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‘Move Over Law’ now protects utility crews The state of Mississippi has expanded the “Move Over Law” to protect utility workers and crews as they labor alongside highways and roads in the state. Under the revised law, if drivers don’t move over or slow down when they approach a utility crew, they risk being fined up to $250. If the violation involves damage to a utility’s vehicle, the fine could be up to $1,000. The more than 2,850 electric power association employees and their family members offer their sincere gratitude to state government leaders for providing them with this extra safety measure with passage of this legislation.


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Disaster drill bolsters our capacity for speedy recovery TV commercial from the 1970s depicts Mother Nature as a kindly woman wearing a long, white gown with daisies in her hair. But when she mistakes a particular brand of margarine for butter, she declares, “It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature,” and conjures an ear-splitting lightning strike. When it comes to natural disasters, Mother Nature always has the last word. Extensive flooding in Florida caused by Tropical Storm Debby last month is her latest reminder. But there is plenty we can do to minimize the suffering brought about by a natural disaster and to spur the recovery from its destruction. Preparedness is the key. Electric power associations stand ready for emergency response at all times of the year. Our preparedness activities include a natural disaster simulation, a drill we conduct each year in the fall. We start by creating a disaster scenario, such as a catastrophic tornado, hurricane, flood or ice storm—all likely occurrences in Mississippi. One time we chose an earthquake, a real possibility for our northwest counties. One or more electric power associations are chosen to be the “victim” of the disaster, with all 26 electric power associations getting involved in the emergency response. The afflicted electric power associations assess the damage to their electrical system. They determine what they need in terms of additional manpower and supplies to restore power fast, without sacrificing safety. Coordinating their efforts through the Electric Power Associations of Mississippi, in Ridgeland, electric power associations outside the disaster zone rally to help. They coordinate efforts to transport emergency crew members, trucks, poles, transformers and conductor where (and if) needed in the disaster zone. If several electric power associations suffer outages in the disaster, we coordinate with elec-

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tric cooperatives in other states to obtain emergency restoration assistance. (In the spirit of mutual aid, we return the favor when a real disaster strikes their areas.) The electric power associations suffering the imaginary emergency simulate the preparations necessary to feed and house what could be hundreds of assisting lineworkers arriving in their areas. (This in itself can be a huge logistical challenge, especially in our more rural service areas. During our Hurricane Katrina power restoration, more than 12,000 emergency work crew members from across Mississippi and 22 other states poured into our coastal service areas to rebuild power lines and restore power.) As soon as all the emergency needs are met, our disaster drill ends and the evaluation process begins. We examine our response to the simulation with a critical eye. The goal is to identify ways to improve our emergency preparedness statewide. This annual disaster drill is but one of the ways electric power associations keep emergency preparedness at the forefront of our operations. Fast, safe power restoration is crucial for kickstarting Mississippi’s recovery from any natural disaster. We take this responsibility seriously throughout the year—because you never know when Mother Nature might send a reminder of her powers of destruction. JOIN TODAY IN MISSISSIPPI

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The Old Depot Museum opened last month in the 105-year-old Yazoo and Mississippi Valley Railroad depot building in downtown Vicksburg. Exhibits include the Gray & Blue Naval Society collection of models and model railroad layouts, as well as models of ships, riverboats and naval vessels. The museum also houses “The Fall of Dixie,” a diorama of the Siege of Vicksburg manned by 2,300 miniature soldiers. The museum is located at 1010 Levee St. For details, call 601-6386500 or go to www.theolddepot.net.

Mississippi is . . . . . . sitting on a front porch swing sipping iced tea, Just my grandma and me Watching a woodpecker in a cedar tree. Grandpa and me sitting in a boat, Fishing, watching the cork float, Hearing stories about the Old Folk. All dressed up, going to town, Sunday best, church bound. After services, dinner on the ground. — Lynda O’Quinn, Church Hill Roots. The five branches of my family tree spread from New Jersey to Oregon, but the tree is a Mississippi magnolia with deep roots. I was born here, and I can visit the silent neighborhoods and point out grandparents going back six generations, and more. I expect to join them some (hopefully distant) day, but until then I’ll proudly breathe Mississippi air! — Jerry Wolf, Starkville This is where I come from, where my heart will always stay. Country roads and winding streams, the smell of fresh cut hay. Dogwoods and azaleas blooming underneath the pines. Butterflies and daffodils and honeysuckle vines. Singing hymns on Sunday, having dinner on the ground. Swinging on the front porch, with my family all around. This is where I come from, this is where I made my start. Mississippi memories are forever in my heart. — Karen Bryant, Ellisville

What’s Mississippi to you? What makes you proud to be a Mississippian? What do you treasure most about life in our state? Send your thoughts to Today in Mississippi, P.O. Box 3300, Ridgeland, MS 39158, or email them to news@epaofms.com. Please keep your comments brief. Submissions are subject to editing.

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By Debbie Stringer Joy riding takes on a new meaning when Ted Mangum takes to the road in what may well be the world’s largest motorized Radio Flyer. Mangum’s handbuilt version of the iconic child’s wagon measures some 18 feet long and is powered by a 460 engine. The locals wave, Ted Mangum honk or give a thumbsup to their neighbor when Mangum cruises past, his cap turned backwards and a grin on his face. As he merges onto Interstate 59, drivers slow to

get a better look. Passengers reach for their cameras. No one, it seems, can believe their eyes: A man is waving to them from a giant Radio Flyer wagon pushing 70 mph. Onlookers hold up their cell phones for a photo as he fuels up at a convenience store in Ellisville. Mangum good naturedly answers their questions, including the inevitable “Where’d you come up with this idea?” “It’s unreal how much fun this is,” he says as he heads back home. Mangum, a member of Dixie Electric Power Association, has enjoyed working on hot rods and vintage vehicles for most of his life. He taught paint and body work for 17 years at Jones County Vocational School and is active in the Magnolia Cruisers and Pine Belt Antique Auto Club. An impressive collection of trophies and plaques

attests to his skill. Many are Best in Show honors for his “sweetheart”: a 1931 Model A pickup he transformed from a “rust bucket” into a gleaming red beauty. The success of his fabricated Radio Flyer, however, will be determined not by judges but by the reaction of the children who see it. “The whole time I was building this, I was thinking about little children,” Mangum said. He finished its construction only two months ago, but already it has made public appearances for charitable causes, including a March of Dimes benefit in Mobile. And when the mother of a seriously ill 2-year-old boy said her son would like a ride after seeing the wagon on a TV newscast, Mangum jumped at the opportunity. “I’d go around the world to ride that boy in this wagon,” he said.


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“You can just work your brain to death building something like this. I think sometimes I’ve got gears for brains anyway.”

Ted Mangum, far left, has restored hot rods and vintage vehicles for most of his life. Though the red wagon project presented unique challenges, solving them was an enjoyable part of building it, he said. The Jones County resident raises poultry for Wayne Farms and serves as senior adult leader at Salem Heights Baptist Church, near Laurel.

Mangum stops for a fill-up at a pump in Ellisville, top, during a recent cruise on Interstate 59. His wagon’s dismal fuel mileage may be offset by the grins per mile it evokes, above. Outdoor carpeting and vinyl upholstery, right, protect the interior from rain showers on the road. Mangum keeps a shower cap handy to cover the siren’s electronics on the dashboard.

Even Santa wants a ride. Mangum has agreed to chauffeur St. Nick in 2012 Christmas parades in Laurel, Ellisville and Petal. Mangum got the idea to build the wagon from a couple in Alaska who built a fiberglass, two-seater version based on a small truck chassis. Mangum wanted his to accomodate more passengers, so he started with a 1987 Ford ambulance equipped with a police package. “The ambulance only had 26,000 miles on it, so mechanically it was in excellent shape,” he said. He planned to remove only the top of the ambulance, leaving the sides intact. But that didn’t look right, he decided, so he replaced the entire body with his own all-steel fabrication. Mangum’s flexible work schedule—he raises poultry for Wayne Farms—allowed him the time to figure out how to build his unique vehicle. The project

took about 2,000 hours to complete, he estimated. “You can just work your brain to death building something like this. I think sometimes I’ve got gears for brains anyway,” he said. Except for the constraints of tire size and vehicle width, the wagon is built to a 6:1 scale. A real Radio Flyer is 3 feet long; Mangum up-sized his to 18 feet. To mimic the original wagon’s rounded corners, Mangum split a length of large pipe four ways and welded a piece in each corner. He made a foldable black tongue with a handle that extends 12 feet above the ground. He raised the driver’s seat about 8 inches, so he can see over the steel sides of the wagon, and installed extensions for the foot pedals. (He’s think-

ing of raising the steering wheel, too.) The three bench seats for passengers are raised 12 inches from the floor and have seat belts installed. “I did several trial runs trying to work all the bugs out of it,” Mangum said. For the wheels, he used moon disc hubcaps— the kind used on drag racers—painted white and topped with a red PVC cap. Safety measures included the installation of a glass panel, tinted red to blend in, across the front of the wagon to eliminate a blind spot. A friend experienced in sign work painted the bold graphics, altered slightly from the original Radio Flyer logo, down the side of the wagon. Mangum debuted his creation at the Houston (Texas) Art Car Parade, held in May. His was one of 25 entries chosen from a field of 300 for a special cruise around the city that included stops at children’s hospitals and schools. When a large group of deaf children posed for pictures with Mangum’s wagon, “that was a thrilling thing to see,” he said. “If I’d have known that it was going to be as much fun as it is, I’d have built this thing 20 years ago,” he continued. “I have a ball every time I take it out.” Ted Mangum is available on a limited basis for appearances at benefits and special events. For information, call him at 601-498-3650.


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Grave digging tradition a final act of love for departed ou get to experience or learn something new all the time. No matter what you’ve already done or how much you think you know or how old you are. I got my shot at something brand new for me a few weeks ago. I helped dig a grave. For a person! I’ve done it for plenty of pets. But this was way different. I will admit that I didn’t help all that much. But I was there to do a television story about a tradition that they have at the Chapel of the Cross in Madison County where other members of the congregation pitch in to dig the graves of members who have died and are to be buried in the church’s graveyard. But while I was there, the people doing the digging thought I should take a turn and get a feel for the experience myself. They started about 4:00 in the afternoon. I didn’t count them, but it seemed to me that maybe a dozen men, more or less, took part. Some Mississippi stayed the whole Seen time; others by Walt Grayson came and went. Even family members helped. The daughter of the lady whose grave was being dug took a turn, as well as her son. Back years ago somewhere, this would have been a family and neighbor’s duty. I could see it adding to closure in a way little else could. The grave digging tradition has been

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going on for several years at the church. A former pastor suggested it as an act of showing love for a member’s family and for the departed. And although it is hard, long work, it seems to be a tradition embraced by pretty much everybody in the congregation. They dig the graves by hand, with

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picks and shovels. No machinery is used. It is a slow process. Our grave went relatively fast with recent rains having loosened the dirt all the way down: “down” being a hole 54 inches deep, not a full 6 feet like we’ve heard all our lives. And thank goodness—54 inches takes long enough to dig, up to 12 hours in dry weather when our Mississippi hill clay turns into the equivalent of concrete. As daylight dwindled, it didn’t seem eerie being in a graveyard after dark like I thought it might. The pizza deliveryman didn’t even think it was all that strange when he delivered supper to the workers behind the church. I stalled as long as I could before taking my turn with the shovel. But I was finally pressed into it as the process was just a few inches shy of the goal. I don’t really know why, but I was a bit nervous. Digging a grave is kind of a serious thing if you think about it. I mean, there is little left you can do for a person

after digging their grave. You don’t want to mess that up. And that deep in, looking at the dirt walls around you, you realize that you’ll have one of these for yourself some day. But then a cheery thought: This isn’t it! After the grave was finished, the church’s priest, Austin Johnson, blessed it. All the gathered diggers took a sip of Macallan Scotch and poured the rest into the hole with a prayer for the spirit of the departed. (I suppose we Baptists could use grape juice.) The tradition has meaning for everyone who participates. Feet on the floor of a grave, you are standing as far as you get to go in this life. What happens next is a matter of your faith. 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.” To contact Grayson, send email to walt@waltgrayson.com.


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Tropical Duranta adds interest to area gardens

Duranta’s yellow-orange fruit color, top, provides a fantastic contrast to its flowers, as they are often seen together through the season. Cuban Gold Duranta, below, can be used as an edge plant. It has a formal look when pruned and a casual appearance when left natural. Photos: MSU Extension Service/Gary Bachman

native of the tropical regions of the Caribbean and Central and South America, the Duranta is sure to generate interest in your landscape. Duranta is commonly called pigeon berry, and it has an arching growth habit with bluish flowers. It produces golden fruit that can feed our feathered friends. The native plant can reach small-tree status, growing up to 25 feet tall. That’s too large for many of our Mississippi gardens and landscapes. But plant breeders have solved that problem. They have developed a couple of really nice Duranta selections with a smaller growth habit. Sapphire Showers is a version that has a more compact, upright habit. It produces tube-shaped flowers from spring through summer. The blue to violet flowers are produced in cascading clusters. Each flower has a white picotee edging that intensifies the look of the flower color. The fruit of Sapphire Showers is yellow-orange. The fruit contrasts beautifully with the flowers, as they are often seen together through the season. A Duranta selection that can brighten any landscape is Cuban Gold. The foliage of this variety is a blend of chartreuse and golden yellow. It grows 3 feet

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color contrast to the foliage. Cuban Gold is a good choice for combination containers, where it can be used as a filler plant. In fact, Cuban Gold Duranta will last for several years when grown in containers. For the best landscape effect, plant Duranta in full sun or no more than partial shade. Amend the landscape soil

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with organic matter to increase drainage, especially in tight, clay soils. Feed monthly with water-soluble fertilizer to keep your Duranta in peak form. Duranta is very tolerant of pruning, so don’t be afraid to give your plants a trim every once in a while to keep them neat. These plants are hardy in zones 9 to 11, but they will die back to the ground after a frost or freeze. In northern Mississippi, Duranta will die back to the ground each winter but will rebound the following spring. Fruit production may be limited in the northern counties. Treat your Southern Gardening Duranta as you would a butterfly by Dr. Gary Bachman bush, and prune the aerial stems back to about 4 inches long each spring before the foliage emerges. Find a place in your container or landscape for this tropical native and enjoy the beauty it brings to your garden. Dr. Gary Bachman is MSU horticulturist at the Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi.


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Mr. Roy’s summer memories ississippi summers are what they are—hot. This isn’t a news alert, unless you recently unloaded your moving van displaying a car tag from one of those northern states. This month’s column is taken from an interview I wrangled out of Mr. Roy, my husband. He was born in George County—Lucedale—and has lived here most of his life. Though he hopscotched to Indiana, Arkansas, Alabama and then Florida for a few years, as determined by his career choices and a stint in the Army. His bachelor’s degree is in mechanical engineering, his master’s in business. I tagged along beginning with Arkansas. He insisted, since we were married. I penned his responses to my questions. “Mr. Roy, I realize that you are much older than I am, therefore I doubt your summer experiences will spark the same memories for me, but there are people that can relate to yours.” He frowned and kept walking. “Not that much older,” he grumbled. “Slow down so I can take notes,” I said. “OK, I’m ready to key in your memories on my Ipad.”

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He stepped over a limb that had fallen across our trail in the woods and began. “When school was out each spring, it was time to take my shoes off. All of my friends did the same. The biggest problem was when I was at my daddy’s car business I’d step on cigarettes people threw on the concrete around the shop. “Another hazard was stickers. The grass would feel so good as I ran through my yard, then a patch of stickers would surprise me—they were hard to see. Going barefooted was like being a soldier in a minefield. I was always on the lookout for the next ouch!” Mr. Roy’s long strides slowed, so Grin ‘n’ I could keep up. Bare It “Every day was by Kay Grafe an adventure. The boys in the neighborhood and a few blocks away would gather in the large field behind my house for a game of baseball, or whatever someone dreamed up. Some days we’d make rubber guns and have wars. Our bikes were always handy to charge out to another backyard. Most of our mothers didn’t work,

so they’d make Kool-Aid for us. Soft drinks were too expensive to keep on hand.” “What would you do on Sundays?” I asked. “After Sunday school and church we’d head over to my grandparents for dinner. Their house was where Jack’s Hardware is located on Cowart Street. Afterwards, my brother Bobby and I would load up in Dad’s car with Mother and go out to Brushy Creek swimming. Our friends gathered there and we’d dive into the deepest spot trying to locate dead man’s hole. The parents sat on blankets in the sand and visited but kept a watchful eye on us. I was 15 years old before I ever went swimming in a real pool. “Occasionally on Sunday afternoons my parents took us to Mobile to a Mobile Bear’s baseball game. My friends Edd Evans or Max Lassister would sometimes go with us. Baseball was the major sport back then. During the week, downtown businesses kept their doors open. I remember walking past the stores and radios could be heard broadcasting a baseball game. Especially when Claude Passeau played for the Cubs.” The trail Mr. Roy and I were following curved, and we followed it into the

back fenced field. We continued the trail around the tree-lined fence and headed south. The trail was also our running and walking track. “Tell me other memories that stand out when you were a kid,” I said. He stopped and patted our dogs, and then began. “My daddy and granddaddy made lots of homemade ice cream. I can still taste how good it was. They would buy a block of ice from the ice plant, put it in a croaker sack and hit the sack with an axe to break it up. I remember at night we’d catch lightning bugs, put them in jars and use them for lanterns until our parents called us in for bed. “But some of the best times were just lying in the grass on my back watching clouds while I dreamed of being a baseball star and playing in the World Series—and a million other dreams. Even though we lived only 40 miles from the Gulf, we didn’t go to the beach. I wonder why.” We made a turn on our track and headed east. I said, “Do you think it was because your daddy worked such long hours?” He nodded, “I’m sure that’s one reason. He worked six days a week and many days he worked into the night. I never heard him complain about anything. That includes the times he was sick. “Thinking back on those summers in the late 30s and 40s, I can’t remember having an unhappy day. I didn’t have material things, but I had a wealth of love from both parents.” I truly believe my husband had a perfect childhood. My wish is that all of us can say the same when we recall our summer memories. 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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Lee Hedegaard, General Manager & CEO Lorri Freeman, Manager of Communications Amanda Parker, Communications Specialist For more information, call 601-947-4211/228-497-1313 x 2251 or visit our website at www.singingriver.com

Balancing generation costs, regulations and affordability Lee Hedegaard, General Manager and CEO Singing River Electric

Singing River Electric works daily with South Mississippi Electric (SME), our wholesale power provider, to balance the increasing costs of doing business with ensuring affordable service to members. One of the greatest threats to affordable power is new and constantly changing environmental regulations. Utilities across the nation are largely dependent upon coal as a relatively inexpensive fuel source for electric generation. SME used coal to provide 54.7 percent of power produced in 2011. For this reason, regula-

tions issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) targeting coal are of particular concern. Over the past decade, the EPA has issued three significant regulations that impact coal-fired generation. The costs of complying with these regulations have greatly restricted coal as an option for producing electricity. The equipment necessary to make an existing coal plant compliant is so expensive that in some situations it is more cost-effective to close the plant. In addition, time frames for complying with the regulations are inadequate. The short deadlines do not allow sufficient time for planning major changes and installing compliance controls. Imagine trying to build a house with an architect and contractor who continually make changes to your house plans without your input. In addition, the architect creates an unrealistic construction schedule and budg-

et, meaning you cannot get materials delivered or laborers hired to begin construction. As our country and our industry move forward, new plants will be necessary to replace retired coal plants and to meet the growing need for electricity. With the severe reduction of coal, more expensive alternative resources will be required. There is no getting around the fact that replacing a significant portion of our generating resources will increase our costs. Singing River Electric and SME are investigating options for future power generation that will enable us to maintain environmental compliance and keep our members’ power bills affordable. There must be a balance. Amidst the changes faced by the electric industry each day, we remain committed to providing the best value possible for safe and reliable electric energy for our members.

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Along with fun in the sun, summertime brings rising temperatures, which can cause higher energy use. Heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) units operate longer due to the heat outside. You can save money on your electric bill by ensuring your HVAC unit is properly maintained. There are other common problems that you may not be aware of that can cause higher energy use. First, ensure the heating element is not coming on with the air conditioning. This can cause substantial energy use and can go unnoticed. During routine maintenance, have a HVAC contractor check for this. Next, water leaks in and around the home can have an impact on your bill as well. Hot water leaks are the worst; if hot water is leaking it can cause your water heater to run longer to heat water that is being wasted. If your home is served by a well pump, cold water leaks can cause your energy use to rise as well. Periodically check in and around the home for water leaks and fix them promptly. One way to monitor your home’s energy use is to read your electric meter and keep a log/record of your daily energy use. For more money saving tips, visit www.singingriver.com.


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It’s hurricane season... are you prepared? As we prepared to print this publication, Tropical Storm Debby was meandering around in the Gulf headed toward Florida. Now is the time to ensure you have an evacuation plan for your family and a preparedness plan for your home. Singing River Electric has a tried and tested Emergency Preparedness and Restoration Plan. This plan details jobs to be done and who will do them, materials to be bought and contact information. It is available for instant access and the preparation ensures success. Take time to know your family’s evacuation route. Make sure another family member knows where you will evacuate. Also, if any member of your family uses electric medical equipment or has other special needs, make plans for evacuation. No utility can guarantee electric service following a storm. Remember that the quickest way to report an outage is through our outage management system. This places the outage directly into the system when you call any SRE office, press “1” and record your outage information.

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BEFORE THE STORM: Call us and update your phone number and email!

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Follow manufacturer’s instructions when using generators and always use in well ventilated areas.

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NHN Grant awarded to Jackson County Board of Supervisors

Twin Creek Volunteer Fire Department receives NHN Grant

From left: Jackson County public affairs coordinator Monica Cooper, Bicentennial committee member Joanne Anderson and Jackson County public information officer Nicole Grundel accept a Neighbors Helping Neighbors Grant check from SRE manager of communications Lorri Freeman along with Jackson County supervisor Mike Mangum. Funds will purchase a Bicentennial marker to be located at the Jackson County Courthouse to commemorate the county's 200th birthday.

From left: Twin Creek Volunteer Fire Department safety officer Davy Myers and chief Fred Livingston receive a Neighbors Helping Neighbors Grant check from SRE communications specialist Amanda Parker. Grant funds will be used to purchase strobe lights, high visibility traffic vests and a helicopter flight site landing kit to help land helicopters at night at the scene of motor vehicle accidents and other emergencies.


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Historic Mound Bayou observes 125th anniversary Residents of Mound Bayou will celebrate the unique history of their town with a 125th anniversary observance July 8-14. Mound Bayou was one of the first allAfrican American communities established after emancipation. Isaiah T. Montgomery and Benjamin Green founded the town in 1887 and initiated its tradition of self-empowerment. The town had as many as 40 business-

es, three schools, three cotton gins, a newspaper and a Carnegie library in its early years. But when cotton prices fell in the 1920s and 1930s, the town experienced a severe economic decline. Most of the downtown buildings were destroyed by fire in 1941. Mound Bayou’s revival was sparked in 1942 with the opening of the Taborian Hospital, one of only two African American hospitals in the state during the first half of the 20th century. Owned and operated by African Americans, the Taborian Hospital was the first medical institution in the nation to have an all-black staff. The vacant hospital building remains standing in downtown Mound Bayou, as do the first Bank of Mound Bayou, established in 1902, and the red brick home of founder Isaiah T.

The Isaiah T. Montgomery house was one of the few buildings to survive the fire that destroyed most of downtown Mound Bayou in 1941. Montgomery was a delegate to the Mississippi Constitutional Convention of 1890.

Montgomery. The town’s anniversary celebration begins at 8 a.m. July 8 with an Old Time Revival Meeting to share stories of its founders. Other activities will include the skit “Life Back in the Day” performed by

local youth, a motorcade to founders’ gravesites, Youth Day, opening of a 25year time capsule and a banquet. All events are free, except the banquet. For more information on the celebration, call city hall at 662-741-2194 or visit www.cityofmoundbayou.org.


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Bicycles and quiet mornings e began at the Gateway near USM’s campus in Hattiesburg and headed toward Prentiss, some 40 miles up the trail. Within minutes we were away from city noise and encroaching buildings and were in the midst of quiet, excluding the sounds of nature that is. Squirrels chattered from the treetops and scurried across the trail; a cardinal sang its melodious song; a mourning dove cooed. The rhythmic patter of running shoes became audible as a jogger approached from the opposite direction and nodded as he passed. At one point somewhere west of I-59, our near-silent passage allowed us Mississippi to get within a few Outdoors yards of a doe A covered bench makes a good rest stop while cycling on Longleaf Trace. Photo: Tony Kinton standing along the by Tony Kinton trail’s edge. She nounced reduction in the 40.3 miles Trace (www.longleaftrace.org), the only snorted and bounded away, flag up, into available one way. As a result, it was not one of its kind in Mississippi. This is a the pine and poplar and oak and sweet long before we turned and retraced our Rails-to-Trails Conservancy project, gum woods, her hoof falls crunching in tracks back to the Gateway and the truck. which runs from Hattiesburg to Prentiss leaves yet damp from morning dew. A Still, it had been a glorious morning. We along an abandoned railroad track. crow scolded from the tall confines of a sat briefly in a picnic shelter and had a Longleaf Trace has a minimum width longleaf pine. soft drink and snacks before loading up of 10 feet and is covered with asphalt, Not being long-range bikers and in and heading home, this with a promise to permitting easy navigation for walkers, condition for extended trips, we opted to do another portion of the trail soon. runners or bikers. And while no petroleset our maximum ride at 10 miles, a proThe trail mentioned is the Longleaf um-powered vehicles are allowed, concessions are made for electric carts by those who need them and who make the proper requests. Additionally, there is a 23-mile equestrian trail for horseback enthusiasts; this runs parallel to the paved trail between Carson and Epley. On its route between Hattiesburg and Prentiss, Longleaf passes through portions of Forrest, Lamar, Marion and Jefferson Davis counties. It touches the towns of, from south to northwest, Hattiesburg, Sumrall, Bassfield, Carson and Prentiss. These offer various amenities for those who choose to leave the trail for a meal. Benches, some with overhead covers, are located approximately every five miles. There are also six stations, plus the two Gateways at Hattiesburg and Prentiss, that offer restrooms: Jackson Road Station, Clyde Depot, Epley Station, Sumrall Station, Bassfield Station and Carson Station. A primitive campsite is

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located adjacent to Carson Station. And if camping is to be a part of your adventure to Longleaf, there are ample choices in addition to the primitive site at Carson. Since we were coming from the north on Highway 49, we elected to set up on that side of Hattiesburg. We stopped at Okatoma River Resort RV Park to overnight before the morning ride. There is also Paul B. Johnson State Park south of Hattiesburg. Lake Jeff Davis and Lake Mike Conner near the Prentiss end of Longleaf both afford campsites with hookups. A bike rental and retail shop are housed at the Gateway at USM in Hattiesburg. The Longleaf Trace is a true jewel. It is a means by which visitors can enjoy the natural world of south Mississippi from an asphalt track, as well as offering a variety of entry and exit points at the various stations along the way. It is open yearround to the public and simply should not be missed. Tony Kinton has been an active outdoors writer for 30 years. His books, “Outside and Other Reflections,” “Fishing Mississippi” and his new Christian historical romance novel, “Summer Lightning Distant Thunder,” are available in bookstores and from the author at www.tonykinton.com, or P.O. Box 88, Carthage, MS 39051.


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Apricot Nectar Cake

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‘Giant Houseparty Cookbook’ Tradition runs deep at the annual Neshoba County Fair, where people have been gathering and camping since 1889. Today, the fair bills itself as Mississippi’s Giant Houseparty, an eight-day fun-filled event where more than 600 cabins fill with families and friends. This year’s fair is set for July 27 - Aug. 3. This being Mississippi, food plays an important role in the festivities of the fair’s cabin community. And as some of the older cabins are handed down for new generations to enjoy and share, so are the recipes. The “Giant Houseparty Cookbook” presents many of these recipe traditions in a section devoted to fair food, plus a wide variety of others contributed by local families. Nancy Reagan provided her recipe for Vienna Chocolate Bars to the cookbook. Ronald and Nancy Reagan visited the fair in 1980, during his first campaign for the presidency. The third printing of this popular cookbook, first published in 1981, features a lay-flat binding and some 375 pages of recipes. It is available in stores or may be ordered by mail. To order, send $25 plus $6 S&H to Community Development Partnership, PO Box 330, Philadelphia, MS 39350. For more information call 877-752-2643. Learn more about the upcoming Neshoba County Fair at www.neshobacountyfair.org.

Nancy Reagan’s Vienna Chocolate Bars 2 sticks butter 2 egg yolks 1 1/2 cups sugar, divided 2 1/2 cups flour 1 (10-oz.) jar raspberry jelly or apricot preserves

1 cup semisweet chocolate bits 4 egg whites 1/4 tsp. salt 2 cups finely chopped nuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream the butter with the egg yolks and 1/2 cup of the sugar. Add flour and knead with the fingers. Pat batter out on a greased cookie sheet to about 3/8-inch thickness. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until lightly browned. Remove from oven; spread with jelly and top with chocolate bits. Beat egg whites with salt until stiff. Fold in remaining cup of sugar and nuts. Gently spread on top of jelly and chocolate. Bake for about 25 minutes. Cut into squares or bars. Yields 24 bars, cut 1 by 3 inches.

1 pkg. Duncan Hines Lemon Supreme cake mix 1/2 cup Wesson oil

1 cup apricot nectar 2 Tbsp. lemon flavoring 4 eggs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Blend together the cake mix, oil, apricot nectar and lemon flavoring. Fold in eggs one at a time. Beat for 3 minutes. Bake in tube pan for 1 hour. Drizzle with glaze while cake is hot. Cool before turning out of pan. Glaze: 2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted

1/3 cup apricot nectar 1 Tbsp. pure lemon juice

Beat all ingredients until sugar is dissolved.

Summer Fruit Bowl 3 medium bananas, sliced 4 medium oranges, pared and sectioned

1 cup strawberries, halved 1 cup seedless green grapes, halved

Peel bananas; slice into a bowl and cover completely with other fruit. Cover the bowl and chill well. Just before serving, pour dressing over fruit. Toss until fruit is well coated. Yield: 10 servings Sour Cream–Honey Dressing: 1/2 cup dairy sour cream

1 Tbsp. honey 1 Tbsp. orange juice

Blend together sour cream, honey and orange juice. Serve salad in crisp lettuce cups or on slices of fresh pineapple. Pour dressing over salad.

Mississippi Cornbread 1/2 cup cornbread mix 1/2 cup cream-style corn 2 eggs

1/2 cup cooking oil 1 cup sour cream 2 Tbsp. diced onion

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Mix all ingredients together and bake in a hot, greased skillet for 25 minutes.

Squash Au Gratin 1/4 cup margarine or butter 4 cups thinly sliced squash: yellow, white or zucchini 1 medium onion, thinly sliced

1/8 tsp. black pepper 2 tomatoes, sliced thin, or 1 cup canned tomatoes, sliced 1/2 cup grated cheese

Melt margarine in a skillet or Dutch oven, which has a tightly fitted lid. Add squash and all other ingredients except cheese. Cover and cook about 15 minutes, or until squash is tender. Sprinkle with cheese and place under broiler unit of oven for 1 or 2 minutes to melt and lightly brown cheese. Makes 4 or 5 servings.

Spoon Burgers 1 lb. ground beef 1 onion, chopped 1/2 (14-oz.) bottle catsup 1 (5-oz.) can Pet evaporated milk

3/4 tsp. salt 1 tsp. prepared mustard 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

In a deep iron skillet or Dutch oven, brown ground beef and onion. Add catsup, milk, salt, mustard and Worcestershire sauce. Simmer about 20 minutes. Will serve 8 to 10 people.

Blackberry Trifle 1 cup blackberry jam 1 cup sugar 1 cup buttermilk 1/2 cup butter 2 Tbsp. flour

4 eggs, separated 1 tsp. vanilla 1 (9-inch) unbaked pie shell 4 Tbsp. sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix well the jam, sugar, buttermilk, butter, flour, egg yolks and vanilla. Pour into unbaked pie shell. Bake about 40 minutes. Beat the 4 egg whites until stiff, gradually adding the sugar. Spread meringue on top of pie and return to oven to brown lightly.


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or know about the Manning connection.” Many visit for nostalgic reasons. Such was the case with a man from Amory the morning Sid sliced the delectable cheese. He was a Neshoba County native who had attended school with Sid’s uncle and was traveling to a relative’s 80th birthday celebration in nearby Decatur. He just wanted to stop by and see the place where little had changed. Time might never stand still, but a visit to Williams Brothers can offer an adventuresome pause.


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