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Mississippi’s participants in the 27th annual Rural Electric Youth Tour meet with Rep. Gregg Harper in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol.

Fifty-five of Mississippi’s finest high school juniors spent part of past participants serving in leadership roles in our communities, their summer vacation exploring the nation’s capital and making schools and government. They have accepted our challenge and are new friends, courtesy of their electric power association. using their skills to make a difference. Their involvement is a true As participants in the 27th annual Rural Electric Youth Tour, the example of the success this program has experienced in the past 27 students visited many of Washington’s most significant historic and years.” cultural sites during the week-long trip. They also took part in special 2013 Rural Electric Youth Tour delegates and their sponsoring elecevents with more than 1,500 other Youth Tour participants from tric power associations are Alcorn County EPA: Kelsey English, Faith other states. LaFever; Central EPA: Kooper Battle, Zach Williams; Coast EPA: Bailey A highlight was a visit to the U.S. Capitol, where Rep. Gregg Harper Purvis, Courtney Thurtell; Dixie EPA: Emily Bedwell, Dru Elkins, Jesse took the Mississippi students to the floor of the U.S. House of RepreSmith, Ben Spiller; East Mississippi EPA: Kate Sprabery, Andrew sentatives before the Congressmen convened. Each student also had Yates; 4-County EPA: Subrina Oswalt, Caden Teer; Magnolia EPA: “We are strong advocates of the opportunity to meet his or her Congressman. Garrett Smith, Ben Stroud, Carlee Welch-Dick; Natchez Trace EPA: providing resources to educate “The trip was one of the greatest experiences of my life and I will Nicole Baecher, Steele Liles; North East Mississippi EPA: Kaitlyn Bishand encourage our young be forever grateful for it,” said participant Caroline Bradley, of op, Shawnda Pettis, Aaron Watkins; Northcentral EPA: Charles CoopLucedale. er, Claudia Espinosa-Batres, Corteilous Jones, Kaitlyn Kendall, Shamespeople.” Ron Stewart, Caroline was selected during the Youth Leadership Workshop in sia Lee, Kristen Lusby, Dustin Moore, Luke Phillips, Bree Starnes, Senior Vice President of the Electric Power Associations of Mississippi. March to represent Mississippi on the national Youth Leadership Walker Underwood; Pearl River Valley EPA: Cody Letchworth, Mitch Council. The workshop and Youth Tour are components of the Electric Power Associations of Strider; Singing River EPA: Caroline Bradley, Victoria Cason, Anna Del Castillo; Southern Mississippi Youth Leadership Program. Participants are chosen through a competitive process Pine EPA: Leah Bowlin, Xiara Day; Southwest Mississippi EPA: Terry McBeth, Reagan Myers; sponsored by their electric power association. Tallahatchie Valley EPA: Whitney Hudson, Neil Patel, Jesse Pearson, Erin Snider; Tombig“We are strong advocates of providing resources to educate and encourage our young peo- bee EPA: Seth Dickinson, Ryan Gillentine, Sydney Gully, Nataly Loague, Shelby Miller, Jacob ple,” said Ron Stewart, senior vice president of the Electric Power Associations of Mississippi. Pharr, Alivia Roberts; Twin County EPA: Scott Miller Jr., Charlie Yelverton; Yazoo Valley “Our investment in this program has produced outstanding dividends as we see many of our EPA: Chelsea Wright.

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Youth leaders emerge when students learn critical skills n this issue of Today in Mississippi, we highlight our youth leaders who went to Washington, D.C., in June. Every year around March, high school juniors come to Jackson to learn about state government, meet with state leaders and compete in team-building exercises. One of the highlights of my job is addressing this talented group of young potential leaders. Because of a family medical emergency I was unable to address this year’s group. If I had been able to speak to these young people, I would have told them that leadership, true leadership, is about self sacrifice, putting the needs of others ahead of your own. Leadership is not something you do for a title or to achieve a rank or some status. True leadership is a burden that’s sometimes heavy. As a leader climbs, his rights diminish and his responsibility for others grows. More people need to understand that just because you have the “right” to do something, doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do. As Paul Harvey once said, “Freedom without personal restraint will lead this nation to chaos.” I would have told these young people that leaders need three things: attitude, integrity and the ability to prioritize. Life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you deal with it. A leader’s attitude as to how he or she approaches things is crucial. I have heard it said that a pessimist complains about the wind, an optimist expects it to change but a leader simply adjusts the sails. Leaders must possess integrity, which means they are complete, unified; their words and deeds match. Leaders cannot sell a message of “do as I say, not as I do.” A leader with integrity is a person who is who he claims to be. Last, a leader must be good at prioritizing.



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There is simply not enough time to do everything, and for anything that is gained, something must be lost; that is a simple truth. I tell the high school students a simple rule to follow, “It would be hard to overestimate the unimportance of practically everything.” Some people place priorities on things that just aren’t that big a deal, and because they do, it causes so much unnecessary stress in their lives. Unfortunately, some of this nation’s leaders seemed to have veered from the path of true leadership. I think that’s why this country stands where it does today. The nation is $17 trillion is debt, cities and counties are going bankrupt, and poll after poll shows the people losing faith in their governing institutions. So every year, when I speak to these high school students, maybe, just maybe, some will listen and understand and show the next generation what true leadership is really about. ••• Congratulations to Samuel Bragg, Justin Smith, Joey White and Jacob Wigginton, the four Mississippi college students who were recently awarded engineering scholarships sponsored by the Electric Power Associations of Mississippi Foundation. See photo on page 19. JOIN TODAY IN MISSISSIPPI


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Fifty-five Mississippi high school juniors joined some 1,500 of their peers from across the nation in June for the annual Rural Electric Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. Mississippi’s student delegation earned the trip in local competitions sponsored by their local electric power association. See story on page 2.

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The Natchez Museum of African Art and Heritage houses exhibits on the Rhythm Nightclub fire, where more than 200 African American citizens perished in 1940; Forks of the Road, the second-largest slave market in the South; author Richard Wright, a native of Natchez; and other historically significant sites, people and events. The museum is located in the old Natchez post office at 301 Main Street.

Mississippi is ... ... an eternal friend, a familiar spirit that dwells in the hearts of his native sons. He speaks of Tishomingo and Pushmataha, of fightin’ farm boys at Shiloh and Normandy, at Inchon and Saigon. He tells of Holt Collier and the great Delta wilderness, of Archie’s Army, The Nasty Bunch and The Grits Blitz, of Walter Payton and Jerry Rice. He’ll remind you of how beautiful Mississippi women are in a “red dog minute.” How you can actually “hear” the stillness in the predawn woods along the banks of the Pearl, or Big Black or Homochitto. How your arms grow tired reelin’ in red snapper from 80 feet down all day long, and how red the sun is, setting on the western horizon in the Mississippi Sound. How all the kinfolks and friends who are gone are really there with you in those quiet moments. And finally, how thankful to God you should be to be a Mississippian. – David Conn, Rockport My Mississippi is the flat Delta land, With its blue sky and cotton in never-ending span. The smell of the dirt after a summer shower, Honeysuckle vine and bright sweetpea flower. My childhood was spent in innocent bliss Playing in the sunshine—oh, how I miss The sound of tractors in fields of brown, Plowing for crops to be planted underground. Friendly people, the small-town rapport, Fresh vegetables, peaches and fried chicken galore. I no longer live there, but memories play Across my mind in nostalgic array. – Elaine Maynor, Brandon

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Illustrator Chuck Galey draws from the imagination to bring children’s stories to life

By Debbie Stringer They may look light-hearted, but Chuck Galey’s illustrations work hard to capture and hold the attention of young readers. A successful picture book illustration, Galey explained, is more than a pretty picture. The illustrator must blend technical skill with imagination to “evoke a story or conjure up something in the viewer’s mind.” Not an easy task. But Galey relishes the challenge. “You’ve got to hook them with that first page,” he said with a snap of his fingers. Working in a light-filled home studio in Jackson, Galey produces paintings and digital art for publishers of children’s picture books and magazines, including “Highlights” publications. Between assignments, he travels to libraries, classrooms, seminars and literary festivals throughout the state to instruct all ages in the craft of visual storytelling. His educational programs have been accepted to the Mississippi

Arts Commission Teaching Artist Roster. Galey’s interest in art emerged early while growing up in Greenwood. Flipping through an S&H Green Stamps catalog, his eyes landed on a pair of stylized cat figurines. Rounding up pieces of cardboard and poster paints, Galey painted the cats “because they were so cool looking.” In school, he earned the distinction as “the kid who drew.” For years he took lessons from a local art teacher, Lenny Wacht, a German immigrant who played classical music records while her students worked. Galey studied physical oceanography at Mississippi College, but two summers spent working aboard a marine research vessel in the gulf ended his dream to become a commercial scuba diver. “What I didn’t count on was that I got seasick a lot,” he said with a laugh.

Chuck Galey, owner of Chuck Galey Illustration

“So, I’m thinking that God was grabbing my stomach and saying, ‘Wake up, go do your art.’” After studying graphic design at Mis-

Galey’s goal as an illustrator is to encourage a parent (or grandparent) and child to enjoy a book together. sissippi State University, Galey landed a job as an art director for an ad agency

and took on freelance illustration assignments at home. He became a full-time freelance illustrator in 1985 when he was laid off from the ad agency. “I had wanted to do it for a long time but that made my decision for me,” he said. The urge to create art for children’s picture books came about as Galey and his wife, Forrest, read beautifully illustrated books to their son, Sean. Working in watercolor, acrylics, pen and ink or colored pencils, Galey has illustrated 11 children’s picture books, which typically require 17 paintings per book.

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A leather-clad stray dog, above left, roars up to The Fireplug, a cannine club where The Blues Dogs play, in “Rock ‘N’ Roll Dogs,” by David Davis and featuring illustrations by Chuck Galey. A selection of other children’s picture books illustrated by Galey includes “Jazz Cats” by David Davis, “A Breath of Hope” by Jo Kittinger and “Jay and the Bounty of Books” by Randall Ivey.

Titles featuring his work include “Rock ‘N’ Roll Dogs” and “Jazz Cats” by David Davis, “Jay and the Bounty of Books” by Randall Ivey and “The Cotton Candy Catastrophe at the Texas State Fair” by Dotti Enderle. “Fun Day in Mrs. Walker’s Class” by Robert Little was chosen to represent Mississippi at the 2006 National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. Galey’s award-winning work is lively, colorful, detailed and imaginative. Realistic light and shadow lift the fanciful characters and settings from the printed page. In a Galey illustration, cool cats blow clarinets, dancing dogs wear poodle skirts and big elephants read tiny books. Not all his work is so cheerful. For the new picture book “Helping a Hero” by Jo Kittinger, Galey’s images depict a veteran’s despair following military service overseas, as well as the ray of hope he eventually discovers.

Regardless of subject matter, Galey’s goal as an illustrator is to encourage a parent (or grandparent) and child to enjoy a book together. “That, to me, is a great bonding experience (that leads) the child to become a lifelong reader,” he said. During his classroom visits, Galey draws children into the dual role of the illustrator/author. For a two-day program at a Como school, he helped students with their assignment to write personal stories. “What I did was help them to illustrate their stories. I showed them some techniques in drawing, but mainly we used stick-figure-type things.” In Laurel recently, he led fifth graders in a week-long project to create their own graphic novels. Galey delights in young children’s fearless forays into art. “What I love about kids’ drawings is that they’re free with their drawing. They’re very lively

and very much spontaneous. They are just fun to look at because we’re so used to realism.” He encourages kids to think like an illustrator by associating words with imagined pictures. “I’ll read the words to them and I’ll have them close their eyes to imagine what, as an illustrator, you would do with those words. What do you hear with those words?” Galey shows them the numerous rough sketches he makes before choosing one to develop into a painting. “The point I’m trying to get across is not only the creativity but the planning,” he said. Then he pulls out the finished painting to display alongside the published version. “That’s when they make the connection that there’s a person that actually did the art in the book.” When starting a new book project, the initial page design is the most challenging step in the process for Galey. “I require myself to do 10 thumbnails (small sketches) per two-page spread. By

doing that, I force myself to come up with many varied concepts and compositions. By No. 9, I’m really struggling to come up with a whole new design. That’s the hardest part.” Having built his successful career on his talents as an illustrator for other authors’ books, Galey wants to begin publishing his own stories for children. He is currently seeking an agent to market the book manuscripts he has produced in recent years. Galey said he calls on his inner child as his inspiration for story development. “I often tell people that I’m an 8-yearold boy in an old man’s body. I’m writing for that universal 8-year-old with an imagination.” Children’s picture books illustrated by Chuck Galey are available in bookstores. For more information or to purchase books online, go to


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Loss of historic landmark jolted the locals

This shot of the Red Barn was published in the "Oh! That Reminds Me" book. Having driven past it one day, I turned around and went back to snap this shot, thinking I might want to put the barn in the book. Not too long afterward there was nothing left but an empty lot with two silos. Photo: Walt Grayson

he Red Barn sat beside said Mr. Graft trained horses on that Highway 61 just south long run inside the barn. of Rolling Fork in They put hay in the loft above. Sharkey County from Baskin Perry said Mr. Graft’s grandson 1918 until would come to Rolling Fork 2011 when it just “laid every summer, and the two down,” as its collapse was of them would get up in described to me by one of the that hayloft and play many people who came out between the bales. to see it that day. And a lot of That was something he people came to see it. In dishadn’t thought about in a belief, they witnessed the long time until that morndeath of an old companion ing in May 2011 when he that had been a guide and a got a call from his neighbor Mississippi landmark for all of their lives. telling him the barn had Seen It was originally Bernard collapsed. He said as soon by Walt Grayson Graft’s barn. It was 200 feet as he saw it the memories long. On the north side were started washing over him. stalls. The south side was unobstructed Bill Newsom, president of the from one end to the other. Someone Sharkey County board of supervisors,


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was probably the first person to discover Sharkey County, said she’s given a thousand people directions using the Red the barn had collapsed. Bill said he was Barn as a reference point. “Turn right at riding back into Rolling Fork from the Red Barn and follow that street all down the road, and as he approached the way downtown to get to the courtthe town from the south he noticed house.” something just Bill said he’s also didn’t look right. “Turn right at the Red told many a traveler When he got to the barn, he stopped the Barn and follow that how to get where they wanted to go by car, got out and said street all the way at that time you directing them from could still hear downtown to get to the the barn. “Someone didn’t know how to boards groaning and courthouse.” get to Cary. I asked nails popping as the them if they knew giant lay down. Murinda Williams It is only after where the Red Barn was, and they said something like the Red Barn is gone that you realize how ‘yes.’ I told them just to go about anothmuch a part of your life it was. Murinda er five miles past it and you’ll be there.” Now all that’s left where the Red Williams, chancery and circuit clerk for

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Barn stood are the silos. But Rolling Fork has the barn back once again— well, they have a scale model of it. Ben Lamensdorf commissioned Billy Jones of Jackson, a member of the Craftsman’s Guild of Mississippi who builds replicas of old houses and such, to make a model of the Red Barn. They unveiled it last month in the courthouse at Rolling Fork. There it will remain on display in a glass case, except when court is in session. Then they will roll it out of the way. Mr. Lamensdorf said he wanted to have a replica of the Red Barn made for all of the people who had some kind of attachment to it. That seems to be pretty much everybody in the county in some way or another, whether they played in it as a kid, used it as a rudimentary GPS

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Africa revisited:

Return to a haunting land of mystique

Kinton stands beside a baobab tree. Photo: Sam Valentine

impopo Province, South Africa. Bushveld. Land of the acacia and baobab and wait-a-bit thorns. A place time has neglected, where bird call serves as alarm clock, where the human intruder can lie awake nights as baboons scold from their koppie and treetop dwellings at a leopard beneath. A place where that same human can brush the Milky Way with feeble fingertips while a campfire performs its ballet, can see vividly the Southern Cross hanging motionless and brilliant in lucid skies. This province derives its name from that river bearing the same: Limpopo. It serves as a boundary between Botswana and South Africa. Zimbabwe and Mozambique are not far away to the north—not far in African terms anyway. It was here, in this land of protracted and monstrously perplexing mystery, I firmly concluded years back that experiences are the finest form of wealth. I had come this time to attempt what some considered impossible. With only an Osage take-down longbow Mike Yancey ( and I had built and spruce arrows I had fashioned, I would pursue the nyala. Eyebrows rose as I slid the bow from a PVC tube and joined the two pieces together at the metal sleeve. The bushmen of old had done it in similar fashion, but they had the assist of smearing their arrows with a potent drug found in the chandelier tree. I would certainly not


follow that practice, but I was confident just the same. My host was Louis Steenkamp of Sofala Safaris ( Louis has ties in Mississippi; he came to Delta State University on a tennis scholarship. While there he met and married Joy Wiman, daughter of Dorothy and Richard Wiman of Belzoni. Louis, Joy and Louis Jr. now live in Pretoria, where Louis is a Christian marriage and family counselor. He operates his safari business on thousands of acres of hunting concessions, most of which belong to Louis and his three brothers. Louis came to my house three months before the hunt and asked to see the Osage longbow in action; this he filmed for use on his website. You can view it on Youtube from his site. He was more than gracious and understanding regarding my choice of hunting tools and pledged to do all in his power to help. We began talking nyala hunting immediately. Nyala are members of the spiralhorned antelope family found throughout Africa in various persuasions. Eland are the largest, and that grand grey ghost, the kudu, is perhaps the most sought, particularly by first-time safari guests. But the nyala, a big, mature bull weighing perhaps 400 pounds, is likely the most beautiful. From nose tip to tail, they are simply spectacular. One Zulu legend speaks to the matter of these breathtaking good looks. The spiral horns, according to the

many who needed it and Zulu, began arguing which would provide me the opportuamong them was the most nity to admire in full appreciabeautiful. They petitioned tion God’s hand prints for as God to come down and make the decision. God did long as I can see and recall. Mississippi Short minutes later, Louis, so and ordered one speciOutdoors our tracker Petrus and I men from each antelope by Tony Kinton group to form a line, along approached the bull. There had which God walked back been no cause to exercise the and forth in admiration. skills of Petrus. The two of He eventually stopped in front of the them, in good taste and polite courtesy nyala. yet common in rural Africa, stopped God then gently nestled the bull’s head short as I went to the nyala. I stroked and face in His hands and proclaimed, the bull’s rich coat, removed my hat and “You are the most beautiful of all.” The knelt in an extended prayer of thanksplace on the face near the eyes where giving. Not one hint of interruption God’s thumbs overlapped formed that came from my comrades; they allowed white chevron that is now present, and all the time I required for this most significant element of the hunt. These two the white spots along the jaws are where God’s fingertips rested. An accurate tale I understood fully the elation mixed with sobering sadness I was feeling. would say, for only God could make That night, after the meat had been something as striking as a nyala bull. distributed and the cape properly cared It was day four when I found myself in an advantageous position. A bull was for, I lay in my tent and listened to the jackals call and impala rams roar. I gingerly picking leaves from an acacia thought deeply and reverently of what I bush. With the wind in my favor and the bull’s attention on other matters, I had done only a few hours earlier. And crept to within 20 yards. It was time for I, for a second time in my life, felt the the shot. And then came that aching inexplicable lure of Africa tugging at the known only to hunters, and perhaps to very depths of my being. The mystery of only a few of those who place themselves it all was alive, potent. It will likely under that broad designation. prove everlasting. The sensation is one of exultation and wonderment, one of doubt and regret. I Tony Kinton has been an active outdoors writer for 30 years. “Uncertain Horizons,” book could draw and release the arrow or I two in Kinton’s “Wagon Road Trilogy,” is now could turn and walk away. The chalavailable. Order from your local bookstore, lenge had been accomplished. But com- or Kinton’s website: www.tonykinpleting the process would mean meat for

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The little white church in the Greene County wildwood few months ago Mr. Roy, Bardwell, D.D. and the first ordinance of baptism was administered to John my husband, and I were Scott McLeod. The church held its servstanding in front of the beautiful, white, gleaming ices under an arbor and then met at a school, The Vernal Male and wood Female Academy, until a Presbyterian church in the church was built. Greene County community By 1897 the manse (pasof Vernal. The bell tower tor’s home) was completed. reached upward to meet the The present church was pure blue canopy of heaven. completed in 1908. As we walked inside it took Just five years ago Vernal our breath away. The Presbyterian Church, now charming interior was remilisted on the National niscence of days gone by. It Grin ‘n’ Register of Historic Places, glowed, however, with an Bare It held a 100th anniversary celelegance that its memberby Kay Grafe ebration. More than 300 ship had bestowed in 1908 attended. and continued to pass on to Come on down and visit the church. generations that were baptized near the altar, or the creek, and returned home to Drive two miles west of Lucedale on US 98 to Highway 63. Turn north on the Lord from the foot of that altar. Highway 63 and travel approximately We visited the church to attend the five miles until you see a sign with direcfuneral of a friend. She had married a McInnis, whose name is in a long list of tions to the church. Turn left onto McInnis Vernal Road and follow the McInnises. This list includes McIntosh, signs. McLeod, Woodard, Pipkins, Brown, There it is! Shinning like a beacon Hillman, Box, Green, Cowart, Williams, McKay and more. Many Scottish people among the tall trees. If you would like to followed family and friends to the beau- go inside, take a ride to Vernal one tiful landscape. Thus, the inspiration for Sunday morning at 11 a.m. You are the community’s nickname, Little Scotland. George McIntosh, our neighbor, grew up across the road from the church and was a member, as were his four sisters. Vernal Presbyterian Church sits in a gorgeous setting of hardwood and pine trees next to the new prayer garden built in memory of the Rev. H.J. Hedgepeth. He pastored the church four years prior to his death in May 2007. When Mr. Roy and I ride our bikes, we like to get away from traffic for the peace that only lush woods and a rural setting can bring. The Vernal area has been on our bike route many times. We had admired the church as we pedaled that old country road. When we saw its interior, I began to call Vernal residents to uncover a parcel of its history. In 1850 the Vernal community, formerly Little Scotland, began developing at the crossroads of the Washington-toNew Orleans and Mobile-to-Natchez trails. Now I want to take you back to Saturday, Feb. 28, 1880, when Vernal Presbyterian Church was officially organized. The following day the Lord’s supper was administered by the Rev. J.


invited to come to church and afterwards visit a spell. The area is still remote, but can you imagine how it looked in the early 1800s when the Scottish settlers began arriving in their horse and wagons? They were pioneers going west from North and South Carolina, Georgia and Virginia. They wanted to be near water (Vernal isn’t far from the Chickasawhay River, which flows into the Pascagoula River). They were also looking for seclusion and peacefulness that south Mississippi provided. The pioneers needed a way to make a living. They were surrounded by timber, so a sawmill was built. On the cleared fertile soil they grew crops. I told Mr. Roy the area gave me a feeling of reverence. “Could it be that is where a remnant of the 10 lost tribes of Israel lived?” He gave me his “you gotta be kid

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ding” look. Then said, “Don’t go on a tangent and write something in the paper you can’t prove.” I apologize readers. I can’t prove it, but I just felt it in my bones. 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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life,” Compton said. “The President’s proposal will make electric power more expensive, which is not the right direction.” We will watch very closely how the President’s plan unfolds in Washington, D.C. Singing River Electric will stand alongside SME and other electric cooperatives across the nation in this battle to protect the cost of electricity for our members. SME serves 11 distribution cooperatives in Mississippi, like Singing River Electric, with wholesale power. These 11 member systems provide service to approximately 412,000 homes and businesses in 55 of Mississippi’s 82 counties, across 52 percent of the state’s land mass. To stay updated on the progress of legislation affecting your power bill, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and visit our website at

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In a speech on Tuesday, June 25, at Georgetown University, President Obama announced a broad new federal mandate to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from electric power plants. The President will instruct federal regulators to apply the Clean Air Act to carbon dioxide issued from existing power plants, potentially closing many coal-burning facilities. South Mississippi Electric Power Association (SME) is Singing River Electric’s wholesale power provider, using a mix of coal, natural gas, nuclear energy and hydroelectric power to produce electric energy. Currently, 38 percent of the fuel that SME uses to produce electric energy comes from coal. This new federal mandate will impose a massive new climate tax on our members, forcing all of us to make

hard choices that will negatively affect our quality of life. Singing River Electric and SME are especially concerned about this proposal because rural and lowincome Americans already spend a significant portion of their household budget on energy. “By pushing this back-door tax increase, the President is placing an increased cost burden on consumers, and there will be little or no impact on the climate,” SME’s CEO Jim Compton said in response to the President’s speech. SME’s generation facilities comply with all state and federal regulations. Co-ops are at the forefront of energy efficiency initiatives, leading the electric utility industry in the deployment and use of demand response, smart grid and other technologies that enable more efficient energy management. The President is also calling for exporting natural gas, which will result in higher prices here in America for the electric power industry and industries that utilize natural gas. “Ultimately, electric cooperatives are about keeping electric bills affordable; providing communities the power they need to improve their quality of

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Swimming pool efficiency

Once again it is that time of the year where temperatures rise and our energy use follows. As we look for ways to reduce energy use around the house, pool owners need to remember that the pool pump(s) can be an important area to address. Skimmers and filters should be cleaned regularly. Dirty filters can increase the load on the pump resulting in higher energy use. The largest energy savings for a pool is to reduce the run time of the pump(s). This can be achieved by installing a timer on the pump(s) and setting it to run six to eight hours daily. During increased use of the pool, the pump(s) may need to be operated longer to properly maintain water conditions. The size and the quantity of pumps will have an effect on the amount of energy used as well. The larger horsepower pumps will use more energy, and of course, the more pumps you have and the longer they run can drive your energy cost up. For more energy saving tips, visit or contact a Member Services Representative at Singing River Electric.

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Economic development and cost savings on agenda for AM ’13

Singing River Electric held its Annual Meeting on Thursday, June 27, at the headquarters office located in Lucedale. General manager and CEO Lee Hedegaard welcomed attendees and discussed how 75 years ago Singing

Hedegaard went on to discuss SRE’s progress in acquiring USDA Rural Development Loans locally. SRE assisted Mississippi Export Railroad in 2012 to receive a $740,000 USDA zero-interest loan to build a transloading barge to rail facility that helped

“By December of 1939, fifty homes had electric service and the Association had sold a total of 691 kilowatts. This amount of electricity is less than the total monthly use of one average home today.” Lee Hedegaard Singing River Electric CEO and General Manager River Electric began working to provide electric power to homes and farms across southeast Mississippi. “By December of 1939, fifty homes had electric service and the Association had sold a total of 691 kilowatts. This amount of electricity is less than the total monthly use of one average home today,” said Hedegaard. Attendees were then shown a video showing the progress of Singing River Electric’s 75 years.

create jobs and support current business in the county. In addition, SRE recently assisted the board of supervisors for George County in receiving a $1.3 million USDA rural development loan to purchase the property for the Green Circle Bio Energy wood pellet project. Green Circle Bio Energy intends to build the facility in George County’s Industrial Park, investing an estimated $115 million. In addition to economic devel-

opment efforts in 2012, Singing River Electric worked hard to keep member costs low. This was accomplished in part by refinancing $30,292,387 of debt and saving the association more than $8,400,000 in interest payments over the next 30 years. Hedegaard also discussed SRE’s work to restore electric power following Hurricane Isaac. SRE crews worked alongside two contract crews for four days to restore service following the lingering storm. The cooperative was able to successfully utilize social media for the first time to engage members in interactive communication through the storm. Auditors then shared how Singing River Electric remains in good financial condition. The meeting concluded after a question and answer session and the election of a new board member, Vancleave resident Howard Davis.

Above, SRE assistant manager Mike Smith presents the $500 proxy/online vote grand prize to Ben Yates of Lucedale. Proxy/online prizes were awarded to select Singing River Electric members who returned their completed proxy by mail or voted online. 2013 Annual Meeting proxy prize winners: Ben Yates of Lucedale ($500) Dwight Reid of Lucedale ($250) William O’Brien of Vancleave ($250) Maxine Thompson of Gautier ($250) Donyce Dailey of Biloxi ($250) Ronald Johnson of Ocean Springs ($250) Bobbie Amos of Moss Point ($250)

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“We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.”

- Franklin Delano Roosevelt Fifty-five of Mississippi’s brightest high school students recently participated in the annual Rural Electric Youth Tour, spending seven days touring our nation’s capital. Caroline Bradley, Victoria Cason and Anna Del Castillo represented Singing River Electric Power Association on the Youth Tour. Caroline, daughter of Kevin and Caroline Bradley of Lucedale, will be a senior at George County High School this fall. Victoria will be a senior at

Wayne County High School and is the daughter of Chris and Naomi Clark of Richton. Anna, daughter of Julio Del Castillo and Sally Bevill of Ocean Springs, will be a senior at Ocean Springs High School. The week-long trip featured visits to the major monuments and memorials, including the World War II Memorial, FDR Memorial, Lincoln Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. “I will never forget this trip, these people and all of the wonderful experiences,” said Caroline. “I will use this opportunity to help better my future.” A trip to the Kennedy Center was one of the first stops on the tour. While there, the students enjoyed a breathtaking view of the Potomac River from the balcony level, followed by the theatrical production “Shear Madness,” one of the longest running non-musicals of all time. The students were taken on a guided tour of the Washington National Cathedral, the second largest cathedral in the U.S. The cathedral has played a vital role in our nation’s history, serving as a grand spiritual center where Americans can unite to worship, pray and mourn. Another highlight of the tour was a visit to Arlington Cemetery, where the

students reverently watched the changing of the guard and also viewed a burial ceremony. Approximately 30 burials take place at Arlington Cemetery each day. The students also visited the gravesites of President John F. Kennedy and Medgar Evers, and toured the Arlington House (Robert E. Lee Memorial). The students spent a day touring four of the Smithsonian Museums, including the museums of Air and Space, American History, Natural History and American Art. Two popular events of the tour were a stop by Madame Tussauds Wax Museum and an evening cruise down the Potomac River. “I could not be more thankful for my week here in D.C.,” said Anna. “ In this short amount of time, I have been inspired by great leaders and expanded my knowledge of our nation’s history.” In addition, the students attended a Youth Day event with more than 1,500 students representing electric cooperatives from 43 states across the nation. The students spent a day on Capitol Hill, which began with a special tour of the Congressional House Floor, graciously hosted by Rep. Gregg Harper. After a tour of the Capitol, Caroline,

Victoria and Anna join visited Rep. Steven Pal visiting on Capitol Hil opportunity to meet w The Youth Tour is Leadership Program su Electric. “Leadership skills ca with opportunities like Manager and CEO Le “We are proud suppor program.” Singing Riv congratulates these stu accomplishments.

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Every photo tells a story. Each Dear Photograph photo showcases an older photo in its current location. The older photo in this picture is of a 1950’s crew working out of Singing River Electric’s Lucedale office. Elwood Williams, Clarence Furby, Albert Dearman, M.D. Solomon and Huey Loper helped Singing River Electric build power lines and bring electric power to the homes and businesses in the early years.

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Resurrection Middle/High School and Sand Hill Attendance Center receive Singing River Electric NHN grants to purchase books

Resurrection Middle/High School librarian Laura Thompson (left) receives a Singing River Electric Neighbors Helping Neighbors Community Grant check from Betty Carter, SRE’s secretary to Gautier district manager. Grant funds totaling $1,511.50 will be used to purchase three sets of classroom books for the 8th and 10th grade English classes.

Sand Hill Attendance Center principal Kelly West (left) accepts an SRE Neighbors Helping Neighbors Community Grant check from Sand Hill district manager Jeff Catlett. The $1,868.40 in grant funds will purchase 120 collegiate dictionaries to be used with the new curriculum standards.

Watts Happening AUGUST 9 BLUES AT THE BEACH Come out for an evening of music, food and fun. Bring your lawn chairs or blanket for this free admission concert featuring Mississippi Rail Company. Sponsored by EMERGE Pascagoula. Time: 6-8 p.m. Location: Pascagoula Beach Park Contact: 228-762-3533 or visit EMERGE Pascagoula’s Facebook page AUGUST 16 MOSS POINT MOVIE NIGHT The Moss Point Main Street Association is showing “Rise of the Guardians” as its free summer movie for August. Free popcorn while it lasts. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs. Free admission. Time: Movie begins at 8:30 p.m. Location: Riverfront Park in Moss Point Contact: 228-623-0994 or AUGUST 24 6TH ANNUAL WOW - WALKING ON WATER BRIDGE WALK Choose the Biloxi/Ocean Springs Bridge or the Bay St. Louis/Pass Christian Bridge to walk and bring food donations for local food pantries. Hosted by Coast Young Professionals. Time: 7-11 a.m. Location: Walk begins at the foot of either bridge Contact: 228-604-0014 or

AUGUST 31 22ND ANNUAL OCEAN SPRINGS ART WALK This event features more than 70 artists including painters, sculptors, musicians, chefs and more. Free admission for spectators. Time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Location: Downtown Ocean Springs Contact: 228-875-4424 or SEPTEMBER 7 22ND ANNUAL MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST BLUES AND HERITAGE FESTIVAL Listen to blues and soul entertainers perform and enjoy food, arts and crafts and more. Event held rain or shine. Admission charged. Time: Gates open at 11 a.m. - Show starts at 12:30 p.m. Location: Jackson County Fairgrounds, 2902 Shortcut Road in Pascagoula Contact: 228-497-5493 or SEPTEMBER 13-15 4TH ANNUAL MISSISSIPPI SONGWRITERS FESTIVAL Enjoy this event that recognizes and celebrates the works of songwriters, both local and nationally known. Performances take place throughout the downtown area. Free admission. Admission charged for songwriters workshop. Time: Friday and Saturday, 5-11 p.m. - Sunday, 3-7 p.m. Location: Downtown Ocean Springs Contact: 228-217-0155 or



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Tomato Beef Pie



‘Food for Thought’ The Friends of the Columbia Marion County Public Library published “Food for Thought: A Century’s Worth of Food Knowledge” to celebrate the library’s 100th anniversary in January 2012. As its title implies, the cookbook presents recipes notable for their downhome flavor and ease of preparation. These are the recipes generations of Marion County-area homemakers have depended upon for daily meals and Sunday dinners: pot roast, cornbread dressing, candied sweet potatoes, vegetable casseroles and buttermilk biscuits. Also included are Cajun-inspired seafood dishes and other ethnic specialties, desserts, candies and even an “anti-flea” cookie for cats. Proceeds from cookbook sales help fund the library’s programs for children and adults throughout the year. The Columbia Marion County Public Library is the headquarters and main branch of the South Mississippi Regional Library System, which includes branch libraries in Prentiss and Bassfield. “Food for Thought” may be ordered while supplies last. Send $10 plus $3 S&H to Friends of the Columbia Marion County Public Library, 900 Broad St., Columbia, MS 39429. For information, call 601-736-5516.

Elvis Cake 1 Duncan Hines Butter Golden cake mix 1/2 cup water 3 large eggs

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Following package directions, combine cake mix, water, eggs and butter, and bake cake. With a fork, punch holes in cake while hot. Boil undrained pineapple and sugar on low heat for 6 minutes. Pour over cake. Topping: 1 (8-oz.) pkg. cream cheese 1 stick margarine

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1 refrigerated pie crust 4 ripe, but firm, medium-size tomatoes Herbs and seasonings to taste* 1 lb. ground beef

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Bake pie crust 5 minutes at 400 F. Peel tomatoes and slice about 1/2 inch thick. Place tomato slices into pie shell in a single layer. Sprinkle with desired seasonings. In a skillet over medium heat, brown ground beef. Stir in taco seasoning mix. Spread beef mixture over tomatoes in pie shell. Combine mayonnaise, sour cream and cheese. Add seasonings, if desired. Spread mayonnaise mixture evenly over ground beef, sealing edges. Bake at 350 F for about 35 minutes. Allow to cool 10 minutes before serving. * The recipe author uses salt, oregano, basil, garlic pepper and chives. May also add chives to mayonnaise mixture.

Vidalia Onion Dip 3 large Vidalia or Texas Sweet onions, chopped 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter 1 cup mayonnaise

8 oz. sharp Cheddar cheese 1/2 tsp. Tabasco sauce 1 clove garlic, minced

Preheat oven to 375 F. Saute onions in butter. Blend mayonnaise, cheese, Tabasco and garlic. Stir in onions. Pour in a baking dish prepared with cooking spray. Bake 25 minutes. Serve with tortilla chips.

Chocolate Almond Pie 20 large marshmallows 1/2 cup milk 5 Hershey’s milk chocolate bars with almonds

2 cups whipped cream Graham cracker crust, cooled 1 Hershey’s milk chocolate bar (for garnish)

In a glass mixing bowl, microwave until melted the marshmallows, milk and candy bars. Stir well and refrigerate until set. Fold in whipping cream and pour into crust. Grate remaining candy bar on top of pie. Refrigerate until set.

Creamy Tacos 1 1/2 lbs. ground beef 1 (16-oz.) can chili beans 2 cans pinto beans, drained 1 lb. Velveeta cheese, cubed 1 can Rotel diced tomatoes 1/2 pint whipping cream

1 large bag Doritos tortilla chips Lettuce, shredded or chopped Tomatoes, chopped Optional garnish: chopped green onions, sour cream

Brown beef and drain. Stir in beans, cheese, canned tomatoes and whipping cream. Slow cook until cheese melts. Serve over chips and top with lettuce and tomatoes. Garnish, if desired, with chopped green onions and sour cream. May also be used as a dip.

Country Pound Cake 1/3 cup vegetable oil 3 cups sugar 3 eggs, beaten 1 cup crushed pineapple, with juice 2 cups mashed banana 1 cup chopped pecans

3 cups all-purpose flour 2 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. salt 1 tsp. cinnamon 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract 1 cup red cherries

Mix vegetable oil, sugar and eggs. Add pineapple, banana and pecans. In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking soda and salt. Add to sugar mixture. Add cinnamon, vanilla and cherries. Pour into a tube pan and bake at 325 to 350 F for 1 1/2 hours. Serves 10 to 12.

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Honor Flight Last call for

WWII veterans to board

By Nancy Jo Maples One by one, America’s “Greatest Generation” is leaving us. Therefore, one more monumental journey, a military pilgrimage, is being planned in their honor. Honor Flight VI, the last trip to the nation’s capital to be sponsored by the Mississippi Gulf Coast Honor Flight nonprofit program, will depart Oct. 1. Any World War II veteran from Mississippi who has not flown on one of the previous five excursions is welcome and encouraged to apply for this free one-day trip. Wayne Lennep, a board member of the MGCHF program, said in late July a few seats are still available. The final voyage will transport approximately 80 veterans to Washington, D.C., on a direct flight using a chartered plane fully staffed with medical professionals and equipment to meet the needs of the veterans. “We’re capable of accommodating veterans in a variety of physical conditions. People should not be afraid that their health is too weak for this trip,” he said. In addition to the volunteer health professionals, veterans are paired with personal guardians to assist them along every step of the trip. Guardians are sometimes family members. Guardians pay $550 for the trip. Veterans, however, make the trip and see the sights free. Among the sights are the National World War II Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial. “An emotionally moving visit to Arlington National Cemetery and The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier concludes the tour with a viewing of the Changing of the Guard and a wreath-laying by Mississippi veterans,” Lennep said. Statistics from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs in 2011 revealed that 670 World War II veterans die each day. “In another five to seven years almost all of our World War II veterans will be gone. This trip may be their last hurrah, perhaps the last time they will be publicly recognized as the conquering victors that collectively and literally saved the world,”

Past Honor Flight participants, top, lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery and visit the World War II Memorial, left. A bagpipe procession, above, leads the veterans into the World War II Memorial. Photos: Mississippi Gulf Coast Honor Flight

Lennep said. Orientation for the trip will be Saturday, Aug. 24, from 8 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at the Joppa Shrine Temple in Biloxi. The local Kiwanis Club will serve pancakes. Information is available online at or by postal mail at P.O. Box 1912, Gautier, MS 39553. The Honor Flight group also has a Facebook page. MGCHF’s original goal was to send six missions and at least 500 veterans on this trip. After the final expedition, a reunion will be set for all who travelled on a flight. That reunion will probably be in November. Fundraising is underway and donations are welcome. Each trip costs approximately $90,000. Those funds cover the flight, rental of four buses, tour guides, meals, supplies and souvenirs for the veterans such as T-shirts and hats. Veterans will leave Gulfport/Biloxi International Airport at 7 a.m. on Oct. 1 and will return at 7:45 p.m. Past Honor Flights have attracted crowds in excess of 3,000 at the airport to cheer for the group upon its evening return. “They come home personally knowing how much their country loves and respects them,” Lennep said. Writer Nancy Jo Maples can be reached at 188 Ernest Pipkins Road, Lucedale, MS 39452 or or via Twitter @nancyjomaples.



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Southaven Farmers Market, Mon., Wed., Fri., Sat. through Aug. 31, Southaven. Northwest corner of Stateline and Hwy. 51; 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Details: 662-280-2489; Pearl River Market, Thurs., Sat. mornings through fall, Columbia. Farmer, artist and craftsmen’s market; 229 Second St. Produce vendors wanted. Details: 601-736-1170; “Mississippi Hill Country Blues: Photographs by George Mitchell,” through Sept. 8, Jackson. Exhibition of 75 photographs depicting blues artists in 1967 in the hill country of Mississippi. Also, Mitchell to sign copies of his upcoming book “Mississippi Hill Country Blues 1967” and lead gallery tour Aug. 20, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Mississippi Museum of Art. Details: 601-9601515; Tunica Balloon Bash, Aug. 9-11, Tunica. Tethered balloon rides, balloon glow, competitive race with more than 50 pilots from five states. Various locations. Details: 8884TUNICA; 37th Annual Gospel Singing Jubilee, Aug. 10, Magee. Performers: Ernie Dawson, Tim Frith and the Gospel Echoes, Carolyn Norris and Terry Terrell; 6:30 p.m. Magee High School. Details: 601-906-0677, 601-825-3937. Keise Laymon Book Signings, Aug. 10, 13, 15, various cities. Mississippi native to read from debut novel “Long Division” and essay collection. Barnes & Noble, Gulfport, Aug. 10; Square Books, Oxford, Aug. 13; Lemuria Books, Jackson, Aug. 15. 11th Annual Memphis Tri-State Blues Festival, Aug. 17, Southaven. Featuring Bobby Rush; 6:30 p.m. Admission. Landers Center. Details: 662-470-2131. Seventh Annual HealthTrust Scrub Run, Aug. 17, Magee. 5K run/walk 7 a.m.; fun run 8 a.m. Registration 6 a.m. Admission. Magee Sportsplex. Details: 601-849-7309. Covington County Family Fair, Aug. 17, Collins. Meet Covington County family researchers from across country; 9 a.m. -

noon. Hosted by Covington County Genealogical and Historical Society. Collins Civic Center. Details: 601-947-4610; Intro to Birding and Binoculars, Aug. 17, Picayune. Hummingbird bander James Bell to discuss birds and bird-watching resources. Admission. Register by Aug. 16. Crosby Arboretum. Details: 601-799-2311. Lower Delta Talks: “Greenfield Cemetery: From Tomb Travel to Celebrity Spirits,” Aug. 20, Rolling Fork. Presentation by Dr. Nancy Coleman; 6:30 p.m. Free. SharkeyIssaquena County Library Fine Arts Room. Details: 662-873-6261. Balloons Over Grenada, Aug. 23-24, Grenada. Music, carnival, balloon glow, more. Grenada Lake. Details: 662-226-2060. 86th Vicksburg Coin Show, Aug. 24-25, Vicksburg. Vicksburg Coin Club event with free verbal appraisals; buy, sell and trade. Free admission. Battlefield Inn. Details: 601-6368336. Cruisin’ the River, Aug. 24, Columbus. Southern Cruisers Car Club event with cash

awards, poker walk, cake walk, silent auction, hot rod grill raffle and food. Registration 8-12 p.m. Free admission. Lock and Dam, East Bank. Details: 662-324-1251. Sounds of Summer Music and Arts Fest, Aug. 24, Byhalia. Live music, Kids’ Zone, parade, cornhole tournament, putting contest, arts/crafts, Wellness Zone, blood drive, more. Mississippi Walking Track. Details: 662-8388127; Mississippi Sacred Harp State Convention, Aug. 24-25, Forest. All-day singing from “The Sacred Harp” and other tunebooks; 10 a.m. Antioch Primitive Baptist Church. Details: 601-940-1612;; 27th Catholic Cursillo Benefit Golf Tournament, Aug. 24, Ocean Springs. Cash prizes, free pre-tournament party. Gulf Hills Country Club. Details: 228-547-6562; Cattlemen’s College, Aug. 28, Pickens; Aug. 29, Seminary. Low-stress cattle handling and grazing management seminars, hosted by Mississippi Cattlemen’s Association. Lunch provided. Registration begins 8 a.m. Details: 601-354-8951. Boggy Creek Vineyard Harvest Celebration Day, Aug. 31, Vancleave. Hay rides, bounce house, grape pressing, more. Boggy Creek Vineyard. Details: 228-283-0669; 12th Annual Tennessee Williams Tribute and Tour of Victorian Homes, Sept. 3-8, Columbus. Performances, seminars, guided tours, other special events. Details: 662-3280222, 800-327-2686; tennesseewilliams. Fall Wildflower Field Walk, Sept. 6, Picayune. Ecologist Dr. Sue Wilder to lead

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walk; 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Admission. Register by Sept. 5. Crosby Arboretum. Details: 601-799-2311; Strawberry Plains Annual Hummingbird Migration Celebration, Sept. 6-8, Holly Springs. Hummingbird viewing and banding, nature walks, live animal shows, speakers, native plant sale, art, more. Admission. Strawberry Plains Audubon Center. Details: 662-252-1155;; Fiber-to-Fabric Craftsmen Festival, Sept. 7, Hernando. Demonstrations of fiber processing, dyeing, spinning, felting, knitting, weaving. DeSoto Arts Council Gallery and Gardens. Details: 662-404-3361; Bogue Creek Festival, Sept. 7, Duck Hill. Live music, arts and crafts, food, homemade ice cream. Sponsored by Duck Hill Lions Club. Lancaster Pecan Grove. Details: 662-5652563, 662-565-2331. Mississippi Coast Jazz Society Dance and Jam Session, Sept. 8, Biloxi. Hard Rock Casino; 2-5 p.m. Details: 228-392-4177. Grenada Lake Fox Hunters, Sept. 11-20, Grenada. Fox hunting competition. Grenada Lake, East End. Details: 662-226-2060. Jag Day, Sept. 14, Southaven. Family fun day with inflatables, games, food, silent auction, percussion playground, vendors, more; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Rain date Sept. 28. Desoto Central High School. Details: Home Landscape Design and Renovation, Sept. 14, Picayune. Program on landscape design basics; 10-11 a.m. Admission. Register by Sept. 13. Crosby Arboretum. Details: 601-799-2311;

Electric co-op foundation awards scholarships Michael Callahan, center, CEO of the Electric Power Associations of Mississippi, congratulates winners of $2,500 engineering scholarships, sponsored by the Electric Power Associations of Mississippi Foundation. Winners and their fields of study are, from left, Jacob Wigginton of Tishomingo, electrical engineering, Mississippi State University; Justin Smith of Abbeville, engineering, University of Mississippi; Samuel Bragg of Rienzi, civil engineering, Mississippi State University; and Joey White of Wiggins, electrical engineering, Mississippi State University. The scholarships are awarded each year to full-time engineering students in their junior or senior year of college.

Today in Mississippi Singing River August 2013  

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