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As unemployment rises, the Mississippi Governor’s Job Fair Network is bringing its annual event to Vicksburg Tuesday. “The No. 1 priority of the

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fair is jobs,” said Adam Todd, director. “We seek out organizations and businesses that have real jobs to offer. We are offering hope in a time when not much hope exists.” The job fair, set to run from See Jobs, Page A10.

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — In a last-minute stab at compromise, Republican congressional leaders and the White House made significant progress late Saturday night toward a deal to avert a government default threat-

On A7 Crisis lacks perspective ened for Tuesday, according to officials familiar with the talks. Under the plan, the nation’s debt limit would rise in two steps by about $2.4 trillion


and spending would be cut by a slightly larger amount, these officials said. The first stage — about $1 trillion — would take place immediately and the second later in the year. Congress would be required to vote on a balanced budget amendment to

A few more voters on Warren rolls Less than 1 percent more voters are registered in Warren County heading into Tuesday’s primary elections compared to last year, an update from the Secretary of State’s Office showed. Active registrants totaled 30,592 — more than the 30,401 on the rolls for last year’s general election for Congress. The local list is 17 percent smaller than it was for the 2008 presidential election cycle and about 14 percent smaller than the 2007 state and county election cycle. Rolls are routinely purged Sample ballots during each election cycle to reflect names deemed inactive for a number of reasons, most commonly because they have either moved or died. Statewide, voter registration totals 1.8 million. By noon Saturday, 310 voters showed up to cast absentee ballots. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday for primary voting. Five of seven offices elected countywide are on this year’s ballot — though only three of those are on primary ballots — along with all five seats on the Board of Supervisors, two of which will be in Tuesday’s lineup. Any runoffs necessary after Tuesday’s voting will be Aug. 23, and the general election is Nov. 8. Contested local primaries Tuesday include the chancery and circuit clerk’s positions, tax assessor and supervisor districts 1 and 2. Republicans in the chancery race are Donna Farris Hardy, a retired health care industry administrator, City Accountant Doug Whittington and Dawn Cain Barnes, a dental hygienist. The winner faces City Clerk Walter Osborne Jr., the lone Democrat in the race, and independents Alecia Ashley and Gene Thompson, where the ulti-

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‘Information is still there. It just got a facelift.’ By John Surratt

Sometime this week, Vicksburg residents visiting the city’s website at, will open a colorful, more user-friendly site with tabs and buttons providing easier access to city information, chats with Action Line workers, police radio calls and the opportunity to pay utility bills online. The website upgrade is its first overhaul in eight years, said Vicksburg IT director Billy Gordon. He said the city has had a website for about 16 years. “The one we’re on right now had a lot of good information,” he said. “That information is still there. It just got a facelift.” The change is more than cosmetic. Split into three sec-

tions, the home page greets visitors with photos of the city, videos about Vicksburg and the Vicksburg National Military Park, and links to the city’s Facebook and Twitter pages. A row of tabs over pictures provides links to city departments, a library of city forms and applications and links to other community organizations and county websites. The second section features eight buttons for access to the city’s most used sites. The offerings are city departments, the city employee directory, Action Line, city maps and utility billing. “The center section was added at the mayor’s (Paul Winfield) request,” Gordon said. “He had seen something on the City of New Orleans’ See City, Page A9.

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the Constitution, but none of the debt limit increase would be contingent on its approval. One official said the two sides had settled on general concepts, but added there were numerous details to be worked out, and no assur-

Tuesday will trim field for state offices By Emily Wagster Pettus The Associated Press JACKSON — Mississippi voters go to the polls Tuesday to narrow the field of candidates for the Nov. 8 general election for governor and other statewide posts. Democrats have only one contested statewide primary, in the governor’s race. Republicans have statewide primaries for governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, treasurer and agriculture commissioner. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Primary runoffs, if needed, will be Aug. 23. Because Mississippi voters don’t declare party affiliation when they register, qualified voters can choose to participate in either primary. While the statewide races will motivate some people to go to the polls, many will choose between a Democratic or Republican ballot based on their interest in legislative contests or in county races for sheriff and supervisor. Five-term Sen. Billy Hewes of Gulfport and state Treasurer Tate Reeves of Flowood are competing in the GOP primary for lieutenant governor, a job that’s open this year because current Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant is running in the Republican primary for governor. The lieutenant governor’s contest could be the most consequential race because the winner most likely will See State, Page A2.

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this week in the civil war Military preparations deepen as the nation girds at the first hints of a long, brutal conflict. Washington is abuzz with troop movements while the Confederate states are organizing more forces. In Tennessee, Gov. Isham G. Harris advises the Confederate War Department in an Aug. 1 missive that

he has transferred the state’s forces over to the Confederacy. Meanwhile, each side is eyeing each others’ military strengths. New technologies emerge as federal forces make several attempts in July, including at First Bull Run, to send up manned observation balloons to spy on rebel troops.



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Local Continued from Page A1. mate victor replaces retiring incumbent Dot McGee. A pair of races highlight each major party’s ballot in the circuit clerk’s race. Incumbent clerk Shelly Ashley-Palmertree, first elected to the office in 2003, and Preston Balthrop, an auto sales manager, vie for the Democratic nomination. The Republican primary features Bill Jeffers, a Vicksburg police officer, and David Sharp, a schoolteacher. Primary winners face independents Jan Hyland Daigre, a former school board member, and Robert Terry, a real estate broker. For assessor, Democrats Angela Brown and Gary Lick face off to advance to November, where the winner faces lone Republican Mike Caruthers and independents Ben Luckett and Doug Tanner. Brown and Luckett are deputy tax assessors. Lick, Tanner and Caruthers are businessmen. District 1 Supervisor David McDonald faces John Arnold, a real estate broker, and Joe Channell, a businessman, for the GOP nod in Tuesday’s races. McDonald defeated Arnold by 17 votes in the 2007 primary before winning the general election. The winner faces independents Jerry Briggs and Reed Birdsong. District 2 Supervisor William Banks is opposed for the Democratic nod by Tommie Rawlings, a city zoning board member. The winner faces Republican Trey Smith, unopposed on Tuesday, and independent De Reul. Parts of south Warren County will help decide one legislative race, in Port Gibson-centered House District 85. State Rep. Chuck Middleton faces Jeffery Harness in the Democratic primary. The winner takes the seat. Contested races that don’t appear before Warren County voters until November include: • Tax Collector, where incumbent Antonia Flaggs Jones, a Democrat, faces

State Continued from Page A1. hold the office for the fouryear term that begins in January. No Democrat is running for lieutenant governor. The Reform Party wants to put a candidate on the Nov. 8 general election ballot, but it runs low-budget campaigns and has never won a statewide race in Mississippi. The lieutenant governorship is one of the most powerful jobs in Mississippi politics. In addition to serving as governor when the governor is out of state, the lieutenant governor presides over the 52-member Senate, appoints Senate chairmen and assigns bills to committees. Hewes, 49, says he wants to repeal the state inventory tax, strengthen vocational training in high schools, consolidate administrative functions for state agencies, order audits of state consulting contracts and require more disclosure about contracts for private attorneys who handle lawsuits on behalf of the state. He also says he wants to require drug testing of people receiving welfare or unemployment benefits. “We have to be sure that we don’t finance the drug habits of the people we’re trying to help,” Hewes said last week at the Neshoba County Fair. Reeves, 37, has not released a detailed legislative agenda, but said he wants to increase educational attainment in Mississippi and streamline state government by reducing the number of publiclyowned or leased vehicles and cell phones. Reeves said he agrees with requiring more disclosure about public contracts for private attorneys, and he wants to remove the inventory tax if the state can do it without hurting local governments that rely on the

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FOR Governor

For Attorney General

James Broadwater . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . q Phil Bryant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . q Dave Dennis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . q Hudson Holliday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . q Ron Williams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . q

William Bond Compton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . q Johnny L. DuPree . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . q Bill Luckett . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . q Guy Dale Shaw . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . q Jim Hood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . q

For State Treasurer

Connie Moran . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . q

FOR Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce

Joel Gill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . q

FOR Commissioner of Insurance Louis Fondren . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . q

FOR Public Service Commissioner Central District

FOR Lt. Governor Billy Hewes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . q Tate Reeves . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . q

FOR Secretary of State Ricky Dombrowski . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . q Delbert Hosemann . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . q

FOR Attorney General Steve Simpson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . q

FOR State Auditor

Bruce Burton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . q Addie Green . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . q

Stacey E. Pickering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . q

FOR Transportation Commissioner Central District

Lynn Fitch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . q Lucien Smith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . q Lee Yancey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . q

Dorothy Benford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . q Marshand Crisler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . q

FOR District Attorney District 9 Richard ‘Ricky’ Smith, Jr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . q

FOR Warren County Chancery Clerk Walter W. Osborne, Jr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . q

FOR Warren CIRCUIT Clerk Shelly Ashley-Palmertree. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . q Preston Balthrop. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . q

FOR Warren county Sheriff Martis ‘Bubba’ Comans . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . q

FOR Warren county Tax Assessor

Angela J. Brown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . q Gary Lick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . q

FOR Warren county Tax Collector Antonia Flaggs Jones . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . q

FOR Justice Court Judge Southern District Jeffrey Crevitt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . q

FOR State Treasurer

FOR Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Cindy Hyde-Smith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . q Max Phillips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . q Dannie Reed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . q

FOR Commissioner of Insurance Mike Chaney . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . q

FOR Public Service Commissioner Central District Lynn Posey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . q

FOR Transportation Commissioner Central District Dick Hall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . q Timothy L. Johnson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . q

FOR State Senate District 23 Briggs Hopson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . q

FOR State House of Representatives District 54 Alex Monsour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . q

FOR Constable Southern DISTRICT

FOR Warren County Chancery Clerk

FOR Constable Central DISTRICT

Dawn Cain Barnes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . q Donna Farris Hardy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . q Doug Whittington . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . q

John Henry Heggins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . q Randy J. Naylor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . q

FOR Supervisor District 2

William H. Banks, Jr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . q Tommie F. Rawlings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . q

FOR Warren County Circuit Clerk Billy Dale Jeffers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . q David C. Sharp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . q

FOR Supervisor District 3

FOR Warren county Tax Assessor

Charles Selmon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . q

Mike Caruthers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . q

FOR Supervisor District 4 Casey D. Fisher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . q

FOR Justice Court Judge Central District James E. Jefferson, Jr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . q

FOR State House of Representatives District 55 George Flaggs, Jr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . q

FOR Warren county Tax Collector

Patty Mekus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . q

FOR Supervisor District 1 John Arnold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . q Joe Channell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . q David Lamar McDonald . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . q

FOR State House of Representatives District 55

Sam Smith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . q

FOR Supervisor District 2 Thomas ‘Trey’ Daniel Smith III . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . q

FOR Justice Court Judge Northern District Edwin ‘Eddie’ Woods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . q

Republican Patty Mekus. • Sheriff, where incumbent Martin Pace, an independent, faces Democrat Bubba Comans. • District 3 Supervisor, where incumbent Charles Selmon, a Democrat, faces James Stirgus Jr., an independent.

• District 4 Supervisor, where incumbent Bill Lauderdale, an independent, faces Democrat Casey Fisher. • District 5 Supervisor, where incumbent Richard George faces J.W. Carroll, Joe Wooley and Ellis Tillotson. All are independents. • House District 55, where

incumbent George Flaggs, a Democrat, faces Republican Sam Smith. • House District 56, where incumbent Philip Gunn, a Republican, faces Democrat Jim Culberson. Unopposed throughout this election year in Warren County are justice court

judges Eddie Woods, James Jefferson and Jeff Crevitt; constables Glenn McKay, Randy Naylor and John Heggins; Coroner Doug Huskey; 9th Circuit Court District Attorney Ricky Smith; House District 54 Rep. Alex Monsour; and District 23 Sen. Briggs Hopson III.

revenue it produces. “I will not go along to get along as your next lieutenant governor,” Reeves said at the Neshoba County Fair. Five Republicans and four Democrats are competing in gubernatorial primaries. On the Republican side, Bryant and construction executive Dave Dennis of Pass Christian have raised the most money. Dennis and others have criticized Bryant as a career politician. Bryant, of Brandon, served nearly five years in the state House before then-Gov. Kirk Fordice, a Republican, chose him to become state auditor in late 1996 when Democrat Steve Patterson stepped down. Bryant was elected auditor in 1999 and 2003 and lieutenant governor in 2007. Bryant said the auditor’s

office recovered nearly $12 million from investigations of corruption cases while he was there. “That’s not climbing the political ladder,” Bryant said. “That’s fighting for the people.” Also running in the Republican gubernatorial primary are Ron Williams, a businessman from Moss Point; Hudson Holliday, a Pearl River County supervisor from Poplarville; and James Broadwater, an ordained Baptist minister from Byram. Dennis, 58, said his privatesector experience, including as chairman of the Federal Reserve Board in New Orleans, would make him a strong chief executive officer. “I’ve been out creating jobs,” Dennis said. In the Democratic primary for governor, the top fund-

raisers are Clarksdale businessman and attorney Bill Luckett and Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree. Two candidates are running lowbudget campaigns — Meridian High School history teacher William Bond Compton Jr. and retired Yalobusha County tax assessor Guy Dale Shaw. DuPree, 57, said he wants to improve education by hiring graduation coaches for middle and high schools. He also wants to give income tax breaks to public school teachers with at least three years of experience. “What it says is that you are important, you are professional,” DuPree said. Luckett, 63, is campaigning on pocketbook issues. “Let’s get rid of this grocery tax that sits on the backs of every working man and

woman in this state,” Luckett said. Mississippi has a 7 percent sales tax on most items, including groceries. Attempts to reduce or repeal the grocery tax failed several years ago. At the time, the debate was about pairing a grocery tax reduction or elimination with an increase in the cigarette tax. Since then, cigarette taxes have been increased.

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9/11 —10 years later

Records, photos, art also casualties of attack NEW YORK (AP) — Letters written by Helen Keller. Forty-thousand photographic negatives of John F. Kennedy taken by the president’s personal cameraman. Sculptures by Alexander Calder and Auguste Rodin. The 1921 agreement that created the agency that built the World Trade Center. Besides ending nearly 3,000 lives, destroying planes and reducing buildings to ash, the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks destroyed tens of thousands of records, irreplaceable historical documents and art. In some cases, the inventories were destroyed along with the records. And the loss of human life at the time overshadowed the search for lost paper. A decade later, dozens of agencies and archivists say they’re still not sure what they lost or found, leaving them without much to piece together missing history. “You can’t get the picture back, because critical pieces are missing,” said Kathleen D. Roe, operations director at the New York State Archives and co-chairwoman of the World Trade Center Documentation Project. “And so you can’t know what the whole picture looks like.” The picture starts in the seven-building trade center complex. Hijackers flew jetliners into the twin towers on Sept. 11, 2001, which collapsed onto the rest of the complex, which included three smaller office buildings, a Marriott hotel and U.S. Customs. 7 World Trade Center, a skyscraper just north of the twin towers, collapsed that afternoon.

Center, a nine-story building in the complex. Helen Keller International, whose offices burned up when its building, a block from the trade center, was struck by debris, lost a modest archive. Only two books and a bust of Keller survived. Two weeks after the attacks, archivists and librarians gathered at New York University to discuss how to document what was lost, forming the World Trade Center Documentation Task Force. But they received only a handful of responses to survey questions about damaged or destroyed records. “The current atmosphere of litigation, politics and overall distrust surrounding the 9/11 attacks has made information sharing and compilation a complex task,” said the final 2005 report of the project.

The associated press

A copy of Helen Keller’s autobiography, scorched and covered in World Trade Center dust The trade center was home to more than 430 companies, including law firms, manufacturers and financial institutions. Twenty-one libraries were destroyed, including that of The Journal of Commerce. Dozens of federal, state and local government agencies were at the site. The first tangible losses beyond death were obvious, and massive. The Cantor Fitzgerald brokerage, where more than 650 employees were killed, owned a trove of drawings and sculptures that included a cast of Rodin’s “The Thinker” —

which resurfaced briefly after the attacks before mysteriously disappearing again. The Ferdinand Gallozzi Library of U.S. Customs Service in 6 World Trade Center held a collection of documents related to U.S. trade dating back to at least the 1840s. And in the same building were nearly 900,000 objects excavated from the Five Points neighborhood of lower Manhattan, a famous working-class slum of the 19th century. The Kennedy negatives, by photographer Jacques Lowe, had been stowed away in a fireproof vault at 5 World Trade

No politics planned for ceremony NEW YORK (AP) — The ceremony at the World Trade Center site marking the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks will be a solemn but stately event that will include former President George W. Bush and a chance for victims’ families to view the names of loved ones etched into the memorial, Mayor Michael

Bloomberg said. President Barack Obama and Bloomberg will be joined by the leaders in charge during the 2001 attacks, including Bush, former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and former New York Gov. George Pataki. Current New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will also be

there, he said. Bloomberg said the lawmakers will read short poems or quotes. No speeches will be given. “This cannot be political,” he said. “So that’s why there’s a poem or a quote or something that each of the readers will read. No speeches whatsoever.”



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The first six months of the current year have produced killer tornadoes and a massive flood of the Mississippi River valley.

Fiscal ghosts of past storms threaten future disaster victims OUR OPINION

Election Day The future is in your hands Lost in all the bickering and blamegame politics in Washington, D.C., is the notion that, despite all the deadlocks, it is a sign of a healthy democracy. Officials are elected on platforms from cutting taxes to raising spending. At times the creation of legislation has been compared with sausage-making — no one wants to be around while it is being made. In two years, or four, or even six, the voters have the power to have their voices heard. The voters have the power to affirm the office-holder or vote him or her out of office. A functioning representative republic puts the power in the people’s hands for elections on all levels. Voters in Warren County on Tuesday will make decisions that will directly affect their lives. The first step is primary voting on Tuesday. Polls will be

open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. In primary elections, a candidate must receive 50 percent plus one vote to win the party nomination without a runoff. Necessary runoffs will be held Aug. 23, and voters are not allowed to switch parties between the primary and runoff. The general election — which will pit Democrat, Republican and independent candidates — is scheduled for Nov. 8. Throughout last week, The Vicksburg Post published candidates’ answers for every race that will be contested in the primaries. We believe the candidates were able to comment on the pressing issues facing our community and the future direction this community will plot for itself. We also believe that the key to a healthy democratic process — on all levels — is an informed, involved elec-

torate. The charge given to every voter in this community is sacred. It is not a charge to be taken lightly. The results of Tuesday’s primaries, and the subsequent general elections, will have a great impact on Vicksburg and Warren County. The time is now for the people’s voices to be heard. On Tuesday morning, arrive at your polling place informed. Review the candidates’ stands on issues. Educate yourself on all who appear on the ballot. Have an open mind. There will be bickering and disagreements in the future. Those will be hashed out the best way we know how — through honest, open voting. Seize the opportunity to have your voice heard. Vote on Tuesday.

Bump in officials’ salaries questionable With a 2-0 vote on Monday, the Vicksburg Mayor of Board and Aldermen voted themselves a 5 percent increase in salary. The bump moves Mayor Paul Winfield’s salary to $89,340 a year, while the aldermen make $71,472 a year. We do not begrudge the raises — if the increase in salary is backed up by results. South Ward Alderman Sid Beauman trumpeted the city’s not raising taxes and being “good stewards of the people’s money.” “We are the CEOs of a $50 million business, and it falls on our shoulders to run that $50 million business properly,” Beauman said. According to a 2002 city ordinance authorizing the raise, the mayor and aldermen receive 5 percent raises on July 1 of the board’s second and third years in office, from July 1, 2005, to July 1, 2014, when the ordinance expires. In austere times, though, and with salaries above the state average, is a 5 percent bump in salary for themselves being “good stewards”?

Consider: • Unemployment throughout Warren County has been above 11 percent— nearly a percentage point above the state average — for the entire year. • Property values on homes and businesses have reportedly fallen by 1 percent. • Empty storefronts and for-sale signs on homes are common sights in the city. • The debris in front of a collapsed building — five years later — still litters surrounding areas. (The board, on the same day as the raises were approved, again tabled a measure to improve the look of the area surrounding the building, giving a 30-day extension for the owners to clean it up.) • The average salary for a mayor in the U.S. is $62,000, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. • Winfield has said the city recovered $6 million owed to the city. From whom? Where is the money? What is it being used for? • The board, for nearly two years, has said it is working on a plan to consoli-

date and streamline city operations. In a July 17 story about his two years in office, Winfield again said he is planning to streamline services, singing the same song that has been sung since 2009. Where are the results of those efforts? • City financial mismanagement has led to audits being two years behind. The city had to hire an outside agency to help complete the task. • The bridge over railroad tracks and Clark and Washington streets is still closed — 30 months after it had to be closed to vehicular traffic. • A modern sports complex in the planning stages for years is no closer to being completed than the first day plans were unveiled. Yet Winfield still believes Vicksburg can be a recreational sports hub. More talk. It is obvious board members believe the job they are doing is worthy of a 5 percent bump in salary. If salaries are rewarded by talk and grand plans, they are correct.

A matter of risk-reward People who build beachfront homes in Biloxi know they are taking a risk. Maybe not this year or the next or even the next, but sooner or later Mother Nature will deliver her fury, usually in the form of a hurricane, against the Mississippi Gulf Coast. In calm times, sitting on the front porch with a glass of sweet tea watching the sun set over the Gulf of Mexico is bliss. The breeze off the water is comforting. The flip side is the risk. Many measure the risk against reward and choose the latter. But when that fury hits and those homes take a beating, who should be responsible? The risktaker or taxpayers nationwide? Eagle Lake is an oxbow lake, formed

years ago when Mother Nature changed its course. In calm times, the lake is beautiful. The lakefront is surrounded by stately homes, weekend cabins and pier after pier jutting out over the lake. But just as those on the Gulf Coast are taking a risk, so are those who own the piers and docks. When the rising waters of the Mississippi River were reaching epic levels, the lake’s level was raised — necessarily — to take pressure off of the river’s mainline levee at Buck Chute. Had the levels not been raised and the levees breached, much more than docks and piers would have been destroyed at Eagle Lake. As it is, no homes were seriously damaged by the river waters. Piers

were covered with water until the lake was brought back to near ideal levels. People who built those piers certainly were, or should have been, informed on the risks. The river rises annually — sometimes more than once — and most of those times, the lake is unfazed. In extraordinary circumstances this May, the levels had to rise. Unfortunate as it is, building those piers was a practice of risk-reward. The owners should remember that as they consider suing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, as was reported last week, because of damage to their property. The consequences should fall on the homeowners, not the taxpayers.

STARKVILLE — With Mississippi’s 2011 hurricane season still long from over and many in the state still reeling from storms or floods in the first half of the year, the federal debt ceiling debate and the growing calls for a smaller, more efficient federal government present some startling scenarios. After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Mississippi got $5.4 billion in federal funding for recovery — that after the worst natural disaster in American history. Now, let’s fast forward to 2011. The first six months of the current year have produced killer tornadoes and a massive flood of the Mississippi River Valley. The April twisters alone did $23.5 billion in damage nationally with a substantial chunk of that damage in places like Smithville in North Mississippi. The flood caused damages that are still being tallied, but economists estimate could run as high as $4 billion. Mississippi’s agricultural losses alone may have been $800 million from the April-May floods, economists said. What does any of that have to do with the debt ceiling fight and the country’s debate over a smaller, more efficient government? Plenty. President Barack Obama’s Federal Emergency Management Agency budget proposal for the 2012 fiscal year included $6.79 billion for the agency, less than the $7.1 billion allocated toward disaster relief funds in the 2010 budget. Yet after the April tornadoes, the U.S. House voted to give the agency an additional $1 billion in emergency spending for flood and tornado relief. FEMA had announced that they would not approve any additional disaster reconstruction projects until SID their disaster funds were replenished by Congress. Rand Corporation political scientist Agnes Gereben Schaefer wrote earlier this month: “In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, policymakers, as well as those directly impacted by the storm, wanted to know who received the federal money obligated for storm recovery and what the money was obligated for. “Recognizing the importance of this issue, Rand analyzed two databases designed to help account for federal spending—the Federal Award Assistance Data System and the Federal Procurement Data System. We examined more than 93,452 grants and 191,536 contracts related to dozens of programs by 65 federal agencies to try to identify where federal grants and contracts were obligated, for what types of recipients, and for what purpose. We were simply trying to ‘follow the money.’ “In the end, Rand found it difficult to reach firm conclusions because the data were incomplete and in many cases contradictory. We were simply unable to follow the money trail to the final recipients or to determine what the money was actually spent on,” Schaefer wrote. The current debt and deficit debate is one that will increasingly boil federal spending down to such stark examinations of federal spending. One of the strategies of those opposed to reducing federal spending is to force such pointed questions as: “Do you want more disaster relief or less?” The people caught in the middle of such political drama — future disaster victims — will struggle as the fiscal ghosts of disasters past will haunt them when they need federal help most. As a Democrat senator, Obama pushed for the FAADS and FPDS scrutiny of disaster spending. One of the House members pushing for another $1 billion for FEMA after the April tornadoes was Republican U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee’s Appropriations subcommittee. •


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Sunday, July 31, 2011

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WEEK IN Vicksburg Nineties were the norm as high temps were sultry in Vicksburg throughout the week. Overnight lows remained in the 70s. About .65 of an inch of rain fell during the week. The Mississippi River dropped steadily on the Vicksburg gauge, dipping to 25.5 from 30.2 feet. Forecasters were expecting the decline to continue as they predicted a reading of an even 25 feet for today. Test scores released for the Vicksburg Warren School District showed a rise in math scores. Dr. Elizabeth Duran Swinford, superintendent, was pleased with the results and said officials will continue to address problem areas. City officials are hoping the former Yazoo & Mississippi Valley Railroad Depot on Levee Street will open in the fall. Originally scheduled to open this summer, work was delayed when record flooding dumped more than 4 feet of water into the structure. Retired policeman Doug Arp carried out another stunt in his annual fight against crime — being driven around in a hot air balloon basket. His original plan to float in a tethered balloon was denied by the Federal Aviation Administration because of intermittent storms forecast throughout the week. The Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted 2-0 to give itself the scheduled 5 percent pay raise mandated by city ordinance. Alderman Michael Mayfield had reported for jury duty and was not present for the vote. A group of Southern Baptist churches gathered new and used public school uniforms for distribution to students whose homes were damaged by flooding. County officials announced that flood damage to LeTourneau Road was not nearly as heavy as expected, and roads in the northern portion of the county sustained the most damage. After presentations by Corps of Engineers officials, a decision was made to force lower levels on Eagle Lake. Figures released by the Department of Employment Security showed joblessness in Warren County rose to 11.9 percent during June, up a tenth of a point from May. The statewide unemployment remained mostly unchanged at 10.3 percent. Tyla Vega, a Warren County teen accused of fatally shooting her stepmother in May, was indicted by the Warren County Grand Jury and formally charged with murder. A trial date was set for Feb. 21. Sheriff Martin Pace asked supervisors for $5,014,159 to operate county law enforcement. Pace said the money is “critical” to keep sworn deputies’ and investigators’ pay in line with other law agencies. Warren Central’s fivemonth basketball coaching search ended Thursday when Brandon High assistant coach Chareck Cable was hired to lead the Vikings next season. In unanimous approvals by the Vicksburg Warren School District board, Lee Dixon of Baton Rouge was named Grove Street School principal and Vicksburg Junior High assistant principal was promoted to Beechwood Elementary principal. Local deaths during the week were Linda Wooten O’Brien, Columbus G. Royster, John Howell Stout, Jessie Lester Hall Jr., Carol Winslow Flint and Henry Barger Moss Jr.


Fixing the debt could wreck the economy OXFORD — Here’s the problem with talking about America’s debt in simple terms: It’s naive. To describe the effects of government spending in detail is impossible, but to compare it to a household — as a lot of members of Congress do — is irresponsible. If America could “find a cheaper apartment or car” or “not eat out as much” to tighten its belt, that would be fantastic. But that’s not how it works. Federal government spending is so tremendous that it is a key engine in the American economy. Follow the money. If a working person downsizes expenses, odds are someone else will take up the slack. Move to a smaller place and someone will rent or buy the larger one. Purchase a less expensive car and someone will buy your trade-in. But government spending is different. Government “originates” spending and it filters outward. You don’t like farm subsidies? Eliminate them. Say you don’t like welfare? Do away with it completely and let people “hitch up their britches.” The total spending in those programs would not come close to balancing the federal government’s outgo with its income, but it’s more important to consider where that money goes. It illustrates why cutting government spending is so problematic. Government distributions don’t sit in bank accounts. Even public funds stolen by thieves who send bogus

When the economy is ginning, the Treasury’s rake-off soars. With commerce slow and jobs scarce, government revenue is in a pinch.



bills to Medicaid are put back into circulation. They use it to buy fancy cars, big homes and, if caught, pay lawyers who spend all their enormous fees, too. Is stealing from the public illegal and immoral? Yes. Good for the economy? Yes to that, too. And what about “welfare” and other transfer funds that have been the largest income source in Mississippi for decades? These funds are used to purchase nearly half the groceries in Mississippi. Know any supermarkets that could stay in business with half the customers? Money paid for farm subsidies, defense contracts and in the paychecks of 2.8 million people on federal civilian payrolls also churns through the economy. To “just stop spending more than you take in” sounds so easy. But the arc of growth — under Democratic and Republican majorities in the House and Senate and regardless of who has been in the White House — has reached the point where it would require an immediate 40 percent reduction.

To order that would absolutely wreck the national and global economy. Two more points to consider. First is that government income — especially the federal government’s — is not static. Its major sources are employment and profitability. When the economy is ginning, the Treasury’s rake-off soars. With commerce slow and jobs scarce, government revenue is in a pinch. Projections for “out-years” (such as the one on which former President Bill Clinton claimed a surplus) change by billions almost on a daily basis. So while the situation is dire — and will be as long as Congress engages in deficit spending — an economic implosion is not inevitable. If voters keep up the pressure — and it will take decades — actually paying down America’s debt is not an impossible dream. The second consideration is to be grateful if you are a Mississippian. For all the tallies in which this state manages to be first among the worst, Mississippi’s debt is wellcontrolled, for now.

In addition to the $47,000 per capita national debt, the additional debt per Mississippian is a mere $4,400. Compare that to bonded indebtedness as high as $15,000 per person in Massachusetts and $10,000 per person in California. Notably, Mississippi has the potential to dig itself into a hole well in excess of the $4 billion the state now owes. There’s no cap on borrowing for capital projects in this state and the Legislature has the legal authority to go nuts, just as Congress has. But as for ongoing expenses, Mississippi cannot borrow. The people who wrote Mississippi’s constitution in 1890 ordained that the budget must balance every year, so lawmakers here have not been able to be as “progressive” as other states which have created more programs and entitlements and paid for them with borrowed money. At the national level, Congress, with the blessing of voters, has called the tune. The time appears to have come — at last — to pay the piper. And using a credit card would be ill-advised. This month, next month and in 2020 and beyond, the greatest hope is that catastrophe can be avoided. •

Charlie Mitchell is a Mississippi journalist. Write to him at Box 1, University, MS 38677, or e-mail


Summer not the time to leave pets in cars Is it too hot to take a dog along for a ride? People need to think about this every time they consider taking the pet along during summer months. On July 13, I received a call from Elaine Adair with Mississippi Spay and Neuter. She had gone to the courthouse and noticed a dog left in a car. Kelly Stevens, our board secretary and employee at the courthouse, began calling emergency officials about the situation. Even though the car was in the shade with the windows cracked this is still a very dangerous situation for a dog. The Animal Protection Institute produced a study that revealed that even if it is 85 degrees outside, the temperature inside a car — even with the windows left slightly open — can soar to 102 degrees in 10 minutes, and reach 120 degrees in 30 minutes. Folks, it’s Mississippi and about to be August. We haven’t seen 85-degree weather since April and the first of May. If you are not able to leave your vehicle running with air conditioning on, leave your pet home. These people were located touring the Old Court House Museum. Elaine and Kelly stood outside the locked car with the dog in it for 30 minutes.

A dog’s normal body temperature ranges from 101 to 102.5 degrees. They can withstand a body temperature of 107 for only a very short period of time before suffering brain damage or even death. It’s just not cool to leave your dog in a hot car. The Vicksburg Warren Humane Society asks citizens who see this situation to call 911 immediately. Also, for public information: if your dog is overcome by the heat, immediately soak the animal with water, and seek veterinary care as soon as possible. Georgia Lynn President/Director Vicksburg Warren Humane Society

A vote for McDonald Aug. 2, District 1 voters will go to the polls and cast many important votes. However, none is more important than the vote to elect our supervisor for District 1. Before casting your vote, I urge you to consider a wise old adage as follows; “If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it.” Our current Board of Supervisors’ performance definitely is not broken, and doesn’t need fixing or replacing. David McDonald is an educated

man with a college degree in business administration. He is an astute, successful businessman in our city and county. He stays abreast of technological advances, federal and state laws and applies these and sound common sense in conducting the affairs of the Board of Supervisors and our district. Mr. McDonald is a Christian gentleman, active in all phases of his church. He is a man of honesty, integrity, loyalty and is a tireless worker as a supervisor. In addition, he devotes his time and energy to many other important organizations and committees in our city and county. I strongly urge District 1 voters to keep a good thing going and join me in voting to re-elect David McDonald as our representative to the Warren County Board of Supervisors. Thomas C. Hill Vicksburg

Make use of old bridge Why not transform the aging and difficult-to-maintain U.S. 80 bridge across the Mississippi River at Vicksburg into a walking, bicycle and possibly golf cart-type electric parkway? Street-stall style shops and restau-

rants over the river would also be a good idea. This would seem the perfect addition to Vicksburg as a tourist attraction with the casinos, old city and the Vicksburg National Military Park. The “Walk ‘Cross the River” would be, I believe, unique. As the old bridge continues in use with only rail traffic, it becomes more and more unsafe and expensive to maintain and will finally collapse. The Interstate 20 bridge is right beside it and very convenient to traffic on both sides of the river. Mississippi, let’s make lemonade out a rotting lemon. Ron Head Vicksburg

Too many questions Did I miss something? Why did the Mississippi Attorney General investigate the Warren County Circuit Clerk’s office? What did they find? Why has it been hushed-up? Why did our circuit clerk clearly say she would not discuss it until after the election? The circuit clerk’s office is a public office and the people working there are paid by our tax dollars. We have a right to know now. Bobby Bryan Vicksburg

Idiotic politeness doctrine is killing American soldiers The madness of the counterinsurgency doctrine, which drives the war in Afghanistan, has reached new heights — or depths — as revealed by two news stories. In Great Britain, a former Royal Marine spoke out after the inquest into the 2010 death of Sgt. Peter Rayner to tell the Sun newspaper that soldiers were prevented from opening fire at Taliban fighters in the act of laying roadside bombs so as not to disturb the local population. So as not to disturb? In Iowa, where a community mourns the death of National Guard soldier Terry L. Pasker, who, along with contractor Paul Protzenko was killed in yet another attack by an Afghan army soldier, reported: “The U.S. military considered the area so safe that soldiers didn’t wear body armor, so as not to offend the friendly locals.” So as not to offend? Fear of offending has long been a salient feature of our culture. It’s become an expression of a self-deprecating, if not self-loathing, society where the “dead white males” who brought us “Hamlet,” the Constitution and the light bulb have become embarrassments for non-Western religion, the very lack of which is

Fear of offending has long been a salient feature of our culture. DIANA

WEST deemed offensive. In today’s war zone, fear of giving offense is fatal, as noted above. But it also applies as the foundational precept of “dhimmitude,” the twisted state of non-Muslims inthrall to Islam, a condition long observed and documented by the visionary historian Bat Ye’or. The fear of giving Muslims offense is the most profound acquiescence to Islamic cultural pressures because it is driven, at base, by a conviction that self-preservation as a non-Muslim is itself offensive in a Muslim society. The fact is, Muslim societies across time and continents have forced nonMuslims to pay a tax, the jizya, to remain non-Muslims, and inflicted all manner of humiliations, physical and mental, upon them as a matter of Islamic law, or Shariah, for doing

so. Where Islamic law is not officially in effect, Bat Ye’or explains, the de facto state of dhimmitude may still arise and flourish in the habitual appeasement of Islamic sensibilities to forestall the occasional violent eruption or attempt — the odd 9/11, 7/7 or thwarted Times Square bombing. The net effect of all this appeasement, this dhimmitude, is the creeping incursions of Islamic law into nonIslamic institutions and societies. In Afghanistan, the same triggers are in place. We have an infidel army walking on eggs to placate, cajole and bribe an Islamic society into supporting what are, any way you cut them, infidel values and interests against those of the indigenous Islamic jihadist groups. To this end, Western military authorities now specifically ordain that the

Quran must be revered (or else violence might ensue). They, in effect, require that Islamic customs on polygamy, on the sexual abuse of children, be tolerated (or else violence might ensue). When the fear of giving offense to the local Islamic community (by shooting Taliban or wearing body armor) trumps self-preservation (by shooting Taliban or wearing body armor), we know the military’s dhimmitude is complete. What I am describing, of course, is the execution of COIN doctrine to win Afghan “trust,” also known as “hearts and minds.” As Brig. Gen. Steven Kwast put it in 2009: “Victory in this conflict is about winning the hearts and minds of the Afghan people and engendering their trust. When the Afghan people trust us and believe us when we tell them what we’re going to do, we will win this overnight.” Tell it to the Easter Bunny. Meanwhile, our troops pay the price and our military is dhimmified. Taking off troops’ body armor so as not to offend friendly Afghans? Are they kidding? •

Diana West can be contacted at dianawest@


Sunday, July 31, 2011

Iraq doubles number of jets it wants to buy from U.S. BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s prime minister said Saturday he was reviving a stalled deal to buy multi-million-dollar fighter jets from the United States and affirmed the need for American trainers to help Iraqi forces operate and maintain the 36 F-16s. However, Nouri al-Maliki avoided saying whether the trainers would be active-duty troops or private contractors — sidestepping the key question of whether American military personnel will be asked to remain past an endof-year deadline for withdrawing. That question is Iraq’s top

Airstrikes kill 40 in Yemen SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Government airstrikes in southern Yemen targeting alQaida-linked militants accidentally killed 40 pro-government tribesmen, a Yemeni security official and a tribal chief said Saturday. The botched airstrikes reflect the deteriorating security situation that has spread across the impoverished, heavily armed country since the popular uprising against longtime President Ali Abdullah Saleh began six months ago. Armed tribesmen are battling government forces in a number of areas around the country, and Islamist militants, some linked to al-Qaida, have overrun entire towns in the country’s restive south and are now fighting government forces and tribes that remain loyal to Saleh. The president has clung to power despite the protests and being seriously wounded in an attack on his palace compound June 3. His wounds forced him to travel to Saudi Arabia for treatment.

political issue and is being hotly debated among the country’s leaders. The fighter jet deal more than doubles Nouri the number of al-Maliki aircraft Iraq initially planned to buy. “We should provide Iraq with the means, including warplanes, to protect its sovereignty,” al-Maliki told reporters after addressing a closed session of parliament. It was a turnabout from

earlier this year, when Baghdad abandoned the deal and decided instead that it would spend hundreds of millions of dollars on food rations for poor Iraqis. Al-Maliki did not say when the purchase of the F-16s would proceed or from where the money would come. The prime minister’s parliamentary appearance came after Iraq’s top political leaders postponed, for the second time in a week, a meeting to discuss whether U.S. troops would be asked to continue training Iraqi security forces beyond the end of the year.

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School time, vaccine time



Debt crisis in serious need of perspective In the weeks leading up to Jan. 1, 2000, America found itself facing a crisis predicted to be like no other. When the calendar turned from Dec. 31, 1999, to Jan. 1, 2000, the world was as good as done. Hammered by stories of dread, it was enough to get everyone in the doldrums. Planes would fall out of the skies. Computers would revert back to 1900 and we all would need abacuses to count out the weekly meal allowance. Worse than the plague and World War II. Y2K. Doomed! Faced with the choice of worrying to death that Chicken Little dressed as a Hewlett-Packard would fall from the sky, nearly 80,000 crammed a field in the Big Cypress Indian Reservation for a musical extravaganza. The jam band Phish, at 11 on New Year’s Eve, rode in on top of a giant hot dog. They played until after 6 in the morning. As night slowly turned to dawn, the band wrapped up the show with a cover of the Beatles’ “Here Comes the Sun” as that great orange ball of fire rose over the forest of cypress trees. The world had not ended. Nine years later at a global warming, err, climate change, conference in Europe, the news warned of dire consequences — DIRE — if a worldwide agreement on how to curb the earth’s warming were not hashed out in 30 days. Simultaneously the icebergs would melt, the seas would rise and we all would need oxygen masks. Hysteria. Doomed. The sun rose the following morning. In the spring, a preacher bought billboard advertising space across the country to announce the end of the world on May 21. The sun rose May 22. On Tuesday, Washington, D.C., says, the world will collapse. Without an agreement to plunge future generations several trillion dollars more into debt, the results will be catastrophic. Icebergs will melt. Chicken Little, now dressed as an iPad 3, will fall from the sky. We. Must. Borrow. More. The crisis should be why this country already is nearly $15 trillion in debt. The crisis should be learning how to live on less or equal to the amount taken in. Washington’s ridiculous deadline will come and go. The country will either still be nearly $15 trillion in debt, or our leaders will hand themselves $3 trillion more in credit. The hysteria created leading up to their deadline, too, will subside into the history books with the icebergs, the preacher and Y2K. Phish has no plans for a concert on Monday night on an Indian reservation, but come Tuesday morning, at least one person will wake with a dog’s tail to the face, pour a hot cup of coffee, listen to the birds’ symphony and enjoy the sunrise. •

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

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Five-year-old Hallie Hamlin of Rolling Fork cries as River Region nurse Tina Ledbetter gives her first-time school shots.

Shots not just for tots, docs say

By Manivanh Chanprasith

Five-year-old Hallie Hamlin is going to kindergarten, but she’s got to do one thing first. “She did super good,” said River Region Medical Center nurse Tina Ledbetter after giving Hallie, the daughter of Chris and Laura Hamlin of Rolling Fork, the required vaccinations for first-time students in Mississippi. “Very few don’t cry.” Most youths in Vicksburg start classes in about a week, and pediatricians are recommending that teens and older students receive shots, too. “The teenage immunizations are optional,” said The Street Clinic’s Dr. Gordon Sluis during a back-to-school panel discussion Thursday at River Region. “This may be new for some, but some boosters are required for college.” “The first booster that teenagers need is going to be the tetanus with pertussis,” he said, “so they won’t be able to carry it to younger kids.” That vaccine is called DTaP, and it prevents diphtheria, an upper respiratory bacterial infection; tetanus, a bacterial infection of the nervous system; and pertussis, a bacterial infection that causes uncontrollable coughing. DTaP is given first to children who are 1 month old. Then, a series of four shots is given until the child turns 1 and again before the child enters school. But a “tetanus booster needs to be every eight to 10 years,” Sluis said. Sluis also suggests teens become vaccinated against HPV, or human papillomavirus, a sexually transmitted disease that can have few symptoms, but can cause cervical

cancer in females.

“It’s a common sexually

A colorful bandage makes it all better. transmitted disease and it does not cause a lot of symptoms, so teens don’t know they have it,” Sluis said. “It spreads easily.” HPV vaccines are for girls and boys 9 and older, and are administered in three parts up to age 18. Menactra, a vaccine to prevent bacterial meningitis, is required for admission to certain colleges and universities, Sluis said. The vaccine is administered between ages 11 and 13, he said, and it should last through the teen years. The influenza vaccination, available in the fall and winter, is recommended for everyone. “I get the flu vaccine every year,” Sluis said. Schools require a form that says a child has received the required vaccinations to start classes. The paperwork can be obtained from a child’s pediatrician or through any county health department. The vaccinations required to start school cost $10 at all county health departments. The Warren County Health Department is at 807 Monroe St. The number is 601-636-4356.

First day of school • Vicksburg Warren School District — Aug. 8 • Porters Chapel Academy — Aug. 8 • Traveler’s Rest Christian Academy — Aug. 8 • Agape Montessori Christian Academy — Aug. 8 • Vicksburg Community School — Aug. 8 • Vicksburg Catholic School — Aug. 10

Required immunizations Students ages 4-6 must receive: • DTaP — to prevent diphtheria, an upper respiratory bacterial infection; tetanus, a bacterial infection of the nervous system; and pertussis, a bacterial infection that causes uncontrollable coughing. • IPV — to prevent polio, a virus that affects the nerves. The spread of polio slowed in the 1950s, when a vaccine was introduced. • Hepatitis B — to prevent the disease that causes inflammation of the liver. • MMR — to prevent measles, mumps and rubella, highly contagious viruses. • Varicella — to prevent chicken pox, an airborne disease that causes skin rashes and itching.

Recommended immunizations Students 11 and older can receive: • Menactra — to prevent bacterial meningitis. • Varicella — to prevent chicken pox, an airborne disease that causes skin rashes and itching. • Influenza — to prevent the flu virus. The vaccine is available in fall and winter. • Human papillomavirus, or HPV — to prevent cervical cancer and genital warts. • DTaP — to prevent diphtheria, an upper respiratory bacterial infection; tetanus, a bacterial infection of the nervous system; and pertussis, a bacterial infection that causes uncontrollable coughing.

McALLEN, Texas — The storm that many had hoped would bring some relief to parched areas of South Texas passed Saturday after dropping less than an inch of rain — good news only for the cotton farmers who were ready to resume their harvest. The National Hurricane Center said on its 4 a.m. advisory Saturday that what was once known as Tropical Storm Don would be its last as the remnants passed into northern Mexico. Don failed to live up to even low expectations by tropical storm standards and was downgraded to a tropical depression. “There’s really not much left of it,” said Barry Goldsmith, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Brownsville. “It’s a done deal.” With dry air falling in behind Don, a hot and sunny rest of the weekend was forecast with only a chance of showers. “That great beach weather we had last week is coming right back,” Goldsmith said. Most of Texas has been suffering an extreme drought, and Don was seen as South Texas’ best hope for widespread rain in months. But totals from various sites in the Rio Grande Valley and coastal Willacy County failed to rise to even an inch. The storm was a disappointment for ranchers who have been selling off cattle at a rapid clip because their pastures are barren. But it was a huge relief for cotton growers, who are in the middle of their harvest. Double the amount of cotton was planted this year in the state’s four southernmost counties, and the fields along many rural roads are still dotted with white bolls. The area got the most rain from Don, but it still wasn’t much. “I think it was pretty much a non-event,” said Sally Ross at the Ross Gin Company in Mercedes on Saturday morning. They received less than onehalf inch of rain at the gin. Some of their truckers reported showers as they brought the fluffy white bales to the gin Friday, but nothing intense. “The wind blows, and the sun’s out, they may be able to get back in the field in a day or two,” Ross said. Don was never predicted to be a punishing storm, but by the time it neared the Texas coast Friday evening the little anxiousness there had been, evaporated. The National Hurricane Center downgraded Don to a depression Friday night as what remained of it came ashore over sparsely populated ranch lands near Baffin Bay. That advisory also ended all tropical storm warnings along the Texas coast.


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community calendar We welcome items for the Community Calendar. Submit items by e-mail (, postal service (P.O. Box 821668, Vicksburg, MS 39182), fax (634-0897), delivered in person to 1601-F N. Frontage Road, or by calling 636-4545 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays. If corresponding by fax, mail or e-mail, be sure to include your name and phone number.

PUBLIC PROGRAMS Warren Central High School Freshmen Orientation — 6 p.m. Monday. Beechwood Elementary Back-to-School Night — 5:30 p.m. Thursday, kindergarten; 6 p.m., first through sixth grades. Tuesday Vicksburg AlAnon — Noon Tuesday; second floor, First Presbyterian Church, 1501 Cherry St.; 601634-0152. River City Mended Hearts — 5 p.m. Tuesday; Sondra Williams, Hospice and Homecare; One Voice, singing group; River Region Medical Center. Prime Time After School Program — Offered in five elementary schools until 6 p.m. daily; registration info at Purks YMCA, 267 YMCA Place; early registration encouraged. VSO Soccer — Registration ends Aug. 20; forms at Just Duett and Sports Center or download forms from www.; for ages 3-18; games at Bovina soccer fields. Master Clothing Volunteers Conference — 1-6 p.m. Wednesday; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday; Warren County Extension Service community room; $15 per day; Linda Jackson, 601-636-4446. Serenity Overeaters Anonymous — 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, Bowmar Baptist Church, Room 102C; 601-638-0011. Vicksburg Al-Anon — 7:30 p.m. Wednesday; family, friends of alcoholics and addicts; 502 Dabney Ave.; 601636-1134. Vicksburg Antique Bottle Show and Sale — Aug. 13; 44 tables available, limit 3; Cason Schaffer, 601-638-1195. Ghosts of Beulah Cemetery

— Seeking photos of those buried there; photos due by Sept. 30; visit or mail to Vicksburg Tabernacle NO. 19, P.O. Box 822846, Vicksburg, MS 39182; volunteers needed to dress in costume Oct. 29; Karen Frederick, 601-629-42536.

churches Travelers Rest Baptist — Enrollment for Travelers Rest Christian Academy and Day Care Learning Center, open enrollment Monday-Friday; 601-636-3712 or 601-6363650; 718 Bowmar Ave. Mount Alban M.B. — Revival, 7 p.m. Monday-Friday; the Rev. Walter Weatherby, evangelist; the Rev. Henry L. Taylor, pastor; 2385 Mount Alban Road. Greater Jerusalem Baptist — Revival, 7:30 p.m. MondayWednesday; the Rev. Ernest Ware, speaker; the Rev. Kemp Burley Jr., pastor; 5026 Mount Alban Road. Calvary M.B. — Church Growth Conference, TuesdayThursday; 6 p.m., classes for church growth, discipleship, partnering with pastor and youth empowerment for ages 4-17; 7, worship with the Rev. Larry Jointer of Brookhaven; 406 Klein St. House of Peace — Back-toSchool Giveaway, 6 p.m. Tuesday; children must attend service to receive supplies; Linda Sweezer, pastor; 601630-3362. Greater Grove Street M.B. — All ministries in-house workshop, 7 p.m. Wednesday; the Rev. Dr. Casey D. Fisher, pastor; 2715 Alcorn Drive.

CLUBs Rosa A. Temple Class of 1967 Reunion — 5 tonight, planning meeting; King Solomon Baptist Church, 1409 Farmer St. Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary — Noon Monday; lunch, $6; members asked to bring school supplies; guests welcome; volunteers needed to pack book bags after meeting; 530 Mission 66.

Vicksburg Association of Marketing Professionals — Noon Tuesday; Mandi Stanley, certified speaking professional; Ameristar’s Heritage Buffet. Vicksburg Kiwanis — Noon Tuesday, Jacques’ Cafe; Lester Spell, state agriculture commissioner, speaker. Lions — Noon Wednesday, Toney’s Restaurant. John C. Pemberton Camp 1354 Sons of Confederate Veterans — 7 p.m. Thursday, Southern Cultural Heritage Center. Rosa A. Temple High School Reunion Choir — 6 p.m. Friday, rehearsal; former members and others; Bethel A.M.E. Church, 805 Monroe St.


from staff reports

Vicksburg man charged with taking wallet A Vicksburg man was in the Warren County Jail Saturday charged with strong armed robbery. Patrick Hall, 29, 124 Redhawk Road, was arrested on a warrant by Vicksburg police at 4 p.m. Friday at a relative’s home on Howard Street, Sgt. Sandra Williams said. Hall is accused of taking a wallet with an unknown amount of cash from a customer at the Upper End, a bar on Washington Street, on June 29, Williams said. No injuries were reported. Hall was being held on a $50,000 bond.

public meetings this week Monday • Warren County Board of Supervisors, 9 a.m., Warren County Courthouse, Board of Supervisors meeting room, third floor; land roll value objection hearing • Vicksburg Board of Mayor and Aldermen, 10 a.m., Room 109, City Hall Annex, 1415 Walnut St. Tuesday Vicksburg Board of Zoning Appeals, 5 p.m., City Hall Annex, Room 109

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Continued from Page A1. ance of a final agreement. Still, word of significant progress after weeks of stalemate offered the strongest indication yet that an economy-crippling default might be averted. The officials who described the talks did so on condition of anonymity, citing their sensitive nature. Without legislation in place by Tuesday, administration officials say the Treasury will run out of funds to pay all the nation’s bills. They say a subsequent default could prove catastrophic for the U.S. economy and send shockwaves around the world. The president is seeking legislation to raise the government’s $14.3 trillion debt limit by about $2.4 trillion, enough to tide the Treasury over until after the 2012 elections. Over many weeks, he has agreed to Republican demands that deficits be cut — without a requirement for tax increases — in exchange for additional U.S. borrowing authority. But Obama has threatened to veto any legislation that would require a second vote in Congress for any additional borrowing authority to take effect, saying that would invite a recurrence of the current crisis in the heat of next year’s election campaigns. First word of an effort to reach a compromise came at mid-afternoon Saturday from Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner — Obama’s principal Republican antagonist in a contentious new era of divided government. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid heatedly denied it on the Senate floor a short while later, but several hours later said events had changed. “There are many elements to be finalized...there is still a distance to go,” he said, adding that Majority Leader Harry Reid cautioned in dramatic late-night remarks on the

Continued from Page A1. website that was similar to this, where they put some of their more popular sites.” The online billing button in the section is expected to be popular, Gordon said. He said online bill paying lets utility customers pay their water and gas bills electronically using a credit card, or a debit card with a Visa or Mastercard logo, instead of mailing a payment or paying the bill in person. He said the customer’s credit card company will assess a $1 fee to process the payment. He said the city purchased the e-billing software from Harris Computer System’s i-nHANCE Division of Tyler, Texas, for a one-time, $3,500 fee for the software and installation, and a $3,200 one-time fee to handle the e-billing. The system was to be installed by Friday. “They want to test the system for a few days to make sure that payments are matched to the right account,” Gordon said. “We’re hoping that it will be ready to go when we put the new site online. If not, we’ll go online without it and add online bill paying later.” “We’re really excited to offer this feature to our customers,” said Tammye Christmas, water and gas administration director. “I think it will be utilized by a lot of people.” One feature on each of the site’s pages, Gordon said, is a small tab on the right side saying, “Contact us.” Clicking on the tab takes the user directly to the Action Line page, where a form to request service pops up. “Go to a section in the upper right hand corner of the site, click on ‘live support,’ and you can chat directly with someone on the Action Line,” he said. He said the live chat was the idea of city policy director Marie Thompson, who said she got the idea from another city’s website. “I thought it was a good idea, because we have some people who

Senate floor. “I’m glad to see this move toward cooperation and compromise,” he added. He said he was optimistic any agreement would not include a short-term extension of the nation’s debt limit — a point on which Obama has insisted. Officials familiar with the discussions said that while the first-step increase in borrowing authority and cuts in spending would happen at once, the next step would be somewhat more complicated. The additional increase in borrowing authority would depend on creation of a special committee of lawmakers charged with recommending spending cuts of a slightly larger size. If the panel failed to act, or its proposals were rejected in Congress, automatic spending cuts would take effect to slice spending by slightly more than the second installment additional borrowing authority. To get to Saturday night’s developments, Republicans and Democrats had to go through the formality of killing each other’s bills — scoring their own political points — before they could turn to meaningful negotiations. On Saturday, House Republican leaders engineered a vote to defeat the Reid-drafted proposal to raise the debt limit on a near-party line vote at mid-afternoon. That was payback of sorts — Reid had engineered the rejection of a House-passed bill on Friday within minutes after it reached the Senate. Republicans said the Reid spending-cuts plan was filled with gimmicks and would make unacceptable reductions in Pentagon accounts. “It offers no real solutions to the out-of-control spending problems,” said Rep. Alan Nunnelee of Mississippi, part of a group of 87 first-term Republicans who have led the push for deeper spending cuts.

A9 may have an issue and can’t call because of their work schedule,” she said. “They can do a chat during their lunch. It always feels better to have a conversation instead of filling out a form.” The bottom section includes news about city government, including emergency notices and warnings. The section also features a continuously updated weather section, and access to the Vicksburg Police Department. Visitors to the police department’s page can get safety and crime prevention tips and listen to live police and fire calls. They can report crimes by clicking on “submit a crime tip” on the department’s menu. Crime tips, Gordon said, go directly to the police department. Gordon said Winfield suggested changing the website after he took office. “I just felt after I got here that the website was not reflective of what we should be about,” Winfield said. “Our website was not as vibrant as it should be and needed to be updated. This new site is much more user friendly and more up-to-date. I’m excited.” Gordon said work began on the site in November, with several prototype designs. He said IT staff member Kelly Mitchell did most of the work on the site’s information content. “I had meetings with a lot of different people, and they had a lot of different ideas,” he said. “I tried to come up with a design that encompassed those ideas.” Outside of time spent working on the site, he said, the only cost to develop it was $59.95 for template software for the site. Gordon used a free design content manager software. The videos, he said, came from YouTube and the Vicksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau. “This is a nice-looking site,” VCVB executive director Bill Seratt said. “It is exceptional. It has good information and it’s clean and easy to navigate. For visitors, if they don’t hit ‘Visit Vicksburg,’ and they come across this one to find Vicksburg, Mississippi, this will get them to the market. This is so much better.”

deaths Lillian Adella Schaffer Ankeny MESA, Ariz. — Lillian Adella Schaffer Ankeny died Sunday, July 24, 2011, at her home, from advanced dementia of Alzheimer’s. She was 91. She was born in Clarksfield, Ohio, to Frank A. and Alice Edna Martin Schaffer on Sept. 26, 1919. She was the third of 13 children. She graduated from New London High School in 1939. She was married to Felder R. Ankeny on Sept. 7, 1944, in the First Congregational Church of Elyria, Ohio. The couple became a family with Ralph (1946) and Tom (1949). Lillian was an industrious helpmate and homemaker. She dug a basement under their first house. She made drapes and clothes for the boys and the American Red Cross. She taught her sons to roller skate, ride bikes and kick a football. She planted, harvested and canned vegetables from their garden and made jelly and jam. She graduated in the first class of the Practical Nurse School of Elyria and became a licensed graduate practical nurse in April 1960 in the state of Ohio upon passing the state board. She also received board certification in Arizona and Mississippi. Her professional career included services at Elyria Memorial Hospital in Ohio, Chandler Hospital in Arizona and private duty nursing. She was a member of the East Mesa Seventh-Day Adventist Church, where she enjoyed greeting worshipers as they arrived. She had been in 24/7 homecare by her niece, Liz Simpson of New London, Ohio, and supported by the hospice team — Pam, Marilyn, David and Annette — since February. She enjoyed watching the birds and desert animals that visited her back yard for water as well as the Superstition Mountains. She is survived by her two sons, Ralph E. Ankeny of Vicksburg and Thomas D. Ankeny of Tempe, Ariz.; and five siblings, Pauline Schaffer Mills of Greenwich, Ohio, Betty Schaffer Young of New London, Ohio, Richard Schaf-

fer of New London, Conn., Dorothy Ryan Boggs of Claremont, N.C., and June Ryan Nolan of Bellflower, Calif. The family requests remembrances be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014-5656. Burial will be in the Urn Garden of the Mesa City Cemetery in Mesa, Ariz.

Newton Thomas Baggett ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Newton Thomas Baggett, 33, died on Saturday, July 23, 2011, in St. Louis. He was born in Vicksburg on Nov. 21, 1977, to Green and Sandra Baggett of Rolling Fork. He grew up in Rolling Fork and Vicksburg and attended Vicksburg High School. He graduated from high school at the Mississippi School for Math and Science in Columbus in 1996. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 2000 with a major in physics and several minors. After graduating from Virginia, Thomas followed a friend to St. Louis where he fell in love with the city and made it his home. His love for teaching led to the establishment of his tutoring service there, where he specialized in teaching math and science to individual students. He was very successful and in great demand. Thomas had the ability to welcome all kinds of people into his life with open arms. He made a difference for many, many students and their families. One student said, “What made Thomas so unique was his ability to dream but, even more, it was his ability to inspire others to dream.” To some, he was a life tutor and role model. His grandfather, “Poppa Dooner,” called him “skyrocket,” as they spent much time talking and theorizing about physics and science. Thomas leaves his family who loved him dearly and are broken-hearted by his loss. He is survived by his parents, Green M. and Sandra Baggett of Lewiston, Idaho; by his brothers, N. Wade Townsend of Brandon and Greenfield M. and Tiffany Baggett of Springdale,

Ark.; by his grandmother, Jane Aden Wade of Vicksburg; his uncle, Lawrence T. Wade of Ellenton, Fla.; and his aunt, Cathy Wade Beasley of Charleston, S.C. He is also survived by his nephews, Gage and Destin Townsend and Greenfield Baggett IV. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Green M. and Frances Baggett and Lawrence T. and Jean Wade of Rolling Fork. Services were held at Christ Church Cathedral in St. Louis at 10 a.m. July 28. In lieu of flowers, a scholarship fund is being established in Thomas’ name. For more information, please contact Katie Norvell at NTBaggettmemorial@ Interment will take place in Lewiston at a later date. Thomas had such an impact on the lives of friends and family. He truly made a difference during his short time on earth. We will miss his kind heart, his sense of humor, his generous spirit and his passion for teaching. We will miss that particular genius that made him so unique.

John Francis Kolb John Francis Kolb died Friday, July 29, 2011, at River Region Medical Center. He was 85. Mr. Kolb was a lifelong resident of Vicksburg. He retired from W.E.S. after 34 years of service. He was the shop foreman of the electrical shop and temperature control at his retirement. Mr. Kolb was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church, Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus, the St. Michael and St. Paul Catholic church choirs and a veteran of the U.S. Army and Merchant Marines. He was preceded in death by his parents, Karl Kolb and Theresee K. Kolb; two brothers, BR. Alfred Kolb and Dr. Charles Kolb; and a sister, Gertrude Kolb. Survivors include his wife, Ruth Kolb of Vicksburg; two sons, Tony Kolb (Kathy) of Vicksburg, John F. Kolb Jr. (Donna) of North Augusta, S.C.; three daughters, Karla Beth Harjes of Memphis, Theresa Anna Williamson (Paul) of Sunset, La., and Susan Elizabeth Kolb Ditto of Vicksburg; 11 grandchildren, Tiffany Knight, Lindsey Fulton, Jeniffer Harjes, Katherine Boone, Josh Warner,

Jessica Pennington, Karl Kolb, Philip Kolb, Karlee Kolb and Ashley and Erica Ditto; five great-grandchildren; and Sister Margurite Nicholas. Funeral mass will be 10 a.m. Monday at St. Michael Catholic Church in Vicksburg. Burial will be at Greenlawn Gardens Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 tonight followed by K of C Prayers and Christian wake service. Pallbearers will be Billy Brown, Dr. Don Rathburn, Chuck Kolb, Karl Kolb, Philip Kolb, Hoyt Hogan, Ricky Pennington and Josh Warner. Honorary pallbearers will be Philip Jones, Joe Gerache, Sam Lusco, Charles Kette, Richard Cowart, Joe Gay, Bobby Amborn, Joe Loviza and members of Shoney’s breakfast club. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Aloysius High and St. Francis Xavier Elementary Catholic schools, 1900 Grove St., Vicksburg, MS 39183; Manresa Retreat Home, P.O. Box 59, Convent, LA 70723; or Brothers of the Sacred Heart, 4600 Elysian Fields Ave., New Orleans, LA 70122. Please sign our online register at





Chance of isolated thunderstorms with a high in the upper 90s and a low in the mid-70s

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

LOCAL FORECAST monday-wednesday Chance of showers and thunderstorms; highs in the mid-90s; lows in the mid-70s

STATE FORECAST TOday Chance of showers; highs in the upper 90s; lows in the mid-70s monday-wednesday Chance of showers and thunderstorms; highs in the mid-90s; lows in the mid-70s

Almanac Highs and Lows High/past 24 hours............. 96º Low/past 24 hours............... 75º Average temperature......... 81º Normal this date................... 82º Record low..............62º in 1981 Record high......... 100º in 1986 Rainfall Recorded at the Vicksburg Water Plant Past 24 hours.........................N/A This month..............1.96 inches Total/year.............. 22.33 inches Normal/month......3.45 inches Normal/year........ 33.44 inches Solunar table Most active times for fish and wildlife Monday: A.M. Active............................ 6:58 A.M. Most active...............12:45 P.M. Active............................. 7:24 P.M. Most active.................. 1:11 Sunrise/sunset Sunset today........................ 8:01 Sunset tomorrow............... 8:01 Sunrise tomorrow.............. 6:17

RIVER DATA Stages Mississippi River at Vicksburg Current: 24.9 | Change: -0.4 Flood: 43 feet Yazoo River at Greenwood Current: 15.4 | Change: -0.3 Flood: 35 feet Yazoo River at Yazoo City Current: 13.2 | Change: -0.4 Flood: 29 feet Yazoo River at Belzoni Current: 15.3 | Change: -0.3 Flood: 34 feet Big Black River at West Current: 8.7 | Change: -3.0 Flood: 12 feet Big Black River at Bovina Current: 14.0 | Change: 0.6 Flood: 28 feet StEELE BAYOU Land....................................71.9 River....................................71.8

MISSISSIPPI RIVER Forecast Cairo, Ill. Monday.................................. 28.5 Tuesday.................................. 28.2 Wednesday........................... 28.2 Memphis Monday.................................. 13.8 Tuesday.................................. 14.0 Wednesday........................... 13.9 Greenville Monday.................................. 29.3 Tuesday.................................. 29.5 Wednesday........................... 29.8 Vicksburg Monday.................................. 24.7 Tuesday.................................. 24.6 Wednesday........................... 24.8


The employers

• Ace Training Center — Truck driver training • All American Check Cashing — Managers, supervisors, manager trainees • Ameristar Casino Hotel • Anderson Tully Lumber Co. • Antonelli College • AT Home Care — Homemakers, ET drivers • Avon — Sales and leadership representatives • Backyard Broadcasting — Production assistant, sales • Baxter Healthcare — Maintenance mechanic, maintenance technician, technologist, engineer, manufacturing supervisor • Belhaven University Aspire • Blackburn Motor Company — Salesperson, technician • Bowhead — Network engineers, system administrators, Oracle database administrators, environmental scientist, storage administrators, marine biologist, e-mail/active directory administrators, soil technicians, network monitors • City of Vicksburg • Covenant Health & Rehab of Vicksburg — Registered and licensed practical nurses, certified nursing assistants, housekeeping, dietary • DiamondJacks Casino & Hotel — Slot attendants and techs, security, food servers, Lucky Bean/concession attendants, housekeeping, dishwasher, dealers, Casino Services • Dollar General Corp. — Store manager in training, lead sales associate, assistant store manager • Federal Bureau of Investigation —Professional support

Jobs Continued from Page A1. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Vicksburg Convention Center, will feature about 55 employers. Among those are Baxter Healthcare Corp., Dollar General Corp., the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Mississippi Department of Corrections. Also, Vicksburg casinos will have representatives on hand, plus River Region Health System, Mav6, International Paper and the City of Vicksburg. “Last year, we had about 1,600,” job-seekers, Todd said. Unemployment figures released Wednesday by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security showed Warren County’s

Sunday, July 31, 2011 • Hinds Community College • Humana • Hunter Engineering — NC operator, second shift; electronic assembler • International Paper — Pipefitter-welders, millwrights/ mechanics, instrument-electricians • ITT Technical Institute • Magnolia College of Cosmetology — Students, instructor • Mav6 — Software engineer, radio frequency engineer, chief engineer and deputy director, director of MavLab • Minact/Finch Henry Job Corps Center — Free education and training for ages 16-24 • Mississippi Children’s Home Services — Network systems administrator, therapist, primary service coordinator, behavior-education consultant, accountant, child and youth adviser, teacher, resident adviser, behavior management technician, recruiting coordinator • Mississippi College — Accelerated degree, graduate and traditional programs • Mississippi Department of Corrections —Correctional officer trainee • Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services • Mississippi State University — Teacher education programs • MSPB • New York Life/New York Life Investment Management — Financial services professional, sales manager • PEC/Premier • Primerica — Management, part-time and full-time financial planners • Primerica Financial Services

If you go The Vicksburg Area Job Fair, sponsored by the Mississippi Governor’s Job Fair Network, will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Vicksburg Convention Center. A copy machine will be available. Call 601321-6154 or visit rate rose from 11.8 percent in May to 11.9 percent in June. Statewide figures for June were at 11 percent, up from 10.1 percent in May. Todd, who has worked with the network since 2004, said he has seen the quality of job-seekers grow. It “gives me much hope that there are qualified people in

— Part-time and full-time client reps, manager and manager trainee, partner • Rainbow Hotel-Casino — Dealers (experienced) , kitchen/buffet, casino host, security, EVS (custodial), cocktail server • River Region Health System — Registered and licensed practical nurses, MT/MLT, unit secretary, patient care tech, phlebotomist, registration rep • Riverwalk Casino-Hotel — Dealers, table game supervisors, food servers, security • RPM Pizza — Assistant manager, drivers, customer service representative • Staffing Solutions — Clerical, food services, financial services, health and allied services, light industrial • State Veterans Affairs Board/State Approving Agency Division • Strategic Restaurants/Burger King • Tower Loan — Manager trainee • Troops To Teachers — K-12 teaching positions statewide • U.S. Department of Labor/ Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs • U.S. Small Business Administration • USDA-APHIS • Vicksburg U.S. Army Career Center • Vicksburg WIN Job Center • Virginia College • Warren-Yazoo Mental Health • WQBC radio • YOUR TV — Marketing, audio, human resources, cameramen, data, receptionist, mass communications, programing, customer service, maintenance

Mississippi,” he said. He suggests bringing a resume and dressing to impress. “I’m not saying you have to wear a suit or a dress, but do look sharp,” he said, adding that some employers will interview candidates on the spot. “Don’t just talk to one or two employers,” Todd said. “Take the time and take advantage of the fair. Market yourself.”

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governor’s cup


Vicksburg squad wins 6-year-olds’ title Saints sign

Ingram to 4-year deal

By Ernest Bowker

Manning’s the man Colts sign star QB to rich new contract/B4


Red Carpet Bowl VHS vs. Brandon Warren Central vs. Pearl Aug. 19, 6 p.m., at WC Porters Chapel hosts Union Christian Aug. 19, 7 p.m. St. Aloysius hosts Madison-St. Joe Aug. 19, 7:30 p.m.

On TV Noon ESPN - The Sprint Cup series returns to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Brickyard 400, where the winner gets a shiny trophy and a chance to make out with a patch of grimy asphalt.

Who’s hot A.J. GRIFFITH

Vicksburg All-Stars baseball player hit a grand slam in a win over the Madison Longhorns Saturday during the 6-year-olds’ Governor’s Cup. The All-Stars went on to win the tournament.

Sidelines Whittington leads County golf tourney

The only thing lower than the scores atop the Warren County Championship were the ages of the people posting them. Chris Whittington shot a first-round 68 on Saturday and will take a fourstroke lead into the final round of today’s tournament at Clear Creek Golf Course. The top four players — Whittington, Chris Ingram, Parker Rutherford and Nick Mekus — have a combined age of 72. Rutherford and Mekus are still in high school at Warren Central and St. Aloysius, respectively. Ingram, who graduated from St. Al in May, was in second place with a 72. Rutherford and Mekus were tied for third, both with 74. Johnny Price led the senior men’s division with a 75, and Karen Carroll was in front of the women’s tournament after a firstround 86.

LOTTERY La. Pick 3: 1-4-8 La. Pick 4: 1-7-8-3 Easy 5: 4-8-14-16-34 La. Lotto: 7-11-22-24-28-36 Powerball: 20-40-41-47-55 Powerball: 19; Power play: 2

Weekly results: B2

The 6-year-olds’ Vicksburg All-Stars already had the state’s biggest trophy stashed safely away in their case. On Saturday, they added a Governor’s Cup championship to their USSSA state title and put on a show for their hometown fans. The All-Stars scored 71 runs in four games and beat the Concordia Cobras 9-1 in the tournament final to win the 6-year-olds’ Governor’s Cup title at Halls Ferry Park. “It feels great. I’m really proud of these boys. They’ve worked really, really hard and they deserve everything they get. We’ve got a talented group,” Vicksburg coach Randy Wright said. “We’re real proud that we’re state champions and real proud that we defended the home turf and won the Governor’s Cup.” Vicksburg beat Concordia 20-12 in the tournament opener, then took two games from the Madison Longhorns, 24-16 and 19-11, to earn a rematch with Concordia in the championship game. Braxton McCurley had a two-run inside-the-park home run for Vicksburg and Johnathan Wells added an RBI double, but what put the All-Stars over the top was their defense. Vicksburg turned a double play in the first inning and four fielder’s choices in the game. Third baseman Preston Lynch added a nice sliding catch on a pop up in the fourth inning. In an age group where errors and misplays often turn into game-changing rallies, the All-Stars held Concordia without a run after the first inning. In fact, the Cobras only had four hits — all singles — after Rives Reynolds tripled with one out in the first. The stellar defense allowed the All-Stars to pull away with a modest offensive effort compared to their first three games. They likely would have scored more, but the game was halted after

By Brett Martel The Associated Press

KATIE CARTER•The Vicksburg Post

The Vicksburg All-Stars’ A.J. Griffith high-fives one of his coaches after scoring a run during a 6-year-olds’ Governor’s Cup game against the Madison Longhorns on Saturday. Below, the All-Stars’ Chase Smith swings at the ball. The All-Stars beat the Longhorns, then went on to win the 6-year-olds’ championship with a 9-1 victory over the Concordia Cobras.

On B2 Governor’s Cup scores, schedule 3 1/2 innings by the mercy rule. “We made some routine plays, we caught some pop ups, some fly balls and caught some balls on the ground. That’s awesome. If you can make routine plays at this level, you’re going to win a lot of games,” Wright said. The All-Stars improved their record to 16-1 overall this summer and will try to win a few more games next weekend when they play in the Governor’s Cup’s 7-yearolds’ tournament.

Legit, Red Sox play to tie in 14-year-olds’ game By Jeff Byrd Closing out games was a problem all last season for St. Aloysius’ high school baseball team. This weekend’s Governor’s Cup appeared to be a good time to work on it. Playing as the Vicksburg Red Sox in the Cup’s 14-yearolds’ tournament, they showed there is still work to be done. The Red Sox could not hold on to a 5-1 lead and had to settle for a 5-5, timelimit tie with Legit Baseball, a team comprised of players from Vicksburg, Jackson and Canton. The tie left the Red Sox with an 0-1-1 pool record in the five-team tournament. They lost 10-1 to the Monroe, La. Warhawks in an earlier pool game. The win clinched the top seed in today’s elimination round for the Warhawks (2-0), who had earlier beaten the Siege 11-3. The Red Sox will play the Smash in an elimination game today at 11 a.m., with

the winner advancing to face the Warhawks at 3 p.m. Legit earned a berth to the semifinals and will play the Siege of Vicksburg at 1 p.m., guaranteeing the host city will be represented in the championship game. Catcher Ben Welp, one of three St. Al starters playing for the Red Sox, was disappointed his team had to settle for a draw rather than a win. The Red Sox had a 5-3 lead going into Legit’s last at-bat but gave up the two tying runs off two hits, two walks and an error. “It was very discouraging,” Welp said. The Governor’s Cup is the Red Sox’s first action together since the end of June when St. Al concluded its summer session of 28 games. Red Sox shortstop Patrick Murphy, who plays second base for St. Al, felt any added experience was beneficial. “It’s a tournament. We See Cup, Page B3

Vicksburg Red Sox pitcher Jake Smith delivers against Legit Baseball during a 14-year-olds’ Governor’s Cup game Saturday at Halls Ferry Park.

METAIRIE, La. — Mark Ingram couldn’t wait to put on his jersey. Moments after signing his rookie contract with the New Orleans Saints, Ingram was pulling his No. 28 jersey on over shoulder pads, grabbing his helmet and trotting onto the field at club headquarters halfway through the second practice of training camp. Coaches wouldn’t let him do anything but watch on Saturday. Still, the first-round draft pick and former Alabama Heisman Trophy winner wanted to show his Mark new coaches, Ingram teammates and fans crowding the bleachers that he is ready and eager to go. “It’s what I have been waiting for my whole life. I am going to have the opportunity to play pro football,” said Ingram, whose father, Mark Ingram Sr., also played in the NFL as a receiver. “I am excited to be here and to be a part of such a great organization like the Saints.” “I just came out here and watched today, but everything went through” with the contract, Ingram said. “Everything is good. Now I’m here, full-go, and ready to practice.” Ingram signed a four-year contract worth about $7.4 million, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the Saints did not release terms. A number of teammates offered congratulatory handshakes when they realized a significant piece of the club’s ground attack was among them. Head coach Sean Payton was pleased to see him as well. “We’ll get him going and get him involved in practice” today, Payton said. Although Payton insists the Saints still wanted to keep Reggie Bush when they traded for the 28th overall pick to draft Ingram, it appears that Ingram’s presence on the roster helped precipitate Bush’s departure to Miami. Bush’s two-year, nearly $10 million contract with the Dolphins shows he was willing to play for less than the $11.8 million the Saints would have owed him this season alone under his original contract. However, Payton said Bush indicated a desire to move to a team that had less depth at running back. When asked about Thursday’s trade that sent Bush to the Dolphins, Ingram showed little interest in dwelling on the matter. “I had no control over what happened,” Ingram said. “My main focus was to be in the best shape possible coming into camp, work my butt off, and help the team win.” Ingram joins a Saints backfield that includes Pierre Thomas, newly acquired Darren Sproles, second-year See Saints, Page B4.


Sunday, July 31, 2011

on tv

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS AUTO RACING 6:30 a.m. Speed - Formula One, Hungarian Grand Prix Noon ESPN - NASCAR, Sprint Cup, Brickyard 400, at Indianapolis 10 p.m. ESPN2 - NHRA, Fram-Autolite Nationals, at Sonoma, Calif. (tape) EXTREME SPORTS 4 p.m. ESPN - X Games 6 p.m. ESPN2 - X Games GOLF 7 a.m. TGC - European PGA Tour, Irish Open 8 a.m. ESPN - Women’s British Open 2 p.m. CBS - PGA Tour, The Greenbrier Classic 2 p.m. NBC - USGA, U.S. Senior Open 6 p.m. TGC - Nationwide Tour, Utah Championship (tape) MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 12:30 p.m. FSN - Florida at Atlanta 1 p.m. TBS - Boston at Chicago White Sox 7 p.m. ESPN - Chicago Cubs at St. Louis TENNIS 2 p.m. ESPN2 - WTA Tour, Bank of the West Classic, championship 4 p.m. ESPN2 - ATP, Farmers Classic, championship


from staff & AP reports

baseball Mobile tops M-Braves in series finale, 4-3 The Mississippi Braves had a chance this week to get back into the Southern League South Division race. Instead, they slipped into the abyss. A fielding error by first baseman Ernesto Mejia allowed two runs to score, then Mobile tacked on another run during a three-run fourth inning and went on to beat the M-Braves 4-3 on Saturday night. First-place Mobile took four of five in the series at Trustmark Park, dropping the M-Braves 10 games back in the division with just over a month left in the season.

Rockies trade Jimenez to Indians for Pomeranz SAN DIEGO — Colorado Rockies pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez said he was traded to the Cleveland Indians — shortly after he pitched one inning against San Diego on Saturday night. Rockies spokesman Jay Alves said the deal with Cleveland wasn’t complete. Several media outlets, however, reported that the Indians would send pitching prospects Drew Pomeranz, Alex White and Joe Gardner, and first baseman Matt McBride to the Rockies. All four players are minor leaguers. The Indians scratched Pomeranz, a former Ole Miss star, from his scheduled start at Double-A Akron on Saturday. He was Cleveland’s first-round pick in the 2010 draft. He is 3-3 with a 1.98 ERA and 112 strikeouts in 18 starts this season at Class A Kinston and Akron.

Nascar Keselowski wins Nationwide race CLERMONT, Ind. — Brad Keselowski stayed close to the leaders and then ran strong in the two green-white-checkered laps at the end to win the NASCAR Nationwide Series Kroger 200 on Saturday. Keselowski had earned the pole in his previous two races but hadn’t won.


BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS July 31 1954 — Joe Adcock hits four homers and a double to give the Milwaukee Braves a 15-7 victory over Brooklyn. 1963 — The Cleveland Indians become the first American League club to hit four straight home runs, and in an unlikely fashion. No. 8 hitter Woody Held hits a two-out homer off Paul Foytack, pitcher Pedro Ramos follows with his second homer of the game, Tito Francona and Larry Brown’s first major league homer finish the string. 1972 — Dick Allen becomes the first player since 1950 to hit two inside-the-park homers in a game as the Chicago White Sox beat Minnesota 8-1. 1990 — Nolan Ryan wins his 300th game, reaching the milestone in his second try as the Texas Rangers beat the Milwaukee Brewers 11-3.

The Vicksburg Post

scoreboard youth baseball 2011 Governor’s Cup At Halls Ferry Park


All games at BMX Field Saturday Vicksburg 20, Concordia 12 Longhorns 18, Clinton 18 Concordia 19, Clinton 11 Vicksburg 24, Longhorns 16 Vicksburg 19, Longhorns 11 Concordia 17, Clinton 8 Vicksburg 9, Concordia 1, Vicksburg All-Stars win championship ———


Games at Bazinsky Park softball fields Saturday Mudcats 8, Athletics 7 Clinton All-Stars 13, Vicksburg All-Stars 5 Dawgs 16, Crush 7 Bombers 5, Clinton All-Stars 2 WolfPack 17, Athletics 9 Mudcats 13, LA Guns 5 Bombers 21, Vicksburg All-Stars 2 Dawgs 4, LA Guns 3 Wolfpack 10, Crush 2 Crush 16, Vicksburg All-Stars 2 Clinton All-Stars 16, Mudcats 11 Wolfpack 11, LA Guns 3 Dawgs 17, Athletics 5 Today Bombers vs. Crush, 11 a.m. Wolfpack vs. Dawgs, 12:15 p.m. Clinton All-Stars vs. Bombers or Crush, 1:30 p.m. Championship game, 2:45 p.m. ———


Games at Babe Ruth Field Saturday Warhawks 11, Vicksburg Siege 3 Vicksburg Siege 12, Smash 4 Warhawks 10, Vicksburg Red Sox 1 Legit Baseball 5, Vicksburg Red Sox 5 Legit Baseball 9, Smash 6 Today Vicksburg Red Sox vs. Smash, 11 a.m. Legit Baseball vs. Vicksburg Siege, 1 p.m. Warhawks vs. Red Sox or Smash, 3 p.m. Championship game, 5 p.m.

minor league baseball Pct. .600 .457 .457 .441 .400

GB — 5 5 5 1/2 7

W L Pct. Mobile (D’backs)...........26 9 .743 Montgomery (Rays).......19 15 .559 Jacksonville (Marlins)....16 19 .457 Mississippi (Braves)...16 19 .457 x-Birm. (White Sox).......15 20 .429 x-clinched first half ——— Saturday’s Games Carolina 4, Jacksonville 2 Mobile 4, Mississippi 3 Chattanooga 3, Jackson 2 Huntsville 7, Birmingham 1 Tennessee at Montgomery, (n) Sunday’s Games Birmingham at Tennessee, 4 p.m. Montgomery at Jacksonville, 5:05 p.m. Mississippi at Jackson, 6:05 p.m. Chattanooga at Mobile, 6:05 p.m. Carolina at Huntsville, 7:03 p.m. Monday’s Games Montgomery at Jacksonville, 6:05 p.m. Birmingham at Tennessee, 6:15 p.m. Carolina at Huntsville, 6:43 p.m. Mississippi at Jackson, 7:05 p.m. Chattanooga at Mobile, 7:05 p.m.

GB — 6 1/2 10 10 11

MLB American League East Division

W Boston...........................65 New York.......................63 Tampa Bay....................55 Toronto..........................54 Baltimore.......................42

L 40 42 51 53 62

Central Division

W Detroit............................56 Cleveland.......................53 Chicago.........................52 Minnesota......................50 Kansas City...................45

L 51 51 53 56 62

West Division

W Texas.............................61 Los Angeles..................59 Oakland.........................47 Seattle...........................45

L 47 49 59 61

Central Division L 49 50 51 55 65 72

Pct GB .632 — .583 5 .514 12 1/2 .486 15 1/2 .472 17 Pct GB .546 — .533 1 1/2 .514 3 1/2 .486 6 1/2 .393 16 1/2 .327 23 1/2



South Division

L 39 45 52 55 56

West Division


L 14 19 19 19 21

W Philadelphia...................67 Atlanta...........................63 New York.......................55 Florida............................52 Washington....................50

W L Pct GB San Francisco...............61 46 .570 — Arizona..........................57 49 .538 3 1/2 Colorado........................51 56 .477 10 Los Angeles..................48 57 .457 12 San Diego.....................46 62 .426 15 1/2 Saturday’s Games St. Louis 13, Chicago Cubs 5 Washington 3, N.Y. Mets 0 Philadelphia 7, Pittsburgh 4 Atlanta 5, Florida 1 Milwaukee 6, Houston 2 Cincinnati 7, San Francisco 2 Colorado 10, San Diego 6 Arizona at L.A. Dodgers, (n) Today’s Games San Francisco (Zito 3-3) at Cincinnati (Cueto 6-4), 12:10 p.m. Florida (Nolasco 7-7) at Atlanta (Hanson 11-5), 12:35 p.m. N.Y. Mets (Niese 10-8) at Washington (Zimmermann 6-9), 12:35 p.m. Pittsburgh (Karstens 8-5) at Philadelphia (Worley 7-1), 12:35 p.m. Houston (Myers 3-11) at Milwaukee (Narveson 7-6), 1:10 p.m. Colorado (Nicasio 4-3) at San Diego (LeBlanc 0-2), 3:05 p.m. Arizona (J.Saunders 7-8) at L.A. Dodgers (R.De La Rosa 4-4), 3:10 p.m. Chicago Cubs (Dempster 7-8) at St. Louis (Westbrook 9-4), 7:05 p.m. Monday’s Games Atlanta at Washington, 6:05 p.m. Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh, 6:05 p.m. Florida at N.Y. Mets, 6:10 p.m. Cincinnati at Houston, 7:05 p.m. St. Louis at Milwaukee, 7:10 p.m. Philadelphia at Colorado, 7:40 p.m. L.A. Dodgers at San Diego, 9:05 p.m. Arizona at San Francisco, 9:15 p.m.

Games at Bluff and Delta fields Saturday Indianola 12, Warren County Warriors 2 Tigers 10, Titans 1 Mayhem 17, Clinton 1 Thunder 9, Panthers 6 Cobra Baseball 12, Indianola 2 Thunder 15,Titans 0 Sterlington 12, Clinton 6 Tigers 5, Destruction 3 Mayhem 9, Cobra Baseball 8 Mayhem 8, Vicksburg Volts 2 Sterlington 8, Warren County Warriors 6 Vicksburg Volts 6, Crush 5 Panthers 7, Destruction 5 Elimination round Saturday Indianola vs. Panthers, (n) Cobra Baseball vs. Titans, (n) Sterlington vs. Clinton All-Stars, (n) Vicksburg Volts vs. Warren Co. Warriors, (n) Today Crush vs. Destruction, 10 a.m. Mayhem vs. Indianola or Panthers, 10 a.m. Thunder vs. Volts or Warriors, Noon Tigers vs. Crush or Destruction, Noon Semifinals, 2 and 4 p.m. Championship game, 6 p.m. ———

W Chattanooga (Dodgers).21 Carolina (Reds).............16 Huntsville (Brewers)......16 x-Tennessee (Cubs)......15 Jackson (Mariners)........14

——— National League East Division

W Milwaukee......................59 St. Louis........................57 Pittsburgh......................54 Cincinnati.......................52 Chicago.........................42 Houston.........................35

Games at National and American fields Saturday River City Storm 6, Lions 5 MS Athletics 7, Gators 2 River City Storm 16, Clinton Arrows 2 NE Storm 16, SWR Baseball 0 Red Raiders 8, Gators 1 NE Storm 7, Lions 1 MS Athletics 8, Vicksburg Braves 0 SWR Baseball 7, Clinton Arrows 6 Elimination round Saturday Red Raiders 14, Vicksburg Braves 3 Vicksburg Braves 14, Clinton Arrows 6 River City Storm 9, SWR Baseball 1 Red Raiders 8, Lions, 0 MS Athletics 9, Gators 4 Today NE Storm vs. Vicksburg Braves, 11 a.m. Red Raiders vs. Athletics, 1 p.m. River City Storm vs. NE Storm or Vicksburg Braves, 3 p.m. Championship game, 5 p.m. ———

Southern League North Division

Saturday’s Games Texas 3, Toronto 0 L.A. Angels 5, Detroit 1 Seattle 3, Tampa Bay 2 N.Y. Yankees 8, Baltimore 3, 1st game N.Y. Yankees 17, Baltimore 3, 2nd game Cleveland 5, Kansas City 2 Boston 10, Chicago White Sox 2 Minnesota at Oakland, (n) Today’s Games Baltimore (Arrieta 10-7) at N.Y. Yankees (F.Garcia 9-7), 12:05 p.m. Kansas City (Davies 1-9) at Cleveland (Carmona 5-10), 12:05 p.m. L.A. Angels (Weaver 14-4) at Detroit (Verlander 14-5), 12:05 p.m. Texas (C.Wilson 10-4) at Toronto (Morrow 7-5), 12:07 p.m. Boston (A.Miller 4-1) at Chicago White Sox (Buehrle 8-5), 1:10 p.m. Minnesota (Pavano 6-7) at Oakland (McCarthy 3-5), 3:05 p.m. Tampa Bay (Hellickson 9-7) at Seattle (Vargas 6-9), 3:10 p.m. Monday’s Games Cleveland at Boston, 6:10 p.m. N.Y. Yankees at Chicago White Sox, 7:10 p.m. Oakland at Seattle, 9:10 p.m.

Pct GB .619 — .600 2 .519 10 1/2 .505 12 .404 22 1/2 Pct .523 .510 .495 .472 .421

GB — 1 1/2 3 5 1/2 11

Pct .565 .546 .443 .425

GB — 2 13 15

Florida Atlanta ab r h bi ab r h bi Bonifac 3b 4 1 2 0 Constnz cf 4 0 0 0 Infante 2b 4 0 2 1 Prado 3b 4 1 2 1 GSnchz 1b 3 0 1 0 Fremn 1b 4 1 2 0 HRmrz ss 4 0 1 0 Uggla 2b 4 1 1 3 Morrsn lf 4 0 0 0 Hinske lf 3 1 2 1 Stanton rf 4 0 0 0 D.Ross c 4 0 0 0 Camrn cf 4 0 1 0 Heywrd rf 2 0 0 0 J.Buck c 3 0 0 0 AlGnzlz ss 4 1 2 0 AnSnch p 1 0 0 0 THudsn p 1 0 0 0 Wise ph 1 0 0 0 Venters p 0 0 0 0 Sanchs p 0 0 0 0 Conrad ph 1 0 0 0 Helms ph 0 0 0 0 Kimrel p 0 0 0 0 Choate p 0 0 0 0 Cishek p 0 0 0 0 Totals 32 1 7 1 Totals 31 5 9 5 Florida.......................................000 001 000 — 1 Atlanta......................................004 000 01x — 5 DP—Atlanta 2. LOB—Florida 6, Atlanta 7. 2B—Bonifacio (17), Cameron (2), Hinske (8). HR—Uggla (20), Hinske (10). SB—Freeman (4). S—T.Hudson 2. IP H R ER BB SO Florida Ani.Sanchez L,6-4 5 8 4 4 1 5 Sanches 2 0 0 0 1 2 Choate 1-3 1 1 1 1 0 Cishek 2-3 0 0 0 0 2 Atlanta T.Hudson W,10-7 7 6 1 1 0 5 Venters H,22 1 1 0 0 2 2 Kimbrel 1 0 0 0 0 1

nascar Sprint Cup Brickyard 400 Lineup

After Saturday qualifying; race today At Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Car number in parentheses) 1. (6) David Ragan, Ford, 182.994. 2. (4) Kasey Kahne, Toyota, 182.927. 3. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 182.801. 4. (22) Kurt Busch, Dodge, 182.671. 5. (2) Brad Keselowski, Dodge, 182.556. 6. (43) A J Allmendinger, Ford, 182.445. 7. (42) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 182.367. 8. (24) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 182.242. 9. (17) Matt Kenseth, Ford, 182.216. 10. (99) Carl Edwards, Ford, 182.05. 11. (13) Casey Mears, Toyota, 182.024. 12. (5) Mark Martin, Chevrolet, 181.969. 13. (31) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 181.895. 14. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 181.892. 15. (27) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 181.87. 16. (1) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 181.848. 17. (47) Bobby Labonte, Toyota, 181.715. 18. (16) Greg Biffle, Ford, 181.682. 19. (29) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 181.635. 20. (20) Joey Logano, Toyota, 181.422. 21. (9) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 181.389. 22. (88) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 181.335. 23. (39) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 181.32. 24. (14) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 181.251. 25. (21) Trevor Bayne, Ford, 181.134. 26. (33) Clint Bowyer, Chevrolet, 180.981. 27. (78) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 180.926. 28. (00) David Reutimann, Toyota, 180.912. 29. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 180.854. 30. (56) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 180.618. 31. (83) Brian Vickers, Toyota, 180.61. 32. (51) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 180.133. 33. (36) Dave Blaney, Chevrolet, 179.924. 34. (37) Scott Speed, Ford, 179.548. 35. (66) Michael McDowell, Toyota, 179.451. 36. (87) Joe Nemechek, Toyota, 179.297. 37. (34) David Gilliland, Ford, 179.276. 38. (60) Mike Skinner, Toyota, 178.99. 39. (71) Andy Lally, Ford, 178.926. 40. (50) T.J. Bell, Chevrolet, 177.992. 41. (7) Robby Gordon, Dodge, 177.866. 42. (32) Mike Bliss, Ford, Owner Points. 43. (23) Terry Labonte, Ford, Past Champion.

Sprint Cup standings 1. Carl Edwards.................................................. 652 2. Jimmie Johnson............................................. 645 3. Kurt Busch..................................................... 641 4. Kevin Harvick................................................. 637 5. Kyle Busch..................................................... 632 6. Matt Kenseth.................................................. 626 7. Jeff Gordon.................................................... 587 8. Ryan Newman............................................... 586 9. Dale Earnhardt Jr.......................................... 577 10. Denny Hamlin.............................................. 570 11. Tony Stewart................................................ 570 12. Clint Bowyer................................................. 542 13. David Ragan................................................ 524 14. Kasey Kahne............................................... 523 15. Greg Biffle.................................................... 523

——— Nationwide Series Kroger 200 Results

Saturday At Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis Indianapolis, Ind. Lap length: .686 miles (Start position in parentheses) 1. (2) Brad Keselowski, Dodge, 204 laps, 118.7 rating, 0 points. 2. (17) James Buescher, Chevrolet, 204, 94.6, 0. 3. (1) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 204, 144.1, 43. 4. (13) Aric Almirola, Chevrolet, 204, 94.3, 40. 5. (3) Carl Edwards, Ford, 204, 119.7, 0. 6. (7) Jason Leffler, Chevrolet, 204, 98.8, 38. 7. (21) Joe Nemechek, Toyota, 204, 83.5, 37. 8. (15) Drew Herring, Toyota, 204, 83.4, 36. 9. (16) Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet, 204, 84.2, 35. 10. (9) Michael McDowell, Toyota, 204, 100.1, 0. 11. (14) Mike Bliss, Chevrolet, 204, 79.9, 33. 12. (11) Kenny Wallace, Toyota, 204, 82, 32. 13. (18) David Stremme, Chevrolet, 204, 75.5, 0. 14. (12) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 204, 102.2, 0. 15. (6) Brian Scott, Toyota, 204, 91.3, 29. 16. (42) Elliott Sadler, Chevrolet, 203, 92, 0. 17. (24) Mike Wallace, Chevrolet, 202, 64.5, 27. 18. (26) Jeremy Clements, Chevrolet, 202, 61.9, 26. 19. (20) Josh Wise, Chevrolet, 201, 68.5, 25. 20. (23) Blake Koch, Dodge, 201, 61.5, 24. 21. (25) Eric McClure, Chevrolet, 201, 52.7, 23. 22. (19) Derrike Cope, Chevrolet, 201, 58.1, 22. 23. (22) Timmy Hill, Ford, 199, 55.8, 21. 24. (30) Tim Schendel, Chevrolet, 197, 45.8, 20. 25. (33) Matt Frahm, Ford, 197, 44.9, 19. 26. (34) Fain Skinner, Chevrolet, 197, 41.4, 18. 27. (4) Justin Allgaier, oil pump, 193, 94.5, 17. 28. (5) Trevor Bayne, engine, 188, 102.9, 16. 29. (8) Michael Annett, accident, 174, 85.7, 15. 30. (10) Steve Wallace, accident, 174, 73.3, 14. 31. (31) Tim Andrews, accident, 169, 46.4, 13. 32. (32) Morgan Shepherd, handling, 33, 47.2, 12. 33. (27) Jeff Green, overheating, 26, 53, 11. 34. (28) Dennis Setzer, brakes, 21, 43.3, 10. 35. (29) Mark Green, Chevy, brakes, 16, 35.9, 9. 36. (39) Danny O’Quinn Jr., electrical, 13, 42.6, 8. 37. (38) Johnny Chapman, Ford, overheating, 12, 36.2, 7. 38. (35) Mike Harmon, Chevy, brakes, 11, 35.3, 6. 39. (40) Scott Wimmer, Chevy, brakes, 9, 31.6, 5. 40. (36) Charles Lewandoski, vibration, 8, 30.5, 4. 41. (37) Chase Miller, Chevy, brakes, 7, 31.7, 3. 42. (41) Jennifer Jo Cobb, handling, 2, 29.4, 2. Race Statistics Average Speed of Race Winner: 83.466 mph. Time of Race: 1 hour, 40 minutes, 36 seconds. Margin of Victory: 0.987 seconds. Caution Flags: 5 for 28 laps. Lead Changes: 5 among 4 drivers. Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Led, Laps Led): R.Stenhouse Jr., 3 times for 189 laps; B.Keselowski, 1 time for 7 laps; C.Edwards, 1 time for 4 laps; A.Dillon, 1 time for 4 laps.

Nationwide Series standings 1. Ricky Stenhouse Jr........................................ 740 2. Reed Sorenson.............................................. 737 3. Justin Allgaier................................................ 689 4. Elliott Sadler................................................... 688 5. Aric Almirola................................................... 671 6. Jason Leffler.................................................. 646 7. Kenny Wallace............................................... 637 8. Steve Wallace................................................ 572 9. Brian Scott..................................................... 566 10. Michael Annett............................................. 565

golf PGA Tour Greenbrier Classic

Saturday At The Old White Course White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. Purse: $6 million Yardage: 7,274; Par 70 Third Round Anthony Kim......... 69-69-62—200.......................-10 Scott Stallings...... 70-65-66—201.........................-9 Gary Woodland.... 65-70-67—202.........................-8 Webb Simpson..... 65-68-69—202.........................-8 Jimmy Walker....... 69-72-62—203.........................-7 Bill Haas............... 71-67-65—203.........................-7 Chris Couch......... 68-68-67—203.........................-7 Nick O’Hern.......... 70-68-66—204.........................-6 Cameron Tringale.70-67-67—204.........................-6 John Merrick......... 69-67-68—204.........................-6 Chris DiMarco...... 66-75-64—205.........................-5 John Senden........ 70-70-65—205.........................-5 Johnson Wagner.. 72-67-66—205.........................-5 D.A. Points........... 71-67-67—205.........................-5 Scott Verplank...... 72-66-67—205.........................-5 Brian Davis........... 71-64-70—205.........................-5 Brendon de Jonge.66-67-72—205.........................-5 Bob Estes............. 69-72-65—206.........................-4 Kyle Stanley......... 66-75-65—206.........................-4 Andres Romero.... 71-69-66—206.........................-4 Spencer Levin...... 70-68-68—206.........................-4 Tag Ridings.......... 71-66-69—206.........................-4 Will Strickler......... 67-70-69—206.........................-4 Ricky Barnes........ 72-65-69—206.........................-4 Chez Reavie......... 67-69-70—206.........................-4 Charles Howell III.68-68-70—206.........................-4 Michael Letzig...... 69-66-71—206.........................-4 Ryuji Imada.......... 69-70-68—207.........................-3 Briny Baird............ 69-69-69—207.........................-3 David Hearn......... 66-72-69—207.........................-3 Michael Connell.... 72-66-69—207.........................-3 Derek Lamely....... 65-70-72—207.........................-3 Trevor Immelman.64-70-73—207.........................-3 Josh Teater.......... 71-70-67—208.........................-2 Steven Bowditch.. 65-75-68—208.........................-2 Chris Stroud......... 69-71-68—208.........................-2 Brett Wetterich..... 73-67-68—208.........................-2 Duffy Waldorf....... 69-70-69—208.........................-2 Keegan Bradley.... 72-67-69—208.........................-2 Andre Stolz........... 69-69-70—208.........................-2 Jim Herman.......... 67-71-70—208.........................-2 Kenny Perry......... 68-70-70—208.........................-2 Chris Baryla.......... 67-69-72—208.........................-2 Aron Price............ 69-67-72—208.........................-2 Adam Hadwin....... 70-71-68—209.........................-1 Matt Bettencourt... 73-67-69—209.........................-1 Carl Pettersson.... 70-70-69—209.........................-1 Steve Allan........... 71-68-70—209.........................-1 Blake Adams........ 69-70-70—209.........................-1 Fabian Gomez...... 71-68-70—209.........................-1 Billy Mayfair.......... 65-73-71—209.........................-1 Chris Kirk.............. 72-69-69—210......................... E Sergio Garcia....... 72-69-69—210......................... E Garrett Willis......... 72-69-69—210......................... E Jeff Quinney......... 71-70-69—210......................... E Tom Gillis............. 71-69-70—210......................... E Ben Curtis............ 68-72-70—210......................... E Steve Flesch........ 71-68-71—210......................... E Troy Matteson...... 69-70-71—210......................... E J.P. Hayes............ 68-70-72—210......................... E Brandt Jobe.......... 68-69-73—210......................... E James Driscoll...... 69-68-73—210......................... E Jeff Overton.......... 74-67-70—211......................+1 Matt Weibring....... 70-70-71—211......................+1 Heath Slocum....... 68-72-71—211......................+1 Tommy Gainey..... 70-70-71—211......................+1 Cameron Beckman.71-68-72—211.....................+1 Shaun Micheel..... 72-69-71—212......................+2 Kent Jones........... 69-69-74—212......................+2 Billy Horschel....... 71-70-72—213......................+3 Joseph Bramlett... 72-69-72—213......................+3

prep football 2011 Warren County schedules Vicksburg High Aug. 19................................... x-vs. Brandon, 6 Aug. 26..................................................... Open Sept. 2............................... at Richwood, La., 7 Sept. 9...................................... Tylertown, 7:30 Sept. 16....................... Lawrence County, 7:30 Sept. 23..................................*at Jim Hill, 7:30 Sept. 30..................... *Northwest Rankin, 7:30 Oct. Greenville-Weston, 7 Oct. 14...............................*Madison Central, 7 Oct. 21......................................... *at Murrah, 7 Oct. 28............................ *at Warren Central, 7 Nov. 4............................................... *Clinton, 7 x-Red Carpet Bowl, at Warren Central *Region 2-6A games ———

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Warren Central Aug. 19......................................... x-Pearl, 8:30 Aug. 26...................................... Callaway, 7:30 Sept. Hattiesburg, 7:30 Sept. 9.................................... at Natchez, 7:30 Sept. 16.................................................... Open Sept. 23................. *at Northwest Rankin, 7:30 Sept. 30.....................*Greenville-Weston, 7:30 Oct. 7............................ *at Madison Central, 7 Oct. 14..............................................*Murrah, 7 Oct. 21..........................................*at Clinton, 7 Oct. 28......................................... *Vicksburg, 7 Nov. 4.............................................. *Jim Hill, 7 x-Red Carpet Bowl *Region 2-6A games ———

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St. Aloysius Aug. 19.......................... Madison-St. Joe, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 26................... at Greenville-St. Joe, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 2..............................*at Hinds AHS, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9.......................................... *Salem, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16........................................*Dexter, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 23...................*University Christian, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30.............................. *at Cathedral, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8......................................*at Resurrection, TBA Oct. 14.............................................*Stringer, 7 p.m. Oct. 21...................................................... Open date Oct. 28.................................... *Bogue Chitto, 7 p.m. Nov. 4............................................... *at Mount Olive *Region 4-1A games ———

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All games begin at 7 p.m. Aug. 19............................................. Union Christian Aug. 26....................................................Deer Creek Sept. 2.................................................*at Bens Ford Sept. 9..................................... *at Newton Academy Sept. 16.................................................. *Park Place Sept. 23..........................................Benton Academy Sept. 30................................................ at Tri-County Oct. Sylva Bay Oct. 14.....................................................*Heidelberg Oct. 21.....................................................Manchester Oct. 28.....................................................*at Prentiss *District 4-A game

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American League

BALTIMORE ORIOLES—Placed RHP Brad Bergesen on the paternity leave list. Recalled RHP Chris Tillman from Norfolk (IL). Recalled LHP Zach Britton from Bowie (EL). CLEVELAND INDIANS—Traded INF Orlando Cabrera to the San Francisco Giants for OF Thomas Neal. NEW YORK YANKEES—Recalled RHP Ivan Nova from Scranton/Wilkes Barre (IL). Optioned OF Chris Dickerson to Scranton/Wilkes Barre. OAKLAND ATHLETICS—Placed RHP Michael Wuertz on the 15-day DL. Recalled LHP Jerry Blevins from Sacramento (PCL). SEATTLE MARINERS—Traded RHP Doug Fister and RHP David Pauley to Detroit for OF Casper Wells, INF Francisco Martinez and LHP Charlie Furbush. TEXAS RANGERS—Acquired RHP Koji Uehara and cash from the Baltimore Orioles for RHP Tommy Hunter and INF Chris Davis.

National League

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS—Acquired RHP Jason Marquis from the Washington Nationals INF Zachary Walters. Recalled RHP Ryan Cook from Reno (PCL). Placed LHP Alberto astillo on the 15-day DL. Transferred SS Stephen Drew to the 60-day DL. COLORADO ROCKIES—Acquired RHP Alex White, RHP Joseph Gardner, UT Matt McBride and a player to be named later from the Cleveland Indians for RHP Ubaldo Jimenez. LOS ANGELES DODGERS—Activated 3B Casey Blake from the 15-day DL. Placed SS Juan Uribe on the 15-day DL. MILWAUKEE BREWERS—Acquired INF-OF Jerry Hairston Jr. from Washington for OF Erik Komatsu. PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES—Activated 3B Placido Polanco from the 15-day DL. Optioned OF Domonic Brown and RHP Drew Carpenter to Lehigh Valley (IL). WASHINGTON NATIONALS—Recalled INF Brian Bixler and RHP Yunesky Maya from Syracuse (IL).


National Football League

ARIZONA CARDINALS—Agreed to terms with CB Richard Marshall and DT Amobi Okoye to one-year contracts. Signed CB Tae Evans. Agreed to terms with CB Patrick Peterson. Released CB Da’mon Merkerson. BALTIMORE RAVENS—Signed CB Chris Carr to a four-year contract. CHICAGO BEARS—Agreed to terms with RB Marion Barber on a two-year contract and CB Corey Graham on a one-year contract. Waived G Herman Johnson. CINCINNATI BENGALS—Signed QB Andy Dalton, LB Dontay Moch, QB Bruce Gradkowski, HB Brian Leonard and S Gibril Wilson. Agreed to terms with CB Nate Clements. DALLAS COWBOYS—Signed OL Doug Free, OL Kyle Kosier, S Alan Ball, WR Jesse Holley and CB Bryan McCann.

LOTTERY Sunday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 2-6-3 La. Pick 4: 3-0-4-2 Monday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 9-4-3 La. Pick 4: 9-2-3-3 Tuesday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 6-1-8 La. Pick 4: 6-7-8-2 Wednesday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 8-1-3 La. Pick 4: 1-7-2-8 Easy 5: 1-8-15-17-22 La. Lotto: 10-14-15-22-24-28 Powerball: 38-40-41-51-59 Powerball: 33 ; Power play: 2 Thursday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 0-8-0 La. Pick 4: 8-6-8-1 Friday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 1-3-6 La. Pick 4: 6-3-4-5 Saturday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 1-4-8 La. Pick 4: 1-7-8-3 Easy 5: 4-8-14-16-34 La. Lotto: 7-11-22-24-28-36 Powerball: 20-40-41-47-55 Powerball: 19; Power play: 2

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Swimming Hole a popular bird destination Cup When it is extra hot (as now) and extra dry (as now), the place to be is the Brownspur Swimming Hole, which holds over 100,000 gallons of water that comes out of the well at 68 degrees. There’s a shady end and a sunny end, so you can pick and choose where to swim or float, but it’s all more comfortable than the surrounding dry land and suffocating humidity of the Delta. It’s also the only available watering hole for our feathered friends, excusing the quickly-soaked-in dregs from a couple of center pivots a halfmile away, so we get literally tons of visitors who fly in for a drink and/or a cooling soak. Betsy and I were floating around one afternoon, not moving much as birds dropped by to refresh themselves. Doves, blackbirds, rain crows, jaybirds, mockers, wrens, sparrows, thrashers, two kinds of orioles — you name it. They’d alight on the bank, stroll down to drink their fill, then wade out deep enough to splash around in the water. We were enjoying the show, until my Bride won-

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dered aloud, “You know, we’ve always blamed evaporation for our water losses here.” It’s true, of course, that we’ve always had to keep the well valve cracked during a hot dry summer, or else we lose about a foot of water every few days. That also keeps cooler water flowing in. But suddenly I realized that Betsy was onto something. “How much water do these birds carry off?” she asked. Fortunately, we have a family expert on such things — my nephew Will, who is a Certified Engine-Ear with MSDOT (the road folks). Years ago, he called the house in a great state of excitement. “Uncle Bob, there are tons of doves in our field here by the house! Get Adam and Cuz and the Jakes, and let’s have a hunt!”

An hour later, we had seen three doves, none close enough to shoot at. We began an exercise in mathematics for the benefit of our young host, who was still sitting across the field, so we had to figure loud, to include him. We figured that doves ran about three to the pound — this was an estimate, since we had neither scales nor three doves. This meant that doves would therefore run about 6,000 to the ton, and since our host had proclaimed he had “tons,” plural, we figured that a minimum of 12,000 doves were due to come to that field that afternoon. In order to help him confirm his estimate, we began to count off and subtract to wile away the long evening. “There’s one, Will — only 11,987 more to go!” All this helpful figuring was at the decibel level of a shout, so our young host could hear. He refused to join us at the water cooler, where most of us spent the afternoon doing mathematical exercises. By dusk, we were still 11,876 doves shy of the quota. So, I had literally at my fin-

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The 7-year-olds’ Vicksburg All-Stars team won the Summer Roundup PYBA Classic in Pearl on July 15. First row, from left, are Seth Sterling, Tristan Wilbanks, Carter McGee, Derrick Brown and Adam Francisco. Second row, from left, are Trace Daily, Floyd Davenport, Dawson Oakes, Taylon Smith and Tyler Sanders. Third row, from left, are coaches Eric Smith, Jason Wilbanks, Andy Oakes and Dan Daily. 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.

for the open water swim, and there is no race day registration. To enter, e-mail event coordinator Mathew Mixon at mixonmathew@yahoo. com, or download an entry form from the Vicksburg Swim Association’s website, Entries must be received by Aug. 24.

Clear Creek Ladies Golf Association report Adult co-ed On July 28, the Clear Creek softball league Ladies played a three-lady scramble at Whisper Lake Golf Course in Madison. The team of Linda McHann, Emily Bonelli and Charlotte Crist took first place. The Association will host its monthly retirees scramble on Wednesday. Tee time is 8:30 a.m., with check-in at 8. Sign-up sheets are located in the clubhouse or call 601-6389395 to register.

Gator Bait triathlon, open water swim The Gator Bait at Eagle Lake triathlon and open water swim is scheduled for Aug. 27 at Eagle Lake. The olympic distance triathlon will begin at Messina Landing with a 1.5-kilometer swim, 40-kilometer bike ride and 10-kilometer run. All participants must be registered with the USA Triathlon Association, but one-day memberships will be available for $10. The entry fee is $60 for individuals, and $90 for a 2-3 person relay team. The open water swim will also begin at Messina Landing, with registration at 7 a.m. and the race at 8:30. There is a mandatory prerace meeting at 8:05. The event will include 400-, 800and 1,600-meter swims, with trophies given in all age groups from youth through adults. Each swimmer must be registered with either USA Swimming or U.S. Masters Swimming, and one-day memberships will be available for an extra fee. The registration fee is $30

Registration for the Vicksburg Parks and Recreation Department’s adult co-ed softball league will begin Monday and continue until Aug. 31. The league is open to players ages 18 and up, and the registration fee is $175 per team. There is an additional fee of $5 for each Warren County resident and $10 for residents of Sharkey, Issaquena and Claiborne counties. A mandatory coaches meeting will be held Aug. 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the Parks and Rec office on Army Navy Drive. Registration forms are also available at the Parks and Rec office. For more information, call 601-634-4514.

Red Carpet Bowl tickets on sale The 2011 Red Carpet Bowl Classic is scheduled for Aug. 19 at Viking Stadium. Vicksburg will play Brandon at 6 p.m. in the first game, while Warren Central will take on Pearl in the second game immediately following. Tickets are $12 and may be purchased at both high schools, Vicksburg and Warren Central Junior High schools, the Vicksburg Warren School District athletic ticket office, Just Duett Sports, and Michel’s Music Downtown.

Season tickets and A Club memberships Football season tickets for Vicksburg High and Warren Central, as well as mem-

berships in the Gators and Vikings A Clubs, are now on sale at the Vicksburg Warren School District athletic office. Reserved seating for football is $7 per game and $35 for a season ticket booklet. Club membership includes passes to all regularly scheduled sporting events within the Vicksburg Warren School Distict, with the exception of varsity football games, the Red Carpet Bowl and playoff games.

VSO soccer fall registration Registration for the Vicksburg Soccer Organization’s fall season will continue until Aug. 20. Registration forms are available at Just Duett Sports and the Sports Center, or online at www.vsosoccer. org. Games are played at the Bovina soccer fields and the league is open to children ages 3-18.The fee is $50 for 3and 4-year-olds; $55 for children ages 5-7; $65 for ages 8 and 9; and $70 for ages 10-18.

Coast to Coast baseball tryouts The Coast to Coast Baseball organization will hold tryouts for players ages 10-18 on Aug. 11 at Smith-Wills Stadium in Jackson at 10 a.m., and Aug. 12 at Delta State University in Cleveland. A hitting camp will also be available at both locations. For information or to register, call 740-373-4455 or visit

MS Elite 02 softball tryouts The MS Elite 02 girls softball tournament team will have tryouts on Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Davis Road fields in Byram. The team is for players ages 10 and under and will play in the 2012 season. For information, call Lee Embry at 601-994-3435.

gertips the mathematical statistics to arrive at a total for my Bride’s observation. “Well, 12,000 birds (tons plural) obviously drink several ounces a day. Let’s say, two apiece, or nearly 25,000 ounces, which figures out to about 200 gallons a day that two tons of birds drink out of our Swimming Hole. But we’ve floated here to watch them bathe and walk out with a lot more than that, haven’t we? Let’s see, it takes 40 gallons of hot water to bathe a human — all that’s in the hot water heater. That’s about a gallon to bathe an average five pounds of human, and we’re all picked and plucked, so to speak. That means it probably takes at least 400 gallons of water to bathe a ton of our feathered friends each day, so that’s 800 gallons for Tons plural. Shoot a mile, Betsy! Our birds are taking a thousand gallons of water a day out of our Swimming Hole. Reckon there’s a federal grant for wildlife water holes?”

• Robert Hitt Neill is an outdoors writer. He lives in Leland, Miss.

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should have fun,” said Murphy, who looked strong playing short with four infield assists. He later came in to pitch and got two key outs in the top of the fifth to limit Legit’s damage to two runs and keep the game tied at 5. A leadoff walk to Hauff Carpenter and a hit by Jacob Breeden put two on for the Red Sox in their final at-bat in the bottom of the fifth. Legit relief pitcher Perry Harris came in and struck out George Tzotzolas, then induced a game-ending double play. Legit coach Todd Boolos, a longtime coach of the Vicksburg Venom, felt his team should have won despite a pair of four-run deficits. “I felt like we should have won the game,” Boolos said. “We hit the ball right at them, just like that last at-bat in the fifth inning. I felt we outplayed them.” The Red Sox built a 4-0 lead after two innings on the strength of an RBI grounder by Welp, an RBI hit from

Jake Smith, a solo home run by Derek Dolan and an RBI hit from Connor Smith. Both teams used four pitchers in reaching the no-decision. Simmons’ two hits led all hitters. Like Legit and the Red Sox, Vicksburg’s teams had mixed results in the Governor’s Cup on Saturday. The Vicksburg All-Stars won the 6-year-olds’ championship, but two of the city’s 8-year-old teams were knocked out in their first elimination game. In the 10-year-olds’ division, the River City Storm advanced to today’s semifinals with a 9-1 victory over SWR Baseball. The Vicksburg Braves also stayed alive in the 10-yearolds’ bracket by beating the Clinton Arrows 14-6. It was the Braves’ first win in three back-to-back-to-back games Saturday, and they’ll play again today at 11 a.m. against the Northeast Storm. The winner of that game will play in the semifinals at 3 p.m. against the River City Storm.


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Colts sign Manning to new contract

Yankees beat up Orioles with 12-run first inning

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Peyton Manning has a new long-term deal in time to report to training camp. He still hasn’t been cleared to practice. Colts owner Jim Irsay said he was “thrilled” to sign the only four-time MVP in league history to a deal that will likely keep him in Indianapolis for the rest of his career. Irsay said on Twitter Saturday night that the contract was worth $90 million, with $69 million guaranteed in the first three years. “Signing Peyton was a top priority for this organization and we are thrilled that the deal is complete,” Irsay said in a statement released by the team Saturday. “We feel that it is a salary cap friendly deal and it allows us more flexibility.” Irsay and team president Bill Polian are scheduled to discuss the deal at a news conference this afternoon. The deal comes nearly five months after the team used the exclusive franchise tag to prevent Manning from negotiating with any other teams. Had Manning signed the oneyear offer, he would have made $23.1 million this season. By getting the long-term deal done, Manning’s salary cap number will be reduced, allowing the team to sign more of its own free agents. The Colts have already re-signed two key veterans — safety Melvin Bullitt and kicker Adam Vinatieri — this week. They also lost linebacker Clint Session to Jacksonville in free agency. Other key players that Indy is trying to work out deals with include running back Joseph Addai and left tackle Charlie Johnson. They still have not signed first-round pick Anthony Castonzo either. The Colts report to training camp today at Anderson Uni-

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Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning throws a pass against Tennessee last season. Manning, a four-time NFL MVP, signed a new long-term contract with the Colts on Saturday worth $90 million. versity, about 40 miles northeast of Indianapolis. And the Manning deal should ensure he arrives in camp on time. Coach Jim Caldwell said Friday he expected Manning to be at camp if he was signed. But Manning will not practice because he’s continuing to rehabilitate from neck surgery he had in May. It was the second since March 2010 that he had neck surgery. Caldwell also said Friday he did not expect Manning to practice, and the team announced Saturday it will put Manning on the physically unable to perform list, preventing him from practicing until he is removed from the list. Because it is the preseason, he could be removed from the list at any time and return to practice.

“There is every medical indication that he is progressing steadily,” team neurosurgeon Dr. Hank Feuer said in a statement. “While he looks fine, he still has some rehabilitation to go. Recovery from disc surgery is unpredictable and it is not a medical concern that he is not ready at this time.” Manning has started all 227 regular-season and playoff games in his 14-year career, and the Colts have repeatedly said they expect Manning to be ready to start the regular-season opener against Houston. Manning has completed 64.9 percent of his passes in his career, has thrown for nearly 55,000 yards and 399 touchdowns. He’s led the Colts to the playoffs 12 times, to two Super Bowls and one world championship. But as the negotiations

Porter about an exchange but soon decided to pick a new number and found one he liked. He said the No. 28 “is a special number to me. I was picked 28, my dad was picked 28. He wore 82 when he played in the pros ... so I am happy with the number and it has a meaning to me.” Ingram wasn’t the only person happy to be in New Orleans. On Friday night, the Saints and safety Roman Harper agreed to a four-year, $28.5 million contract, with $16 million guaranteed. “I’m just glad I’m here,” Harper said Saturday after watching practice. “I don’t have to move or relocate.

They took care of me and I’m happy.” Harper was the Saints’ second-round pick in 2006 out of Alabama. He started immediately, but had a season-ending knee injury five games into his pro career. He regained his starting job in 2007, when he was credited with 96 tackles, and has not had fewer than 100 tackles in a season since. Harper has been second on the team in tackles the past two seasons. Last season, he also had five forced fumbles, three sacks, one interception and one fumble recovery. He also was beaten on a pair of touchdown passes in a playoff loss to Seattle.

dragged on, Manning became more irritated with the pace. On Friday night, he told The Indianapolis Star that he had instructed agent Tom Condon to complete the deal by today at the latest. And after months of Irsay promising to make Manning the highest-paid player in league history, surpassing the annual average salary of $18 million that Tom Brady agreed to in September, Manning also said he didn’t have to have that title. On Saturday, the two sides finally came to terms on a deal that will continue to make Manning the highest-paid player in franchise history, with a caveat — that the team can hopefully keep some of Manning’s teammates under contract, too.

Robinson Cano, Nick Swisher and the New York Yankees broke loose for 12 runs in the first inning Saturday night, setting a franchise record en route to a 17-3 rout of the Baltimore Orioles that completed a painfully embarrassing sweep of their split doubleheader. Cano went 5-for-5 with five RBIs, a career high for hits, and Swisher smacked his second two-run homer of the day in the nightcap. Curtis Granderson added four hits for the Yankees, who roughed up both young pitching prospects called up from the minors to start for Baltimore. New York opened a 15-0 lead after two innings, making it an easy night for Ivan Nova (9-4) in his return from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Despite an excellent record and 4.12 ERA, the rookie was sent down July 3 to make room in the rotation for Phil Hughes when the 2010 All-Star came off the disabled list. Swisher had three hits in the opener and New York backed Bartolo Colon with plenty of production from the bottom of the lineup in an 8-3 victory. Swisher finished the day 6-for-10 with four runs scored and five RBIs. New York matched its 2011 high for runs and set a season high with 24 hits. By the late innings, it literally had become dangerous for Baltimore’s brutal pitching staff. Mark Hendrickson and Mike Gonzalez were both drilled by searing line drives, and neither threw another pitch. Elsewhere in the American League on Saturday, it was Boston 10, the Chicago White Sox 2; Texas 3, Toronto 0; the

Los Angeles Angels 5, Detroit 1; and Seattle 3, Tampa Bay 2. In Cleveland, Matt LaPorta hit a three-run, walk-off homer with two outs in the ninth inning to give the Indians a 5-2 victory over Kansas City.

Braves 5, Marlins 1 Tim Hudson allowed one run in seven innings, Dan Uggla hit a three-run homer and the Atlanta Braves beat the Florida Marlins for the second straight night. Uggla’s 20th homer, a threerun shot in the third inning, extended his career-best hitting streak to 21 games. The Marlins have dropped two straight following a fivegame winning streak. Hudson (10-7) allowed six hits, one run and no walks with five strikeouts. Winning for the first time in three starts, Hudson improved to 4-1 with a 2.80 ERA in six starts this month. Jonny Venters struck out Hanley Ramirez to end a bases-loaded threat in the eighth. Eric Hinske’s 10th homer, a solo shot in the eighth, gave the Braves a 5-1 lead and took closer Craig Kimbrel out of a save situation in the ninth. Kimbrel retired Logan Morrison on a groundout, Mike Stanton on a strikeout and Mike Cameron on a flyout. Despite the win, the Braves remained five games behind Philadelphia in the NL East. The Phillies beat Pittsburgh 7-4 on Saturday night. In other National League games, it was Washington 3, the New York Mets 0; Milwaukee 6, Houston 2; Cincinnati 7, San Francisco 2; St. Louis 13, the Chicago Cubs 5; and Colorado 10, San Diego 6.

Saints Continued from Page B1. running back Chris Ivory and Lynell Hamilton. Although Ivory is not practicing yet while recovering from a broken left foot, he is expected to return in a couple of weeks, meaning there will be a lot of depth at running back if all five stay healthy. “It will sort itself out,” Payton said. “We haven’t begun to sit and identify the rotation or anything like that. But, we do have an idea about the roles for these guys. “We’re excited about some of the young players we have and some of the experience we have like Darren and Pierre. So this will be exciting. I think it’s important that we have that balance from a team concept. It helps us win the time of possession, and helps with what we want to do in the play-action passing game. It’s certainly a big emphasis for us.” Although Ingram did not have the benefit of rookie camp, minicamp or team organized offseason training sessions, he said he was able to become somewhat familiar with both the Saints’ offense and his new teammates by participating at the player-organized workouts that Drew Brees organized last spring. “I know some of the basic things just from being out there with Drew,” Ingram said. “Some of the other guys are also helping me with the terminology. I definitely still have a lot to learn. I have a ways to go. I am going to work hard in the film room. I am going to spend extra time studying the plays and knowing what I have to do out there so I can just go out and play and I don’t have to think so much.” Ingram wore the No. 22 in college. Starting cornerback Tracy Porter already had that in New Orleans. Ingram said he asked

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Ragan rolls to pole for the Brickyard 400 INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — David Ragan, in the midst of a career breakthrough, added the pole for the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway to his suddenly improved resume. Ragan earned his first career Sprint Cup Series victory earlier this month at Daytona, a track long considered to be the crown jewel track of NASCAR. Indianapolis ranks among the most prestigious tracks in the world, and Ragan’s pole-winning run Saturday was no small feat. He made his run late in the session, with three-time Brickyard winner Jimmie Johnson holding down the top spot on the leaderboard. Ragan turned a lap of 182.994 mph in his Roush Fenway Racing Ford to bump Johnson from the pole. “It will be cool to lead the pack,” Ragan said. “It’s an honor to be here and to be the fastest guy at Indy. This is a great track. Any type of accomplishment you get here is cool.” It’s Ragan’s second career pole. His first came in April at Texas. “It was a good lap, I didn’t make a mistake,” Ragan said. “It wasn’t as aggressive as I wanted to be. But I knew if I hit my marks, had a conservative lap, I’d at least have a top-five.” Kasey Kahne made his qualifying run after Ragan and jumped in front of Johnson with a lap at 182.927 mph in a Toyota from Red Bull Racing. “We just have to be there at the end,” Kahne said. “It seems that’s how this race is won, being up front at the end. You’re not just going to pass five, six cars. When you get to turn one, you’ve got to be one of those top couple of cars more times than not.” Johnson, the five-time defending series champion,

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On TV Noon ESPN Brickyard 400 fell to third. His lap of 182.801 mph in his Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet had led the qualifying session until the late runs by Ragan and Kahne. He wasn’t upset though, and knows his past success at Indy will come into play today. “This track is clearly unique and we don’t race on anything else like it,” Johnson said. “When you get it right, you have an advantage.” Penske Racing teammates Kurt Busch and Brad Keselowski qualified fourth and fifth in their Dodges for today’s race, and the drivers have already heard from team owner Roger Penske on what they’ll need to do to win. Keselowski won Saturday’s

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Nationwide Series race. “He made a phone call last night and reminded us that we needed to try two tires in practice,” Keselowski said. “He’s got this whole gameplan and how the strategy is going to play out. He definitely studies this race. He loves coming here.” AJ Allmendinger, Juan Pablo Montoya, Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth and series points leader Carl Edwards rounded out the top 10. David Stremme, Travis Kvapil, Erik Darnell, JJ Yeley and Scott Wimmer were the five drivers who failed to qualify for the race. Denny Hamlin qualified 14th, but he’ll have to drop to the back of the field at the start of the race as a penalty for changing his engine. The move was necessary because the engine in his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota blew up late in

Friday’s final practice. It’s at least the 11th engine failure by a JGR car this season, and comes as speculation mounts that the team will close its engine shop and lease engines next season from manufacturer Toyota. Dropping to the back of the field probably won’t work to Hamlin’s advantage, either. Only four of the previous 17 Brickyard winners started worse than 15th, and the farthest back a winning driver has started was Jeff Gordon at 27th in 2001. “It’s just going to be a tough task coming from the back,” Hamlin said. “Everybody runs the same speed, so it’s fairly impossible to pass. You can have a 20th-place car, and transplant that guy to coming out of pit road first and go win the race. It’s just one of the deals where we know we’re going to fight track position.”

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tv tonight n MOVIE “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” — When crooks shut down a suburban New Jersey shopping mall, a security officer, Kevin James, must find his inner policeman to save the day./8 on ABC Family n SPORTS NASCAR — The Sprint Cup series returns to the auto racing capital of the world, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, for the annual Brickyard 400./Noon on ESPN n PRIMETIME Kevin James “The Marriage Ref” — Celebrity panelists Rachael Ray, Larry Miller and J.B. Smoove weigh-in on disputes that include a woman annoyed by her husband’s habit and a man who claims he needs his wife to work at his cigar bar./9 on NBC

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

MILESTONES n BIRTHDAYS Don Murray, actor, 82; Kenny Burrell, jazz composer-musician, 80; Lobo, singer, 68; Geraldine Chaplin, actress, 67; Bob Welch, rock singer, 65; Wesley Snipes, actor, 49; Chad Brock, country singer, 48; Fatboy Slim, musician, 48; Loren Dean, actor, 42; Zac Brown, country singer-musician, 33.

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Mike Tindall and Zara Phillips smile at onlookers. Below, Kate Middleton arrives at Saturday’s festivities.

Second royal couple weds, little fanfare Queen Elizabeth II’s granddaughter Zara Phillips married England rugby star Mike Tindall on Saturday — but Britain’s second royal wedding of the year was largely a low-key affair, with only a hint of the excitement of Prince William’s showstopping nuptials. Phillips, 30, who is 13th in line to the throne but does not use a royal title, and Tindall, 32, were greeted by hundreds of well-wishers as they arrived for their private ceremony. Unlike William and Kate Middleton’s ceremony in April, the wedding service was not on television. A huge cheer erupted as William and Middleton, now known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, arrived.


BY BERNICE BEDE OSOL • NEWSPAPER ENTERPRISE ASSOCIATION Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) — Before turning down all your ideas, you should put them to the test. A few of them will work. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) —Though you can be a doubter, don’t hesitate to follow the financial projections you have researched. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — If you hope to sell your ideas, do not circumvent any of the issues. Be as direct. Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Have faith in achieving positive fulfillments, and don’t let doubt dash your hopes. Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Those who like you want good things to happen for you, so ask for a special favor. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Direct action is the only way to accomplish a task. Delays will only lessen your chances. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Instead of weaving your way through subordinates who have no power, go straight to top. Pisces (Feb. 20-March 20) — If you hold to your beliefs about a commercial arrangement, things could go rather well. Aries (March 21-April 19) — Though you’ll do well working on your own, you would do better teaming with someone who has skills you don’t possess. Taurus (April 20-May 20) — Because you’re someone who has had the patience to wait it out, seeds you’ve sown in the past should be ready for harvest, making for a profitable day. Gemini (May 21-June 20) — If you use your organizational skills, you will be able to control most developments that might arise with great efficacy. Cancer (June 21-July 22) — As long as you and your mate don’t clash and get in each other’s way, your collective efforts will greatly please both of you. It pays to be supportive.

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U.S. movies will take up the screen ROME (AP) — American filmmakers dominate the lineup of this year’s Venice Film Festival, where George Clooney and four others will be competing for the Golden Lion, while Madonna, Al Pacino and Steven Soderbergh will premiere their latest directorial efforts. The strong lineup also includes Roman Polanski’s “Carnage,” an adaptation of the Broadway show “God of Carnage” featuring Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet and Christoph Waltz; David Cronenberg’s take on psychoanalysis “A Dangerous Method,” featuring Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen and Michael Fassbender; and “Shame,” a drama by British director Steve McQueen featuring Fassbender and Carey Mulligan. All 22 movies in competition at the world’s oldest festival are world premieres, organizers said. One of the 22 titles was kept secret and will be announced in coming weeks.

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Keira Knightley and Michael Fassbender in “A Dangerous Method” “We have looked for and strengthened a relationship with American cinema each year,” said festival director Marco Mueller. However, he stressed that the guidelines for selecting the movies were

just “to take beautiful movies, movies that would make one think and dream.” He cited Clooney’s political drama “The Ides of March” as an example of a “sharp film that takes a look at today with

a critical eye.” The film about corruption and idealism in American politics, which stars Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Paul Giamatti and Philip Seymour Hoffman, will open the festival on Aug. 31.

Mother’s death interrupts progress of romance




Dear Abby: I’m a 47-yearold woman who started dating “Earl” about three weeks ago. We had gotten off to a great start. We talk easily, we’re comfortable with each other and we seem to share similar values. Last week, Earl’s mom passed away, which has made continuing the relationship difficult. He was close to her and, understandably, is going through a rough time. I’m willing to stick by him and go through this painful process with him. I have been through it myself. Earl said he still wants to see me, but because of what he’s dealing with, if someone else comes along, I should take that opportunity. Abby, I don’t want to look for anyone else. I already care a lot for Earl, but I’m confused about what to do. I have had enough hurt to last me the rest of me life, and I know Earl could tell me at any time that he can no longer handle this because of his situation. Please tell me what I should do. — Lady in Waiting Dear Lady in Waiting: You seem like a nice, but needy lady. You have known Earl a grand total of three weeks, which is not long enough for either of you to make serious plans. Right now Earl needs your support and friendship more than he needs a romance, so slow down. Be there if he needs to talk. Offer to cook him dinner once a week. But do NOT pressure him or he will be history. Dear Abby: I have found my soul mate. We have a newborn son and are very happy. We plan to be married next year, after we have saved enough for the wedding. I have been hiding a secret from him. I have had bulimia for 20 years. Should I tell him before we marry? I am terrified it will harm our relationship. How can I tell him without hurting him? I’m afraid he won’t understand what it will take for me to heal myself. He will be worried about my health. Please advise, Abby. — Keeping It to Myself Dear Keeping It to Yourself: You should absolutely tell him before you marry. You should also be prepared to honestly



answer any questions he may ask about your eating disorder. What would hurt him and harm your relationship would be to marry him without his knowing the facts about your illness. If he is truly your soul mate, he won’t run away. He will stand by you and support you any way he can to become well again. Dear Abby: Is it OK for a

married woman to physically touch someone of the opposite sex? When we were in a restaurant, my wife reached toward the waiter and put her hand on his arm. At a football game, she leaned over and touched a kid on his shoulders with both hands to express her feelings about one of our grandsons scoring a touchdown. She also has a habit of calling other males “Hon.” Is this normal? I have told my wife a number of times that she should stop it, but she says I don’t “own” her and she can do whatever she wants. — Annoyed Husband in Illinois Dear Annoyed Husband: It appears you married a

“toucher.” That’s someone who needs to make physical contact with another person in order to feel she has “connected.” It is harmless, and you should not feel threatened by it. As to her calling other men “Hon,” it’s possible she does it because she can’t remember the person’s name. Lighten up, and she might respond by being less defensive.

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


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summer beach reads are new on the shelves The Warren County-Vicksburg Public Library reports on new books regularly: • “Ten Beach Road” by Wendy Wax takes us into the lives of three women. Madeline, Avery and Nikki are strangers, but they have one thing in common. They each wake up one morning to discover that their life savings, along with their trusted financial manager, have vanished, leaving them with nothing but coownership of a ramshackle beach-front house. Madeline is a homemaker coping with empty-nest syndrome and an unemployed husband. Avery is an architect — or was until she somehow became the sidekick on her ex-husband’s TV show. And professional matchmaker Nikki is trying to recover from her biggest mistake. Determined to fight back, the three women throw their lots in and take on the challenge of restoring the historic beach house to its former glory. But just as they begin to re-invent themselves, their secrets threaten to tear down their trust. • “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” by ReShonda Tate Billingsley is the first in a series. After her company is bought out by a tabloid maga-

zine, career-driven journalist Ava Cole is less than thrilled to be covering celebrity fluff stories — even if her first assignment sends her to Aruba for the highprofile wedding of pop star India Wright. M ayb e a solo excursion far from home will help her forget about her crazy family and her ex-boyfriend who seems to have trouble with “I do.” It doesn’t take long for the steamy island atmosphere to

work its magic, and Ava finds herself enjoying a sexy flirtation with Cliff, the photographer shooting the singer’s nuptials. As their attraction heats up, Ava uncovers a bombshell of blackmail, deadly deceptions and international intrigue. With ominous threats closing in after the story leaks, whom can Ava trust? • “Summer Rental” by Mary Kay Andrews is about people questioning everything they thought they knew. Ellis, Julia and Dorie are best friends and have been since Catho-

Eric Church flexes muscles on ’Chief’ By Chris Talbott AP entertainment writer NASHVILLE — Producer Jay Joyce has brought out the maverick in Eric Church. Joyce has always pushed Church’s buttons in a “double-dog-dare-you” kind of way. Emboldened by the resulting success, the producer known mostly for his rock ’n’ roll work and the rising country singer-songwriter took it to another level on “Chief,” their third album together. “I’ve got a buddy of mine who’s a NASCAR driver and he says he runs the fastest laps right up next to the wall,” Church said. “It’s also right next to crashing. That’s where this record was made — an inch from right into the wall. I think that’s where the magic is and the creativity is. So on this one, neither one of us held the other one back.” The result is Church’s most Eric diverse and Church self-assured record yet. “Chief” takes the idea that music — even sometimes monolithic country music — changes and evolves from one generation to the next and runs with it. The 11-track album is full of surprising sounds and unexpected moments, almost none that fit your father’s definition of “country” music. Church’s follow-up to the gold-selling “Carolina” is both experimental and irreverent, two things most country artists avoid in pursuit of radio airplay. “Keep On” can only be described as country funk. “Hungover & Hard Up” was built over a hip-hop beat pilfered from another project Joyce was working on. “Homeboy” is laced with strings, gospel-style organ lines and arenafriendly rock riffs. “Country Music Jesus,” complete with

MUSIC review gospel harmony singers, is an ironic take on country music’s sometimes disingenuous relationship with religion. “He’s got the right amount of focus and the right amount of (expletive) it, you know?”

Joyce said. “It’s just the perfect combination. I think he’s always been trying to burn his own path. It was never a decision I was aware of. He was just always like that. He wasn’t too worried about falling into that cookie-cutter Music Row thing.”

lic grade school. Now, they find themselves in their mid30s. Ellis, fired from a job she gave everything to, is rudderless and beginning to question the choices she’s made. Julia, whose caustic wit covers up her wounds, has a man who loves her and is offering her the world, but she can’t hide how deeply insecure she feels. And Dorie has just been betrayed by the man she loved and trusted the most in the world. A month on North Carolina’s Outer Banks is just what each of them needs. • “Folly Beach” by Dorothea Benton Frank is a Low Country tale. With its sandy beaches and bohemian charms, surfers and suits alike consider Folly Beach one of South Carolina’s most historic and romantic spots. It is also the land of Cate Cooper’s childhood, the place where all the ghosts of her past roam. Cate never thought she’d wind up in a tiny cottage named t h e Po r g y House on this breathtaking coast. But circumstances have changed, thanks to her newly dead husband whose financial and emotional difficulties have left Cate homeless and broke. Yet Folly Beach holds

more than just memories. For Cate it holds the promise of unexpected fulfillment. To her surprise, she will discover you can go home again. • “Heat Wave” by Nancy Thayer is the story of a woman who, after her seemingly perfect life unravels, must find the strength to live and love again. Making the discovery that her family finances are in dire st r a i t s i s only the latest shock endured by Carley Winstead after her husband’s heart attack. Resisting her in-laws’ well-meaning overtures to take in Carley and her two daughters, the young widow instead devises a plan to keep her family in their home, a grand historic house on the island o f Na n tucket. The solution is right at Carley’s front door: transforming her expensive, expansive house into a bedand-breakfast. Not everyone, however, thinks this plan is prudent. Further complicating her challenges, a friend forces Carley to keep a secret that, if revealed will undo fam-

ilies and friendships. When her late husband’s former law partner keeps showing up at the most unexpected times, Carley must cope with mixed feelings. Then, during a latesummer heat wave, the lives of Carley and her friends and family will be forever changed. • “My Blue Suede Shoes” is a collection of novellas. “Breakin’ It Down” by Desiree Cooper finds a highly successful talk show host haunted by the abandonment and selfloathing she felt as a child. She is shocked to find herself inflicting the same abuse she experienced on her 7-year-old daughter. “Brotherly Love” by Tracy Price-Thompson goes deep into the disturbing relationship between a beautiful, accomplished teenage girl and the seemingly dutiful brother who raised her after their parents’ death. “Breakin’ Dishes” by TaRessa Stovall reveals the turmoil behind the scenes of a picture-perfect marriage as an angry wife beats her cheating husband. “The Wrong Side of Mr. Right” by Elizabeth Atkins explores how an outwardly beaming bride-tobe comes to terms with the inner turmoil brought on by her emotionally abusive fiancé. •

Denise Hogan is reference interlibrary loan librarian at the Warren CountyVicksburg Public Library. Write to her at 700 Veto St., Vicksburg, MS 39180.

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JOB FAIR The Governor’s Job Fair is from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Vicksburg Convention Center.

GASOLINE PRICES Average regular unleaded self-service prices as of Friday: Jackson..............................$3.54 Vicksburg..................$3.59 Tallulah..............................$3.63 Sources: Jackson AAA, Vicksburg and Tallulah, Automotive. com

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.

ERDC’s Pittman wins 2nd-highest honor U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory director Dr. David PittDr. David man has Pittman received the 2010 Meritorious Presidential Rank Award, the second-highest honor presented to career senior executive service members. Pittman joined ERDC in 1983 as a research civil engineer. He left in 1994 to teach as an assistant professor of civil engineering at Auburn University in Auburn, Ala., and returned to ERDC in 1997. He has served as GSL director since 2004. He has bachelor’s and a master’s from Mississippi State University, and a doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a registered professional engineer in Mississippi.

Mike Chaney to address NARFE Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney will speak at a meeting of the Mike National Chaney Active and Retired Federal Employees Chapter 1501 of Vicksburg at noon Aug. 9 at Toney’s Restaurant, 1903 Mission 66. NARFE chapter members, spouses, guests and active and retired civil service employees are invited. For reservations, call Josephine Head at 601-636-3276 by Aug. 7.

Economy summit set for Aug. 10 The Mississippi Development Authority and the Mississippi Arts Commission are sponsoring a Creative Economy Summit from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 10 at the Jackson Convention Center. To register, call Dina Boucher at 601-359-2902, or go to creativeeconomy. The deadline is Thursday.


Army guy’s focus is civilians, ‘a part of the family, too’ By Mary Margaret Halford Twenty-nine years ago, Karl Groninger arrived at home from his job of working for a county road-paving crew to tell his wife, Vicky, that he was joining the Army. She laughed. Today, he is the new command sergeant major of the 579th Engineer Detachment (Forward Engineer Support Team-Main). “I joined up, and we never looked back,” Groninger said. The 50-year-old, originally from New Jersey, was transferred to Vicksburg in June after spending a year as command sergeant major at Soto Cano Air Base in Honduras. Toward the end of his term in Honduras, he got a call informing him that his next assignment would be in Vicksburg. “I grabbed my wife and we spent two weeks looking for a house,” Groninger said. “Now we’re here and we’re jumping in with two feet.” Groninger’s job means he will serve as the personal adviser to the commander of FEST-M about the civilians and military personnel working for the 579th. The unit consists of nine military personnel and 27 civilians, and Groninger is responsible for their training and professional development. In April, the unit returned

“I grabbed my wife and we spent two weeks looking for a house,” Groninger said. “Now we’re here and we’re jumping in with two feet.” command Sgt. Maj. Karl Groninger

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Command Sgt. Maj. Karl Groninger, in his office at the 579th. from a yearlong deployment in Afghanistan, where they worked with engineering design and construction support for Afghan facilities and U.S. troop support. Groninger also wants to spread the word about the 579th and educate people about what they do. “I don’t think a lot of people

understand who we are and what we do,” he said. “A lot of times people overlook the civilians who work with us over there in harm’s way. They’re a part of the family, too, and I want to make sure their story gets told.” Groninger is taking the place of Harry L. Collins, who retired in May after 35 years

of service. Groninger said he is happy to be in Vicksburg and is looking forward to becoming involved in the community. “I’ve learned that in moving so much, if you want to get involved you have to do it quickly,” Groninger said. “We’ve eaten at about half the restaurants here and

we’re crossing things off our list to do.” On Tuesday, he and his wife officially became homeowners in Vicksburg, but he isn’t exactly settled yet. “We have a beautiful home with some paper plates in the kitchen and a nice air mattress,” Groninger said. “I’m still getting lost a lot, too.”

Closing post offices more than inconvenience in small-town USA By The Associated Press ODD, W.Va. — For rural America, the post office is more than a convenient place to mail letters. It’s income in areas where jobs are scarce, a place to pay the bills, and at times, a neighborhood spot to socialize. From Alaska to Maine, residents in rural areas are holding their collective breath after the financially troubled U.S. Postal Service said this week it was considering closing 1 in 10 of its retail outlets to save money. The post office in the rural West Virginia town of Odd is one of more than 3,600 local offices, branches and stations that could be on the chopping block. Residents there say getting by would be difficult without it. “I don’t have no car,” said 59-year-old Betty Ann Whittaker, who lives on Social Security and needs to be close to home because she cares for her mentally disabled siblings and nephews. Her run-down home at the foot of a mountainside is just a short walk away from the Odd Post Office. Other Americans who don’t drive, or are on a fixed income like Whittaker, would face a similar dilemma. In West Virginia, there are 150 offices on the list. Only six other states — Texas, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa and Missouri — have more outlets under consideration for possible closure. In Odd, many of the 800 residents have mailboxes in the post office in part because mail theft is a big concern. Those without checking accounts also buy money orders at the post office to pay their bills. Whittaker does that regularly. The nearest full-service bank is 10 to 20 miles away. Christine Wood lives in an apartment attached to the post office and has a mailbox there. Her family owns the building and has been rent-

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Postal carrier Tamera Eskins carries packages into the post office in Odd, W.Va. ing the office space to the Postal Service for decades. The rent helps her pay the bills. “In the winters, sometimes you can’t go out, unless they come and plow which they don’t always do,” Wood said. The nearest post office, in Ghent, is about five miles away. The Postal Service, which has been losing money as customers use the Internet in increasing numbers to do business instead of using the mail, said space in local stores, libraries and government offices may be used to offer postal services in some areas where post offices are ultimately closed. But that is little comfort to worried residents. In Alaska, there are 36 post offices under review. One is in Sleetmute, a tiny village on the east bank of the Kuskokwim River, 250 miles from Anchorage. “It would leave a big hole,” said Sophie Gregory, the village’s president and fill-in postmaster.

The post office in Odd, W.Va. Nebraska has 90 facilities up for possible closure. In Grafton, Roxann Baumann, the town clerk and a local business owner, said losing the post office would force residents in the village of 125 to drive at least eight miles to the nearest post office. And some hikers use post offices in out-of-the-way places just to survive. Each year, thousands traverse sections of the 2,650-mile

Pacific Crest Trail, which runs from Mexico to Canada. Some send packages of food and other provisions to post offices along the way to pick up and resupply. At least three rural post offices along the route are slated for potential closure in California and Washington, including the last stop before Canada: Stehekin, Wash., a wilderness community reachable only by boat,

floatplane or on foot. Backpackers would have to carry many more pounds of food between stops, which would make the trip more difficult and less enjoyable, said 28-year-old Heather Tilert of New York. The eastern Washington town of Starbuck, population 130, advertises itself as “45 minutes from anything you could want to do except walk on an ocean beach.” Soon that may include being 45 minutes from a post office. Across the country in Maine, the post office on Cliff Island is among the 34 slated for possible closure there. Cliff Island is 10 miles from the mainland and takes at least an hour and 15 minutes to reach by ferry. “What I have learned about islands surviving as yearround communities, they need three main elements. They need a post office, they need a school and they need a store for survival,” resident Cheryl Crowley said. The Postal Service operates 31,871 retail outlets across the country. In recent years, business has declined sharply. The agency lost $8 billion last year. Once an office is selected for a review, people served by that office will have 60 days to file their comments. If an office is to be closed, they will be able to appeal. Back in Odd, letter carrier Tamera Eskins and post office clerk Melinda Dickerson crossed their fingers. Eskins, who delivers the mail in her Chevy Blazer, said three of the four post offices from which she collects mail are on the list for possible closure. She doesn’t know what will happen after her contract to deliver mail is up early next year. Dickerson also might be out of a job. “I’ve thought about getting people to sign a petition to keep it open, but I don’t know if it would do any good,” she said.


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Generic drugs approved by different FDA process By The Associated Press Generic drugs go through what the Food and Drug Administration calls an abbreviated approval process. But it takes three times as long as FDA reviews of new experimental drugs because of the sheer volume of applications, many of which are submitted years before the original drug’s patent will expire. Because so many widely used drugs are approaching the end of their patents, there are now more than 2,400 generic drug applications awaiting FDA approval. Generic drugs are comparable to brand-name “innovator� drugs in performance, intended use, strength, dosage form, route of administration and quality. Because of that, their effective-

ness and safety aren’t tested in animals and people. Instead, the manufacturer must prove scientifically that a generic drug performs the same as the original one in people, meaning the same amount of active ingredients enters the bloodstream in the same amount of time. Often, that’s done by giving a few dozen healthy volunteers the generic drug, then taking repeated blood samples to test the level of the drug over time. FDA staff also review chemistry and sterility data on the proposed generic, plus information that would go on the detailed package insert, and inspect the factory where it would be made. Generics cannot come to market unless the “innovator� drug’s patent has expired or, as

sales tax revenue The City of Vicksburg receives 18.5 percent of all sales taxes collected by businesses in the city limits. Revenues to the city lag actu-

al sales tax collections by two months, that is, receipts for April reflect sales taxes collected on sales in February. Here are the latest monthly receipts:

May 2011......................$561,003 Fiscal year 2010-11 to date... $4,770,358

May 2010......................$627,322 2009-10 fiscal year to date..... $7,225,933

happens increasingly, a generic company challenges the patent in court and proves it is in some way invalid. In those cases, the generic company winning the lawsuit gets to have the sole generic drug on the market for a six-month exclusivity period. After that, other companies whose applications are approved by the FDA can market their own generic versions. Keith Webber, acting director of FDA’s Office of Generic Drugs, says his office has been getting about 850 applications a year — about 10 times the number of new drug applications submitted — and expects to top 850 this year. Many are duplicates of the same innovator drug filed by different generic drugmakers, or different dosage forms. Some have been reviewed and sent

back to the applicant because of deficiencies, he said. “We do prioritize the review of applications where there is no generic yet on the market,� Webber said. “It’s extremely rare� to not have a generic approved by the time the original drug’s patent expires. Given the usual back and forth between FDA reviewers and companies, average approval time is 30 months. “We’re working to shorten that, looking for efficiencies and additional resources,� Webber said. “I hesitate to say we don’t have a problem, because we are short on staff.� For that reason, the FDA is planning to charge fees for reviewing applications for generic medicines, as it does for new prescription drugs, to help pay for more staff.

land transfers The following commercial land transfer was recorded in the Chancery Clerk’s Office for the week ending July 29, 2011: • Sammour LLC, Shadi K. AlSamour and Shadi Kamal Samour

to Shadi K. Al-Samour and Kamal Al Sammour; parts of Lot 237 in Block 38 and Lots 246, 135, 247,136 in Block 43, Section 19, Township 16N, Range 3E; 1216 and 1217 Cherry St.

PORTFOLIO Cotton producers to visit La-Miss Nine cotton producers from Arizona and California will observe cotton operations in Louisiana and Mississippi in August as part of the National Cotton Council’s Producer Information Exchange program. The 23-year-old program will include a visit to Vicksburg, where they will get a briefing from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on the effects of the 2011 flood on cotton. The program is sponsored by Bayer CropScience through a grant to The Cotton Foundation. The western producers will tour the Louisiana Cotton Museum in Lake Providence and cotton farms and related operations in northeast Louisiana.

May & Company wins MBJ notice The accounting firm of May & Company LLP, has been named one of the “Best Places to Work in Mississippi� by the Mississippi Business Journal for the second year in a row. The award has been given annually since 2005 to honor organizations that invest heavily in their employees and work environment. The selections are based on employee surveys. Founded in 1922, May & Company placed third in the small business category. The company has offices in Vicksburg; Tallulah and Lake Providence, La.; and Millport, Ala.

casino tax revenue Vicksburg’s five casinos pay a 3.2 percent revenue tax to the State of Mississippi that is divided — with 10 percent going to schools, 25 percent to Warren County and 65 percent to the city. A second revenue tax is a 0.8 percent share of the state’s 8.8 percent revenue

tax. It is split based on population proportions between Vicksburg and Warren County. Each casino is also required to pay $150 for each gaming device annually to the city. To date, two casinos have paid the gaming device fee. These are the latest receipts:

June 2011 City...................................$529,071 County............................$194,114 Schools...........................$752,729


Fiscal year 2010-11 to date City............................... $4,643,603 County........................ $1,964,451 Schools...........................$533,166

Fiscal year 2009-10 to date City............................... $4,938,646 County........................ $2,121,072 Schools...........................$575,736

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Alcorn sets send-off for local students The Vicksburg Alumni Chapter of Alcorn State University will host a summer send-off cookout for incoming freshman and currently enrolled students. The event will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the City Park Pavilion. Admission is $5 per person, $15 per family and free for ASU students. Alcorn attire is suggested. Reservations must be made by today. See “Events” on Facebook under the Alcorn Freshman Send Off and Alumni Cookout, or e-mail vicksburgalcornalumni@ Also, call 601-6387812 or 601-619-7122.


Christopher LaMarca and Hodding Carter IV paddle into the sunset at Old Town Bend, Ark.


Canadian poet set for book talk A Canadian poet will be featured in a phone-in event at a downtown Vicksburg bookstore. At 5 p.m. Aug. 18, Molly Peacock will discuss her book, “The Paper Garden: Mrs. Delany Begins Her Life’s Work at 72,” during an event at Lorelei Books, 1103 Washington St. The book is about Mary Granville Pendarves Delany, who at 72 meticulously cut 985 botanically accurate paper flowers, creating the art form that is known today as collage. Call 601-634-8624.

Cruisers aim to raise cash for Haven House The Vicksburg Car Cruisers will sponsor a show to benefit Haven House Family Shelter. The annual Red Carpet Classic Auto and Bike Show will be Sept. 11 at Blackburn Motor Co. on North Frontage Road. Registration is from 8 to 11 a.m., and awards will be presented at 3 p.m. A poker run will begin at 10. Call 601415-0421 or 601-831-2597.

VPAC sets auditions, workshops in August Vicksburg Performing Arts Company will host a summer dance workshop and hold auditions for the 2011 company. The workshop and auditions for ages 7 to 18 will be Aug. 19-21 at Vicksburg Dance Studio, 3419 Wisconsin Ave. The sessions will run from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 19 and from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 20 and 21. Tuition is $250, and dancers may register by contacting Chesley Sadler Lambiotte at 601-218-5557 or Chesley_

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John Ruskey and his crew approach downtown Vicksburg by way of a flooded Levee Street.

Mississippi Man bringing photos, tales to city By Terri Cowart Frazier

If you go

John Ruskey has been paddling the Mississippi River since 1982. But when he put his 24-foot, handcrafted cypress strip canoe in at Memphis during the recordbreaking flood of 2011, he said, “Everything was different — the speed of the water, the landscape was completely changed. It was very disorienting.” Ruskey, called Mississippi Man, is the owner of Clarksdale-based Quapaw Canoe. On Thursday, he will be in Vicksburg to tell about his trip along the swollen river with writer Hodding Carter IV and photographer Christopher LaMarca. The lecture, sponsored by the Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District, will include a slide show. “We saw exploding cataclysms” of water, Ruskey said. “It was like seeing a whale coming to the surface. It was a little scary to see

John Ruskey will show photos and talk about his journey along the flooded John MississipRuskey pi River at 7 p.m. Thursday at Hinds Community College in Vicksburg. Tickets are $30 per couple or $55 per business. For information, call 601-636-7679, ext 3. those.” The Mississippi River at Vicksburg crested on May 19 at 57.1 feet, 14.1 feet above flood stage. Ruskey said the trio paddled 100 miles a day, and the trip from Memphis to downtown Vicksburg

A full moon rises over the swollen river in northern Mississippi. took four days. “It would normally have been a two-week adventure,” he said, “but the river was running between seven and 12 knots,” or between 8 mph and 13 mph.

During the journey, Ruskey said, he saw flocks of least tern that live on islands along the river, but “the birds were floating See Ruskey, Page C4.

Knit, dance, craft at SCHC events The Southern Cultural Heritage Center will offer dance classes, knitting classes and an after-school children’s program. From 5 to 6 p.m. Aug. 7 and 21, James Frechette, owner of Applause Dance Factory, will teach the East Coast swing. Admission is $10 per person. From 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 17, 24 and 31, a beginner knitting class will be taught. The instructor will be Brenda Harrower, a certified instructor through the National Yarn Council since 1985. The fee is $55 for members and $65 for nonmembers. From 4 to 5:15 p.m. Aug. 25, the fall semester of River Kids, an after-school arts program for first through sixth grade, will begin. Admission is free. Call 601-631-2997.

‘Just the Looney coming out’

Marie Hernandez tackles life with humor and tenacity For 30 years, Marie Hernandez was an important part of the scene around the Warren County Courthouse. She saw a lot, did a lot and has great memories to share. This is the first of a two-part story.

• If Marie Hernandez ever raised her voice at you, or showed a bit of temper — which is highly unlikely — she says, “It’s just the Looney coming out in me.” Marie, you see, was a Looney before she married Sam Hernandez. Looney is a name of Irish origin, from the Isle of Man, and not at all unusual around Decatur, in North Alabama where Marie



grew up. That’s one reason no one ever teased her about the name. The other, she said, is because “The Looneys are noted for their short tempers and would fight at the drop of a hat, so for their own David Jackson•The Vicksburg Post

See Hernandez, Page C4.

Marie Hernandez laughs as she tells a story.


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Vicksburg Blues Society sets Roots, Blues and Fun show Roots, Blues and Fun, a show by the Vicksburg Blues Society, will be Aug. 7 at the Old Southern Tea Room inside The Vicksburg on Clay Street. From 5 to 7 p.m., the Jericho Road Show will perform. The duo features Rambling Steve Gardner, a Mississippian who lives in Tokyo, and Bill Steber of Nashville. A cash bar will be available, and donations will be accepted. Call 601-634-6179, e-mail or visit www.

Writers guild kicks off conference Friday The Mississippi Writers Guild’s fifth annual conference will be Friday and Saturday in Jackson. Keynote addresses will be Friday night at the Mississippi Library Commission Research and Development Center, 3881 Eastwood Drive, by author and storyteller Diane Williams of the Mississippi Arts Commission and by best-selling author, licensed death-scene investigator and paranormal investigator Deborah LeBlanc. Saturday’s workshops and critiques will be conducted by nationally recognized authors and literary agents at the Mississippi Arts Center, 380 S. Lamar St. Award-winning author Lynn Cullen will be opening speaker For more information or to register online, visit www., or e-mail Richelle Putnam at or Ralph Gordon at ralph.

Gourd festival set for September The second annual Mississippi Gourd Festival will be in Raleigh in September. From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept.

Gallery’s featured artist for August will be a local television broadcaster. Jerry Jones, of KTVE in West Monroe, studied drawing and painting at the University of Southern Mississippi. The wildlife and landscape artist’s works have been displayed at the Southern Breeze Art Gallery in Jackson and has been accepted into juried shows such as the 2008 Rocky Mountain Regional and the 2007 Yellowstone Art Museum Small Works Exhibit. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free. It is located at 308 Trenton St. For more information, call 318-322-2380.

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from staff reports 17 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 18, gourd-crafting classes and activities will be at the Smith County Ag Complex, 131 Oil Field Road, of Mississippi 35 South. Admission is $2 for adults and free for children 12 and younger. Call 601-782-9444, visit or e-mail

Belhaven gearing up for Bright Lights fest The seventh annual Bright Lights, Belhaven Nights will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 13. The festival will feature five stages of live music, food from area restaurants, a silent auction and a raffle. Water, soft drinks and beer will also be for sale. The cost is $6 for adults and $1 for children younger than 12. The festival begins at McDade’s parking lot, 200 E. Northside Drive, and runs along Carlisle Street to the New Stage Theatre, to Kenwood Place and Belhaven Park. Free parking will be available at New Stage Theatre, along Belhaven neighborhood streets and in the parking garage adjacent to Baptist Health’s Medical Arts East building at North and Carlisle. Call 601-352-8850 or visit, or e-mail

Guitarist’s tour swings through Jackson Eric Johnson, an awardwinning guitarist, will perform next month in Jackson as part of his summer tour. Johnson has been Guitar International’s Guitarist of the Year and since 1982 has won 33 honors at the Austin Music Awards.

Audubon walk Saturday morning The Audubon Society of Jackson’s monthly bird walk will be Saturday. Participants are asked to meet a little before 8 a.m. at LeFleur’s Bluff State Park, 115 Lakeland Terrace, Mayes Lake entrance. The walk is free, with a $3 per car entrance fee to the park. For more information, call 601-956-7444 or visit www.

Cancer society walk Oct. 8 in Jackson submitted to The Vicksburg Post

Jericho Road Show, who will perform Aug. 7 in Vicksburg He will perform at 8 p.m. Aug. 19 at Fire Club, 209 Commerce St. General admission tickets are $20.95 and can be purchased at For more information, visit

Masur tells plans for two shows The Masur Museum of

Arts in Monroe features two shows that will run through Oct. 19. The exhibits are River & Reverie: Paintings of the Mississippi River by Rolland Golden and 16 Tons: Douglas Weathersby Works in Northeast Louisiana. A free opening reception will be at 5:30 p.m., with a gallery talk by Weathersby at 6, on Sept. 23. From 2 to 5 p.m. Sept. 24,

the museum will offer a free children’s drop-in activity with Weathersby. For more information, call 318-329-2237 or visit www. The museum is located at 1400 South Grand.

USM-trained artist is focus of exhibit

The American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5k walk will be Oct. 8 in Jackson. The walk will begin at the south steps of the Capitol on High Street. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., opening ceremonies at 8:30 and the walk at 9. For more information or to form a team, call 601-321-5500 or visit

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Hank Jones Birthday Tribute Concert 7 tonight at the Coral Room inside The Vicksburg on Clay Street; free.

Citywide Pep Rally 9:30 a.m. Saturday; Outlets at Vicksburg; cheer squads, dance teams and high school bands; 601-636-7434 or pcaldwell@

National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Bike MS Oct. 8-9; begins at Baptist Healthplex in Clinton, ends at Battlefield Inn in Vicksburg; 35-mile, 75-mile, 150-mile routes; 601856-5831,

Vicksburg National Military Park Living History: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. today; Fee-free days: Sept. 24 and Nov. 11-13; $8 per vehicle; 601-636-0583.

Haunted Vicksburg ghost tours Fridays-Sundays through October; walking tour, $20 per person; haunted hearse, $25 for group of six; 601-618-6031 or www.

Mississippi Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference and Tradeshow Nov. 14-16 at Vicksburg Convention Center;, or 601-955-9298.

Vicksburg Theatre Guild Performances: “Breaking Up is Hard to Do,” 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9-10 and 16-17, 2 p.m. Sept. 11 and 18; Auditions: “It’s A Wonderful Life,” 2-5 p.m. Sept. 17 and 6-8:30 p.m. Sept. 19-20 for Dec. 2-4 and 9-11 shows; “Forever Plaid,” 2-5 p.m. Oct. 1-2 for Jan. 20-22 and 27-29 shows; “The Foreigner,” Feb. 11-12 for May 4-6 and 1113 shows; Tickets for main-stage plays: $12 for adults, $10 for 55 and older, $7 for students and $5 for younger than 12; tickets for “Gold in the Hills,” other shows vary; Contact: Parkside Playhouse, 101 Iowa Ave.; 601-636-0471 or

Southern Cultural Heritage Center Give My Poor Heart Ease-Voices of the Mississippi Blues: Vicksburg native Bill Ferris’ photos on display through Friday; free; Calligraphy workshop: 5:30-7 p.m. Thursdays in August; $95 members, $115 nonmembers; Cecil Evans, instructor; supplies included; Figure drawing workshop: 2-4:30 p.m. Aug. 22-23; $55 members, $60 nonmembers; the Rev. Mark Bleakley, instructor; easels and drawing boards provided, drawing paper, graphite and charcoal pencils available for purchase; “One Enchanted Evening”: 7 p.m. Sept. 8; $25 members, $30 members, $225 corporate tables; cash bar available; tickets at SCHC, Paper Plus,; Contact: 601-631-

Out of Town Mississippi Library Commission

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

Photo and fiber exhibit; 8 a.m.-5 p.m. through Aug. 30; 800-6477542, or; 3881 Eastwood Drive.

• 8-11 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays — Karaoke. • 8 p.m. Wednesdays — Biscuit & Jam; open mic. • Thursdays — Ladies night.

Mississippi Sickle Cell Foundation Celebrity Roast

Ameristar Casino, 4116 Washington St., 601-638-1000,

6 p.m. Friday; Country Club of Jackson, 345 St. Andrews Drive; $75 per person; 601-366-5874.

Free at Bottleneck Blues Bar: • Dr. Zarr’s Funkmonster ­— Variety/funk; Friday-Saturday. • The Ugli Stick — Variety; Aug.12-13. • Memphis All Stars — Variety; Aug. 19-20. • Party Planet — Variety; Aug. 26-27. • Band X — Variety; Sept. 2-3. Free at the Cabaret Lounge: • BB Secrist — ­ Oldies; Friday-Saturday. • Groove Inc. ­— Variety; Aug.12-13. • Terry Mike Jeffrey — Variety; Aug. 19-20. • Sinamon Leaf — Variety; Aug. 26-27. • Ben Shaw — Variety; Sept. 2-4.

Ringling Brothers Circus 7 p.m. Aug. 11-12, 2 and 6 p.m. Aug. 13 and 2 p.m. Aug. 14; Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson; $10 for 12 and younger or $11 opening night; $14 and $17 for adults; $26, VIP seats; $35, VIP floor seats; $45, premium seats;,, 800-745-3000 or coliseum box office.

Quilt show Through Friday; Gore Galleries, 199 Monroe St., Clinton; gallery summer hours: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday; 601-925-7770;

Jackson Zoo summer hours 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; $9 for adults, $6 for ages 2-12, $8.10 for seniors, free for children younger than 2 and friends of the zoo; half price on Wednesdays; train and carousel rides, $1; 2918 W. Capitol St.;

Free Mississippi Museum of Art admission For active duty military personnel and their families through Labor Day; 380 S. Lamar St., Jackson; 601-960-1515 or

For Foodies Wine, Spirits and Food Festival 6-9 p.m. Aug. 27 at Vicksburg Convention Center; $35 per person, $60 per couple; 800-745-3000,, 601630-2929.

For kids FitZone Elite Cheer Fall Schedule Runs Aug. 8-Dec. 20; Mondays: 4:15-5:15 p.m. for ages 4-8; 5:156:15 for 9 and older; and 6:15-7:15 for advanced students 7 and older; Tuesdays: 4:15-5:15 for 9 and older; 5:15-6:15 for ages 4-8; Thursdays: 5:15-6:15 for 9 and older; Fees: $50 per month, $25 registration fee for new members; Location: next to Tan Tastic in Big Lots shopping area on South Frontage Road; Contact: Liz Curtis, 601-638-3778 or

Beechwood Restaurant & Lounge, 4451 Clay St., 601-636-3761 On stage, with a cover charge, at 9:15 p.m.: • Grits and Gravy — Friday-Saturday. • Ratchet — Aug. 13. • Slap Happy — Aug. 26-27. • Easy Eddie and the Party Rockers ­— Sept. 2-3. • Snazz — Sept. 9-10.

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. • 8:30 p.m. each first and third Tuesday — Soul Unlimited and Sounds Unlimited; free.

Roca Restaurant & Bar, 127 Country Club Drive, 601-638-0800 • 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays — Ben Shaw. • 7-10 p.m. Fridays — Dustin.

Jacques’ Cafe at Battlefield Inn, 4137 N. Frontage Road, 601-661-6264 • 9 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday — Karaoke.

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Mr. Mays, Miss Ivy wed at Cedar Grove

Mrs. Carey Mays The bride is the former Shenika Ivy

Carey Mays of Jackson and Shenika Ivy of Vicksburg were married at 6 p.m. June 25, 2011, at Cedar Grove Mansion. Pastor Mike Fields officiated at the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of George Jr. and Albertha Ivy of Vicksburg. She is the granddaughter of George and Margaret Ivy, Albert Brown and Blanche Clark, all of Vicksburg. The groom is the son of Arthur and Shirley Mays of Jackson. He is the grandson of Alonzo Mays and Cleo Webster, Carey Green and Genevieve Thomas, all of Monticello. Given in marriage by her father, the bride’s chosen colors were hot pink and burnt orange. Music was presented by the bride’s father, who performed a solo. Maids of honor were Adrienne Anthony and Porshia Ferguson, both of Vicksburg. Bridesmaids were Krystal Young Benjamin and Bridget Ragan, both of Vicksburg; Symanthia Jones of Canton; Karen Mays of Jackson; and

Adriane Battle of Sacramento, Calif. DeAnte’ Smith and Arthur Mays II, both of Jackson, served as best men. Groomsmen were George Ivy III and Treymane White, both of Vicksburg; Jerome Beamon and Rudy Bracey, both of Jackson; and Johnny Johnson of Raymond. Ushers were Rashon Clark of Vicksburg, Marcus Hearn of Greenwood and James Williams of Greenville. Flower girls were Amber Nichols of Jackson and Gabrielle Marshall of Tuskegee, Ala. Ring bearers was Jordan White of Vicksburg. Broom carrier was Ayden Ivy of Vicksburg. A reception followed at the Vicksburg Convention Center. Hostesses were Cheree’ Albritton of New Albany and Kimberly Payne of Vicksburg. For a wedding trip, the couple traveled to St. Lucia. They will make their home in Gainesville, Fla., where both are employed at the University of Florida.

Kimberly Marie Cote Engaged to marry Ross Joseph Simpson III

The engagement of Kimberly Marie Cote to Ross Joseph Simpson III, both of Greensboro, N.C., is announced today. Vows will be exchanged at 5 p.m. Oct. 1, 2011, at First Baptist Church of Vicksburg. A reception will follow at the B’nai B’rith Literary Club. Miss Cote is the daughter of Glen and Libby Beard of Vicksburg and Andy and Tara Cote of Madison. She is the granddaughter of David and Doris Haworth of Vicksburg and Ida Haworth of Eureka Springs, Ark. Mr. Simpson is the son of Dr. Ross and Christine Simpson of Chapel Hill, N.C. The bride-elect graduated in 2004 from Warren Central High School, where she was a high honor graduate with distinction. She served as president of Student Council and Future Business Leaders of America and was editor of the yearbook. She was selected for the Warren Central Hall of Fame and was a member of Vicks-

burg Cotillion Club, Sub-Debs and Rebelettes. She graduated magna cum laude from Elon University, where she served as president of Sigma Kappa sorority. She was an Isabella Cannon Leadership Fellow and an Elonthon 24-hour dance marathon participant. Miss Cote is an account executive at Pace Communications. The prospective groom is a 2003 graduate of East Chapel High School, where he lettered in cross country, outdoor track and indoor track. He was honored as Civitan of the Year and was a member of Habitat for Humanity and Student Council. He graduated from Elon University, where he was a member of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. He was a member of Elon’s Service Learning Community and a volunteer for Elon Fire Department. Mr. Simpson is an attorney at law with the Bradley Law Group.

Mr. and Mrs. Keith Brandon Pittman The bride is the former Sarah Grace Sills

Mr. Pittman, Miss Sills Cote, Simpson to recite vows at First Baptist recite vows on June 4

50th anniversary

Are you planning a wedding?

J.V. and Mary Lynn Teague celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday. They were married July 30, 1961, at Moorhead Mississippi Baptist Church.

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.

Keith Brandon Pittman and Sarah Grace “Gracie” Sills were married at 2 p.m. June 4, 2011, at Bowmar Baptist Church. Brian Pursley officiated at the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David W. Sills of Vicksburg. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Billy C. Proctor of Kosciusko and the late Mr. and Mrs. George W. Sills of Brandon. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Woodward and Mr. and Mrs. Keith Pittman, all of Vicksburg. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Andress of Utica and Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Pittman of Vicksburg. Given in marriage by her father, the bride’s chosen colors were navy and white with yellow accents. Music was presented by Jeff Armstrong, pianist and organist; Mark Sills, brother of the bride, pianist; and Mitch Beauman, soloist. Maid of honor was Ellie Sills, sister of the bride, of Vicksburg. Bridesmaids were Jera Dykes of Laurel, Brooklyn Pursley of Vicksburg and Kate Kirkpatrick of Collierville, Tenn. The groom’s brother, Justin Pittman of Vicksburg, served as best man. Groomsmen were Kris Hluska, Christopher Raner and Warren Sevier, all of Vicksburg. Special wedding assistant was Neeli Watts. A reception followed in the fellowship hall of the church. Hosts were Robert and Sandra Peters, Ronald and Rita Gold-

man and Susan Crawley, all of Vicksburg, and Stacey Gugert of Atlanta. For a wedding trip, the couple traveled to the Hendersonville, N.C., area. They will reside in Vicksburg. The bride is attending the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy and is employed part time at Kroger Pharmacy of Vicksburg. The groom is employed by AT&T U-Verse. Rehearsal dinner The groom’s parents entertained the bridal party, family and friends with a rehearsal dinner at Roca on the eve of the wedding. Showers Denise Hluska hosted a Pampered Chef party at Wilsonwood Lodge. The bride was honored with a wedding shower in the Family Life Center at First Baptist Church. Hostesses were Kay Chaney, Teresa Chaney, Frances Chipley, Mary June Cooksey, Marilyn Daggett, Janie Easterling, Lori Edney, Susan Fitzgerald, Shirley George, Janet Holland, Lisa Ingram, Beckie Kerut, Sharon Ladd, Kay Lee, Candace Logue, Susan McKinnie, Carol Ann Oakman, Sandra Peters, Denise Poe, Gwen Robertson, Amy Robinson, Cindy Smith, Linda Strong, Georgeann Swillie, Maurice Tadlock, Janell Thames, Nina Tomlinson, Carol Watkins and Ronda Wolfe. Brooke Pursley, Michelle Woodward and Ellie Sills honored the bride with a party at Easely Amused in Jackson.

bulletin board Honor rolls • Warren County students named to the University of Mississippi dean’s honor roll for the spring semester were Taylor Elizabeth Thomas, Katherine Anne Floyd, Chandler Glenn Mims, Morgan Kelsey Tidwell, Katie Elizabeth Heath, Rachel Dawn Williams, Rachel Kathryn Thomas, Katharine Halpin DeRossette, Kerrie-Taylor Leech and Kayla Danielle West.

Upcoming events Warren Central High — Freshman orientation, 6 p.m. Monday. House of Peace Worship Church — Back-to-school sup-

plies giveaway, 6 p.m. Tuesday, 2372 Grove St.; open to grades K-12, child must be present to receive goods; 601-630-3362. Warren Central Intermediate — Back-to-School Night, Thursday; third and fourth grades, 3:30-4:30 p.m.; fifth and sixth grades, 5-6 p.m. Beechwood Elementary — Back-to-School Night, Thursday; kindergarten will begin at 5:30 p.m.; grades 1-6 will begin at 6 p.m. in the gym. Vicksburg Junior High — Seventh grade open house, 6 p.m. Thursday. Vicksburg Intermediate — Open house, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Friday; parents may tour the school, meet teachers and deliver school supplies to classroom. Alcorn State Freshman

Send-Off — 6-9 p.m. Friday, Vicksburg City Park Pavilion; admission, $5 per person or $15 per family; free for incoming or current ASU students; food, door prizes, games, more; sponsored by Vicksburg Warren County Chapter of ASU National Alumni Association; RSVP today to vicksburgalcornalumni@gmail. com; Walter Sheriff, 601-6387812, or Kenya Gaskin, 601-6197122. Citywide Pep Rally For New School Year — 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Outlets at Vicksburg; performances by local cheer squads, dance teams, high school bands, more; Miss Vicksburg Elyssa Lassiter to emcee. ACT Assessment Review Course — Mississippi College,

$20 per session; test mechanics/reading, 9-11:30 a.m. Aug. 13; grammar, 1-3:30 p.m. Aug. 13; math, 9-11:30 a.m. Aug. 27; science, 1-3:30 p.m. Aug. 27; registration deadline, Monday; preregistration and payment required, 601-925-3265 or www. Vicksburg Performing Arts Company — N House Productions Summer Dance Workshop/Auditions for ages 7-18; Aug. 19-21, Vicksburg Dance Studio; tuition, $250; Chesley Sadler Lambiotte, 601-218-5557 or Chesley_sadler@yahoo. com to register in advance. LSAT Review Course — 6-10 p.m. Sept. 6, 8 and 13, Mississippi College; cost, $249; registration deadline, Aug. 30; 601-925-3263 or academics/ce.

Mr. and Mrs. Lee Stephens The bride is the former Tanya White

Stephens, White wed Lee Stephens and Tanya White, both of Vicksburg, were

married July 18, 2011. Pastor James Bowman officiated.


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Ruskey Continued from Page C1.

A view of downtown Vicksburg from the swollen Yazoo Diversion Canal

on every piece of driftwood they could find” since all other land was submerged. Wayne Pratt, local organizer of the Bluz Cruz Marathon, a yearly canoe race on the Mississippi River during

Riverfest weekend, describes Ruskey as “a great guy.” “He has a deep insight into the history and Indian lore of the river,” Pratt said.

looking. They went into the coffee shop and I thought, ‘Well, that’s the last of that.’” She was one of the first on the bus and took a seat about five rows behind the driver. People were finding seats, and Marie looked up to see that handsome soldier. He came to the vacant seat beside her, stood there a moment, and while she was silently saying, “Be still my heart!” he asked if he could sit with her. She wasn’t as thrilled as she thought she would be because “all he knew to talk about was army and tanks and guns.” By the time they arrived at Decatur, he had asked for her name and address, but she thought she’d never hear from him again. Soon, however, she was getting cards and letters and phone calls. When he came to Decatur for a visit, Marie said her grandmother fell in love with him “because she liked his after-shave lotion.” Marie was also in love, and she and Sam married at Fort Knox where he was stationed. When he was sent to Europe 10 months later, she went home to Decatur to live with her mother. That’s when the next job came about. It was at a state warehouse. When the manager called and offered her a job and asked if she had a driver’s license, she told him no but didn’t get a chance to also tell him she didn’t know how to drive. Not to worry, he said, for the company car was insured, and “we’ll take care of you if you get stopped.” On her first assignment to go to the bank, she had to ask some workers how to start the car. She then moved it forward and backward about a dozen times

before heading out of the parking spot. Soon another job offer came about. The police chief called and wanted her to talk to some FBI agents who were looking for women to work at the Washington headquarters. She wasn’t interested, but they were very persuasive, so she took the test and gave a list of character references. Long story short — she passed the test and went to Washington. The best twist in the story is how she got such a glowing reference from her neighbor, a Methodist preacher. He pastored the church in town and also one out in the country, and it was just about impossible for him to always have enough gasoline. It was rationed, and you might have the money but if you didn’t have the coupon you were out of luck. It was illegal to buy, sell or give away your coupons, but the man’s daughter lived in Birmingham and carpooled, so she often passed her coupons on to her father. One day the reverend came home to find two men sitting on the porch. He greeted them, asked if he could help them and they showed their IDs — they were from the FBI. The minister prayed a quick and silent, but fervent, prayer: “Oh God, if you’ll forgive me, I’ll never take another gas coupon.” Then he found out they were seeking verification of Marie’s character, and he told her later, “Girl, in life you’ll never get a more glowing recommendation.” •

Hernandez Continued from Page C1. well-being no one ever said anything.” Vicksburg people know Marie best because of the 30 years she spent working in the Warren County Courthouse, most of that time in the tax assessor’s office where she was chief deputy. They knew her as one with genuine charm and concern, one who was thoughtful and helpful and had a sense of humor. In her 89 years — “and I’m knocking on 90’s door” — she’s had six jobs and never asked for any “and had to fight, trying to keep from accepting some of them.” In addition she’s held other positions of public service and made history in several roles. Her son Bob, she said, has recently been asking her a lot of questions about her life which prompts her to think, “He’s writing my obituary.” Among the marks she’s left on the pages of history are that she was the first female member of the Lions Club and was also the first female president of that organization. She was the first woman to be in charge of the Lions Sight Foundation, received the President’s Award from the United Way and was president of the Floral Garden Club. She’s probably the first female to run for public office in the city of Vicksburg as she sought the position of tax assessor. She later ran for the same post in the county. She didn’t win either and said she “couldn’t get the voters interested in a woman assessor.” There was one incident, however, she won’t forget. “I was on Oak Ridge Road, way out, and this old guy came in and was asking somebody about something, and I thought, ‘What is he doing?’” She soon found out when she was told, “He wants to meet you. He’s never seen a live candidate before.” Her thought was, “Well, I’ve done something for somebody today.” An election she did win was when she was chosen as a delegate to the Lions Club’s national convention. Her husband, Sam, had been district governor, and she knew a lot of people around the country. She had on her delegate badge — only delegates could vote — and she marched into the hall, “so proud of myself,” and had taken only a few steps when this gruff male voice barked, “Only delegates are allowed in here!” All he knew was that a female had walked in, but Marie turned to him, pointed to her badge, and said in an authoritative voice, “What do you think this is?” He was quick to apologize, but she remembers it as a time when, “Marie had arrived....and the

Looney came out.” She was offered her first job when she was a high school senior taking typing. She worked afternoons in the welfare office. Then one day the Western Union messenger — “This was back in the olden days when they had boys on bikes who delivered telegrams” — told her they were looking for someone as operator at the local office. He said, “You’d love that job.” She said she didn’t know anything about that, but he went back, told his boss who called Marie and talked her into coming to work the next day. Soon they transferred her to Huntsville and later to a number of small towns including Brewton where someone had absconded with the funds. She got that situation straightened out and then was sent to the district office in Jackson. From there she went to Utica where they had just opened an office. “So here was this naive 19-year-old from Alabama being sent to open the Utica office because nobody else would go there,” she said. The company rented space in a hardware store, had it partitioned off and arranged for Marie’s room and board. The owner of the building, who was from Jackson, barked at his help, and Marie thought no wonder nobody wanted to go there. That first day she worked hard, setting up all the machinery, getting the paperwork out, putting everything in order and was exhausted at the end of the day. She kept hearing this buzzing sound but didn’t know what it was, and then all of a sudden the store owner appeared at her door and snapped, “Didn’t you hear me buzz?” “That’s when the Looney came out in me,” Marie laughed. She sat him straight in a hurry — and they became great friends. Her next assignment was Selma, Ala., where there was a company with a straight line to Wall Street. There was a lot of bell-ringing and so forth, and the company would let only Marie handle their messages. One day she was busy and someone else answered the phone, then turned to her and whispered, “They want to speak to that little, fat girl.” Marie recalls that she had blossomed from 118 to 130, but the comment again brought out the Looney. They got a tongue-lashing, but Marie admits she had a metabolism problem and a doctor gave her some pills — “I think I need some now.” It was a bus trip home from Selma to Decatur that altered Marie’s life. She was changing buses in Birmingham when she saw “two goodlooking soldiers in uniform. One was especially good-

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

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Patsy Cline’s home restored, ready for visitors Country legend spent teen years at Virginia abode WINCHESTER, Va. (AP) — Patsy Cline fans curious about the early days of her brief but highly acclaimed country music career will finally be able to do more than just drive by her old house in Winchester and snap a picture. The Patsy Cline Historic House will open Tuesday as a memorial to the singer who recorded such classics as “Crazy” and “I Fall to Pieces” before dying in a plane crash in 1963. Visitors will be able to step through the door of 608 S. Kent St. and back in time some six decades for a glimpse of how Virginia “Ginny” Patterson Hensley lived from her midteens to mid-20s, as she emerged from small-town obscurity to become one of music’s most enduring and influential superstars. “The fact that her music seems timeless brings a whole new group in every generation that keeps her alive,” said Cline’s daughter, Julie Fudge of Nashville. “Her career was a small amount of years, and she had lots of accolades, but I don’t think she imagined the things that would come after she died.” Cline’s husband, Charlie Dick of Nashville, said Patsy’s premature death at age 30 and the question of how much more she might have accomplished is “part of the mystique” that continues to fuel interest in her life and career. But Cline’s sophisticated, genre-defying voice also explains her iconic status, he said.

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A photo of Patsy Cline sits on a shelf in the singer’s Winchester, Va., home. “Her voice was the first of that type in country music,” Dick said, noting its appeal to a broader audience than hardcore country fans. In fact, Cline biographer Douglas Gomery said many of Cline’s hit records made both the country and pop charts. “It’s really complex music,” said Gomery, a retired University of Maryland media studies professor, resident scholar at the Library of American Broadcasting and author of “Patsy Cline: The Making of an Icon.” For decades, Cline’s fans have had to satisfy their curiosity about her early years in Winchester by cruising past her once-dilapidated former home on Kent Street, dropping by the drugstore where she worked as a teenage soda jerk, and paying homage at her gravesite just outside the Shenandoah Valley city of 26,000 that is known for apples and Civil War sites.

The public’s ongoing fascination with the first female solo artist inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame prompted a group of Winchester residents to establish a nonprofit corporation, Celebrating Patsy Cline Inc., which purchased and renovated the home. Cline moved to the house with her mother and two siblings in November 1948, the year after her parents split up. She lived there until June 1957, except for a few years during her first marriage to Gerald Cline. Her mother, Hilda Hensley, rented at first but later bought the home. Cline was living in the tiny two-story frame house when she signed her first record deal, made her Grand Ole Opry debut and won Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts television competition — a sort of 1950s version of “American Idol” — by singing “Walkin’ After Midnight,” which

became her first hit record. “There’s no museum for her, so this is the actual place that she lived the longest in her short life,” said Gomery, who also is Celebrating Patsy Cline’s historian. “She really made the transition from amateur singer to professional singer when she lived there.” Said Fudge: “I think when you go into the house, you will kind of feel like this is a snapshot of what it would have been like to visit when Mom lived there.” What visitors will see is a home that was typical for fam-

Patsy Cline’s Historic House, 608 S. Kent St., Winchester, Va., is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and from noon to 4 Sundays. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors older than 60 and children younger than 18 and free for children younger than 10 and members of the military with ID. For information, visit or call 540662-5555. ilies of modest means during that era: small rooms, low ceilings, scaled-down furniture and very little storage space. Celebrating Patsy Cline spent about $100,000 renovating the house and equipping it with appliances and furniture intended to replicate the way the home looked when the singer lived there. Only a few items are original. Upstairs is the lone bedroom that was shared by all four

family members. Pat Brannon, Cline’s cousin, remembers the sleeping arrangements: Patsy in the twin bed closest to the door, her mother and younger sister in a double bed on the other side of an applecrate nightstand and her little brother in another single bed in the corner. Two tiny closets and a four-drawer dresser provided storage space. “People just didn’t have a lot of clothes back then,” Brannon said.


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Tricia McDaniel

Tricia McDaniel of Vicksburg snapped this blue grosbeak and red cardinal next to each other as they migrated through the city a few months ago.

Gene Buglewicz

Joseph Jackson said his Vicksburg patio is a “hotbed for activity,” evidenced by only the second striped racerunner he’s ever seen there, above, and a male and a female dove hanging out in the shade.

Debbie Kennedy McMullen

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Debbie Kennedy McMullen of Vicksburg said this Chinese grasshopper had to think fast to stay out of a koi pond. The fish were staying nearby, she said, just in case ...

Gene Buglewicz and his wife, Joan, were on a trip to Hawaii when they spotted this red-crested cardinal, interesting because it is native to South America and looks so much like a Northern cardinal. Virginia Weaver of Vicksburg snapped some sunflowers stretching to the sun of her lawn. She planted seeds for about two dozen plants, she said.

The Vicksburg Post will accept for publication photos submitted by readers. The photos should be current and of interest to the public, either because of their subject matter or their oddity, or the photographic skill shown. These are the criteria that will be used in determining which photos will be published. Submitted photos should be accompanied by complete caption information and include a phone number for the photographer, which will not be published. Photos may be submitted electronically at newsreleases@, in person at Post Plaza or by mail to The Vicksburg Post, News photos, P.O. Box 821668, Vicksburg, MS 39182.

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Contact Kim Carr at 601-638-8308 or fax resume to: 601-638-8420


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18. Miscellaneous For Sale

14. Pets & Livestock

17. Wanted To Buy

ALL NEW HAPPY JACK Kennel Dip II controls fleas, ticks, mosquitos, stable flies and MANGE without steroids. Biodegradable. Faulk's Farm & Garden (601-636-2832)

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

“ACE� Truck Driver Training With a Difference Job Placement Asst. Day, Night & Refresher Classes Get on the Road NOW! Call 1-888-430-4223 MS Prop. Lic. 77#C124

Earn Extra Money Deliver the new AT&T Real Yellow Pages in the Vicksburg Area. FT/PT, daily work, quick pay, must be 18 yrs!, have drivers license & insured vehicle (800)422-1955 Ext. 1 8:00A-4:30P Mon.-Fri. DRIVERS NEEDED!!! BUSINESS EXPANDING Coomes Produce Company. Class D license and health card required. Apply in person 9am- 1pm. Bring copy of MVR. Drug screen required

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   !! " # $%&'$($' )*)* #     ' + " PART TIME FRONT counter clerk needed at United Cleaners. Customer sale experience required. Apply in person at 1905 Cherry Street, Vicksburg, MS 39180. PART TIME MERCHANDISER to service books/ magazines in the Vicksburg area. Please call Denine at 770-354-3022.



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

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Warehouse Coordinator Coomes Produce Company Looking for person to oversee receiving, inventory rotation, and shipping. Produce Experience & Class D license a plus.

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13. Situations Wanted RETIRED RN. DESIRED employment Caregiver for elderly/ home bound. Experienced honest, trustworthy, reasonable rates. 601-4211861.

No matter what type of work you’re seeking, the Classifieds can help you find it!

WE PAY CASH for junk. Cars, trucks. Vans, SUVs, and old dump trucks. 601638-5946 or 601-529-8249.

18. Miscellaneous For Sale BRAND NEW WHIRLPOOL Top load washer and Amana 6.5 cubic foot electric dryer. $500. 601-529-7839. COLLEGE BOUND STUDENT? Furnish your entire apartment and have money left over! All About Bargains, 1420 Washington Street, 601-631-0010, 601-529-9895 cell. CRAFTSMAN RIDING LAWN mower. Like new, 26 horse power, only 1 year old. $860. 601-638-7144.

JOHN DEERE RX95 Rider mower. Excellent condition $395. Call 601-4153333.

3508 South Washington Street Pond fish, Gold fish, Koi, fish food aquarium needs, bird food, designer collars, harnesses & leads, loads of pet supplies! Bring your Baby in for a fitting today!

Summer Heat Special!! Queen Size Sleeper Sofa - $149!! (While they last!) All About Bargains, 1420 Washington Street, 601-631-0010, 601-529-9895 cell. SWEET FEED STARTING at $7.15/bag. Up right Frigidaire freezer 21 cubic feet $599. 75 foot Rubber Garden hose $17.95. Sale goes through the end of month. 601-634-0882. Vicksburg Farm Supply.

CYPRESS SWINGS. $100 each, ONLY 4 Left! 601-638-3197.

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.

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If you are feeding a stray or feral cat and need help with spaying or neutering, please call 601-529-1535.

YORKSHIRE TERRIER PUPPIES 1 female, 2 males, 1st shots, CKC registered. 601-4153420.

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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. 601636-SELL.

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Covenant Health & Rehab of Vicksburg, LLC “Every Day of Life Counts� We are a Dynamic skilled nursing facility seeking an energetic individual.

•RN’s -PRN Weekends Covenant Health & Rehabilitation of Vicksburg, LLC 2850 Porters Chapel Road Vicksburg, MS 39180-1805 Phone: (601) 638-9211 Fax: (601) 636-4986

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18. Miscellaneous For Sale

24. Business Services

24. Business Services

WASHER, DRYERS AND other appliances. 90 day warranty. $160 and up. 601415-5319, no calls after 6pm.


RESIDENTIAL CLEANING. 10 years experience, reasonable. References available. 601-573-3676.

19. Garage & Yard Sales

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Toni Walker Terrett Attorney At Law 601-636-1109

THE PET SHOP “Vicksburg’s Pet Boutique�

TRIUMPH EXERCISE BIKE. Comfortable, lean back seat. Used very little. $200. 601-638-4238.

CALL 601-636-7535 $10 START UP KIT

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.

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• Bankruptcy Chapter 7 and 13 • Social Seurity Disability • No-fault Divorce DIRT AND GRAVEL hauled. 8 yard truck. 601638-6740.


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ROOFING & RESTORATION •Roof & Home Repair (all types!) •30 yrs exp •1,000’s of ref Licensed • Insured 601-618-0367 • 601-456-4133

21. Boats, Fishing Supplies

I CLEAN HOUSES! 35 years experience, days only. Call 601-831-6052 days or 601-631-2482, nights.

1993 KRIS CRAFT boat. 19 foot with V8 5.0 motor. $5,500 or best offer. 601831-1210.

I-PHONE REPAIR. Buy, sell and repair. Arcue Sanchez - 601-618-9916.

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PLUMBING SERVICES24 hour emergency- broken water lines- hot water heaters- toilets- faucetssinks. Pressure Washingsidewalk- house- mobile homes- vinyl siding- brick homes. 601-618-8466.

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26. For Rent Or Lease

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

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

TYLER'S HOUSE LEVELING and Mobile Homes. 35 years experience, free estimates. 601-402-5135.

28. Furnished Apartments

26. For Rent Or Lease

ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING FURNISHED. 1 bedroom, $900. Studio, $700. Cable, pool, Wi-Fi, off-street parking. 601-638-2000.


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

1911 Mission 66 Suite B-Apprx. 2450 sq. ft. Suite E-Apprx. 1620 sq. ft. Office or Retail! Great Location!

BRIAN MOORE REALTY Connie - Owner/ Agent

29. Unfurnished Apartments THE COVE


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601-415-8735 07. Help Wanted

The City of Vicksburg Director of Nursing position available Registered Nurse with supervisory experience sought for full-time Director of Nursing position ✰ Insurance provided ✰ Bonus Program Contact Eva Pickle at Heritage Manor of Rolling Fork 431 W. Race St. Rolling Fork, MS 662.873.6218


will be taking applications for

FIREFIGHTER To qualify you must: ✰ be a United States Citizen ✰ be at least 21 years of age ✰ have a valid driver’s license ✰ have an ACT score of 17 or COMPASS score of 70 (reading) or be a Nationally Registered EMT/Paramedic ✰ You must submit to a background check; cannot have a felony conviction There are other qualifications you must meet which are not listed due to limited space.

The Good Shepherd Daycare has immediate openings in all classes - infants through four year olds. Enroll NOW. Payments based upon your income. Certificates are welcome. Hours of operation are: Monday- Friday, 6:30am- until 5:30pm. New classes will begin on Thursday, August 4th. We are also accepting registration for our After-School Tutorial Program that begins on Monday, August 22nd, for Kindergarten through sixth grade. Please come to 629 Cherry Street to pick up a registration form and sign up.

Application packets may be obtained at The City of Vicksburg Human Resource Office, 1415 Walnut Street, Vicksburg, MS 39180 beginning August 1, 2011 and must be returned by 5:00 p.m., Monday, August 22, 2011. The agility test will be held August 26, 2011 at 8:00 a.m. The written exam will be September 2, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Also, looking for Paramedics. For further information call 601-631-3710, ext 1

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TALLULAH, LOUISIANA Immediate Opening for a

• Contractors • Electricians • Roofers • Plumbers • Landscapers

• RN Required • Strong Management & Organizational Skills • At least 3 yrs. experience as an RN • Minimum 1 yr. experience in Hospice or Home Health



Hospice Advantage in Vicksburg is looking for: Per Diem Registered Nurses – with Hospice experience Per Diem Master of Social Work At Hospice Advantage, we believe our employees are our Greatest Asset! We offer: 401k w/match – All Employees eligible! Mileage paid at $0.51 per mile! Paid Weekly! Flexible Schedules! Send resume to Melinda at or Fax 601-634-6546. Call 601-634-8836. To learn more about us go to: EOE

Full-time Hospice Administrator Will cover both the Jackson & Vicksburg offices. Responsible for overall management of the office. Degree in Business, health care or related field. Nursing Diploma acceptable. Knowledge of hospice standards and policies and reimbursement practices. Ability to develop and maintain rapport with the client, family and staff. Min. of 3-5 yrs in a supervisory capacity in a hospice program. Daily Travel and occasionally required overnight travel At Hospice Advantage, we believe our employees are our Greatest Asset! We offer: Benefit Package w/ 401k program w/match Mileage reim.$0.51 per mile! Send resume and salary requirements to: or by fax to: 989-891-2214. EOE

• PTO, Paid Holidays, 401K • Competitive Salary • EOE Contact James Kelly at 318-574-1573 Or fax resume to: 318-574-9613

Anderson-Tully is currently seeking applicants for their 12 week Lumber Inspection school. This class will be taught on-site at Anderson-Tully in Vicksburg and participants will receive a weekly check while in training. If you are interested in a career with high earnings potential and a great benefits package, bring your resume to the Vicksburg Area Governor’s Job Fair, August 2, 2011, at the Vicksburg Convention Center. High School Diploma / GED required as well as good math and communication skills.

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Sunday, July 31, 2011

YOU DON’T HAVE TO HIT THE ROAD FOR CATARACT CARE... WE’RE RIGHT HERE IN VICKSBURG! Jackson Eye Associates is bringing complete cataract care to YOU. Cataract surgery is one of the most common, successful, and brief outpatient procedures today. By teaming with River Region Health System, state of the art surgical services are offered right here in town. Call your Vicksburg area Eye Care Professional to schedule your eye exam and cataract screening TODAY!

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Sunday, July 31, 2011

515 Kavanaugh


Location near Oak Park (in county) with 3BR/2B brick home. Open living/kitchen floor plan. Move in ready! $129,000.

JONES & UPCHURCH, INC. Call Andrea at

601-831-6490 Over 33 years of experience put to work for you!

Priced Below Appraisal! 111 KING ARTHUR’S RIDGE Beautiful wooded setting compliments this custom built home in Sherwood Forest. Features include brick floors, hardwood floors, large real fireplace, large bedrooms,central vacuum system and large deck overlooking the 2.4 acre lot. Under ground dog fence.




This Must See Home features large bedrooms with 2 baths, a fireplace in the living room, and a country kitchen. In good condition with a fenced in back yard.



29. Unfurnished Apartments Confederate Ridge 780 Hwy 61 North


29. Unfurnished Apartments 2 BEDROOM $400 rent, 3 BEDROOM $450 rent, 4 BEDROOM $500 rent. All are duplexes, $200 deposit. Refrigerator and stove. 601-634-8290.


Call for Details 601-638-0102 • 1, 2 & 3 Bedroom Apts. • Beautifully Landscaped • Lake Surrounds Community

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

501 Fairways Drive Vicksburg

Commodore Apartments 1, 2 & 3 Bedrooms LOOKING FOR YOUR DREAM HOME? Check the real estate listings in the classifieds daily.

605 Cain Ridge Rd. Vicksburg, MS 39180

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

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30. Houses For Rent

DOWNTOWN, BRICK, MARIE Apartments. Total electric, central air/ heat, stove, refrigerator. $520, water furnished. 601-636-7107,

104 FIRETOWER ROAD. 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2100 square feet, no pets, large yard. $900 monthly, $900 deposit. 601-301-0878.

River Oaks

1405 DIVISION STREET, 3 bedroom, 1 bath, central air/ heat. $650 month, $650 deposit. 678-571-8049.

2 bedroom 1.5 baths New just for you!

That’s right everything is new. Call today! Only a few left! 601-638-2231

601-638-7831• •201 201Berryman Berryman Rd 601-638-7831 Rd.

Bradford Ridge Apartments Live in a Quality Built Apartment for LESS! All brick, concrete floors and double walls provide excellent soundproofing, security, and safety. 601-638-1102 • 601-415-3333


3 BEDROOM 3 bath, Nice, overlooking river. Balcony, $950 monthly, deposit and references required. 601-415-5498, 601-8831147. 3 BEDROOM HOUSE with storm shelter, partly furnished, $1,050 monthly. 601-218-5348.

VAN GUARD APARTMENTS. 2 bedroom town houses, $525- $550. Washer/ dryer hookup. $200 deposit. Management, 601-631-0805.


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601-415-9179 Home for Sale? Show it to the world at

Sanders Hollingsworth Builders



Beautifully restored to former glory! Very spacious -great for entertaining! 3 BR, 2.5 BA. Careful attention to detail-crown moulding, tray ceilings, original staircase, gas-log fireplaces! $439,000.


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

Licensed by the State of MS & the City of Vicksburg

1116 Main Street

Real Estate McMillin And

Debra Grayson 601-831-1386

Johnny Sanders 601-629-7808

I handle rentals. Give me a call.

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31. Mobile Homes For Rent

31. Mobile Homes For Rent

31. Mobile Homes For Rent

31. Mobile Homes For Rent

16X60 2 BEDROOM, 2 Bath, 12x60 porch. No pets. $200 deposit, $600 monthly. 601-631-1942.

2 BEDROOM, 1 bath Mobile home. South County. $450 rent, $450 deposit. No pets! 601-638-5273.

2 BEDROOM, 1 BATH. Stove, refrigerator, washer and dryer, no pets. $200 deposit, $450 monthly. 601638-6239.

3 BEDROOM, 2 BATH double wide. $725 monthly, $725 down payment. Redbone Road area. Rent to own. 601-618-0478.

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29. Unfurnished Apartments

29. Unfurnished Apartments

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NEED AN APARTMENT? Enjoy the convenience of downtown living at

The Vicksburg Apartments UTILITIES PAID! 1 & 2 Bedroom Apartments Studios & Efficiencies 801 Clay Street 601-630-2921

MAGNOLIA MANOR APARTMENTS Elderly & Disabled 3515 Manor Drive Vicksburg, Ms. 601-636-3625 Equal Housing Opportunity

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1414 HARRISON STREET. 2 bedroom, 1 bath central air. $525 monthly, deposit/ references required. 601-6384994.

Kellye Carlisle, GRI

Beverly McMillin


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Lovely Home in The Trace, Features include 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 1983 SF, Split Plan, Large Family Room with Tray Ceiling, Recessed Lighting and Gas Fireplace, Formal Dining, Open Floor Plan, Large Kitchen with Custom Cabinets, Bar and Breakfast Area, Spacious Laundry, New Paint! $209, 900

9.6 acres of beautiful rolling land. Wonderful home sites with lots of trees. Water and sewer access available. Priced at $45,000.

601-636-5947 or 601-415-4114


WOW! House has been redone top to bottom! New kitchen w/stainless appliances AND refrigerator, custom wood cabinets, remodeled bathrooms w/ custom tile work, new roof, new HVAC, new hot water heater, fresh designer paint colors inside & out. Fenced backyard. 1337 sq ft in house + 240 sq. ft. studio over garage. $119,900.


Alfred Drive

1785 Potato House Rd. 15 min. fr Vicksburg and worth the drive to find this dream of a horse ranch!! Completely fenced for your horses, cattle or both. Home designed for entertaining w/spacious rooms, 12' ceilings, back of home overlooks fenced in 40x20 inground pool area. Catfish in your own front yard. Stainless steel kitchen. REDUCED.

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• 2160 S. Frontage Rd.

Barnes Glass Quality Service at Competitive Prices #1 Windshield Repair & Replacement



New Homes

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



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

✰ Reasonable ✰ Insured

To advertise your business here for as little as $2.83 per day, call our Classified Department at 601-636-7355.

CONSTRUCTION CO., INC. ✰ HOUSE LEVELING ✰ If your floors are sagging 601-636-4813 or shaking, WE CAN HELP! State Board of Contractors We replace floor joists, seals Approved & Bonded & pillars. We also install

termite shields.


Simmons Lawn Service

Professional Services & Competitive Prices • Landscaping • Septic Systems • Irrigation: Install & Repair • Commercial & Residential STRAIGHT LINE Grass Cutting Licensed • Bonded • Insured BUILDERS 12 years experience Courteous•Competent•Committed •Water Restoration • Remodeling •Sheetrock •Windows •Flooring •General Construction •Decks •Roofing •Doors •Siding •Fencing •Landscaping •Over 25 yrs. Exp. •Insured •Local References No Job Too Big or Too Small! Jeff Beal (Owner)


FLOOD RECOVERY Dozer and Trackhoe Work Debris Hauling & Demolition. Give us a call. We will take care of everything. Call Dave 601-551-8503

Roy Simmons (Owner) 601-218-8341

M&M HOUSE MOVING & RAISING •34 years experience •Fully






• Business Cards • Letterhead • Envelopes • Invoices • Work Orders • Invitations


• Licensed • Insured • Residential • Commercial FUSON ELECTRIC, INC. 25 YRS. EXPERIENCE • Flood Inspections Matthew - 601-218-5561 Amos - 601-831-7605


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Touching Hearts, LLC Private Duty Sitting and Homemaker Service Caregivers available WHEN and WHERE you need them. •LPN’s •CNA’s •NURSE ASSISTANTS


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31. Mobile Homes For Rent

32. Mobile Homes For Sale

MEADOWBROOK PROPERTIES. 2 or 3 bedroom mobile homes, south county. Deposit required. 601-619-9789.

USED SINGLE WIDES and Double wides. For sale, starting at only $8500! Financing available. 662-4172354, 601-619-1555.

SMALL 2 BEDROOM, 1 bath. $425 monthly, $200 deposit, 61 South behind Cooper Lighting, 545 Hall Road, 601-831-1205, 303587-0687.

33. Commercial Property

32. Mobile Homes For Sale 2006 LEXINGTON. 16X80, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths. Needs to be moved. $18,500. 601-218-3072. BIG 4 BEDROOM, 2 bath home. Central air, set-up, delivery and tie down included. Only $22,335. 662417-2354, 601-619-1555. KEEP UP WITH ALL THE LOCAL NEWS AND SALES... SUBSCRIBE TO THE VICKSBURG POST TODAY! CALL 601-636-4545, ASK FOR CIRCULATION. NEW 16X76. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths. Delivery, set-up and tie down included. Only $29,687. 601-6243287, 601-619-1555. SINGLE WIDES, DOUBLE wides, Triple wides, Land and Home. Mississippi's largest REPO Dealer. Vicksburg Home Center, 601-619-1555, 601-6243287.

Classified Advertising really brings big results!

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FOR SALE: ESTABLISHED business. Excellent annual income. Opportunity for family or retirees with good people skills. Turn key operation. Inquiries to P.O Box 820468.

34. Houses For Sale

34. Houses For Sale

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


Member FDIC

2150 South Frontage Road

HOUSE FOR SALE, NEW EVERYTHING! Shady Lane, great contemporary color scheme, 3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths. Priced in the $80's. Must be pre-approved. Call to view, 601-631-0056 or 601-415-5888.

34. Houses For Sale

Licensed in MS and LA

Jones & Upchurch Real Estate Agency

115 MAISON RUE Executive home. Screened porch overlooks hole #1 of VCC golf course. Split plan w/ 4BR, 2.5 BA. Large master suite with many extras. Priced to sell below appraised value.

Call 601-218-1900 to view.

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

601-634-8928 2170 S. I-20 Frontage Rd.

1803 Clay Street Jill WaringUpchurch....601-906-5012 Carla Watson...............601-415-4179 Mary D. Barnes .........601-966-1665 Stacie Bowers-Griffin...601-218-9134 Andrea Upchurch.......601-831-6490 Broker, GRI



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40. Cars & Trucks

34. Houses For Sale 6658 Hwy 3, 4.3 acres, 2400 sq. ft. 3 BR, 2 BA, built in 1990, also wired and plumbed 1400 sq. ft. bldg. $225,000. 4515 Old Port Gibson Road, Utica. 2400 sq. ft., 3 BR, 2 BA, all hardwood floors, ceramic in kitchen, 1000 Sq. ft. guest house, 2 BR, 1 BA. 40 acres, totally fenced, coded gate. Jennifer - 601-218-4538 McMillin Real Estate

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 Daryl Hollingsworth..601-415-5549 Sybil Carraway...601-218-2869

Catherine Roy....601-831-5790 Mincer Minor.....601-529-0893 Jim Hobson.........601-415-0211






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FOR LEASING INFO, CALL 601-636-1752 •

34. Houses For Sale BY OWNER. BOVINA. Willow Creek Subdivision, updated 3 bedroom, 2 bath, large workshop. $147,500. 601-638-0141. FOR SALE BY OWNER. 3 bedroom/ 3 bath 3,400 square feet on 3.7 acres in South Vicksburg. $178,000, negotiable. 601-831-1895.

Get a Late Model Car With a Low Down Payment IF B.K. W WH E D O REPO WE AT Y N’T O H CA DIVORCE N G U WA AVE N LOST JOB ET IT! T, ! MEDICAL YOU ARE STILL OK!!! NO CREDIT APP REFUSED!!! 24 Month Warranties Available

601-636-3147 2970 Hwy 61 North • Vicksburg Monday - Saturday 8am-7pm

40. Cars & Trucks

40. Cars & Trucks

1997 FORD TAURUS. 176,000 miles, fair condition. $1200. 601-218-6280.

2001 GMC JIMMY SUV. 4 door, V6, great shape inside and out, good gas mileage. $5500. Call 601218-9654 days, 601-6360658 nights. Dealer.

2000 MALIBU. 4 door sedan, excellent condition. $3499. 601-636-4418, 601218-2549.

34. Houses For Sale

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

37. Recreational Vehicles Please call one of these Coldwell Banker 1997 YAMAHA WAVE RAIDER 760 jet ski with trailer. professionals today: Excellent condition. Very low hours. $2,000 firm. 601-6297757.

39. Motorcycles, Bicycles 2007 HONDA SPIRIT 1100. Accessories, silver, garage kept, 2000 miles. Must sell. $5500 or best offer. 601-301-0432.

40. Cars & Trucks


1, 2 & 3 bedrooms and townhomes available immediately.



1989 CHEVROLET PICKUP. $600. 601-6387154, 601-618-0670 or George at 601-218-1317.

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Jimmy Ball 601-218-3541 John Halpin Caldwell601-618-5183 Gidget Comans 601-529-5654 Herb Jones 601-831-1840 Marianne Jones 601-415-6868 Remy Massey 601-636-3699 Connie Norwood 601-415-3738 Kim Steen 601-218-7318 Polly Vinzant 601-415-5001 Harley Caldwell, broker 601-634-8928 2170 I-20 S. Frontage Road

The Car Store CARS • CARS • CARS• CARS• CARS 2006 CHEVY COBALT LS V2156 ...........28 Months @ $300 per month ..... $1065*down 2004 NISSAN SENTRA V2139.......28 Months @ $310 per month .................... $1205*down 2003 CADILLAC SEVILLE SLS V2128 ...28 Months @ $290 per month .... $1240*down 2002 CHEVY IMPALA LS V2134................28 Months @ $290 per month ....... $1240*down 2005 CHEVY COROLLA LE V2129 .......28 Months @ $310 per month ........ $1450*down 2005 PONTIAC GRAND PRIX V2159.............28 Months @ $320 per month ... $1450*down 2005 CHEVY IMPALA V2157 ...............28 Months @ $270 per month ......... $1485*down 2007 PONTIAC G6 V2158 ...............28 Months @ $340 per month ............ $1625*down 2007 PONTIAC G6 V2149 ...............28 Months @ $340 per month ............. $2150*down 2007 CHEVY IMPALA LS V2163 ...............28 Months @ $340 per month ... $2150*down TRUCKS • TRUCKS • TRUCKS • TRUCKS 2004 CHEVY TRAILBLAZER LS 4X4 V1955RR 16 Months @ $250 per month $950*down $ 2000 ORD EXPEDITION XLT 4X4 V2153 241Months @ $250 per month 1575 " -*F" 1 1-**down -*" $ $ 2001 CHEVY TAHOE LS 4X4 V2154...........28 Months @ 380 per month 1870*down 2003 FORD EXPEDITION XLT 4X4 V2162 28 Months @ $410 per month $2710*down -









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Q: How old is Crystal, the

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cute capuchin monkey from The Hangover II? And what other credits does she have on her résumé?

The 13-year-old daughter of the late Steve Irwin, the “Crocodile Hunter,” has released a new book, A Whale of a Time, in stores now.

What did you learn from your dad? We think of Daddy every day. We get out one of his documentaries to play while we’re getting ready for school, and that is very comforting. He taught me that one man can make a difference, and I believe that one kid can, too. It’s so important to empower kids, because we are the next decision makers.

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Q: When was a roaring lion first used at the beginning of MGM movies? —Karl Lewis, Colorado Springs

A: A lion named Slats appeared in the studio’s logo for the 1924 film He Who Gets Slapped, but it wasn’t until 1928 (with a second lion, Jackie) that arrd audiences heard one of the majestic creatures roar. As this was still the silentmovie era, the sound was played viaa gramophone. ve Five lions have ree en graced the screen

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overs. “Since I changed their diet about 10 years ago, they’ve had no fleas or itchy hot spots,” she adds. “Their immune systems got so strong that those things don’t bother them anymore.”

time trainer, Tom Gunderson, she is now 18 years old. “She is very mellow and sweet nearly all the time,” Gunderson says, adding that grapes and yogurt are her favorite treats. Since her film debut in 1997’s George of the Jungle, Crystal has built up an impressive list of credits: She has 20 movies under her belt (including Zookeeper, in theaters now, and the upcoming Matt Damon film We Bought a Zoo, to be released in December) and has performed on television shows like Frasier and Community.


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I would like to tackle bigger issues that are troubling our planet, like our greatest challenge, the ever-exploding population. And one message I want to reach people with is, never buy wildlife products. When the buying stops, the killing can, too!

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veryone has a favorite episode of I Love Lucy— egf whether it’s the one where the zany redhead stomps grapes in Italy, or the one in which she gets soused making a commercial for “Vitameatavegamin.” Lucille Ball, who would have turned 100 this week, was more than just a gifted comedian, though— she was a true Hollywood pioneer. “She changed the way people looked at what women were capable of,” says daughter Lucie Arnaz. Ball started out as a sexy ingenue and was 40 before she got her really big break playing the klutzy wife of Cuban bandleader Ricky Ricardo on TV. (She insisted that the producers cast her real-life husband, Desi Arnaz—despite protests by network execs—as her on-screen spouse.) Ball went on to become the first woman to head a major Hollywood production company, Desilu, whose credits later included Star Trek. Now, in celebration of the 60th anniversary of Lucy’s debut, CBS Home Entertainment has released a DVD titled The Best of I Love Lucy (available at Target and, with 14 newly restored episodes. Lucie Arnaz has a theory about the Take our sitcom’s enduring appeal. “The show is about unconditional love. We classic TV all want to be able to screw up and have somebody say, ‘It’s okay. I still quiz at love you.’ That’s what Lucy Ricardo got to do every week. It’s almost /lucy like, I Love Lucy … Anyway.” —Brooke Hauser THIS IS THE DAY TO ...

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What can turn a murder trial into a Casey Anthony–like media circus? An attractive female defendant who likes to party—a description that fits both Anthony and Amanda Knox, the focus of this thoroughly reported book. Knox is the American convicted, along with two men, in the 2007 killing of her roommate in Italy. Burleigh shows us how the factors that made her case a sensation—a bloody crime scene, a grandstanding prosecutor, Knox’s strange behavior—may also have resulted in the controversial verdict (now being appealed).

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BARBRA STREISAND— ONE NIGHT ONLY AT THE VILLAGE VANGUARD PBS, August 1, check local listings The hottest ticket in New York in late September 2009 was for a rare, intimate show by Streisand at this historic downtown club. Catch her masterful renditions of tunes ranging from “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered” to “Evergreen” and “The Way We Were” in this one-hour special.



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SAVE MONEY ON CABLE AND PHONE BILLS Ramit Sethi, author of I Will Teach You to Be Rich, on how to lower your monthly costs

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If the rep doesn’t offer you a discount, ask for a supervisor. Have your numbers ready so you can say, “I’ve been a customer for seven years, and in total I’ve paid you several thousand dollars. I would hate to have to switch to another company just because there are no offers available.�


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Say you plan to roll a die 20 times. Which of these results is more likely: (a) 11111111111111111111, or (b) 66234441536125563152? —Loren Booda, Arlington, Va.

In theory, the results are equally likely. Both specify the number that must appear each time the die is rolled. (For example, the 10th number in the first series must be a 1. The 10th number in the second series must be a 3.) Each number—1 through 6—has the same chance of landing faceup. But let’s say you tossed a die out of my view and then said that the results were one of the above. Which series is more likely to be the one you threw? Because the roll has already occurred, the answer is (b). It’s far more likely that the roll produced a mixed bunch of numbers than a series of 1’s.

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Boys can be affected by HPV disease too. ®




“Well, sure, kid. I suppose ‘Up, up, and away’ is a bit redundant.”

“I can’t imagine what this must’ve been like before trampolines.”


When it comes to human papillomavirus (HPV), females are only half the equation. There are 30 to 40 types of HPV that will affect an estimated 75% to 80% of males and females in their lifetime. For most, HPV clears on its own. But, for others who don’t clear certain types, HPV could cause cervical cancer in females and other types of HPV could cause genital warts in both males and females. And there’s no way to predict who will or won’t clear the virus. GARDASIL is the only HPV vaccine that helps protect against 4 types of HPV. In girls and young women ages 9 to 26, GARDASIL helps protect against 2 types of HPV that cause about 75% of cervical cancer cases, and 2 more types that cause 90% of genital warts cases. In boys and young men ages 9 to 26, GARDASIL helps protect against 90% of genital warts cases. GARDASIL may not fully protect everyone, nor will it protect against diseases caused by other HPV types or against diseases not caused by HPV. GARDASIL does not prevent all types of cervical cancer, so it’s important for women to continue routine cervical cancer screenings. GARDASIL does not treat cervical cancer or genital warts. GARDASIL is given as 3 injections over 6 months.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION Anyone who is allergic to the ingredients of GARDASIL, including those severely allergic to yeast, should not receive the vaccine. GARDASIL is not for women who are pregnant. The side effects include pain, swelling, itching, bruising, and redness at the injection site, headache, fever, nausea, dizziness, vomiting, and fainting. Fainting can happen after getting GARDASIL. Sometimes people who faint can fall and hurt themselves. For this reason, your child’s health care professional may ask your child to sit or lie down for 15 minutes after he or she gets GARDASIL. Some people who faint might shake or become stiff. This may require evaluation or treatment by your child’s health care professional. Only a doctor or health care professional can decide if GARDASIL is right for your child. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit or call 1-800-FDA-1088. Please read the Patient Information on the next page and discuss it with your child’s doctor or health care professional.

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What is GARDASIL? GARDASIL is a vaccine (injection/shot) that is used for girls and women 9 through 26 years of age to help protect against the following diseases caused by Human Papillomavirus (HPV): • Cervical cancer • Vulvar and vaginal cancers • Anal cancer • Genital warts • Precancerous cervical, vaginal, vulvar, and anal lesions GARDASIL is used for boys and men 9 through 26 years of age to help protect against the following diseases caused by HPV: • Anal cancer • Genital warts • Precancerous anal lesions The diseases listed above have many causes, and GARDASIL only protects against diseases caused by certain kinds of HPV (called Type 6, Type 11, Type 16, and Type 18). Most of the time, these 4 types of HPV are responsible for the diseases listed above. GARDASIL cannot protect you from a disease that is caused by other types of HPV, other viruses, or bacteria. GARDASIL does not treat HPV infection. You cannot get HPV or any of the above diseases from GARDASIL. What important information about GARDASIL should I know? • You should continue to get routine cervical cancer screening. • GARDASIL may not fully protect everyone who gets the vaccine. • GARDASIL will not protect against HPV types that you already have. Who should not get GARDASIL? You should not get GARDASIL if you have, or have had: • an allergic reaction after getting a dose of GARDASIL. • a severe allergic reaction to yeast, amorphous aluminum hydroxyphosphate sulfate, polysorbate 80. What should I tell my health care provider before getting GARDASIL? Tell your health care provider if you: • are pregnant or planning to get pregnant. GARDASIL is not recommended for use in pregnant women. • have immune problems, like HIV infection, cancer, or you take medicines that affect your immune system. • have a fever over 100°F (37.8°C). • had an allergic reaction to another dose of GARDASIL. • take any medicines, even those you can buy over the counter. Your health care provider will help decide if you should get the vaccine. How is GARDASIL given? GARDASIL is a shot that is usually given in the arm muscle. You will need 3 shots given on the following schedule: • Dose 1: at a date you and your health care provider choose. • Dose 2: 2 months after Dose 1. • Dose 3: 6 months after Dose 1. Fainting can happen after getting GARDASIL. Sometimes people who faint can fall and hurt themselves. For this reason, your health care provider may ask you to sit or lie down for 15 minutes after you get GARDASIL. Some people who faint might shake or become stiff. This may require evaluation or treatment by your health care provider. Make sure that you get all 3 doses on time so that you get the best protection. If you miss a dose, talk to your health care provider.

Can other vaccines and medications be given at the same time as GARDASIL? GARDASIL can be given at the same time as RECOMBIVAX HB ®1 [hepatitis B vaccine (recombinant)] or Menactra [Meningococcal (Groups A, C, Y and W-135) Polysaccharide Diphtheria Toxoid Conjugate Vaccine] and Adacel [Tetanus Toxoid, Reduced Diphtheria Toxoid and Acellular Pertussis Vaccine Adsorbed (Tdap)]. What are the possible side effects of GARDASIL? The most common side effects with GARDASIL are: • pain, swelling, itching, bruising, and redness at the injection site • headache • fever • nausea • dizziness • vomiting • fainting

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There was no increase in side effects when GARDASIL was given at the same time as RECOMBIVAX HB [hepatitis B vaccine (recombinant)]. There was more injection-site swelling at the injection site for GARDASIL when GARDASIL was given at the same time as Menactra [Meningococcal (Groups A, C, Y and W-135) Polysaccharide Diphtheria Toxoid Conjugate Vaccine] and Adacel [Tetanus Toxoid, Reduced Diphtheria Toxoid and Acellular Pertussis Vaccine Adsorbed (Tdap)].

Decoupage a travel diary. A blank journal can be transformed into a personalized book. Print out photos on white paper and lay them on top of the cover, overlapping and cutting out images to come up with a creative design. Coat the surface with decoupage paste; press on photos. Let dry, then layer with more paste.


Tell your health care provider if you have any of the following problems because these may be signs of an allergic reaction: • difficulty breathing • wheezing (bronchospasm) • hives • rash

Create a photo garland. Print out 60 photos on heavy paper stock. Stick the backs of two photos together, then slide the 30 pairs into plastic sleeves. Punch a hole on the right and left sides of each sleeve, loop hinged metal book rings through the holes, and connect the rings.

Tell your health care provider if you have: • swollen glands (neck, armpit, or groin) • joint pain • unusual tiredness, weakness, or confusion • chills • generally feeling unwell • leg pain • shortness of breath • chest pain • aching muscles • muscle weakness • seizure • bad stomach ache • bleeding or bruising more easily than normal • skin infection


Contact your health care provider right away if you get any symptoms that concern you, even several months after getting the vaccine. For a more complete list of side effects, ask your health care provider. What are the ingredients in GARDASIL? The ingredients are proteins of HPV Types 6, 11, 16, and 18, amorphous aluminum hydroxyphosphate sulfate, yeast protein, sodium chloride, L-histidine, polysorbate 80, sodium borate, and water for injection. This leaflet is a summary of information about GARDASIL. If you would like more information, please talk to your health care provider or visit Manufactured and Distributed by: Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp., a subsidiary of Merck & Co., Inc. Whitehouse Station, NJ 08889, USA Issued April 2011



Make refrigerator magnets. Place a clear glass pebble (it should have a flat back) over the area you want to highlight. Trace it with a pencil and carefully cut along the line. Affix the pebble with craft glue, then press a self-adhesive magnet to the back of your photo.


Cut out a silhouette. Enlarge a full-profile photo of a loved one in action—say, skipping stones on a lake or jumping off a diving board. Place a sheet of parchment paper over the profile and trace the image. Affix the parchment to black card stock and follow the outline with an X-Acto knife, cutting through both layers. Attach the silhouette to white card stock with double-sided tape. —Jennifer Worick

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Where did the anger in your early stand-up comedy days come from? Repression. It’s like one of the pressure systems that form a diamond out of coal. That’s why I’m so happy I was forced to do 12 years in the Catholic school system. It was full of rules— can’t do this, can’t do that. I guess all comedians have that thing of, I’m doin’ it! And a rant is still my natural form of expression. Did you have comedy idols growing up? I loved Jackie Gleason, and Carroll O’Connor on All in the Family. George Carlin was great right up to the end of his life. But Richard P Pryor was probably the best, most gifted stand-up comedian who will ever live. You used to take potshots at anti-smoking campaigns. How do you feel about the habit now? 10 • July 31, 2011

I’m still smoking, but nowhere near as much as I used to. Probably 10 cigarettes a day. Not great. I play a lot of hockey, and that helps me cut down. What happened to the O in O’Leary, your actual last name? When my dad came to America

[from Killarney in Ireland], it got dropped [in the immigration process], and he just left it that way. I wish it was O’Leary—I like the sound of that better. When my mother gets mad at me, she still says, “Denis O’Leary! You come over here and explain yourself.”

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Your son and daughter are college age. Has that changed Sundays for you as a family? The big difference is, you have to bribe them to hang around. When they’re small, they’re completely dependent on you. Even when they’re in their early teenage years, they need you to drive them places. Now we have to come up with a great meal or get a beach house. Many characters in Rescue Me are haunted by 9/11. Are there things about that day that haunt you? I remember the numbers. It started with guys thinking there might be 50 [firefighters] missing. Within an hour or two it was 75, and the number kept going up [343 were ultimately lost]. I’ll never forget that series of calls. How did you feel about Osama bin Laden’s death? It’s great for the country, because it’s a terrific weapon for us in fighting terrorism. But it doesn’t solve or change anything that happened on 9/11, obviously. With the 10th anniversary of 9/11 coming up, do you see families who lost loved ones getting any sort of closure? Some people get closure from an anniversary and a monument, and others don’t. The important thing to me is that people have a place to see the names of the guys who gave their lives trying to save others. To make sure that nobody forgets not only what happened but what those guys did. That’s the closure to get out of an event like that.



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firefighter cousin Jerry Lucey and five colleagues died on the job in Leary’s hometown of Worcester, Mass. That tragedy changed the actor’s life: He started a foundation to fund better equipment for engine companies in a number of cities (including, after 9/11, New York), and in 2004 he became cocreator and star of FX’s Manhattan firefighter dramedy Rescue Me (Wednesdays, 10 p.m. ET), now in its final season. Leary, 53, talks comedy, family, and the legacy of 9/11 with Steve Daly.

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WHICH HAVE MORE STAMINA? The sled dogs that compete in Alaska’s annual Iditarod run about 1,100 miles in less than two weeks, often in temperatures as low as -40 degrees F. “They use fat as their primary energy source—far better than any other athletic species that’s been studied,” says exercise physiologist Michael Davis, who notes that a 55-pound husky can burn as many as 12,000 calories a day.

Davis’s research has also shown that sled dogs have an enormous capacity to process oxygen. Cats are more like sprinters: They’re capable of short bursts of energy but lack the aerobic endurance of ultra-runners like huskies. WINNER: DOGS

WHICH ARE MORE AGILE? “Cats are very nimble, with great balance,” says New York City veterinarian Michael Garvey.

“When a cat falls off a bookshelf, it usually lands on its feet.” And when cats take a longer plunge, their body control is even more on display. “Cats that fall large distances typically don’t land on their feet, but given enough time, they are able to right themselves. They contort their bodies so they are falling flat, which allows them to land on their chest and belly, reducing their injuries,” says Garvey. He should know: He’s the former director of an animal

hospital in Manhattan that treated up to 250 falling felines each summer. He and his colleagues cataloged the injuries and discovered a surprising trend: Cats that fell from higher than 10 stories up actually fared better than those that fell from between five and nine stories. Garvey believes the added height gives cats the time to position themselves for a perfectly splayed-out landing. “I’ve seen cats that have fallen more than


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In fact, their skill as hunters has been documented: A 2010 University of Nebraska report found that feral and stray cats kill as many as 480 million birds in the U.S. each year—that’s approximately eight Tweeties for each Sylvester. WINNER: CATS


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32 stories and didn’t have serious fractures,” says Garvey, who conducted a follow-up study on dogs. “Sadly, most dogs that fall even four stories don’t survive, because they lack the ability to compose their bodies midair.” WINNER: CATS

WHICH ARE BETTER HUNTERS? Many kinds of dogs have been meticulously bred to assist humans in hunting, but cats are arguably

more effective as independent assassins. “Some dogs will chase squirrels all day long, but if they do get one cornered, they often won’t know what to do with it,” says animal behaviorist Monique Udell, who has worked with both cats and dogs. “Cats will almost always go in for the kill.” Cats’ superior close-range and nighttime vision contributes to their hunting prowess, as does their ability to focus intensely on the task at hand.

Both cats and dogs were originally brought into the human fold for practical reasons (cats to kill vermin, dogs to hunt and to herd). But these days, dogs have by far the more diverse résumé. Their job skills are almost as wide-ranging as humans’: Dogs guide the blind, chase down criminals, and sniff out illegal drugs. They’re called in to detect termites, to identify gas leaks, and even to help schoolchildren with ADHD concentrate. (They’re still pretty good at herding cows and sheep, too!) Meanwhile, though cats are sometimes recruited to control rodents, in general they lack dogs’ versatility—and drive. According to a recent study, the average house cat spends 80 percent of the day in repose. WINNER: DOGS

WHICH LIVE THE LONGEST? Cats have an average life span of 13 or 14 years, as opposed to just shy of 11 years for their canine rivals. “For dogs, there’s a huge difference depending on the size of the animal—the really large dogs tend to have considerably shorter lives,” explains Stanley Coren, an animal behaviorist. “A Newfoundland is quite old by the time he’s 8 or 9. A miniature poodle might live for 14 or 15 years.” For cats, the main age variable is environment—outdoor cats don’t live nearly as long as indoor cats, which have been known to survive for more than two decades. WINNER: CATS

WHICH ARE THE FASTEST? Greyhounds are capable of running 40 miles per hour—making them by far the speediest pet of either species. (The Greyhound Project,, works to ensure that retired racers find good homes.) “In general, the fastest animals tend to have fairly small guts, slender heads, and light limbs,” says Jim Usherwood, a British researcher who studies animal locomotion. And while some cats in the wild—like cheetahs, which can reach a top speed of 65 miles per hour—meet these physical criteria, house cats do not. Among Usherwood’s most interesting findings is that, unlike human runners, greyhounds don’t slow down at all as they round a bend. The motion of their legs


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The human nose has about 5 million olfactory receptors, microscopic proteins that allow us to detect odors. With 45 million to 80 million receptors, cats have a far better sense of smell—but they can’t measure up to the average dog, whose snout holds between 149 million and 300 million receptors.

TOP PETS Our picks for the most incredible stories (and cutest faces!) of the past year BY MARI KASANUKI

MOST POPULAR POOCH Meet Boo, a.k.a. the “World’s Cutest Dog,” who has more than 1.3 million Facebook fans. Next month, Chronicle Books will release a squealinducing photo album of the fluffy Pomeranian.

REAL-LIFE CAT BURGLAR Dusty, the so-called Klepto Kitty (shown on the prowl in his San Mateo, Calif., neighborhood), has pilfered more than 600 items over the past few years, including lingerie, swim trunks, and towels.

BIGGEST LOSER When Otto was turned over to a New Jersey animal hospital in January, he weighed 35 pounds—the equivalent of a 500-pound man. Today, thanks to a new diet and exercise routine, he’s lost 15 percent of his body weight.

PRICIEST PUP A business tycoon in China purchased Hong Dong, a red Tibetan mastiff, for a reported $1.5 million in March— making him the most expensive dog on the planet.

BIG MUTT ON CAMPUS Monty, a certified therapy dog, is on call at the Yale Law Library as part of a pilot program to help ease stress from high-pressure studies. During part of the school year, students can check him out for 30-minute cuddling or Frisbee sessions.

SWIM TEAM CAPTAIN In April, a calico cat turned up on Governors Island in New York Harbor with salt and pieces of seaweed stuck to her fur. No one knows how she got there (the island was then closed to the public); New Yorkers christened her Molly Brown (as in the unsinkable).

GENTLE GIANT Measuring 48.5 inches from nose to tail, Stewie—a 6-year-old Maine coon from Reno, Nev.—was named by Guinness as the world’s longest domestic cat. ffffffffffffff

HELP US CHOOSE AMERICA’S FAVORITE PET! TEACHER’S PET Chaser, a border collie from Spartanburg, S.C., understands more words than any other known dog. A recent study found that she could identify 1,022 objects (including lots of toys) by name.

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WHICH ARE THE MOST INDEPENDENT? Most domestic dogs need lots of human attention, relying on their two-legged masters to regulate their meals, supervise their exercise, keep them clean, and generally shower them with love and affection. Cats, on the other hand, are happy to be left on their own. “Dogs were domesticated to interact with people—to live with people, to hunt with people, to protect people, to herd with people,” says Udell. “Cats were domesticated to chase around rats—no supervision required.” As a result, “many of a house cat’s ancestral behavioral patterns related to hunting, cleaning, and even burying their waste are still intact,” she says. However, for many breeds of pet dogs, similar survival mechanisms— like the instinct to chase and kill other animals—have been bred out. WINNER: CATS






is similar to that of a bicycle wheel, which keeps a constant speed through a turn. Studies haven’t proved whether domestic cats employ a similar running style, in part because they generally can’t be cajoled into galloping around a track. But when they are motivated to take off, cats run a (relatively) close second—they’ve been clocked at up to 30 miles per hour.

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The canine sense of smell may be a thousand times better than ours, and so discerning that dogs can not only track a missing person but distinguish whether he recently had a meal or smoked a cigarette. Historically, dogs relied on their superior snouts to ďŹ nd prey and avoid predators. These days, dogs are trained to sniff out everything from bedbug infestations to the chemical changes that indicate early-stage cancer. WINNER: DOGS

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have tried to assess such areas as communication, trainability, and complexity of thought. Sorry, cat lovers, but in just about every measure, dogs come out on top. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The average dog can learn 165 words; thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s equivalent to the vocabulary of a 2-year-old child,â&#x20AC;? says Coren, whose surveys have found that border collies, poodles, German shepherds, and golden retrievers are the brainiest breeds. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cats can learn something in the vicinity of 35 words.â&#x20AC;? (The smartest feline may be the Maine coon.) Dogs are also far easier to train and have a greater

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WHO IS LIPITOR FOR? Who can take LIPITOR: • People who cannot lower their cholesterol enough with diet and exercise • Adults and children over 10 Who should NOT take LIPITOR: • Women who are pregnant, may be pregnant, or may become pregnant. LIPITOR may harm your unborn baby. If you become pregnant, stop LIPITOR and call your doctor right away. • Women who are breast-feeding. LIPITOR can pass into your breast milk and may harm your baby. • People with liver problems • People allergic to anything in LIPITOR

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THE VERDICT: Looks like dogs are ahead by a nose, but as our experts have shown, each animal has its own special talents. So before cat lovers throw a hissy fit, take note—we’re declaring this contest a draw. fffffffffffffff


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capacity for complex thought. A recent study found that pet dogs observe and learn from human behavior to such an extent that they won’t bother to beg for food while their owner is reading a book. Earlier work has shown that dogs understand the concept of “object permanence” (when a ball rolls underneath a sofa, for instance, dogs know that it still exists—it’s just hidden from view). Cats also have this ability but aren’t able to predict where the rolling ball will reappear, for example, as well as dogs can. And while Coren concedes that more research needs to be done on cats, he notes that cats evolved as loners, a factor that doesn’t favor intelligence. “Generally speaking, animals [like dogs] that have a complex social life and work in groups tend to be brighter.” WINNER: DOGS

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He married Wendy Appel in 1978 and had two kids, Tara and Michael. He joined the Fire Department in 1981. He coached soccer and baseball. He died saving others on Sept. 11. Dear Dad, You had just packed me up and moved me to college at the University of Florida. I was a carefree 18-year-old with the world at my fingertips, and I was ready to explore each and every thing that life had to offer. Unfortunately, a week into my freshman year, that carefree attitude was lost to a new

in New York. He married Pattie Toohey in 1984 and had three kids, Joe, Gina, and Dana. He was a stockbroker at Cantor Fitzgerald in the north tower.

I love you always, Tara

P Anthony Mark Ventura was born in 1960 in Brooklyn. He married Lisa in 1994. He worked at Fiduciary Trust Company and died along with Lisa’s mother in the south tower. Dear Anthony, It is so hard to believe that 10 years have passed, because in some ways, the heartache feels like yesterday, and in others, I can’t believe that we as a family survived your absence. You would be so proud of the girls and who they are today. Jessica loves to read. She always has a book in her hand. Nicole is my handyman—always

putting things together or taking things apart. That was so you. One of the things that I admired most about you was your love for my

mother, Felicia. … I was happy knowing that you and she were working for the same company. And it is no wonder that you sacrificed your safety to go get her on that tragic day. I knew when I was told that you were last seen going up that stairwell that you were on your way to get Mom. … Losing both of you was beyond pain, but knowing that you were together when your lives ended brought me some source of comfort. We will always love you and pray that you and Mom are in peace and watching over us. Love, Lisa

Dad, I guess it makes the most sense to start at the end. The last time I saw you, you had a stack of powdered donuts piled on top of a belly that looked used to that sort of thing. Confectioners’ sugar dusted your lips, and every time the Giants’ defense missed a tackle, you pounded a chubby fist into the couch and left a phantom smudge. You were barely 5-10, bald, and out of shape. I looked at you and saw the strongest man in the world. “All right, time for bed,” you said. It was only the third quarter, and I turned my head to argue, but you knew what was coming. “I don’t want to hear it,” you told me. “It’s your first week of high school and you’re gonna start it off strong.” I stalked off, headed for the stairs leading to my room. No hug, no kiss good night. I grumbled under my breath. “I love you, champ,” you told the back of my head. You knew I was upset, and you weren’t really expecting an answer. You didn’t get one. I never heard your voice again. Well, old man, it’s been 10 years since you stuffed those donuts down your throat. I’m 6-foot-3, 185 pounds. I’m a Boston College graduate, but don’t worry—those Sox fans didn’t infect me with their nonsense. When I grabbed hold of my diploma, I could almost feel you up on that stage next to me. Wherever you were, I know you were smiling. I’ve been to music festivals, ridden a motorcycle, and gambled in Atlantic City. I’ve been in love. I’ve been heartbroken. I’ve missed you every day. Remember when you took me to that World Series game, when Tino hit the grand slam even though he took strike three the pitch before and the


P Alan David Feinberg was born in 1953 in Brooklyn.

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world full of grieving, loss, responsibilities, and adulthood. I now had a choice—stay at school and experience all the opportunities that you and I had so looked forward to, or give in, move home, and be there for my mother and brother. Well, I know what you would have done, and I made that choice for myself, too. I had to stay at school, life had to go on, and I had to live my life for myself because I knew it would have been what you wanted for me. And I can honestly say that we made the right choice. The four years I spent at the University of Florida were the most amazing years of my life. … Although I worried daily about Mom and Michael, I knew they would be okay without you or me there. … You were always my hero for all the little things you did daily in our family, but on September 11, you became a hero to the world as one of the brave 343 firemen who gave their lives to help save so many others. I knew I always admired your strength, your compassion, your constant desire to help others, and your dreams of making every day a better day no matter what, but on that day, I truly understood what a selfless and remarkable man you were. Even though it’s been 10 years, I still feel your presence. You are with me every day. You inspire me to live my life, to help others, and to be grateful for each moment. I don’t know what the next 10 years will bring in my life, but I do know that I have enough strength, wisdom, and support to take on anything.

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ump bailed him out? I watched the ball sail into those right-field seats and felt the roar of that crowd force the air up out of my lungs. Every pair of eyes in the stadium stared at the field, but when I looked up at you, I saw that you were looking right back at me, more interested in observing your son’s joy than in watching the game. Afterward, we sat in traffic for hours in the Bronx, and you turned on the Stones and strummed the air guitar, then put a hand on my shoulder. I’ve never felt safer in my life. I wish that someday you could have held my kids. I wish I could stand and watch from the bedroom doorway while you sat beside them and sang about the young cowboy who lives on the range. I know the words—I’ll do my best. I need you to know how thankful I am for everything. Thank you for teaching me to hold my head high, to be confident in who I am and in what I do, and to stand up for those who can’t stand up for themselves. Thank you for teaching me how to hit a curve ball, to make a free throw, and to run a sharp slant. Thank you for showing me that laughter can cure all, but that it’s okay to cry. Thank you for showing me how to be a man. I’ll always remember to look out for Mom and my little sisters, to treat women like the angels they are, and to show kindness to everyone, especially those who need it most. I’ll always remember that the guy who sees it the longest hits it the best. I love you, too, Dad, and I’ll miss you forever. Your son, Joe

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sunday • july 31 • 2011

Susie calbert

joel dimmette

Michele connelly

Will bradley

Sharon caldwell

Valtreasa cook

lauren garrick

jennifer grey

ben hawthorne

Ben Luckett

Jennifer lynne mcmillan

David Sharp

sandra harris

margie heltzel

laura beth lyons

katrina shirley

branan southerland

lori williams

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on being chosen as one of the 2011 20 under 40 Professionals!!! We love you! Aunt Debra Grayson Aunt Beverly McMillin & Andrea McMillin

The Vicksburg Post

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Will bradley

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Susie calbert The Vicksburg Post has pinpointed 20 people who are making a difference in our readership area. The honorees, nominated by friends, family and peers and selected by a Vicksburg Post committee, are younger than 40.

Will Bradley, 32, is dam safety program manager for the Mississippi Valley Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. “Will is a dedicated family man to his wife and 2-year-old son,” said his nominator and wife, Carolyn Bradley. Bradley is a member of the VicksburgWarren County Chamber of Commerce, the Knights of Columbus, the United States Society on Dams and the Society of American Military Engineers. He has received three Achievement Medals for Civilian Service from the Corps, including one for Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts. “Currently, his favorite activities are Sundayafternoon grilling with his family, playing dinosaurs with his son and throwing tennis balls to his overweight chocolate lab, Tucker,” his wife said.

Susie Calbert, 34, is a court-appointed special advocate coordinator with the Child and Parent Center. “As the only CASA coordinator in the region, Susie works tirelessly, sometimes late in the evening and on weekends, to advocate for children who have been abused and/or neglected,” said her nominator, Erma Driver, who is director of the CAP center. “The entire staff knows they can count on Susie to assist whenever the need arises.” Calbert is a member of Chi Sigma Iota, a national and professional honor society, and a former Vicksburg Family Development big sister. She was an intern at Marion Hill Chemical Dependency Center and Haven House Family Shelter. She is a youth department coordinator at New Mount Elem M.B. Church. “Susie is ‘homegrown’ and an excellent example of what Vicksburg has produced,” Driver said. “She has never been publicly recognized for her good works — it is time.”

This year’s group is the fourth 20 Under 40 class.


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The Vicksburg Post

Sharon Caldwell

Sharon Caldwell, 30, is a nurse in the Vicksburg Warren School District. “Sharon devoted 40 hours assisting in the plans to help those families affected by the 2011 flooding of the Mississippi River,” said her nominator, Barbara Tolliver, director of the United Way of West Central Mississippi. “She has a positive, upbeat, great sense of humor about life.” Caldwell sings with the adult choir and directs the junior choir at Mount Calvary Church. She has a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Alcorn State University, and is a studentteacher motivator for state benchmark tests at Vicksburg Junior High School. “Sharon should be honored for her outstanding people skills, commitment to her community and her desire to leave each situation better than she found it,” Tolliver said.

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Michele connelly

Michele Connelly, 37, is principal of St. Aloysius High School. “Michele Connelly exhibits strong leadership skills while humbly serving others in the community,” said Lisa Reid, one of her nominators and a teacher at St. Al. “This mix is the perfect combination of what a true leader should be.” She has been a Sunday school teacher, finance committee member and family life and administrative board member at Porters Chapel United Methodist Church. She was an intern with the Warren County Children’s Shelter, and encourages St. Al students to volunteer with the Child and Parent Center and the Good Shepherd Community Center. Connelly was guidance counselor at St. Al before being promoted to principal. “If just 10 percent of the world were persons with the character, work ethic and personality of Michele Connelly, this would be a great world indeed,” said the Rev. Dural R. Ragsdale, pastor of Porters Chapel United Methodist.


valtreasa cook

Valtreasa Cook, 40, is a social worker with the Vicksburg Warren School District. “Mrs. Cook is a wonderful example of a person who loves her city,” said one of her nominators, Michelle Johnson, who also works in the VWSD. “She goes out of her way to help the children of Warren County, oftentimes helping to feed and clothe them.” Cook is a member of the Social Work Advisory Board, and she is an adjunct professor and field instructor for Alcorn State University. She helped organize the VWSD Pride Closet and STEPPS, a parenting and pregnancy prevention program for teens. Cook is youth choir director at New Beginning M.B. Church. “Valtreasa is a kind and humble person, always thinking of others,” said nominator Patricia Anderson, assistant center administrator for Warren County Head Start-Mississippi Action for Progress. “Despite adversities in her own life, she takes advantage of every opportunity to help others.”


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The Vicksburg Post

joel dimmette

Joel Dimmette, 31, is vice president and co-founder of Seventh Knight Computer Software. “Joel has turned his life into one of service to his fellowman,” said one of his nominators, Nellie Caldwell. “He is extremely wise beyond his years.” Dimmette is a graduate of Warren Central High School and the former owner of Yasky ATV Co. He is education director and associate minister at Bypass Church of Christ. Dimmette is working on a master’s degree through Harding University, a Church of Christ school based in Searcy, Ark.

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Lauren Garrick

Lauren Garrick, 29, is the director of marketing and communications for the United Way of West Central Mississippi. “Lauren should be recognized for her positive outlook on volunteerism,” said her nominator, Barbara Tolliver, director of the Vicksburg agency. Garrick is a Porters Chapel Academy graduate who now lives in Jackson. She is communications chairman of the Community Animal Rescue and Adoption Board and is a member of the Junior League of Jackson. She is a local chapter secretary for the Public Relations Association of Mississippi, and is a member of the steering committee of the Mississippi Museum of Art. “Lauren has the initiative to create, stay focused and produce excellent marketing materials for our organization,” Tolliver said.


Jennifer Grey

Jennifer Grey, 29, teaches advanced placement U.S. history and government at Vicksburg High School. “Jennifer devotes many hours, in and outside the classroom, to the betterment and futures of Vicksburg’s youths,” said Katie Ferrell, her nominator and sister-in-law. Grey is the student council adviser and varsity cheerleaders coach at VHS. She is a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, an international society for teachers, and is VHS’ accreditation co-chairman for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. She is the junior and senior classes’ sponsor, and is a member of the Junior Auxiliary of Vicksburg. “Whether it’s engaging her students, prepping her cheer squad for the next big game, working concessions at athletic events or volunteering in the community, Jennifer never hesitates to lend a hand,” Ferrell said.


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The Vicksburg Post

sandra Harris

Sandra Harris, 39, is owner and operator of Fantastic Finds Children’s Consignment Boutique on Culkin Road. “Sandra should be recognized because she is a wonderful person who always puts others first,” said her nominator and husband, Roger Harris. Harris arranged and coordinated “Crocs for Christ” through Fantastic Finds and First Presbyterian Church. The effort resulted in a donation of about 700 pairs of Crocs shoes to children in Haiti. “Even though she is a very busy mother and busy with her business, Sandra always finds ways to make people feel special,” her husband said. “She is a very selfless person and always puts others first.” Roger and Sandra Harris have three sons.

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Ben Hawthorne

Ben Hawthorne, 33, is the administrator of Camellia Home Health & Hospice. “Ben Hawthorne is a committed Christian who lives his faith in all aspects of his daily life,” said nominators and co-workers Terri Hendrix and Kim Cain. “In his profession as a nurse, he is extremely caring and stays up-to-date on all aspects of it.” Hawthorne is an assistant scout master for his son’s Cub Scouts troop and is a member of Hawkins United Methodist Church, where he has taught prekindergarten Bible school. He has worked as a critical care nurse at River Region Medical Center and as an emergency medical technician and paramedic. Hawthorne was promoted to the administrator position at Camellia within a few months of being hired there, his nominator said. “Ben is a strong leader of his staff, encouraging and inspiring them to work to the fullest of their potential and talents,” his nominators said.


Margie heltzel

Margie Heltzel, 28, will begin her first year as a GATES teacher at Vicksburg Intermediate School this fall. She has taught at Sherman Avenue Elementary for the past four years. “Anyone who knows Margie knows that she is committed to the youths in Vicksburg by being a positive role model,” said her nominator, Jordan Amborn, a fellow teacher who works at Bowmar Elementary. “She is a role model to her colleagues as well as the children in her school and church.” Heltzel is director of the children’s ministry at First Baptist Church and is a sponsor for the Vicksburg Cotillion Club. She was named Teacher of the Year at Sherman Avenue Elementary, and she was first vice president of the Hester Flowers Garden Club. She is a member of the Center for Pregnancy Choices Ladies Auxiliary. “Margie is one of those people who volunteers in her community because she is very passionate about helping others,” Amborn said.


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The Vicksburg Post

Sunday, July 31, 2011

ben Luckett

Ben Luckett, 38, is a Warren County deputy tax assessor. “Ben is an awesome person who is very actively involved in his community,” said his nominator, Diane Pennington, who operates Southern Sisters Cafe on U.S. 61 North which Luckett frequents. “If Ben comes in our restaurant and we are busy, he immediately starts to help us by doing whatever is needed. Luckett serves as a deacon, Sunday school teacher and youth leader at Northside Baptist Church. He is also a member of the Warren County Relay for Life committee, serving as logistics chairman. Luckett helped establish a ministry in Vicksburg that provides roofing services to the needy. He is treasurer of his neighborhood association. Luckett is running as an independent candidate in this year’s Warren County tax assessor’s race. “Ben is the kind of young man who is always there to assist,” said Pennington. “That’s just the kind of person Ben is. He is always willing to help — whatever the need.”

Laura beth Lyons

Laura Beth Lyons, 24, is the marketing and special events coordinator for the Vicksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Laura Beth is truly an asset to the Vicksburg community,” said her nominator, Katrina Shirley, who has worked with Lyons in organizing Riverfest and other community events. “She has the most positive outlook on life, and is always thinking outside the box to contribute new ideas to local tourism and any other project she’s involved with.” Lyons is a member of the Mississippi Tourism Association and the Southeast Tourism Society. She is membership chairman of the Vicksburg Association of Marketing Professionals and vice president of programs for the Public Relations Association of Mississippi’s River City Chapter. She is on the Riverfest board. “Laura Beth is an advocate for improving the quality of life in Vicksburg and Warren County,” said Shirley, also part of this year’s 20 Under 40 class. “You will rarely meet someone in town who doesn’t applaud her work ethic and involvement in the community.”


Jennifer Lynne McMillin

Jennifer Lynne McMillin, 29, is a senior staff accountant with May & Company. “Jennifer Lynne is one of our most dedicated and focused employees,” said Nathan Cummins, her nominator and a partner at the firm, “and we are proud to have her as a part of the May & Company team.” McMillin is the Vicksburg Lions Club’s membership chairman, is part of the Junior Auxiliary of Vicksburg and is co-vice president of the Vicksburg Art Association. She is a member of Crawford Street United Methodist Church. “Jennifer Lynne serves her community by volunteering her time and accounting knowledge to a number of local organizations,” said Cummins.


Sunday, July 31, 2011

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David Sharp

David Sharp, 28, is a teacher at Grove Street School. He also operates a business, Sharp Enterprises. “David Sharp is a great guy with a heart of gold,” said his nominator, Edna Richardson, a family friend. “He has a genuine love of people and the community in which they live.” Sharp is a Culkin Fire Department volunteer and a Riverfest board member. He is also a volunteer with and executive board member of the Storehouse Community Food Pantry. Sharp is lay Eucharist minister at The Church of the Holy Trinity, Episcopal. He has served on the board of the Warren County Executive Committee. Sharp is running as a Republican in this year’s Warren County circuit clerk race. “David has a desire to help others with a clear understanding of right and wrong, which is so lacking in today’s society,” Richardson said. “Every community needs more people like David.”

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Katrina Shirley

Katrina Shirley, 25, is project manager for the Warren County Port Commission. “Katrina deserves this honor because she exemplifies such great leadership qualities,” said her nominator, Erin Hern, who has served with Shirley in planning Vicksburg’s annual Riverfest event. “She is very supportive and has great morals.” Shirley was president of the 2011 Riverfest board and served on the 2010 board. She is a member of the Vicksburg Association of Marketing Professionals and is participating in Marathon Makeover. She is a founding member of TIES, the Vicksburg-Warren County Chamber of Commerce’s young professionals group; and is a volunteer with Tapestry, the city’s annual tour of homes, the Vicksburg Convention Center and Visitors Bureau and the Southern Cultural Heritage Center. “Katrina’s attitude is always positive, and she has the ability to light up a room with her smile,” Hern said. “She is what Vicksburg is all about. She wants to see her hometown be successful and is doing her part to make sure that happens.”


Jamaya “Rocky” smith

Jamaya “Rocky” Smith, 27, is a contract specialist intern at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Engineer Research and Development Center. “Jamaya should be recognized...for his tireless involvement in church, work and community activities,” said his nominator, Renee James, an ERDC employee. Smith is a tutor and discipleship teacher for youths. He works with the outreach ministry at King Solomon Baptist Church. He is president of the Vicksburg-Warren County Chamber of Commerce’s Corps chapter, and serves on the Vicksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau board. He is co-chairman of the Contract Closeout Team for the Vicksburg branch of the ERDC contracting office and treasurer pro tem for the Mississippi Chapter of the National Contracting Management Association.


Sunday, July 31, 2011

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branan southerland

Branan Southerland, 31, is a partner and attorney with Southerland & Southerland. “Branan was born and raised in Vicksburg,” said his wife and nominator, Brooke Southerland. “After finishing law school, Branan made the decision to come home and work to improve his hometown.” Southerland was a member of the Chill in the Hills and Gator Bait planning committees. He was the attorney adviser to Warren Central’s mock trial team, was president of the Warren County Young Lawyers and was Warren County’s delegate to the American Bar Association convention. He is a member of the Y’s Men. “Branan uses his time and talents to serve his community,” his wife said. “He is also a committed husband and father of two children.”

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shelley tingle

Shelley Tingle, 38, is a community organizer and research civil engineer at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Engineer Research and Development Center. “Over the last 10 years, Shelley has co-founded two nonprofit groups that have had a positive impact on Vicksburg,” said her nominator and husband, Jeb Tingle. The groups she helped organize are the Center for Pregnancy Choices Ladies Auxiliary and Bowmar Baptist Church’s Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS). She also founded Help4Dyslexics, and she is a growth group coach and leader at Bowmar. She was named the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Mississippi Section Young Civil Engineer of the Year. “Shelley is a natural leader who sheds light on areas that need improvement and then follows through by being a part of the solution,” her husband said. “But, most of all, she is an incredible wife and mom to three beautiful children.”


lori williams

Lori Williams, 39, is an accountant with Waring Oil Co. “Because Lori works at Waring full time, takes care of her family and still manages to volunteer for several different organizations, she never has any down time,” said her three nominators, aunt Beverly McMillin and cousins Andrea McMillin and Debra Grayson. Williams is lead umpire for the Vicksburg Girls Softball Association, and she raises funds for Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children in Jackson. She is president of the Vicksburg Girls Fast Pitch Association, which is comprised of 23 teams, and she is in charge of fundraising and concession stands. She also participated in a fundraiser for flood victims. “Lori is a wonderful person who will help anyone she thinks needs help,” her nominators said.


Sunday, July 31, 2011

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July 31, 2011

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