill. Scammers may threaten their victims with everything from legal action involving the IRS to disconnecting their electric or other utility service. These incidents are on the rise, and the targets are often seniors. In the “grandparent” scam, criminals search phone books for common names for older people, such as Ethel or Dolores, although sometimes they call numbers at random. The scammer pretends to be the victim’s grandchild in urgent need of money due to trouble like an arrest or car accident. (Social media can be a treasure trove of personal information for scammers, including the names of My Opinion family members.) Michael Callahan The “debt collector” scam may involve a caller posing as an Executive Vice President/CEO Electric Cooperatives employee of your electric cooperof Mississippi ative. The scammer may use threatening language in order to frighten you into revealing credit card or bank account information. Don’t do it! These scammers also target business owners, who are afraid to risk having their electricity disconnected during busy business hours. Your electric cooperative will never resort to threatening phone calls to pressure you into paying an electric bill. So, you know the caller is a scammer if he says your electric service will be cut off—usually within an hour—if you don’t pay immediately. The scammer may instruct you to buy a prepaid card and call him back to make the “bill payment.” Giving the scammer the prepaid card’s number allows him instant access to the card’s funds. Electric cooperatives don’t operate that way. And don’t be fooled by the name displayed on your caller ID; those can be faked too.

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If someone calls you to demand immediate payment of your electric bill, gather as much information as you can from the caller, end the call and report it to local law enforcement authorities. The Consumer Protection Division of the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office asks that you contact them at 601-359-4230 or 1-800-281-4418. If you have any doubts about your electric bill, call or visit your electric cooperative. An employee will be glad to assist (and reassure) you. If someone comes to your home claiming to be an electric cooperative employee that needs to collect money or inspect parts of your property, do not let the individual into your home. Call your electric cooperative to find out whether they are, in fact, an employee. If they are not, call local authorities for assistance. The variety of scams out there seems to be limited only by con artists’ imaginations. These are a few more to watch out for: • Government agencies like the IRS will never call to inform you that you have unpaid taxes or other liens against you. You will always receive this type of information in the mail. If someone calls claiming to be the IRS, hang up immediately. • If you receive an email from an unknown sender, an email riddled with spelling errors and typos, or an email threatening action unless a sum of money is paid, do not click any links provided within the email, and do not reply to the email. Delete the email. • If someone calls claiming to have discovered a virus or malware on your computer, hang up. They may claim to be a computer technician with Microsoft or other well-known company. But they’re trying to trick you into giving them remote access to your computer, or using a number of other ways to get your money. According to Consumer Reports, one of the best ways to thwart scammers is for the victims to share stories of their experience and thus warn others. Awareness is the key to avoid falling victim to a scam.

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Sunlight paints a brilliant sky over Bonita Lakes Park, in Meridian. The scene was captured by Brad Hampton, an East Mississippi Electric Power Association member in Meridian, and submitted for this month’s “Picture This” feature, on pages 20-21.

Mississippi is I grew up in the northeast corner of Newton County in a time before most county roads were paved. It was also a time when along those dirt roads it was easy to find an abundance of wild plum bushes that yielded sweet, juicy fruit in late June and early July. Also found there were what we called dewberries, a large-seed type of blackberry that grew on vines that crept along the ground rather than on long, thorny stalks. I can’t remember when I’ve seen either. With the paving of roads and the introduction of chemical brush killers, many of those delicious treats disappeared. I wouldn’t say I would rather have the dry, dusty roads or the muddy bogs we just accepted as part of living in the country, but I do miss the experience of finding roadside treasures. – Barbara Richardson Knight, LaGrange, Ga.

What’s Mississippi to you? What do you treasure most about life in our state? Send your thoughts to Today in Mississippi, P.O. Box 3300, Ridgeland, MS 39158, or to news@ecm.coop. Please keep your comments brief. Submissions are subject to editing for length and clarity.

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The dog days of summer are the perfect time to explore Mississippi’s history, environment and culture—in the comfort of your own home. Here are some recent nonfiction titles to consider:

Edited by Susan Cushman; foreword by Alan Lightman $28, hardcover We all know the South has long been fertile ground for yielding great literature. But what forces drive southern writers and shape their literary imaginations? For this new anthology, Jackson native Susan Cushman collected essays from 26 writers in nine southern states, including Mississippi. They discuss a vast range of topics inherent in their writing, from race, politics and family to landscapes, voices and the craft of writing. Among contributors are Michael Farris Smith, Jim Dees, Julie Cantrell, Cassandra King and Clyde Edgerton. In his essay, Smith recalls the two books by Mississippi authors that ignited his desire to write fiction, and his struggle to become a novelist: “Through all the rejection and frustration, one thing remained constant. I kept writing I kept working. There is no substitute. You have to do the work and believe in yourself when no one else does.” “Southern Writers on Writing” offers an instructive, thoughtful and entertaining look into the lives and work of these successful southern writers.

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tectural Treasures of the Old South By Marc R. Matrana, Robin S. Lattimore and Michael W. Kitchens $40, hardcover Only a small percentage of the South’s antebellum homes have survived more than 150 years of decay, neglect and loss. In this new book, historians Matrana, Lattimore and Kitchens explore nearly 50 houses built before the Civil War that have been authentically restored or preserved. The authors examine the restoration efforts that preserve not only the homes and other structures but also the stories of those living in or occupying the homes. They also discuss challenges facing specific plantation homes and their preservation. Homes in nine southern states are depicted in more than 275 color photographs, historic and contemporary, of interiors, exteriors and architectural details. Featured historic properties in Mississippi are Beauvoir, in Biloxi, the last home of Confederate president Jefferson Davis; the house on Ellicott Hill, in Natchez, where U.S. Maj. Andrew Ellicott took possession of the city from the Spanish in 1797; Waverly, near West Point, which was abandoned for 50 years before its complete restoration; and Hollywood Plantaton, in Bolivar County, which served for a time as a Confederate hospital. “Southern Splendor” is a coffee table book whose production quality reflects the elegance of its subject matter.

C. General Fox Conner: Pershing’s

Chief of Operations and Eisenhower’s Mentor By Steven Rabalais $34.95, hardcover History seems to have forgotten north Mississippi native Fox Conner (1874-1951), whom Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1964 called “the oustanding soldier of my time.” Yet Conner served as an intellectual inspiration and role model to the officers who led the U.S. Army through World War II.

A Rabalais’ detailed and interesting biography of Conner opens with his youth on a cotton farm in rural Calhoun County. His father, blinded by a shot to the head while a Confederate soldier during the Civil War, shared with his son stories from the Battle of Shiloh in 1862, and other war stories. These stories fueled in Conner a longing to lead men in battle, and in 1898, upon graduating as a second lieutenant from the United States Military Academy, embarked on a military career that led to his becoming one of Gen. John J. Pershing’s top advisors during World War I. Rabalais details Conner’s life and career through the Great War and subsequent years, including his mentionship to Eisenhower, George Marshall and George Patton—the high command of the US Army during World War II. In 1934 President Roosevelt offered to appoint Conner as army chief of staff—which he turned down. Conner took a medical retirement from the army in 1938, three years before the nation officially entered World War II, though Eisenhower later credited Conner’s influence in part for his success in achieving unity among the allied nations.

D. Stories Unfolded Two Mississippi Museums: Museum of Mississippi History, Mississippi Civil Rights Museum $16, softcover The first temporary exhibition to open at the Two Mississippi Museums—the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum— showcases the skill and artistry of Mississippi quilt makers from the 1830s to 2014. Encompassing 38 quilts and two quilt tops, “Stories Unfolded” depicts life in Mississippi through the art of quilting. The exhibition catalog features each quilt in a large color photograph, accompanied by information on the maker (if known) and details about the quilt’s


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construction and history. The earlier quilts were made by necessity, pieced from scrap fabrics and quilted with raw cotton, as an economical means to keep household members warm. Beyond basic piecing, some of the makers employed applique to depict people, birds, flowers or animals, adding a storytelling component to their work. A quilt made in 1902 by Sallie Miller of Yazoo County features a state map with all the counties (75 at the time) individually hand appliqued in constrasting colors of silk fabric. While most of the quilts in the exhibit are based on traditional block patterns precisely cut and pieced, a few are original designs made from a more freeform cutting of fabric strips. Regardless of style, each quilt is evidence of its maker’s desire for beauty and individual expression, as well as utility. The catalog is sold in the Mississippi Museum Store. Call 601-576-6855 for information.

roadside attractions: unusual rock formations, oxbow lakes, the topography of a cotton field and remnants of the last ice age. Specific locations are given for sites that can be viewed from public roadways. Also included are profiles of local museums, parks, an oil field, a lignite mine, a petrified forest, Native American sites, waterways and even kudzu. Anyone remotely interested in Mississippi’s ancient past or curious about the natural forces behind its everchanging landscape will enjoy “Roadside Geology of Mississippi.”

ing the Hurricane Katrina recovery. Father-and-son authors John and Zachary Hilpert trace Mississippi presidential visits from McKinley to Barack Obama. They go far beyond mere itineraries, however, to tell stories enriched with historical context, presidents’ remarks, interactions with citizens and behind-the-scenes details. “Campaigns and Hurricanes” presents an entertaining, readable and revealing way to experience both Mississippi and U.S. history through these presidential encounters.

F. Campaigns and Hurricanes:

By John Cuevas; photographs by Jason Taylor $40, hardcover One of the most significant historic sites along the Mississippi Gulf Coast lies just offshore. From land it appears as a dark smudge on the horizon. Up close, however, Cat Island is a stunningly beautiful wilderness with a colorful history that dates back centuries. “Discovering Cat Island” explores that history and beauty, starting with the first sighting by French explorers in 1699 (who mistook the raccoons for wild cats, hence the name) and continuing through the Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010. There are stories of pirates and buried treasure, mutiny, pioneer families, Al Capone’s rumrunners, Pineywoods cattle, military attacks, fishing, flying saucers, lighthouses, a top-secret dog training camp during World War II and much more. The island’s diverse landscapes, animals, birds and marine life come alive in the book’s 160 black-andwhite photographs. “Discovering Cat Island” is a high-quality coffee table book that will appeal to those interested in Mississippi history, gulf island natural history and fine photography.

A History of Presidential Visits to Mississippi

By John M. Hilpert and Zachary M. Hilpert $40, hardcover In 1901 William McKinley became the first sitting U.S. president to visit Mississippi, his first stop being E. Roadside Geology of Mississippi Corinth. Since then there have been 45 presidential visits to the state, accounting for 69 stops in 33 commuBy Stan Galicki and Darrel Schmitz nities. $24, softcover One visit was made in secret: In 1942 Franklin D. Why is the Mississippi River at Vicksburg flanked by Roosevelt visited Camp Shelby, near Hattiesburg, as tall bluffs on our side but flat delta on the Louisiana part of a wartime inspection tour. side? In 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt’s bear huntHow did an eroded hillside in Marion County come ing trip in the Mississippi Delta inspired the creation of to be known as the “Grand Canyon of Mississippi”? the Teddy bear. Is there really an ancient volcano beneath Jackson? The primary purposes of presidential visits in MissisMississippi geologists Galicki and Schmitz answer sippi have included recreation, disaster recovery, college these and other questions while leading a guided tour commencement addresses and campaigning. of our state’s geological history in the Mississippi vol“[Presidential visits to Mississippi] are always ume of the state “Roadside Geology” series of books. Color maps, graphics and photos illustrate 63 “road impactful events freighted with significance regardless of their scheduled purposes,” they write. logs” representing every region of the state, from the Which president visited most often? George W. barrier islands to the Tennessee border. Bush traveled to Mississippi 19 times, 14 of those durThe authors point out the geologist’s version of

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What attracts tourists to Mississippi? t happened again the other day. I bumped into more tourists taking a road trip through Mississippi. We were doing live shots in our afternoon newscasts on WLBT-TV from Vicksburg leading up to the Miss Mississippi Pageant. Our stories weren't just about Miss Mississippi but about Vicksburg and Warren County, too. I was at the 10 South Restaurant on the top floor of the old First National Bank building downtown and asked a couple from Australia eating there if it was okay with them if they were in my shot of the Mississippi River. When I went back to thank them, I asked what all they were seeing in Mississippi.

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They had landed in Memphis, rented a car and were driving Highway 61 to New Orleans. They had stayed in Greenville. Now they were in Vicksburg for a couple of days. That afternoon they were heading to Natchez and then on to New Orleans. A few months prior, we were in Natchez doing a similar run of afternoon live shots featuring Adams County during the Spring Pilgrimage. I happened to meet a couple from Holland taking that same tour, only in reverse. They had started at New Orleans and were headed for Memphis with stops in Natchez, Clarksdale and a side trip to the Elvis Birthplace in Tupelo. Their young teenage son was evidently a blues and rock-and-roll fan. He laid out

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some pretty impressive Jerry Lee Lewis licks on the antique Chickering style piano in the double parlor at Stanton Hall. I bring all of this up just to underscore what we’ve know for a long time, that a lot of tourists are coming here from Europe in Mississippi particular and also Asia. They Seen are attracted to by Walt Grayson our musical roots first, and then a close second, to see what they can see in Mississippi that they can’t see at home. And what is that? Antebellum mansions, Civil War battlefields, the greenness of Mississippi, among other things. Ernie Breithaupt, who owned the Old Country Store in Lorman many years ago, told me that oftentimes tourists marveled at how green a place Mississippi is. We went to the canyons out west several years ago. We started in Salt Lake City and went south through Arches National Park and on into Arizona to Monument Valley, then back to the Grand Canyon, Zion Canyon and Bryce Canyon. It is all out-of-this-world beautiful. If you ever get the chance to go see it, do so. But after a couple of days roaming around in south Utah, it occurred to me that even as marvelous as all of this is, I

A couple from Australia enjoys the view in the restaurant atop the First National Bank building in downtown Vicksburg. They are taking a self-guided tour down Highway 61 from Memphis to New Orleans. They are among a flood of out-of-state and out-ofcountry tourists who find their way along the major routes between big cities and pass through Mississippi. Photo: Walt Grayson

could never live there. There is no green. It’s all red rock. But I’d go back and visit again anytime because it is something we don’t have here at home. One of the big tourist attractions of Europe is the architecture. I’m sure if we had places like Neuschwanstein Castle here in America, the real deal in Germany wouldn’t have nearly the appeal. Actually, we sort of do have Neuschwanstein in this country. Cinderella’s Castle at Disney World and Sleeping Beauty’s Castle at Disneyland are both based on it. For that matter, Disney’s Haunted Castle is designed after Stanton Hall in Natchez. All that to say, people from all over the world are coming to Mississippi to see the stuff in our back yard that they don’t have in theirs. When you cross paths with them, make sure they know we have something else here they don’t have: the kindest, most polite and helpful people anywhere. Walt Grayson is the host of “Mississippi Roads” on Mississippi Public Broadcasting television, and the author of two “Looking Around Mississippi” books and “Oh! That Reminds Me: More Mississippi Homegrown Stories.” Contact Grayson at walt@waltgrayson.com.


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ituations can quickly get out of hand when hunting Cape buffalo. This possibility is particularly enhanced when the pursuit is conducted in the bushveld, a landscape defined by near impenetrable vegetation festooned with thorns and occupied by tangles that can render the visitor facedown and immobile rather than upright and in judicious retreat. But that is exactly where we were—in the thick stuff and looking for buffalo. Cape buffalo are magnificent creatures. Ranked among the dangerous game species of Africa, these animals are cunning and infamously unpredictable. They roam about in the hundreds of thousands across much of that continent, and regularly someone—hunter or otherwise—finds him or herself in difficulty with a buffalo. Regrettably, such meetings seldom end well. Still, buffalo are not a lurking menace intent on destruction, but they must be respected in all circumOutdoors stances. Today Three of us, all by Tony Kinton smitten with a wanderlust for Africa, were along on the trip. Fred Nazary, Sam Valentine and I found it impossible to avoid this adventure, the genesis of which came as an invitation from our friend and African PH, Louis Steencamp of Sofala Safaris. We succumbed to the pressure of that invitation and woke one Friday morning a few weeks back to the sound of bird call and brisk air in Limpopo Province, South Africa. This was not our first safari, but this one was far more complex. We would hunt Cape buffalo, our first endeavor of such magnitude. We

were as prepared as we could possibly have been, minus having done this identical regimen previously. A first in anything leaves room for much learning. Louis always totes his big rifle, a British double chambered to the .470 NE. Fred took a proven and well-proportioned Winchester Model 70 in .375 H&H. I had the rifle I outlined in this column last month, a custom 9.3X62 built on a Remington 700 left-hand action, Shaw barrel, Boyds stock, Timney trigger, Talley rings and bases, and wearing a Swarovski variable scope. In this I would fire 286-grain Barnes TSX bullets I loaded into Norma cases with H4350 powder. Sam was either the bravest or most trusting among the group, for he had only a Nikon camera. His photos turned out in grand fashion. Not to diminish the hunt, but please allow me to abandon that element by saying Fred and I took our Cape buffalo bulls, mine on the second day and Fred’s on the fifth. Now I must move on in this discourse to other matters. The hunt, after all, was why we had come, but Africa is so very much more than the hunting. And it is this more that reverently seeps into the core of any visitor and brings to realization greater specifics that highlight what this haunting and mysterious place is all about: Vast expanses of wildness. Indescribable bird life. Night skies that draw eyes upward. Assorted cultures and

languages and customs. These and other addendums to the hunt make the experience rich and are impossible to imagine without having encountered them. I recall one particular evening where a great many factors outside the hunt touched every life there present. A bushwillow fire glowed in the pit. A grill sat over hot coals and buffalo back straps sizzled. Crackers and cheese and biltong and dry sausage and fruit were on the table. Talk was jovial but never boisterous. It was Sunday. There had been no church that day, but Richard Wiman, a Presbyterian minister and Louis’ fatherin-law, suggested we have an evening service. He passed out the words to a familiar and potent hymn. With all seated around the fire, Richard read from the Bible, First Peter, chapter 5, verses 1-11. One portion reminded readers and hearers to be humble and that they should cast all anxiety on God, for He cares. Most appropriate those words were. And then the song: “O worship the King, all glorious above, And gratefully sing His wonderful love; Our Shield and Defender, the Ancient of

Tony Kinton, left, and Louis Steencamp look for Cape buffalo in the bushveld. Photos: Sam Valentine

days, Pavilioned in splendor, and girded with praise.” We all sang. Some with a Southern accent, others with that marvelous richness indicative of South Africa’s pronunciation. A little fake harmony thrown in by a couple who remembered what the chord structure looked like in the printed music. It was a grand sound drifting across bushveld, while the Southern Cross and Milky Way dangled above at finger-tip height on a chilly winter evening. June is winter in South Africa. The hunt was spectacular, something that is common to this environ. But we did much more than hunt. We also worshipped in Africa. Tony Kinton has been an active outdoors writer for 30 years. His newest book is “Rambling Through Pleasant Memories.” Order from Amazon.com or Kinton’s website: www.tonykinton.com.


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Don’t forget your old friends everal years ago during one of our late-afternoon meetings, Mr. Roy said, “There are a few people who I knew in high school, college and during my working career that were close friends, but I have lost contact with them. I’ve decided to try to locate the special ones.” Over the years Mr. Roy has made similar comments about things he intended to do, and that was the last I ever heard about of it. I have to admit,

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for 10 years at Brookley AFB in Mobile, Ala. Brookley closed in 1968 and scattered thousands of people all over the United States. After it closed, he spent a year at Eglin AFB in Florida. The girls and I loved Valpariaso. We rented a house on a huge bayou, Babette begin kindergarten and I took my first college courses. Soon Mr. Roy moved us back to Lucedale so he could begin his career with the Navy in Pascagoula. With little information available other than names, he began his search. Using his computer and numerous search sites, he was able to contact several long-lost friends. But the prize find Troy Tolbert was a friend he had known in college and was also a fraternity brother. Many older readers from the Delta will remember Troy Tolbert from Hollandale. Troy was a star athlete in high school and attended Mississippi State on a football scholarship. After Roy contacted him, the two old friends, who had not seen each other for over 60 years, planned a get-together. That event occurred the first weekend in June. Since I am “much” younger than Mr. Roy, I didn’t know Troy or his wife, Louie. I soon realized that they were outgoing and friendly, and it didn’t take long for me to get in the middle of their talk. Mr. Roy had told me his friend had retired from the Air Force and had a stellar career, but when I found out he had been a fighter pilot during the Vietnam War, I began to listen intently to his stories. When he mentioned his rank of brigadier general, I was more impressed. Now don’t think for a minute that my new friend was bragging about his experiences or rank; Troy was humble and thankful for what he had accomplished. He grew up on a farm outside Hollandale, in the heart of the Delta, and during his early years there was no electricity, running water or phone in

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the family home. He said he had always wanted to be a pilot and that ROTC at Mississippi State University gave him that opportunity. I listened intently as he talked about his time in Vietnam and how he had to watch for SAMs (surface-to-air missiles) and how the pilots learned to evade them. He told a touching story about something that happened during his first tour in Southeast Asia. At Cam Ranh Bay his crew chief was a rough talking, cocky sargent. On his first mission, Troy stopped at the top of the ladder to his cockpit, bowed his head and said a prayer. The crew chief shook the ladder and said, “Major, there’s a war going on!” Troy said that before each mission he continued to say a prayer before crawling into the cockpit. After several months, the crew chief asked Troy if he would say his prayer before climbing the ladder so he could listen. The next day Troy and the crew chief knelt next to the plane as Troy prayed. Several weeks later the crew chief asked if he could occasionally say the prayer. Later, when it was time for Troy to rotate back to the States, the crew chief went with him to the chapel to pray before leaving. We never know how our actions affect the people around us. This visit by one of Mr. Roy’s old friends taught me several things: 1. Old friendships are worth renewing. 2. Mississippi continues to produce outstanding men and women in all walks of Grin ‘n’ life. Bare It 3. Don’t put off by Kay Grafe visiting or calling an old friend to say “I love you, and thank you for being my friend.” William Troy Tolbert has told his life story in an excellent book, “From Dirt to Duty.” A fitting title for a book about the life of a Mississippi country boy who rose out of the Delta dirt to become a brigadier general. Kay Grafe is the author of “Oh My Gosh, Virginia.” To order, send name, address, phone number and $16.95, plus $3.50 S&H to Kay Grafe, 2142 Fig Farm Road, Lucedale, MS 39452.


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New Mississippi State Silver 100’s go quick Mississippians get 7 days to snap them up at just state minimum

Mississippi Silver 100’s

State Symbol

Liberty Bell

.999 Fine Silver

W hen Mar y Ellen Withrow, the Emeritus 40th Treasurer of the United States of America, tells you to do something, it’s smart to listen. And when she says you can get the new Mississippi State Silver 100’s at just the state minimum set by the Federated Mint, you better do it. “It’s like a modern day ‘Gold Rush’,” said Mary Ellen Withrow, the emeritus 40th Treasurer of the United States of America. “Everyone wants to get their hands on the first and only Mississippi State Silver 100’s now being handed over to Mississippi residents at just the state minimum set by the private Federated Mint before the deadline ends,” Withrow said. “But don’t bother calling local banks and credit unions because they can’t even get their hands on these brand new Mississippi State Silver 100’s,” Withrow said. That’s because these stunning, proof finish Mississippi State Silver 100’s are not being released and minted by the

U.S. Gov’t. That’s right; they’re being released directly to Mississippi residents who beat the 7 day order deadline exclusively from the vaults of the private Federated Mint. “But you better hurry because these full one ounce Mississippi State Silver 100’s are struck in high relief .999 solid silver proof finish which is why everyone is snapping up as many as they can before the deadline ends,” Withrow said. “As Executive Advisor to the Federated Mint I get paid to deliver breaking news. So if you’re a resident of the state of Mississippi you better call 1-866-626-3962 Ext. FMP956 right away because only those callers who beat the deadline are guaranteed to get these stunning Mississippi State Silver 100’s at just the $99 state minimum set by the Federated Mint,” Withrow said. “Here’s my advice. Don’t wait to call. Pick up the phone right now and get as many of the new Mississippi State Silver 100’s as you can before the deadline ends,” said Withrow. ■

New Mississippi State Silver 100’s handed over to state residents Mississippi residents who find their zip code listed and are among the first callers who beat the 7 day order deadline are guaranteed to get the first and only Mississippi State Silver 100’s at just the state minimum set by the Federated Mint NON-STATE RESIDENTS

Residents living outside the state of Mississippi must pay double the state minimum set by the Federated Mint

Mississippi – The phone lines are ringing off the hook. “That’s because the first and only Mississippi State Silver 100’s in existence are actually being handed over at just the state minimum set by the private Federated Mint to Mississippi residents who find the first three digits of their zip code printed in today’s publication,” said Mary Ellen Withrow, the emeritus 40th Treasurer of the United States of America. The only thing residents need to do is call the Toll Free Hotlines before the 7 day order deadline ends. Everyone who does is getting individual Mississippi State Silver 100’s at just the state minimum of $99 set by the Federated Mint. That makes the Vault Stacks (pic■ MISSISSIPPI RESIDENTS GET 20 STATE SILVER 100’S FREE: Pictured above is the new 50 State Silver 100’s Collection™ tured in the bottom right shown off by officials from the Federated Mint. Lucky Mississippi residents who are among the first callers who beat the 7 day order hand corner of today’s pub- deadline to claim the 50 State Silver 100’s Collection are actually getting 20 State Silver 100’s absolutely free, the custom made State lication) each loaded with Treasury Display Chest is $285, but it’s absolutely free for Mississippi residents plus free shipping and free handling too. That means Mississippi residents cover just the $99 state minimum set by the Federated Mint for each of the remaining 30 State Silver 100’s which (Continued on next page) is a real steal because it’s saving every Mississippi resident a bundle today.


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three Mississippi State Silver 100’s a real steal. And here’s the best part. Mississippi residents lucky enough to be among the first callers to claim the entire 50 State Silver 100’s Collection™, pictured bottom left, are also getting 20 State Silver 100’s absolutely free. “I’m advising everyone in Mississippi who finds their zip code on today’s Distribution List to get to their phones right now because the new Mississippi State Silver 100’s are only being released to callers who beat the deadline,” Withrow said. Remember, this is not legal tender paper money issued by the U.S. Gov’t. These historic Mississippi State Silver 100’s are a magnif icent adaptation of the United States Treasury’s one hundred dollar Federal Reserve Note. They are the first and only Mississippi State Silver 100’s struck in high relief .999 solid silver proof finishes released exclusively from the vaults of the private Federated Mint. Just imagine how thrilled your children and grandchildren will be when you give them one of these impressive collections for their birthday, Christmas or any

special occasion. Just be absolutely sure to keep the new .999 solid silver one ounce Mississippi State Silver 100’s and numbered certificates of authenticity inside the protective acrylic

cases they come in. These protective acrylic cases are custom made to hold, secure and protect both the Mississippi State Silver 100’s and the numbered certificates of authen-

ticity in a heavy-duty transparent acrylic case that allows the Mississippi State Silver 100’s to be viewed without ever being touched by human hands, thus preserving their pristine, origi-

nal condition. “We’re bracing for all the calls and doing everything we can to make sure no one gets left out. So if lines are busy keep trying, all calls will be answered,” said Withrow. ■

MISSISSIPPIANS CALL: 1-866-626-3962 and use EXT. FMP956 if the first three digits of your zip code appear below ......................................................................................................

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The Toll Free Hotlines open at precisely 8:30am this morning for Mississippi Boston District residents only. If lines are busy keep tryMinneapolis New York ing, all calls will be answered. If you miss District District the deadline you’ll be turned away from this offer and forced to wait for future Chicago District Philadelphia Cleveland announcements in this publication or othDistrict District Kansas City ers, if any. San Francisco District District Mississippi residents who find the first St. Louis Richmond three digits of their zip code on today’s District District Distribution List above and call before the 7 day deadline ends are authorized to get Atlanta District individual Mississippi State Silver 100’s at District Dallas Alaska & Hawaii are part of the just the state minimum of $99 set by the San Francisco District Federated Mint. That makes the full Vault Stacks each loaded with three Mississippi State Silver 100’s a real steal. And here’s the best part. Every Mississippi resident who gets at least two Vault Stacks is also getting free shipping and free handling too. That’s a real steal because non-state residents must pay over six hundred dollars for each Vault Stack. All U.S. residents living outside of the state of Mississippi must pay one hundred ninety-eight dollars for the Mississippi State Silver 100’s. FEDERATED MINT, LLC IS NOT AFFILIATED WITH THE U.S. GOVERNMENT, A BANK OR ANY GOVERNMENT AGENCY. IF FOR ANY REASON WITHIN 30 DAYS FROM SHIPMENT YOU ARE DISSATISFIED, RETURN THE PRODUCT FOR A REFUND LESS SHIPPING AND RETURN POSTAGE. THE STATE SILVER 100’S ARE NOT OFFERED FOR INVESTMENT PURPOSES. THIS SAME OFFER MAY BE MADE AVAILABLE AT A LATER DATE OR IN A DIFFERENT GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION. FEDERATED MINT P7135A OF20802R-1 7600 SUPREME AVE. NW, NORTH CANTON, OH 44720 ©2018 FEDERATED MINT.

■ WHAT EVERYONE WANTS: Pictured left reveals for the very first time the individual Mississippi State Silver 100’s struck in high relief .999 pure fine silver. Pictured right is a Vault Stack containing three of the only Mississippi State Silver 100’s known to exist. Residents who find their zip code listed above are authorized to get individual Mississippi State Silver 100’s at just $99 state resident minimum set by the Federated Mint. That’s makes the full Vault Stacks each loaded with three Mississippi State Silver 100’s a real steal. And here’s the best part. Every Mississippi resident who gets at least two Vault Stacks is also getting free shipping and free handling too. That’s a real steal because all non-state residents must pay over six hundred dollars for each Vault Stack.


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East Mississippi Electric Power Association Louisville 662.773.5741

Meridian 601.581.8600

Quitman 601.776.6271

DeKalb 601.743.2641

The value of our service continues to shine A MESSAGE FROM YOUR CEO

Recently I had a conversation with an old friend of mine. He was intrigued with solar panels and battery installations he heard about in the news. One of his questions caught my attention. “Aren’t you guys afraid solar will put you out of business?” he asked. My response probably surprised him. At East CEO Randy Carroll Mississippi Electric Power Association, we support cost-effective and efficient solar installations and will work with any of our members who wish to install solar panels and battery systems. Our only requirements are that the installations are done properly and that the safety of our members and employees is assured.

EMEPA is one of 15 electric cooperatives in Mississippi that have members with solar installations. Electric cooperatives have a history of serving local member needs. If a member has a desire to install solar, we want to be their trusted source for information specific to their needs and use patterns. Sometimes the question is, “Why do you still need a flat monthly charge when I install solar?” That question goes hand in hand with whether a member wants to remain connected to the electric distribution system. If a member intends to live completely off the grid, they would no longer be a member-consumer of EMEPA services. We would not have any poles, wires, transformers or service lines backing up the solar power to the home, nor delivering energy during cloudy days and nights when the sun is not shining. We also would not have anyone responding to outages. If that were the case, there would not be a monthly bill. If on the other hand, the member wants backup serv-

Reporting a power outage can be EASY!

Update your phone number.

ice for those times their service from solar is not operating at the level needed for their comfort and safety, they will still need all the equipment currently serving them. One of the many benefits of being a member of an electric cooperative is that when you needed your electric service for your home, it was built with little or no upfront cost. Over time, that installation cost, along with routine maintenance, is recovered through a flat monthly charge and energy sales. When any of the poles, wires, transformers and service wires are damaged by lightning, wind or storms, our employees respond to fix the problem and restore the safe, affordable and reliable service you have come to expect. You see, our commitment to you and your electric service is 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, rain or shine. We not only build the service, we maintain the lines and respond to the outages whenever they happen. We do so daily for less per person than most people spend for a drive-thru breakfast.

How to update your phone number: • Call any EMEPA office to change the number associated with your account. Meridian 601-581-8600 Louisville 662-773-5741 Quitman 601-776-6271 DeKalb 601-743-2641 • Email your contact information to contactus@emepa.com with “Verify Contact Info” in subject line of email. • Visit any EMEPA office. EMEPA’s new outage reporting system will automatically recognize your account if your phone number is correct.


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Don’t get hit with an expensive power bill at the end of the month. PrePay helps you save money and energy. Electricity is one of the few commodities we pay for after we’ve used the service, and unless you have monitored your energy use throughout the month, the bill may come as a shock. PrePay metering is designed to ease – and hopefully eliminate – that shock. PrePay metering is a plan for residential members that allows you to pay when you want, in the amounts you want – before you use the service. With PrePay, there’s no more monthly bill, no security deposit needed and you

can make payments as often as you want. This allows greater flexibility to manage your account as it better suits your lifestyle and financial ability. If you find it easier to make daily, weekly or biweekly payments for your energy use rather than one large payment each month, then this is the option for you. You choose how much and when you want to pay – $5 a day, $40 a week – the choice is yours. This easy, pay-as-you-go plan gives you greater control over your budget,

because you decide how much to pay and when you would like to make a payment. Members pay a certain amount upfront, and a text or email alert lets you know when you are almost “out” of electricity. If you don’t make another payment—over the phone, online or at one of EMEPA’s convenient payment kiosks—electric service automatically gets shut off when the account runs dry. Likewise, if you run out of electricity and are disconnected, the remote setup lets

hookups occur in a matter of minutes when payment is finally made. Members using the PrePay service will receive daily updates detailing the amount of electricity used and current account balance for that day. Additionally, you can use EMEPA’s free smartphone app or visit EMEPA.com to check daily electricity use and manage alerts and reminders, among other things. Contact your local EMEPA office to learn more or get started today.

Benefits: • No deposits, late fees or large energy bills • Make smaller payments throughout the month

How do I add money to my Prepay account? • Visit any EMEPA office between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. • Use our automated phone system 24 hours a day at 601-581-8600. • Visit EMEPA.com or download our free smartphone app. • Use the convenient payment kiosks located at each of EMEPA’s four offices for 24/7 service or at the Piggly Wiggly of Collinsville during the store’s operating hours.


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Keep kids safe all summer

The best place for Fido this summer: indoors Your dog loves riding in the car with you and playing in the grass on warm, sunny days. But when it gets really hot, keep Fido indoors where the air conditioning can keep your best friend cool. Like people, pets can suffer from all kinds of heatrelated problems, like heat stroke, dehydration and respiratory distress. Some days, the safest thing for them is a lazy day inside your home. Here are five ways to keep Fluffy and Fido safe and cool this summer: 1. Put out extra bowls of water indoors and outdoors so your pets can drink as much as they need. Panting is your pets’ way of cooling down by evaporating fluids from the respiratory tract. But those fluids need replacing. 2. Water isn’t just for drinking in the summer: Letting your pets stand or play in it will help keep them cool on

hot days. Some dogs will enjoy a small plastic baby pool, but be sure to replace the water every few days to discourage mosquito breeding. 3. If you’re outdoors with your pet, stay in the shade under a big tree or an awning. Too much sun can disorient your pet and even cause heatstroke. Short-haired pets can even get sunburned if they’re in the sun for too long. 4. If you’re leaving the house without your pets, leave them indoors and leave the air conditioning on. If you’re taking them with you, NEVER leave them unattended in a hot car, even with the windows cracked. It doesn’t take long for a dog to become overheated or dehydrated enough to get sick—or even die. 5. Exercise your pets early in the cooler hours of morning or late evening. Keep them on the lawn and away from asphalt; hot pavement can burn a pet’s paws.

Keep cool in the kitchen Watermelon-Cucumber Salad 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced 4 cups diced and seeded watermelon 1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and sliced 1/2 cup mint, thinly sliced 1/4 cup olive oil Juice of 1/2 lemon Salt to taste Feta cheese Soak onion slices in cold water. Pat dry the watermelon and cucumber, and drain the onion; toss together in a bowl. Add olive oil, lemon juice and salt, and toss. Top with feta cheese. Makes 4 servings.

You might not be able to keep your eyes on your children every minute this summer while they’re roaming around the neighborhood having fun. So teach them how to keep themselves safe, especially around electricity. • The most important lesson about outdoor electrical safety is: Never touch a power line. A downed line might seem like its “dead,” but chances are good that it’s still energized. Touching it with a hand, a toy or a stick could electrocute someone. • If a kite, balloon or another toy gets caught in an overhead power line, do not try to dislodge it by throwing shoes or other items at it. Call your electric cooperative if you must retrieve the toy. • Stay far away from overhead power lines while flying kites or using large toys so they don’t come into contact with energized lines. • Do not climb utility poles or trees that are close to power lines. • Don’t post signs, balloons, ribbons or anything else on utility poles or electrical equipment. • Stay out of electrical substations—even to rescue a pet. Those substations house high-voltage equipment that can electrocute someone. • Don’t touch electrical toys that are standing in a puddle or floating in a pool.

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Here’s a cool tip for your fridge! Cover liquids and wrap foods stored in your refrigerator. Uncovered foods release moisture, causing the compressor to work harder. Source: energy.gov


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Stay cooler while saving energy Your use of indoor energy can soar with the rising temperatures. Here are five ways to take control: • Cover the windows. Half of all of the heat that enters your home during the summer comes in through the windows. Invest in a thick shade or window film to block out the summer sun. Save up to 15 percent on your cooling bill by shading west-facing windows, which absorb the most afternoon sun. For the hottest parts of your house, consider installing an awning or planting trees in front of the window to shade the house. • Change A/C filters. A filter for your air conditioning system costs only dollars (about $5 for a highquality, pleated model), but can save you much more if you change it every month during the summer. Dirty air conditioning filters prevent air flow and make the air conditioning system work harder. That means a higher bill.

• Turn the thermostat up. For every degree you turn your thermostat up during air conditioning season, you’ll save up to 2 percent on your cooling costs. Try setting your thermostat at 78 degrees, and turn on a ceiling fan to help circulate the air. • Use your ceiling fans. Fans don't cool the air, but they make the air feel cooler by moving it around the room and against your skin, which creates a sort of “wind chill” effect. When the fan is running, you can move your thermostat three to four degrees higher without noticing a difference in your comfort level.

ELECTRICITY REMAINS A GOOD VALUE The cost of powering your home rises slowly when compared to other common expenses. Looking at price increases over the last five years, it’s easy to see electricity remains a good value!

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potential trouble Any conversation about swimming pool safety will revolve around drowning. But it should also address electrocution. Although far less common than drowning, electrocution in or near a swimming pool takes the lives of a small handful of people every year. One was a 7-year-old boy who was electrocuted by a faulty pool light.

Here are a few tips for preventing electrical accidents while you’re enjoying your pool: • Keep TVs, radios and extension cords far away from the water. • Have your pool equipment inspected and maintained every season. Faulty, malfunctioning or improperly installed equipment—like pool lights—can be hazardous. • Have the pool inspected when it is first installed, or before you buy a new house that comes with an already-installed pool. • Don’t do your own electrical work on your pool lights or other electrical components. Call a licensed electrician. • Keep electrical devices and cords at least 5 feet away from the edge of the pool. • Supervise children and party guests who are using the pool. • Look for signs of trouble, like flickering lights or equipment that performs erratically. If a swimmer is twitching or unresponsive, it’s possible the water is electrified. Make a plan in case someone gets shocked at the pool. You’re less likely to panic if you know exactly what to do: Turn off the power, clear the pool area without touching anything metal and call an ambulance.

Fire it up Give your A/C system a break by moving the heat and humidity of cooking to the outdoor grill.

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The Electric Cooperatives of Mississippi Foundation provides scholarships to the children of Mississippi cooperative employees that are qualifying high school seniors enrolled full time at accredited institutions for the following fall semester.

This year’s recipients: • Ashley Higginbotham, daughter of Jimmy and Nancy Higginbotham • Kayle Reynolds, daughter of Derrick and Krystal Reynolds • Sarah White, daughter of Charles and Kathy White • Zabial Burton, daughter of Michael and Karen Burton.

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80th Annual Meeting

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Mark your calendar for Saturday, Oct. 6, and make plans to attend our 80th annual meeting. If you have any questions about the annual meeting or just want to know more, please contact EMEPA at 601.581.8624 or visit our website at www.emepa.com.

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Black-Eyed Peas Creole ¾ cup diced thin-sliced ham (or Canadian bacon) 1 cup chopped onion 1 cup chopped green bell pepper 1 cup chopped celery 3 Tbsp. butter

1 (20-oz.) can diced tomatoes 1 Tbsp. sugar 1 bay leaf 1 Tbsp. sweet dried basil Salt, pepper to taste 2 (12-oz.) pkgs. frozen black-eyed peas

Brown the ham. Sauté onion, bell pepper and celery in butter. In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, mix tomatoes, sugar, bay leaf, basil, salt and pepper with ham and sautéed vegetables. Simmer 5 minutes. Add frozen peas and cover with water. Cook slowly 1 ½ to 2 hours or until peas are tender, adding water as needed.

Marinated Shrimp 7 tsp. salt 1 cup celery tops ½ cup pickling spices 5 pounds shrimp 1 cup finely chopped onion

1 (16-oz.) bottle zesty Italian salad dressing 5 tsp. celery seed 4 bay leaves, broken into pieces 2 tsp. salt 1 (3.25-oz.) jar capers, drained

In a large pot of boiling water, add salt, celery tops, pickling spices and shrimp. Boil 8 minutes. Do not overcook. Remove from heat. Peel and de-vein shrimp. Place shrimp in a glass 9 x 13-inch pan. In a small bowl, combine onion, salad dressing, celery seed, bay leaves, salt and capers. Pour dressing over shrimp. Cover pan and place in refrigerator 3 days, stirring at least once a day. Serve as an appetizer for a crowd or a main course. Makes 20 appetizer servings or 12 main course servings. As The Church of the Holy Trinity in Vicksburg nears its 150th anniversary, parishioners are already celebrating with a cookbook commemorating church history, the beauty of its stained-glass windows, memories and, of course, food. This Episcopal church was founded in 1869, six years after the Siege of Vicksburg. Among the 26 memorial windows is the Reconciliation Memorial, installed in 1880. Comprising five windows of German glass, it is believed to be the first public memorial in the South intended to foster reconciliation after the Civil War. “The Trinity Cookbook” features color photographs of all the windows, along with histories of the parish and the construction of the Romanesque Revival church building and 190-foot tower, a historic Vicksburg landmark. The cookbook offers traditional southern comfort foods favored by generations of parishioners, but also recipes inspired by modern tastes and other cultures. We picked a few summertime dishes to share with you here, but this cookbook is rich in heartier fare—the casseroles, entrees, soups, stews and desserts we crave when the temperatures drop. “The Trinity Cookbook” may be ordered from The Church of the Holy Trinity, 900 South St., Vicksburg, MS 39180, or TrinityCookbook.com. Price is $29.95, plus $5 shipping for one copy, $2 each additional copy. A portion of the proceeds will go to the United Way.

Steak Sauce 1 stick butter 1⁄3 cup Durkee Famous Sauce 1⁄3 cup Worcestershire sauce

1⁄3 cup ketchup Juice of 1 ½ lemons

In a saucepan, melt butter. Add remaining ingredients. Heat over medium heat until hot. Serve with steak or other meats.

Dairy Delights 1 cup butter 1 (3-oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened 1 cup sugar 1 egg yolk

1⁄8 tsp. salt 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour ½ cup chopped pecans

In a medium mixing bowl, cream butter and cream cheese together. Add sugar and mix well. Add egg yolk and salt. Stir in flour to make smooth dough. Add pecans. Chill until firm. Preheat oven to 350 F. Roll into walnut-size balls and place on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 12 minutes. Do not overbake. Makes 40 soft, chewy cookies.

Watermelon Feta Salad 6 to 8 cups cubed and seeded watermelon 1 cup crumbled feta cheese ¼ cup thinly sliced red onion

¼ cup fresh lime juice 1 teaspoon olive oil ¼ cup chopped fresh mint

In a large bowl, combine watermelon, feta cheese and red onion. Pour lime juice and olive oil over watermelon and toss gently to coat. Sprinkle with fresh mint. Refrigerate and serve very cold. Makes 6 to 8 servings.

Frosted Banana Bars Bars: ½ cup butter, softened 1 ½ cups sugar 2 eggs 1 cup sour cream

1 tsp. vanilla extract 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 tsp. baking soda ¼ tsp. salt 1 cup mashed ripe bananas

Preheat oven to 350 F. Greast a 10 x 15-inch jelly-roll pan. In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Stir in sour cream and vanilla. Combine flour, baking soda and salt, and stir into batter. Mix in mashed bananas. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 25 minutes or until bars test done. Cool before frosting. Frosting: ½ cup butter or margarine, softened 1 (8-oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened

4 cups confectioners’ sugar 2 tsp. vanilla extract

Cream butter and cream cheese in a mixing bowl. Gradually add sugar and vanilla. Beat well so there are no lumps. (You may need to add more confectioners’ sugar to achieve correct consistency.) Spread frosting over cooled bars. Let frosting set before cutting and serving. Makes 36 bars.

Tomatoes Parmesan 6 medium tomatoes, quartered 1 clove garlic, crushed 6 Tbsp. butter 4 slices bread, cubed

1 tsp. salt ½ tsp. dried basil ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 325 F. Place tomatoes in a medium-size baking dish. Cook garlic in melted butter for a minute or two. Toss in bread cubes, salt and basil. Stir until cubes have absorbed all the juice. Scatter bread mixture over tomatoes. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake 40 to 50 minutes. Makes 6 servings.


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I like growing my coleus in containers with optimum drainage and aeration because that means great plant growth. But these plants also grow great in landscape beds. One key to success with coleus planted in landscape beds is to improve the soil with organic matter. In heavy clay soil, organic matter improves drainage and aeration and allows better root development. Liberal amounts of organic matter help sandy soils hold water and nutrients. Gardeners grow coleus for its boldly colored foliage. Flower stalks are easy to spot, and if any flowers start to develop, simply pinch them off to help develop a bushy plant. The newer selections have been bred to resist flowering until late in the season, which is another great feature. My favorites are the ones that don’t bloom at all.

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coleus. Coleus used to be that colorful plant that would grow only in the shadows, never exposed to the sun. One of my favorites of this kind is the sun-bashful coleus group, Kong. Chosen as a Mississippi Medallion award winner in 2006, the Kong coleus series lives up to its namesake as the huge leaves are large enough to cover your face. Foliage, the main focus of each plant, features bright colors in many shades of red and purple. Coleus has a growing season lasting from planting in the spring to frost in the fall. It belongs in every Southern garden and landGardening scape. There is a kaleidoscope of by Dr. Gary Bachman colors and combinations. But today, I want to tell you about a group of coleuses we can grow out in the full sun. They are appropriately called sun coleuses and have rich, diverse foliage colors with highly variegated options. One selection that has really impressed many gardeners across the Deep South, myself included, is Henna. This variety has stunningly beautiful serrated foliage that is chartreuse and copper above and a deep burgundy underneath. Henna coleus is an excellent choice for planting in the landscape, and it also looks great in containers. This plant grows to about 24 inches tall and is very slow to flower. Coleosaurus may be one of my summer standards for years to come. The lush, variegated, multicolored foliage is exotic with its bright-burgundy patterns. This sturdy selection reaches 24 to 36

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inches tall and wide. I’ve also enjoyed bringing the heavens down to my landscape this year. The petunia selections Night Sky and Pink Sky have been outstanding in my garden. A coleus that joined this out-of-theworld collection is Colorblaze Dark Sky. This selection has dark-purple foliage that is almost black with small flecks of maroonish purple. This foliage has a soft, scalloped edge and a rich, velour feel.

Like many of my other annuals and perennials, I love growing these coleus selections in 15-gallon containers, making them look like colorful shrubs in my landscape. These plants are foolproof in the landscape and provide vibrant, season-long color, but you must remember that sun coleus requires consistent moisture during the hot summer. I use drip irrigation in my landscape beds and containers to keep these plants happy during the hottest weather.

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Friends of Dean Park Farmers Market, Mondays through Saturdays, Louisville. Fruits, vegetables, canned goods; 3890 Hwy. 15 S. Details: 662-705-1257. “Rodrigue’s Blue Dog: Discovering Late Works on Canvas and Metal,” through Aug. 18, Biloxi. Exhibit of 25 contemporary and rarely seen works by the late Louisiana artist George Rodrigue. Admission. OhrO’Keefe Museum of Art. Details: 228-3745547; GeorgeOhr.org. Seymour Law Firm PLLC Benefit Fish Fry for Fighting Childhood Cancer, July 7, Biloxi. Fish/jambalaya plates, live music, games, photo booth, more; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

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St. Martin Community Center. Details: 228206-7272. Dinner Dances, July 7, 14, 21, 28, Gulfport. Dinner, 7 p.m., dance 8-10 p.m.; casual dress. Admission. Amour Danzar School of Ballroom Dance. Details: 228-324-3730; AmourDanzar.com. Pottery Class with Will Booth, July 9-12, Ridgeland. Ages 10 and up learn handbuilding and throwing on pottery wheel; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Admission. Details: 601-856-7546; Sheri@mscrafts.org. Mosaics Class with Corley Marsalis, July 913, Ridgeland. Ages 10 and up make seathemed mosaic wall hanging featuring a lighthouse; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Admission. Details: 601-856-7546; Sheri@mscrafts.org. “Around the World” Summer Art Camp, July 10-13, 17-20, Laurel. Children in grades 1-6 explore a variety of art mediums; 10 a.m. 12 p.m. Admission; registration required. Lauren Rogers Museum of Art. Details: 601649-6374; LRMA.org. Bruce Sawmill Festival, July 13-14, Bruce. Arts, crafts, car show, 5K run/walk, live enter-

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p.m. Snowden Grove Park BankPlus Amphitheater. Gospel Concert: The Collingsworth Family, July 20, Hattiesburg. Heritage United Methodist Church; 7 p.m. Details: 601-2613371, 601-297-7922; Heritage-umc.org. Mississippi Corvette Classic, July 21, Jackson. Car show, vendors, music, silent auction, more; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission. Jackson Convention Complex. Details: 601-668-0533; MSCorvetteClub.com. Magnolia State Bluegrass Association Summer Show, July 21, Ackerman. Featuring Answered Prayer Gospel Band, Russell Burton Family, Bluegrass Cartel, Alan Sibley & Magnolia Ramblers; 1-9 p.m. Admission. Choctaw County Community Center. Details: 662-258-2334. An Afternoon with Gaither Homecoming, Grand Ole Opry Performers Jeff & Sheri Easter with Brandon Andrews, July 22, Summit. Donation; 3 p.m. Adams United Methodist Church. Details: 601-551-1489; BrandonAndrewsMusic.com. Summer Mid-South Wedding Show and Bridal School, July 22, Olive Branch. Vendors, fashion shows, wedding planners, bridal seminars, more; 1-5 p.m. Whispering Woods Hotel and Conference Center. Details: 901-368-6782; MidSouthWeddingShow.com. Tribute Quartet in Concert, July 23, Osyka. Love offering; 7 p.m. Gillsburg Baptist Church. Details: 601-684-8943. Stained Glass with Jenny Thomas, July 2326, Ridgeland. Ages 13 and up create stained glass panel; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Admission. Details: 601-856-7546; Sheri@mscrafts.org. 129th Neshoba County Fair, July 27 - Aug. 3, Philadelphia. Concerts, horse races, ag/4-H exhibits, youth talent contest, arts/crafts exhibits, dances, more. Admission. Details: 601-656-8480; NeshobaCountyFair.org. Bikes, Blues & Bayous, Aug. 4, Greenwood. Mississippi’s largest bike ride; four routes, 11 to 62 miles. Bike raffle. Begins downtown. Details: BikesBluesBayous.com.

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