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TODAY IN hISTOrY 1794: Eli Whitney receives a patent for his cotton gin, an invention that revolutionized America’s cotton industry. 1883: German political philosopher Karl Marx dies in London at age 64. 1923: President Warren G. Harding becomes the first chief executive to file an income tax report. 1964: A jury in Dallas finds Jack Ruby guilty of murdering Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin of President John F. Kennedy, and sentences him to death. (Both the conviction and death sentence were later overturned, but Ruby died before he could be retried.) 1967: The body of President John F. Kennedy is moved from a temporary grave to a permanent memorial site at Arlington National Cemetery.

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End of razor wire fence spells relief at Waltersville By Steve Sanoski ssanoski@vicksburgpost.com As Carolyn Ross watched the razor wire-topped fence at Waltersville Estates come down, the six-year resident said the stimulus-funded improvements at the Vicksburg Housing Authority subdivision are as needed as they are appreciated. “I’ve been hoping this would happen for years,” said Ross. “It looks like it’s going to be a lot better out here.” Waltersville Estates, one of six VHA subdivisions in the city, has been abuzz with the sound of skill saws and roofing hammers for more than a week now. All 27 buildings on site are being re-sided and reroofed, and repairs are also being made to damaged dormers and facia boards. The energy-efficient windows are set to arrive this week — around the time the siding and roofing are completed — as should the new bathroom vanities and added insulation for all 150 apartments. The VHA is paying for all the upgrades at Waltersville with the $888,780 it was awarded last spring through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, commonly referred to as the stimulus package. It is the first stimulus-funded construction project to get underway in Vicksburg or Warren County. Built in 1981, Waltersville

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Workers remove the razor wire at Waltersville Estates... Estates has, like almost every other public housing project across the nation, long struggled with image problems. With its brick and wrought iron gates surrounding the complex, its security checkpoint and its razor wire fencing, Waltersville is, in many locals’ minds, synonymous with crime and drug activity. VHA Executive Director Dannie Walker said he hopes the renovations help change the public image of Waltersville, where tenants must meet low income requirements and pay their rents on a sliding-scale basis. “I really think the crime issue here has been a little

...and roll up fencing, opening the yards for movement through the complex. bit overblown,” Walker said as he oversaw renovations Thursday morning. “A lot of

it is perception.” “And this certainly didn’t help,” interjected Jay Kilroy,

VHA board chairman, who joined Walker. “You see a razor wire fence, what do you think? You think it’s either a military installation or a prison.” Walker does not entirely dismiss the break-ins, domestic disputes and drug activity frequently reported at Waltersville, and he said the VHA is still hoping to contract with the Vicksburg Police Department to take up overnight security detail. A private security firm currently operates the check point from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., however, the guards do not have arresting powers and have to instead call the police if they see a crime taking place. Walker first proposed the police department take over Waltersville security last fall, and the city has since been researching the legality of the arrangement and working on an offer. Walker said a law that will make its way to Gov. Haley Barbour’s desk this year would explicitly give all Mississippi police departments clearance to contract with housing authorities. The bill, he said, was initiated through a lobbying effort by the Mississippi Association of Housing and Redevelopment Organization and will hopefully help the VHA get the VPD under contract. Meanwhile, other secuSee Waltersville, Page A9.

Seale’s conviction upheld on appeal

Obama vows improvement in nation’s school systems

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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is promising parents and their kids that with his administration’s help they will have better teachers in improved schools so U.S. students can make up for academic ground lost against youngsters in other countries. A proposed overhaul of the education law championed by President George

JACKSON — A federal appeals court has upheld the 2007 conviction of a reputed Ku Klux Klan member in the kidnapping of two black men who were abducted and killed in rural Mississippi in 1964. In a 2-1 ruling, the panel of judges said the evidence in the case against James Ford

Seale was sufficient for the jury conviction in the trial that took place 43 years after the crimes. Friday’s decision came from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit in New Orleans. The judge who dissented said that too much time had elapsed to try Seale and that incriminating statements Seale made should have been barred from his trial. Seale, now 74, is in federal

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Sergeant outed as lesbian discharged from Air Force

Irish release U.S. woman, others held in terror plot

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DENVER (AP) — An American woman and three others arrested in Ireland over an alleged plot to assassinate Swedish artist Lars Vilks have been freed without charge, Irish police said Saturday. Seven people — including the American woman, three Algerians, a Libyan, a Palestinian and a Croatian — were arrested Tuesday in Ireland. Irish police said three others who were also arrested remained in custody and were being questioned. In Leadville, Colo., Christine Mott identified the American woman held in Ireland as her daughter, 31-year-old Jamie Paulin-Ramirez. Christine Mott said she was informed of Paulin-Ramirez’s arrest by the FBI and other federal law enforcement agencies.

Jene Newsome played by the rules as an Air Force sergeant: She never told anyone in the military she was a lesbian. The 28-year-old’s honorable discharge under the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy came only after police officers in Rapid City, S.D., saw an Iowa marriage certificate in her home and told the nearby Ellsworth Air Force Base. Newsome and the American Civil Liberties Union filed a complaint against the western South Dakota police department, claiming the officers violated her privacy when they informed the military about her sexual orientation. The case also highlights concerns over the ability of third parties to “out” service mem-

bers, especially as the Pentagon has started reviewing the 1993 “don’t ask, don’t tell” law. “I played by ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,”’ Newsome told The Associated Press by telephone. “I just don’t agree with what the Rapid City police department did. ... They violated a lot of internal policies on their end, and I feel like my privacy was violated.” The “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy has come under renewed debate after Defense Secretary Robert Gates called for a sweeping internal study on the law earlier this year. As the review is under way, officials were also expected to suggest ways to relax enforcement that may include minimizing cases of third-party outings. In particular, Gates

Jene Newsome has suggested that the military might not have to expel someone whose sexual orientation was revealed by a third party out of vindictiveness or suspect motives.

Denver FBI officials said they couldn’t confirm that the FBI had contacted Mott about the case. Irish police refused to confirm whether Paulin-Ramirez is the woman in custody and have declined to release the identities of any of those arrested. After the arrests Tuesday, U.S. authorities unsealed terror charges against Colleen LaRose of Pennsylvania. She allegedly went by the name “Jihad Jane” to recruit others online to kill the cartoonist. Mott said that PaulinRamirez told her family after she left in September that she went to Ireland with her 6-year-old son and married an Algerian whom she met online. Paulin-Ramirez had been a straight-A nursing student, her mother said.

community calendar clubs American Legion Tyner-Ford Post 213 — 4 today, 61st birthday program and dinner; 1618 Main St. Exchange Club — 12:30 p.m. Monday; Anna W. Crump, executive director of MS Coalition Against Domestic Violence; Shoney’s. Vicksburg Packers Youth Football and Cheer — Now accepting registrations for spring camp; Monday; ages 6-12; 601-291-1371,601-2189553,601-291-1370 or 601630-5361. NAACP — Monday: 6 p.m., executive board; 7 p.m., regular members; 923 Walnut St. Vicksburg Kiwanis — Noon Tuesday, Jacques’ Cafe; Kim and Steve Koppman, River Road Jean Company, speakers. Vicksburg Tea Party — 6 p.m. Tuesday; Adolph Rose Antiques, 717 Clay St.

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Tough Plants of Vicksburg — 5:30-7 p.m. Monday; Jeff Richardson, landscape architect, City of Vicksburg; WC Extension; 601-636-5442. Warren County Rally Against Underage Drinking — 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday; free admission; LaSandra Davis, 601-638-1336; City Park Pavilion. Tuesday Vicksburg AlAnon — Noon Tuesday; second floor, First Presbyterian Church, 1501 Cherry St.; 601634-0152. DivorceCare — 6 p.m. Tuesday. Christ-centered video/ support group; 1315 Adams St.; 601-636-2493.

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New senator bashes Obama for ‘bitter’ health care push WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly arrived Republican Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts accused President Barack Obama and Democrats on Saturday of a “bitter, destructive and endless” drive to pass health overhaul legislation that Brown warned would be disastrous. “An entire year has gone to waste,” Brown said in the weekly GOP radio and Internet address. “Millions of Americans have lost their jobs, and many more jobs are in danger. Even now, the president still hasn’t gotten the message. “Somehow, the greater the public opposition to the health care bill, the more determined they seem to force it on us anyway.” Brown can claim responsibility for the Democrats’ failure to pass health overhaul legislation to date. They were on the verge of doing so before Brown claimed the late

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Sweepstakes Census ads illustrate a transformation This year more than ever before the U.S. Census is being promoted as a sweepstakes. “Results from the 2010 Census will be used to help each community get its fair share of government funds for highways, schools, health facilities and many other programs you and your neighbors need,” director Robert Groves says in a brief notice sent to most Warren County addresses last week. “Without a complete, accurate census, your community may not receive its fair share.” People who remember civics classes know that the national head count has only one purpose defined in the U.S. Constitution. Groves doesn’t even mention that purpose, which is to assure

that district lines can be drawn to apportion seats evenly in representative bodies, such as the U.S. House, as well as state legislatures, town councils and such. To assure the Constitution’s “one-person, one-vote” principle is upheld, district-to-district populations must be as balanced as possible and that can’t be done without counting us. Today, however, U.S. Census Bureau advertising materials and information on its Web site appeal to the emotion of greed. “Get your government goodies or somebody else will.” How we view government’s role in our lives has completely changed. The founders were skeptics, believing government had to be limited, that government governs best when it governs

least. Now government is the fountainhead of all good things. Our only duty is to get in line to accept its blessings. Some conservatives have spoken out, saying the 10 questions on the forms we should receive in the mail this week are too intrusive, not authorized by the Constitution and such. Sorry. The questions are straightforward and most have been asked in some fashion each decade for 100 years or longer. Complete the form and send it back. The form is not a big deal, nor are the questions. What is a big deal is how the 2010 Census is being marketed: The federal treasury is a pot of gold. Step right up. Take what you’ve got coming.

Both parties wink and nudge over the meager ethics rules adopted by Congress and the excuses offered by offending members.

Rep. Thompson clears awfully low ethics bar The U.S. House of Representatives created a new House ethics system in early 2008 — adding the quasi-independent Office of Congressional Ethics to the existing House Ethics Committee — as part of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s pledge to “drain the swamp” of Capitol Hill corruption. But the results of that effort have been somewhat shy of that mark. Suffice to say that the swamp remains intact. One matter that finally drew the attention of the House Ethics Committee was travel by House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., and four other Democratic congressSID men to attend conferences on the tropical island of St. Maarten in the Caribbean in 2007 and 2008. The House Ethics Committee has released a report clearing Thompson and four other members of the Congressional Black Caucus of intentional wrongdoing in taking corporate-sponsored trips to the Caribbean in 2007 and 2008. The ethics panel did, however, say the representatives would have to pay the costs. The committee probe ruled that the traveling House members relied on false information from the official sponsors of the trips, the Carib News, a New York newspaper, and the Carib News Foundation. Last week, I interviewed Peter Flaherty of the National Legal and Policy Center, an ethics watchdog group. He actually attended the 2008 conference in St. Maarten and subsequently filed the ethics complaint that led to the probe of Thompson’s travels. Flaherty said it would “have been impossible” for congressmen attending the conference not to know about its corporate sponsors. Flaherty documented signage, posters, banners and other promotional materials visible inside the meeting rooms at the event. He submitted 18 photographs and other documentation to the House Ethics Committee documenting that Citigroup, Pfizer, American Airlines, AT&T, Verizon, Macy’s and IBM were corporate sponsors promoting their businesses at the event. And while Flaherty scoffed at the claims of congressmen who said they were unaware of the corporate sponsorship of the Caribbean junket, he was quick to point out that Democrats don’t have the market cornered on such behavior. “Regardless which party is in power, Congress has refused to enforce even the lax ethics rules they have and that’s been under Democratic and Republican leadership,” Flaherty said. While the NLPC is a conservative group, they’ve gone after high-profile Republicans like former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens and U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski over ethics allegations. Flaherty makes a good point. Both parties wink and nudge over the meager ethics rules adopted by Congress and the excuses offered by offending members. Readily accepted by their peers at the Capitol are excuses that the Internal Revenue Service would not accept from the average taxpayer for such lapses. Officially, Thompson did nothing wrong — but he’s still being required to repay the costs of the Caribbean travel. Republican congressmen have received the same treatment under GOP control of Congress. The saddest thing for taxpayers is that the bar for congressional ethics isn’t set very high — and won’t be — regardless which party’s in charge. •

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Voters won’t toss Thompson, but Pelosi could U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., has escaped blame in the same ethics inquiry that has at least temporarily cost U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., his Ways and Means Committee chairmanship. Both men accepted a Caribbean junket paid for by some of the big corporations they usually profess to loathe. It was a clear violation of the latest set of House rules, but both also employed the familiar “plausible deniability” claim, saying they didn’t know who picked up their tab. As the organizer, Rangel, who said his staff might have known but didn’t tell him, took the hit. Thompson and other members on the trip were given a pass.

Commendably, it appears House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-N.Y., might actually be trying to keep her pledge to “drain the swamp” of congressional corruption, which has no party lines. She faced down a defiant Rangel, which was no small feat. For his part, Rangel faces six other ethics inquiries, most related to his admitted failure to pay taxes owed on vacation properties, also in the Caribbean. Thompson has one additional complaint pending — specifically that he, as Homeland Security Committee chairman, threatened hearings against credit card companies in order to receive campaign contributions that

were, in fact, paid before the hearings were canceled. Thompson says the allegation is pure rubbish and that, as usual, he is completely above reproach. Mississippi Democrats did not offer an alternative candidate for this fall’s election in the 2nd Congressional District. Thompson advances to the November ballot to face one of three Republicans and a smattering of independents. Most see him as a shoo-in once again. So the biggest career threat he faces could be from his fellow House Democrats. If he becomes more of a liability than an asset, they’ll toss him overboard. If he doesn’t believe it, he can ask Charlie Rangel.

Itawamba situation seems a bit contrived Last week, earthquake recovery efforts continued in Chile and Haiti; major changes affecting immigration, delivery of health care services and America’s energy future were discussed in Washington, D.C., wars continued in Iraq and Afghanistan and the Supreme Court was asked to decide whether states are free to ignore the Second Amendment. So what story did much of the world’s media seize upon last week? Whether adults were correct to cancel a prom rather than allow an 18-year-old girl in Itawamba County, Mississippi, to wear a tuxedo to the event and be accompanied by another girl. Just one simple question: Who cares?

Yes, adults have a duty to set examples for youths. Yes, stories reporting social trends are worthy. There is nothing wrong with the media exploring cultural evolution. After all, that’s what this commentary is doing. But there’s such a thing as pandering, too. It was amazing to see such an isolated, minor incident — really indicative of nothing — become the center of a frenzy. The person who seemed best able to maintain perspective was quoted in an Associated Press report. McKenzie Chaney, 16-year-old student in the county school district, said she wasn’t planning to attend the prom anyway, but “it’s kind of ridiculous that they

can’t let her wear the tuxedo and it all be over with.” Indeed, this whole situation seems awfully contrived. Why would specific rules be adopted requiring gender-specific clothing and banning same-sex “dates” in the first place? Constance McMillen, now backed by the full force and fury of the American Civil Liberties Union to support her “rights,” might or might not have wanted to create a firestorm when she announced her intent to don male apparel for the dance. But our guess is that most of her fellow students would have reacted as McKenzie did, with a “So what?”

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WEEK IN VIcKsburg Spring did its best to take hold during the week. Lows ranged as far as 31 degrees one night, but remained in the mid-50s two others. Highs were in the 60s and 70s with a lot of sunshine, although overnight storms dropped nearly an inch of rain. The Mississippi River continued to fall for a second week, starting at 31.1 feet and ending the week at 25.3 feet. The forecast was for a reading of 24.9 feet today before the river reverses and begins what could be a significant rise. Dane Davenport was found innocent of five of nine counts in a child molestation indictment and at the end of a weeklong trial a mistrial was declared on the remaining four counts after jurors said they could not reach a verdict on the other four. Prosecutors said they will review and decide whether to press for another trial, which would be the fifth for the state trooper suspended without pay since the charges were filed. An autopsy showed one of two men believed to have robbed a small grocery on U.S. 61 South was killed by a gunshot and a warrant was issued for the arrest of the second. No charges were filed against the store owner who chased down the men and got in a gunfight four miles from the store. Nathan Davis, 23, was the men’s division winner in the 31st Annual Run Thru History. The former LSU track star finished seven seconds ahead of his nearest competitor. Coral Cruz, a native of Costa Rica, won the women’s division of the event that remains the largest held under the auspices of the Mississippi Track Club. Jeff White was named team member of the year by Ameristar, an honor which came with a check for $15,000. Two children and their grandmother were seriously burned in a house fire at 2314 Oak St. Fire officials said the blaze started when an electric heater was overturned. At week’s end Stephon Evans, 8, and Robert Evans, 4, were being treated at a Georgia burn center and Barbara Evans, 57, was being treated at a burn center in Brandon. St. Aloysius pitcher Regan Nosser threw a four-inning perfect game as the Flashes beat Yazoo County 15-0. Even though the U.S. Census is now being conducted, no local changes in voting lines are expected before 2015 voting. Warren County supervisors said the reason is that new data will not be available in time to make adjustments for 2011 elections. Debbie Hoover, nurse practitioner, said she expects more businesses will open in Mississippi similar to her Vicksburg Special Care Clinic. It offers a wide range of medical care but has no physician on the staff. City officials agreed to join the three other owners in building more T-hangars to rent at Vicksburg Tallulah Regional Airport. The city chipped in $19,000 toward planning and design costs. Youth sports went back under public management as The Aquila Group ended its services to the city after two years. The group had been in charge of organizing some leagues and tournaments. Members of the Vicksburg High School chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes joined many other groups in gathering earthquake relief supplies for a local medical team to take to Haiti. The students gathered crutches and bandages. Annette Kirklin, director of the Southern Cultural Heritage Center, was tapped as new board chairman for the Vicksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau. An unplanned shutdown occurred at Grand Gulf Nuclear Station due to an equipment malfunction. There was no effect on customers and the plant was restarting after repairs were made. Deaths during the week included Johnny Hoskins, Lucille G. Sanford, Rosa Lee Stevens, Lee Manuel Burns, Joseph James King Jr., Maud Esther Lee, Darlean Patton Flowers, Thomas Joseph Pendleton Jr. and Ola B. Sims.

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Model rules a big step toward more accountability Way back in 1972, the Legislature consolidated various hints, suspicions and beliefs about access to government documents by adopting the Mississippi Public Records Act. On that brave day lawmakers declared “providing access to public records is a duty of each public body” and “all public records are hereby declared to be public property.” Since then, including during the current session, there’s been a lot of what our Baptist brethren call backsliding. Anybody has been able to get a law passed sealing any record for pretty much any reason or no reason at all. A few years ago, lawmakers locked up all E-911 reports tighter than the CIA’s list of covert agents (because a news organization questioned response times of a private ambulance company). More recently, they wanted to put any and all reports of hunters involved in firearms mishaps in a vault (because the National Rifle Association said evil lawyers were “mining” these reports to find clients to sue firearms companies). But in a big step back in the right direction two years ago, the Legislature endowed the Mississippi Ethics Commission with the authority to investigate and arbitrate public records disagreements as well as open meetings matters. The commission, under the leadership of executive director Tom Hood, has taken the assignment seriously. Meeting earlier this month, the eight volunteer members adopted model records rules. It was another red-letter day for people who know open government is good government. There are literally hundreds of public boards and agencies in Mississippi. They start at the state level and range from city councils, school boards and boards of supervisors to zoning authorities, pollution control boards, tourism development groups and law enforcement agencies. There are exceptions (too many), but the public records act covers any “entity created by the Constitution or by law, executive order, ordinance or resolution.” With the model rules, each entity

CHARLIE

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The Mississippi Public Records Act, like many laws, is not always 100 percent clear and is subject to various interpretations. It’s fair to say most records custodians want to comply, but don’t want to make mistakes.

now has the most clear instructions yet on why to adopt a posture of openness with records and, more importantly, how. Candor requires that I mention that I’m a board member of the Mississippi Coalition for Freedom of Information and a former board member of the Mississippi Press Association, which provides most of the funds for MCFOI and that MCFOI submitted lengthy comments to the Ethics Commission during the rules drafting process. Candor doesn’t require it, but I’ll also mention I think the model rules should be far more liberal to requests for records than they are. What matters most, however, is that they are a giant stride toward clarity. While the public records act requires that all custodians of public information establish rules on how requests for records will be handled, doing so has not been

a priority. For each entity to write its own rules would be a pain, so the beauty of the model rules, which are available at the ethics commission site on the Internet, is that entities can download them, adopt them as written or modify them to fit their own practices. Those of us in the media experience three types of responses when we ask to see or copy records. Some agencies fully understand they are conducting the public’s business and all citizens are entitled to such basic public information as a mayor’s salary or a docket listing who’s being held in jail and why. These people understand that if the authority to govern arises from the people, as the Declaration of Independence says, the more people keep up with government affairs the better for the government and the better for the people. At the other extreme is the “trust us” set who see any and all public inquiries as bothersome. They

believe citizens who ask questions are meddling. They toss up roadblock after roadblock. Often this is because they sense the public will react strongly to records showing, for example, a school superintendent’s brother-in-law being paid twice as much for painting classrooms as other contractors were paid for the same work. The model rules — there are only nine — won’t reform those who violate the public’s trust. Dishonest people will remain dishonest. But the model rules will be a big help to a third and significantly large group — those who just don’t know what the law expects of them. The Mississippi Public Records Act, like many laws, is not always 100 percent clear and is subject to various interpretations. It’s fair to say most records custodians want to comply, but don’t want to make mistakes. Hood has been conducting informational and training sessions on the act and says he’ll be available for as many as needed. Big changes can flow from seemingly small beginnings. The model rules won’t make headlines, but they have the potential to make government at all levels more accountable. •

Charlie Mitchell is executive editor of The Vicksburg Post. Write to him at Box 821668, Vicksburg, MS 39182, or e-mail cmitchell@ vicksburgpost.com.

President Obama opts for ‘no more Mr. Nice Guy’ approach Whatever the legislative fate of health reform — now in the hands of a few besieged House Democrats — the reformers have failed in their argument. Their proposal has divided Democrats while uniting Republicans, returned American politics to well-worn ideological ruts, employed legislative tactics that smack of corruption, squandered the president’s public standing, lowered public regard for Congress to French revolutionary levels, sucked the oxygen from other agenda items, re-engaged the abortion battle, produced freaks and prodigies of nature such as a Republican senator from Massachusetts, raised questions about the continued governability of America and caused the White House chief of staff to distance himself from the president’s ambitions. It is quite an accomplishment. For the president, it must also be quite a shock, because he thought he was taking a reasonable, middle path on health reform. At the start of this process, many Democrats preferred a single-payer health system — Medicare for everyone. Short of this goal, they advocated a public option that would compete with private insurance companies and prove the superiority of government-run care. But President Obama rejected a single-payer approach and signaled early that the public option was expendable. Obama also rejected the one genuinely bipartisan health reform proposal — made by Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Bob Bennett,R-Utah, — that would have ended employerbased insurance and given individuals a deduction to buy their own coverage from a menu of private insurance options. (Wyden has turned out to be the ignored prophet of the health debate. “If you ... just pound it through on a partisan vote,” he said last June, “you have people practically as soon as the ink is dry looking to have it repealed.”) Instead, the president chose the current complex, regulatory approach to reform, precisely because it seemed less radical and disruptive than the other options. It was patterned in part on health reforms in Massachusetts

MICHAEL

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Obama wants seriously to expand the role of government at a moment when skepticism of government is widespread.

signed by then-Gov. Mitt Romney, a Republican, thereby applying at least a veneer of bipartisanship. So what went wrong? Some analysts blame structural factors, particularly the growth in partisanship. It is true that the Republican caucus in Congress has become more homogeneous in its conservatism. But it is also true that Obama wants seriously to expand the role of government at a moment when skepticism of government is widespread. His health reform plan may have seemed moderate on the congressional ideological spectrum. But the creation of a new middle-class entitlement can’t be considered moderate in the context of the times when even previous entitlement commitments seem unsustainable. And it has not helped that the Massachusetts model of health reform has resulted in unchecked cost increases, requiring higher taxes and benefit cuts.

These financial concerns not only unify Republicans of every ideological stripe, they reach into the right of the Democratic coalition. In fact, these structural obstacles were increased by a major strategic miscalculation. Obama clearly believed that the economic crisis was fully fungible — that a turn to government activism in one policy area would translate into support in other areas. So he attempted a rhetorical sleight of hand, arguing that economic recovery required health reform and a cap-and-trade system for carbon emissions. Few bought it. To the contrary, the massive — and, in my view, necessary — bank bailout only increased public skepticism about government and congressional concerns about spending. The final reason for Obama’s failed argument on health reform is neither structural nor strategic. It is psychological. As the evidence mounted

that the body politic was rejecting Obama’s health system transplant, Obama faced a choice about the nature of his presidency. He could retreat toward incrementalism or insist on transformation. Obama had previewed his impatience with incrementalism during the campaign. Similar to his predecessor, George W. Bush, Obama turned hard against the Clinton model. “Ronald Reagan changed the trajectory of America,” he said, “in a way that Richard Nixon did not and in a way that Bill Clinton did not. He put us on a fundamentally different path because the country was ready for it.” In retrospect, Obama’s greatest achievement during the 2008 campaign was to combine soothing reassurance with a message of transformational change in a single political persona. Governing, however, has required a choice between reassurance and transformation. Because Obama has chosen liberal transformation, the political outcomes are limited: He can appear radical in victory or weak in defeat. Given his health reform decisions, it is no longer possible for Obama to be a president both strong and unifying. •

Michael Gerson writes for the Washington Post Writers Group. E-mail reaches him at mgerson@ globalengage.org.


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Sunday, March 14, 2010

24 die in Mexico state plagued by drugs

Thousands mourn death of teenager POWAY, Calif. (AP) — Thousands of teachers, classmates and neighbors filled a high school football stadium Saturday to honor a 17-yearold girl whose body was discovered in a shallow, lakeside grave, allegedly killed by a registered sex offender. Family and friends told the crowd of Chelsea King’s big dreams, terrific sense of humor, sense of style, athleticism and thirst for knowledge and adventure. They were profusely thankful for the massive search for her after she went missing Feb. 25 on a run at a San Diego Park and for the outpouring of sympathy after her body was found five days later. “On Feb. 25 our lives changed dramatically and will remain changed forever,” said Chuck McCully, her uncle. “Our hearts were shattered.” Speakers also said her heinous death has galvanized people to prevent other children from falling victim to predators. A moment of silence was held for Amber Dubois, whose bones were found a last week north of San Diego more than a year after she went missing while walking to school.

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People gather at a memorial service for Chelsea King Saturday. “Chelsea was a force who was setting out to change the world,” said Cindy Provenzano, a family friend. “She did not die in vain and neither did Amber Dubois.” John Gardner, 30, has pleaded not guilty to Chelsea’s murder and attempted rape of another woman in December.

He is also a suspect but has not been charged in the killing of Amber Dubois. Gardner served five years of a six-year sentence for molesting a 13-year-old neighbor in 2000. He was on parole for three years, until September 2008.

ACAPULCO, Mexico — At least 24 people have been killed in a Mexican Pacific coast state plagued by drug gang violence. A gunbattle between soldiers and armed men killed 11 people in the small town of Ajuchitlan del Progreso in the deadliest incident Saturday. The investigative police director for Guerrero state says one soldier was among the dead. Guerrero, state police also say the bodies of two decapitated men were left on a scenic road packed with nightclubs in the resort city of Acapulco. In a rural community outside Acapulco, gunmen killed five police officers on patrol, and officers found the bulletridden bodies of five other men in the same area. Two of those had been beheaded. A man was found shot to death on the edge of Acapulco.

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Utah GOP leader resigns amid scandal SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s House majority leader resigned from the Legislature Saturday, two days

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THE SOUTH Karen Gamble, managing editor | E-mail: newsreleases@vicksburgpost.com | Tel: 601.636.4545 ext 137

Trial set for woman accused in Vicksburg man’s death By Pamela Hitchins phitchins@vicksburgpost.com

SEAN MURPHY

POST WEB EDITOR

Be an adult: Don’t let kids ride ATVs In Mississippi, this time of year is like no other. Mother Nature is torn, holding onto the final grasps of a Yankee-like winter while ushering in the warmth of spring. The birds chirp a bit louder, the grass and flowers, dead since late last year, begin to regenerate for another summer. The smoke from barbecues melds perfectly with an evening chill. Baseballs start being thrown, golf balls hit, families gather and the buzz of the ATV motors sing in the distance. A perfect start to spring filled with fun and sun, but the season also provides a danger for every person who rides on or drives an ATV. An ATV is no toy, and everyone should give careful thought before handing over the keys. Anyone who is not licensed to drive an automobile should not be licensed to drive an ATV. A 2008 study by the American Academy of Pediatrics defined three risk factors associated with children driving ATVs: • Children lack the physical and developmental maturity to operate an off-road vehicle safely, especially in terms of judgment. • Many areas are often difficult to access for rescue crews due to distance and challenging terrain. • ATVs allow high rates of speed, weigh a great deal and completely expose the driver. Dr. Shannon Smith, a pediatrician at University of Mississippi Medical Center, said in a Feb. 20 story in the Hattiesburg American that 205 Mississippians died in ATV accidents from 1999 through 2008 and of those, 43 percent were people younger than 22. Operated safely, ATVs can provide endless hours of exhilarating fun. And while nothing will make ATVs completely safe, steps can and should be taken by ATV owners to limit such risk. One week ago in the Hebron Community of Jones County, a 3-year-old was killed after the Arctic Cat Prowler in which the boy was a passenger flipped. The toddler was ejected along with the 18-year-old driver and two other child passengers. The Prowler, manufactured by Arctic Cat Inc., is a two-seat ATV with a basket in the back, and officials said some of the children were riding in the basket. Stories like the one in Jones County will continue. With each fatal accident, the calls for more stringent regulations regarding the use of ATVs will increase. If only adults would act like adults and think critically, we wouldn’t have to wait on government involvement. •

Sean P. Murphy is Web editor. He can be reached at smurphy@ vicksburgpost.com

The case of a woman accused of killing a Vicksburg college student nearly eight years ago will head to trial Monday in Lamar County Circuit Court in Purvis. Jennifer Wardle, 29, whose last known address was 126 Old Highway 49, Brooklyn, is accused of killing James Neal May, who was 22 and a senior at the University of Southern Mississippi. May was found May 1, 2002, in his home with a gunshot

Neal May

Jennifer Wardle

wound in his head. His death was initially ruled a suicide, and Wardle was not indicted until more than five years later. Parents of the slain man, Vicksburg residents James

and Peggi May, will attend the trial along with family members and friends, his father said Friday. He would not comment further so as not to jeopardize the prosecution’s case. At the time of Wardle’s arrest, James May said he was thankful to the Attorney General’s Office and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation for pursuing the investigation. Though the case is being heard in Lamar County, the state attorney general’s office is handling the prosecution. The MBI is the investiga-

tive division of the Mississippi Department of Public Safety and its detectives are often asked to probe cases in which local investigators fail or in which there is a potential conflict. Wardle’s trial initially was set for March 22, 2009 but was rescheduled because of the illness of Wardle’s attorney, James K. Dukes of Hattiesburg. Circuit Judge R.I. Prichard III will preside, with jury selection to begin from a pool of at least 70 prospective jurors, a spokesman at the Lamar County Circuit Clerk’s

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office said. The prosecution team includes Special Assistant Attorneys General Stan Alexander and Treasure Tyson. Wardle was indicted by a Lamar County grand jury Oct. 26, 2007, and arrested 11 days later. Since, she has been out of jail on $100,000 bond. Neal May was a 1998 graduate of Warren Central High School. He attended First Baptist Church, and was studying geographical information systems in college, his father said.

Boy, 8, burned as can explodes By Manivanh Chanprasith mchan@vicksburgpost.com

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Keanna Abraham, 9, daughter of Kevin and Benita Abraham, at right, dances during the Shape Up Vicksburg Celebration Saturday.

1,600 of 17,000-pound goal lost in city workout By Manivanh Chanprasith mchan@vicksburgpost.com One Vicksburg woman was 28 pounds lighter and $500 richer after finding out Saturday that she was the “biggest loser” in a 17-week weight-loss challenge. “I’m down two sizes and I’m feelin’ good,” said Carol Hicks, the winner of Shape Up Vicksburg. The challenge, spearheaded by Shape Up Sisters gym owner Linda Fondren, called on Vicksburg residents to lose 17,000 pounds in 17 weeks, beginning in October and ending on Valentine’s Day. Fondren said 2,600 people signed up to take on the challenge and the group collectively lost 1,600 pounds. Despite missing the goal, Fondren said the program was a success for the people who did stay with it and lose weight. “I would do it all over again,” she said. Those who participated lost an average of seven pounds per person. Hicks was presented the cash award by state Rep. George Flaggs, who also participated in the weight-loss program, at the challenge’s celebration event at the Southern Cultural Heritage Center. “I wanted to join in with Shape Up Vicksburg and give an incentive to the community,” said Flaggs, who said he lost three pounds. Shape Up Vicksburg will continue with a free walking club.

An 8-year-old Vicksburg boy burned Saturday after he threw an aerosol can into a fire pit was in stable condition later at a burn center in Brandon. Nathaniel E. Ashley, 8, 4569 Haleys Point, was flown to Crossgates River Oaks Hospital in Brandon from River Region Medical Center after being burned from flames resulting when the spray paint can blew up near his family’s home, said Sgt. John Elfer of the Warren County Sheriff’s Office, a friend of the family. Elfer said Nathaniel had serious burns to his hands, face, neck and upper chest. “I don’t think he was burned internally, but his face was burned pretty bad,” Elfer said. He said family members Saturday night expected Nathaniel to be transferred to Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta, Ga. Nathaniel is the son of the Tina and Staff Sgt. Roger Ashley, who is in Afghanistan, deployed with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 412th Theater Engineer Command. Elfer said Sgt. Ashley has been notified by the Red Cross of his son’s accident and is expected to be back home Monday or Tuesday.

12-year-old with toy gun faces charges By The Associated Press

Monica Hughley leads a dance during the Shape Up Vicksburg Celebration at the Southern Cultural Heritage Center Saturday.

HOUMA, La. — A 12-yearold boy was arrested for allegedly attempting to intimidate another student with what authorities described as a toy gun at a Terrebonne elementary school. The Houma Courier reported on Saturday that the police say the boy, whose name was withheld because of his age, approached a fellow fourth-grader at Broadmoor Elementary after school and pulled the toy gun from his pocket, showing the student only its grip, according to the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office. He was booked at the Terrebonne Parish juvenile detention center on charges of aggravated assault, criminal trespassing and illegal carrying of a dangerous weapon.


Sunday, March 14, 2010

A view from the top Historic photos taken in and around Vicksburg are featured on Sundays in The Vicksburg Post. Many of the photos are from the J. Mack Moore Collection at the Old Court House Museum. Though not all photos were taken by Mr. Moore, they are part of the collection given

to the museum by longtime Vicksburg Post managing editor Charles J. Faulk. Appropriate photos from the public will also be accepted and published. To submit a photo, contact Karen Gamble at 636-4545.

It looks like the parade was about ready to begin when Abner Blanks took this photo in 1916 of Vicksburg’s first and only

flower parade. The view if from Cherry Street looking east on Jackson. It is from the Old Court House Museum collection.

Gulfport man dies in house fire GULFPORT, Miss. — A Gulfport man died Saturday in an overnight house fire. The fire was called in by a neighbor about 4:15 Saturday morning, but when firefighters arrived, the house was engulfed in flames. The victim has been identified as 53 year old Leroy

crime & accident from staff reports

City man charged in theft from truck A Vicksburg man was in the Warren County Jail Saturday night accused of stealing vehicle equipment from a Vicksburg resident. Christopher Wallace, 30, 303 Hillside Drive, was arrested at 4:13 p.m. Friday by Vicksburg police after he was linked to the theft of a pipe truck rack valued at $780 and two dock plates valued at $1,000 that was reported earlier in the day from a home in the 900 block of Harrison Street, Chief Walter Armstrong said. He said Wallace was charged with grand larceny and held without bond pending an initial appearance Monday.

Man walking on track ‘bumped’ by train A Vicksburg man was taken to River Region Medical Center after he was hit by a freight train as he walked on Kansas City Southern tracks near Holly Street. Richard Johnson, 20, was being treated in the emergency room late Saturday night, hours after he suffered a head injury when he was “bumped” by the westbound train, said Chief Walter Armstrong of the Vicksburg Police Department. Johnson was walking with another man, who was not injured, but no identification was available. No information on the train or its speed was available.

public meetings Monday • Warren County Board of Supervisors, 9 a.m., Warren County Courthouse, BOS meeting room, third floor • Warren County Port Commission, 3 p.m., Guaranty Bank & Trust building, 1900 Cherry St., second floor • Vicksburg Board of Mayor and Aldermen, 10 a.m., room 109, City Hall Annex, 1415 Walnut St.

Tuesday • Vicksburg Main Street Program Board of Directors, 8:45 a.m. • Vicksburg Housing Authority Commission, 5 p.m., 113 Elizabeth Circle.

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about two pounds of powdered cocaine with a street value of $30,000.

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Caldwell. The house was destroyed, and several cars parked in the yard were damaged by the flames. The cause of the fire is under investigation, but neighbors told WLOX News the house has had electrical problems for years.

Two held by Hinds after cocaine found JACKSON, Miss. — Two Georgia men were in the Hinds County jail after a routine traffic stop led to the discovery of two pounds of cocaine. The Hinds County Sheriff’s Department made the stop Monday night on Interstate 20. A Sheriff’s Department news release says Dexter Wright and Richard Lee Hughes were arrested after deputies found

Man in Louisiana kills wife, son, self FRENCH SETTLEMENT, La. — A man shot his wife and five-year-old son to death inside their Livingston Parish home, then turned the gun on himself Friday, the sheriff’s office said. Investigators found Joseph Shaffett, 39, his wife, Courtney Shaffett, 33, and their five-yearold son, Reese. All three were shot and pronounced dead on the scene by the Livingston Parish Coroner’s Office. “It’s one of the most unexplainable things we’ve ever seen,” said Jason Ard, chief criminal deputy for the sheriff’s office. “It’s a very disturbing and emotional situation. My heart goes out to that family.”

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Waltersville Continued from Page A1. rity repairs are being made. Lapses in the gate surrounding the Waltersville subdivision have been repaired, as have the electronic entry gates that operate on a cardreader system. “It’s getting better all the time,” said Ross, who lives at Waltersville with her seven children, ages 2 to 13. “The first few years I was here I wouldn’t even let my kids out on the streets; there was always somebody fighting or into trouble. Now, I can sit outside and let my children play on the playground and I don’t worry.” A number of Waltersville residents joined Ross in watching the approximately 1,000 feet of razor wire fence taken down last week. All voiced their support of its removal. Most said the fence was a waste of money when it was erected about eight years ago and has since proven to be nothing but a safety hazard and an eyesore. The facelift at Waltersville is not only for cosmetic rea-

sons, said Kilroy. Aging roofs and shoddy siding have been causing all kinds of maintenance issues and expenses. High utility bills have also been a constant complaint from residents. “We’re always sending people out here to make interior repairs caused by leaky roofs,” said Kilroy. “Utilities are a problem for everyone, but the combination of the added insulation, the new siding — which also has foam insulation on it — and the new Energy Star windows should really help keep the utility bills a little more reasonable.” As for those who live in the 280 apartments and homes in the five VHA subdivisions outside Waltersville, Walker said they won’t be left out when it comes to neighborhood enhancements in the coming years. “They can expect a lot more of the same once our capital funds come in,” said Walker. “We’re already looking at kitchen cabinet upgrades for our senior units at Urban

PRECISION FORECAST Court, and we’ll be putting in additional insulation, windows, cabinets and roofs at the other properties as the need arises and the funds become available.” The housing authority will have approximately $792,000 in capital funds on hand to further improve VHA properties this year, said Walker. The VHA manages a total of 430 apartments and homes across the city with funds coming primarily via the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Its annual budget, including capital improvement and operating funds, totals about $1.4 million. Roughly 8.5 percent of the VHA’s budget comes from rent collections, said Walker. Walker took over as VHA executive director in July, two months after 21-year director Jim Stirgus Sr. was fired by the five-member VHA Commission — which had been overhauled by the Vicksburg Board of Mayor and Aldermen following the December 2008 arrest of

VHA maintenance manager Charles Jones Jr., who was accused of having 2.2 pounds of cocaine shipped to him at the VHA administrative offices. The City of Vicksburg has no management or auditing authority over the VHA other than appointing the five commission members who, in turn, hire a director. In November, Jones pleaded guilty to possession of the cocaine, in an agreement that saw other felony charges dropped, and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Stirgus has never been charged with any crimes, and has steadfastly denied any knowledge of or participation in any wrongdoing while VHA director. Kilroy and Walker confirmed a federal investigation into the matter is ongoing, but said they don’t know when or if any findings or charges will be revealed. “It could be years, or it might never happen,” said Walker, who said he prefers to keep the focus on the VHA’s future, rather than its past.

Separate from Jones’ arrest and Stirgus’ termination, the VHA fell into what HUD terms “troubled status” in 2009 due to a temporary dip in reserve funds used to repair roofs on 279 VHA homes and apartments in 2005 following Hurricane Katrina. The troubled designation forced the housing authority to draw up and submit a detailed improvement plan to HUD, which it has since been required to update monthly. Walker said he’s confident the VHA will soon emerge from the troubled status, and once again will be able to operate with less direct HUD oversight. “We recently finished all of the memorandum of agreement items that we were required to complete, and we have submitted all of that documentation to HUD,” he said. “I am waiting to hear from them... but there is no doubt in my mind that we’ll be out of the troubled status soon, hopefully by the end of April.”

alive, into the Mississippi River backwater. Their bodies were found weeks later. The mostly skeletal remains were identified by a few personal trinkets — Charles Eddie Moore’s Alcorn A&M College dormitory key, his golden stretchband wristwatch and a belt buckle with the initial “M,” and Dee’s waterlogged draft card that remained in his wallet. Thomas Moore of Colorado Springs, Colo., the brother of victim Charles Moore, said Saturday that he was happy with the ruling. “It’s definitely a victory not only for me but for every victim’s family that went through that,” Thomas

Moore said. He said he had spoken to Thelma Collins, a sister of Henry Dee, and she also was “rejoicing.” Seale’s defense attorney, Kathy Nester, said Saturday that the latest decision by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals “really now enables us to go back to the U.S. Supreme Court and ask them to rule on the statute of limitations question, and we are looking forward to that opportunity.” Seale was arrested on a state murder charge in 1964, but the charge was later dropped. Federal prosecutors said the state charges were dropped because local law enforcement officers in

local districts will be encouraged to commit to change in schools that are clearly letting their students down,” Obama said. “For the majority of schools that fall in between — schools that do well but could do better — we will encourage continuous improvement to help keep our young people on track for a bright future, prepared for the jobs of the 21st century.” Although Obama’s address was short on specifics, the president has made clear he wants big changes. He has used federal money as lever-

age to push schools to raise standards and prepare more children for college or work. He included $3.5 billion in last year’s economic stimulus bill to help low-performing schools and has proposed $900 million for states and school districts that agree to drastically change or even shutter their worst-performing schools. The administration also proposed setting aside $50 million for dropout prevention programs, including personalized and individual instruction and support to keep students engaged in

death The Vicksburg Post prints obituaries in news form for area residents, their family members and for former residents at no charge. Families wishing to publish additional information or to use specific wording have the option of a paid obituary.

Mary Floyd Anderson Mary Floyd Anderson, 95, of Vicksburg, died Friday, March 12, 2010, at River Region Medical Center. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 15, 2010, at Frank J. Fisher Funeral Home in Vicksburg. Burial will be at Green Acres Memorial Park. Visitation will begin at 12:30 p.m. Monday. Frank J. Fisher Funeral Home of Vicksburg, 601636-7373, is in charge of arrangements. She enjoyed quilting, sewing and doll collecting. She was preceded in death by her parents, K.E. “Buck” and Mahalia “Saddie” Jobe

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MonDAY-Wednesday Partly cloudy each day with highs in the lower to mid-60s. 1964 were in collusion with the Klan. Federal prosecutors revived the case in 2005, largely at the urging of Thomas Moore, who researched the crime. Seale raised several issues on appeal of his federal conviction, including the question of whether a statute of limitations had expired — meaning it was too late for prosecutors to bring a case against him. In 2008, a three-judge panel of the 5th Circuit threw out Seale’s conviction, saying too much time had elapsed before the federal charges were filed. That ruling was vacated when prosecutors asked the entire appeals court to consider the case,

and Seale remained in prison. In June 2009, the full 5th Circuit overturned the panel’s decision. The case then returned to the three-member panel to decide the remaining issues. In July 2009, the 5th Circuit asked the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on the statute of limitations question, but the high court refused to make that ruling. Disagreeing with their colleagues, Justices John Paul Stevens and Antonin Scalia said the high court should have agreed to hear the case because it raises an important issue that potentially affects similar civil rights era cold cases.

Education Continued from Page A1. focused on accountability in the classroom, but has fallen short of its original goals. The announcement’s timing suggests Obama is looking beyond the health care debate in Congress, which caused him to delay a trip to Asia next week and threatens his party’s electoral prospects in November. Education is a kitchen-table issue certain to resonate with voters as Republicans seek to retake control of Congress in the fall vote. “Schools that achieve excellence or show real progress will be rewarded, and

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Seale Continued from Page A1. and one count of conspiracy to commit kidnapping, and he was given three life sentences. The victims in the case, Charles Eddie Moore and Henry Hezekiah Dee, were kidnapped in the woods of southwestern Mississippi near Natchez. According to testimony at the trial, the two 19-year-olds were beaten by Klansmen in the Homochitto National Forest as they were interrogated about rumors that blacks in the area were planning an armed uprising. The teens were tossed into the trunk of a car and driven more than an hour through Louisiana and Mississippi before being weighted down and thrown, possibly still

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Floyd; her husband, Leroy Anderson Sr.; her brothers, Ervin, Eugene, Edwin and Redus Floyd; her sisters, Estelle Jones, Jessie Sawyer and Sallie Gilbreath; son, Johnny Anderson; daughter, Louise Harmon; and great-granddaughter, Amelia Anderson. Survivors include a daughter, Diane A. Pettway of Vicksburg; a son, Leroy Anderson Jr. of Texas; grandsons, Damien Pettway, Russel Harmon, Johnny Lynn Anderson, Brian Anderson, Chris Anderson and Johnny Anderson; granddaughters, Michelle Spray, Apryle Kleinhans, Lisa Anderson and Gina Glorcker; and 16 greatgrandchildren. Pallbearers will be Mike Harmon, Dalton Kleinhans, Tim Harmon, Cameron Harmon, Blake Carroll, Jeremy Carroll and Trevor Pettway.

learning, and using data to identify students at risk of failure and help them with the transition to high school and college. Only about 70 percent of entering high school freshmen go on to graduate. The problem affects blacks and Latinos at particularly high rates. Obama sought to assuage critics of the law who complain the current design is heavy-handed and too reliant on Washington. He said states and local schools — not Washington — would lead the way to change No

Child Left Behind. “What this plan recognizes is that while the federal government can play a leading role in encouraging the reforms and high standards we need, the impetus for that change will come from states and from local schools and school districts,” Obama said. That rhetoric is popular in local districts, where parents like their children’s teachers but remain dubious of Washington.

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Child abuse claims sweep Europe’s Catholic churches DUBLIN (AP) — It often values in an Ireland increasstarts as a voice in the wil- ingly cool to Catholicism. Quinn noted that stories derness, but can swell into an entire nation’s demand for of systemic physical, sexual truth. From Ireland to Ger- and emotional abuse circulated privately many, Europe’s m a ny v i c ‘A lot comes down to: in Irish society decades, tims of child When does that first for but only moved abuse in the Roman Catho- victim gather the courage aboveground in the midlic church are finally break- to come forward into the 1990s when former altar ing social spotlight?’ boy Andrew t ab o o s a n d David Quinn Madden and confronting the Director of a Christian orphanage clergy to face think tank survivor Chrisits demons. tine Buckley Ireland was the first in Europe to con- went public with lawsuits and front the church’s worldwide exposes of how priests and custom of shielding pedo- nuns tormented them with phile priests from the law impunity. Floodgates opened for Irish and public scandal. Now that legacy of suppressed child- complaints that have topped hood horror is being con- 15,000 in this country of 4 fronted in other parts of the million. Three governmentContinent — nowhere more ordered investigations have poignantly than in Germany, shocked and disgusted the the homeland of Pope Bene- nation, which has footed most of the bill to settle legal claims dict XVI. The recent spread of claims topping euro1 billion (nearly into the Netherlands, Austria $1.5 billion). “A lot comes down to: When and Italy has analysts and churchmen wondering how does that first victim gather deep the scandal runs, which the courage to come forward nation will be affected next, into the spotlight?” Quinn and whether a tide of lawsuits said. In January, an elite Jesuit will force European dioceses to declare bankruptcy like school in Berlin declared it was aware of seven child-abuse their American cousins. “You have to presume that cases in its past and appointed the cover-up of abuse exists an outside investigator to seek everywhere, to one extent or testimony. Within weeks, she another. A new case could had gathered stories of longappear in a new country suppressed woe from more tomorrow,” said David Quinn, than 100 ex-students abused director of a Christian think by their Jesuit masters, and tank, the Iona Institute, that from 60 molested by parish seeks to promote family priests.

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Jewish retiree defends ex-pope’s stand on Hitler LONG BEACH, N.Y. (AP) — In the long and painful debate over whether he should have done more to halt the murder of 6 million Jews by the Nazis and their collaborators in World War II, Pope Pius XII has an unusual defender. Gary Krupp, who is Jewish, says he grew up hating the late pontiff. Now, at 62, the retired Long Island businessman is caught up in the controversy over the Vatican’s effort to make Pius a saint. He says that as a Jew he’s not interested in the sainthood issue — he just wants to defend the wartime pope’s reputation from “the worst character assassination of the 20th century.” That puts him among a handful of Jews who have bucked a widely held view of Pius as a pope who failed to pit his moral authority against Hitler’s Holocaust, and who therefore is not entitled to

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Gary Krupp sits at his home. sainthood. Some prominent Catholic scholars concede many questions linger about Pius’s tenure, but his defenders say he saved thousands of Jewish lives by working behind the scenes. Krupp’s efforts are drawing high-profile criticism. An influential New York rabbi

said last week he is quitting Krupp’s Pave the Way Foundation, which attempts to foster understanding among religions. A Roman Catholic scholar, one of 19 who wrote to the Vatican last month pressing for deeper study of Pius’ conduct, says Krupp has revealed noth-

ing new on the subject. The Web site of Krupp’s foundation features many of the documents he uses to support his arguments. He has also published the third edition of a book, “Pope Pius XII and World War II, The Documented Truth.” In a letter to Pope Benedict, 19 Catholic scholars wrote that “proceeding with the cause of Pope Pius XII, without an exhaustive study of his actions during the Holocaust, might harm Jewish-Catholic relations in a way that cannot be overcome in the forseeable future,” according to the Catholic News Service. Krupp contends “a crime has been committed against this man (Pope Pius XII),” but the scholars say more research is needed before sainthood can be approved.


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Lady Vikes win tourney By Jeff Byrd jbyrd@vicksburgpost.com

Bullies to play for SEC crown Today, noon TV: ABC Radio: 105.5 FM

SCHEDULE PREP BASEBALL VHS vs. Terry at Madison Central Monday, 9 a.m. WC vs. Father Ryan at Madison Central Monday, 2 p.m. St. Al vs. Kosciusko at Lake High Monday, 8:15 p.m.

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Noon ABC - Mississippi State looks for a repeat of last year’s SEC Tournament title, but will face a tough challenge against secondranked Kentucky in the championship game.

WHO’S HOT CHELSEA WORLEY Warren Central pitcher tossed a completegame victory as WC beat Brookhaven 4-2. Worley had six strikeouts and yielded one earned run.

SIDELINES Delhomme signs deal with Browns CLEVELAND (AP) — Jake Delhomme has a new NFL home, and the Cleveland Browns have another new quarterback. Delhomme, released last week by the Carolina Panthers, has agreed to terms on a two-year deal with the Browns, whose quarterback position has been nothing short of a merrygo-round of players since the club returned as an expansion team 11 years ago. Delhomme’s agent, Rick Smith, said the 35-year-old QB would sign his contract before the club’s off-season conditioning program begins. Smith refused to comment beyond saying Delhomme would be resuming his career in Cleveland. A team spokesman said the Browns have no announcements planned. Cleveland has been busy trying to resolve a troublesome position. Earlier this week, the Browns acquired backup Seneca Wallace and released Derek Anderson, a one-time Pro Bowl selection who has struggled in the past two seasons. Delhomme is expected to compete for Cleveland’s starting job with Brady Quinn.

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When they play good defense, good things happen for the Warren Central Lady Vikes. Warren Central won the Lady Vikes Invitational by bagging three wins, including a 4-2 triumph over Brookhaven in a seveninning final Saturday at Lucy Young Field. Chelsea Worley got the complete-game win. She scattered six hits and struck out six, including the tournament’s final out when she got Erica Bridwell to go down with one on in the bottom of the seventh. “Chelsea’s curveball was

pREp SOfTBaLL on. They couldn’t get any power behind their swings,” said WC catcher Blair Thornton, who led the Lady Vikes’ defensive effort. Thornton caught two foul balls, threw out a bunt attempt and then made a key tagout to thwart a go-ahead run in the fourth inning on an outfield assist from Sydnei Smith. “Sydnei finally made a good throw home,” Thornton quipped. “I think this will help get our confidence up. We didn’t make as many errors as we have been making.” WC coach Dana McGivney was elated with the effort. “This (Brookhaven) was

the best game of the day. Blair was good behind the plate. She threw some people out and called a good game. Chelsea was great. If we play good defense, that’s how we can win games.” Warren Central moves into intercession week with a 5-3 record. They visit archrival Vicksburg on Thursday. In three games Saturday, they made just two errors. The only error against Brookhaven (2-7) came in the sixth, which led to an unearned run that made it 4-2. WC broke a 1-1 tie in the fifth when Smith walked, stole second, went to third on See Softball, Page B3.

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Warren Central shortstop Chasity Hearn makes a stop against Terry at Lucy Young Field Saturday.

Bulldogs torpedo Vandy Mississippi State faces Kentucky today for title By The Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury is looking for some bandwagon fans to support the Bulldogs in their second consecutive SEC tournament championship game. The Bulldogs will need all the help they can get when they face a No. 2 Kentucky team looking for its first tournament crown since 2004 today in an arena that’s become the Wildcats’ home away from home. Mississippi State didn’t need the extra boost in the 62-52 win over No. 20 Vanderbilt on Saturday that advanced it to the Southeastern Conference title game. “Big Blue, as you well know, they’re going to travel. No question the place will be packed with them,” Stansbury said. “I would hope all those (other) fans that are still left here — we need all those fans for us. Vanderbilt, we need all those fans, Tennessee fans.” Barry Stewart scored 14 points and Dee Bost, Phil Turner and Jarvis Varnado each added 11 for the Bulldogs, who won four straight games in the 2009 tournament for their first title in seven years. They received a first-round bye this time after sharing the SEC West Division crown with Ole Miss, a team they beat twice this season. Mississippi State entered the tournament low on quality wins, but victories over Florida and Vander-

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Mississippi State forward Jarvis Varnado blocks a shot by Vanderbilt’s Jeffery Taylor Saturday. The Bulldogs will play

COLLEgE BaSkETBaLL bilt could be enough to seal a spot in the NCAA tournament. “I don’t know what it is about this team, but when

Kentucky today for the SEC Tournament championship at noon.

our backs are against the wall, we’re at our best. I guess that’s a good thing,” Stewart said. Jermaine Beal scored 11 for Vanderbilt (24-8), which was hoping to reach the SEC tournament champi-

onship game for only the second time. The Commodores made the final and won in 1951 and have lost two other times in the semifinals since the league split into divisions in 1992.

Warren Central has a new football coach. Players, fans and even the people he’ll work with will have to wait a while longer to find out who it is, though. Vicksburg Warren School District superintendent Dr. James Price said he was ready to make his recommendation for the hire to the school board at its next meeting, on March 25. Price refused, however, to release the name of the candidate ahead of the board’s vote since several candidates had asked him not to out of fear it could damage their standing in their current jobs. His secrecy has gone as far as the WC football fieldhouse. Several WC assistant coaches said they had not been told by Price or anyone else who their next boss would be. The March 25 board meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the district offices on Mission 66. The meeting is open to the public. “This is such a highly charged position. I’m going to submit a name and it’s up to the board to vote on it,” Price said. “As far as I know, the selection process is completed.” Nine people interviewed for the job, which became vacant when Curtis Brewer retired in December. Price said five of the nine candidates had connections to the program, while four were from outside the area. See Search, Page B3.

Madison Central clips Vikings From staff reports Warren Central played six and half strong innings against visiting Madison Central on Saturday. It’d be a half of an inning that’d be the Vikings’ undoing. The defending Class 5A champs scored five runs in the third to earn a 5-0 victory at Viking Field. The Vikings (4-5) managed only two hits in the contest, while the Jaguars (7-1) had seven. Blake Jobe took the loss, while L.J. Hollins went six innings for the win with

pREp BaSEBaLL seven strikeouts. Peyton Johnson and Stanford Parks drove in two runs apiece off singles in the top of the third and an error allowed another to score. “It’s disappointing because I didn’t feel we competed to the best of our ability,” WC coach Josh Abraham said. “But what’s positive is after the fourth inning, when we settled in, we really played them a 0-0 ballgame. That lets me know we’re right there with them. Cut out a big inning and we’re right

there for the whole game. They’re a very good team, but we are too.” The Vikings came close to replying in the bottom of the frame. Jimmy Elliott led off the frame with a walk and an error and a single by Wallace moved him to third. But the Vikings were unable to cash in as Hollis finished off the side undamaged.

St. Aloysius 12, West Lauderdale 6 Stephen Evans improved See Baseball, Page B3.

mErEdiTh spEncEr•The Vicksburg PosT

Warren Central pitcher Blake Jobe goes down while trying to make a play at the plate as Madison Central’s Peyton Johnson is safe at Viking Field Saturday.


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Sunday, March 14, 2010

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SCOREBOARD

AUTO RACING 6:30 a.m. Speed - Formula One, Bahrain Grand Prix 11:30 a.m. Versus - IRL, Sao Paulo Indy 300 5 p.m. ESPN2 - NHRA, Gatornationals (tape) GOLF 2 p.m. NBC - PGA Tour/WGC, CA Championship 6:30 p.m. TGC - PGA Tour, Puerto Rico Open (tape) MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 2 p.m. WGN - Preseason, Chicago Cubs vs. L.A. Angels COLLEGE BASKETBALL Noon ABC - Southeastern Conference, championship, Mississippi State vs. Kentucky Noon CBS - Atlantic 10 Conference, championship, Temple vs. Richmond Noon ESPN - Atlantic Coast Conference, championship, Duke vs. Georgia Tech 2:30 p.m. CBS - Big Ten Conference, championship, Ohio State vs. Minnesota 5 p.m. CBS - Men’s NCAA Division I tournament Selection Show NBA 2:30 p.m. ABC - Boston at Cleveland NHL 11:30 a.m. NBC - Washington at Chicago RODEO 8 p.m. Versus - PBR, Glendale Invitational (tape) SOCCER 12:55 p.m. ESPN2 - Spanish Primera Division, Valencia at Barcelona WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 12:30 p.m. FSN - Big 12 Conference, championship 5 p.m. FSN - Pacific-10 Conference, championship

major league baseball

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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from staff & AP reports

BASEBALL Braves fall to Blue Jays KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Ricky Romero had another strong start on Saturday, pitching four shutout innings and the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Atlanta Braves 3-0. It wasn’t perfect for Romero who struck out four, but also walked four under windy conditions, but he said the key was that he was able to pitch out of jams. Tim Hudson struggled in his four innings for the Braves, allowing seven hits and three runs, but he struck out six and said he is right on pace.

GOLF Schwartzel leads CA Championship DORAL, Fla. — Charl Schwartzel finally has a chance to show off his game on a world stage. The next step is to take on Ernie Els, a familiar face from his native South Africa. Schwartzel ran off four birdies in the opening six holes to catch up Saturday, then stayed in the game with three big par putts on the back nine for a 5-under 67 at Doral and a share of the lead with Els going into the final round of the CA Championship. Vicksburg native Heath Slocum is 11 shots back at 1-under. Els was in front for most of the sunny, blustery day on the Blue Monster until he started missing birdie opportunities.

flashback

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS March 14 1954 — Baltimore loses 65-54 at Milwaukee, giving the Bullets their 20th consecutive road loss for the season, and making them the first team in NBA history to go an entire season without winning a game on the road. 1962 — Detroit’s Gordie Howe becomes the second player in NHL history to score 500 goals in the Red Wings’ 3-2 loss to the New York Rangers. 1965 — Bill Russell of Boston scores 20 points and grabs 41 rebounds, and the Celtics set an NBA record with their 61st victory of the season, a 106-98 triumph over San Francisco. 2008 — Lindsey Vonn wins the overall World Cup title to complete the first American sweep of the men’s (Bode Miller) and women’s titles in 25 years. Vonn secures the title by finishing tied for 11th in the giant slalom, the penultimate race of the season. It’s the first time Americans took both titles since Phil Mahre and Tamara McKinney accomplished the feat in 1983.

Saturday’s Games N.Y. Yankees (ss) 5, Baltimore 3 Detroit (ss) 6, N.Y. Yankees (ss) 2 St. Louis 8, Houston (ss) 5 Florida 8, Tampa Bay 5 Houston (ss) 8, Washington 7 Boston 3, Pittsburgh 2 Toronto 3, Atlanta 0 Philadelphia 5, Minnesota 4 N.Y. Mets 9, Detroit (ss) 1 San Francisco (ss) 8, Seattle 4 Texas 5, Cleveland 0 Milwaukee (ss) 7, Chicago White Sox 2 Oakland (ss) 8, San Francisco (ss) 7 Arizona 7, L.A. Dodgers 3 Chicago Cubs 11, Cincinnati 4 Kansas City 12, L.A. Angels 3 Milwaukee (ss) 7, Colorado 6 Oakland (ss) 10, San Diego 9, 10 innings Chicago Cubs 8, Chicago White Sox 7 Today’s Games Philadelphia vs Baltimore at Sarasota, Fla., 12:05 p.m. Atlanta (ss) vs Toronto at Dunedin, Fla., 12:05 p.m. N.Y. Yankees vs Pittsburgh at Bradenton, Fla., 12:05 p.m. St. Louis vs Washington at Viera, Fla., 12:05 p.m. Boston vs Minnesota at Fort Myers, Fla., 12:05 p.m. Atlanta (ss) vs Houston at Kissimmee, Fla., 12:05 p.m. N.Y. Mets vs Florida at Jupiter, Fla., 12:05 p.m. Tampa Bay vs Detroit at Lakeland, Fla., 12:05 p.m. Texas (ss) vs L.A. Dodgers at Glendale, Ariz., 3:05 p.m. Kansas City vs Oakland at Phoenix, Ariz., 3:05 p.m. Cleveland vs San Diego at Peoria, Ariz., 3:05 p.m. Colorado (ss) vs Arizona (ss) at Hermosillo, , 3:05 p.m. Arizona (ss) vs Texas (ss) at Surprise, Ariz., 3:05 p.m. Milwaukee vs San Francisco at Scottsdale, Ariz., 3:05 p.m. Chicago Cubs vs L.A. Angels at Tempe, Ariz., 3:05 p.m. Chicago White Sox vs Cincinnati at Goodyear, Ariz., 3:05 p.m. Seattle vs Colorado (ss) at Tucson, Ariz., 3:10 p.m. Monday’s Games Minnesota vs Florida at Jupiter, Fla., 12:05 p.m. Toronto vs Detroit at Lakeland, Fla., 12:05 p.m. Philadelphia vs Pittsburgh at Bradenton, Fla., 12:05 p.m. Baltimore vs Boston at Fort Myers, Fla., 12:05 p.m. St. Louis vs N.Y. Mets at Port St. Lucie, Fla., 12:10 p.m. Seattle vs Arizona at Tucson, Ariz., 3:05 p.m. Cleveland vs Milwaukee at Phoenix, Ariz., 3:05 p.m. Oakland vs Cincinnati at Goodyear, Ariz., 3:05 p.m. L.A. Dodgers vs L.A. Angels at Tempe, Ariz., 3:05 p.m. Chicago Cubs vs Colorado at Tucson, Ariz., 3:10 p.m. Atlanta vs Washington at Viera, Fla., 6:05 p.m. San Francisco (ss) vs Texas at Surprise, Ariz., 8:05 p.m. San Francisco (ss) vs San Diego at Peoria, Ariz., 9:05 p.m. Kansas City vs Chicago White Sox at Glendale, Ariz., 9:05 p.m.

college baseball Southeastern Conference East

Team Overall SEC Vanderbilt......................12-1................................0-0 Kentucky........................12-2................................0-0 Florida............................10-2.................................0-0 South Carolina..............10-4.................................0-0 Tennessee.....................6-6..................................0-0 Georgia..........................8-7..................................0-0

West

Team Overall SEC LSU................................13-0................................0-0 Alabama........................10-1.................................0-0 Auburn...........................9-2..................................0-0 Ole Miss.......................12-3................................0-0 Arkansas........................10-3.................................0-0 Mississippi St..............9-4..................................0-0 Saturday’s Games South Carolina 8, Brown 4 South Carolina 10, Brown 7 Kentucky 11, IPFW 2 Alabama 5, Stony Brook 1 Ole Miss 8, Louisville 3 Georgia 12, Siena 7 Vanderbilt 7, Ohio 4 LSU 4, Kansas 2 Arkansas 7, Wisconsin-Milwaukee 0 Florida 16, Charleston Southern 10

Conference USA

Team Overall C-USA East Carolina.................8-4..................................0-0 Southern Miss.............8-4..................................0-0 Rice...............................9-5..................................0-0 Tulane............................9-6..................................0-0 Central Florida...............8-6..................................0-0 UAB...............................7-6..................................0-0 Marshall.........................6-5..................................0-0 Houston.........................5-5..................................0-0 Memphis........................5-9..................................0-0 Saturday’s Games Marshall 17, Ohio State 1 Southern Miss 6, Missouri St. 0 Memphis 9, Dallas Baptist 8 Rice 26, Cal 11 Tulane 10, Towson 5 Tulane 9, Towson 3 San Francisco 14, UAB 8 Hartford 12, UCF 11 UCF 22, Hartford 9 Today’s Games Hartford at UCF, Noon Towson at Tulane, 1 p.m. California at Rice, 1 p.m. Missouri State at Southern Miss, 1 p.m. UAB vs. Cal State Fullerton, 1 p.m. Houston at Cal Poly, 2 p.m. Marshall at Tennessee, 2 p.m.

L 15 29 34 43 44

WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division

W Dallas.............................45 San Antonio...................39 Memphis........................35 Houston.........................33 New Orleans.................32

L 22 25 32 31 34

L 23 31 42 43 59

Pct GB .641 — .508 8 1/2 .354 18 1/2 .348 19 .106 35

Southeast Division L

Pct GB .672 — .609 4 1/2 .522 10 .516 10 1/2 .485 12 1/2

Northwest Division

W Denver...........................45 Utah...............................42 Oklahoma City...............40 Portland.........................40 Minnesota......................14

L 21 23 24 28 52

Pct .682 .646 .625 .588 .212

Pct

GB

GB — 2 1/2 4 6 31

Pacific Division

W L Pct GB L.A. Lakers....................48 18 .727 — Phoenix..........................40 26 .606 8 L.A. Clippers..................25 42 .373 23 1/2 Sacramento...................22 44 .333 26 Golden State.................17 47 .266 30 x-clinched playoff spot ——— Saturday’s Games Atlanta 112, Detroit 99 Orlando 109, Washington 95 Denver 125, Memphis 108 New York 128, Dallas 94 Houston 116, New Jersey 108 San Antonio 118, L.A. Clippers 88 Toronto at Golden State, (n) Today’s Games Indiana at Milwaukee, Noon Boston at Cleveland, 2:30 p.m. Philadelphia at Miami, 5 p.m. Charlotte at Orlando, 5 p.m. Utah at Oklahoma City, 6 p.m. Minnesota at Sacramento, 8 p.m. Toronto at Portland, 8 p.m. New Orleans at Phoenix, 8 p.m. Monday’s Games New York at Philadelphia, 6 p.m. Detroit at Boston, 8 p.m. Denver at Houston, 8:30 p.m. Washington at Utah, 8 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Golden State, 9:30 p.m. New Orleans at L.A. Clippers, 9:30 p.m.

college basketball Top 25 Fared Saturday 1. Kansas (32-2) beat No. 9 Kansas State 72-64. Next: NCAA Tournament. 2. Kentucky (31-2) beat No. 15 Tennessee 74-45. Next: vs. Mississippi State, Today. 3. Syracuse (28-4) did not play. Next: TBA. 4. Duke (28-5) beat Miami 77-74. Next: vs. Georgia Tech, Today. 5. Ohio State (26-7) beat Illinois 88-81, 2OT. Next: vs. Minnesota, Today. 6. Purdue (27-5) lost to Minnesota 69-42. Next: TBA. 7. West Virginia (26-6) vs. No. 22 Georgetown. Next: TBA. 8. New Mexico (29-4) did not play. Next: TBA. 9. Kansas State (26-7) lost to No. 1 Kansas 72-64. Next: TBA. 10. Villanova (24-7) did not play. Next: TBA. 11. Michigan State (24-8) did not play. Next: TBA. 12. Butler (28-4) did not play. Next: NCAA tournament. 13. Wisconsin (23-8) did not play. Next: TBA. 14. BYU (29-5) did not play. Next: TBA. 15. Tennessee (25-8) lost to No. 2 Kentucky 74-45. Next: TBA. 16. Pittsburgh (24-8) did not play. Next: TBA. 17. Temple (28-5) beat Rhode Island 57-44. Next: vs. Richmond, Today. 18. Gonzaga (26-6) did not play. Next: TBA. 19. Maryland (23-8) did not play. Next: TBA. 20. Vanderbilt (24-8) lost to Mississippi State 62-52. Next: TBA. 21. Baylor (25-7) did not play. Next: TBA. 22. Georgetown (23-9) vs. No. 7 West Virginia. Next: TBA. 23. Texas A&M (23-9) did not play. Next: TBA. 24. Xavier (24-8) lost to Richmond 89-85 OT. Next: TBA. 25. UTEP (26-6) lost to Houston 81-73. Next: TBA.

At Greensboro Coliseum Greensboro, N.C. Saturday’s Games Duke 77, Miami 74 Georgia Tech 57, N.C. State 54 Championship Today’s Game Duke vs. Georgia Tech, Noon

Atlantic 10 Conference Saturday’s Games Temple 57, Rhode Island 44 Richmond 89, Xavier 85, OT Championship Today’s Game Temple vs. Richmond, Noon

Big East Conference At Madison Square Garden New York Semifinals Friday’s Games Georgetown 80, Marquette 57 West Virginia 53, Notre Dame 51 Championship Saturday’s Game Georgetown vs. West Virginia, (n) Big Ten Conference At Conseco Fieldhouse Indianapolis Saturday’s Games Ohio State 88, Illinois 81, 2OT Minnesota 69, Purdue 42 Championship Today’s Game Ohio State vs. Minnesota, 2:30 p.m.

Conference USA

Atlantic Division

Pct GB .773 — .547 15 .477 19 1/2 .348 28 .323 29 1/2

At The Sprint Center Kansas City, Mo. Semifinals Friday’s Games Kansas 79, Texas A&M 66 Kansas State 82, Baylor 75 Championship Saturday’s Game Kansas 72, Kansas State 64

EASTERN CONFERENCE

W

Central Division

W x-Cleveland....................51 Milwaukee......................35 Chicago.........................31 Detroit............................23 Indiana...........................21

.701 — .646 4 .516 12 1/2 .515 12 1/2 .328 24 1/2

Big 12 Conference

nba

20 23 31 32 43

Atlantic Coast Conference

Today’s Games Louisville at Ole Miss, 11:30 a.m. Ohio at Vanderbilt, noon Auburn vs. Arizona State, noon Charleston Southern at Florida, noon Siena at Georgia, noon IPFW at Kentucky, noon Kansas at LSU, noon Stony Brook at Alabama, noon Wisc. Miluwaukee at Arkansas, noon Brown at South Carolina, 12:30 p.m. Mississippi State at Texas A&M Corpus-Christi, 2 p.m./5 p.m. Marshall at Tennessee, 3 p.m. ———

W Boston...........................41 Toronto..........................32 Philadelphia...................23 New York.......................23 New Jersey...................7

Orlando..........................47 Atlanta...........................42 Charlotte........................33 Miami.............................34 Washington....................21

At BOK Center Tulsa, Okla. Semifinals Friday’s Games UTEP 75, Tulsa 61 Houston 74, Southern Miss 66 Championship Saturday’s Game Houston 81, UTEP 73

The Vicksburg Post

Pacific-10 Conference At The Staples Center Los Angeles Semifinals Friday’s Games California 85, UCLA 72 Washington 79, Stanford 64 Championship Saturday’s Game Washington 79, California 75

Southeastern Conference At The Bridgestone Arena Nashville, Tenn. First Round Thursday’s Games Alabama 68, South Carolina 63 Tennessee 59, LSU 49 Florida 78, Auburn 69 Georgia 77, Arkansas 64 Quarterfinals Friday’s Games Kentucky 73, Alabama 67 Tennessee 76, Ole Miss 65 Mississippi State 75, Florida 69 Vanderbilt 78, Georgia 66 Semifinals Saturday’s Games Kentucky 74, Tennessee 45 Mississippi State 62, Vanderbilt 52 Championship Today’s Game Kentucky vs. Mississippi State, Noon

Southwestern Athletic Conference At CenturyTel Center Bossier City, La. Semifinals Friday’s Games Arkansas-Pine Bluff 46, Alabama State 44 Texas Southern 60, Grambling State 57 Championship Saturday’s Game Arkansas-Pine Bluff vs. Texas Southern, 8:30 p.m.

NCAA Automatic Bids Butler, Horizon League Cornell, Ivy League East Tennessee State, Atlantic Sun Conference Houston, Conference USA Kansas, Big 12 Conference Lehigh, Patriot League Montana, Big Sky Conference Morgan State, Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Murray State, Ohio Valley Conference North Texas, Sun Belt Conference Northern Iowa, Missouri Valley Conference Oakland, Michigan, Summit League Ohio, Mid-American Conference Old Dominion, Colonial Athletic Association Robert Morris, Northeast Conference Saint Mary’s, Calif., West Coast Conference Sam Houston State, Southland Conference San Diego State, Mountain West Conference Siena, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Vermont, America East Conference Washington, Pacific-10 Conference Winthrop, Big South Conference Wofford, Southern Conference

women’s basketball Women’s Top 25 Fared Saturday 1. Connecticut (33-0) did not play. Next: NCAA tournament. 2. Stanford (30-1) beat California 64-44. Next: vs. No. 23 UCLA, today. 3. Nebraska (30-1) lost to No. 11 Texas A&M 80-70. Next: TBA. 4. Tennessee (30-2) did not play. Next: NCAA tournament. 5. Xavier (27-3) did not play. Next: NCAA tournament. 6. Notre Dame (27-5) did not play. Next: TBA. 7. Duke (27-5) did not play. Next: NCAA tournament. 8. Ohio State (30-4) did not play. Next: NCAA tournament. 9. West Virginia (28-5) did not play. Next: TBA. 10. Florida State (25-5) did not play. Next: TBA. 11. Texas A&M (24-7) beat No. 3 Nebraska 80-70. Next: vs. No. 12 Oklahoma, today. 12. Oklahoma (23-9) beat No. 20 Oklahoma State 74-69. Next: No. 11 Texas A&M, today. 13. Georgetown (25-6) did not play. Next: TBA. 14. Iowa State (23-7) did not play. Next: TBA. 15. Texas (22-10) did not play. Next: TBA. 16. Baylor (23-9) did not play. Next: TBA. 17. St. John’s (24-6) did not play. Next: TBA. 18. Gonzaga (27-4) did not play. Next: NCAA tournament. 19. Kentucky (25-7) did not play. Next: TBA. 20. Oklahoma State (22-10) lost to No. 12 Oklahoma 74-69. Next: TBA. 21. Hartford (27-4) lost to Vermont 55-50. Next: TBA. 22. LSU (20-9) did not play. Next: TBA. 23. UCLA (24-7) beat Southern Cal 59-53. Next: vs. No. 2 Stanford, today. 24. Georgia (23-8) did not play. Next: TBA. 25. Michigan State (22-9) did not play. Next: TBA.

nfl NFL Free Agent Signings List

ARIZONA CARDINALS—Signed G Rex Hadnot. Re-signed TE Anthony Becht, OT Jeremy Bridges, C Ben Claxton and TE Stephen Spach. ATLANTA FALCONS—Signed CB Dunta Robinson. Re-signed QB Chris Redman. BALTIMORE RAVENS—Agreed to terms with WR Derrick Mason. BUFFALO BILLS—Signed OT Cornell Green. Resigned TE Joel Klopfenstein. CAROLINA PANTHERS—Signed WR Wallace Wright. CHICAGO BEARS—Signed TE Brandon Manumaleuna, DE Julius Peppers, RB Chester Taylor and FB Eddie Williams. CINCINNATI BENGALS—Signed DT Tank Johnson and WR Antonio Bryant. CLEVELAND BROWNS—Signed LB Scott Fujita, OL Tony Pashos, and TE Benjamin Watson. Resigned WR-KR Josh Cribbs. DENVER BRONCOS—Signed RB J.J. Arrington and DE Jarvis Green. Re-signed DL Le Kevin Smith. Agreed to terms with DL Justin Bannan, G Russ Hochstein, CB Nate Jones, WR Brandon Lloyd and DL Jamal Williams. DETROIT LIONS—Signed WR Nate Burleson, LB Vinny Ciurciu, WR Brian Clark, OT Jon Jansen, DE Kyle Vanden Bosch and CB Jonathan Wade. Re-signed TE Will Heller. GREEN BAY PACKERS—Signed WR Charles Dillon. Re-signed LT Chad Clifton, S Nick Collins and NT Ryan Pickett. HOUSTON TEXANS—Agreed to terms with C Wade Smith. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS—Signed OL Andy Alleman. Re-signed LB Gary Brackett. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS—Signed DE Aaron Kampman and WR Kassim Osgood. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS—Signed RB Thomas Jones, DT Shaun Smith, WR Jerheme Urban and C Casey Wiegmann. Re-signed WR Chris Chambers. MIAMI DOLPHINS—Signed LB Karlos Dansby. Re-signed NT Jason Ferguson and QB Chad Pennington. MINNESOTA VIKINGS—Signed K Rhys Lloyd. Agreed to terms with CB Benny Sapp. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS—Signed LB Marques Murrell. Re-signed LB Tully Banta-Cain, CB Leigh Bodden, OL Stephen Neal, NT Vince Wilfork and RB Kevin Faulk. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS—Re-signed OL Nick Leckey, S Pierson Prioleau and DB Leigh Torrence.

NEW YORK GIANTS—Signed S Antrel Rolle and QB Jim Sorgi. NEW YORK JETS—Re-signed TE Ben Hartsock. Agreed to terms with S Brodney Pool. OAKLAND RAIDERS—Re-signed OL Khalif Barnes. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES—Signed WR Hank Baskett, WR Chad Hall and DB Marlin Jackson. PITTSBURGH STEELERS—Signed S Will Allen, WR Arnaz Battle and WR Antwaan Randle El. Re-signed CB Ryan Clark. ST. LOUIS RAMS—Signed QB A.J. Feeley and DT Fred Robbins. Re-signed S Craig Dahl. SAN DIEGO CHARGERS—Signed CB Donald Strickland. Agreed to terms with DE Alfonso Boone and TE Kris Wilson. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS—Signed LB Jon Alston. TENNESSEE TITANS—Agreed to terms with CB Rod Hood and LB Will Witherspoon. WASHINGTON REDSKINS—Signed OL Artis Hicks, RB Larry Johnson, DT Maake Kemoeatu and TE Sean Ryan. Re-signed LB Lorenzo Alexander, DL Phillip Daniels and OL Mike Williams. Agreed to terms with C Casey Rabach.

golf World Golf CA-Championships Saturday At TPC Blue Monster at Doral Doral, Fla. Purse: $8.5 million Yardage: 7,334; Par 72 Third Round Charl Schwartzel......................... 67-70-67 Ernie Els...................................... 68-66-70 Padraig Harrington...................... 70-68-67 Robert Allenby............................. 68-67-71 Bill Haas...................................... 71-66-70 Martin Kaymer............................. 70-72-66 Matt Kuchar................................. 71-71-67 Paul Casey.................................. 69-72-68 Vijay Singh.................................. 68-71-70 Soren Hansen............................. 69-69-71 Alvaro Quiros.............................. 72-69-69 Camilo Villegas........................... 72-68-70 John Senden............................... 69-70-71 Hunter Mahan............................. 72-70-69 Gonzalo Fdez-Castano............... 72-68-71 Graeme McDowell....................... 74-68-70 Wen-Chong Liang....................... 72-69-71 Francesco Molinari...................... 69-71-72 Phil Mickelson............................. 71-69-72 J.B. Holmes................................. 69-70-73 Steve Stricker.............................. 73-69-71 Tim Clark..................................... 70-69-74 Yuta Ikeda................................... 71-68-74 Luke Donald................................ 70-75-69 Henrik Stenson............................ 71-72-71 Adam Scott.................................. 74-69-71 Alistair Presnell........................... 72-70-72 Peter Hanson.............................. 74-66-74 Mike Weir.................................... 73-66-75 Kenny Perry................................ 73-74-68 Jim Furyk..................................... 70-76-69 Ross Fisher................................. 73-72-70 Angel Cabrera............................. 74-71-70 Heath Slocum.............................. 74-71-70 Lucas Glover............................... 72-72-71 Anthony Kim................................ 71-73-71 Jerry Kelly................................... 70-72-73 Ben Crane................................... 74-73-69 Nick Watney................................ 73-72-71 David Toms................................. 72-72-72 Sean O’Hair................................. 71-71-74 Lee Westwood............................ 74-68-74 Scott Verplank............................. 76-72-69 Ross McGowan........................... 76-71-70 Sergio Garcia.............................. 74-72-71 Zach Johnson.............................. 76-70-71 Brian Gay.................................... 74-69-74 Jason Dufner............................... 73-69-75 Dustin Johnson........................... 69-72-76 Kevin Na...................................... 78-70-70 Edoardo Molinari......................... 72-74-72 Thongchai Jaidee........................ 73-72-73 Simon Dyson............................... 72-73-73 Geoff Ogilvy................................ 72-71-75

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tranSactions BASEBALL American League

BOSTON RED SOX—Announced OF Ryan Westmoreland has taken medical leave from minor league camp. MINNESOTA TWINS—Agreed to terms with OF Denard Span on a five-year contract. SEATTLE MARINERS—Optioned OF Greg Halman to Tacoma (PCL). Re-assigned INF Tommy Everidge, INF Brad Nelson and OF Mike Wilson to their minor league camp. TEXAS RANGERS—Claimed INF Hernan Iribarren off waivers from Milwaukee (NL). Placed RHP Eric Hurley on the 60-day DL.

BASKETBALL NBA

NBA—Suspended Chicago G Kirk Hinrich one game for making contact with a game official during a March 12 game against Miami. Fined Phoenix coach Alvin Gentry $25,000 for improper conduct towards a game official during a March 12 game against the Los Angeles Lakers. CHARLOTTE BOBCATS—Signed G Larry Hughes. SAN ANTONIO SPURS—Signed G Garrett Temple to a 10-day contract.

FOOTBALL National Football League

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS—Agreed to terms with TE Chris Baker. WASHINGTON REDSKINS—Re-signed OL Will Montgomery.

HOCKEY National Hockey League

NASHVILLE PREDATORS—Reassigned D Alexander Sulzer to Milwaukee (AHL).

LOTTERY Sunday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 0-6-4 La. Pick 4: 2-4-8-1 Monday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 0-2-9 La. Pick 4: 2-0-3-7 Tuesday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 2-3-4 La. Pick 4: 7-6-9-4 Wednesday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 3-9-8 La. Pick 4: 5-7-3-5 Easy 5: 1-2-27-28-36 La. Lotto: 4-12-27-32-37-39 Powerball: 17-21-37-41-50 Powerball: 1; Power Play: 2 Thursday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 7-4-0 La. Pick 4: 8-5-4-1 Friday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 4-5-8 La. Pick 4: 3-9-3-4 Saturday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 5-5-7 La. Pick 4: 4-4-1-5 Easy 5: 9-10-12-26-32 La. Lotto: 4-12-20-21-27-40 Powerball: 6-16-20-31-36 Powerball: 8; Power play: 5


Sunday, March 14, 2010

The Vicksburg Post

Jayhawks win Big 12 title By The Associated Press Marcus Morris had 18 points, Tyrel Reed added 15 and No. 1 Kansas held off No. 9 Kansas State down the stretch for a 72-64 victory and its seventh Big 12 tournament title Saturday night. Kansas (32-2) labored through a physical, defensedominated first half and used a small spurt midway through the second to beat its in-state rivals for the third time this season. Coming off a sixth straight regular-season title, the Jayhawks will likely be the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament when the brackets are announced Sunday. Kansas State (26-7) had never beaten Kansas in six tries at the Big 12 tournament and had lost 40 of 42 meetings since 1994, but had hopes of winning its first conference championship since 1980. Instead, the Wildcats go into Selection Sunday still hoping for a high seed after setting a record for wins this season.

Aaron Barrett struck out a career-high nine batters in the longest outing of his career to help lead No. 17 Ole Miss to an 8-3 win over No. 8 Louisville on Saturday, evening the weekend series at a game each. Barrett (4-0) picked up the win in 62⁄3 innings of work, holding the eighth-ranked Cardinals to three runs on six hits with four walks and nine strikeouts. Barrett left the game in the seventh inning with a man on and two outs and Ole Miss (12-3) holding to an 8-2 lead. Eric Callender then worked the final 21⁄3 innings to close out the win for the Rebels. Taylor Hightower was hot at the plate, going 3-for-4 and scoring a run as the Rebels used an efficient offense to hand Louisville its first loss of the season.

UCLA 5, Miss. State 2 A four-run sixth inning proved decisive as No. 10 UCLA snuck past Mississippi State 5-2 in the Whataburger Classic in Corpus Christi, Texas. The Bruins improved to 12-0 on the season, while the Bulldogs lost for the second time in 24 hours, falling to 9-5. Chris Stratton (2-2) worked 51⁄3 innings, allowing five hits and five runs with six strikeouts and three walks. The Bulldogs finished with four

DeMarcus Cousins had 19 points and 15 rebounds, and the second-ranked Wildcats returned to their accustomed spot in the Southeastern Conference tournament championship game. Eric Bledsoe had 17 points on 5-of-8 shooting from 3-point range, and John Wall added 14 as Kentucky chases its first tourney title since 2004.

Duke 77, Miami 74

Ohio State 88, Illinois 81, 2 OT Evan Turner scored 12 of his 31 points after regulation. The Big Ten player of the year finished with a triple double — 31 points, 10 rebounds, 10 turnovers. The fifth-ranked Buckeyes (26-7) won their sixth straight and will play for the confer-

Barrett pitches Rebels past Cards From staff reports

Kentucky 74, Tenn. 45

Kyle Singler scored 27 points to help fourth-ranked Duke push ahead in the second half of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament semifinals.

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Kansas State forward Jamar Samuels, middle, battles Kansas forward Marcus Morris for the ball along with Kansas center Cole ence title Sunday against sixth-seeded Minnesota.

Minnesota 69, Purdue 42 Minnesota held No. 6 Purdue to the worst first half in the Boilermakers’ record books and rolled to victory in the Big Ten tournament semifinals. Ralph Sampson III scored 13 points for the sixth-seeded

Aldrich, right, and Kansas State guard Jacob Pullen Saturday.

Golden Gophers (21-12), who reached the final for the first time. They’ll play No. 5 Ohio State on Sunday for the championship.

Houston 81, UTEP 73 Kelvin Lewis scored 28 points and Houston surged past 25thranked UTEP down the stretch to claim its first NCAA tournament berth in 18 years with a

victory in the Conference USA tournament title game that snapped the Miners’ 16-game winning streak. National scoring leader Aubrey Coleman struggled through a 4-for-20 shooting performance for the seventhseeded Cougars (19-15), but came up with a critical steal and fast-break layup in the final minute as they won their fourth game in as many days.

college baseball hits. Connor Powers continued his early offensive assault with his ninth multi-hit game of the season.

LSU 4, Kansas 2 First baseman Blake Dean went 3-for-3, including a gamewinning two-run home run in the seventh inning, to power the top-ranked Tigers past the Kansas Jayhawks at Alex Box Stadium.

USM 6, Missouri State 0 Senior right-hander Scott Copeland pitched the best game of his career with a three-hit, complete-game shutout over visiting Missouri State. Copeland (3-0) retired the final 11 hitters and 16 of the last 17 he faced to complete his masterful performance, striking out eight. Copeland got all the run support he would need when Southern Miss scored four runs in the first inning, then added a run in both the fifth and seventh. At the plate for Southern Miss, Kameron Brunty and Taylor Walker each had two hits and two runs scored while Adam Doleac and Anthony Doss both drove in two runs apiece.

AMNESTY PERIOD FOR PAST DUE FINES Avoid Arrest for Past due fines by VOLUNTARILY coming to the Municipal Court Clerk’s Office and paying the fine, working off the fine or entering into a partial pay plan. This amnesty period will end March 31, 2010. Call Court Services for more information at

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Search Continued from Page B1. The nine candidates were interviewed by an eightmember search committee on March 5. Each committee member scored the candidates on a series of criteria,

and Price said his recommendation was based on the highest total score. “We had 10 people scheduled to interview and nine showed up. We had a good

group of interviews,” Price said. This will be the fourth head football coach at Warren Central since 1971. Lum Wright Sr. coached there

Murrah 9, PCA 2

for PCA’s runs.

The Mustangs erased an early deficit with a six-run fourth to earn a win over PCA at Smith-Wills Stadium in Jackson on Saturday. Reed Gordon took the loss in four innings of work, striking out three. Montana McDaniel had a second-inning RBI triple and Kruze Federick had a sacrifice fly in the third to account

PCA 11, Carroll Acad. 3

from 1971-84, followed by Robert Morgan from 19852003 and Brewer from 200309.

Baseball Continued from Page B1. to 4-0 and he got plenty of run support, especially in a 10-run sixth, as the Flashes beat West Lauderdale in Columbia. The Flashes (6-0) outhit West Lauderdale 14-9. Josh Eargle had two singles and doubled. Reed Evans, Stephen Evans and Blake Haygood each added a double and a single. Pierson Waring had two singles.

John Michael Harris pitched a three-hit gem, striking out six in the win for the Eagles (5-2). He also had two hits and drove in a run. Both McDaniel and Matthew Warren singled and doubled with two RBIs. Colby Rushing had two hits and drove in two runs.

Port Gibson 9, Crystal Springs 4 Rudy Williams went 2-for-4 with a double and Silento Sayles closed the door with a save as the Blue Wave Fighting Sharks improved to 3-0 in Division 7-4A play and 4-2 overall. Nicholas Page earned the win, while Charleston Stamps went 2-for-4 at the plate.

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Continued from Page B1. a ground out and scored on a wild pitch. The Lady Vikes added two runs in the sixth thanks to two Brookhaven errors. Worley, who reached on the first error, scored on a RBI grounder by Katie Busby. Krista Cortezie then singled and scored on Thornton’s flyout to right for a 4-1 lead. WC’s other came in the first off doubles from Smith and Mallory Reynolds. Brookhaven got two doubles and a run from Stevie Wright.

game. Kortni Newman and Megan Wright drew walks and scored off a hit by pitch and a RBI single from Torey Daniels. Daniels and Jalorine Chandler later scored on a double by Lea Davies.

Terry 14, VHS 5

Brookhaven 11, VHS 0

The Lady Bulldogs won the third-place game by jumping out to a 10-0 lead. The Missy Gators (1-6) did come back with five runs in the second inning to make it a 10-5

The Lady Panthers came back from a 5-0 loss to Clinton to beat Vicksburg and get a berth in the finals.

WC 5, Terry 1 Krista Cortezie blasted a two-run triple to highlight a three-run third inning to put WC in the finals. Mallory Reynolds gave up one run in three innings of work for the win.

Clinton 14, VHS 1

scored from Grace Franco.

Clinton got its second win over the Missy Gators this week by scoring 11 runs in the second inning. Lea Davies had a hit and a run scored for Vicksburg.

WC 5, St. Al 1

Terry 7, St. Al 2 Terry sent St. Al out of the tournament by scoring four runs in the first inning. St. Al (3-4) got a hit and a run

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Heusinger and Wanda Caruthers. On March 17 and 20 the Ladies will play a game of “throw out five holes.” Check-in on March 17 is at 8:30 a.m. with tee time at 9. On March 20, check-in is at 9:30 a.m. and tee time is at 10.

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Registration for the Mission Park Baseball League will continue until April 9 at the Vicksburg Parks and Recreation Department. Registration forms can be picked up at the Parks and Rec office on Army Navy Drive, The Sports Center, Just Duett Sports, Sherman Avenue Elementary School and Dana Road Elementary, or by calling Ernest Galloway at 601618-4455. For information, call Galloway or the Parks and Rec office at 601-634-4514.

The Vicksburg Packers youth football and cheer program is scheduled to conduct a spring training camp Monday through Thursday at the Vicksburg Junior High School practice field behind the field house on Weems Street. The program is open to boys and girls ages 6 to 12. For information, call Tasha Jones at 601-291-1370, coach Robert Jones at 601-291-1371, Danielle Williams at 601-2189553 or cheer coach Tasha Thompson at 601-630-5361.

VWAA teeball league registration Registration for the VWAA teeBall league will continue until April 5. The league is open to boys and girls ages 5 and under. Registration forms are available at Just Duett Sports and at The Sportscenter. The registration fee is $30.

Clear Creek Ladies weekly golf report On March 6, the Ladies of Clear Creek played a game of “low gross.” The winners were Pam Thomas, Shara

Birdie, Bogey and Boogie for Kids The Birdie, Bogey and Boogie for Kids is a six-person golf scramble scheduled for March 26 at Vicksburg Country Club to benefit the Junior Auxiliary of Vicksburg. Teams are $600 and there will be a dinner, silent auction and dancing to follow. For information, call 601-262-8037.

Parks and Rec softball registration Registration for the Vicksburg Parks and Recreation

Department’s adult softball leagues will continue until April 9. Men’s and women’s leagues are available. Packets can be picked up at the Parks and Rec offices on Army Navy Drive. A mandatory coaches meeting will be held April 5 at the Parks and Rec offices. For information, call 601-634-4514.

Softball, baseball umpire certification The Vicksburg Parks and Recreation Department will hold a softball umpire clinic at its offices on Army Navy Drive on March 23 at 6 p.m. This is a mandatory meeting for all city league fast- and slow-pitch umpires to receive their ASA certification. Mississippi ASA and District 3 commissioner Doc Jenkins will conduct the clinic. The Parks and Rec Department is also looking for new baseball and softball umpires, as well as scorekeepers for all leagues. Applications are available at the Parks and Rec offices. For information, call Joseph Graves at 601-634-4514.

Vicksburg Magic AAU basketball tryouts The Vicksburg Magic AAU boys basketball will host tryouts for players ages 9-12 at the Jackson Street Gym. Tryouts are scheduled for March 19 from 6-8 p.m. For information, call Peter Anderson at 601-619-9998 evenings or 601883-3042 during the day.

The unspoken danger of strays I’m probably making a mistake to write this column, but there’s another side to the question of a recent bill proposed and killed in the legislature that I’m not seeing discussed in the media. I live in the country, six miles from a small town. We’ve raised innumerable Labradors and beagles over the years. Matter of fact, some years, I made more from my dog business than the farming business. In my opinion, if every child in America were raised by a Labrador, the crime rate and prison population would be cut in half, there would be no illegitimate birth rate, drug problem, abortions and the churches would all be full on Sunday mornings. Beagles are nearly as moral. Not only is my whole family in love with dogs, but I was certified for many years by a veterinarian as qualified under his supervision to raise or rehabilitate wild animals and birds. As a family, we’ve raised a dozen baby possums, half a dozen baby coons, and half a dozen baby screech owls, as well as rehabbing two injured great horned owls, three full-grown hawks, a barn owl, a barred owl, and another screech owl. In addition, we’ve briefly kept a wood duck and a pintail drake, a spreading adder (hog-nosed snake), a six-foot chicken snake named Elijah Bud, five baby skunks (very briefly!), two years worth of alcoholic mice for a first-place science project, and even four shrews. Shrews are cannibalistic, so if you place four shrews in a box overnight, the next morning you’ll

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have one big shrew. Ergo, I love animals, and am not a cruel person. But country folks have a different view of stray dogs and cats that needs to be aired in this emotional debate. We too often have unwanted litters of dogs and cats dumped at our driveway. Towns have animal control officers, but try calling any sheriff to ask him to come catch a stray dog or cat, and see what kind of reaction you get. Or, try to catch half-wild dogs or cats to take them to a small-town pound — if there is one, and if it’s open. I once even caught a town pound manager turning his strays loose in my woods. The option is usually to run strays off from your house and yard. Then they have to fend for themselves, so they go wild. No one likes to shoot a dog or cat, or any other varmint besides poisonous snakes or coyotes. We can’t keep cats out here anyway, because of the coyotes. I’ve seen those wild canines come right up onto the porch to grab a housecat, and we can’t let beagles run loose anymore because coyotes kill and eat the smaller dogs. I will only keep female Labs now, because my neighbors and I have lost several male Labs who followed the scent of a wild female in season only to

be ganged up on and killed by wild dogs. No one is telling that side of the story. Nor do they acknowledge that packs of wild dogs will attack humans. I have been attacked twice, but fortunately was armed both times. My son was attacked by a large pack once — we’ve seen packs of 35 dogs — but was armed. But my daughter was unarmed when she was attacked by a pack within sight of my house when she was 9. A big male went for her throat, but luckily she threw her arm up and turned, so that he opened her up under the arm with a wound that would have ripped her jugular if she had not reacted. My father heard her screams and came to the rescue with Brer Beau. We got her to a hospital before she lost too much blood, but it soaked a bath towel. After he had finished stitching her up, the doctor ordered me to bring the dogs’ heads to the County Health Center at 7:30 the next morning to be checked for rabies. When I protested that there had not been a case of rabies here in a decade, he declared, “Do you want to bet her life on that?” So, I brought in six dead dog heads the next day. Some folks support a law that would send me to prison for that. This is a question that has two sides. The warm and fuzzy side is what most folks argue for, but there’s also an unpleasant dangerous side we cannot ignore. •

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Keselowski refuses to change CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Glued to Carl Edwards’ bumper as they raced for the lead around Talladega Superspeedway, young Brad Keselowski showed no signs of letting off the gas pedal. He peeked high, and Edwards cut him off, then ducked low to try to pass. Edwards, the veteran, quickly swerved down to block the pass, a move that guaranteed disaster if Keselowski didn’t back off. In the blink of an eye, Keselowski found himself in high-stakes game of chicken at speeds approaching 200 mph. The rookie refused to blink. He didn’t give an inch. Nothing slowed Keselowski that day last April, not even after the inevitable contact sent Edwards’ car sailing into the safety fence in a frightening accident that injured seven fans. Keselowski just barreled on, stealing an improbable victory in just his fifth career start in NASCAR’s prestigious Sprint Cup Series. Looking back now at those

nascar intense two minutes, Keselowski was clearly sending a message to his established, experienced competitors: he won’t Brad back down to Keselowski anyone, ever. That mentality has rankled a long list of top-name drivers, and finally came to the fore last weekend in Atlanta when Edwards, exasperated over a long list of hard racing between the two, intentionally wrecked Keselowski in contact that sent Keselowski airborne in a scene quite similar to the one in Talladega. For all the public outrage over Edwards’ deliberate act, there was an equal amount of private sentiment that Keselowski had it coming. Keselowski is well aware of the whispers, but remains unapologetic for anything he’s done that’s gotten him to his prime-time Cup ride with auto

racing icon Roger Penske. “It’s not possible to get a Cup ride right now without being aggressive, and without having some swagger in your step,” Keselowski said. “Does that make you a jerk? To some people, yes. To some people, no. It depends on where you’re coming from. If you look at the sport right now, there are no new drivers coming in. “So whatever I’m doing is working, and it’s gotten me to where I’m at.” The son of 1989 ARCA champion Bob Keselowski grew up in Rochester Hills, Mich., and entered NASCAR Truck races from 2004 through 2006 with his father’s backing. He picked up a couple Nationwide Series starts for an underfunded team in 2006 and early 2007, before his big break came midway through that season when Dale Earnhardt Jr. plucked him from obscurity to drive his flagship No. 88 for JR Motorsports. That, says three-time NASCAR champion Darrell Waltrip, was the gamechanger for Keselowski.

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TONIGHT ON TV n MOVIE “The Transporter” — A mercenary, Jason Statham, changes his mind-set after the package he is supposed to deliver turns out to be a gagged woman, Shu Qi./8 on FX n SPORTS College basketball — Who’s in? Who’s out? Who’s crying and who’s celebrating? Find out when the field of 65 is announced for the NCAA basketball tournament./5 on CBS n PRIMETIME “The Celebrity Apprentice” — The men and women are sepa- Jason Statham rated into teams and asked to choose each other’s project manager; each team must run a diner and try to make the most money, including tips./8 on NBC

THIS WEEK’S LINEUP n EXPANDED LISTINGS TV TIMES — Network, cable and satellite programs appear in Sunday’s TV Times magazine and online at www.vicksburgpost. com

MILESTONES n BIRTHDAYS Michael Caine, actor, 77; Quincy Jones, composer-conductor, 77; Michael Martin Murphey, country singer, 65; Billy Crystal, comedian-actor, 62; Adrian Zmed, actor, 56; Prince Albert II, the ruler of Monaco, 52; Megan Follows, actress, 42; Chris Klein, actor, 31. n DEATH Fatima Meer — A friend and biographer of Nelson Mandela died Friday in Durban, South Africa. She was 81. In a statement, Achmat Dangor, chief executive of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, said Meer had “been a close friend of Mr. Mandela and his family for more than 60 years was an academic and a stalwart of the struggle against apartheid.” Meer’s Mandela biography was titled “Higher than Hope”.

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Sen. Reid’s wife leave ICU Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s wife has been transferred out of a Virginia hospital’s intensive care unit and is improving after she was seriously injured in an accident on an interstate highway near Washington. Jon Summers, a spokesman for the senator, says Landra Reid’s condition was upgraded on Saturday to good, two days after a tractor-trailer rear-ended the minivan she and their daughter were riding in on I-95. Landra Reid underwent surgery Friday to stabilize her broken neck. Summers says doctors Landra at Inova Fairfax Hospital have indicated that the Reid 69-year-old is on a fast track for recovery. Landra Reid also suffered a broken back and broken nose. Doctors say she is not at risk of paralysis.

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Conan O’Brien picks lone Twitter followee ConWay toWnsHIP, Mich. (aP) — Last week, Sarah Killen had three Twitter followers. This week, she has 20,000 — as well as a new iMac computer and offers to help pay for a dress and drinks for her wedding. The unsuspecting rural Michigan woman has one outof-work late-night talk show host to thank for her newfound online popularity — Conan O’Brien. O’Brien decided last week to pick Killen as the only person he would follow on Twitter, turning the 19-year-old’s life upside down. The deposed “Tonight Show” star whose exit deal with NBC barred him from TV appearances for several months, has taken to Twitter to reach the masses during his exile and has amassed more than a halfmillion followers. But up until March 5, O’Brien had steadily increased his number of Twitter devotees without following the feeds of anybody else. Enter Killen, who is finishing up her high school requirements, preparing to make the jump to college and getting married in September. “I’ve decided to follow someone at random,” O’Brien’s posting read at 3:55 p.m. March 5. “She likes peanut butter and gummy dinosaurs. Sarah Killen, your life is about to change.” Boy, did it ever. Immediately after O’Brien started following her, Killen — whose Twitter handle is “LovelyButton” — picked up followers at a rate of 150 per minute. Then came the calls: Family, friends (actual and long-lost) and interview requests from Web sites, TV shows and radio stations. She sleeps a few hours each night, has fallen woefully behind on her schoolwork and day-to-day activities such as laundry and rarely leaves the house. “It’s totally nuts,” she said. Until O’Brien plucked Killen from obscurity and turned her into an overnight Web celeb, she and fiance John Slowik

Sarah Killen with her new computer in Conway Township, Mich.

Conan O’Brien appears on stage at Comedy Central’s “Night of Too Many Stars” special in New York in 2008. Jr. lived a normal life, residing in the basement of a house in Conway Township, more than an hour’s drive west from

Detroit. It’s hard to say exactly what O’Brien’s motivation was — O’Brien spokesman Beau

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Benton had no comment on Wednesday — but it’s had a profound effect on Killen and her 21-year-old fiance. The exposure has resulted in a brand-new iMac, which was bought for them by a Florida businessman. A New York designer is donating a wedding dress, and someone else is sending wine for the nuptials. Not bad for a couple who saved $30 for the wedding, hadn’t reserved a location and faced the prospect of not being able to afford a wedding dress. “People are saying that I’m asking for gifts and stuff, and I’m not,” Killen said. What she is asking of her newfound army of Twitter followers is to contribute to charity, including the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Still, Slowik says he’d love one more thing from the man who used to make them laugh nightly during his abbreviated “Tonight Show” run. Slowik wants O’Brien to be his best man at the wedding. Will he do it? “I would hope so,” Killen said.

Snail mucus sickens man’s followers Devotees of a Miami man who claims to practice a traditional African religion say they were sickened when they drank the mucus of a giant African snail. Federal authorities in January raided Charles L. Stewart’s Miami home after receiving complaints. Stewart has not been criminally charged, but prosecutors and state and federal wildlife agencies are investigating. The giant African snail is prohibited in the U.S. without special approval. Experts say it devastates new ecosystems.

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BY BERNICE BEDE OSOL • NEWSPAPER ENTERPRISE ASSOCIATION If tomorrow is your birthday: Your popularity is likely to increase substantially, making you far more independent than you’ve been in the past and creating some interesting times for you. Pisces (Feb. 20-March 20) — That mind of yours is so quick that you should be able to easily find solutions to situations that are overwhelming others. Aries (March 21-April 19) — This should be a fun day for you, because your mind is operating at such a fast tempo that it makes everything you encounter far more exciting and interesting than usual. Taurus (April 20-May 20) — Your creativity will take you to places you normally wouldn’t go. What you come up with will be spectacular. Gemini (May 21-June 20) — You’re in a brief but exceptionally rewarding cycle for achieving some really big objectives. Cancer (June 21-July 22) — You won’t need to spend time with those who stimulate your mental processes, because yours will already be working at full speed. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) — It won’t take much for you to come up with some very exciting new ways of handling something that normally would be pretty boring. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — The willingness you show to be cooperative with others will make it possible for you to form several relationships both work-related and personal that will do wonders for you. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — You are of mind to take charge of a collective endeavor that hasn’t been managed too well. Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Be friendly and socially receptive to all you encounter, because you’ll never know just who will make nice things happen for you. Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — The nearer you get to reaching the finish line, the greater your luck will become. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — You can handle anything the world hurls at you. The busier you become, the more you’re likely to accomplish. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Manage your financial affairs to the best of your ability, and Dame Fortune will make sure you end up in the profit column.

Couple with rocky marriage kept at arm’s length Dear abby: “Oscar” and I have been married for three years. We have had many ups and downs and a few nearseparations, but we’re now on a better path and working hard on our relationship. Because my friends have seen the rocky times Oscar and I have been through, they are not as nice to him as I’d like. In particular, this applies to my best friend, “Tish,” and her husband. I have tried many times to get us together on double dates, but they always refuse. They socialize with other couples, but refuse to associate with Oscar and me beyond birthday and holiday celebrations. I’d love to have my friends and my husband all together for other social functions. What can I do, if anything? — In the Middle in South Carolina Dear In the Middle: Frankly, you can forget having the idealized relationship with Tish and her husband that you’re looking for. When you confided all the ups and downs you were experiencing with

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GASOLINE PRICES Average regular unleaded self-service prices as of Friday: Jackson.............................$2.65 Vicksburg .................$2.68 Tallulah .............................$2.78 Sources: Jackson AAA, Vicksburg and Tallulah, Automotive. com

579th gets new leader ahead of deployment

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New York Life agent receives certification New York Life insurance agent April C. Harris has been certified in longterm care insurance. To receive certification, Harris was required to take a April c. course. Harris Her office, set to open April 1, is on S. South St. She offers life, long-term care, health and disability insurance, and annuities. Harris and her husband, Bill, have one daughter.

Yarbro tapped for Corps spot York Yarbro has been named director of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Information Technology Office. Yarbro was deputy director of the office. He began his career with the Corps in 1990 as a computer scientist, and has served in roles including program management, system administration, research and development, business software development and enterprise infrastructure operations. He has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Mississippi. The Information Technology Office duties for the Corps include computer support and records management.

ABMB engineers named associates ABMB engineers Dennis M. Passman and W. Brian Robbins have been named associates in the company. Passman, a civil works division manager, joined ABMB in 1997 and has more than 15 years of experience in his field. A Louisiana State graduate, he manages projects for the Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District. Robbins, who manages ABMB’s Vicksburg office, joined dennis M. the firm Passman in 2006 and has more than 12 years experience in planning, design and construction W. Brian adminisrobbins tration. A Mississippi State grad, he has worked on projects for the Corps’ Vicksburg District, Warren County, the Warren County Port Commission and the City of Vicksburg. ABMB is the go-to engineering firm for Warren County and is the general engineer for the Warren County Bridge Commission. Its Vicksburg office is on Jackson Street.

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Entergy spokesman Don Arnold shows off an animal-deterrent fence the company has installed at the East Vicksburg substation on Porters Chapel Road. At right, a rodent tries to figure out a way in. Last year, the substation experienced three outages due to raccoons and squirrels. The piece Arnold is pointing to is to prevent critters from climbing over the fence. Also, the fence extends 2 feet underground to deter animals from digging and entering, and its 3/8-inch mesh is small enough to keep out a snake.

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Crafting a growing no-fly list is full-time job By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — It starts with a tip, a scrap of intelligence, a fingerprint lifted from a suspected terrorist’s home. It ends when a person is forbidden to board an airplane — a decision that’s in the hands of about six experts from the Transportation Security Administration. The no-fly list they oversee constantly changes as hundreds of analysts churn through a steady stream of intelligence. Managing the list is a high-stakes process. Go too far in one direction and innocent travelers are inconvenienced. Go in the other direction and a terrorist might slip onto an airplane. It could take minutes to put a name on the list. Or

it could take hours, days or months. That’s because the list is only as good as the nation’s intelligence and the experts who analyze it. If an intelligence lead is not shared, or if an analyst is unable to connect one piece of information to another, a terrorist could slip onto an airplane. Officials allege that’s just what took place ahead of the attempted Christmas Day attack on a Detroitbound jet. In the months since the arrest of Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmuttalab, the no-fly list has nearly doubled — from about 3,400 people to about 6,000 people, according to a senior intelligence official. The list expanded, in part, to add people associated with alQaida’s Yemen branch and others from Nigeria and

Yemen with potential ties to Abdulmuttalab, a counterterrorism official said. The no-fly list has been one of the government’s most public counterterrorism tools since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Adding more people to the list could make Americans safer when they fly. But it could also mean more cases of mistaken identity. Current and former intelligence, counterterrorism and U.S. government officials provided The Associated Press a behind-the-scenes look at how the no-fly list is created. They spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive security issues. Despite changes over time, the list remains an imperfect tool, dependent on the work of hundreds of government terrorism analysts

who sift through massive flows of information. The list ballooned after 9/11 and has fluctuated in size over the past decade. In 2004, it included about 20,000 people. The standards for getting on the list have been refined over the years, and technology has improved to make the matching process more reliable. There are four steps to banning a person from flying. It begins with law enforcement and intelligence officials collecting the smallest scraps of intelligence — a tip from a CIA informant or a wiretapped conversation. The information is then sent to the National Counterterrorism Center, a Northern Virginia nerve center set up after 9/11. See No-fly, Page B10.

The 579th Engineer Detachment has a new commander. Col. Richard W. Dean takes the place of Lt. Col. Sam Jaynes Jr., the detachment’s commander since it was reactivated in 2007 after nearly 20 years of dormancy. The 579th is gearing up col. richard for deployW. dean ment in April to Afghanistan, said the announcement from Mark Abueg, public affairs officer for the 579th. “It’s an honor...to serve with these talented soldiers and civilians,” said Dean, who assumed command March 1. “I have every confidence that we will be ready and able to meet the demanding missions placed upon the team, whether we face a declared national emergency or overseas contingency operation.” The 579th is one of two Forward Engineer Support Team units of the Army that aids engineer commands, such as the Vicksburg-based 412th, at the start of missions, including natural disasters and overseas warfighting. The other is the Fort Knox-based 533rd Engineer Detachment. Dean, 50, comes to Vicksburg from his native Washington, D.C., where he served as the primary adviser in Army Reserve engineer issues to Lt. Gen. Robert L. Van Antwerp, the commanding general of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He has two master’s degrees, one in systems management from the University of Southern California and another in forest products from the University of Idaho. He has a bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering from Purdue University. Dean believes he can serve the 579th through “a combination of my construction experience, contracting experience, deployment experience and my experience in the Army.” Located in the Corps’ Vicksburg District building on East Clay Street, the 36-member 579th reports to Brig. Gen. Michael Walsh, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Mississippi Valley Division.

Have plan of action before taking on task of pruning This is the time of year that folks want to prune. Yet, it’s one of the least understood practices of landscape maintenance. Basically, you don’t prune unless there is good reason. So, what are those reasons? Read on to find out. One of the main reasons to prune is to maintain or limit the size and shape of a plant. But, if you have to prune any plant frequently to make it fit into an area, it probably shouldn’t have been planted there in the first place. It might be a good idea to consider replacing it with a smaller one. Another reason to prune is to remove diseased, dead or abnormal plant tissue, or to stimulate flowering and/or

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county extension director fruit production. You might want to develop a specific plant form, like a hedge, topiary or an espalier. You might need to remove plant parts that will interfere with structures or utility lines or create a visibility problem. Most of this could be avoided if the mature height and width of shrubs and trees are taken into consideration before

planting. You will notice that “trying out” a new pruning tool or that new chain saw you got for Christmas is not a reason to prune! How to prune depends on the plant type. Most landscape plants are divided into three categories: broadleaf evergreens such as a Southern magnolia, narrowleaf evergreens such as a juniper, or deciduous plants such as forsythias or spireas. Each type responds differently to pruning, so know your plant type before you begin. When to prune is particularly important, too. For spring flowering plants, prune in late spring as the flowering season is ending. For plants that flower on 1-year-old

wood, such as the Rose of Sharon, prune in late winter before new growth begins.

Control garlic, onions before mowing season If your lawn has a history of wild garlic — or onions — the time to take action is now. Wild garlic and onions are difficult to control due to their cylinder shaped waxy leaves and large storage bulbs below ground. Therefore, to get the best bang from a post-emerge herbicide application, the herbicide needs to be applied while the wild garlic is actively growing and has tender tall leaves that have not been cut off with the lawn mower. The

best opportunity for controlling this troublesome weed is while your lawn is still dormant — particularly for centipede and St. Augustine lawns that are more sensitive to many post-emerge herbicides. Recommended herbicides for wild garlic include imazaquin, the hormonal herbicides such as 2, 4-D, MCPP, dicamba, fluroxypyr, and the sulfonyl-urea herbicides such as metsulfuron, sulfosulfuron and trifloxysulfuron. Always read product labels carefully.

• John C. Coccaro is county Extension director. Write to him at 1100-C Grove St., Vicksburg, MS 39180 or call 601636-5442. E-mail him at jcoccaro@ext. msstate.edu.


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new on the shelves The Warren County-Vicksburg Public Library reports on new books regularly: • “Elvis and the Grateful Dead” by Peggy Webb is a Southern cousin’s mystery. Every year, a hip-shaking herd of Elvis impersonators descends upon the King’s birthplace of Tupelo. Usually, the main attractions are sequined jumpsuits and off-key singing, but this year something much more deadly has the town all shook up. It’s when the second Elvis impersonator keels over at Callie Valentine Jones’ party that everyone knows something’s afoot. With some help, Callie’s determined to have the killer singing “Jailhouse Rock.” • “Fifteen Years” by Kendra Norman-Bellamy is the story of Josiah “JT” Tucker. Having overcome a rough childhood and teenage years to rise to the top of the corporate ladder, it looks as though JT knows exactly what it means to look ahead. However, at one of the highest points in his life, JT finds himself at his lowest, and it’s clear he hasn’t forgotten. When he finally realizes that sometimes moving forward means going back, he goes on a journey. JT’s faith is challenged as he discovers

secrets about his past and the love for which he’s been longing. • “Drawn in Blood” by Andrea Kane is another FBI thriller. Former FBI Special Agent Sloan Burbank has seen her share of danger. She’s faced down a serial killer and survived lifethreatening injuries, but she never expected that danger to invade her family. When her mother is attacked, it becomes clear this is no ordinary robbery. The thieves were obviously after something of her father’s. But what could a respected art dealer have done to merit such violence? Sloan knows her father is in over his head. Determined to find the truth, she discovers a deadly secret buried in his past that has made him the target of a power-hungry mobster. • “Crush” by Alan Jacobson continues the adventures of FBI profiler Karen Vail. Hoping to find solace from the demons that haunt her, Vail makes her first trip to the Napa Valley. But, shortly after arriving, a victim is found in the deepest reaches of an exclusive wine cave, the work of an unpredictable serial killer. From the outset, Vail is frustrated by her inability to profile the

offender — until she realizes why: the Behavioral Analysis Unit has not previously encountered a killer like him. As Vail and the task force work to identify him, they’re caught in a web knotted with secretive organizations, a decades-long feud between prominent wine families and widespread corruption that leads Vail to wonder whom she can trust. • “Wench” by Dolen Perkins-Valdez follows the lives of four women at a resort popular among slaveholders and their enslaved mistresses. Tawawa House, in many respects, is like any other American resort before the Civil War. Situated in Ohio, this idyllic retreat is particularly nice in the summer when the Southern humidity is too much to bear. Lizzie, Reenie and Sweet are regulars. They have become friends over the years as they reunite and share developments in their lives and at their respective plantations. They don’t bother too much with questions of freedom, though the resort is situated in free territory — but when truth-telling Mawu comes to the resort and starts talking of running away, things change. • “A Change in Altitude”

by Anita Shreve is about the fragility of a young marriage. Margaret and Patrick have been married just a few months when they set off on what they hope will be a great adventure — a year living in Kenya. While Patrick practices equatorial medicine, Margaret works as a photojournalist, capturing a dizzying and sometimes dangerous multicultural city on film. Shuttling between tony expatriate suburbs and squalid shantytowns, Margaret quickly realizes there is a great deal she doesn’t know about her new home and her own husband. A British couple invites the newlyweds to join them on a climbing expedition to Mount Kenya, and they agree. But, during the harrowing ascent, the unthinkable happens. In a reckless moment, a horrific accident occurs, and a life is claimed. In the aftermath of the tragedy, Margaret struggles to understand what happened on the mountain and how these events have transformed her and her marriage, perhaps forever. •

Denise Hogan is reference interlibrary loan librarian at the Warren CountyVicksburg Public Library. Write to her at 700 Veto St., Vicksburg, MS 39180. The library’s blog is at wcvpl.blogspot.com.

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THIS & THAT from staff reports

2nd Chocolate Affair to be May 6 at SCHC The Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation will present its second annual Chocolate Affair, a food and entertainment event, May 6. The event will be at 7 p.m. in the auditorium, and will feature chocolate desserts and drinks from Ameristar Casino, Café Anchuca, Cedar Grove Restaurant, Duff’s Tavern & Grille, Just Desserts, The Liquor Store, Main Street Market and Roca. Entertainment will be by pianist Jim Robinson and singer Maria Adona. Café Anchuca, Duff’s Tavern & Grille, Monsour’s at the Biscuit Company and Roca are offering a 10-percent discount that evening to diners with Chocolate Affair tickets. Tickets are $20 per person for SCHF members and $30 for nonmembers, and are available in advance only. Tickets go on sale April 1 at the SCHF office and Paper Plus, 1318 Washington St. For more information, call 601-631-2997 or e-mail info@ southernculture.org.

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Vicksburg Cruisers to host show April 17 The fourth annual Vicksburg Red Carpet Classic Auto Show is set for April 17 at Blackburn Motor Company on North Frontage Road. The show, sponsored by the Vicksburg Cruisers Car Club, is open to all cars and trucks, and registration begins at 8 a.m. The fee is $15 per car in advance or $20 the day of the show. Trophies for Peoples’ Choice, Sweet 16 and Promoters Pick will be awarded at 3 p.m. Dash plaques will be given to the first 100 entries. Proceeds will benefit Haven House Family Shelter, and food will be sold. Call Max Polk at 601-4150421 or Richard Engel at 601831-2597, or visit www.vicksburgcruisers.com.

Attic Gallery works headed to Jackson The Attic Gallery in downtown Vicksburg is taking its art on the road for the first time in its 38-year history. Works by about 30 artists will be displayed at the Pearl River Glass Studio, 142 Millsaps Ave. in Jackson, said Attic Gallery owner Lesley Silver. The Pearl River studio, owned by artist Andrew Young, specializes in stained glass. The exhibit, called On the Road, will open March 25 and will be on display through April. A reception is set for 5 to 8 p.m. Call 601-638-9221 for more information. The Attic Gallery operates above the 61 Blues Coffee shop on Washington Street at China.

Delta Sigmas to host Founders Day event Delta Sigma Theta sorority’s Vicksburg Alumnae Chapter will host its Founders Day program Saturday. The event, set for 1 p.m., will be at Rainbow Arena on Warrenton Road. Dr. Paulette C. Walker, national first vice president of the sorority, will be the guest speaker. Tickets are $30. Call Nell Foster-Beard at 601-636-4175 or Ruby Burks at 601-638-2166 for tickets.

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Chance meeting was the start of good times She was looking for three college boys for dates for three of her favorite students, and Mrs. Josephine Alexander wanted to know if I would be willing — and also recruit two of my Mississippi College buddies. Of course, nobody dared say “no” to Mrs. A. She described the girls, and I had first pick. I chose the one who was short, plump, smart and delightful. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made, for that was 50 years ago, and my blind date, Charlie Moore Gholson, has been one of my closest friends ever since. Charlie was a college freshman at All Saints’ Episcopal School. She had come to Vicksburg two years earlier, in 1957, enrolled in the high school department and remembers falling in love with Vicksburg immediately, feeling at home “the minute I crossed that river.” That’s quite a confession, coming from a Texan whose family settled on the Brazos in 1823 with Stephen F. Austin when Spain still owned Mexico, and whose kin include two of the Republic’s presidents. That was her “first tour of duty” here. After All Saints’ she went home, graduated from the University of Houston, mar-

If I had to drive across country, or travel around the world, and could take only one person with me, it would be Charlie Gholson, for time always flies when you’re having fun. ried, raised three children and, when she got a divorce in 1986, many friends here urged her to come back to Vicksburg. She bought a Baum Street house and has been here ever since — the first member of her family permanently to leave the Lone Star State. But between diplomas there was also a summer session at Mississippi College. Charlie and I both smoked “because we were cool,” so a no-smoking rule for MC girls didn’t faze her. Puffing away between classes one day, someone who seemed to have authority told her she couldn’t smoke on campus. That’s when Charlie assumed her Mexican role, speaking only Spanish and not understanding English and even offering the objecting person a cigarette. Bewildered and disgusted, he gave up trying to reason with one who must have been a foreign exchange student. It was at All Saints’,

though, that she became Charlie after she appeared as Charlie the repairman in a skit. It stuck, is even in the yearbook and, besides, she said, her real name is a bit big — Dorethea — and that’s with the Spanish pronunciation. She got invitations to join the Merchant Marines, the Air Force and the Army. No one stands out more than Mrs. A among Charlie’s many friends: “She was the best. If you ever needed a friend, you had one — unless she didn’t like you — and then woe unto them. She was not a woman to anger in any way.” Mrs. A was from Yokena “and knew everything and everybody you needed to know — and those you didn’t need to know. I spent a lot of time with her.” Charlie was talking to Mrs. A years later, recalling, “I have dieted most of my teenage and adult life — not with any tremendous success, but I was

dieting — and I told Mrs. A I wasn’t as fat as I used to be. She said, ‘Fat! Why, Charlie, I never thought of you as fat. You always looked like you were made to commemorate something.’ That probably did more for my selfesteem than any other single remark that has ever been made She was, indeed, wonderful.” When Charlie moved to Vicksburg in 1986, she brought with her many treasures and possessions, including boxes of heavy, heavy books — all of which she had the movers to take upstairs. One of the workers, exhausted after a trip or two, asked her if she had read all those books, and she assured him she had. “Then can I ask you something else?” he said. “You gonna read ’em all again?” Charlie bought the old Sylvan Myer home, built about 1900, and with it came “absolutely the best neighbor,” Celeste Ford. After noting signs that

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said “Yard of the Month” — and neither of them had ever gotten one as they weren’t garden club members — they decided to organize their own club. The Baum Street Late Bloomers was duly formed, a sign donated, and Celeste and Charlie took turns displaying it, until one day Charlie said she had seen another neighbor, Carol Campbell, “looking over here longingly,” so they decided to award it to her. Carol, however, soon returned it. Restoring the Baum Street house was a real challenge. The front had a stucco facade which the neighbors called “Taco Casa.” Charlie had the exterior returned to its original look, and on the inside she did a lot of the work herself, hanging all the wallpaper, which was no small chore for someone who is a little over 5 feet tall. “It’s a long way up and down in a house with 11-foot ceilings. Hitler was a paper hanger. I can see what made him mean,” she said. See Friends, Page C4.


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local events & ENTERTAINMENT Tapestry Tour of Homes

Mississippi College concert-celebration series

Through April 5; tickets: $10 per home or $25 per three, available at Vicksburg Convention & Visitors Bureau office on Clay Street; 601-636-9421. The homes: • Anchuca Historic Mansion, 1010 First East St. — 11 a.m.: Thursday, March 25 and April 1; 10 a.m.: Saturday, March 27 and April 3. • Annabelle, 501 Speed St. — 1 p.m.: today, Friday, March 21, 26, 28 and April 2. • Baer House, 1117 Grove St. — 1 p.m.: Monday, Saturday, March 22, 27, 29, April 3 and 5. • The Bazsinsky House, 1022 Monroe St. — 10 a.m.: today, Monday, March 21, 22, 28, 29 and April 5; 6 p.m. March 27, David Mitchell, speaker. • Duff Green Mansion, 1114 First East St. — 3 p.m.: today, Friday, March 21, 26, 28 and April 2. • The Corners Mansion, 601 Klein St. — 2 p.m.: Friday, March 26 and April 2; 11 a.m.: Saturday, March 27 and April 3. • Cedar Grove mansion, 2200 Oak St. — 11 a.m.: today, Friday, March 21, 26, 28 and April 2. • Christ Episcopal Church, 1115 Main St. — 9 a.m.: Monday, Saturday, March 22, 27, 29, April 3 and 5. • The Cobb House at Southern Cultural Heritage Center, 1302 Adams St. — 2 p.m.: Monday, Thursday, March 22, 25, 29, April 1 and 5. • The George Washington Ball House, 921 Main St. — 4 p.m.: Saturday, March 27 and April 3; 11 a.m.: Monday, March 22, 29 and April 5. • The Jacqueline House African-American Museum, 1325 Main St. — 9 a.m.: Thursday, March 25 and April 1; 3 p.m.: Monday, March 22, 29 and April 5; 6 p.m. Friday, Tillman Whitley, speaker. • Linden Plantation Gardens, 505 Duncan Road — 4 p.m.: today, Thursday, March 21, 25, 28 and April 1. • The Martha Vick House, 1300 Grove St. — 1 p.m.: Thursday, March 25 and April 1; 2 p.m.: Saturday, March 27 and April 3. • The Mary Harwood House, 600 Fort Hill Road — 10 a.m.: Thursday, March 25 and April 1; 3 p.m.: Saturday, March 27 and April 3. • The Shlenker House, 2212 Cherry St. — 3 p.m.: Thursday, March 25 and April 1; 10 a.m.: Friday, March 26 and April 2. • The Old Court House Museum, 1008 Cherry St. — 4 p.m. Friday, March 26 and April 2; 2 p.m.: today, March 21 and 28; 6 p.m. April 3, Alan Huffman, author of “Sultana: Surviving the Civil War, Prison and the Worst Maritime Disaster in American History,” speaker.

7:30 p.m. April 6; Provine Chapel on campus.

Port Gibson Main Street Heritage Festival March 27; includes 5K Dilla Dash, a Mississippi Track Club Grand Prix Event, at 8 a.m.; www.portgibsonmainstreet.com or 601437-4500.

River City Heart Walk 8:30 a.m. March 27; Rainbow Event Center on Warrenton Road; 662-455-5343 or www.rivercityheartwalk.kintera.org.

Southern Cultural Heritage Center Reservations required for each event: 601-631-2997 or info@ southernculture.org; Beginning stained glass workshop: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 23 and 30; the Rev. Mark Bleakley of Holy Cross Anglican Church, instructor; $160 for members, $170 for nonmembers; Amir Gwirtzman concert: 6 p.m. April 5; $15 in advance or $20 at door, $8 for students; Drawing basics workshop: 5:30-7:30 p.m. April 13 and 20; Jeanie Nicolson, instructor; $50 for members, $60 for nonmembers, supplies included; Digital photography workshop: 5:30-7 p.m. April 27 and May 4; Kathy Gibson, instructor; $40 for members, $50 for nonmembers; bring camera and batteries.

2010 Lenten Fine Arts Series Each Friday during Lent at The Church of the Holy Trinity, Episcopal, South and Monroe streets; seafood gumbo lunch: 12:0512:35 p.m., $10; 601-636-0542 for tickets; Friday: Broadway Meets the Bible; March 26: Beechwood Elementary Honor Choir.

2010 Riverfest April 16-17; theme: Jammin’ on the River; downtown event will feature bluegrass, country, blues, rock and R&B; Jason Michael Carroll will headline first night and J. Blackfoot with Blue Mountain of Memphis will close out second night; tickets: $15 per night or $25 for weekend pass; www.riverfestms.com.

Mississippi College theater Performances on Clinton campus; 601-925-3440; “William Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors”: 7 p.m. March 26-27 and 2 p.m. March 28; MC’s Jennings Courtyard, 208 McLemore Drive; Shakespeare Festival and Renaissance Faire: April 10, time and location TBA.

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A 1969 Shelby GT500, owned by Grant and Delena Hukle of Mantachie, will be part of Horses in the House, a Ford Mustangs exhibit that will run through March 27 at the Tupelo Automobile Museum. Visit www.tupeloautomobile museum. com for details, or call 662-842-4242.

42nd annual Vicksburg-Warren County Riverfest Arts & Crafts Show

3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through May 30; Poverty Point State Historic Site, West Carroll Parish, east of Monroe on Louisiana 577; free; 888-926-5492.

Jackson Choral Society 50th anniversary 7:30 p.m. April 27; The Singing Heart concert; location TBA; 2 p.m. Nov. 13; Trinity Baptist Church, 5301 Old Canton Road, Jackson; $10 for adults, $5 for children and seniors; 601-8989609 or www.jacksonchoralsociety.org.

8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. April 17; Walnut, South and Crawford streets; free.

Vicksburg Art Association Members’ Spring Show 8 p.m. March 27, 1-4 p.m. March 28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 29-31; Old Constitution Firehouse, Main and Openwood streets; free viewing; contact: Leslie Horton, president, 601-638-7900 or lesliehorton@hotmail.com.

Vicksburg Theatre Guild “Gold in the Hills”: Friday and Saturday, March 26-27; July 9-10, 16-17, 23-24 and 30-31; “Bad Seed”: May 7-9 and 14-16; “Fairy Tale Theatre”: June 24-27; all events at Parkside Playhouse, 101 Iowa Ave.; Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday shows at 2 p.m.; $12 for adults, $10 for 55 and older, $5 for 12 and younger; 601-636-0471 or www.e-vtg.com.

Westside Theatre Auditions “Chicago”: 6-8 p.m. today and Monday; Coral Room inside The Vicksburg on Clay Street; 601-618-9349.

“Mont Helena — A Dream Revisited” April 29-30, May 1, 6-8 and 20-22; Mont Helena home on U.S. 61 North, between Rolling Fork and Anguilla; tickets: $45 plus $3 processing fee, available in advance only; call 662-873-2080, fax 662-873-2450 or visit www.monthelena.com.

18th annual Civil War Show 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 10; Battlefield Inn; $2; 601-638-1195.

Book-signings Stuart Green, Vicksburg native: 4 p.m. March 25; “Climbing Woodall Mountain”; the Rev. Peter G. Heltzel, Vicksburg native: 4 p.m. April 8; “Jesus and Justice: Evangelicals, Race, and American Politics”; Lorelei Books, 1103 Washington St.; 601-6348624 or loreleibooks.com.

Jim Henson Exhibits Leland: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Saturday, free but donations accepted; Jackson: On display today at Mississippi Museum of Art, 380 South Lamar St., $5 for adults, $4 for 60 and over, $3 for students and free for 5 and under; 601-960-1515.

H.C. Porter Backyards & Beyond: Mississippians and Their Stories Through April 1; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday; Mississippi Arts Center, 201 E. Pascagoula St., Jackson; free, but donations to Backyards & Beyond, a nonprofit organization, are encouraged.

• Ameristar Casino, 4116 Washington St. 601-638-1000, www.ameristar.com • Glenn Williams — Variety/country; tonight and TuesdayMarch 21 at Cabaret Lounge; free. • Doug Allen — Variety; March 23-28 and March 30-April 4 at Cabaret; free. • Dr. Zarr’s Funkmonster — Funk/variety; Friday-Saturday at Bottleneck Blues Bar; free. • GalaxyRed — Blues/variety; March 26-27 at Bottleneck; free. • Billy Currington — Country; 7:30 p.m. April 9 at Bottleneck; tickets: $45. • Richard Marx — Contemporary; 7:30 p.m. May 14 at Bottleneck; tickets: $45-$50.

Eddie Monsour’s at the Biscuit Company 1100 Washington St., 601-638-1571 • 8 p.m.-midnight Wednesdays — Open mic night. • 10 p.m. Saturday — Live band TBA; call for cover.

LD’s Kitchen, 1111 Mulberry St., 601-636-9838 • 8:30 p.m. each second and fourth Tuesday — Central Mississippi Blues Society Band, local artists; free. • 7 p.m. each first and third Tuesday — Line dancing; free.

Eli’s Treehouse Restaurant & Sports Grill, 1837 Cherry St., 601-636-3953 • 8 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday — Karaoke contest, cash prize.

Jacques’ Cafe at Battlefield Inn, 4137 N. Frontage Road, 601-638-5811 • 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday — Karaoke in the lounge; free.

Beechwood Restaurant & Lounge, 4451 Clay St., 601-636-3761 • 7-10 p.m. Wednesday — Live music in lounge; call for cover. • Friday-Saturday — Back 40; call for cover.

Mississippi Welcome Center, 4210 Washington St., 601-638-4269 • 1-4 p.m. each third Sunday — Old Time Music Society; free.

Roca Restaurant & Bar, 127 Country Club Drive, 601-638-0800 • 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays — Live music with Ben Shaw; free.

Master Gardeners March Mondays 5:30-7 p.m.; instructed by Master Gardeners at Warren County Extension Office, 1100-C Grove St.; free; 601-636-5442; Monday: Tough Plants of Vicksburg by Jeff Richardson, landscape architect for City of Vicksburg; March 22: “Not Tonight, Deer” by Ann Sherard and Jim Brannon; March 29: Weed Alert! Escaped Ornamentals by Virginia DuBowy.

Vicksburg Convention Center and Auditorium, 1600 Mulberry St., 601-630-2929 • 8 p.m. March 27 — Jamey Johnson, country; tickets: $35.50 standing-room only, $30.50 reserved seats, plus facility fees; visit convention center box office, any Ticketmaster outlet or www. ticketmaster.com.

Society seeking ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?’ participants The Crossroads Film Festival & Society is seeking people who were involved in the making of the Coen Brothers’ movie “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” for a documentary set to air during the movie’s 10th anniversary celebration. The film, which hit theaters in 2000, features scenes taped in Vicksburg and Edwards. The society wants to hear from cast members, extras and production crews. The documentary will air during a screening of the movie at the society’s film festival for April 16-18. Taping will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday in Ridgeland. Call Lisa Riley at 601-8324921 or e-mail luriley@aol. com.

Czech Heritage Fest set for Saturday The 26th annual Czech Heritage Festival, sponsored by

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from staff reports the Louisiana Czech Heritage Association, will be Saturday in Libuse. The event, set for 9:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., will highlight Czech culture with food, music, arts and crafts. Admission is free, but items will be available for purchase. The festival will take place in a hall on Industrial Road on Louisiana 28, near the Libuse Post Office. Call 318-473-2745 for more information.

Book-signing has Civil War theme Lorelei Books in downtown Vicksburg will host a booksigning by novelist Howard Frank Mosher March 26. Mosher will sign copies of “Walking to Gatlinburg” at 2:30 p.m. The book, set in 1864, tells of 17-year-old

Morgan Kinneson, who is helping a runaway slave named Jesse reach freedom in Canada. The bookstore is located at 1103 Washington St. Call 601634-8624 or visit www.loreleibooks.com.

115 Lakeland Terrace. Entrance to the park is $3 per vehicle. Children younger than 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Call 601-956-7444 or visit www.jacksonaudubonsociety.org.

38701. The festival is set for Sept. 18 in Greenville. Call William Brown at 662335-3523 or e-mail him at postercontest@deltablues. org. Visit www.deltablues. org.

Audubon schedules meeting, bird walk

Poster design sought for Delta blues event

State Spelling Bee Tuesday on MBP

The Jackson Audubon Society has scheduled March and April events. The monthly chapter meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. March 23 at the Eudora Welty Library, 300 N. State St., Jackson. Dave Hall, a falconer, will be the speaker. The society’s monthly bird walk will be from 8 to 10 a.m. April 3. The walks, led by experienced birders and members of the society, will be at the LeFleur’s Bluff State Park Campground in Jackson. Walkers may meet at the Mayes Lake Entrance,

Mississippi Action for Community Education is seeking entries for a poster contest for the 33rd Mississippi Delta Blues and Heritage Festival. This year’s theme is “Da Blues is Like Comin’ Home.” The contest is open to anyone, and entries must include an artist biography. The winning artist, who will be notified June 30, will receive $500 and will be honored at a reception in July. The deadline to enter is May 31. Drop off or mail to: Mississippi Delta Blues Festival Poster Contest, 119 S. Theobold St., Greenville, MS

Mississippi Public Broadcasting will televise live the 2010 Mississippi Statewide Spelling Bee at 10 a.m. Tuesday on local cable Channel 7. The competition, which will be held in the MPB Auditorium in Jackson, will feature 29 students from across the state. Beechwood Elementary fifth-grader Garreth Ayres, the son of Macon Ayres and Angela Gallagher, will represent Warren County. The winner will advance to the 83rd annual Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., in June.

State Pokemon contest in Pearl Saturday The 2010 Mississippi Pokemon Trading Card Game State Championships will be Saturday in Pearl. The tournament, part of the Pokemon Organized Play Series, will begin with registration at 8 a.m. at the Mississippi Law Enforcement Officer’s Training Academy, 3791 Mississippi 468 West. Pokemon players will be divided in three age divisions and will compete in skill, strategy and creativity. Winners will receive a Pokemon TCG State Champion trophy, a variety of Pokemon merchandise or a $300 travel stipend. Winners will have the chance to be invited to the World Championships. The tournament is free and open to anyone. Call 601720-6029 or visit www.pokemon.com/us/organized-play/ tournaments/15478/.


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Rustic New York stirred Mark Twain’s Mississippi memories By Ben Dobbin The Associated Press ELMIRA, N.Y. — Huckleberry Finn sprang to life in a swirl of cheap cigar smoke at Mark Twain’s cozy hilltop cabin in upstate New York far from the Mississippi River. On the centenary of the author’s death, Twainiacs will swarm Hannibal, Mo., the river town of his boyhood that inspired a raft of literary gems, and Hartford, Conn., where in celebrated middle age he moved his family to a 19-room mansion transformed now into a tourist magnet. Only a few thousand visitors typically show up in Elmira, a small Rust Belt city in New York’s bucolic Chemung River Valley where much of his best-known fiction was actually written. Tough times aside, civic boosters think this is one year when a bump in attendance is all but assured. Elmirans in period costume will ride in black horse-drawn carriages to Woodlawn Cemetery in an April 24 centennial re-enactment of Twain’s burial. And Hal Holbrook will reprise his “Mark Twain Tonight!” impersonation at a renovated vaudeville theater that bears the humorist’s real name, Samuel L. Clemens. “If there was ever a town that needed a tourism boost and to get on the map, it’s Elmira,” said Martha Horton of Friends of Woodlawn Cemetery, a nonprofit group. “We had much more grandiose plans but, shoot, the economy just whaled us.” Twain was lured to Elmira by romance, marrying wealthy coal merchant’s daughter Olivia Langdon in 1870. For the next 20 summers, at Quarry Hill farm atop East Hill with its entrancing view of the valley and a receding range of blue-hued hills in distant Pennsylvania, he excelled in his craft like no place else. “The setting worked a magic on his mind in his ability to remember” his early life along a more grandiose river, said Barbara Snedecor, director of Elmira College’s Center for Mark Twain Studies. Here, he wrote virtually all of “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” “The Prince and the Pauper,” “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court” and “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” — novels that heralded him as an early icon of distinctly American literature. “The Mississippi River is the inspirational memory, Elmira is the place that helps him tap into that memory, Hartford is where he refines all of those manuscript pages and makes them ready for publication,” Snedecor said. In a nod to Hartford House, which draws 60,000 visitors a year, she added: “Half of writing is revision.” At his most productive, Twain practically chainsmoked cigars, and his craving for a quick burn was conspicuous at 250-acre Quarry Farm, a nest of solitude away from the social hurly-burly of Hartford. Mindful of her health, perhaps, sister-in-law Susan Crane had a windowed study built specially for Twain in 1874 not far from her Victorian farmhouse. Equipped with a writing table, wicker chair, cot, fireplace and cat door, it was designed to resemble the pilot house of a Mississippi steamboat. After a steak breakfast, Twain would saunter 300 feet across a lawn flecked with buttercups and black-eyed Susans and climb the stone steps to a promontory where the octagonal cabin was perched. Amid the chirp and crackle of nature, overlooking a panorama he called a “foretaste of heaven,” Twain often churned out as many as 2,600 words a day. “Why, it’s like old times to step right into the study, damp from the breakfast table, and ... sail right on the

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A cat wanders on the front porch of Quarry Farm and the original site of the Mark Twain Study in Elmira, N.Y. whole day long, without a thought of running short of stuff or words,” he wrote. Near twilight, his wife, three daughters, in-laws and servants gathered on the farmhouse porch as Twain read aloud his day’s work. “He’s gauging reaction, looking for maybe a pat on the back,” Snedecor said. Among his best-known works-in-residence were his memoir “Life on the Mississippi” and “A True Story, Repeated Word For Word As I Heard It,” which captures the agony household cook Mary Ann Cord endured in slavery being forcibly separated from her children. His creation of Jim, Huck’s heroic companion, was influenced by his friendship with pig farmer John T. Lewis, a black neighbor. To thwart vandals and accommodate tourists, the cabin was moved down to

A National Register of Historic Places plaque is attached to the door of the Mark Twain Study. the Elmira College campus in 1952. Twain’s great-nephew, railroad executive Jervis

Langdon Jr., gave Quarry Farm to the liberal arts school in 1982 — to be used only for

scholarly work. “He didn’t want any bit of commercialism,” said Irene

Twain’s Elmira: Highlights of Mark Twain centennial events and attractions at http://www.marktwaincountry.com. Legacy: Two panels featuring Twain scholars and Elmira College faculty discuss Twain’s works on Saturday afternoon at the college’s Gannett-Tripp Library lecture hall. Call 607735-1941. Mark Twain Tonight!: For tickets to Hal Holbrook’s show on April 21, contact Clemens Center at 607734-8191, 800-724-0159 or www.clemenscenter.com starting March 25. Letters: Theatrical reading of Twain’s correspondence with friends and loved ones, 7 p.m. April 15, Park Church in Elmira. For information, call 607-733-9104. Burial: Re-enactment of Twain’s burial at 11 a.m., April 24, at Woodlawn Cemetery. Call Chemung County Chamber of Commerce, 607-734-5137 or 800-MARK TWAIN.

Langdon, whose husband died in 2004 at age 99. “It’s an old farmhouse, and having lots of tourists troop in there just wouldn’t do it.” A national historic site, the farm remains the type of haven that stoked Twain’s “red hot” writing streak. Academics can apply for residencies, and “56 books have been published by the men and women who have stayed here,” including Ron Powers and Shelley Fisher Fishkin, Snedecor said. A free lecture series attracts a few dozen visitors to the farm grounds each spring and fall. The college also has a Twain archive featuring books he enjoyed with quirky notes scribbled in the margins. While it retains its Victorian grace, Elmira has fallen a long way from its 19th-century manufacturing heyday when it was the fire-engine capital of the world and, later, the typewriter capital. A flood ravaged downtown in 1972. By 1985, it ranked sixth among America’s most economically distressed areas. Elmira lost out on staging a popular Twain musical in 1995 and its annual tourist throng has dropped from around 10,000 to 3,000 a year. But it still banks on the appeal of its adopted son. This year, it is offering extra trolley rides around town, a Twain nature trail and a theatrical reading of his personal correspondence. Born in 1835 in the year of Halley’s comet, Twain predicted he would die when it returned. He slipped away in his bed at his estate in Redding, Conn., on April 21, 1910, a day after it appeared. In 1937, Twain’s surviving child, Clara, erected a monument to him at the modest family plot. It is 12 feet high, equal to two fathoms. He took his pen name from the twofathom “mark twain” expression deckhands would shout to signal safe passage during his days as a Mississippi riverboat pilot.


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march. 20 • Brandi Lingle and Joel Greer 4 p.m. at Hinds Independent Methodist Church in Raymond Reception at Dupree House in Raymond Friends and family are invited • Jamie Olga Hullum and Christopher William Cain 5 p.m. at Hawkins United Methodist Church Reception at B’nai B’rith Literary Club Friends and family invited • Delicia Diann McMillian and Breck Ryan Jamison 5 p.m. at Wilsonwood Chapel and Lodge Reception to follow Friends and family are invited

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Hart earns pageant title Alexis Hart, 2, has been crowned Tiny Miss Capitol State Region at the Magnolia State Pageant. She is the daughter of Courtney and Jason Hart of Vicksburg. She is the granddaughter

of Stephanie Lovorn, Owen McWhorter, Donna Skipworth and Bo Hart. She will compete in the Miss Magnolia State Pageant to be held in Vicksburg in July.

Friends Continued from Page C1. Charlie loves to cook and learned by hanging out in the kitchens of various family members who didn’t cook, but had cooks. She loves to eat and loves to feed people and once had a restaurant where she learned a lot, “like I never want to have another restaurant.” She’s often found in the kitchen preparing for some event and cooked large amounts for the troops when the Old Court House sponsored re-enactments. Oh, for a camera the day I walked into my kitchen and Charlie was cooking a huge pot of beans! My stove is about 4 inches higher than normal, so Charlie was standing on a stool — stirring the pot with a short-handled boat paddle! She’s always been active and supportive of historyfocused organizations. She’s president of the Vicksburg Foundation for Historic Preservation, former vice president and now on the advisory council for the Old Court House Museum, and is on the board of the Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation. She’s not just on the list — she’s a working member. I remember one incident at the Balfour Ball when I, playing the part of Dr. Balfour, gave a plea for the ladies to donate their jewelry for the Southland. (All ladies had been furnished some costume jewelry for the occasion), and when I got to Charlie she pulled off her wedding ring and announced, “I think it will be more valuable to the Confederacy than it has been for me.” I kept a straight face and mumbled something about the Widow Gholson, “who has only recently lost her husband.” It was also at the Balfour Ball when it was learned that Yankees were headed to Vicksburg and Gen. M.L. Smith ordered everyone to leave the city, and Char-

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forms proviDeD through area hospitals Ben and Renea Foley announce the birth of a 7-pound, 10-ounce son, Lance Connor, on Jan. 13, 2010, at River Region Medical Center. Grandparents are the late Robert K. Foley Sr., the late Laura Harrell and Leroy and Dianne Williams. • Bettye Victoria Banks announces the birth of an 8-pound, 10-ounce daughter, Alyssa Jeanne Banks, on Jan. 20, 2010, at River Region Medical Center. Grandparents are Michele R. Bailey and Wallace L. Banks. Great-grandparents are the late Bettye Jean Bailey, Luster Price, Lee Arthur and Loistine Bishop and the late Don and Martha Banks. Great-great-grandparents are the Rev. and Mrs. F.W. Wilson. • Tommy J. Jr. and Rebecca R. Curtis announce the birth of an 8-pound daughter, De’Jonae Marie, on Jan. 25, 2010, at River Oaks Women’s Hospital in Jackson. Grandparents are Walter and Myra Harris and Elmira Curtis and the late Tommy Jones Curtis Sr. • Sam and Kellie Pierce of Jackson announce the birth of a son, Luke Conlee, on Jan. 27, 2010, at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center in Jackson. Maternal grandparents are Diane Wright and Mr. and Mrs. Claude Wright Jr. Paternal grandparents are Dr. and Mrs. Paul W. Pierce III. • Barbara and Karlandos Hodge announce the birth of a 6-pound, 11-ounce daughter, Kabria Ja’Kaiya, on Jan. 28, 2010, at St. Dominic-Jackson Memorial Hospital. Maternal grandparents are the late Glory Anderson of Vicksburg and Mitchell Ruffin of Houston, Texas. Paternal grandmother is Barbara Lynn Hodge of Edwards. Greatgrandparent is Ernest Anderson Sr. of Vicksburg. The baby is welcomed by a

sister, Kendra, and a brother, Michael. • Reginald and Dionne Ruth Starks of Brandon announce the birth of a son, Nicholas Christian, on Jan. 29, 2010, at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center in Jackson. Maternal grandparents are Charles and Marva Ruth of Vicksburg. Paternal grandparents are the late Abraham and Johnnie Mae Starks of Fayette. • Ricky D. Nixon and LaTonya R. London announce the birth of a 6-pound, 1-ounce daughter, Ri’Kelle Satoria Nixon, on Feb. 3, 2010, at River Region Medical Center. Maternal grandparents are Sarah Brown, Charlie Brown and the late Eddie Lee Hunter. Paternal grandparents are Robert and Velma Brown. • Bryan J. Morton and Rebecca K. Boggan announce the birth of an 8-pound, 1-ounce son, Jakob Edward Morton, on Feb. 10, 2010, at River Region Medical Center. Maternal grandparents are Chris and Christy Boggan. Paternal grandparents are James Sr. and Mary Morton. • Lacy Simms announces the birth of a 7-pound, 7-ounce daughter, Christan Elaine Simms, on Feb. 12, 2010, at River Region Medical Center. Grandparents are Tim and Ann Sims. Great-grandmother is Christine Simms. • Jerome A. and Caroline Kee Curro announce the birth of a 7-pound, 8-pounce son, Kee Anthony, on Feb. 14, 2010, at Natchez Regional Hospital. Grandparents are Myrtle Curro-Alvarado and the late Joseph R. Curro Jr. of Vicksburg and Mr. and Mrs. Enloe M. Kee III of Woodville. Great-grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Enloe M. Kee Jr. of Woodville. • Tony and Holly Loper announce the birth of a son,

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Whitt Tyman, on Feb. 17, 2010, at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center in Jackson. Maternal grandparents are Terry and Willette Stidham of Mathiston. Paternal grandparents are Sammie and Allan Loper of Vicksburg. • Nathan and Jenny Karel announce the birth of a 6-pound, 11-ounce daughter, Kinsey Monroe, on Feb. 21, 2010, at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center in Jackson. Maternal grandparents are Mark and Judy Monroe. Paternal grandparents are Kerry and Sharon Simmons and Jim and Sharon Karel. • Jonathan Pittman and Glentrice Hunter announce the birth of a 7-pound, 4-ounce daughter, Ja’Riyah Pittman, on March 1, 2010, at River Region Medical Center. Grandparents are Mary Mitchell, Glenn Hunter, Pamela Pittman and David Miller.

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Charlie Gholson lie quipped, “It looks to me like it’s a good time to buy property.” Charlie should be queen of the quips and one-liners. When the checker at the old A&P on Grove and Mission once asked her if she preferred paper or plastic bags, she had an answer for the serious young man who didn’t laugh much. He turned bright red when she told him, “Either will do. I’m bisacktual.” She ranks it as the best pun she’s ever made. One of her best friends was the late Hobbs Freeman. She met him at my house at a weekend party. He had come up from Fayette, she was visiting from Texas “and we had made a late night of it,” she said. “Hobbs and I both tended to drink a bit — it was pardonable as we were both going through divorces. The next morning, Gordon — good Godfearing, church-going man that he is — got up and announced that he was going to church and wanted us to go, and Hobbs being the perfect guest planned to go. I said, ‘Gordon, I’d go but I don’t have anything to wear to church.’ He said, ‘Why don’t you wear what you had on last night?’ And Hobbs said, ‘She can’t wear that to church. It’s been sinned in!’ We became immediate friends.” Charlie loves music, claims

she knows the words to every song ever written, “but I don’t sing so good and they won’t let me.” She recalls a time when she was in the junior high choir at St. Stephens in Texas, and when they sang “There is a Balm in Gilead,” she exploded like a bomb. She was just looking for an excuse to get out of the choir anyway. She’s never lived anywhere else that has so many elections as Mississippi, she said, and among the things she has voted on include continuing pensions for Confederate widows, and another was defining the state line between Mississippi and Alabama which “surely they should have known. I’ve crossed it numerous times.” On answering a telephone political poll once, when asked what quality she looked for most in a candidate, she told the woman, “I tend to choose the one who is not currently under indictment.” The astounded pollster turned to a worker and said, “You’re not going to believe this one.” Charlie’s work record has swung like a pendulum, from working as a cook on a towboat to operating an antique shop, My Great Aunt’s Attic, and has also been a social worker. Her passion, though, is historic preservation and she has been “redoing old houses since I was 25.” It runs in the family, for they still own an 1823 cabin on the ranch in South Texas. Her family, she said, “just never sold anything” and her grandfather, when mayor of Richmond, Texas, saved several buildings, “mainly because something happened there. His home is now the museum for the city of Richmond.” Charlie has her serious side, and she couldn’t be more so than when talking about her work on the Archi-

tectural Review Board for the city. She’s the longestserving member, having been appointed by Mayor Robert M. Walker. “Anybody who has been here a long time has seen what wonderful things we have lost in this town,” she said. A photo of a grand old building, torn down in order to build a service station, “makes me want to cry.” “We’re not just sitting in judgment on your taste,” she explained, “for we have guidelines and the historic zoning ordinance. Those guidelines prohibit the board from imposing personal tastes on anyone. We’ve got to hang on to what we can. Occasionally, you come across something that’s a total lost cause — but then I think about places that have been far from a lost cause that have been torn down. Shamrock, the Porterfield mansion, is an example.” She noted that the Architectural Review Board sometimes is the object of criticism, but said, “I can’t help it. I’m just doing my job” — and it’s truly a public service position, for there is no pay. Of the many projects with which she has been involved, her favorite has been the restoration of the Cobb House for the Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation, “being allowed to do the whole house. I ‘hired on’ Hobbs, who made as much as I did.” But she couldn’t resist another quip: “I’ve not done too many things shameful. And they were fun.” • If I had to drive across country, or travel around the world, and could take only one person with me, it would be Charlie Gholson, for time always flies when you’re having fun. •

Gordon Cotton is an author and historian who lives in Vicksburg.


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Comedy ‘She’s Out of My League’ takes its title too literally By Glenn Whipp The Associated Press Remember the hoo-ha over whether Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigl made a believable couple in Judd Apatow’s “Knocked Up”? The makers of “She’s Out of My League” sure do. They’ve built an entire comedy from the premise, pairing stringbean Apatow alum Jay Baruchel with gorgeous newcomer Alice Eve and surrounding them with a chorus of Doubting Thomas friends who tell them their relationship can never work. The central idea, vaguely lurking around the edges of the movie’s gross-out humor and then spelled out at the end, is pure wish-fulfillment. Nerds and babes can hook up (really!), just so long as the geek possesses a good heart and healthy self-esteem. One problem. The filmmakers forgot to give Baruchel’s yammering, stammering airport security worker an actual personality that might appeal to the opposite sex. Say what you want about the professional prospects of Rogen’s weed-loving loafer in “Knocked Up,” you have to admit the dude made you laugh. And, from what we’ve

film review “Hot Tub Time Machine”) and directed by Jim Field Smith, spends most of its time exploring whether Kirk can indeed make that multi-point leap. And while Baruchel has been doing great things since debuting in the short-lived Apatow sitcom “Undeclared,” the movie gives you absolutely no reason to believe that Molly wouldn’t bail on him after the first date. With his nasal voice and social ineptitude, we could see him as the son Eugene Levy

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Alice Eve and Jay Baruchel in “She’s Out of My League” heard, women do like a sense of humor. The only thing Kirk (Baruchel) has is a sense of awkwardness and self-loathing. When we first meet him, he’s rehearsing the reconciliation speech he plans to spring on his ex-girlfriend (Lindsay Sloane), the same ex-girlfriend who has become a regular (along with her idiot new boyfriend) at Kirk’s parents’

house since their breakup. Pretty pathetic, huh? Kirk’s fortunes take a radical change, however, when he meets Molly (Eve), a beautiful, intelligent woman fresh off a breakup and eager to ease back into dating with a safe, sweet guy like our hero. Kirk’s bro-friends — Stainer (T.J. Miller) and Jack (Mike Vogel) — are astounded and alarmed. Assessing their

never knew existed in some “American Pie” knockoff. But with a girl like Molly? Levy himself would stand a better chance. In fact, Kirk is such a niceguy nonentity here that it’s disappointing whenever “League” cuts away from its more appealing supporting cast. “She’s Out of My League,” a Paramount-Dreamworks release, is rated R for language and sexual content. Running time: 107 minutes. Two stars out of four.

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friend as a “five” and Molly a “hard 10,” they argue that Kirk is upsetting the cosmic laws of sexual attraction. “You can’t jump more than two points!” says Stainer, though why exactly a grown man would listen to advice from someone named Stainer remains perpetually unclear. The movie, written by Sean Anders and John Morris (who have a hand in the upcoming

Robert Pattinson still brooding in love story ‘Remember Me’ By Jake Coyle AP entertainment writer In “Remember Me,” Robert Pattinson has temporarily stepped away from “Twilight,” apparently in search of his “Five Easy Pieces” or “Rebel Without a Cause.” When Pattinson’s character — a wayward, rebellious 21-year-old named Tyler Hawkins — meets who will quickly become his love interest — a fellow NYU student named Ally (Emilie de Ravin) — he informs her that his major is “undecided.” “‘Bout what?” she responds. “Everything,” he says. As a character-defining quote, it’s a long way from Marlon Brando’s “Whaddya got?” in “The Wild One.” Perhaps an earlier draft had him saying he’s getting a “Ph.D. in misanthropy.” Pattinson may be on leave from the narcotic melodrama of “Twilight,” but he’s still in full-on brooding mode. The young actor has an unmistakable screen presence. However in “Remember Me,” he pours it on thickly and selfconsciously. With low eyes, sleeves rolled up just so and cigarette drooping artfully from his mouth, Tyler (like Edward Cullen) is a reluctant romantic. He quotes Gandhi in voiceover, makes love to Sigur Ros and (understandably) can’t be moved to laughter by “American Pie 2.” His deepness runneth over. “Remember Me” begins ominously with the Twin Towers lurking in view behind an elevated subway in 1991 Brooklyn. A woman is senselessly murdered while her young daughter watches. When the film shifts 10 years later, the girl is Ally, whom Tyler meets through a rather preposterous revenge plot directed at her father (Chris Cooper), a New York police officer who roughed Tyler up. Their meeting is orchestrated by Tyler’s roommate, Tate, played by Aiden Hall. But there will be no fan-created Team Tyler vs. Team Tate here. The roommate is an annoying chatterbox, whose comedic moments drag the film. A sense of dread — hinted at by the movie’s title and intoned by Marcelo Zarvos’ score — is carried though the film, which is set in the summer of 2001. Sudden spurts of violence punctuate the story. Long before the big reveal ending, one begins to feel “Remember Me” is romanticizing — even fetishizing — tragedy. There’s a pretentious reveling in emotional scars

film review and painful loss. Tyler is the son of a highpowered attorney (Pierce Brosnan), an absent father to Tyler and Robert h is yo u n g Pattinson sister, Caroline (Ruby Jerins). Some time earlier, Tyler’s older brother committed suicide — the hurtful event that has given Tyler much of his grimness. Heaviness weighs on Ally and her father, too. Cooper is typecast as an uptight, overbearing father, but he’s predictably solid. Brosnan is the highlight of the film, again proving — as he did in Roman Polanski’s recent “The Ghost Writer” — his character actor chops. Tucked stoically behind a

suit, he ably sports a Brooklyn accent in believable, confrontational scenes with Pattinson. Director Allen Coulter shows the same skill in creating atmosphere as he did in “Hollywoodland,” but the script by Will Fetters (his first) is uneven. The most pleasing thing about “Remember Me” is its boldness. It may be affected, but “Remember Me” is at least aiming for an intrigu-

ing character study — a positive sign in the young career of Pattinson (who is also an executive producer). He may very well grow into a less showy actor. For now, Tyler’s response to Ally when she tells him that she’s 19 is the most telling. “I can do teens,” he says. Yes, sir. You certainly can. “Remember Me,”is rated PG-13. Two stars out of four.

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Gary Allan reveals pain on new CD By Michael McCall The Associated Press Many modern Nashville artists cop the macho swagger of the outlaw movement of country music’s past, but few remember how artists like Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson balanced self-aggrandizement with sensitive selfexamination. Gary Allan, to his credit, is tough enough to show a tender side. On his eighth studio album, “Get Off on the Pain,” Allan not only rocks with bluster; he also opens his Gary tortured soul Allan and searches for redemption. A tattooed surfer from California, Allan shows brains as well as brawn on the title cut and on the rampaging “That Ain’t Gonna Fly,” in which he admits he should know by now that his medicine of choice — whiskey and women — doesn’t cure heartaches. But that doesn’t keep him from indulging. However, it’s on the ballads where Allan truly flies. “Along the Way” and “She Gets Me” both find a rowdy rambler acknowledging how much his lover sacrifices to keep him. On the stripped-down “No Regrets,” Allan attunes his voice to convey a hard-earned strength that’s come in the five years since his wife’s suicide.

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Country singer Anne Murray talks of paving way in book By Caitlin R. King The Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Before there was Shania Twain, Celine Dion, or Avril Lavigne, there was Anne Murray — a pop-country international crossover star who paved the way for female singers to emerge out of Canada. “The odds were against me, coming from Nova Scotia,” Murray, 64, said in an interview. “When I was a kid, it was just a wild dream to think that I would’ve had a career like this, and I really didn’t think that was possible. But things just kind of started to roll, and I was caught up in it, and I went with it.” In her autobiography, “All of Me,” Murray reflects on her 41-year career in music. She was the first Canadian female solo singer to reach No. 1 on the U.S. charts and also the first to earn a gold record for “Snowbird” in 1970. Murray was also the first woman and the first Canadian to win “Album of the Year” at the Country Music Association Awards, for her 1984 album “A Little Good News.” Her albums have sold over 54 million copies. She might be best known for her ballad, “You Needed Me.” “The year that I won the Grammy for best pop vocalist (in 1978) was probably a highlight in my career, because it said something for me that I was crossing over all of those lines and that people saw that,” she said. “A lot of people want to put you in a slot. They want to categorize you,” she added. “So I fought that, because I

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In her autobiography, ‘All of Me,’ released last year, Anne Murray reflects on her 41-year career in music. She was the first Canadian female solo singer to reach No. 1 on the U.S. charts and also the first to earn a gold record for ‘Snowbird’ in 1970.

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Anne Murray liked all different kinds of music. If I heard a good country song, like Could I Have This Dance, or ’Somebody’s Always Saying Goodbye,’ I wanted to sing it, a great

song like that. Whether or not I considered myself a country singer, when I sang a country song, I was as good as anybody.” But success did not come

without sacrifice. Touring and various appearances in the United States forced her to be away from her children, Dawn and William Langstroth, for long periods of time. “I started to take them on the road with me, but both of my children developed ear problems. I couldn’t take them. They couldn’t fly,” she said. “So it was hard for me to leave them behind, and I did. And both of them felt it. I felt terrible guilt at having to leave them. So my son really resented the business, and resented the fact that it did take his mother from him.” The demands of her career also put strain on her marriage to Bill Langstroth, which Murray said was a difficult chapter in her life to write about.

“When I was going through all the divorce things, that was really hard to discuss, because nobody wants to talk about their failures,” she said. “Nobody wants to talk about how painful those kinds of things are.” Murray is thankful for what she calls “a wonderful career.” Her most recent album, “Anne Murray’s Christmas Album,” released in 2008, featured a duet with Michael Buble. She suggested it that might be her last. “I’ve been doing it for 41 years,” she said. “I’m grateful that I feel comfortable in the fact that I’m not going to be doing it anymore, and I didn’t know that I could come to this, but I can still sing, and what better time to pack it in than that?”


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PHOTOS BY OUR READERS Judy Jones

Shannon Stevens

Judy Jones of Vicksburg was in her dining room when this gold finch bellied up to perch on the window sill.

Shannon Stevens, at Vicksburg’s Riverfront Park with her 6-year-old twins, proved there was yet another angle from which to shoot the Mississippi River bridges.

Martha Leese

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Darlene Lorinc

Bill Lauderdale

Martha Leese continued her snapping around town, grabbing this canal view through wrought iron on the balcony of the Old Court House Museum.

Deborah Cummins of Vicksburg was on a trip to Perdido Key, Fla., when she snapped this bright sunset.

Darlene Lorinc says this little guy, photographed near her home in Openwood Plantation, indicates spring is on the way.

Bill Lauderdale, Warren County supervisor from District 4, had his yellow Labrador Duke dressed for the winter when the two were duck hunting a few weeks ago.

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Ask the Guys Dear Classified Guys, Every two to three years, I get an itch. Nah, it's not a rash, just the itch to buy a different car. When you spend as much time commuting in it as I do (4 hours a day), you get tired of the same old thing. Sometimes I buy new cars, but the last few were used and I've had great success. However, these days I don't know Duane “Cash” Holze what to do with the whole auto & Todd “Carry” Holze industry in turmoil. Who knows what manufacturer will 03/14/10 be around in a few years. I ©2010 The Classified Guys® was considering an American car, but some models are being diswhile. By then your new car would be before purchasing anything if you're concontinued and other brands are up an antique! cerned. Even a quick search on the interfor sale. Even the foreign cars seem Carry: The auto industry has had net will answer most questions you may plagued with recalls. The next new have about recalls on specific models car I buy could be the last of it's kind! many issues through the decades. Some people may remember the and how to handle them. And if I buy used, how do I know if "Edsel" model that flopped in sales or Carry: If you're buying a used-car, the previous owner has dealt with IN THE CHANCERY the "Pinto" whose fuel tank design the future of any auto company should COURT OF WARREN any recall problems? I want to give COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI could have little affect on your decision. The in to this nagging itch, but INI'm THEnow MATTER OF THE cause explosions in rear-end colGUARDIANSHIP OF lisions. Even the fuel crisis of the car parts and repair industry will be wondering if I should waitNIA until the MINOR, BY LEGAL NOTICE GREEN, around a long time regardless of any FY 2009 MS American AND THOUGH NEXT was enough to change the types auto industry settles all their prob- HER1970's Recovery & Reinvestment ADULT FRIEND, DIANNE of cars being produced. Fortunately, manufacturer's future. Even automolems. What's the best thing to do? Act (ARRA) GREEN

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The automobile industry has seen it's fair share of recalls, but they are not the only ones. In 2006, Dell was forced to recall 4.1 million notebook computers due to the potential for exploding batteries. Apple recalled 1.8 million notebooks for a similar issue. Johnson & Johnson spent over $100 million on withdrawing Tylenol capsules from the market in 1982 after several deaths related to tampering. And most recently, more than 125 different peanut butter products, ranging from dog biscuits to candy bars, have been recalled for the potential of salmonella poisoning.

I've learned the hard way that no one likes a police officer when he's holding a ticket book. Last week I found a car illegally parked in a loading zone and stopped to write a citation. Sure enough, while finishing the paperwork, a man approached and started telling me that I had some nerve for writing a ticket. "For crying out loud," he said, "the flashers are on and it's only been here a few minutes." He continued to talk back and started getting quite rude. Finally I had to warn him, "If you keep it up, I can stand here and write tickets for this car all day long." "Go ahead," the gentleman said, not the least bit worried, "This isn't even my car!"

All About Style Success is often celebrated, but failure is usually remembered. The "Edsel", manufactured from 1958 to 1960, is arguably the worst car blunder ever. During it's brief two years of production, only 118,287 Edsel's were built and sold, about half of the breakeven number required. The company lost nearly $350 million dollars, equivalent to about 1.5 billion dollars today. While many critics site poor workmanship, weak styling or lack of support by chief executives as the cause for failure, the car's reliability is actually considered similar to many of the cars produced at the time.

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Maintenance Workers Delhi, LA ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston has excellent career opportunities for various maintenance positions at our new facility in Delhi. These positions would be responsible for diagnosing maintenance problems, installing and setting up equipment, reading and understanding prints and schematics. Should possess a thorough knowledge and understanding of processing equipment as well as overhaul and repair of said equipment. Seeking a variety of skill sets: boiler/refrigeration, electrical, packaging, diesel/forklift mechanic, waste water operations and general industrial maintenance. These positions may be required to work any shift or all days of the week in accordance with production and/or maintenance schedules. We offer a competitive benefit package, which includes Medical/Dental/Vision coverage and company pension and matched 401K plans. To apply visit www.conagrafoods.com/careers

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17. Wanted To Buy

Horseback Birthday Parties DOG OBEDIENCE CLASS REGISTRATION, Monday, March 22nd 7pm, City Park Pavilion. Information/ Pre-Registration, 601-634-0199 or 601-638-859255. FOR SALE! Shih-Tzu, male, 9 months, shots and wormed, house broken, $300. 601-618-8092, leave message.

Please have your pets spayed and neutered. www.pawsrescuepets.org NEW! PETMATE JUMBO (extra large) dog crate. 40X27Wx30H. $75. 601831-0360.

24. Business Services

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18. Miscellaneous For Sale

$ CASH TODAY I buy junk cars, trucks and vans. Call 601-631-4346. CASH PAID FOR COINS, war relics, antique books and collectibles. Call 601618-2727. WANTED! Vicksburg High School yearbooks from (1966 to 1968). Call 662-455-2271.

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601-636-SELL

18. Miscellaneous For Sale

24. Business Services

WE PAY CASH! for gold, silver, diamonds & coins Scallions Jewelers 1207 Washington St. • 601-636-6413

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CONSTRUCTION

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Quality Service at Competitive Prices #1 Windshield Repair & Replacement

Vans • Cars • Trucks •Insurance Claims Welcome•

AUTO • HOME • BUSINESS Jason Barnes • 601-661-0900

• Bulldozer & Construction

BUFORD

12. Schools & Instruction

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$178,500 Country living at its best. Come sit and watch the deer off the 90 ft x 12 ft deck overlooking the woods. This property is very private, features, 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, hardwood floors, ceramic tile, updated bathrooms, open floorplan, large bar, bonus room/office,inground swimming pool, wired workshop and pasture area suitable for horses

AKC BOXER PUPPIES. Quality, Fawns and flashy fawn, multiple Championship bloodlines. Females, $400. 601-446-6179, 769234-2691.

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• BONDED • INSURED

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209,000

601-415-5097

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BETH MAZZANTI 109 GRANITE WAY

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Unbelievable amenities in place at the price point. 1 acre in the county, w/finished wired shop & storage bldg, fruit trees & garden areas. Separate drive for shop. The house has ceramic tile floors for living areas & new carpet going in the BR's. The sunroom looks over a private area. Custom built-ins maximize space.

124,900

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114 GREY OAKS - Precious bungelow right off Rifle Range Rd.on Grey Oaks. Perfect starter home. $97,900.

SAVANNAH HILLS LIKE BRAND NEW beautiful 1.5 story, lg. master suite downstairs, plus guest BR/B down. Custom cabinetry throughout, granite counter tops in kitchen, gas log FP, office, wine bar, hardwood, carpet, ceramic floors. Upstrs. 2BR/1B, huge closets. 1/2 lot next door to be conveyed w/purchase.

Beautiful home in Forrest Cove Sub. 3 bedroom 2 bath with built in vanity in master bath. whirlpool tub, ceramic floors, wood ceilings, tray ceilings, stained concrete floors, nice patio, and totally fenced backyard. Must see to appreciate.

134 CHOCTAW CIRCLE

Affordable New Lisitings 3774 RING ROAD - Affordable home, only $93,900. Well maintained brick home in south county.

206 ST CHARLES PLACE

234 Manchester

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Taking consignments from March 13th through 19th.

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17. Wanted To Buy WE BUY ESTATES. Households and quality goods. Best prices. You call, we haul! 601-415-3121, 601-661-6074. www.msauctionservice.com

18. Miscellaneous For Sale 24 FOOT GOOSE neck trailer. 3 axle, new 10 ply tires, steel floors and side rails. $2500. 601-529-2183.

18. Miscellaneous For Sale

20. Hunting

BOW FLEX ULTIMATE II. Excellent shape, $1,000. 318-331-1737.

NEW! TURKEY DECOYS. Carry Lite “Real Foam Pair� (Jake/ Hen) $12. 601-831-0360.

NEW GENERATORS

               

!! "!#  $%  & ' (      #'(  SIDE BY SIDE refrigerator, washer/dryer like new, dinette and China cabinet fair condition. 601-618-7990

THE PET SHOP “Vicksburg’s Pet Boutique�

3216 Washington Large shipment of designer handbags & wallets.Children & adult name brand shoes. Brenda Love.

at DISCOUNT

2106 Cherry Street NEW ITEMS: Aquarium Sets with latest slim filters & colored or fluorescent lighting, colorful hermit crabs. Doggie sweaters- tiny to large are here, bring your friend in for a perfect fit!

USED TIRES! LIGHT trucks and SUV's, 16's, 17's, 18's, 19's, 20's. A few matching sets! Call Archie or Lionel, 601-638-3252.

FURNITURE BARN

601-638-7191

600 Jackson St, Vicksburg DYNA- GLO. 12,000 – 18,000 BTU infrared butane heater. $75. 601-634-6121, leave message. FOR LESS THAN 45 cents per day, have The Vicksburg Post delivered to your home. Only $14 per month, 7 day delivery. Call 601-636-4545, Circulation Department. FOR SALE! Washer and dryer, good condition, $125 each. Refrigerator, $125. Call 601-218-4768.

Fresh Seafood, Fresh Sack Oysters, Live Crawfish $2.50/ lb Cheapest Prices in Town

SUMMIT VIPER CLIMBER tree stand. Very good condition, foot rest, side accessory bags and shooting arm. $150. 601831-0360.

21. Boats, Fishing Supplies 1997 RANGER BASS BOAT R-80 150 Evinrude Intruder with trailer. $10,000. Call 601-218-2020. 2007 RANGER FISH-N-PLAY Reata. 18 foot, loaded, 150 horse power Yamaha outboard, like new condition. $25,500. 601-415-4295.

The Vicksburg Post

29. Unfurnished Apartments

24. Business Services

24. Business Services

24. Business Services

FREE ESTIMATES ROOFING & RESTORATION

D&D TREE CUTTING & Trimming & Lawn Care. For free estimates, call “Big James� at 601-218-7782.

•Roof & Home Repair (all types!) •30 yrs exp •1,000’s of ref Licensed • Insured

QUALITY PAINTING and Pressure Washing for the lowest price. Call Willie Walker at 601-638-2107.

MC TREE TRIMMING Services, Licensed and bonded, roofing and dirt for sale. Call 601-600-9571

GOODWIN FLOOR FINISHING. Install, sand, refinish hardwood floors, 98 percent dust free, commercial equipment used. Free estimates. 601-636-41228, 601-529-1457.

River City Lawn Care You grow it we mow it! Affordable and professional. Lawn and landscape maintenance. Cut, bag, trim, edge. 601-529-6168.

TREY GORDON

601-618-0367

29. Unfurnished Apartments

29. Unfurnished Apartments

19. Garage & Yard Sales

FOR THE BEST prices on furniture at 7059 Fisher Ferry Road, Sandy's 3 Way Convenience Store and Deli, factory direct furniture corner of Fisher Ferry and Jeff Davis Road. 601-6368429.

What's going on in Vicksburg this weekend? Read The Vicksburg Post! For convenient home delivery call 601-636-4545, ask for circulation.

29. Unfurnished Apartments

29. Unfurnished Apartments

29. Unfurnished Apartments

AUDUBON PLACE For those adults who like a safe community setting with the best neighbors in Vicksburg. Discount for Senior Citizens available

415-3333 • 638-1102 • 636-1455

Bradford Ridge Apartments

and

Toni Walker Terrett Attorney At Law 601-636-1109

• CABLE FURNISHED • HIGH SPEED INTERNET ACCESS AVAILABLE • NUMEROUS LAVISH AMENITIES • SPARKLING SWIMMING POOL • BASKETBALL COURT • VOLLEYBALL COURT

VICKSBURGS NEWEST, AND A WELL MAINTAINED FAVORTIE. EACH WITH SPACIOUS FLOOR PLANS AND SOPHISTICATED AMENITIES.

• Bankruptcy Chapter 7 and 13 • Social Seurity Disability • No-fault Divorce

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READ THE CLASSIFIEDS daily!

34. Houses For Sale

Tour 1

601-661-0765 • 601-415-3333

➢ 2:00-2:20

➢ 2:00-2:20

245 McAuley

6023 Castle Drive

Herb Jones

• 3B/2.5BA, 3,176 sf. • Completely updated • Lake lot, opulent master • $349,900

➢ 2:30-2:50

➢ 2:30-2:50

305 McAuley

10 Lakeland Park Drive

• 3B/2.5BA, 1,973 sf. • Large kitchen, bonus room • 32x28 wired shop • $172,500

➢ 3:00-3:20

➢ 3:00-3:20

1804 Vicklan

206 Alfred

• 3B/1.5BA, 1,340 sf. • Ready & Reduced • Don’t miss tax credit! • REDUCED $101,500

➢ 3:30-3:50

➢ 3:30-3:50

2200 Cherry Street

6 Signal Hill Lane

• 4B/2BA, 2,700+ sf. • Prestigious Signal Hills • Over 2 wooded acres • $235,900

➢ 4:00-4:20

➢ 4:00-4:20

2813 Drummond Street

4534 Halls Ferry Road

• 2B/1BA, 1,092 sf. • Completely renovated • Don’t miss tax credit $8,000! • $84,900

➢ 4:30-4:50 1454 Parkside Drive

• 3B/1.5BA, 1,500 sf. • Great neighborhood, hilltop • Don’t miss tax credit $8,000! • $92,000

• Rent Based On Income

SENIOR CITIZEN DISCOUNT

JerĂŠ Jabour

Tour 2

• 4B/2.5BA, 3,640 sf. • Built in 1886 • Corner of Cherry & Arthur • $230,000

APARTMENTS FOR ELDERLY & DISABLED CITIZENS!

AUTOMATIC SPRINKLER SYSTEM

34. Houses For Sale

601-529-5654 601-301-0625 601-218-0022 601-831-1840

• 3B/2BA, 1,978 sf. • Glenwood Circle area • Don’t miss tax credit $8,000! • $163,000

MAGNOLIA MANOR

SUPERIOR QUALITY, CUSTOM OAK CABINETS, EXTRA LARGE MASTER BEDROOM, & WASHER / DRYER HOOKUPS SAFE!!! ALL UNITS HAVE

• 2160 S. Frontage Rd.

34. Houses For Sale

Katina “Gidget� Tim DeRossette Comans

• 3B/1.5BA, 1,395 sf. • Wildwood less than $100,000 • Don’t miss tax credit! • REDUCED $95,000

601-638-7831 • 201 Berryman Rd

Be the first to live in one of our New Apartments! Available January 1st 2010

601-636-0503

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• 3B/3BA, 1,742 sf. • Reduced & Ready • Don’t miss tax credit! • REDUCED $129,500

Great Location, Hard-Working Staff

SHAMROCK A PA RT M E N T S

34. Houses For Sale

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34. Houses For Sale

Ask How To Qualify for the $8,000 601-634-8928 Tax 2170 South Frontage Rd. Vicksburg, MS 39180 Credit!

601-638-1102 * 601-415-3333

Toll Free 1-866-238-8861

INTO THE GOOD LIFE! Spacious 1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartment homes!

BACK HOE WORK Drains, tree removal, septic tanks. Free estimate! Contact Herman Thomas Call 601-456-6154 or 601218-6176 .

Live in a Quality Built Apartment for LESS! All brick, concrete floors and double walls provide excellent soundproofing, security, and safety.

3515 MANOR DRIVE VICKSBURG, MS

CROSS OVER Apartment Homes

24. Business Services

34. Houses For Sale

29. Unfurnished Apartments

WILL CLEAN VACANT houses/ apartments. Call The Clean-Up Woman, 662832-9237.

STRICK’S SEAFOOD

601-218-2363

DIRT AND GRAVEL hauled. 8 yard truck. 601638-6740.

SPRING CLEANING ON your list? Let us do the work for you! Quality Cleaning, painting, power washing. Free estimates, 601-2149805.

1, 2, & 3 bedrooms and townhomes available immediately.

What's going on in Vicksburg this weekend? Read The Vicksburg Post! For convenient home delivery, call 601-636-4545, ask for circulation.

24. Business Services

Tour 3

• 4B/2BA, 1,522 sf. • Completely renovated • Don’t miss tax credit $8,000! • $88,500

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➢ 2:00-2:20

➢ 2:00-2:20

109 Granite Way

103 Willow Creek Circle

• 4B/2BA, 1,904 sf. • Tall ceilings, upstairs bonus • Partial privacy fence • $209,000

• 3B/2BA, 2,040 sf. • Huge family room • Bovina school district • REDUCED $159,900

➢ 2:30-2:50

➢ 2:30-2:50

101 Andover Circle

206 Willow Court

• 3B/2BA, 2,066 sf. • NEW CONSTRUCTION!!! • Kraftmaid cabinets • REDUCED $215,900

• 3B/2BA, 1,585 sf. • New to market!!! • Bovina school district • $129,900

➢ 3:00-3:20

➢ 3:00-3:20

100 Covington Quarters

1845 Highway 27

• 3B/2BA, 1,739 sf. • Over an acre, built in 2007 • Outdoor cooking area • Covered porch, $185,900

➢ 3:30-3:50 1640 Oak Ridge Road

• 3B/2BA, 1,618 sf. • Completely renovated by Curb Appeals • Move-in Ready @ $149,900

➢ 4:30-4:50 103 Woodstone

• 4B/3BA, 3,684 sf. • Open & spacious • Double lot, quiet cul-de-sac • Fairways - $270,000

• 5B/3.5BA, 3,321 sf. • Formal & informal areas • 2 car garage, 2 car carport • REDUCED $250,000

Ask How To Qualify for the $8,000 601-634-8928 Tax 2170 South Frontage Rd. Vicksburg, MS 39180 Credit! Each Office Independently Owned & Operated

COLDWELL BANKER TOUR OF HOMES • SUNDAY, MARCH 14 • 2:00 - 4:50 P.M.


Sunday, March 14, 2010

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26. For Rent Or Lease

29. Unfurnished Apartments

33. Commercial Property

4216 1/2 HALLS FERRY Road, 2 story building, 1000 square foot. Call 601-6383211.

CLEAN 2 BEDROOMS, 1 bath. Wood floors, appliances, $650 monthly, 3321 Drummond. 601-415-9191.

1713 CLAY STREET. 1,200+ square feet available/ office space. Call 601618-8659 or 601-429-5005.

OFFICE SUITE NEAR CORPS Museum. Kitchenette, shower, Wi-Fi, parking, 600 square feet. $495. 601-529-6093.

27. Rooms For Rent $270 MONTHLY, $75 deposit. $350 with private bath. Central heat, phone, cable, furnished. 601-2724564. CENTRAL HEAT/ AIR, cable, convenient location. Deposit $200. 601-629-6070, leave message. NIGHTLY, WEEKLY, MONTHLY RATES. Between Ameristar and Diamond Jacks Casino. Multiple night discounts, no deposit, best prices in town. DIXIANA MOTEL 4041 WASHINGTON STREET VICKSBURG, MS.

28. Furnished Apartments COMPLETELY FURNISHED CORPORATE APARTMENT All utilities paid, laundry room provided, 1 bedroom. $900 monthly. Studio apartment $750. 601-415-9027, 601-638-4386.

29. Unfurnished Apartments

Confederate Ridge 780 Hwy 61 North

1 BEDROOM BLOWOUT SPECIAL

ONLY $475 Call for Details 601-638-0102 1 BEDROOM, Gated community. Hardwood, washer/ dryer, central heat/ air. $450 monthly. Elderly and disabled welcome. 1115 First North, 512-787-7840. 1, 2 AND 3 BEDROOM APARTMENTS, downtown. $400 to $650 monthly, deposit required. 601-638-1746. APARTMENTS FOR RENT. 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms available. Autumn Oaks. 601636-0447.

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FAMILY ATMOSPHERE Newly remodeled 2 and 3 bedrooms. Paid cable, water and trash.Washer, dryer and microwave included. $0 deposit. Call 601-415-8735 or 601-638-5587

Commodore Apartments 1, 2 & 3 Bedrooms 605 Cain Ridge Rd. Vicksburg, MS 39180

DOWNTOWN, BRICK, Marie Apartments. Total electric, central air/ heat, stove, refrigerator. $500, water furnished. 601-6367107, trip@msubulldogs.org

Office or Retail Suite B-Apprx. 2450 sq. ft. Great Location! Easy Access! High Visability!

30. Houses For Rent

Brian Moore Realty Connie - Owner/ Agent

34. Houses For Sale

31. Mobile Homes For Rent ONE BEDROOM TRAILER. 1 or 2 people per trailer, no pets. 601-634-8686.

32. Mobile Homes For Sale 121 IMPALA. 4 bedrooms, 2 baths. All offers will be considered! Ward Real Estate, 601-634-6898. 1998 BELMONT. 16X80, will sell and set-up as is for $13,900, needs carpet and minor repairs. Call Darren, 228-669-3505. 2001 28x80. 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, new carpet and linoleum, formal dining, fireplace, huge walk-ins, big tub, large bedrooms, set-up with air conditioner. $39,900. Call Darren, 228669-3505.

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WE STILL HAVE several land/ homes left in Pearl, Vicksburg and Florence. No Credit Check! Call for details, ask for Darren, 228669-3505.

34. Houses For Sale

McMillin Real Estate

Move-In Ready-1 mile from Warren Central, 4 BR/2BA, fresh paint, updated throughout, new wood laminate floors, new carpet, new ceramic floors and countertops in kitchen & baths, 12x20 wired workshop, 1 acre lot on cul-de-sac. For appointment, 601-415-3022.

601-636-8193 VicksburgRealEstate.com 2418 Drummond St Circa 1900. 4300 sq. ft. 4 BR and 3 BA, custom kitchen. 13 Riverwood Cir Incredible view of the river & bridges. Once it’s gone, there will not be another chance for a view like this.

tive.

Open Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:30pm

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LOOKING FOR YOUR DREAM HOME?

1104 NOTTINGHAM ROAD Move in ready, 3 bedroom, 2 bath. Features include: Walk-in closets, eat-in kitchen, open to living room. Stainless appliances, updated bathrooms, large laundry room, ceramic tile, wood laminate flooring, scored and stained back patio, spacious back yard for kids. Located on quiet cul-de-sac in Openwood Plantation. Asking $144,900. Great floor plan, must see! Call 601415-6889 or 601-618-0845.

Jones & Upchurch Real Estate Agency 1803 Clay Street www.jonesandupchurch.com Carla Watson...............601-415-4179 Judy Uzzle.................601-994-4663 Mary D. Barnes.........601-966-1665 Stacie Bowers-Griffin...601-218-9134 Rip Hoxie, Land Pro....601-260-9149 Jill Waring Upchurch....601-906-5012 Andrea Upchurch.......601-831-6490 Broker, GRI

601-636-6490 Mission Park Dr. Mission 66 Commercial Lots. $50,000 Pear Orchard Offices 1,000 sq. ft. $73,500 Redwood Road, 1 acre lots, $20,000. Timberlane, 1560 sq ft. dbl wide, 5.3 acres, $110,000. Newit Vick, 6 acres, $72,500 898 National St., Duplex, $44,500 Openwood, Clubhouse Cir. & shop, 5,000 sq. ft. $69,900. Jennifer Gilliland, McMillin Real Estate 601-218-4538

113 NORTH DRIVE. Purchase this home by April 30, and receive your $8000 tax credit for first time home buyers. Features include 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, large eat-in kitchen, carpet, ceramic tile, wood laminate flooring, spacious backyard for the kids. All situated on 2.8 acres. Call Sybil at Varner Real Estate for an appointment. $130,000. 601-218-2869.

4909 OAK RIDGE ROAD Completely rebuilt, approximately 1100 square feet, hardwood, ceramic floors, 2 car carport, all appliances included, 1 acre. Asking $110,000. 601-8312073 or 601-638-0927.

CALL 601-636-SELL AND PLACE

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Please call one of these Coldwell Banker professionals today: Jimmy Ball 601-218-3541 Kellye Carlisle 601-529-4215 Gidget Comans 601-529-5654 Katherine Crawford 601-218-0020 Reatha Crear 601-831-1742 Jeré Jabour 601-218-0022 Herb Jones 601-831-1840 Valorie Spiller 601-456-6234 Harley Caldwell, Broker

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501 Fairways Drive Vicksburg

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JIM HOBSON

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225 Boundary Line. 20 acres,new home with Inground pool. 100x150 riding arena.

601-636-0502

35. Lots For Sale

40. Cars & Trucks

CANTRELL COVE SUBDIVISION

1992 FORD 350 Diesel U-Haul, $1500. 1997 Dodge Ram Van, Custom, burgundy, 2500. 318-574-1949, 318-341-9723.

Owner: Ollie Cantrell, Jr. Reduced to: $20,000 Each Quiet, country living, easy access to Vicksburg & Tallulah! Approximately 1.5 Acre Lots Mound, LA Exit - Highway 602 (1 Mile South of I-20 Interstate)

318-574-3610

39. Motorcycles, Bicycles 2002 HONDA GL1800 Gold Wing. Illusion blue, new tires, 4 helmets, cover. $10,500. 601-634-0644, 601-415-8682. 2008 HONDA 250 Nighthawk. Less than 600 miles, good condition. $2900. Call 601-218-4559, after 6:30pm.

3774 Ring Road. Affordable home, well maintained in south county. $93,900.

Eagle Lake 16665 Hwy 465 3/2, large lot, metal roof, waterfront, updated, $165,000

2008 KAWASAKI VERSYS 650 twin. Candy apple red with hard saddle bags. 1200 miles. $4,850. Call 318-547-0296.

114 Grey Oaks Precious bungalow off Rifle Range Road. Perfect starter home.

16853 Hwy 465 2 bedrooms u/s, apartment d/s, pier, deck, $165,000.

40. Cars & Trucks

304 Linda Dr Affordable 3 BR, 2 BA, 1766 sq. ft. Large flat yard with storage bldg and garden spot.

601-415-9179 McMillin Real Estate

Call Bette Paul Warner, 601 218 1800. www.lakehouse.com McMillin Real Estate

$888 DOWN $200 per month! (Social Security Income OK) R&C Auto Sales 601-218-1150.

1998 MERCURY SABLE. Fair condition. $600 negotiable. 601-619-4533 or 601-618-5448. 2000 MAZADA 626, ONE owner, good condition, $4,500. Call 601-634-0078 2002 DODGE Quad Cab, 4x4, $7995. 2001 Dodge automatic, air, $3995. R&C Auto Sales 601-218-1150. 2004 NISSAN MAXIMA SE. 1 owner, wine colored, leather, sun roof. Very nice. Was $11,900, Reduced to $9,700. 601-634-0320. 2007 NISSAN XTERRA, 35,000 miles, one owner, like new, $16,000. Call 601634-0078 2008 MERCURY MARQUIS, low mileage, good condition. Asking $15,000. Call 601-636-0635 BOTTOM LINE AUTO SALES We finance! Corner of Fisher Ferry Road and Jeff Davis Road. 601-529-1195.

G O O D C re d i t B A D C re d i t N O C re d i t NO PROBLEM Gary has a Financing Program for everyone Gary’s Cars for Less 3524 Hwy 61 South Get Pre-Approved 601-883-9995

Call 601-636-SELL to sell your Car or Truck!

Grange Hall Rd.- Appr. 1 acre, 3BR, 2BA, 2,240 sq.ft., shop. Only $106,000. Call Kai. Pear Orchard- 1,936 sq.ft., 3BR, 2BA, large LR, DR, great condition, only $175,000. Call Jim. ■ Stockton- 3-year-old manufactured home, 4BR, 3BA, 2,116 sq.ft., shop, on 7.63 acres. Call Bob. ■ Indiana Ave.- 3BR, 2BA, wood floors, central H&A, plus guest house. Call Jim. ■ Parkview- 2BR, LR, DR, only $37,500. Call Jim. ■ Campbell Swamp- 1.1 acrec, Private, 3BR, 2.5BA, only $49,900. Call Jim. ■ North Drive- 2.8 acres, 3BR, 2 BA, ceramic, wood, central H&A. Call Sybil. ■ Amberleaf- Great condition, 1.7 wooded acres, 3BR, 2BA, 1,741 sq.ft., covered patio, double garage. Call Jim. REDUCED!! ■ Wildwood- 2,455 sq. ft., 2 car garage, wood and brick flooring, lots of built-ins, REDUCED TO $139,900. Call Jim. ■ Rawhide- 5BR, 2.5BA, 1.17 acres, porch, screened patio. Call Rick. ■ Vicklan- 4BR, formal areas, great kitchen, hardwood floors, FP, 2,500+ sq.ft., overlooking the park. Call Jim. REDUCED TO $179,900. ■ Two Duplex Units- Warrenton Road, 2 & 3BR, FP, Builtins. Call Jim. ■ Brandi Lane- 4BR, 3BA, custom home, 1 year old on 2.89 acres, REDUCED. Call Jim 415-0211. ■ Starlight- 3BR, 2BA, central H&A, great condition. REDUCED $73,800, call Jim. ■ Greenbriar- Steal this! $57,500, FP, 3BR, 2BA, 2 car garage. Call Rick. ■ Falcon Ridge- New & ready - 9ft. ceilings, hardwood floors, granite counter tops, FP, 3BR, 2BA. Call Jim Hobson Builders 415-0211. ■ City- New central H&A, new carpet, 3BR, 2BA, REDUCED TO $34,920, seller pays closing cost. Call Jim. ■ Warriors Trail- 5.9 acres, 4BR, 2BA, brick, fenced for horses. Call Jim. ■ Dogwood Lakes- Approx. 2,800 sq. ft., 4.4 acres, custom home, 10ft. ceilings, hardwood floors, large shop. Call Jim. ■ Fisher Ferry- 4.6 acres plus 3BR mobile home and shop. $65,000. Call Sybil. ■ Nailor Road- 10 acres, flat and rolling – great for horses. Call Sybil. ■ Edwards- 15 acres. Call Kai. ■ Marion Park- Excellent condition, 2,400 sq. ft. formal areas, huge den, office, FP, in-ground pool. Call Rick 218-1150. ■ Eagle Lake- 2,700+ sq. ft. On the lake, 4BR, 2BA, shop, in-ground pool. Call Jim 415-0211. REDUCED TO $162,500. ■ Hwy. 61 South- 1,800 sq. ft. Office on 7.5 acres level land. Call Rick 218-1150. ■ Center Point- Dogwood Lakes - 1 acre lake lot. Call Tony 636-0502. ■ Acadia Ridge- 1.23 Acre lot, exclusive area. Only $45,000. Call Jay 456-1318. ■ 227 Acres- Hunting land, pond, woods & some WRP. Call Sybil 218-2869. ■ Edwards- 8 acres, Bradley Road. Call Sybil 218-2869. ■ Clay St. - 2 large office buildings. For details call Jim. ■ Hwy. 61 S - 2 acres with large office building. ■ Warehouse - 41,000 sq. ft. + 3,000 sq. ft. of office on 6 fenced acres. Call Jim. ■ Corner of Cherry & East Ave. - former bank, many uses. Call Jim. ■ 1-20 Frontage Rd. - 7,000 sq. ft. strip center, great cash flow. Call Jim. ■ Hwy. 61 S - 8 acres flat and ready. Call Jim. ■ Falcon Ridge - Choose your lot and custom plan. Jim Hobson Builders. ■ Freetown Road - 3 acres up to 30, wooded, paved. Call Bob. ■ Hwy. 27 - 2.5 acres, 1,700 sq. ft. shop. Call Sybil. ■ Sherwood Forest - 1.4 acres, wooded. Call Sybil. ■ Wisconsin Ave. - 2.5 acres. Call Jim. ■ Hwy. 61 S - Commercial, 5 acres. Call Jim. ■ Hwy. 61 N - Land surrounding the hospital, take your pick. Call Jim. ■ Warriors Trail - 3.94 acres. Call Sybil. ■ Turning Leaf - Lot - Call Bob. ■ Washington Street - Formerly Blackburn Motors, several large buildings, many uses – office, warehouse or retail. For sale or lease, will subdivide. Call Jim ■ Cherry St. - 7,500 sq. ft. office building, good condition. Lease or sale. Call Jim. ■ Washington Street - Corner lot, 1,400 sq. ft. bldg., paved parking. Only $57,500. ■ 1.3 Acres - County, great for mobile home. $11,500. Call Jim. ■ Joyce Lane - 1 acres, $10,500. Call Jim. ■ Clay Street - Commercial lot, next to McDonald’s. Call Jim. ■ Bovina Cut-off Road - 16 acres will subdivide. Call Bob. ■ Eagle Lake - 190 ft. Dock, lake lot, 3BR, 2BA, Great view, built-ins, Central H&A, fresh paint. Reduced. Call Jim 415-0211. ■ Good City Location - Hardwood floors, sunken LR, DR, FP, den, custom kitchen, 3BR, 2BA, great condition. REDUCED to $139,900. Owner Pays Closing Cost. Call Jim. ■ Mobile Home Lot - Ready, .35 acre, water, power, and septic. Call Kai. ■ Clay St. - 3,000 sq. ft. office building. Reduced to $80,000, will look at any offer. Call Jim. ■ Bowling Alley - Use or tear down and rebuild on this valuable land. Price reduced. Call Jim. ■ Dogwood Lakes - 1.1 acres, nice house site, only $24,900. Call Jim. ■ Hwy. 27 - Choose your lot, build to suit - Commercial or Ind., Church, etc. Call Jim. ■ Hunters - 259 acres, Deer,Ducks, Turkey. Other tracts available. Call Bob. ■ Acadia Ridge - Exclusive Garden Homes, 10 & 11 1/2 ft. ceilings, hardwood and scored concrete floors, stone counter tops, heavy moldings, Abuts Vicksburg Country Club. Call Jim Hobson Builders - 601-415-0211. We Custom Build! ■ East Clay Street - 6.6 acres, will divide. Call Jim. ■ Hwy. 3 - Lot 1.6 acres. Call Catherine. Kay Odom, GRI, REALTOR®........................601-638-2443 Kay Hobson, REALTOR-ASSOCIATE®.....................601-638-8512 Jake Strait, GRI, REALTOR-ASSOCIATE®.................601-218-1258 Bob Gordon, REALTOR-ASSOCIATE® ....................601-831-0135 Tony Jordan, REALTOR-ASSOCIATE® .....................601-630-6461 Alex Monsour,REALTOR-ASSOCIATE® ..................601-415-7274 Jay Hobson, REALTOR-ASSOCIATE® ......................601-456-1318 Kai Mason, REALTOR-ASSOCIATE® .......................601-218-5623 Daryl Hollingsworth, REALTOR® ......................601-415-5549 REAL ESTATE INC. Sybil Carraway,REALTOR® .............................601-218-2869 Catherine Roy,REALTOR-ASSOCIATE® ..................601-831-5790 JIM HOBSON Rick McAlister,REALTOR-ASSOCIATE® ..................601-218-1150 REALTOR® • BUILDER • APPRAISER Mincer Minor,REALTOR-ASSOCIATE®...................601-529-0893 Jimhobson.realtor.com Jim Hobson, GRI & CRS, REALTOR®-Builder, Certified General Appraiser..........................601-415-0211 601-636-0502 ■ ■

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420 Lake Forest. 5 BR, 3 BA, over 2600 sq. ft. New addition with incredible master suite. $219,900.

Voted #1 Apartments in the 2009 Reader’s Choice

• 1, 2 & 3 Bedroom Apts. • Beautifully Landscaped

Daryl Hollingsworth..601-415-5549

BEVERLY MCMILLIN Licensed in MS and LA

Kay Odom..........601-638-2443 Kay Hobson.......601-638-8512 Jake Strait...........601-218-1258 Bob Gordon........601-831-0135 Tony Jordan........601-630-6461 Alex Monsour.....601-415-7274 Jay Hobson..........601-456-1318 Kai Mason...........601-218-5623 Sybil Caraway....601-218-2869 Catherine Roy....601-831-5790 Rick McAllister..601-218-1150 Mincer Minor.....601-529-0893 Jim Hobson.........601-415-0211

203 John Allen St. Adorable home, ready to move in. 3 bdrms, 1 baths. 1253 sq. ft. $89.900.

3 BEDROOMS, 2 BATHS. Only $22,500. Also 28x80 4 bedrooms with land, in Bovina area. Reduced for quick sale. 601-218-5656 or 601-218-2582.

KEEP UP WITH ALL THE LOCAL NEWS AND SALES... SUBSCRIBE TO THE VICKSBURG POST TODAY! CALL 601-636-4545, ASK FOR CIRCULATION.

34. Houses For Sale

17727 Hwy 465 Eagle Lake frontage. 3076 sq. ft. on 1.7 acres.

Check the real estate listings in the classifieds daily.

3 BEDROOM, 3.5 bath brick home. 3000 plus square feet, beautiful home, excellent condition, overlooking pond. $1500 monthly. 601-529-0870.

HOME FOR SALE. Cary, Ms, adorable 3 bedroom, 2 bath home, 1200 square feet, front/ back porches. 662-907-0619.

BEAUTIFUL LAKESIDE LIVING

1911 Mission 66

318-322-4000

LOS COLINAS. SMALL 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath Cottage. Close in, nice. $795 monthly. 601-831-4506.

601.630.8209

BUILDINGS FOR SALE! Located in Fayette, MS. Please call 601-786-3943, ask for James Shannon.

TAKING APPLICATIONS!! 3 bedrooms. $450. Also 4 bedrooms, $500 monthly. Refrigerator and stove furnished. $200 deposit for both. Call 601-634-8290

EAGLE LAKE. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, mostly furnished, on lake. $800 monthly, deposit, references, lease required. 601218-5348.

Candy Francisco FHA & VA Mortgage Originator ! Conventional ! Construction Mortgage ! First-time Loans Homebuyers !

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2 BEDROOMS, INTERIOR freshly painted, hardwood floors, $675 monthly. 601618-5071.

Ask Us.

2150 South Frontage Road

NOW LEASING! 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms. Magnolia Commons of Vicksburg, off Highway 61 South. 601-619-6821.

HANDYMAN SPECIAL! 1998 28x76, 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, living room, den with fireplace, kitchen island. $15,000. Call John, 601672-5146.

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32X80. 1998 PALM Harbor, 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, fireplace, huge rooms, new appliances, set up with air conditioner. $39,900. Call Darren, 228-669-3505.

Vicksburg’s Most Convenient Luxury Apartments!

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VOTED AS ONE OF THE BEST NEW & USED CAR DEALERS IN 2009 READER’S CHOICE!!

The Car Store CARS • CARS • CARS• CARS $

00 BUICK CENTURY LIMITED V1976 ........24 Months @ 260 per month .. 1435*down 99 MERCURY GRAND MARQUIS GS V1913 ....23 Months @ 270 per month ..$1465*down 02 NISSAN SENTRA GXE V1915 ........24 Months @ 280 per month ..$1585*down 01 PONTIAC GRAND PRIX GT V1844 ..24 Months @ 270 per month ....$1615*down 01 PONTIAC BONNEVILLE SLE V1979 24 Months @ 290 per month ..$1870*down 06 CHEVY COLBALT LS V1973 ..............24 Months @ 310 per month ....$1915*down 06 PONTIAC GRAND PRIX V1926 ..........23 Months @ 340 per month ..$2375*down 04 NISSAN ALTIMA SE V1969 ..............23 Months @ 360 per month ..$2545*down

‘08 Chevrolet Colorado

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TRUCKS • TRUCKS • TRUCKS $ 01 TOYOTA TUNDRA ..................12 Months @ 250 per month .... 1315*down 01 FORD RANGER XLT EXT CAB ....24 Months @ 280 per month ..$1585*down 02 FORD F150 XLT EXT CAB ....23 Months @ 340 per month ..$2270*down 00 FORD F150 XLT EXT CAB ....24 Months @ 340 per month ..$2455*down $

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2006 Nissan Sentra, 4 dr

$10,495 2009 Nissan Sentra, 4 dr, only 7,000 miles

2009 Toyota Corolla, 4 dr, LE

$13,585 2007 Mustang, Convertible

$15,998 $15,998

2006 Mercury Grand Marquis LS

$13,995 2008 Nissan Altima 2.5S, 4 dr, power roof

$16,995

2008 HHR LS

$13,998 2006 Cadillac CTS, 4 dr.

$16,998

2008 Mazda 6, 4 dr., 40,000 mi.

$13,998 2007 Honda Accord EXL, V6, low miles

$17,998

2009 Nissan Versa, 4 dr. auto

$13,998 2008 Honda Accord, 4 dr, LXP, low miles

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GMC TRUCK MONTH

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2009 GMC Sierra 2500

2009 GMC Sierra

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Equipped with 6.6L Duramax Diesel, Allison transmission, SLE preferred package, steering wheel radio controls, dual zone air, bluetooth, fog lamps, adjustable power pedals, remote vehicle start, rear defogger, power heated mirrors, HD trailering equipment. #41051

Equipped with 3.73 rear axle, skid plate, SLE preferred package, steering wheel radio controls, air conditioner, bluetooth, fog lamps, 5.3L V8, 20” chrome-clad aluminum wheels, Pro-sport package and more. #41137

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Equipped with white diamond paint, 2nd row bucket seats, SLT equipment package, heated front and 2nd row seats, power operated lift gate, 2nd row power release seat and more. #41199

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Mind, Body & SPirit

This is a series of special sections that gauges Vicksburg and Warren County. For four weeks, the sections will take a look at different aspects of life in the area. tFebruary 28: Business & Leisure t March 7: Home & Garden tMarch 14: Mind, Body & Spirit tMarch 21: Industry

Fasting for life Sunday, March 14, 2010 • SE C TI O N E

PhoTo IllusTRATIon by mEREdITh sPEnCER•The Vicksburg PosT

Practice of denial can bring about physical, spiritual gains By Pamela Hitchins phitchins@vicksburgpost.com Crosses Across America director Sara Abraham likes to tell about her 98-year-old friend who goes without food every Friday. She also does not answer the phone or the door, or talk to anyone. She enforces complete solitude along with her fast, Abraham said — complete dependence upon God in prayer. By afternoon, the woman is weak enough that she has to lie down in bed. But it doesn’t matter. “I know I’m in the throne room of God,” Abraham said her friend says. “Fasting” is defined as abstaining from all food, or from specific ones, especially as an act of religious observance. The practice has also been associated with political protest and to draw attention to social causes. Mahatma Gandhi fasted, and

KATIE CARTER•The Vicksburg PosT

Dr. Randy Easterling talks about the benefits and risks of fasting. so did Cesar Chavez. It even hit the world of Disney, as hospitality workers staged a

weeklong fast in February to protest medical coverage limitations proposed by the fam-

ily-friendly corporation. For spiritual benefit, fasting is practiced in some form

by nearly all the world’s religions, including Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Ba’hai, Buddism and Hinduism, and, physically, fasting has a place in both traditional and alternative medicine. Sandra Thomas, a Vicksburg massage therapist, undertook a 21-day fast from all animal products in January as part of a church effort. “It was especially appropriate to do it at the beginning of the year — in the sense of giving the first of everything to the Lord,” Thomas said. She found that it had physical and spiritual benefits. “I felt great. I will probably never eat meat in the same way again.” In her work, Thomas often advises clients to avoid certain foods and drink plenty of water after exercise and a massage to help flush lactic acids and other byproducts of exercise from the muscles. It helps “detox” the body, she said. “It’s a healing process.”

While traditional medicine does not necessarily agree, Vicksburg physician Randy Easterling said that for some people, there are definite health benefits to limiting or even eliminating meat — a frequent target of fasts — from the diet. “Going without red meat for a short period of time, or for any period of time, would not be unhealthy, given that you’re a healthy person to begin with,” Easterling said. For many, though not all, the practice can improve cholesterol levels. “It’s been my experience that if you have high cholesterol, there’s only a certain portion of people that can affect their cholesterol by their diet,” Easterling said. Some animal studies suggest that fasting in some form every other day can actually help a person live longer. Since the 1930s,

InsIde • Churches encourage fitness, health/E3

• Hard times strengthen the spirit/E4

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In the footsteps of Moses, nighttime Mount Sinai climb is leap of faith By Charmaine Noronha The Associated Press ST. CATHERINE, Egypt — In the Bible, Moses climbs Mount Sinai to receive the Ten Commandments. But he was the chosen one, and I am a mere mortal. Divine intervention seemed unlikely as I stood at the base of the mountain, chilled to the bone at 2 a.m., with only the faint light from a spattering of stars and sliver of moon on the dark rocky terrain. I’d decided to head to the fabled mountain peak while frolicking in the sun in the azure waters of the Red Sea, where the temperatures were warm and balmy. I would retrace Moses’ footsteps on a hike to witness the sunrise from the summit. If Moses could do it, why couldn’t I? But once I arrived for this overnight trek, sleepless and in temperatures that felt like North American winter, I wasn’t so sure. Then out popped our guide, a sprightly young Egyptian man with a yellow-toothed grin. He was dressed in little more than a gallibaya, the traditional long men’s shirt, while I felt cold wearing almost all the clothing I brought with me on my trip, including a borrowed jacket and my woolliest socks from Canada, where I live. His garment billowed in the wind as he led me and a group of travelers from around the world up to the summit. As we began our ascent up the 7,500-foot mountain, I searched the black sky for a glimpse of our endpoint. But the only thing visible to me was my vaporous breath and what appeared to be the shadows of camels lumbering up the mountain. I wondered for a moment if I was hallucinating. We followed in step with our guide as he led us through the darkness, up the winding trail, over granite crags and slippery rocks. I’m not religious, but the irony of the moment hit me: I’d literally put all my faith in this man I’d just met. For others on the hike, the expedition had deep religious significance. The Bible says this is where God gave Moses two stone tablets inscribed with the commandments.

The associated press

The shadow of Mount Sinai stretches across the valley at the foot of a Greek Orthodox monastery on the Sinai peninsula of Egypt. Hikers make their way along a trail at Mount Sinai. Moses received these laws after leading the Jews out of slavery in Egypt, a story that is retold during the Jewish holiday of Passover, which begins this year at sundown March 29. But Sinai is an important site for Jews, Christians and Muslims alike, and every night, hundreds of pilgrims make the climb. There are two routes for the 4.3-mile round trip: The camel path, which was our route, or a steeper, more direct route of some 3,750 stairs to the top, sometimes referred to as “God’s Stairmaster.” For me, the camel route was challenging enough. I could feel my heart pounding through layers of clothes, and the sweat trickling on my forehead felt like a fever chill. The Bible says Moses made two sojourns here to receive the tablets, spending 40 days on the mountain each time, but we would be up and down in 4 1/2 hours. The sanctity of the hike was disrupted by scores of other hikers vying to reach the top quickly to mark their spot to watch the sunrise, and the constant calls of “camel ride,

camel ride” from Egyptian entrepreneurs. But I preferred following the guide on foot rather than trusting a camel on the messy, pebbly trail. The hours rolled into each other. At about 5 a.m., the sky began its slow transformation, turning from black to shades of gray, our cue to get to the top, where the sun could be seen slowly rising. Our guide stopped short of the final ascent; we were to lead ourselves up the last 750 rocky steps to the summit. As we climbed the last bit, stone silhouettes began to form in the distance. The summit appeared to be blanketed with mummified people tucked in sleeping bags and camel blankets. The wind was treacherous; my fingers were too frozen to unzip my sleeping bag. I took my spot on a jagged piece of rock face, too cold to do much except pray for the warmth of the sun. My prayers were answered slowly as a dusty orange light filtered through the sky. As the sun came into view, a group of Romanian pilgrims broke into a hymn. Their booming voices provided an

Although the eyes have been called the windows to the soul, your mouth is the portal to your body’s health.

Dr. Winters, center, with her staff, standing from left, Vera Patterson, Raeanne Mainous, Mollie George, Kathryn Nelson and Anitra McKay

The state of your oral health can give clues about your overall health. These are more connected than you think.

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almost eerie soundtrack to the sunrise. The rest of us stared quietly across the Sinai desert as the light began to cast a warm glow, unveiling rocky

peaks all around us. The mountains turned crimson, gold and orange, and I felt my spirits lifting with the heat of the sun.

I almost expected the Romanians to start singing “Hallelujah.” They didn’t, but I did, in my head.

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Churches encouraging members to get moving, get healthy By Manivanh Chanprasith mchan@vicksburgpost.com One church is helping folks continue their New Year’s resolutions to shed unwanted weight. At Triumph Church, a group is on a spiritual weight-loss journey to lose 1,000 pounds by Easter. The group was started in January by Becky Logue, director of member services for the church, and endorsed by the pastor, Mike Fields. “I have seen that Shape Up Sisters did it citywide, so we thought, ‘We can do it here at the church,’” she said, “and it just grew from there.” Logue is talking about Shape Up Vicksburg, started in October by local gym owner Linda Fondren. She challenged people in Vicksburg to lose a total of 17,000 pounds. The church’s challenge has attracted about 60 people, and Fondren attended the first meeting to offer words of encouragement. Fields has even agreed to weigh in and track his progress. “It lets people know that you’ll have good weeks, and you’ll have bad weeks,” he said. So far, Fields has lost 14 pounds; his target is 20. The

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group as a whole, so far, has lost 69 pounds. The challenge coincides with his sermons. “We talked about the spiritual aspect just as much as the physical,” he said. The group has been meeting once a month to weigh in, discuss healthy eating habits, listen to a speaker and motivate each other. The members don’t exercise at the meetings, but gather at other locations to exercise or

walk together. “At the last meeting, we showed people how to eat desserts right,” Logue said. “It’s something different each time. It’s a way for us to motivate each other.” A number of other churches promote healthy eating and fitness habits. Bowmar Baptist offers for the elderly Bowmar Awesome Senior Citizens. “We do some stretching and some chair exercises,”

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THE dowNTRoddEN SPIRIT

Hard times have paved the way for strengthened faith ‘We use our testimonies as a tool. The difference between a theory and a testimony is a testimony is a theory that’s been proven by experience.’

By Tish Butts tbutts@vicksburgpost.com While an economic downturn can test a person’s resolve, some believe it can actually increase a person’s faith. Randall Wade, a resident manager at River City Rescue Mission, said his life actually has gotten better since the summer of 2008, when trouble in the housing market and economy began. “It’s all in who you trust,” said Wade, who has been at the mission for nearly two years. “You can either trust in man or trust in God.” The 47-year-old moved to Vicksburg from Bloomington, Ill., about seven years ago, he said, but his life didn’t change for the better until he decided to give up alcohol. “I was having a little bit of trouble and it took a while for me to work it out — have God help make my plans instead of me making plans,” said Wade. “When I made plans on my own, nothing panned out.” As for what is next, “I’m leaving that up to God to tell me,” Wade said. “I’m thinking he told me to come here. Now, when I get up in the mornings I say, ‘OK, Lord, what are we going to do today?’” “It took a lot of stress off me,” he said. “It wasn’t me making the plans, it was him.” Earnie Hall, director of the mission that helps homeless men, said hardships can

‘When our backs get against the wall, we realize we really don’t have control. Usually that sends someone right into the arms of God — although the arms of God are there at all times.’

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actually enable a person to help others. “We use our testimonies as a tool,” said Hall. “The differ-

ence between a theory and a testimony is a testimony is a theory that’s been proven by experience.”

The Rev. Joseph Brisco, pastor of Pleasant Hill M.B. Church, agrees. “When you’ve gone

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through some things, you can help (others) better,” he said. “In the midst of going through (tests), we’re weak. But we (ministers) have to be there to remind them that this is temporary.” Recently, he counseled a man who had been laid off, as had his wife — and, on top of that, she had become ill before the layoffs. “He was hurting so bad, but he had a plan,” said Brisco. “He re-entered school and was taking classes at Hinds.” The need for help has increased during the past couple of years, since the recession hit. The Rev. Billie Abraham, pastor of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, said she receives calls from people she believes are going through the phone book, seeking out churches for help.

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sT. alban’s ePiscoPal “From this fall on, I have gotten many, many more phone calls for assistance with utility bills,” she said. “They know they’re going to have to piece it together, and they do. But that’s just living — just piecing it together. It’s an awfully hard way to live.” Through it all, however, she believes their faith in God is stronger. “When our backs get against the wall, we realize we really don’t have control,” said Abraham. “Usually that sends someone right into the arms of God — although the arms of God are there at all times.”

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Continued from Page E1. researchers at the National Institute on Aging have found that laboratory rats and mice that were fed up to 30 percent fewer calories than they would normally consume lived up to 40 percent longer. In 2003, researchers at the NIA published the results of laboratory tests on mice that were placed on an everyother-day fast and allowed to eat as much as they wanted on the alternate days. The mice showed a lower susceptibility to diabetes and damage to the brain cells thought to be involved in the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Huntington’s disease, characterized by degenerating nerve cells and transmitted genetically, was also forestalled in mice subjected to the same type of fasting regimen. “The implication of the new findings on the beneficial effects of regular fasting in laboratory animals is that their health may actually improve if the frequency of their meals is reduced,” wrote Dr. Mark Mattson, chief of the NIA’s Laboratory of Neurosciences. “However, this finding, while intriguing, will need to be explored further. Clearly, more research is needed before we can determine the full impact that meal-skipping may have on health.” For many people who fast regularly, however, the goal

Sandra Thomas, a Vicksburg massage therapist, undertook a 21-day fast from all animal products in January as part of a church effort. ‘It was especially appropriate to do it at the beginning of the year — in the sense of giving the first of everything to the Lord.’ She found that it had physical and spiritual benefits. ‘I felt great. I will probably never eat meat in the same way again.’ is spiritual. Fasting works because you’re moving beyond the physical,” said the Rev. Matt Buckles, pastor of First Baptist Church. “You’re moving outside the routine, your ‘comfort zone,’ and instead, coming to God when you have that craving.” Abraham is vocal about the spiritual benefits of a regular, complete fast, but guarded as she talks about her own personal practice. “It is highly individual and very private,” Abraham said. “It’s sacred.” She noted many biblical passages and people associated with fasting, mentioning Jesus’ admonition in the Sermon on the Mount not to be obvious about it, as well as his association of fasting and prayer with answers to that prayer: “This kind only goes out by prayer and fasting,” Jesus told his disciples after healing a boy with seizures caused by demons. “I know that, when a person

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A click away

Classroom clickers allow students’ minds to work — and rest BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — The students in Michael Dubson’s physics class at the University of Colorado fell silent as a multiple choice question flashed on a screen, sending them scrambling for small white devices on their desks. Within seconds, a monitor on Dubson’s desk told him that 92 percent of the class had correctly answered the question on kinetic energy, a sign that they grasped the concept. Clickers — not unlike gadgets used on television game shows — first appeared in college classrooms over a decade ago and have since spread to just about every college and university in the country thanks to cheaper and better technology. But as clickers have become commonplace, a divide has emerged over just how sophisticated they should be. Some professors such as Dubson endorse simple, straightforward devices that stick to multiple choice questions. Others embrace fancier models or newer applications for smart phones and laptops that allow students to query the professor by text or e-mail during the lecture or conduct a discussion with classmates — without the cost of purchasing a clicker. Those preferring simplicity say pared-down remotes reduce distractions in a multitasking world, while others say fighting the march to smart phones and digital tablets is a losing battle. Clickers first gained popularity in large science lecture halls as a way of gauging whether students understood the material. They have since migrated into smaller classrooms and can be found in nursing and other professional schools. Even middle schools and high schools are using them. Research at the college level has found that students like using the devices and attendance often goes up. But results are mixed when it comes to learning. Some evidence suggests clicker use has led to only modest gains in retention and test scores, while other studies have detected little or no improvement, according to a November article in the North American Journal of Psychology. “It’s not magic,” Dubson said. “It can be used very badly or well.” What works with the clickers, according to Dubson and other professors, are questions that spark discussion and get students to explain concepts to each other. What doesn’t is using them sporadically or for rote memorization. Students also become resentful when they’re used to play attendance cop and spring pop quizzes.

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A University of Colorado student uses a clicker to answer a question in Michael Dubson’s physics class. At the University of Colorado, 20,000 of the 30,000 students on campus own clickers. They can be found in music, environmental studies, communications, comparative politics and law classes. Dubson sprinkles in clicker questions every five or 10 minutes in his calculus-based introductory physics, a tough required course for physics and engineering majors. He’s using a concept called peer instruction. Instead of lecturing for 50 minutes and taxing attention spans, questions are projected on a screen, students gather in registered “clicker groups” to discuss them, then students use their clickers to respond. “We want students to get in the habit of translating the messy questions into plain English, to be able to explain it,” Dubson said. “Students for the most part aren’t used to that.” Clickers get mostly positive reviews in Dubson’s class of 250. “With such an enormous classroom, it’s about as close as you can get to a hands-on approach to the material,” said Jaris Judd, a sophomore from Blairsville, Ga. “This keeps you more on track and in tune.” William Powell, a junior from Durango, Colo., saw two benefits: “It’s good impetus to pay attention and not let your mind wander during the lecture. You can see how other people are doing compared to you ... and analyze why someone may have picked a different answer.”

The praise wasn’t universal. Even though Dubson keeps the stakes low — clicker questions are bonus points and count for a maximum of 2 percent of someone’s grade — the system by its nature makes attendance a part of students’

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simple clickers are great at multiple choice questions. But he’s more excited about using smart phones, which allow students to ask questions of instructors, hold back-channel discussions with each other and respond in their own words. On the other side of the great clicker divide is Timothy Stelzer, an associate professor of physics at the University of Illinois and co-inventor of the iClicker, used at CU-Boulder and 900 other campuses. He argues that students will be too distracted by other things on their Web browsers and points to a Stanford University study last year that showed undergraduate students are lousy multitaskers. “You obviously have to make something that sells,” Stelzer said. “But it’s very possible the excitement and enthusiasm about Web clickers might just kill the whole peer instruction thing.” Harvard physics professor Eric Mazur, a pioneer of peer instruction, said he’s sympathetic to both camps. Still, he predicts that clickers will be obsolete in 10 years because nearly everyone will own something like a laptop, tablet or smart phone, and he dismisses the argument that multitasking will be a problem. “The teacher,” he said, “just has to be more interesting than YouTube.”

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