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TODAY IN HISTORY 1519: Artist Leonardo da Vinci dies at Cloux, France, at age 67. 1863: Confederate General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson is accidentally woundGen. “Stonewall” ed by his Jackson own men at Chancellorsville, Va.; he dies eight days later. 1885: Good Housekeeping magazine iss first published in Holyoke, Mass. 1908: The original version of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” with music by Albert Von Tilzer and lyrics by Jack Norworth, is copyrighted by Von Tilzer’s York Music Co. 1957: Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy, the controversial Republican senator from Wisconsin, dies at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland.

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Code Enforcement officer David Miller looks over a home on Main Street.

Vicksburg’s community court carries big — but soft — hammer By Steve Sanoski You could call Vicksburg Community Court the last line of defense the city has when it comes to getting residents to keep their grass cut, their yards clean and their homes in compliance with building maintenance and utility codes. Established eight years ago to encourage private property beautification and unburden the municipal court from having to hear non-criminal cases, community court convenes once a month. Its judge, Toni Walker Terrett, has the authority to fine property owners found in violation of local ordinances, which are based on state law and the International Property Maintenance Code. Following the court’s April hearing — in which, of about 30 cases, just one suspended fine stemming from a privilege license case was handed down — Terrett said the court aims for code compliance over financial punishment. “Most of the people who come before me do want to make the improvements, but sometimes it takes getting a citation to come to court for them to actually begin to move ahead with getting the problem taken care of,” said Terrett, who was tapped in July by Mayor Paul Winfield to take over the court that previously had only one judge. Each property code viola-

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Archie Plump takes a break from mowing.

‘...They’ll work with you’ Taking a break in the shade after mowing the lawn of his late parents’ home on Jackson Street, Archie Plump said he’s found the city’s code enforcement efforts and community court process fair and reasonable. “It shouldn’t be that the city has to come and tell you to do any

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To be demolished The Vicksburg Building and Inspection Department’s most recent list of homes, dated March 19, marks for demolition: • 2826 Arcadia St. • 2110 Baker St. • 1510 Baum St. • 123 Bazinsky Road • 808 Bowman St. • 811 Bowman St. • 63 Brown’s Alley • 840 Buck St. • 512 Feld St. • 279 Ford Road • 349 Ford Road • 359 Ford Road • 458 Ford Road • 2014 Ford Road • 1108 Grammar St. • 2621 Hannah Ave. • 2631 Hannah Ave. • 2934 Highland Ave. • 723 Johnson St. • 728 Johnson St. • 747 Johnson St. • 752 Johnson St. • 79 Kings Gin Road • 1620 Main St. • 1549 Marcus St. • 1615 Marcus St. • 1612 MLK Jr. Blvd. • 20 Mary’s Alley • 24 Mary’s Alley • 30 Mary’s Alley • 38 Mary’s Alley • 710 Monroe St. • 2112 Oak St. • 810 Patton St. • 270 Railroad Alley • 2635 Reed St. • 2611 Royal St. • 1107 Second North St. • 1403 Sky Farm Ave. • 812 Walnut St. • 161 Williams St.

Downtown Vicksburg remained without power Saturday night after a series of power lines blew out along Washington Street and an electrical substation near Horizon Casino emitted fire and smoke. The chain reaction began about 4:30 p.m. — and for some customers, the outage will continue at least into this afternoon, Entergy spokesman Don Arnold said. About 1,800 customers were without power at 8 Saturday evening, Arnold said, 15 percent of the 12,000 customers Entergy serves in the city. About 10,000 county customers were unaffected by the outage. “We’ve got about eight spans of wire down from the substation,” he said. “We’re trying to get some crews to help from outside of our area. It will be a pretty major job to get it all back up.” See Outage, Page A9.

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Code Continued from Page A1. tion — the most common being for unkempt lawns, unsightly trash, junked-out cars, dilapidated homes or unsecured vacant buildings — carries a minimum $1,000 fine. However, Terrett said imposing a fine in most cases doesn’t do much good because the offenders can’t afford to pay it. Instead, she said the court tries to give offenders time and encouragement to fix the problem. “We usually give them extensions that are reasonable, and sometimes we give them as much as six months to get the work done — as long as they’re showing some effort and some willingness to work with us,” she said. • Much time, effort and money are spent by the city in its attempts to see lawns and homes maintained throughout the city. Terrett is paid $7,250 per year for her services, which accounts for the bulk of the community court expense as no clerks are needed to handle paperwork. The city set aside just less than $1 million for the inspection department in the current fiscal year budget, compared with $948,000 last fiscal year and $808,000 in fiscal year 2008. While the department’s three inspectors spend the majority of their time making sure commercial building and utility codes are enforced, they also perform hundreds of grass and yard inspections each year. Inspectors also have to take time out of their schedules once a month to appear in community court as witnesses. Code Enforcement Officer David Miller — who’s been with the city 16 years, eight of them in the inspection department — said the effort is worth it. “If you could see the city eight or 10 years ago and then compare it to today, you’d see a big difference,” Miller said. “We have made a difference through enforcement, and the city is better for it.” Quantifying the impact of code enforcement and the community court is difficult, and to do that, the city is working on compiling a citywide inventory of its approximately 10,000 homes and commercial structures. The first such inventory was taken in 2006, and the inspection department will compare the results of the 2010 inventory — which is expected to be completed this year — to look for trends in compliance neighborhood by neighborhood. “I’ve seen a trend of ownership responsibility increasing across the city since I came here in 2002,” said Building and Inspections Director Victor Gray-Lewis. “I’ve seen neighborhoods where one person begins to take pride in their property and begins to fix it up, and pretty soon you see the neighbors around them begin to take more pride in their own properties and the whole block begins to look better. That’s the whole idea.” Miller said most homeowners he comes across during inspections want to get into compliance and work with the city’s inspectors. However, he said there are always going to be some property owners who continually buck the system or simply cannot be located. “I get to know a lot of the people I’m dealing with because I’m dealing with them time and time again, writing them up almost every year,” he said. “Then you have others who real■

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North Ward Alderman Michael Mayfield looks at the front of a home at 1620 Main St. ....

... and one at 1412 Jackson St. Both are set for demolition. tions have taken place each year since 2002, costing the city up to $3,500 each. Demolitions have been a point of contention in recent years. Shortly after Winfield beat former Mayor Laurence Leyens in the general election last summer, the new mayor enacted a freeze on demolitions while the city applied for a $30 million federal grant to rehabilitate dilapidated homes. That freeze was lifted this spring when the grant application was denied. Today, about 40 homes are on the city’s demo list. Gray-Lewis said any home on the list still can be salvaged if the owner steps forward with a plan to bring it up to code. “One thing I want to be clear about is this: we have never evicted anyone by taking down a house,” said Gray-Lewis. “We’ve been accused of putting people out of their homes, but that’s just not true. The houses we take down are dilapidated beyond the point of somebody inhabiting them.” Another allegation the inspection department routinely faces from the public is selective enforcement. Gray-Lewis said the city’s inspectors don’t target any neighborhood over another, and they don’t drive up and down city streets looking for violations. “It’s a complaint-driven process,” he said. “When someone calls us about their neighbor’s lawn being overgrown or trash in their yard, we go out and inspect it. Every inspection is logged, and it’s either marked founded or unfounded. If the complaint is founded, we begin the process of trying to the get the problem fixed. If it’s unfounded, it ends there.” • A wall-sized map of all the city’s buildings was produced after the 2006 building inventory was completed. On it, buildings are outlined in either blue, green or red. Blue denotes an excellent inspection, green is good and red is poor. Not surprisingly, newer

ize the city is serious in its efforts, and they realize the importance of keeping their property up.” • If a property owner winds up on the community court docket, in most cases he’s already been contacted several times by the city’s inspection department or his case has appeared before the Vicksburg Board of Mayor and Aldermen. When one of the department’s inspectors finds a violation, a letter is sent to the property owner, encouraging him to contact the department and work out a solution. “It’s always been our position to work with property owners and give people time to fix the problem before they go before the board or get a citation to go to court,” said Gray-Lewis. “We have file after file here that shows us working with property owners for months and months — sometimes even for years — to get them into compliance. Sometimes we’re lenient to a fault.” When property issues are taken to the Vicksburg Board of Mayor and Aldermen, it can can give approval to have lawns cut and properties cleaned or demolished if the owner is non-responsive. Gray-Lewis said the only instances in which property owners are cited to appear in court without first appearing before the board is if they live outside Vicksburg and have been unreachable in the past. “Even if the property owner is only over in Jackson, we’ve found it’s still hard to get them to do what they need to do,” he said. “Most of those cases go straight to the community court.” The last thing the city wants to do, Gray-Lewis said, is spend taxpayers’ dollars to cut grass or remove trash from someone’s yard if they can get the homeowner to do it himself. Property cleanups and lawn cuttings approved by the board are contracted out, while city employees handle all demolitions. GrayLewis said about 30 demoli■

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subdivisions in the city are almost uniformly blue. Green and red properties are spotted throughout the city, with the largest concentration of red dots primarily downtown and in the North Ward, represented by Alderman Michael Mayfield. Driving through his “old stomping grounds” in Marcus Bottom, Mayfield points out homes on every block that have faced code enforcement issues through the years. Some are newly rehabilitated and freshly painted, some are still in the process and others are marked for demolition. “All of these vacant lots you see, that’s where houses used to be that the city has had to take down over the years,” the alderman said. “In the black community, it’s generally a money thing — people don’t have the money to fix up these homes. The other problem is about 60 percent of these cases involve heir property, and finding someone to take responsibility can be tough. That leaves us stuck in the middle.” Mayfield said it breaks his heart to see homes torn down that he played in as a child, but defended the city’s code enforcement efforts as necessary to ensure public safety. “Here you have a vacant house that is ripe for vagrants to move into, and look what you have around it — a church and a neighborhood full of people who are doing their part to maintain their properties,” Mayfield said as he looked over a home marked for demolition on Jackson Street. “If a fire breaks out in here for one reason or another, the whole block can pay the price.” That point has been made painfully clear several times already this year. A fire that broke out in a vacant house on Second North Street in late January claimed five homes and a neighborhood grocery store before the smoke cleared. In February, another fire destroyed two vacant homes on Grove Street. The January blaze ■

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was ruled arson, and Leroy Evans, 32, of Utica has since been charged. The February fire was ruled accidental. “We also had a fire break out in a vacant house on Main Street, and the house next door — which a lady had been renovating and was getting ready to rent out — her house was damaged in the process,” said Fire Chief Charles Atkins. “So, we’ve already had three instances of a fire breaking out in a vacant home and spreading to occupied homes. They’re a real hazard, and not just from a fire perspective. Often times, children like to play in or around vacant homes, and they can be seriously injured.” The fire department is working with city officials to use homes slated for demolition in fire training exercises. Thus far, Atkins said six homes have been given to the department, but none has been burned as some inspections still need to be performed. “I haven’t seen a report that shows it will save us a lot of money, but what it will do is provide us the opportunity to get some real live fire training and search and rescue training,” said Atkins. Mayfield spent nine years as a county supervisor before being elected North Ward alderman. In the county, there is no code enforcement, leaving supervisors and residents powerless if someone refuses to cut their lawn or allows trash to pile up. When asked about the effectiveness of the city’s code enforcement efforts, Mayfield did not hesitate to say it has had an overwhelmingly positive impact on the city’s scenery and safety. “Without a doubt, I see the difference we’re making every day,” Mayfield said. “Though working with people we have saved probably 40 to 50 percent of the homes that otherwise would have had to be taken down. And we’re putting forth much more effort now to help people get low-interest loans and grant money to get their properties up to code. The board, the inspections department, the community court — we’re all putting forth a tremendous effort to work with folks, and I think we’re seeing a lot of positive results.”

Court Continued from Page A1. thing. If you maintain what you got, you won’t have a problem,” said Plump. “Of course, at this point in time, people don’t have a lot of money to put into their homes, but they’ll work with you.” Plump was cited to appear in community court last fall, after the inspection department found his parents’ home had some patches of poor siding that needed to be fixed. Plump inherited the house a few years ago, and although no one is living in it, he wants to keep it in the family. When he appeared in community court, he explained to Judge Toni Walker Terrett that with the cold, wet winter months setting in, he would need some time to get the new siding up and apply a fresh coat of paint. The judge imposed no fine and gave Plump an extension through the spring months. “I didn’t have any problem with fixing it up. I just needed some time, and the judge understood that,” he said. “In the long run it benefits the city and the homeowner, because it looks better and it keeps the property value up.” ■

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Consolidate! Merging districts doesn’t work any magic Mississippi has 82 counties and more than 150 public school districts. For years now, whenever money has gotten tight — which is more often than not — those two numbers have sent some people into a tizzy. “Consolidate!” is their battle cry. “Save money.” Of course, many of the voices are the same ones demanding pay reductions for legislators as a cost-savings measure. The fact that the entire budget for legislative operations is much less than 1 percent of the general fund budget doesn’t faze them. If something as simple as consolidation of districts resulted in better schools at a lower cost, that would be fantastic. The real picture is more of a mixed bag. For instance, the Vicksburg Warren School District was created by blending the city and county school districts almost 25 years ago. If there’s been any

cost containment, it has been minimal. Here, enrollment has gradually declined while expenses have risen. The first budget was about $28 million, which, by the way, was slightly more than the total of the previous year’s separate school district budgets combined. This year’s budget is more than $80 million. The local district has one of the highest per-pupil expenditures in the state, yet has an overall “at risk of failing” in the state’s new index and most individual schools never ranked higher than “average” in previous metrics. The local district falls well within the state cap of 3 percent as the maximum any district is allowed to spend on “administration,” as do all other districts, including those some insist must be combined. What consolidation can accomplish, and has here, is offering a wider array

of classes, especially in the arts, music and advanced history, science and math. The top students from the Vicksburg Warren School District can compete with any students anywhere. When it comes to management of education, the one sure thing is that everybody has an opinion about what’s wrong and how to fix it. Those who cry “Consolidate!” and convince themselves it’s a cure-all for expense and quality issues are being short-sighted. A far better recipe would be to spend time examining what consistently highranking schools — and there are several here — are doing and learn from them. Quality faculty members who work hard to develop parental involvement and establish a culture of learning succeed. That’s a formula easier said than done, but it’s one that never fails.

VWSD priority should be strong leadership On one hand, trustees of the Vicksburg Warren School District seem to be moving carefully to select a new superintendent for the 9,000-student district. The time and expense of hiring a professional search organization sends that signal. On the other hand, the trustees seem to be in a hurry. They’ve indicated they want a new superintendent on the job by July 1, which is eight weeks away. The possible selection of an interim superintendent has been mentioned and is a good option for trustees to keep in mind. Turnover is problematic in any organization and public schools are no different. Here, there are new principals

just winding up their first years at the helm of a couple of the district’s schools and, in addition to Dr. James Price, other administrators whose retirement plans we have reported this year include Dr. John Walls, deputy superintendent, and elementary principals Jack Grogan and Charles Hanks. The district also is reeling from its new designation under the Mississippi Department of Education’s standards as “at risk of failing.” Frankly, when we read in our School and Youth section weekly of the many innovations and successes teachers and students here are achieving, that ranking seems overly harsh. Regardless, as always, there’s plenty of room for improvement.

A changing of the guard — especially one that involves as many positions as the trustees have been and will be filling — should not be done in haste. Rather, trustees need to define the experience, reputation and the personal attributes they want to see in candidates and then move toward making a selection. Another factor, of course, is that many working superintendents already will have signed contracts for the next school year. It’s not impossible for a fast search to reveal the strong leader the district needs. Speed, however, should not be the priority.

Blame for chaos rests with those who create it The responsibility for the chaos that led to a decision to prematurely end this year’s American Cancer Society Relay for Life events on the Warren Central High School campus rests — 100 percent — on the people who created or participated in the disturbance. That’s a theme we have sounded before and in multiple contexts. We reject rationalizations, explanations or defenses of bad behavior up to and including violent crime. A person who shows disrespect to others might never have been nurtured in basic human decency, but that must not be accepted as an excuse. Rude behavior by a few can cause

distress for many, but should never be allowed to overshadow the efforts of organizers of great efforts, such as the local Relay for Life has become through the years. It’s a testament to our community that there are so many willing to work on such events, to put in the many hours of planning and preparation required as well as more than a little physical labor. And blaming law enforcement officers is way off base. Is it the fault of state troopers when people speed? Should we blame judges for the prison population? Here, the Relay for Life has been a big deal. As many as 4,000 people have

spent all or part of one night a year raising private money for use in the cancer society’s ongoing and increasingly successful battle against all forms of a disease that doesn’t discriminate based on age or gender, race or bank balance. It must continue and it must grow. More precautionary steps and arrangements appear to be necessary. So be it. But please don’t fall in with the thinking that bad behavior has to be explained or, worse, that blame has to be shifted. Not holding people personally accountable is what breeds chaos. The sooner people realize that, the better.

State Sen. Tommy Gollott, R-Biloxi, has walked the marble floors of the Capitol for 42 years — 12 in the House of Representatives and 30 in the Senate. Like most veteran lawmakers, Gollott sees the handwriting on the wall for the next two years. That handwriting reads: “Make Draconian spending cuts or raise taxes.” But in introducing Senate Bill 2927 during the just-completed 2010 regular session of the Legislature, Gollott chose to interject a third option — raise revenue by maximizing collection of existing taxes. SB 2927 is the so-called “Amazon Tax,” a measure designed to make online sales by out-of-state retailers subject to state sales or use taxes. Gollott’s bill never made it to the Senate floor and died a relatively quiet death in the Senate Finance Committee. But after enduring Fiscal Year 2010 with 9.4 percent average budget cuts, adopting a FY 2011 state budget with about SID 13.5 percent budget cuts and facing a likely FY 2012 state budget not underpinned by federal stimulus funds that could make 20 percent to 23 percent budget cuts necessary, lawmakers are likely to give Gollot’s bill a second look during the 2011 regular session. Some 16 states considered similar proposals over the last year. Colorado, North Carolina and New York are deepest in the fight so far. In Colorado, the state passed a law to require Amazon and other Internet retailers to mail notices to customers reminding them of their state sales tax liabilities on purchases made online. Amazon responded by shutting down their affiliate operations in that state — a program that pays people to advertise Amazon products on their own websites. North Carolina tax officials asked Amazon for the names and addresses of their customers in that state in hopes of using that information to collect unpaid sales taxes. Amazon filed suit against the state and the case is pending. In New York, Amazon built a huge affiliate business. State officials figured that affiliates based in New York gave Amazon a legal “nexus” in the state and began collecting $70 million in additional sales taxes from Internet retailers including Amazon. But Amazon sued New York over the law and that case is also pending. Internet retailers and state governments alike are watching those lawsuits like hawks. The argument in favor of applying state sales taxes to online sales is a simple one — tax fairness. Out-of-state companies that make Internet sales in the state but that have no legal place of business or domicile in the state don’t have to collect Mississippi’s sales tax from customers here. Proponents of collecting Mississippi’s 7 percent sales tax for online purchases make these arguments: • Failure to do so subsidizes the growth of distant companies, which contribute little to a community’s civic and economic vitality, by giving them a 7 percent price advantage over Mississippi’s local stores. • It undermines state and local governments by reducing tax revenue for schools, police and other services — a revenue loss that will continue to grow as Internet sales continue to displace in-store sales. • It makes a regressive sales tax more regressive (only those with computers, Internet access and credit cards are able to take advantage of the tax break) on poor people. Gollott’s bill may have died this session, but the political stakes will increase as the 2011 elections approach. Confronted with deep spending cuts and few options for new revenue, Gollott’s Amazon Tax will likely resurface as a means to raise sales tax revenue without raising sales tax rates. •


Sid Salter is Perspective editor of The Clarion-Ledger. Phone him at 601-961-7084 or e-mail

Sunday, May 2, 2010

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WEEK IN VIcKsburg There were some cooler days with highs in the 70s and lows in the 40s during the middle of the week, but otherwise highs were in the lower 80s and lows were in the upper 50s and lower 60s. About a quarter-inch of rain was recorded on two days. The Mississippi River continued to recede from its spring peak, falling every day during the week. The river started at 32.5 feet on the Vicksburg gauge and dropped to 23.9 feet by week’s end. The forecast was for a reversal and a reading of 24.9 feet today. Vicksburg officials decided to rebid about $1.6 million worth of renovations to the Levee Street Depot. Two bids came in under the estimate, but the project architect said the offer was complete. A third offer was complete, but exceeded available funds. Organizers shut down the 2010 American Cancer Society Relay for Life after four hours due to unruly teens clustered outside the event in the Warren Central gymnasium. The annual fund-raiser usually lasts all night. Pinkston Patterson, 27, had 10 years added to his sentence for burglary for setting fire to a mattress in the Warren County Jail. Eagle Lake, especially vacation and other homes on Sea Island Drive, were hard-hit by a tornado that moved across the Mississippi River from Louisiana and continued a swath of destruction. Sheriff Martin Pace said 11 homes were destroyed and officials said dozens more were damaged. By week’s end, the damages had led to a presidential disaster area proclamation. Taylor, Roxy and Samantha Ditto of Vicksburg had a launch party for release of their new music CD. Ernestine Queen, 55, drowned while on a fishing outing with family members at a farm pond. Burglars visited the staging are of the Vicksburg Landscape Department, leaving with trimmers, chainsaws and other equipment. Preparations were made for dedication of a memorial at the Old Court House Museum to Hobbs Freeman, volunteer board member who died in 2009. Supervisors made adjustments in this year’s spending plan and believe they have enough savings to avoid employee furloughs. Revenues are down despite higher local property valuations. Jennifer Rayborn Luna, 23, died on U.S. 80 near Newman Road when her vehicle collided with an oncoming pickup. The pickup driver was not injured. Checks from the state reflecting the most recent taxes collected from patrons at Vicksburg’s five casinos came closer to matching projections. There were fewer events overall, but second-quarter revenue from Vicksburg Convention Center and Vicksburg Auditorium events was up substantially, according to a periodic report from the contract management firm of the city facilities. A troupe of seventh-graders visiting from Fort Worth reported on their in-depth approach to studying Vicksburg history. Their four days here included role-playing exercises, a debate and even a mock trial in the Old Court House. Shandrick Montgomery, 32, was charged with arson for attempting to burn a house on Farmer Street. Authorities said Montgomery placed a bedspread on the stove, turned on the stove and left. Public school trustees agreed to pay and Omaha firm, McPherson and Jacobson, $14,500 plus expenses to conduct a search for Superintendent Dr. James Price, who is retiring June 30. A work by Turner Reeves, Warren Central art student, won the best-in-show ribbon at the youth competition sponsored by the Vicksburg Art Association. In addition to Ernestine Queen and Jennifer Rayborn Luna, deaths during the week included Helen W. Hadad, Erma T. Griffin, Tashalon Alyce Thompson, Tennyson Annyce Thompson, James Williams, Albenna Moore Naylor, Karen Shiers Powers, Annie Smith, Roy P. Donnell and Alice T. Ragan.


Feds will veto Arizona’s new law by ignoring it Here’s a prediction: If Arizona officers try to enforce their state’s new law against illegal immigration, they’ll have the same experience Mississippi troopers, deputies and police have been having for many years. Simply put, ICE will say no dice. Lost amid all the furor over the statute, which directs Arizona officers to check whether people they routinely encounter are legally in the United States, are the practical aspects. States don’t have the power to deport. Only the federal government has that right — and responsibility. More than a few officers in Mississippi have told me their experiences going back several years. They stop a vehicle, often a van, loaded with men, women and children in the middle of the night. None of the people has any identification and there’s little reason to believe they’re in the United States legally. The officer has some choices to ponder. With the exception of a driver who has no license or proof of insurance, none of the others has broken any state law. The officer can radio for a federal Immigration Control and Enforcement team to come to the scene. An immediate ICE response would take hours, but any response has been about as likely as spotting a whale in the Ross Barnett Reservoir. The officer can detain the whole bunch, hauling them to the nearest jail. This is what the Arizona officers are to start doing. But, again,

Few small cities have facilities to hold women and children. ICE would be called, but what if the feds say they can’t show up for two days, three days or a week or more?



the logistics present a challenge. Few small cities have facilities to hold women and children. What if the feds say they can’t show up for two days, three days or a week or more? The final option is for the officer to write a citation and send the vehicle on its way, which is what happens every day in Mississippi. Word is that any beat cop who tried seriously to enforce immigration law would spend 90 percent of every shift filling out paperwork. Officers have also told me — and this may surprise some — they have a hard time “hassling” people who are trying desperately to find work to feed, clothe and provide for their families while their time could be spent time chasing real bad guys — those who rob and burglarize or make and sell narcotics. Arizona Sen. John McCain, whose name was on a package of immigration reforms Congress considered but did not pass two years ago, said his home state had to act because the administration of President Barack Obama failed to “secure our bor-

ders.” Sorry, Senator, but Obama isn’t the first president to fail on that score. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, a Republican like McCain, signed the bill that directs state police to question citizenship and, for the first time, makes it a crime for illegals to be in Arizona. She says the state cannot keep picking up the costs associated with schools and medical care to which courts say illegals have a right. Further, Brewer said the minority of illegals engaged in drug trafficking and other crimes, including murder, are creating havoc in addition to expense. Under court rulings, law enforcement officers everywhere have the authority to ask any person his or her name and for some form of identification. No probable cause or reasonable suspicion is required for that. Obama, however, has questioned the legal authority for Arizona to enforce federal law, arguing it would be a violation of civil rights for state law enforcement to question

the legality of an individual’s residency. The courts will say whether the president is correct, but his position seems ludicrous. State and local officers detain hundreds of people every day on federal warrants and put them in local jails to wait for FBI or U.S. Marshals Service personnel to pick them up. Is Obama saying the local guys can assist in enforcement of some federal laws, but not others? And that leads to this: Perhaps Arizona’s lawmakers and governor don’t really expect the initiative to work, not as written anyway. Perhaps the real purpose is to create the sentiment among illegals that Arizona is not where they want to be. If so, that would add to the burden of other border states, California, New Mexico and Texas, and, to a lesser degree, states such as Louisiana and Mississippi. Lawmakers in those states might respond with similar “get tough” laws. But then what? Immigration, in the abstract, is a no-brainer. Every nation legally defines citizenship and has the right to secure its borders. It’s only in practical terms — during a traffic stop on a highway roadside in Arizona or Mississippi — that things get personal and much more difficult — especially when the federal government sends mixed messages. •

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


Relay for Life is not a teen hangout or babysitting service This was my first year as a cancer survivor. From the moment I awoke after my mastectomy I was determined to walk the survivor lap at American Cancer Society Relay for Life last Friday night, and I did. However, instead of staying and enjoying the festivities, my husband and I left because of the potty-mouthed, deviant-looking, suspicious-smelling clusters of kids blocking entrances, hanging around and making things miserable for us. We saw the pattern developing at 8 and left. I was disappointed, but not at all surprised that Relay was ended early. I also think it was a good decision. It sickens me, more than cancer or chemo, the total disrespect these kids have for cancer patients, their supporters and their families. What’s worse are the parents who allow such disrespect! Relay for Life is not a teen hangout or a babysitting service! I do know that there were some very well -behaved, wonderful kids with good hearts who do not deserve my comments. To them and their parents, I appreciate all your efforts. I know I will not be back at Vicksburg’s relay until the problem with the lewd, disrespectful people — both children and their parents — is resolved. I will go to other towns to participate in their events before I go to another one here. Squeekie Waters Vicksburg

Sheriff failed Relay There are several people at the Warren County Sheriff’s Department I believe are very good deputies. However, I am writing this to bring attention to the inadequate security provided by Sheriff Martin Pace at this year’s Relay for Life. As I observed the deputies, I noticed they had very little training in crowd control. I even witnessed one deputy trying to tell a child to move to another area only to be laughed at by the child. The deputies were not doing what was originally asked of them, so we called the sheriff. When the sheriff got to the event, he walked up to several different committee members at different times to tell them that we were not going to have another event at the school again. He proceeded to tell us that all of this chaos was our fault and that he was not going to be responsible for any of it. He spent the first 20 minutes of his time finding someone to place blame on instead of taking care of the problem. All he needed to do was to remove all of the young people there who were not there specifically for the event. It came to my attention that prior to the event Pace had a meeting

Voice your opinion Letters to the editor are published under the following guidelines: Expressions from readers on topics of current or general interest are welcomed. • Letters must be original, not copies or letters sent to others, and must include the name, address and signature of the writer. • Letters must avoid defamatory or abusive statements. • Preference will be given to typed letters of 300 or fewer words. • The Vicksburg Post does not print anonymous letters and reserves the right to edit all letters submitted. • Letters in the column do not represent the views of The Vicksburg Post. with the committee chairs to discuss security for the event. Very little of what was promised by the sheriff came to fruition. It seems as if Pace does not like this event and would rather it not take place at all. So, shame on you Martin Pace for throwing a temper tantrum about having to do a little extra work to maintain safety and security for a worthy charity like Relay for Life. Paul Naya Vicksburg

A community event I appreciate the coverage you gave to “Mont Helena: A Dream Revisited” being performed in Rolling Fork (The Vicksburg Post, April 23.) I was disappointed there was no mention of Emily Carter. She is the director of the play and is vital to the entire production. Without her experience and creativity, the play would not be as professional or successful. Also, I want your readers to know that without the support and efforts of an entire community, our play would not have been possible. The citizens of Rolling Fork and its surrounding areas made a decision that we would not let our town die. We did not want to be a statistic like so many small Delta towns. Not only do we have a history with Muddy Waters and the famous Teddy Roosevelt bear hunt, but family connections to the love story of Helen Johnstone Harris and Henry Vick added just one more reason for tourists to visit. “Mont Helena: A Dream Revisited” began with a meeting of just a few people and escalated into a community project. Everyone was eager to become involved. Friends of Mont Helena was established, committees were formed and the process for a production began. Drick Rodgers, owner of Mont Helena, graciously allowed us to use the beautiful home as our setting. Through a lot of hard work and determination, our dream is now turning into a reality. Leslie Miller Chairman Friends of Mont Helena Rolling Fork

Selective enforcement? Local high schools have a dress

code students are required to follow while on campus. Last week my child was made to sit out of class until his violation could be corrected. He had a hole in the knee of his jeans. Granted, it was a decentsized hole, but it did not extend up to his groin area or show even a part of his thigh or underclothes. He missed an entire class period until I could take off work, go home and take him another pair of pants. While I waited in the main hallway for him to change and give me the “violation” pair, I witnessed other obvious clothing violations including at least two male students who literally had to hold their pants up with one hand in order not to have them around their ankles as they walked. Another three students did not have their shirts tucked in and yet another four students had their pants hanging around the bottom of their behinds. Now, even though these last four students had their shirts tucked in, it was obvious that their shirts were the only thing covering their underclothes. So, since they were walking the halls, I’m under the understanding that they were not being held out of class for any code violations, and I want to know why. If the hole in the knee broke the code, OK fine. But what about the others? Was he being singled out for a reason? Or are the others not being reprimanded for a reason? Is there only one person who determines if a code is broken? If so, why does he or she choose only to see certain violations? I am personally offended to see other people’s underclothes, especially in a school setting. When we as parents are trying desperately to stop underage pregnancies and promote respect from our children, to see students with their pants around the bottom of their hips in the hallways of our schools is disturbing and obscene. Michele Willis Vicksburg

Tea Party is diverse Recently, liberal elitists who are bent on keeping minority voters firmly in the grasp of the Democratic Party have attempted to paint the Tea Party with the race card, accusing the movement

as unfriendly to people of color like me. Nothing can be further from the case. An ever-increasing number of free-thinking minorities and independents are embracing fiscal responsibility, free markets and limited constitutional government. Black Americans make up about 13 percent of the population nationwide. According to a recent New York Times survey, about 11 percent of people sympathetic to Tea Party principles (smaller government, free markets, lower taxes, and fiscal responsibility) are black. That makes the Tea Party very close to representative of our national population. Without survey stats for Mississippi, its hard to say here, but I know I and many other nonwhites are very dedicated to the Tea Party movement. The tea kettle has become the new melting pot. That frightens Democrats. Kim Wade Jackson

Inconsistent, at best Some of our state’s political leaders have decided to oppose the new federal law designed to provide health care insurance options to millions of Americans who did not have the options before. However, some of the same political leaders jumped quickly to mandate by law that Sstate workers and teachers of Mississippi pay more into their own retirement. Some of these political leaders even opposed raising cigarette taxes far longer than they considered raising state employees’ required contributions — which appears to me to be a “back door” tax. It seems like some of our political leaders are talking out of both sides of their mouth. Unfortunately, for Mississippi, the present state administration will leave Mississippi in far worse financial shape than it was when it took office. Maybe a new administration will improve our state’s financial situation. Sam Corson Vicksburg

Local people need docs We have some doctors here in town who desert their practices to go overseas on missions to help, such as in Haiti. They don’t realize their practice suffers here at home. It is fine to be a mission doctor, but not at the expense of your patients. We are being brushed off on nurse practitioners. We want to see the doctor, not a nurse practitioner. Doctors, you need to get your priorities straight. Cynthia Creel Vicksburg


Sunday, May 2, 2010

Obama tells Michigan graduates to seek challenges, not party fights WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has some advice for the class of 2010: Don’t get caught up in the partisan trench warfare that often consumes Washington and use your talents instead to help America confront its biggest challenges. Obama’s homily on the imperatives of citizenship comes in a speech Saturday at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. In the speech, the president urged graduates “to participate as citizens in shaping our nation’s destiny.” Obama’s speech is the first of four he is giving this commencement season. On May 9, he’ll speak at Hampton University, a historically black college in Hampton, Va., founded in 1868 on the grounds of a former plantation. He’s also addressing Army cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., on May 22, continuing a tradition of presidents addressing graduates at the service academies. For the first time, Obama plans a high school commencement. It’s part of his “Race to the Top” education initiative, with its goal of boosting the United States’ lagging graduation rate to the world’s best by 2020.

FDA probing recalls of children’s medicine WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration said Saturday it was investigating a health-care company for possible other problems following its recall of more than 40 over-thecounter infant’s and children’s liquid medications. McNeil Consumer Healthcare, based in Fort Washington, Pa., issued the voluntary recall late Friday in the United States and 11 other countries after consulting with the FDA. The recall involves children’s versions of Tylenol, Tylenol Plus, Motrin, Zyrtec and Benadryl, because they don’t meet quality standards.

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Relay organizers vow to continue event next year Hordes of rowdy teens forced early shutdown of annual fundraising walk on April 23 SEAN MURPHY


Windblown brothers, sisters unite Cleanup for our neighbors to the north will last months and maybe even years as those whose lives were ripped apart by a massive tornado eight days ago try to put the pieces back together. Ten Mississippians died and millions of dollars in damage was done by one of the most powerful twisters to hit the state. The twister hit Transylvania, La., crossed the Mississippi River into the Eagle Lake area then crafted a 150-mile swath of destruction through the state. In the aftermath of any destruction the size and scope of this one, stories of tremendous heroism rise from the rubble. • Curt Hickson, a Gulf Coast resident visiting relatives on Sea Island, alerted his relatives of the oncoming winds, then covered his two nephews with his body to shield them from debris. • Nikki Carpenter, a single mother of three young boys in Yazoo City, moved to the center of the trailer in which she lived, covered the children with pillows, then covered the pillows with herself. Winds hoisted and threw the trailer nearly the length of a football field. The children had broken bones and bruises. Nikki Carpenter died at 31. In the days immediately following the storm, we Mississippians again sprung into action, as we seemingly do every time others are in need. Food and clothing drives were organized in towns all around. The AmeriCorps volunteers stationed in Vicksburg traveled to Yazoo City to give any assistance it could. People from far and wide have sent money and supplies. As we go about our daily lives, we hear a constant drumbeat of why we shouldn’t get along. Our differences are accentuated and used as a tool to divide us further. Shameful it takes something like this, a storm with top wind speeds of 170 mph, to get us back on the same page. Storms have no concerns with race, finances, family situation or political affiliation. Storms have no direct target, only those unfortunate enough to be living in its path. Had that tornado eight days ago been 20 miles to the south, Vicksburg may be in ruins, alongside Bovina and Edwards and everywhere in between. The stories of heroism would be similar although the names would be different. The aftermath would again provide an opportunity to realize we are a family and as hard as some work to keep us apart, when a family member takes a hit, the brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, related or not, answer the call and we become one again.

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By Manivanh Chanprasith A week after the early shutdown of the 2010 Warren County Relay For Life, officials at the American Cancer Society, the group benefitting from the all-night fundraiser, say the show will go on next year. “The American Cancer Society is committed to Relay For Life of Warren County and to the cancer survivors and the Warren County com-

On A4 Editorial: Blame for chaos rests with those who create it munity as a whole,” American Cancer Society Mississippi Vice President Robert Morris said in a joint statement with Warren County Relay For Life co-chairman Kristy Cole. “In the coming months, we will work with our volunteer committee

and with Warren County law enforcement to come up with a plan regarding the safety for all Relay participants.” This year’s event on April 23 at Warren Central High School was shut down around 10 p.m. — instead of the scheduled 6 the next morning — because 1,000 to 1,500 rowdy teens had gathered in the school parking lot, causing fear for some of the registered volunteers. Additionally, a threatening storm led organizers to fear

the gymnasium — where the event had been moved from Viking Stadium because of the weather — would not hold the crowd that had amassed outside the school on Mississippi 27. Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace said five off-duty deputies initially volunteered to patrol the private event, which had no private security, and four on-duty deputies were called in once the shutdown was announced. “We’ll continue to work

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with them and support them,” Pace said, adding that the committee would need to plan for private security at future Relays. First-time Chairman Amy Burr said Friday that event raised $80,000, just $20,000 shy of its goal. Burr, who said immediately after the shutdown that she would not return next year as chairman, said Friday that she might volunteer in another capacity, “if it works out.”

NE Miss. hit by 3 tornadoes By The Associated Press

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Contestants in the 8th annual Red Hat Society Spring Fling’s Old Fashion Swimsuit Competition, above, are presented at United Methodist Church on Saturday. The Magnolia Red Hatters were this year’s host for the event. About 250 Red Hat Society members from all over the state, as well as Alabama and Arkansas, participated in the spring fling. Helen Crider, with the Richland Earth Angels Chapter won 1st place in the swimsuit competition. At left, Glenda Dozier of the Dixie Red Hats of Itawamba County shows off for the crowd. At bottom left, Lee Brown, one of the judges, signals to one of the contestants to “call me” during the competitions. At Brown’s right is Wayne Beard.

JACKSON — The National Weather Service said a strong storm system spawned three likely tornadoes that touched down Saturday in northeastern Mississippi, toppling trees and power lines, damaging a flea market building and peeling roofs off some homes. No injuries or deaths were immediately reported. It was the second weekend in a row for severe weather to pound Mississippi and other parts of the South. Zwemer Ingram, a weather service meteorologist in the Memphis, Tenn. office, said trained storm spotters saw “very, very strong indications” of a tornado about 2 p.m. Saturday in Tippah County, Miss., between the communities of Blue Mountain and Ripley. The area is north of Tupelo. He said another trained spotter saw a likely tornado a short time later seven miles north of Booneville, and law enforcement officers saw one two miles northwest of Iuka. The likely tornadoes were part of a strong weather system that dumped heavy rain Saturday in Arkansas, Tennessee and Mississippi. Tornadoes touched down late Friday in central Arkansas, killing one. The storms pushed through Mississippi a week after a powerful tornado left a nearly 150-mile swath of destruction in the central and northern parts of the state. The April 24 storms killed 10, injured at least 146 and damaged about 700 homes in Mississippi before killing two in Alabama. Louann Rowland, a Tippah County Sheriff’s Department dispatcher, said power lines fell Saturday on cars outside a flea market in Ripley, but there were no injuries. Union County, Miss., emergency coordinator Steve Coker said that about 1:45 p.m., a storm pushed some trees into roads, toppled a couple of power lines and caused minor structural damage to a barn, a shed and a mobile home. Ingram said the National Weather Service will send employees into northeastern Mississippi, possibly today, to confirm whether the damage there was caused by tornadoes or straight-line winds. He said that based on information he received Saturday, it appeared likely that tornadoes swept through. Heavy rains flooded some roads across northern Mississippi, with water reported as high as vehicles’ headlights in DeSoto County. More rain if forecast statewide today.


Sunday, May 2, 2010

Tallulah woman dies in 1-car wreck A 26-year-old Tallulah woman died in a onecar wreck on U.S. 80 near Mound, La., on Friday night, Louisiana State Police public affairs officer Trooper Mark Dennis said. Stephanee David, address unknown, was traveling west in a 2004 Dodge Neon when she lost control of the car, veered off the left side of the road into a ditch, became airborne and hit an embankment, Dennis said. The crash was discovered around 7:45 p.m. Friday but is thought to have occurred sometime after 2 a.m., when David left her job in Madison Parish, the last place she was seen. Sheriff’s deputies had investigated a missing person report on David. David was not wearing a seat belt, authorities said. Routine alcohol and other toxicology tests were ordered. Louisiana State Police Troop F Troopers have inves-

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tigated 10 fatal crashes in 2010, including two recent motorcycle crashes on Interstate 20 in Madison Parish.

VPD on lookout for assault suspects Two men were being sought by Vicksburg police Saturday after separate assaults were reported, Chief Walter Armstrong said. Lee Sherman Yates, age unavailable, 712 Speed St., is suspected of assaulting John Ragsdale, age and address unavailable, Friday around 6:45 p.m., Armstrong said. Ragsdale said Yates cut his face with a knife during a fight at Yates’ residence, Armstrong said. Ragsdale was taken to River Region Medical Center where he was treated and released, the Chief said.

Early Saturday morning, Larry Anderson, age and address unavailable, told police he was hit in the head by an unknown object in the 900 block of Fifth North Street, Armstrong said. Anderson did not see his attacker but recognized the voice, said the Chief. He was admitted to University Medical Center, where he was in good condition, said UMC spokesman Bruce Coleman.

region Woman dies in Shreveport crash SHREVEPORT, La. — A 31-year-old woman was killed early Saturday after her car ran into a building and caught fire, firefighters said. The victim, identified as Felicia Jordan, was the only occupant of the car, said chief safety officer Scott Wolverton. The Times reported authorities found her small four-

Hot dogs and sodas were reported stolen from a city business early Saturday morning, said police Chief Walter Armstrong. The owner of the Hot Dog Man, 1710 Monroe St., said two sodas and 1 1/2 hot dogs were missing. A half-eaten hot dog was left behind.

109, City Hall Annex, 1415 Walnut St. Tuesday • Vicksburg Board of Architectural Review, 4 p.m., room 109, City Hall Annex, 1415

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

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

Costumed hostesses at the Old Court House Museum posed with the director, Eva W. Davis, top center, in this 1963 photo. They are, front from left, Lucy Nailer Lee, Caroline Dick, Murial Moore, Marguerite Holliday, Gail Hudson, Mary

Bonnie Daughtry and Beth Selby. Second row, Marchele Deason, Jean Hawkins; and top row, Sandra Moore, Mrs. Davis and Diane Anderson. The photo is from the Old Court House Museum collection.

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USDA buying $5M in Miss. catfish JACKSON — A Mississippi congressman says the U.S. Department of Agriculture is buying $5 million of catfish to use in federal nutrition assistance programs. Democratic U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson’s Delta district is home to several catfish farming operations.

public meetings this week Monday • Warren County Board of Supervisors, 9 a.m., Warren County Courthouse, BOS meeting room, third floor • Vicksburg Board of Mayor and Aldermen, 10 a.m., room

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Tea Party meeting set for Thursday A public gathering of the Vicksburg chapter of the national Tea Party movement is set for 6:30 p.m., Thursday at Adolph Rose Antiques, 717 Clay St. The featured speaker is George Bailey, one of three Republican candidates for Congress. Tea Party events have served as platforms for protests against government spending and taxes. Those interested in attending may visit

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Oil spill balloons, may threaten East Coast Continued bad weather hampers cleanup efforts VENICE, La. (AP) — A sense of doom settled over the American coastline from Louisiana to Florida on Saturday as a massive oil slick spewing from a ruptured well kept growing, and experts warned that an uncontrolled gusher could create a nightmare scenario if the Gulf Stream carries it toward the Atlantic. President Barack Obama planned to visit the region today to assess the situation amid growing criticism that the government and oil company BP PLC should have done more to stave off the disaster. Meanwhile, efforts to stem the flow and remove oil from the surface by skimming it, burning it or spiking it with chemicals to disperse it continued with little success. “These people, we’ve been beaten down, disaster after disaster,” said Matt O’Brien of Venice, whose fledgling wholesale shrimp dock business is under threat from the spill. “They’ve all got a long stare in their eye,” he said. “They come asking me what I think’s going to happen. I ain’t got no answers for them. I ain’t got

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A dead sea turtle is seen along the shoreline Saturday in Breton National Wildlife Refuge in South Louisiana. in the size.” Doug Suttles, BP’s chief operating officer for exploration and production, said it was impossible to know just how much oil was gushing from the well, but said the company and federal officials were preparing for the worstcase scenario. In an exploration plan and environmental impact analysis filed with the federal government in February 2009, BP said it had the capability to handle a “worst-case

scenario” at the Deepwater Horizon site, which the document described as a leak of 162,000 barrels per day from an uncontrolled blowout — 6.8 million gallons each day. Oil industry experts and officials are reluctant to describe what, exactly, a worst-case scenario would look like — but if the oil gets into the Gulf Stream and carries it to the beaches of Florida, it stands to be an environmental and economic disaster of epic proportions.

Outage going to be around noon,” he said. Police Chief Walter Armstrong said extra patrols were called in to “keep a watchful eye” on downtown. “It will impact the budget, yes, but I think the benefit will outweigh the cost if we can prevent burglaries and so on.” Power also was out from Clay Street to Mission 66, disabling traffic signals; in neighborhoods along East Avenue and MacArthur Street; the Marcus Bottom area; and along Cherry Street, including the Warren County Jail, which was operating on generators, Sheriff Martin Pace said. Extra deputies also were called in for duty both to staff the jail and assist city police if necessary, Pace said. “Traffic is an issue. By state

law, when the power is out at a stop light, drivers are required to treat it as a fourway stop sign, but people are out there going 30- to 40-miles-per-hour through intersections without even slowing down.” Many who were downtown when the transformer failed said they heard an explosion. Washington Street residents Ronnie Smith and Allison Merritt were in their home above Crown By Heels just east of the substation when they heard the loud noise. The building shook, Smith said. “I looked out and saw a blaze of fire. There was a cloud of smoke and a lot of electrical circuits popping.” Businesses closed up shop early. For some that meant only 30 minutes of lost revenues, but for others the impact will be greater.

Evelyn Ballard died Thursday, April 29, 2010, at Care Center of Clinton. She was 75. Mrs. Ballard was a native of Meridian and had made her home in Vicksburg since 1952. She had formerly been employed as a nurse, working at all three local hospitals in Vicksburg. She was of the Pentecostal faith. She was preceded in death by her husband, John O. Ballard. She is survived by three sons, David Lamar Ballard of Terry, and Kenneth Ray Ballard and Joseph Alexander Ballard of Vicksburg; one daughter, Sharon Ann Henderson of Jackson; two sisters, Linda Coley and Cathy Brown of Vicksburg; eight grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Glenwood Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dan Tipton officiating. Burial will be at Green Acres Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Chris Ballard, Chad Ballard, Justin Ballard, John Johnson, Tyler Foreman and Robby Thornton.

Yvonne E. Lowe Funeral services for Mrs. Yvonne E. Lowe will be at 10 a.m. Monday, May 3, 2010, at The Church of the Holy Trinity, Episcopal, with the Rev. Michael Nation, rector, officiating. Visitation will be at



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 Monday-wednesday Partly cloudy with chance of showers Tuesday; highs in the 80s; lows in the 50s

STATE FORECAST TOday Showers and thunderstorms with locally heavy rainfall; highs in the lower 80s; lows in the mid-60s Monday-wednesday Partly cloudy with chances of showers; highs in the mid-80s; lows in the 60s

Highs and Lows High/past 24 hours............. 80º Low/past 24 hours............... 76º Average temperature......... 78º Normal this date................... 70º Record low..............43º in 1909 Record high............89º in 1943

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Vicksburg Firefighters, from left, Capt. Karl Minor and Trey Martin talk to an Entergy employee about a power outage at the substation on Mulberry Street on Saturday. Duff’s Tavern was one of the area restaurants forced to close even before the Saturday night dinner and bar business could begin. Around 5 p.m., manager Ronnie Sanders came out to extinguish the gas lamps on either side of the restaurant’s front door.

“We can’t stay open like this,” he said. For others, it could be the Sunday morning “business” that’s affected. Arnold said he would be calling downtown churches to let them know services might have to rely on a power greater than electricity.

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Continued from Page A1. The apparent cause was the failure of one of two large transformers at the substation. That caused a “back feed” of high voltage to run through power lines, burning the wires which were not adequate to carry the voltage, Arnold said. Wires popped, sizzled and smoked and some lines were down on Mulberry Street, along Washington and at Cherry and South streets. “We looked out the window and saw the fireworks — pow, pow, pow,” said Vicksburg fire Capt. Karl Minor, who was at Central Fire Station at the time. Entergy crews were going to try to switch some customers to a different power feed, said Arnold, possibly restoring electricity to about half of them later Saturday night. “For the other half, it’s



Venice, La., shrimper The oil slick over the water’s surface appeared to triple in size over the past two days, which could indicate an increase in the rate that oil is spewing from the well, according to one analysis of images collected from satellites and reviewed by the University of Miami. While it’s hard to judge the volume of oil by satellite because of depth, it does show an indication of change in growth, experts said. “The spill and the spreading is getting so much faster and expanding much quicker than they estimated,” said Hans Graber, executive director of the university’s Center for Southeastern Tropical Advanced Remote Sensing. “Clearly, in the last couple of days, there was a big change


Make sure the umbrellas are handy today as heavy rains are expected throughout the area for most of the day and night.

Matt O’Brien no answers for my investors. I ain’t got no answers.” The Coast Guard conceded Saturday that it’s nearly impossible to know how much oil has gushed since the April 20 rig explosion, after saying earlier it was at least 1.6 million gallons — equivalent to about 2 1/2 Olympic-sized swimming pools. The blast killed 11 workers and threatened beaches, fragile marshes and marine mammals, along with fishing grounds that are among the world’s most productive. Even at that rate, the spill should eclipse the 1989 Exxon Valdez incident as the worst U.S. oil disaster in history in a matter of weeks. But a growing number of experts warned that the situation may already be much worse.


the McInnis Parish Hall at the church from 9 a.m. until the service. Burial will be at Cedar Hill Cemetery under the direction of Riles Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Church of the Holy Trinity, Episcopal, 900 South St., Vicksburg, MS 39180. Yvonne died Friday, April 30, 2010, at Promise Hospital of Vicksburg. She was 84. She was the daughter of the late George E. and Catherine F. Hajj. She was a graduate of Carr Central High School, Class of 1944, and from Mississippi State College for Women (now Mississippi University for Women) in 1948 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She taught in the Warren County elementary schools for many years and, upon her retirement, she served as a hostess at McRaven Antebellum Home. Yvonne was an active member of The Church of the Holy Trinity, Episcopal, where she served on the Flower Guild, the Altar Guild and St. Martha Guild and was a church office volunteer. She is survived by her husband, James A. Lowe II of Vicksburg; son and daughter-in-law, James A. Lowe III and his wife, Carol, of Ridgeland; two grandchildren, Catherine E. Lowe and Rachel F. Lowe; and a brother, George Hajj of Georgia. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Mike Hajj and Paul Hajj. Pallbearers will be Richard Cooper, Stan Courson, Dick Ferguson, Herb Jones, Jack

Stoll and Harold Blue.

Alice T. Ragan Alice T. Ragan died Thursday, April 29, 2010, at Covenant Heath and Rehab of Vicksburg. She was 71. Alice Templeton Ragan was born May 3, 1937 to the late Sonny and Estella Templeton and was reared by her grandparents, Will and Alice Berry. Alice confessed Christ at an early age. She was a faithful and dedicated member of Faith Christian Center. She graduated from Bowman High School in 1956 and attended Jackson State

College. She received her LPN from the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing. She was preceded in death by her parents, Sonny and Estella Templeton, and grandparents, Will and Alice Berry. Survivors include her husband, James E. Ragan Sr. of Vicksburg; her children, Kevin Ragan of Killeen, Texas, LaRue Ragan of East Palo Alto, Calif., Catina Reed (Alfred Sr.) of Vicksburg, and James E. Ragan Jr. (Kim) of Jackson; four grandchildren, Catina Reed, Alfred Reed Jr., Hope Ragan and Madison Ragan; her sister, Thelma



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Edley (Walter) of Edwards; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home with Dr. Ollie Hardaway Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be held Monday from 1 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home. •

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Rainfall Recorded at the Vicksburg Water Plant Past 24 hours.........................N/A This month..............1.55 inches Total/year.............. 14.54 inches Normal/month......0.38 inches Normal/year........ 22.40 inches Solunar table Most active times for fish and wildlife Monday: A.M. Active..........................10:05 A.M. Most active................. 3:52 P.M. Active...........................10:30 P.M. Most active.................. 4:17 Sunrise/sunset Sunset today........................ 7:44 Sunset tomorrow............... 7:44 Sunrise tomorrow.............. 6:15

RIVER DATA Stages Mississippi River at Vicksburg Current: 24.2 | Change: 0.3 Flood: 43 feet Yazoo River at Greenwood Current: 15.3 | Change: -0.8 Flood: 35 feet Yazoo River at Yazoo City Current: 15.4 | Change: -0.1 Flood: 29 feet Yazoo River at Belzoni Current: 16.4 | Change: -0.2 Flood: 34 feet Big Black River at West Current: 16.8 | Change: -0.1 Flood: 12 feet Big Black River at Bovina Current: 18.3 | Change: 0.9 Flood: 28 feet StEELE BAYOU Land....................................71.5 River....................................71.1

MISSISSIPPI RIVER Forecast Cairo, Ill. Monday.................................. 39.5 Tuesday.................................. 40.9 Wednesday........................... 41.0 Memphis Monday.................................. 21.6 Tuesday.................................. 23.2 Wednesday........................... 24.9 Greenville Monday.................................. 33.2 Tuesday.................................. 34.9 Wednesday........................... 35.8 Vicksburg Monday.................................. 26.3 Tuesday.................................. 28.3 Wednesday........................... 30.0


Sunday, May 2, 2010

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17 captured in search for deputy’s shooters PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities have captured 17 suspected illegal immigrants in southern Arizona as they continued their manhunt Saturday for smugglers who they say shot and wounded a sheriff’s deputy in a remote desert area 50 miles south of Phoenix. Three of those captured overnight Friday matched descriptions from the wounded Pinal County deputy and were being questioned Saturday, sheriff’s Lt. Tamatha Villar said. The deputy was released from the hospital, and was recovering at home. The shooting came amid a growing national debate over

the state’s new law cracking down on illegal immigration. A backlash over the law has erupted, with civil rights activists, concerned it will lead to racial profiling, calling for protests and boycotts. On Friday afternoon, Deputy Louie Puroll, 53, was patrolling near Interstate 8 when he came upon a stash of marijuana bales and five suspected smugglers. At least one of the suspects opened fire on him, tearing a chunk of skin from his back. Puroll radioed in that he was shot, setting off a frantic hourlong search for the deputy in the remote desert, Villar said.

1 suspect dead, another surrenders in cop shooting ST. PAUL, Minn. — A manhunt that began in Minnesota after a police officer was shot and killed while sitting in his patrol car is over after a second suspect surrendered. Police had earlier shot and killed one suspect who darted out of woods and struggled with an officer. Department of Public Safety spokesman Andy Skoogman says the second man surrendered in St. Paul and is in police custody. The manhunt started after a Maplewood police officer was shot while responding to an early morning carjacking that turned into an ambush. The officer’s death set off a massive, hours-long manhunt with officers brandishing automatic rifles as police helicopters circled overhead.

Mistrial declared in beauty queen death CLARKSVILLE, Ark. — The second trial in the death of a 19-year-old Arkansas beauty queen ended Saturday with a mistrial after jurors deadlocked. Gary Dunn was charged


A U.S. Border Patrol agent prepares to search for a suspect who shot a Pinal County Sheriff’s deputy on Friday. The area is a well-known smuggling corridor for drugs and illegal immigrants headed from Mexico to Phoenix and the U.S. interior.

CHICAGO (AP) — Angered by a controversial Arizona immigration law, tens of thousands of protesters — including 50,000 alone in Los Angeles — rallied in cities nationwide demanding President Barack Obama tackle immigration reform immediately. “I want to thank the governor of Arizona because she’s awakened a sleeping giant,” said labor organizer John Delgado who attended a rally in New York where authorities estimated 6,500 gathered. From Los Angeles to Washington D.C., activists, families, students and even politicians marched, practiced civil disobedience and “came out” about their citizenship status in the name of rights for immigrants, including the

estimated 12 million living illegally in the U.S. Public outcry, particularly among immigrant rights activists, has been building since last week when Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed the legislation last week. Supporters say the law is necessary because of the federal government’s failure to secure the border, but critics contend it encourages racial profiling and is unconstitutional. Organizers estimated about 20,000 gathered at a park on Chicago’s West Side and marched, but police said about 8,000 turned out. Obama once promised to tackle immigration reform in his first 100 days, but has pushed back that timetable several times. He said this

week that Congress may lack the “appetite” to take on immigration after going through a tough legislative year. However, Obama and Congress could address related issues, like boosting personnel and resources for border security, in spending bills this year. In Dallas, police estimated at least 20,000 attended a Saturday rally. About a dozen people at the Dallas event carried signs depicting Brewer as a Nazi and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio as a Klansman. Organizers were asking sign holders to discard the placards. May 1, also International Workers Day, is a traditional date for political demonstrations.




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Flashes force Game 3 behind Evans By Steve Wilson

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SCHEDULE PREP BASEBALL WC hosts DeSoto Central Monday, 5 p.m. St. Al at Edinburg Monday, 6 p.m. PCA at Riverfield Tuesday, 7 p.m.


Noon ESPN - Defending national champion LSU is in a tailspin of late, having lost five straight SEC games and six in a row overall. It’ll try to pull out of it in today’s series finale with Florida.

WHO’S HOT TODD MCINNIS Southern Miss ace allowed one run in seven innings to lead the Golden Eagles to their sixth straight win, 4-2 over Tulane on Saturday. College baseball roundup/B3.

SIDELINES Mayweather wins decision over Mosley LAS VEGAS (AP) — Floyd Mayweather Jr. was Money once again. Almost dropped by a right hand in the second round, Mayweather rebounded to dominate Shane Mosley the rest of the way Saturday night to win an unanimous 12-round decision in their welterweight fight. Boxing’s biggest box office draw remained undefeated in 41 fights, but not before giving his fans and his corner a scare when a right hand to the side of his head buckled his knees a minute into the second, and he had to grab Mosley to avoid going down. Mosley landed another right later in the round, but the rest of the night belonged to Mayweather. Two ringside judges scored it 119-109 for Mayweather, while the third had it 118-110. The Associated Press had him winning 117-110. Ringside punch statistics were as one-sided as the scorecards. They showed Mayweather landing 208 of 477 punches to 92 of 452 for Mosley. “I wanted to give the fans what they wanted to see, a toe-to-toe battle,” Mayweather said.


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Freshman pitcher Reed Evans was placed in an uneviable spot Saturday. Taking the hill in a do-ordie Game 2, St. Aloysius needed a tour-de-force performance from him against Edinburg to keep its season alive. They got it, and more. Evans, making just his second start of the season, pitched a two-hit shutout and had three hits of his own at the plate as St. Aloysius evened the first-round Class 1A series with a 10-0 run-rule victory at Bazinsky Field. “We knew he was going to throw strikes and we knew they were going to put it into play and we’d make plays behind him,” St. Al coach Clint Wilkerson said. “We knew he’d throw strikes, that’s why we went with him and he got a lot of ground balls.” Evans’ effort couldn’t have been more economic. He threw only 67 pitches in his six-inning complete game. That saved the rest of the St. Al staff for Game 3, which will be Monday at Edinburg at 6 p.m. Evans hit one batter, walked none and struck out three. “He was hitting all of his spots, wasn’t missing much and when he did, he missed down,” catcher Brendan Beesley said. “I believed in him. Everybody believed in him. Nine guys working together. Doesn’t get any better than that.” The defense was stellar behind Evans and the Flashes pounded the rest of Edinburg’s pitching staff to the tune of 10 runs off nine hits, including a six-run fifth

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St. Aloysius’ Judson Gatling lays down a bunt against Edinburg Saturday at Bazinsky Field. Below, St. Al third baseman Stephen Evans sticks his tongue out as he throws to

first on a grounder. St. Al won 10-0 in Game 2 of the firstround Class 1A playoff series, forcing Game 3 Monday night at Edinburg.

St. Aloysius vs. Edinburg Game 1: Edinburg 7, St. Aloysius 3 Game 2: St. Aloysius 10, Edinburg 0 Game 3: Monday, 6 p.m., at Edinburg

PREP BASEBALL that blew it open. The offensive barrage forced Edinburg (15-5) to use both its No. 2 pitcher, Austin Vowell, and No. 3 Brandon Phillips. That doesn’t leave much behind ace Mitchell Wooten, who threw an armwringing 130 pitches in Friday’s 7-3 victory. “I didn’t think this was our best effort,” Edinburg coach Rod Crumbley said. “I thought St. Al came out and played aggressive ball. We got our heads down, things didn’t go right and we need

to mature a little more. Our pitching failed us a bit, we hit batters and you can’t do that and expect to win baseball games.” Offensively, the Flashes started slowly in the rainy, muggy conditions. They scratched a run across in the third as Pierson Waring drew a walk and scored on a two-out RBI double by Evans. Two more went on the board in the bottom of the fourth. Regan Nosser and See St. Al, Page B3.

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By The Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. — Kyle Busch snapped a 21-race losing streak — an eternity by his standards — with a late-race pass at Richmond International Raceway that denied Jeff Gordon yet another victory. Although Busch embarrassed the field early Saturday night — at one point, there were only eight cars on the lead lap — the racing evened out and his car faded just a bit. That put Gordon in position for the win, a spot he’s been in at least three other times this season. Once again, though, he was denied. Three late cautions gave the challengers a chance to chase Gordon down, and Busch capitalized with a pass on the final restart to stretch the fourtime NASCAR champion’s winless streak to 38 races. “I don’t even remember what just happened,” Busch said. “I drove it down into Turn 1 and hoped it stuck. I knew I had to baby it into Turn 3 and finally got to clear Jeff. We set sail from there.” Indeed he did, as Gordon had to hold off Kevin Harvick to keep second place. Since Gordon’s last victory, at Texas last year, he has finished second eight frustrating times. “I’ve been doing this long enough to know that they don’t give out trophies for

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Kyle Busch celebrates with a burnout after winning the Heath Calhoun 400 Saturday at Richmond International Raceway.

NASCAR On B2 Complete race results leading any lap other than the last one,” Gordon said. The race was unbelievably fast at the start. Busch lapped car after car through the first 150 laps until only seven others were still running with him. A pair of cautions for debris allowed everybody to catch up under NASCAR’s “wave around” rule, and Busch finally had some competition. He still led 221 of the first 229 laps before his Toyota began to fade. Gordon eventually took command of the race, leading 144 late laps, but he knew he’d have to withstand a slew of late cautions to close out the win.

After just three cautions through the first 364 laps, there were three in the final 36 laps. “Of course, it’s never easy,” Gordon grumbled over his radio. Sam Hornish brought out the last yellow with a spin, and Gordon had Busch on his outside on the restart with five to go. Busch completed his pass coming out of Turn 3, then pulled away in his Joe Gibbs Racing entry for his first win since Bristol last August. That Bristol victory was the lone bright spot for Busch during a late summer swoon that saw him miss the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship and led to a crew chief change late in the season. JGR and Busch were criticized for replacing Steve Addington, who won 12

races with Busch, with Dave Rogers, who was promoted from the second-tier Nationwide Series. After guiding Busch to Victory Lane at Richmond, where Busch also won last May, the decision was vindicated. “I can’t thank Dave enough,” Busch said. “It’s just unbelievable to be back in Victory Lane. A lot of people doubted what we were doing but I never did.” Harvick was third and was followed by Richard Childress Racing teammate Jeff Burton as Chevrolets finished second through fourth. Carl Edwards was fifth in a Ford, followed by Juan Pablo Montoya, Martin Truex Jr., Ryan Newman and Marcos Ambrose. Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin rounded out the top 10.

Saturday’s bad weather put the softball playoffs on hold. DeSoto Central’s team never got on the bus for Game 2 of its first-round series at Warren Central. The game was postponed until Monday at 4 p.m. If a Game 3 is necessary, it will be played immediately after Game 2. DeSoto Central (21-3-2) leads the series 1-0 after beating the Lady Vikes 12-2 on Friday afternoon at DeSoto Central. “We called them Saturday morning and we didn’t want DeSoto Central to get on the road with all these tornado watches,” Warren Central assistant coach Greg Head said. St. Aloysius was able to finish its Class 1A playoff series with Sebastopol on Saturday. After wasting a late five-run lead in Game 1, the Lady Flashes dropped Game 2 by a score of 12-1. Sebastopol took advantage of seven errors by St. Al and scored nine runs in the first inning to complete the firstround sweep. Southaven and Vicksburg High took care of their Class 6A softball series by playing both games Friday afternoon at Bazinsky Park. Southaven swept the doubleheader 11-0 and 15-0 to advance to the second round.


Sunday, May 2, 2010

on tv

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS AUTO RACING Noon Speed - NASCAR, Truck Series, O’Reilly Auto Parts 250, at Kansas City, Kan. 6 p.m. ESPN2 - NHRA, Midwest Nationals, final eliminations, at Madison, Ill. (tape) GOLF 7:30 a.m. TGC - European PGA Tour, Open de Espana 2 p.m. CBS - PGA Tour, Quail Hollow Championship 6 p.m. TGC - Champions Tour, Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic, at Saucier, Miss. (tape) MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Noon TBS - Chicago White Sox at New York Yankees 1:10 p.m. WGN - Arizona at Chicago Cubs 7 p.m. ESPN - New York Mets at Philadelphia COLLEGE BASEBALL Noon ESPN - LSU at Florida NBA PLAYOFFS Noon ABC - Milwaukee at Atlanta, Game 7 2:30 p.m. ABC - Utah at L.A. Lakers, Game 1 NHL PLAYOFFS 1 p.m. NBC - Montreal at Pittsburgh, Game 2 7 p.m. Versus - Detroit at San Jose, Game 2 SOCCER 11:55 a.m. ESPN2 - Spanish Primera Division, Osasuna vs. Real Madrid


from staff & AP reports

Prep tennis WC routs Olive Branch in Class 6A playoffs Warren Central cruised into the quarterfinals of the Class 6A team tournament Friday, beating Olive Branch 6-1 in a first-round match. Parin Bhitka, Kaylee Kilgo, and the doubles teams of Robert Rhett and Jesse Tillotson, Lauren Pratt and Shelby Claire Liddell all won in straight sets. The boys’ doubles team of Stuart English and Jalen Dagher, as well as the girls’ doubles team of Jill McVan and Bailey Howington won in three sets after dropping the first. Warren Central will play Madison Central on Monday.

college Basketball Osby leaving Mississippi State STARKVILLE — Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury said forward Romero Osby has asked for and been given release from his scholarship. A statement from Mississippi State said that means Osby is free to transfer to any school outside the Southeastern Conference. If he wants to go to an SEC school, he’d need approval from MSU. Over two seasons in Starkville, the 6-foot-8, 230-pound junior has played in 71 games, averaging 4.2 points and 2.6 rebounds.

Golf Mayfair stays ahead of Quail Hollow pack CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Billy Mayfair never lost the lead during a mad scramble to catch him Saturday, finishing with two strong pars for a 1-under 71 that gave him a two-shot lead over Masters champion Phil Mickelson and Carolina favorite Davis Love III heading into the final round of the Quail Hollow Championship.


BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS May 2 1917 — Fred Toney of the Cincinnati Reds and James “Hippo” Vaughn of the Chicago Cubs pitch a double no-hitter for nine innings, but the Reds win 1-0 with two hits in the 10th. 1939 — Lou Gehrig of the New York Yankees does not play against the Detroit Tigers at Briggs Stadium, ending his streak of 2,130 consecutive games played. 2001 — James Hylton, a 28-yearold construction worker from Keizer, Ore., bowls the fifth perfect 900 series in the 106-year history of the sport. 2002 — Mike Cameron hits four homers and comes close to a record-setting fifth in leading the Seattle Mariners to a 15-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox. Cameron and Bret Boone become the first teammates to both hit two home runs in the same inning.

The Vicksburg Post

SCOREBOARD major league baseball American League East Division

W Tampa Bay....................17 New York.......................15 Toronto..........................12 Boston...........................11 Baltimore.......................6

L 7 8 13 13 18

Central Division

W Minnesota......................15 Detroit............................15 Cleveland.......................10 Chicago.........................10 Kansas City...................10

L 9 10 13 14 14

Pct .708 .652 .480 .458 .250

GB — 1 1/2 5 1/2 6 11

Pct .625 .600 .435 .417 .417

GB — 1/2 4 1/2 5 5

West Division

W L Pct GB Oakland.........................13 12 .520 — Texas.............................12 12 .500 1/2 Los Angeles..................12 13 .480 1 Seattle...........................11 13 .458 1 1/2 Saturday’s Games Chicago White Sox 7, N.Y. Yankees 6 Detroit 3, L.A. Angels 2 Oakland 4, Toronto 3 Texas 6, Seattle 3 Kansas City 4, Tampa Bay 2, 11 innings Baltimore 12, Boston 9 Cleveland 5, Minnesota 4, 11 innings Today’s Games Chicago White Sox (Buehrle 2-3) at N.Y. Yankees (P.Hughes 2-0), 12:05 p.m. L.A. Angels (Jer.Weaver 3-0) at Detroit (Verlander 1-2), 12:05 p.m. Minnesota (Liriano 3-0) at Cleveland (D.Huff 1-3), 12:05 p.m. Oakland (Sheets 1-2) at Toronto (Marcum 0-1), 12:07 p.m. Boston (Beckett 1-0) at Baltimore (Millwood 0-3), 12:35 p.m. Kansas City (Greinke 0-2) at Tampa Bay (W.Davis 2-1), 12:40 p.m. Texas (C.Wilson 2-1) at Seattle (Fister 2-1), 3:10 p.m. Monday’s Games Baltimore at N.Y. Yankees, 6:05 p.m. Toronto at Cleveland, 6:05 p.m. L.A. Angels at Boston, 6:10 p.m. Detroit at Minnesota, 7:10 p.m. Kansas City at Chicago White Sox, 7:10 p.m. Texas at Oakland, 9:05 p.m.


G AB R H Pct. Cano NYY....................... 23 89 21 34 .382 AJackson Det.................. 24 104 21 37 .356 Morneau Min................... 22 80 19 28 .350 Beltre Bos........................ 23 84 5 29 .345 Mauer Min....................... 22 84 13 29 .345 Damon Det...................... 25 90 20 31 .344 MiCabrera Det................. 25 99 16 34 .343 Podsednik KC................. 22 85 10 29 .341 Longoria TB..................... 24 92 22 31 .337 Butler KC......................... 24 96 11 32 .333 Home Runs Konerko, Chicago, 11; Cano, New York, 8; AnJones, Chicago, 8; VWells, Toronto, 8; Wigginton, Baltimore, 8; NCruz, Texas, 7; AleGonzalez, Toronto, 7; JGuillen, Kansas City, 7. RBI MiCabrera, Detroit, 26; CPena, Tampa Bay, 22; Konerko, Chicago, 21; AleGonzalez, Toronto, 19; JGuillen, Kansas City, 19; Jeter, New York, 19. Runs Longoria, Tampa Bay, 22; Cano, New York, 21; AJackson, Detroit, 21; Damon, Detroit, 20; VWells, Toronto, 20; BUpton, Tampa Bay, 19. Hits AJackson, Detroit, 37; MiCabrera, Detroit, 34; Cano, New York, 34; ISuzuki, Seattle, 33; Butler, Kansas City, 32; Cuddyer, Minnesota, 32. Doubles MiCabrera, Detroit, 11; VWells, Toronto, 11; Damon, Detroit, 10; AleGonzalez, Toronto, 10; Hunter, Los Angeles, 10; Inge, Detroit, 10. Triples Maier, Kansas City, 3; 12 tied at 2. Stolen bases RDavis, Oakland, 11; Gardner, New York, 11; Pierre, Chicago, 9; Podsednik, Kansas City, 9; Rios, Chicago, 9; Andrus, Texas, 7. Pitching Wins Garza, Tampa Bay, 4-1; Liriano, Minnesota, 3-0; Pettitte, New York, 3-0; Janssen, Toronto, 3-0; JerWeaver, Los Angeles, 3-0; AJBurnett, New York, 3-0; JShields, Tampa Bay, 3-0. Strikeouts CLewis, Texas, 38; FHernandez, Seattle, 36; Garza, Tampa Bay, 34; JerWeaver, Los Angeles, 34; JShields, Tampa Bay, 33; Morrow, Toronto, 33; Lester, Boston, 32. Saves Aardsma, Seattle, 8; MRivera, New York, 7; Papelbon, Boston, 7; Valverde, Detroit, 7; Rauch, Minnesota, 7; Soria, Kansas City, 7. ———

National League East Division

W New York.......................14 Philadelphia...................13 Washington....................13 Florida............................12 Atlanta...........................10

L 10 10 11 12 14

Central Division

W St. Louis........................16 Cincinnati.......................12 Chicago.........................12 Pittsburgh......................10 Milwaukee......................10 Houston.........................8

L 8 12 13 13 14 15

Pct .583 .565 .542 .500 .417

GB — 1/2 1 2 4

Pct .667 .500 .480 .435 .417 .348

GB — 4 4 1/2 5 1/2 6 7 1/2

West Division

W L Pct GB San Diego.....................15 9 .625 — San Francisco...............14 9 .609 1/2 Arizona..........................11 13 .458 4 Colorado........................11 13 .458 4 Los Angeles..................9 14 .391 5 1/2 Saturday’s Games Chicago Cubs 7, Arizona 5 St. Louis 6, Cincinnati 3 Atlanta 10, Houston 1 Philadelphia 10, N.Y. Mets 0 San Francisco 6, Colorado 1 Florida 7, Washington 1 Milwaukee 2, San Diego 1 Pittsburgh at L.A. Dodgers, (n) Today’s Games Washington (Lannan 1-1) at Florida (Jo.Johnson 2-1), 12:10 p.m. Houston (Norris 1-2) at Atlanta (D.Lowe 3-2), 12:35 p.m. Cincinnati (Harang 1-3) at St. Louis (Carpenter 3-0), 1:15 p.m. Arizona (E.Jackson 1-2) at Chicago Cubs (Gorzelanny 0-3), 1:20 p.m. Colorado (Chacin 0-0) at San Francisco (J.Sanchez 2-1), 3:05 p.m. Milwaukee (Wolf 2-1) at San Diego (Garland 2-2), 3:05 p.m. Pittsburgh (Karstens 0-0) at L.A. Dodgers (Kuroda 2-1), 3:10 p.m. N.Y. Mets (J.Santana 3-1) at Philadelphia (Moyer 2-2), 7:05 p.m. Monday’s Games St. Louis at Philadelphia, 6:05 p.m. N.Y. Mets at Cincinnati, 6:10 p.m. Arizona at Houston, 7:05 p.m. Colorado at San Diego, 9:05 p.m.


G AB R Prado Atl......................... 24 95 16 Braun Mil......................... 23 93 19 Fukudome ChC............... 25 68 13 Sandoval SF.................... 23 91 12 Byrd ChC......................... 24 94 15 CGonzalez Col................ 20 84 14

H 35 33 24 32 33 29

Pct. .368 .355 .353 .352 .351 .345

Pujols StL........................ 23 90 16 31 .344 Theriot ChC..................... 24 105 17 36 .343 BMolina SF...................... 19 67 11 23 .343 Werth Phi........................ 23 80 19 27 .338 Home Runs KJohnson, Arizona, 9; Reynolds, Arizona, 9; Heyward, Atlanta, 7; Kemp, Los Angeles, 7; Pujols, St. Louis, 7; Cantu, Florida, 6; Ethier, Los Angeles, 6; AdGonzalez, San Diego, 6; Rasmus, St. Louis, 6; Utley, Philadelphia, 6. RBI Cantu, Florida, 25; Reynolds, Arizona, 23; Pujols, St. Louis, 21; CYoung, Arizona, 21; Braun, Milwaukee, 20; Heyward, Atlanta, 20. Runs Utley, Philadelphia, 22; Kemp, Los Angeles, 20; Reynolds, Arizona, 20; Braun, Milwaukee, 19; Maybin, Florida, 19; Rasmus, St. Louis, 19; JUpton, Arizona, 19; Werth, Philadelphia, 19. Hits Theriot, Chicago, 36; Prado, Atlanta, 35; Braun, Milwaukee, 33; Byrd, Chicago, 33; Sandoval, San Francisco, 32; Pujols, St. Louis, 31. Doubles Werth, Philadelphia, 11; Byrd, Chicago, 10; Tulowitzki, Colorado, 10; Prado, Atlanta, 9; Zimmerman, Washington, 9; Cantu, Florida, 8. Triples Morgan, Washington, 5; Bay, New York, 3; AEscobar, Milwaukee, 3; Fowler, Colorado, 3. Stolen bases Bourn, Houston, 10; AMcCutchen, Pittsburgh, 10; Furcal, Los Angeles, 8; Headley, San Diego, 7; Stubbs, Cincinnati, 7; DWright, New York, 7; Braun, Milwaukee, 6; Gomez, Milwaukee, 6. Pitching Wins Jimenez, Colorado, 5-0; Halladay, Philadelphia, 5-1; Zito, San Francisco, 4-0; Lincecum, San Francisco, 4-0; Wainwright, St. Louis, 4-1; Correia, San Diego, 4-1; Pelfrey, New York, 4-1. Strikeouts Lincecum, San Francisco, 43; Haren, Arizona, 41; Halladay, Philadelphia, 39; Hamels, Philadelphia, 36; JoJohnson, Florida, 34; Kershaw, Los Angeles, 33; JSanchez, San Francisco, 33. Saves Capps, Washington, 10; Cordero, Cincinnati, 9; Bell, San Diego, 7; Franklin, St. Louis, 7; Lindstrom, Houston, 6; Qualls, Arizona, 5; Nunez, Florida, 4; BrWilson, San Francisco, 4; Madson, Philadelphia, 4; Marmol, Chicago, 4.


Houston Atlanta ab r h bi ab r h bi Bourn cf 3 1 1 0 Infante ss 5 3 3 1 Michals ph-cf 1 0 0 0 Prado 2b 5 2 3 2 Kpngr ss-2b 4 0 2 0 C.Jones 3b 4 0 0 0 P.Feliz 3b 4 0 1 0 Conrad 3b 0 0 0 0 Brkmn 1b 2 0 0 1 Glaus 1b 5 0 3 4 Manzell ss 0 0 0 0 OFlhrt p 0 0 0 0 Ca.Lee lf 3 0 0 0 Venters p 0 0 0 0 Pence rf 3 0 0 0 M.Diaz lf 4 1 0 1 KMatsu 2b 3 0 1 0 Heywrd rf 3 1 2 1 Gervac p 0 0 0 0 D.Ross c 4 1 2 1 Moehlr p 0 0 0 0 McLoth cf 3 0 1 0 Towles ph 1 0 0 0 THudsn p 3 1 1 0 Quinter c 4 0 0 0 Moylan p 0 0 0 0 WRdrg p 2 0 1 0 Hinske ph-1b 1 1 0 0 Sampsn p 0 0 0 0 Blum ss-1b 1 0 0 0 Totals 31 1 6 1 Totals 37 10 15 10 Houston....................................100 000 000—1 Atlanta......................................002 031 40x—10 E—P.Feliz (4), Bourn (1). DP—Houston 2. LOB— Houston 7, Atlanta 9. 2B—Prado (9), Glaus (2). HR—Heyward (7). SB—Bourn (10), M.Diaz (2). CS—Bourn (3), K.Matsui (1), D.Ross (1). IP H R ER BB SO Houston W.Rodriguez L,1-3 5 10 5 2 1 5 Sampson 1 2 1 1 1 0 Gervacio 0 1 3 3 2 0 Moehler 2 2 1 1 1 0 Atlanta T.Hudson W,2-1 6 2-3 5 1 1 2 1 Moylan 1-3 0 0 0 0 1 O’Flaherty 1 0 0 0 0 1 Venters 1 1 0 0 2 1 Gervacio pitched to 3 batters in the 7th. HBP—by W.Rodriguez (Heyward). Umpires—Home, Tim McClelland; First, Mike Everitt; Second, Andy Fletcher; Third, Adrian Johnson. T—2:52. A—27,035 (49,743).

minor league baseball Southern League North Division W Tennessee (Cubs).........17 Huntsville (Brewers)......13 West Tenn (Mariners)...11 Chattanooga (Dodgers).11 Carolina (Reds).............7

L 6 10 11 12 16

South Division

Pct. .739 .565 .500 .478 .304

GB — 4 5 1/2 6 10

W L Pct. GB Jacksonville (Marlins)....14 8 .636 — Montgomery (Rays).......12 10 .545 2 Mississippi (Braves)...12 11 .522 2 1/2 Mobile (Diamondbacks).10 13 .435 4 1/2 Birm. (White Sox)..........6 16 .273 8 ——— Saturday’s Games Huntsville 4, Birmingham 3, 11 innings Mississippi 7, Jacksonville 4 Mobile 8, Carolina 5 Tennessee 4, Chattanooga 2 Montgomery at West Tenn, ppd., rain Today’s Games Tennessee at Chattanooga, 1:15 p.m. Huntsville at Birmingham, 2:05 p.m. Mississippi at Jacksonville, 2:05 p.m. Carolina at Mobile, 6:05 p.m. Montgomery at West Tenn, ppd., rain Monday’s Games Mississippi at Jacksonville, 10:05 a.m. Montgomery at West Tenn, 11:05 a.m., 1st game Montgomery at West Tenn, 1:35 p.m., 2nd game Carolina at Mobile, 11:35 a.m. Tennessee at Chattanooga, 6:15 p.m. Huntsville at Birmingham, 7:05 p.m.

college baseball Southeastern Conference East Team Overall SEC South Carolina..............33-9..............................15-5 Florida............................30-11............................14-6 Vanderbilt......................33-12............................10-9 Kentucky........................24-19...........................7-13 Tennessee.....................23-21............................7-13 Georgia..........................13-30............................3-16


Team Overall SEC Arkansas........................35-9..............................14-6 Ole Miss.......................31-13............................12-7 LSU................................32-12............................11-9 Auburn...........................29-15............................11-9 Alabama........................27-15............................8-10 Mississippi St..............20-21............................5-14 Saturday’s Games Alabama 6, South Carolina 4 Florida 7, LSU 3 Florida 8, LSU 5, comp. of suspended game Auburn 8, Arkansas 7 Tennessee 8, Kentucky 6 Ole Miss at Mississippi St., (n) Georgia at Vanderbilt, (n) Today’s Games LSU at Florida, Noon Alabama at South Carolina, 12:30 p.m. Georgia at Vanderbilt, 1 p.m. Arkansas at Auburn, 1:05 p.m. Ole Miss at Mississippi St., 1:30 p.m. Kentucky at Tennessee, 2 p.m. Monday’s Games No games scheduled ———

Conference USA Team Overall C-USA Rice...............................26-16............................11-4 East Carolina.................27-17..............................8-6 Memphis........................21-22..............................9-8 Marshall.........................20-24..............................9-8 Southern Miss.............24-17..............................7-7 Tulane............................26-18..............................6-8 Central Florida...............27-18............................7-10 Houston.........................19-24..............................6-9 UAB...............................22-20..............................6-9 Saturday’s Games East Carolina 12, Marshall 3 Southern Miss 4, Tulane 2 Memphis 10, Central Florida 6 Houston 16, UAB 11, 1st game Houston 7, UAB 4, 2nd game Today’s Games Marshall at East Carolina, Noon Memphis at Central Florida, Noon Southern Miss at Tulane, 1 p.m. Monday’s Games No games scheduled

Mississippi college schedule

Saturday’s Games Alcorn St. 8, Alabama St. 7, 1st game Alcorn St. 7, Alabama St. 1, 2nd game Jackson St. 11, Alabama A&M 4, 1st game Jackson St. 11, Alabama A&M 1, 2nd game Belhaven 12, Loyola-N.O. 6, 1st game Belhaven 7, Loyola-N.O. 2, 2nd game William Carey 13, Tougaloo 2 Southern Miss 4, Tulane 2 Ole Miss at Mississippi St., (n) Today’s Games Alcorn St. at Alabama St., 1 p.m. Southern Miss at Tulane, 1 p.m. Alabama A&M at Tougaloo, 1 and 4 p.m. Ole Miss at Mississippi St., 1:30 p.m. Monday’s Games Delta St. vs. Valdosta St., at Millington, Tenn., 7:30 p.m.

prep baseball ST. AL 10, EDINBURG 0

Edinburg...................................000 000 — 0 2 4 St. Al.........................................001 261 — 10 9 2 WP-Reed Evans (2-0). LP-Austin Vowell. 2B-Evans (SA), Regan Nosser (SA). Multiple hitsEvans (SA) 3.

NBA NBA Playoff Schedule FIRST ROUND

(Best-of-7) (x-if necessary) Today Milwaukee at Atlanta, Noon, series tied 3-3


Saturday Cleveland 101, Boston 93, Cleveland leads 1-0 Today Utah at L.A. Lakers, 2:30 p.m. Monday Boston at Cleveland, 7 p.m. San Antonio at Phoenix, 9:30 p.m. Tuesday Atlanta or Milwaukee at Orlando, 7 p.m.


Saturday Boston 5, Philadelphia 4, OT, Boston leads 1-0 Vancouver 5, Chicago 1, Vancouver leads 1-0 Sunday Montreal at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m., Pitt. leads 1-0 Detroit at San Jose 7 p.m., San Jose leads 1-0 Monday Philadelphia at Boston, 6 p.m. Vancouver at Chicago, 8 p.m. Tuesday Pittsburgh at Montreal, 6 p.m. San Jose at Detroit, 6:30 p.m.

Golf Quail Hollow Championship Scores

Saturday At Quail Hollow Club Charlotte, N.C. Purse: $6.5 million Yardage: 7,469; Par 72 Third Round Billy Mayfair.......... 68-68-71—207.........................-9 Davis Love III....... 70-71-68—209.........................-7 Phil Mickelson...... 70-68-71—209.........................-7 J.J. Henry............. 68-71-71—210.........................-6 Dustin Johnson.... 73-65-72—210.........................-6 Angel Cabrera...... 70-67-73—210.........................-6 Rory McIlroy......... 72-73-66—211.........................-5 Anthony Kim......... 72-69-70—211.........................-5 Bill Haas............... 71-70-70—211.........................-5 Jim Furyk.............. 75-65-71—211.........................-5 Paul Goydos......... 68-70-73—211.........................-5 Scott McCarron.... 70-75-67—212.........................-4 Steve Marino........ 73-72-67—212.........................-4 Bubba Watson...... 70-73-69—212.........................-4 Bo Van Pelt.......... 65-76-71—212.........................-4 Camilo Villegas.... 67-72-73—212.........................-4 Jason Day............ 73-71-69—213.........................-3 Charley Hoffman.. 72-72-69—213.........................-3 Bren. de Jonge.... 70-73-70—213.........................-3 Heath Slocum....... 69-74-70—213.........................-3 Trevor Immelman.74-68-71—213.........................-3 Robert Allenby...... 71-70-72—213.........................-3 Nick Watney......... 70-71-72—213.........................-3 Geoff Ogilvy......... 68-72-73—213.........................-3 Kevin Sutherland.. 72-68-73—213.........................-3 Matt Jones............ 74-71-69—214.........................-2 Ross Fisher.......... 72-73-69—214.........................-2 Chad Collins......... 74-70-70—214.........................-2 Pad. Harrington.... 72-72-70—214.........................-2 Rickie Fowler........ 73-70-71—214.........................-2 Carlos Franco....... 72-71-71—214.........................-2 Kevin Na............... 72-69-73—214.........................-2 Garth Mulroy........ 69-71-74—214.........................-2 Tom Gillis............. 71-69-74—214.........................-2 J.P. Hayes............ 74-64-76—214.........................-2 Mark Wilson......... 73-72-70—215.........................-1 Will MacKenzie..... 71-74-70—215.........................-1 Chris Stroud......... 73-71-71—215.........................-1 Hunter Mahan...... 71-71-73—215.........................-1 Ricky Barnes........ 69-72-74—215.........................-1 Greg Chalmers..... 70-71-74—215.........................-1 Brian Stuard......... 69-76-71—216......................... E Stuart Appleby...... 75-70-71—216......................... E Lee Westwood..... 73-72-71—216......................... E Greg Owen........... 74-71-71—216......................... E Blake Adams........ 73-71-72—216......................... E Chris Tidland........ 72-71-73—216......................... E Brad Faxon........... 68-75-73—216......................... E Joe Ogilvie........... 73-69-74—216......................... E Lucas Glover........ 71-71-74—216......................... E Chad Campbell.... 72-70-74—216......................... E D.J. Trahan.......... 73-72-72—217......................+1 Henrik Bjornstad... 72-73-72—217......................+1 Aron Price............ 75-69-73—217......................+1 Zach Johnson....... 71-73-73—217......................+1 J. Wagner............. 73-70-74—217......................+1 Bill Lunde............. 73-72-73—218......................+2 Tim Petrovic......... 74-71-73—218......................+2 Ryuji Imada.......... 74-71-73—218......................+2 Rod Pampling....... 70-75-73—218......................+2 Brett Quigley........ 73-72-73—218......................+2 M. Calcavecchia... 71-74-73—218......................+2 Aaron Baddeley.... 73-72-73—218......................+2 Andres Romero.... 68-76-74—218......................+2 Jarrod Lyle........... 71-72-75—218......................+2 John Merrick......... 72-70-76—218......................+2 Tim Herron........... 71-74-75—220......................+4 Kenny Perry......... 66-79-75—220......................+4 C. Howell III......... 74-71-75—220......................+4 Rocco Mediate..... 70-75-75—220......................+4 Brian Gay............. 73-71-76—220......................+4 Michael Connell.... 76-69-76—221......................+5 Roger Tambellini.. 74-71-76—221......................+5 Brandt Snedeker.. 70-75-76—221......................+5 D.A. Points........... 72-73-77—222......................+6 S. Wheatcroft....... 75-70-78—223......................+7 Carl Pettersson.... 74-71-78—223......................+7

NASCAR Sprint Cup Crown Royal Presents The Heath Calhoun 400 Results

Saturday At Richmond International Raceway Richmond, Va. Lap length: .75 miles (Start position in parentheses) 1. (1) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 400 laps, 140.6 rating, 195 points. 2. (4) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 400, 134.6, 175. 3. (7) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 400, 118, 170. 4. (17) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 400, 114.7, 165. 5. (28) Carl Edwards, Ford, 400, 96.6, 160. 6. (19) Juan P. Montoya, Chevy, 400, 105.5, 150. 7. (26) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 400, 89.5, 151. 8. (5) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 400, 95.1, 147. 9. (20) Marcos Ambrose, Toyota, 400, 82.8, 138. 10. (3) Jimmie Johnson, Chevy, 400, 100.9, 134. 11. (30) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 400, 88.3, 130. 12. (10) Clint Bowyer, Chevrolet, 400, 105.1, 127. 13. (21) Matt Kenseth, Ford, 400, 78.7, 124. 14. (6) Brad Keselowski, Dodge, 400, 82.6, 121. 15. (2) David Reutimann, Toyota, 400, 98.7, 118. 16. (23) Joey Logano, Toyota, 400, 71, 115. 17. (15) AJ Allmendinger, Ford, 400, 74.8, 112. 18. (16) Kurt Busch, Dodge, 400, 79.8, 109. 19. (8) Jamie McMurray, Chevy, 399, 90.4, 106. 20. (9) Brian Vickers, Toyota, 399, 69.5, 103. 21. (22) Kasey Kahne, Ford, 399, 75.2, 100. 22. (33) Greg Biffle, Ford, 399, 57.7, 97. 23. (18) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 399, 58.9, 99. 24. (35) David Ragan, Ford, 399, 56.9, 91. 25. (14) Mark Martin, Chevrolet, 399, 71.8, 88. 26. (13) Casey Mears, Chevrolet, 399, 57.6, 85. 27. (32) Paul Menard, Ford, 398, 60.5, 82. 28. (37) Robby Gordon, Toyota, 398, 54, 79. 29. (39) David Stremme, Ford, 398, 43.5, 76. 30. (29) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 398, 49.8, 73. 31. (40) David Gilliland, Ford, 398, 43.2, 70. 32. (25) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevy, 397, 67.8, 67. 33. (31) Bobby Labonte, Chevrolet, 397, 43.7, 64. 34. (38) Travis Kvapil, Ford, 396, 37.2, 61. 35. (12) Scott Speed, Toyota, 393, 37.3, 58. 36. (27) Sam Hornish Jr., accident, 387, 50.2, 55. 37. (42) Kevin Conway, Ford, 387, 29.4, 52. 38. (24) Elliott Sadler, Ford, 385, 41.1, 49. 39. (41) Terry Cook, Dodge, rear gear, 92, 31, 46. 40. (36) Mike Bliss, Chevy, brakes, 86, 34.5, 43. 41. (34) Reed Sorenson, Toyota, overheating, 80, 28.1, 40. 42. (43) Tony Raines, Toy., vibration, 69, 25.4, 37. 43. (11) Joe Nemechek, accident, 42, 28.1, 34. ——— Race Statistics Average Speed of Race Winner: 99.567 mph. Time of Race: 3 hours, 0 minutes, 47 seconds. Margin of Victory: 0.755 seconds. Caution Flags: 6 for 37 laps. Lead Changes: 12 among 8 drivers. Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Led, Laps Led): Ky.Busch, 4 times for 226 laps; J.Gordon, 3 times for 144 laps; J.Burton, 1 time for 20 laps; R.Newman, 1 time for 4 laps; C.Edwards, 1 time for 2 laps; T.Stewart, 1 time for 2 laps; K.Harvick, 1 time for 1 lap; M.Truex Jr., 1 time for 1 lap. ———

Sprint Cup Points Standings 1. Kevin Harvick............................................... 1,467 2. Jimmie Johnson........................................... 1,457 3. Kyle Busch................................................... 1,358 4. Matt Kenseth................................................ 1,348 5. Greg Biffle.................................................... 1,334 6. Jeff Gordon.................................................. 1,305 7. Denny Hamlin.............................................. 1,268 8. Kurt Busch................................................... 1,255 9. Jeff Burton................................................... 1,247 10. Mark Martin................................................ 1,242 11. Carl Edwards............................................. 1,227 12. Clint Bowyer............................................... 1,213

Transactions BASEBALL

MLB—Suspended Los Angeles Dodgers’ minor league OF Andrew Lambo for 50 games after a second positive test for a drug of abuse in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

American League

BALTIMORE ORIOLES—Recalled RHP Brad Bergesen from Norfolk (IL). Optioned RHP Jim Johnson to Norfolk. BOSTON RED SOX—Designated LHP Alan Embree for assignment. Activated RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka from the 15-day DL. MINNESOTA TWINS—Activated INF Nick Punto from the 15-day DL. Optioned INF Luke Hughes to Rochester (IL).

National League

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS—Acquired RHP Carlos Rosa from the Kansas City Royals in exchange SS Rey Navarro. COLORADO ROCKIES—Recalled RHP Esmil Rogers from Colorado Springs (PCL). Designated RHP Juan Rincon for assignment. FLORIDA MARLINS—Placed RHP Clay Hensley on the bereavement list. Recalled LHP Hunter Jones from New Orleans (PCL).

Midwest League

QUAD CITIES RIVER BANDITS—Announced RHP LaCurtis Mayes and RHP Chris Corrigan were assigned to extended spring training. Announced RHP Jason Novak and RHP Justin Smith were assigned to the team from extended spring training.

Frontier League

GATEWAY GRIZZLIES—Signed LHP Mark Pawelek. KALAMAZOO KINGS—Signed RHP Steven Shepard. RIVER CITY RASCALS—Signed LHP Kirkland Rivers.

FOOTBALL National Football League

CAROLINA PANTHERS—Signed RB Josh Vaughan and WR Trent Guy.

LOTTERY Sunday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 8-5-4 La. Pick 4: 2-1-2-8 Monday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 2-4-0 La. Pick 4: 6-1-0-2 Tuesday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 2-4-9 La. Pick 4: 2-6-6-4 Wednesday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 4-0-8 La. Pick 4: 6-0-5-3 Easy 5: 8-12-15-17-35 La. Lotto: 1-3-4-8-24-26 Powerball: 12-22-25-28-44 Powerball: 24; Power play: 4 Thursday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 6-2-4 La. Pick 4: 2-2-4-2 Friday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 2-5-9 La. Pick 4: 3-0-4-8 Saturday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 6-7-7 La. Pick 4: 7-5-7-5 Easy 5: 4-8-21-29-37 La. Lotto: 1-3-10-30-34-38 Powerball: 16-23-25-49-58 Powerball: 20; Power play: 4

Sunday, May 2, 2010

The Vicksburg Post


Rebels hang on for wild win over MSU Cavaliers fend off From staff reports Ole Miss got some good news on Saturday afternoon, then turned it into better news Saturday night. The Rebels scored five runs in the fifth inning and four in the sixth to surge ahead of Mississippi State, then held on to beat their archrivals for the second consecutive night, 12-10. It was Ole Miss’ ninth straight win. Saturday’s victory, combined with Arkansas’ 8-7 loss to Auburn earlier in the day, pulled the Rebels (3213, 13-7 Southeastern Conference) within a game of the first place Razorbacks in the SEC West. Ole Miss and Arkansas play a three-game series in

cOllege baseball

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Trent Rothlin

Oxford next weekend. Mississippi State, in last place in the West, fell to 5-15 in the conference and 20-22 overall. The Bulldogs led 5-2 after four innings Saturday but couldn’t hold on. Ole Miss scored five runs on six hits in the top of the fifth to take the

lead, then went up 11-7 with four more runs in the sixth inning. A string of RBI singles keyed the first rally, while a pair of two-out errors led to two unearned runs in the second outburst. Mississippi State came back, cutting it to 11-9 on Luke Adkins’ two-run single in the bottom of the sixth. Adkins later scored on a sacrifice fly by Russ Sneed to make it 11-10. The Bulldogs couldn’t get any closer, though. They left the tying run at third base in the sixth and were retired in order each of the last three innings. Trent Rothlin had five strikeouts during a perfect three-

inning stint, and Brett Huber slammed the door on the Bulldogs in the ninth for his seventh save of the season. “Trent Rothlin was tremendous on the mound tonight and did a good job of stopping (MSU) from scoring. He really won the game for us,” Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco said. Ole Miss added an insurance run in the ninth on Tim Ferguson’s RBI double. Ferguson finished the game 2-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Zach Miller had three hits and scored three runs, and Matt Snyder had three RBIs. Nick Vickerson went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and three runs scored for Mississippi State while Adkins had three RBIs.

USM rolls through Tulane

Florida 7, LSU 3 Florida 8, LSU 5 Florida continued LSU’s funk on Saturday. Freshman right-hander Hudson Randall limited LSU to one run in eight innings as the Gators won 7-3. Florida (30-11, 14-6 Southeastern Conference) then posted an 8-5 win over the Tigers (3212, 11-9) in the completion of Friday night’s game that was suspended due to heavy rain. The Gators held a 7-0 lead when the game resumed in

CLEVELAND (AP) — The elbow’s fine. Hours before receiving his second straight MVP award, LeBron James scored 35 points and former Murrah star Mo Williams added 20 as the Cleveland Cavaliers, outplayed for most of the game, stormed back to beat the Boston Celtics 101-93 on Saturday night in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series. James, playing with a sprained and bruised right elbow, delivered yet another memorable performance as the Cavs withstood a furious punch from the Celtics, who led by 11 in the third and seem intent on making this a long series. James, who also had seven rebounds and seven assists, drained a 3-pointer with 22 seconds left to put Boston away. Rajon Rondo had 27 points and 12 assists and Kevin Gar-

nba playOffs nett finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Celtics, who were held to 15 points in the fourth quarter. Game 2 is Monday night. For three quarters, the Celtics looked like their old selves. Then James took over, scoring 12 points in the fourth to put the game away. James tried just two outside shots in the first half, and came out of the locker room at halftime shaking his right arm, which he said has been bothering him periodically for a month. But it appeared perfectly fine when James needed it to be. “Throughout the game it loosened up,” said James, who will receive his MVP trophy today in Akron. “I have a noexcuse policy. This team has a no-excuse policy. ... We’re about coming out and competing against the Celtics.”

Hawks feel at home in Game 7 situation

From staff reports Southern Miss took another step on the road to respectability. Todd McInnis allowed one run over seven strong innings, and Dillon Day hit a two-run triple as the Golden Eagles beat Tulane 4-2 on Saturday. It was Southern Miss’ sixth consecutive win, a streak that has allowed it to escape the Conference USA basement and rocket up the standings. USM (24-17, 7-7) is now in fifth place, with three league series left — against East Carolina, Rice and Memphis, all of which are ahead of Southern Miss. Saturday’s win was USM’s fourth in a row over Tulane (16-18, 6-8). McInnis (4-4) struck out six, walked three and scattered seven hits. Collin Cargill pitched the last two innings for his sixth save of the season. Day’s triple broke a scoreless tie, and he scored on a wild pitch to make it 3-0. Tulane got a run back in the third inning on Matt Ryan’s RBI single, but couldn’t manage anything else against McInnis.

Celtics in Game 1

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LSU’s Mikie Mahtook (8) is greeted by teammates after hitting a homer to left field on the first pitch of the game against Florida on Saturday. The good times didn’t last for the bottom of the fifth inning. The two losses were LSU’s fifth and sixth in a row overall. The defending national champions — who went nearly two years without losing an SEC series — have now lost seven of their last 10 in the conference.

Auburn 8, Arkansas 7 Auburn (29-15, 11-9 SEC) scored all of its runs in the fifth inning, then held off a late

LSU. It lost the game 7-3, then fell 8-5 in the conclusion of a game suspended from Friday night.

comeback to beat Arkansas (35-9, 14-6). Auburn hit four home runs during its big rally. Ryan Jenkins and Dan Gamache went back-to-back, and Hunter Morris led off with a solo shot before capping the inning with a two-run blast to give the Tigers an 8-3 lead. The Razorbacks rallied, though. They scored one run in the sixth and two more in the seventh to cut it to 8-6. An

error allowed another run to score in the ninth, and also put runners at second and third with one out. Auburn reliever Austin Hubbard escaped the jam by getting Monk Kreder to fly out and Tom Hauskey to strike out swinging. Hubbard pitched the final 2 1/3 innings for his fifth save of the season. He struck out four and allowed one unearned run on three hits.

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Glaus, Braves hammer Houston

Continued from Page B1. Matthew Foley were plunked by Vowell and a brilliantly placed sacrifice bunt by Judson Gatling moved them to second and third. Beesley was plunked to load the bases, then Waring’s sacrifice fly to deep right plated Nosser and a costly error scored Foley to give St. Al a 4-0 lead. Edinburg’s Phillips came on in the fifth and plunked Stephen Evans with one out. The floodgates opened, as Nosser blasted a double to put both he and Stephen Evans in scoring position. A passed ball scored Evans and Foley lanced a shot through the gap to score another. Gatling singled in the third run in the frame, an error allowed another to score and Waring finished off the sixrun explosion with a two-RBI double off the fence in left. The Eagles put runners at first and second in the sixth inning, but Reed Evans got an easy groundball to third for the second out and struck out Jay Maxey with a low fastball to end the game.

ATLANTA (AP) — Even during the worst days of his slump, Troy Glaus never lost faith in his skills. “I’ve felt better than the results have been,” he said. “However, this is a result-oriented profession. At some point, the balls have to fall.” Glaus drove in four runs, rookie Jason Heyward homered again and Tim Hudson pitched well into the seventh inning to help the Atlanta Braves beat the Houston Astros 10-1 on Saturday. The Braves have won two straight after ending a ninegame skid that was their worst in nearly four years. Houston lost its fifth straight. Glaus had three hits to raise his average 27 points to .221 in his most productive game since Aug. 9, 2008, when he had five RBIs for St. Louis in a 12-3 win at the Chicago Cubs. “I’m not going to sit here and say that I should be hitting .360,” said Glaus, who’s in his first season with Atlanta. “But I’ve felt like I’ve been swinging the bat better than .180 or whatever it was.” Hudson (2-1) allowed five hits and one run with two

mlb walks and one strikeout in 6 2/3 innings. The right-hander faced the minimum over his last 12 batters before Peter Moylan, the first of three Atlanta relievers, replaced him with two out in the seventh. Cramping in his right forearm and both calves eventually caused Hudson to signal that manager Bobby Cox should take him out. “To be honest, I didn’t really feel great the whole game,” Hudson said. “But I was able to throw some sinkers and throw enough strikes to get some groundballs and we ended up putting some runs on the board.” Heyward’s seventh homer, a solo shot off reliever Sammy Gervacio, gave the Braves a 7-1 lead in the seventh. Wandy Rodriguez (1-3) gave up 10 hits, five runs — two earned — one walk and struck out five. Houston relievers Chris Sampson, Gervacio and Brian Moehler followed the left-hander, whose start was pushed back one day because of back spasms.

“I felt fine,” Rodriguez said. “I made a couple of mistakes in the fifth inning, but I didn’t miss by much.” Glaus put the Braves up 2-1 in the third with a two-run double, and all three of Atlanta’s runs in the fifth were unearned after leadoff batter Omar Infante reached on a fielding error by third baseman Pedro Feliz. Glaus followed with an RBI single before Matt Diaz’s fielder’s choice RBI and David Ross’ run-scoring single gave the Braves a 5-1 lead. In the sixth, Glaus drove in his fourth run with an RBI single. “I’m trying to just simplify things,” Glaus said. “Just put the bat on the ball and not worry too much about the result, but just have a good at-bat, put a good swing on it.” The Astros went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position. “Sometimes you go through things like this when some guys have to understand what they’re capable of,” Astros manager Brad Mills said. “I wanted to remind them of that.”

ATLANTA (AP) — Jamal Crawford was playing like a rookie, even though he’s been in the NBA for a decade. He seemed jittery. He wasn’t playing with his usual abandon. He looked like his own worst enemy when he went up for a jumper, his form all out of sorts instead of nice and smooth. “I’ve been through slumps before, and this didn’t feel like a slump,” Crawford said Saturday, having put up a few last shots at the end of the Atlanta Hawks’ practice. “I felt like I was blocking my own shots, throwing myself off by putting too much pressure on myself instead of just having fun. “At the end of the day, it’s still basketball. I’ve done this most of my life. I enjoy doing it. I just had to go back to doing that.” Crawford can be excused for his nervousness. He waited 10 years for this moment, finally making the playoffs after being traded to the Hawks last summer. He struggled through the first five games, hitting less than a third of his shots and making just 4 of 18 from the field in Atlanta’s shocking Game 5 loss to the underdog Milwaukee Bucks. But with the series — heck, the entire season — on the line, Crawford finally stepped up and played like he had during the regular season. The NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year led the Hawks with 24 points on 8-of17 shooting, while chipping in with five rebounds, two assists and a steal.

On TV Noon ABC - Milwaukee at Atlanta, Game 7 2:30 p.m. ABC - Utah at L.A. Lakers, Game 1 Atlanta pulled out an 83-69 road victory that sent the series back south for a decisive Game 7 today. The Hawks will be counting on a similar performance out of Crawford. “He’s been tough minded, man,” said teammate Joe Johnson, the Hawks’ biggest star. “To come out the way he played last night, he shows he’s not scared of the big moment. He made a lot of big shots, a lot of big plays. He even stuck his nose in there a lot of times and came with some big rebounds. That’s what we need out of him, especially off that bench. He’s been the guy. I thought he picked us up last night and got us over that hump.” The third-seeded Hawks were in a much better mood Saturday, having avoided an epic upset in a series they were expected to dominate with the Bucks missing two of their best players, Andrew Bogut and Michael Redd. Of course, the work isn’t done. For the third year in a row, Atlanta has been extended to seven games in the opening round. “I don’t know what it is,” Johnson said, shaking his head and managing a weak smile. “I guess we just like going seven games.”

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Sunday, May 2, 2010

The Vicksburg Post

Borel rides to victory again LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — They don’t call him Bo-rail for nothing. Calvin Borel grabbed the rail and didn’t let go Saturday, sloshing through the slop with Super Saver on another flawless ride to win his third Kentucky Derby in four years. The most wide-open Derby in years ended with a sure thing — Borel crossing the finish line and punching the air with his right fist, this time raising it toward a leaden sky. The jockey’s magic touch on his home track gave trainer Todd Pletcher his first Derby victory after 24 failures with a 2 1/2-length victory over Ice Box. “Calvin Borel is a great rider anywhere he goes, but at Churchill Downs he’s even five lengths better,” Pletcher said. “He knows how to ride this track and gets along with his colt beautifully.” Borel’s ride nearly duplicated the one he turned in last year aboard 50-1 shot Mine That Bird, except he and Super Saver went off at lower odds and were never in last place. He was confident enough in his colt and his knowledge of the track to take him off the lead in the early going of the 1 1/4-mile race. In all but one of his six previous races, Super Saver had never been farther back than second in the early stages. Borel knew that strategy wouldn’t work in a 20-horse Derby field on a tiring, sloppy track that had been pelted by heavy rain early in the day. Breaking from the No. 4 post, he immediately tucked his colt along the rail — a predictable move considering his nickname — and there they stayed

horse racing almost the entire way. Super Saver was timed in 2:04.45 as the 8-1 secondchoice behind favorite Lookin At Lucky, whose 6-1 odds tied Harlan’s Holiday in 2002 for the longest priced favorite in 136 runnings. He paid $18, $8.80 and $6. Pletcher let out a whoop and slapped his hands together after his colt crossed the finish line, snapping a skid the Eclipse Award-winning trainer was eager to end. He seemed to have a lock on his first Derby win until expected favorite Eskendereya was withdrawn last weekend with a swollen leg. That left Pletcher with four horses in the race, but none as highly regarded. His other finishers were: Mission Impazible, ninth; filly Devil May Care, 10th; and Discreetly Mine, 13th. Pletcher’s only other Triple Crown race victory was in 2007 at Belmont with the filly Rags to Riches. The lack of a Derby win by the 42-year-old former assistant to D. Wayne Lukas was the most glaring omission on his resume and something he was constantly asked about. It wasn’t for lack of trying. In 2007, he saddled five horses in the Derby, with none finishing higher than sixth. “It’s the one thing that was important to me,” he said. “The one thing I wanted to do while my parents were still here to see it.” Borel is the first jockey to win three derbies in four years; Bill Hartack won three in five years from 1960-64. “Calvin Borel is amazing. He is fearless,” trainer Bob Baf-

sports arena Submit items by e-mail at sports@; postal service at P.O. Box 821668, Vicksburg, MS 39182; fax at 601-634-0897; or delivered in person to 1601-F N. Frontage Road by Monday for publication Wednesday, or Friday for publication on Sunday. Please include your name and phone number.

Clear Creek Ladies weekly golf report On Wednesday, the Clear Creek Ladies will host their monthly retirees’ scramble. Check-in time is 8 a.m., with tee time at 9. Sign-in sheets are available in the Clear creek Golf Course clubhouse, or call 601-638-9395 to register.

Vicksburg High, WC athletic banquets Vicksburg High’s athletics banquet will be held Thursday at 6 p.m. in the school’s gym. Tickets are $10 each and are on sale at the VHS office. Warren Central’s athletics banquet will be May 13 at 6 p.m. in its gym. Tickets are $8 and go on sale Thursday at the Warren Central school office.

11-year-olds’ team baseball tryouts There will be open tryouts for an 11-year-olds’ baseball tournament team May 2 at 2 p.m. at the Culkin Athletic Complex. Players must not turn 12 before April 30. For information call Aaron Jarabica at 601-629-6169.

Warren Central basketball tryouts Tryouts for Warren Central’s boys basketball team will be Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at the WC gym, beginning at 3 p.m. each day. Players must have a completed physical form. For information, call coach Jesse Johnson at 601-6383372.

Warren Central cross country tryouts Tryouts for Warren Central’s cross country team will be Monday and Tuesday at the soccer practice field along Mississippi 27, begin-

ning at 3 p.m. each day. Players must have a completed physical form. For information, call coach Chad McMullin at 601-6383372.

Vicksburg Junior basketball tryouts Vicksburg Junior High will have tryouts for the eighthgrade basketball team May 11-13, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. daily. Prospects must have a completed physical, a 2.0 grade point average and good conduct. Players can’t turn age 15 before Aug. 1. For information, call coach Kelvin Carter at 601-636-2914.

MSU alumni golf tournament The Warren County Chapter of the Mississippi State University Alumni Association will hold the 20th annual Paul Geer Memorial Bulldog Classic scholarship golf tournament on May 19 at Vicksburg Country Club. The entry fee for the tournament is $80 per player and will include food and beverages on the course during and after the tournament. as well as a gift bag. Registration and lunch begin at noon and there will be a 1 p.m. shotgun start. For information, call Tom Kendall at 601-631-3206.

On-Target junior golf The On-Target junior golf program is scheduled for June 1-4 at the Golf Center at the Outlets at Vicksburg from 9 until 10:30 a.m. for players ages 7-10, and 10:30 a.m. until noon for ages 11-17 each day. The $60 registration fee includes lessons from LPGA Class A pro Kathy Hester, prizes, refreshments and a chance to play at Vicksburg Country Club. Junior tournaments are also scheduled for once a week starting this summer, and will alternate between Vicksburg Country Club and Clear Creek Golf Course. For information, call Hester or Stuart Conway at 601-5299007 or 601-636-8692.

fert said. “He takes control of the race, and you have to give him a lot of credit. He’s a great rider.” Baffert’s Lookin At Lucky wound up sixth, clearly compromised by starting on the rail. His other colt, Conveyance, finished 15th after setting the pace for more than three-quarters of a mile. Trained by Nick Zito, Ice Box returned $11.20 and $8 after nipping Paddy O’Prado at the wire for second. Paddy O’Prado paid $7.40 to show. The crowd of 155,804 sought shelter early on from the rain, which had stopped by post time, with sun breaking through the clouds. Make Music for Me was fourth, followed by Noble’s Promise, Lookin At Lucky, Dublin, Stately Victor, Mission Impazible, Devil May Care, American Lion and Jackson Bend. Discreetly Mine was 13th, followed by Dean’s Kitten, Conveyance, Homeboykris, Sidney’s Candy, Line of David, Awesome Act and Backtalk. At least one fan’s faith in Borel paid off big. Glen Fullerton, a 40-yearold software designer from Houston, Texas, cashed in a win ticket worth more than $900,000 after Borel stomped through the mud to victory. Fullerton’s payday came after he won a $100,000 contest sponsored by Churchill Downs and CNBC to place one win bet on a Derby horse. Fullerton has no immediate plans on what to do with the windfall. He’ll be back at work on Monday morning. “This is definitely life-changing, but you know, I don’t have to spend it all this next week,” he said.

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Jockey Calvin Borel rides Super Saver to victory during the 136th Kentucky Derby Saturday at Churchill Downs. It was Borel’s third Derby victory in four years.

Seeking wisdom from an old turkey hunter The question has arisen from a younger turkey hunter in search of wisdom from an older hunter who is reputed by some to have acquired that virtue — a fact disputed by anyone who has read his books on the subject, of course. “Is it ever a legal and moral act, to shoot a wild turkey gobbler out of a tree?” And the Answer from the Sage would be, “Yea, verily.” I have never climbed a tree to hunt wild turkeys from, but I am acquainted with a younger hunter who did so and admitted it. The occasion was necessary and justified, actually, by the timber company which owned Montgomery Island. They had clear-cut the island, and few trees were left which were big enough to support a climbing hunter. Therefore the land grew up to ragweed and beggar lice, so that nothing was visible from a groundpounder’s viewpoint. Finding a leaning hackberry trunk, Bill climbed to a point directly over a game trail, about six feet up. He then called, legs dangling beneath the shotgun in his lap. A huge turkey gobbler immediately charged around the nearest bend in the trail, heading straight between Bill’s feet, not even glancing upward as the young hunter scrambled to lay his call down and grab his gun. The Tom never flinched as the barrel began to rise. If anything he

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gathered speed as his course took him directly below the treed gunner, who tried to get a bead on the speeding bird’s head as it passed beneath him. I’ll leave the reader to visualize for himself the antics subsequently achieved by a supple youngster six feet in the air discharging a 3-inch magnum shotgun, while bending over double to aim backward from between his own legs. That answer and illustration did not satisfy the aforementioned younger hunter in search of wisdom, however. “I meant when the turkey is in the tree!” he said. That answer from the Sage would again be, “Yea, verily, sometimes.” Said Sage does not approve of rifles to shoot wild turkeys with, so a shotgun should be the armament of a legal and moral turkey hunter. Some people shoot turkeys with bow and arrows, and I agree with Tom Kelly, the Dean of Turkey Hunters, who once wrote, “If any man hunts turkeys with a bow and arrow, he is entitled to wear a sign around his neck saying, ‘I am a Better

Man than you are,’ and I will step out of the sidewalk any time for his passage.” Turkey hunters belong in the woods well before daylight, blinded in under a tree, waiting for the first hint of eastern pink, to owl hoot. If a turkey gobbles from a tree over or within shotgun range, shame on him, in my opinion. He picked the wrong tree to roost in. However, the fun in turkey hunting is in calling up a gobbler to shoot at, so if a hunter knew a turkey was in a certain tree, he ought not to slip in and sit beneath it. I’ve hunted mountain turkeys, and found that they will sometimes answer a call from the ground, then later in the morning fly downhill to light in a tree and look for that calling hen. Again, shame on him if he alights in a tree within range. He hath legitimately been called in, sayeth the Sage, and belongs to be busted. In one of my books there is a whole chapter of poetry built around

just such an occurrence in Virginia — the famous gobbler “The Sultan of Cowbones Mountain.” That was the Sage answer for which the younger hunter had been waiting, thereby launching into a turkey tale of his own about a big gobbler which had worked to his call for an hour, then flown across a flooded draw and lit in the nearest tree, from which to listen and look for that delectable hen music. That particular tree happened to be 20 yards from the hen music maker. The perched gobbler weighed over 23 pounds, field-dressed. Said Sage has brought in a couple bigger than that (one was over 26 pounds, gutted, and had three beards), but it would certainly be immoral to let a 23-pound gobbler get away if he’s close enough to shoot — even in a tree.

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Ex-staffer hits Saints with suit By Brett Martel The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS — A lawsuit filed by the New Orleans Saints’ former security director accuses the Super Bowl champions of trying to cover up the alleged theft of prescription pain pills from the team’s drug locker by two senior staff members. The Saints denied the allegations and accused former FBI agent Geoffrey Santini of attempting to extort money from the club. Santini, who worked 31 years for the FBI, handled security for the Saints until August 2009, when the suit says he resigned because of a disagreement over the team’s handling of the alleged theft of Vicodin pills kept under lock and key at the team’s suburban New Orleans training headquarters. Santini is seeking damages and back pay. “He goes to work for them with this sterling reputation and leaves because he was being told to do things he viewed would constitute crimes,” Santini’s lawyer, Donald Hyatt II, said Saturday. “There are some very ugly facts here and some of those ugly facts include directives to cover up or conceal misconduct.” Saints spokesman Greg Bensel said the allegations are false and the club will aggressively defend itself in court. Bensel said Santini “threatened to go public with these unfounded charges unless we agreed to pay him an exorbitant sum of money,” but the team refused to pay. The lawsuit, filed in civil district court in Jefferson Parish shortly before court closed Friday, does not involve any players on the Saints’ 2009 Super Bowl title squad. The suit says Saints general manager Mickey Loomis told Santini to keep quiet about the theft of Vicodin pills and who took them. The lawsuit also says Loomis told Santini to “let it go,” when Santini strongly suggested that video of staff members improperly taking the pills be preserved. The lawsuit does not name the two staff members who allegedly took the pills. It describes one of them as taking keys from trainer Scottie Patton’s office to get into the locked cabinet where prescription drugs were kept. The lawsuit claims that Patton was the one who noticed pills were missing and told Santini, and alleges that Patton and assistant trainer Kevin Magnum went along with orders to falsify records so the amount of pills taken would be reflected in official logs as the amount that had been properly dispensed. The theft of Vicodin, a scheduled narcotic, is a state and federal offense, while any attempt to cover up such a theft also could constitute a state or federal crime. Failure to report a felony also is a crime.

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Santonio Holmes runs afoul of airline authorities FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Santonio Holmes’ account to New York Jets coach Rex Ryan of a flight incident in which he was accused by an airline of not turning off his iPod corroborates an Allegheny County police statement. Ryan said Saturday that Holmes told him he turned off the iPod when asked Thursday night, but fell asleep with the ear buds still in on the Colgan Air flight from Newark Liberty International Airport

to Pittsburgh International Airport. Holmes told Ryan on Friday that the flight attendant came by again and upon seeing the ear buds still in, said he never turned off the iPod. Holmes insisted he had already done so. “He literally handed the ear things to the lady sitting beside him, and she said, ‘Yeah, you can’t hear anything. They’re off,”’ Ryan said Holmes told him.

Authorities at Pittsburgh International Airport filed a report after the flight attendant claimed Holmes failed to follow regulations as the plane was landing around 9 p.m. Holmes waited for police officers to question him at the gate, but he was not arrested or charged. “He was asked to remove his iPod (at one point), in which he complied,” the police said in a statement. “When Santonio told me,

I totally believe him,” Ryan said. “It’s just one of those things, I guess, but I believe Santonio and I’m looking forward to him being a Jet and playing here.” Holmes traveled to Las Vegas on Friday to watch the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Shane Mosley fight Saturday night along with some of his Jets teammates. “Thanks for the support but some people just want to make their name blow up!”

Holmes said on his Twitter page Friday afternoon. “Well congratulations!” The troubled but talented Holmes was traded by the Steelers to the Jets on April 11 for a fifth-round draft pick. Last week, he acknowledged taking missteps during his four-season career in Pittsburgh, but said in a message on his website he is looking forward to a “clean start” with his new team.

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TONIGHT ON TV n MOVIE “The Patriot” — A pacifist farmer, Mel Gibson, of South Carolina reluctantly joins the Revolutionary War and fights alongside his son, Heath Ledger./7 on TNT n SPORTS MLB — The New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies square off for NL East supremacy at Citizens Bank Park./7 on ESPN n PRIMETIME “Cold Case” — The team investigates the 1989 case of a prom queen who may Mel Gibson have been intentionally killed in a hit-and-run; Rush tries to ignore her father’s requests to give her sister another chance./8 on CBS

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

MILESTONES n BIRTHDAYS Engelbert Humperdinck, singer, 74; Lesley Gore, singer, 64; Larry Gatlin, singer-songwriter, 62; Lou Gramm, rock singer, 60; Christine Baranski, actress, 58; Ty Herndon, country singer, 48; Dwayne Johnson, actor, 38; Jenna Von Oy, actress, 33; Lily Allen, pop singer, 25.


Fireworks rile country star’s neighbors Police were called to the home of country musician John Rich when neighbors complained about the noise from a night video shoot that used fireworks and a helicopter. Police spokesman Kristin Mumford said there were no citations issued but Rich’s security crew was asked to keep the noise down.

Oberlin College honors Wonder, Cosby Stevie Wonder was performing on an electronic keyboard and harmonica before a crowd of about 700 as he and Bill Cosby and Cosby’s wife, Camille, were awarded honorary doctorates at Oberlin College in northeast Ohio. The school with a history Stevie Bill of tolerance and activism Wonder Cosby first accepted black students in the 1830s. Earlier Friday, Wonder had performed with Oberlin musicians for local school children. Cosby also gave a performance on campus.


Flea infestation shutters health office A county health department in Ohio has closed because of a hygiene issue under its own roof: an infestation of fleas. Officials with the Fairfield County Department of Health said its offices would be shut down through the weekend so the building can be cleaned thoroughly and fogged with insecticide. Fleas can transmit disease, but county Health Commissioner Frank Hirsch says he does not believe the bugs have posed a health risk at the department in Lancaster, about 30 miles southeast of Columbus.


BY BERNICE BEDE OSOL • NEWSPAPER ENTERPRISE ASSOCIATION Taurus (April 20-May 20) — Be on your toes, because today you should be able to achieve an important objective through some pretty shrewd political maneuvering. Gemini (May 21-June 20) — Go along with the flow of events instead of trying to force what you want to happen, and chances are you’ll like the way things turn out. Cancer (June 21-July 22) — Spending some quality time with friends or associates whose thinking is in tune with yours could produce some very beneficial exchanges of ideas. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) — Put forth your best efforts, because those who pass out the rewards will make them bigger than usual if you do more than what is asked of you. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Successful relationships with people you interact with could be greater than usual with minimum effort. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — Allow friends to do for you what you would do for them if your roles were reversed, and some good things could come out of it. It always pays to be a gracious recipient. Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Although most conditions are favorable for you today, your greatest benefits are likely to come from a partnership arrangement. It might be with someone with whom you’ve been involved before. Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — You are likely to have some better than usual chances for fulfilling an ambitious objective today. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — There are times when you need a break from certain routines that have become laborious, and today might be one of those days. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Although you might not have direct control over certain developments that occur today, you’re likely to enjoy what transpires. Pisces (Feb. 20-March 20) — Without deliberately trying to do so, your very presence might have a big influence over your involvements with others. Aries (March 21-April 19) — Making a profit should come more easily for you at this time, whether you are buying or selling.


Husband’s e-mail flirt lacks stamp of approval Dear Abby: I have been married to my husband, “Ted,” for many years. He is a people person with close friends of both sexes. I have never had a problem with his having female friends because I trust him, and because these women are my friends, too. Recently, however, a woman I’ll call “Ellie” has become infatuated with my husband. At least I think she has, and I need an unbiased perspective. Ted has a separate e-mail account and he has shown me some of her messages. She calls him “Dearest” and says things like, “You are amazing; you are inspirational; you are my special friend; and you rascal, you.” He either doesn’t



reply or is very careful how he does. Abby, I sense that Ellie is trying to establish a separate relationship with Ted. He and I have discussed it. He thinks it’s funny and we have joked about it, but we’re both becoming uncomfortable around her. We have mutual friends we see once a month for dinner. We’d have to explain to them

why we want to cut off contact with Ellie. They may understand because Ellie’s flirting has been escalating at these dinners. Am I being paranoid? — Wondering in Washington Dear Wondering: If you and Ted have both become uncomfortable because of Ellie’s advances, you’re not paranoid. Yes, you can withdraw from the dinners so you have less exposure to Ellie. But there is another way to handle it. Your husband can inform the woman that her attentions are making him uncomfortable and, if she wants to communicate via e-mail, she can do it using your joint account — and block her from his private one.

Dear Abby: I have a short question I need an answer to. How do we know when it’s time to end a relationship and move on? — Kiki in Texas Dear Kiki: The short answer is when it brings you more pain than pleasure. The longer answer is, when you make a list of the pros and cons in the relationship, and the cons outnumber the pros.

• 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.

Megan Mullally lands on Starz to ‘Party Down’ By Michael Cidoni The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Megan Mullally is no party animal. And yet the “Will & Grace” Emmy winner has found a new home on the sitcom “Party Down,” which just began its second season on the Starz cable network. The series follows struggling Hollywood writers and actors supporting themselves as caterers. “My character, Lydia, comes in as a breath of fresh air,” said Mullally in a recent interview from New York City. “She bursts onto the scene from the Midwest with her 13-year-old daughter Escapade, who is going to be the next Hannah Montana.” Mullally, 51, had her share of odd jobs before breakout Broadway roles in the mid’90s, and then playing boozy Karen Walker on “Will & Grace” from 1998 to 2006. “One time I got hired because I wore a size-6 shoe,” the L.A. native recalled. “So I got hired to go do the shoe show, which was down at the Convention Center. And what it consisted of was me ... (Mullally hesitates) ... in a hotel room ... trying on shoes for ... a bunch of Japanese guys,” she added, laughing.


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strangely enough. We’re not Hollywood-y at all,” she said. “Like I wonder, when I see a reality show that’s set in Los Angeles with really tan women with giant boobs that do a lot of drugs. ‘Where are they?’ ‘Cause I’ve lived there for 25 years and I’ve never seen them. We have a normal life and we just kind of keep it on the down low.”


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Laura Bush discusses 1963 crash that killed friend in her new book Jamie Stengle The Associated Press DALLAS — Former first lady Laura Bush says in her new book that she lost her faith for many years after her pleas to God to spare the life of a high school classmate whose car she hit were not answered. Bush talks in detail for the first time publicly of the accident she was involved in as a 17-year-old in Midland, Texas, that killed her friend Mike Douglas. She says that she and a girlfriend were on their way to a drive-in theater on Nov. 6, 1963, when she ran a stop sign and hit Douglas’ car. The memoir, “Spoken from the Heart,” is set for release next week. A copy of the 456page book was obtained by The Associated Press on Wednesday. Bush says that in the emergency room after the accident, she could hear Douglas’ mother sobbing on the other side of a curtain. Guilt over the accident consumed her for years and she regretted not visiting Douglas’ parents following the accident. Bush says in the book that when she became a mother, she began to fully understand what his parents had gone through. She says that after a high school classmate of her twin daughters’ committed suicide, she insisted that they visit the friend’s parents. In her book, the former first lady also talks about everything from her childhood to meeting George W. Bush — the man she fell in love with for his humor and steadfastness — to her time as first lady. She also dispels rumors that she ever considered leaving her husband over his drink-

books ing, saying she never told him it was “Jim Beam or me.” She says that while his drinking was indeed a problem at one point, they loved each other and never considered divorce. But she says he was “a bore” when he drank too much and she felt he could be a “better man.” She says her husband would drink bourbon before dinner, beer during and B&B (a brandy liqueur) after, a combination she called “lethal” but “completely accepted” by their social circle. The man who went on to serve two terms as president quit drinking in 1986 at the age of 40. She says his decision came as a result of a growing religious faith, being a husband and a father and recognizing that “failures are best met head-on, clear-eyed.” The former first lady also talks about the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, saying she was shocked that the communications system had made it difficult for her to speak to her husband. He tried to call from Air Force One and couldn’t get through. She had to call him, and only succeeded on the second try. Watching the news on TV, she felt a “mourning like I had never known.” Bush defends her husband’s decision to invade Iraq and was surprised when intelligence that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction proved to be wrong. She says that in hopes of resolving the crisis, her husband had contacted Saddam through France and Russia and was hoping for a “last-minute breakthrough.”

Carrie Bradshaw is teen in Bushnell’s new book By Alicia Rancilio The Associated Press NEW YORK — Before she grew up and became a Manhattan icon, Carrie Bradshaw was a small-town Connecticut girl who dreamed of becoming a writer, made interesting fashion choices and had a crush on a boy named Sebastian Kydd who always kept her guessing. “The Carrie Diaries,” which came out Tuesday, is a prequel to “Sex and the City,” focusing on Carrie’s life as a 17-yearold. “Sebastian Kydd...I guess he’s the kid version of Mr. Big,” author Candace Bushnell says with a laugh. Like the adult Carrie, the 17-year-old version has a variety of friends and witty observations. What the book doesn’t have, though, are the sexcapades found in “Sex and the City.” “The Carrie Diaries” is more,

well, young adult. “It really is about a 17-yearold ... and I certainly remember when I was 17. I didn’t have all the answers,” says Bushnell. “I certainly didn’t know everything about sex.” Readers will learn what brought Carrie to New York City where she meets Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte. A sequel to the prequel is expected next year. Bushnell said she’s already writing it and acknowledges it will be more mature.

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The Warren County-Vicksburg Public Library reports on new books regularly: • “Getting It through My Thick Skull” by Mary Jo Buttafuoco answers the question of why she stayed so long with a man who cheated on her. The answer was simple, yet it took almost three decades of turmoil to discover for herself that she was married to a sociopath. Using her tragic and triumphant life lessons and never-before-told accounts of life with Joey Buttafuoco, Mary Jo helps readers understand sociopathic behavior and the emotional traps it springs on willing partners, and offers hope and help for the millions of people caught in the cycle of toxic relationships. • “Hope for Animals and Their World” by Jane Goodall, with Thane Maynard and Gail Hudson, explores how endangered species are being rescued from the brink. At a time when species are becoming extinct on every continent and we are confronted with bad news about the environment nearly every day, Goodall, one of the world’s renowned scientists, brings us new hope for the future of the animal kingdom. With the insatiable curiosity and conversational prose that have made her a best-selling author, Goodall — along with Cincinnati Zoo director Maynard and co-author Hudson — reveals fascinating survival stories about formerly endangered species whose populations are now recovering. • “Fearless” by Max Lucado imagines what your life would be like without fear. We fear being sued, finishing last, going broke, the mole on the back and the sound of the clock as it ticks us closer to the grave. Every season seems to bring fresh reasons for fear. And it feels dreadful. Fear sucks the life out of the souls and drains us dry of contentment. Wouldn’t it be great to escape it? What if faith, not fear, was our default reaction to threats? According to Jesus, this is possible. The one statement he made more than any other was, “Don’t be afraid.” In this book, Lucado invites you to consider Jesus’ invitation to courage. • “Civil War Wives” by Carol Berkin explores the lives and times of Angelina Grimke Weld, Varina Howell Davis and Julia Dent Grant. Here are the stories of three women who left behind sufficient records to allow their voices to be heard. Weld, after a painful internal dialogue renounced the values of her Southern family’s way of life and embraced the antislavery movement, but found her voice silenced by marriage to fellow reformer Theodore Weld. Davis had an independent mind and spirit, but incurred the disapproval of her husband, Jefferson Davis, when she would not behave as an obedient wife. Though ill-prepared and illsuited for her role as first lady of the Confederacy, she became an expert political lobbyist. Grant, the wife of Ulysses S. Grant, was a model of genteel domesticity who seemed content with the restrictions of marriage and motherhood, though they led to alternating periods of fame and disgrace, wealth and poverty. Only late in life did she glimpse the price of dependency. • “Beauty Pearls for Chemo Girls” by Marybeth Maida and Debbie Kiederer is the first ever beauty guide for chemotherapy


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“SCHWALTERATIONS” By JARED BANTA ACROSS 1 Start of a kids’ learning song 6 It may be spiked 11 Prof’s pointer 16 Disposed 19 Mid-ninth century pope 20 Italian town NW of Venice 21 Get used (to) 22 Former CNN anchor Dobbs 23 Passion for Ferris wheels and funnel cakes? 26 Is for all of us? 27 iPhone add-on 28 “Eureka!” 29 Least scarce 30 Runs 32 Strikes a chord 35 One may be yellow or chocolate 36 Ignited 38 Affected type 39 Spot playmate 40 Bozeman native named after a “Star Wars” character? 42 Mattress spec 44 Schrödinger equation symbols 46 Ray, Jay or A 47 Super Bowl XLIV runner-up, briefly 48 Grass bristle 50 Built from 52 Amt. 53 AM frequency meas. 55 Uses a sickle, say 57 Taking the place (of) 59 Diggs of “Rent” 61 How-__: instruction books 64 Grub 65 One-named Nigerian singer 66 Mom’s bearing? 69 Isolde’s lover 71 Carmen, e.g. 73 Silent film star who played Carmen in “Blood and Sand” (1922) 74 Mary Poppins outburst? 76 Start of a run 78 Like molasses in January 79 “King Kong” heroine 80 “Wow!”

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PORTFOLIO We welcome your news about achievements by area employees. Submit items by e-mail (newsreleases@vicksburgpost. com), postal service (P.O. Box 821668, Vicksburg, MS 39182), fax (634-0897) , or delivered in person to 1601-F N. Frontage Road by Wednesday for publication Sunday. Be sure to include your name and phone number.

Fletcher named ABMB associate Bradley F. Fletcher of Vicksburg has been promoted to associate within ABMB Engineers’ Mississippi operations. Fletcher is the roadway division manager Bradley F. for the Fletcher Jackson office, and is leading two projects — Mississippi State Route 6 Bypass and Interstate 10 at Canal Road Interchange Improvements. A Mississippi State University graduate, Fletcher has 15 years of experience.

Work, life seminar set for Tuesday The Behavioral Health Foundation and the Make A Promise Coalition for a Drug-Free Warren County are offering a workshop called The Balancing Act: Work/Life Harmony. The session will be from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday at the Courtyard Marriott, 1 Underwood Drive. Admission is free, but registration is required. Space is limited to 30. Call Leigh Cook at 601-802-1009.

Chamber members set for lunch cruise The May luncheon of the Vicksburg-Warren County Chamber of Commerce will take place aboard a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ inspection barge. The Corps chapter of the Chamber of Commerce will host the membersonly event, set for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 19. Deputy Commander for Mississippi Valley Division, Col. George T. Shepherd Jr., will be the guest speaker. Guests will board at 11 and the cruise will depart at noon from City Front. Cost is $12. Register at

Amory teacher on MPB directors Peggy Holmes of Amory has been named to the Mississippi Public Broadcasting board of directors. Holmes is a 30-year education veteran who teaches drama and speech at Amory High School. She has been the Mississippi Speech Teacher of the Year and Congressional District 1 Teacher of the Year. MPB operates public television and radio networks and the Radio Reading Service of Mississippi.

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Corporate America ‘out of the woods for good’ By Dave Carpenter AP business writer CHICAGO — Corporate America is back. Companies that do everything from making appliances to selling cruises are reporting strong first-quarter profits — not because of the layoffs many of them used to dress up last year’s earnings reports but because people are spending more. The turnaround has yet to produce a dramatic increase in hiring, which isn’t expected until 2011 or later. But it provides emphatic new evidence that the economy has moved past the crisis and should continue to strengthen. “We’re out of the woods for good,” says Joseph LaVorgna, chief U.S. economist at Deutsche Bank. “This is not just an arithmetic story. It’s a story of legitimate growth.” Companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index have reported 76 percent higher operating earnings than a year ago — on pace to be the biggest year-overyear increase ever, according to S&P analyst Howard Silverblatt. Nearly half the companies in the index have reported earnings

so far. One reason for the gains is simply that the economy in early 2009 was at the depth of the worst recession in generations, but consumer spending is clearly making a comeback. After a year and a half of hunkering down, people are buying expensive items such as electronics and furniture and dining out more, even though an unemployment rate of 9.7 percent clouds the recovery and the housing market is still hurting. “They’ve saved some

money, they’ve paid down debt, and at a certain point you just get bored of eating frozen pizza and watching cable TV on a Saturday night,” says Barry Ritholtz, head of the financial research firm FusionIQ. Consumer spending has risen for five straight months, retail sales for four, and restaurant sales surged this spring after being stagnant since 2008. Profits from those sales reflect a healthier economy, as opposed to the drastic cost-cutting that helped companies improve their bottom lines in recent

quarters. Among the latest winners, Ford Motor Co. did an about-face from a year ago in reporting a $2.1 billion profit on 15 percent higher revenue; it plans to boost production. Caterpillar Inc. also reversed a loss from a year ago and said demand for its construction and mining equipment is surging. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. returned to a firstquarter profit as more travelers vacationed on its ships and spent additional money on board. UPS Inc. posted a 33 percent profit increase; it said tech firms are shipping more products and other industries are restocking inventories. A parade of other Fortune 500 corporations also have boosted their fullyear profit forecasts this month. This week alone, the list includes DuPont Co., Estee Lauder Cos. and Whirlpool Corp. Exports have played a key role. Caterpillar enjoyed especially strong orders for its heavy equipment in developing countries, and Deere Inc. also is selling more internationally. But domestic demand also has been strong. “What we have now is rising exports and

imports,” says Richard Hoey, chief economist for the Dreyfus Corp. Big manufacturers such as Whirlpool, the world’s largest appliance maker, are among those faring the best. “That’s a function of consumers having cut back for so long and now saying, ‘OK, I need a dishwasher’ or the couch is broken or whatever, and going out and finding a lot of stuff on sale,” says Ritholtz, who also writes the popular financial blog “The Big Picture.” Technology companies, too, are ramping up production. Intel Corp.’s sales climbed 44 percent in the first quarter. And makers of luxury goods are benefiting from a release of pent-up demand for such items as jewelry, watches and highend furnishings. Economists say a jump in sales of consumer goods is typical in a recovering economy. Still, some are mystified by what Scott Hoyt of Moody’s Economy. com described as surprising strength in consumer spending, given that the employment picture remains bleak for the near See Comeback, Page B10.

Press freedoms shrinking, advocacy group finds By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Press freedoms shrank worldwide for an eighth consecutive year in 2009, an advocacy group says, stalling or reversing the expansion of independent journalism that followed the fall of the Berlin Wall. Only one in six people lives in countries with a free press today, with AsiaPacific the only region to show improvement last year, the Washington-based Freedom House said in a report to be released Thursday. The biggest setbacks occurred in Latin America and the former Soviet Union, it said. “When the Iranian Revo-

lutionary Guards torture a journalist, or communist authorities in China imprison a blogger, or criminal elements in Russia assassinate yet another investigative reporter, it sends a clear message that every person fighting for basic rights is vulnerable to a similar fate,” said Jennifer Windsor, executive director of Freedom House. Karin Karlekar, managing editor of the study, said while press freedoms expanded in the last years of the 20th century in many areas, they have contracted in the 21st. “Unfortunately, the positive changes seen in earlier decades have not been con-

solidated,” she said. Governments such as China, Russia and Venezuela “have been systematically encroaching on what used to be the comparatively free environment of the Internet and news media,” said the report, titled “Freedom of the Press 2010.” Instead, the report said the Internet in these countries is being flooded with anti-Western nationalistic views. Most of central and eastern Europe experienced a modest decline in media freedoms. Russia remained one of the world’s most repressive and dangerous media environments, the report said.

In the Middle East, Iran registered the region’s biggest decline in media freedoms, with journalists suppressed after flawed presidential elections, according to Freedom House. By contrast, the report found, Israel’s media environment improved as restrictions imposed at the start of the 2008 war in Gaza eased. As a result, Freedom House raised the country’s press freedom rating from “partly free” to “free.” In the Americas, the most significant declines in press freedom were found in Mexico and Honduras. Independent media also faced new challenges in Ecuador,

Nicaragua and Venezuela. In the Asia-Pacific region, though, improvement was seen in Bangladesh and Bhutan, among other countries. But the region was also home to three countries with some of the worst records on press freedom — North Korea, Burma and China. The report identified 10 of the worst countries in terms of press freedom. They are, in alphabetical order, Belarus, Burma, Cuba, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. “In these states, independent media are either nonexistent or barely able to operate,” the report said.


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Latricia Lloyd holds a radiation identification button. in 2004 at Linn State Technical College in Missouri. Utilities once had better success hiring staff from the U.S. Navy, which trains sailors for its nuclear-powered fleet. However, the size of the fleet has shrunk, and the Navy now pays better retention bonuses to keep its skilled workers, Meffert said. He began the program after an official at power utility AmerenUE told him about the difficulty of finding new radiation protection workers. The firm operates a nuclear power plant in Missouri. “There just weren’t schools that put out people that met the requirements,” Meffert said. Given the lack of training programs, officials with the Nuclear Energy Institute worked with Meffert and other educators to create a standard, two-year curriculum that will be offered at more than 40 community colleges nationwide. Besides fulfilling basic state requirements in the liberal arts, students take classes in mathematics, electrical engineering technology and learn about mechanical

controllers, nuclear reactors, radiation protection and the utility industry. The first students are set to graduate in May from pilot programs at Chattanooga State Technical Community College in Tennessee and Salem Community College in New Jersey. Latricia Lloyd, 48, enrolled in Chattanooga after a battery maker outsourced her sales job and cut her pay. “The nuclear industry is a growth industry right now,” she said. “It’s a very stable job.” Robert Bumpus, 38, enrolled at Salem Community College because he wanted to enter the nuclear industry after working as a church pastor and a university letter carrier. Power utility PSEG, which operates two nuclear plants near Bumpus’ home, gave him a scholarship. “I feel pretty confident that I’ll have the opportunity to start working very soon after graduation,” said Bumpus, who has not yet received a job offer but remains optimistic. “I would assume they’re going to want a return on their


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That’s the lowest rate since October 2008, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. The bull market is a signal of increasing confidence to spend, and may have provided some of the funds to do it. After reaching a bottom in March 2009, the stock market rallied for three months as investors realized the economy wouldn’t sink

into a depression. Then after stalling for several weeks, the S&P 500 has tacked on another 35 percent since last July. The growth in both consumer spending and the stock market may not continue at this pace. But all the executives who are raising their companies’ earnings and sales outlooks clearly believe the first quarter was no mirage.

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Jacqueline House to mark 15th year The Jacqueline House African American Museum will celebrate its 15th anniversary with a jazz party on Mother’s Day. The event is set for 6 to 9 p.m. May 9 at the museum, 1325 Main St. The museum opened on Mother’s Day in 1995, and was dedicated to the late Jacqueline Robbins Rose, who owned the home. Call 601-831-1154 for information.

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Birds in the wings for event at zoo The Jackson Zoo will host International Migratory Bird Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The day will feature Keeper Chats and migratory bird presentations by conservationists. The zoo, located at 2918 W. Capitol St., is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $8 for adults, $7.20 for ages 65 and older, $5 for ages 12 and younger, and free for ages 2 and younger and Friends of the Zoo. Military and group discounts are available. Call 601-352-2580 or visit

Tool demo today at Poverty Point Poverty Point State Historic Site will present a tool demonstration from 1 to 4 this afternoon. Poverty Point, located in West Carroll Parish, east of Monroe on Louisiana 577, details the culture of area inhabitants from 1600 to 1300 B.C. Admission is $2 and includes access to the museum, as well as video and tram tours. Children younger than 12 and seniors older than 62 are admitted free. The phone numbers are 888-926-5492 or 318926-5492, and the e-mail address is povertypoint@

Tabletop Gardening taught at Extension Tabletop Gardening will be the title of the next installment in the First Tuesdays Gardening Series. Donna Beliech, an area horticulture agent with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, will teach the session, set for noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Warren County Extension Office, 1100-C Grove St. Attendees will learn how to develop an indoor container garden. Admission is free. Call 601-636-5442.

Pepsi Pops concert set at Ross Barnett The 29th annual Mississippi Symphony Orchestra’s Pepsi Pops concert will be Friday at Ross Barnett Reservoir’s Old Trace Park in Jackson. Gates will open at 4:30 p.m. Advance tickets are $12 for adults, $5 for children and free for ages 4 and younger, and are available at Kroger stores, BeBop Records and the MSO office. Call 601-960-1565 or visit

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Robert St. John and one of his many azaleas

The St. John place is alive with azalea color Talk abut having a green thumb! Robert St. John has planted 1,652 azaleas in the last 25 years, and he’s had only two to die — and one of those losses can be blamed on fire ants. Robert and his wife, Jerry, live near the end of the road of Lake Claiborne, north of Port Gibson on Grand Gulf Road. He planted his first azaleas there in 1985, when he moved from Port Gibson where he served as an alderman for 16 years. His method of planting is probably the secret of the success of the survival rate. “I have a big wash tub filled with water,” he said, “ and I dig a hole twice as big as the pot the azalea comes in. I submerge the root system in the tub, and when it gets soaked good I take it out.” He loosens the pot-bound roots with his hands, gently, not with a knife, and puts the plant in the hole with

about four inches of top soil, then puts dirt over that and waters it. Mulching? He prefers oak leaves, but said, “Nature mulches most of mine.” The first two years are crucial for azaleas, he said, advising each needs about an inch of water a week, “but if you’ll take care of them for about two years, they’ll take care of themselves after that.” The St. Johns didn’t have a master plan: “We just started planting and it worked out good.” They’ve built a walkway down the hill to a gazebo that overlooks the lake, but basically they’ve just used the natural terrain of the land. They’ve covered some steep slopes and hillsides which are hard to cut. Robert prunes only the azaleas in front of the house, or along the walkways, and the rest of them he wants to “really get big. They don’t

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Azaleas bloom all around the St. John home. hurt a thing.” He’s got just about every color available, except yellow, and he’s looking for that. His favorite is the Formosa, a lavender and bright pink hue. Most bloom for about three weeks in the spring, but he has some encores which flower throughout the year.

He has four acres he could fill with flowers, but he plans to complete the plantings when he gets to around 1,800. Robert grew up at Westside, south of Port Gibson, went to high school in town and graduated from Mississippi State with a degree in engineering. Jerry went

to school in Red Lick and is from Lorman. Robert was manager of the Southwest Electric Power Association at Lorman for almost 57 years, and Jerry was an official with the Bank of Port Gibson (now RiverHills Bank) for 38 years. When Lake Claiborne was being developed in the 1950s, they bought a lot, put a mobile home on it and would go there occasionally. “It got to the point we were staying out there too much,” Robert said. “I told Jerry I was either going to have to give up the alderman’s post or move to Lake Claiborne, so Jerry and the children said, ‘We’re going to Lake Claiborne.’ We lived in the trailer while building the house. We sold our house in town.” Both Robert and Jerry loved plants and gardening — “anything working with See Color, Page C2.


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Lack of i-Pad-specific apps hampers travel planning By Tamara Lush The Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — As a new iPad owner, many of my iPad fantasies involved using the device for entertainment while traveling. I could see the iPad on an airplane tray table feeding me movies, books and music. I imagined the iPad in Rome, offering me tidbits of Vatican history as I sipped espresso. Downloaded games would squash my boredom while waiting at the Miami airport. In Las Vegas, it could suggest where to eat during a convention. But I hadn’t thought much about using the iPad as a travel-planning tool until I sat down to book a vacation to Italy. Instead of using a laptop to buy tickets, I decided to try doing it on the iPad. My goal was to find the cheapest tickets from Tampa or Orlando, Fla., to Rome, for September, and also to look at hotel options, car rentals and a guidebook. I decided to download some apps to try, all free except for the guidebook. I could have done my booking and searching without downloading apps, by connecting directly to travel websites using the iPad’s Internet connection. But while some websites look virtually identical on the iPad compared to a conventional computer screen, other sites don’t display as well on the iPad. Naturally, apps designed specifically for the device format better, are easier to use and take advan-

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tRavel tage of certain features. Unfortunately, at the time I was planning my trip, many of the big travel sites like Expedia and Travelocity had not yet developed apps specifically for the iPad. As a substitute, I tried using iPhone apps for those sites. The results were disappointing. Using iPhone apps for Expedia and Travelocity did not display the content at fullscreen size, and magnifying it resulted in slightly fuzzy text. Navigating to screens where

I could enter my destination, search for airfares and buy tickets was confusing. At one point, the Expedia app offered a phone number for assistance; when I called, I was told to book the trip through the website. In contrast, an app for Kayak specifically created for the iPad was a joy to use, easy to view and intuitive. As with most flight-booking websites, I was immediately directed to type in airport names and dates and other basic choices. Other details that popped up in boxes on the screen

included a map, hotel prices, my search history and “Hot searches from Tampa” with other trips being looked at in my area. I eventually booked a $714 one-stop round-trip to Rome on Delta. Many hotel apps — Hilton, HotelsNearMe, HotelPal, HotelsByMe — created for the iPhone work fine on the iPad. They’re excellent for onthe-go travelers who want to book a room that night. All have a cool function that asks whether to use the current iPad location to find hotel rooms nearby; they instantly

display price and whether there are vacancies on helpful maps. Future hotel reservations are also possible, and again, the interactive map features are wonderful. Almost all the car rental apps I tried were excellent, too, even though they were apps for iPhone, not iPad. The Hertz, Budget and carrentals. com iPhone apps were are all easy to search with and userfriendly, displaying photos of cars and prices in both euros and dollars. At the time I researched my trip, there was little content from traditional travel guidebook publishers designed for iPads. But I did look at a version of Lonely Planet’s “1000 Ultimate Experiences” created for the iPad. The “1000” book is not a regular destination guide; rather it’s a compendium of places and things for travelers to see and do. While some online commenters have criticized it for being light on content, I found it to be a fun, gorgeous and inspiring application. The iPad version also has advantages over a bound book, offering web links and videos. Swiping and flicking through the virtual playing card-deck of locations, I found several Italy-related activities, including a Vespa ride through Rome. Lonely Planet plans to release entire guidebooks for download on the iPad, and I hope there will be a dedicated destination guide to Italy before I leave so I can use it on my iPad, on the plane.

Sands opens Singapore’s second casino-resort SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore’s second casino-resort opened Tuesday, a massive $5.7 billion project by Las Vegas Sands Corp. that aims to makeover the city-state as a Southeast Asian gambling and tourism magnet. After big cost overruns and months of delays, the casino, more than a third of 2,500

hotel rooms and parts of a shopping mall and convention center were opened. A 1.2-hectare (3-acre) SkyPark connecting the tops of three 55-story hotel towers should open on June 23 while a theater opens in October and a museum in December. The resort, known as the Marina Bay Sands, remakes

Singapore’s skyline, forming the far side of a marina facing the downtown area and what the government envisions will be a must-see tourist attraction. Officials also hope the casinos will revamp Singapore’s image as an efficient but sterile manufacturing and financial center that’s better known for strict laws includ-

ing a ban on chewing gum and canning for minor offenses. “There’s no other casino this big right in the middle of a downtown,” said Aaron Fischer, an analyst with CLSA in Hong Kong. “It’s not comparable to anything.” The Marina Bay and Genting’s Resorts World Sentosa, which opened Singa-

pore’s first casino in February, are making the island nation the gambling capital of Southeast Asia. The two casinos will generate combined income of as much as $3.5 billion next year, or more than half of Las Vegas’s $6 billion of annual gambling revenue, Fischer said.

local events & enteRtaInMent Vicksburg Chamber Music Festival

“Mont Helena — A Dream Revisited”

6 this evening, Mississippi Symphony Brass Quintet, Mary Harwood House, 600 Fort Hill Drive; $15 at the door, reception follows.

7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and May 20-22; Mont Helena home on U.S. 61 North, between Rolling Fork and Anguilla; tickets: $48, available in advance only; call 662-873-2080, fax 662-873-2450 or visit www.

Southern Cultural Heritage Center Reservations required for each event: 601-631-2997 or; Digital photography workshop: 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday; Kathy Gibson, instructor; $40 for members, $50 for nonmembers; bring camera and batteries; Glass painting and firing workshop: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday and May 11; the Rev. Mark Bleakley, instructor; $60 for members, $70 for nonmembers; Chocolate Affair: 7 p.m. Thursday; $20 for members, $30 for nonmembers; diners with event ticket will receive 10 percent discount at Cafe Anchuca, Duff’s Tavern & Grill, Monsour’s at the Biscuit Company and Roca; Knitting 101: 9 a.m.-noon June 5 and 12; Leslie Tedder, instructor; $35 for members, $40 for nonmembers; bring size 11 knitting needles, Redheart acrylic yarn and a row counter; Jumpstart Art: 8-11 a.m. June 7-8; ages 3-5; Kathy Gibson, instructor; $20 per child, includes supplies and snack; Multicultural Arts Camp: 8 a.m.-noon June 21-25; ages 6-12; Kathy Gibson and Tracy Gardner, instructors; $50, includes supplies, materials, snack.

Vicksburg Theatre Guild “Bad Seed”: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and May 14-15 and 2 p.m. Sunday and May 16; “Gold in the Hills”: July 9-10, 16-17, 23-24 and 30-31; Fairy Tale Theatre: June 24-27; all events at Parkside Playhouse, 101 Iowa Ave.; Friday and Saturday shows at 7:30 p.m., Sunday shows at 2; $12 for adults, $10 for 55 and older, $5 for 12 and younger; 601-636-0471 or

Book-signings Margaret McMullan: 4-6 p.m. May 19, “Sources of Light”; William H. Dodson: 4-5:30 p.m. May 20, “If Only I Had Known: A True Story”; Lorelei Books, 1103 Washington St.; 601-634-8624 or

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

• Ameristar Casino, 4116 Washington St. 601-638-1000, • Area Code — Variety; tonight at Cabaret; free. • Sinamon Leaf — Variety; Tuesday-May 9 and May 11-16 at Cabaret; free. • Dr. Zarr’s Funkmonster — Variety/funk; FridaySaturday at Bottleneck; free. • Mike Zito — Variety/classic rock; May 14-15 at Bottleneck Blues Bar; free. • Richard Marx — Contemporary; 7:30 p.m. May 14 at Bottleneck; tickets: $45-$50.

Eddie Monsour’s at the Biscuit, 1100 Washington St., 601-638-1571

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

Jacques’ Cafe at Battlefield Inn, 4137 N. Frontage Road, 601-638-5811 • 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday — Karaoke in the lounge; free. • 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday — Richard Ahlvin; call for cover.

Beechwood Restaurant & Lounge, 4451 Clay St., 601-636-3761 • 7-10 p.m. Wednesday — Live music in lounge; free. • 9:15 p.m. Friday-Saturday — Rachett; call for cover.

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

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

• 8 p.m.-midnight Wednesdays — Open mic. • 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday — Band TBA, call for cover.

Color Continued from Page C1. my hands, so we decided this would be a beautiful place just to plant azaleas all around,” he said. He bought most of them from nurseries in Forest Hill, La. — “I could get 50 in my pickup,” plant those, and go back for more. They bought some in Vicksburg. Though he is retired, Robert, who is 86, finds plenty to do other than gar-

dening. It’s all free work: he’s chairman of the board at Grand Gulf State Park, of the board at Lake Claiborne, on the board of Mosswood Country Club, is in the Lions Club, and a Presbyterian, yet he and Jerry find time to do 95 percent of the work in their azalea gardens and on the lawn. They plant some flowers other than azaleas, for Jerry

likes to have cut flowers to take for the sanctuary of the Presbyterian church in Port Gibson. She plants a few vegetables, especially cucumbers, “because I’m a pickle nut.” Their love of the outdoors, of planting flowers, could be therapy or an obsession, but Robert thinks it’s mostly a hobby. He watches the plants every day in case something

happens, or if a plant gets diseased. To make sure they get enough water, he had a well drilled, and at 97 feet hit an abundance of spring water. “I never thought we’d get to this point from that first azalea,” he said, “but it’s something I love, I really do. I enjoy the beauty, and I enjoy others coming to see them. I don’t mind getting dirty, and

that’s what it takes.” Has he thought of branching out, of planting other shrubs? “I might think of something else,” he said, “but I don’t know where I’d put it.” •

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

“Morkan’s Quarry” by Steve Yates

Civil War fiction set for signing downtown A downtown Vicksburg bookstore will host Missouri author Steve Yates June 3. Yates will read and sign copies of his Civil War fiction novel, “Morkan’s Quarry,” at Steve 5:30 p.m. at Yates Lorelei Books, 1103 Washington St. For more information, call 601-634-8624 or visit www.

‘Branson On The Road’ swinging by Saenger The Saenger Theater in Hattiesburg will present “Branson On The Road,” a musical, May 14. The 7 p.m. show will feature three Branson, Mo., performers including Debbie from staff Horton, the reports only woman to ever play lead guitar for Johnny Cash; Donnie Wright, a multiinstrument musician; and Brian Capps, a country and rock recording artist. “Branson On The Road” is a regular act on “Midwest Country,” of the RFD-TV network. Tickets are $12 to $15, and are available by calling 601584-4888 or by visiting www. or the Saenger box office at 201 Forrest St.

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Rare photos set for LSU display The University Gallery at Louisiana State University at Alexandria will display an exhibit of rare photographs of Central Louisiana churches. Some 40 black-and-white photos, some on loan from the Louisiana History Museum in Alexandria, will be on display through May 15. The collection includes sites that no longer exist, including the Jewish synagogue in Alexandria, the original St. James Episcopal and Calvary Baptist churches and Providence Academy Building. A DVD featuring a much larger collection is available for $20. Gallery admission is free, and the hours are 8 a.m. to noon weekdays. Call 318-4878556 for more information.

Bike show, more set in Alexandria Renegade Harley-Davidson in Alexandria, La., will host Community Day May 15. The event, set for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., will feature a motorcycle show, local high school JROTC drill team competition, blood pressure checks and live entertainment by Melanie Foreman and Spellbound, as well as a barbecue cook-off where cash prizes will be given. Admission is free. The Renegade is located at 2030 N. Mall Drive. Call 318-448-1509 or visit for more information.

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Brewer, Balthrop to recite vows on June 5 Gerald and Faye Brewer of Vicksburg announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Telia Elizebeth, to Zachary Ray Balthrop. Mr. Balthrop is the son of Selena and Joseph Malone of Knoxville, Tenn., and Preston and Dianna Balthrop of Vicksburg. Miss Brewer is the granddaughter of the late Dave and Aline Loften and the late Mitt Chappell, all of Vicksburg, and the late C.W. Brewer of Memphis, Tenn. Mr. Balthrop is the grandson of Ray and Joanne Pillow of Nashville, Tenn., and Helen Balthrop of Ashland City, Tenn., and the late Russell Balthrop. The bride-elect is a 2005 graduate of Warren Central High School, where she served as head cheerleader and Student Council president. She was named Miss Warren Central and was elected Most Beautiful. She was active in the musical production of “Oklahoma” and carried the lead role in several other productions. She was a member of the National Honor Society and listed in Who’s Who Among Most Outstanding Students in the U.S.

She was a member of Rebelettes, Vicksburg Cotillion and Sub-Deb social clubs. Miss Brewer was chosen Young Miss Vicksburg 2005 and Miss Vicksburg 2007. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Southern Mississippi, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in music education. She was a member of Kappa Delta sorority, the Legacy Board and Southern Chorale. She was also a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Alpha Lambda Sigma, Order of Omega and Kappa Delta Pi honor societies. Miss Brewer will graduate from USM in July with a master’s degree in music education. She is a member of the School of Music Advisory Board. She is employed by the University of Southern Mississippi and Smiles by Bigelow and Tolbert Family Dentistry in Hattiesburg. The prospective groom is a 2005 graduate of Warren Central High School, where he was a member of the Beta Club, Key Club, National Honor Society and yearbook staff and served on the Viking foot-

Telia Elizebeth Brewer Engaged to marry Zachary Ray Balthrop ball and baseball teams. He was selected for Who’s Who Among High School Athletes. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Mr. Balthrop is employed at George Carr Dealership of Vicksburg. The wedding will be at 2 p.m. June 5, 2010, at First Baptist Church in Hattiesburg. A reception will follow at the Hattiesburg Country Club.



releaseD by armeD services Air Force Airman Thorne A. Sims has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The eight-week program included trainThorne A. ing in military Sims discipline, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles. He also earned credits toward a degree through the Community College of the Air Force. A 2009 graduate of Warren Central High School, he is the son of Anthony and Cassandra Terry of Vicksburg. Air Force Reserve Airman Deren F. Jenkins graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The eightweek program included training in military discipline, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles. He also earned credits toward a degree through the Community College of the Air Force. He is the son of Louise Porter of Tallulah and is a 2001 grad-

uate of McCall Senior High School. Air Force Airman 1st Class Stuart C. McVay has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The eight-week program included training in military Stuart C. discipline, Air McVay Fo r c e c o r e values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles. He also earned credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. He is the son of Sarah McVay of Vicksburg. Army Spec. Albert R. Elmore has returned to Fort Richardson, Anchorage, Alaska, after being deployed to Afghanistan for one year. While deployed, he was decorated with the Combat Action Badge. He is a radio and communications security repairer and is assigned to the 725th Brigade Support Battalion. He is the son of Martha and Albert Elmore of Vicksburg.


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Kristy Juanell Evans Engaged to marry Robert Walton Segree

Kimberly Michelle Miller Engaged to marry Derrick Desmond Carter

Miller, Carter to marry at Pleasant Valley M.B. The engagement of Kimberly Michelle Miller to Derrick Desmond Carter, both of Vicksburg, is announced today. The wedding will be at 4 p.m. July 24, 2010, at Pleasant Valley M.B. Church. A reception will follow at the Knights of Columbus. All relatives and friends are invited to attend. Ms. Miller is the daughter of Michael and Donna Hall of Vicksburg. She is the grand-

daughter of Vera Reddick and the late Sheffield Reddick and Lee Ester Hall, all of Vicksburg. She is employed at River Region Medical Center. Mr. Carter is the son of Doris Carter of Vicksburg. He is the grandson of Clara Miller and the late Rev. Alex Miller of Vicksburg. He is employed with Anderson-Tully Co.

Miss Evans, Mr. Segree to wed at Wilsonwood The engagement of Kristy Juanell Evans to Robert Walton Segree, both of Vicksburg, is announced today. Vows will be exchanged at 4:30 p.m. June 19, 2010, at Wilsonwood Lodge. A reception will follow. All relatives and friends are invited to attend. Miss Evans is the daughter of Edward C. Evans Jr. and Teleha Evans of Vicksburg. She is the granddaughter of the late Billy Smith and Shirley Smith of Vicksburg and Coy Evans and the late Barbara Evans of Greenville. Mr. Segree is the son of Frank and Susan Segree of Vicksburg. He is the grandson

of the late Annie May and Milfred Butler of Apalachicola, Fla., and Betsy Inez and Frank Segree of Eastpoint, Fla. The bride-elect graduated with honors in 2003 from Vicksburg High School, where she was a member of JROTC, National Honor Society and DECA. She attended Hinds Community College. Miss Evans is a hairstylist at Tami’s. The prospective groom is a 2004 graduate of Vicksburg High School. He is employed with Electro Mechanical Solutions.

Are you planning a wedding? The Vicksburg Post will publish an engagement announcement before the wedding date. The Sunday before the wedding, we will list your wedding in a roundup of those planned for the week. The wedding writeup and photo will run, as space allows, as soon as possible after the wedding. Wedding information submitted more than two months after the ceremony is too late for use. There is no charge to publish any of the announcements submitted within our time limits. Brides who submit information past the deadline or who wish to include additional details not requested on our forms (such as dress descriptions or decorations) may do so at a cost of 50 cents per word. A $100 fee will be charged to include a photo if the information is posted after our deadline. Information for engagement and wedding announcements should be submitted on forms provided by The Vicksburg Post. They are available at the newspaper office, 1601 N. Frontage Road, or online at Forms should be filled out in full, typewritten when possible or legibly written. A phone number on the form is required. Photos of the bride or couple should be close-ups when possible; unfiltered, glossy images in 5-by-7 or 4-by-6 reproduce best. Inferior quality photos will be refused. For more information, call 601-636-4545, ext. 131.

Jerry N. and Elsie Marshall

Marshalls to celebrate Jerry N. and Elsie Marshall will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception from 3 until 5 p.m. Saturday at Solid Rock Pentecostal

Church, 4945 U.S. 61 North. All relatives and friends are invited to attend. The couple requests no gifts.

Carter Romes Sr. and Erica Williams announce the birth of a 3-pound, 12 ounce daughter, MaKiyah ShaiKerria Romes, on March 24, 2010, at River Region Medical Center. Grandparents are Bennie Little and Lucille Williams of Port Gibson and Mary Romes of Vicksburg. The baby is welcomed by two brothers, DeQuantae Burden and Carter Romes Jr. • DaMarcus S. Spencer and Amy J. Harris announce the birth of a 5-pound, 10-ounce son, DaMarcus Sentell Spencer Jr., on March 25, 2010, at River Region Medical Center. Grandparents are Don Lee of Tallulah, Ann Spencer and Connie Harris of Vicksburg and Freddie Myles of Rolling Fork. • Ryan R. DeLeon and Jessica Tatum Flowers announce the birth of an 8-pound, 4-ounce son, Bowen Godric DeLeon, on March 25, 2010, at River Region Medical Center. Maternal grandparents are Bill Flowers of Edwards and Teresa Jones of Utica. Paternal grandparents are Rene H. DeLeon of Vicksburg and Elaine Knight of Newellton. • Domonic R. Turner and Shawndrea T. Beacham announce the birth of a 6-pound, 14-ounce daughter, Ke’Andrea Shanae Turner, on March 25, 2010, at River Region Medical Center. Grandparents are Andrea and Marvin Tate, Tommie Beacham Sr. and Bernetha Turner. • Jeffery J. Sr. and Delishia S. Scott announce the birth of a 6-pound, 9-ounce son, Javid James, on March 25, 2010, at River Region Medical Center. Maternal grandparents are Lee Ester and Roosevelt Rounds. Paternal grandparents are Eva and Earl Griffin and Jesse Hamberlin. The baby is welcomed by a brother, Jeffery James Scott Jr. • Donald M. and Augustine F. Savage announce the birth of a 6-pound, 7-ounce daughter, Sanura Katherine, on March 26, 2010, at River Region Medical Center. Maternal grandparents are Alexander James and Linda Brown of Vicksburg. Paternal grandparents are Tony Savage of Vicksburg and the late Katherine Jones of Chicago. • James A. Thornhill and Janet M. Lewis announce the birth of a 6-pound, 4-ounce son, Dakota James Thornhill, on March 27, 2010, at River Region Medical Center. Maternal grandparents are Annette Lewis and Randy Lewis. Paternal grandparents are Betty Thornhill and Roger Thornhill.

La’Brone S. Sr. and Ponzella C. Chiplin announce the birth of an 8-pound son, Antwuan Sharod, on March 29, 2010, at River Region Medical Center. Grandparents are Eugene O. and Emma Mallett and the late Rosa L. Chiplin. • Jarlisa Grear announces the birth of a 6-pound son, Ar’monie Jai’Quwan Lucas, on March 30, 2010, at River Region Medical Center. Grandparent is Vonya Grear. • Jessica R. Miller announces the birth of a 6-pound, 3-ounce son, Ke’Marian La’Shon Miller, on April 1, 2010, at River Region Medical Center. Grandparents are Jessie James Miller Jr. and Ruby Lee Johnson. Great-grandparents are Rosie Lee Johnson, Mary Lee Miller and the late Jessie James Miller Sr. • Paris L. Sr. and Donna G. Stokes announce the birth of a 6-pound, 14-ounce son, Caden Luke, on April 5, 2010, at River Region Medical Center. Grandparents are Billy Frank and Carolyn Stokes and Don and Rilda Lamon. • Tim and Suzanne Selman Sweeney announce the birth of a 7-pound, 14-ounce daughter, Zanna Kate, on April 5, 2010, at River Oaks Hospital in Jackson. Maternal grandparents are Randy and Gina Selman of Crystal Springs. Paternal grandparents are Terry and Karen Sweeney of Vicksburg. • Jeremy T. Brandon Sr. and TaQuilla M. Johnson announce the birth of a 7-pound daughter, Ja’Mya Tre’Nae Brandon, on April 5, 2010, at River Region Medical Center. Maternal grandparents are Valerie Johnson and Roy L. Jones. Paternal grandparents are Arthur and Felicia Brandon and Tanya Green. • Dr. Owen J. and Yolanda C. Eslinger announce the birth of an 8-pound, 15-ounce son, Jose’ Augusto, on April 6, 2010, at River Region Medical Center. Grandparents are José Augusto Mendoza, Maria Mendoza, Mark O. Eslinger and Diane C. Hime. • D’Andra N. Chambers announce the birth of a 6-pound, 13-ounce daughter, Lar’Rynn Cymone, on April 6, 2010, at River Region Medical Center. Grandparents are Mary Chambers of Vicksburg and Tommy Lee Garrett of Dallas. The baby is welcomed by a sister, Ci’Mya, and a brother Ced’Derrick.


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Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters still looking to record new music Nekesa Mumbi Moody AP music writer NEW YORK — Roger Waters has kept up a steady performing schedule, and this fall, he’s launching a big spectacle with a 30th anniversary tour for Pink Floyd’s “The Wall.” But fans won’t be hearing any new music from Waters — he hasn’t put out an album in almost two decades. That’s not because of a lack of creativity, Waters insists. “I have a ton of songs,” he said in a recent interview. “Some of them are recorded, and some of them are halfrecorded, and I keep promising myself that I’m gonna find a collaborator and work on them and put them together in some kind of coherent form,” he continued. “I suspect I will do that in some time in the near future. But it’s strange how time keeps clicking away. And each page turns faster than the last, in my experience.” Whether the 66-year-old Waters puts out a new album remains to be seen, but he has plenty of other things to occupy his time. He spoke with The Associated Press about “The Wall,” politics and more. AP: There had been talk about bringing “The Wall” to Broadway. Is that still going to happen? Waters: That’s still very much in the cards. I have been working on and off for the last year or so with an English writer named Lee Hall, who has become greatly celebrated over here and in London, because he wrote “Billy Elliot,” which is one of


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Musician Roger Waters in New York the most successful musicals out there at the moment. ... Lee’s become a close friend of mine, and I’m touching wood but we think we’ve finally found a director that we want to work with, so that’s another project that’s in the pipeline. We’re on the fourth or fifth version of the book, and trying to write some laughs into it. My one disappointment with the original rock n’ roll show that we did, and to some extent

with the movie as well, there weren’t just not many laughs in it. ... Humor is a very important part of my life, so part of the reason for wanting to do a production on Broadway is to express the funny side of the characters. AP: Green Day’s “American Idiot” is in the vein of “The Wall.” Do you plan to check out the Broadway play version? Waters: It would be remiss

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of me not to check it out. I don’t know the work very well. I am not a very good audience. ... My taste in music is very broad, but it’s not very much popular music that I listen to. But when I got this invitation, I did check out some bits of Green Day, and you know, there’s some very strong melodies in there. AP: What were your inspirations for “The Wall”? Waters: My early manhood

was troubled by all kinds of feelings of inferiority, and inconsequence, I was that guy at parties who only ever dressed in black and stood in the corner and scowled at people. Very often those attempts by the young to be cool are just because they’re absolutely scared. I certainly was. The writing of “The Wall” was part of a process that I used to free myself from some of those neuroses, and

some of those fears. Fear is a very pernicious element in many of our lives ... (It) is in lots of ways similar to the fear that is engendered in nations and ideologies. ... We build up these defenses and the fear that we establish about other, anybody that’s not us. AP: What is your impression on the political divide in the United States? Waters: The United states is very insular and parochial, and resists the idea of seeing yourselves they way others see you, the way you’re seen in Europe, and the resistance is enormous, I think, to taking a straight-forward look at this stuff. ... Obviously many, many American citizens are aware of these problems in society and how deeply important they are. ... I remember my mother, who traveled here before the second World War, used to say to me, ‘Americans are so friendly, and so generous,” but she also said, “And so naive.” But I think there’s a huge well of wanting to do good and wanting to help, but it is subverted by the power of commerce. AP: It’s always asked of you, so we will ask it again — any chance of another Pink Floyd reunion? Waters: David (Gilmour) is completely disinterested in anything like that. After Live 8, I could have probably gone for doing some more stuff, but he’s not interested, so it is what it is.

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CD cover of Rufus Wainwright’s “All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu”

Wainwright’s ‘Lulu’ is riveting work By Ryan McLendon The Associated Press After a three-year absence, Rufus Wainwright is back with a vengeance. A subdued, gentle vengeance. His latest effort, “All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu,” is the best album he’s crafted since 2001’s “Poses.” Pairing his rich, mellifluous vocals over cheerless piano chords, Wainwright treats us to a private concert and an emotional buffet. With “All Days Are Nights,” Wainwright shirks off the pop shackles “Poses” imposed and instead takes up the mantle of a weathered piano man delivering a hyper-personal battery of tracks that are part show tune, part torch song. From slow and somber numbers to bright and quick medleys, Wainwright uses his threefold arsenal of vocals, keys and lyrical prowess to create a new genre of deliciously sounding and largely macabre classical tracks. Think Billy Joel’s chops meets Courtney Love’s self-loathing. Wainwright’s show-stopping tunes soar to new heights with the meteoric ascending scales of the album’s opener, “Who Are You New York?,” a poignant ode to a two-faced city that can embrace and cast out in the same gesture. From the subway platform to Madison Square Garden, no one is immune from the chill of loneliness and despair New York City can impose. And “Sad With What I Have” is the perfect sonic mixer for a whiskey neat in piano lounge on the worst day of your life.


National Cancer Survivors Day Baptist Cancer Services will be giving special recognition to a “Cancer Survivor of the Year” and a “Caregiver of the Year.” We invite members of the community to make nominations which can be submitted online at Or, nomination forms may be downloaded and are also available at the Hederman Cancer Center. The deadline for nominations is May 14. Award recipients will be announced at our Annual Celebration at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 6th.

No More Blocked Arteries If you’re a heart patient who’s already had a catheter procedure to unblock coronary arteries, find out what you should be doing to prevent another trip to the cath lab. Join cardiologist Nisheeth Goel, M.D., to get expert advice aimed at people who are already managing a heart condition. Lunch provided. May 4, 11:45 a.m. Baptist Madison Campus, Community Room Which is the Best Birth Control for Me? $5 optional lunch If you are not ready to start or add to your family, there are lots of options to consider for birth control. Join OB/GYN Holt Crews, M.D., for a complete overview of all methods to help decide what’s right for you. May 7, 11:45 a.m. Baptist Madison Campus, Community Room Women and Stroke: Are You At Risk? $5 optional lunch Stroke is the third leading cause of death in women. Effective treatment begins with recognition that a stroke has occurred and emergency medical care. Please join neurologist Keith Jones, M.D., to learn how to reduce your stroke risk and identify acute stroke. May 11, 11:45 a.m., Baptist for Women Conference Center Melanoma: Facts and Myths Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that anyone who spends time in the sun or tanning bed needs to know about. Join plastic surgeon David Steckler, M.D., to learn what these cancers look like, how to protect yourself, and available treatments. May 11, 5:30 p.m., Hederman Cancer Center

Taking the Guesswork Out of Weight Loss $5 optional lunch Are you ready for bathing suits and shorts weather? If not, come to this getting-back-to-the-basics seminar for time-tested methods for losing weight and keeping it off. May 12, 11:45 a.m., Baptist for Women Conference Center Osteoporosis: The Silent Killer $5 optional lunch Osteoporosis, a disease that causes bones to become thin and weak, progresses without symptoms. Often women don’t know they have it until a simple motion, like bending over, breaks a bone. Find out if you are at risk in this seminar with rheumatologist Nirupa Mohandas, M.D. May 14, 11:45 a.m., Baptist for Women Conference Center NICU Reunion 2010 If your child received care in Baptist’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, please plan to attend our Safari NICU Reunion. There will be refreshments, class photos, a clown, face painting and other fun activities for children, plus an opportunity to visit with Baptist’s NICU staff. Come and celebrate the miracle of your child all over again! May 15, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon Baptist for Women Conference Center Repairing Leaky Valves It’s not uncommon for certain heart valves to “leak” when heart structure is abnormal. In some cases, no treatment is necessary. In others, surgical repair is recommended. Join cardiovascular surgeon William Harris, MD, to find out when surgery is needed and what it involves. Lunch provided. May 18, 11:45 a.m. Baptist Madison Campus, Community Room

Register online at or call the Baptist Health Line at 601-948-6262 or 1-800-948-6262.

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Brendan Fraser in “Furry Vengeance”

Fraser adds to his dorky industry with new film ‘Furry Vengeance’ By Jake Coyle AP entertainment writer It’s getting difficult to tell Brendan Fraser’s hammy comedies apart. Asked to explain the difference between “Monkey Bone,” “Bedazzled,” “Journey to the Center of the Earth” and his latest, “Furry Vengeance,” I might plead for my mummy. Fraser has built a small, dorky industry by being an exceptionally smiley fellow. He is cheery, positive and always gives himself fully to the movie at hand — which is more than can be said for many. In “Furry Vengeance,” he plays a father, Dan Sanders, who has moved his family from Chicago to the Oregon woods, where he hopes to please his demanding boss, Ken Jeong, by overseeing a new suburban housing development. His wife, Brooke Shields, and his mopey teenage son, Matt Prokop, miss the city and regard Dan’s obsessive loyalty to his boss increasingly skeptically. As Dan supervises the “Rocky Springs” development, an uprising takes form.

film review Their habitat threatened, the wilderness animals seek to frighten off the intruders. Led by a raccoon, the tiny insurgents outwit and bedevil Dan until his sanity begins to slip. It’s a bit like if Alfred Hitchcock had made “The Birds” as a 5-year-old. The cleverest thing about “Furry Vengeance” is that the company Dan works for touts itself as a “green company.” In truth, it’s nothing of the sort. They happily explode beaver dams and trample through pristine forest to lay down pavement and a shopping mall. Eventually, the forest animals are locked up in a Guantanamo Bay-like prison. Thankfully, the movie doesn’t extend this metaphor. Dan’s own money-hungry boss curses the pseudo environmentalists who live green “only when convenient.” Dan, who drives an SUV hybrid, very much falls into that category. He barely survives before learning that it’s not always easy to be eco-friendly. The lesson is no coincidence: “Furry Vengeance” is pro-

duced by Participant Media, whose earlier films include the Oscar-winning documentary “The Cove” and “Food Inc.,” neither of which is exactly shy about its respective message. The animals here, thankfully, aren’t talking cartoons, though they’re close. The film uses a mixture of CGI and real-life, trained animals — which is surely a tad hypocritical, too, for a film about letting nature be. (After all, “The Cove” centers on Ric O’Barry, who became an activist after rebelling against the treatment of a dolphin for a TV show: “Flipper.”) No animals may have been hurt in this production, but Brendan Fraser was. That he bothers with films like this is dispiriting because of his talent, as evidenced by movies like “The Quiet American” and “Crash.” Those films made use of his smiley demeanor for a superficial cover, not just vacant broad comedy. “Furry Vengeance,” a Summit Entertainment release, is rated PG for some rude humor, mild language and brief smoking. Running time: 91 minutes. One star out of four.

After ‘Once,’ director John Carney makes comedy switch with ‘Zonad’ By Jake Coyle AP entertainment writer NEW YORK — No one can claim that John Carney, the Irish director of the barebones, busker romance “Once,” is trying to repeat himself. His new film, co-directed and co-written with his brother Keiran Carney, is about an overweight drunk who, in 1950s Ireland, escapes a rehabilitation center in a red vinyl spaceman outfit. He lands in a small town whose residents cheerfully accept him as an intergalactic traveler and treat him like a magical hero. At Tribeca, it’s been the film most likely to inspire baffled “what-is-this?” double-takes, usually followed by hearty, surprised laughter. Told straightforwardly like a drama, and shot in an approximation of ’50s Technicolor, its absurdity becomes clear right around the time Zonad (Simon Delaney) makes a class of high school girls swoon by picking up a guitar and performing a polished disco tune. “That’s scene where you go, ‘OK, all pretense of this being a logical film are now gone,’” says John. When asked to describe the movie by those who haven’t seen it, Keiran often shrugs and simply suggests its nuttier than squirrel poop — though that isn’t the word he used. The brothers compare it to John Ford’s 1952 Irelandset film “The Quiet Man” by way of Mel Brooks. It’s far from the kind of follow-up typically expected of a hit like “Once,” the roundly acclaimed 2006 film that, on a meager budget, earned $9.4 million at the U.S. box-office



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Simon Delaney in “Zonad”

film and won a best song Oscar for its stars, Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova. The Carney brothers came up with “Zonad” long before that film. They sketched it out almost a decade ago and in 2003 made a rough version that co-starred their friend Cillian Murphy — who has since become a famous actor. Keiran recalls a few years ago taking a train back to Dublin from Galway with Murphy and David Pearse (who plays Zonad’s friend and fake superhero rival “Bonad” in the film), “and all we spoke about on this 2 1/2 hour train journey was ‘Zonad,’” he recalls. “It just made me think that, actually, it was a really good project if we were still talking about it years later,” says Keiran. “It was trying to make something that’s not generic.” At a festival like Tribeca, where 85 films are showcased, an oddity like “Zonad”

was all the more a surprise, lined up alongside serious dramas and meaningful documentaries. The film has received mostly good reviews. Variety said it “carried with it the sweet smell of a cult hit,” and The New York Times said it “deserves wider attention.” Wide theatrical distribution for surreal Irish comedies set in the ’50s isn’t exactly the norm, though. John — who is writing a script for Judd Apatow and will later this year direct a more mainstream film, “Town House,” starring Amy Adams and Zach Galifianakis — says they’ve received interest from distributors but have no deal yet. However many moviegoers initially see “Zonad,” it seems destined for cult adoration and raucous midnight screenings. “It could be very pleasant to have as sort of a slow-burning thing that builds up over time,” says John. “I don’t feel any rush with this film. I’m quite happy for it to have a sort of longer shelf life.”


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Poll: A third of women say pets better listeners than husbands LOS ANGELES (AP) — Husbands, if you end up in the doghouse, consider it a promotion. A third of pet-owning married women said their pets are better listeners than their husbands, according to an Associated poll released Wednesday. Eighteen percent of pet-owning married men said their pets are better listeners than their wives. Christina Holmdahl, 40, talks all the time to her cat, two dogs or three horses — about her husband, naturally. “Whoever happens to be with me when I’m rambling,” said Holmdahl, who’s stationed with her husband at Fort Stewart in Georgia. “A lot of times, I’m just venting about work or complaining about the husband.” She thinks everyone should have a pet to talk to like her horse, Whistle, who’s been with her since she was 19. “We all say things we don’t mean when we are upset about stuff,” she said. “When we have time to talk it out and rationalize it, we can think about it better and we can calm down and see both sides better.” It would be a toss-up whether Bill Rothschild would take a problem to his wife of 19 years or the animal he considers a pet — a palm-sized crayfish named Cray Aiken. His daughter brought it home four years ago at the end of a secondgrade science project. Rothschild, 44, of Granite Springs, N.Y., considers Cray a better listener than his wife, “absolutely. She doesn’t listen worth anything.” He doesn’t get much feedback from the crustacean, but it’s been a different story over the years with family dogs and cats. “You definitely feel much more comfortable sharing your problems with them,” he said. “A little lick from a big dog can go a long way.” Overall, about one in 10 pet owners said they would talk their troubles over with their

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Karen Manderbachs with her dog, Kensey, in Rocky Mount, N.C. pets. The poll also found that most people believe their pets are stable and seldom struggle with depression. Just 5 percent of all pet owners said they had taken an animal to a veterinarian or pet psychologist because it seemed down in the dumps. Even fewer said they’d ever given antidepressants to a pet. But they weren’t opposed to the idea: 18 percent of those polled said they were at least somewhat likely to take a pet to a vet or pet psychologist if it was dejected. When pets become the therapists, the dogs have it. Twentyfive percent of dog owners said their canines listened better than a spouse, while only 14 percent of cat owners chose the feline. Ron Farber, 55, of Hoxie, Kan., said it’s easier to talk to his dog Buddy than his wife because “the dog doesn’t have an opinion.” “I think better out loud. He doesn’t care what you say or do. He looks at you, pays attention, you walk through the problem in your mind and eventually, the answer comes. It’s not as easy when other people are

offering opinions,” he said. Farber would take Buddy to a vet if he needed help, but “I doubt there’s a dog psychologist within 300 miles.”

A pet psychologist is also called a veterinary behaviorist. Veterinarian Karen Sueda, whose office is at the VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital

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is one of 50 certified by the American Veterinary Medical Association. Most of her canine patients have problems with aggression and anxiety, while her cats’ biggest problem is failure to use a litter box, she said. Karen Manderbachs, 38, has tried drugs for her dog Kensey, a Shiba Inu who is afraid of thunder. “She sits and fullbody shakes. She tries to climb the walls, will hide behind the couch. She gets frantic.” But the first time, the pill didn’t take effect in time. The next, “she was so out of it, I couldn’t do it again.” Without thunder, Kensey is fine and listens with the other pets — three dogs and a cat —

as Manderbachs talks. The dogs seldom react, “but if I’m upset, if I cry, they will hover around and try, in their own way, to make it better,” said the 38-year-old from Rocky Mount, N.C. Sueda, the veterinary behaviorist, said she thinks everyone talks to their animals. “Pets are great because they provide us with unconditional support. They never talk back, never give us the wrong opinion and they are always there for us,” she said. “As much as we love our spouses or significant others, sometimes they are not there, sometimes they have their own thoughts about how we should deal with situations.”

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Wayne Linehan, Trumpet Wade Rackley, Tuba David Dick, Trombone Darcie Bishop, Trumpet Richard Hudson, Horn

SUNDAY, MAY 2 • 6:00p.m. On the Lawn of the Mary Harwood Home Reception following for guests and artists • 600 Fort Hill Drive

$15 at the Door • Students free with ID • 601-636-9421 (In case of inclement weather the concert will take place at the Church of the Holy Trinity - 900 South St.)

Academic Instructor Psychologist Vocational Instructor – Electrical

Correctional Officer Certified Medical Assistant Vocational Instructor – Masonry

Qualifications: High school diploma, GED certification or equivalent. Must complete pre-service training, must be able to successfully complete a full background check. A valid driver's license is required. Minimum age requirement: Must be at least 21 years of age. To apply for this position please complete an Online Application at, or apply at your local Mississippi Unemployment Office. CCA is a Drug Free Workplace & an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/V/D.


Sunday, May 2, 2010

501 Speed Street

1900 Sky Farm Avenue 118 Woodstone YOU WON'T BELIEVE THIS SHOWPLACE! 4 BR/2.5B, spacious dining room, beautiful kitchen totally updated w/granite, stainless appl. Fabulous outdoor entertaining area with kidney shaped pool, hot tub, landscaping.

JONES & UPCHURCH, INC. Call Andrea at


Over 32 years of experience put to work for you! EMAIL: ANDREA@JONESANDUPCHURCH.COM Andrea Upchurch WWW.VICKSBURGHOMES.COM

The Vicksburg Post

420 Lake Forest

8 bedrooms 7 baths included in the main house and guest house, with the guest house also having a 1 bedroom suite with full kitchen and living room. Home is surrounded by the New Orleans style courtyard with relaxing sounds from the fountain. Handmade brick courtyard surrounds an in-ground pool. There is a breath taking view of the Mississippi River. The property is furnished with beautiful antiques. This home is offered as a turn key operation.

916 National Street

Adorable Ranch House! Three Bedroom, One Bath, Living Room And Family Room. New Carpet, House Is Being Painted. Seller Will Pay $5,000 In Closing Cost.

This home was remodeled in 2005. New stove and dishwasher will remain with house. Refrigerator, washer and dryer are negotiable. Two large bedrooms and bathrooms, living room, formal dining, laundry room and nice kitchen. This home has so much character.


REATHA CREAR & Coldwell Banker All Stars 601-831-1742 601-634-8928

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409 Garden Grove Great updated 2-bedroom/2-bath home located near Vicksburg High School. Ceramic floors and large kitchen/dining room, hardwood floors in expansive living room. Big front porch to take in the cool breeze. Large shop and off-street parking in rear. Central heat and air. Seller will pay up to 3% in closing cost.


Great Oak Park Family Home! This spacious open floor plan features a generous family room w/fireplace, separate formal dining room & 3 bd & 2 bths. The Master Bath features a whirlpool tub, separate shower & a tremendous closet. The fenced backyard features a large covered patio. $

07. Help Wanted ADVERTISING SALES CONSULTANT Looking for a new challenge in Advertising Sales? Apply now- This position won't last! In this role you will have an account list to look after and manage. You will work with clients to find creative and unique advertising solutions for their businesses. You will be responsible for generating revenue and achieving your goals. You will have a selection of clients to service; you will identify their needs and build stronger relationships with them. You will also spend time building new relationships and finding new business opportunities. Ideally you will have experience selling business to business. Any advertising or marketing or sales experience that you have will also be advantageous. You must be intelligent, customer focused, and a strong team player. Must have a good driving record with dependable transportation and auto insurance. The successful candidate will be rewarded with an above industry base salary, plus commission. Send resumes to Dept. 3713, The Vicksburg Post, P.O. Box 821668, Vicksburg, MS 39182.

07. Help Wanted

& Coldwell Banker All Stars

DRIVERS NEEDED!! 1-877-285-8621 CALL M - F 8am-5pm EXPERIENCED COOK NEEDED to start immediately. Light computer knowledge preferred, part time into full time position available. Send resume to or call 601-738-0820. IMMEDIATE OPENING FOR full time office manager for private healthcare practice. Must have excellent customer service skills and experience filing insurance claims and managing account receivable. Send resume and three letters of reference to Office Manager Position, P.O. Box 526, Vicksburg, MS 39181. Deadline- postmark by May 7, 2010.

Find a Honey of a Deal in the Classifieds...Zero in on that most wanted or hard to find item.

EXPERIENCED LANDSCAPE SUPERVISOR needed. Call 601-415-3628. Serious inquiries only. JUST LOST JOB! Looking for office work. Data Entry, Collections, Phone work. Can send reume. Call 601-573-9347.

LPN 11pm - 7am We offer Blue Cross/Blue Shield medical insurance, PTO & 401K-Plan for full time employees Apply in Person at: Shady Lawn Health and Rehabilitation 60 Shady Lawn Place M-F 8:30am-4:30pm EOE READ THE CLASSIFIEDS daily!

07. Help Wanted

Specializing In: Remodeling, Additions, Storm & Fire Damage Repairs, Drainage & Erosion Control

Johnny Sanders 601-629-7808

601-634-8928 or 601-218-2489

07. Help Wanted


Licensed by the State of MS & the City of Vicksburg


2735 Washington Street, Vicksburg, MS 39180 • 601-638-6243

Sanders Hollingsworth Builders



Real Estate McMillin And



Affordable home, only $93,900. Well maintained brick home in south county.

Beverly McMillin


Home inspection has been done 1/2 repairs addressed including a new roof to be added. Ready to sell!!! Combined with all the custom features this house is the best available for the price point & neighborhood. Call me to hear all the features unique to this house, and to find out about an additional 1000 square feet +/of living space not included in the cost. All this on a corner lot & at a price designed to sell. $145,000

3774 Ring Road

NINA601-415-4503 ROCCONI 601-636-5947

5 bedrooms, 3 baths over 2600 sq ft. New addition with incredible master suite. $ 219,900.

07. Help Wanted

15. Auction

18. Miscellaneou s For Sale

18. Miscellaneou s For Sale

WE PAY CASH! for gold, silver, diamonds & coins Scallions Jewelers

MDS, a well established dry bulk carrier is seeking Qualified Class “A” CDL Drivers based in Vicksburg MS. Drivers are Home Daily.

1207 Washington St. • 601-636-6413


Requirements: • Minimum 2 yrs. tractor/trailer experience within the last 5 yrs. • Certified driving school counts as 1 yr. • At least 23 yrs. of age • Tanker endorsement not required Competitive wages, Medical, Dental, RX, 401k Safety and Longevity Bonuses quarterly Call Dawn @ 1-800-872-2855 EOE M/F D/V

HOLLINGSWORTH ENTERPRISES, INC FRI & SAT * MAY 14-15 2010 * 9:00 a.m. 2749 Hwy 21 * Forest, MS 39074 * 601-469-2705day 601-954-4230cell Selling Dozers, Backhoes, 50-75 Farm Tractors, Skid Steers, Forklifts, Rubber Tired Loaders, Aerial Equipment, Trucks, Trailers, Bushogs, Disks, Plows, Shop Tools, Compressors, Etc…. Located at our Forest, MS Auction Facility * 5% Buyers Premium per item with $200.00 max. per item Visit our website for listing and online bidding: Auctioneers: Corbert D. Hollingsworth MS Lic #142; Chad Brantley MS Lic #823; Joey McCann MS Lic #157

BUSINESS & SERVICE DIRECTORY Score A Bullseye With One Of These Businesses!

Send a loving message to your Mom for Mother’s Day! On Sunday, May 9th, we will have a “Mother’s Day Card” in the Classified Section of The Vicksburg Post. COST IS $1 PER WORD AND $10 PER PICTURE. Hurry, Hurry, Hurry!!! Deadline is Tuesday, May 4th at 3pm.

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Quality Service at Competitive Prices #1 Windshield Repair & Replacement

Vans • Cars • Trucks •Insurance Claims Welcome•

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New Homes

Framing, Remodeling, Cabinets, Flooring, Roofing & Vinyl Siding State Licensed & Bonded

Jon Ross 601-638-7932 ROY’S CONSTRUCTION

• Bulldozer & Construction

RESIDENTIAL/COMMERCIAL New Construction & Remodeling

BUFORD Haul Clay, Gravel, Dirt, Rock & Sand All Types of Dozer Work Land Clearing • Demolition Site Development & Preparation Excavation Crane Rental • Mud Jacking

Dirt For Vicksburg Fred Clark Heavy Clay, 610, Clay Gravel, Fill Dirt Trackhoe, Dozer, Box Blade, Demolition Work Driveways: Repair, Form & Finish House Pads: Concrete, Clearing & Grubbing Licensed & Bonded


River City Landscaping, LLC • Dozer / Trackhoe Work • Dump Truck • • Bush Hogging • Box Blade • Demolition • Debris Removal • Lawn Maintenance • Deliver Dirt -13 yd. load $85 locally • Gravel • Sand • Rock Res. & Com. • Lic. & Ins. Robert Keyes, Jr. (Owner) 601-529-0894


DWAYNE ROY 601-415-6997 JOSHUA ROY 601-831-0558




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• CLASSIFIEDS • 601-636-7355 • •

The Vicksburg Post

Sunday, May 2, 2010



Sunday, May 2, 2010

The Vicksburg Post

Ask the Guys Dear Classified Guys, When my neighbors decided to have a yard sale, I thought it was a great idea. Things have been piling up in their yard for years and have slowly been creeping to the fence between our houses. A yard sale was sure to clean things out. However, I didn't anticipate my husband's interest. On the day of their sale, he came home with snow shovels, rakes and even a new golf bag. I was okay with that, but then the clothes started. When he realized he was the same size as our neighbor, he bought the whole wardrobe! Unfortunately, our neighbor had a fashion style from 30 years ago. My husband loves the pants that are already worn in and thinks the pre-stretched flannel shirts are cozy. On top of the horrible sense of style, I really don't like the idea of my husband wearing the clothes from the guy next door. What will the neighbors think? How do I get my husband to pass these things along and quickly?

• • • Cash: We're guessing at least one

neighbor will think your husband has a great fashion sense. After all, the clothing did come from next door!

Duane “Cash� Holze & Todd “Carry� Holze 05/02/10 Š2010 The Classified GuysŽ

Carry: If your husband found a few things at a yard sale that got him excited, let him have fun. How often is it that men get thrilled about shopping or clothing for that matter? And besides, since he found a new golf bag, he certainly needs a matching outfit for the golf course! Cash: Unfortunately, if you're not a fan of the wardrobe your husband picked up for himself, you probably have a tough road ahead. Trying to alter your husband's fashion sense may take some time. Most men are not exactly known for being in vogue. Carry: The good news is that there are a lot of men's clothes that can stay

in style. Some of the jeans, t-shirts and sweatshirts from his newly acquired wardrobe may not be much different than anything else currently in your husband's closet. Cash: If you give him a little time, you may find that he will settle in to his "favorites". When that happens, you can work on him to clean out the items he doesn't wear or the pieces you find most objectionable. Then again, it's unlikely you'll be able to pry away a comfy pair of jeans or a cozy flannel shirt. Carry: However, if you're lucky, maybe you can go to the next yard sale and find a bargain wardrobe for yourself!

Fast Facts Being Neighborly

Reader Humor Painful Sale

Most of us don't get the chance to pick our neighbors, but if you could, whom would you choose? Each year, poses the question, "Who would be the best celebrity neighbor?" Previous winners include Faith Hill and Tim Mcgraw and former vicepresidential candidate, Sarah Palin. This year's list was topped by the Obamas and celebrity couple Ellen DeGeneres and Portia DeRossi. Rounding out the list as the least favored celebrity neighbors was "Octomom" Nadya Suleman and Jon and Kate Gosselin.

Being a garage sale enthusiast myself, I know how difficult it can be to pass up a sale while driving around town. So when I hold my annual garage sale, there are very few devotees who surprise me. However, this year I met one woman who takes the prize for most obsessive. While paying for her items, she mentioned that her husband was going to be very upset with her for stopping by my sale today. "Maybe not," I smiled back to her. "Just tell him about all the bargains you got." "That probably won't do it," she said nodding at her husband in the car. "He's waiting for me to drive him to the hospital to pass his kidney stone." (Thanks to Alice H.)

Cornered In the words of Robert Frost, "Good fences make good neighbors." And while fences can come in all shapes and sizes, most pale in comparison to the longest fence in the world located in Australia. This fence, stretching more than 3,488 miles, was built in the 1880's to keep dingo's out of the fertile southeast part of the continent and protect sheep flocks. The fence is 5.9 feet tall and extends another foot into the ground. It has been relatively successful over the years protecting sheep herds and limiting the number of dingo offspring that have passed through.

Laughs For Sale Let's hope it doesn't rain on the 10th. E YARD SAL go. st u m g in th Every nd more. a s m ite Household ve. April 10th, 12 Maple A : April 10th. Rain Date

07. Help Wanted LANDSCAPE AND VEGETATION Maintenance Technician needed for growing local company. Call 601-750-8322 for details. EOE.


   !! " # $%&'$($' )*)* #     ' + " MOBILE HOME SERVICE technician needed. Valid driver's license, experience in plumbing, electrical and carpentry work. Apply in person only. Magnolia Estates, 1333 Highway 61 South. No phone calls.

14. Pets & Livestock

17. Wanted To Buy

2 DOGS AND 3 cats need forever homes. Please help and adopt these babies. All have been fixed. Call 601-638-7216.

WE BUY ESTATES. Households and quality goods. Best prices. You call, we haul! 601-415-3121, 601-661-6074.

AKC/ CKC REGISTERED YORKIES, Poodles and Schnauzers $200 to $700! 601-218-5533,

Foster a Homeless Pet!

WE HAUL OFF old appliances, lawn mowers, hot water heaters, junk and abandoned cars, trucks, vans, etcetera. 601-940-5075, if no answer, please leave message.

18. Miscellaneous For Sale Spring Into Savings at


15. Auction

Business is Booming Now Hiring, Smiling Faces Restaurant Managers are needed! Are you looking for a new oppurtunity, new career? We are hiring individuals that are hard working, posses management skills, organized and have a positive attitude. We would be happy to discuss our openings across Mississipi and Louisiana. Yearly salary plus bonus$26,000-$56,000 Based on experience and performance Benefits include: 401K, Health Insurance, Vacation, Monthy Bonus Fax resume to 866-433-4146 Email Or mail to Human Resources 155 W Peace St Canton, Ms 39046

QUALITY CONTROL. EARN up to $100 per day! Evaluate retail stores, training provided, no experience required. Call 877-6999772.

LOOKING FOR A great value? Subscribe to The Vicksburg Post, 601-6364545, ask for Circulation.

17. Wanted To Buy CASH PAID FOR COINS, war relics, antique books and collectibles. Call 601618-2727. Old bottles, old war relics, anything antique. Paying top dollar. Call 601-5292632 or 601-631-1924.


THE PET SHOP “Vicksburg’s Pet Boutique�

UPRIGHT BALDWIN PIANO for sale. $1000. Call 601-638-7216.

Bring Your Best Friend to our NEW LOCATION, 3508 South Washington Street Not so far, just 1 mile south of Belmont St. Same Great Pet Merchandise, Just More Room!

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.

K and K Crawfish Purged 5 sacks and up $1.50 a pound. Under 5 sacks $2 a pound.


600 Jackson Street


FOR LESS THAN 45 cents per day, have The Vicksburg Post delivered to your home. Only $14 per month, 7 day delivery. Call 601-636-4545, Circulation Department. FURNITURE FOR SALE. Great condition. Call 601218-0671 for details. Living room and bedroom. KENMORE 21 CUBIC feet refrigerator. Excellent condition. $150. 601-4150528 or 601-618-1366.

11. Business Opportunities

Fresh Seafood, & Sack Oysters,

Live Crawfish $1.50/ lb LIVE MUSIC Saturday 9pm-1am Jack Town

Crawfish Cooking Every Sunday

11. Business Opportunities

CALL 601-636-7535


Highway 61 South


Currently housing 84 unwanted and abandoned animals.

Teachers, stay-at-home parents, college students, nurses. . . they’re all delivering the newspaper in their spare time and earning extra income! It’s easy - and it’s a great way to earn extra cash.

! No Wonder Everybody’s Doing It

To join The Vicksburg Post newspaper team you must be dependable, have insurance, reliable transportation, and be available to deliver afternoons Monday Friday and early mornings Saturday and Sunday.

Your Hometown Newspaper!

Openings Available in:

Port Gibson, Hermanville & Pattison areas

601-636-4545 ext. 181

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


Adopt Today!

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LOCAL DULCIMER GROUP plays for weddings, anniversaries and reunions. Call Ginger, 601-630-3399. LUDWIG 5 PIECE drum kit. Good drums for low price $100. 601-994-3269.

29. Unfurnished Apartments

ALPHA CLEANS WINDOWS, gutters. Interior, exterior painting. Repairs, remodeling. 601-636-5883.

$75 WEEKLY. $270 monthly. $75 deposit. With private bath, $350 monthly. Furnished, central air, phone, and cable. 601-272-4564.

AFFORDABLE PAINTING. Quality work. Exterior/interior: Historic renovation. 20 years experience. 601-2180263.

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

✎ AUBREY'S ✎ 24 HOUR cleaning service. Commercial/ Residential, Great Senior Citizen Discounts. No job too large or too small!

Call today! 601-618-8599. BARBARA'S LAWN SERVICE. Grass too tall, give us a call. Low prices, great service. 601-218-8267, 601629-6464, leave message.

Toni Walker Terrett Attorney At Law 601-636-1109 • Bankruptcy Chapter 7 and 13 • Social Seurity Disability • No-fault Divorce



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

DJ CONSTRUCTION HANDYMAN- remodelingroofspaintingsidingdoors- windows- floors and much more. Call Donald Jones 281-785-5700 cell. Over 20 years experience. Website- 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.

Don’t send that lamp to the curb! Find a new home for it through the Classifieds. Area buyers and sellers use the Classifieds every day. Besides, someone out there needs to see the light.


Discover a new world of opportunity with The Vicksburg Post Classifieds.

29. Unfurnished Apartments

AUDUBON PLACE For those adults who like a safe community setting with the best neighbors in Vicksburg.



22. Musical Instruments

A-1 LAWN SERVICE. Cutting, trimming, edging. Reasonable, 601-218-1448, 601-636-2629.

29. Unfurnished Apartments

NIGHTLY, WEEKLY, MONTHLY RATES. Between Ameristar and Diamond Jacks Casino. Multiple night discounts, no deposit, best prices in town. DIXIANA MOTEL 4041 WASHINGTON STREET VICKSBURG, MS.

28. Furnished Apartments 1 BEDROOM APARTMENT, 1415 Washington Street, downtown. $800 monthly, deposit required. 601-638-5943 or 662-8734236, 662-873-2878. CORPORATE APARTMENT. Fully furnished. $800 monthly, utilities, weekly cleaning, off street parking. 601-661-9747. EXECUTIVE BEDROOM SUITE. Fully furnished. Call for details and price. 601278-6139. NEWLY RENOVATED. Completely furnished corporate apartment. All utilities provided including cable and internet. Laundry room, courtyard, security entrance. Great location. $750 - $900 month. 601-415-9027, 601-638-4386.

29. Unfurnished Apartments


601-638-7831 • 201 Berryman Rd


Please adopt today!

Call the Shelter for more information.

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

27. Rooms For Rent

601-638-1102 * 601-415-3333

43 dogs & puppies 41 cats & kittens Call the Shelter for more information. HAVE A HEART, SPAY OR NEUTER YOUR PETS! Look for us on

21. Boats, Fishing Supplies

24. Business Services

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


14. Pets & Livestock

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

24. Business Services

Bradford Ridge Apartments


“WE CAN ERASE your bad credit- 100% guaranteed.� The Federal Trade Commission says the only legitimate credit repair starts and ends with you. It takes time and a conscious effort to pay your debts. Any company that claims to be able to fix your credit legally is lying. Learn about managing credit and debt at A message from The Vicksburg Post and the FTC.

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

Cheapest Prices in Town

STRICK’S SEAFOOD 601-218-2363


10. Loans And Investments

19. Garage & Yard Sales

14 FOOT JON boat. 8 horse power Evinrude and Trailer. $600 Firm. 601-5297148.

MOVING OFFICE SALE. 7 drawer executive desk, $60. Credenza, $30. Filing cabinet, $30. 601-218-2160.

Classifieds Really Work!

11. Business Opportunities

18. Miscellaneous For Sale

YELLOW TAG SALE! 601-638-7191

Opportunity is Knocking

18. Miscellaneous For Sale


FOR LEASING INFO, CALL 601-636-1752 •


Toll Free 1-866-238-8861 EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY

Discount for Senior Citizens available

415-3333 • 638-1102 • 636-1455



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INTO THE GOOD LIFE! Apartment Homes



• 2160 S. Frontage Rd.

The Vicksburg Post

Sunday, May 2, 2010

29. Unfurnished Apartments 3 BEDROOM APARTMENTS. New carpet and appliances, $525. 1 bedroom, $400. 601-631-0805.

30. Houses For Rent

33. Commercial Property

34. Houses For Sale

34. Houses For Sale

3/ 4 BEDROOMSRent $1,000 and Up! • 721 National 732-768-5743

FOR RENT. 17,000 +/square feet. Highway 80 and Highway 27. 601-8311933.

307 DRUSILLA LANE. For Sale by owner. 3 bedrooms 1.5 bath. Call Tony 601-618-1832. Realtors Welcome.

4022 HIGHWAY 27: Owner Financing. 3 bedroom 2 bath home. Ward Real Estate 601-634-6898.

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

I-20 AREA. 2,000 square feet. Commercial. Call 601-218-9631.

OAK PARK. Large 2 story, 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, covered in-ground pool, enclosed garage. $1200 monthly. 601-618-7948.

34. Houses For Sale

Very nice, 4 BEDROOM, 3 BATH, 2 story home. Colonial Drive. $1400 monthly. Deposit/ References required. Call 601-831-4506.

1 OAK HILL. 4br, 2ba, 2 fireplaces, totally remodeled, new roof, granite in kitchen and bathrooms. Well built, very good condition, very private. Will pay 3% closing costs with acceptable offer. $147,500. Call 318-341-8717

31. Mobile Homes For Rent 3 BEDROOMS, 2 baths. 61 South area, deposit required. 601-619-9789.

32. Mobile Homes For Sale

Vicksburg’s Most Convenient Luxury Apartments!

CRIMSON 14X76. 2 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, central air, some extras. $8000. Must be moved. 601-8856176, 601-672-5919.

• Cable Furnished! • High Speed Internet Access Available! 601-636-0503 2160 S. Frontage Rd. Vicksburg, MS 39180


Voted #1 Apartments in the 2009 Reader’s Choice

• 1, 2 & 3 Bedroom Apts. • Beautifully Landscaped • Lake Surrounds Community

• Pool • Fireplace • Spacious Floor Plans 601-629-6300

KEEP UP WITH ALL THE LOCAL NEWS AND SALES... SUBSCRIBE TO THE VICKSBURG POST TODAY! CALL 601-636-4545, ASK FOR CIRCULATION. SAVE $9,000 NOW! 28x80 4 bedroom 2 ½ bath. Was $61,900. Now only $52,900. $2,700 down and $389 per month. Classic Sales601-636-6433.

33. Commercial Property

501 Fairways Drive Vicksburg

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

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



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

Move-In Special • 1 & 2 Bedroom Studios & Efficiencies • Utilities Paid No Utility Deposit Required

1911 Mission 66

✦ From $495.00 ✦


2170 S. I-20 Frontage Rd.

McMillin Real Estate 601-636-8193

Big River Realty

DAVID A. BREWER 601-631-0065

600 Blossom Lane 3 BR, 2 BA home with inground pool & large workshop.


AUTO • HOME • BUSINESS JasonJIM BarnesHOBSON • 601-661-0900


601-636-0502 • Bulldozer & Construction

Haul Clay, Gravel, Dirt, 601-955-8541 Rock & Sand All Types of Dozer Work Land Clearing • Demolition Site Development & Preparation Excavation Crane Rental • Mud Jacking

Dirt For Vicksburg Utica Fred Clark 1098 Curtis Rd. Heavy Clay, 610, $600,000 Clay Gravel, Fill Dirt Commercial Property Dozer, Box • 4Trackhoe, Acres Demolition Work •Blade, 6,000 SF Equipped MultiPurposeDriveways: Bldg. Repair, Form on & 7Finish • 1,000 SF Gazebo Acre House Pads: Concrete, Lake Clearing & Grubbing • 2nd Bldg. w/ Kitchenette & FullLicensed Bath & Bonded

601-638-9233 Gazebo Lake

River City Landscaping, LLC

Member FDIC




Vans • Cars • Trucks •Insurance Claims Welcome•


My property listings in this ad keep selling! I need MORE LISTINGS! Give me a call to discuss putting your property on the market and IN THIS AD.


Barnes Glass

State Board of Contractors Approved & Bonded

Rely on over 19 years of experience in Real Estate.

Licensed in MS and LA

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


40. Cars & Trucks

The Car Store CARS • CARS • CARS• CARS• CARS 00 CADILLAC CATERA V1326AR................24 Months @ 280 per month ......$955*down 02 CHEVY IMPALA LS V1567R ............6 Months @ 260 per month ........$970*down 00 CHEVY IMPALA LS V1742RR ..........17 Months @ 270 per month ......$985*down $ LD DEVILLE V1866R ..............24 Months 00SCOADILLAC 320 per month .. 1045 SO*LdownD SO@LD $ 04 CHEVY CAVALIER LS V1982..............24 Months @ 320 per month .... 1150*down 02 NISSAN SENTRA GXE V1915 ..........23 Months @ 310 per month ....$1175*down 00 BUICK CENTURT LIMITED V1976 ....24 Months @ 270 per month ....$1195*down 06 CHEVY COLBALT LS V1973 ..............24 Months @ 340 per month ....$1195*down 95 TOYOTA AVALON XLS V1984 ..........24 Months @ 300 per month ....$1210*down 04 CHEVY MALIBU LS V1986 ................23 Months @ 340 per month ..$1300*down TRUCKS • TRUCKS • TRUCKS • TRUCKS 99 MERCURY MOUNTAINEER V1852R ....13 Months @ 260 per month ......$935*down 01 FORD RANGER XLT EXT CAB V1892 ....24 Months @ 310 per month ......$970*down 00 DODGE DURANGO 4X4 V1981 ..........24 Months @ 330 per month ..$1330*down $ 02SO FORDLDEXPEDITION XLT V1998 ......24 Months D SO*Ldown SO@LD380 per month .. $1600 03 CHEVY TRAILBLAZER LT RV1995 ..24Months @ 380 per month .... 1810*down $

801 Clay Street • Vicksburg

4571 Hayley’s Point

2000 YAMAHA ROADSTAR. Customized, flame paint job, runs perfect. $5500. 601-631-1775.

4 BR, 2 BA, 1860 SF Metal roof, lakeside, renovated, in county. $90,000 Bette Paul Warner, 601.218.1800 McMillin Real Estate

2009 HOLIDAY RAMBLER. 29 foot, 5th wheel, used 4 times, like new. $35,000. Indianola, 662887-4940, 662-540-483.

Daryl Hollingsworth..601-415-5549

Sybil Caraway....601-218-2869 • Glass Catherine Roy....601-831-5790 Rick McAllister..601-218-1150 Mincer Minor.....601-529-0893 Jim Hobson.........601-415-0211



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

40. Cars & Trucks


39. Motorcycles, Bicycles

40. Cars & Trucks 2001 VOLVO S80 2.9. Sale by Owner. New Tires, Leather and Sunroof. $6400. Call 601-831-6788. 2005 CHEVROLET MALIBU Classic. Automatic, air, power windows, power locks, power mirrors, C.D. Good vehicle. Call Bobby, 601-218-9654, days, 601636-0658 nights. Dealer.

2007 FORD F-150. Crew 40. Cars &Businesses! Trucks cab, 4x4, sunroof, leather, 35. With Lots For SaleOf These Score A Bullseye One spray-in liner, new tires,

Quality Service at Competitive Prices #1 Windshield Repair & Replacement

Ask Us.

40. Cars & Trucks

Classic Elegance in Modern Surroundings


601-529-7376 NEED BUYERS: I have access to homes in all prices & sizes to show you, as well as land & commercial property. Central Drive: Nice home w/hardwood floors, freshly painted inside & out, fenced backyard, workshop & 16x16 covered back porch. Call John Arnold, Vicksburg Realty, LLC.


to Fine Restaurants, Shops, Churches, Banks & Casinos Secure High-Rise Building • Off Street Parking • 9 1/2 Foot Ceilings • Beautiful River Views • Senior Discounts •

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

3 BEDROOMS, 2 baths. Great county location. $128,000. 601-618-4641, after 5pm.

2150 South Frontage Road

Kay Odom..........601-638-2443 Kay Hobson.......601-638-8512 Jake Strait...........601-218-1258 Bob Gordon........601-831-0135 Tony Jordan........601-630-6461 Alex Monsour.....601-415-7274 Jay Hobson..........601-456-1318 Kai Mason...........601-218-5623

34. Houses For Sale


Check the real estate listings in the classifieds daily.

Brian Moore Realty Connie - Owner/ Agent

• Downtown Convenience


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• Construction


Owner: Ollie Cantrell, Jr. ROSS CONSTRUCTION Reduced to: $20,000 Each New Homes Quiet, country living, Framing, Remodeling, easy to Cabinets,access Flooring, Vicksburg & Tallulah! Roofing & Vinyl Siding StateApproximately Licensed & Bonded Jon Ross 601-638-7932 1.5 Acre Lots Mound, LA ROY’S CONSTRUCTION Exit - Highway 602 RESIDENTIAL /COMMERCIAL (1Construction Mile South&of I-20 New Remodeling LICENSEDInterstate) • BONDED • INSURED

chrome steps, 31,000 miles, Call Bobby, 601-218-9654 days, 601636-0658 nights. Dealer.

1999 TOYOTA TACOMA. •much Printing • Signs more! White, extended cab, 175,000 miles, good condition. $6000. 601-437-4521.


2001 FORD F-150 Lariat. 4X4, White, 6 CD/ tape player, new mud tires, all power, low mileage, excel• FLAGS lent condition. Price nego• BANNERS tiable. 601-636-6345.

• BUMPER STICKERS Call • 601-636-SELL YARD SIGNS to sell yourColors! Car Show Your or Truck!


2010 SILVER CAMARO. Low miles, only $24,998. Call OFFICE SUPPLYDealer. Sam at 769-203-9249, Atwood Chevrolet.

• Business Cards BOTTOM LINE • Letterhead AUTO SALES • Envelopes We finance with no credit check! Corner of Fisher • Invoices Ferry Road and Jeff • Work Davis Road.Orders 601-529-1195. • Invitations

Postcall Plaza Please one of these

(601) 638-2900

Fax (601) 636-6711 601-631-0400 C318-574-3610 ABINETS, ADDITIONS, Banker METAL ROOFS, 1601-C North Frontage Rd 1601Coldwell N. Frontage Rd. VINYL SIDING, PATIO DECKS, Vicksburg, MS 39180 professionals today: Vicksburg, MS 39180 36.& EFarms DOZER XCAVATOR & WORK, EPTIC SYSTEMS, SAcreage HandyMan • Lawn Care Ball Jimmy 601-218-3541 LOT CLEAN UP Services YOUR

Kellye Carlisle 601-529-4215 ComansB601-529-5654 RIVERGidget CITY HANDYMAN USINESS Crawford 601-218-0020 JoeKatherine Rangel - Owner 601.636.7843 • 601.529.5400 Reatha Crear C601-831-1742 OULD BE HERE! FromCaffie small repairEllis projects to 601-415-7010 home upgrades...We’re not satisfied until You are. Call Herb Jones 601-831-1840 Call Today! today for your Free Estimate! Marianne Jones 601-415-6868 601-636-SELL Many more tracts available! Beth Mazzanti • 601-218-2489 ••••••••••••• Investors Realty Group, Inc. William Nettle 601-415-6489 ✰ Danny Rice/ Broker All Business & Service In the Classified 601-529-2847, Harley Caldwell, Broker Business Directory, ✰ Directory Charlie Donald, Ads MUST BE 601-668-8027, 601-634-8928 your ad is viewed daily ✰ Dees Simpson, 2170 I-20 S. Frontage Road PAID IN ADVANCE ! by over 33,500 readers! 601-529-4478. DWAYNE ROY 601-415-6997 J✰ OSHUA ROY 601-831-0558

5 acre & larger lotsstarting at $3750/ acre. ✰ 40 +/- tract for WTwo E ACCEPT MOST $3500/ acre. MAJOR CREDIT ✰ 53 acres near Natchez . acre. CARDS State Park $3200/ ✰ 226 acres near Bayou e y acre. Pierre $1975/ r

Call today about our special long term ad with a classified ad to make you ❁ ❁ runs available in the Business Directory. MONEY! ❁ We offer and specials from months to place your ad 3 today. ❁ 12 months at a great price deal ! ❁

• Dozer / Trackhoe Work Every • Dump Truck •day is bright and sunny • Bush Hogging • Box Blade • Demolition • Debris Removal • Lawn Maintenance • Deliver Call Michele or Allaina Dirt -13 yd. load $85 locally • Gravel • Sand • Rock Res. & Com. • Lic. & Ins. Robert Keyes, Jr. (Owner) 601-529-0894


June 24, 2010

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• CLASSIFIEDS • 601-636-7355 • •



Commodore Apartments



1, 2 & 3 Bedrooms


605 Cain Ridge Rd. Vicksburg, MS 39180





TAKING APPLICATIONS!! On a newly remodeled 3 bedroom, $450. Also 2 bedroom, $425. Both includes refrigerator and stove furnished. $200. Call 601-634-8290



30. Houses For Rent



2517 OAK STREET. 2 bedrooms, all appliances, off street parking, storage building. $650 monthly, deposit required. 504-400-6758.





601-638-6015 • 2800 Clay Street • Vicksburg, MS



‘10 Chevrolet HHR

‘10 Ford Focus SES


$17,995 LT, 2 to choose from

Pwr roof, leather, loaded

2006 Nissan Sentra, 4 dr

$10,495 2009 Honda Civic, 4 dr. auto


2009 Chevrolet Cobalt LT

$12,995 2007 Buick Lucerne CXL, loaded


2006 Mercury Grand Marquis LS

$12,995 2008 Nissan Altima 2.5S, Loaded


2009 Chevrolet Cobalt LT

$12,995 2008 Honda Civic EX, power roof


2003 Honda Odyssey EXL, rear entertainment $12,995 2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT


2004 BMW Series 3

$13,998 2007 Honda Accord EXL, 2 dr, V6, Black


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

$13,998 2009 Ford Taurus Ltd.




Sunday, May 2, 2010

The Vicksburg Post

GeorgeCarr BU IC K • PON T I AC • CA DI L L AC • GMC


Of Course You Can!

When You Buy From George Carr – Vicksburg’s No. 1 Used Car Sales Leader! 2006 Cadillac DTS

2007 Cadillac CTS

White Diamond

Lease Turn-in



2006 Cadillac STS Beautiful Automobile, Low Miles #41233A

16,995 19,995 21,995

$ 2007 Cadillac SRX Only 23,000 Miles, Sunroof


2008 Acura TL


2009 Lincoln Town Car

Silver Beauty

Signature Limited



2008 Cadillac SRX All-Wheel Drive, Red Pearl



25,495 25,795 25,995 26,495





2009 Cadillac CTS

2009 Cadillac SRX

2009 Cadillac STS

2009 Cadillac DTS

New Body Style, Gorgeous

Navigation System

Manager’s Special




GM Program Special, Silver, Loaded #P8955

28,595 28,995 29,995 31,995





2009 Cadillac DTS

2009 Cadillac STS

2009 Cadillac DTS

2009 Cadillac STS

Black Cherry, Program Car

Sunroof, Loaded

Very Low Miles

Low Miles, Black Cherry





31,995 $32,995 $32,995 $32,995


2009 Buick Enclave

2009 Cadillac STS

2010 Cadillac SRX

2009 Buick Enclave

GM Program Car

Only 16,800 Miles

Enterprise Special

CXL, Entertainment, Sunroof





32,995 $33,995 $35,495 $35,695


2008 Cadillac Escalade Black Beauty #P9138

2010 Cadillac SRX Company Vehicle, Never Titled, Only 6,000 Miles, Loaded #P9075

36,995 $41,695


Bobby Bryan Clyde McKinney An experienced sales staff to Zachary Balthrop Baxter Morris Tim Moody meet all of your automotive needs. Preston Balthrop Salesman of the Mike Francisco Kevin Watson Month of March Come to George Carr, Zachary Balthrop Debbie Berry James “P’Nut” Henderson Herb Caldwell You’ll Be Glad You Did. For a complete listing of our used vehicles visit our website at


L I F E . L I BE RT Y. AN D TH E PU RSUIT. • 601-636-7777 • 1-800-669-3620 • 2950 S. Frontage Road • Vicksburg, MS Financing with approved credit.


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