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Wintry weather no problem for linemen working outages hen it comes to battling winter weather conditions, electric linemen work on the front lines (no pun intended). Weather is the primary cause of power outages. Among electric cooperatives nationwide, weather is responsible for 31 percent of power outages, according to the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Despite miserable weather conditions, our linemen do their utmost to keep your lights on. That means responding immediately to service interruptions no matter how extreme the temperature, the wind chill, or the time of day or night. Your call to report a power outage to your electric power association sets in motion a finely tuned response plan that gets your service back on as quickly as possible without compromising workers’ (or your) safety. Your electric power association works just as hard to prevent power outages. Topping the list of prevention plans is right-of-way clearing. Those workers you see mowing and cutting limbs away from power line rights-of-way help keep your lights on year-round. Limbs too close to power lines can blow or fall onto lines, causing an outage and a dangerous situation. Rightof-way maintenance workers cut limbs and eliminate undergrowth before they become a problem for you and us. Another effective outage-prevention measure is the installation of lighting arrestors on power lines. A lighting arrestor is a device used to protect our electrical system from damage when lightning strikes. It doesn’t prevent the strike but it does divert the lightning to the earth. Our electrical system has other built-in mechanical protection, but workers still inspect lines, poles, equipment and substations to prevent future failures. For example, your electric power association routinely inspects poles for signs of decay or damage. You may have noticed


On the cover Karen Mims is the founder of Southern Strings, a group of dulcimer players passionate about keeping old-time folk songs and hymns alive. Southern Strings members jam, perform and teach in south Mississippi. This month, they host the annual Southern Strings Dulcimer Festival and Deep South Dulcimer Championship. See story on page 4.

a worker knocking the base of a pole with a hammer; he is “sounding” the wood to determine if decay is present. Poles that fail the inspection process are replaced before they cause an outage. Some outages, however, are unavoidable. You never know when a squirrel, possum, hawk, snake and even a tiny tree frog will trigger a power outage. Electricity is always My Opinion looking for a quick path Michael Callahan to the ground. Utility Executive Vice President/CEO pole insulators keep your EPAs of Mississippi power flowing safely, but squirrels, for example, can offer electricity a way around insulators. If the squirrel doesn’t jump far enough, it can give electricity a path to the ground through its body and down the utility pole. The power blinks but stays on, unless the squirrel’s body falls into electrical equipment, like a transformer. In that case, safety measures shut off electricity and your electric power association quickly sends a serviceman or line crew to restore power. Rats sometimes try to turn a neighborhood’s green, pad-mounted transformer into a cozy den. But when a rat gnaws on wires inside the transformer, it gets hurt and cuts power. Again, once the problem is identified, a lineman can make fast work of repair. Nothing is more important to your electric power association than the reliability, safety and affordability of your electric service. The measures I’ve touched on here go a long way toward meeting all three of those objectives. JOIN TODAY IN MISSISSIPPI


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The African American Military History Museum in downtown Hattiesburg was damaged when an F-4 tornado raked the area on Feb. 10, 2013. Housed in a former USO Club built for African American soldiers, the museum will re-open to the public Feb. 6 with the Grand Re-opening Celebration and Black History Month Kick-Off Program, beginnning at 1 p.m. Throughout February, the museum will host several special commemorative events, including the exhibit “This Is Home: Medgar Evers, Mississippi and The Movement,” produced by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. For information, call 601-450-1942 or visit: Photo courtesy African American Military History Museum.

Mississippi is ... I miss the Mississippi clay mud squishing between my toes and the smell of the creek where I learned to swim, where the trees hang over. Some have vines strong enough to hold the weight of even a teenage boy. We had to earn that dip in the spring-fed creek—one or two rows of vegetables to hoe. We usually waited till the sun was quite high. Those were the days in good ole Mississippi land. —Peggy Campbell, Meridian From I-55 of Memphis to 90 along the Mexico, You can hear the sound of Graceland, smell the salty air blow. While driving down the Trace, thinking how it might have been From the time of Indians living in the land, through the era when the Civil War began. In the cotton fields of the Delta, hearing the blues as the day goes on, To the beaches of Biloxi, to the tune of a Jimmy Buffet song. Oh, the beauty of Mississippi is not just a story to be told. But it’s the Promised Land, this side of Heaven to behold. It’s the God-fearing people that pray and protect this land And the history of our ancestors that makes living here so grand. Fishing in the little creeks or docking on the ocean sands. It’s Mississippi. To me, there is no better land. —Don Bragg, Moss Point

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S ounds Sweet of Southern trings Whether lively or mellow, easy-to-learn dulcimer music stirs the passions and soothes the souls of these players

By Debbie Stringer The humble mountain dulcimer spreads a lot of joy among Southern Strings members seeking to satisfy their appetite for old-time folk music—and to share it with others. Founded in 1997 by Karen Mims, a member of Pearl River Valley Electric Power Association, Southern Strings is a

small but ardent group of men and women who meet weekly in Forrest County’s Dixie community. Members take turns leading the group in playing traditional hymns and folk songs at the historic Dixie School Log Cabin, a renovated 1930s cafeteria building. Their goal is to keep this music alive by playing together, performing at public

Some of the Southern Strings members, gathered to plan the group’s upcoming Dulcimer Festival are, first row, from left: Karen Mims of the Dixie community in Forrest County, Beth Johnson of Petal and Barbara Lott of the Dixie community; second row, from left: Ford and Eunice Weatherford of Petal, Carol Varga of the Dixie community, Joyce Housley of Purvis and Sylvia Sanders of the Dixie community. Johnson and the Weatherfords are


and private events, and teaching others to Lott, a retired teacher. play it. The mountain dulcimer has been a “You don’t have to be schooled in part of Appalachian Mountain folk music music. Anyone can learn the dulcimer. since the early 1800s. It typically has only It’s probably the easithree or four strings est instrument there and resembles the is to learn,” said zither, a traditional ‘This is the first musical Southern Strings European instrument. instrument I’ve ever member Barbara “It’s really a played in my life. It’s just unique sound,” Mims been awesome.’ said. Built in a variety —Joyce Housley

members of Dixie Electric Power Association; the others are members of Pearl River Valley Electric Power Association. Mims founded Southern Strings in 1997 and is also a dulcimer dealer. Southern Strings members jam together each week at the historic Dixie School Log Cabin, where they gladly teach anyone who wants to learn how to play the dulcimer. “It just takes a little practice,” Mims said.

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play in these groups. Joyce Housley, of Purvis, said she came to Southern Strings with nothing but a love for music. “This is the first musical instrument I’ve ever played in my life. It’s just been awesome because I love music and I’ve always wanted to play it,” she said. “There are not many instruments you can play and not know one note from another,” said member Joyce Housley, foreground, and Eunice Weatherford play “Amazing Grace” on their mountain dulcimers. Ford Weatherford plays the melody on his bowed psaltery. None Ford Weatherof them could play any instrument before joining Southern Strings, but all had a love ford, of Petal. for music and a desire to learn. “When your of hardwoods by skilled craftsmen, the strings are numbered and the notes are modern dulcimer’s beauty heightens its numbered, you just have to know the appeal as an easy-to-play instrument. tune. I love playing.” Players can choose to strum harmony Neither he nor his wife of 52 years, or melody chords, or play a melody with Eunice, had any musical experience when only one finger. The play-by-number they joined Southern Strings after enjoymethod of dulcimer tablature makes it ing one of the group’s Christmas pereasy for new players to finger chords and formances. Now the Weatherfords themnotes. selves perform with the group, she on the “That’s what draws so many people to mountain dulcimer and he on the bowed dulcimers,” Mims said. “They always psaltery, a similar instrument played with wanted to play something but they don’t a small bow. know how to read music. But [with tabla“We pick up lots of new members at ture] they can still play the dulcimer.” our engagements,” said Beth Johnson, of Dulcimer music grabbed hold of Mims Petal, who holds a degree in music. She during a long-ago Smokey Mountain plays the organ at her church but enjoys vacation—and followed her home. “I just the dulcimer “best of all,” she said. had it in my head. I couldn’t get rid of Southern Strings welcomes new memit,” she said. bers regardless of their musical ability. While recovering from a serious illness, The group is supportive to novices; at the Mims was given a dulcimer by her son. weekly jam sessions, members slow the After teaching herself to play it, she began pace with simple, fun songs to help newdriving more than 60 miles to play with a comers feel comfortable. small dulcimer group in Braxton. A short “If you mess up, that’s OK. time later she organized Southern Strings Everyone does,” Lott said. with five members. “We were asked to The club even properform just a couple of weeks after we vides free beginner got started,” Mims said. lessons, suitable She later started the South Mississippi for ages 10 Dulcimer Association and has helped and up. organize local dulcimer groups in Colum- “We bia, Picayune, Poplarville, Gulfport and have Wiggins. A total of some 75 members

loaner dulcimers people can use to find out if they really want to play,” Johnson said. Players who stick with it usually buy their own instruments and tend accumulate more. Most Southern Strings members own five or six dulcimers, plus other acoustic instruments. One member who owns 25 dulcimers learned to play after losing his 18-year-old daughter to cancer. “He will swear to this day that the dulcimer is what saved him and got him through that. He just loves it. He goes to the cemetery and plays for his daughter,” Johnson said. Mims describes Southern Strings as a close-knit family whose members share not only music but the ups and downs of life. They have provided the music for memorial services and funerals, sometimes for their own members. One member left behind a request for the group to play “Amazing Grace” at his funeral. “We did fine until his wife got up and said he had asked us to play. Then we all got to boohooing and couldn’t play,” Mims said, laughing even as her eyes teared. Southern Strings members freely share their talents with the public by performing at area festivals, benefits, elementary schools, churches and nursing homes. Their uplifting performances feature foot-tapping songs familiar to many in the audience. They add variety to their sound by employing several different acoustic instruments on stage, such as mountain and hammered dulcimers, the banjo ukulele, autoharp, bowed psaltery, penny whistle, steel drums and guitar. A group of Southern Strings members who also hold membership in the United Daughters of the Confederacy perform at Beauvoir under the name Old South. They enhance the historical ambience of their performances with Civil War-period dress and music. Coming up this month is the


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group’s biggest event, the seventh annual Southern Strings Dulcimer Festival and the Deep South Dulcimer Championship, set for Feb. 21-22 at William Carey University, in Hattiesburg. Southern Strings started the festival eight years ago at a local recreation center but the event quickly outgrew the space. Open to the public, the event offers classes suitable for all skill levels, instructor performances, jams, vendors with instruments, door prizes, dulcimer bingo and a dulcimer raffle. Instructor/performers include Mississippi native Jeff Hames, two-time Mountain Dulcimer National Champion, and Jess Dickinson, a Mississippi Supreme Court Justice and hammered dulicmer player with the band Bluegrass Appeal. Pre-festival jamming and a pizza party the evening of Feb. 20 gets everyone warmed up for the two-day event. “Our festival offers some top-notch instructors,” Lott said. “People who have been playing a long, long time can learn from them, but also newbies can learn to play.” Southern Strings members hope some of those newbies will decide to join and perform with them or any local dulcimer group. “We want our group to grow so we can preserve this music,” Lott said. Find Southern Strings on Facebook at Southern Strings Dulcimer Club. For more information, contact Karen Mims at 601583-6424 or Beth Johnson at: Get festival details at:

The top of Beth Johnson’s Clemmer dulcimer is made of wormy chestnut salvaged from a 100-year-old mountain cabin.

‘You don’t have to be schooled in music. Anyone can learn the dulcimer. It’s probably the easiest instrument there is to learn.’ —Barbara Lott



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Some of Jackson's newest "neighborhoods" are inside some of downtown's oldest buildings. Many Mississippi downtowns are looking to the floors above for living space. Odd though, some of the people who live downtown still have to drive to work, out to suburban malls and office complexes. Photo: Walt Grayson

nce a year the folks from Mississippi Public Broadcasting host MPB Day at the Capitol in order to say hello to the legislators and staff and thank them for the job they do and pass out some warm biscuits and sausage. I enjoy the day myself because I usually come away with several good story ideas. The only thing I don’t particularly like about it is maneuvering Jackson’s morning rush hour traffic and then having to find a place to park. (By the way, as far as parking, thank you to downtown Jackson’s First Baptist Church for allowing parking in their parking lots adjacent to the Capitol on week days. I’m glad there is no separation of church and state in that respect or visitors may have to park someplace like the fairgrounds and take an occasional shuttle bus.) But speaking of convenient to the Capitol, one of the MPB radio people sort of caught me off guard when he said


it only took him 10 minutes to get there that morning, and he didn’t have to worry about parking. He walked. He explained that he lived in one of the newly renovated apartments at the King Edward Hotel. For years the King Edward sat deteriorating on the west end of downtown Jackson, threatening to become a black hole of blight that would suck all the surrounding area into oblivion along with it. But finally developers saw the opportunity. They cleaned it up and refurbished it and repurposed it into condos. I knew that had happened but didn’t realize I knew anyone who lived there. The old “skyscrapers” of the Capitol City were once thriving hubs of commerce overflowing with business-suited men and women bustling from nine till five every day efficiently carrying on all sorts of trade, along with shops and department stores and streets jammed with drivers searching for parking places. But they emptied long ago as retail stores moved to the malls and the econo-

my and changing times took business to other locations or took them out of downtowns altogether. It has only been in the last decade or so that the empty hulls left behind have been cleared of desks and filing cabinets and refitted with sofas and kitchen cabinets. Long ago we suburbanites put many miles and many red lights between our lush green yards and the concrete and sidewalks of downtown because that was

the thing to do. So, as we see new neighborhoods springing up, we may not realize that one of the most popular new residential areas is smack in the middle of downtown. As a matter of fact, it is downtown. And Jackson isn’t the only downtown in Mississippi that is catching on as living quarters. Natchez has had people living above its downtown stores for years. Of course, there are several blocks of what would be considered downtown Natchez that have had homes on them since colonial days. Meridian has apartments and condos in its downtown too. You can catch a performance at the MSU Riley Center and hardly feel like you’ve left home. Downtown Clarksdale is not only the home of the blues, it is now the home of many blues fans living a floor or so above the streets. Mississippi Long ago Seen people had livby Walt Grayson ing quarters either attached to or above their stores in downtowns. So, like wide ties and such, downtown living is back in style. And downtown living may the salvation for downtown churches as parishioners move to within walking distance of them once again. 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:

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The intriguing method of flint and steel am privileged many times each year to make personal appearances in which I present one of several programs I have developed. The content of these varies extensively, but the one that tends to be the most requested is that in which I dress the part of and momentarily become an 18th century longhunter. Along with this replication, there are four long tables of assorted equipment common to those individuals. And as I explain the purpose of each item, one immediately garners attention. This tiny unit is a flint-and-steel fire-starting kit. A longhunter’s life could easily depend upon that small utensil and his ability to use it. Fail to start a fire and you could be in trouble while wandering the hinterlands back in those days. Since there is such an obvious interest in this process from those I often stand in front of, I elected to give the details of how this fire-building regimen is accomplished. There are no tricks or magic involved. The system works 100 percent of the time when done as prescribed. I even light my fireplace with flint and steel simply because it is mesmerizing to do so. The accompanying photos should help with understanding this procedure, and a little practice will make anyone who tries it more than capable. I am omitting the task of making char cloth. This is simple but due to space constraints must be covered separately from the actual fire starting. I am in the process of producing a video of this operation, and it will be available for viewing on my website. Keep a check there; I hope to have it posted soon.


And I must thank my friend Ricky Shirley. He stopped by recently and agreed to be my model while I shot photos. It is he you see starting a flint-andsteel fire. To begin the actual fire making, you must have some basic pieces of equipment: a striker, a piece of flint or similar stone, char, a nest and some kindling (photo 1). These can be housed in small leather or canvas bags and carried easily. Once these are assembled, you are ready to strike a fire. Begin by building a nest Mississippi (photo 2). This is best done Outdoors with dry cedar by Tony Kinton bark crushed and shredded into whisker-thin strands. Cypress also works, as does bark from the birch tree, but my preference is for cedar. Any of it, however, must be completely dry. Next, take the striker, flint and char. How you hold this is of little consequence, but most opt to secure the flint and char between the thumb and index finger. The striker goes in the opposite hand. Bring the striker down at a steep angle to the flint as if you are trying to shave metal from the striker, which is exactly what you are doing. Don’t try to knap the flint by using less angle. When done properly, sparks will fly. One of these will eventually land on the char and begin to form a tiny, light-colored spot of ash. That is all you need. Place that glowing char into the nest,

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fire-making gear: a striker, piece of flint or 1. Basic similar stone, char, a nest and some kindling.

2. Build a nest of completely dry natural material.

the striker down at a steep angle to the 3. Bring flint to make sparks fly.

landing on the char will form a tiny 4. Aspotsparkof ash.

the glowing char into the nest and 5. Put blow on it.

the flame with tiny pieces of kindling. 6. Feed Photos: Tony Kinton

wrap the nest around it and pick the entire unit up and begin to blow. A couple of breaths should be all it takes to cause the nest to burst into flame. It is now time to put the nest down gently and begin feeding tiny pieces of kindling. A good source for that is rich pine. It has a low combustion point, and the nest should be more than adequate to bring the pine to life so that more substantial fuel can be added.

And there you have it. It is time to amaze your friends and step back in history. Start a fire the old way. You never know when that knowledge will come in handy! 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, or Kinton’s website:

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Picture This: What do you love about spring? For our next “Picture This” reader photo feature, we are looking for photos on the theme “Things to Love About Spring.” Submissions must be emailed or postmarked by March 10. Selected photos will appear in the April issue of Today in Mississippi. Photographers whose photos are selected for publication are eligible for a $200 cash prize, to be awarded in a random drawing each December.

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• Submit as many photos as you like, but select only your best work. • Photos must relate to the given theme. • Photos must be the original work of an amateur photographer (of any age).

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Change is always in the air hank you, friends and members of Robinwood Baptist Church in Saucier, for your invitation. It was an honor to speak again to the monthly Tuesday Dinner Club. Your victuals were outstanding, and I told Mr. Roy since he ate so much I wouldn't have to cook supper. And I didn’t. On our way home from Saucier, I said, “Stop at that Family Dollar. I promised Sugar I’d bring her a toy.� He turned in and parked while I went in the store. The truth is, Sugar pup is spoiled—she is also smart. If I promise a toy, she looks in every bag until she finds it. We set the bags on the floor next to the pantry. Quickly she grabs only her toy and runs to the den. There she will tear the paper or cardboard off and play for at least an hour. Stuffed toys are her favorite.


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Cold weather in January will affect winter power bills Lee Hedegaard, General Manager and CEO Singing River Electric

Recently we have seen 14° in the northern part of our service area and 19° along the coast. This is the coldest weather we have experienced in four years. Also, projections show our electric use approached an all-time historical record. Extreme temperatures lead to extra heating and cooling, hot water and even running pool pumps for extended hours to keep pipes from freezing. It actually takes more elec-

tricity to heat a home than to cool one. All of this can add up to higher kilowatt-hour use and therefore higher power bills. It is possible to curtail kilowatthour use and maintain or lower your power bill in cold weather. Singing River Electric has many tools available

to our members and works to partner with you for energy savings. We are committed to work hard on your behalf to keep rates low. For more information, online energy calculators and DIY energy audits visit or call for your free custom energy audit today.

Top 5 tips to avoid using more electricity in cold weather 1. Bundle up with extra clothing or blankets and program the thermostat on cold days to 65° instead of 68°. 2. Keep garage door closed and windows locked to keep cool air out. 3. Maintain water heater temperature of 120°. 4. Avoid using space heaters while running central heat. 5. Download our “101 Easy Ways to Save Energy and Money” at

Statement of nondiscrimination Singing River Electric Power Association is the recipient of Federal financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The USDA prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audio tape, etc.) should contact USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD). The persons responsible for coordinating this organization’s nondiscrimination compliance efforts are the General Manager & CEO and the Manager of Human Resources. If any individual or specific class of individuals feels that this organization has subjected them to discrimination they may obtain further information about the statutes and regulations listed above from and/or file a written complaint with this organization or write to USDA, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Stop 9140, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, or call toll free (866) 632-9992 (English) or (800) 877-8339 (TDD) or (866) 377-8642 (English Federal relay) or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish Federal relay). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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hot-water needs. Also, if you’ve had your water heater for more than 12 years, you might want to consider replacing it with a more energy-efficient model. Seal and insulate: This is the best way to keep heat in and air out. Areas that may need sealing include corners, cracks, door frames and windows. Consider replacing old appliances, doors and windows with ENERGY STAR-rated models: You can save about 15 percent of your normal energy use with these appli-

ances and get better insulation on doors and windows for the price you pay. ENERGY STAR-rated items meet special efficiency standards set by the federal government. Free your vents: HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) systems will have to work twice as hard if vents are blocked by rugs, furniture or doors. Keep vents clear for proper air flow. Keep food cool: Don’t make your fridge work too hard. A temperature set between 34 and 37 degrees Fahrenheit is usually sufficient.

Keep warm with window treatments At Singing River Electric, we know that window treatments and coverings aren’t just for decoration—they can also go a long way in saving energy. Some carefully selected window treatments, such as draperies and insulating panels, can keep heat from escaping through window panes during winter months. A drapery’s ability to reduce heat loss and gain depends on several factors, including fabric type (closed or open weave) and color. Although it’s difficult to generalize about energy performance, when drawn during cold weather most conventional draperies can reduce heat loss from a warm room up to 10 percent. In winter, you should

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keep draperies that don’t receive direct sunlight closed during the day, and close all draperies at night. Draperies should be hung as close to windows as possible to reduce heat exchange and should fall onto a windowsill or floor. For maximum effectiveness, install a cornice at the top of a drapery, or place the drapery against the ceiling. Then seal the drapery at both sides with Velcro or magnetic tape, and overlap it in the center. Such snug window treatments can reduce heat loss by up to 25 percent. An inexpensive insulating window panel or pop-in shutter, typically made of a core of rigid foam

insulation, also reduces heat loss. The panels are made so that their edges seal tightly against the window frame, and they can be pushed or clipped into the interior of a window. No hardware, such as hinges or latches, is required. Of course, window treatments aren’t effective at reducing air leakage or infiltration—caulk and weather strip around windows to reduce drafts. Also, draperies work best for winter weather. Window blinds are more effective at reducing summer heat gain than winter heat loss. For more information, visit Source: U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

The holidays are over and the houseguests have left, but the winter chill plans to stick around awhile longer. During these shorter, colder days, electric bills tend to climb, and Singing River Electric wants you to keep in mind the ways you can save energy when the temperature drops. Lower your thermostat to 68 degrees (or lower): If you decrease the temperature by just one degree, you can save up to 5 percent on heating costs. Consider a programmable thermostat that you can set to lower the temperature when away from home and increase before you come back. Adjust blinds and curtains: Keep them open to let in sunlight during the day, and close at night to keep heat inside and protect from drafts. Reduce hot water temperatures: Heating water accounts for 12 percent of the average home’s energy use. Set your water heater’s thermostat to 120 degrees or lower—that’s usually sufficient for a household’s

As the outside temperature drops and becomes cooler, warm, moist air inside the home comes in contact with the colder glass surface of the windows. Inside air is cooled and moisture is released in the form of condensation on home windows. To reduce the amount of condensation on the windows, the humidity inside the home must be reduced and air movement created. The solution to this problem is to control moisture sources and increase ventilation. There are several ways to do this: • Use exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathrooms. • Make sure the exhaust vent on the clothes dryer is sealed and is exhausted outside of the home. • Use your dishwasher during the day in the winter time. • Pull back the drapes and open the blinds to promote airflow on the windows. For more energy saving tips, visit or contact a Member Services Representative at Singing River Electric.

Notice of Singing River Electric Director Qualification Period Candidates seeking election to the board of directors for Singing River Electric Power Association must visit Singing River Electric’s Lucedale office (11187 Old 63 South) and obtain a Director Candidate Packet. The forms and petitions in the packet must be completed and returned by close of business on the last business day of March (Friday, March 28, 2014).



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beds is the increased water drainage. Most landscape and garden plant problems I come across in Mississippi are related to poorly draining soil. Growing plants and flowers in raised beds means the texture of the planting medium will remain loose and airy because it is not being walked upon. Raised beds also allow you to grow vegetables and other plants more densely than more traditional garden or landscape beds. The construction parameters of raised beds are quite simple. The width of the bed should be no more than 4 feet. At this width, the longest reach is only 2 feet, which gives gardeners easy access to the bed from either side. Sides constructed from hardscape materials will keep the growing medium

where it belongs. The choice of materials is up to the gardener, but I like the newer treated lumber. If you use lumber, I suggest 2-by-6-inch, 2by-8-inch or 2by-10-inch boards, depending on how deep you want the beds to be. A Southern deeper bed gives Gardening you more plantby Dr. Gary Bachman ing options. Of course, cedar, fir and redwood have natural resistance to decay if you don’t want to use treated lumber. These materials are more expensive but will last much longer than untreated pine. Other options include using block, recycled concrete or recycled plastic boards. You could fill the raised bed with native soil because the height of the bed

will greatly improve drainage. But I want you to change your garden paradigm a little bit and treat your new raised bed like a very large container. I never recommend using only native soil in containers. I like to see a lot of organic matter worked into that soil. In fact, my raised beds are filled with commercial bagged container media with a high percentage of peat moss, vermiculite and perlite. This media remains light, fluffy and well-drained with excellent porosity. How much growing media or soil will a new raised bed need? A quick formula is to multiply length by width by depth, all measured in feet. This equation works for any raised bed regardless of dimensions. Whoever thought we would need to use math in the garden? Dr. Gary Bachman is MSU horticulturist at the Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi.

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‘Mississippi Relay Recipes’ Mississippi Relay For Life volunteers, cancer survivors and caregivers have collaborated on a new cookbook to help fund the work of the American Cancer Society. “Mississippi Relay Recipes,” to be released in March, offers 1,050 recipes from all over the state, many dedicated to cancer survivors and loved ones who lost their battle. “It can be a gift that gives twice,” said Lisa Lee, cookbook coordinator. “Not only does it make a nice gift to the person you are giving it to, but it gives the gift of hope—hope that we can raise enough funds to find a cure for cancer.” For Lee, cooking conjures happy memories of times spent with her extended family. “I hope that each time the cookbook is used, new memories are made but that people also reflect on past times with loved ones and are comforted knowing that they are making a difference in the fight against cancer.” The cookbook may be purchased at a Mississippi American Cancer Society office or from any participating Relay For Life team. Mail orders may be sent to Relay For Life Cookbook, 332 Lowery Road, Sumrall, MS 39482. Price is $25 plus $5 S&H per book. For details, call 601-543-8874 or email: Having cancer is hard. Finding help shouldn’t be. American Cancer Society can help. Contact your American Cancer Society for information, day-today help and emotional support 24 hours a day at 800-227-2345 or go to:

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By Nancy Jo Maples The story of an enslaved African Prince, the fight for freedom during the Civil War and the talents of singers and writers are just a few of the exhibits at the Natchez Museum of African American History and Culture. “Visitors will be exposed to numerous examples of triumph over adversity,” museum director Darrell White said. The museum is housed in the city’s historic former United States Post Office that was built circa 1904. Its displays occupy 10,000 square feet of space that showcase events beginning with the incorporation of the City of Natchez in 1716 and leading to present day. The story of the enslaved prince refers to Abdul Rahman Sori, who was captured and sold as a slave in the late 1700s. He was bought by a Natchez cotton planter and lived 40 years as a slave before finding freedom and returning to Africa. President John Quincy Adams mandated his freedom. During the 19th century, Natchez had the second largest slave market in the South. One of the museum’s exhibits depicts a place of sale known as The Forks of the Road. The site earned its name because of its location at an intersection of vital streets that led into Natchez from all directions. The Forks of the Road was a popular destination point of caravans filled with slaves, mules and supplies sought by plantation owners. Another exhibit tells the story of a fire in 1940 at the Rhythm Nightclub that killed more than 200 people of African origin. The fire was later written about in a 1958 novel called “The Long Dream.” The author was Natchez native Richard Wright, an African American writer who earned international fame and is featured in one of the exhibits. In addition to Wright’s talents, the museum features stories about African American artists native to the Natchez area such as singer “Black Swan” Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield and classical musician

Housed in the historic former U.S. Post Office, above left, the Natchez Museum of African American History and Culture presents local history from 1716 to the present. Artifacts, photographs, home furnishings and personal items of local residents, above and right, help bring their stories to life. Photos courtesy Natchez Museum of African American History and Culture

William Grant Still, the “Dean” of American concert music. The museum holds displays about the fight for freedom when newly emancipated men and women flocked to Natchez during the city’s occupation by the Union in 1863. Many of these former slaves joined the war effort and fought for Union control during the Civil War. “Some of these former slaves were able to go back and purchase the plantations where they had formerly been enslaved,” White said. Exhibits also show the Reconstruction Era and include a section about how the Rev. Hiram Rhodes Revels stopped pastoring a church and became the first black man to serve in Congress. He was named U.S. Senator in 1870. The museum serves as a depository of information The museum first opened in 1991 as an effort of and artifacts relating to the African American cultural the Natchez Association for the Preservation of heritage. A $7 donation is suggested for visitor admisAfrican American Culture. The association explores sion. the societal contributions made by people of African Writer Nancy Jo Maples can be reached at 188 Ernest origin and descent. Memberships in the association are available on an annual basis at the rates of $10 per Pipkins Road, Lucedale, MS 39452 or via email at: person and $25 per family.

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Dixie National Livestock Show and Rodeo, through Feb. 18, Jackson. Admission. Mississippi Coliseum. Details: “Nostalgia” Art Exhibit, through Feb. 28, Jackson. Works by the late watercolor painter and sculptor Thomas Cochran. Free admission. Mississippi Library Commission. Details: 601-432-4056, 800-647-7542. Learn to Skate, through March 1, Olive Branch. Classes to teach fundamentals of ice skating for all ages. Admission. Mid-South Ice House. Details: 901-881-8544; Community Chat and Chew, Feb. 6, Hernando. Sponsored by DeSoto County African American History Symposium; 6-8 p.m. Hernando Public Library. Also: Olive Branch library, 12 p.m. Feb. 8; Southaven library, 6 p.m. Feb. 13; Horn Lake library, 6 p.m. Feb. 25. Details: 901-481-3968. 150th Anniversary of Civil War Celebration, Feb. 7-22, Horn Lake. Series of programs on various aspects of the war, including reeanctors and music. M.R. Dye Public Library. Details: 662-393-5654; “Dar He: The Story of Emmett Till,” Feb. 8, Hattiesburg. One-actor, multiple-character drama by Mike Wiley; 6:30 p.m. Admission. Saenger Theater. Details: 601-584-4888; Friends of the Library Book Sale, Feb. 13 and 15, Columbus. Best-selling fiction, histories, biographies, cookbooks, children’s books, audiobooks and more, all less than $2. Columbus-Lowndes Public Library. Details: 662-329-5300. Valentinen’s Love Jam, Feb. 13, Southaven. Featuring Chaka Khan and KEM; 7 p.m. Admission. Landers Center. Details: 662-280-9120; Valentine Gala, Feb. 14, Natchez. Featuring vocalist Melanie Gardner and guitarist Daniel Schroeder. Bailey House. Details: 601-4466631; 13th Annual Mississippi Farm Toy Show, Feb. 14-15, Starkville. Buy, sell and trade toy tractors, trucks and farm equipment. Free admission. Mississippi Horse Park. Details: 662-418-9101, 662-769-3107. Arbor Day Native Plant Sale, Feb. 15, Picayune. Trees and woody shrubs; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Members admitted 9 a.m. Free admission. Crosby Arboretum Visitor Center. Details: 601-799-2311. The McKameys in Concert, Feb. 20, Runnelstown. Offering; 7 p.m. First Baptist Church. Details: 601-583-3733. 25th Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration, Feb. 20-23, Natchez. Lectures, films, concerts, tours and more on the theme “60 Years and Counting: Voices of the Civil Rights Movement.” Most events free. Details: 866-296-NLCC;

Southern Strings Dulcimer Festival and Deep South Dulcimer Championship, Feb. 21-22, Hattiesburg. Classes for all skill levels, vendors, jamming. William Carey University Campus. Details: 601-583-6424; Mississippi Brilla FC Tryouts, Feb. 21-22, Clinton. Open soccer tryouts for high school, college and former college players; also, invitational tryout. Registration fee. Clinton High School’s Arrow Field. Details: DeSoto County African American History Symposium Second Annual Gala Banquet, Feb. 22, Hernando. Admission; 6 p.m. Gale Center. Details: 901-481-3968; Learn Nuno Felting, Feb. 22, Lucedale. Artist Cindy Schafhirt to lead workshop in making a felted scarf; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Advance registration. Blue Hills Alpaca Farm. Details: 228-861-5331; Warren County Wildlife and Outdoor Expo, Feb. 22, Vicksburg. Speakers, vendors, live music, kids’ activities. Free admission; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Vicksburg Convention Center. Details: 601-630-2929; 55th Annual Gem, Mineral, Fossil and Jewelry Show, Feb. 22, Jackson. Exhibits, demonstrations, vendors. Admission. Mississippi Trade Mart. Details: “Remember Medgar Evers and Clyde Kennard,” Feb. 22, Hattiesburg. Open forum

moderated by those who knew the men personally; 11 a.m. African American Military History Museum. Details: 601-450-1942; Music Festival, Feb. 27- March 1, Morton. Bluegrass, gospel and country music. Featuring Goldwing Express, Clear Blue Sky, The Wilsons and others. Roosevelt State Park. Details: 601-537-3641. Greenhouse Tomato Short Course, March 4-5, Raymond. Expert speakers lead seminars on topics relevant to greenhouse tomato production. Admission; advance registration encouraged. Eagle Ridge Conference Center. Details: 601-892-3731; Mississippi Coast Jazz Society Jam Session, March 9, Gulfport. Casual dress dance; 2-5 p.m. Admission. Gulfport Elks Lodge. Details: 228-392-4177. Stringer Alpaca Festival, March 15, Stringer. Crafts, food, bounce houses, pony rides, fiber arts demonstrations and more at family alpaca farm; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free admission. A Stroka Gene-Us Alpacas. Details: 716-863-4366; Grillin’ on the Green, March 15, Biloxi. Barbecue grilling competition, craft vendors. Free admission. Town Green. Details: 228435-6339; Big Pop Capital City Gun Show, March 1516, Jackson. Wahabi Shrine Building. Details: 601-498-4235;

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Plus we Love the Low Price" – Street Trucks Magazine LOT NO.

67847/ 61454/ 61693 REG. Item PRICE 67847 $219.99 shown

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LIMIT 5 - Good at our stores, or by calling 800-423-2567. Cannot be used with other discount or coupon or prior purchases after 30 days from original purchase with original receipt. Offer good while supplies last. Non-transferable. Original coupon must be presented. Valid through 6/5/14. Limit one coupon per customer per day.




LOT NO. 44649/ 69591/69646

• 1000 lb. Capacity

REG. PRICE $79.99

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Item 93640 shown

LOT NO. 61235




$ 69

REG. PRICE $9.99

LOT NO. 93640/60447


LOT NO. 93641/60448

LIMIT 5 - Good at our stores, or by calling 800-423-2567. Cannot be used with other discount or coupon or prior purchases after 30 days from original purchase with original receipt. Offer good while supplies last. Non-transferable. Original coupon must be presented. Valid through 6/5/14. Limit one coupon per customer per day.


LOT NO. 69774/ 68375/61986 Item 68375 shown




REG. PRICE $249.99

LIMIT 4 - Good at our stores, or by calling 800-423-2567. Cannot be used with other discount or coupon or prior purchases after 30 days from original purchase with original receipt. Offer good while supplies last. Non-transferable. Original coupon must be presented. Valid through 6/5/14. Limit one coupon per customer per day.



LOT NO. 69684/ 61776/98194

LOT NO. LOT NO. 67903/69280/ 67904/69279/ 69333/69560 69332/69561



Item 69684 shown

1999 REG. PRICE $34.99

LIMIT 5 - Good at our stores, or by calling 800-423-2567. Cannot be used with other discount or coupon or prior purchases after 30 days from original purchase with original receipt. Offer good while supplies last. Non-transferable. Original coupon must be presented. Valid through 6/5/14. Limit one coupon per customer per day.




LOT NO. 68120/ 60363/69730



• 9060 GPH





$3999 $5999

REG. PRICE $119.99


LIMIT 3 - Good at our stores, or by calling 800-423-2567. Cannot be used with other discount or coupon or prior purchases after 30 days from original purchase with original receipt. Offer good while supplies last. Non-transferable. Original coupon must be presented. Valid through 6/5/14. Limit one coupon per customer per day.


Item 61258 shown

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6999 REG. PRICE $129.99


SAVE 42%



9" x 6 FT. 2 PIECE MPS STEEL LOADING RA Item 44649




SAVE $67

LIMIT 5 - Good at our stores, or by calling 800-423-2567. Cannot be used with other discount or coupon or prior purchases after 30 days from original purchase with original receipt. Offer good while supplies last. Non-transferable. Original coupon must be presented. Valid through 6/5/14. Limit one coupon per customer per day.


Requires four AA batteries (included).

SAVE $60

LOT NO. 69580

REG. PRICE $29.99

LOT NO. 69340/ 60790/90305/61316

99 9 2 $ $2 $3399 $ 99 49 Item 69654 shown

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3999 $15299


REG. PRICE $89.99

Item 67421 shown



LOT NO. 91214/61610


REG. PRICE $199.99



LIMIT 4 - Good at our stores, or by calling 800-423-2567. Cannot be used with other discount or coupon or prior purchases after 30 days from original purchase with original receipt. Offer good while supplies last. Non-transferable. Original coupon must be presented. Valid through 6/5/14. Limit one coupon per customer per day.



LIMIT 5 - Good at our stores, or by calling 800-423-2567. Cannot be used with other discount or coupon or prior purchases after 30 days from original purchase with original receipt. Offer good while supplies last. Non-transferable. Original coupon must be presented. Valid through 6/5/14. Limit one coupon per customer per day.

15499 REG. PRICE $259. 99

R ! PE ON SU UP CO 125

REG. PRICE $59.99

• 300 lb. Capacity • 23 Configurations





SAVE • 900 Peak 33% Amps

REG. PRICE $24.99

LOTNO. 67646

Item 95659 shown


LOT NO. "The Perfect Compressor with Powerful, 38391 /60657 Quiet and Consistent Airflow...

$ 99



LIMIT 1 - Cannot be used with other discount, coupon or prior purchase. Coupon good at our stores, or by calling 800-423-2567. Offer good while supplies last. Shipping & Handling charges may apply if not picked up in-store. Non-transferable. Original coupon must be presented. Valid through 6/5/14. Limit one coupon per customer per day.

Item 5889 shown


LOT NO. 95659/ 61634/ 61952


LOT NO. 5889/61637

SAVE 60%


• Weighs 74 lbs.






LOT NO. 68048/69227

LIMIT 4 - Good at our stores, or by calling 800-423-2567. Cannot be used with other discount or coupon or prior purchases after 30 days from original purchase with original receipt. Offer good while supplies last. Non-transferable. Original coupon must be presented. Valid through 6/5/14. Limit one coupon per customer per day.

ITEM 65020/ 69052/69111

LIMIT 1 - Save 25% on any one item purchased at our stores or or by calling 800-423-2567. *Cannot be used with other discount, coupon, gift cards, Inside Track Club membership, extended service plans or on any of the following: compressors, generators, tool storage or carts, welders, floor jacks, Towable Ride-On Trencher (Item 65162), open box items, in-store event or parking lot sale items. Not valid on prior purchases after 30 days from original purchase date with original receipt. Non-transferable. Original coupon must be presented. Valid through 6/5/14. Limit one coupon per customer per day.

REG. PRICE $499.99

LIMIT 3 - Good at our stores, or by calling 800-423-2567. Cannot be used with other discount or coupon or prior purchases after 30 days from original purchase with original receipt. Offer good while supplies last. Non-transferable. Original coupon must be presented. Valid through 6/5/14. Limit one coupon per customer per day.

SAVE $90

REG. PRICE $159.99




Item 65020 shown


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R ! PE ON U P S U CO Item 68048 shown


2999 $112 $


REG. PRICE $299.99

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R ! PE ON LOT NO. 93888/ U P S U 60497/61899 CO


SAVE 46%

• 1000 lb. Capacity Item 93888 shown

Item 68120 shown




$ 99

REG. PRICE $179.99

LIMIT 4 - Good at our stores, or by calling 800-423-2567. Cannot be used with other discount or coupon or prior purchases after 30 days from original purchase with original receipt. Offer good while supplies last. Non-transferable. Original coupon must be presented. Valid through 6/5/14. Limit one coupon per customer per day.

REG. PRICE $14.99

LIMIT 8 - Good at our stores, or by calling 800-423-2567. Cannot be used with other discount or coupon or prior purchases after 30 days from original purchase with original receipt. Offer good while supplies last. Non-transferable. Original coupon must be presented. Valid through 6/5/14. Limit one coupon per customer per day.

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