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Work to free sunken barge to resume today By Pamela Hitchins Work to free a grain barge lodged against a pier of the Interstate 20 bridge over the Mississippi River was set to resume at 7 this morning. Meanwhile, upriver, hun-

dreds of loaded barges were waiting for the obstruction to be cleared so they can continue along southbound shipping channels that have been closed since Wednesday. A crane-mounted, chisellike mechanism on barges anchored in the river will cut

away at the stuck barge, one of 30 that broke loose from the towboat Kay A. Eckstein in the swift current of the swollen river. The barge struck the bridge pier and lodged sideways Wednesday, partly obstructing the channel and making

shipping hazardous, Coast Guard officials said. “It backs up millions of dollars worth of products between here and everything north of here,” said Herman Smith, superintendent of the adjacent U.S. 80 bridge that handles rail traffic over the

river. Officials had hoped to start cutting the barge Friday but, after a day spent largely in planning, decided to delay the start until this morning to make sure they had plenty See Barge, Page A7.


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Today: partly cloudy with a chance of thunderstorms, highs in the 80s Tonight: partly cloudy with a chance of thunderstorms, lows in the 60s Mississippi River:

42.3 feet Rose: 0.1 foot Flood stage: 43 feet


DEATHS • Mary Ann Brooks • Dewana Renee Rogers • Dorothy P. Scott


TODAY IN HISTORY 1804: The Louisiana Purchase is divided into the Territory of Orleans and the District of Louisiana. 1827: Composer Ludwig van Beethoven dies in Vienna. 1874: Poet Robert Frost is born in San Francisco. 1892: Poet Walt Whitman dies in Camden, N.J. 1911: American playwright Tennessee Williams (“The Glass Menagerie,” “A Streetcar Named Desire,” “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”) is born in Columbus, Miss. 1982: Groundbreaking ceremonies take place in Washington, D.C., for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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Rep. Cecil Brown, D-Jackson, chairman of the House Education Committee, speaks during budget hearings Friday at the Capitol. At right is House Speaker Billy McCoy, D-Rienzi.

Clock ticks as lawmakers disagree on plan By Shelia Byrd The Associated Press JACKSON — Lawmakers can’t agree on how much money to spend for mental health, public education and other key programs, and Mississippi House and Senate leaders likely won’t meet today’s deadline to file a compromise, lawmakers said Friday. Once the compromise is

MISSISSIPPI LEGISLATURE filed, it would then be considered by the full House and Senate. Gov. Haley Barbour’s absence from the state isn’t helping matters, said House Appropriations Chairman Johnny Stringer, D-Montrose, and Rep. Cecil Brown, D-Jackson. “The governor’s in Iowa. We want a budget. We

On A3 • Dems: Bryant’s map ‘political suicide’ • Senate OKs school bus safety bill want to get this done,” Brown said Friday. Barbour, who’s expected to make an announcement about a presidential bid soon, was scheduled to be in Iowa through today. On

Friday, Barbour canceled an appearance in New Hampshire that had been scheduled for Sunday and Monday. Both states hold early presidential primary contests. Laura Hipp, a spokeswoman for Barbour, said the governor will return to Mississippi today. Barbour said in a news release Friday that the See Budget, Page A7.

Barbour: Time on state plane no more than others By The Associated Press WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Gov. Haley Barbour on Friday defended his use of a state jet to fly to political events and conduct state business in Washington, saying he hadn’t used the plane more than previous Mississippi governors. “I will tell you that compared to my predecessor, my hours on our state plane are almost exactly the same, less than 10 percent difference per year,” Barbour said during a visit to Iowa. Ronnie Musgrove, a Democrat, was governor before Barbour, a Republican, was elected in 2003. Barbour was re-elected in 2007. State finance records show Barbour billed taxpayers $7,020 to fly himself, his wife,

‘I will tell you that compared to my predecessor, my hours on our state plane are almost exactly the same, less than 10 percent difference per year.’ GOV. HALEY BARBOUR MISSISSIPPI

two aides and two security guards to Washington, where Barbour spoke before the Conservative Political Action Conference last month. The trip was part of a weekend of political events that also included an appearance on “Fox News Sunday.” Time magazine first reported on its website that Barbour had billed taxpayers for the trip. The Associ-

ated Press obtained flight records that listed the purpose of the trip as “meeting with congressional members.” The flight has created an image problem for Barbour because it clashes with the tough-minded fiscal conservative message the prospective presidential candidate has offered on the campaign trail. But Barbour said Friday he

had state business in Wash• Inmate’s reington, and lease puts his aides Barbour on said that spot justified use of the Cessna Citation. “The trip requests make it clear the governor was on official business, including meetings with members of Congress about issues ranging from economic development to energy policy and health care reform — all important to the people of Mississippi,” spokeswoman Laura Hipp said. Barbour has not released details of his schedule for that weekend.

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The cuisine and downtown are a couple of Vicksburg’s strengths, say secret shoppers hired by the Vicksburg Convention and Visitors Center to study the city. “When we came here, the thing that exceeded our expectations was the food,” said Darienne Wilson Mobley of In-house Creative Inc. of Baton Rouge, paid $25,000 by the VCVB to analyze the city’s tourism offerings during three months last summer. “For a town this size to have a variety of dining options was surprising.” Mobley gave an hour-long report of the company’s findings to the VCVB board of directors Thursday. “These are professional travelers giving their opinion of what needs to be done to make this the most wonderful experience in the South,” VCVB Executive Director Bill Seratt said. The visits were comprised of 37 hotel stays, food from 20 restaurants, shopping at 10 retail shops and visits to 10 attractions. Reports will be given to each of the See VCVB, Page A5.

City approves Main Street image funds By Manivanh Chanprasith The Vicksburg Main Street Program got the green light from city officials on Friday to begin a branding and marketing campaign to update its 30-year image, but not without a word from the mayor. “If you all do recall at the last meeting, I refused to vote for this,” said Paul Winfield. “I was not sure if it conflicted with the other (campaign) we paid for. To this day, I don’t necessarily know the scope of the one we paid for many years ago.” He is referring to a charrette, or a series of meetings conducted in 2002, under See City, Page A5.

Vicksburg will offer paperless billing for utilities By Manivanh Chanprasith Vicksburg residents will be able to pay their utility bills online after a new software is implemented on the city’s website, officials said Friday.

Billy Gordon, director of City of Vicksburg Information Technology, told the Board of Mayor and Aldermen that in about six months the city’s approximately 10,000 utility customers will be able to pay their water,

gas, sewer and garbage bills, using a credit or debit card, at A working e-mail address is required. “It’s customer convenience,” Gordon said. “In this day and age, people are used

to paying things online.” Implementing the new software will cost about $6,000, he said, and will cut printing, processing and postage fees. Gordon said he’s not sure how much the city will save; that will have to be estimated

once the system is in place and people sign up. About 800 customers already view their billing history on the city’s website, and Gordon is hoping at See Billing, Page A5.


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Recycling bins to be placed in city departments By Danny Barrett Jr. Bins for recycling will be installed at 18 City of Vicksburg buildings. Employees in the city’s streets and planning departments, grant office, police department and Central Fire Station on Walnut Street will have access to the 40 bins for paper and plastic recycling, said Marcia Weaver of the city’s planning department. Vicksburg is one of 30 entities awarded the bins with

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5 found guilty in Warren County Circuit Court In Warren County Circuit Court for the week ending Friday: • Thomas A. Adcock, 45, 102 Ridgelawn Drive, pleaded guilty to possession of precursor substances with intent to manufacture methamphetamine and was sentenced by Circuit Judge Isadore Patrick to the Ninth Circuit Court Drug Court Program for a period not to exceed five years, plus a $1,000 fine and $1,297.50 in fees and court


costs. Adcock was arrested Feb. 17. • James Allen, 56, 1408 Grove St., pleaded guilty to embezzlement and was sentenced by Patrick to 30 days in jail followed by five years of probation, plus a $1,000 fine, $1,015 in restitution and $322.50 in costs. Allen was arrested Aug. 19. • Joseph B. Dickinson, 20, 301-B N. Fairview Drive,

One shot in scuffle over dog By Holbrook Mohr The Associated Press An argument that started when a Washington County man’s dog defecated in his neighbor’s yard escalated to a shootout, sending a man to the hospital and the dog owner to jail, authorities said Friday. Terry Tenhet, 52, was mad at Jerry Blasingame because Blasingame’s dog used his yard as a bathroom, Washington County Sheriff’s Assistant Chief Deputy Billy Barber said. The argument Wednesday evening got out of control and the neighbors began shooting at one another, police said.

Tenhet was hit in the chest, arm and hip. His injuries weren’t life threatening. Blasingame, 60, was charged with aggravated assault. Tenhet could also face charges. Blasingame said the men argued because Tenhet shot his dog last week. He said Tenhet was in his yard Wednesday and threatened to kill him and his dog “over poop.” Blasingame said he got a gun and left the house in his truck, hoping Tenhet would follow so there would be no confrontation in front of bystanders. Tenhet did not follow, but confronted him when he returned.

was found guilty of violating probation and sentenced by Circuit Judge M. James Chaney to one year in prison followed by three years of probation, plus $3,019.18 in fines, fees, restitution and costs. Dickinson was arrested Oct. 8, 2008, for embezzlement. • Gary Nevels, 50, 2500 Old Highway 27, was found guilty of violating probation and sentenced by Chaney to the Drug Court Program, plus $2,355.50 in fines,

fees and costs. Nevels was arrested April 26, 2007, for driving under the influence, third offense. • Keith Tremayne Wilson, 28, 1828 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance and was sentenced by Chaney to time served (unspecified) followed by five years of probation, plus a $5,000 fine and $622.50 in costs. Wilson was indicted by the grand jury in July.

Sex offender jailed for not registering A Vicksburg man was in the Warren County Jail Friday after being arrested for felony violations of his registered sex offender status, Sheriff Martin Pace said. Billy Dee Taylor, 25, 1103 First North St., Apt. 1, was arrested by deputies at 8 a.m. after an investigation that included looking at lease agreements, utility bills and other financial documents, Pace said. Taylor was charged with failure to notify officials of a change of address and residing within 1,500 feet of a school, said the sheriff. The


FROM STAFF REPORTS First North Street apartment is across the street from the Grove Street School. Taylor was being held without bond pending an initial appearance in court Monday.

County man held on court sanction A local man was in the Warren County Jail Friday night for a drug court sanction, jail records showed. Forrest Beard, 21, 1239 Boy Scout Road, was being held without bond.

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CHURCHES Mount Able M.B. — 46th anniversary of choir, 5 tonight; United Men of Christ; the Rev. Henry Hudson, pastor; 1 1/2 miles east of Mound, U.S. 80. Mercy Seat M.B. — Musical extravaganza, 6 tonight; churches, choirs invited; Linda Stevens, 601-218-7735; the Rev. Rudy Smith, pastor; 5 Dos Casas Lane. Pleasant Valley M.B. — Male fashion show, 6 tonight; purchase tickets from members; the Rev. Joe Harris Jr., pastor; 260 Mississippi 27. Christian Home No. 2 M.B. — All-male musical, 6 tonight; all male choirs invited; 601-

ation, Boys/Girls of the Club Gulf Coast, Natchez-Adams County Community Alliance Foundation, Community Counseling Services (West Point), Mississippi Action for Community Education (Greenville), USDA Southern Horticultural Laboratory, Camp Shelby Recycling Center, Mississippi State Hospital, Mississippi Department of Transportation, Delta State University, Mississippi College School of Law, Mississippi Valley State University and the University of Mississippi.


Genna Ramey, a member of the Milwaukeebased Missionaries to the Preborn, holds up an anti-abortion sign Friday at Pemberton Square Boulevard and Halls Ferry Road. The group, comprised of about 60 people from across the United States, is touring Mississippi, organizer Matt Trewhela said. Their trek, called the Mississippi Personhood Tour, began Monday and is set to end Friday.

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634-0978; the Rev. Johnny Hughes, pastor; 4769 Lee Road. Second Union M.B. — Cemetery fund drive, 6 tonight; the Rev. K.C. Frazier, speaker; the Rev. Michael Reed, pastor; 18074 Old Port Gibson Road, Utica.

PUBLIC PROGRAMS Levi’s — A Gathering Place; 7-10 tonight, music by Old Habits; donations appreciated. Alzheimer’s Association of Mississippi — 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday; HBO screening: “Memory Loss Tapes”; Richard A. Courtney, CELA; Greg Grafton, director of nursing, River Region; and Kim Carr, Patient’s Choice; Cindy Widdig, 601-883-3288; River Region Medical Center, classrooms A and B, next to cafeteria. March Mondays: Wildflowers — 5:30-7 p.m. Monday; Virginia DuBowy, VNMP Natural Resources Program manager; Warren County Exten-

sion Service, 1100-C Grove St.; 601-636-5442. “Gold In the Hills” — 6:30 p.m. Monday; 75th anniversary show; tickets: $10 for adults, $5 for children; peanuts, $1 per bag; Parkside Playhouse, 101 Iowa Blvd.; 601-636-0471. Tuesday Vicksburg AlAnon — Noon Tuesday; second floor, First Presbyterian Church, 1501 Cherry St.; 601634-0152. Shape Up Vicksburg Anniversary Walk — 8:30 a.m. April 2; registration at 8; 601619-7277; Outlets at Vicksburg. AARP Tax Aid — 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays until April 15; free tax counseling and services; public library.

CLUBS Reunite Social and Civic Club Dance — 9 tonight; The Hut. Exchange Club — 12:30 p.m. Monday; Youth of the Month Recognition program; Shoney’s.

Blue Icez Steppers and Drill Team — Try-out clinic for ages 6-17; Monday-April 15; Paula, 601-415-4057; Jackson Street Gym. Vicksburg Kiwanis — Noon Tuesday, Jacques’ Cafe; J.W. Ledbetter, Mississippi Department of Homeland Security director, speaker. Vicksburg-Warren ASU Alumni — Scholarship applications available at local high school guidance offices; deadline April 11; Walter Sheriff, 601-638-7812; Edna MartinSteed, 601-634-0906.

BENEFITS Eta Tau Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity — Car wash, 8-2 today; $5 cars, $8 trucks/SUVs; Pizza Hut on Pemberton Square Boulevard; 601-918-6467. House of Israel — Fish fry fundraiser, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday; tilapia and buffalo; 601906-8121 or 601-906-1129; 1500 Washington St.

A Vicksburg woman who is competing in the Mrs. America Pageant is part of an online contest for the pageant’s American’s Choice title. Michelle Cole was crowned Mrs. Mississippi America in January. She is competing in the pageant, which kicks off Thursday and runs through April 14 in West Sulphur Springs, W.Va. This year’s contest features 51 contestants. Michelle The top Cole two vote-getters in the online America’s Choice poll will advance to semi-finalist status. As many as seven votes per day may be cast until Thursday. Winners will be announced April 14. To vote, visit mrsamerica. com/voting.html. Cole is a homemaker and the former owner of Crown to Heels. She is married to Josh Cole, and they have two children, McKenzie, 4, and Caden, 2. The Mrs. America Pageant, in its 35th year, is for married women. Categories are interview, evening wear and swimsuit.

THANKS & APPRECIATION The Vicksburg Post welcomes timely letters of thanks or salute that relate to a specific event or incident where the community was involved or invited. Letters must be original and signed with the author’s name. Letters may thank donors generally, but not include lists. Letters of more than 200 words will not be printed. The Vicksburg Post reserves the right to edit all letters. Submitted items, including letters published in this column, do not represent the views of the newspaper.

Students will bloom Thank you, Project Sync, for the beautiful Promise bushes. Thank you, Anderson Tully, for supplying South Park Elementary with mulch. Thank you, South Park PTO, for your labor and supportive spirit. South Park first-graders will dedicate their Promise bushes Friday. During Red Ribbon Week, Project Sync purchased flowering bushes. Theses bushes symbolize how beautifully our first-graders will grow and bloom as they stay drug free. Each spring, these bushes will serve as a reminder of their promise. We cherish the six years we will have with these kids before we have to let them go. We look forward to watching them grow and bloom. Marian Richardson NCC guidance counselor

BOIL WATER Culkin A boil water alert has been issued by Culkin Water District for all customers in Willow Creek subdivision. Residents are asked to boil drinking and cooking water vigorously for two minutes until further notice.

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Christening today for Navy vessel honoring 9/11 victims By The Associated Press The third in a series of U.S. Navy amphibious assault vessels named in honor of the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks will be christened on the Mississippi Gulf Coast today, and a key responder at the Pentagon nearly a decade

ago is bringing the heroics of his fellow emergency workers with him. The future USS Arlington is being built at the Northrop Grumman Corp. shipyard in Pascagoula. It’s named in honor of Arlington County, Va., where American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pen-

tagon on Sept. 11, 2001, killing 184 people, after being hijacked en route from Washington-Dulles International Airport to Los Angeles. The ship’s sponsor is Joyce Rumsfeld, wife of former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, who was in the Pentagon on the day of the

attack. Arlington County Fire Chief James Schwartz will be the keynote speaker at the ceremony. He was assistant fire chief and incident commander at the time of the attack, coordinating the rescue response efforts at the Pentagon. Although more than

nine years have passed since that horrible day, he said he thinks almost daily about all the responders from Washington-area agencies. “Although the ship is being named in honor of the victims and responders, we feel strongly it is for the families of the people who lost their lives

that day,” Schwartz said. The Arlington, the eighth ship in the San Antonio amphibious transport dock class, is 684 feet long and serviced by a crew of 350 sailors. It can carry up to 800 Marines into assault operations. Its motto is “Strength, Honor, Fortitude.”


Bryant’s map is ‘political suicide,’ House Dems say By Emily Wagster Pettus The Associated Press JACKSON — Some Mississippi House Democrats said Friday that Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant is asking them to undermine their own power by drawing House districts that would be more favorable to the GOP. “He’s asking us to commit political suicide,” said Rep. Ed Blackmon, D-Canton. Mississippi lawmakers are trying to Lt. Gov. update the Phil Bryant 122 districts in the Democratic-controlled House and the 52 districts in the Republican-controlled Senate to reflect changes revealed by the 2010 Census. Among other changes, the population has increased dramatically in DeSoto County, just south of Memphis, Tenn., while the rural Delta has lost residents. With just a week remaining in the three-month session, it’s not clear whether legislators will finish redistricting because Bryant — who’s running for governor — has said the Senate should ignore the decades-old tradition of each


Rep. Ed Blackmon, D-Canton, gestures Friday during a news conference at the Capitol. With him, from left, are Rep. George Flaggs, D-Vicksburg, Sen. Kenneth Wayne Jones, D-Canton, and Rep. Credell Calhoun, D-Jackson.

MISSISSIPPI LEGISLATURE chamber accepting the other’s new maps without changes. B o t h c h a m b e r s h ave approved a Senate map that would be used for the coming decade. The House has approved its own plan, but the Senate rejected the House map. Both maps are in limbo because they’re included in a single resolution. Bryant has appointed negotiators, but Democratic House Speaker Billy McCoy said he won’t do so because he

believes Bryant should honor the gentleman’s agreement of each chamber not interfering with the other’s map. “Somehow this ‘gentleman’s agreement’ now is seen as something to be respected,” Bryant said Friday at the Capitol. “I just wonder when deal making became a virtue in this building.” Blackmon said redistricting is largely about future contests for House speaker. The speaker is the chamber’s presiding officer and is chosen by the House members. McCoy is in his second term

as speaker. While McCoy hasn’t said if he’s seeking reelection, Blackmon said Friday that it would make no sense for Democrats to help Republicans win the speakership. Mississippi redistricting plans must be approved by the U.S. Justice Department, which checks to ensure that the plans don’t dilute minorities’ voting strength. Getting the department’s approval could take about 60 days. Time is tight because June 1 is the qualifying deadline for candidates in this year’s legislative elections.

Redesign would merge some districts in House BATON ROUGE (AP) — Four state House races this fall would pit incumbents against one another when their districts are merged under a redesign approved Friday by the House redistricting committee to account for population shifts. The proposal, sponsored by House Speaker Jim Tucker, would create four new districts out of eight existing districts in Shreveport, Alexandria and New Orleans and its neighboring Jefferson Parish. Four of the affected districts are represented by Republicans, while the other four have Democratic lawmakers. The full House will consider the reshaped map Monday, and Tucker, R-Terrytown, said he expected few sweeping changes as the redistricting special session enters its second week. “Unless both parties agree and it doesn’t impact the minority districts, we will resist substantive amendments,” he said. Thirty majority black districts would be created in the House, up from 27 now. New minority districts would be created in southern parishes along the Mississippi River,


Jefferson Parish, Baton Rouge, Acadiana, Monroe, Shreveport and the Natchitoches area. The House and Governmental Affairs Committee approved the redrawn districts, with two Republicans and two Democrats opposed amid concerns about some precinct shifts. Tucker said he believes the House redesign will meet the legal criteria to get approval under the federal Voting Rights Act, which is designed to ensure adequate minority representation in states with a history of discrimination. “We have met, I believe, all of the major issues that the Justice Department will review with regards to minority representation,” he said. Lawmakers are meeting in a three-week special session to rework the legislative seats, U.S. House districts, Public Service Commission districts and state education board seats. The session must end by April 13. The full Senate is to consider its redrawing of the 39 state Senate districts Tuesday.

Senators sign off on school bus safety bill DOG By Shelia Byrd The Associated Press JACKSON — The Mississippi Senate on Friday unanimously passed a compromise proposal on Nathan’s Law, a measure supporters say would strengthen the state’s school bus safety standards.

The bill would require motorists to stay at least 10 feet from a stopped school bus. Violators could be fined up to $750 for a first offense. On a second offense, violators face a fine and up to a year in prison, said Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Ellisville, who sponsored the bill. The bill also would prohibit

school bus drivers from using cell phones will transporting children except in cases of emergency. “Based on the research we have looked at, once this law passes you will have reduction in people who pass a school bus once the arm is extended,” McDaniel said earlier this

week. The bill is named for Nathan Key, a Jones County boy who was killed after he got off a school bus in 2009. The legislation would make the punishment for injuring a child while passing a school bus the same as it would be for aggravated assault.

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years, came from working in the prison. Those decisions are made by prison officials. “The Governor did not JACKSON — The early release Friday of a Missis- pardon or release him from sippi man convicted of man- prison,” Hipp said. The release angered some slaughter has drawn attention because Gov. Haley Barbour, a on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, possible Republican presiden- where the crime got significant tial candidate, had signed an attention when it happened. “This is just unbelievable, to order that gave time off to the give a murderer 130 days off man and other prisoners. The convict was one of 287 because he cleaned up after a storm, which inmates who g o t a f ew Joseph Michael Goff, 28, is what an inmate should months off was sentenced in 2003 b e d o i n g prison sentences for to 20 years in prison in anyway,” state Sen. Michael helping clean a former classmate’s Wa t s o n , a up after hurriRepublican canes Katrina death. He was one from Pascaand Rita under of 287 inmates who goula, said. Barbour’s 2006 Goff was a order. got a few months off junior at GauJoseph prison sentences for tier High at Michael Goff, 28, was senhelping clean up after the time of the Dec. 8, 2001, tenced in 2003 hurricanes Katrina and shooting. He to 20 years in prison in a Rita under Gov. Haley was convicted of manslaughformer classBarbour’s 2006 order. ter in the mate’s death. death of Kyle The Sun Paul Todd. Herald newsHipp said paper reported on his release Friday and the Goff was given early release, which is similar to parole in order’s 130-day reduction. Barbour spokeswoman Laura that he could be sent back to Hipp says he had nothing to do prison to complete the senwith most of the time taken off tence if he breaks the law. Barbour’s three predecesGoff’s sentence — more than eight years. That came from sors, dating back to 1988, laws allowing reductions for had given some type of early working in prison, going to release or pardon to a total of classes and other activities. 12 such prisoners, according The biggest reduction, seven to prison officials.



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Are public facilities the answer?

From other Mississippi newspapers: • The Clarion-Ledger, Jackson: A stay at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman today is no picnic, but it’s a far cry from back in the 1960s, when the name “Parchman Farm” was synonymous with abject misery. The bad ol’ days at Parchman have been well-documented, in word and in song. However, with state Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps confirming that Mississippi is out from under the historic Gates v. Collier lawsuit, it is truly a shining moment. Gates v. Collier has hung like a dark cloud over the Magnolia State since attorneys filed the lawsuit on behalf of Nazareth Gates and fellow inmates on Feb. 8, 1971. It became the first class-action lawsuit in the U.S. in which the U.S. Jus-

tice Department joined in on the side of inmates, said Jackson lawyer Ron Welch, who has been involved in representing the inmates since 1975. “Parchman Farm” was a cruel and notorious place, little more than a slave state of its own, with every imaginable horror. Guards rode horseback wielding shotguns, as prisoners labored in the Delta cotton fields like slaves. With 3,000 acres, fences were few. There was nowhere to run. And there were always the dogs to hunt down those who tried. The lawsuit changed that. Gates v. Collier put the federal courts in charge of standards in the state prison system. Those standards began to trickle down to county jails, where the problems of the state backed up, and they were cleaned up, too.

A more modern question: Should Mississippi continue to have privately run prisons? The state operates three prisons: Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Pearl, South Mississippi Correctional Institution in Leakesville and the penitentiary at Parchman. In addition, there are regional facilities, some run privately. When the recession hit, the Corrections Department removed hundreds of inmates from county jails, regional jails and private prisons and transferred them to state prisons to save costs. It begs the question: If it’s cheaper to house inmates in public prisons, why pay for private ones? It certainly should be an area for legislators to scrutinize before they cut education funds for K-12.

Fix needed for ed leaders’ salaries The Greenwood Commonwealth: The Mississippi Legislature acted correctly to unlink the salary of Mississippi’s top two education leaders. The only problem is it will have to wait until Tom Burnham retires as state superintendent of education before his disproportionately high salary is corrected. Mississippi may scrimp in a lot of areas when it comes to education, but one area on which it has not been pinching pennies is what it pays Burnham and his counterpart in higher education, Hank Bounds. Burnham is the second-highest-paid state superintendent in the nation, according to data compiled by lawmakers. Bounds is the ninth-highest paid

higher education commissioner. Their salaries — $307,000 for Burnham, and $341,000 for Bounds — are hard to justify when you consider that faculty salaries in Mississippi, from elementary to university, are some of the lowest in the nation. This disparity is not Burnham’s or Bounds’ fault. They don’t set their own compensation. They are just the beneficiaries of pay scales at the highest level of administration that have gotten out of whack. Hopefully, the Board of Education will do a better job of setting the right level of pay than the current law and the College Board have done. It should examine what other states in the region pay, making adjustments for such objective measurements as enrollment, staff-

ing and overall budgets that would indicate the size of the job. The comparison should take into account how long superintendents from other states have been in the job, since that’s going to have a bearing on compensation, as well as differences in cost of living. There also should be performance benchmarks for the hire that, if met, would be taken into account at the time of salary reviews. That’s a more complicated system for setting compensation than some arbitrary percentage in state law. But if such a system had been used honestly in the past, Mississippi’s superintendent of education would almost certainly not be the second-highest-paid in the country.

Budget pie chart tells a sorry story Enterprise-Journal, McComb: Sometimes an image tells the whole story, and that’s the case with a pie chart of 2010 federal spending found at, the online encyclopedia. The chart is found with an article titled “2010 United States federal budget.” Though the article discusses President Barack Obama’s budget request for the fiscal year ending September 2010 — instead of the actual spending approved by Congress — the chart makes it obvious that the life-saving surgery on government spending must focus on just a few areas. Unfortunately, these are programs dear to both politicians and voters, and

changing such spending habits will be difficult. Social Security is the single biggest program in government, responsible for nearly one dollar of every five spent. Second largest is defense spending, followed by unemployment, welfare and “other mandatory spending” presumably related to helping those in need. Medicare is fourth, followed by Medicaid and the CHIP health care package for children. The sixth biggest area of the budget is interest payments on the national debt, which during that budget year totalled $164 billion. Fiscal conservatives often talk about saving money by eliminating Cabinet-

level government agencies like the Department of Education or the Environmental Protection Agency. But education is 1.3 percent of the government budget. The EPA is far less than that. Defense spending is more than 18 percent of the budget, while the entitlements of Social Security, welfare, Medicare and Medicaid total nearly 57 percent of spending. Any serious budget reform — less spending, higher taxes, or both — must begin in those areas. Pay no attention to those who prattle about significant savings to be found elsewhere. That’s just not where the money is.

OLD POST FILES 120 YEARS AGO: 1891 A marriage party assembles aboard the steamer Natchez to accompany Capt. C.J. Searles to Natchez where he will marry Carrie Pintart.


110 YEARS AGO: 1901 J.Z. George, and his wife and sister, are making the round trip on the VicksburgNatchez boat.

90 YEARS AGO: 1921

Vivian LaHatte and Fred Brownstein are winners in the annual VHS declamation contest.

70 YEARS AGO: 1941 Walton Tennant, Vicksburg boy, is fatally injured in a motorcycle accident in Oregon.

60 YEARS AGO: 1951 Capt. T.A. Hawk, an old-time river man who 48 years ago got his job on the river aboard

Steve Reeves stars in “Goliath and the Dragon” at the Rivoli Drive-In Theatre. • Funeral services are held for Dave Muirhead. • Mr. and Mrs. Howard Weeks announce the birth of a daughter, Kerry, on March 8. Ronnie Andrews receives the Chamber of Commerce Member of the Month award, cited for his work as chairman of the Chamber-sponsored cleanup drive in March. • Bobby D. Anderson is appointed new postmaster in Vicksburg.

Major Edmund Magruder is interested in having the Boy Scouts organize in Vicksburg. • W.J. Vollor builds a fish pond at his country place.

80 YEARS AGO: 1931

40 YEARS AGO: 1971

30 YEARS AGO: 1981

100 YEARS AGO: 1911

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Feith will take up housekeeping in the Tanner home on Bowmar Avenue.

West” at the Rivoli Drive-In Theatre.

20 YEARS AGO: 1991 the Steamer Sprague, visits “Big Mama” pulling his yacht, the Randy D., alongside the big sternwheeler. • The Jeff Davis Community Center is looking more like a reality as plans for its construction progress.

50 YEARS AGO: 1961 Motorists are warned not to use the Eagle Lake Road because of flooding in that area. • Col. Warren E. Everett assumes the duties as district engineer for the U.S. Army Engineers Vicksburg District. • Will Johnson dies. • Dorothy Malone stars in “Five Guns

Warren County Sheriff Paul Barrett is flown to Dallas for an interview for the television program “Unsolved Mysteries” for a followup segment on Dennis Henry DePue, who was chased by officials here and eventually killed himself.

10 YEARS AGO: 2001 Kim Sherman joins Gina’s Hair Effects as a nail technician. • Jody McCall signs copies of his Tennessee Ernie Ford book at Bookland in Pemberton Square mall. • Greater Mount Lebanon M.B. hosts its annual Solo Hour.

When Norma Vandiver closed her doors at the Country Cupboard, most of the town had to rush out and buy groceries.

Drive-ins hold memories of yesteryear COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — There’s a ’50s-vintage restaurant here called Cy’s Drive-In, where you pull right up to the cinderblocks and flash your car lights for service. I thought the car-hop had gone the way of the buggy whip, or the film camera, but, no, there are a few still around to serve. Cy’s car-hops are proud to deliver hormone-free, range-fed beef on a bun, which seems counterintuitive. You expect drive-in food to be unhealthy; that’s why you go. But Cy’s burgers are delicious, and “range-fed” basically means that the cow you’re chewing was fattened up on grass. That doesn’t seem over-the-top healthy, not enough to ruin the taste, anyhow. You can go inside Cy’s, if you prefer, and check out the aqua appointments and period posters of Elvis and James Dean. The experience loses something, however, without drooping bobby socks and a teenage boy to whisper in your RHETA ear and stick a straw GRIMSLEY in your chocolate malt. I know there are a few legit drive-in’s left, but not many. The Varsity in Atlanta is an institution and still dishes up great food, but it’s become such a tourist attraction that you have to fight the school groups wearing souvenir car-hop hats to “walk a dog,” which means, in Varsity lingo, get a hot dog to go. And then there’s Sonic, the national chain that does its best to re-create what was perhaps the most local of all institutions: the drive-in. Sonic’s success illustrates what a void has been left with the disappearance of drive-ins, be they restaurants or theaters. My Mississippi hometown had not one but two wonderful restaurants close in the past few months, a double blow for those of us who like to eat and hate to cook. When Norma Vandiver closed her doors at the Country Cupboard, most of the town had to rush out and buy groceries. Norma has been cooking for the town for more than three decades, and not just for paying customers. Whenever anyone hits a rough patch, Norma is at the doorstep with fried chicken livers or cornbread dressing or yeast rolls like your grandmother used to make. She has served as combination welcome wagon, grief counselor and mother figure for a lot of us through the years. The other loss was an uptown place called Cafe Memories, now itself a memory. Reid McNatt ran the smart cafe, which was filled with local photos and memorabilia as part of a shabby chic decor that would have worked in SoHo or San Francisco. With both restaurants gone, that leaves the Sonic as my first choice for fine dining in little Iuka. One could do worse, I suppose, than the Number Two Burger with cheese and a cherry limeade. When I was a kid in Pensacola, Fla., my favorite eatery was a drive-in called The Shrimp Box. Too young to know what I was missing in their Gulf Coast shrimp, I always ordered the cheeseburger. Daddy took me there one Saturday morning while Mother ushered in my friends for a surprise birthday party back at the house. “That was a great cheese ...” I began, rushing inside to report once we made it home. I never finished the sentence. Schoolmates and neighbors and siblings were screaming, “Surprise!” and wielding plastic cutlery, the better to cut a cake with blue roses. Drive-in’s figure into some pretty rich memories. •


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Suzi Altman, above, hands the Rev. H.D. Dennis a framed copy of Gov. Haley Barbour’s proclamation that says March 20-26 is “Rev. Herman D. Dennis and Margaret’s Grocery Awareness and Preservation Week.” Dennis, who is a resident of Covenant Health and Rehab, was celebrating his 96th birthday Friday. Altman, a Jackson photographer, is director of Margaret’s Grocery Inc., a nonprofit group that wants to preserve the folk-art “Bible Castle to God” on North Washington Street that Dennis created. At right, the reverend takes a closer look at his gift.

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least half of those will lead the registration for paperless billing. “This is part of utilizing the technology that we have at our fingertips,” Mayor Paul Winfield said. “Of course, there are going to be potential savings for us. Wherever we can find savings and do things that are techno-savvy, but also do not expose the city to any increased liability, we’re looking for those opportunities.”

the Mayor Laurence Leyens administration. The effort aimed to design a new city blueprint and cost about $250,000. The charrette was broken into two phases. The first focused on Clay Street, Washington Street, Mission 66 and North and South Frontage roads. Phase II focused on residential neighborhoods. “I haven’t seen the (charrette) report,” Winfield said.

On the agenda Meeting Friday, the Board of Mayor and Aldermen: • OK’d Jan. 25 minutes. • Recognized employee anniversaries: James Herrin, vehicle maintenance, 15 years; Joseph Alexander, gas department, 10 years; Kenneth Lambert, fire department, five years; and Valerie Harmon, inspection department, five years. • Proclaimed April 3-11 Junior Auxiliary of Vicksburg Week. • OK’d a request from Vicksburg Convention Center and Auditorium to close 1600 Mulberry St. in front of the convention center Wednesday through Friday for the Mississippi Organization Association Degree Nursing conference. • Awarded a sealed bid for a water treatment plant generator to Webster Electric of Meridian for $631,700, the lowest of 10 accepted Monday. • OK’d a Community Development Block Grant modification for the generator at the water treatment plant. • OK’d the city clerk to advertise for sealed bids for a tractor/ loader/backhoe combination. • OK’d an agreement with the Vicksburg Warren Baseball Association to use the fields at Halls Ferry Park. • Received an invitation from Marcus Ward, chief of staff to Alcorn State University President M. Christopher Brown II, to presidential inauguration events April 15-16. • OK’d a $3,634.41 payment for reimbursement to Vicksburg Warren Athletic Association for their United States Specialty Sports Association fees for the 2011 Little League baseball season. • Accepted a letter establishing a special assessment and adopted a resolution to cut and clean 1226 Second North St. • Discussed a dilapidated building and overgrown lot code and

“I’m looking for it, but I’m not going to stand in the way of this endeavor because I do believe in Main Street. We need to do some serious shape-ups in downtown and re-brand or re-invent ourselves.” The Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted unanimously to pay $11,600 to the Mississippi Main Street Association to facilitate a branding and marketing campaign. Greenville, S.C-based Arnett Muldrow & Associates will be in charge of the research. “I have been wanting to do this now for two years,” Vicksburg Main Street Exec-

businesses. “If our businesses are interested in improving their revenue,” board member Shirley Waring said, “they will pay attention and respond to the feedback that we are going to share with them.” Another strength, the secret shoppers found, are the signs leading to attractions. “Your signage is the best I’ve seen for a town this size,” Mobley told the board. “It was very easy to get around here.” Also, she said, “I think your downtown is fabulous. I just think not a lot of people know about it.” Vicksburg also faces some challenges, the company found — namely the limited knowledge of frontline tourism employees. They knew about their own properties, Mobley said, but about 85 percent were unable to offer information on other attractions. “The knowledge and pride of Vicksburg were lacking,” she said. “To me, this is the No. 1 thing lacking.” Another challenge is safety, the report round. “I didn’t always feel safe leaving some restaurants at night,” Mobley said. “I didn’t feel comfortable. Some of the motels do not have good curb appeal.” Other challenges are limited attraction offerings, diversity of downtown shops, utive Director Kim Hopkins said after Friday’s city board meeting. “I think it’s time for us to have an updated brand. We need an identity. When people look at us, they’ll know they’re in downtown.” Hopkins, who has led Main Street for three years, said Arnett Muldrow & Associates will survey local residents and business owners and develop a new logo, website, tag line and promotional items for the agency, which promotes downtown growth. A report of the findings will be available in about two months.

authorized Victor Gray-Lewis, director of Buildings and Inspections, to cut, clean and demolish 534 Feld St. • OK’d a letter of support to the Hal Gordon Foundation, a homebuyer counseling program. • OK’d a request from the fire department to declare as surplus property the badge of former firefighter Johnathan Hicks, who died March 18, and authorized its sale for $94. • Re-appointed Christopher Barnett to the Vicksburg Housing Authority board. • OK’d a $34,047.06 payment to Vicksburg-Warren E-911 for the city’s share of dispatchers’ salaries, matching benefits and insurance for March. •Placed on the employee driving list: Trent Reynolds, Nikki Hunter, Timothy Thomas, Dione Crump and Eric East, all of the gas department; and John Palmer and Eric Scott, both of the sewer department. • OK’d letters from Trustmark and BancorpSouth. • OK’d reports from the following accounts: city sexton, privilege license, mayor and treasurer, marshall, tax collection, delinquent tax collection, detail budget and accept tax settlement. • OK’d the claims docket. South Ward Alderman Sid Beauman voted against an $11,500 allocation to NRoute, the city’s public transit system. In closed session, the board: • Discussed four longevity matters in the vehicle maintenance, gas, fire and inspections departments; three new hires in the fire department; five personnel matters in the gas, street and landscaping departments and in public works; and two possible litigation matters. The board meets next at 10 a.m. April 4 at City Hall Annex, room 109.

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SMART MONEY Q: My husband has a terminal illness. He is worried about what I will have to take care of when his time comes. Could you please tell me what I should do now that will make things easier? BRUCE We own our home, which is in both our names; two cars that are in my husband’s name; and bank accounts and CDs are in both names. I am beneficiary of all life insurance policies. What do I need to do to stay out of probate? — B.K., via email A: I sympathize with you. You are fortunate to have a


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caring husband, and you folks have put your affairs very much in order. I see very little that will have to be done at the time of your husband’s death, other than settling any debts that he owes and making the final arrangements. If it would make him more comfortable, he could see a funeral director now and make all of the arrangements, such as viewings, caskets, cemetery, etc., which will take a great deal of the responsibility off of you. As to the finances, I don’t see anything that needs to be done. A quick note to my readers: are your affairs as up to date as this? Chances are they are not. Now is the time to do something. •

Bruce Williams writes for Newspaper Enterprise Association. E-mail him at

Milestone Stocks end week on strong note skin cancer after software giant posts gains drug OK’d NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks rose for the third straight day Friday, capping the best week for the Dow Jones industrial average since July. The government said the economy grew at a 3.1 percent annual rate in the fourth quarter of 2010. That’s slightly better than economists expected and higher than the estimate made last month. Technology shares rose after business software giant Oracle Corp. reported a 78 percent jump in income late Thursday. The database software maker credited new software license sales and the benefit of three full months of revenue from Sun Microsystems, a company it acquired last year. The Dow rose 50.03 points,

or 0.4 percent, to close at 12,220.59. It gained 362 points for the week, the most since a 512-point jump during the week ending July 9. The S&P 500 rose 4.14, or 0.3 percent, to 1,313.80. The Nasdaq rose 6.64 points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,743.06. All three stock indexes gained more than 2 percent for the week, helping them erase losses following the March 11 earthquake that hit Japan. The week started with a 178.01 point jump for the Dow after AT&T Inc. agreed to buy T-Mobile USA for $39 billion. That raised hopes for more buyouts. Better economic reports and stronger earnings followed, driving more gains.

Meanwhile, oil prices hit another post-recession high this week. Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for May delivery settled Friday at $105.40 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. That was down 20 cents for the day, but oil still gained more than 4 percent this week. On Wednesday it hit $105.75 per barrel, the highest level since September 2008. Retail gasoline prices have followed oil higher. The national average of $3.561 per gallon is the highest ever for this time of year. Pump prices are already above $4 per gallon in Alaska and Hawaii. In Vicksburg, the price is around $3.50 a gallon.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a breakthrough cancer medication from Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. that researchers have heralded as the first drug shown to prolong the lives of patients with advanced skin cancer. The agency approved the injectable drug, called Yervoy, for late-stage or metastatic melanoma. Melanoma is the deadliest type of skin cancer, but the FDA has only OK’d two other drugs for advanced melanoma. The newest of those was cleared more than 13 years ago. Neither drug has been shown to significantly extend patient lives.

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Barge Continued from Page A1. of daylight hours, said engineer Kirk Gallien, assistant district administrator for operations with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, which maintains the I-20 bridge. “There has been excellent cooperation between the Coast Guard, Louisiana and Mississippi departments of transportation, local law enforcement agencies, the Army Corps of Engineers, and the marine industry,” Coast Guard Cmdr. Scott Anderson, deputy commander of Sector Lower Mississippi River, said in a statement. “Everyone is working together to re-open the river to commerce as safely and quickly as possible.” Gallien said they hope the chisel, combined with the swift current, will cause the barge to break or fold in half. “It will at least weaken the

structure to where it will wrap around the pier and relieve some of the pressure,” Gallien said. “The other thing it will do is move the part of the barge that is in the channel.” U.S. Coast Guard officials halted traffic on the river following Wednesday’s accident which also saw several barges hit the old U.S. 80 bridge, which carries trains across the river, and other barges in the tow scatter down river up to a mile south of Vicksburg. Thursday, the Coast Guard allowed northbound traffic to resume on the Louisiana side — with permission from its Vicksburg Information Center — but said southbound traffic is too risky. Friday afternoon, a queue of 37 southbound towboats were being held up north of Vicksburg, the Coast Guard said. Depending on horsepower, said Smith, some could be towing two to three barges, some 30 or more — like those

that broke loose from the Kay A. Eckstein. Barges carrying oil, gas, coal, corn, wheat, soybeans, even quarried rock are being held up at Greenville and other areas upriver. Many are destined for East Coast cities or international markets, but could also be headed to New Orleans or Baton Rouge, said Smith. They’re bound for grain elevators, oil refineries, storage facilities of all types, and some to ships. It affects commerce “tremendously,” he said. “Lots of southbound tows are just now getting into the upper Mississippi River from the Ohio, Missouri, Tennessee and other rivers,” Smith said. “There’s all types of products from up north headed to facilities down south. There will be hundreds of barges, hundreds.” Movement of goods and freight by trains across the old U.S. 80 bridge is expected to be halted for a number of hours today during the chisel

operation, Smith said. Trains cannot be rerouted and will have to be stopped at various spots as they approach the bridge. In 2008, five barge tows struck the U.S. 80 bridge, none in 2009 and one in 2010. With each hit, the bridge has to be closed for safety inspections, sometimes up to six hours. The U.S. 80 bridge last year was also closed twice for repairs, Smith said, once for 12 hours and once for 13. “They don’t like it,” Smith said of train officials, “but they can live with it and they understand it.” He could not recall barges hitting and shutting down the I-20 bridge before Wednesday. After the barge hit and stuck, the interstate was shut down for nearly three hours, backing traffic up on both directions for miles. Big River Shipbuilders and Salvage of Vicksburg has been contracted to get the barge cut and moved out of the shipping channel.

A7 How long it will take is anyone’s guess. “They could do it in one hit, or they could hit it 1,000 times,” Gallien said. “We just don’t know. It could take 15 minutes or all day.” Later, when the river level subsides and currents weaken, a salvage operation will be attempted, Gallien said. “They won’t try to lift it out right now. The river is too high and the current is too strong, and it would be too dangerous.” While Louisiana transportation officials have no plans to close the interstate bridge, Gallien said sensors and devices placed on the structure would be carefully monitored at all times. “If we detect stresses,” he said, “we’ll shut it down.” Forecasts continue to call for the Mississippi River to crest in Vicksburg Tuesday at 43 feet. Friday at 7 p.m. it was at 42.3 feet, up a tenth of a foot since morning.

Budget munities receive equitable funding. “It’s a shell game. Our answer to that is no. In fact, it was ‘H’ no. We are not going to do it. I’m not going to sign off on it,” Brown told the House. “That’s where we are.” Senate Appropriations Chairman Doug Davis, R-Hernando, said the Senate proposes cutting about $40 million from those other K-12 programs. Davis has said there’s about $65 million that school districts have in reserve because of federal money they received last year. He said other agencies, including the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality and the state

Auditor’s Office, also have to be adequately funded. “We’re doing all we can for all areas,” Davis said. House leaders said Barbour wants to cut about $20 million from the Department of Mental Health budget. Stringer said that would force the closure of crisis centers across the state. Stringer also said the governor doesn’t want to provide $15 million to the University of Mississippi Medical Center so that it can receive matching federal Medicaid money. Lawmakers have until 8 tonight to file a compromise on the state’s $5.5 billion spending plan for the fiscal year that begins July 1. If negotiators make the

deadline, the full House and Senate could begin considering bills on Sunday. The 2011 session is set to end April 2, a week from today. House leaders said they were planning to send the Senate their proposals on mental health, K-12 education and universities. However, there have been disagreements as to where money for the budget would come from. Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant said he’s concerned about the House proposal because it uses about $500 million that the state will receive only once to pay for expenses that will need to be covered every year. That means lawmakers will have

to figure out another way to get that money come 2013. “I just keep asking, where is that going to come from? That means dramatic cuts on education, health care, next year — or a tax increase,” said Bryant, who’s running for governor. The $5.5 billion budget plan for fiscal year 2012 includes $4.6 billion of general fund revenue, which comes from taxes and fees. About $900 million comes from other sources, including federal stimulus, settlements and reserves. Legislators voted to add $14.4 million to the estimate of general fund revenue for the coming year, taking that figure from just under $4.6 billion to just over it.

the Republican presidential nomination until next month. But, he will appear today at a forum of potential GOP candidates in Des Moines. One of the people joining him will be former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who spent part of Friday taping an episode of Iowa Public Television’s “Iowa Press” program to air later in the weekend. Gin-

grich criticized President Barack Obama’s handling of air assaults in Libya and accused him of going to war without having a real consultation with Congress. “We’re seeing a president flounder on Libya,” Gingrich said. “This is nonsense. The American involvement is a mess.” But Gingrich himself has wavered on Libya. Two

weeks ago, he criticized Obama for not being more forceful in leading an international campaign to destroy Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s air defenses and save rebels from defeat. Then Wednesday, he said he wouldn’t have intervened if he’d been president. Gingrich said he’ll announce if he’s running for president in the next five

weeks. “I think it’s fair to say we’re a lot closer to running than not running,” he said. Gingrich and Barbour will be joined today by Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, former Sen. Rick Santorum and former Godfather’s Pizza executive Herman Cain at the event sponsored by U.S. Rep. Steve King, a conservative Republican from western Iowa.

of Vicksburg and Angelia Hydrick of Wesson; three sons, James “Bubba” Friley and Jerry Friley, both of Vicksburg, and William Friley of Madison; her mother, Ann Reynolds Brazell of Davenport, Fla.; three sisters, Mary Alice Russell of Davenport, Pat Cook of Chatsworth, Ga., and Ann Brown of Montgomery; two brothers, Bill Sloan of Northport, Ala., and Ray Brazell of Montgomery; and 33 grandchildren and 13 greatgrandchildren. Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Riles Funeral Home

with the Rev. Greg Clemts, pastor of Southside Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will follow at the Fife Family Cemetery in Pattison. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 9 a.m. until the service. Pallbearers will be Bert Boykin, Brad Boykin, Justin Ainsworth, Claude Ezell, Allan Friley and Michael Friley. Memorials may be made to Hospice Ministries, 450 Towne Center Blvd., Ridgeland, MS 39157.

Barbour Continued from Page A1. Barbour spoke to the AP before an event with a conservative group in suburban Des Moines. Reporters weren’t allowed into that event, sponsored by the Iowa Renewal Society. “I’m just glad to meet them and talk about what’s going on in the country,” Barbour said. “ Barbour said he won’t make a decision on seeking

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Mary Ann Brooks Mary Ann Brooks died Friday, March 25, 2011, at her home. She was 71. Mrs. Brooks was born in Glen Allen. She was a homemaker and a member of Bethel Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert E. Brooks; and her parents, Hansel E. Burkhalter and Sally Yawn. Survivors include her daughter, Sally Brooks of Louise; her son, Michael Brooks of Vicksburg; a brother, Jackie Burkhalter of Glen Allan; and six sisters, Doris Nichols of Hattiesburg, Nira Jennings of Indianola, Katie Sims and Patsy Harris, both of Grace, Billie Marshall of Vicksburg and Bobbie Crawford of Holly Bluff. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Cypress Gardens Cemetery in Yazoo City. Visitation will be at Stricklin-King Funeral Home from 1 p.m. Sunday until the hour of the service. Pallbearers will be Buster Jennings, Brad Harris, Ed Harris, Will Crawford, Wix Crawford and Ronney Fratesi.

Dewana Renee Rogers Services for Dewana Renee Rogers will be at 11 a.m. today at Triumph Church





Partly cloudy with a chance of thunderstorms; highs in the 80s and lows in the 60s

WEATHER This weather package is compiled from historical records and information provided by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the City of Vicksburg and The Associated Press.

LOCAL FORECAST SUNDAY-MONDAY Partly cloudy with a chance of thunderstorms; lows in the 60s, highs in the 80s


Continued from Page A1. House budget plan spends more than the state is set to generate in revenue. “The House position on the budget is to ignore reality,” the governor said. “Mississippi is experiencing 10 percent unemployment, high gas prices and a slowly recovering economy.” Brown, who chairs the House Education Committee and is also a top budget writer, said Barbour wants lawmakers to fund the Mississippi Adequate Education Program by raiding other education programs, including the teacher school supply and building equipment funds. The MAEP provides a formula to ensure schools in both poor and wealthy com-


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with the Rev. Mike Fields officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery with Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home in

charge. Ms. Rogers died Sunday, March 20, 2011, at River Region Medical Center. She was 30. She was a 1998 graduate of Vicksburg High School, and received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Jackson State University. She was a member of Triumph Church. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Helen Hunter; and an aunt, Denise Rogers. Survivors include her parents, Adam and Catherine Rogers of Vicksburg; her maternal grandfather, Larry Hunter of Utica; her paternal grandparents, Charles and Bessie Cleveland of Jackson; aunts, Dorothy Wilson of Tulsa, Okla., Shirley Barnes of Louisville, Ky., Karen Hunter of Raleigh-Durham, N.C., Wanda Weathersby of Port Gibson, Danette Outlaw of Jackson and Shenika Cleveland of Jackson; uncles, Ray Barnes of Killeen, Texas, and Tony Rogers of Jackson; cousins; and other relatives and friends, including Ronnie Kirk Nichols.

Dorothy P. Scott Dorothy P. “Dot” Scott died Thursday, March 24, 2011, at

Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland. She was 70. Born in Montgomery, Ala., Mrs. Scott was a longtime resident of Vicksburg. She was employed at Waffle House on Washington Street for a number of years. She was of the Baptist faith. She was preceded in death by her father, William Watson Sloan; her husband, Lamar Scott; one daughter, Gloria Ann Friley; two grandchildren; and a brother. She is survived by four daughters, DiAnn Boykin of Brandon, Donna Ainsworth of Pearl, Janice Friley

TONIGHT Partly cloudy with a chance of thunderstorms; lows in the 60s SUNDAY-MONDAY Partly cloudy with a chance of thunderstorms; lows in the 60s, highs in the 80s

ALMANAC HIGHS AND LOWS High/past 24 hours............. 72º Low/past 24 hours .............. 48º Average temperature ........ 60º Normal this date .................. 60º Record low .............26º in 1955 Record high ...........88º in 1907 RAINFALL Recorded at the Vicksburg Water Plant Past 24 hours................0.0 inch This month .............4.34 inches Total/year............. 12.55 inches Normal/month .....4.98 inches Normal/year ....... 15.31 inches SOLUNAR TABLE Most active times for fish and wildlife Sunday: A.M. Active .........................12:37 A.M. Most active ................ 6:50 P.M. Active ............................ 1:02 P.M. Most active ................. 7:15 SUNRISE/SUNSET Sunset today ....................... 7:18 Sunset tomorrow .............. 7:18 Sunrise tomorrow ............. 6:58

RIVER DATA STAGES Mississippi River at Vicksburg Current: 42.3 | Change: +0.1 Flood: 43 feet Yazoo River at Greenwood Current: 12.9 | Change: -0.6 Flood: 35 feet Yazoo River at Yazoo City Current: 23.6 | Change: +0.2 Flood: 29 feet Yazoo River at Belzoni Current: 16.1 | Change: NC Flood: 34 feet Big Black River at West Current: NA | Change: NA Flood: 12 feet Big Black River at Bovina Current: 10.2 | Change: -0.8 Flood: 28 feet STEELE BAYOU Land ...................................85.4 River ...................................90.0

MISSISSIPPI RIVER FORECAST Cairo, Ill. Sunday ................................... 49.7 Monday ................................. 49.3 Tuesday ................................. 48.8 Memphis Sunday ................................... 35.3 Monday ................................. 35.0 Tuesday ................................. 34.6 Greenville Sunday ................................... 49.0 Monday ................................. 49.0 Tuesday ................................. 48.7 Vicksburg Sunday ................................... 42.7 Monday ................................. 42.9 Tuesday ................................. 43.0


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President to lay out U.S. role in live speech Monday night WASHINGTON (AP) — To a nation and a Congress seeking answers, President Barack Obama on Monday will offer his most expansive explanation of the U.S. role in the Libyan war, delivering a speech that is expected to cover the path ahead and his rationale about the appropriate use of force. Obama’s 6:30 p.m. speech, to be given from the National Defense University in Washington, comes as leading Republican lawmakers and some from his own party have pressed him for clarity about the goals and exit strategy of the United States. Obama and top U.S. security officials spent about an hour talking to lawmakers on Friday, with the president answering direct questions from critics. For a president who was on a Latin American outreach trip when the U.N.sanctioned military assault on the Libyan regime began, the speech offers him his best chance to explain the purpose and scope of the mission to a nation already weary of war. Obama has spoken about the matter since authorizing the use of force, but not in a setting as prominent as an evening speech, as he seeks to take command of the story. Obama is expected to explain how the U.S.-led campaign is shifting to NATO control, and how the multinational approach with Arab support puts the United States in the


A weapon sits ready for transport Friday at a NATO air base in Aviano, Italy.

On TV The president’s statement on Libya will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday on major news networks. strongest position to achieve the goals of protecting Libyan civilians, a White House official said. The president will also put the Libyan campaign into a broader context of his decisions about the use of force, said the official. U.S.-led forces began launching missile strikes last Saturday against embattled Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi’s defenses to establish a no-fly zone and prevent him from attacking his own people. With the U.S. eager to take a back seat, it remained unclear when NATO would assume command of the no-fly patrols.

Oil claims czar’s law firm gets $400,000 pay hike PASCAGOULA, Miss. — Documents provided by the administrator of BP’s claims fund for Gulf oil spill victims show the oil giant agreed to increase his law firm’s Kenneth monthly comFeinberg pensation from $850,000 to $1.25 million. The documents furnished Friday to the AP include a letter from former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey to claims czar Kenneth Feinberg. Mukasey stated his belief that the extra money was warranted because Feinberg’s duties had grown. The pay hike, detailed in a Tuesday letter from Mukasey to Feinberg, is retroactive to Jan. 15 and runs through the end of 2011. Feinberg has been criticized for the pace of processing the roughly 500,000 claims that have been filed since he took over handling claims for individuals and businesses from the $20 billion fund in August.

Japan quake crisis hinders automakers NEW ORLEANS — General Motors will resume regular production at its pickup plant in Shreveport, La., on Monday, a week after the company shut it down, blaming a shortage of parts from Japan. Meanwhile, Honda Motor Co. said Friday it will likely interrupt production at its North America plants after Friday due to a lack of supplies. Spokesman Jeffrey Smith said interruptions are expected at Honda’s two Ohio plants and at plants in Alabama, Indiana, Canada and Mexico until the issues are resolved. Falling supplies of auto parts have disrupted car factories around the world ever since a massive earthquake and tsunami hit Japan on March 11. That nation is a top producer of autos, but also parts, which aren’t reaching car factories because of earthquake damage, power



Also unclear was when — and even if — the U.S. military’s Africa Command would hand off to NATO the lead role in attacking ground targets. The U.S. commander in charge of the overall international mission, Army Gen. Carter Ham, said, “We could easily destroy all the regime forces that are in Ajdabiya,” but the city itself would be destroyed in the process. Meanwhile, fellow Arab and African nations raised pressure Friday on Gadhafi, with tiny Qatar flying the Arab world’s first combat missions over his country and the African Union imploring him to move toward elections. “Having our first Arab nation join and start flying with us emphasizes that the world wants the innocent Libyan people protected from the atrocities perpetrated by proregime forces,” U.S. Air Forces Africa Commander Maj. Gen. Margaret Woodward said.

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Order doesn’t keep union law off books MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin officials couldn’t agree Friday about whether an explosive law taking away nearly all public worker collective bargaining rights was about to take effect after a nonpartisan legislative bureau published it despite a court order blocking implementation. The head of the Legislative Reference Bureau that made the move, as well as a nonpartisan attorney for the Legislature, said the action was merely procedural. But Republican legislative leaders, who encouraged the bureau’s action, insisted it meant law would take effect today. Gov. Scott Walker’s office, meanwhile, would issue only a vague statement saying simply that the administration planned to carry out the law as required. The move is just the latest in a series of parliamentary and legal maneuvers employed over the past six weeks to enact a bill that prompted Senate Democrats to flee the state to block a vote and brought on waves of Capitol protests that grew larger than 85,000 people as Wisconsin became the center of a national fight over union rights.

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Financial secrets can disolve couples’ trust Q: I keep a separate bank account for personal use — just for the occasional impulse buy. Here’s the thing, though: my wife doesn’t know about it. Should I tell her? Jim: Absolutely! The concern is not so much that you’re spending money outside the family budget, but the damage that this sort of secrecy can do to your marriage. Others have fallen into the same trap. In an online survey by Forbes and the National Endowment for FinanFOCUS ON cial EduTHE FAMILY cation, about one in three Americans admitted lying to his spouse about money, and another third said they FOCUS ON had been THE FAMILY deceived. Don’t let this happen to you. Your wife will likely be hurt when you tell her, but your honest confession might make the revelation less painful than if she were to catch you in the act. I implore you to see a pastor or marriage counselor and work through this issue together. Q: How much should I tell my fiance about my past? I don’t want to keep secrets, but neither do I want to cause damage. Where do I draw the line? Juli: You’re absolutely right that there is danger in both. I’m glad you’re asking this question now. While dating, people naturally put their best foot forward. In the intimacy of marriage, everything will be revealed. Even if you never speak of them, wounds and choices from your past will impact your marriage. This unhindered intimacy is what makes marriage so great and so threatening. Your fiance should know about things like your financial situation, any sexual relationships, abusive relationships and addictions. It may feel like you’re taking a step back, but it’s a step toward true intimacy. Your fiance’s response will show a lot about his character. There’s a limit, however. It takes discernment to know which details will build trust, and which will erode it. As you wade through these difficult waters, I recommend premarital counseling. •

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Utica men’s choir set for St. Alban’s series From staff reports A Mississippi men’s choir with roots that date back 85 years will perform at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church Wednesday as part of its Lenten Arts Series. The Jubilee Singers of the Utica campus of Hinds Community College, directed by Bolton native Dr. Bobby Cooper, will perform a variety of sacred music, including classical, gospel and spirituals, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Bovina church on Warriors Trail. The concert will follow a Holy Eucharist healing service at 6 and soup dinner at 6:30. “The early singers performed Negro spirituals to help raise funds for the school during the 40-year

If you go The Jubilee Singers will perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday at St. Alban’s Episcopal, 5930 Warriors Trail. The show, part of the church’s Lenten Arts Series, features a Holy Eucharist Healing Service at 6 and a soup dinner at 6:30. Call 601-594-0066. Holtzclaw era,” Cooper said, referring to Dr. William Holtzclaw, the school’s president from 1903 to 1943. “I was so moved by the original group’s history, dedication and purpose, I felt compelled to revive the unique quality of the historical plantationera music.” Cooper has directed the choir since the 1970s, when


The Jubilee Singers of Hinds Community College’s Utica campus he joined the Utica college faculty as music instructor. The name “Jubilee Singers” dates to 1925 and the early history of the Utica Normal and Industrial Institute for the Training of Colored Young Men and Women. The choir was originally called the Utica Institute Jubilee Singers and was organized by Holtzclaw.

The singers toured the country to raise money for the Utica Institute, performing in New York and other major cities and establishing the school as one of America’s most prominent schools for blacks. St. Alban’s Lenten Arts Series, including the healing service and soup dinner, continues Wednesdays through

April 13. Upcoming features are An Evening of Sculpture April 6 with Dr. Sam Gore of Mississippi College, and An Evening of Choral Music April 13 with the St. Alban’s church choir and Joan Leese, organist. •

Raymond historian and author Rebecca Blackwell Drake contributed to this report.

Who’s in hell?

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Jim Daly is president of Focus on the Family, P.O. Box 444 Colorado Springs, CO 80903, host of the Focus on the Family radio program, and a husband and father of two. Dr. Juli Slattery is a licensed psychologist, co-host of Focus on the Family, author of several books, and a wife and mother of three. The website is

Chad Holtz, was fired from his job at a Henderson, N.C., church after posting on Facebook his views about the afterlife. THE aSSOCIaTED a aTED PRESS

Pastor’s book sparks eternal debate By The Associated Press DURHAM, N.C. — When Chad Holtz lost his old belief in hell, he also lost his job. The pastor of a rural United Methodist church in North Carolina wrote a note on his Facebook page supporting a new book by Rob Bell, a prominent young evangelical pastor and critic of the traditional view of hell as a place of eternal torment for billions of damned souls. Two days later, Holtz was told complaints from church members prompted his dismissal from Marrow’s Chapel in Henderson. “I think justice comes and judgment will happen, but I don’t think that means an eternity of torment,” Holtz said. “But I can understand why people in my church aren’t ready to leave that behind. It’s something I’m still grappling with myself.” The debate over Bell’s new book “Love Wins” has quickly spread across the

evangelical precincts of the Internet, in part because of an eye-catching promotional video posted on YouTube. Bell, the pastor of the 10,000-member Mars Hill Bible Church in Grand Rapids, Mich., lays out the premise of his book while the video cuts away to an artist’s hand mixing oil paints and pastels and applying them to a blank canvas. He describes going to a Christian art show where one of the pieces featured

a quote by Mohandas Gandhi. Someone attached a note saying: “Reality check: He’s in hell.” “Gandhi’s in hell? He is? And someone knows this for sure?” Bell asks in the video. In the book, Bell criticizes the belief that a select number of Christians will spend eternity in the bliss of heaven while everyone else is tormented forever in hell. “This is misguided and toxic and ultimately subverts the contagious spread of Jesus’ message of love, peace, forgiveness and joy that our world desperately needs to hear,” he writes in the book. For many traditional Christians, though, Bell’s new book sounds a lot like the old theological position of universalism — a heresy for many churches, teaching that everyone, regardless of religious belief, will ultimately be saved by God. And that, they argue, dangerously misleads people

about the reality of the Christian faith. “I just felt like on every page he’s trying to say ‘It’s OK,”’ said Southern Baptist Seminary President Albert Mohler at a forum last week on Bell’s book held at the Louisville institution. “And there’s a sense in which we desperately want to say that. But the question becomes, on what basis can we say that?” Bell argues that hell has assumed an outsize importance in Christian teaching, considering the word itself only appears in the New Testament about 12 times, by his count. “For a 1st-century Jewish rabbi, where you go when you die wasn’t the most pressing question,” Bell told The Associated Press. “The question was how can you enter into the shalom and peace of God right now, this day.” Bell denies he’s a universalist, and his exact beliefs on what happens to people after death are

hard to pin down, but he argues that such speculation distracts people from an urgent point. In his telling, hell is something freely chosen that already exists on earth, in everything from war to abusive relationships. The near-relish with which some Christians stress the torments of hell, Bell argues, keep many believers needlessly afraid of a loving God, and repel potential Christians who might otherwise be curious about the faith’s teachings. “The heart of the Christian story is that God is love,” he said. “But when you hear the word ‘Christian,’ you don’t necessarily think. ‘Oh, sure, those are the people who don’t stop talking about God’s love.’ Some other things would come to mind.” About the only thing everyone agrees on is that this is not a new debate in Christianity. It stretches to antiquity, when ChrisSee Hell, Page B4.


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church events Antioch Baptist Services at Antioch Baptist Church and Unity Outreach Ministries (A Full Gospel Ministry), 1800 Poplar St., behind Jones-Upchurch Realty, begin at 9:15 a.m. with children’s church, followed by worship at 10 weekly. Tuesday prayer is at 6:30 p.m., and midweek service/ Bible study is at 7. Alfred E. Lassiter Sr. is pastor.

Berachah Services at Berachah Church, 2918 Fisher Ferry Road, begin at 7 tonight with praise and worship. Sunday school begins at 9:30 a.m., followed by praise and worship and children’s church for ages 4-8 at 10:30. A nursery is provided for up to age 3. Monday’s women’s Bible study is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Awana begins at 6 p.m. Bible study and youth service are at 7. Roger Cresswell is pastor. Visit www.

Bethlehem M.B. Services at Bethlehem M.B. Church, 3055 N. Washington St., begin at 9:30 a.m. with Sunday school. Mattie L. Brown is superintendent. Worship is each second Sunday. Covenant meeting is each third Sunday. Communion is each fourth Sunday. All begin at 11 a.m. Choir rehearsal begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday before the second and fourth Sunday. Bible class begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The Rev. Dennis Redden Sr. is pastor.

Bingham Memorial M.B. Services at Bingham Memorial M.B. Church, 1063 Green St., begin at 9:30 a.m. with Sunday school, led by Dorothy Miles, superintendent. Worship is each second Sunday at 11. Covenant begins at 10:30 each second Sunday. Worship with Communion are each fourth Sunday at 11. Prayer meeting/Bible study begins at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Youth choir rehearsal begins at noon each second Saturday. Choir rehearsal begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday before the fourth Sunday and at noon each fourth Saturday. The Rev. James Archer is pastor.

Bovina Baptist Services at Bovina Baptist Church, 5293 U.S. 80, begin at 9:45 with Sunday school under the direction of Jim Daquilla. Worship begins at 11 with the sanctuary choir, led by music minister Jerry Stuart, singing special music. Donna Harper is pianist. Bobbie Bruce is organist. Brian Parker is minister of students and education. Jo Sumrall is minister of children. Parker will deliver the message. Evening services begin at 5 with mission organizations, youth and adult Bible study. The Generation concert begins at 6. Wednesday evening activities begin at 6 with prayer service, handbells, youth Bible study and children’s choir rehearsal. Adult choir rehearsal begins at 6:45. A nursery is provided.

Bowmar Baptist Services at Bowmar Baptist Church, 1825 U.S. 61 South, begin at 8:30 a.m. with classic worship. Lifegroups meet at 9:20. Creative worship for families, Stepping Stones (5-year-old worship), Kids on the Rock (first-sixth-graders) and youth worship begin at 10:30. Signing for the hearing impaired is available upon request during the classic and creative services. Call 601-636-2596 or visit www.

Bradley’s Chapel U.M.C. Services at Bradley’s Chapel United Methodist Church, 13815 Oak Ridge Road, begin at 9:45 a.m. with Sunday school and the youth

meeting, followed by worship at 11. Music is led by Hope Raney. Earlene Alexander is pianist. Children’s church is led by Ann Grimshel. Easter Cantata practice begins at 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Wednesday night prayer meeting begins at 6 at the home of JoAnn Beavers. The Rev. Harry Hawkins is pastor.

Bypass Church of Christ Sunday services at Bypass Church of Christ, 787 U.S. 61 North, begin at 9:30 a.m. with Bible classes for all ages. Worship is at 10:30 with Jerry Jackson, delivering the sermon. Worship consists of congregational and a cappella singing and observance of the Lord’s Supper. Evening assembly begins at 6 with a message by Donnie Cain, minister of the MidwayChurch of Christ in Utica. Congregational singing will follow. Wednesday, Bible study for all ages begins at 7 p.m. For transportation or a free nondenominational Bible correspondence course or home Bible study, call 601-638-6165.

Calvary Baptist Services at Calvary Baptist Church, 2878 Old Highway 27, begin with Sunday school at 9:45. Worship is at 11. Bruce Bryant, interim pastor, will deliver the message. R.L. Sigrest is worship leader. Evening activities begin at 4 with sanctuary choir, followed by discipleship training at 5. Worship is at 6. Warren WMU meeting at the association is at 11 a.m. Monday. GROW visitation is canceled. On Wednesday, RAs, GAs, youths and prayer meeting begin at 6 p.m. On Friday, GA slumber party is from 6 until 9 p.m. in the fellowship hall.

Calvary M.B. Services at Calvary M.B. Church, 406 Klein St., begin at 9:30 a.m. with Sunday school. Worship is at 11 a.m. each first and fifth Sunday. Breakfast is served at 9 a.m. each second Sunday. Mission meeting is each third Sunday and covenant is each fourth Sunday at 11.

Cedar Grove M.B. Services at Cedar Grove M.B. Church, 3300 Grange Hall Road, begin at 9:30 a.m. with Sunday school led by Jimmie Jefferson, superintendent. Worship begins at 11. Communion is each third Sunday. Choir rehearsal is at 7 p.m. each Monday with Travanti Hill, minister of music, leading. Prayer meeting and Bible study are each Tuesday, and Tuesday Night Live worship is each first Tuesday. Both begin at 7 p.m. Media Ministry meetings are at 5:30 p.m. each Wednesday. Children’s choir rehearsal is at 7 p.m. each fourth Thursday. Brotherhood Ministry meets at 7 p.m. each second Friday.

Christ Episcopal Christ Episcopal Church, 1115 Main St., will celebrate the Third Sunday in Lent with Holy Eucharist Rite I at 8 a.m. in the chapel and Holy Eucharist Rite II at 10 in the nave. The Rev. David Elliott will preach and celebrate at both services. A Christian Education program featuring a study of the sacraments begins at 9, and choir practice begins at 9:30. Both are in the parish hall. Fellowship and refreshments will follow the service in the parish hall. Child care is provided during the 10 a.m. service. The Wednesday Coffee/ Bible study group will meet at 10 a.m. in the Sunday school building. Elliott will conduct a healing service at 12:15 p.m. Call 601-638-5899 or visit christchurchvburg.

devotion “By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.”

Hebrews 11:8

• Who knows what marvelous opportunity God has waiting for you if you were sensitive enough to listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying to you right now. • Don’t say, “Show me what You want me to do, then I’ll decide whether or not to do it.” Instead, we need to say, “I’ll do it — whatever it is. You tell me. If You explain it, fine. If You don’t explain it, fine. But God, I’m going to do it.” • It’s just as bad to run ahead of God, as it is to run behind Him. The Bible says that Abraham went out without knowing where God was sending him. Are you ready to travel under sealed orders? • Devotion written by Dr. Adrian Rogers in conjunction with Love Worth Finding Ministries. Web site: 11 a.m. each second and fourth Sunday. Communion is observed each second Sunday. Bible study begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday. For transportation call 601-883-0286 or 601636-0419. The Rev. Johnny Hughes is pastor.

Church of Christ Services at Church of Christ, 3333 N. Frontage Road, begin at 9 a.m. with Bible classes. Worship is at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. with Eric Welch speaking. On Wednesday, a ladies class begins at 9:45 a.m. Classes for all ages are at 7 p.m. Call 601-636-4801 or e-mail vickcofc@cablelynx. com for a free correspondence course or home Bible study course. “A Minute of Inspiration” is broadcast on River 101.3 between 6:45 and 6:55 a.m. weekdays.

Church of Christ Sunday services at Church of Christ, 811 Culkin Road, begin at 10 a.m. with Bible classes. Worship is at 11. On Wednesday, a Bible class for all ages is at 7 p.m. Call 601-636-0141 or 601-5290904 for a free Bible study. Larry Harris is the minister.

The Church of the Holy Trinity, Episcopal The Third Sunday in Lent at The Church of the Holy Trinity, Episcopal, South and Monroe streets, will be celebrated with Holy Eucharist, Rite I, at 8 a.m. and Holy Eucharist, Rite II, at 10:30. The Rev. Jane Alexander will preach at both services. Adult and youth Sunday school begins at 9:30. Children’s Sunday school is at 10:15. A nursery is provided from 9:15 to 11:30. Vestry meeting begins at 6 p.m. Monday. Lunch Bunch group meets at 12:10 p.m. Tuesday. Congregational supper is at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Daughters of the King meet at 6:30. Pilates begins at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. On Friday, Lenten Fine Art Series, Jackson State Jazz Vocal Ensemble begins at 12:05. Gumbo luncheon begins at 12:35.

Clover Valley M.B. Services at Clover Valley M.B. Church, 7670 Mississippi 27 South, begin at 10 a.m. with Sunday school, followed by worship. Communion is each first Sunday; Covenant is each third Sunday; pantry donations are accepted each second and fifth Sunday; fourth Sunday worship is a devotional service by the women’s ministry; all start at 11. Bible study is at 7 p.m. each Tuesday. Missionary workers meet at 6:30 p.m. each second Tuesday. Choir rehearsal begins at 5 p.m. Monday and at 11 a.m. each Saturday before the second Sunday. Call 601-636-6375 or 601-638-2070. The Rev. Samuel Jones is pastor.

Christian Home

Crawford Street U.M.C.

Services at Christian Home No. 2 M.B. Church, begin at 9 a.m. with Sunday school. Worship begins at

Services at Crawford Street United Methodist Church, 900 Crawford St., begin at 9:45 a.m. with Sunday school,

Melody Makers and confirmants/parents will meet in Floral Hall. Chancel choir rehearsal is at 10:40. Youthled worship begins at 10:55. The Rev. Cary Stockett is pastor. UMYF and “MAAD” meetings begin at 5 p.m. All UMYF are invited to eat out together. On Monday, Ruth Circle begins at 6 p.m. On Tuesday, men’s breakfast and devotion begin at 6:50 a.m. Wednesday night activities are as follows: family supper is at 5:15; children’s activities are at 5:45; adult handbell rehearsal, adult and youth Bible study are at 6; and chancel choir is at 7. Visit

Cross Point Services at Cross Point Church, 510 Porters Chapel Road, begin at 10 a.m. with Sunday school. Worship is at 11 with Robert Andrews, pastor, delivering the sermon. Children’s church and a nursery are during worship. On Wednesday, Bible study for all ages begins at 6 p.m. A nursery is provided.

Eagle Lake Baptist Services at Eagle Lake Baptist Church, Eagle Lake community, begin at 9:45 a.m. with Sunday school. Worship is at 11 and 6 p.m. with Dwight Sibley, pastor, delivering the message. On Wednesday, prayer service begins at 6:30 p.m.

Ebenezer Baptist Services at Ebenezer Baptist Church, 2346 Grove St., begin at 9 a.m. with Sunday school each second, third, fourth and fifth Sunday. Willie H. Smith is superintendent. Communion is each first Sunday at 8:30 a.m. Dr. Michael R. Reed Sr. is pastor.

Family Life Cathedral Sunday services at Family Life Cathedral, An Oasis of Love, 2832 Ken Karyl Ave., begin at 9:30 a.m. with Successful Living classes, followed by praise and worship at 11. A nursery is provided for children as old as 3, and children’s church is available. Second Sunday praise and worship begin at 8 a.m. Successful Living classes begin at 6 p.m. Friends and Family Day is each third Sunday with Successful Living classes at 9:30, followed by praise and worship at 11. On Wednesday, intercessory prayer begins at 6 p.m., followed by discipleship classes at 7. Call 601-629-3900 or 601-638-3433 for shuttle. E-mail Betty J. Young Tyler is pastor.

First Baptist Services at First Baptist Church, 1607 Cherry St., begin at 9:30 a.m. with Bible study, followed by worship at 10:50 with Dr. Bill Hardin, guest speaker, delivering the message. Bible study groups are available, and a nursery is provided. Sunday school and morning worship for the hearing impaired are available. Revival service begins at 6 p.m.

Celebrate Recovery, GriefShare and DivorceCare begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Mafan Building, 1315 Adams St. On Wednesday, English as a Second Language begins at 8:30 a.m.; Mission Mosaic at 4:30 p.m.; and children’s choirs at 5. Church family time begins at 5:50. Adult and youth Bible study, RAs, GAs, Mission Friends and adult choir rehearsal are at 6:15, and family night supper is from 4:45 until 6. Supper reservations/cancellations are required by noon Monday. On Friday, English as a Second Language begins at 8:30 a.m. Celebrate Recovery will meet at 6 p.m. at the Mafan Building. Visit www.

First Christian Church Services at First Christian Church, (Disciples of Christ), 3005 Porters Chapel Road, begin at 9:30 a.m. with Sunday school. Worship is at 10:45 with the chancel choir presenting the anthem. Marsha Gay will deliver the message. The Lord’s Supper is celebrated weekly. A nursery is provided. Sunday Family Game Night is from 5 until 7 in Bryan Hall. Choir practice begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

First Pentecostal Services at First Pentecostal, 6541 Paxton Road, begin tonight at 7 with churchwide prayer. Sunday worship begins at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Youth activities are scheduled for ages 12 and up. A nursery for children as old as 2 is provided. Signing for the hearing impaired is available upon request.

First Presbyterian Services at First Presbyterian Church, Cherry and South streets, begin at 8:55 a.m. with a service of Praise and Thanksgiving in the chapel, followed by worship at 9:30 with the Rev. Tim Brown leading the service. Sunday school is at 10:45. Fuse will meet at 6 p.m. The choir director is Sharon Penley. The organist is Barbara Tracy. On Monday, senior high breakfast will be at 6:30 a.m. at Cracker Barrel. Boy Scouts meets at 7. On Tuesday, men’s Bible study begins at 7:15 a.m. Deborah Circle and Ruth Circle meet at 9:45. Hannah/Lydia and Al-Anon will meet at noon. Junior high girls small group meets at 6. Chamber choir is at 6:30. Wednesday activities are canceled. The Web site is Call 601-636-1200.

Freemount A.M.E. Activities at Freemount A.M.E. Church, 1190 Myles Station Road, Hermanville, begin with Sunday school at 10 a.m., followed by worship at 11 each first Sunday. The Rev. Theodra Rowan is pastor.

Gibson Memorial Activities at Gibson Memorial United Methodist Church, 335 Oak Ridge Road, begin at 10 a.m. with Sunday school. The Dabney Bible Class can be heard at 10 a.m. Sunday on WBBV 101.3. Worship is at 11, followed by potluck dinner. Greg Hazelrig is pastor. Paul Ballard is worship leader. Bell choir practice begins at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday; Ash Wednesday service begins at 7. Churchwide yard sale is set for April 2 from 8 a.m. until noon. Visit

Gospel Temple M.B. Services at Gospel Temple M.B. Church, 1612 Lane St., begin with Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. with Recco Owns, superintendent. Worship and Communion are at 11 a.m. each second and fourth Sunday. Women’s Ministry is at 6 p.m. Mondays. Prayer and Bible study are at 6:30 p.m. each Wednesday.

The Rev. Walter Edley is pastor. Bennie Slaughter is assistant superintendent. Call 601-634-0759.

Grace Baptist Services at Grace Baptist Church, 1729 Hankinson Road, begin with Bible study at 9:45 a.m., followed by worship at 11, with the Rev. Bryan Abel delivering the message. Ed Crawford will lead the music. Deacons meet at 4:30 p.m. Discipleship training is at 5:30, followed by worship at 6:30. Wednesday prayer meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.

Greater Grove Street Services at Greater Grove Street M.B. Church, 2715 Alcorn Drive, begin at 8:30 a.m. with worship. Fifth Sunday services begin at 10 a.m. The Lord’s Supper is observed each first Sunday. Children’s church and a nursery are provided. Bible school begins at 6 p.m. with Hour of Power Service each Wednesday before the fourth Sunday. A baptismal is each last Wednesday. On Thursday, Bible Class and fellowship begin at 10:30 a.m. Valet parking is available for the handicapped or senior citizens. For transportation or prayer request, call 601-218-3911 or visit www. C.J. Williams is minister of music. The Rev. Dr. Casey D. Fisher is pastor.

Greater Mount Lebanon Services at Greater Mount Lebanon Baptist Church, 339 Alpine St., begin at 9:30 a.m. with Sunday school. Worship with Communion are each first and third Sunday at 11. On Wednesday, Sunday Night preview begins at 5:30 p.m. Intercessory prayer begins at 6:30, followed by Bible class at 7. Deacons board meets Wednesday before the third Sunday at 8 p.m. Senior choir rehearsal begins at 7 p.m. each first, second and third Tuesday. Curtis Ross is pastor.

Greater Oak Grove M.B. Services at Greater Oak Grove M.B. Church, 3802 Patricia St., begin at 8 a.m. with worship, followed by Sunday school at 9:45. Prayer meeting begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday, followed by Bible class at 6:30. The Rev. James C. Archer is pastor.

Hawkins U.M.C. Sunday activities at Hawkins United Methodist Church, 3736 Halls Ferry Road, begin at 8:30 a.m. with Sunday school, followed by worship at 10. Evening activities begin at 5 with adult Bible study and children’s handbells. Children’s activities and snack supper follow at 5:30. UMYF is at 6. A nursery is available. On Monday, Feeding the Homeless meets at 5:30 p.m.; Cub Scout meeting begins at 6; and Boy Scouts and Missions meetings are at 7. On Tuesday, Neighborhood Kids meets at 4:30 p.m.; administrative council meeting is at 5:30; prayer group meets at 6. Dinner Theater practice is at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday. On Wednesday, Bread and Broth study is at 5:30 p.m.; handbells begin at 5:45; and chancel choir is at 7. On Thursday, Adult Bible study begins at 9 a.m. Dinner Theater practice is at 6:30, and Spanish classes meet at 7.

Holy Cross Anglican Services for the Third Sunday in Lent at Holy Cross Anglican Church (Reformed Episcopal Church), 1021 Crawford St. inside the former Sisters of Mercy Chapel, begin at 9:15 a.m. with morning prayer. Bible study follows at 9:30, and Holy Communion begins at 10:30; baptized Christians may participate. The Rev. Continued on Page B3.

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church events Continued from Page B2. Mark Bleakley presides. Child care is provided. The sanctuary and fellowship rooms are accessible to the handicapped through the back gate on Adams Street. “Renewing the Face of the Earth: Conversation on Art, Spirituality, and Anglican Culture,” a podcast, can be heard at Call 601-529-4838 or visit

House of Peace Fellowship for ages 13-18 begins tonight at 5. Services at The House of Peace Worship Church International, 2372 Grove St., begin at 9:30 a.m. with Sunday school. Worship is at 11. On Monday, a “Back to the Basics Bible Class” is at 5 p.m. Intercessory prayer begins at 6. On Tuesday, intercessory prayer begins at 5. Bible class, budget/finance and Teen Talk are at 6. Choir rehearsal begins at 7. Free tutoring is from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. Tuesdays. Perfect Peace is broadcast at 6 a.m. Sundays on WAPT-16, at 6 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays on Channel 17 and at 6 a.m. Monday through Friday on WUFX11. The website is

Immanuel Baptist Services at Immanuel Baptist Church, 6949 U.S. 61 South, begin with Sunday school at 9:45 a.m. Worship and children’s church for grades K-4, under the direction of Ashley Coomes, follow at 10:45. The Rev. Donnie South of SON Valley Ministries is guest speaker. Evening services begin at 5 with discipleship training and choir practice. Worship led by Jason McGuffie, associate pastor, follows at 6. Wednesday activities begin at 7 p.m. and include children’s classes for grades K-6, youth services and prayer service. Adult choir practice, led by Dale Yocum, begins at 8. A nursery is available for worship services. Billy Brumfield is pastor. Associate pastor and youth minister is Jason McGuffie.

Jones Chapel M.B. Sunday school at Jones Chapel M.B. Church, 1340 Bay St., begins at 9:30 a.m. each week. Worship is each second Sunday and fourth Sunday at 11 a.m. Breakfast is each first and third Sunday at 8:30.

Jubilee Revival Center Services at Jubilee Revival Center, 900 Clay St., begin at 10:30 a.m. with worship. Evening worship begins at 6:30. On Tuesday, intercessory prayer begins at 6 p.m., followed by Bible study at 7.

King David No. 1 M.B. Services at King David No. 1 M.B., 2717 Letitia St., begin at 9:30 a.m. with Sunday school. Communion is at 11 each second Sunday. Choir rehearsal is at 6 p.m. each first, third and fourth Monday. Bible study is at 6 p.m. Wednesdays. The Usher Board meets at 11 a.m. each second Saturday. Creative Woman’s ministry meets at 9 a.m. each fourth Saturday. The Rev. A.L. Hines is pastor.

King Solomon Sunday services at King Solomon Baptist Church, 1401 Farmer St., begin with Hour of Soul-Saving Power at 8:15 a.m. The Rev. Thomas Parker will deliver the message. The Voice Of Praise will provide music. Regular worship follows at 10 with the Rev. Eddie Fountain, of Morning Star M.B. Church in Tallulah. The male choir will sing. Nursery is provided beginning at 9:30 a.m. The service can be heard on WRTM-FM 100.5 at 11 a.m. and on WJIW 104.7 FM and KJIW 94.5 FM at 7 p.m. Discipleship training is at

M.B. Church, Bovina, are at 11:30 a.m. each first Sunday and include Communion. Willie J. White is pastor.

special events TODAY • Christian Home M.B. — 6 p.m., All Male Musical Extravaganza; all male choirs invited; 601-634-0978; 4769 Lee Road. • East Mount Olive M.B. — 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Health Ministry’s Spirit of Health Conference; registration, 8:30; speakers, snacks, door prizes; Brenda Collins, 601-807-5441; 6205 Red Lick Road, Red Lick. • King of Kings Christian — 5 p.m., “My Sister’s Keeper”; free; for transportation, 601-661-6444 or Willie P. Taylor, pastor; 4209 Mount Alban Road. • Mercy Seat M.B. — 6 p.m., musical extravaganza; all churches and choirs invited; Linda Stevens, 601-218-7735; the Rev. Rudy Smith, pastor; 5 Dos Casas Lane. • Mount Able M.B. — 5 p.m., 46th choir anniversary; United Men of Christ; the Rev. Henry Hudson, pastor; 1 1/2 miles east of Mound on U.S. 80. • Pleasant Valley M.B. — 6 p.m., male fashion show; the Rev. Joe Harris, pastor; 260 Mississippi 27. • Second Union M.B. — 6 p.m., cemetery fund drive program; the Rev. K.C. Frazier, guest speaker; the Rev. Michael Reed, pastor; 18074 Old Port Gibson Road, Utica.

SUNDAY • Clover Valley M.B. — 11 a.m., 154th church anniversary; the Rev. Samuel Jones, pastor; 7670 Mississippi 27. • E.D. Straughter Center — 4 p.m., Restoring Lives through God’s Word; the Rev. Ronald Regan of Hattiesburg and the New Testament Choir, guests; 601-630-6881; 1411 Martin L. King Blvd.. • Mount Calvary — 10:45 a.m., 99th church anniversary; Mincer Minor Jr., pastor; 1350 East Ave. • Mount Carmel Ministries — Friends and Family Day is canceled; 2015 Grove St. • Pleasant Valley M.B. — 6 p.m., men’s program; the Rev. Joe Harris, pastor; 260 Mississippi 27. • St. James No. 1 M.B./Mount Hebron — 2 p.m., fifth-year appreciation service for the Rev. Willie J. White, pastor and wife; the Rev. Earl Cosey, speaker; 400 Adams St. • Southside Baptist — 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., revival; Don Savell, guest evangelist; 95 Baptist Drive.

ny Williams, Lonzo McClure, Bobby Burks, Earl Thompson and Tracy Collins, speakers; 3014 Wisconsin Ave. • St. Alban’s Episcopal — Lenten Arts program: 6 p.m., Holy Eucahrist Healing; 6:30, soup dinner; 7, Jubille Singers of Hinds Community College of Utica; 5430 Warriors Trail. • Southside Baptist — 7 p.m., revival; Don Savell, guest evangelist; 95 Baptist Drive.

THURSDAY • Hawkins — 6:30 p.m., “One Flew Over the Buzzard’s Roost” play with dinner, $10; silent auction; 601-636-2242 or cast member; proceeds go to support Hawkins Mission Team; 3736 Halls Ferry Road. • New Mount Elem M.B. — 7 p.m., fellowship; the Revs. Johnny Williams, Lonzo McClure, Bobby Burks, Earl Thompson and Tracy Collins, speakers; 3014 Wisconsin Ave. • Southside Baptist — 7 p.m., revival; Don Savell, guest evangelist; 95 Baptist Drive. • The Word Church of Vicksburg — Noon prayer, “Come and Dine With the Father”; Darlene Whittington, minister, 601-6292156; 1201 Grove St.

FRIDAY • Hawkins — 6:30 p.m., “One Flew Over the Buzzard’s Roost” play with dinner, $10; silent auction; 601-636-2242 or cast member; proceeds go to support Hawkins Mission Team; 3736 Halls Ferry Road. • New Mount Elem M.B. — 7 p.m., fellowship; the Revs. Johnny Williams, Lonzo McClure, Bobby Burks, Earl Thompson and Tracy Collins, speakers; 3014 Wisconsin Ave. • Southside Baptist — 7 p.m., revival; Don Savell, guest evangelist; 95 Baptist Drive.

APRIL 2 • Hawkins — 6:30 p.m., “One Flew Over the Buzzard’s Roost” play with dinner, $10; silent auction; 601-636-2242 or cast member; proceeds go to support Hawkins Mission Team; 3736 Halls Ferry Road. • Mount Givens M.B. — 6 p.m., second anniversary for the Rev. Terry L. Moore, pastor, and wife; the Rev. Phillip Burks and Belmont M.B. Church choir; 210 Kirkland Road.

MONDAY • New Mount Elem M.B. — 7 p.m., fellowship; the Revs. Johnny Williams, Lonzo McClure, Bobby Burks, Earl Thompson and Tracy Collins, speakers; 3014 Wisconsin Ave. • Southside Baptist — 7 p.m., revival; Don Savell, guest evangelist; 95 Baptist Drive.

APRIL 3 • Triumphant Baptist — 2 p.m., Family and Friends Day; Walter Weathersby, pastor of Rose Hill M.B. Church and church family; A.S.A.P., Mime Ministry and T.B.C. Praise Dancers; dinner on the grounds; the Rev. Dexter Jones, pastor; 124 Pittman Road.

TUESDAY • New Mount Elem M.B. — 7 p.m., fellowship; the Revs. Johnny Williams, Lonzo McClure, Bobby Burks, Earl Thompson and Tracy Collins, speakers; 3014 Wisconsin Ave. • Southside Baptist — 7 p.m., revival; Don Savell, guest evangelist; 95 Baptist Drive.

WEDNESDAY • New Mount Elem M.B. — 7 p.m., fellowship; the Revs. John6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Bible study is at noon each Friday. CDs or DVDs of Sunday messages are available by calling the church at 601-6387658. Transportation is available by calling 601-831-4387 or 601630-5342 the day before.

Lighthouse Assembly Services at Lighthouse Assembly of God, 1790 Sherman Ave., begin at 9:45 a.m. with Sunday school. Worship is at 10:45 with Debbie Quimby leading praise and worship. Children’s church is led by Harry and Vickie Ogle. Wednesday services begin at 6:30 p.m. with Bible study for all ages. The Rev. George Farris is pastor.

Lighthouse Baptist Fellowship supper begins tonight at 5:30 in the fellowship hall. Services at Lighthouse Baptist Church, 1804 Sky Farm Ave., begin at 9:45 a.m. with Sunday school. Mike Sharp will lead the adult class. Margie Ameen will lead youth and young adults. Women’s intercessory prayer is between Sunday school and 11 a.m. worship, which is led by Dr. E.L. Sharp, pastor. Sunday evening, men’s prayer is at 5:30 and evening worship is at 6 with special music and the pastor’s message. Bible study and prayer service are at 7 p.m. Wednesday. A nursery is provided for all services.

Living Word Baptist Services at Living Word Baptist Church, 2845 Clay St., Suite 13 (in the Emmich Building), begin at 9:30 a.m. with Sunday school and new members orientation. Worship is at 11. Morning Glory worship services are

at 8:30 a.m. each first and third Sunday. Bible study is at 7 each Wednesday night. W.I.T.N.E.S.S., a women’s ministry, is at 10 a.m. each first and third Saturday. Man II Man, a men’s ministry, is at 8:30 a.m. each second and fourth Sunday. Dr. Stevie C. Duncan is senior pastor. Visit

Lutheran Church of the Messiah The Divine Service for the Third Sunday in Lent will be celebrated at The Lutheran Church of the Messiah (LCMS), 301 Cain Ridge Road, at 9 a.m. Sunday school for all ages begins at 10:30 a.m. Visit or call 601-636-1894.

Mercy Seat Baptist Musical program tonight begins at 6 with Nathaniel Williams, Greater Jerusalem, New Mount Elem and Mercy Seat church choirs, soloists and others. Services at Mercy Seat Baptist, 5 Dos Casas Lane, begin at 10 a.m. with Sunday school, led by Grace Brown. Communion begins at 11 a.m. each third and fourth Sunday. Covenant is each third Sunday. On Wednesday, prayer service and Bible study from the Book of Acts begin at 5:45 p.m. Choir practice led by Mattie Lacey begins at 6:30 p.m. each Thursday before the third and fourth Sunday. Musicians are Shirley Coleman-Harris and Charlie Gross. The Rev. Rudy L. Smith is pastor.

Mount Alban M.B. Services at Mount Alban

APRIL 9 • Cool Spring M.B. — 6 p.m., sixth-year anniversary of the Gospel Visionairs; The Sons of Abraham, The Evening Stars, The Wheeler Sisters, The King Jubilees, others; the Rev. Byron Maxwell, pastor; 385 Falk Steel Road.

APRIL 10 • King David No. 1 M.B. — Noon, Family and Friends Day; the Rev. A.L. Hines, pastor; 2717 Letitia St. M.B. Church, 2385 Mount Alban Road, begin at 9 a.m. with Sunday school led by Leonard Knight, deacon and superintendent. Worship with Communion is each first Sunday; praise and worship are each second, third and fourth Sunday; youth service is each fifth Sunday; all begin at 11. On Wednesday, prayer/Bible study is at 6:30 p.m. On Thursday, choir rehearsal begins at 6 p.m. Women of Faith is at 10 a.m. each second Saturday. The Rev. Henry Lee Taylor Jr. is pastor.

Mount Ararat M.B. Services at Mount Ararat M.B. Church, Eagle Lake community, are at 1:30 p.m. each second Sunday. Dr. L.A. Hall Sr. is pastor.

Mount Calvary Baptist Services at Mount Calvary Baptist Church, 1350 East Ave., begin at 9:30 a.m. with Sunday school, directed by Al Evans, superintendent. Worship is at 11 with Mincer Minor, pastor, delivering the message. Communion is each second and third Sunday at 11. Children’s ministry for ages 1-7 begins at 9:30 a.m. Sunday in the annex. Brotherhood meets at 6 p.m. each first Tuesday. Ushers meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday before each second Sunday. Wednesday’s youth Bible study and intercessory prayer begin at 6 p.m., followed by adult Bible study at 7. The senior choir rehearses each Thursday at 6 p.m. Junior choir rehearses the Thursday before the first and third Sunday. Male chorus meeting begins at 6 p.m. Thursday before the fifth Sunday. The trustee board meets at 9 a.m. and the deacons at 11 each Saturday before the second Sunday. Women’s ministry begins at

10 a.m. each first Saturday. Call 601-636-4999.

Mount Carmel M.B. Services at Mount Carmel M.B. Church, 2629 Alma St., begin at 9:30 a.m. with Sunday school led by Keafur Grimes. Worship and Communion are each first Sunday; Sunday school enhancement is each second Sunday; worship and testimony service are each third Sunday; and youth services each fourth and fifth Sunday. All are at 11 a.m. Wednesday’s prayer meeting/Bible study is at 6:30 p.m. Senior choir rehearsal begins at 4 p.m. Saturday before the first Sunday. Male choir rehearsal begins at 7 p.m. Friday before the third Sunday. Youth choir rehearsal is at 1 p.m. Saturday before the fourth Sunday. Mission Society meets at 3 p.m. at the church each second Monday and at 2 p.m. each fourth Saturday at Carmel Manor, 910 Bowman. Dr. Franklin L. Lassiter is pastor.

Mount Carmel Sunday services at Mount Carmel Ministries, 2015 Grove St., begin at 9:30 a.m. with Sunday school for all ages. Worship begins at 11 with Communion each first Sunday. Musicians rehearsal begins at 6 p.m. Monday. On Wednesday, praise and worship choir rehearsal begins at 5 p.m. Bible study is at 7. Friends & Family Day set for Sunday has been canceled. Men’s fellowship is at 7 p.m. Thursdays. Saturday’s exercise class begins at 8 a.m. For information or transportation, call 601-638-9015.

Mount Hebron M.B. Services at Mount Hebron

Mount Heroden Services at Mount Heroden Baptist Church, 1117-19 Clay St., begin at 9:30 a.m. with Sunday school directed by Hilda Y. White, superintendent. Worship is at 11. Communion is each first Sunday at 11. Youth service is at 11 each second Sunday. Prayer meeting/Bible study is at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Senior choir rehearsal begins at noon Saturday before the first Sunday. Youth choir rehearses each second Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Dr. Louis A. Hall Sr. is pastor.

Mount Olive, Villa Nova Services at Mount Olive Baptist Church of Villa Nova, 210 Villa Nova Road in the Oak Ridge community, begin with Sunday school at 8:30 a.m., followed by worship at 10. Communion is each third Sunday at 10. Bible class begins at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday. The Rev. Richard Hopkins is pastor.

Mount Pilgrim Services at Mount Pilgrim, Freetown, begin at 10 a.m. with Sunday school. First Sunday services begin at 11 a.m. and are led by Gracie Daniels, evangelist. Communion is each second Sunday and worship is each fifth Sunday; both begin at 11 a.m. Bible class is at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The Rev. Joseph L. Brown is pastor.

Mount Zion M.B. Services at Mount Zion M.B. Church, Ballground, begin at 9:30 a.m. each Sunday with Sunday school except for the third Sunday at 10. Steven Randle, assistant pastor, leads. Pearls of Wisdom and intercessory prayer follow Sunday school each fourth Sunday. Communion is each third Sunday at 11:30 a.m. with Charlie Blackmore, pastor, officiating. Choir rehearsal begins at 5 p.m. Saturday before the third Sunday. Bible class begins at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Mount Zion No. 4 Services at Mount Zion No. 4 M.B. Church, 122 Union Ave., begin with Sunday school at 9 a.m. each second, third and fifth Sunday. Worship is at 9 each first and fourth Sunday. Choir practice is at 6 p.m. Wednesday before the first and fourth Sunday. The Rev. Henry Mayfield Sr. is pastor.

Narrow Way M.B. Services for Narrow Way M.B. Church, 400 Adams St., in the St. James No. 1 M.B. Church, begin at 11 a.m. each first and third Sunday. Communion is each first Sunday. Bible class begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The Rev. James E. Williams is pastor. Call 601218-8061.

Nazarene Services at Vicksburg First Church of the Nazarene, 3428 Wisconsin Ave., begin at 9:45 a.m. with Sunday school. English and Spanish congregations combine for the morning service at 10:50 with dinner on the grounds to follow. Missionary service begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday evening activities begin at 5:30 with recreation for the youths. Dinner and Worship Team practice are at 6. Adult Bible Study is at 7. Thursday night is “The Furnace” Prayer Meeting open to all. The Hispanic congregation meets at 7 p.m. Friday for Bible study/fellowship. Men’s prayer breakfast is at 8 a.m. each first Saturday. First time guests are free and regular attendees are $5. A yard sale is set for April 9 to benefit summer camp fund for the youths. Call 601-634-0082 or visit Continued on Page B4.


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church events Continued from Page B3. www.vicksburg-nazarene. org. The Rev. Chuck Parish is senior pastor. The Rev. Kuhrman Cox is pastor emeritus.

New Dimension World Services at New Dimension World, 2011 Washington St., begin at 11 a.m. Sunday with worship. Tuesday Night Touch (question and answer Bible study) is at 7 p.m. each Tuesday. Bishop George Tyler Straughter is founder and senior pastor. Call 601-456-0215. Visit www.

New Mount Pilgrim Services at New Mount Pilgrim M.B. Church, 501 N. Poplar St., begin at 9:30 a.m. with Sunday school led by Leroy Gillum, deacon and assistant superintendent. Covenant will follow. Second Sunday services begin at 11, as well as Communion services each fourth Sunday. Life Changing for Today’s Christian begins at 6:30 p.m. Monday under the direction of Jacqueline Griffin. Prayer meeting is at 6 p.m. Tuesday, followed by Bible study under the direction of the Rev. Virdell Lewis. Senior choir practice led by Jean Thomas begins at 6:30 p.m. each Wednesday before the second, third and fourth Sunday. The Usher Board meets at 11 a.m. each first Saturday. Recordings are available from Lee Griffin, deacon, or by calling 601636-6386. The Rev. Henry J. Williams is pastor.

New Rock of Ages M.B. Services at New Rock of Ages M.B. Church, 2944 Valley St., begin at 9:30 a.m. with Sunday school. Ernestine N. Boone is superintendent. Worship is at 11 with singing by the choir. Patricia Stamps is church musician. Ushers staff meeting is each third Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Choir rehearsal begins at 2:30 p.m. each second and third Saturday. Mission meeting begins at 4 p.m. Monday after the third Sunday. Bible class is each first and third Monday at 5 p.m., followed by prayer meeting at 5:45. For transportation call, 601-629-0088 or 601-415-6814. Dr. Michael R. Reed Sr. is pastor.

Northside Baptist Services at Northside Baptist Church, 4820 N. Washington St., begin at 9:45 a.m. with Sunday school, followed by children’s church and worship led by Dr. Frank Lescallette, pastor, at 11. Sunday evening activities begin at 5 with Kids Time, followed by Youth Explosion and evening worship at 6. Wednesday activities begin at 6 p.m. with mission study, men’s Bible study and GAs, followed by prayer service at 7. A nursery is provided.

Open Door Services at Open Door Bible Church, 4866 Mount Alban Road, begin at 10:15 a.m. with Sunday school, led by Paul Rush. Worship is at 11:15 with Ken Harper delivering the message. Joe Branch is song leader. Tim Goodson is pianist and provides special music. Youth and adult classes are offered and a nursery is provided. Call 601-636-0313 or e-mail

Pentecostal Explosion Services at Pentecostal Explosion Ministries, 2130 Washington St., begin with Sunday school at 9:30 a.m., followed by praise and worship at 10:30. Wednesday Bible study is at 6:30 p.m. Corporate prayer/Bible study is at 7 p.m. each second and fourth Friday. Leonard and Paula Calcote are pastors. Call 601-953-6812.

Pleasant Green Services at Pleasant Green

Baptist, 817 Bowman St., begin with Sunday school at 9:30 a.m., led by Ernest Walker, deacon and superintendent, and Elwin Johnson, assistant superintendent. Second Sunday worship begins at 11 a.m. Communion is each fourth Sunday. Bible study is at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Deacons and trustees meet each Tuesday before the second Sunday at 6 p.m. Mission ministry meets Saturday before the first and third Sunday at 10 a.m. Herman L. Sylvester is pastor.

Pleasant Hill M.B. Services at Pleasant Hill M.B. Church, 11170 Halls Ferry Road, begin at 10 a.m. with Sunday school. Worship and Communion begin at 11:15 each second Sunday. Worship is at 11:15 each fourth Sunday. Prayer and Bible study begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The Rev. Joseph Brisco is pastor.

Pleasant Valley M.B. Services at Pleasant Valley M.B. Church, 260 Mississippi 27, begin at 9:30 a.m. with Sunday school, followed by worship at 11. Men’s Day program begins at 3 p.m. Sunday. Bible Institute begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The Rev. Joe Harris Jr. is pastor.

Port Gibson U.M.C. Sunday is the Third Sunday in Lent at Port Gibson United Methodist Church, 901 Church St. Sunday school begins at 10 a.m., followed by worship at 11 with the Rev. David Harrison bringing the message. Professional counseling is offered at Grace Christian Counseling Center, 907 Church St. Call 601-437-5046.

Porters Chapel U.M.C. Services at Porters Chapel United Methodist Church, 200 Porters Chapel Road, begin at 7 a.m. with the Men’s Club meeting. Early worship is at 8:30, followed by the Good News Discussion Group at 9:45. Sunday school is at 10. Traditional worship service is at 11. The Rev. D.R. Ragsdale will deliver the sermon and lead singing. A nursery is provided. On Monday, Boy Scouts will meet at 7 p.m. Cursillo will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. On Wednesday, Lenten luncheon service begins at noon. E-mail pcumc_vicksburg. com. Call 601-636-2966.

Refuge Services at Refuge Church, 6202 Indiana Ave., begin at 9:45 a.m. with Word Power for all ages. Praise and worship begin at 10:45 with Bethany Winkler, music pastor. Pastor Tony Winkler will bring the message. Kidz Construction for ages 4-9 begins at 10:45. Wednesday Family Night begins at 7 in the Family Life Center. A nursery is available for children as old as 4. Call 601-638-4439 or visit

Ridgeway Baptist Services at Ridgeway Baptist Church, 4684 Redwood Road, begin at 9:45 a.m. with Sunday school, followed by children’s church and worship with special music at 11. Evening worship begins at 6. The Rev. Gene Jacks, pastor, will deliver the message. Prayer group meets at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the fellowship hall. Bible study/prayer meeting begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

St. Alban’s Episcopal Services for the Third Sunday in Lent at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 5930 Warriors Trail, begin with Holy Eucharist, Rite 1 at 8:30 a.m. Choir practice under the direction of Joan Leese, organist and choirmaster, is at 9:45. Christian Education is at 9:50. Eucharist Minister training is at 10. Holy Eucharist, Rite II, is celebrated at 11 with the

Rev. Billie Abraham, rector, preaching and celebrating. Coffee and fellowship follow each service. Child care is provided at 11 a.m. Acolyte training is at noon. Tuesday’s Bible study begins at 9:30 a.m. Each Wednesday at 7 a.m. is a study of “Twelve Steps to Spiritual Wholeness, A Christian Pathway.” Lenten Arts Series begins Wednesday with Holy Eucharist at 6 p.m., followed by soup and the Jubilee Singers of Hinds Community Collerge, Utica branch. Call 601-636-6687; visit

St. George Orthodox Services at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church, 2709 Washington St., include Third Sunday of Great Lent: The Veneration of the Holy Cross; Matins and Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. Sunday; the Divine Liturgy at 10:30 a.m. Sunday; The Divine Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts at 7 p.m. Wednesday; and Little Compline with the Akathist Hymn at 7 p.m. Friday. Confession is before and after services. The Very Rev. John W. Morris is pastor. Call 601-636-2483. Visit

St. James M.B. No. 1 Services at St. James M.B. Church No. 1, 400 Adams St., begin at 9:30 a.m. with Sunday school led by Robert Hubbard, superintendent, and Walter Bell, assistant superintendent. Worship is at 11 a.m. each second and fourth Sunday. Communion is each second Sunday. Willie J. White is pastor.

St. Luke Services at St. Luke Church of God in Christ, 915 First East St., begin at 9:30 a.m. with Sunday school, followed by worship at 11. Evening worship service begins at 7 with YPWW Bible study. Prayer and Bible study begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Home and foreign mission Bible study is at 7 p.m. Friday. Following at 8 are evangelism and youth service on the first Friday, YWCC on the third Friday and choir rehearsal each second and fourth Friday. One Hour of Prayer is at 8 a.m. Saturday. Elder Douglas Anderson is pastor. Call 601638-0389.

St. Mary’s Catholic St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 1512 Main St., will celebrate the Third Sunday of Lent at 9 a.m. Way of the Cross is each Friday at 7 p.m. during Lent. Daily Mass is at 6:30 a.m. Monday through Saturday in the parish chapel. Devotion to the Blessed Mother is at 7 p.m. each Monday in the chapel. Choir rehearsal is at 6 p.m. each Wednesday. The Rosary is recited at 8:30 a.m. each Sunday before Mass. The Sacrament of Penance is from 8 to 8:45 a.m. each Sunday, or by appointment. Youth Mass is each fourth Sunday. The Rev. Malcolm O’Leary, SVD, is pastor. Call 601-636-0115.

St. Mary’s Episcopal St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 900 First North St., will observe the Third Sunday in Lent with Holy Communion, Rite I from the Book of Common Prayer, at 10:30 a.m. The Rev. Denny Allman will bring the message and serve at the Eucharist. Snacks are available before and after the service in the parish hall. Wednesday Lenten services begin at 6 p.m. with Allman leading the congregation in walking the Stations of the Cross, followed by a discussion on the Acts of the Apostles. Dinner will be served.

St. Paul Catholic St. Paul Catholic Church, 713 Crawford St., will celebrate the Third Sunday of Lent. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is at 5 p.m. Saturdays. Vigil Mass is at 5:30 tonight, and Sunday Mass

is at 10:30 a.m. Rosary Saturdays are at 5 p.m. before Mass. Daily Mass is at 7 a.m. Tuesday through Friday. R.C.I.A. program begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Glynn Hall. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is Fridays in Lent after 7 a.m. Mass until noon. Way of the Cross is Fridays in Lent at 5:15 p.m.

Shady Grove Baptist Services at Shady Grove Baptist Church, 61 Shady Grove Circle, begin at 10 a.m. with Sunday school. Worship is at 11 each first and fourth Sunday. Bible class begins at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Adult choir practice begins at 11 a.m. each Saturday before the first and fourth Sunday. Youth choir rehearsal begins at noon Saturday before the first Sunday. Richard Johnson is pastor.

Shiloh Baptist Services at Shiloh Baptist Church, 920 Meadow St., begin at 9:30 a.m. with Sunday school. Oscar Jones is superintendent. Communion service begins at 11 a.m. each third Sunday. Covenant begins at 10:45 a.m. each second Sunday. On Tuesday, Bible study is 6-7 p.m. Dr. Willie Jones, pastor, is the instructor. Choir rehearsal is at 6 p.m. each Tuesday after the second Sunday.

Shiloh Primitive Services at Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church, Warriors Trail, begin at 10:30 a.m. with singing, prayers and a sermon. Dinner is at noon each first and third Sunday. Charles Holden is pastor.

day. Inspirational choir is each second Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. United Voices of Worship is at 7 p.m. each Wednesday. Call 601-6363712 Monday, Wednesday or Thursday. Thomas E. Bernard is pastor.

and testimony service begins at 5 p.m , followed by birthday and anniversary fellowship. On Wednesday, oldtime prayer begins at 6:30 p.m. with men’s brotherhood and the ladies WMA meeting. A nursery is provided.

Trinity Baptist

Woodlawn Baptist

Services at Trinity Baptist Church, 3365 Porters Chapel Road, begin at 9:30 a.m. with Sunday school. Worship is at 10:45. Turning Point classes begin at 4:45 p.m. Evening worship begins at 6. On Wednesday, The Gathering begins at 3 p.m. The Gathering and age-graded studies begin at 6, and choir rehearsal is at 6:45. The Rev. Ron Burch is pastor.

Services at Woodlawn Baptist Church, 2310 Culkin Road, begin at 9:40 a.m. with Sunday school, followed by worship at 11. The Rev. Kent Campbell is pastor. The Rev. Mike Barber is minister of music. Student Minister is Devin Rost. Children’s church is available for 4 years through second grade, following Sunday school. A nursery is provided for up to age 3. Morning services are at 11 on WBBV-101.3-FM or www. Evening services begin at 4:45 with Awana. Youth Bible study and worship begin at 6. On Wednesday, early service begins at 10 a.m. Evening activities begin at 5 with family night supper. Children’s activities begin at 5:40. Underground Connections and evening service begin at 6. Sanctuary choir practice is at 7:10. Call 601-636-5320.

Triumphant Baptist Services at Triumphant Baptist Church, 124 Pittman Road, begin at 8:30 a.m. with New Sunday Connection/ New Members Transition Classes at the Kings Empowerment Center. Partners in Prayer is at 9:30 a.m., followed by worship at 10. Women’s ministry is at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the administration building. Activities at the Kings Empowerment Center include aerobics at 6 p.m. Monday and Thursday and Bible study at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Mass choir rehearsal is at 7 p.m. Thursday at the church. Elders’ Bible study is at noon Friday in the administration building. Usher/Helps Ministry is at 4 p.m. each fourth Saturday at the administration building. Call 601-2181319. The Rev. Dexter Jones is pastor. Visit

Solid Rock Pentecostal

WC Ministers Alliance

Services at Solid Rock Pentecostal Church, 4945 U.S. 61 North, begin at 10 a.m. with adult discovery of worship in the sanctuary and Sunday school for ages 4-18 in the youth center. Bill Talbert, pastor, will preach in the sanctuary. Music is led by Catherine Barry. Sunday evening Live Praise begins at 6:30. On Tuesday, men’s Bible study is led by Dane Stewart at 6 p.m., followed by prayer at 7. Midweek worship and word are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. For prayer, home Bible study or transportation call 601-636-0692. Visit

Warren County Ministers Alliance meets at 9:30 a.m. Saturdays at the E.D. Straughter Building on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The aim is to benefit ministers and discuss Sunday school lessons. Robert L. Miller is moderator.

Southside Baptist Services at Southside Baptist Church, 95 Baptist Drive, begin at 9:45 a.m. with Sunday school. Revival begins at 11 with the Rev. Don Savell, evangelist. Greg Clemts is pastor. Andrew Clemts, interim song director, and Jim Bowman, instrumentalist, will lead the music. Adult choir practice begins at 4 p.m., followed by Bible study at 5 and revival at 6. Revival continues MondayFriday each night at 7. Midweek prayer services are at 10 a.m. each Wednesday. Call 601-631-0047 or

Travelers Rest Baptist Services at Travelers Rest Baptist Church, 718 Bowmar Ave., begin at 9 a.m. with Sunday school, followed by worship at 10:30. A nursery is available. Children’s church is provided for first grade through sixth grade. Music is by Men of Purpose choir. Baptism is at 10 a.m. each first Sunday. Deacons meet at 7:30 p.m. each second Monday. The missionary ministry meets at 10 a.m. each first and third Saturday. The ushers and wellness ministries meet after services each third Sunday, following the service. Youth tutorial meets at 7 each Tuesday night. Boy Scouts meets at 6:30 p.m. each second and fourth Tuesday. Bible study is at 7 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. Wednesday. Men of Purpose is each first and third Monday at 6:30 p.m. Perfect Praise begins at 6 p.m. each fourth Wednes-

Warrenton Services at Warrenton Independent Baptist Church, 829 Belva Drive, begin at 10 a.m. with Sunday school, followed by worship at 11 with Marvin E. Curtis Jr., pastor, preaching. Junior church is during worship and is led by Scott Audirsch, associate youth pastor. Evening worship is at 6 with Curtis delivering the message. Wednesday prayer meeting begins at 7 p.m. with Curtis. Prayer time will follow. Visit or e-mail

Wayside Baptist Services at Wayside Baptist Church, 6151 Jeff Davis Road, begin with Sunday school at 9:45 a.m., followed by worship at 11 with Jason Wooley. Evening worship begins at 6. Wednesday activities are at 7 p.m. A nursery is provided Sunday mornings.

Westminster Services at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3601 Halls Ferry Road, begin at 9:45 a.m. with Sunday school. Worship is at 11 with Pastor Scott Reiber preaching, assisted by Elder Mark Monroe. Evening activities begin at 4 with diaconate meeting, followed by Kids Club at 5 and evening worship at 6 led by Reiber. Ray Clary will assist. Mary Claire Allison is choir director. Dr. Gwen Reiber is the organist. A nursery is provided. Meals on Wheels meet at 10:30 a.m. on Monday. Choir practice begins at 6 p.m. Monday. Prayer/Bible study is at 7:15. Visit wpcvicksburg. com.

Wilderness Baptist Services at Wilderness Baptist Church, 5415 Gibson Road, begin at 9:45 a.m. with Sunday school, followed by worship at 11 with Bob Conrad, pastor, delivering the message. Monthly praise

The Word Church Services at the Word Church of Vicksburg, 1201 Grove St., begin at 10 a.m. with Sunday school, followed by worship at 11:30. Bible Class begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday with Hour of Power Prayer. Noon prayer is each Thursday. Apostle Oscar L. Davis is pastor, 601807-3776.

Word of Faith Services at Word of Faith Christian Center, 3525 Wisconsin Ave., begin at 9:30 a.m. with Sunday school, followed by worship at 10:30. Children’s church and a nursery are provided. Corporate prayer is at 10:15 a.m. Sunday and 6:15 p.m. Wednesday. The Rev. Reginald L. Walker is pastor. Bishop Keith A. Butler is founder. Call 601638-2500.

Zion Travelers M.B. Services at Zion Travelers M.B. Church, 1701 Poplar St., begin with Sunday school at 9:30 a.m., under the direction of Virginia Houston, minister and superintendent. Eddie James Lee, is deacon and assistant superintendent. The following are at 11 a.m. — Communion each first Sunday; worship each second and fourth Sunday; women’s ministry each third Sunday. Choir practice is Monday after the second and fourth Sunday and Thursday after the first and third Sunday at 6 p.m. Tuesday, intercessory prayer is at 6 p.m. Prayer meeting is at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Bible study is at 6. Sunday school lesson planning is Saturdays at 3:30 p.m. Alfred E. Lassiter Jr. is pastor.

Hell Continued from Page B1. tianity was a persecuted sect in the Roman Empire, and the third century theologian Origen developed a theory that contemporary critics charged would mean that everyone, even the devil himself, would ultimately be saved. Church leaders eventually condemned ideas they attributed to Origen, but he has had a lasting influence across the Roman Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant traditions. Page Brooks, a professor at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, thinks Bell errs in a conception of a loving God that leaves out the divine attributes of justice and holiness. “It’s love, but it’s a just love,” Brooks said. “God is love, but you have to understand you’re a sinner and the only way to get around that is through Christ’s sacrifice on the cross.”



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Tar Heels, Jayhawks roll to big wins By The Associated Press

Down and out Hornet forward David West is out for the year with a torn ACL. Story/C2

Golden Eagles roll over Tulane It was diamonds on the diamond, as Southern Miss ripped Tulane, 16-4. Ole Miss, LSU and Mississippi State were also winners. Story/C2

NEWARK, N.J. — These are the teams everybody roots for in the early rounds of the NCAA Tournament. The double-digit seeds. The underdogs. The teams that win a couple of heart-stopping games but just don’t have enough to play for a national championship. In the last four tournaments, double-digit seeds have a 2-9 record. What makes it worse is they’ve been blown out in most of the games. On Friday night, No. 1 Kansas beat No. 12 Richmond 77-57, and No. 2 North Carolina whacked No. 11 Marquette 81-63, a game in which the Tar Heels led 51-18. And

NCAA Tournament Tonight’s Scores Kansas 77, Richmond 57 North Carolina 81, Marquette 63

Kentucky 62, Ohio State 60 VCU 72, Florida State 71 Complete roundup/C6 with No. 10 Florida State losing to No. 11 Virginia Commonwealth, 72-71, late Friday night, a double-digit seed was guaranteed to lose. “At this point, a seed is a seed. It shouldn’t affect the way a team plays,” Marquette guard Junior Cadougan said. “We weren’t playing the North Carolina program tonight. We played North Carolina players. It shouldn’t have mattered if

Today’s Games 3:30 p.m. CBS - Florida vs. Butler 6:30 p.m. CBS - Connecticut vs. Arizona

we came out and played. We didn’t do that.” The average margin of victory in the eight losses to single-digit seeds over the last three years has been 19.2 points. The closest of those games was No. 12 Western Kentucky’s 88-78 loss to No. 1 UCLA in 2008. The biggest blowout was No. 1 Louisville’s 103-64 trouncing of See NCAA, Page C6.


Marquette’s Darius Johnson-Odom, left, drives past North Carolina’s Harrison Barnes Friday.


Flashes win a marathon

ON TV 3:30 p.m. CBS - Florida tries to end Butler’s surprise run in the Sweet 16, while UConn tries to do the same to underdog Arizona in the late game.

By Ernest Bowker

The St. Al bats, which had been hot all night, got it going again in the bottom half of the sixth. Matthew Foley led off with a triple. Gatling walked and a balk call — the second of the game against West Lincoln reliever Jay Case — scored Foley to tie the game. “In the sixth, he lifted his left leg before he touched the rubber and that was a balk,” Warren said. “The one in the seventh, not so much, but we’ll take the call.” Junior Neal Ricks put St. Al back in the lead at 17-16 when he laced a double to left center to score Gatling. The hit gave Ricks three for the game along with four RBIs. “I just wanted to make a play to win us the game,” Ricks said. “I just had to make it happen. We just keep scrapping.” Warren said Ricks has been a key figure as the No. 5 hitter. “Neal Ricks is definitely not our best hitter, but he is most definitely our most clutch hitter.” Ricks had a two-run double in the third inning to key a six-run rally that erased a 5-1 Bear lead. St. Al scored six more in

CLINTON — An innocent ground ball turned into Warren Central’s worst nightmare. The chopper off the bat of Patrick Barnes turned into a pair of errors, cleared the bases and allowed Barnes to circle them, and gave Clinton the runs it needed to beat Warren Central 9-8 in a key division game on Friday night. The victory moved Clinton (11-3, 3-0 Division 4-6A) two games ahead of both WC (7-8, 2-2) and Vicksburg in the division. Clinton, which beat Warren Central twice this week, has one game left against the Vikings and plays two against Vicksburg next week. “There’s still a lot of games to play. We’re still in the hunt. That’s all that matters,” WC coach Josh Abraham said. Being involved in the key play was a measure of redemption for Barnes, Clinton‘s starting pitcher. The Meridian Community College signee hit four batters in a row before giving up a grand slam to Carlos Gonzalez in the top of the fourth inning. His sudden struggles, which he attributed to a sore elbow, allowed the Vikings to erase a 5-1 deficit and take a 6-5 lead. “Baseball is baseball. It’s a game of failure,” said Barnes, who also doubled in the first inning. “That’s what makes you good, is if you get past that.” In the bottom of the fourth, WC seemed poised to escape a bases-loaded jam until Barnes hit his two-out chopper just to the left of the mound. WC shortstop Beau Wallace made a nice play to get to the ball but had to make a long throw across his body. The ball sailed wide of first baseman Will Stegall and settled along a fence near the dugout. Stegall recovered the ball and tried to throw home as Clinton’s Akiko Thompson sprinted down the third base line. Catcher Hunter Austin never saw the throw coming, though, and the ball ended up in the third base dugout.

See St. Al, Page C6.

See WC, Page C6.

WHO’S HOT NEAL RICKS St. Aloysius baseball player went 3-for5 with two doubles and four RBIs, including the game-winner, in a 17-16 win over West Lincoln on Friday.


Montoya takes pole position at Fontana

FONTANA, Calif. (AP) — After a series of so-so qualifying runs the first four weeks of the season, Juan Pablo Montoya found something at Fontana, earning the pole for his 150th career NASCAR race. “I don’t know, to tell you the truth,” Montoya said after hitting 184.653 mph on the 2-mile oval at Auto Club Speedway. “There was a lot less grip in qualifying than there was early in practice, so I don’t know.” Montoya hasn’t qualified particularly well — his best was 13th at Daytona — but has been good when the green drops for the race with two top-10 finishes, including a third at Las Vegas. He’s been decent at Fontana in the past, too, qualifying fifth or better while leading laps in each of the past four races there, finishing third at the fall race in 2009. The former Formula One driver will be seeking his first NASCAR win on an oval after winning his first two career races on road courses.

LOTTERY La. Pick 3: 3-3-0 La. Pick 4: 4-0-6-6 Weekly results: C2

Vikings lose again to Arrows


St. Aloysius baserunner Andrew Collins is tagged out by West Lincoln’s Hunter Fauver during Friday’s game at Bazinsky Field. St. Al held on for a 17-16 win over West Lincoln.

St. Aloysius picks up second victory, 17-16, over West Lincoln By Jeff Byrd In a game that featured 33 runs, 30 hits and six errors, it was a pair of strikeouts in the top of the seventh inning that finally ended St. Aloysius’ 17-16 win over West Lincoln Friday night at Bazinsky Field. Judson Gatling, the lone senior and only returning starter from last year’s Class 1A state championship team, struck out West Lincoln’s Jacob Lee and Jeremy Laird with the potential tying run on second base to end the slugfest. First-year St. Al coach Jacan Warren was elated with the win, even if it took three hours to get. “We didn’t quit, we kept pushing and we got a call to go our way,” Warren said. “I felt we were the best 0-8 team out there. The tough schedule that we played will pay off for us in division play.” With the win, the Flashes (2-8) move to 2-0 in Division 7-1A and picked up a season sweep of the Bears. The inability of the Flashes to hold a lead, a seasonlong problem, reared its head again. The Flashes were up 15-10 in the sixth inning, when the Bears rallied for six runs, the last


St. Aloysius pitcher Josh Eargle delivers during Friday’s game against West Lincoln. four coming with two outs against reliever Carlisle Koestler. Warren had to pull Koestler and bring in Gatling

after the Bears took the lead, 16-15. Gatling pitched all seven innings in Tuesday’s 13-5 win. He induced a pop-up to end the sixth.


Saturday, March 26, 2011

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BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS AUTO RACING Noon Speed - NASCAR, Nationwide Series, qualifying for Royal Purple 300, at Fontana, Calif. 3 p.m. Speed - NASCAR, Sprint Cup, final practice for Auto Club 400 4:30 p.m. ESPN - NASCAR, Nationwide Series, Royal Purple 300 12:30 a.m. Speed - Formula One, Australian Grand Prix BOXING 8:45 p.m. HBO - Featherweights, Matt Remillard (23-0-0) vs. Mikey Garcia (24-0-0); champion Yuriorkis Gamboa (19-0-0) vs. Jorge Solis (40-2-2), for WBA/IBF featherweight title GOLF 8 a.m. TGC - European PGA Tour, Open de Andalucia 11:30 a.m. TGC - PGA Tour, Arnold Palmer Invitational 1:30 p.m. NBC - PGA Tour, Arnold Palmer Invitational 5:30 p.m. TGC - LPGA, Kia Classic MLB PRESEASON 3 p.m. ESPN2 - Chicago Cubs vs. Texas COLLEGE BASKETBALL Noon CBS - NCAA Division II championship, Bellarmine vs. BYU-Hawaii NCAA TOURNAMENT 3:30 p.m. CBS - Florida vs. Butler 6:30 p.m. CBS - Connecticut vs. Arizona WOMEN’S NCAA TOURNAMENT 11 a.m. ESPN - Ohio State vs. Tennessee 1 p.m. ESPN - Oklahoma vs. Notre Dame 8 p.m. ESPN - Gonzaga vs. Louisville 10:30 p.m. ESPN2 - North Carolina vs. Stanford NBADL 10 p.m. Versus - Reno at Sioux Falls (same-day tape) RODEO 7 p.m. Versus - PBR, Ty Murray Invitational SOCCER 9:55 a.m. ESPN2 - Men’s national teams, European qualifier, Wales vs. England 6 p.m. ESPN2 - Men’s national teams, exhibition, U.S. vs. Argentina


from staff & AP reports

NBA Hornets’ West out for season with torn ACL NEW ORLEANS — Hornets leading scorer David West has a torn left knee ligament and is out for the season, a development that dims New Orleans’ playoff prospects. “Obviously we are very saddened by this news,” Hornets general manager Dell Demps said after learning the results of an MRI, which revealed a torn anterior cruciate ligament. “David is the ultimate warrior and competitor, but an even better person and we know that he will bounce back in time.” West was injured Thursday night in the Hornets’ 121-117 overtime win at Utah. He scored 29 points in the game before being taken off in a wheelchair holding his head and grimacing in pain after going down hard after a dunk that tied the game at 103 with 22.5 seconds left in regulation. West started 70 games this season, averaging a team-high 18.9 points to go with 7.6 rebounds. The Hornets, who played at Phoenix Friday, currently hold the seventh of eight playoff seeds in the Western Conference with nine regular season games remaining.


BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS March 26 1972 — The Los Angeles Lakers beat Seattle 124-98 to finish the season at 69-13, the best record in NBA history until the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls finish at 72-10. 1987 — Southern Miss defeats La Salle 84-80 in the championship of the 50th NIT. 2005 — In the NCAA men’s basketball regional finals, Louisville and Illinois make tremendous comebacks to force overtime and advance. Louisville, trailing by 20 to West Virginia, completes an amazing come-from-behind 93-85 win. Illinois, trailing by 15 with just four minutes to play, goes on a dazzling 20-5 run to send Arizona to a crushing 90-89 defeat. 2006 — George Mason stuns No. 1-seeded Connecticut 86-84 in overtime to become the first No. 11 seed to reach the men’s Final Four since LSU in 1986.

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College Baseball

Southern Miss blows out Green Wave From staff reports

Miss. State 7, Auburn 6

Southern Miss got a strong seven innings out of ace pitcher Todd McInnis and the offense backed him with an 11-hit, 16-run outburst as the Golden Eagles won the opener of a three-game set over Tulane, 16-4, on Friday night at Pete Taylor Park. McInnis (5-1) became the school’s all-time victory leader with 30 career wins. He struck out five and allowed just six hits and one earned run. Tulane (17-5,0-1 C-USA) could do little to stem the rising tide, as starter Conrad Flynn was pulled after just 22⁄3 innings after yielding five hits and four runs, all earned. The Green Wave used four pitchers in the contest. Kameron Brunty, B.A. Vollmuth and Adam Doleac paced the offense with three RBIs apiece for Southern Miss (17-4,1-0 C-USA).

Wes Thigpen, Nick Vickerson and Jaron Shepherd drove in two runs apiece to pace Mississippi State to a victory over Auburn in the series opener. Chad Girodo earned the win in 21⁄3 innings of relief for the Bulldogs (16-6, 2-2 SEC).

LSU 7, Georgia 3 LSU freshman Kurt McCune pitched his first career complete game and improved to 4-0 to lead the ninthranked Tigers to a win over Georgia at Foley Field. LSU (16-5, 1-3 SEC) jumped out 1-0 in the first inning after leadoff hitter JaCoby Jones reached on an error, and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Tyler Hanover. Mason Katz length-

ened the Tigers’ lead to 2-0 over the Bulldogs (9-13, 1-3 SEC) in the second inning with a solo home run to right field, his third of the season.

Ole Miss 6, Tennessee 1 Matt Crouse tossed his second complete game in the last three weeks on Friday, holding the Volunteers to one run as Ole Miss defeated Tennessee 6-1 to claim the series opener. Crouse (6-0) scattered five hits over nine innings and struck out six batters with two walks as he helped lead the Rebels to the win. Steven Gruver (3-2) suffered the loss for the Vols as he allowed five runs on eight hits with eight strikeouts in 71⁄3 innings of work. The offense was efficient for the Rebels, as Alex Yarbrough went 2-for-4 at the plate with a two-run

home run and Matt Smith hit his fourth home run of the season to get things started. Yarbrough was one of three Rebels with multiple hits, as Tanner Mathis and Taylor Hightower also notched two hits each. “Matt Crouse was really sharp out there tonight,” Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco said. “He was able to throw all three of his pitches for strikes against an aggressive and good Tennessee team that really swings the bat. He kept them off balance. Ole Miss (17-6, 2-2 SEC) struck first, putting a run on the board in the fourth inning when Smith opened the frame with a solo shot to left field to give the Rebels a 1-0 lead. The Rebels extended the lead in the sixth inning, moving out 4-0 in front of the Volunteers (17-5, 1-3 SEC).

scoreboard College Baseball SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE East

All Games W L Florida............................19 3 South Carolina..............17 4 Vanderbilt......................20 3 Kentucky........................13 9 Georgia..........................9 12 Tennessee.....................16 5

SEC W 3 3 2 2 1 1


All Games W L Alabama........................16 7 Auburn...........................14 8 Arkansas........................18 4 Ole Miss.......................17 6 Mississippi St..............16 6 LSU................................17 5 Friday’s Games Ole Miss 6, Tennessee 1 Mississippi St. 7, Auburn 6 LSU 7, Georgia 3 South Carolina 9, Florida 2 Alabama 4, Kentucky 0 Arkansas 2, Vanderbilt 1 Today’s Games LSU at Georgia, 1 p.m. Auburn at Mississippi St., 2 p.m. Kentucky at Alabama, 2:05 p.m. Vanderbilt at Arkansas, 2:05 p.m. Ole Miss at Tennessee, 3 p.m. South Carolina at Florida, 6 p.m. Sunday’s Games South Carolina at Florida, Noon LSU at Georgia, 1 p.m. Ole Miss at Tennessee, 1 p.m. Vanderbilt at Arkansas, 1 p.m. Kentucky at Alabama, 1:05 p.m. Auburn at Mississippi St., 1:30 p.m.


All Games W L Southern Miss.............17 4 UCF...............................17 5 UAB...............................12 9 East Carolina.................16 4 Tulane............................17 5 Memphis........................11 8 Rice...............................16 9 Houston.........................11 10 Marshall.........................8 12 Friday’s Games East Carolina 3, Memphis 2 Southern Miss 16, Tulane 4 UAB 3, Marshall 2 Houston at TCU, (n) Central Florida 4, Rice 2 Today’s Games Memphis at East Carolina, 2 p.m. Tulane at Southern Miss, 2 p.m. Central Florida at Rice, 2 p.m. UAB at Marshall, 6 p.m. Houston at TCU, 6:30 p.m. Sunday’s Games Memphis at East Carolina, 11 a.m. UAB at Marshall, Noon Tulane at Southern Miss, 1 p.m. Central Florida at Rice, 1 p.m. Houston at TCU, 2 p.m.

SEC W 3 2 2 2 2 1

L 1 1 2 2 3 3

L 1 2 2 2 2 3


C-USA W 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0

L 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 1

——— Mississippi schedule

Friday’s Games Mobile 8, William Carey 4 Ole Miss 6, Tennessee 1 Mississippi St. 7, Auburn 6 Southern Miss 16, Tulane 4 Jackson St. 25, Alabama A&M 1 Auburn-Montgomery 5, Belhaven 2 LaGrange at Millsaps, (n) Today’s Games Alcorn St. at Alabama St., Noon (DH) Alabama A&M at Jackson St., 1 p.m. (DH) Tougaloo at Miss. Valley St., 1 p.m. (DH) Belhaven at Auburn-Montgomery, 1 p.m. (DH) William Carey at Mobile, 1 p.m. (DH) Tulane at Southern Miss, 2 p.m. Auburn at Mississippi St., 2 p.m. Ole Miss at Tennessee, 3 p.m. LaGrange at Millsaps, 3 p.m. Delta St. at Southern Arkansas, 3 p.m. (DH) Sunday’s Games LaGrange at Millsaps, Noon Alcorn St. at Alabama St., 1 p.m. Tougaloo at Mississippi Valley St., 1 p.m. Tulane at Southern Miss, 1 p.m. Ole Miss at Tennessee, 1 p.m. Auburn at Mississippi St., 1:30 p.m. Delta St. at Southern Arkansas, 2 p.m.


West Lincoln...............203 236 0 — 16 13 3 St. Aloysius.................106 622 x — 17 17 3 WP-Judson Gatling (2-2), LP-Jay Case. 3B-Matthew Foley (SA). 2B-Neal Ricks (SA) 2, Jeremy Laird (WL) 2, Jonathan Buckley (WL) 2, Pat Murphy (SA). Multiple hits-Jay Case (WL) 3, Neal Ricks (SA) 3, Laird (WL) 2, Buckley (WL) 2, Sam Bivens (WL) 2, Sawyer Pepper (WL) 2, Foley (SA) 2, Judson Gatling (SA) 2, Andrew Collins (SA) 2, Ben Welp (SA) 2, Murphy (SA) 2, Rhett Hasty (SA) 2.


Warren Central...........100 502 0 — 8 7 4 Clinton.........................122 400 x — 9 8 2 WP-Kyle Hartman. LP-Devon Bell. S-Grady Turman. HR-Beau Wallace (WC), Carlos Gonzalez (WC), Turman (CHS), Blake Gober (CHS). 2B-Clayton Ashley (WC), Patrick Barnes (CHS). Multiple hitsHunter Austin (WC) 2, Akiko Thompson (CHS) 2.

MLB Spring Training schedule

Friday’s Games Minnesota 6, Baltimore 5 Philadelphia 3, Atlanta (ss) 1 Tampa Bay 9, Pittsburgh 5 Florida 6, N.Y. Mets 5

Milwaukee 7, Cleveland 4 Chicago Cubs 6, Seattle (ss) 3 San Diego 10, Cincinnati 4 Arizona (ss) 6, L.A. Dodgers (ss) 3 L.A. Angels 10, Oakland 3 Washington 3, St. Louis 2 Atlanta (ss) 5, Detroit 3 N.Y. Yankees 6, Houston 4 Toronto 11, Boston 8 San Francisco vs. Kansas City, (n) Texas vs. Colorado at Scottsdale, (n) L.A. Dodgers (ss) vs. Seattle (ss), (n) Arizona (ss) vs. Chicago White Sox, (n) Today’s Games St. Louis vs. Florida, 12:05 p.m. Philadelphia (ss) vs. Detroit, 12:05 p.m. Baltimore vs. Tampa Bay, 12:05 p.m. Pittsburgh vs. N.Y. Yankees, 12:05 p.m. Washington vs. Houston, 12:05 p.m. Toronto vs. Philadelphia (ss), 12:05 p.m. Atlanta vs. N.Y. Mets, 12:10 p.m. L.A. Dodgers vs. San Diego, 3:05 p.m. Chicago Cubs vs. Texas, 3:05 p.m. L.A. Angels vs. Chicago White Sox, 3:05 p.m. Seattle vs. Milwaukee, 3:05 p.m. Kansas City vs. Arizona, 3:10 p.m. Cincinnati vs. San Francisco (ss), 5:10 p.m. Minnesota vs. Boston, 6:05 p.m. Colorado vs. Oakland, 9:05 p.m. San Francisco (ss) vs. Cleveland, 9:05 p.m.

W L Pct y-Chicago......................52 19 .732 y-Boston........................50 21 .704 x-Miami..........................50 22 .694 x-Orlando.......................47 26 .644 Atlanta...........................40 32 .556 Philadelphia...................37 35 .514 New York.......................35 37 .486 Indiana...........................32 41 .438 ———————————— Milwaukee......................29 42 .408 Charlotte........................29 42 .408 Detroit............................25 47 .347 New Jersey...................23 48 .324 Toronto..........................20 51 .282 Washington....................17 53 .243 Cleveland.......................14 57 .197


W L Pct x-San Antonio................57 14 .803 y-L.A. Lakers.................51 20 .718 x-Dallas..........................51 21 .708 d-Oklahoma City...........47 24 .662 Denver...........................43 29 .597 Portland.........................41 30 .577 New Orleans.................42 31 .575 Memphis........................40 33 .548 ———————————— Houston.........................38 34 .528 Phoenix..........................36 34 .514 Utah...............................36 38 .486 Golden State.................30 42 .417 L.A. Clippers..................28 44 .389 Sacramento...................19 52 .268 Minnesota......................17 57 .230 d-division leader x-clinched playoff spot y-clinched division

GB — 2 2 1/2 6 12 1/2 15 1/2 17 1/2 21 23 23 27 1/2 29 32 34 1/2 38 GB — 6 6 1/2 10 14 1/2 16 16 18 19 20 22 27 29

1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 38 41 1/2

Friday’s Games Sacramento 110, Indiana 93 Orlando 95, New Jersey 85 Charlotte 83, Boston 81 Cleveland 97, Detroit 91 Miami 111, Philadelphia 99 Milwaukee 102, New York 96 Chicago 99, Memphis 96 Oklahoma City 111, Minnesota 103 Washington at Denver, (n) New Orleans at Phoenix, (n) San Antonio at Portland, (n) Toronto at Golden State, (n) L.A. Clippers at L.A. Lakers, (n) Today’s Games New Jersey at Atlanta, 6 p.m. New York at Charlotte, 6 p.m. Indiana at Detroit, 6:30 p.m. Chicago at Milwaukee, 7:30 p.m. Dallas at Utah, 8 p.m. Toronto at L.A. Clippers, 9:30 p.m. Sunday’s Games Sacramento at Philadelphia, 12 p.m. San Antonio at Memphis, 6 p.m. Atlanta at Cleveland, 6 p.m. Houston at Miami, 6 p.m. Boston at Minnesota, 6 p.m. Portland at Oklahoma City, 7 p.m. Washington at Golden State, 8 p.m. New Orleans at L.A. Lakers, 8:30 p.m. Dallas at Phoenix, 9:30 p.m.

College Basketball NCAA Tournament WEST REGIONAL

Regional Semifinals At Anaheim, Calif. Thursday Connecticut 74, San Diego St. 67 Arizona 93, Duke 77 Regional Championship Today

Tank McNamara

Arizona vs. Connecticut, 6:05 p.m.

NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. d-division leader x-clinched playoff spot y-clinched division Friday’s Games Pittsburgh 1, New Jersey 0, SO Buffalo 4, Florida 2 Ottawa 2, Washington 0 Vancouver 3, Atlanta 1 Carolina 4, Tampa Bay 3 Today’s Games N.Y. Rangers at Boston, noon Colorado at Los Angeles, 3 p.m. New Jersey at Buffalo, 6 p.m. Washington at Montreal, 6 p.m. Philadelphia at N.Y. Islanders, 6 p.m. Tampa Bay at Carolina, 6 p.m. Toronto at Detroit, 6 p.m. Dallas at Nashville, 7 p.m. St. Louis at Minnesota, 7 p.m. Anaheim at Chicago, 7:30 p.m. San Jose at Phoenix, 8 p.m. Calgary at Edmonton, 9 p.m. Boston at Philadelphia, 6 p.m.


Regional Semifinals At New Orleans Thursday Florida 83, BYU 74, OT Butler 61, Wisconsin 54 Regional Championship Today Butler vs. Florida, 3:30 p.m.


Regional Semifinals At Newark, N.J. Friday North Carolina 81, Marquette 63 Kentucky 62, Ohio State 60 Regional Championship Sunday North Carolina vs. Kentucky, TBA


Regional Semifinals At San Antonio Friday Kansas 77, Richmond 57 Virginia Commonwealth 72, Florida St. 71 Regional Championship Sunday Kansas vs. Virginia Commonwealth, TBA

NASCAR Sprint Cup-Auto Club 400 Lineup

After Friday qualifying; race Sunday At Auto Club Speedway (Car number in parentheses) 1. (42) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 184.653 mph. 2. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 184.27. 3. (20) Joey Logano, Toyota, 184.134. 4. (78) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 184.03. 5. (14) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 183.988. 6. (6) David Ragan, Ford, 183.692. 7. (31) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 183.622. 8. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 183.482. 9. (39) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 183.463. 10. (5) Mark Martin, Chevrolet, 183.449. 11. (17) Matt Kenseth, Ford, 183.407. 12. (1) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 183.243. 13. (9) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 183.127. 14. (00) David Reutimann, Toyota, 183.113. 15. (27) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 182.95. 16. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 182.931. 17. (33) Clint Bowyer, Chevrolet, 182.899. 18. (99) Carl Edwards, Ford, 182.797. 19. (83) Brian Vickers, Toyota, 182.658. 20. (43) A J Allmendinger, Ford, 182.519. 21. (2) Brad Keselowski, Dodge, 182.51. 22. (4) Kasey Kahne, Toyota, 182.366. 23. (22) Kurt Busch, Dodge, 182.039. 24. (29) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 181.91. 25. (13) Casey Mears, Toyota, 181.855. 26. (56) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 181.809. 27. (21) Trevor Bayne, Ford, 181.804. 28. (09) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 181.694. 29. (24) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 181.671. 30. (88) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 181.534. 31. (36) Dave Blaney, Chevrolet, 180.936. 32. (16) Greg Biffle, Ford, 180.786. 33. (66) Michael McDowell, Toyota, 180.605. 34. (47) Bobby Labonte, Toyota, 180.338. 35. (7) Robby Gordon, Dodge, 180.279. 36. (38) Travis Kvapil, Ford, 180.014. 37. (34) David Gilliland, Ford, 179.699. 38. (71) Andy Lally, Chevrolet, 178.958. 39. (32) Ken Schrader, Ford, 177.94. 40. (87) Joe Nemechek, Toyota, 177.659. 41. (60) Todd Bodine, Toyota, 176.557. 42. (37) Tony Raines, Ford, 175.653. 43. (46) J.J. Yeley, Chevrolet.

Women’s Basketball NCAA Women’s Tournament


Regional Semifinals At Philadelphia Sunday Connecticut vs. Georgetown, 11 a.m. DePaul vs. Duke, 1:30 p.m. Regional Championship Tuesday Semifinal winners, 6 p.m.


Regional Semifinals At Dayton, Ohio Today Tennessee vs. Ohio St., 11 a.m. Oklahoma vs. Notre Dame, 1 p.m. Regional Championship Monday Semifinal winners, 6 p.m.


Regional Semifinals At Spokane, Wash. Today Gonzaga vs. Louisville, 8 p.m. Stanford vs. North Carolina, 10:30 p.m. Regional Championship Monday Semifinal winners, 8 p.m.


Regional Semifinals At Dallas Sunday Georgia vs. Texas A&M, 3:30 p.m. Baylor vs. Wisconsin-Green Bay, 6 p.m. Regional Championship Tuesday Semifinal winners, 8 p.m.



GP W L OT Pts x-Philadelphia..73 44 19 10 98 x-Washington...75 43 22 10 96 d-Boston..........73 41 22 10 92 Pittsburgh........75 44 23 8 96 Tampa Bay......74 39 24 11 89 Montreal...........75 40 28 7 87 N.Y. Rangers...75 40 30 5 85 Buffalo.............74 37 28 9 83 ————————— Carolina...........74 35 29 10 80 Toronto............75 34 31 10 78 Atlanta.............74 31 31 12 74 New Jersey.....74 34 35 5 73 N.Y. Islanders..75 29 34 12 70 Florida..............75 29 36 10 68 Ottawa.............75 29 37 9 67


GP W L OT Pts y-Vancouver....75 49 17 9 107 d-Detroit...........74 43 22 9 95 d-San Jose......75 43 23 9 95 Phoenix............76 41 24 11 93 Los Angeles....74 42 26 6 90 Nashville..........75 40 25 10 90 Chicago...........73 40 25 8 88 Anaheim..........74 41 28 5 87 ————————— Dallas...............73 38 25 10 86 Calgary............76 37 28 11 85 Minnesota........74 35 31 8 78 Columbus........74 33 30 11 77 St. Louis..........74 33 32 9 75 Colorado..........73 28 37 8 64 Edmonton........74 23 41 10 56

GF 233 203 224 216 219 200 217 220

GA 197 182 176 182 226 194 181 210

209 199 205 155 209 184 171

220 228 242 187 237 207 228

GF 243 238 220 218 203 198 238 212

GA 174 211 198 208 180 177 202 216

206 230 185 199 206 206 176

206 222 207 226 216 258 244

Sunday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 1-4-5 La. Pick 4: 3-3-8-9 Monday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 7-1-9 La. Pick 4: 4-2-3-3 Tuesday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 5-4-0 La. Pick 4: 7-3-6-9 Wednesday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 3-8-4 La. Pick 4: 0-3-9-7 Easy 5: 5-7-14-17-33 La. Lotto: 12-21-22-23-39-40 Powerball: 5-15-26-28-32 Powerball: 9; Power play: 2 Thursday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 6-1-8 La. Pick 4: 7-1-9-2 Friday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 3-3-0 La. Pick 4: 4-0-6-6 Saturday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 5-2-4 La. Pick 4: 8-9-6-3 Easy 5: 7-8-21-32-35 La. Lotto: 2-5-7-33-36-40 Powerball: 3-11-20-27-46 Powerball: 8; Power play: 2

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02. Public Service

Tar Heels romp over Marquette By The Associated Press North Carolina is back and put the whole package — offense, defense and toughness — on display while dismantling Marquette. Just a year after missing the NCAA party, the kids from Chapel Hill stole the show at their East Regional semifinal. Tyler Zeller had 27 points and 15 rebounds, and North Carolina took control early for a change, rolling to an 81-63 victory on Friday night at the Prudential Center. John Henson added 14 points and 12 rebounds, and Harrison Barnes added 20 points and six rebounds as the secondseeded Tar Heels (29-7) moved to within a game of reaching the Final Four for the third time in four years.

FREE GOURDS! CALL 601-638-7624. KEEP UP WITH all the local news and sales...Subscribe to The Vicksburg Post TODAY!! Call 601636-4545, Circulation.

05. Notices Runaway Are you 12 to 17? Alone? Scared? Call 601-634-0640 anytime or 1-800-793-8266 We can help! One child, one day at a time.

06. Lost & Found PRECIOUS LABRADOR mixed puppies. Free to good home, first shots. 601636-2194, 601-218-2954.

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05. Notices

LOST! CALICO CAT. ORANGE/ brown, long hair, fluffy, medium size, was wearing purple collar, missing from the Timberlane area. 601-868-0871.


Wiry-haired Feist/ Chihuahua male mix. Weighs about 6 pounds, gray and black. Timberlane community. Call 601-636-8774 or 601-415-2284.


Truck Driver Training With a Difference Job Placement Asst. Day, Night & Refresher Classes Get on the Road NOW! Call 1-888-430-4223 ARA NOW HIRING Computer Scientists and Engineers. Apply at AVON LETS YOU earn extra money. Become an Avon Representative today. Call 601-454-8038. DRIVERS NEEDED!!! BUSINESS EXPANDING Coomes Produce Company. Class D license and health

card required. Apply in person 9am-1pm. Bring copy of MVR.

Drug screen required 1801 Mulberry Street. No phone calls please!

Center For Pregnancy Choices Free Pregnancy Tests (non-medical facility)

· Education on All Options · Confidential Counseling Call 601-638-2778 for appt ENDING HOMELESSNESS. WOMEN with children or without are you in need of shelter? Mountain of Faith Ministries/ Women's Restoration Shelter. Certain restrictions apply, 601-661-8990. Life coaching available by appointment.

In an NCAA regional full of underdogs, Kansas played like the dominant No. 1 seed it is. Brady Morningstar scored 18 points and the Jayhawks (35-2) got one win from returning to the Final Four for the first time since their 2008 championship. They await of 11th-seeded Virginia Commonwealth. The Southwest regional is the first in NCAA history with three double-digit seeded teams. But the Spiders looked jittery in the school’s second round-of-16 appearance.

MISSING CHOCOLATE LABRADOR since February 11th. ½ inch Scar on left ear. Grey hair around mouth. Goes by Drake. Please call 601-529-6159, 601-4154846. Mt. Alban road area.

07. Help Wanted

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Services available to women & children who are victims of domestic violence and/or homeless: Shelter, counseling, group support. (Counseling available by appt.)

VCU 72, FSU 71 The associated press

Richmond’s Kevin Smith shoots as Kansas forward Marcus Morris, right and Brady Morningstar defend during the first half. basket that will live in NCAA Tournament lore.

Kentucky 62, Ohio State 60 Brandon Knight knocked down a jumper with 5 seconds remaining as the fourthseeded Wildcats stunned topseeded Ohio State in the East

regional semifinals. Senior center Josh Harrellson held his own against Ohio State super freshman Jared Sullinger, scoring 17 points and grabbing 10 rebounds as the Wildcats (28-8) advanced to play North Carolina on Sunday for a trip to the Final Four.

KEEP UP WITH all the local news and sales...subscribe to The Vicksburg Post Today! Call 601-636-4545, ask for Circulation. ONE FLEW OVER The Buzzard's Roost, A Hawkins United Methodist Church Production, all proceeds go to support the Hawkins Mission Team. Performances March 31st, April 1st , April 2nd, 6:30 p.m. at Hawkins United Methodist Church Gym, 3736 Halls Ferry Road. Tickets may be purchased from the Church office, 601-636-2242 or cast members. Cost is $10 (includes dinner).

Substance Abuse Counselor needed for juvenile residential facility located in Tallulah, Louisiana. Master's degree in Social work or related mental health counseling field required. Experience working with adolscents preferred. Please fax resume to 318-5744093 or email to No phone calls, please.



7 WEEK OLD CKC registered German bred Rottweilers. Males, $350; females, $300. Full blooded – unregistered. Males, $200; females, $150. 601-218-0231 or 601218-0960. AKC/ CKC REGISTERED Yorkies, Yorkie-Poos, Maltese, Malti-Poos. $400 and up! 601-218-5533,

DOG OBEDIENCE CLASS REGISTRATION, Monday, March 28th, 7pm, City Park Pavilion. Information/ Pre-Registration, 601-634-0199, 601-456-9709,

Vicksburg Warren Humane Society & MS - Span Low Cost Spay & Neuter Program CATS: Male . .$25 Female ........$35 DOGS (UNDER 40 LBS): Male . .$55 Female ........$65 • For the above category of animals, pick up applications at the Humane Society DOGS (OVER 40 LBS): Male . .$70 Female ........$80 • For dogs over 40 lbs, call 866-901-7729 for appt.

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07. Help Wanted

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Kansas 77, Richmond 57

Bradford Burgess made a layup off an inbounds pass with 7.1 seconds left and Jamie Skeen blocked a shot at the buzzer, giving Virginia Commonwealth in overtime in a Southwest Region semifinal. In the first NCAA Tournament game between teams seeded 10 and 11, the lower seeded Rams blew a ninepoint lead by scoring only three points in the final 7:37 of regulation. They never trailed by more than four all night, but found themselves down 71-70 when Burgess scored the kind of

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13. Situations Wanted I AM AVAILABLE to sit with elderly. Current driver's license, cooking, some cleaning. 936-661-6637.

REGISTERED TINY POMERANIAN puppies, $275. 318-341-7697.

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Continued from Page C1. No. 12 Arizona in 2009. Richmond coach Chris Mooney didn’t agree with the idea that the better teams get into the heads of the doubledigit seeds, thereby explaining the majority of the outcomes. “What gets in your head is the record and the statistics


and just how good they are,” he said. Does a double-digit seed team get worn down, facing what most people consider a superior team for three games in a week? “I think we’ve been the underdog the last 24 games, to be honest with you. I do

think that it’s part of our perspective. I think it’s part of how we work. I think it’s part of how I coach,” Marquette coach Buzz Williams said. “I just think that’s how we function, is we are the underdog. “So, I don’t know that it wears on you.”

play for anybody to make, and we didn’t do what we had to do to make that play.” Clayton Ashley doubled in a pair of runs for WC in the bottom of the sixth to cut it to 9-8, but was stranded at second base. The Vikings also got two runners on with two outs in the seventh

before Grady Turman got Bill McRight to chase a slow curveball for the final out. Turman and Blake Gober both homered for Clinton, while Wallace led off the game with one for WC and scored three runs.

hits, including a home run,

for PCA (10-2).

Continued from Page C1. Two runners scored on the initial error and two more — including Barnes — came in on the second. “It’s a hurried play. (Wallace) made a heck of a play to glove it, and we just couldn’t handle it,” Abraham said. “We didn’t know where the ball was going. It’s a tough

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Continued from Page C1. the fourth to go up, 13-7. It was 15-10 after five innings. The Flashes finished with 17 hits. Every starter had at least one hit. Foley, Gatling, Andrew Collins, Ben Welp, Pat Murphy and Rhett Hasty all had two apiece. Welp drove in three runs while Murphy punched in two. Gatling scored four runs. West Lincoln had 13 hits against three St. Al pitchers. Jay Case had three hits and drove in four. Jonathan Buckley had a pair of doubles.

ACCS 9, PCA 4 Adams Christian catcher Chris Perry hit two home runs to lead his team to a victory over Porters Chapel. Talbot Buys (2-1) took the loss in four innings of work. Kawayne Gaston had two

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On April 17th, Palm Sunday, the Classifieds section will print a listing of local Services for Holy Week and Easter Sunday. Call us today to include your church in this section. Deadline: April 10th Cost: $50 - 2x3 space May the miracle of Easter fill your heart with joy and bring blessings to your life. Vickie, Michele & Allaina

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19. Garage & Yard Sales

24. Business Services

24. Business Services

26. For Rent Or Lease

29. Unfurnished Apartments

GARAGE SALE OVER? River City Rescue Mission will pickup donated left over items. 601-636-6602.

Been in a Wreck? Need an Attorney? Just Call! 601-636-4646 Walker & Johnson, PLLC Attorneys-at-law We can handle all of your legal needs: •No-Fault divorce •Child support & custody •Criminal Defense •Incorporations •Wills ALL personal injury & general practice.


MOBILE HOME LOTS. In Vicksburg city limits. 601619-9789.

$450 MONTHLY! GATED Has it all. 1 bedroom, washer/dryer included. 1115 First North. 512-787-7840.

28. Furnished Apartments

2 BEDROOM DUPLEX, $400 monthly, $200 deposit. Refrigerator and stove furnished. 2 Bedroom all electric. Stove, refrigerator and water furnished $450 monthly, $200 deposit. 601-634-8290.

MULTI FAMILY. 100 Brandi Lane (Across from Openwood) Friday and Saturday 7am- until. Lots of furniture, business furniture, clothes, lots of miscellaneous.

SCHOOL WIDE GARAGE sale, Bovina Elementary, 5 Willow Creek Drive, Saturday, 7am- 1pm, lots of great stuff! Proceeds go to Bovina Elementary PTO.

18. Miscellaneous For Sale

After Taxmas Sale at Riverside Pawn and Jewelry.

Come see T-Bone and Jabo. 5 DVD’s for $10, PS2, Xbox 360, games $5 each, VHS 2 for $1, CD’s $2 each, PS3 games $10, Blu ray movies $5 each. Tools on sale, Fishing rods, weed eaters, electoronics. As ALWAYS we pay more for broken or old gold. Riverside Pawn and Jewelry 601-619-1551 • 700 China St.

ARMOIRES, SLEEPER SOFAS, chairs, tables, STORE FULL OF STUFF!! All About Bargains, 1420 Washington Street, 601-631-0010, 601-529-9895 cell.

STILL HAVE STUFF after your Garage Sale? Donate your items to The Salvation Army, we pick-up! Call 601-636-2706.

19. Garage & Yard Sales

INSIDE SALEEVERYTHING must go! 902 Blossom Lane, Apartment F-6, 6am- until, couch- $85, small recliner- $25, 13 inch t.v.- $20, king size bed- $100, 2 end tables$25 each, curtains- $10 each, crochet throw- $20, 2 cushion chairs- $10 each, home décor, jeans (size 7)-$5 each. 601-631-1674. 675 STENSON ROAD, 3 family sale, Saturday, 6am12 noon, teen and young adult clothing, toys, jewelry, miscellaneous.

A-1 LAWN SERVICE. Cutting, trimming, edging. Reasonable. 601-218-1448 or 601-636-2629. NO JOB TOO BIG! BARBARA'S LAWN SERVICE. Grass too tall, give us a call. Low prices, great service. 601-218-8267, 601-629-6464.

D&D Tree Cutting

21. Boats, Fishing Supplies

20-25 GALLON HALF BARRELS, plastic. Good for many uses. $3 each. 601636-3379.

Trimming & Lawn Care Insured

2007 RANGER Z/21 with Yamaha 250 V/MAX. 601529-9955.

For Free Estimates call “Big James” at 601-218-7782.

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

22. Musical Instruments ONE PEAVEY DIGITAL bass head, $125. Back line 4x10 bass cabinet, $200. Steven, 601-218-2955, leave message.

11. Business Opportunities

11. Business Opportunities

ELVIS YARD SERVICES. General yard clean-up, rake leaves, grass cutting, tree cutting, reasonable. 601415-7761. Quick response. River City Lawn Care You grow it - we mow it! Affordable and professional. Lawn and landscape maintenance. Cut, bag, trim, edge. 601-529-6168.

Specialize in painting/ sheet rock. All home improvements Free Estimates 601-634-0948. Chris Steele/ Owner

• Mechanic Work • Painting • Carpentry • Yard Work • Odd Jobs • Honest • Dependable, • Reasonable

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Furnished Duplex, 2 and 3 Bedrooms, utilities furnished. $900 monthly.

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3 bedroom/ 2 bath on lake furnished. $1250 monthly.

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26. For Rent Or Lease

SINGLE OCCUPANCYCorporate Apartments, $700 to $900 Utilities/ Cable/ Laundry. Weekly cleaning. On-Site Manager. 601-661-9747.

PROFESSIONAL OFFICE SPACE. Great location. Utilities and janitorial service included. $600/month. 601-638-4050.

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

07. Help Wanted

07. Help Wanted

Previous experience required Covenant Health & Rehabilitation of Vicksburg, LLC 2850 Porters Chapel Road Vicksburg, MS 39180-1805 Phone: (601) 638-9211 Fax: (601) 636-4986


What are your dreams?” EOE

CDL Drivers Home Daily in the Vicksburg area.

SPRING CLEARANCE SALE!! Living room, dinettes, bedroom, mattress sets at Discount Furniture Barn. 601-638-7191.

MDS is seeking Qualified Class “A” CDL Drivers

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

Requirements: • Minimum 2 years tractor/ trailer experience within the last 3 years • At least 23 years of age • Must have good driving/ work history

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Fresh Seafood, & Sack Oysters, Live Crawfish $2.50/ lb

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Place your child’s photo in our Easter Page. Deadline April 16th. • Age 0-12 mths • $20 per child •



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401 Sea Island

“Every Day of Life Counts” We are a Dynamic skilled nursing facility seeking an energetic individual.

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COMPLETELY FURNISHED. 1 Bedroom or studio apartment. All utilities paid. Includes cable, internet and laundry room. $750 $900 a month. 601-415-9027 or 601-638-4386.

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1 BEDROOM WITH kitchen and bathroom, utilities furnished. 601-529-9804.

11. Business Opportunities

CLOCK REPAIR. Antique clocks, grandfather clocks, cuckoo clocks, etcetera. 601638-4003, 601-529-8140.

• LIVE MUSIC • Every Saturday 9pm-1am



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07. Help Wanted

07. Help Wanted

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19. Garage & Yard Sales 100 NEWIT VICK DRIVE. Preview Friday 4pm-6pm. Saturday 7am-1pm. Lift chair, $200. Mobility scooter, $350. Table and chairs, $60. Lane hide-a-bed couch, $150. Recliner, $75. Night stands, clothing: men, women and boys, also women petite sizes. Cookware, and much more. 1650 CHINA GROVE ROAD. Saturday 8am-4pm. Moving sale, lots to choose from!

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203 WOODSTOCK PLACE, off Porters Chapel. Saturday 7amuntil, Sunday 2pm- until. Boys baby clothes, lots of toys, play pen, stroller, jogger, womens clothes, TV, stereo, lots of miscellaneous. Something for everyone. Don't miss out on this one!!! 2300 TIFFENTOWN ROAD. Saturday 7am. Huge sale, too much to list. 279 MUIRHEAD ROAD, Off Redbone Road. Saturday 7am- 1pm. Couch, love seat, baby bed, baby items, jeans, what nots, antique milk cans, crosscut saws, wash pots, cork top bottles, much more. 8773 FISHER FERRY, Saturday, 7am-1pm, silverware, pots anD pans, tables, Bow Flex, comforters, sheets, dishes, Nintendo and tapes. Clothing Bag Sale, picture frames, wall hanings. 3315 OLD HIGHWAY 27. Saturday 7am- 2pm. Lots of baby items, car seat, clothes.

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Just bring or mail your child’s photo to us at: THE VICKSBURG POST Attn: Classifieds, P.O. Box 821668, Vicksburg, MS 39182 or Email photo to us at: For any questions, call 601-636-7355.



New Homes

Framing, Remodeling, Cabinets, Flooring, Roofing & Vinyl Siding State Licensed & Bonded AUTO • HOME • BUSINESS Jason Barnes • 601-661-0900 Jon Ross 601-638-7932 Vans • Cars • Trucks •Insurance Claims Welcome•

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29. Unfurnished Apartments

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

34. Houses For Sale 201 LOIS LANE Very nice, roomy home located just minutes away from Vicksburg in exclusive neighborhood. Call Brinda Stockton McMillin Real Estate 318-341-2532 318-574-0112

34. Houses For Sale

34. Houses For Sale

Completely Updated 4 Bedroom, 2 Bath. Wired workshop, Warren Central area. For appointment, 601-415-3022



Realtor DOWN TOWN APARTMENTS 1,2,3 bedroom. CALL FOR MOVE IN SPECIAL! Good through 4/7/11. 601-638-1746.

Riverbend Apartments 2 Bedroom Apartments Available Rental Assistance Security Deposit $300 Call today for more information

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30. Houses For Rent 207 SMOKEY LANE 2 bedroom, 1 bath, deposit and reference required $500 monthly 662-719-8901. 3 BEDROOM, 2 BATH HOME in county with large yard. $720 monthly, $200 deposit. 601-218-7100. DRUMMOND STREET. 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, living room, dining room, den, kitchen, 2-car garage. Low utilities, no pets. $950 monthly. 601-629-7305. LOS COLINAS. SMALL 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath Cottage. Close in, nice. $795 monthly. 601-831-4506.

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Brown locks up R&B, but not pop By Mesfin Fekadu The Associated Press Chris Brown’s “Graffitti,” which arrived on the music scene 10 months after his attack on Rihanna, landed with a thud. But a sinister public image wasn’t his only hindrance. The 2009 album didn’t do him any favors: Most of the songs were weak and simply not up to par with his past two albums, especially 2007’s “Exclusive,” a near-perfect CD. Brown is back on “F.A.M.E. (Forgiving All My Enemies),” but artistically, he’s still not all the way there. The singer, who turns 22 in May, continues to advance when it comes to making Quiet Storm hits: “No Bull” is a certified R&B jam. On smooth grooves, Brown sounds top-notch. “Deuces,” a No. 1 R&B hit, was one of last year’s best songs, and “Up to You” is destined to hit the top spot — and it deserves to be. But here’s the problem: On the dance songs, Brown is just average. That’s unfortunate since he is a skilled leg-mover and is (or was) seen as the heir to Michael Jackson behind Usher and Justin Timberlake. “Yeah 3x” follows the formula currently dominating pop radio: There’s endless drum loops, crowds cheering and pulsating beats. It’s a song any current pop singer could sing. The same goes for the Euro-flavored “Beautiful People.” Then there’s “Say It With Me” and “Oh My Love,” two songs that sound too similar. For an album with only four uptempo tunes, that’s pretty bad. So it begs the question: While Brown is a solid R&B singer, can he be a real pop star? After listening to “F.A.M.E.,” the answer is unclear. “Should’ve Kissed You” and “She Ain’t You” are R&B tunes with pop flavors that are semiwinners: Brown’s voice sounds annoyingly nasally on the first song, and the second samples Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature,” so much work isn’t needed to make the song work; SWV also sampled the Jackson song for their 1990s hit, “Right Here.”

Anniversary show will bring back the peanut-throwin’ By Terri Cowart Frazier “Attention! Articles cast upon the stage by members of the audience during the performance will NOT be returned!” That was the order written at the bottom of the playbill from the first “Gold in the Hills” performance, 75 years ago. Long before the Vicksburg Theatre Guild’s idea of using peanuts 75th anniversary perforto taunt the villain, mance of “Gold in the Hills” audience members will be at 6:30 p.m. Monapparently used day at Parkside Playhouse, personal items. at Iowa Avenue and North On Monday, the peanuts will be Frontage Road. Tickets back — for a speare $10 for adults and $5 cial 75th anniverfor children younger than sary show by the 12. Peanuts will be sold Vicksburg Thefor $1 a bag. Auditions atre Guild. have been set for the fall The play was season of “Gold.” Call 601first performed 218-0598 for details. in the River City on March 28, 1936. It has been produced by the VTG and Westside Theatre Foundation, which is no longer offering the show. The peanut-throwing was discontinued after a 2006 fire at Parkside Playhouse, the VTG’s headquarters, revealed that stray peanuts had been attracting rodents. “We agonized over having to do away with the peanuts,” said the VTG’s Mike Calnan. For Monday night’s show, he said, “the edges have been sealed around the orchestra pit,” to keep peanuts from falling through the cracks and to allow for easier cleanup. Then, Calnan said, the VTG will weigh bringing the peanuts back. Monday night’s performance, set for 6:30, will include seasoned “Gold” performers. Longtime cast members will be recognized. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children younger than 12. Snacks and drinks will be sold, and peanuts will be available for $1 a bag. Seating is general admission — so arrive early for peanuts and a good shot at the villain.

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‘This is the new NAACP’: Chapter leaders more diverse By The Associated Press WORCESTER, Mass. — The NAACP’s newly revived Worcester chapter elected a 28-year-old openly gay black man as its president this month. In New Jersey, a branch of the organization outside Atlantic City chose a Honduran immigrant to lead it last year. And in Mississippi, the Jackson State University chapter recently turned to a 30-something white man. Founded more than a cen-

tury ago to promote black equality, the National Association for the Advancement of ColRavi ored People Perry is seeing remarkable diversity in its leadership ranks — the result of an aggressive effort over the past four or five years to boost NAACP membership and broaden the civil

rights organization’s agenda to confront prejudice in its many forms. “This is the new NAACP,” said Clark University political science professor Ravi Perry, the new chapter president in Worcester. “This is a human rights organization, and we have an obligation to fight discrimination at all levels.” NAACP branches have been recruiting gays, immigrants and young people See NAACP, Page D3.

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TONIGHT ON TV ■ MOVIE “Just Wright” — A physical therapist, Queen Latifah, falls in love with her patient, Common, a basketball player, but he only has eyes for her best friend, Paula Patton./7 on HBO ■ SPORTS College basketball — The first half of the Final Four will be set tonight after Butler and Florida meet in the Southeast Regional final, followed by Connecticut vs. Arizona in the West Regional final./3:30 on CBS Queen Latifah ■ PRIMETIME “No Ordinary Family” — After witnessing the future, Stephanie tries to alter a chain of events that would lead to her family’s downfall; George helps Jim find those responsible for a cop’s death./9 on ABC

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

MILESTONES ■ BIRTHDAYS Sandra Day O’Connor, retired Supreme Court justice, 81; Leonard Nimoy, actor-director, 80; Alan Arkin, actor, 77; Nancy Pelosi, House Democratic leader, 71; James Caan, actor, 71; Erica Jong, author, 69; Bob Woodward, journalist, 68; Diana Ross, singer, 67; Steven Tyler, rock singer, 63; Martin Short, comedian, 61; Ronnie McDowell, country singer, 61; Leeza Gibbons, TV personality, 54; Jennifer Grey, actress, 51; Michael Imperioli, actor, 45; Kenny Chesney, country singer, 43; Juvenile, rapper, 36; Amy Smart, actress, 35; Keira Knightley, actress, 26.


Charley Pride gains spot on Country Trail Country music legend Charley Pride will be honored next week with a marker on the Mississippi Country Music Trail. A ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon in his hometown of Sledge. A portion of Mississippi 3 has also been renamed Charley Pride Highway. Mary Beth Wilkerson, director of the MissisCharley sippi Development Authority’s Tourism Division, Pride called Pride a legend and the most “successful African-American artist in country music.” Pride, 73, is the son of a sharecropper from Sledge who had 11 children. He was first noticed as a singer when music came second to his baseball career. He moved to Nashville and recorded dozens of hits. He’s best known for “Kiss an Angel Good Morning,”“All I Have to Offer You Is Me,” and “Is Anybody Going to San Antone?”

OMG! Abbreviations make dictionary OMG! The exclamatory online abbreviation has won the approval of the Oxford English Dictionary. The term — short for “Oh my God” — is one of dozens of new entries in the authoritative reference book’s latest online update. Other Internet-inspired expressions given the stamp of approval include LOL, “laughing out loud”; IMHO, “in my humble opinion”; and BFF, “best friends forever.” The dictionary said that although the terms are associated with modern electronic communications, some are surprisingly old. The first confirmed use of “OMG” was in 1917. The new update, released Thursday, includes “flat white” — a type of milky coffee — and “muffin top,” defined as “a protuberance of flesh above the waistband of a tight pair of trousers.”

Prince Harry set for Arctic trek with vets Prince Harry is heading to the Arctic, showing his support for Britain’s wounded Afghanistan war veterans by joining part of their punishing expedition to the North Pole. Harry travels to frigid northern Norway Tuesday for three days of training and five days of trekking on a trip organized by the Walking With the Wounded charity, of which he is a patron. The group includes four British soldiers who Prince Harry were seriously wounded while on active duty, including two amputees. “What the Walking With The Wounded North Pole Team is undertaking is an enormous adventure of the most challenging order,” Harry said in a statement Friday. The charity hopes to raise $3.2 million through donations and sponsorships for the expedition. Harry said he hopes the money “will make a life-changing difference to injured servicemen and women from our Armed Forces.” The four wounded men will be joined by two expedition leaders and a Norwegian guide familiar with the region. The expedition is expected to take four weeks and cover roughly 200 miles of frozen Arctic Ocean territory by foot. The wounded men making the trip are Afghanistan veterans Capt. Martin Hewitt, 30, Capt. Guy Disney, 28, Sgt. Steve Young, 28, and Pvt. Jaco Van Gass, 24.


Error leaves man with $16M cable bill Try fitting this cable bill into the monthly budget. An Ohio man said Time Warner Cable told him he owed the company $16.4 million. Daniel DeVirgilio, of Beavercreek, said his payment was rejected because it wouldn’t cover the total. His bill is usually $80. DeVirgilio said he wanted to watch the NCAA basketball tournament’s Sweet 16 but didn’t expect it to cost a million dollars per team. He jokes he should have added Showtime to his channels because the charge of a few extra dollars doesn’t seem big in comparison. Time Warner said human error is to blame for the payment problem.

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Girl Scout cookie sales going high-tech Ohio troops using smart phones to sell product PARMA, Ohio (AP) — The Girl Scouts were selling their cookies the old-fashioned way, pulling a creaky-wheeled red wagon laden with Thin Mints and Samoas down a suburban street. But the affair took a decidedly 21st-century twist when, with a polite smile, one of the girls pulled out a smartphone and inquired: “Would you like to pay with a credit card?” The girls are among about 200 troops in northeast Ohio who are changing the way Girl Scouts do business. For the first time, the girls are accepting credit cards using a device called GoPayment, a free credit card reader that clips onto smart phones. Girl Scout leaders hope that allowing customers to pay with plastic will drive up cookie sales in a world where carrying cash is rapidly going the way of dial-up Internet. Keeping pace with changing technology is a priority lately for the historic Girl Scouts, an organization that’s preparing to celebrate its 100th anniversary next year. “Normally I think a lot of customers would love to buy cookies, but they have to walk by the booth because they’re not carrying cash,” said Marianne Love, director of business services for the Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio. “I know I never carry cash when I’m out shopping.” If all goes well, Love plans to roll out the device to all 2,700 troops in northeast Ohio. Ten troops in San Diego, Calif., are also testing the device. “I know there’s a lot of interest across the country with


Alison Borodkin of Solon, Ohio, waits for a Girl Scout to run her credit card. other Girl Scout councils,” Love said. “So I wouldn’t be surprised if you see it everywhere this time next year.” GoPayment is just one of several popular mobile payment devices that took off in 2010, with hundreds of thousands of people signing up to use them, said Todd Ablowitz, president of Double Diamond Group of Centennial, Colo., a consulting company focused on the mobile payment industry. “Everyone from delivery drivers to Girl Scouts to baby sitters are swiping cards on their phones to take a payment,” Ablowitz said. “I mean, this barely existed before 2010. The numbers are staggering.” The technology has actually existed for years, but it wasn’t until San Francisco-based Square, Inc., began offering its card readers for free that the industry really gained momentum, Ablowitz said. Intuit, the Mountain View, Calif.-based company that

manufactures GoPayment, charges a small fee per transaction and offers various pricing plans to customers based on sale volume. GoPayment has been on the market for about two years. Intuit charges the Girl Scouts its lowest rate, at 1.7 percent plus 15 cents per transaction. Most customers pay 2.7 percent per transaction. “We saw people that wanted to take electronic payments and just didn’t have a way to do it,” said Chris Hylen, vicepresident of Intuit’s payments business. Sales are already picking up in Ohio, with one troop reporting selling 20 percent more than they did in the same location the previous year, Love said. “And we also had a customer earlier today say he was taking out cash to buy two boxes, and he ended up buying seven because he was able to use his credit card,”

she said. Selling cookies is a massive and lucrative operation for the Girl Scouts, hauling in about $714 million every year. It started out in 1917 in Muskogee, Okla., when Girl Scouts began baking cookies at home with their mothers, said Michelle Tompkins, spokeswoman for Girl Scouts of the USA. The sale went commercial in 1935. Nowadays, the actual baking of the cookies is done by commercial bakers, who receive a small portion of the profit. But the rest goes to local troops, who use the money for whatever they like. Some girls decide to pool their funds to travel abroad, while others donate money to charity. Transitioning to mobile payments was natural, said Gwen Kolenich, a troop leader in Parma, a Cleveland suburb. “This is something that makes it easy because we’re now in a touch generation,” she said.

NAACP Continued from Page D1. who grew up in a world far removed from the landmark 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education ruling that outlawed school segregation. Now, leadership positions that were once held only by blacks are being filled by members of other racial or ethnic groups. The group does not keep track of numbers, but in recent years NAACP chapters in New Jersey, Connecticut and Georgia have elected Hispanics as president. A white man was picked to lead the chapter in Aiken, S.C. And two years ago, NAACP members in Hamtramck, Mich., a Detroit suburb, selected a Bangladeshi American to revive their long-dormant chapter. “Some people mentioned that it wouldn’t be possible for me to be president,” said Victor Diaz, 32, a Dominican American who ran against an incumbent and was elected president of the Waterbury, Conn., branch in November. “But when I ran, I won 3 to 1.” The push for diversity troubles some members of the NAACP’s old guard, who worry that problems in the black community may get short shrift. But some social scientists say the new diversity is merely a return to the group’s roots as a biracial organization. In 1964, the NAACP’s membership peaked at 625,000 paid members. By the middle of the past decade, that had dropped to just under 300,000. Now it has reversed course and climbed to more than 525,000, in large part because of an increase in young members, group officials say. The NAACP said it does not keep track of the organization’s racial and ethnic breakdown. Stefanie Brown, the NAACP’s 30-year-old national field director, said the under25 crowd is the organization’s fastest-growing age group. In fact, the NAACP has slots on its 60-plus member board of


Victor Diaz, a Dominican American and president of the Waterbury, Conn., NAACP directors reserved for people under 25. In addition, Brown said, young professionals under 40 are taking leadership roles — something that hadn’t happened until recently. Some in the group say the diversity push weakens the NAACP’s identity. Jamarhl Crawford, editor of the Blackstonian, a Boston website that covers the city’s black population, said he fears it could “water down” the focus on problems in the black community. “I think there’s going to be some loss there in terms of actual activism, actual protest” on behalf of blacks, said Crawford, a 40-yearold member of the NAACP’s Boston branch. The diversity push was started a few years ago under then-NAACP chairman Julian Bond. Later, Benjamin Todd Jealous, who in 2008 became the group’s youngest leader at age 35, ramped up the effort and also urged the organization to take up gay rights. “At our core, we want to end discrimination and have equality for all people,” Brown said. In a reflection of how it has broadened its agenda, the NAACP came out against California’s Proposition 8,

the ballot measure banning gay marriage. Last year, it spoke out against Arizona’s anti-immigration law. It also strongly supported the federal DREAM Act, a proposal to give illegal immigrant students a pathway to citizenship through college or military service. Perry, the openly gay chapter president, said: “I’m just one example of younger individuals who find a home in the NAACP for issues that they might represent.” Patricia Sullivan, a history professor at the University of South Carolina and author of “Lift Every Voice: The NAACP and the Making of the Civil Rights Movement,” called the new push for diversity thrilling and said: “It’s really reflecting what the NAACP has represented historically and what its vision has been.” Founded in 1909 partly in response to race riots in Springfield, Ill., NAACP began as a coalition of black and Jewish activists with whites serving in leadership positions in many chapters, and it was only later that it became a predominantly black organization. Sullivan also noted that the NAACP spoke out against the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.

Tatcho Mindiola, director of the Center for Mexican American Studies at the University of Houston, said that while some Hispanics were NAACP members during the civil right years, their election to leadership roles is a new phenomenon. Mindiola said the NAACP has won over some Hispanics because of recent positions it has taken on issues important to Latinos. “The group has shown it is fighting for civil rights for all minorities,” said David Alcantara, 52, president of the Pleasantville-Mainland chapter in New Jersey. “And it’s time that all minorities support the NAACP.”

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Three might be right number for attending school prom Dear Abby: I am a female high school junior with many friends I love and a boyfriend I care for very much. A number of my friends are gay. One girl, “Belinda,” is a year older than I am. She told me a couple of years ago that she is a lesbian. I have done everything I can to help her and support her. Last year, Belinda shared that she loves me more than as a friend. She would like to take me to the prom this year, and I would like to go with her. Because I am already involved in a relationship with a boy, should I not be Belinda’s escort? If I go, how do I tell my parents? — Loyal Friend in Ohio Dear Loyal Friend: It’s time you have another talk with Belinda and explain to her



that you like her very much as a friend, but not in the same way that she feels about you. Because you are already involved in a relationship, you and your boyfriend could (possibly) attend the prom with Belinda as a threesome — but you should not be her “date.” If this turns out to be the solution to your problem, I’m sure your parents would have no objection to it. Dear Abby: I am a widow. My husband and I enjoyed traveling all the years we were


BY BERNICE BEDE OSOL • NEWSPAPER ENTERPRISE ASSOCIATION Aries (March 21-April 19) — Regardless of how many scintillating tales you have to tell, don’t dominate the conversation when gabbing with friends. Let others have the spotlight from time to time. Taurus (April 20-May 20) — Spreading rumors won’t add luster to your image, no matter how juicy some of them may be. Disseminating unreliable gossip could injure the innocent. Gemini (May 21-June 20) — Be kind and tolerant if you are saddled with someone who always does a lot of talking but never has anything of value to say. You’ll eventually find just the right time to make a fast exit. Cancer (June 21-July 22) — If a controversial subject comes up, don’t involve yourself in it. You won’t be able to win anybody over to your point of view, nor will you see the merits of the opposing side. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) — Rationalization or wishful thinking is never a substitute for productivity. If you want something done, you’ll have to roll up your sleeves and do it all by yourself. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Before finalizing a group activity, ask the other parties involved if they are in accord. If you don’t, and discover later that someone is unhappy, serious problems could arise. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — Issues that evoke opposing views among the family need to be avoided. Kinfolk tend to be firm in their beliefs, and nothing but grief will come from argument. Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Don’t take it for granted that a friend or family member who goes out of his/her way to do something nice for you knows that you are appreciative. Be sure to verbalize your thank-you. Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — If you can’t comfortably spend the necessary cash to purchase something you want but truly don’t need, wait until circumstances improve. Realism is your friend. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — It’s human nature to want to blame someone when we can’t have something we want. If you point the finger and try to make another the scapegoat, you’ll generate a lot of anger. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Believing everything you hear can quickly take you down a blind alley. Take things with a hefty serving of Mrs. Dash or, at the very least, verify all the facts before passing any of them on to others. Pisces (Feb. 20-March 20) — Generosity is a marvelous quality, but don’t waste it on the unappreciative. Instead, bestow what you have to offer on recipients who are as grateful and generous as you are.

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BY DR. ROBERT WALLACE • NEWSPAPER ENTERPRISE ASSOCIATION Dr. Wallace: I’m 16 and have an unusual problem. I’m 5 feet 5 inches tall and weigh 101 pounds. It’s not because I starve myself because I eat a lot, especially junk food — hamburgers, french fries and chocolate milkshakes. Since I have a slender build, many of my classmates ask me how I keep my “skinny” appearance. Just yesterday, a girl came up to me at school and said, “Tell me your secret on how you stay so skinny.” It really bothers me when someone addresses me as skinny. I’m sure other slender teens endure the same verbal abuse. I would appreciate it if you would print my letter, so people can refer to us as slender, slight, slim or thin, but never skinny! — Slender, Moncton, New Brunswick. Slender: I agree! The words slender, slight, thin and slim are in — the word skinny is out! Let’s remove it from the English language. Dr. Wallace: Our family had a wonderful vacation this past summer in Canada. While there, we discovered that they didn’t have $1 bills. Instead, they had $1 coins called Loonies, since they had the loon stamped on them. When we inquired why they didn’t have $1 bills, we were told that having a $1 coin saves money for the Canadian government because a bill wears out faster. They have to keep printing new bills, while the coins last a longer time. This has brought about an interesting discussion within our family. Could you please find out how long a $1 bill lasts in the United States before it’s replaced by a new one? — Dave, Elkhart, Ind. Dave: To answer your question, I visited the Bank of America. “Paper” money, according to the bank manager, is actually made from 75 percent cotton and 25 percent linen; it contains no paper. The average life of a U.S. $1 bill is approximately 18 months. During that time, the bill is folded and unfolded more than 4,000 times. Some time ago, Great Britain abandoned its one-pound sterling note and substituted a one-pound sterling coin, again, to save the government money. There are some U.S. government officials who would also like to eliminate the $1 bill for cost-cutting measures, but so far, it’s just in the “talking” stage. • Dr. Robert Wallace writes for Copley News Service. E-mail him at rwallace@Copley News Service.

married. Since his death I’ve taken one trip to Florida alone. It was OK, but not the same, of course, without a loved one to share the experience. I really miss going places and seeing things. My son and his family take lots of mini-weekend trips. I would love to be asked to go along occasionally. I am not sure if they don’t ask me because they can’t afford the extra expense of an additional person, or because they want privacy. I can afford to pay my own way. I don’t know how to let them know I’d love to be included once in a while. I know there are trips for seniors, but I’m not good at mingling with new people. I have always been familyoriented. The discomfort of traveling with a group of new

people would outweigh the fun for me. What do you suggest? — Little Bit Lonely Dear Little Bit Lonely: Mention ONCE to your son and his wife that you’d love to be invited to go with them on an occasional mini-weekend getaway — and that you’d be glad to pay your way. They may take you up on it. However, if they don’t, do not bring it up again. I strongly urge you not to restrict yourself in making new acquaintances. Find new interests now that you are alone. Fight the instinct to isolate yourself. If you don’t want to travel with a group of strangers, ask some of your women friends if they would be interested in traveling with you. There are exciting times ahead for you, but you must

Eye cataract decisions should be mulled carefully Dear Dr. Gott: This is a follow-up to your Q&A on cataracts that I read with interest. During the past two weeks, I had cataracts removed from both eyes and intraocular lenses implanted at the same time — with no waiting. I had two other lens choices, neither covered by Medicare. Those were lenses enabling me to see without glasses at all, at several thousand dollars. For about $600, I could have chosen lenses that would require glasses for reading only; however, the main issue was the fact that there is no waiting for lens implant after removal of cataracts. Dear Dr. Gott: I read your column advising surgery for cataracts. I was told several years ago that I would soon need cataract surgery. I’m a wimp and don’t want to even think about surgery! I Googled cataract eyedrops and found a supplier. I’ve been using the drops for several years, and my doctor no longer even mentions surgery to me. He just says “keep on eating those carrots.” Used in Russia and China, eyedrops are effective 80 percent of the time. The name of the product is Longevity Science’s Visual Ocuity. My husband had also been told that he needed the surgery, and he has also had great success with these drops. They dissolve the fatty deposits on the lens, and these become “floaters,” which come out in the corner of the eye. I hope this can help people avoid surgery. It sure has helped us. Dear Readers: In response to the first reader, it’s extremely rewarding for me to put matters of eye health in the hands of a reputable, trusted ophthalmologist. After all, eyes are precious. We get only one pair. They’re not like bones that can break and heal following a slipand-fall accident. The cataractremoval procedure takes less than a half-hour and after a brief recuperation period while the local anesthetic wears off. It’s as if a magic button were pushed and a person is able to see again. In response to the second reader, I must admit I was not familiar with Visual Ocuity lubricant eyedrops. From what I’ve since read, they contain 1 percent N-Acetylcarnosine, a time-released form of naturally occurring dipeptide L-carnosine. The product is reported to be an antioxidant and antiglycating nutrient that helps improve or dissolve cataracts, as well as assisting with dry eyes and other conditions. A 2008 study that appeared in the Royal Journal of Opthalmology could not find safety or efficacy in the product, however. Visual Ocuity is available in eyedrop or capsule form. Another information site indicated the product contains 1 percent glycerin and hydroxypropyl methylcellusose, sterile water, the NAC listed above, boric acid, citric acid, potassium bicarbonate and purified benzyl alcohol as a preservative. And there you have it.



I urge readers to speak with their eye specialists to be assured that any decision they make — whether it is surgical, the use of herbs, prescription or over-the-counter drugs or anything in between — be discussed before it is implemented. Therefore, I am passing the information on from both readers as we all want to be able to make the right choice. What may be correct for one person may not be correct for another. Pardon the pun, but we all see things differently. Thank you both for writing.

• Write to Dr. Peter Gott in care of United Media, 200 Madison Ave., 4th fl., New York, NY 10016.

be willing to assert some independence and reach out. Dear Abby: How do you respond if you’re dating a much older man and someone asks if he is your father? — The Younger Woman in Vero Beach, Fla. Dear Younger Woman: You just reply, no, he’s someone you’re dating. Say it with good

humor and without being defensive. If there is a large age discrepancy, it’s a logical question.

• Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Write Dear Abby at www.Dear or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.


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