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A new energy transformation is creating a new energy. elcome to the latest edition of Every day, this new energy is taking the Today in Mississippi! You may shape of more affordable, down-to-earth have noticed that we have a ways to live. It’s exciting. Opportunities to new look, which we are very create something new have never been pleased to debut this month. greater, and this is a driving force in helping As always, it is our privilege to bring you attract, start and grow new business and stories that highlight the people, places, industry across rural Mississippi. culture and creativity that make our state so As we see it, this new energy is at the special. Throughout the following pages, we heart of the cooperative spirit. This sense hope you find thoughtful, entertaining and of community has always been one of the informative content that not only inspires best things about living in rural Mississippi. you, but that also makes you proud to call We know that we are stronger together. Mississippi home. That’s community. That’s what fueled the Like you, we at the Electric Cooperatives co-op movement so of Mississippi and your many years ago, and local electric cooperative it’s the source of our recognize that there’s a new energy today. passive transformation ... the power of An important part in lifestyle happening of this new energy is across Mississippi (and community is what Today in Mississippi. the nation) — and it is being an electric After all, we take pride changing our smaller cooperative is in the collective beauty communities in remarkable all about. and offerings of our ways. Because we are many communities shaped and led by you, throughout this great state — and the power our members, it is no wonder that at the of community is what being an electric center of this change we find the steadfast cooperative is all about. values that, for generations, have made It is our sincerest hope that you enjoy these the places people choose to build a this issue of Today in Mississippi. Please quality life for themselves and their families. email us at news@ecm.coop and let us To others, our rural communities may know what you think! seem quiet; but scratch below the surface, and you’ll find a whole lot happening. We look out for our neighbors; we work for the common good; and we celebrate both the little things and the big accomplishments. It is also here that we embrace a revitalized Michael effort to get back to the basics and soak Callahan in the benefits of a simpler lifestyle. We are growing in new ways and in Executive Vice President/CEO Electric Cooperatives of Mississippi new directions — and this progressive

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Mississippi is ... Mississippi is the place I call home Where through the hills and swamps I did roam. Looking for Mr. Bob White Quail, Or maybe Mr. Bushy Tail. With Ole’ Joe I did go, Through the fields and hollows oh so slow, Never knowing what I’d find. Mostly just spending my time, Being free from the chores That always seemed to come in hoards. Those were the days of yesteryear. Now, I just sit back and Wish they were still here. Bill Boulton, Heidelberg Southern Pine Electric member

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7 scene around the ‘sip A look at special people and places around Mississippi

11 outdoors today The memory stick

13 southern gardening Ornamental peppers

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24 on the menu Between the levees

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Vol. 72 No. 9

Today in Mississippi

The Official Publication of the Electric Cooperatives of Mississippi

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On the cover Cover photo by Joe Mac Hudspeth, Jr. of a male blue-winged teal duck in breeding plumage resting from its north-bound travels at the Ross Barnett Reservoir.

what’s new? Your local electric cooperative is proud to present you with the first edition of the Today in Mississippi magazine. We dedicate this issue to our loyal readers, as it remains our goal to provide you with a publication that is a reflective portrait of our great and beautiful state. We are dedicated to bringing you a balance of articles, topics and information that celebrate the rich culture and diversity across Mississippi — while also promoting the many positive contributions and services our electric cooperatives offer within the communities they serve. Along with the addition of pages in this new magazine format, it is our sincerest hope that you enjoy the new design, sharper photos and eye-catching colors. It is our privilege to bring you Today in Mississippi each month. Thank you for being a valued reader. 4 TODAY | SEPTEMBER 2019


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mississippi marketplace on the menu outdoors today scene around the ‘sip my opinion co-op involvement Mississippi Songwriters Festival to honor Paul Overstreet southern gardening grin ‘n’that bare it accomplishments and emphasizes his By Nancy Jo Maples The 10th Annual Mississippi Songwriters Festival will kick off its four-day event September 19 in Ocean Springs with famed songwriter Paul Overstreet being the first inductee in the festival’s Hall of Fame. A native Mississippian, Overstreet was born in Newton and relocated to the Vancleave community of north Jackson County at a young age. After graduating high school in 1973, he moved to Nashville and worked blue-collar jobs while pursuing his dream as a songwriter. His songwriting career took off in the 1980s and includes multitudes of hits. Two of those, “Forever and Ever Amen” performed by Randy Travis and “Love Can Build a Bridge” recorded by The Judds, earned Grammy Awards. A Country Music Trail marker on Highway 57 in Vancleave acknowledges Overstreet’s

songs focus on “affirmed married love, the value of family life, and of the spirit.” This year’s festival will showcase more than 80 aspiring and professional songwriters who will be performing “in the round” throughout the weekend, including Overstreet, at various venues in the downtown area. Mississippi Songwriters Alliance President George Cumbest said having talents such as Overstreet, Brent Anderson, Chris Wallin, Buddy Jewel and other pros attend the event “is incredible and inspiring to the kids with dreams of being professional writers. We are continuously growing and providing a more solid platform for aspiring writers.” Visit www.mssongwritersfestival.com for more information.

Country music celebrity Paul Overstreet will be inducted as the first member of the Hall of Fame for the Mississippi Songwriters Festival this month.

Iconic Tiki turns 50 Celebrating 50 years of service, Tiki Restaurant, Lounge and Marina’s owners Eddie Thornton and his mother Norma continue their tradition of personally welcoming guests days and evenings. The iconic restaurant, known for superb steaks and seafood, sits along the water’s edge on Mary Walker Drive in Gautier. Norma and her late husband William purchased it in May 1969 along with William’s twin, the late Walter Thornton. They bought it from Louis Temple who sold boats, motors and trailers at the spot. Temple appeased hungry customers by establishing a little café called the Tiki Room selling sandwiches and salads. The Thorntons kept the Tiki name concentrating on food, not boats. Norma Thornton and her son Eddie Thornton have been delighting customers at the Tiki Restaurant, Lounge and Marina for five decades. Eddie serves as a board member of Singing River Electric During the 1970s, the Tiki grew in building size and customer base as its menu and reputation lured Cooperative. guests. It offered both a family eating environment food and showcases live music most nights. Slips along the dock and a supper club for finer dining that offered music and dancing. allow easy access for boaters. The supper club was never rebuilt, Prior to the wrath of 2005’s Hurricane Katrina, the Tiki covered but the dancefloor can still be seen in the parking lot by keen 12,000 square feet. Upstairs was the Tiki Too, a small piano bar. eyes. After battling insurance companies for several years, the Tiki Visit www.tikiofgautier.com for more information. reopened in 2011 with 4,000 square feet. Today’s main dining room is upstairs. A decorative mural salvaged from Hurricane Katrina Nancy Jo Maples is an award-winning journalist who has been writing adorns one wall. The mural, made of Styrofoam, is painted with a about Mississippi people and places for more than 30 years. Contact view of the Tiki from the water. The open-air bottom deck serves her at nancyjomaples@aol.com. SEPTEMBER 2019 | TODAY 7


Williamsburg cemetery holds historical value for Covington County By Nancy Jo Maples Williamsburg and its Old General Cemetery hold rich parts of Covington County’s 200-year-old history. The largest town between Monticello and Ellisville in the 1800s, Williamsburg served as county seat 1829-1906. When the county was formed in 1819, several venues were used for court. In 1829, the first official courthouse was built in Williamsburg. After it burned, a second was built, but was later razed and rebuilt. An arsonist burned the third one in 1904. Afterward, a committee voted to move the county seat three miles away to Collins. The courthouse there was built in 1906 and still serves the county. Not much remains in Williamsburg other than the storied cemetery, ironically located on Bone Street. The name of this street is believed to possibly predate the cemetery and could have been a wagon road or Native American path. Cedar trees shade the tombstones dating back to 1820 of the community’s early inhabitants that include families who pioneered the area and soldiers from the War of 1812 and the Civil War.

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The Covington County Genealogical and Historical Society spearheaded the cleaning of the graveyard about 10 years ago and erected a granite stone near the front of the cemetery listing the names of 40-plus people buried in unmarked graves. Resto-

ration of the cemetery evolved into a book as the cemetery project neared completion due to the wealth of material collected that needed to be preserved. Contact ponder97@bellsouth.net for more information.


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By Sandra M. Buckley The inaugural Great Oxonian Exposition will take place in Oxford September 19-20 and feature 3-D media works of art in metal, glass, clay, wood and fiber in addition to jewelry, sculpture, paintings, photography and more. The event will showcase the skilled work of 23 professional artists from across the south, including Mississippi as well as Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Tennessee. “By stressing work in 3-D media, we hope to expand people’s conception of art,” said Greg Belz, executive director of the event’s presenting organization, ArtWorks Foundation, which provides a range of benefits and opportunities for professional artists who are primarily from southern states.

We believe that art should be a part of one’s daily life, whether it is displayed on a wall, or worn, or used in some aspect of daily life, and that in this manner it helps — even more — to enrich one’s life. Greg Belz

“We feature a great deal of functional art, with the intention of underscoring that well-designed, well-made objects, be they a coffee mug, a lady’s cloak or a chef’s knife, can have as much validity as works of art, as a painting, if they display skill and talent,” he said. “We believe that art should be a part of one’s daily life, whether it is displayed on a wall, or worn, or used in some aspect of daily life, and that in this manner it helps — even more — to enrich one’s life.” ArtWorks has presented similar shows in the Memphis and Nashville areas, and found extreme interest in expanding to Oxford. “The Great Oxonian

Exposition seeks to elevate Oxford’s standing as an arts center,” said Belz, noting that the event is being held on a popular Ole Miss home football game weekend to maximize the audience. The name of the event ties in geographic symbolism. “According to the Oxford English Dictionary, ‘Oxonian’ is defined as both an adjective describing something relating to Oxford, England; or, a noun designating one who attends Oxford University,” explained Belz. “They may have overlooked the Oxford in this country, but we consider it as referring to the rare jewel of a town in Mississippi, and use the word in the same sense, but with a decided drawl.” The event is free to attend, and all artwork displayed will be available for purchase. “This exhibition should be thought of as a museum,” Belz added. “The fact that one is able to purchase the exhibits is an added bonus.”

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emories are an integral part of life. Some may be less pleasant than others, but all combine to tell the stories of living. These memories are generally collected in one form or another. Photo albums, videos, letters or simply remembering — all these, and perhaps others, are tools that remind us. Over the past decade, I’ve come to use a rather unusual system of gathering memories. This I call a Memory Stick, a hiking stick to be more exact. It began life as a cypress limb that I trimmed green from a recently cut tree. The limb rested quietly under a shed until it was

Memories are an integral part of life. Some may be less pleasant than others, but all combine to tell the stories of living. completely dry and was then peeled and rasped and sanded and shaped into proper proportions, multiple coats of polyurethane sealing the grain. I added two leather wraps, spaced so as to make a two-hand hold possible when more leverage was required. Rawhide and sinew were used to cover the toe of the stick and short turkey feathers dangled from a beaded string

attached to the upper wrap. The gathering of memories began. These memories are identified by hiking badges, little metal units that are available at practically any park or trailhead or other venues where one might go and take a walk. Attached to that stick, they are most handsome. And they bring to recall some marvelous adventures. While using the stick recently, I saw a badge from Petit Jean State Park; memories began to flow. I recalled a spectacular waterfall that demanded a strenuous descent into a creek basin to reach. That waterfall poured over a rock wall overhead and crashed into an otherwise quiet pool near where I stood. It was breathtaking. There were four of us who opted to attempt that descent, and we did it. We knew we had seen something that many others never had nor ever would. What we didn’t know, however, was that one of those four would no longer be with us for a planned return

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the following year. And there, near the top of the stick on the back, was a badge from Yellowstone National Park. That one brought to mind a late evening at Dunraven Pass, 8,878 feet elevation. A storm was coming. We stood as long as we dared and faced the wind, a biting, treacherous and foreboding thing that spoke forcefully of power and the need to take shelter. Facing storms, in those various persuasions that life elects, can help us become stronger, help us persevere. The following morning, much lower down that mountain, was a perfect covering, its whiteness blinding, its welcome gentle. I remember it well and long for it often. There are many memories collected on that Memory Stick.

by Tony Kinton Tony Kinton has been an active outdoors writer for 30 years. Visit www.tonykinton.com for more information.

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The late summer garden and landscape in Mississippi can be a tough place. Extreme heat and humidity result in heat index numbers that keep me, like many other gardeners, indoors enjoying the air conditioning. But, I can take solace in knowing that, while many of my flowering summer annuals are starting to succumb to the heat, my ornamental peppers will be growing strong. What a great selection for any later summer garden! The best show is saved for late summer and lasts through fall as the plants keep producing. This means you should plant your ornamental peppers in late spring. You’ll appreciate a little garden planning. There are lots of different ornamental peppers available, but here are just a few of my current favorites. Purple Flash is an example of the versatility and value of ornamental peppers. With its purple-and-white variegated leaves, it is one of the showiest peppers available on the market. Chilly Chili seems to explode in a dramatically colorful demonstration. The fruit starts as yellow-green and transitions to a bright orange and brilliant red. Chilly Chili, a great choice for container planting, grows to about 1 foot tall and wide. This plant will tolerate our hot and humid Mississippi summers and have great color when other plants are fading. The peppers are not hot and are probably the safest to grow around curious children. The ornamental pepper variety Sangria holds its slender fruit pointing upward boastfully as if getting ready for a party. This pretty ornamental pepper bears fruit in almost unbelievable numbers that resemble confetti. Young fruit emerge greenish yellow and then march through a wonderful parade of colors: orange, lilac, purple and finally on to a glorious crimson red.

Chilly Chili will tolerate hot and humid Mississippi summers and keep great color when other plants are fading. Photo by Dr. Gary Bachman.

A new ornamental pepper variety, at least for me, is Midnight Fire. This plant has unique and distinctive dark-black foliage. It is accented by abundant, smallish, dark-purple fruit, which mature to bright red. The contrast between the foliage and the fruit is an eye-catching combination in any garden. Ornamental peppers prefer to grow in consistently moist soil, but don’t be overly generous with the water because the plants don’t tolerate waterlogged soil. Fertilize with a good slow-release fertilizer early in the season. Once fruit starts to set, there is no need to add additional nutrition. Whenever we use the word “ornamental” to describe any vegetable, many folks automatically assume the fruit is not to be eaten. Generally, this is true because the

plants have been selectively bred for color. However, ornamental peppers can be used to spice up a dish, but just remember they tend to be very, very hot and not in a good culinary way.

by Dr. Gary Bachman Gary Bachman, Ph.D., 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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Northcentral making progress with broadband studies will be selecting a design I was pleased to announce consultant, as well as engaging last February that the Missisattorneys and CPAs to detersippi Legislature passed the mine business models, legal Mississippi Broadband Enabling issues and other administrative Act. The Act allows electric matters. When complete, Northcooperatives like Northcentral central’s Board of Directors will to establish affiliates that could make a determinaprovide high-speed tion of if or how to internet service to its proceed. You should members. It’s been expect some news on seven months since this in the next six to this legislation was nine months. As we signed into law, and are contemplating ennow is a great time to tering a very competcatch you up on our itive market in some efforts. instances, NorthcenIn spring 2019, we tral will communicate completed our first this information in a phase of construction Kevin Doddridge General Manager/CEO strategic and conof roughly 72 aerial trolled manner. Any miles and 1.5 miles of announcement of an internet underground fiber-optic cable. affiliate will be accompanied All of our substations are now with thorough information interconnected and communicate data to aid in the operation on services offered, potential pricing and availability. of Northcentral’s “grid.” The In the meantime, we ask for next phase will address routes our members’ patience and with eventual fiber to the home capabilities. Moving forward, we help. Northcentral will need to amend its Articles of Incorpohave selected operating, mapration to allow us to enter the ping, and customer information telecommunications business if systems that will not only we choose. Your participation address Northcentral’s needs, in the Oct. 23rd Annual Membut also offer us technology bership Meeting will be vital in that should enhance your accomplishing this. The move member experience. does not put us in the telecomIn September, Northcentral

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munications business, it merely gives the cooperative the flexibility to make this decision. You can expect to receive notice of this by mail 30 days before our Annual Meeting.

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2019 Annual Meeting and Board of Directors Election The Northcentral Electric Power Association Annual Meeting of the Members will be held at 2 p.m. on Wed., Oct. 23, 2019 in the Northcentral Electric auditorium. Besides summarizing the work of the past year as well as future projects, a major current business task at the Annual Meeting is the election of three members of the Board of Directors. The membership of Northcentral Electric will also vote to amend the Association’s Articles of Incorporation to allow for the flexibility to operate a telecommunications affiliate. This year, board members are to be elected from District 3, District 5 and District 7 of our system area. A general description of the area served in District 3 would be the area south and west of Highway 78/Interstate 22, and north and west of the Coldwater River, extending to the Tennessee state line and excludes the Jan. 1, 1984 corporate limits of the City of Olive Branch. District 5 generally covers the area north and east of the Highway 78/Interstate 22, and east of Highway 309, extending to the Tennessee state line, and excludes the Jan. 1, 1984 corporate limits of the City of Byhalia. District 7 represents the area south of Pigeon Roost Creek. More detailed descriptions can be found in Section 4.02 of the Northcentral Electric bylaws. Current board members representing these districts are Phil Lachaussee of District 3, Jerry Nichols of District 5 and Joan Childress of District 7.

Nominations to the Board of Directors, whether incumbent or a new candidate, will be made by the membership. Any 25 or more members from the district from which a director is to be elected shall make a nomination by signing a nomination form with the nominee’s name and district stated on the form. Nomination forms can be picked up from the receptionist’s desk in the Northcentral Electric Administrative Building. Nominations must be completed as required and received in the office no later than 5 p.m. on Mon., Sept. 23, 2019. The Elections and Credentials Committee will meet Tues., Sept. 24, 2019 to verify the candidate nominations. A list of the valid nominations will be posted at the Northcentral office. Members can vote either by proxy prior to the Annual Meeting or in person by ballot at the Annual Meeting. Proxies will be mailed Oct. 3, 2019 and must be received in the Northcentral office no later than 2 p.m. on Mon., Oct. 21, 2019. The Elections and Credentials Committee will review the proxies for validation beginning at 2 p.m. on Mon., Oct. 21, 2019. For more details on the Board of Directors elections, the Annual Meeting or the nomination process, a copy of the Northcentral Mississippi Electric Power Association bylaws can be found under the “Cooperative” section on Northcentral Electric’s website. Visit www.northcentralepa.com.

Northcentral celebrates the career of another retiree By Justin Jaggers In September 1995, Sue Lytle began her career at Northcentral Electric Power Association. For almost 24 years, Sue served our service area as a Meter Order Clerk. Her job included posting member payments, maintaining member records and the completion of service request orders. Friends and family recently celebrated Sue’s retirement with a reception in the Northcentral auditorium. Co-workers spoke fondly of Sue and her concern for her fellow co-workers. If someone was sick for an extended period of time, Sue would try to organize bringing them food to help their recovery so that she could see them back at work. Outside of her career, Sue is fond of the local rodeos and often works as a timekeeper for the events. We at Northcentral wish Sue the best in her retirement years. We hope that our members will join us in celebrating her career.

Northcentral Electric Power Association’s statement of non-discrimination Northcentral Mississippi Electric Power Association is subject to the provisions of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended; and the rules of the U.S. Department of Agriculture which provide that no person in the United States on the basis of race, color, national origin, age or handicap shall be excluded from participation in, admission or access to, denied the benefits of, or

otherwise be subjected to discrimination under any of its organization’s programs or activities. The person responsible for coordinating this organization’s nondiscrimination compliance efforts is Kevin Doddridge, General Manager/CEO. Any individual, or specific class of individuals, who feels that this organization has subjected them to discrimination may file a written complaint with this organization; or the Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. 20250; or

the Administrator, Rural Utilities Service, Washington, D.C. 20250. Complaints must be filed within 180 days after the alleged discriminatory action, or by such later date to which the Secretary of Agriculture or the Administrator of RUS extends the time for filing. Identity of complainants will be kept confidential except to the extent necessary to carry out the purposes of the rules and regulations of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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By Elissa Fulton Northcentral Electric is focused on its community. “Concern for Community” is one of the Seven Cooperative Principles that drives all cooperatives. As Kevin Doddridge, general manager/CEO of Northcentral said, “It is in our nature as a co-op to serve our community.” So, when the association was approached to sponsor the annual CD for Musicians for Le Bonheur and to participate in concerts held at the Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, it was a project that was met with immediate support. Musicians for Le Bonheur is a special venture that raises money for the children’s hospital. Though all proceeds go to the hospital, the exposure helps to support local Mid-South musicians as well. Those involved in the project seek to lift the spirits of the patients and families of children suffering from illnesses and injury. The musicians and organizers believe that music can heal the soul, and that’s just what they

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did through several performances over the summer. Local bands played for audiences in a common area of the hospital, and later visited patients in their rooms and played

CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

live music for them and their families. Another exciting partnership was created through this project with Northcentral Electric and the DeSoto County Schools Career and Technical Center. Four of the second year Digital Media students were able to collaborate with Northcentral’s Media Specialist Justin Jaggers, who also organizes Musicians for Le Bonheur. The students joined Jaggers to work on a documentary and produce a music video for the project. Cassidy Carson, Jack Florence, Angel Morgan and Tanner Smart, along with their Digital Media teacher Teri Gordon were able to attend the performances at the hospital one day a month through the summer. The enthusiasm of the patients, musicians and hospital staff has been overwhelming. “For our patients here, a lot of them don’t get experiences like this outside of the hospital and so it’s really neat for them to get to hear live music; maybe for the first time,” said Morgan Morgan,


child life specialist. “Being exposed to so many cool and new things while they’re here also helps them to remember what it’s like to be a normal kid because these types of things bring so much joy to their faces.” The project equally brings joy to the musicians who play for the patients and their families. Richard Cushing, bassist/vocalist for the popular band FreeWorld, has had a personal experience with Le Bonheur. When his two sons were very young, they both had illnesses that led them to Le Bonheur. “I have a personal connection to this hospital, and not only for my kids,” said Cushing. “But how many kids in this region, and in this country, and in this world have they helped? Any way I can give back to that, or that we as a band

can give back. If we can come here and brighten some spirits and send some good vibes and some love, we want to do it – because music heals.” There have been four performances so far, which have been held each month from May through August. The final performance will be held on Sept. 3, which will also be the record signing day. The musicians will be onsite to sign the CDs they’ve worked so hard to create. Northcentral Electric is proud to have been a part of such a worthwhile cause in the community. Our employees were enthusiastic to participate.

Visit musiciansforlebonheur.com or email info@musiciansforlebonheur.com for more information.

Musicians who played live performances at the hospital: May 30th

August 15th

Chris and Daphnie Josh Shaw of Blvck Hippie RobenX

Adam McClelland with AM Whiskey My Friend Chris’ Cody Clark and Vinnie Longoria FreeWorld

June 13th Jodie Ross Everdeens Danny Cosby

July 18th Under the Radar The Fast Mothers Jeff Hulett

September 3rd Eric Hughes Ally Wallace Chris Pietrangelo of Fingertrick

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Are you a leader

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offers the tools and knowledge that will enable you to sharpen your leadership skills in your classroom, community, church and family. Since 1986, students in Mississippi have competed for the opportunity to participate in this unique leadership program. This program is an educational and fun experience that makes a lasting impact on young people.

Our program is for high school juniors interested in enhancing their leadership skills As a Northcentral Electric representative, you will attend:

■ Youth Leadership Workshop

The Marriott, downtown Jackson, Miss. The three-day workshop features a true cooperative learning atmosphere. More than 85 students from across the state will experience cooperative team-building exercises, a breakfast with their legislators, a visit to the Capitol, a town hall meeting and motivational speakers. We will also have a time for games and interaction between the students. You will have the opportunity to earn a $500 or $1000 scholarship.

■ Youth Tour

Washington, D.C. Each year, Mississippi’s student delegation joins more than 1,800 high school juniors from 43 states across the nation at the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour in Washington, D.C., where they learn about cooperatives and rural electrification from a national perspective. The Youth Tour is a wonderful sightseeing experience that also offers an opportunity for making new friends. The Youth Tour is organized by the Electric Cooperatives of Mississippi (ECM) and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). Find us at www.facebook.com/NorthcentralEPA. You can also like our statewide youth leadership page www.facebook.com/ECMYLP and follow us on Instagram @msyouthleadershipprogram.

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■ It is an honor to be selected

The group of young Mississippians participating in the program represent electric cooperatives across the state. Students are selected through various forms of competition conducted by the local cooperatives. Annually, more than 1,000 young people are involved in the program selection process statewide.

■ Cost

Students’ expenses for all three events are funded entirely by Northcentral Electric. There are no hidden costs; Northcentral Electric pays for all travel, lodging, meals, educational materials and admission fees. Our support of the program demonstrates a commitment to our young people and a desire to provide an effective, high-quality leadership program to help prepare them for life’s challenges.

■ How to get involved

Northcentral Electric’s Youth Leadership Program Director will contact the guidance counselor at our area schools and provide program details. If you are interested in being a representative contact your school guidance counselor or stop by the receptionist’s desk at Northcentral Electric’s office to pick up an application. Please contact Northcentral Electric’s youth leadership program coordinator if you have any questions. Michael Bellipanni, Program Director

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Legal Bucks Northeast, East Central, Southwest, and Southeast Zones A legal buck is defined as having EITHER a minimum inside spread of 10 inches OR one main beam at least 13 inches long.

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How to estimate a 13 inch main beam:

10” Inside Spread

13” Main Beam

HUNTING SEASONS

Estimating a 10 inch spread is accomplished by observing a buck’s ears in the alert position. When in the alert position, the distance from ear-tip to ear-tip measures approximately 14 inches. If the OUTSIDE of each antler beam is 1 inch inside the ear-tip, the inside spread is approximately 10 inches.

To estimate a 13 inch main beam, the buck’s head must be observed from the side. If the tip of the main beam extends to the front of the eye, main beam length is approximately 13 inches.

Delta Zone

A legal buck is defined as having EITHER a minimum inside spread of 12 inches OR one main beam at least 15 inches long. How to estimate a 12 inch inside spread:

How to estimate a 15 inch main beam:

For a complete list of12”hunting seasons, bag limits and Inside Spread To estimate a 15 inch main beam, the buck’s other legal restrictions, go to www.mdwfp.com. head must be observed from the side. If the

Estimating a 12 inch spread is accomplished by observing a buck’s ears in the alert position. When in the alert position, the distance from ear-tip to ear-tip measures approximately 15* inches. If the OUTSIDE of each antler beam reaches the ear-tip, the inside spread is approximately 12 inches. (Therefore, if the outside of both antler beams reach the ear tips, the buck is legal).

DEER ZONES

15” Main Beam

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Nov. 9 - 22

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Nov. 23 - Dec. 1

Primitive Weapon

Dec. 2 - 15

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Dec. 16 - 23

Legal Bucks only on open public land.

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Legal Bucks only on open public land.

Delta Zone: Bolivar County - west of the main Mississippi River levee and those lands east of the main Mississippi River levee known as Either-Sex on private land and Holly Springs . Legal Bucks only on open 27Archery/Primitive Break Hunting Club; Coahoma, Desoto, Tunica, and Washington counties - west of theNF main Mississippi River levee.public Weapon Jan. Issaquena, 23 - 31

land. Weapon of choice may be used on private land with appropriate license.

North-Central Zone: Benton, Lafayette, Marshall, Panola, Tippah, and Union counties.

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METHOD

SEASON DATES

BAG LIMITS

LEGAL DEER

Southwest Zone: Adams, Amite, Claiborne, Copiah, Hinds, Franklin, Jefferson, Lincoln, Madison, Warren, Wilkinson, and Yazoo counties.

Archery

Oct. 15 - Nov. 22

Either-Sex on private and open public land.

Youth Season (15 and under)

Nov. 9 - 22

Either-Sex on private and authorized state and federal lands.

Either-Sex on private land. Legal Bucks only on open public land. Spring Turkey Either-Sex on private land and open public land. Weapon of choice may be

Gun (with dogs)

Nov. 23 - Dec. 1

Primitive Weapon

Dec. 2 - 15

Youth Gun (without dogs)

Dec. 16 - 23

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(Private and authorized state and federal Gun lands. (with dogs) Dec. 24 - Jan. 22 public Youth 15 and under) Spring

Archery/Primitive Weapon

BAGlicense. LIMIT used on private land with appropriate

One (1) adult gobbler orpublic 1 gobbler Either-Sex on private land. Legal Bucks only on open land.with

Mar. 7 - 13

a 6-inch or longer beard per day, 3 per

Either-Sex on private land. Legal Bucks only on open public land. Spring season. Hunters 15 years of age and younger may harvest 1 gobbler of

Jan. 23 - 31

Either-Sex on private land. Legal Bucks only on open land. Weapon of choice (anypublic age) per day, Mar. 14 - May may 1 choice be used on private land with license. perappropriate Spring season.

Feb. 1 - 15

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

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DAILY BAG LIMIT

Youth Squirrel*

Sept. 24 - 30

8

Squirrel - Fall Season

Oct. 1 - Feb. 28

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Squirrel - Spring Season

May 15 - June 1

4

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SEASON DATES

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Rabbit

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Frog

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Raccoon

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Trapping

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No Limit

*On private lands and authorized state and federal lands only in those areas open for squirrel hunting.

SEASON FALL (SEE OPEN AREAS)

FALLTurkey TURKEY Fall DATES

BAG LIMIT

OCT. 15 - NOV. 15

TWO (2) TURKEYS, EITHER SEX

■ In All Zones: For youth hunters fifteen (15) years of age and younger, hunting on private land and authorized state and federal lands, all three (3) of the three (3) buck bag limit may be any antlered deer. ■ Antlered Buck Deer: The bag limit on antlered buck deer is one (1) buck per day, not to exceed three (3) per annual season. One of these three may be any antlered deer on private land and Holly Springs National Forest. Legal bucks must meet the antler criteria within the appropriate deer management zone. ■ Antlerless Deer: Private lands: The bag limit on Northeast, Delta, East Central, and Southwest Zones antlerless deer is five (5) per annual season. The bag limit on Southeast Zone antlerless deer is one (1) per day, two (2) per annual season. ■ U.S. Forest Service National Forests: The bag limit is one (1) per day, not to exceed five (5) per annual season except in the Southeast Zone which is two (2) per annual season/one (1) per day.

DOVE Mourning and White-Winged Doves

Open Areas: In the following counties or portion of counties, on private lands where the landowner/lease holder completes a fall turkey hunting application and provides a copy of the property deed or lease agreement at a MDWFP Regional Office or the Jackson Office.

North Zone - Sept 1-Oct 6, Oct 19-Nov 16, Dec 21-Jan 14

Delta Zone: Bolivar County - west of the main Mississippi River levee and those lands east of the main Mississippi River levee known as 27 Break Hunting Club; Coahoma, Desoto, Issaquena, Tunica, and Washington counties - west of the main Mississippi River levee.

South Zone - Sept 1-Sept 15, Oct 5-Nov 6, Dec 21-Jan 31

North-Central Zone: Benton, Lafayette, Marshall, Panola, Tippah, and Union counties. Southwest Zone: Adams, Amite, Claiborne, Copiah, Hinds, Franklin, Jefferson, Lincoln, Madison, Warren, Wilkinson, and Yazoo counties.

SEASON Youth (Private and authorized state and federal

Spring Turkey

• Dove North Zone - Areas north of U.S. Hwy. 84 plus areas south of U.S. Hwy. 84 and west of MS Hwy. 35. • Dove South Zone - Areas south of U.S. Hwy. 84 and east of MS Hwy. 35.

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One (1) adult gobbler or 1 gobbler with a 6-inch or longer beard per day, 3 per


FEATURE

The Southern Wild in focus By Sandra M. Buckley

Joe Mac Hudspeth, Jr. is an award-winning photographer who skillfully captures images that celebrate the magnificence of Mississippi’s wildlife and natural landscape. However, he won’t accept credit for his stunning photographs, humbly maintaining “I am only the messenger.”

Photos by Joe Mac Hudspeth,Jr.


“I’ve never met scenery I didn’t like when it had cypress, the sunrise, fog, mist and mood.” Joe Mac Hudspeth, Jr.

Hudspeth, who lives in Brandon with his wife of 36 years, retired two years ago after a career as a print media salesman. A lifelong Mississippian, he grew up in Oxford and has always considered himself an outdoorsman. And as a wildlife photographer, he has three published coffee table books: “In the Southern Wild,” “Return to the Southern Wild” and “My Southern Wild.” This fall, he is debuting his fourth book, “My Best of The Southern Wild,” which is an exquisite collection of his favorite photos taken over the last 40 years. Since 1997, his photographs have appeared as the official images for numerous Mississippi Duck Stamps and also Mississippi Sportsman Licenses. In fact, this was

the first time in 25 years that the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks used a photograph on the Mississippi Duck Stamp and the first time ever on a Sportsman License. “It was an honor to have my photographs selected to grace both the Mississippi Duck Stamp and Sportsman License for some 19 years,” said Hudspeth. His interest in photography traces back to the late 1980s, when as a deer hunter he would spend a lot of time hunting on private property off of the Natchez Trace. It was then that he realized there was a shift in his interest. “My favorite stand overlooked a cypress brake, and I spent more time watching the waterfowl, turtles, beaver, wading birds and other wildlife than

deer hunting,” he said. The wood duck was his first species of choice to capture on film. “That was because of its beauty and because I knew they were native to Mississippi and would be around after hunting season,” he explained. “At that time, however, there was no such thing as a pop-up blind. So, I created a custom blind of PVC pipe with Mossy Oak camouflage sewn to fit the frame that I set up in a cypress swamp to be close to the ducks. Then after figuring out where I needed my blind positioned to be close to them, I started capturing beautiful, frame-filling images of wood ducks.” Next, he began photographing species of birds that came close to his duck blind

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and “posed” for the camera. Then he ventured out on his boat for others. “While I started out chasing wood ducks and other waterfowl from a stationary blind, I learned to love trying to slip up on wading birds in my Poke boat,” he said. “Purple gallinules, common moorhens, green herons, least bitterns, snowy egrets and others were a challenge, and their breeding plumage is colorful. To be honest, I would rather have a great picture of a red-winged blackbird doing something ‘cute’ than a so-so picture of a beautiful bird just standing there.”

As Hudspeth cultivated his hobby, he would buy and read books on cameras, photography and wildlife. And as his knowledge grew, so did his camera equipment. “After I learned the mechanics of photography, I started upgrading my equipment – especially my lenses so that I could extend my range and capture more full frame images,” he said. “We have many native species to enjoy year round, including deer, turkey, gators and great blue herons, just to name a few,” he said of Mississippi’s abundant wildlife. “We also have many non-native migratory species that visit every spring from Central and South America. They nest and raise their young in our woods, fields and wetlands. These visitors include hummingbirds, buntings, tanagers, purple gallinules, least

bittern and many others. As they head home in the fall, our winter visitors start arriving from the north, such as waterfowl.” The subjects he photographs expand outside of wildlife. “Mississippi is blessed to have different landscapes — the Mississippi Delta, the mountainous foothills of Northeast Mississippi, the rolling hills of Central Mississippi and the Gulf Coast,” he said. The Pascagoula River basin, Noxubee Refuge and Springdale Refuge are other favorite scenic locations of his. In addition, he enjoys the foothill scenery of Mississippi, such as Tishomingo County and Bear Creek. “They are beautiful and different from other areas of the state. “I’ve never met scenery I didn’t like when it had cypress, the sunrise, fog, mist and mood,” he added. “Going forward, I see myself doing more of this type image.” Over the years and while still working full time, he continued building his portfolio, selling images for commercial use and promoting his books on the side. His dedication as a photographer led to his work being displayed in galleries, offices and museums across Mississippi and gracing the pages of local, regional and national publications. He also traveled the state speaking to church and civic organizations. “This opportunity provided me the chance to meet many special Mississippians,” he added. He discovered, though, that between traveling, promotions and keeping up with the digital advancements of film, that his beloved hobby had turned into a second job. He wasn’t spending time doing what he loved — simply photographing wildlife. These days, Hudspeth is retired and has all the time in the world to indulge in his passion and “get back into the swamp with my camera,” he said. “That is, when I’m not chasing my new favorite wildlife — my granddaughters, Lainey and Ramsey!” Visit www.southernfocus.com for more information.

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National Rice Month in September

By Sandra M. Buckley Since the 1940s, farmers in the Mississippi Delta have been cultivating their rich soil to grow a farm to table favorite — rice. Today, it is one of the state’s top agriculture exports with Mississippi ranking fifth in the United States for rice production. “Here we are in 2019, and we are now one of the leading states in the USA for rice production,” said Laura Giaccaglia of the Mississippi State University (MSU) Extension in Cleveland. “Our annual rice crop contributes more than $130 million to our state’s economy. Not only is rice making a huge contribution in dollars, but it provides thousands of jobs for people who work on farms and in the rice industry.” In 2018, there were 135,000 acres of rice harvested across 259 farms in Mississippi — including in Bolivar, Coahoma, DeSoto, Grenada, Holmes, Humphreys, Issaquena, Leflore, Panola, Quitman, Sharkey, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, Tunica, Washington and Yazoo counties. Consumers who choose high-quality Mississippi grown rice products, such as Two Brooks Farms and Delta Blues Rice, can be assured it is also locally harvested, milled and packaged. “Next time you purchase rice, take a look at the label,” she added. “Make sure you are purchasing locally grown rice. Not only will you experience comfort knowing where your food came from, but you will also be supporting Mississippi farmers who practice sustainability and who support conservation efforts.” To help celebrate September as National Rice Month in Mississippi, Delta Rice Promotions, Inc., a Bolivar County-based volunteer organization, along with MSU Extension, is hosting the 29th Annual Rice Tasting Luncheon September 20 in Cleveland. The event draws around 1,500 people and features buffets of more than 300 rice dishes prepared by area restaurants and volunteer cooks for guests to sample and explore the versatility of rice. “There will be tastings of appetizers, side dishes, entrees and desserts — something for everyone to enjoy,” Giaccaglia said. “Most people are amazed at how many ways rice can be prepared.” Delta Rice Promotions also offers the award-winning cookbook, “Between the Levees,” whose name is significant because levees are essential to rice farming. The cookbook features more than 500 recipes, with the mission to “give the potato a rest, and eat the best — rice!” “Between the Levees” cookbook will be available for $10 at the September 20 luncheon. Visit www.deltaricepromotions.org or call 662-843-8371 for event tickets, the cookbook, recipes and more information.

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Mississippi Rice Salad 3 cups cooked rice, cooled 4 hard-cooked eggs, chopped 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped 1/2 cup sweet pickles, chopped 1 (2-ounce) jar pimiento, diced 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 1 cup mayonnaise 1 teaspoon mustard Lettuce leaves Blend rice, eggs, onion, pickles, pimiento, salt, pepper, mayonnaise and mustard; chill. Serve on lettuce leaves. Yields: 6 servings

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Combine cooked rice, marshmallows, milk and candy in 2-quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat until thick and creamy, 6 to 8 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla; cool. Fold in whipped cream. Spoon into chocolate crust. Chill at least 3 hours. Drizzle with warm fudge sauce before serving. Yields: 6 servings

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Ellen and their three children lived in a tent until they could build a house. They offered the use of their tent to the Grafes, and that is where Roy’s grandparents and their four children lived for approximately two years until they could build some kind of house. John had to clear land, build a barn and a house and a multitude of other things. The family had four school age children who walked almost three miles to school every day. So now Maggie found herself going from living in a nice house with out buildings, on a road with neighbors nearby, to living in a tent, in practically a wilderness, in the middle of nowhere. Roy said that his Dad told him his mother cried every night. In most cases, it was the wives who suffered the most from the family’s pioneer wandering. But the Ogborns and Grafes were pioneer people; they survived and made the best of the situation. Both were carpenters, farmers and hard workers. They soon found jobs, built new comfortable homes and raised their families. And this is typical of the thousands of families that moved to Mississippi in the early 1900s. They were hard working families with strong religious values who wanted a better life for themselves and their children. Mr. Roy said that he asked his grandfather if he ever regretted leaving what he had in Indiana and moving to Mississippi. His grandfather told him that he had no regrets. I also asked Dave Ogborn, grandson of Willard Ogborn, if he ever asked his grandfather if he regretted moving to the South. He said his grandfather told him he had no regrets. We should all be thankful for these “pioneers” who risked so much and worked so hard to leave us the legacy we have today.

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Kirtan for Cows, October 4-6, Carriere. Includes yoga classes, live music, children’s activities and great vegetarian food, with all proceeds benefitting the cow protection program. Held at the ISKCON New Talavana Farm community. Free admission; camping available for a fee. Details: www.cowfest.newtalavana.org; gopujamela@gmail.com; 601-337-2021. Quilt Auction and Craft Sale, October 5, Gulfport. Quilts, bake sale, children’s activities. Breakfast and lunch served. Details: gulfhavengnf@gmail.com; 601-483-2267. Craft Fair and Bake Sale, October 5, Brandon. Start your holiday shopping early with handcrafted gifts from artists around the world, plus famous baked goods, door prizes and more, with lunch served. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nativity Lutheran Church. Free admission. Details: 601-825-5125.

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Spider lilies are an unexpected pleasant surprise. For instance, this photo was published in our first “Looking Around Mississippi” book. I had gone to Rodney to get a shot of the “other” church when I saw these spider lilies highlighted in the front yard of an abandoned house. Another day or even another time that day and I would have missed them.

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he spider lily is to fall what the dogwood is to spring — the blooming announcement that things are about to change. Now, I call them spider lilies. That’s what Mama called them. I’ve heard them called pop-up lilies or surprise lilies — even “neked ladies.” Although there is another summer flower on a slender stalk, more pink than red, that is more frequently called “neked ladies.” Google it and the pink ones show up. You may have to misspell it as “naked” ladies, however. And yes, I am being facetious about the spelling “neked.” But sometimes it’s just better to spell some things the way they are pronounced. That way whatever bare thing you are talking about carries the fuller meaning. Someone pointing and saying they see someone “naked as a jay-bird” just doesn’t have the urgency that “neked” carries. Hardly makes you want to turn around and look if they are only naked. Too formal. So as far as the flower, I will go with what that famous botanists William Shakespeare said about roses smelling just as

sweet no matter what they are called and continue using Mama’s name “spider lilies.” That’s the name I grew up with. (Although I don’t recall them having much of a smell — so the illustration breaks down a little.) But whichever, they pop up about this time every late summer or early fall. And I have yet to determine what triggers them to bloom all of a sudden. Here in Mississippi, it certainly isn’t cool crisp weather — not with some of them starting in late August many years. I asked horticulturist Felder Rushing how spider lilies know to bloom and he sort of shrugged and said perhaps it was moonlight. Seems to me moonlight would more likely bring out those “neked” flowers. Whatever it is, the red spider lily of late summer is the forerunner of the return of autumn. They will slip up on you and surprise you, some years. Hence the other of their many names, “surprise lily.” They will grow their foot-long stems out of bare ground and bud and bloom between lawn-mowings. What was a smooth

yard a few days ago will be dotted with red flowers a few days later. I try to remember that when zipping around on the mower this time of year and not nip any in the bud. I really like to see them bloom. They remind me of my childhood. They also remind me that many of life’s pop-up surprises can be quite pleasant. So we always want to be mindful how we carry ourselves so we don’t nip any of those unexpected pleasantries in the bud before they blossom.

by Walt Grayson 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 him at walt@waltgrayson.com.

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