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Electric co-op lobbyist worked on your behalf at state Capitol back and say, ‘I made a difference.’” pril 5 marks the end of the Indeed he has. The secret to Richard’s success fourth session for this legislative cycle in Mississippi. Many leg- is simple. First, as lobbyist he has to be accurate. islators will head home to start Richard always told me that there was no shame in not knowing the their re-election campaigns, answer to a question. while others will be retiring or Simply say, “Good running for other offices. question, Senator. I April 5 also marks the end of an era for one don’t know, but I will man under the Capitol dome. Much like Johnny find out the answer Vaught roamed the football field at Ole Miss, he and get back with has roamed the halls of the Mississippi Capitol. you.” His name is Richard Morgan and we all owe Second, you need to him a bit of gratitude. Many of you have never heard his name My Opinion be brief. There is a lot going on under the before, but for 27 years he has worked tirelessly Michael Callahan Capitol dome and a lot to make sure members of electric power associaExecutive Vice President/CEO EPAs of Mississippi demanding a legislations have the lowest possible rates, our employtor’s time. You have to ees are kept safe and protected, and our repreget in, make your points and get out. sentatives and senators know how legislation Last, be courteous. Regardless of whether you could affect electric power associations. Richard’s official title is vice president of gov- like or dislike a person’s politics or personally, ernment relations for the Electric Power Associa- always remember, he or she stepped out and ran tions of Mississippi. Simply put, he’s a lobbyist. for office and won. That alone requires you to He wears the ugliest yet most comfortable shoes show respect. Richard has been my advisor, mentor and you have ever seen. (The Capitol’s marble floor confidante for 10 years. When he gave me is very hard and tough on the feet and back.) While others stop to empty their pockets before advice, it was usually the type of advice that maybe I didn’t want to hear but needed to hear, going through the Capitol’s metal detector, Richard simply nods to the guard and passes by. and it was usually the truth. You can rest assured I once asked Richard why he had stayed with I listened every time. Richard’s wife, Marilyn, retired last summer the electric power associaand he is ready to join her. I wish them both the tions for so long. Why best and hope each finds something to do before hadn’t he used his talents they kill each other. to become a contract lobAs for me, I must go about the task of replacbyist chasing the big doling a legend. Next year there will be more bills lars? “Michael,” he said, “I to pass or kill, and someone will have to lobby have worked for a great on behalf of our members. But, for now, the organization and good electric power association family should give a people. My whole career I Richard Morgan farewell ovation to a man who worked tirelessly have lobbied for things that made people’s lives better and were good for to represent us all so well for so long. Thank you, Richard, and God bless. the state of Mississippi. Yes, I might have made more money, but the electric power associations JOIN TODAY IN MISSISSIPPI paid me well. I never had a troubled night’s ON FACEBOOK sleep and when my career is done, I can look

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On the cover Our cover canine is Seamus, photographed by Melanie Fuelling of Meridian, an East Mississippi Electric member. The cover kitty is Levi, photographed by Kaeli Holeman of Cruger, a Delta Electric member. Proud pet owners submitted hundreds of portraits of dogs, cats and assorted other creatures for this month’s “Picture This” feature, on pages 18-19.

Today in Mississippi OFFICERS Randy Wallace - President Keith Hurt - First Vice President Tim Smith - Second Vice President Barry Rowland - Secretary/Treasurer

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Dog Minnie, left, and cat Hotchner defy stereotype by peacefully sharing nap time in this photo by Laura Culliver of Columbia, a Pearl River Valley Electric Power Association member. More readers share photos of their precious pets on pages 18-19.

Mississippi is home. We have lived in Alabama and Florida but we always come home to Mississippi, where going to church, fellowshipping with your neighbors in praying, singing, Sunday school and good preaching are the best. And the hugs from everyone telling you to have a good week, knowing all is well in God’s world. — Frances Barlow, Hazlehurst Living in Mississippi is like being on vacation all year! It is back in the silence of my home place, where I can connect to the loved ones who have long been gone. In the glory of the morning, the trees move to the sounds of heaven, the Great Creator who put life into their roots. The naked trees of winter dance with the wind and sing of His wonder. The evergreens wake up winter with sounds of movement with the glorious wind. Then the daffodils appear like company that comes to stay for a while. The fruit trees blaze with pink and white blooms, as if they are preparing for a wedding. There is beauty everywhere! I am thankful that I live in Mississippi. — Sarah Hall, Black Hawk Mississippi to me is the place of my birth; And it’s where I came to remember my worth. It’s the sweet aroma of honeysuckle in the spring, And it’s the joy of hearing the bluebirds sing. It’s the discovery of tomato sandwiches and remembering the importance of Lent, And it’s the appreciation of knowing that my time is well spent. It’s the freedom to worship wherever I select, And at the end of the day, a stress-free rest. — Cheryl W. Glenn, Winston County

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Disability Connection Park A place for all to play

Armed with rakes and brooms, volunteers gather for a clean-up day at Disability Connection Playground, located at Bruce Ladner Memorial Park north of Gulfport.

By Nancy Jo Maples “Come play. Come swing on my swings. Come spin on my toys. Come play.” A playground near Gulfport is calling everyone’s name this spring. Disability Connection Playground is south Mississippi’s first all-inclusive recreational site and was founded by long-time community activist Janie O’Keefe. “The idea for the playground started with a woman and her little girl. In all of Harrison County there was no place for her child to play. She could not push her wheelchair through gravel to get to any play equipment,” O’Keefe said. O’Keefe had been involved in previous educational and community projects. She learned about the need for an inclusive playground because one of those projects focuses on disabled citizens. It is a non-profit agency called The Disability Connection of Mississippi. Her brother has multiple sclerosis and her oldest daughter is intellectually disabled. She knows how difficult it can

be to find activities that truly accommo- swing and panels with activities designed for autistic children. date disabled people. The playground Every piece of equipment can be used issue fit within the scope of her disability by either a disabled or non-disabled perconnection project. son. O’Keefe noted that many times par“I started going to playgrounds and ents are the ones in wheelchairs and found the mother of this little girl was their children are able to run and play; right,” O’Keefe said. however, the parents are limited in their The playground officially opened in August 2013, in Bruce Ladner Memorial ability to access a park to watch their children play. Another scenario involves Park on Highway 53 which lies just off Highway 49 north of Gulfport. “The Bruce Lad“Several schools don’t have ner Park was in need of repairs anyequipment on their playgrounds way so it was a for children with disabilities. good idea to make That’s a travesty for me. The it the Disability Connection play child doesn’t understand.” site,” O’Keefe said. — Janie O’Keefe Specialized equipment in the park includes a roller table as a modified slide, a single handicapped children who have ablepost swing with a harness, the Ominbodied siblings they want to play with ispin® spinner which is a safer alternative on a playground. to the merry-go-round, the Oodle® “Ours is a very inclusive community

park,” O’Keefe said. Open seven days a week, 24 hours a day, the park has a lighted walking track, benches, accessible bathrooms, shade trees and ample parking. All areas are easily accessible by wheelchairs or strollers. Ground coverings are smooth enough to roll a wheelchair and resilient enough to cushion a fall. Other cities, communities and schools

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Every piece of equipment in the park, including the roller tables, above, and the Omnispin®, below left, can be used by disabled and non-disabled kids and adults. Volunteers are welcome to help clean and maintain the park, left. Special events include the upcoming cleanup fun day on April 22. Photos courtesy of Disability Connection

“The idea for the playground started with a woman and her little girl. In all of Harrison County there was no place for her child to play. She could not push her wheelchair through gravel to get to any play equipment.”

opening an office in Ocean Springs with plans to install an inclusive playground there. Also, she would like to add phase two at the Gulfport park and is seeking

$30,000 in donations. “Several schools don’t have equipment on their playgrounds for children with disabilities. That’s a travesty for me. The child doesn’t understand,” O’Keefe said. The playground cost about $69,000. It was made possible through a grant and monetary donations of businesses and the Harrison County Board of Supervisors. O’Keefe orchestrated the effort through the organization she founded in

2002, The Disability Connection of Mississippi. The Disability Connection began as an effort to create an Internet connection for disabled people to become engaged in the community and find the same opportunities that others have. In addition to assisting people with disabilities Disability Connection aids homeless, seniors and jobless citizens. Several events are hosted throughout the year such as the annual Arbor Day 5K/1-mile Walk, Run, Roll which is an inclusive event allowing all community citizens to participate whether their ability level is to walk, to run or to roll their

— Janie O’Keefe

wheelchair. An upcoming event is the playground’s clean-up fun day set April 22. Other resources, services and contact information can be found at www.disabilityconnection.org, by calling 228604-4020, or by visiting its sites on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Writer Nancy Jo Maples can be reached at 188 Ernest Pipkins Road, Lucedale, MS 39452 or nancyjomaples@aol.com.


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Providing students the skills to lead now and into future What are the qualities of an effective leader? A group of 63 Mississippi high school juniors found the answers to this and other leadership-related questions at the 29th annual Electric Power Associations of Mississippi Youth Leadership Workshop, held Feb. 25-27 in Jackson. The workshop brought together students from across Mississippi to participate in challenging team-building exercises, meet their local legislators, tour the state Capitol and hear words of encouragement from motivational speakers and top leaders in the state. “Our goal is to encourage and challenge these young people to make a difference in their schools and communities,” said Ron Stewart, coordinator of the statewide program. “By providing them with the appropriate resources and proper training, they are able to excel and serve in leadership roles now and in the future.” The workshop offered the young people an opportunity to interact with other students interested in fulfilling a leadership position and serving their community. Stewart emphasized the

program is built around using the cooperative philosophy: working together to accomplish goals. “This exceptional group of young people in our leadership class of 2015 are committed to making a difference in the lives of others,” Stewart said. “They have outstanding qualities and traits and, as our future leaders, they will make us all proud.” Gov. Phil Bryant, keynote speaker, encouraged the students to stay in Mississippi. “There are opportunties for you in Mississippi,” he said. “I urge you to stay here and take on leadership roles in this great state. And our future will be much brighter because of the valued contributions you can make.” The student leaders were challenged by Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves at the workshop’s legislative breakfast. “I encourge you to dream big, develop a plan and work hard to reach your goals. Remember, even at a young age, nothing is impossible,” Reeves said. This year’s participants, who represented schools throughout the state, earned the expense-paid trip to the workshop in a competitive selection process sponsored by their electric power association.

Electric Power Associations of Mississippi

YOUTH LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP ALCORN COUNTY EPA Madelynn Lynch, Corinth Matthew Turner, Rienzi CENTRAL EPA Emerson Billy, Conehatta Ali Pike, Philadelphia Carly Pippin, Carthage COAST EPA Tommy Duong, Biloxi Erin Geist, Saucier Savanah Rupkey, Long Beach Beth Shiyou, Diamondhead DIXIE EPA Alicia Brown, Petal Chance Sumrall, Ovett EAST MISS. EPA Nathan Bilbo, Noxapater Darby Chaney, Collinsville Brianna Gunn, Enterprise Josh Hopkins, Daleville Gibson Horne, Meridian Shelby Irby, Quitman Alec Marlow, Meridian Zoria Nicholson, Louisville Whitney Palmer, Louisville Kiera Phillips, Noxapater Alli Vick, Philadelphia

4-COUNTY EPA Philip Evans, Ackerman Macy Walters, Columbus Grant Wolfe, Starkville MAGNOLIA EPA Alexcia Carr, McComb Brooke Myers, Bogue Chitto Brooke Wells, Summit NORTH EAST MISS. EPA Lindsey Lott, Water Valley Tate Russell, Oxford Savannah Shirley, Myrtle NORTHCENTRAL EPA Garrett Addington, Olive Branch Hailey Corbett, Southaven Bailey Easley, Southaven Josh Gramm, Hernando Alyssa Marie Grant, Byhalia Stuart Gunner, Olive Branch

Sarah Henthorn, Olive Branch Annette McGee, Byhalia Holly McGinnis, Hernando Tyneria Moore, Byhalia Kaycee Robbins, Byhalia Loren Williams, Olive Branch PEARL RIVER VALLEY EPA Bethany Lawson, Purvis Luke Logan, Hattiesburg PONTOTOC EPA Rick Campbell, Tupelo Molly Sorto, Pontotoc SINGING RIVER EPA Emily Barnes, Ocean Springs Brice Fortinberry, Leakesville Rachel Pugh, Moss Point

SOUTHERN PINE EPA Zavan Brown, Louin Brooklyn Mooney, Collins Marly Perkins, Seminary SOUTHWEST MISS. EPA Marcus Durrell Jr., Roxie Katherine Shell, Brookhaven TALLAHATCHIE VALLEY EPA Bryce Griffin, Crowder Taylor Norwood, Batesville Dalton Robison, Batesville Sarah Toole, Senatobia TWIN COUNTY EPA Caleigh Haynes, Greenville Baljot Singh, Belzoni

YAZOO VALLEY EPA Curtis Hill, Lexington Jeremy (J.J.) White, Bentonia Due to the severe weather in north Mississippi, the following students were unable to attend the 2015 Youth Leadership Workshop:

NATCHEZ TRACE EPA Liza Boyer, Houston Walker Winter, Houlka TOMBIGBEE EPA Tucker Carter, Saltillo Beth Ezell, Saltillo Melea Mansel, Saltillo Carson Robbins, Shannon Lane Scribner, Mooreville Dakota Taylor, Nettleton

Lynch wins top Leadership Award

Madelynn Lynch, sponsored by Alcorn County Electric Power Association, accepts the Youth Leadership Award from Ron Stewart, senior vice president of the Electric Power Associations of Mississippi. A junior at Corinth High School, Madelynn is a member of the Mayor’s Youth Council, environmental club, historical society, competition play, basketball team, track team, pep club, drama club, foreign language club, Fellow Christian Athletes and the Junior Leadership of Alcorn County. She lives in Corinth with Mark and Shelia Gardner. Madelynn will serve a one-year term as Mississippi’s representative on the national Youth Leadership Council of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. The award includes a $1,000 scholarship. Tommy Duong, Coast Electric, and Stuart Gunner, Northcentral Electric, were recognized at the conclusion of the workshop. Both students received leadership awards and a $500 scholarship.

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One place leads to another in Mississippi got an email the other See the George Ohr Museum in day from someone say- Biloxi, the Walter Anderson Museum in ing that she and her Ocean Springs, the Lauren Rogers husband were both Museum in Laurel, the Mississippi about to retire (on the Museum of Art in Jackson, plus any same day!) and wanted multitude of galleries and museums I no me to suggest some places they could go doubt left out. Columbus has a great see in Mississippi. She said they had gallery just down the street from the already either gone to or were planning Tennessee Williams house (now the welto see the usual places—Natchez, Vicks- come center.) burg and the coast—and intended to And speaking of Tennessee Williams, taste the world’s best fried chicken at the not only is his childhood home open in Old Country Store at Lorman. But Columbus, so are the Eudora Welty where else could they go? house in Jackson and William Faulkner’s Since warm weather is upon us and home, Rowan Oak, in Oxford. the itch to get out of the house may Elvis Presley’s birthplace is open in have hit many of us, here Tupelo. The Tupelo Autoare a few of the places I sugmobile Museum is there gested to them. too. And cars remind me of Explore the blues at the trains, which brings to Clarksdale Blues Museum. mind the McComb RailAlso see the B.B. King road Museum. The rail yard Museum in Indianola. Blues in McComb was where Illiis a musical movement that nois Central repaired trains. swept the world and it startThe museum chronicles ed right here. And if you that era. really want to experience the If you are spry, hike the Mississippi Delta, spend the night at trail to the waterfalls at Seen Shack Up Inn in Clarksdale. Clark Creek, southwest of William Faulkner's home, Rowan Oak, is a favorite Mississippi destination. While you are in Oxford, browse by Walt Grayson I like the old CCC cabins Woodville in Wilkinson Square Books downtown and see if you can find a Faulkner novel. It's just across the street from the Confederate at Tishomingo State Park. County. Woodville is inter- statue on the courthouse grounds. Photo: Walt Grayson They aren’t for everybody, though. Miz esting with its old courthouse surroundJo wrinkles her nose at the idea. She says ed by live oaks so old their limbs droop Live oaks remind me of the Friendsippi’s most haunted house. But I think there are too many crickets. (City girl.) all the way to the ground. ship Oak in Long Beach. Legend says you really have to believe in stuff like the person you walk with hand in hand that for it to be so. I’ve been to c beneath the tree will remain your friend 26th Annual McRaven many times and never experiMusi forever. Worked so far. enced anything out of the ordinary. But I’ve always liked the Ring-in-the-Oak someone needs to buy it and re-open it, COMING DUE? Collins, MS in Biloxi at the Church of the May 5, 2015 not only for the ghosts but for the hisRedeemer. It survived Katrina while tory. many younger trees around it didn’t. Well, I have just been rambling on Catch a performance at the MSU and on. Maybe this will get you started. Riley Center in Meridian not only for And once you start you will run into Featuring: Includes First Year 8% Bonus the performance sake but just to go sit plenty of leads on your own everywhere Grayson in that 19th century auditorium that Learn the Safe & Secure Way to Earn Stock you go, for your next destination. Capps Market Linked Return Without Market has been so meticulously restored. Tour Happy travels! Risk to Your Principal. the Temple Theatre in Meridian if you S p ec ia l E v e n ts : can. Hopefully someone will play the 5- k R u n / W a l k 8 : 0 0 a m & c h i l d r e n ’ s f u n r u n Financial Services pipe organ. See the Gypsy Graves at A r ts & C r a f ts , Q u il t E x h i b i t, F o o d B o o t hs , F a i r Walt Grayson is the host of “Mississippi R i d e s , H e a lt h F a i r & L iv e En t e r t a in m e n t Rose Hill cemetery while in town. And Roads” on Mississippi Public Broadcasting 1-800-844-3254 “Serving you for Over 50 Years” television, and the author of two “Looking take a tour of Merrehope. You may For More Info: www.covingtonchamber.com Covington County Chamber of Commerce Around Mississippi” books and “Oh! That Guarantees subject to the claim paying ability of the bump into one of the several ghosts insurance company. Surrender of the contract may be Reminds Me: More Mississippi Homegrown subject to surrender charge or market value adjustPhone: (601) 765-6012 while you are there. ment. Product not available in all states. This is a single premium deferred Annuity. Interest rates are subject to Stories.” Contact Grayson at Fax: (601) 765-1740 Speaking of ghosts, I wish McRaven change. Withdrawals prior to age 59 / may be subject to a 10% IRS penalty. Download the walt@waltgrayson.com. Covington Chamber App in Vicksburg was still open. It is Missis-

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Tame wisteria for a dramatic display enjoyed the warm spring weather while driving around south Mississippi this past weekend. One of the sights I noticed for the first time this year was the wisteria starting to bloom. Wisteria doesn’t bloom at the first sign of warm weather. It’s one of those plants that waits patiently and is a good indicator that spring has officially sprung. I’m always amazed at how high wisteria can climb into the tops of the trees, showing off how vigorous and aggressive these plants can be. As such, they can seem to be a little too much for the typical home landscape. But believe it or not, these vines can actually be used in a confined space, assuming the home gardener is committed to keeping the plant in its place through training and pruning. Never allow wisteria to grow randomly. Wisteria can be made to grow as a shrub by judiciously pruning and training a main stem, much like the process

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used to grow grape vines. Older trunks can be extremely twisted and many inches in diameter. Consistent pruning helps control the vigorous growth and actually promotes more flowering each spring. Wisteria is a great landscape plant because it is hardy and can be extremely long-lived. When given a sturdy trellis or pergola, this climbing vine can provide beneficial summer shade. The plant climbs using twining stems to grab hold of any structure available. Its landscape value is enhanced in the spring by the pendulous flowers it produces. Along the road, we commonly see purple and white colors. For the landscape, there is a variety of colorful selections available in the nursery trade, ranging from white to pink and blue. These colors often are grafted plants. Check with your local garden centers for availability. Two deciduous species of wisteria are commonly found for the landscape. Japanese wisteria is perhaps the most common. The pendulous flower clusters open along with the emerging foliage.

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Wisteria is a climbing vine that is very hardy and extremely long-lived. Its landscape value is enhanced in the spring by the pendulous flowers it produces. Wisteria vines are often seen with purple or white flowers, but selections in other colors, such as this Millettia Reticulata, left, are available in the nursery trade. Photos: MSU Extension Service/Gary Bachman

The other species is Chinese wisteria, which produces flower clusters that can be 12 inches long or more. The flowers open before the foliage emerges. Flower timing is very close to the flowering dogwood, and these two would make a fantastic landscape combination planting. Southern Evergreen wisGardening teria also deserves attention in by Dr. Gary Bachman Mississippi. I was first introduced to this plant at Mississippi State University’s Truck Crops Branch Experiment Station in Crystal Springs, where it covers the central pergola. This variety is not as aggressive and invasive as others, and its foliage is leathery and dark green. Flowers emerge in the sum-

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Sweet potatoes aren’t yams, and other foibles t became immediately A few minutes later I sat down in the apparent that I was fightwarmth of the dining area and enjoyed ing a losing battle! Stand- my sweet potatoes, this pleasure providing in the deli line of a ing ample courage to step back outside local grocery store with an into a disagreeable winter day. extensive collection of other lunch gathAnd now to the intent of this column: erers, I requested candied sweet potatoes. There are a great many truths in life that They were right there, steaming and ooz- are false! This proclivity toward falsehood ing with their deliciously bright orange seems to sprout with abandon when brilliance behind the glass. I gestured in dealing with topics of an outdoor persuatheir direction. sion. Consider this sweet potato/yam “Did you say the yams?” thing. The server was kind but Yams are yams. Grown obviously harried by that commonly in Africa and long line of customers waitAsia, yams are not a standard ing in anticipation. dish here. I am referring to “Candied sweet potatoes.” real yams, not sweet potatoes I repeated my request and that are erroneously called this time pointed. yams. Sweet potatoes, on the “Yams,” the lady again other hand, are definitely Mississippi said. “What else would you standard. A whole bunch of Outdoors like, sir?” them are grown each year in Now, I love candied sweet Vardaman, Mississippi. by Tony Kinton potatoes. My country Other places too, but Varupbringing, I suppose. But, I daman comes easily to mind. don’t care for yams. Knowing, however, And a warning: If ever you set your taste that this deli had likely never had yams, I buds for sweet potatoes and bite into felt confident I was getting exactly what I yams instead, you will immediately wanted—candied sweet potatoes. I conbecome downcast, distraught. Sweet sidered offering a horticultural explanapotatoes are simply better. On to other tion. But such a lecture would be not fables. only rude to all involved, it would also It has often been rumored and likely serve no viable purpose. I opted to accepted as fact that old elephants, being remain silent. the intelligent creatures they are, move

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off to some common elephant graveyard when they realize their days are coming to an end. Sounds reasonable one might suppose. But this is another truth that is false. And bats are blind; everyone knows that. Again, not true. Bats do use a form of radar to locate their prey, but they can see just the same. We must certainly not forget the ostrich. Unusual birds, these. When frightened and electing to hide from danger, what do they do? Something useless, like put their heads in the sand. Right? Sorry, but no. They can run quite handily, which they do, and if cornered they are more than capable of inflicting severe damage to the entity that has cornered them. So head in the sand doesn’t happen. It is common knowledge that the spider known as Grandaddy Longlegs is dangerously venomous but can’t bite because the legs keep it suspended above its intended victim. Wrong on both assumptions. This spider can bite, but the incident may be so painless that it goes unnoticed, and the result seldom produces more than a slight irritation at the site of said bite. Perhaps there is room in this discourse for matters not related to nature but that are still accepted truths that are not true at all. For instance, George

Washington’s false teeth were made of wood. No, they were made of, among other things, hippopotamus ivory. These were attached with metal and gave the first President a great deal of discomfort. Did Vikings really wear horns on their helmets? Well, of course they did. But there is little valid evidence of this. The common image first appeared in a production of Richard Wagner’s famous operatic cycle “Der Ring des Nibelungen” in 1876. At least from that point forward, Vikings have indeed worn horns on their helmets. Is the word “irregardless” really a word? If its appearance in a dictionary evidences the fact that the word exists, there is such a word. But it is in the dictionary only with a note indicating it likely shouldn’t be. A simple “regardless” is more than adequate. I thank you for your indulgence and close with the following: Does any of this really matter? Probably not. Can we live happy, healthy lives minus such knowledge? Yes. We are allowed to go on with life while embracing falsehoods irregardless of the fact that they are not true! Tony Kinton has been an active outdoors writer for 30 years. His newest book, “Rambling Through Pleasant Memories,” is now available. Order from Amazon.com or Kinton’s website: www.tonykinton.com.


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Mike Smith, General Manager & CEO Lorri Freeman, Manager of Public Relations Amanda Parker, Public Relations Specialist For more information, call 601-947-4211/228-497-1313 x 2251 or visit our website at www.singingriver.com

CEO’s message

Time for spring cleaning

Mike Smith, General Manager and CEO

Line work is a difficult job due to many factors. The first is the aspect of safety. Linemen go through hundreds of hours of safety training during their careers and are required to wear many different pieces of personal protection equipment on a daily basis. They must also be trained to use other safety equipment to protect them from making contact with power lines. Keeping their minds clear from distractions of family and other responsibilities is a

must; linemen cannot afford to be distracted from the job for even one second. The second aspect – training – doesn’t stop at safety. Line work is tedious, and it takes a skilled craftsman to learn the trade. Whether our employees begin their journey at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Lineman Training School or come to us with prior experience, it takes years to build the skill level required to become a journeyman lineman. Specialties in this field include underground and overhead line work, metering, as well as line and substation construction. The last aspect of difficulty linemen encounter is the need for great dedication to the job. It takes a unique person

to leave his family at 2 a.m. during a storm and go to work. It also takes dedicated families to understand the requirements of the job and support their linemen. Singing River Electric works hard to equip and educate our employees so they can perform their jobs and serve our members. Many of our employees have decades of experience restoring service both here locally and across the southeast region as we assist our fellow electric cooperatives after storms. On this National Lineman Appreciation Day, I’d like to recognize each of these hard-working employees for the work they do to keep the power on in our communities here in southeast Mississippi.

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Line work is a challenging yet rewarding job

Nick DeAngelo, CEM Member Services Representative deangelo@singingriver.com

Spring is here, and it's time to start that spring cleaning! The heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system in your home is a great place to start. Making up 45 percent of your total electric bill, the HVAC system uses the most energy and is essential in controlling temperature and humidity in the home. Dirty coils and filters can restrict airflow causing the unit to run longer and work harder, resulting in increased energy use. The ductwork is also an important part of the HVAC system. Now may be the time to have it cleaned and possibly resealed if there are any leaks. It's essential to keep the conditioned air flowing into the conditioned spaces. So before you start using your A/C on a regular basis, consult with an HVAC contractor about doing a thorough check on your system to ensure it is performing at maximum efficiency. For more information on how to reduce your energy consumption and save money, visit our website at www.singingriver.com.

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Singing River Electric salutes the service of our dedicated linemen America’s electric cooperatives have designated the second Monday of April as National Lineman Appreciation Day. On April 13, 2015, Singing River Electric Power Association will honor these hard working employees who often work in challenging conditions to keep the lights on. “Our linemen are highly skilled both technically and in the area of safety,” said Singing River Electric CEO Mike Smith. “They are dedicated to provide quality and efficient service whether they are working at home or away.” Singing River Electric linemen are always quick to sign up to assist other co-ops following a storm. Traveling to help others ensures these co-ops are quick to respond if south Mississippi is ever in need, as was the case with Hurricane Katrina. Many of our linemen have long tenures with Singing River Electric and several employees are second or even third generations of our Singing River Electric family. The resolution passed to honor these brave and hardworking individuals includes the following: “Whereas linemen leave their

families and put their lives on the line every day to keep the power on; Whereas linemen work 365 days a year under dangerous conditions to build, maintain and repair the electric infrastructure; Whereas linemen are the first responders of the electric cooperative family, getting power back on and making things safe for all after storms and accidents; and Whereas there would be no electric cooperatives without the brave men and women who comprise our corps of linemen; Therefore be it resolved that NRECA recognize the Second Monday of April each year as National Lineman Appreciation Day.” Singing River Electric proudly recognizes all electric linemen for the services they perform. The cooperative honors its lineman on this day and invites members to take a moment to thank a lineman for the steadfast work they do. Use the #ThankaLineman on social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) post and share your appreciation with SRE linemen serving our communities right here in south Mississippi.


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Thank you to Rep. John Read, Rep. Jeffrey Guice, Rep. Dennis DeBar, Rep. Doug McLeod for visiting with Singing River Electric’s workshop attendees on the House floor. Thanks also to Sen. Phillip Gandy (not pictured) for the time he spent with the students on the Senate floor.

Providing Mississippi students lessons for building a successful future The Electric Power Associations of Mississippi held its 29th annual Youth Leadership Workshop Feb. 25-27 in downtown Jackson. Electric cooperatives from all across the state sponsored 63 of the state’s brightest high school juniors, who came together to learn vital leadership skills to guide them toward achieving their future goals. Emily Barnes from St. Martin High School, Brice Fortinberry from Greene County High School and Rachel Pugh from East Central High School represented Singing River Electric at this hands-on leadership program. The students participated in fun and challenging team-building activities, visited with their state legislators during a breakfast and at the state Capitol, and heard encouraging speeches from motivational speakers, as well as Mississippi’s top leaders, Gov. Phil Bryant and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves. Gov. Bryant, a strong supporter of the Gov. Phil Bryant program, spoke to the students and urged them to remain in Mississippi after college or workforce training, focusing on the remarkable opportunities that are present for Mississippians. “There are so many opportunities for you in Mississippi to take on leadership roles in this state. When it comes time for you to go into

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“There are many opportunities for you to take on leadership roles in Mississippi.”

the workforce, we are leading the nation in industries like automobile production and telemedicine, as well as making strides in our export industy. There is a place for you to make a difference in Mississippi.” Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves also spoke to the group, reminding them that anyone can reach their goals, despite obstacles. The students were once again encouraged to “dream big,” and reminded that they have the ability to make a difference in their schools and communities. While visiting the Capitol, the group was able to see government in action first hand while visiting the gallery of the Senate and were able to talk one-on-one with their legislators. The students’ critical thinking skills were put to the test during a Town Hall meeting, which allowed them to discuss pressing issues that they Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves are facing as youth. After discussing the issues that affect their daily lives, they were able to work together with students from other areas of the state experiencing those same issues, to develop solutions they could take back to their schools and communities. Singing River Electric is a proud supporter of the program. “We are proud to have Emily, Brice and Rachel represent Singing River Electric,” said Mike Smith, general manager and CEO. “We believe in the investment we are making in these students, and we know they will do great things in the future.” Emily, Brice and Rachel will travel with the youth group to Washington D.C. in June.” The students will then have the chance to meet with Mississippi’s congressional delegation on Capitol Hill, as well as visit all of the monuments and memorials during the seven-day tour.

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Rachel Pugh Brice Fortinberry and his group brainstormed the qualities of a leader and later wrote a song about leadership using those words.

vigates her way through a grid with the help of her group during a team-building exercise.

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Emily Barnes St. Martin High School

Brice Fortinberry Greene County High School

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If it’s not in use, turn off the juice! How saving energy saves you more than money Reducing household energy use doesn’t mean doing without or being uncomfortable. Energy efficiency can mean making little changes to our behavior to see how they add up to big savings. Examples include installing CFL or LED lightbulbs in your most used lights at your home or business, washing clothes on the energy savings setting and setting your water heater temperature to no higher than 120°F.

The benefits of energy efficiency and conservation So why are energy conservation and energy efficiency more important than ever to our members? By conserving

and being more efficient, the energy reduction in your home saves you money and improves our economy by enabling consumers and businesses to spend and invest more in other areas. It also increases conservation of natural resources and reduces pollution.

How can SRE help? Singing River Electric works to partner with our members in energy efficiency. There are many resources available for members including: FREE in-home energy audits, FREE online efficiency resources including calculators, brochures, tips and more. You can also visit your local library and check out a Kill-A-Watt device. Singing River Electric has partnered with local

How old are your major appliances? If your home is full of appliances that qualify as “relics,” you’re beating the odds. The National Association of Home Builders estimates that the average lifespan of major household appliances is 10 years. However, if you are feeling lucky because your refrigerator or washing machine has lasted longer than expected, you may not be as lucky as you think. The older an appliance gets, the less energy efficient it is and the less effectively it runs.

libraries to offer this device to empower members to check appliance voltage. The most powerful tool, however, can be right in the palm of your hand. Our SmartHub app is available to download to any mobile device. This app allows members to pay their bill, review current and past billing history, contact a SRE office, report a power outage and check and view energy use compared to regional weather. This enables members to see how low and high temperatures correlate directly with increased electricity use. Energy use can be viewed on a daily, weekly or yearly basis. For more information, contact any SRE office or visit our website at www.singingriver.com.

Community grants awarded George/Greene Habitat for Humanity (l-r) George/Greene Habitat for Humanity board president Wayne Brown and executive director Sue Trosclair recently accepted a Neighbors Helping Neighbors (NHN) Community Grant check from SRE public relations specialist Amanda Parker. Grant funds will purchase two laptop computers and Fred Pryor training software for Microsoft Office programs, which will be used to train Habitat staff members as well as partner families so they can gain skills needed to obtain permanent employment.

New versions of the same appliances comply with updated regulations for energy and water consumption, so they use less energy and save you money on your electric bill. For example, a brand-new Energy Star certified refrigerator can save the owner from $35-300 over its lifetime. For more information on Energy Star and how to choose an efficient appliance, visit www.energystar.gov.

East Central High School Singing River Electric recently presented a Neighbors Helping Neighbors (NHN) Community Grant check to East Central High School to purchase four HP touchscreen laptops, noise cancelling earphones, a CD player and a complete series of Magic School Bus audio CDs, all for use in the Life Skills class. Front Row (l-r): SRE Manager of Public Relations Lorri Freeman, student Allison Taggart, ECHS Life Skills Teacher Donna Lollar and student Colton Epps. Back row (l-r): ECHS Principal Jim Hughey and students Kenny Black, Kyle Lyon and Shelby Waltman.


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Singing River Electric helps you conserve on

Earth Day

Conservation is important to all of us and is the basis for the creation of the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970. Whether you take strides to leave barrier islands and area lakes free of trash when you visit them, plant trees in our communities or take pride in the fact that Singing River Electric’s generation

includes hydroelectric and nuclear energy as non-carbon sources, it is all part of the effort of conservation and the celebration of Earth Day. Singing River Electric works hard to conserve and keep our communities beautiful in many ways. This includes planting trees and other plants at the

three office locations, supporting local conservation efforts through Neighbors Helping Neighbor community grants, participating in Mississippi Coast Cleanup and providing customer service options to members including paperless billing and CFL recycling.

Singing River Electric offers paperless billing Singing River Electric offers online bill payment and paperless billing to members. It is easy to sign up by visiting the website located at singingriver.com and clicking the paperless billing link at the top of the page. Paperless billing allows the members the freedom of being free from the clutter of excess mail. You receive an email when your bill is ready to pay and you can view and print a copy of

the billing statement, as well as see current and past month’s account information. Signing up for paperless billing is easy and it is free. It is also easy to switch back to regular billing by using the same process of visiting the website.

CFL recycling

Nancy Panter, SRE customer service representative, reminds you to bring used CFL bulbs to any SRE office to be recycled FREE.

One of the easiest ways to conserve is to participate in Singing River Electric’s FREE Recycling program for residential CFL bulbs. Simply collect your used CFL residential bulbs and drop them off at any Singing River Electric office location. There are CFL recycling buckets located in the lobbies of each of the three SRE offices. Once the recycling buckets are filled, they are mailed off to recycling centers for proper disposal. Also, don’t forget that using the CFL or LED bulbs in your home is an additional way to conserve. According to Energy Star, compact fluorescent bulbs use up to 75 percent less energy and last 10 to 25 times longer than the regular incandescent bulbs.


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It’s pretty to look at, with pearly white grains all the same size. But what’s really special about Arant Acres’ Delta Blues Rice is what you can’t see. “It all came from within about 30 miles of right here,” said Hugh Arant Jr., meaning Greenwood. “We’re using a variety of rice developed in Washington County, in Stoneville. We’re growing it in Sunflower County and then we’re milling it in Leflore County. That’s about as Delta as you can get,” said Arant, a Delta Electric Power Association member who serves on the cooperative’s board of directors. Although it costs more to produce, Delta Blues Rice comes at a time when more consumers and chefs are seeking locally grown farm products—and showing a willingness to pay more for their higher quality. Most packages of long-grain white rice sold in stores contain a number Hugh Arant Jr. of rice varieties grown by hundreds of farmers in several states, Arant said. “The big rice mills cannot segregate the varieties because they just have so much volume. They just throw everything in the same bag, and it doesn’t all cook the same way or look the same.” The advantages of milling only one variety of rice, he said, include uniformity in both appearance and cooking time, as well as consistently good flavor. “In

Sausage Creole over Rice Grits 4 Tbsp. butter 1 small onion, chopped 1 rib celery, chopped 1 small bell pepper, chopped 1 (12-oz.) pkg. Polish kielbasa, sliced 2 Tbsp. flour 1 can diced tomatoes

1 Tbsp. red wine vinegar 8 to 12 oz. chicken stock 3 to 4 Tbsp. heavy cream 1 tsp. garlic powder ½ Tbsp. Creole seasoning Salt and pepper to taste

Melt butter in a skillet. Add vegetables and sauté until soft. Add kielbasa and cook about 3 minutes. Sprinkle flour over the vegetables and kielbasa, and stir constantly until flour just begins to brown. Pour in tomatoes and red wine vinegar, and stir until combined. Add chicken stock and stir, cooking until slightly thickened. Stir in cream and seasonings. Cook on low 5 minutes. Adjust seasonings to taste. Serve over Delta Blues Rice Grits.

fact, chefs have told us our rice cooks quicker, so they can cook it in small batches to order.” Arant operates the farm in partnership with his brother, David, and nephew David Jr., the fourth generation of Arant farmers. They produce corn, soybeans and rice on land their family has cultivated for more than 90 years. The brothers’ father, the late Hugh Arant Sr., acquired a small rice mill decades ago and milled his own rice mainly to give to family and friends. “We didn’t know if they liked it because of the taste or the price,” Arant said laughing. The new Delta Blues brand of rice represents a significant commitment and investment in high-tech milling equipment to ensure a high-quality product that is planted, harvested and marketed by the Arants. Their current product line of long-grain white rice and rice grits will expand soon to include brown rice. Arant Acres is also certified by the Mississippi Crop Improvement Association to grow rice for seed production. MCIA inspections ensure the purity of both the seed rice and Delta Blues rice fields prior to harvest. Learn more about Delta Blues Rice and find retailers at www.deltabluesrice.com.

Basic Rice Grits 1 cup Delta Blues Rice Grits 2 cups water or chicken stock

1 pat butter 1 tsp. salt

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and stir once. Cover and simmer over low heat about 20 minutes or until water has been absorbed and rice grits are tender. Keep covered, remove from heat and let sit 10 minutes. Serve with your favorite sauce or gravy.

Shrimp and Rice Grits ½ cup butter ½ cup finely chopped onion ½ cup finely chopped bell pepper ½ cup finely chopped celery 4 cloves garlic, minced ¼ cup flour

1 qt. warm chicken stock ½ cup heavy whipping cream 1 ½ lbs. shrimp, peeled and deveined 4 green onions, chopped and divided Creole seasoning Salt, pepper

Melt butter in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion, bell pepper, celery and garlic, and sauté until tender. Sprinkle flour over the vegetables and cook, stirring constantly, about 5 minutes. Add warmed chicken stock, one ladle at a time, stirring until fully incorporated. Stir in cream and bring sauce to a simmer. Add shrimp and green onions (minus 2 tablespoons), and cook until shrimp turn pink. Season to taste and serve over prepared Delta Blues Rice Grits. Top each serving with remaining green onions.


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Taco Rice 1 cup rice 2 cups water 1 tsp. Better Than Bouillon Chicken Base 1 Tbsp. butter 2 Tbsp. Amore Tomato Paste 1 to 1 ½ tsp. taco seasoning (recipe at right) ½ tsp. onion powder ¾ tsp. cumin

Taco Seasoning: 1 Tbsp. chili powder ¼ tsp. garlic salt ¼ tsp. onion powder ¼ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes ¼ tsp. dried oregano ½ tsp. paprika 1 ½ tsp. ground cumin ¾ tsp. sea salt ¾ tsp. coarse ground black pepper

Combine all ingredients in a medium pot. Bring to a boil. Stir and cover. Reduce heat to low and cook about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and keep covered 10 minutes. Fluff and serve plain or with your favorite toppings (lime juice, cilantro, chopped tomatoes, etc.).

What’s nice about rice

 Mississippi is the fourth-largest U.S. producer of rice, after Arkansas, Louisiana and California.  Leading rice-producing counties in Mississippi are Bolivar, Washington and Sunflower, although rice is grown in most counties in the Mississippi-Yazoo Delta.  Rice is one of Mississippi’s top agricultural exports.  Mississippi’s annual rice crop contributes more than $347 million in value to the state’s economy, according to the USA Rice Federation.  Mississippi’s rice crop is planted in March and April and harvested in August and September. In winter, flooded rice fields help support migratory waterfowl.

 The rice plant has about 120,000 varieties. Mississippi producers grow longgrain rice.  U.S.-grown rice is gluten-free and has only a trace of fat.  Keep the lid on the pot while cooking rice to prevent steam from escaping. At the end of cooking time, test rice for doneness. If it is not tender or liquid is not absorbed, replace lid and cook 2 to 4 minutes longer.  When rice is cooked, fluff with a fork to allow steam to escape.  A rice cooker will automatically cook rice until done and keep it warm until serving time. Follow the cooker’s instructions for best results.

Don’t go near a line that’s down If you come across a downed power line, we have two words of advice:

Stay away! Treat every downed line like the potential killer it is. Call for help from law enforcement officials or your electric power association. Stay on the scene to warn others, but don’t go near the line!

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And the walls were tumbling down he United States and the South, in particular, have not been vigilant in protecting and preserving many of our treasures. By treasures, I am referring to many of our old buildings. I know there are exceptions to this and numerous southern cities have maintained their very old structures. New England, and other northern states have refurbished and protected their historic treasures. But there are still too many instances where commercial progress has triumphed over historical value. So with pride I relate this story. As attractive as progress appears to our modern eyes—shiny new buildings—tragically, some day many of them will disappear from view, forgotten and returning to the soil from which they came. Not so for the little white schoolhouse trimmed in red that was built in 1880. Though at one time she was halfway through her last breath. The one-room school building of heart pine was built on the GreeneJackson County line near Evanston, a small community, to accommodate children without a school. At this time George County had not been formed, and the residents here lived in either what was northern Jackson County or southern Greene County. The nearest schools for children in this area at that time were in Pascagoula or Leakesville. Quite a distance from the county line. A few families had relatives in those towns, though, and their children lived with them and attended school. The Evanston School later became known as County Line School (CLS). In 1910 George County’s boundaries were established and incorporated, etched from Green and Jackson counties. The CLS is the oldest surviving school building in George County. With only half a breath left in the building, one man became the White Knight by stepping up with a respirator: He organized a committee to save the old school from certain collapse. Joe Cowart was not only an advocate but extremely persistent. A number of civic and business men and women joined him in 2008: co-chairman Louis Valentine, Mayor Doug Lee, Dr. Dayton Whites, Joe Dickerson, Jeanine and Yvonne Havard, Janet Smith, Judge Darwin Maples and Kathy Johnson were

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only a few of the fervent committee members who worked diligently to save this small part of history in this small town of Lucedale. “Do not talk much about me when you write,” Joe said, “because it was the entire Restoration Committee who wanted to preserve the schoolhouse. It was important to us. That tiny school gave a lot of children an education through the eighth grade and should not be dismissed and forgotten. They have grandchildren who live here today.” “That must have been an expensive task,” I said. “Did you receive a grant?” “We tried,” he said, “but a grant was not available, so it was restored through donations and fundraisers. However, items such as bricks and lumber were donated, along with labor. The cypress wood used for the entire building was donated by Darwin Maples.” I asked Joe to tell me about Grin ‘n’ the school children in that Bare It day… in a nutby Kay Grafe shell. He laughed and said, “I’ll try. Desks, which held two students and an inkwell, were placed in rows with the largest desks in the back. The students bought their own books and wrote with ‘penny pencils’ or on slates. There were one to six students in each grade. “The number of students enrolled in all grades averaged about 43. Remember, the students had to work on family farms, so half that many came to school during the farms’ busy seasons. One school year might be 80 days long and another 107 days.

“The school was moved four times; in Mississippi towns, to save their treasures. early years it was rolled to the new locaTo book the school house for nontion on logs. The little school was closed profit groups free of charge for education in 1924. There are so many stories, but programs contact Kathy Johnson, they would fill up Today in Mississippi.” Lucedale City Hall at 601-947-2082. He rolled his eyes. “By the time the city acquired the school from the Garden Club, who acquired it from the Lions Club, it had been moved to the Lucedale City Park. The Garden Club did some restoration as best they could, but it was an overwhelming job. After 128 years the building was crumbling.” “Joe,” I said, “our park is a remarkable asset to Lucedale, and now the restored one-room school house from 1880 has added a historical treasure to Hard work by a group of dedicated community leaders saved this 1880 schoolits grounds for the house from disappearing into history. The school now stands in Lucedale City public to enjoy first Park. hand. I, for only one of many, thank you and the committee Kay Grafe is the author of “Oh My for your determination and hard work.” Gosh, Virginia.” To order, send name, Hopefully, what was accomplished by address, phone number and $16.95, plus this small group of dedicated citizens will $3.50 S&H to Kay Grafe, 2142 Fig Farm inspire other groups, in other small Road, Lucedale, MS 39452.

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The Music Barn. Walk for Wishes, April 4, Meridian. Jumping college/high school jazz ensembles; educaDetails: 601-946-0280, 601-955-9182. house, Simon the Great Dane for photos, Destiny Goss Memorial Cruisin’ for St. tional workshops. Featuring bass legend Ron dance warm-ups. Benefits Make-a-Wish ; Jude, April 25, Lucedale. Motorcycle ride and Carter. Free. Vicksburg Convention Center. 8:30 a.m. Dumont Plaza, downtown. Details: poker run, music featuring Brad Puckett, live Details: 601-877-6602, 866-822-6338; 601-483-8144. auction, barbecue, more. George County alcorn.edu. Gulf Coast Military Collectors Show, April Senior Citizen Center. Details: 601-508-1114, 10th Annual Wister Gardens Workshop: 10-11, D’Iberville. Buy, sell and trade military 601-508-2202. “Gardening, Southern Style,” April 18, memorabilia. Admission; free for WWII vets. 13th Annual 8-Mile Yard Sale, April 25, Belzoni. Featuring floral designer Bob D’Iberville Civic Center. 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