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Our New Year’s resolutions always revolve around you oes anyone actually live up to their New Year’s Day resolutions? Whether we do or not, it’s interesting to think about how we could (and would) improve ourselves in the coming year. Along those lines (no pun intended), your electric cooperative is constantly evaluating and refining its year-round efforts to make sure your electric service is the best it can be. This has been our mission since 1934, when Alcorn County residents organized Mississippi’s first electric cooperative, Alcorn County Electric Power Association in Corinth. Today, 26 member-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperatives together serve an estimated 85 percent of the land mass in the state. Each cooperative is independent and locally owned, but they all work together to achieve common goals, like emergency power restoration. And each one remains true to its founders’ mission: to provide a valuable service, not generate profits. In keeping with the spirit of the new year, I’d like to point out the ongoing resolve of electric cooperatives to help improve the quality of life throughout Mississippi: • We make every effort to satisfy our members’ needs for high-quality electric service. Service to members is the reason for our existence. We call our customers “members” because they—not stockholders—actually own their cooperative. • We work closely with local and regional partners in the state to bring new job opportunities to Mississippi. Business and industry must be assured they can receive top-quality electric service before they will consider locating or expanding their operations in the state. Electric cooperatives can deliver on that promise. • We are diligent in working with state and federal elected officials to safeguard the reliability and affordability of your electric service. As long as electric cooperatives have existed, we have closely monitored legislative proposals in order to prevent any unintended consequences that could cause you to pay more than necessary, or worse, threaten the reliability or safety of our electrical system. No legislator
On the cover Pamela Junior is the director of the new Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, which recently opened along with the Museum of Mississippi History in downtown Jackson. The grand opening of the two museums highlighted the Mississippi Bicentennial celebration on Dec. 9. Junior shares her thoughts about the Civil Rights Museum on pages 4-5. Photo courtesy of Mississippi Department of Archives and History
or member of Congress wants that to happen, so they heed our counsel. We deeply appreciate their cooperation. • Mississippi’s electric cooperatives work together to restore power as soon as possible during major outages. Rebuilding electric service is the crucial first step toward a community’s recovery from a natural disaster. We’ve developed an emergency work plan that provides for the sharing of workers and equipment to expedite the restoration of service. When the plan is activated—as it was last month when heavy snowfall My Opinion caused outages across south Michael Callahan Mississippi—it saves time Executive Vice President/CEO and money through the Electric Cooperatives of Mississippi efficient coordination of resources. Most important, our emergency plan helps crews return home safely. After all power is restored, we review the plan to see what improvements can be made. • Electric cooperatives embrace new technologies that meet our high standards for efficiency, cost effectiveness, safety and reliability. Also, protecting our digital networks from intrusions by cybercriminals is a top priority. Every employee at your electric cooperative works toward this end. Finally, I have to brag on electric cooperative employees. They are well trained and absolutely committed to serving their community. An electric cooperative is an integral part of the area it serves because it is staffed, managed and governed by local people. Our employees know their work makes a difference in the community. Serving members, directly or indirectly, is fulfilling work. Just ask any lineman how it feels to get the lights back on for a family on a cold, stormy night.
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Mont Helena was built atop a ceremonial Indian mound near Rolling Fork soon after the original structure, built in 1896, was destroyed by fire before the owners could move in. Photographer Karon Wilcher, of Carthage, submitted the photo to this month’s “Picture This” reader photo feature. See more of our readers’ photos on pages 14-15.
Mississippi is Born in New Orleans, I moved with my family to Mississippi due to the fact of Daddy relocating because he worked at various stations as an agent. My siblings and I grew up rooted and grounded in Mississippi. As a youngster, I rode my bike up and down the dirt road in the country. My sister, brother and I, plus neighboring friends, were sometimes entertained by the ever-glowing fireflies at nighttime. What I mostly enjoyed was singing at the top of my voice throughout the countryside. I sang whatever the songs of that time. We worked hard. We played hard in Mississippi. I remember sitting atop the ice-cream freezer til my bottom nearly froze. We kids helped out with the upkeep of a sprawling vegetable garden. We planted seeds and pulled weeds and all of the necessities. Mississippi was and is a land of opportunity and charm. —Glenda Flynt, Laurel I was born in Chicago Nov. 18, 1947. My father and mother were raised in the Harmony community, near Carthage. They owned land and decided to move back home to farm. Every kind of animal and vegetable was raised on our farm. We are a very religious family. We were teachers. I taught special-needs children in Western Line school district (Glen Allan) for 25 years. Mississippi is a place where you can walk the hills and through the woods. I still garden and fish a lot. I would rather live in Mississippi than any place on Earth. I love Mississippi, our Magnolia State, a place I call my home on Earth. —Patricia Lynette Langdon Marshall, Carthage
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Mississippi Civil Rights Museum Mississippi Civil Rights Museum director Pamela Junior shares thoughts on the new museum’s mission and her hopes for its impact on visitors.
By Debbie Stringer Mississippi is shining a light on one of its darkest periods in history with the recent opening of the new Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, along with the Museum of Mississippi History in downtown Jackson. The only state-operated civil rights museum in the nation presents stories of the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi from the period 1945 to 1976. Exhibits focus on the personal experiences and contributions of individuals who served on the front lines of the movement. These activists and their supporters eventually succeeded in changing Mississippi while calling on America to live up to its promise of “liberty and justice for all.” “Mississippi was ground zero for the Civil Rights
and Reconstruction, and continues through the rise of Movement, so who could tell the story better than Mississippi? Who could be more able to give the hurt, Jim Crow laws and the Ku Klux Klan in the early the pain, the feeling of the movement better than us?” 1900s. The struggle for civil rights emerged as a nascent said Pamela D.C. Junior, museum director. A Jackson native, Junior holds a bachelor’s degree in movement in the mid-1940s. More than 85,000 black education from Jackson State University. She managed Mississippians served in the U.S. armed forces during the Smith-Robertson Museum and Cultural Center in World War II, yet they returned home to unequal treatment and discrimination. Determined to challenge Jackson before becoming director of the Mississippi Jim Crow laws, which enforced racial segregation in Civil Rights Museum last spring. Her initial challenge was to ensure the museum got most every aspect of their lives, many black veterans joined the National Association for the Advancement its story right. Its mission, in a word, is truth. of Colored People (NAACP). “When I first came in, I wanted to make sure that Black Mississippians the language was correct and would be murdered, beatthat everything was correct,” en or terrorized; denied Junior said. “The Civil Rights Movement was voting rights; endure legal She hopes museum visitors for all people. It wasn’t just for setbacks; and fight school will gain a better understanding desegregation battles in of the Civil Rights Movement’s African Americans.... Civil rights their decades-long struggle purpose, and its beneficiaries. are human rights.” for equality and justice. “The civil rights movement – Pamela Junior Their stories are told in was for all people. It wasn’t just seven museum galleries, for African Americans.... Civil through interactive elerights are human rights,” Junior ments, audiovisual theaters, historic photographs and said. “So what I say to everybody is, make sure you come artifacts. “I think people are going to be surprised at how and see what people did for all of us to help make Mistruthful and how authentic the [museum’s] story sissippi a great state.” really is. And there is nothing sugar coated about it. The museum story opens with exhibits on slavery
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“This Little Light of Mine,” the museum’s four-story central gallery, above, features sculpture that reacts with light and music to visitors who enter the space. Historic photographs and artifacts, left, recall the experiences of activists who protested racial discrimination despite death threats and violence. Cooperative Energy is among the private contributors who helped fund museum exhibits. Photos courtesy of Mississippi Department of Archives and History
The “Separate Is Not Equal” exhibit signifies the disparity in educational funding between schools for blacks, left, and whites, right, during segregation. “Telling Our Stories,” right, a companion book to the civil rights and the Mississippi history museums, is available in the museums’ store.
It tells the truth,” Junior said. Visitors will see how activists stood up for civil rights in the face of racial segregation, knowing they may not survive to benefit from their actions. “So many people laid their lives on the line for us,” Junior said. “I ask people the question, is there a cause that you would die for? Is there a cause that you would lay your life on the line for today, and not see the effects of it for 20 years down the road?” The seven galleries encircle a central four-story gallery, where a 40-foot memorial sculpture hanging overhead reacts with music and glowing color as visitors enter the space. The song “This Little Light of Mine,” a civil rights anthem, swells from individual voices to an entire choir as more visitors enter. The interaction evokes the unity of citizens who led the Civil Rights Movement in the state with those who traveled to Mississippi to help support it, despite the danger. Junior describes the gallery as a “magnificent place to pay homage to the people
who fought and died” for civil rights. “It gives me chills when I think about it,” she said. The final gallery, “Where Do We Go From Here?”, encourages visitors to consider ways they could take part in racial reconciliation. “I wanted people to have a charge, to go out and do whatever we can to make Mississippi the best Mississippi that it can be. And I think that from looking at what’s [in the museum], you’ll be able to look at yourself in the mirror and say, ‘Okay, I know what I need to do,’” Junior said. The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum is part of a complex that also houses the Museum of Mississippi History, located at 222 North St. in downtown Jackson. Both museums are open Tuesday through Sunday. Visitor information is available at mcrm.mdah.ms.gov and 601-5766800.
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fter the holidays I try to start the New Year off with a road trip somewhere that’s a long way from my house. It’s a pleasant thought in the middle of December when everything is so hectic. Knowing that after all of it is over I can get some real “peace on earth” while I unwind on my way to somewhere interesting. Since I live in the Jackson Metro area, there are all sorts of places that qualify as a long road trip from my house. In the past I have headed down to Wilkinson County in the southwest in the “chin” of Mississippi. Mississippi January is a litSeen tle cold for the by Walt Grayson Clark Creek Waterfalls down there. But there is always a neat story around Woodville. In the other direction, Tishomingo State Park up northeast is a fun place in the winter. Well, I like it in winter. There aren’t a lot of people there in the cold months. And there is nothing better on a winter night than a wood fire and an open hearth like in the cabins there. But this year I am thinking I will head for Sandy Hook south of Columbia and do a story about the John Ford Home. It’s a couple of hours from where I live. The house is an elevated pioneer-type home built about 1809. The beams are
ax-hewed logs from the first timber cut from the virgin forest. All heart pine. The architecture alone makes the house significant. But there’s more to it than how it’s built. There’s also the fact that Andrew Jackson stayed there. I was there several years ago. Myra Boone, who showed The John Ford Home is owned by the Marion County Historical Society. You can Google it to get directions and find out when you can visit. me around, told me Photo: Walt Grayson that Andrew Jackson was there on his way to is reason enough to go there. Plus it’s a the way over in Natchez. But the politithe Battle of New Orleans in 1814. But he had to get John Ford’s consent to stay cals in Natchez wanted to keep everything couple of hours from my house. because, as Myra put it, “He was an ugly- intact so they would have influence over Walt Grayson is the host of “Mississippi the whole shebang. talking man and he drank.” As more people moved into the north- Roads” on Mississippi Public Broadcasting In exchange for getting to sleep inside, television, and the author of two “Looking ern and eastern areas, however, the posiJackson had to swear off swearing and Around Mississippi” books and “Oh! That tions flip flopped. Now it was the piopromise not to drink. And, oh yeah, he Reminds Me: More Mississippi Homegrown neers who wanted to keep the territory as Stories.” Contact Grayson at had to go to prayer meeting. The Marion County Historical Society, a whole state and the Natchez folks who email@example.com. wanted it divided, because the political who owns the house, calls the room where Andrew Jackson stayed “The Presi- clout had shifted away from the river and Medicare Supplements into the interior. (I think I got most of dential Suite,” although technically he Low Rates! wasn’t president yet when he stayed there. that right.) (Female age 65, “Plan F” = $111.19 ) Anyway, a statehood convention was The John Ford home is also pertinent held at the John Ford home. The Territoto the recent Mississippi Bicentennial. Statehood was a complicated process. For rial Congressional Delegation had already been working on making a state (or starters they had to decide how big the Insurance Agency states) from the territory. But the petition state should be. P. O. Box 5277, Brandon, MS 39047 The Mississippi Territory encompassed drafted at the John Ford home pushed 1-800-463-4348 the issue across the finish line. all of what is now Mississippi and AlaE. F. Hutton nor its agents are affiliated with the Federal Medicare Program. Andrew Jackson’s room and statehood bama. Natchez, way over in the west, was the Territorial Capital. When statehood was first discussed, settlers in the east wanted to split the territory because they figured their interest couldn’t be served all
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Mississippi moving in the right direction By Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves Last year marked the 200th anniversary of Mississippi’s entry into the United States of America. The bicentennial has given Mississippians an opportunity to brag about our rich culture and the incredible accomplishments of our people. Mississippi has a complicated past, but I believe our future is bright. There are positive developments that are often skimmed over by our news media, and I believe they deserve the spotlight. Let’s start with education. Since 2012, the state has increased investment in all levels of education from the kindergarten class to the university campus. That investment has been targeted in the classroom where we can make a difference through a combination of teacher raises and new programs to boost literacy. Mississippi now has prekindergarten programs in communities that want early childhood education. These collaboratives, which draw together state, local and private contributions, are nationally recognized models that prepare young Mississippians for kindergarten. We’ve also stressed the importance of literacy through efforts that prepare third-grade students to read at grade level before moving to the fourth grade. For too long, Mississippi third graders who couldn’t read at grade level were pushed along to the next grade, falling further behind in their ability to complete their classwork. The Literacy Promotion Act set this new standard because we know that up until the third grade, you are learning to read; in each grade thereafter, you are reading to learn. We also spent tax dollars on continuing education programs for teachers, sharpening their techniques when it comes to teaching reading skills. When the law initially passed, the naysayers said that half of Mississippi’s third graders would fail. Well, I had more faith in our students, teachers and administrators. The first year, 85 percent of students passed the test, proving they could read at grade level. Two years later, 92 percent of our third graders are passing on the first try. These results prove that if you raise the level of expectations, Mississippi teachers, administrators, parents and, most importantly, the students will rise up and meet those raised expectations. We’re seeing progress in the upper grades where more students are graduating with a diploma at a higher rate than ever before. Six years ago, Mississippi’s graduation rate was 73.7 percent while the national average was around 82 percent. Today, the national average is basically the same while 82.3 percent of Mississippi students are walking across that stage.
That number represents thousands of kids who have a diploma and an opportunity for success. For far too long, we have defined education based on inputs, not outcomes. Now, we’re focusing on outcomes, and we’re seeing positive results. We ought to celebrate the successes that we’re having in education. The work being done will lead to a transformational change in the abilities of our workforce and the potential for growth in our economy. Even with those successes, we cannot let off the gas when it comes to student achievement and training for careers. We need to develop innovative approaches that bring together educators and Mississippi businesses to train our people for the jobs of tomorrow.
efforts saved the state more than $20 million total. However, we must continue to invest in core functions of government. Mississippi has spent more than $7 billion on roads and bridges since I became lieutenant governor. While we need to look for ways to invest in our infrastructure, we also should find efficiencies in the current way we build and maintain roads and bridges. A prosperous economy requires a private sector that can invest and create jobs, which is why I have supported reducing taxes on your personal income and Mississippi businesses. In January, the first phase of the Taxpayer Pay Raise Act passed in 2016 takes effect. Sole proprietors, including attorneys, pastors, plumbers and other entrepreneurs (which comprise about 160,000 self-employed Mississippians), will be able to claim the We need to develop same deductions on their state taxes that they do on their federal innovative approaches taxes. Eventually, the 3-percent tax bracket on income will be that bring together eliminated, as will the tax on a educators and Missiscompany’s investment in the state. This meaningful tax relief sippi businesses to can spur long-term economic train our people for the growth for Mississippi. As a conservative, I believe you jobs of tomorrow. know how to spend your money better than bureaucrats in Jackson. And I will continue to work Our universities and community colleges are to grow our economy for all Mississippians. responding to the challenge by partnering with Finally, Mississippians have a proud tradition of employers to meet their workforce needs. In Jackson supporting the men and women who risk their lives County, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College each day for our health and safety. and Ingalls Shipbuilding develop courses that teach stuOur first responders deserve our continued support, dents what they need to know to build the complex as they are there for us in times of crisis. In 2017, the vessels that sail the world defending freedom. legislature passed the Blue, Red and Med Lives Matter At Mississippi State University, the Raspet Flight Act, which enhanced the punishment for criminals who Lab partners with the private sector to develop the lat- intentionally harm a police officer, paramedic, fire est technology in the aerospace field, offering students fighter or other emergency worker in the course of invaluable experience and a path to a good career. their work. Continued job growth requires government to do its This year, the state budget also included funds for a part by creating an environment where government is new trooper training school, which is currently underlimited and taxes are flatter and fairer for everyone. way, to place more highway patrolmen on the roads. A Looking forward, I expect the state budget for the next planned pay raise for state troopers also has been implefiscal year to be one that is balanced, that sets aside mented. money for a rainy day and that spends only recurring Mississippi has earned a reputation as a state that dollars on recurring expenses. can lead in innovation and discovery in our country. Agencies will likely see slight reductions in spending May the next 200 years of our state’s progress be as or be funded at similar levels as this year. Government successful as the last. should live within its means, and we will keep looking Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your lieufor savings. For the third time, the legislature has sustenant governor. May you have a blessed and prosperpended new vehicle purchases for one year, with an ous 2018. exception for law enforcement vehicles. Two previous
# Speaker Philip Gunn # Workforce development: Why it works
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By Speaker Philip Gunn When we first began recruiting businesses to Mississippi, incentives played a big role. Many companies wanted to know, “What will you do for us?” That is changing. The No. 1 thing businesses want to know now is, “Do you have a trained, reliable, educated workforce?” If Mississippi is to prosper, we must be able to provide a solid answer to that question. A strong, educated workforce is the backbone of Mississippi. It directly impacts our level of prosperity. If our workforce is strong, we prosper. If it is weak, we suffer. Over the last six years, your legislature has focused on workforce development. We have passed legislation to create: • Mississippi Works Fund, which provides training to unemployed people, giving them skills to prepare them to enter the workforce. • Mississippi Works Dual Enrollment A strong, educated Option, allowworkforce is the ing potential or recent high backbone of Mississippi. school dropouts It directly impacts our to dually enroll in their local level of prosperity. school district If our workforce is and the local community colstrong, we prosper. lege in dual credit programs. • MDA Job Training Grants that authorize MDA to make grants to colleges to pay a portion of the costs associated with training or retraining employees for businesses that expand or locate their operations in Mississippi. • Districts of Innovation, allowing local school districts to implement innovative ideas in their schools to increase performance and explore different ways to prepare students for either college or careers. Many of these districts have teamed up with manufacturers to ensure that they are teaching the appropriate curriculum and training the students on quality equipment. • Appropriations and bonding. In 2012, we appropriated $38.5 million for the Workforce Education Program and Industrial Training. We have steadily increased the appropriation for the program over the last six years, and this year we appropriated $51 million, an increase of 32 percent. We also appropriated $4 million in bonds for the MDA Workforce Training Fund. As industry changes and progresses, so must education. We want to be responsive to the needs of industry. We want to be nimble. We want to provide that skilled workforce. This is one of the motivations behind our efforts to seek a new K-12 funding formula. Our goal is to move to a student-centered formula, one that provides funding tailored to the specific needs of the student. Furthermore, my recent appointment of Sean Suggs, vice president of manufacturing for Toyota Mississippi, to our state board of education will bring a much-needed perspective to the role education plays in our workforce. Your legislature believes a strong workforce is the backbone of Mississippi and that the prosperity of our state hinges on how well we put forth a trained and educated workforce.
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A strange encounter of great benefit It seems I was much younger that day an aging interloper walked up uninvited. I guessed him 70, give or take a year or two either side. He sported a ragged felt hat pulled low, no doubt boxing in a balding head. Grey sideburns and a halfmoon rim of bushy hair stood in stark contrast to what I concluded was likely underneath that old hat. Chin whiskers were, like that rim and those sideburns, grey. “What are you thinking?” His voice was kind enough, but the last thing I wanted was some stranger coming to my quiet spot and quizzing me about my thoughts. “Do you have troubles?” He was an incessant sort and determined to draw me into his mysterious aura. “I suppose everyone has troubles from time to time.” I was shocked at my response, but even more shocked that I had spoken at all. by Tony Kinton I immediately found myself thinking that I should have simply ignored his probing and told him soundly that I was content being alone and thinking what I was thinking, and that I would be much obliged if he would simply drift off down the trail and leave me to my mental ramblings. “I can’t see that as being much of your concern,” I offered, feeling bothered by such a curt rebuttal. He smiled, a curious wrinkle of time and compassion twisting those unruly whiskers. I tried but failed to remove my eyes from his. “Well, I guess that’s true, at least the part about troubles,” he noted. “Troubles are a part of everyone’s life. We can’t do much about some of them, like those associated with losing through death those we love or our own aging. Things like that are just a part of living. But those troubles we create through our own behavior we can do something about, and what we can do is guard
against creating them in the first place. You ever think about it that way?” My mind began to whirl, engulfed in this insightful serendipity. “Oh, I don’t suppose I have. But you said part of what I said was true. What part was not true?” He had my curiosity stirred. “That part about it being of no concern to me. Maybe it’s not, but I can tell you for certain that I am concerned. I’m concerned about folks like you, for I was like you at one time. Young, full of spunk, lots of unfulfilled dreams. But most of all full of troubles and the questions surrounding those troubles. So it may not be any of my business, but it is my concern. I’d like to offer my assistance.” He stopped talking. “I thank you, but I don’t feel up to listening to your advice or seeking your assistance.” That’s what I said, but down deep there was nothing I wanted more. This old man had my attention. “Now don’t go putting too much weight in how you feel, especially about listening or seeking. Feelings are generally not too reliable.” He again paused. “Maybe not, but I don’t feel….” “Go to the mountains.” He interrupted my attempt at ending this disturbing line of conversation. “The mountains?” I couldn’t avoid the question. “Yes, but not just any mountains. Go to those that possess a raw ambiance, those rugged mountains of the West. And while we’re at this going thing, make it Montana or Wyoming. Big mountains. Mountains that are wild and unforgiving, even foreboding. Be careful and don’t take foolish chances, but go to the big mountains. “Why?” Again I questioned, not really expecting or even wanting a viable answer. “To face and deal with your questions,” he said. “And what do you suggest I do when I get to those mountains you speak of so fondly?” I asked. He proffered that curious smile again, rubbing his stubbled chin all the while. “Watch that first snow of autumn come to the High Country. Embrace it. Let it transform your very core. Notice how it
Snow progresses downslope with each passing day, above. High passes can be brutal when cold winds howl. But they are grand locales for contemplation. With snow comes a complete forest filled with welldecorated trees, left. Photos: Tony Kinton
creeps downward from the peaks as days go by. See it fluff up on the spruce and hemlock, transforming each into a perfectly decorated Christmas tree. “And go upward to the high passes where winds buffet and blast and chill. But don’t cover your face and turn your back on the gusts. Rather, face them.
Look them in the eyes. It will be painful, but it will be rewarding. And listen to the moans of those gusts. Listening is too often neglected in this world, so listen intently. Their cries are not unlike the pangs of living, but they can be endured and you made stronger.” Suddenly, he was gone. I stood, startled. This time, however, I noticed a pronounced stiffness in my knees and an unfamiliar chill on my head. Had I in this meeting been the young participant gathering unsought advice or the aging teacher imparting that advice? Could it be I had been both? A strange and beneficial encounter this was. Tony Kinton has been an active outdoors writer for 30 years. His newest book is “Rambling Through Pleasant Memories.” Order from Amazon.com or Kinton’s website: www.tonykinton.com.
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Bylaws governing the association For the purposes of electing directors, hearing and passing upon reports covering the previous fiscal year, and transacting such other business, the Annual Meeting of the members of Magnolia Electric Power shall be held in March each year, at such place in one of the counties of Mississippi within which the Association serves. At each Annual Meeting of the members, approximately one-third (1/3) of the total number of directors shall be elected by ballot, by and from the members, to serve for a term of three (3) years as provided by law. Article IV, Section 4.04, (a) Committee on Nominations. It shall be the duty of the Board to appoint, no less than sixty (60) calendar days nor more than one hundred and twenty (120) calendar days before the date of the meeting of the members at which directors are to be elected, a committee on nominations from each district from which a director is to be elected, consisting of not less than 3 nor more than 5 members who shall be selected from different sections of the district so as to insure equitable geographic representation. No existing Association employee, agents, officers, directors or known candidates for director, and close relatives (as hereinafter defined) or members of the same household of existing association employees, agents, officers, directors or know candidates for director may serve on such committees. The committees shall receive and consider any written suggestion as to nominees submitted by members of the Association. The committee shall prepare and post at the principal office of the Association at least fifty (50) calendar days before the meeting a list of nominations for board members. (b) Nominations by Petition. Any fifty (50) members acting together may make other nominations by petition and the Secretary shall post at least fifty (50) calendar days before the meeting such nominations at the same place where the list of nominations by the committees are posted. Any petition for nomination shall be submitted on a form designated and provided by the Association. Each member signing such petition shall place thereon the date of signing, address, and account number of the member. The Secretary shall mail with the notice of the meeting or separately a statement of the number of board members to be elected and the names of candidates nominated by the committees and the names of candidates nominated by petition, if any. Nominations made by the committees and nominations by petition, if any, received at least five (5) calendar days before the meeting shall be included on the official ballot. Article IV, Section 4.03, Director Qualifications (Summarized) 1. Active member in good standing of the Association. 2. Bona fide resident of the district from which
they are to be elected or must be a permanent and year-round resident within or in close proximity to an area served by the Association that no more than one (1) such person may serve on the Board of Directors at the same time as set out in Section 4.03(e). 3. Must not be employed by or financially interested in a competing enterprise. 4. Must not have been finally convicted of a felony or misdemeanor involving moral turpitude. 5. Must not be a relative to the third degree by blood or marriage as defined in Section 4.08 of an employee, incumbent director, or the director being replaced. 6. No person shall take or hold office as a director who is the incumbent of or a candidate for any elective public office. 7. When a membership is held jointly by a married couple, either one, but not both, may be elected a director. 8. No person shall be eligible to become or remain a director of, or to hold any other position in trust in the Association who does not have the legal capacity to enter into a binding contract. Article III, Section 3.05, Voting. Each member who is not in a status of suspension as provided for in Section 2.01, shall be entitled to only one vote upon each matter submitted to a vote at any meeting of the members at which a quorum is present. A member may vote in person or by proxy. At a meeting of the members where directors are to be elected, all members present in person or by proxy may cast one vote for each director to be elected; each member may vote their own vote plus those proxies executed in their favor, pursuant to Section 3.07 of these bylaws. Voting by members other than members who are natural persons shall be allowed upon the presentation to the Association, prior to or upon registration at each member, of satisfactory evidence entitling the person presenting same to vote. At all meetings of the members all questions shall be decided by a majority of the members voting thereon, except as otherwise provided by law or by the Association’s Certificate of Incorporation or these bylaws. Members may not cumulate their votes. Article III, Section 3.06, Proxies. At all meetings of the members, a member may vote by proxy executed in writing by the member, subject to the provisions hereinafter set forth, provided, however, any member holding and intending to vote a proxy must file the executed proxy at the Association's headquarters, not less than five (5) business days prior to the meeting. The proxy must have entered thereon the account number of the member appointed to vote the proxy. If one person shall receive electric service through two (2) or more meters at different premises, he or she shall be entitled to not more than one (1) vote at any meet-
ing of the members. No proxy shall be voted at any meeting of the members unless it shall designate the particular meeting at which it is to be voted, and no proxy shall be voted at any meeting other than the one so designated or any adjournment of such meeting. No proxy shall be voted by anyone except a member. No more than ten (10) proxies may be assigned to other members. No restriction shall apply to the number of proxies assigned to the Board of Directors who shall vote the proxies assigned to them according to the will of the majority of the members of the Board of Directors. The presence of a member at a meeting of the members shall revoke a proxy theretofore executed by that member, and such member shall be entitled to vote at such meeting in the same manner and with the same effect as if the proxy had not been executed. In case of a joint membership, a proxy may be executed by either spouse. The timely presence of either spouse at a meeting of the members shall revoke a proxy theretofore executed by (either of) them and such joint member or members shall be entitled to vote at such meeting in the same manner and with the same effect as if a proxy had not been executed. A standard proxy form shall be used which identifies the member by name and account number, in order to assure authenticity and facilitate the tabulation of votes. If the proxy form of a member is lost, stolen, or destroyed, the
Association shall furnish the member with a replacement proxy form upon request, provided that the member executes a revocation of the lost, stolen or destroyed form, to be witnessed by an employee of the Association. Blank proxy forms will not be distributed in bulk to any member. Only the proxy form issued by the Association shall be valid. Article III, Section 3.07, Representative Voting. Legal entity organizations and nonlegal entity organizations which are members of the Association may be represented at any meeting of the members and may vote only as follows: (a) any director, officer or general manager may represent and cast the one vote of a corporation; (b) a trustee, steward, deacon, clerk, or pastor may represent and cast the one vote of a church; (c) a school trustee, principal or superintendent may represent and cast the one vote of a school; (d) or any other association or organization not a legal entity may be represented by and have its one vote cast by any person who is a trustee, or manager or part owner, or any officer of such association or organization. Respectfully, John McCabe, Secretary A complete set of bylaws is available at the association’s headquarters upon request. You will receive official notice of the 2018 Annual Meeting in the mail at a later date.
Dear Member, This is a preliminary notice of the Annual Meeting of Magnolia Electric Power to be held March 22, 2018, at the Auditorium at Magnolia Electric Power headquarters, which is located at 3027 Highway 98 West, Summit, in Pike County, Mississippi. At that meeting, directors from Districts two, five and seven are to be elected to three-year terms. District two is “all that portion of the certificated area of the Cooperative which lies north of Mississippi State Highway No. 24 and west of the east boundary line of Amite County, and south of the north boundary line of Amite County, all being in Amite County, Mississippi.” District five includes “all that portion of the certificated area of the Cooperative (a) situated in Lawrence County which lies south of a line beginning at the northwest corner of Section 18, Township 6 North, Range 10 East, and runs thence east to the eastern boundary of Lawrence County, and (b) is situated in Lincoln County and is located east of the Illinois Central Railroad Company main line right-of-way and south of a line which begins at the northeast corner of Section 13, Township 6 North, Range 9 East, Lincoln County, Mississippi, and runs thence west to said Illinois Central Railroad right-of-way, being partly in Lincoln County and partly in Lawrence County, Mississippi. District seven is described as “all that portion of the certificated area of the Cooperative which lies within Pike County and is located south of the boundary line between Township 2 North and Township 3 North, all being in Pike County, Mississippi. In connection with the election of directors scheduled for the meeting, the following members have been appointed by the Association’s board, pursuant to Association bylaws, as members of the Nominating Committee:
Bettye Causey Bobbie Power Linda Tiller
Doris Alexander Jackie Daley Gloria Thames
Carol Fortenberry Robert Knippers Charles “Chuck” Rimes, Jr.
Magnolia Electric announces more than $2.98 million Capital Credits for members January 2018
The Magnolia Electric Power Board of Directors has announced that the cooperative has recently retired $2,976,367 in Capital Credits to its members. Patronage refund checks were put in the mail in early December; therefore, MEP’s eligible members should have received their patronage capital refund checks by now. “Capital Credits represents the amount remaining after all operating, maintenance and general expenses are deducted from the total amount members paid on their
electric bill during the fiscal year,” said General Manager Darrell Smith. “It is the member’s investment in the association’s physical plant including poles, substations, and other equipment. “Capital Credits are allocated to members each year based on power use and the amount of your capital credit check is a percentage of these allocations,” he said. “We are proud to be able to return these capital credits to our members,” Smith added. Capital Credits are one of the
things that separate a non-profit electric cooperative, like Magnolia Electric Power, from investor-owned electric utilities, explained Smith. “Returning Capital Credits is very important to us. In fact, in an effort to refund Magnolia Electric Power Capital Credits checks that have been returned to the cooperative by the post office for invalid addresses, we provided a list on our MEP website of those names of members and former members that have had Capital Credits checks returned to us,” Smith said. “The response to the list was
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overwhelming and we were able to provide outstanding Capital Credits to some members we have not had a chance to do in years past.” There is an updated list on the MEP website at MEPCoop.com Since 1960, MEP has refunded a total of $46,038,719 in capital credits to its members. Magnolia Electric Power was established in 1938. The cooperative employs 91 full-time employees, maintains over 4,700 miles of power lines and serves more than 31,650 meters.
Frequently asked questions about capital credits
Why is it
important to keep reserves?
We all depend on electricity every day. When power goes out, members expect, and need their power to be restored as soon as possible and the cooperative must maintain the financial means to make that happen. Retirement of capital credits must be done prudently and in the best interest of the cooperative. Retiring too much in any particular year can necessitate a corresponding increase in rates, as well as adversely impact the cooperative’s ability to borrow funds that are required to operate without incurring further rate increases.
What are... capital credits?
Member-owned cooperatives like Magnolia Electric are not-for-profit organizations, which are operated for the benefit of their members. Accordingly, if there are revenues in excess of operating costs and expenses, those funds are credited to a member’s capital account based on their patronage. Such funds, which are also called “capital credits,” are the lifeblood that enables cooperatives to satisfy the future growth and power needs of its members.
How do Magnolia Electric Power
is Magnolia Electric Power’s history on retiring capital credits? Since 1960, MEP has refunded a total of $46,038,719 in capital credits to its members.
How much is returned to members? The amount returned to members is decided by our local board of directors and depends upon the financial condition of the cooperative and its strategic plan for growth and operations.
members earn capital credits,
or how are they calculated?
Each member is allocated capital credits based on how much energy they get from the cooperative. The more energy a member purchases, the greater the amount of capital credit allocated to the member’s account.
Who makes decisions
regarding capital credits?
Each cooperative has a local board of directors. The board members are all members of the cooperative and motivated by a desire to maintain reliable service at a fair rate. The board decides how to use the capital provided by the members and the amount, if any, that may prudently be retired to members.
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The Mississippi Legislature convenes in January for the 2018 session Magnolia Electric Power salutes Mississippiâ€™s senators and representatives who represent our state in Washington, D.C., and at our state capital in Jackson. We appreciate their dedication and willingness to serve in the spirit of public service to help shape the future of our state.
Sen. Bob Dearing District 37: Adams, Amite, Franklin and Pike counties Address: 305 Melrose Montebello Pkwy., Natchez, MS 39120 Years in Legislature: 35
Sen. Tammy Felder Witherspoon District 38: Adams, Amite, Pike, Walthall and Wilkinson counties Address: 420 N. Clark Ave. Magnolia, MS 39652 Years in Legislature: 3
HOUSE OF REPRESENTA THAD COCHRAN
United States Senator
United States Senator
BENNIE G. THOMPSON
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PA N O L A
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HINDS WA R R E N
COVINGTON LINCOLN ADAMS
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Rep. Vince Mangold
Rep. Becky Currie
District 53: Franklin, Jefferson Davis, Lawrence, Lincoln and Pike counties Address: P.O. Box 1018 Jackson, MS 39215 Years in Legislature: 3
District 92: Copiah, Lawrence and Lincoln counties Address: 407 Oliver Dr. Brookhaven, MS 39601 Years in Legislature: 11
Rep. David W. Myers District 98: Pike and Walthall counties Address: P.O. Box 311 McComb, MS 39648 Years in Legislature: 23
Rep. Bill Pigott District 99: Lamar, Marion and Walthall counties Address: 92 Pigott Easterling Rd. Tylertown, MS 39667 Years in Legislature: 11
for a job well done to all our representatives and senators who represent constituents residing in our service area.
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Sen. Angela Burks Hill
District 39: Copiah, Lawrence, Lincoln and Wathall counties Address: 183 Oak Hill Dr. Brookhaven, MS 39601 Years in Legislature: 7
District 40: Marion and Pearl River counties Address: 54 Watts Rd. Picayune, MS 39466 Years in Legislature: 7
ATIVES Rep. Angela Cockerham
Rep. Sam C. Mims V
District 96: Adams, Amite, Pike and Wilkinson counties Address: P.O. Box 613 Magnolia, MS 39652 Years in Legislature: 13
District 97: Adams, Amite, Franklin and Pike counties Address: P.O. Box 1018 Jackson, MS 39215 Years in Legislature: 15
LINCOLN COUNTY FRANKLIN COUNTY
Bogue Chitto 98
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power lines—and causing more outages. Additional crews from electric cooperatives and utility contractors came to help. By around noon Saturday, more than 115 linemen and right-of-way workers were clearing debris, rebuilding lines and restoring power to MEP members.
The unexpected intensity of the Dec. 8 snowstorm in south Mississippi not only caused power outages for Magnolia Electric Power members but also underscored the importance of the cooperative’s year-round right-of-way clearing efforts. MEP’s storm-related outages peaked at 13,000 during the four-day event. Snow-laden limbs or trees crashing onto power lines caused most of the outages. “The first day, Dec. 8, saw us getting members’ power restored only to see it get knocked off again,” said Aaron Achord, MEP’s manager of Engineering and Operations. “We had problems with the trees beyond our power line rights-of-way. That’s why we must keep a 30- to 40-foot right-of-way cleared along all our lines. Clearing less than that would only create additional outages for our members.” Seven utility poles were broken in the snow storm and around 20 meter boxes pulled from the sides of members’ homes, Achord reported.
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‘As Lights Came On, More Would Go Out’
By around 8 a.m. Friday, Dec. 8, MEP members had reported some 6,000 power outages throughout the the cooperative’s service area due to the snowy conditions. MEP crews immediately headed out into the weather to begin restoring power in all areas. Crews found that trees were bending and breaking under the weight of the snow, thus falling on the power lines. “Early into the snowfall that morning, we realized how bad this was going to be and started making phone calls to get help with restoration,” Achord said. “In other words, we went into emergency restoration mode.” By Friday afternoon, additional crews began arriving to help. Despite the extra help, crews were fighting a losing battle; the workers would re-energize a power line only to have another falling tree or limb knock it out of service again.
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“As lights came back on, more would go out, keeping the number around 13,000 through Saturday morning,” Achord said. By 6:30 p.m. Friday, more than 100 men were working to restore power to MEP members. They continued late into the night before going home to rest. Upon reporting to work at 6 a.m. Saturday, they found the outage number had grown overnight to 11,700. Undeterred, the men climbed into their trucks and headed out to battle the elements and restore power. Outage numbers began to drop, yet climbed higher by noon Saturday. Although the snow was melting, trees and limbs that had been weighed down by the snow were now popping back up, getting tangled in (or snapping) the
The turning point in MEP’s emergency restoration work came Saturday afternoon. Outage numbers began to drop, signaling a downward trend. By 6 p.m., outages had fallen to 7,800. Crews continued working into the night, and at 10 p.m. MEP reported 7,100 outages. The workers went home to rest before returning at 6 a.m. Sunday, when more help was expected, Achord said. By Sunday morning, the crews were working on smaller group outages and single outages. By Sunday night, with 175 workers in the field, the number of outages had dropped to 2,037. At dawn on Monday, crews were ready to tackle the remaining 2,045 outages. By 1 p.m., the outage number was 815; by 6 p.m. it was 34. More help had come to MEP’s aid, bringing the number in the field to 187 workers. By 10:30 p.m. Monday, MEP reported that all electric power had been restored to every meter that could receive it.
Grateful for Assistance
MEP thanks the following electric cooperatives that came to our aid: • Central Electric, Carthage • Coahoma Electric, Lyon • Coast Electric, Kiln • Northcentral Electric, Olive Branch • North East Mississippi Electric, Oxford
• Pearl River Valley Electric, Columbia • Southwest Mississippi Electric, Lorman • Tallahatchie Valley Electric, Batesville • Twin County Electric, Hollandale. MEP thanks the Pike and Kinco crews who answered our call for help, and right-of-way crews from Barnes Right-of-Way and Deviney, who helped clear lines for repairs to be made. MEP also appreciates the following businesses and people who helped feed the crews and MEP employees as they worked long hours: Star Drive In, Carlos Gray, Cindy Gray and Nona Deer; Golden Corral, Kristi Orr; and Sugar Rush Baking Co. LLC. “I appreciate the efforts our employees and the crews that came in to aid us put in to getting everyone’s electric power restored,” said Darrell Smith, MEP general manager. “I also want to thank all of our members for having patience during this storm.”
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Sometimes things are not always as they appear...
During the recent snow storm, these photos were taken south of the town of Magnolia. As the sun was dropping behind the trees and the cold, dampness of the early evening air was rising, an electric cooperative crew from Coast Electric worked on a downed Magnolia Electric power line. At first, the average person would think “it’s just a broken power line on the road.” But on deeper inspection by the crew, they found hidden in the woods that a pine limb had broken a second line. Walking the damaged line out, the crew followed the power line, through a wide patch of bramble, bushes and young trees, eventually coming to the middle of a pasture, where they found the line was broken in several places. This Coast Electric crew worked together to get the single-phase line and neutral restored to the pole, so that
the electricity could once again flow through it. And while the Coast crew worked on the line, a MEP crew and a Deviney ROW crew were working down the road. All three crews were working as a team to see that the electric power was restored to just this one road in south Pike County. This is just one example of all the teams who worked tirelessly to restore power to our members on every road and community in our service area who lost their electricity due to the a severe snowstorm. Every outage during the snow event was important to us at MEP as our crews, and our visiting crews, worked to quickly and safely restore the power to our members.
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Chili Cheese Dip with Beans 1 lb. lean ground beef 1 medium onion, chopped 1 (16-oz.) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained 1 (15-oz.) can black beans, rinsed and drained 1 (14 ½-oz.) can diced tomatoes, undrained 1 cup frozen corn, thawed
¾ cup water 1 (2 ¼-oz.) can sliced ripe olives, drained 3 tsp. chili powder ½ tsp. dried oregano ½ tsp. chipotle hot pepper sauce ¼ tsp. garlic powder ¼ tsp. ground cumin 1 (16-oz.) pkg. Velveeta cheese, cubed Corn chips or tortilla chips
In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat 6 to 8 minutes or until beef is no longer pink and onion is tender, breaking up beef into crumbles; drain fat. Transfer to a 4-quart slow cooker. Stir in all ingredients except cheese and chips. Cook, covered, on low 4 to 5 hours or until heated through. Stir in cheese. Cook, covered, on low 30 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve with chips.
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Mocha Coffee 4 cups strong brewed coffee 1 (14-oz.) can Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk 2 (1-oz.) squares unsweetened chocolate
½ tsp. ground cinnamon Whipped cream, for topping
In a large saucepan, combine coffee, milk, chocolate and cinnamon. Heat through, stirring constantly. Serve in mugs and top with whipped cream.
Easy Sweet Potato Cobbler 1 stick margarine 1 cup self-rising flour 1 cup sugar 1 cup milk 2 cups cooked, but firm, peeled and sliced sweet potatoes
1 cup sugar ½ cup light-brown sugar 1 ½ cups water 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1 tsp. cinnamon or other spice
Melt margarine in a 9-by-12-inch glass baking dish. Mix flour, sugar and milk; pour into center of melted margarine. Do not stir. Combine sweet potatoes, sugar, light-brown sugar, water, vanilla and cinnamon; pour into center of melted margarine and batter. Do not stir. Bake at 350 F for 45 minutes or until light brown.
1 (3.9-oz.) pkg. instant chocolate pudding mix 1 ½ cups cold milk 1 box Betty Crocker SuperMoist devil’s food cake mix
1 ½ cups chopped caramels Coarse sea salt for sprinkling 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips Whipped cream, optional
Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly grease a 9-by13-inch baking pan and set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together chocolate pudding mix and milk for 1 minute to combine. Add cake mix only and stir until thoroughly combined. Spread batter evenly into bottom of prepared pan (batter will be thick). Sprinkle with chopped caramels. Sprinkle with sea salt to taste (a little goes a long way). Bake cake 30 to 40 minues or until edges pull away from sides and a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool on a cooling rack. Pour chocolate chips into a medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until chocolate is fully melted. Using a spoon, drizzle chocolate over cooled cake. Serve cake with a dollop of whipped cream, if desired.
Orange Tangerine Roast Chicken 2 tangerines, halved (may substitute oranges 1 roasting chicken, 6 to 7 lbs. ¼ cup butter, at room temperature ¾ tsp. crushed dried rosemary ¾ tsp. salt
½ tsp. cracked pepper ½ cup white wine or chicken stock ¼ cup orange marmalade Orange and tangerine slices and fresh herbs for garnish, optional
Preheat oven to 350 F. Grate 1 ½ teaspoons zest and squeeze ⅔ cup juice from tangerines; reserve separately. Place squeezed tangerine halves in cavity of chicken. Transfer chicken to roasting pan. Combine butter, rosemary, salt, pepper and reserved zest; rub over chicken. Truss if desired. Combine wine and reserved tangerine juice; pour over chicken. Roast 1 hour 45 minutes or until thermometer inserted into thickest part of thigh away from the bone registers 180 F, brushing marmalade over chicken during the last 5 minutes. Let stand 20 minutes before carving. Garnish with fresh tangerines and herb sprigs, if desired.
Broccoli Apple Salad 4 cups fresh broccoli florets ½ cup shredded carrots ¼ cup diced red onion 2 large apples, finely chopped ½ cup pecans, coarsely chopped ½ cup dried cranberries
Creamy dressing: ½ cup light mayonnaise ½ cup low-fat Greek yogurt 2 Tbsp. lemon juice 1 Tbsp. sugar ¼ tsp. salt 1⁄8 tsp. pepper
In a large bowl, combine broccoli, carrots, red onion, apples, pecans and dried cranberries. To make the dressing, whisk together mayonnaise, yogurt, lemon juice, sugar, salt and pepper. Add dressing to salad and toss to coat. Chill until ready to serve.
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Try black-eyed Susan vine for a resilient ground cover ost folks have poinsettias and entertaining on the agenda during the holidays, but for this column, I want to highlight a plant that has been an outstanding performer for me all year. It took a hard freeze in December to finally shut down my black-eyed Susan vine (I’m going to use the abbreviation BES for this flower), known botanically as Thunbergia alata. For many gardeners, in their experience this is traditionally a basket plant that deserves to be grown more often. These plants are not related to our
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garden-variety BES, but they have similar-looking flowers with dark centers surrounded by colorful petals. This annual vining plant starts out small but grows fast, and it readily scampers up any fence. Its flower petal colors range from yellow to orange and white. An interesting selection that I like is African Sunset. This variety starts out a rusty orange, and, as it ages, the color will change, reflecting the various warm colors of sunset. I got the idea of planting the BES from seeing it being grown in the Mississippi State Southern Trial Gardens Gardening on the main by Dr. Gary Bachman campus in Starkville. Those plants were being trained to grow up a set of supports, but what caught my eye was how the plants created a fine and dense ground cover. I have a grouping of subirrigated EarthBoxes that I used last year to create a small garden with plants to attract pollinators and butterflies to my home landscape. I choose a mix from the tropical Asclepias variety with red and yellow
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flowers, along with the variegated Monarch Promise and the yellow-flowered and the rusty-orange African Sunset. Both grew great in the EarthBoxes. By the end of the year, the BES had almost completely overrun the butterfly weed. This turned out OK because we didn’t have any monarch visitors until November and actually watched monarchs emerge between Christmas and New Year’s. The BES came back with a vengeance this year. I was surprised that four of the six original plants overwintered in our coastal Mississippi garden, along with numerous seedlings. I didn’t realize that BES could be that aggressive. Not only has my small wire fence been completely covered up, but the BES also decided to take on my 8-foot
privacy fence. I’ll admit I installed a few eye bolts and some fishing line to encourage it to climb. The best part of having all of this BES has been all the pollinator and butterfly action—lots of Gulf fritillary butterflies, yellow sulfurs and monarchs (again, no caterpillars feeding on the butterfly weeds, I think because they can’t find them). We also saw the occasional hummingbird. If you think you might like to try BES in your garden next year, seeds are readily available. Buy some from your local garden center, sit back and enjoy all the winged visitors. Dr. Gary Bachman is an associate Extension and research professor of horticulture at the Mississippi State University Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi. He is also host of “Southern Gardening” radio and TV programs.
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BEST SHOT of 2017
1. Hummingbird fuels up. Jeff Johnson, Quitman; East Mississippi Electric member. 2. A doe and her fawn graze, keeping an eye on the photographer. Jerry B. Hegwood, Forest; Southern Pine Electric member. 3. Colorful reflections ripple from a mandarin duck. Freddy Prosser, Pascagoula; Singing River Electric member. 4. Bluebirds claim real estate for springtime nesting. Betty Warner, Lauderdale; East Mississippi Electric member. 5. Three amigos: Maggie Mae with Ellis and Sam. June Clayton, Meridian; East Mississippi Electric member. 6. Historic Presbyterian church at Coatopa, Al. Mindy 2 Bradley, Meridian; East Mississippi Electric member. 7. Kaley Decelle seems to hold up the sky over Long Beach. 3 Susan Dunlap, Gulfport; Coast Electric member. 8. Honeybees feast on oranges. Jean Rena Mathis, Lucedale; Singing River Electric member. 9. Alligator appears to enjoy sunbathing. J.B. Barnes, Brandon; Central Electric member. 10. Great egret gulps supper. Loraine Walker, Macon; 4-County Electric member. 11. Jason White takes tea with
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12 daughter Aspen. Leah White, Byhalia; Northcentral Electric member. 12. Peaceful sunrise at Waveland. Tammy Jones, Florence; Southern Pine Electric member.
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Memories of traveling by auto r. Roy is not an impulse buyer like I am. In fact, if it’s a large purchase, he may study and analyze the pros and cons for weeks, or even months. He has wanted a new pickup truck for the past couple years, but just could not “pull the trigger” on the actual purchase. But this past October, he took his finalized data to the dealer he had selected and made a deal to order exactly the truck he wanted. Even though it had taken months for him to take the plunge, the days now passed ever so slowly for my man. Finally, the dealer called and said, “Your truck has arrived.” It was like Christmas day used to be for our girls. This truck is like a luxury automobile. It has more bells and whistles on it than my car does. I said, “I thought you wanted a truck to haul things in?” “I don’t intend to haul things in it,” he said. Which made me wonder why he wanted a truck, but he was too excited for me to ask at that moment. A few days later he said, “Let’s take a trip in my new truck.” When anyone says “road trip,” I’m ready to go. Especially when he told me he wanted to go see our grandson, Hunter, and his wife, Kelsey. So, the first weekend in December we drove to Nashville. As we started our trip, we began to
talk about how travel by automobile has changed since we started traveling together. We talked about our first long road trip, our honeymoon. And how cars then did not have air conditioning or a fraction of the conveniences that cars have today. The radios were AM, so we had to continually change stations to find one that might be clear enough to actually enjoy. Since there was no air conditioning, we had to leave some of the windows rolled down to let in fresh air. And when I say rolled down, I mean manually, not by pushing a button. There were no turn signal lights to use when we intended to make a turn to the right or left. Just roll down the window and stick your arm out— Grin ‘n’ straight for a left Bare It turn and bent upward at the by Kay Grafe elbow for a right turn. If it was raining, we just hoped we didn’t have to make many turns that required a hand signal. The only good thing about those old cars were the bench seats. The girl could sit real close to the driver as he drove
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down the highway and tried to concentrate on driving. Another thing that made traveling difficult back then was the highways. This Our first long road trip was for our honeymoon, in Roy’s 1956 Plymouth. was before the interstate highway system was built, few tears, thinking about old times, we so four-lane highways were rare. settled into the luxury of Mr. Roy’s new Normally, highways went directly truck. I found some good music on the through the center of town. I remember satellite radio and set the temperature I we occasionally had to drive through wanted; Mr Roy set the navigation sysBirmingham, and that would take over tem, the radar control system, the blind an hour. Another big problem was finding and spot monitor and speed control. Then he said, “There’s a rest area just using restroom facilities. Service stations Let’s stop for a few minutes.” ahead. were the primary source, but in most I said, “Good, why don’t you put the cases we would have to go inside and ask window down and give an old-time for the restroom key. Oh, how Mr. Roy right-turn signal with your arm.” and I would have appreciated the rest As Roy started lowering the window areas along today’s interstate highways, the air began blasting into the truck, and especially with two young girls. he shouted, “How did we put up with Another complicating factor was the this noise?” poorly marked or unmarked highways I shouted back, “Bad idea.” and roads. If we were not familiar with an area, the only solution was to stop and Kay Grafe is the author of “Oh My Gosh, Virginia.” ask directions. Sixty years ago we could To order, send name, address, phone number and not even imagine such a thing as GPS. $16.95, plus $3.50 S&H to Kay Grafe, 2142 Fig Farm Road, Lucedale, MS 39452. After laughing, and even shedding a The Kingsmen Quartet in Concert, Jan. 19, Hattiesburg. Admission donation; 7 p.m. Heritage United Methodist Church. Details: 601-261-3371; Heritage-UMC.org. Harlem Globetrotters, Jan. 23, Jackson. Admission; 7 p.m. Mississippi Coliseum. Details: 601-353-0603; Ticketmaster.com. “Riverdance”: 20th Anniversary World Tour, Jan. 23, Jackson. Admission; 7:30 p.m. Thalia Mara Hall. Details: Ticketmaster.com/Jackson. “The Sound of Music,” Jan. 25, Cleveland. New production of the classic Rodgers & Hammerstein musical; 7:30 p.m. Admission. Bologna Performing Arts Center, Delta State University. Details: BolognaPAC.com. Oxford Fiber Arts Festival, Jan. 25-28, Oxford. Fiber art workshops, demonstrations, vendors, children’s activities. Admission. Powerhouse. Details: 662-236-6429; OxfordArts.com; Facebook: OxfordFiber. Conservation Quest Exhibit, Jan. 27 - April
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