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Students challenged to lead now and into future How does one become a leader? What are the qualities of an effective leader? Just what defines leadership? A group of 68 Mississippi high school juniors found the answers to these and other leadership-related questions at the 27th annual Electric Power Associations of Mississippi Youth Leadership Workshop Feb. 27 - March 1 in Jackson. The hands-on workshop brought together students from schools across the state to compete in team-building exercises, meet their legislators and tour the state Capitol. “Our program emphasizes the important role our young people have in their schools and communities and the

importance of using their skills to make a difference today,” said Ron Stewart, coordinator of the statewide program. “These young people are ready and willing to serve. It’s our job to challenge them and then empower them with the appropriate resources and proper training. “We want to inspire them to believe in themselves and to use good work ethics to accomplish their goals. It also makes them realize that in order to be a good leader, you have to be a good person—including making the right decisions and doing things to benefit others,” Stewart said. The workshop offered the young people an opportunity to interact with other students likewise interested in fulfilling a leadership position and serving their community. Stewart emphasized the program is built around using the

cooperative philosophy: working together to accomplish your mission. “I am extremely proud of our 2013 participants,” Stewart said. “They are prepared and excited to serve as leaders.” Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, in a breakfast speech to the group, encouraged the students to set goals and work hard to achieve them. The students earned the expense-paid trip to the workshop in a competitive selection process sponsored by their local electric power association.

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YOUTH LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP Class of 2013 ALCORN COUNTY EPA Kelsey English, Walnut Faith LaFever, Corinth CENTRAL EPA Kooper Battle, Union Zach Williams, Lena COAST EPA Bailey Purvis, Poplarville Courtney Thurtell, Long Beach DIXIE EPA Emily Bedwell, Laurel Dru Elkins, Ellisville Jesse Smith, Laurel Ben Spiller, Petal EAST MISS. EPA D.K. Boydstun, Louisville Madison Bradley, Meridian

NORTH EAST MISS. EPA Kaitlyn Bishop, Abbeville Shawnda Pettis, Abbeville Aaron Watkins, Abbeville

PONTOTOC EPA Molly Hale, New Albany Annalea Munn, Randolph Elizabeth Whitten, Bruce SINGING RIVER EPA Caroline Bradley, Lucedale Victoria Cason, Richton Anna Del Castillo, Ocean Springs

MAGNOLIA EPA Garrett Smith, Sontag Ben Stroud, Meadville Carlee Welch-Dick, Summit

NORTHCENTRAL EPA Charles Cooper, Olive Branch Claudia Espinosa-Batres, Southaven Corteilous Jones, Byhalia Kaitlyn Kendall, Olive Branch Shamessia Lee, Olive Branch Kristen Lusby, Holly Springs Dustin Moore, Byhalia Luke Phillips, Olive Branch Bree Starnes, Olive Branch Walker Underwood, Byhalia

NATCHEZ TRACE EPA Nicole Baecher, Houston Steele Liles, Calhoun City

PEARL RIVER VALLEY EPA Cody Letchworth, Foxworth Mitch Strider, Sumrall

TALLAHATCHIE VALLEY EPA Whitney Hudson, Sardis Bailey Lawrence, Batesville

Da’Sha Harrington, Louisville Victoria O’Quin, Meridian Lisa Patel, Scooba Bethany Rivers, Stonewall Zach Shelly, Collinsville Kate Sprabery, Meridian Andrew Yates, Louisville 4-COUNTY EPA JeQuailia Huggins, West Point Subrina Oswalt, West Point Caden Teer, Weir Mary Paige Thrash, Columbus

SOUTHERN PINE EPA Leah Bowlin, Mendenhall Xiara Day, Brandon SOUTHWEST MISS. EPA Terry McBeth, Natchez Reagan Myers, Brookhaven

Neil Patel, Batesville Jesse Pearson, Batesville Erin Snider, Batesville TOMBIGBEE EPA Seth Dickinson, Mantachie Ryan Gillentine, Nettleton Sydney Gully, Saltillo Nataly Loague, Fulton Shelby Miller, Mooreville Jacob Pharr, Tremont Alivia Roberts, Shannon TWIN COUNTY EPA Scott Miller Jr., Greenville Charlie Yelverton, Glen Allan YAZOO VALLEY EPA Chelsea Wright, Benton

Bradley wins Leadership Award Caroline Bradley, sponsored by Singing River Electric Power Association, accepts the Youth Leadership Award from Ron Stewart, senior vice president of the Electric Power Associations of Mississippi. Caroline is a junior at George County High School, where she serves as junior class president and is a member of the student council. She is an active student, playing for the varsity soccer and fastpitch softball teams. She attends First United Methodist Church of Lucedale. Caroline is the daughter of Kevin and Jaye Bradley of Lucedale. She will serve a one-year term as Mississippi’s representative on the national Youth Leadership Council of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. The award includes a $1,000 scholarship.


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Erskine Bowles outlines critical issues at national co-op meeting he National Rural Electric Cooperative Association recently held its annual meeting in New Orleans. The annual meeting is an opportunity for electric cooperative leaders from across the country to meet, share ideas and give direction to our national association on key issues affecting electric coops. One of the many speakers was Erskine Bowles, who served as Bill Clinton’s chief of staff and served as co-chair of President Obama’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. Mr. Bowles, who receives many invitations to speak, said he was addressing the co-ops because he wanted to make sure his message of how to fix our national crisis got to Main Street America, and he couldn’t think of anyone better to deliver it than electric co-op leaders across the country. As I listened to his presentation, I thought his views of the five problems the USA must address were interesting and worth sharing with our readers. Here are his viewpoints: 1. Health care. The USA spends two times as much on health care as other countries but can only muster ratings from 25th to 50th. The new health care law is going to lead to cost shifts within the industry, higher taxes and higher insurance rates. 2. National defense. The USA spends more on defense than the next 17 countries combined! (This includes China, Russia, Great Britain, France and Germany.) We have to quit being the police officer of the world. In fact, Mr. Bowles pointed out the chairman of the Joint Chiefs has identified that our greatest national security threat is not terrorist, but our ever growing deficits. To go to war with China, we would first have to borrow money from them! 3. Tax code. It is stupid, inefficient and makes

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us globally uncompetitive. The USA netted $1.3 trillion in income taxes last year. 4. Social security. Over the next decade social security will run a $900 billion cash deficit (more paid out than taken in). If some action is not taken quickly, the system will be broke by 2031 or sooner. When FDR started the program, you had to be 65 years of age to draw. The average life expectancy was 62! Today, you can draw at 62 and you likely will live to 79. That is not sustainable. 5. Compound interest. The USA spends $230 billion just on our interest payments, and that’s low in this low-rate environment. If rates were just average, that number would jump to $650 billion. So all you folks with CDs earning zip, now you know why the Federal Reserve is holding rates at zero. Mr. Bowles went on to say that we cannot tax our way out of this. Taxes will not make up for the changing demographics of the country nor can they control health care cost. We also cannot “cut” our way out of these problems; such cuts would be devastating to our fragile economy. Mr. Bowles did predict sequestration would occur (he was correct) and that it would cost the country roughly 750,000 jobs in 2013. If you would like more information, visit his website at www.fixthedebt.org. JOIN TODAY IN MISSISSIPPI

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Peter Blakeney’s exhilaration is evident as he launches on his first bike ride without training wheels. Elizabeth Blakeney, a Singing River Electric member in Gautier, snapped his big moment and submitted it to our “Picture This” feature. See more photos of kids at play on pages 4-5.

OFFICERS Kevin Doddridge - President Brad Robison - First Vice President Wayne Henson - Second Vice President Randy Wallace - Secretary/Treasurer

EDITORIAL STAFF Michael Callahan - Executive Vice President/CEO Ron Stewart - Sr. Vice President, Communications Mark Bridges - Manager, Support Services Jay Swindle - Manager, Advertising Debbie H. Stringer - Editor Abby Berry - Communications Specialist Rickey McMillan - Graphics Specialist Linda Hutcherson - Administrative Assistant

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In April 1863, a Union calvary brigade led by Gen. Benjamin Grierson destroyed portions of the Vicksburg-Meridian railroad and burned the depot at the town of Newton Station (now Newton). A state historical marker recalls Grierson’s Raid at the rebuilt depot. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant ordered the statewide raid to distract Confederates defending Vicksburg and to disrupt their supply and communication lines. The 1959 movie “The Horse Soldiers” starring John Wayne is a fictional account based on the Battle of Newton Station.

Mississippi is . . . . . . hospitality, friendliness, caring about your neighbor, home and serving God. There is nothing any better. — Vonceil Broome, Sumrall Mississippi is having integrity instilled inside us in early childhood, to do what’s right even when no one is around. Mississippi is friendliness as we wave at drivers we meet in the road. It’s a joy in the heart that others can’t understand. — Joe T. Massey, Bruce Outside my kitchen window I see The tree farm across the road, The big water oak in the front yard, Two fox squirrels chasing around it. Daffodils and azaleas in bloom, Hummingbirds flitting ‘round their feeder. It’s springtime in Mississippi Outside my kitchen window. — Jo Anna Knippers, Tylertown The two of us, my spouse and I, were born up North; Yankees born and bred. A year and a half ago, we chose to move to Mississippi to live instead. Mississippi is our new home, we’re proud to say. Living in the country now, we wouldn’t have it any other way. Thank you, Mississippi, for letting us into your home, Where we get to see all kinds of wildlife roam. We’re Yankees no more; we’re Rebels instead. Mississippi is now where we earn our daily bread. — Dr. Frances Silva, Yazoo City

What’s Mississippi to you? What makes you proud to be a Mississippian? 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 email them to news@epaofms.com. Please keep your comments brief. Submissions are subject to editing.

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Selected photos from readers’ submissions: 1. Future pastry chef Jonah Pannell rolls out dough. Photo by Wanda Farrar, Olive Branch 2. It’s Father’s Day but Colby Ryan Conerly, 2, is having all the fun. Photo by Leigh Conerly, Vicksburg; Yazoo Valley EPA member 3. Sawyer Andrews demonstrates the effects of static electricity. Photo by Jennifer Andrews, Huntsville, Ala. 4. Amelia Graham plays at playing piano. Photo by Karen Graham, Pascagoula 5. Evie Kayte Chism, 16 months, catches a Gulf breeze. Photo by Leigh Ann Chism, Hamilton; Monroe County EPA member 6. Need hay? Logan Cushman delivers. Photo by Michelle Cushman, Morton; Southern Pine EPA member 7. Baby bikers Austin Gardner and Grace Kolbo, at age 2. Photo by Eadie Camp, Petal

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9. From left, Bradon Williams, Emry Williams and Sadie Williams play lawn games. Photo by Brandie Williams, Nettleton 10. Stephen Boler, 4, ends the day fishing with his Spiderman rod and reel. Photo by Bruce Mitchell, Bailey 11. From left, Stacy Graber, Ashton Graber and Kirby Graber are soaked and loving it. Photo by Amy J. Graber, Brooksville; 4-County EPA member 12. Caleb Hunter Oswalt, 15 months, gets caught playing in the dishwasher. Photo by Debbie Oswalt, Caledonia; Monroe County EPA member 13. Puppies get a trampoline lesson from Gracie Jenkins, 4. Photo by Millie Byrd, McLain; Singing River EPA member

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14. What would boys do without mud? Toland Wilkes packs it on at his granddad’s lake. Photo by Becky Wilkes, Mathiston; 4-County EPA member 15. It may impress the girls now but he’ll have to lose that bucket in a few years. Photo by Teresa Breland, Perkinston. 16. Micah Jon Burnham, 3, wants to play with kitty, but kitty’s not so sure. Photo by Shirley Burnham, Prentiss; Southern Pine EPA member 17. Cole Bryant, 6, celebrates scoring a goal at his soccer game. Photo by Melissa Russo, Gulfport; Coast EPA member

Next “Picture This” theme: Country Life What’s so great about living (or visiting) in rural Mississippi? The answer lies in your photographs. We want your impressions of country life for the next “Picture This” feature. Deadline is June 10. Get submission guidelines at www.todayinmississippi.com, news@epaofms.com or 601-605-8600.


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fitness Urban recreational trails boost quality of life while attracting visitors—and new residents • As Greenwood’s new Yazoo River Trail nears completion, the Delta Garden Club is partnering with the city and other volunteers to establish a butterfly garden of native plants and a monarch butterfly “waystation” at the trail site, near downtown Greenwood. A waystation is a place that provides natural habitat for monarch migration and reproduction. “After seeing the work the City of Greenwood was putting into the Yazoo River Trail, we knew we wanted to be a part of it. Because our state plays such a critical role in the monarch butterflies’ migration, we felt that would be the perfect project for us to work on and develop,” said Britt Hammons-Carter, club president. Work is expected to begin on the butterfly garden this month. The Delta Garden Club was awarded a Garden Clubs of Mississippi Nature Trail Grant to fund the project. The Yazoo River Trail lies on city-owned The Yazoo River Trail, in downtown Greenwood, leads users around a stand of property comprising 45 willow, top photo, and through a bottomland forest, above, on city-owned acres of meadows and property bordering the Yazoo River. native hardwoods, including a thick stand of willow that ational district to develop a Rails-toTrails recreational project spanning three serves as a food source for both butterflies and caterpillars. A limestone path counties. leads visitors past the willows and into Here are some highlights from these the butterfly garden site; another path trail projects: By Debbie Stringer Whether walking, running, biking or skating, recreational trail use benefits the mind and spirit as well as the body by introducing nature into the workout. “I have had people tell me that they moved here because of the trail system,” said Ridgeland Mayor Gene McGee, whose city just opened a trailhead pavilion for its multi-use, nonmotorized trail system. Ridgeland, Greenwood, Tunica and West Point are among the Mississippi cities who have (or are building) trails for non-motorized use, and in some cases horseback riding. In northeast Mississippi, municipal and county governments formed a recre-

branches off for a winding journey through the bottomland forest bordering the river. Rich in wildlife, the area is now known as the Greenwood Yazoo River Natural Area and has been accepted into the Mississippi Natural Heritage Program, based on the plant and animal species it supports. For more information, visit www.greenwoodms.com or call Greenwood City Hall at 662-453-2246. • Ridgeland’s 14.6-mile multi-use, nonmotorized trail system connects the Natchez Trace Parkway, the Mississippi Craft Center, Ross Barnett Reservoir and a shopping area. Although located in a busy urban center, much of Ridgeland’s trail system winds through wooded areas. One trail follows a local section of the Natchez Trace Parkway, ending at a scenic overlook on the reservoir. The city recently opened a new 1,500-square-foot trailhead pavilion that includes two sheltered picnic tables, two

restrooms, a bike rack, a bicycle service stand and a parking lot made of recycled asphalt. The service stand, donated by Jackson Metro Cyclists, includes tools necessary for changing a flat and other basic repairs. The pavilion is located near the intersection of Rice Road and Lake Harbor Drive. Ridgeland, a recognized Bicycle Friendly Community, also has specially designated mountain bike trails, and bike rentals are available. A multi-use trail map is available at www.visitridgeland.com. For information, call 800-468-6078 or 601-6055252. • After a year of construction, Tunica held a ribbon-cutting ceremony in March for its two new bike trails. “We are getting calls from everywhere [from people] wanting more information,” said Lynn Ryals, executive director of Tunica Main Street, which funded the project. The longer of the two trails is a 27mile round-trip path running along Old Highway 61 from Rivergate Park in Tunica to DeSoto County, where it connects with a DeSoto trail. The other trail is a 13-mile loop connecting Rivergate Park and Mhoon Ridgeland’s new trailhead pavilion, left, provides restrooms and other amenities to refresh users of the city’s 14.6-mile multi-use trail system. Jackson Metro Cyclists donated a service stand for cyclists to use in making basic bike repairs.


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Landing Park, located on the Mississippi River in Tunica County. Cyclists can use a rest stop at the seven-mile point. “The trails share the road and they are in flat Delta land,� Ryals said. “You will go through some wooded areas and some open, sunny spots. You can see a variety of wildlife from ducks in the streams to rabbits along the road.� To download or request a bike trail map, go to www.tunicamainstreet.com or call 662-363-6611.

• Spring is an especially beautiful time of year along the Kitty Bryan Dill Memorial Parkway, which links five manicured urban parks with a paved, wooded path. A Rails-to-Trails Parkway begun in 1991, the 5-foot-wide concrete path extends for 3.75 miles. “West Point was extremely fortunate to be able to develop a portion of the C&G Railroad that ran through the heart of downtown into our parkway when that portion of the line was re-

routed. It has been and continues to be a beautiful addition to downtown West Point,� said Cynthia Wilson, director of Community Development and West Point Main Street at West Point/Clay County Community Growth Alliance. Lighted at night by old-fashioned lamp posts, walkways lead users to gazebos, arbors, water fountains and a windmill. The parkway’s greenspace is lush, neatly tended and shaded by large native hardwoods. Benches offer a place to rest,

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visit, take pictures or simply enjoy the view. In the Sally Kate Winters Park, benches surround an old-fashioned bandstand. The parkway is also the site of special events, includA scenic path links five local ing the city’s parks along the 3.75-mile Kitty Bryan Dill Memorial Parkway, annual Prairie Arts Festival. in West Point. Managed by the West Point/Clay County Community Growth Alliance, the parkway was designated in 2005 by the U.S. Department of the Interior as a National Recreational Trail. For information, call the Alliance at 662-494-5121 or visit www.westpointms.org. • The 44-mile Tanglefoot Trail in north Mississippi is tentatively scheduled to open in July after some seven years of development. The Rails-to-Trails project is being built on the former MississippiTennessee Railroad corridor running through Chickasaw, Pontotoc and Union counties, from New Albany to Houston. The multi-use recreational trail consists of a 10-foot-wide asphalt path with gateway buildings (welcome centers) in New Albany, Pontotoc and Houston, and “whistle stopsâ€? in Ingomar, Ecru, Algoma and New Houlka. The whistle stops will provide user parking, restrooms, water fountains, picnic tables and bike racks. The GM&O Rails-to-Trails Recreational District was formed in 2006 to create the trail. The trail was named after the narrowgauge engine used during construction of the railroad in 1872. Tanglefoot Trail is closed to the public until its completion this summer. Three Rivers Planning and Development District posts trail updates at its website, www.trpdd.com/news. For more information on hiking and biking trails throughout Mississippi, go to www.visitmississippi.org or call 866-SEE MISS (733-6477). Visit www.mdwfp.com for information on hiking trails in state parks.


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While other homes blazed, Shirley House survived due to stroke of luck ou can get a real good look at the Shirley House in the Vicksburg National Military Park now that they have started clearing out the mass of trees planted there by the CCC during the Great Depression back in the 1930s. There were so many trees that as an eighth grader on a field trip to Mississippi Vicksburg in Seen the 1960s, I wondered by Walt Grayson how in the world they ever managed to have a war there. You couldn’t see 10 feet in front of your face, much less get a shot at anybody. Probably one of the most prominent places where the deforestation has occurred is shortly after you enter the tour road. Beyond a few twists and turns you round a rather sharp left the other side of a little rise. When the road opens up again, before you is a wonderful vista of rising hills and gullies crowned by the magnificent Illinois Memorial, a round domed building modeled after the Pantheon

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smallpox hospital for a short while after the fighting ended. After that, the house was deserted and left to the elements. But when plans for the Vicksburg Park were under way, Alice Shirley, one of the Shirley children, donated the house to the War Department for inclusion in the park. She stipulated that the house be restored to the way it looked before the war, and that her parents’ bodies be moved from the Vicksburg Cemetery to graves in the backyard. It was and they were. The Shirley House is rarely open for tours. Just not enough staff for that. However, chances are you may catch it open more often over the next few weeks as the park observes the 150th anniversary of the siege that took place from May until July 1863 with special events, including a big reenactment of one of the battles set for Memorial Day weekend. The Shirley House was a serene country estate before the war. Originally it was called Wexford Lodge. Now, 150 years later, it is still in a serene setting, only now it has a model of the Pantheon in its side yard. 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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It took quite a war to purchase all of this peacefulness. The imposing Illinois Memorial is flanked with a survivor of the Siege of Vicksburg, the Shirley House in the Vicksburg National Military Park. Photo: Walt Grayson

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Taking leave of today to step back hat is it about nostalgia that is so terribly appealing? The question is easily asked, and I hear it often. But the responses suitable for answering such a perplexing probe are remarkably difficult to formulate. There simply are too many variables. Age is one cause for this somewhat misplaced longing. Years forward tend to dim the truth of years past, and we may wish things could be as they were in the good old days. There is merit in such thinking. Yesterday was a time of simplicity. Today, however, is filled with complexity. That could hold Mississippi true regardless of Outdoors the era, for the 19th century was by Tony Kinton likely more complex than the 18th, particularly for those whose lives spanned some of both. And the 20th century was increasingly more complex than the 19th, and so on. You, I am sure, grasp the process here outlined. So, it is not fully unnatural to desire a simple, less hectic world. But we live in the world of today and perhaps

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Biscuit Smith, of Thundervalley Archery, makers of the Snuffer and Magnus broadheads, explains the finer points of arrow flight to new converts. From left are Biscuit Smith, Michael Grappin, Deaven Grappin, Amy Grappin and Destin Grappin. Michael and his two sons just completed their first Osage (wood) bows. The Grappins are Central Electric Power Association members in Leake County. Old-day tools, left photo, were highly effective. Native Americans fed entire villages with bison taken with wooden bows and arrows. Photos: Tony Kinton

They admired my battered and stained leggings over canvas knee breeches, both now showing extensive wear from a decade of heavy use. More recently, I set up and tended a booth for Primitive Archer magazine at the Pre-Spring Arrow Fling at Tannehill State Historical Park near Birmingham. Again, there were hundreds in attendance, many of them youngsters and most shooting the target ranges. Others just curious. This is a traditional-only gathering, and some truly impressive glass-andwood recurves were in use, these true works of art. But there was also an increasing number of all-wood bows in various styles, another step back in time. My own Osage and bamboo longbow backed with copperheads, coupled with a Plains-Style leather quiver decorated 24th Annual

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with feathers and beads and holding cedar arrows, gave pause for each passerby to stop and stare. Wonderment filled their eyes, and many had to ask how it performed. Quite wonderfully, I must say. Remember, Native Americans fed entire villages with the sweet meat of bison taken with such gear. Events such as these two mentioned convince me more completely each time I attend them that there is something inherent in many that prompts them to explore the past. Why and what? I still don’t know for sure. But for me it is the reward of being more closely in touch with self and the environment. It is the requirement that I rely more on myself and my companions than on technology and gadgetry. It is the realization that I can be content with very little, can live a full life minus the external stimuli of obnoxious noise and the latest contrivances touted by advertising as essential. It is reaching the experienced conclusion that had I been one from the past, I could have, as they did, survived the normal and regular hardships of a difficult but simple life. Plus, it is all fun, this playing the Old Days game. And these are all ample justification to take leave of today and step back to yesterday from time to time. Tony Kinton has been an active outdoors writer for 30 years. “Uncertain Horizons,” book two in Kinton’s “Wagon Road Trilogy,” is now available. Order from your local bookstore, Amazon.com or Kinton’s website: www.tonykinton.com.


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By Abby Berry Spring has finally arrived, which means it’s time to get outdoors and enjoy the sunshine. If you’re looking for an inexpensive getaway, then look no further than Calling Panther Lake, located just outside of Crystal Springs. This 512-acre lake offers fun for the whole family. For the fishing enthusiasts, the lake is stocked with Florida hybrid bass, white perch, red-ear and bluegill bream, and channel catfish. The lake’s record-breaking bass was caught in February 2011, weighing 15 pounds and 14 ounces. “Now that the weather is warming up, we’re looking forward to more people coming out and enjoying Jake Guess, manager of the lake,” said Jake Guess, man- Calling Panther Lake ager of Calling Panther. The lake was constructed from 2000-2002, and officially opened in 2006. One unique aspect about Calling Panther is the thick standing timber found throughout. This creates a more intimate feel while fishing, allowing fishers

This is the largest Florida hybrid bass caught at Calling Panther, weighing 15 pounds and 14 ounces.

to move in and out of small openings. The welcome center at Calling Panther. While visiting Calling Panther, visitors have the option to water ski in the designated ski area. There is also a onemile nature trail that leads straight to the lake. Calling Panther has 22 camping pads (12 feet wide) and two handicap camping pads (20 feet wide). Each pad provides electricity and water hook-ups, as well as a charcoal grill and picnic Calling Panther has 24 camping pads for visitors to table for campers to enjoy. Primitive enjoy and each pad has a great view of the lake. camping is also available. Calling Panther has seen visitors from Missouri, Wisconsin, Texas, Louisiana and Alabama. For more information about fishing and camping at Calling Panther, please call 601-892-4776, or visit their website at www.callingpantherlake.com.

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Play up outdoor electrical safety to children Warm, sunny days beckon the child in all of us to head outside and play. Electric Power Associations of Mississippi recommends that families review and stress to children to follow simple electrical safety rules for safe outdoor play. Help keep your kids out of harm’s way when they play outdoors. Children often do not understand the dangers of electricity. Make them aware of overhead power lines and electrical equipment, and emphasize they should never climb or play near them. Safe Electricity, a program of the Energy Education Council, recommends that children be taught to follow these rules: • Never climb trees near power lines. Even if the power lines are not touching the tree, they could touch when more weight is added to the branch. • Fly kites and model airplanes in large open areas like a park or a field, safely away from trees and overhead power lines. If a kite gets stuck in a tree that’s near power lines, don’t climb up to get it. Contact your electric utility for assistance. • Never climb a utility pole or tower. • Don’t play on or around pad-mounted electrical equipment. • Never go into an electric substation for any reason. Electric substations contain high-voltage equipment,

which can be deadly. Never rescue a pet or retrieve a ball or toy that goes inside. Call your electric utility instead. When designing an outdoor play area for your children, do not install playground equipment or swimming pools underneath or near power lines. Protect all family members from serious shock and injuries by installing and using outdoor outlets with ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI). Use portable GFCIs for outdoor outlets that don’t have them. Be careful using electrical appliances outdoors, even if plugged into GFCI-equipped outlets. Water always attracts kids, but water and electricity never mix. Teach older children to exercise caution before plugging in a radio, CD player or any electrical gadget outdoors, and keep all electrical appliances at least 10 feet away from hot tubs, pools, ponds, puddles and wet surfaces. Spring showers bring more than tempting puddles for kids to splash in, and they can also leave electric hazards behind. Flooded areas are never safe spots to wade or play in, and may be in contact with energized electrical equipment or fallen power lines. Make sure all of your family members know to stay away from downed power lines and wires, and tell children to report to an adult any fallen or dangling wires.

Spring storms on the horizon Lightning from thunderstorms kills more people each year than tornadoes or hurricanes, according to the American Red Cross. As spring arrives, make sure you’re prepared to handle storms that come with the changing season. Follow these tips from the Red Cross to stay safe.

n Hear thunder? Head inside.

If you can hear it, you could be in danger from lightning. Stay indoors at least 30 minutes after the last clap of thunder—a recommendation from the National Weather Service. If you’re outside and can’t seek shelter indoors, avoid high ground, water, tall isolated trees, and metal objects like bleachers or fences.

n Stay away from down power lines.

Electricity could still be flowing through them. Report them to your electric utility immediately.

Think safety and be prepared!

n Unplug your electronics.

Avoid using electrical items and telephones, which can carry power surges. Keep a batterypowered TV or radio on hand for weather updates.

n Delay outdoor activities.

If conditions are right for a thunderstorm, postpone the baseball game and stay inside—it doesn’t have to be raining for lightning to strike.

Assemble an emergency preparedness kit with: • Water—one gallon per person, per day; • Non-perishable food; • Flashlight; • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (preferably NOAA weather radio) and extra batteries; Source: American Red Cross

• First-aid kit; • Seven-day medicine supply; • Copies of personal documents; • Cell phone with chargers; • Emergency contact information; and • Cash.

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A cookbook created by the booster club is helping Smithville High School’s basketball team recover from the devastation of the EF-5 tornado that destroyed the school and much of the town two years ago. “The Smithville Seminole basketball players took a hard blow when the April 27, 2011, tornado destroyed their gym,” said Michele Blaylock, of the Smithville Fast Break Booster Club. “The gym rebuilding has begun. If all goes as planned, it will be finished before basketball season begins next fall. Also, classes will be in session at the original campus when school starts back in August. God is blessing our little town!” Blaylock said. Proceeds from cookbook sales will help fund the purchase of needed equipment and supplies for the new facility. The cookbook features more than 540 recipes, including sugar-free desserts in the diabetic section and a canning/preserving section. It also includes a brief history of the school and a memorial for former long-time coach John Chrestman. Price is $12 plus $3 S&H. Mail order to Smithville Fast Break Boosters, c/o Michele Blaylock, 50218 Splunge Road, Greenwood Springs, MS 38848. For more information, call 662-315-7221.

Lemon-Pepper Pork Chops 1/2 cup water 1/3 cup soy sauce 1/2 cup cooking oil

3 Tbsp. lemon-pepper seasoning 6 pork chops, all fat removed

In a deep bowl, combine water, soy sauce, oil and lemon-pepper seasoning. Put pork chops in a gallon resealable plastic bag, and pour soy sauce mixture over chops. Marinate in refrigerator for 2 hours or up to overnight. Remove chops from bag and grill, turning often and brushing with the leftover marinade. Editor’s note: To prevent bacterial contamination, boil the leftover marinade in a saucepan for 1 minute, stirring often, before using it to baste the chops.

Congratulations! These Today in Mississippi readers will receive a free copy of “In Good Taste: Recipes for Healthy Living,” complimentsof the Jackson Heart Clinic. Thanks to all who entered our cookbook drawing! • Donna Abbott, Steens • Janet Lee, Saucier • Shelli Rutledge, Greenville • Betty Walker, Starkville • Edwina Womack, Bogue Chitto

1 stick butter 1 1/2 cups self-rising flour 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar 3/4 cup milk

1 tsp. vanilla 1 1/2 cups brown sugar 1 1/2 cups hot water 1 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 F. Melt butter in a 9-by-13-inch baking pan. In a bowl, mix flour, granulated sugar, milk and vanilla. Pour over butter in pan (do not stir). In a separate bowl, mix brown sugar, hot water and pecans. Pour over mixture in pan. Bake about 30 minutes or until golden and bubbly.

Spicy Skillet Chicken 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed 1 can corn with red and green peppers 1/3 cup thick-and-chunky salsa 2 cups hot cooked rice

1 to 2 tsp. chili powder 1/2 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. black pepper 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

In a small bowl, mix chili powder, salt and pepper. Sprinkle over chicken. In a skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add chicken and cook 10 minutes, turning once, until juices run clear. Stir in beans, corn and salsa. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer 3 to 5 minutes. Serve with rice.

Dijon Chicken Breasts 6 boneless chicken breasts Salt, pepper 1 stick margarine, melted

5 Tbsp. Dijon mustard 1 cup finely chopped pecans 2 cups Italian bread crumbs

Flatten chicken breasts with a mallet. Season with salt and pepper. In a small bowl, combine margarine and mustard. In a separate bowl, combine pecans and bread crumbs. Dip chicken into mustard mixture, then dredge in pecan mixture. Lay chicken on a baking dish and bake at 300 F for 25 to 30 minutes, or until done. Serve with honey mustard.

Fudge-Filled Bars 2 cups quick-cooking oats 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup packed brown sugar 3/4 tsp. salt 1 cup butter, melted

1 cup chopped pecans 1 can sweetened condensed milk 1 cup (6 oz.) semisweet chocolate chips 2 Tbsp. shortening 1 cup plain M&M’s

In a bowl, combine oats, flour, brown sugar and salt. Add butter and mix until crumbly. Stir in pecans. Set aside 1 1/2 cups for the topping. Press the remaining crumb mixture into a greased 9-by-13-inch baking pan. In a saucepan, combine the milk, chocolate chips and shortening; cook and stir over low heat until chips are melted. Spread over crust; sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture. Top with M&M’s. Bake at 350 F for 20 to 25 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Yield: 2 1/2 dozen bars One-Day Installation typical throughout MS • Insured • Financing

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By Nancy Jo Maples Seven score and 10 years ago, the Vicksburg siege induced a turning point in the Civil War, an event richly stitched into the historical tapestry of this Mississippi River city. Descendants of both the blue and the gray will bow heads and join hands this year to memorialize lives sacrificed on these and on other war grounds. Sesquicentennial Civil War events are occurring nationally in states where battles took place. In Vicksburg those events are slated in April, May and July. The first one is set April 5-7, and is a heritage fair. It will be similar to the tent fairs that traveled the South and Midwest in the 1800s and offered musical entertainment, craft exhibits, dances and theatrical shows. Free concerts, the rededication of the Iowa state monument, and a parade are among the highlights of the Memorial Day weekend activities in May. Concert performances by the U.S. Navy Band, Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and Jackson Mass Community Choir are scheduled that weekend as well as a single song performance by celebrity guest Trace Adkins, actor and country music artist. A parade and wreath laying ceremony are planned for May 27, Memorial Day. The Vicksburg park features memorials from each of the states that suffered casualties during the war’s

The Mississippi State Memorial, left, was dedicated in 1909 in the Vicksburg National Military Park. The Union gunboat Cairo, above, fell victim to a Confederate mine in 1862, yet the crew survived the blast. Raised from the bottom of the Yazoo River in 1964, the boat was preserved for display as part of the park’s USS Cairo Museum. Photos courtesy of Vicksburg National Military Park/National Park Service.

Vicksburg Campaign. A few years ago, Iowa’s state legislature appropriated funds to restore the monument that had been commissioned in 1904 and had become worn through the years. The restored memorial will be rededicated in a ceremony with the governors of Iowa and Mississippi and a contingent of Iowa citizens on Saturday, May 25. Memorial Day events are expected to draw the largest crowd among Vicksburg’s three sesquicentennial happenings. That holiday has been designated as the commemoration of the siege. Rick Martin, chief of park operations,

Battery De Golyer, preserved at the Vicksburg National Military Park, contained 22 canon, making it the largest artillery concentration in the Federal seige line. The 62-foot Illinois State Memorial, background, has 47 steps, one for each day of the seige of Vicksburg.

said because Vicksburg sits halfway between Atlanta and Dallas, he expects travelers to make Vicksburg National Military Park a destination. “Ten thousand people a day during that time period is not unrealistic,” Martin said. The Shiloh Sesquicentennial last year drew 150,000 spectators to north Mississippi throughout an eight-day period. However, part of that draw included a re-enactment. Vicksburg’s July activities will involve the placement of approximately 20,000 luminarias throughout the park. Luminarias will be positioned at each state monument with one luminaria representing each casualty for that state. For example, Illinois lost 2,400 soldiers in the battle and 2,400 luminarias will be placed at the Illinois monument. That event will take place on the night of July 3.

AAA Traveler magazine named Vicksburg one of the top 13 places in the world to visit in 2013. Those who can’t attend the 150th anniversary events may want to explore it at other times. Park officials suggest viewing the park by automobile. The 16-mile driving tour takes about two hours and visitors can stop to walk closer to monuments for photographs. There are two designated picnic areas along the route. Admission to the park is $8 per vehicle. For more information about the park or sesquicentennial events contact the Vicksburg National Military Park at 601-636-0583 or visit its website at www.nps.gov/vick/index.htm. Writer Nancy Jo Maples can be reached at 188 Ernest Pipkins Road, Lucedale, MS 39452 or via email at nancyjomaples@aol.com.


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Redbuds Mississippi has many flowering native trees, and one that gets its fair share of attention this time of year is the redbud. These trees flower early in the spring before most other trees have started to leaf out after their winter naps. Although most flowering trees native to Mississippi tend to be understory trees that can be hidden by bigger trees and their foliage, it’s common around the state to see a redbud framed or silhouetted by leafless hardwoods. Redbud is a readily adaptable species that can tolerate many different soil and climatic conditions. Redbuds are rare in the coastal counties where they most often are planted as part of an ornamental landscape. They are more common north of a line drawn through Hattiesburg. Travelling north, you can first find redbuds growing in the swales around creeks, and then later they become more common on flatter land. Redbud flowers are gorgeous in the spring. Colors range from light, clear

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pink to purplish pink, and there are several white-flowered selections available at nurseries. Flowers are grouped in clusters held tightly against the stems and branches, creating colorful outlines of the branching structure of the tree. The individSouthern ual flowers Gardening closely resemble by Dr. Gary Bachman pea flowers. This isn’t too surprising as redbud is a member of the legume family and the trees produce flat, brown seedpods. Under optimal conditions, redbud is considered a small tree capable of reaching 15 to 30 feet tall. It typically has a short trunk and a rounded, almost umbrella-like crown.

Foliage emerges after the flowering is finished, almost as if the leaves do not want to interfere with the pink show. Leaves are glossy green in the summer and heartshaped, reaching 3 to 5 inches across. Unfortunately, there is little potential for fall color, although some yellow-colored leaves may appear in the fall sometimes. For best growth, place redbuds as understory trees. Planting sites with partial to full shade are probably best, but I’ve seen several splendid specimens being grown out in the full sun. Some selections have maroon-colored leaves that are pretty close to Bulldog maroon. One of the best selections I would pick for the landscape is Forest Pansy. This redbud’s heart-shaped, purple-maroon foliage has outstanding color when it receives morning sun. A great question I’ve received recently concerns the name: “If the flowers are

The purple flowers of the redbud tree are a seeming contradiction until you glimpse the deep, red color of the flower buds as they begin to open. Photo: MSU Extension Service/Gary Bachman

pink, why is it called redbud?” It became readily apparent to me where the redbud’s name came from as I looked at flowers buds beginning to open. The outer layer of bud scales protecting the developing flower is a deep, red color. Redbud is a good choice for adding a punch of spring color to your landscape as a specimen or in a shrub border. Dr. Gary Bachman is MSU horticulturist at the Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi.

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Byhalia. Details: 662-838-8127; www.facebook.com/byhaliachamber. Bee Safety Workshop, April 23, Waynesboro. One-hour workshop with Dr. Jeff Harris; 7:30 a.m. Pre-register. Wayne County Extension Service. Details: 601-735-2243. Southaven SpringFest, April 25-27, Southaven. State BBQ cooking competition, concerts, carnival midway, kids and major rides. Snowden Grove Park. Details: 662-280Want more than 400,000 readers to know about your event? Send it to us at least two months prior to the 2489 ext. 283; www.southaven.com. event date. Submissions must include a phone number with area code for publication. Mail to Mississippi Events, Today in Mississippi, P.O. Box 3300, Ridgeland, MS 39158-3300; fax to 601-605-8601; or email to Magnolia State Bluegrass Association news@epaofms.com. Events of statewide interest will be published free of charge as space allows. Event Spring Show, April 26-27, Polkville. Live details are subject to change, so we strongly recommend calling to confirm dates and times before traveling. music, camping, jamming. Music Barn. Details: For more events, go to www.visitmississippi.org. 601-946-0280, 601-955-9182. workshop starts at noon. Wayne County Southern Heritage Pilgrimage, April 5-7, Earth Day at the Arboretum, April 27, Extension Service. Details: 601-735-2243. Aberdeen. Home tours, candlelight dinners, Picayune. Exhibits on nature and sustainable Episcopal Church of The Nativity Antique gardening; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Admission. Crosby cemetery tours, carriage rides, more. Show and Sale, April 18-20, Greenwood. Admission. Details: 800-634-3538; Arboretum. Details: 601-799-2311. Invitational show with dealers from through- Third Annual Rabbit Run for St. Jude, www.aberdeenpilgrimage.com. out the South. Admission. Details: 662-453Art in the Pass, April 6-7, Pass Christian. April 27, Star. 5K timed event, 1-mile kid’s 9197; www.greenwoodms.com. About 100 artists to exhibit, cooking demos, bike ride, crafts, more. Details: 601-842-7947; Dixieland Old Engine and Agricultural more. Also, “Celebrate the Gulf” Marine www.rabbitrunstar.com. Club’s Spring Show, April 18-20, Laurel. Education Festival on April 6. War Memorial Sherman School Reunion, April 27, Fairgrounds. Details: 601-954-7904. Park. Details: 650-743-0870; www.artinthe Sherman. Open to former students, friends Gulf Coast Military Collectors Show, April pass.com. and family; 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Cravin 19-20, D’Iberville. Buy, sell, trade military Two Rivers Bluegrass Festival and Catfish Restaurant. Details: 931-320-2441; memorabilia. Admission; free for WWII vets. Heritage & Forestry Expo, April 9-13, mrtsix3@bellsouth.net. Leakesville. Live performances, special events, D’Iberville Civic Center. Details: 228-224-1120, Dave Matthews Band, North Mississippi 228-380-6882. camping. Admission. Greene County Rural All Stars, April 27, Southaven. Snowden 33rd Annual Alcorn State University Jazz Events Center. Details: 601-408-5965. Grove Amphitheater. Details: 662-892-2660; Festival, April 20, Vicksburg. Student jazz Rodeo of the Mid-South, April 12-13, www.snowdengroveamphitheater.com. ensembles, internationally acclaimed jazz Southaven. PRCA sanctioned; 7:30 p.m. Annual Eight-Mile Yard Sale, April 27, artists to perform; workshop. Free. Vicksburg Landers Center. Details: 662-470-2131; Greenwood Springs. Antiques, tools, clothing, Convention Center. Details: 601-877-6602, www.landerscenter.com. truck equipment, more. Begins at Country 866-822-6338; www.alcorn.edu/jazzfest. “Expedition 1813: Becoming ‘Old Store. Details: 662-256-2432, 662-315-6955. Meridian Daylily Club Annual Daylily Hickory’” War of 1812 Bicentennial, April Delicious Design for the Landscape, April Sale, April 20, Many varieties and colors; 8 12-14, Natchez. Reenactment of landing and 28, Picayune. 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Hitch the wagon–we’re going to George County was bothering Randy Brown, a retired Vocational Shop school teacher, by talking to him as he worked inside our house. He has awesome family stories. Especially one about a wagon

house projects for folks in George County. Randy didn’t let his work interfere with talking and answering my questions. He and his wife, Amanda, have one son, Andrew, and a large extended family. Their beautiful old-fashioned home is located on original Brown land in Agricola, which is in hollering distance of his brother Alan, and cousins Charles Walter and Kent Brown. Now here’s the wagon story as Randy told it to me: The Browns packed up all their belongings in the wagon pulled by two mules and left their home west of Meridian—Meehan community to be exact. These pioneers arrived from their The long-lost wagon used in 1913 to bring their forebears to George County from the Meridian area has returned to the Brown family. From bumpy trip at

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left are wagon owners Brown family members Kent, Charles Walter, Randy and Alan. Mounted on the back of the old wagon is a corn sheller.

the community of Agricola in George County on Thanksgiving Day 1913. About 10 miles south of Lucedale. The family consisted of John A. and his wife, Ida, and three of their youngest children, Zema, Miller and Clyde. His married son, Walter, with wife Emma and four children, also made the trip. The women and children came by train. Others followed in 1918. John A. was Randy and Alan’s greatgrandfather and Walter was their grandfather. Elton, another son of Walter and Emma, was born in George County and was the father of Randy and Alan. Now where is the 100-year-old wagon today? Soon after they moved, John A. and Walter Brown decided they needed a larger wagon for their farm in Agricola, so it was traded for a big wheel wagon. The larger wagon had belonged to Carley Davis, who owned a sawmill at the edge of Jackson County. Randy remembers picking corn in the big wheel wagon.


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The Brown family lost track of the wagon that brought their family to Agricola. They kept the big wheel wagon stored in a barn at Alan and Randy’s granddaddy’s old place. When Hurricane Frederic blew the barn down in 1979 it almost destroyed the wagon. Elton, Randy’s daddy, wanted to cut it up for firewood, but Randy talked him out of it. Since he taught shop at East Central High School, Randy took it to school and while his students worked on their projects, he restored the big wheel Grin ‘n’ wagon. But he Bare It always longed to by Kay Grafe know what happened to their family’s original wagon. One of Randy’s students, a young boy named Roger Emerson, asked about the big wagon he was restoring. So Randy told him the story, including the story of the wagon that brought his family to Agricola. Roger told Randy he knew who had that original wagon, where it was and that he would inherit it someday. Randy told him, if you ever decide to sell the wagon, I want to buy it. This went on for 25 to 30 years. Each time he saw Roger, Randy would ask about the wagon and Roger would tell him it was in good shape and used only at Old Fashioned Day in Hurley. About a year ago, Roger’s 91-year-old

mother decided to sell the original Brown wagon to a neighbor, but Roger remembered the promise he made to Randy years before. I call it a covenant. Like God made with His people. Here’s the rest of the saga. The wagon was purchased by cousins Kent and Charles Walter Brown, and Randy and Alan for $600. No refurbishment was needed on the Cyprus wagon. It’s in great condition and a beauty. Not only do they now have the two wagons, but they have a book written by members of the Brown family 1880 to 2013; the family records of birth and deaths; and stories by family members that will make you laugh out loud. Wayne Brown, retired Southern District highway commissioner, wrote 69 stories for the book. Rev. Dr. Bryce Evans and other friends have poems and other good tales incorporated in their “home-style” book called, “Brown Book of Tales.” A wonderful read. The Browns are planning a 100-year celebration on Thanksgiving Day this year at Randy’s home. If your name is Brown, just come on down. There was a population explosion like Abraham’s descendants, so they’d never know the difference ... if you bring a casserole. 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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Mississippi Marketplace Type or print your ad clearly. Be sure to include your telephone number. Deadline is the 10th of each month for the next month’s issue. Rate is $2.50 per word, ten word minimum. Mail payment with your ad to Today in Mississippi, P.O. Box 3300, Ridgeland, MS 39158-3300. Have any questions? Phone 601-605-8604 or email swindle@epaofms.com.

FOR SALE JACK FOSTER HANDMADE SADDLES. Hazlehurst, MS 601-894-3809, West Monroe, LA 381-397-0086.

VACATION RENTALS APPALACHIAN TRAIL Cabins by trail in Georgia mountains. 3000’ above sea level. Snowy winters, cool summers, inexpensive rates. 800-284-6866. www.bloodmountain.com. WWW.GULFSHORES4RENT.COM Beautiful west beach in Gulf Shores - 4 great condos, each sleeps 6. Call 404-219-3189 or 404-702-9824. LEAF RIVER CAMP, LOWER RATES UNTIL SPRING two bedrooms directly on river, sleeps 8, private pier, full kitchen, fishing, hunting, swimming and very relaxing. 228-860-8689. LAKE WASHINGTON RUSTIC CABIN ON WATERS EDGE, East side, pier, bbq grill, furnished, two night minimum, 4 bedrooms call Ricky 662-827-5310 or 662-820-3724 after 5pm. CABINS/PIGEON FORGE, TN sleeps 2-6, great location, 251-649-3344, 251-649-4049 www.hideawayprop.com.

AGRICULTURAL COLLATERAL INSPECTION AND APPRAISALS Ag background required. Training course available. Call 800-488-7570 or visit www.amagappraisers.com. DON’T LET YOUR FAMILY MEMORIES FADE AWAY! We can transfer your VHS, VHS-C, Betamax, Minidv ... to DVD. We provide Macintosh computer support with 28 years experience. Parrot Video Productions LLC. Call 601- 826-1168 or visit us at www.parrotvideoproductions.com. SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY Social Security-SSI denied? Internership-Supreme Court Justice. More than 45 years combined experience winning cases. No fee unless approved. Please call 601-649-6125, We Deliver!

CASH Paid for Arrowheads and Indian Artifacts call Brock(662) 801-1786

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BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY WATKINS SINCE 1868. Top 10 home business. Over 350 products everyone uses. Free catalog packet. 800-352-5213.

MISCELLANEOUS FREE BOOKS/DVDS, Soon the “Mark of the Beast” will be enforced as Church and State unite! Let the Bible reveal. The Bible Says, P.O. Box 99, Lenoir City, TN 37771. 888-211-1715. thebiblesaystruth@yahoo.com. PLAY GOSPEL SONGS BY EAR! $12.95. “Learn Gospel Music” - chording, runs, fills - $12.95, Both $24. Davidsons, 6727MS Metcalf, Shawnee Mission, KS 66204. Call: 913-262-4982.

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