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Shelton’s influence will live on n one’s life there are usually two or three people who impact or change the course of your life forever. For me, Charles Henry Shelton was one of those people. Charles Henry was the general manager of Yazoo Valley Electric Power Association, a member of the Electric Power Associations of Mississippi board of directors and the chairman of the search committee that hired a young public service commissioner to be CEO—and forever changed my life. Charles Henry Shelton died of a heart attack Aug. 8. He was 59 years old. Charles Henry left 4-County Electric Power Association in April 1990 to become general manager of Yazoo Valley, in Yazoo City. Many in the electric cooperative family told him he was crazy. Yazoo Valley was having financial difficulties and employee moral was low. But where others saw problems, Charles Henry saw opportunity. Charles Henry loved to fix problems, and in his 23 years as general manager he turned Yazoo Valley into a co-op that its board, membership and employees could be proud of. In 1993 Charles Henry put his problemsolving skills to work again. All co-ops across the state were feeling the pinch of high-cost worker’s compensation insurance. In order to lower the co-ops’ cost, Charles Henry was the driving force and the first chairman of our selfinsured worker’s comp group. The group has since saved co-ops millions and helped improve the safety of co-op workers across the state. It was 12 years ago when I first met Charles Henry. We were on a Texas turkey hunt. I really didn’t know what to make of him. At first I mistook his quiet shyness for arrogance but would later realize my mistake. Charles Henry was a warm, kind-hearted person, a deep thinker who always thought before he spoke. My first couple of years on the job here, Charles Henry would often tell the story of our first lunch on that trip. We were in a diner in some small Texas border town. We had been



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up since 4:30 a.m. and I was starving. I ordered a hamburger steak and all the trimmings, wolfed it down much faster than everyone else and asked if anyone would mind if I had a dessert. I then proceeded to order another hamburger steak. Charles Henry sat in disbelief as I ate the entire second order! Since his passing I have been told by several people, both inside and outside the co-op family, that Charles Henry was very proud of his role in bringing me from the Public Service Commission to the Electric Power Associations of Mississippi. I am extremely humbled that a man who accomplished so much in this business thought highly of me, and I hope the remainder of my career will live up to his expectations. I will never forget how his calls always began, “Now Michael, I’m not trying to get into your business ....” His advice was always well intentioned and appreciated. I have a devotional on my iPad and a Bible in my office that I read every day, yet I have no idea why the Lord chooses to take some good folks so early in life. Charles Henry made such a difference in the community in which he lived and worked, and in the lives of the people who knew him. I cannot recall ever hearing anyone make a disparaging remark about him. Charles Henry Shelton was a good man, a good general manager, a good board member and a good friend. He touched and changed my life forever, and while I will miss him, I will never forget him.


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Marilyn Kelley and Stan McCarver, both of Olive Branch, help promote awareness of Alzheimer’s disease in an effort to help sufferers and their caregivers. In our story on page 4, McCarver shares his own experience with the disease, and Kelley gives the caregiver’s perspective. She leads local caregivers support groups and lobbies Congress for Alzheimer’s research funding.


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Mississippi is ... ... the gentle creaking of a porch swing in need of some WD40. Running up to the dollar store. Holiday travel consisting of walking across the road to your aunt’s house. Driving 40 mph on a two-lane highway because someone is hauling hay. Camouflage as a color for men, women and children. Dashing to your car to roll up your windows and getting completely soaked. Taking casseroles and cakes to family reunions and funerals. Highway projects that last longer than the governor who initiated them. Eating chicken tenders and tater logs from a roadside gas station. Half the counties in the state under a severe thunderstorm watch. Handshakes and hugs after Sunday morning church service. The only place in the world that I can call home. — Chadwick Easterling, Raleigh Mississippi is where the stars at night are brighter, the sun shines longer, the waves rush to shore and “The River” flows freer. Why? Because my Mississippi brings me joy. This is where I live and want to remain all my days. — Sybil Sykes Butler, Simpson County


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Fresh coats of bright paint, new retail shops and renovated historic buildings have revitalized downtown Yazoo City. More than 10 new businesses have opened downtown in the past two years, and a new bakery will open soon. Most of the existing buildings on Main Street were built within a year after the Great Fire of 1904, which destroyed much of the city. Lifelong Yazooans Paul and JoAnn Adams are responsible for the colorful buildings and much of the renovation, including the red Main Street Hotel. For the first time in decades, it can be tough to find a parking place in downtown Yazoo City.

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Dealing with Alzheimer’s A former caregiver and a patient share their stories By Debbie Stringer Stan McCarver, 64, of Olive Branch was winding down a 40-year career in public education when he first noticed something was wrong. “I found myself beginning to have tremors,” he said. “I got to the point where I could hardly write. I also became very tired, very exhausted by noon every day at school.” Suspecting Parkinson’s disease, which had afflicted his grandmother, McCarver consulted a doctor. Testing by a neurologist ruled out Parkinson’s, and an MRI revealed no evidence of stroke. After further tests for other possible causes, McCarver’s doctor diagnosed early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. McCarver was only 62. Alzheimer’s is extremely difficult to diagnose. There is no one test that conclusively identifies the disease; diagnosis is a process of ruling out other conditions that can cause similar symptoms.

“I found myself gasping for breath, almost like a person with an anxiety attack, but I’ve never had that before. I think what’s happening with me is I can’t stand a variety of activities going on around me.”

mer financial professional who also counseled people with debt problems. In 2008 the Kelleys moved from Tulsa, Okla., to Olive Branch to be closer to two of their three children as his condition worsened. “The first two years we were here were the most intensive caregiving for me. Prior to moving here, I was still working full time and he was still driving and able to function,” Kelley said. George Kelley died two years later. “He died from prostrate cancer but we did not know he had it because of his

Marilyn Kelley’s husband, George, was 56 when she saw something about him that “wasn’t quite George.” After a visit with an internist, her husband was tested by a neuropsychologist. “They can tell by those tests what part of your brain is functioning normally,” said Kelley, a member of Northcentral Electric Power Association. George Kelley’s doctor diagnosed not Alzheimer’s but another form of dementia with a similar catastrophic impact on patient and caregiver alike. The disease first affected his ability to use and understand language. ‘There’s such a stigma attached to “Not only was he Alzheimer’s and dementia. People having difficulty fear it more than cancer.’ doing different — Marilyn Kelley tasks and problem solving, but he wasn’t “I was told the only way we can know making the you have Alzheimer’s is to do an autop- right decisy. I said I’m not ready for that so I’ll sions finanpass,” McCarver said. cially,” He recently began neurological testKelley ing to identify which areas of his brain said. are affected by the uncurable disease that Hanaffects memory, thinking and behavior. dling “I do not have really major memory money issues. I don’t have a problem driving. badly was Mine is more of a behavioral thing. I out of find myself becoming more agitated and character for wanting to withdraw,” McCarver said. her husband, a forMarilyn Kelley, Stan McCarver He can no longer tolerate busy social events. At a senior citizens dance, “I thought I was going to scream. I thought, get me out of here,” he said.

dementia,” Kelley said. “Because he was my spouse, I was committed to preserving his dignity, and this is a disease that challenges you every day with that,” she said. Those unrelenting challenges led Kelley to start a local support group for caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s and dementia. “I just knew I needed to talk, and I needed to talk with other people who could relate and understand.” Kelley called the Mississippi chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association in Ridgeland to ask for help in starting a caregivers support group at the Olive Branch Senior

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Center, which she offered to facilitate. “They jumped right on it, and they were up here immediately to train me and give me all the materials I needed,” she said. Now Kelley and another volunteer also facilitate an Alzheimer’s/dementia caregivers support group in Southaven, at the public library. Up to a dozen caregivers, both men and women, attend either meeting—or both. Most of the caregivers are the spouse or relative of ‘I want to encourage people to notice changes in themselves or family members, seek out information and seek help.’ — Stan McCarver

the patient in their care. Dealing with the changes the disease causes in their loved one is stressful and emotionally wrenching for caregivers. Some say the hardest part of caregiving is the health problems it creates or aggravates in the caregiver, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Caregivers may find themselves battling depression as they deal with their loved one’s decline, Kelley said. “We have always got to be upbeat no matter what happens because if we get down, we’re going to impact our loved one. And then they’ll think they’ve done something wrong by causing us to cry. Then they get stressed out.” Taking part in a support group may give some emotional relief for caregivers, if they can leave their patient long enough to attend. “They may arrive a little late, very frustrated, sometimes in tears, just because of the day they’ve had,” Kelley said. Her support groups provide a sharing environment where caregivers of any age can receive resource materials from the Alzheimer’s Association and take part in educational programs. “Most of the time, it’s an outlet for them to come and talk and cry and laugh,” Kelley said. “And everything that’s shared in our support groups is kept confidential.” “I am very grateful for a support group,” said A.K., a 62-year-old caregiver in Kelley’s group. “Our loved ones are

the patient a better chance of benefitting from medications and joining a clinical trial, a valuable tool for researchers. Kelley’s husband’s early diagnosis enabled him to take medications that made a significant difference in his quality of life, if only temporarily. “It gave us two good years,” Kelley said. “It seemed to keep him plateaued without a rapid decline in memory.” McCarver, whose own caregiver is a close friend, would tell a person recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s to continue to live. “Don’t sit back and do nothing. Forgetfulness and memory loss Stay active. Continue the activities you enjoy and try new ones. Keep yourself do not necessarily mean Alzheimer’s or another demen- and your mind active,” he said. McCarver is active in a local support tia. Any number of other problems could be the culprit. “It could be some- group for early-onset Alzheimer’s patients. He believes it’s important for thing that would be very easy to corpatients to talk to the people close to rect,” Kelley said. McCarver is passionate about publicly them, to let caregivers and friends know sharing his experience as an Alzheimer’s what’s going on and how they can help. No one should deal with this disease patient and promoting the goals of the alone, he said, but many do. “I have sevAlzheimer’s Association. He speaks at eral older friends who have the diagnosis meetings, conferences and fund-raising that just refuse to discuss it.” events to raise awareness of the disease McCarver said it took about six and encourage early diagnosis. He talks months for his own diagnosis to sink in. frankly about the warning signs he first Now and then he has a “cobweb day,” noticed in himself. when he feels he can’t brush the cobwebs “Stan’s willingness to speak and from his brain. “Those days are more of encourage others is especially helpful because there’s such a stigma attached to my depressed days because I don’t feel Alzheimer’s and dementia. People fear it like I’m functioning.” So far he has been able to work more than they do cancer,” Kelley said. As many as half of the estimated 5.2 through these setbacks without the help million Americans with Alzheimer’s have of medication. After her husband’s death, Kelley never received a formal could have left the world diagnosis, according to of Alzheimer’s behind to the Alzheimer’s Associlead a normal life. She ation. chose instead to continue McCarver urges to lead two caregivers supfamilies not to disport groups. She also volmiss “Mama’s menunteers as an Alzheimer’s tal issue.” Association Ambassador “Not that I know whose work includes lobbyall the answers, but ing Congress for funding for I want to encourAlzheimer’s research and eduage people to cation. notice changes in “Three sons and 11 grandthemselves or children are keeping me comfamily members, mitted,” Kelley said. “And I feel seek out inforlike I went on this journey for a mation and seek reason. Most people, once their help,” he said. loved one is gone, move on. But I An early am committed to this.” diagnosis gives

not all at the same stages in their diagnosis, but we listen, encourage one another and make suggestions of things that might apply to their circumstances. As caregivers, we experience similar situations so we understand what the other person is going through.” Susan F., a 72-year-old support group participant, said, “Hearing other caregivers’ circumstances has certainly given me perspective, and often their experiences and solutions have been an invaluable resource for the daily challenges.”


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SEPTEMBER is World Alzheimer’s Month Alzheimer’s disease facts • Alzheimer’s is the most common type of dementia, in which changes in the brain affect memory, behavoir and ability to think clearly. Survival can range from four to 20 years after diagnosis; eight years is average. • It is the sixth leading cause of death and the only one in the top 10 without a known way to prevent, cure or slow its progression. • A recent study by the RAND Corp. found that Alzheimer’s is the most expensive malady in the U.S., costing up to $215 billion a year. The cost of daily personal care required by patients over a long period of time represents the biggest expense. • One in nine seniors age 65 and older (11 percent) has Alzheimer’s disease, but half of them do not know it. • More than one-third of family caregivers for people with dementia report symptoms of depression. • Caregivers may help the care recipient with dressing, personal hygiene, feeding, movement, housekeeping, medications management, shopping, transportation and money management. • Ninety percent of what is known about Alzheimer’s has been discovered in the last 15 years. • In 2010, 53,000 Mississippians age 65 and older suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. • By 2025, 65,000 Mississippians are predicted to be diagnosed with the disease, a 27 percent increase from 2000. • In 2012, 203,000 individuals cared for an Alzheimer’s or other dementia patient in Mississippi. • In Mississippi 927 deaths were due to Alzheimer’s in 2010, a 109 percent increase since 2000. Source: Alzheimer’s Association

Learn more • The Alzheimer’s Association offers extensive educational resources and support at: • The Alzheimer’s Association offers a 24/7 Helpline staffed by professionals at 800-272-3900. • For information on the Alzheimer’s Association Mississippi chapter, including support group locations, call 601-987-0020. • More information is available at:

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Medical center’s turnaround helping heal Ruleville haven’t seen my old buddy Luster Bayless from Ruleville lately, although I stood in his driveway the other day out on Highway 8 to get a shot of the two water towers in Ruleville, one labeled “hot” and the other “cold.” It’s easy to miss him because Luster still spends a lot of time in Hollywood at his American Costume Co. His company has supplied a gazilMississippi lion war, westSeen ern, period and by Walt Grayson other types of movies with appropriate attire almost since the time Luster hitchhiked from Ruleville to California to seek his fortune in the movie business and organized his costuming company. Luster’s Hollywood Costume Museum stands in downtown Ruleville. Right now he is showing off a bunch of the outfits from the recent film “Django Unchained.” And there are always clothes on display that Luster’s longtime friend, John Wayne, wore. If you look around downtown you will find it a clean and trim little village with crepe myrtles blooming down the boulevards in the streets bordering the


It's a pretty good sign that things are going your way when you can joke around. I take these humorously labeled water tanks as a sign that good things must be going on in Ruleville. Photo: Walt Grayson

park. Brand-new Blues Trails signs honor local musicians and hot spots. And there are several new medical clinics and a few retail stores. One of the clothing stores specializes in medical scrubs for the people in the town who work in the healthcare field. The reason for the high percentage of healthcare workers in Ruleville, as compared to that of most other towns, centers on the North Sunflower Medical Center located there. The Medical Center is a fairytale success story right in the

Congratulations to Chelsea Rick, Miss Mississippi Chelsea Rick was recently crowned the new Miss Mississippi. Rick is a past participant of the Youth Leadership Program, sponsored by electric power associations in Mississippi. In 2007, Rick represented Tombigbee Electric Power Association in the Youth Leadership Workshop and the Washington, D.C., Youth Tour. The Electric Power Associations of Mississippi congratulate Rick on her new title. Be sure to tune into the ABC television network Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. to watch as Rick competes for the title of Miss America. Visit Miss Mississippi’s Facebook page at:

middle of a part of the country that needs some good news stories. And the success came almost by accident. Back about six or seven years ago, a catfish farmer by the name of Billy Marlow was named to the hospital’s board of directors. In no time he rocketed to become chairman of the board. Which was just a slip on a banana peel from acting director of the hospital when that vacancy came up almost immediately. Billy told me when he took over the little hospital it had about eight hours’

worth of cash on hand, a lot of debt and no patients. He said the first thing he did was to send out a survey to all employees asking what was wrong and what to do to fix it. Well, apparently some of the best healthcare consultants anywhere are on the payroll at that hospital. Because since then, the place has been totally renovated and modernized (to state-ofthe-art status in many cases) and expanded with such ammenities as an indoor track, a fitness center and a surgi-

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Recalling brushes with nature’s potential danger osencrantz and Guildenstern were long dead, and it was reasonable to conclude that I would soon join these Shakespearian lads in my own version of an untimely demise. The setting: Northern Colorado, Western Slope of the Rockies. I heard the disturbance several minutes before recognizing it as an imminent threat, a deep rumbling behind distant peaks. Then it was upon me, a violent thunderstorm erupting from scowling skies. Triggered by a season change in the High Country, it was a curious and frightening confluence of fall and winter, a time when sprites of the former flirt with ghosts of the latter. Ordinarily I would have run for the security of my truck, but I had let a fellow hunter borrow it to collect a mule deer buck he had taken and get it to the processing plant. “I’ll be right back,” he had told me as he bounced away in my little yellow four-wheel-drive. Too late I learned that “right back” is purely theoretical in country such as this. Practicality demands otherwise. An hour off the mountain, Mississippi add half that to Outdoors accomplish the drive on to town by Tony Kinton and then double it to transact business at the processor. And then there was the return trip to fetch a hapless comrade such as I. So there I was, alone and at the mercy of angry elements. I outlined the only plan I could conjure at such a precarious time. I began searching for low sagebrush away from anything tall. I then stashed my rifle and pack and anything else containing metal inside the trees upslope. Even removed my belt so that the buckle couldn’t call out to the lightning. After such chores were completed, in haste I might add, I ran to the sage and squatted in my best attempt at becoming a basketball, hands on head and only toes in contact with ground. There I


A float plane on some distant lake is a sure way to find the thrill of possible danger in the back country. Photo: Tony Kinton

waited as brilliant bolts of light bounced around the aspens and rattled the hillsides. Blinding rain driven by ferocious winds soon turned to hail and then to sleet and then to snow. For the first time I was experiencing thunder snow, a phenomenon I have yet to see repeated. And as suddenly as it came, it was gone, drifting down the mountain and away. I was left standing in a dusting of white, still disoriented by the ordeal. Eventually I located the rifle, pack, belt, knife and what little change I earlier had in my pocket. I sat back against a tree and breathed a prayer of thanks for the narrow escape. And then there was British Columbia; marvelous country it was. Three of us, an Indian guide named Sandy and we two hunters, were looking for moose. Camp was along the Graham River approximately 30 miles by Super Cub from the nearest point of civilization. We had ridden horseback another six miles or so into the valleys and peaks and without warning discovered we had come upon a moose kill. Weather, age, bears, wolves? We had no idea. But whatever it was had taken the moose down and we were looking at the remains. But moose remains were not the only entities present. A huge sow grizzly and her duet of 200-pound cubs were having lunch. Things could quickly get completely out of hand. Feeding grizzlies can be disagreeable, and a sow with cubs can

be downright testy. The horses recognized as much even before its gravity sank into our startled and trail-weary brains, so their immediate reaction was to begin some unnamed ballet of angst. Not as prescribed and delicate as those performing “Swan Lake” but equally enthusiastic. Our mounts exhibited obvious disrespect for their occupants. Not being one fully appreciative of nor acclimated to the virtues of solid mountain ponies, I briefly considered abandoning saddle. Seems that is what the horse had in mind anyway. But I opted, as did Bryce and Sandy, if at all possible to ride the situation out, if you will. It, we must have all concluded, would be the most expeditious approach. At some point seconds later, in the midst of those trustworthy equines attempting to drape riders from low-

hanging spruce limbs, I chanced a glance backward. The sow and her offspring were going in the opposite direction, their silver backs glistening vividly in snowy sunlight. I, particularly at my age, care not to repeat these nor a host of other encounters I recall from wild places. But when I give it more serious thought, it is likely that the greatest danger I have faced is that drive to the airport needed to reach those places. The only insurance plan I am aware of that might prevent such, however, is to recline peacefully in a soft chair and stay home. That policy’s premium doesn’t fit within my budget! Tony Kinton has been an active outdoors writer for 30 years. “Uncertain Horizons,” book two in Kinton’s “Wagon Road Trilogy,” is now available. Order from your local bookstore, or Kinton’s website:

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Our excursion up north We were among 200 ladies of all ages f you have a hankering for an at the camp. Our morning was spent end-of-summer vacation, watching a huge screen with instructions head north. That’s North Mississippi. Add a smidgen of on how to play football by various coaches, including “Dan the Alabama and Man” Mullen. We spent the you’ll find a pot of gold. afternoon on the indoor God made Mississippi first, practice field executing basic so you might want to start plays a football player must here. have perfected. We ended Mr. Roy premeditated the day by running onto the and deliberated, took his football field through the notebook and organized a puff of white smoke, like the week of low-budget delights. players do on game day. The annual MSU Ladies Grin ‘n’ I tried very hard not to Football Camp at Bare It embarrass my daughter, but Mississippi State was first on by Kay Grafe I slipped up a few times. our agenda, near the end of Our first goal was to find a July. This year our youngest pot of coffee when we arrived. The daughter, Babette, had her name at the paper cup slipped out of my hand and top of the list. She lives just up the road spilled the entire cup on the floor—near in Tupelo. Actually, Saltillo. We parked a group of ladies. I got down on my the RV in Tupelo, about eight miles hands and knees to wipe it up as people away from her house. Roy enjoys going to State so much he insisted on escorting handed me napkins. The next time it was her fault. She us. whispered something funny and I As we left the car at the Leo Seal Jr. Building, he said, “Babette, you’d better laughed so loud that the coach stopped talking and said, “Would you like to watch your mom. You know how she share the joke with us?” Oh, my. is.” I ignored his remark and waved On the indoor practice field one exergoodbye.


Talking to Camille Borroum Mitchell, great-granddaughter of Borroum’s Drug Store’s first owner, Dr. Andrew Jackson (Jack) Borroum.

cise was to run toward four large tiretype rings and jump in and out of each space— fast! When I fell I was lifted by two coaches, while the other ladies looked on. Yes, I was embarrassed so I just bowed. They could do nothing but clap. Babette was perfect on every exercise and play they taught us. There were two other awful incidents, but I now want to talk about my favorite place on the trip, Corinth. What a charming old-South town.

We drove down most every street. After a great visit to the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center and the Train Depot Museum, we were ready for an old-time milkshake and a Slugburger at Borroum’s Drug Store. It’s Mississippi’s oldest drug store, established in 1865. We enjoyed talking to Camille Borroum Mitchell, the great-granddaughter of Dr. Borroum, who opened the pharmacy. Camille practiced pharmacy there for 46 years. She was one of the first female pharmacists in Mississippi. The old soda fountain is still the centerpiece, kept in perfect operation by her youngest son, Lex. Included in the National Register of Historic Places, Borroum’s was constructed on Waldron Street around 1843, when the courthouse was built with handmade brick. What a story those walls could tell. Our last jaunt was to the Shakespeare Theater in Montgomery, Ala., where my parents used to live. Mr. Roy and I saw “Ring of Fire,” a production of Johnny Cash’s songs. I begin calling my husband the “man in black,” because he’s a big Johnny Cash fan. If you see my man coming down the street, he’ll be wearing black from now on. Why? Listen to Johnny’s reasons in his song by that name. Just joshing. Mr. Roy stuck with black for only a week. His wardrobe is lacking, and I finally told him I was never a big fan of Cash’s music. 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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In January 2013, Singing River Electric started the Neighbors Helping Neighbors Energy Assistance fund to give members the opportunity to help fellow members in times of need. Your pocket change can have a life-changing effect in the lives of local senior citizens, disabled individuals and those who are less fortunate in our community. SRE members can contribute to

this fund by checking the box at the top right of your bill, allowing current and future power bills to round up to the nearest whole dollar. Individual donations range from 1 cent to 99 cents each month and average only $6 per year. Contributions will be given to our local United Way for a onetime annual distribution to eligible SRE members who cannot pay their power bill. Also, you may stop your donations at any time. Please consider contributing to NHN Energy Assistance. This program will only succeed with your participation.

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I sincerely thank all our members who are already rounding up their bill for this fund. Our small change will accumulate to make a big change in our community and be greatly appreciated by those who need it most.

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Heating and cooling your home can be expensive. It is very important for your thermostat to be in the right location to prevent unnecessary costs. First, you never want a HVAC system thermostat to be located on an exterior wall or near an unconditioned space. Another common issue is when the thermostat is located in direct sunlight, including being located by a window or exterior door. On one energy audit, we found a thermostat located on the wall behind the refrigerator. Refrigerator coils can create heat and cause a false temperature reading, which will cause your unit to run for longer periods trying to cool your home. Locate your thermostat near the return air grill of the HVAC unit the thermostat is controlling. This will allow the unit to sense the temperature of the air being returned to the unit and properly heat or cool your home. The less time the unit runs, the greater your energy savings. For energy tips and more information on this or other energy-efficiency questions, please like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and visit our website at

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How climate change legislation will affect your power bill On June 25, President Obama introduced his climate change action plan to cut carbon emissions and other greenhouse gases. The president issued a memorandum directing the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate carbon emissions under the Clean Air Act for both new and existing coal-fired power plants. These standards are set to be published as early as Sept. 10 and should be finalized by June 1, 2015. This is important to Singing River Electric members because coal makes up about 38 percent of our current generation mix. Coal is roughly 37 percent of the nation’s total generation. Under the sweeping mandate set forth, the desire to use more renewable energy and prohibit the use of fossil fuels will cripple the nation’s economy and increase the cost of wholesale power and delivery costs for


We, along with other co-ops throughout the country, are encouraging Congress to have a national discussion to find a balanced solution that addresses environmental issues and keeps energy costs affordable. Also, utilities need more time to study and plan the right generation mix and how to replace aging power plants while still keeping up with the nation’s

growing demand for electricity. Our political leaders and Environmental Protection Agency staff are being placed in the difficult position of understanding a complex issue that will significantly impact the economy. The climate change debate has been a “hot-button” topic in the media,

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political and public utility arenas for a long time. There are many sides to the debate; the stakes are high; and the outcome will certainly affect electricity rates in the United States. That is why Singing River Electric wants our members to be informed about this vital issue.

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all of us. Wholesale power and delivery costs make up 75 cents of every dollar paid for energy costs by SRE members. Mississippi electric cooperatives, including SRE and South Mississippi Electric, are working hard to continue to be good stewards of the environment.


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Co-op organization focuses on student development The Mississippi Council of Cooperatives (MCC), organized in 1945, is the principal organization charged with promoting cooperatives in the state. MCC comprises 37 local, state and regional cooperatives. The nonprofit council’s membership represents nearly every type of co-op operating in Mississippi, including electric power associations, agricultural, marketing and food. MCC embodies the spirit of cooperation, bringing together co-op leaders and the leaders of other agencies and associations to better serve the interests of their co-op members. Through the years MCC has developed numerous programs to encourage a closer working relationship among cooperatives and a better understanding of the challenges and potentials they face. Since 1955 MCC has sponsored cooperative business programs for student organizations. These programs teach the value of cooperatives to students involved in 4-H and FFA. Hundreds of young men and women

have entered contests sponsored by MCC and 4-H or FFA programs, with the winners earning scholarship awards and educational trips. “In recent years, the council’s board of directors chose to focus its financial resources on cooperative educational programs for our youth,” said Ron Stewart, senior vice president of the Electric Power Associations of Mississippi and a member of MCC’s board of directors. “FFA and 4-H are

outstanding youth organizations and worthy of our commitments, both in financial resources and personal involvement.” For the past eight years, MCC has awarded more than $40,000 in scholarships to students attending senior and community colleges in Mississippi. “Co-ops throughout Mississippi have a strong tradition of supporting our future leaders and ensuring they have

the opportunity to excel. And the cooperative business model is an outstanding way to teach the importance of working together to reach a common goal,” Stewart said. “Today, Mississippians enjoy a quality of life that can be attributed to the hard work and contributions made by a diversified group of cooperatives.” For more information on MCC and scholarship offers, visit the website at:

Mississippi Council of Cooperatives announces 2013 scholarship winners

Mississippi Council of Cooperatives honored outstanding FFA students at a recent summer leadership camp. Mary Helen Jones, center, is the winner of a $1,000 leadership scholarship. Johnny Douglas, left, and Andy Robinson, both of Ackerman, are recipients of scholarships to attend the FFA Washington, D.C. leadership conference next summer.

Alex Huff, of Rankin County, and Lyndy Berryhill, Franklin County, are the winners of the 2013 4-H Cooperative Business Leadership Scholarship. Presenting the awards are Dr. Paula Threadgill, left, associate director, 4-H Family and Consumer Sciences, and Jon Turner, right, manager of marketing and public relations, 4-County Electric Power Association.

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Good fall bedding plants make splash until spring single, double and semi-double petal ven though we’re still in arrangements. warm September, now is the Flower colors include carmine rose, time to start thinking about pink and white. These colors are from fall color. the same color palette as the springPlanting fall-flowering annuals can blooming landscape pinks and enhance your landscape’s summer varieties like the ability to offer color right Mississippi Medallion-winner through spring. Garden cenPurple Bouquet and Amazon ters will soon be offering dianthus. That means they will some good choices of fall provide seasonal continuity for bedding plants, so make your landscape. plans now for what you Telstar dianthus grows 8 to want your landscape to look 10 inches tall and should be like. spaced about 8 inches apart. Telstar dianthus is one of Southern You need proper spacing to my favorite cool-season Gardening have beautiful and fully massed plants. Like most members by Dr. Gary Bachman landscape beds. of the dianthus family, the Brightly colored pansies are flowers have a delicately floral fragrance. Blooms have a fringed mar- another choice for fall color, and you may have already spotted them in garden gin and are available in


Dianthus Telstar Picotee is a cool-season plant with a delicately floral fragrance and beautiful blooms. Photo: MSU Extension Service/Gary Bachman

centers. These plants are a great choice for winter gardens. They can be described as tough and cold tolerant, and they provide nonstop flowering. Pansies have a 4- to 10-inch-tall mounding growth habit. There are many, many different cultivars and selections offering a veritable rainbow of colors. Older selections have multicolored flowers in yellow, purple, blue and white. These flowers seem to have “faces” made from color blotches. These faces seem to give the pansies personalities from playful to jovial. Matrix pansies have been outstanding landscape plants for several years in Mississippi. The Coastal Sunrise plants

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are absolutely loaded with large, colorful flowers held high above the plant. They make a terrific landscape display as the plants branch quickly, increasing the enormous amount of flowers produced. Violas, commonly called Johnny Jump Ups, are related to the pansy and are a good choice for cooler weather. These tough plants grow well in landscapes or containers. I think violas are hardier than pansies, as their flowering tolerates colder temperatures and they bloom right through the winter holidays and well into the spring season. It is quite common for violas to become perennial in the home garden because they are prolific reseeding plants. Garden centers will have wide selections available in an endless variety of colors, so you should be able to find ones you like. For the best performance, be sure to plant your bedding plants before cold weather sets in. This allows the root system to establish itself before it gets cold. Current flowers will be lost in freezing temperatures, but the show will continue with the return of moderate temperatures. Add 1 pound of slow-release fertilizer and a good layer of mulch to keep the plants well fed and comfortable during the lower temperatures of winter. They will be ready to continue blooming on into the spring. Dr. Gary Bachman is MSU horticulturist at the Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi.



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Easy Cinnamon-Pecan Rolls



‘Cooking with Osyka!’ Members of Osyka Civic Club are committed to a variety of projects and activities to make their community a better place in which to live. From hosting a welcome wagon to sponsoring a Special Olympics athlete, the group’s efforts exemplify the power of volunteers to impact local quality of life. Club members are working this month to finalize plans for the 33rd Fall Fest, a downtown festival they started in 1980. Traditionally held the first Saturday in October, this year’s Fall Fest will be held Oct. 5 and 6 to include gospel singing on Sunday. To help fund its good works and charitable donations, this month Osyka will be held Civic Club will publish its third cookbook, “Cooking with Osyka!” In downtown addition to more than 1,000 recipes between its covers, the cookbook presents photos and historical information about the club. Readers will learn how the club got its start (hint: it has to do with Santa Claus). The club stages the town’s annual Christmas parade, a lively event with fireworks, marching bands, floats and antique cars carrying Osyka’s Senior Citizens of the Year. Copies of “Cooking with Osyka!” will be available for sale at Fall Fest. For information call 601-542-5994 Monday through Friday during business hours.


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Tamale Balls 1 lb. lean ground beef or ground venison 1 lb. hot pork sausage 2 Tbsp. cumin 2 tsp. salt 1 1/2 cups yellow corn meal

1 cup V-8 juice 1/2 cup flour 4 cloves garlic, minced 2 Tbsp. chili powder 1 to 1 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper

Combine all ingredients. Roll into balls using about 1 tablespoon of mixture per ball and put into a large baking pan. Gravy: 2 1/2 cups V-8 juice 1 (8-oz.) can tomato juice 2 cups water

2 Tbsp. chili powder 2 tsp. salt 2 Tbsp. cumin

Combine all ingredients and pour over tamale balls. Cover with foil and bake at 350 F for 1 hour.

1/3 cup chopped pecans 1/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 (8-oz.) pkg. refrigerated crescent rolls Butter-flavored vegetable cooking spray or 2 Tbsp. melted butter or margarine

Combine pecans, brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl; set aside. Separate rolls at perforations and spray one side with cooking spray, or brush with melted butter. Sprinkle rolls with sugar mixture and roll into crescents according to package directions. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet. Bake at 400 F for about 10 to 12 minutes.

Two-Minute Fudge 1 (12-oz.) pkg. creme drop candy 1 cup peanut butter, crunchy or smooth 2 Tbsp. milk

Microwave candy in a glass bowl for 1 minute on high. Add peanut butter and milk. Stir and microwave for 1 minute. Pour into an 8-by-8-inch dish. Let cool before cutting to serve.

Cheese Olives 1/2 cup butter, softened 2 cups grated sharp Cheddar cheese 1/2 tsp. salt 1 tsp. pepper

1 tsp. paprika Dash of cayenne pepper 1 cup flour, sifted 50 small Spanish olives, drained

In a medium bowl, use a fork to blend all ingredients except olives to form dough. Mold 1 tablespoon of dough around each olive. Place on baking sheet 1 inch apart and freeze for at least 1 hour. Bake at 400 F for 15 minutes.

Southern Heat Chip Dip 16 oz. cream cheese 2 Tbsp. Crystal hot sauce 1 Tbsp. chili powder 1 Tbsp. cumin 1 (10-oz.) can Rotel tomatoes, drained 1 (4.5-oz.) can chopped black olives

1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper 1 tsp. black pepper 1 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. garlic powder 1/2 tsp. onion powder

In a bowl, combine all ingredients and refrigerate for 2 hours. Serve with your favorite dipping chip. Also great over baked potatoes or french fries.

Pecan Pie Trifle 1 (8-oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened 1 1/2 cups whipping cream 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract 1 (2-lb.) pecan pie, homemade or frozen (thawed) and cut into 1-inch cubes

1/3 cup chocolate fudge topping 1/3 cup caramel topping 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Beat cream cheese, whipping cream and vanilla extract in a large bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed for 2 or 3 minutes, or until smooth and firm. Place half the pie cubes in bottom of a 4-quart trifle dish or tall, clear 4-quart glass bowl. Spread half the whipped cream mixture over pie cubes. Drizzle with half the chocolate fudge and caramel toppings. Sprinkle with half the chopped pecans. Repeat layers. Cover and chill at least 1 hour or up to 8 hours. (You can also make individual trifles.)

Greek Feta Dip With Baguettes Olive oil 1 to 2 tomatoes, diced 2 to 3 green onions, chopped

Feta cheese, crumbled Greek seasoning mix Baguettes, toasted

Drizzle a large platter with olive oil. Sprinkle platter with tomatoes and green onions. Crumble feta cheese on top. Sprinkle generously with Greek seasoning mix. Gently combine ingredients. Serve with baguettes.

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Where military history comes alive

Some 16,000 artifacts, representing all branches of the U.S. military, make up the private collection of Doug, above, and Cheryl Mansfield. The couple welcome visitors to their museum in Gautier in hopes that others, especially children, will learn more about the sacrifices made by members of the U.S. military.

By Nancy Jo Maples Uniformed mannequins and more than 16,000 artifacts breathe life into the GI Museum–Sean M. Cooley Memorial Hall, in Gautier. Doug Mansfield and his wife, Cheryl, owners of the military exhibits, opened their own gallery because they wanted to help teach others, especially children, about wars fought by the United States of America and the sacrifices made by those who fought them. “Seven of my uncles served in World War II. When I was 10, I bought my first book on WWII. I’ve always been interested in it,” Mansfield said. The couple named the museum the Sean Cooley Memorial Hall in memory of their son’s National Guard platoon sergeant, the late Sean Cooley of Ocean Springs. Cooley was killed in Iraq in February 2005 after his vehicle exploded due to a hidden bomb. He served with the 150th Combat Engineer Battalion based out of Lucedale. The Mansfield’s son, Douglas L. Mansfield, served as assistant platoon sergeant and was travelling in a tracked vehicle behind Cooley’s Humvee when the explosion occurred. Immediately after the blast, Mansfield took command of the situation, attempted to save Cooley’s life and was later awarded the Army Commendation Medal with Valor for his actions. The museum opened six months later in August 2005 and was named for Cooley with approval from

Cooley’s wife. Some of Cooley’s personal belongings memorialize him in a glass display case inside the museum. The museum displays a vast amount of WWII artifacts, but it also showcases items from all other wars including World War I, the Korean Conflict, the Vietnam War and those fought in Middle Eastern countries. All divisions of the U.S. military, including the Coast Guard, are recognized with exhibits. Also represented are chaplains and photographers. An impressive number of items spotlight females’ roles in enlisted service. A rare flight suit and a dress suit worn by a member of the WWII Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASP) are among the collection. Only 1,074 women served in WASP and only 1,200 sets of flight and dress uniforms were manufactured. “Women have played an important role in military, even in WWII, beyond the Red Cross and the volunteers. You don’t see many women uniforms displayed. We’ve got the largest female military exhibit in the Southeast,” Mansfield said. The exhibit includes lipsticks, facial compacts and hosiery repair kits used by service women. General artifacts include helmets, rations, religious communion sets, hand-wound record players, cameras, technical devices and other varied pieces including a

Huey helicopter. People who have served the military effort are encouraged to share their stories via the museum’s combined effort with WKFK (Channel 7, Pascagoula). WKFK features videotaped interviews of veterans in its ongoing segment titled “Local Heroes.” The Mansfields purchased all items with their own funds and the artifacts are a personal collection. They can be viewed by the public, however, on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The couple manages the museum with only one volunteer. Admission is free of charge. Donations are welcome. To visit the museum take Exit 57 from I-10, travel south two miles and follow the signs. Although it claims a Gautier presence, the physical address for GPS mapping is 5796 Ritcher Road, Ocean Springs, MS 39564. Call 228-872-1943 or visit the website: Writer Nancy Jo Maples can be reached at 188 Ernest Pipkins Road, Lucedale, MS 39452 or at:



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September 2013


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Olive Branch Certified Mississippi Farmers Market, Fridays through Oct. 25, Olive Branch. Municipal Court Building. Details: 662-893-0888. LatinFest 2013, Sept. 8, Jackson. Latin American food, drink, dance, music, more. Admission charge. Mississippi Farmers Market. Details: 601-613-4590. Dixieland Old Engine and Agriculture Club Fall Show, Sept. 13-14, Jackson. Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum. Details: 601-954-7904. Mississippi Songwriters Festival, Sept. 13-15, Ocean Springs. Downtown. Details: 228-217-0155. DeSoto Arts Council Garden Series Workshop, Sept. 14, Hernando. Herbal tea workshop; 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. DeSoto Arts Council Gallery and Gardens. Details: 662404-3361. Camp and Jam, Sept. 16-21, Polkville. Bluegrass, country, gospel music nightly. Free admission. Music. Barn. Details: 601-9559182; camping: 601-946-0280. Meridian Little Theatre Ladies Guild Fall Variety Sale, Sept. 14-15, Meridian. Clothing, housewares, books, toys, more. Meridian Little Theatre. Details: 601-4826371, 601-679-7671. B&S Consignment Fall/Winter Sale, Sept. 18-20, Brookhaven. Clothing, furniture, home decor. Lincoln Civic Center. 23rd Annual Rice Tasting Luncheon, Sept. 20, Cleveland. More than 300 rice dishes and exhibits; 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. Delta State University Walter Sillers Coliseum. Details: 662-843-8371. Tallahatchie RiverFest 2013, Sept. 20-21, New Albany. Arts, crafts, food. Downtown. Details: 662-534-4354. Fall Native Plant Sale, Sept. 20-21, Picayune. Native trees and shrubs for home

landscape; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Free admission. Crosby Arboretum greenhouse. Details: 601799-2311. 300 Oaks Road Race, Sept. 21, Greenwood. 10K and 5K runs, 5K walk, 1-mile fun run through historic Greenwood; post-race party. Details: 662-453-4152. Cruzin 4 a Cure Car, Truck and Bike Show, Sept. 21, Star. Door prizes, raffles, children’s activities, food. Star Baptist Church. 36th Annual Mississippi Delta Blues and Heritage Festival, Sept. 21, Greenville. Gates open 10 a.m.; festival begins 12 p.m. Washington Co. Convention Center. Downtown Jubilee, Sept. 21, Grenada. Vendors, rides, music. Downtown. Details: 662-226-2060. Mississippi Gourd Festival, Sept. 21-22, Raleigh. Gourdcrafting, workshops, more. Admission charge. Smith County Ag Complex. Details: 601-260-4230. Diamondhead Arts and Crafts Fair, Sept. 21-22, Diamondhead. More than 150 regional artists, children’s activities, music, food, shopping. Free admission. Shuttle service. Details: 228-255-6922. Walt Grayson Signing, Sept. 23, Columbia. Grayson to sign book “Oh! That Reminds Me: More Homegrown Mississippi Stories” and DVDs; 6-7 p.m. Columbia Marion County Public Library. Details: 601-736-5516. Fall V.I.B. Mid-South Wedding Show, Sept. 24, Olive Branch. Whispering Woods Hotel and Conference Center; 7-9 p.m. Details: 901-368-6782. Possum Town Tales Storytelling Festival, Sept. 24-28, Columbus. Professional storytellers, workshops. Admission charge. Details: 662-328-2787. Crappie Masters National Tournament, Sept. 26-29, Grenada. Grenada Lake. Details: 573-280-8020.

Karen Peck and New River in Concert, Sept. 27, Petal. First Baptist Church of Runnelstown; 7 p.m. Offering. Details: 601-583-3733. 12th Annual Pickin’ at the Lake, Sept. 2728, Grenada. All-acoustic bluegrass, country, cajun, gospel music. Free admission. Grenada Lake. Details: 662-227-1491, 662-417-7300. Bugfest Family Event, Sept. 27-28, Picayune. Crosby Arboretum. Details: 601-7992311. 26th Annual Mississippi Pecan Festival, Sept. 27-29, Richton. Arts, craft demos, mule pull, bluegrass/gospel music, draft horse demos, more. Admission charge. Wingate Road. Details: 601-964-8201. Indian Bayou Arts Festival, Sept. 28, Indianola. Art work, live music, barbecue, hot tamales. Indian Bayou near B.B. King Museum. Details: 662-887-2522; Facebook. Sam Chatmon Blues Festival, Sept. 28, Hollandale. Gospel/blues music, barbeque competition, 5K walk/run, bike ride; 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Downtown. Details: 662-827-2241. Harrisville Day, Sept. 28, Harrisville. Arts, food, baseball games, antique car show, music, games, handcraft demos, fireworks. Community Park. Details: 601-847-2517. Success Community Frog Fest, Sept. 28, Saucier. Arts/crafts, children’s activities, bingo, music, more. Free admission. Success Community Center. Details: 228-832-8874. Historic Rose Hill Costumed Cemetery Tour, Sept. 28, Meridian. Storytellers in period costumes; 6 p.m. Bring flashlight. Free admission. Details: 601-681-8525, 601-482-9752. Eagle Festival, Sept. 28, Hernando. Arts, crafts, music, educational booths, live animals. Arkabutla Lake. Delta Down and Dirty Youth Obstacle and Challenge Run, Sept. 28, Cleveland. For ages 6-14. Registration fee. Statesman Park, DSU campus. Details: 662-846-4570. Natchez Gun Show, Sept. 28-29, Natchez. Admission charge. Natchez Convention Center. Details: 601-498-4235. Second Annual Biker Sunday, Sept. 29, Diamondhead. Wheels of Fire Riders event; biker service, ride, lunch. Diamondhead United Methodist Church. Details: 228-255-6888. Downtown Vicksburg Fall Festival, Oct. 45, Vicksburg. Music, sidewalk sales, children’s activities, Bricks and Spokes bicycle rides. Details: 601-634-4527. 36th Annual Zonta Arts and Crafts Festival, Oct. 5, Pascagoula. More than 300 vendors and exhibits, coastal cuisine, more. Free admission. Downtown. Details: 228-9901856. Pink Pumpkin Patch and 5K Fun Walk/Run, Oct. 5, Lucedale. Decorated pumpkins, balloon art, more. George Regional Hospital campus. Details: 601-947-0709. Revelations Quartet 32nd Anniversary Southern Gospel Singing, Oct. 5, Hattiesburg. Featuring Gold City, The Freemans and others; 6 p.m. Admission charge. Saenger Theater. Details: 601-2148017. 35th Annual Oktoberfest, Oct. 5, Hattiesburg. Authentic German food, music and more; 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. St. John Lutheran Church. Details: 601-583-4898. Annual Lauren Farms Freshwater Shrimp Harvest, Oct. 5, Leland. Pond-side sales. Lauren Farms. Details: 662-390-3528. Fifth World Habitat Family Fun Day, Oct. 5, Lucedale. Details: 601-766-0730 ext. 1. Great Golf Ball Drop, Oct. 5, Lucedale. Fairgrounds Multipurpose Building. Details: 601-766-0730. Third Annual Mississippi Peanut Festival, Oct. 5-6, Collins. Arts, crafts, antiques, food, entertainment, more. Mitchell Farms. Details: 601-765-8609. Laurel Gun Show, Oct. 5-6, Laurel. Admission charge. Fairgrounds. Details: 601498-4235. Cruisin’ the Coast, Oct. 6-13, throughout Mississippi Gulf Coast. Live music, swap meet, raffle car, sock hop, auto auction, more. Cruise Central: Centennial Plaza, Gulfport. Historic Beauvoir Cemetery Tour, Oct. 8, Biloxi. Features history-based reenactments; 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Admission charge. Beauvoir. Details: 228-435-6339. Octoberfest, Oct. 8-9, Cleveland. Live music, barbecue cooking contest, arts/crafts, children’s activities. Details: 662-843-2712. Hernando Water Tower Festival, Oct. 1112, Hernando. Team barbecue competition, music, 10K run, farmers market, arts/crafts, vintage car show, more. Courthouse Square. Details: 662-429-9055. October Fest, Oct. 12, Vancleave. Music, gospel singers, silent auction, home-baked goods, yard sale, children’s activities. Community of Christ. Details: 228-826-5171. Mississippi Coast Jazz Society Jam Session and Dance, Oct. 13, Biloxi. Hard Rock Casino; 2-5 p.m. Details: 228-392-4177.

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Today in Mississippi Singing River September 2013  

Today in Mississippi Singing River September 2013