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Legislators converge in capital to kick off 2019 session anuary is an exciting time in Mississippi’s capital city. Legislators are arriving from all parts of the state, getting ready for the opening of the 2019 regular session of the Mississippi Legislature at noon on Jan. 8. My Opinion We at the Electric CooperaMichael Callahan tives of Mississippi welcome Executive Vice President/CEO these lawmakers this and every Electric Cooperatives of Mississippi year. We pledge our commitment to working closely with them to ensure that you, our electric cooperative members, continue to benefit from high-quality, affordable electric service. 2019 is a major election year for Mississippi, on both local and state levels. Beginning with the primary election on Aug. 6, Mississippians will cast ballots for offices ranging from constable to governor. Campaign signs soon will be sprouting like mushrooms along roadsides. Their aim is to familiarize voters with the candidates’ names, but voters must dig deeper in order to make informed decisions. Voting is a precious right of citizens, and one for which many people here and around the world have given their lives. We should never take for granted our right to free elections conducted in accordance with the law. I hope Mississippians will make every effort this year to study the candidates and understand their positions before casting a ballot. Only then will we gain a government truly representative of our hopes, dreams and goals. ********** This issue will be the final one produced under the direction of our editor, Debbie Stringer. Debbie will be retiring in early January. Since 1985, Debbie has been totally committed to providing our organization with feature stories, news articles and photos which have sparked the interest of our more than 445,600 monthly readers. It was during her tenure the award-winning Today in Mississippi was born from the old Mississippi EPA News.

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On the cover Mike Johnson, of Walnut Grove, combines wood carving know-how with imagination to create hiking sticks that tell stories. See story on page 4. Inset: Becky Strite, of Kokomo, shares a photo of her curious kitten, Java, for “Picture This: Kittens.” See page 14.

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Throughout her years, she worked diligently to promote the rich history and personality of our great state, while adding informative and value content to our publication. Her creative writing style and quality photos were always mated with concise facts and delivered in an easy-to-read format. As she sat at her computer or drove the back roads of Mississippi, she had one goal in mind—to find the unique story, target her audience and provide a finished product that would be easy to read and enjoyed by our readers. She was committed to making our publication a treasure for all Mississippians. Her success is evident by the many honors and awards she has received over the past 34 years. But the accolades she most enjoyed were the many appreciative letters and notes she received from her readers. She always placed them first. As she retires, a walking library will leave our offices with a collection of historical events, unique understanding of the cooperative electric utility structure and much more. She is truly respected by our staff and the many people she has worked with throughout her career. It will be difficult to replace her. We will bring a new staff member on board and assign them the overwhelming task to fill her shoes and continue her legacy. No small task for our new editor. In closing, Debbie can best be described as a person with a strong work ethic and a commitment to excellence. The success of Today has been achieved by this outstanding team member who has excelled in telling Mississippi’s story as a creative writer, an artist with an eye for capturing that special moment in her photos, and her unwavering willingness to help others achieve their common goals. We will miss her! But we wish her and husband, Jerry, good health and happiness in her upcoming retirement.

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Alice Rachal of Poplarville, sent this photo of Sugar in repose for this issue’s “Picture This” reader photo feature. Sugar’s eyes are different colors, one blue and one green. Rachal and her family rescued Sugar from a roadside when she was a tiny kitten. See page 14 for more photos of readers’ kittens.

Mississippi is Growing up in a small town With family all around, It’s a wonderful place to be. The yards are always full of flowers And a swing in every tree. Everyone welcomes you with a smile, Come, sit down, let’s talk for a while. Grab a chair and have some iced tea, We can talk about how things used to be. Making cakes and pies To see who gets first prize, Going fishing and frying up the catch. People in Mississippi do things like that. On Sundays we go to church To thank the Lord for all His good work. Tomorrow will come and then We’ll do it all over again. –Betty Glover, Winona

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Mike Johnson By Debbie Stringer Mike Johnson’s hand-carved hiking sticks not only provide stability on the trail but can tell stories too. Working at his home in Walnut Grove, Johnson carves intricate, imaginative images up and down long sticks of wood. He further embellishes the wood with carved text from poems, song lyrics or, in one case, a piece of family history. The carved images and words work together to support a story or theme. Johnson calls them “story sticks.” One of his first story sticks honors James Johnson, his paternal grandfather. Johnson carved a complete account of his grandfather’s Civil War military service (starting in 1861) and added images of the U.S. and Confederate flags to represent both armies. He topped the stick with a three-dimensional carved head of the Confederate soldier. Another story stick features a red-headed woodpecker peeking from its hole in the wood. The design was inspired by a childhood memory. “We’d be scared of the thunder, so my mother would gather us up next to her and quote ‘The Woodpecker’ to calm us down,” Johnson said. Mike Johnson, above, holds one of his newest hiking stick carvings, in which a damsel in distress cries for help while the villian rolls a boulder down the spiraling path toward the hero coming to her rescue. “The Naughty Child,” far left, is one of Johnson’s early carved hiking sticks. It depicts a figure with hands clamped over a child’s mouth to silence him (Johnson is a retired teacher). His first hiking stick, near left, serves as a record of his paternal grandfather’s service in the Civil War. Both Union and Confederate armies are represented with their respective flags.


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Some of Johnson’s carved butterflies become pendants or pins, above. His woodpecker story stick, right, was inspired by a poem recalled from childhood, in which a woodpecker snuggles into its hole when the “big wheels of thunder roll.”

The poem, by Elizabeth Roberts, is carved into the stick. Another of his creative pursuits is etched glass. Johnson can’t explain what lead him to carving decades It was the uniqueness of his story sticks, however, that ago. “I don’t know how I actually got into this but when I earned Johnson membership in the Craftsmen’s Guild of was a little boy my dad drove an oil truck for a distributor Mississippi, whose members are juried based on their craftshere. When they had a day off, they would sit and whittle manship and artistry. and make long, curly shavings. Creating a story stick is such a And I always loved to watch labor-intensive process that he them,” he said. typically produces only three a Not being allowed to own a year. One of the technical chalpocketknife at that tender age, lenges is maintaining a balance Johnson didn’t pick up carving along the length of the stick to himself until the mid-1970s. keep it from becoming top or His first attempts were butterbottom heavy. flies as pendants for necklaces. Johnson uses a variety of carv“They were really crude at ing tools but his favorite is the 2first, and then I found out I inch blade of the vintage Camilcould develop them into more lus pocketknife he found in the detailed carvings,” he said. street. “It sharpens so well,” he Johnson found the more he said. Johnson uses a variety of carving tools, including this curved blade, to carved, the more he wanted to Most of his sticks are fashioned coax original designs from saplings up to 5 feet long. He has shared his create. from saplings he harvests locally, He still carves butterflies, for sticks and their stories with children at libraries and schools. including ash, elm and sweet framing or wearing as jewelry. gum. He often leaves sections of He also produces clocks mounted in panels, hinged boxes the bark intact for a natural look. and other wood items featuring “illusion inlay,” as he calls it. Since retiring from his career as a teacher and boys basketThe technique involves incising designs in the wood, adding ball coach, Johnson has enjoyed more time spent in his crecolors with acrylic paints and rubbing stain into the carved ative activities. He works in a small studio and gallery he calls lines for emphasis. Scat Cat Art, at the home he shares with his wife, Lynn. She “I am not a trained artist,” Johnson said. “I just like to put is developing a website for marketing his work, a chore Johnpaint on stuff.” son dislikes. He’d rather be carving.

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at Mississippi emember going back to school after the Christmas holidays and dating all your papers with the wrong year for a few days? New things, like new years, take a little time to get used to. The new year was always a demarcation line for Daddy. He would say how things would “settle down” or how he could “catch up” or how things in general would be a notch or two better after the new year. I heard myself saying that same thing a few weeks ago. Dad was a good teacher. This year will indeed be a “new year” for me. While many of my friends are retiring or have retired, I, on the other hand, am starting a new job. WJTV 12 in Jackson has asked me to join their organization with Mississippi the idea to solidly reaffirm WJTV’s Seen by Walt Grayson position of being “Mississippi’s Television Station,” as opposed to just being another generic TV outlet. So we are making the extra effort to seek out and find the things of interest to those of us who live here, and make that emphasis on “home” our station’s overarching personality. And I get to do a lot of that seeking and reporting. The photograph that accompanies this article is of Isaac Ross’ grave marker at Prospect Hill Plantation near Red Lick in Jefferson County, which is near Lorman, which is south of Port Gibson, which is between Natchez and Vicksburg. There is a whole long story about Isaac Ross freeing his slaves in his will with the stipulation that Prospect Hill be sold and the proceeds used to send the freed slaves “back to Africa.” I put that in quotes because by that time the enslaved population in the United States had been here for quite a while, several generations, and most had never seen Africa. But Isaac

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Ross is another story we will get to later in the year. I plan to make another visit to the old house at Prospect Hill. I’m curious about the progress of its restoration. However, Ross’ grave marker reminded me of the Revolutionary War’s influence on Mississippi. He was a Revolutionary War veteran. I will occasionally run across Revolutionary War era graves here. But since it was fought so far away, as you would imagine, its veterans’ graves aren’t all that common in Mississippi. Not like Civil War graves. But perhaps the biggest influence the Revolution had on this area back then was the number of people who were loyal to Britain who relocated into the South West Mississippi Territory to get away from the East Coast, where the war was being fought. As you might imagine, loyalists weren’t the most popular people in the colonial neighborhoods. Now, other than the occasional grave marker, there are at least two present-day souvenirs of the Revolution in Mississippi. The names of two men who fought in the war are associated with two towns in our state. And the two men were actually associated with each other in the war. Nathanial Green, for whom Greenville is named, was a major general in the Revolutionary War. But Green might have just been a footnote in history had it not been for Tadeusz Kosciuszko, for whom Kosciusko is named. Kosciuszko mapped the fords of the rivers in front of Green’s army in North Carolina, allowing Green to leave English Gen. Cornwallis empty handed and with no supplies. The Revolution was a new beginning with long-lasting ramifications. Keep that in mind as we make and keep our resolutions. Some of them could be new starts that last the rest of our lives. Walt Grayson is the host of “Mississippi Roads” on Mississippi Public Broadcasting television, and the author of two “Looking Around Mississippi” books and “Oh! That Reminds Me: More Mississippi Homegrown Stories.” Contact Grayson at walt@waltgrayson.com.

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Isaac Ross has one of the most ornate grave markers in Mississippi. It is located at his plantation, Prospect Hill in Jefferson County. He was really into new beginnings, having been in the Revolutionary War, and then giving freedom to the enslaved people on his plantation in his will. Some new beginnings have long-lasting effects. Hopefully this new year will have positive effects for us. Photo: Walt Grayson

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Changes: Laments and celebrations ady was not field-trial material. Please don’t assume I am proclaiming her valueless; I am not. She was a treasured commodity, a companion of merit. The overriding essence of her caliber was that she belonged to me, both in the sense of possession and in her full dedication. Lady was mine. And that simple fact could have been the reason she was what she was—a country-yard bird dog in the purest form. Common to that era referenced, practically every rural household had a bird dog, maybe two or more. But not ours; not yet anyway. Some few of those dogs were well trained and sought after and Outdoors bartered for and Today discussed around by Tony Kinton checkerboards of community stores. Most, however, were just bird dogs, lounging in the sunshine of dirt yards on winter days and curled in cool depressions under porch steps during summer. But all, in varying degrees of expertise, were employed as bird dogs. Even the poorest performers among those suspect collections were adequate for locating and putting to flight enough quail for supper. Quail reigned during those long-past years of my youth. Old men of the day, younger then than I am now, would routinely escape from crusty personas and transform into gentlemen. Oh, their grammar was still lacking and they wore those same overalls of field work and they spat grandiose streams of brown juice from plug tobacco, but many toted Parker and L.C. Smith doubles and Browning A-5s. After all, a man needs

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college, graduate school, a new job. Before I could give it serious thought, schedules were full, the 20 was traded, Lady was laid to rest near that same fence line that produced that first double. Everything was different. Not necessarily better nor necessarily worse but definitely different. I gained enough composure at some point to mourn the passing of a great many pleasantries. And somewhat like that difference, the mourning was not necessarily good or necessarily bad. But it was essential. Fifty years have passed. Changes are even more evident. Still, I choose celebration to accompany lamentation. I celebrate now the memories of then. I celebrate that grand bird that is more than scarce in the wild by actively pursuing quail on various preserves; most of them I’ve found to be thoroughly satisfying. I lament trading that Stevens side-by-side 20 but celebrate a Browning Citori over/under 20 and sleek Beretta over/under 28. They fit and work perfectly. And I celebrate fine-tuned English pointers and Britany Spaniels and German Shorthairs that I find on those well-run and welcoming preserves. Lady could never compare. But this celebration of the superior dogs brings a tear. They remind me of Lady, and oh how I still miss her, lament her passing. She was my dog. 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 2019 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 28, 2019, 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 three, six, and eight are to be elected to three-year terms. District three is “all that portion of the certificated area of the Cooperative which lies north of the south boundary line of Lincoln and Franklin Counties and west of the Illinois Central Railroad Company main line right-of-way and south and west of a line which begins at the intersections of the west line of said Illinois Central Company main line right-of-way and the north boundary of Section 13, Township 6 North, Range 7 East, Lincoln County, Mississippi, and runs thence west to the northwest corner of Section 18, said township and range, thence north to U.S. Highway 84 and south of said U.S.. Highway 84, being partly in Franklin County and partly in Lincoln County, Mississippi. District six includes “all that portion of the certificated area of the Cooperative which lies within Pike County and is located north of the boundary line dividing Township 2 North and Township 3 North, all being in Pike County, Mississippi.” District eight is described as “all that portion of the certificated area of the Cooperative which lies within Walthall and Marion Counties, Mississippi, and is located north of the U.S. Highway 98, all being in Walthall and Marion Counties, 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:

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Jack Case W.I. Westbrook Troy K. Lofton Marshall London

Chuck Lambert Larry Hughes Wendell Johnston Sandra Knighton Bobby Taylor

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CINDY HYDE-SMITH

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MICHAEL GUEST

STEVEN PALAZZO

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The Mississippi Legislature convenes in January for the 2019 session Magnolia Electric Power salutes Mississippi’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.

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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: 4

District 92: Copiah, Lawrence and Lincoln counties Address: 407 Oliver Dr. Brookhaven, MS 39601 Years in Legislature: 12

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 Sen. Sally Doty District 39: Copiah, Lawrence, Lincoln and Wathall counties Address: 183 Oak Hill Dr. Brookhaven, MS 39601 Years in Legislature: 8



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G IVI N G B ACK With the addition of Human Resources Manager Heather Atwood to the MEP staff, this year Magnolia Electric Power became a part of two local charitable drives – the Salvation Army’s Food Drive and the Marine’s Toys for Tots Drive. Atwood has become the driving force behind both of these events. The food drive ran for most of the month of October and November and was part of an internal promotion with donations coming from MEP employees. “We had an overwhelming outpouring of donations this year and we are looking at being a drop off point in 2019 for any of our members who would like to make a donation, too,” said Atwood. Employees brought in and donated an estimated quarter ton of food items that were distributed to local families for the holidays. The food was picked up by the local Salvation Army in time for Thanksgiving. The toy drive also started in October with an

empty box in the front lobby of the MEP office. By the first of December, MEP employees and members donated enough new toy items that the toys were overflowing from the box. All the toys were distributed to children in the local community in time for Christmas. “In my 15 years of human resource experience, these two projects have always been something that have been imperative to me to work on as a way to give back to the community,” Atwood said. MEP is looking to continue both of these valuable projects in 2019. In addition, MEP’s linemen have been taking up donations each Christmas and give to a needy family in the community. These three examples are ways MEP is demonstrating Cooperative Principle No. 7, which is Concern for the Community.

Several of Magnolia Electric Power’s employees stand with just some of the food that the company’s employees collected for the annual Salvation Army’s Food Drive. From left: Dennis Reeves, Aaron Griffin, Haley Shepherd, Courtney Jordan, Tony Nettles, Amanda McKenzie, Kendall Holmes, Sara Leonard, Skipper Anderson, Mary Lee Moak, Anthony Hughes and Heather Atwood.


Magnolia Electric announces more than $2 million Capital Credits for members January 2019

The Magnolia Electric Power Board of Directors has announced that the cooperative has recently retired $2,015,069 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 represent 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 provide 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



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was 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 $48,053,788 in capital credits to its members. Magnolia Electric Power was established in 1938. The cooperative employs 89 full-time employees, maintains over 4,800 miles of power lines and serves more than 31,800 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.

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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.

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How do Magnolia Electric Power

is Magnolia Electric Power’s history on retiring capital credits? Since 1960, MEP has refunded a total of $48,053,788 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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Loaded Vegetable Diet Soup 1 medium onion, chopped 8 oz. white mushrooms, sliced 2 small carrots, peeled and chopped 3 celery stalks, chopped 1 Tbsp. olive oil 1 tsp. kosher salt 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 tsp. Italian seasoning 2 cups low-sodium V8 or tomato juice

4 cups low-sodium chicken broth 1 (14.5-oz.) can Italian seasoned diced tomatoes, undrained 1 (14.5-oz.) can kidney beans, drained 2 medium zucchini, chopped 2 cups fresh or frozen green beans, cut ¼ cup pearl barley 1 tsp. hot sauce or to taste

Sauté onion, mushrooms, carrots and celery in olive oil and salt until the vegetables are just tender. Stir in garlic, Italian seasoning, V8 juice, chicken broth, tomatoes, kidney beans, zucchini, green beans and pearl barley. Bring to a simmer. Cook at a low simmer for 20 to 30 minutes, or until the barley and vegetables are tender. Season to taste with hot sauce and serve with grated Parmesan cheese.

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Caramel Apple Dumplings 2 Tbsp. butter 1 ½ cups brown sugar 1 ½ cups water 1 ¼ cups flour ½ cup sugar 2 tsp. baking powder

½ tsp. salt 2 Tbsp. soft butter ½ cup milk 2 tsp. vanilla extract (or 1 tsp. each of vanilla and caramel flavoring) ½ cup finely diced apples

Heat until boiling the butter, brown sugar and water; reduce to simmer. Mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add soft butter and mix until crumbly. Add milk and vanilla. Add diced apples and stir until combined. Drop by teaspoonfuls into simmer sauce. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes without lifting lid. Serve warm with ice cream. Serves 6 to 8.

2 Tbsp. butter 1 ½ lb. chicken breast meat, cut into chunks ½ cup chopped onion 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 chicken bouillon cubes or paste 1 cup hot water 1 tsp. cumin

2 cups half-and-half 2 cups shredded Monterey jack cheese 1 can whole kernel corn, drained 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained 1 small can green chilies ¼ to 1 tsp. hot pepper sauce 1 medium tomato, chopped Parsley, to taste

Melt butter in skillet. Sauté chicken, onion and garlic until done. Add bouillon, water and cumin to chicken mixture. Cook for 5 minutes. Add half-and-half, cheese, corn, beans, chilies, hot pepper sauce, tomato and parsley. Stir until cheese is melted and soup is hot. Serves 6. Note: May substitute a can of Rotel tomatoes for the tomato and hot pepper sauce.

Chicken and Grits 4 cups water 2 Tbsp. butter 1 tsp. salt

1 cup white grits ½ cup shredded cheese 4 strips bacon, cut into ¼-inch pieces

Bring water, butter and salt to a boil. Whisk in grits, stirring occasionally, cooking until smooth and creamy, about 20 minutes. Stir in cheese. Fry bacon and remove from skillet. Leave 1 tablespoon grease and set bacon aside. ½ cup chicken broth 2 Tbsp. cream 2 tsp. lemon juice Dash Worcestershire sauce 3 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts

½ tsp. Cajun seasoning ¼ tsp. salt ¼ tsp. black pepper Pinch cayenne pepper

Combine broth, cream, lemon juice and Worcestershire sauce. Set aside. Cut chicken breasts into 1-inch cubes and put into a bowl. Add Cajun seasoning, salt and peppers. Stir chicken to coat evenly. Reserved bacon grease 3 cloves garlic, minced 2 Tbsp. chopped green pepper

1 Tbsp. minced jalapeño (optional) 1 Tbsp. parsley

Heat reserved bacon grease in skillet until you see first wisp of smoke. Quickly add chicken mixture and spread into an even layer. Reduce heat to medium-high and coat, stirring for 5 minutes. Add garlic, onion and jalapeño. Cook and stir for 5 more minutes. Add broth mixture and cooked bacon. Cook and stir until chicken is done. Turn off heat. Stir in parsley. Spoon cheesy grits into bowl and top with chicken. Serves 8.


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Gary answers frequent garden-related questions he questions being emailed to me are literally filling up my inbox. I thought I’d share a couple of these questions, along with my answers that should help home gardeners before we head into the 2019 spring and summer gardening seasons.

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“Gary, I want to plant some plants to attract butterflies next year. What’s the difference between butterfly weed and butterfly bush?” One of the best butterfly-attracting plants for our home landscapes is butterfly weed, known botanically as Asclepias. Butterfly weed is low maintenance, attracts a lot of butterflies besides monarchs and is deer resistant. Several species are native to Mississippi, but one you should consider is Asclepias Southern tuberosa. This Gardening perennial grows by Dr. Gary Bachman well all across the state. Its clusters of tubular flowers become prominent in late summer and early fall. They bloom in various shades of orange, but some have flowers that are more yellow or red. Tropical milkweed is a species of butterfly weed that is not native, but it blooms from spring through fall. I wouldn’t rely entirely on this species as there is concern about tropical milkweed being a host for parasites that can harm butterflies. But a couple of these fast-growing plants would provide a good source of forage until our native species start producing more foliage. Butterfly bush, known botanically as Buddleia, has panicles of sweetly fragrant, tiny blooms in various shades of white, blue, purple, pink, red and even yellow. The flowers are displayed on arching graceful stems. Butterflies, bees and hummingbirds love these flowers. Plant butterfly bush in full sun for best flowering, as shade reduces flowering, and the plant becomes thin and

Asclepias tuberosa, left, is a perennial variety of native butterfly weed that attracts butterflies with its prominent flowers in late summer and early fall. Lichens, above, are fungi and algae living in a symbiotic relationship. Although they can be found outdoors on almost any hard surface, lichens commonly use trees and shrubs for support. Photos: MSU Extension/Gary Bachman

leggy. Butterfly bush tolerates any soil type as long as it’s well drained. When new shoots start to appear in the spring, prune last year’s growth back to about 6 inches from the ground. This step encourages new growth, and the flowers are produced on new wood. Deadheading will help side shoots develop larger flower heads.

“Gary, there’s gray-green, moldy-looking ‘stuff’ on my oak trees. Is this going kill my trees?” The green, moldy stuff is called lichen, which is a very interesting

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organism found throughout the world. Lichen is an unlikely combination of fungi and algae living in a symbiotic relationship on the plant’s bark. Trees and shrubs are only used for support. The algae supply food via photosynthesis, and the fungi gather water and other needed nutrients. When shrubs and trees struggle, their canopy tends to thin out, letting more light into the interior. Lichens, which naturally occur on the trees’ bark, are opportunistic and increase their growth as a tree canopy declines. As trees and shrubs continue to decline, the lichens become more noticeable, giving the illusion that they are causing the problem. As a result, homeowners think the lichen is responsible for the tree and shrub decline. Lichen will grow out-

doors on any hard surface. You may have seen it on wooden bird houses, and I’ve even seen lichen on a satellite dish. There really are no compounds to remove lichen, but there’s also no real need to remove it. The best way to discourage lichen growth is to have a healthy and well-growing plant. Do you have a question about something related to your home garden and landscape? Send it to me at southerngardening@msstate.edu, and I’ll get the answer for you.

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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Kittens Readers capture the beauty and humor 2 of kittenhood. 1. Pixie, by Maria Pearson, Enterprise; East Mississippi Electric member. 2. Millie, by P. Mikell Davis, DVM, Starkville; 4-County Electric member. 3. Millie, by Tamara Thurman, Brookhaven; Magnolia Electric Power member. 4. Nova, by Deborah Powell, Crystal Springs; Southern Pine Electric member. 5. Cleo, by Charla Pierce, Toomsuba. 6. Jett, by Sharon Steele, Summit; Magnolia Electric Power member. 7. Sassy, by Amanda Rushing, Moss Point; Singing River Electric member. 8. Smokey JoAnn, by Bridget Regan, Magnolia; Magnolia Electric Power member. 9. Tazie, by Candy Moore, Union; Central Electric member. 10. Sleepy kittens, by Sandra Windham, Gautier; Singing River Electric member. 11. Steel, by Evelyn King, McComb; Magnolia Electric Power member. 12. Barney and Mowgli, by Sandra Smith, Bay Springs; Southern Pine Electric member. 13. Joel Springfield with a new kitty, by Bobbye Gayle Makamson, Itta Bena; Delta Electric member.

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April issue of Today in Mississippi.

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• Photos must be in sharp focus. • Photos must be the original work of an amateur photographer (of any age). • Photos may be either color or black and white, print or digital. • Digital photos must be high-resolution JPG files of at least 1 MB in size. If emailing a phone photo, select “actual size” before sending. We cannot use compressed photo files. • Please do not use photo-editing software to adjust colors or tones. We prefer to do it ourselves, if necessary, according to our production standards. • Photos with the date stamped on the image cannot be used. • Each entry must be accompanied by the photographer’s name, address, phone number and electric power association (if applicable). Include the name(s) of any recognizable people or places in the picture. Feel free to add any other details you like. • Prints will be returned if accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope. We cannot, however, guarantee their safe return through the mail.

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Tell me it’s not true couple weeks ago, Mr. Roy walked into the kitchen where I was emptying the dishwasher and said, “You’ll never believe what I just heard and saw on TV.” I smiled. “You’re wrong. In today’s times, I’ll believe almost anything you tell me.” “Well, sit down and hold on,” he said. “Sears is declaring bankruptcy and closing all of their stores.” Even though I knew the company was going through some hard times, the finality of the closings brought tears to my eyes—especially for someone my age who has such good memories of the Sears stores and their mail-order catalogs. The Christmas season brings many memories of looking at those “Christmas Books,” as I later referred to them. I remember how I waited in anticipation for the Sear’s Christmas catalog to arrive in the mail. I spent hours viewing the new edition and marking the toys I wanted. I actually marked a lot more toys than I knew Santa would bring. About a month before Christmas Mother would say, “Okay, you can underline four toys that you want Santa Claus to bring you, but remember, don’t underline the most expensive toys and only four.” At the time, I couldn’t figure out

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what kind of a business arrangement Santa Claus and Sears had worked out. But it seemed to work, because in most cases Old Santa found out what items I marked and did a pretty good job putting them under our tree. In the 1940s and 50s, and before, the Sears, Roebuck and Co. catalog was the source for many items that rural Americans used. I can remember my mother and grandGrin ‘n’ mother ordering Bare It everything from chicken biddies to by Kay Grafe Sunday hats from those big, thick catalogs. If they were alive today and Sears still sold the same type goods, my mother and grandmother would say, “I don’t believe it! Where will I get my canning supplies and underwear?” Until the end of the 1960s and early 70s, those catalog sales were big business. Sears opened a small office in the late 1960s in Lucedale where people (like me) could stop by. A clerk would place the order, then call the customer when the package arrived. I liked that, since they would also send it back if folks were displeased with the item. Until the 1940s you could even pur-

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The Inspirations in Concert, Jan. 11, Petal. First Baptist Church of Runnelstown; 7 p.m. Love offering. Details: 601-583-3733.

Kane Brown: Live Forever Tour, Jan. 18, Southaven. Admission; 7 p.m. Landers Center. Details: 662-393-8770.

chase a house that could be assembled from a kit. In the 1910s and 20s the Sears catalog displayed the latest lady’s fashions for sale. And in the late 1800s you could order fancy horse carriages and farm implements. Early editions included all sorts of patent medicines and medical supplies. The Sears mail-order business back then was like today’s Amazon.com. Sears could not provide one- to two-day delivery like Amazon, but back then people were more patient and didn’t demand instant gratification as they do today. Sears mail-order customers thought it was wonderful to be able to look at an item in a catalog, mail in an order and have the item, or items, mailed to them. And they never had to leave the farm. As a side note, I can remember going into our local post office and hearing baby chicks chirping from their Sears shipping boxes. And you could hear people commenting about how it was time for the country ladies to order their “biddies.” Age has taught me a lot of things, and one certainly is that many things in life are constantly changing, and we need to learn to adjust to those changes. Sears either could not, or would not, adjust to the needs and desires of the marketplace. Businesses today have to constantly change to meet the needs and wants of a very fickle public.

Oxford Fiber Arts Festival, Jan. 24-27, Oxford. Exhibition, lectures, demonstrations, vendor market, classes. Family activity day Jan. 26 with animals, crafts, more. Powerhouse Community Arts Center. Details: 662-236-6429; OxfordArts.com. Gulf Coast Orchid Society Show and Sale, Jan. 25-27, Gautier. Exhibits, sales. Free basic orchid culture class Jan. 27. Free admission. Gautier Convention Center. Details: 601-530-8778, 228-424-7374. An Evening with Travis Tritt, Jan. 30, Hattiesburg. Admission; 7:30 p.m. Saenger Theater. Details: 601-584-4888; SaengerTheater@hattiesburg.org. Belles & Buoys 41st Annual Mardi Gras

Sometimes when Mr. Roy and I are traveling, we play a game called “Do you remember?” For example, I might say, “Do you remember when all of the men at church on Sunday wore dress hats, and why do you think that ended?” Or, “Ladies must have a pair of gloves for each clothing outfit.” He always comes up with something to keep the game going. “Do you remember when there were vent windows in automobiles, and why did that end?” I used to love those pretty whitewall tires on automobiles. Why aren’t those still available as an option? Remember the copy machines? When I taught school we stood in line for our turn to “run off” tests on the copy machine. Those machines were used in all fields of work. If you are Mr. Roy’s and my age, try playing this game sometime, as you stroll down memory lane. Actually, try it if you’re younger. With the explosion of technology, young folks can almost watch the change as smartphones improve every year. Mr. Roy and I watch each other as a new wrinkle appears every few months. God has been good to us, even with wrinkles. And I’m joyful that I continue to have you, my faithful readers. Have a very happy, prosperous and blessed New Year! 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.

Festival, Feb. 1-2, Biloxi. Square and round dancing and workshops. Admission. Woolmarket Community Center. Details: 228-831-3127; BellesAndBuoys.webs.com. Oxford Film Festival, Feb. 6-10, Oxford. Celebrates independent filmmaking with screenings, panel discussions, social events. Admission. Details: 877-560-3456; OxfordFilmFest.com. Kelly Clarkson: The Meaning of Life Tour, Feb. 9, Southaven. Admission; 7 p.m. Landers Center. Details: KellyClarkson.com/tour. Starkville Farm Toy Show, Feb. 15-16, Starkville. Buy, sell, trade. Friday 5-9 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Starkville Sportsplex. Details: 601-562-8859.


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