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Island emergency a reminder of the danger underground hen 10,000 tourists were forced to leave two popular North Carolina islands in July, they weren’t fleeing from a hurricane but a power outage, of all things. The outage occurred when a workers building a bridge drove a steel casing through an underground transmission line. Officials ordered the tourists to evacuate, and some 9,000 homes lost power. The governor declared a state of emergency in part to help speed the repairs. Coming during the islands’ peak tourist season, the outage’s impact on the local economy was described as “huge.” The incident is a sobering illustration of what can happen when people excavate, drill or bore without knowing where local underground utilities lie. Whether digging to erect fence posts, build a swimming pool or prepare a foundation, everyone should keep electrical safety foremost in mind. Mississippi 811 Inc. (MS811) is a non-profit organization designed to keep people safe and protect underground utilities when excavations take place. MS811 maintains an information center in Jackson that serves as a communications link between those who dig (excavator, builders, property owners, etc.) and the utilities that operate underground facilities, including your electric power association. When you call 811, utilities will be notified to send a representative to your dig site to mark the locations of their underground facilities. It’s a convenient, efficient system; 811 saves you from having to call multiple utilities. Mississippi law requires excavators, contractors, building and private citizens who are going to drill, blast, dig and/or bore to notify MS811 before they start the work. You can read the law at www.ms1call.org. We encourage you to get more information at www.ms1call.org or 811 while your excavation work is still in the planning stage. ••• Kids are back in school and the daylight hours are slowly diminishing. Soon school buses will be cruis-

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ing in the dark on weekday mornings, until Daylight Saving Time ends on Nov. 5. Please drive with extra caution to help keep our students safe. Impatience, distracting driving and simple carelessness can result in tragedy on the road. Also keep in mind that electric cooperative line crews may be out working on roadside lines at any time of day or night, in any kind of weather. Their extensive safety training and protective gear help keep them safe, but nothing can shield them from the inattentive, speeding driver. Please help keep our My Opinion employees safe by considerMichael Callahan ably reducing your speed Executive Vice President/CEO when approaching their Electric Cooperatives of Mississippi work site. ••• This has been an unbelievably wet summer for much (if not all) of Mississippi. We’re seeing a number of trees collapse, evidently due to saturated soils in many cases. Electric power associations work hard to prevent trees and limbs from falling into power lines by diligently clearing power line rights-of-way. But we can’t cut everything everywhere. If you see a tree (or anything else) in contact with a power line, please call your electric power association or 911 immediately to report it. Never, ever attempt to remove the debris yourself; a power line can appear to be “dead” but still carry enough current to cause serious injury or death. Your electric power association will respond quickly to dispatch personnel to repair the line. Until they arrive, keep others far away from the site. If you have any questions regarding electrical safety, your electric power association will be more than happy to help. They are, after all, your electrical safety experts.

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One of Mississippi’s architectural gems is the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, designed by architect Frank Gehry and dedicated to the ceramics of George H. Ohr (1857-1918). The museum includes metal pods whose shapes bring to mind the curving, twisting contours of Ohr’s pottery.

Mississippi is What’s Mississippi to me? It’s sitting on the front porch swing with family shelling buckets of peas. Shady seats in front of a row of peach trees. A water oak with great big roots and a board swing. A bench under the wisteria where Grandpa sits with all the bumblebees. A square flower bed with a catawba worm tree. A horse named Dolly, so lonely and old. It’s Grandma’s lilies and the plum trees lining the dirt road. Clothes stretched out to dry on a line. The corner wood pile stacked so high. Tin-wrapped leaf beds surrounding the fig trees. Water straight out of the hose, never mind the mud holes. The smokehouse in the back where grandkids are never to go. It’s Grandpa and Grandma’s house. It was home to me. –Brandy J. Gardner, Waynesboro Eighteen years ago, my husband and I chose to retire in Pontotoc. One of our children, who remained in Denver, called today. As we were talking, he asked if we had canaries now. I answered no. I had gone out on the front porch to talk. There I was watching two male cardinals chase each other while the female sat on a nearby limb, cheering them on. A blue jay and a robin perched side by side, fussing at one another while eating leftover food from our dog’s bowl, and a couple of squirrels chattered gleefully as they played tag around the base of an old oak tree in one corner of our yard. I explained to him, “It’s just springtime in Mississippi.” –Carolyn E. Oakes, Houlka

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By Debbie Stringer Turning logs into lumber takes place in massive automated mills that produce tens of thousands of board feet per hour. There was a time, however, when trees were felled with hand saws, hauled in mule-drawn wagons to a small rural sawmill and cut into boards, one at a time—as long as the saw didn’t overheat. These mills played a vital role in the growth of towns along the new railroads being built throughout Mississippi in the 19th century. “You couldn’t build anything until a sawmill was set up, unless you wanted to hew logs,” said Aaron Rodgers, director of the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum, in Jackson. Cutting lumber with hand tools was a difficult,

extremely slow process. “You might be able to get two sides of a floor joist done in eight hours,” Rodgers said. Village building demanded a more efficient means of lumber production, hence the rise of the small rural sawmill with its engine-driven reciprocating (and later, circular) saw. The advent of the circular saw in the mid-1800s, along with later innovations, led to the rise of large commercial sawmills capable of producing and shipping great numbers of board feet per day. Yet rural sawmills continued to supply local needs into the early 20th century as their power sources advanced from steam to gasoline and diesel engines. Tucked behind the cotton gin at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum is one such rural sawmill, moved to the site from Jefferson Davis County. During special events at the museum, the sawmill’s

Rural sawmills gave rise to Mississippi’s earliest towns while helping farm families to survive

Barry McLemore is one of the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum employees who demonstrate the vintage sawmill during special events. Small sawmills once served as the “heartbeat” of early communities in the state, he said. The mill, moved from Jefferson Davis County, is powered by a 1947 diesel engine, which drives a series of flat belts and pulleys. The carbide circular saw blade is a recent replacement.

1947 diesel engine is fired up to demonstrate its operation for visitors. Through a series of flat belts and pulleys, the engine powers a circular saw and a rail-mounted carriage that moves logs into the spinning saw blade. Next, the lumber goes through a vintage edger to neaten rough edges and create a four-sided board. This type of small-scale mill was called a peckerwood sawmill in its day. The saw would cut just about any wood, hard or soft, for making everything from fence posts to framing materials to siding. Little skill was required to operate the mill and it could be disassem-


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McLemore, at top, shows a piece of lumber with marks left by the mill’s circular saw. Aaron Rodgers, above, the museum’s executive director, holds a cant hook used for gripping and moving logs.

bled, packed into wagons and moved to the next logging site. Working in a rural sawmill was not a full-time job back then, Rodgers said. Most rural Mississippians were subsistence farmers, producing enough to feed their family and maybe some extra to sell. But when the harvest was done or the crops failed, farmers could find work in the local sawmill to earn income until the next planting season. “That was really, really dangerous work, so the guys who worked in them did it because they had to, to supplement their [farm] income,” Rodgers said. “It was like you were putting your life in your hands to do that kind of thing.” Hazards surrounded the

workers. Sawdust spewing from the logs threatened their eyes and lungs, and nothing shielded them from the exposed high-speed saw blade and belt-driven machinery. “All it would take is just one stumble and that’s it for you,” Rodgers said. Visitors to the Mississippi Ag Museum get that message. “Once you see that blade spinning and the carriage moving across it, most people realize that it was an incredibly dangerous job. I think it makes people appreciate how far we’ve come in making sure that families aren’t torn apart because of work accidents,” Rodgers said. “And then I think a lot of people react to the sheer power of it. All you have to do is thump a log to realize how much material is there. This old equipment could just power right through it—hundreds of logs a day, if they wanted to.” Recent upgrades to the museum’s sawmill, funded in part by the Mississippi Forestry Association, include the construction of a viewing deck for visitors, safety enhancements, repairs, a donated carbide saw blade and additional informational signage. Termites, rust and weathering are constant threats to the old mill’s survival, but Rodgers believes this piece of Mississippi history is worth every effort to preserve and interpret for future generations. The exhibit represents a piece of family history for museum visitors whose relatives once worked in a sawmill. “I think it’s important for us to teach how complicated life was then, and how hard it was, so you can appreciate how easy it is now,” Rodgers said. “We like to think of ourselves as having these big, complicated lives now, but in these rural communities they may not have been formally educated but they had to know so much about how to live

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on their own. This sawmill is a perfect example of that. And there was so much hard work involved in it.” Museum visitors can see the sawmill in action during the annual Harvest Festival, Nov. 7-11 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. The museum’s Small Town Mississippi will come to life with demonstrations in the sawmill, cotton gin, cane mill, print shop and blacksmith shop. Each is equipped with authentic equipment, machinery and tools. “The experience you’re going to get is the really unique noise of a 20-year-old tree being cut into lumber, or the thump of the giant diesel engine running the cotton gin, or the clang of the blacksmith’s hammer. It’s an experience you can’t get from a video. And when it’s all running, it’s magical out here,” Rodgers said. For visitor information, contact the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum at 601-432-4500 or visit msagmuseum.org.

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The town that time forgot, almost A town that time forgot? Or a town ahead of its time with GPS-guided tours? By the way, the Carrollton Pilgrimage is Oct. 6-7 this year. Photo: Walt Grayson

ighway 82 didn’t run through the town but instead chose a route just to the south of it. The railroad bypassed it too, taking the more level ground the other side of Big Sand Creek, just to the north. And when the railroad was built, a new town grew up along the tracks as happened quite a bit back then. But in the case of this town, it didn’t fade away as many did when bypassed. To this day it is still nestled there snug between the railroad town to the north and the highway to the south. Carrollton is the town I’m talking about. It was created as the county seat of Carroll County, sharing that honor with Vaiden today as one of our counties with two county seats. Carrollton was about as progressive as any town in Mississippi. It was the center of commerce for the area. It was also a popular place where some Delta planters built their fine homes, up in the hills away from the heat and bugs of the swampland where their cotton acreage was. Carrollton was the home of notable folks too, such as Sen. J.Z. George, who chiefly authored Mississippi’s 1890 Constitution, under which the state operates

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today, much of it written at his home, Cotesworth. Cotesworth, with his unusual Hexagonal library, is a cultural center today just north of North Carrollton. I can just see it in my mind the busy little village of old with its dusty dirt streets full of people and horse-drawn wagons back in its heyday. ‘Course, it’s not too hard to imagine Carrollton like that if you ever saw the 1960s era movie “The Reivers,” based on the William Faulkner novel. Steve McQueen starred in it along with Will Geer. Much of it was shot in Carrollton. Mississippi For the Seen movie, the by Walt Grayson paved streets were covered with dirt and horse-drawn wagons were all over the place. That’s why it doesn’t take a great deal of imagination to see the town looking like that. Just pull up the movie and watch it. Some of the signs painted on the sides of buildings as set-dressing for the movie are still there. One advertising “furniture

and coffins” comes to mind. It’s on the side of what is the town’s museum, today. At one time it housed a business that really did sell furniture and coffins, among other things. When the new railroad to the north created the town of North Carrollton, trackside, there was very little need for Carrollton to do any further progressing. So it seemed to slow down in time. There was no real need to tear it down, either. So Carrollton still sits sort of as it was in the 1920s. Businesses have come and gone, obviously. Some of them you may be familiar with. The famous Carroll County Picture Show of “Ode to Billy Joe” fame was right there on the square, across from the courthouse. The picture show is gone but the building is still there. A lot of the old buildings and homes still stand in Carrollton, making it a popular pilgrimage destination for nostalgia and history buffs. But Carrollton has brought its past into the future with the launching of a GPS-triggered downtown walking tour. Load the app and follow the town’s stories with your smartphone. And I appreciate the folks in Carrollton inviting me to be the voice for the tour. I learned a lot about the town in the process of recording the narration. And

learned there are no places time forgot. Not in the internet age. And I never imagined I’d be an app! 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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My life changed in 1962. News headlines flickered across black-and-white TV screens, announcing high-profile events such as the Cuban Missile Crisis, the death of Marilyn Monroe. And as it turned out, Robert Frost wrote his last poem that year, “In the Clearing.” He died in ’63. There were a great many other episodes of tremendous importance demanding discussion. And though I was aware of these, few fully grabbed the attention of a 14-year-old country boy whose sheltered world consisted of a ragged farm, a rural school, a small church and an incalculable list of dreams that were seldom appreciated or entertained by anyone other than me. The overriding cause for consternation and core of unwelcome change, I now know, was that my aging bird dog, Lady, pointed her last by Tony Kinton covey of quail in 1962 on the back side of that farm, which was home. That word last is sobering. It was the last for Lady because her health quickly declined after that December morning. It was the last for me because other pursuits took control and led me eventually to college and graduate school and a form of living specified by life as I had never known it. And last seems to have predicted the soon-to-be last coveys of this grand bird for not only that one farm but for the entire area. Even before I left, the corn field that once held birds was a clean pasture with cattle scattered about. One garden, a separate pea patch and a long, grown-up fence row gave way to chicken houses and assorted sheds. The broom sedge growth just over the hill was rapidly becoming a pine plantation. Quail habitat pretty much went missing in the next two or three years following 1962. Unless the reader of this piece is at least 60, it is unlikely that he or she can

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recall those days in the countryside when quail were abundant, their cheery, gentle yet haunting calls echoing across fallow fields. Their thunderous flushes, whether occurring in front of a staunch pointer or caused by a chance encounter with someone walking past, were capable of increasing the heart rate of even the most composed. They were a symbol of wildness, a link to a world that was slipping away. For one who knew and loved these things and who was convinced that life didn’t get any more fulfilling than walking out the back door with a worn-out shotgun and a hard-headed dog to collect four quail for supper, this passing was difficult to process. It appeared tragic. Time has verified that it was and is tragic. And that conviction held then is yet as firm as once thought. It is no secret that quail fell on hard times and have practically vanished from the landscape in far too many areas of the Southeast. Why this happened has not been solidly determined, but much study has already gone into finding an answer; that study continues. Will there be simple and conclusive solutions? That is still unknown. But we can hope and work toward the return of this glorious species. In the meantime, for those of us who long for the ballet of a bird dog and the boisterous clatter of a covey rise, there is one alternative other than driving great distances to other regions that still hold good supplies of these birds. That alternative is the shooting preserve. I have hunted on and written about these establishments scattered about the state many times. Most afford a realistic outing that is professionally executed and provides the rare opportunity to have this magic of quail hunting unfold in a fashion similar to how it was done in the past. One early morning this past March, I met my friend Mike Davis in Magee. We were headed out of town to Bouie Creek Quail Farm and Hunting Preserve to catch up with Wayne Hill and enjoy a

Tony Kinton, right, with Wayne Hill of Bouie Creek Quail Farm. Photo: Mike Davis

hunt. Wayne is a dedicated dog owner and quail hunter who laments the past and makes the best possible of the present. Shortly after introductions and some hot coffee, we were off, Wayne’s poised and polished English Setters, German Shorthairs and Brittany Spaniels busy about locating quail. The birds were scattered everywhere throughout a property that was quail perfect. I took note of and found great pleasure in the fact that Wayne and I used the same persuasion shotgun. The Browning Citori over/under in 20 gauge. No call for the bigger 12s in this endeavor. Even the 28, for the keen shooter who is proficient with ¾-ounce loads, is an ideal choice. Such rigs as outlined above are not demanded; a solid pump or semi auto is fine. But there is just something particularly stylish about an O/U or side-by-side in the crook of the arm or toted over the shoulder action open. These are classic bird guns. For the remainder of that morning

action was consistent. Dog work was spectacular. Sorry to admit that I didn’t play the shotgun to perfection, but I collected birds and, for a few hours, relived those days that put me in mind of adolescence on that old farm. With the coming of autumn, thoughts of many turn to the hunting fields. Shooting preserves offer a viable setting to rekindle the spirit of an activity that was once common or to see for the first time how it was back then. Such doings are sure to capture the fancy of any participant. Bouie Creek Quail Farm is one such preserve that deserves a visit. For information about the family-friendly hunts there, call Wayne Hill at 601-849-4415 or 601-506-1790.

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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Gomphrena beauties defy summer weather t was extremely hot in the trial gardens recently at the South Mississippi Branch Station in Poplarville while we were shooting new TV segments of “Southern Gardening.” While my crew and I were literally wilting in the heat and humidity, there was one group of plants that seemed to be taunting Mother Nature to bring it on. That plant was gomphrena, and I’d hate to meet it in a dark alley. Gomphrena is a tough plant that tolerates the combination of summer heat and humidity and keeps right on blooming. Sometimes called globe amaranth, the gomphrena likes it hot—really hot, like it is in our Mississippi gardens and landscapes. I love to share the story that says gomphrena is the only plant that will grow around the Gates of Hades. Now to continue that story, I like to tell fellow gardeners that gomphrenas certainly grow like heck! What makes the gomphrena one of my favorite hot weather, flowering annuals is that it blooms from late spring to the last hard frost in the fall. In south Mississippi, that frost may not show up until January, so I may get to enjoy gomphrena blooms for eight

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months or more. The fact that they have few serious garden pests is another plus. The flowers are clover-like, everlasting and similar to straw in texture. The flower heads are actually bracts, which

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are leaves resembling petals. The small flowers are inconspicuous, only noticeable when the yellow stamens poke out. Flower colors Southern range from Gardening white to purple by Dr. Gary Bachman and red. Gomphrena’s strong garden performance is exemplified by its having been chosen as a Mississippi Medallion winner twice in the past nine years. The first selection was All Around Purple in 2008, followed by Fireworks in 2010. And true to its name, this selection is as beautiful as any fireworks display I’ve ever seen. The hot-pink flowers almost seem iridescent, and the little yellow tips seem to capture the essence of a celebratory explosion. Fireworks is a big plant, growing up to 4 feet tall and wide, so plan your landscape bed accordingly. Another selection always welcome in my garden is Strawberry Fields, the very first red-flowered selection of gomphre-

na. The flower heads resemble blazing fireballs, and they are displayed on sturdy stems that bob around in a gentle breeze. Other garden-worthy series are the Gnome and Ping Pong. Smaller in stature than other gomphrenas, these selections are perfect for smaller planting areas in the garden. Be sure to plant in the full sun. Gomphrenas tolerate partial shade, but the best flowering show requires higher light levels. As long as the planting bed is well drained, your plants will thrive. In fact, once established in the spring, gomphrenas actually become somewhat drought tolerant, but remember to water them during extended dry periods. Gomphrena also makes a good dried flower and is classified as an everlasting. Tie flower stems in bunches and hang them upside down to dry in an airy room out of direct light. The flowers retain their color and are great additions to craft projects and dried flower arrangements. 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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Open House Magnolia Electric Power hosted an Open House for its members and the public at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 25, to come and view the new facility located at 3027 Highway 98 West, Summit. Although a summer thunderstorm with a severe downpour occurred at the time of the event, those who did attend the Open House were treated to a program that began with a ribbon cutting. Following the ribbon cutting, those in attendance went into the auditorium for a welcome and words from General Manager Darrell Smith and Board President Hollis Alford. Then the group was invited to tour the facility, which showcased our newest technology. MEP tour guides took the visitors around to different parts of the building, stopping at certain locations for programs concerning our new technology. The special presentations included the IT department, the staking department and the Dispatch area. Tours also included the billing department, warehouse and grounds.


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Assisting with the Magnolia Electric Power Open House ribbon cutting are (from left) MEP Accountant Charlene Wilson, Board of Directors Bruce McCaffery, Carl Fuller, Board President Hollis Alford, General Manager Darrell Smith, Board of Directors Dennis Wilson, Jerry Sisco, Odell McKenzie and Member Services Director Lucy Shell.

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Prayer for dedication of Magnolia Electric Power new building Powerful God – It is next to impossible for most of us to imagine a world in which we flip a switch and nothing happens. A few of us remember the days of coal oil lighting and splitting wood or hauling coal to cook and keep us warm. As much as we like to look back on those as the good old days, few of us want to give up our comfort and return to them. Those who strung the first power lines across rural south Mississippi could not possibly imagine the change they were unleashing on this region. From a single bulb dangling in the middle of a room to power outlets along every wall and charging stations wherever we want them, we have come much further than those pioneers of this industry could ever have imagined. We give you thanks for their commitment to enhancing life for their families and for all who have come after them. We give you thanks, too, for those who planned and designed this new facility for Magnolia Electric Power. More than a place to come to pay a bill, this facility serves for as a hub of activity for members whose lives are much better off because of this place. We ask your blessings on those who work here serving the needs of members and customers and others who pass through these doors. We ask your blessing on meetings and other gatherings held here. May all that happens here continue to enhance the life and work of this community. We ask your blessings on those whose foresight exceeds ours, those who are already looking for what comes next and finding ways to bring it about. Power can be a dangerous thing we know. We pray for linemen and others who will be dispatched from this place to restore power and to provide new service as our community experiences growth. Most of all, we give you thanks for the good things that come from power and we pray for those who exercise power over this place – we pray that they will continue to use their power to serve and to improve this community. Bless our celebration today and all that this facility makes possible. We pray through Christ, the Lord. Amen.

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electricity came into their lives As time quickly passes around us, it has been almost 80 years since a group of men gathered in Magnolia, with one goal in mind and that was to bring electricity to the rural areas of southwest Mississippi. It was the determination, hard work and efforts of these men who wanted to see that electricity was brought to the rural masses that got the movement going. Before long, numerous power poles were placed in the ground and wire strung across the local countryside and now the descendants of those men and others who have moved into our area, reap the benefits of electricity because of their hard work. To borrow a story written in 2012 by a fellow electric cooperative worker in another state who related the following story: “I was at a member’s house the other day. He was 88. Before I left, he stopped me and said, ‘I want to tell your CEO that I never mind to pay my electric bill. When I compare how much it costs to operate my allelectric home to the price I pay to fill my car twice, it’s amazing. I always think about what I get for my money. I stay warm in winter and cool in summer. I am entertained by TV and radio, thanks to electricity.’ Younger members have never lived without electricity. They think it’s a right, not a luxury.” In an effort to document the stories of the people who lived before electricity was brought in to their homes, we asked for our members to share their stories. We had a good turnout for our interviews, therefore we wanted to give you a preview of things they shared with renowned Mississippian Walt Grayson who conducted the interviews and documented the information. Later, Grayson will produce a video to put all of their information in a video clip for us to share with the public. Until the video is ready, we would like to share the photographs and bits of their stories in a series over the next several issues for our Today In Mississippi readers. And, we would like to extend a sincere thank you to the ones who came out and shared their information with Magnolia Electric Power. * Part one of a three month series

Evelyn Parker, 95 Parker remembers getting electricity when she was 18 years old. “Life before electricity was dark. It wasn’t that bad, but electricity sure did help,” she said. “You had to go by candlelight, lamps and the fireplace – that was your light by night.” The first thing my Mom got was an electric stove and then an iron and, oh Lord, we ironed everything on the place,” she remembered. “I think one of the last things we got was a refrigerator.” Parker, who recalled living in the country, said, “We packed our fruit in white sand during the winter time to preserve it.” Parker remembers how everyone waited for the electricity with hesitation, but once they saw what it brought, they all wanted it. “We were excited about electricity coming, but we didn’t understand how it was going to come through and not burn down the house. But it was so amazing when they first turned them on,” she said. “I remember the first time the light bulb came on. It was so bright. You could see things you had never seen before. I’m 95 and have forgotten a lot of things, but I remember that light coming on.” It brought so many changes,” she said. “I wouldn’t want to live in a world without it anymore.”

Julia Lee White, 97, & Vivian Reeves Julia Lee White and her sister Vivian Reeves remember the days before electricity came to their homestead. The house Reeves lives in today was wired for electricity in 1939. It is also the house she was born in. Julia, who was born before the house was built, said she was 19 years old when her Dad got electricity in the house, but both ladies remember what it was like before that moment in time. “We used coal-oil lamps. I went all through high school using coal oil lamps. I couldn’t go to bed till I had my schooling done,” White said. “We had the wash pot in the back yard. We washed the clothes, rinsed them, hung them up. Then we would iron them with a flat iron we heated

on the stove,” Reeves said. “This was a far raised crops, and our Daddy worked on t too.” “We didn’t have any brothers so we ha in the field, too,” White said. “We raised chickens. We had an ice bo Daddy would bring ice from town,” said “We would dress the hogs after we killed would can food.” When asked for details on what it was family to acquire electricity, White respon the fall of 1939, when we got the electrici like daylight and dark. We didn’t know a we just made the best of it. Dad got elect as soon as it was available.”


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Mary Alice Price Jefferson, 90

Born in Franklin County, Evans said she grew up with no electricity. She was married and had moved away before her parents got electricity. “I think they got electricity in 1946. I got married in 1941,’ she explained. When she married, she moved to a location that offered electricity. But discussing her childhood she said, “We didn’t know it was bad because we hadn’t had any better.” She continued, “It was bad when you had to lay down on the floor to get your lessons by the firelight. Then you would get up there and get too hot and have to move back and then you couldn’t see. And packing those lamps around the house.” Evans said, “Momma got a refrigerator and a ringer-type washing machine, but kept her wood stove because she liked it.” She shared a memory her younger sister told Evans. “My sister remembers being out for the day and it was dark when she came back and she said she knew it was Christmas because when she came back, the first thing that caught her eye was the Christmas tree in the window had lights on it.” But as a child, Evans said she remembers, “We had to get water from a spring.” Laundry business was one of the worse things I remember. You had to pack water from the spring to do the clothes – it was lots of work. It was so much easier when you got a washing machine. It was just so much different back then,” she said. “Kids today don’t believe that we lived that way,” Evans said. “Electricity changed everything – you had better lighting, electric stove, refrigerator, iron.” When asked how it felt to go from having electricity at her own home and going back to visit her parents who didn’t have electricity, she answered, “It was strange, but I was used to not having it at their house. I was tickled when they got it. It was altogether different.”

Jefferson reminisced about times before she got electricity, “We say it was hard, but the times were good. I cooked on the wood stove, I washed with the tin tubs, and the rub board and an iron pot. We had an ice box for the ice on the back porch and that’s how we lived. We were farming, we would can in jars with the canner. We would dry meat in the smoke house.” We got electric lights in 1951 and bought a gas stove and a gas refrigerator from McComb,” she said. “We were proud Magnolia Electric Power came,” she said. “It was a blessing to the farmers, and all through Walthall County here. That was really a blessing to our church, too.” Jefferson enjoys canning jelly and said, “I have jelly in 20 states of the United States. That’s what keeps me going.” And she added, “I was raised to get up early and I don’t have no hurts.” Besides farming, she said her Daddy was a fireman on the railroad. Sometimes using the old timey ways, works in modern times. Jefferson said, “We use kerosene lamps even today when the power goes out,” she said. “We were 17 days out of lights during Hurricane Katrina.” When asked if Hurricane Katrina reminded her of the old days, she said, “Yes, it did, we thought it was bad memories, but nobody was hurt so that was good.” She also recalled how the neighbors brought a generator to run for a few hours a day to keep her vegetables in her freezer from spoiling. When Jefferson first got electricity in her home, she said she stopped using the old irons and having to heat them in the fireplace. She said she started using electric blankets instead of quilts. “I really love the electricity… you know it is so much better, and it’s so much easier on us,” she concluded.

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Life changed for the family. “We could then freeze our food. The lights were brighter than the kerosene lamps,” Reeves remembered. “It was a time saver and a back saver.” She also added that the conveniences of electricity was the greatest advantage. White responded, “Things are so much easier to do because of electricity.”


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2017 Lincoln County Wildlife & Outdoor Expo LINCOLN CIVIC CENTER

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1096 Belt Line Drive NE • Brookhaven • 601-823-9064 Mark your calendars and get ready for the 2017 Lincoln County Wildlife Expo. The 2017 Expo is brought to you by Bank of Brookhaven and Toyota of Brookhaven. The expo will feature vendors from all aspects of the outdoor world. Booths will range from taxidermy work, seed companies and recreational vehicles to game calls, apparel, boats, free kids activities, information and much more for the entire family. The Expo will be held on Friday, Sept. 8, from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 9, from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. The event will be held at the Lincoln Civic Center located at 1096 Beltline Drive in Brookhaven. All Children’s activities will be brought to you by Mississippi and Louisiana Sportsman’s Magazine and Farmbelt Equipment and this will include the largest Kids Zone south of I-20. The Kidz Zone will feature a huge number of Jumpers. Back again this year will be the ol’ fashioned pig catching contest sponsored by B92.1 “The Boss”. K106 and The Buyers Guide xtra. The Kidz Zone can provide all day entertainment for every child. Best yet, all Kids Zone activities are FREE, FREE, FREE! Brookhaven Honda and SuperTalk 102.1 Brookhaven and SuperTalk 93.5 McComb are sponsoring Terry Vandeventer’s Living Reptile Museum.

Vandeventer is better known as the “Snake Man”. He has presented his popular program to approximately 1 million school children over the last 30 years. His program is both entertaining and educational. A new event this year and brought to you by Kings Daughters Medical Center, Lincoln County Farm Bureau and Primos Game Calls is the Amazing Splash Dogs Competition. Come out and enjoy the athleticism of these amazing animals as they fly through the air. Back again, will be the heart pounding interactive hand-grabbing tank. Remember to bring a fresh change of clothes and a big dose of courage. Also, we’re recommending participants bring a clean change of underclothes: Because after you crawl in the tank and grab a big ol’ Mississippi catfish, you’re gonna’ need ‘em! The hand grabbing exhibit is brought to you by The Daily Leader of Brookhaven and Reed’s Metals. Fielders Pro Shop of Brookhaven and McComb is sponsoring a special appearance and booth by Mississippi’s own

Preston Pittman. Preston will be signing autographs, taking pictures and selling some of his world-famous game calls. Free AIM Bow Shoot inside MP Building for those that want to shoot their first bow!! In addition, the weekend will have an archery shoot that’s open to the public with a minimum charge. There will be a men’s, women’s and youth division. Top prize in the men and womens division is $600, second place is $300 and third place is $150. The youth division has a $250 first prize, second place is $100 and third place is $50. The Shoot-Out is brought to you by M4 Outdoors which is a locally based Christian organization. For information on the bow shoot and it rules contact Kirk Douglas at 601 757 2501. The Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks (MDWF&P) will again be bringing the ever-popular laser shooting booth. The MDWF&P will also be along to answer any outdoor questions. Come hold and get a picture with an alligator! Concessions will be available at the

complex and door prizes will be given away throughout the event. Gold Nugget Brookhaven and 51 Pawn and Gun will be giving away a chance on a gun for every ticket purchased at the door. Tickets for the event for adults are $6; children ages 7-12 are $5; and children age 6 and under are free. New for 2017 is the QDMA Banquet Sept. 7, at the Brookhaven Building just right around the corner from the Lincoln County Wildlife Expo that we are co-sponsoring this year. A portion of all tickets sold and all funds raised in the silent auction will benefit the special needs hunt sponsored by the Lincoln County Wildlife Expo. Come for great food, fellowship and listen to Preston Pitman tell you how to kill a turkey with cow manure! Tickets and information can be obtained from Bruce Grey 601-754-5592. Other sponsors: Southern Electric Works, Wand’s Seed Store, Magnolia Electric Power, United CountryMcDaniel-Gray Realty, Trustmark National Bank, State Bank and Trust Company, Backwoods Bayou Family Restaurant, Deep South Sporting Goods and Road and Track Power Sports. Also, information about booth spaces or becoming a sponsoring partner with the expo can be obtained by calling Quinn Jordan at 601-823-9064.

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For a complete listing of hunting seasons, bag limits and other legal restrictions, go to www.mdwfp.com.

White-tailed Deer DELTA, NORTHEAST, EAST CENTRAL, AND SOUTHWEST ZONES METHOD

SEASON DATES

LEGAL DEER

Archery

Sept. 30 - Nov. 17

Either-Sex on private and open public land.

Youth Gun (15 and under)

Nov. 4 - Nov. 17

Either-Sex on private and authorized state and federal lands. Youth 15 and under.

Nov. 18 - Jan. 31

Either-Sex on private lands. Legal bucks only on authorized state and federal lands.

Early Primitive Weapons

Nov. 6 - 17

Antlerless Deer Only on private lands.

Gun (with dogs)

Nov. 18 - Dec. 1

Primitive Weapon

Dec. 2 - 15

Either-Sex on private land. Legal Bucks only on open public land. Either-Sex on private land. Legal Bucks only on open public land. Weapon of choice may be used on private land with appropriate license. Either-Sex on private land. Legal Bucks only on open public land.

Gun (without dogs)

Dec. 16 - 23

Gun (with dogs)

Dec. 24 - Jan. 17

Archery/Primitive Weapon

Jan. 18 - 31

Either-Sex on private land. Legal Bucks only on open public land. Either-Sex on private land. Legal Bucks only on open public land. Weapon of choice may be used on private land with appropriate license.

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business office will be closed Monday, Sept. 4 in observance of Labor Day. In case of a power outage or emergency, please call 601-684-4011. MEP’s answering service will be on duty during the holiday. Magnolia Electric Power wishes you and your family a safe and happy holiday!

Konnor Battle Lawrence County High School

The Electric Cooperatives of Mississippi (ECM) Foundation recently awarded a $2,500 engineering scholarship to Magnolia Electric Power cooperative engineer, Jose Luis Dominguez-Maeda. Jose is the son of Jose Dominiguez and Loyda Maeda. Jose is an electrical engineering student at Mississippi State University. He is pictured with MEP Genergal Manager Darrell Smith.

Nick Brumfield West Lincoln High School

Precious Thompson South Pike High School

Abby Griffin Franklin County High School

Guess where we went last summer ! If you are interested in the Youth Leadership program, talk to your counselor TODAY! Homeschooled students contact Lucy Shell at 601-684-4011. Deadline for applications is September 20. If you're an 11th grader served by Magnolia Electric Power, make this year memorable by participating in the 2018 Leadership Workshop in Jackson, Miss., and Tour of Washington, D.C.


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Delta Chicken 3 cups cooked, chopped chicken 3 cups cooked rice 2 cans cream of chicken soup ½ can pimiento pepper, drained and chopped 1 ½ cups mayonnaise 1 cup marinated artichoke hearts, drained and chopped ½ tsp. salt ¼ tsp. black pepper

¼ tsp. garlic salt ¼ cup chopped onion ¼ cup soy sauce 1⁄3 cup chopped pecans Topping: 1 stick margarine 1 pkg. Stove Top stuffing mix 1⁄3 cup slivered almonds

Mix all ingredients, except for topping, and pour into a buttered 9-by-12-inch dish. Bake at 350 F for 30 minutes. Topping: Melt margarine and combine with stuffing mix. Spread onto casserole. Sprinkle with almonds and bake at 350 F for 15 to 20 minutes. Note: Casserole freezes well unbaked; add almonds at baking time.

Peanut Butter Bars with Frosting

Recipes from ‘Pontotoc County Historical Society Cookbook’ Town Square Post Office and Museum, in downtown Pontotoc, is the only working historical post office in the nation. Founded in 1998 and operated by the Pontotoc County Historical Society, the museum houses exhibits on local Chickasaw history, early explorers and pioneers, railroading, veterans, education, early homemaking and more. There’s a general store and a blacksmithing shop, and a gift shop. Society members have created a 126-page cookbook to help support the museum. The book serves up recipes from appetizers to desserts, including canning and old recipes, and recipes contributed by famous Mississippians. Order the cookbook from Pontotoc County Historical Society, P.O. Box 141, 59 South Main St., Pontotoc, MS 38863. Price is $10 plus $5 S&H, payable to Pontotoc County Historical Society. For more information, call Town Square Museum at 662-488-0388. Downtown Pontotoc will host a Mississippi Bicentennial Celebration on Saturday, Sept. 30. The event will include exhibits, reenactors, carriage rides, historic tours and more from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Banana Griddle Cakes with Praline Butter 1 cup flour 2 tsp. baking powder ½ tsp salt 2 Tbsp. sugar 1⁄8 tsp. nutmeg 1 egg 1 cup milk 3 Tbsp. margarine, melted

1 cup mashed banana 2 tsp. lemon juice Praline Butter: ½ cup butter or margarine ½ cup light-brown sugar ¼ cup chopped pecans

In a medium bowl, sift flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and nutmeg. In a separate medium bowl, beat egg with rotary beater. Beat in milk, margarine, banana and lemon juice. Pour into flour mixture all at once; beat just until combined. Batter will be lumpy. Using about 3 tablespoons of batter per cake, cook as usual. Makes 4 to 6 pancakes. Praline Butter: In a small bowl of mixer, beat butter until fluffy. Gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Fold in pecans. Let stand, covered, at room temperature until serving. Makes 1 cup.

Bars: ½ cup crunchy peanut butter 1⁄3 cup butter or margarine, softened ¾ cup sugar ¾ cup packed brown sugar 3 eggs 1 tsp. vanilla 2 cups all-purpose flour

2 tsp. baking powder ¼ tsp. salt Frosting: 1⁄3 cup creamy peanut butter 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1⁄3 cup milk 2 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar

In a large bowl, stir together crunchy peanut butter and butter until creamy. Gradually beat in sugars. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine flour, baking powder and salt. Stir into peanut butter mixture. Spread into a greased 9-by-13-inch baking pan. Bake in preheated 350 F oven for 20 to 25 minutes. Cool in pan. Frosting: Beat together creamy peanut butter and vanilla. Beat in 2 tablespoons milk and 1 cup sugar until smooth. Gradually beat in remaining sugar and milk until smooth and a good spreading consistency. Frost cooled peanut butter bars. Makes 24 bars.

Black-eyed Pea Soup 1 lb. lean ground beef 1 cup finely chopped onion 1 lb. Polish sausage, cut into bite-size pieces 1 can black-eyed peas with jalapeños, undrained 1 can reduced-sodium beef broth 1 can diced tomatoes, undrained

1 can mild diced tomatoes and green chilies, undrained 1 small can chopped mild green chilies 1 or 2 medium jalapeño chilies, seeded and chopped (optional) 1⁄8 tsp. salt 2 to 3 cups water

In a Dutch oven over medium-high heat, brown beef with onion. Drain excess fat. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and cover tightly. Simmer 45 minutes. Refrigerate overnight to allow flavors to blend. Reheat before serving.

Mexican Lasagna 1 (10-oz.) pkg. frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained and squeezed dry 1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese 1 can pinto beans, rinsed and drained 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained

6 small corn tortillas 2 cups refrigerated fresh salsa 1 (8-oz.) block 50% reduced-fat Cheddar cheese with jalapeño peppers, such as Cabot Jalapeño Light, shredded

Preheat oven to 425 F. Combine spinach and ricotta cheese in a small bowl. In a separate bowl combine beans. Cut 3 corn tortillas into pieces and arrange in a solid layer to cover bottom of an 8-inch square baking dish coated with cooking spray. Top with half the bean mixture, salsa, spinach mixture and cheese. Repeat layers with remaining ingredients. Cover and bake for 25 minutes; uncover and bake an additional 15 minutes, or until bubbly and lightly browned. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Makes 6 servings.


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LaPointe-Krebs House and Museum offer local history lesson By Nancy Jo Maples When it comes to being Mississippi’s oldest home, the LaPointe-Krebs house in Pascagoula captures the prize. Dating to 1757, it is the oldest scientifically-confirmed standing structure not only in Mississippi, but in the Mississippi River Valley, which spans from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico and from the Rocky Mountains to the Appalachian Mountains. The “scientifically-confirmed” term qualifies the significance because some historians claim a structure in New Orleans is slightly older. According to Marks Sokolosky-Wixon, executive director of the LaPointe-Krebs Foundation, old writings dated the one-story house to 1718, but those accountings have been determined historically inaccurate. “The date of this house’s origin had been debated for years until we got the dendrochronology report,” he said. Dendrochronology is the study of a timber’s rings to determine the year the tree was cut based on environmental events. Built on a bluff overlooking Lake Catahoula (Krebs Lake), the house was erected by Hugo Krebs, who married the daughter of Joseph Simon de la Pointe. LaPointe had traveled with French Canadian explorer Jean-Baptiste de Bienville to the area in 1699, and had bought land rights from France. Krebs, a German, came here in about 1730 to manage LaPointe’s indigo and cotton plantation. He later married LaPointe’s daughter. Descendants of the Krebs family lived in the house until 1930. It has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1971. The museum next to the house was built in 1984, but closed after Hurricane Katrina dumped three-and-a-half feet of water into the building. It reopened last year with exhibits offering written explanations of the various time periods of the area’s inhabitants, as well as

Mississippi’s oldest home, the LaPointe-Krebs house in Pascagoula, above, is temporarily closed for an extensive restoration, but visitors can learn about the historic property at a museum on the site. Marks Sokolosky-Wixon, right, serves as executive director of the LaPointe-Krebs Foundation.

hands-on activities for kinetic learning. One of the museum exhibits displays a replica of a cotton gin. Krebs is credited with inventing the cotton gin 20 years prior to Eli Whitney, but he did not have his idea patented. Other exhibits show how the house was built with tabby, a concrete substance made from oyster shells, and with bousillage, chinking made of dried moss and clay. Located on Fort Street just a few blocks north of U.S. Highway 90, the house was known for many years as the Old Spanish Fort. Research revealed that the structure is French Colonial and was a residence rather than a fort. According to Wixon, the 18-inch walls caused people to assume the structure was fortified. He said Spanish artifacts found on the property led to the belief that Spaniards had built it. In addition to Spanish artifacts, French, British and Native American relics have been found onsite. “Archeology here is breathtaking,” Wixon said. “This land has remained virtually unchanged since Native Americans inhabited it. It is interesting what we have found in the ground, as well as amazing to think what’s in the ground that we haven’t found yet.” A few feet from the house lies the Krebs Family Cemetery, the oldest active private family cemetery in the United States. Original tombstones date to 1820 with the marker of a 15-year-old girl written in French; however, burials are recorded for the ceme-

tery as far back as the 1700s. The three-and-a-half-acre grounds offer shaded tables for picnicking and plenty of room to roam among trees and War of 1812 cannons. The house is closed to the public for safety reasons while renovation continues. The museum is open Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Admission cost is $5 for adults, $4 for military and ages 65 and older, $3 for ages 5 to 15 years. The physical address is 4602 Fort St., Pascagoula. More information can be found online at www.lapointekrebs.org or by calling 228-471-5126. Award winning journalist Nancy Jo Maples lives in Lucedale and is the author of “Staying Power: The Story of South Mississippi Electric Power Association.” She can be reached at nancyjomaples@aol.com.


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Next ‘Picture This’: Kids being kids Who knows what kids will do next—but you can show us! Submit your photo of kids being kids for our next “Picture This” reader photo feature. Selected photos will appear in the October issue of Today in Mississippi. Deadline for submissions is Sept. 11.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES • 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. • Please do not use photo-editing software to adjust colors or tones. (We prefer to do it ourselves, if necessary, according to our printer’s standards.) • Photos with the date appearing 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 selfaddressed, stamped envelope. We cannot, however, guarantee their safe return through the mail.

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Missing those Sunday family dinners am always delighted when my readers write, or meet me on the street, and say, “You won’t believe how your columns relate to me.” Thank you for your kind comments. My goal is to write about experiences that most of you can relate to. I have told you, my readers, about my two old cats that live outside. A friend gave me Fuzzy approximately 18 years ago, Grin ‘n’ when she was a Bare It kitten. A few by Kay Grafe months later a traveling tom came by, used his charms, and Fuzzy became a teenage mom.

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and all their children and grandchildren sat at the dining room table and ate, talked and laughed. The young ones had to prove they were old enough to move out of the kitchen into the dining room. Everyone lived within a 50-mile radius, so these family visits occurred regularly. Roy grew up in a similar situation where the children and grandchildren gathered every few weeks at his grandparents’ house. There are still families where the members live close to each other and have Sunday dinners together, and if this is your family, be thankful; you are truly blessed. Roy never wanted to live far from his parents, and many of our decisions regarding where we were going to work and live reflected that. Today with high-speed transportation, the internet and all sorts of communication devices, it is easy for families to stay in daily contact even though the distance of separation may be hundreds or thousands of miles. In our own little family, one daughter lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, and the other in Saltillo, Miss. Our grandson lives in Nashville and our granddaughter in Ireland. We communicate almost daily. As I watched these two cats lying side by side in the sun, thoughts of my family

glowed in my mind. I still yearn for the “good old times” when everyone sat down to eat Sunday dinner together. When letters were regularly written among family members. And I wish for Sunday dinners with Roy and our daughters and their families. I dreamed of this when I first married, but cultural change and so-called progress did not allow it to happen. After we married I wrote letters weekly to my mother and grandmother. When Roy was in college and the army we wrote each other daily. Isn’t it fun to pull out some of those old letters and read them today? Fuzzy and Moonshine will never know how lucky they were to live all their lives together in the same location. And that’s great for animals and some humans. In fact, I had already written the ending to this column and expounded on what young people today are missing by not living close to their parents. But before I finished, my granddaughter called. We talked for awhile and I told her about the column I was writing about families. Lealand reminded me that she and her friends grew up in a mobile society, where the world seemed small and communication was changing at an amazing pace. Then she said, “ Kay-Kay, I can be at your house in just 10 hours, and I call you at least once a week. I love my work, friends and living in Ireland.” I still believe that families are very important, but I also realize that young people today are growing up in a completely different culture and time period. I’m not sure it’s better, but it surely is different. Kay Grafe is the author of “Oh My Gosh, Virginia.” To order, send name, address, phone number and $16.95, plus $3.50 S&H to Kay Grafe, 2142 Fig Farm Road, Lucedale, MS 39452.


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The Wisecarvers in Concert, Sept. 2, Newton. Love offering; 7 p.m. Ebenezer Baptist Church. Details: 601-896-2249. Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco: “Why Would You Do That?” Tour, Sept. 8, Biloxi. Admission; 8 p.m. Beau Rivage Theatre. Details: 888-566-7469; SebastianLive.com. “A Cast of Blues,” Sept. 8 - Oct. 7, Hernando. Interactive exhibit of life-cast masks of blues musicians, sculpted by Sharon McConnellDickerson. DeSoto Arts Council. Details: 662404-3361. Lower Delta Talks: “Dispatches from Pluto,” Sept. 19, Rolling Fork. Presenter: author Richard Grant; 6:30 p.m. Free. Sharkey-Issaquena County Library. Details: 662-873-6261; LowerDelta.org. Wilkinson County Homemaker Volunteers Bazaar and Quilt Show, Sept. 14, Woodville. Exhibit of vintage and contemporary quilts, local vendors with handmade items; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Pulled-pork lunches available. Free admission. Wilkinson County Park. Details: 601-888-3211. 27th Annual Rice Tasting Luncheon, Sept. 15, Cleveland. More than 300 rice dishes to sample; 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Admission. Delta State University Walter Sillers Coliseum. Details: 662-843-8371. Mississippi Gourd Festival, Sept. 15-16, Raleigh. Indoor festival with handcrafted gourds, ready-to-craft gourds, gourdcrafting classes, demos, tools, supplies, more; 8 a.m. 5 p.m. Admission. Smith County Ag Complex. Details: 601-782-9444; MississippiGourdSociety.org. Reveille: Mississippi’s Bicentennial Bash, Sept. 15-16, Natchez. Chickasaw dancers demo, BBQ dinner, old-time music by The Canegrinders, tours, more. Historic Jefferson College. Details: 601-442-2901; HistoricJeffersonCollege.com. Lake Eddins VFD Big Bass Tournament, Sept. 16, Pachuta. Entry fee. Details: 601-7273535, 601-928-8702. Shape Note Singing Workshop, Sept. 21, Jackson. Learn to sing Early American hymns

in four-part harmony; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Free. Mississippi Ag and Forestry Museum. Details: 601-953-1094. Fall Pilgrimage, Sept. 22 - Oct. 9, Natchez. Tours of 17 antebellum homes, music, more. Admission. Details: 800-647-6742; NatchezPilgrimage.com. Indian Bayou Arts Festival, Sept. 23, Indianola. Handmade art, live music, children’s art activities, food; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Across from B.B. King Museum. Details: 662-887-4454. Mississippi Science Fest, Sept. 23, Jackson. Hands-on STEM activities for all ages at four museums: Miss. Museum of Natural Science, Miss. Agriculture and Forestry Museum, Miss. Children’s Museum, Miss. Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. Admission. Details: MSScienceFest.org. Cedar Hill Farm Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze, Sept. 23 - Oct. 31, Hernando. Hay ride to pumpkins, hay fort, pony rides, animals, Country Kitchen, General Store. Admission. Details: 662-429-2540; GoCedarHillFarm.com. Mighty Mississippi Music Festival, Sept. 28 - Oct. 1, Greenville. Multi-genre concert with St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Turnpike Troubadours, others. Camping, food, vendors. Admission. Warfield Point. Details: MightyMississippiMusicFestival.com. Gulf Coast Military Collectors and Antique Arms Show, Sept. 29-30, Biloxi. Military memorabilia, war souvenirs. Joppa Shriner’s Center. Details: 228-224-1120. 30th Annual Mississippi Pecan Festival, Sept. 29 - Oct. 1, Richton. Art/crafts, antiques, bluegrass/gospel music, mule pull, traditional craft demos, living history farmstead, draft horse farming demos, more. Admission. Details: 601-964-8222, MSPecanFestival.com. Cedar Hill Farm Civil War Reenactment, Sept. 29 - Oct. 1, Hernando. Union/Confederate encampments, skirmishes, main battle Saturday/Sunday, grand ball. Admission. Details: 662-429-2540; GoCedarHillFarm.com. 14th Annual Wing Dang Doodle Festival, Sept. 30, Forest. Chicken wing team cooking contest, entertainment, 5K run/walk, antique

tractor show, arts/crafts, children’s rides, more. Free admission. Gaddis Park. Details: 601-469-4332; WingDangDoodleFestival.com. Picayune Writers Group Free Writers Symposium, Sept. 30, Picayune. Theme: “So Many Genres: Where Does My Writing Fit?” Breakfast 8:30 a.m.; sessions begin 9 a.m. Margaret Reed Crosby Memorial Library. Details: 708-431-9668; MaryBethMageeWrites@gmail.com. Natchez Biscuit Festival, Sept. 30, Natchez. Biscuit demos, cook-offs, crowing of Biscuit Queen, biscuit eating; begins 8 a.m. Biscuit Alley, Main Street. Details: NatchezBiscuitFest.com. Indoor Flea Market, Sept. 30, Biloxi. VFW Post and Auxiliary 2434 fundraiser; 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 289 Veterans Ave. Details: 228-6691313. Rock the Park!, Sept. 30, Crystal Springs. Crowder, Finding Favour, Rapture Ruckus, P.Lo Jetson; 6 p.m. Admission. Chautauqua Park. Details: 601-718-7940; iTickets.com. Front Porch Jubilee, Sept. 30, Hernando. Live Americana, blues, R&B music; open mic; food trucks. Admission. Clifton Cotton Gin, downtown. Details: 901-569-5482; FrontPorchJubilee.ms. Mississippi Bicentennial Celebration, Sept. 30, Pontotoc. Exhibits, reenactors, carriage rides, historic home and downtown tours, music, parade, style show, more. Downtown. Details: 662-488-0388. Home Instead Golf Tournament, Oct. 2, Hattiesburg. Benefits PINK Ribbon Fund. Shotgun start at noon. Canebrake Country Club. Details: 601-261-2114; anna.edenfield@homeinstead.com. 158th Mississippi State Fair, Oct. 4-15, Jackson. Rides, games, food, exhibits. Entertainers include The Temptations, Oak Ridge Boys, more. Admission. Fairgrounds. Details: 601-961-4000; Facebook: Mississippi State Fairgrounds. Big Pink Volleyball Tournament, Oct. 5, Hattiesburg. Benefits PINK Ribbon Fund. USM Payne Center; 5 p.m. Details: 601-266-5641; sabina.miller@usm.edu. 15th Annual Hernando Water Tower Festival, Oct. 6-7, Hernando. Barbeque contest, arts/crafts, muscle car show, Kidz Zone, 10K run, music, more. Free. Courthouse Square. Details: 662-429-9055; HernandoMS.org. “Fight for the Girls” Pink Fun Run/Walk, Oct. 7, Osyka. 1.5 and 2 miles; check-in 8:30 a.m. Registration fee. Details: 601-810-3953; Facebook: Osyka Civic Club. Taste & Talent, Oct. 7, Diamondhead. Homemade foods, artist/author talks, silent auction; 5-8 p.m. Admission; advance tickets only. Diamondhead Community Center. Details: 228255-0337, 201-403-3847.

40th Annual Zonta Club Arts and Craft Festival, Oct. 7, Pascagoula. More than 250 exhibitors, entertainment, children’s activities, food, library book sale, antique cars, free shuttle. Free admission. Downtown. Details: 228762-8011; ZontaofPascagoula.com. Pine Lake Camp Sale, Oct. 7, Gulfport. Crafts, homemade baked goods, gumbo, jambalaya, children’s activities. Begins 8 a.m.; quilt/craft auction 1 p.m. Gulfhaven Mennonite Church. Details: 601-483-2264, 228-8320003. 40th Annual Olive Branch Octoberfest, Oct. 7, Olive Branch. Crafts, games, food, more. City Park. Details: 662-893-5219; obms.us. 39th Annual Oktoberfest, Oct. 7, Hattiesburg. Authentic German food and music, deli, quilt raffle, silent auction, vintage rooms; 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. St. John Lutheran Church. Details: 601-583-4898; stjohnlutheranchurch@gmail.com. Osyka 37th Annual Fall Fest, Oct. 7-8, Osyka. Going Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month with lighted Pink Forest in Town Park, survivor medals, children’s activities, crafts, more. Downtown. Details: 601-341-5901; Facebook: Osyka Civic Club. Big Pop Gun Show, Oct. 7-8, Pascagoula. Details: 601-498-4235; BigPopGunShows.com. 91st Annual Sacred Heart Bazaar, Oct. 7-8, D’Iberville. Food, children’s games, live music, bingo, silent auction. Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Details: 228-392-4527. Hill Fire: “Knee Deep,” Oct. 7, 8, 12, 14, Winona. Original folk life play based on stories of Mississippi author Arnold Dyre. Admission. Performing Arts Center. Details: 662-3100199; HillFire.org. 39th Annual Fall Flower & Garden Fest, Oct. 13-14, Crystal Springs. Plant sales, garden seminars, garden tours, wagon ride tours, live animals, plant swap, scarecrows, more; 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Free admission. Truck Crops Branch Experiment Station. Details: 601-892-3731; Extension.msstate.edu/FallFest. Third Annual Holiday Extravaganza Gift Show, Oct. 14, Meridian. Many new vendors. Tommy Dulaney Center; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Details: 601-480-1776.

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29 PIECE TITANIUM TRIPLE BALL TRAILER HITCH Customer Rating DRILL SAVE 83% BIT SET

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72" x 80" MOVING BLANKET

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99

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3/8" x 50 FT. RETRACTABLE 12 VOLT MAGNETIC TOWING LIGHT KIT AIR HOSE REEL Customer Rating

10 FT. x 17 FT. PORTABLE GARAGE

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53%

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POWDER-FREE SAVE 12,000 LB. ELECTRIC WINCH NITRILE GLOVES $410 WITH REMOTE CONTROL AND AUTOMATIC BRAKE PACK OF 100 • Weighs 83.5 lbs. SAVE Voted Best Winches Customer Rating

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1 TON CAPACITY 17 FT. TYPE IA SAVE FOLDABLE MULTI-TASK LADDER $189 SAVE SHOP CRANE • Versatile - 23 configurations $169

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18999 $1 49

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4-1/2" ANGLE GRINDER

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10 "

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RENEWABLE ENERGY, ANYWHERE

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7 AMP ELECTRIC Customer Rating POLE SAW, 9.5" BAR

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accent lighting $ • Pair of arbor • Super bright light plates included Customer Rating

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SOLAR ROPE LIGHT 20 TON • Great outdoor SHOP PRESS

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100 WATT SOLAR PANEL KIT

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$ 99

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1" x 25 FT. TAPE MEASURE

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Today in Mississippi September 2017 Magnolia  

Today in Mississippi September 2017 Magnolia