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About 60 employers will be looking for workers at the Vicksburg Area Job Fair on Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Vicksburg Convention Center, 1600 Mulberry St. The event is free and open to the public. Getting prepared


Job-seekers planning to attend the job fair are encouraged to dress as they would for an in-person interview, at the very least, business casual. As job fair director Joe Buckner said: “Don’t come in with cut-off jeans and flip-flops.” It is also a good idea to have a resume on hand, a list of previous employers and possible references. Early attendance is also strongly suggested.

June rates compared to recent years: June 2010 • Warren County 11.6% • Mississippi 11.1% • USA 9.6%

June 2009 10.4% 10.1% 9.7%

June 2008 8% 7.6% 5.2%

Source: Mississippi Department of Employment Security.

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TODAY IN HISTORY 1907: The U.S. Army Signal Corps establishes an aeronautical division. 1944: An uprising breaks out in Warsaw, Poland, against Nazi occupation; the revolt lasts two months before collapsing. 1966: Charles Joseph Whitman, 25, goes on a shooting rampage at the University of Texas Charles in Austin, Joseph Whitman killing 14 people. Whitman, who had also murdered his wife and mother hours earlier, was gunned down by police. 1981: MTV makes its debut. 2005: Saudi Arabia’s ruler, King Fahd, dies.

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60 employers lined up for Tuesday run By Everett Bexley When Mary M. Ray found herself among the growing number of unemployed in Warren County after being laid off from Ameristar Casino two years ago, she worried about how long she could go without a paycheck. When a friend suggested she check out the Vicksburg Area Job Fair, she was skeptical at first. “I had never been to a job fair before,” the 59-year-old Ray

On A2 Mississippi employment staggers through downturn admitted. “But it was encouraging to see that Vicksburg was supporting people who are trying to find jobs.” Ray interviewed with a number of area employers at the 2008 job fair, including Riverwalk Casino, which was then preparing to open as the city’s fifth casino. She started working

at the casino a few months later and now is the group sales coordinator for Riverwalk. This Tuesday, locals seeking work will have the opportunity to talk to roughly 60 employers who are expected to be stationed at the 2010 Vicksburg Area Job Fair, the 13th annual program for the unemployed or those seeking new jobs. “On no other day can someone walk in and have 60 employers in one place. We cut through all the red tape that a person looking for a job usually has to go

through,” said job fair director Joe Buckner of the Mississippi Department of Employment Security. “On this day, you just get dressed, walk in and look for a job.” Despite the ongoing economic recession, roughly the same number of employers will be at this year’s fair as last year’s. Buckner said the majority of participating employers are looking to make hires, but noted the competition among prospective employees is also going to See Job fair, Page A2.

Tax-free shopping rings up sales across the city By Manivanh Chanprasith Deal-seeking crowds flocked to Vicksburg shopping centers this weekend for the second annual statewide Sales Tax Holiday created to help keep shoppers in the state. The 48-hour, 7 percent sales tax suspension wrapped up at midnight with many merchants pleased with shopper turnout. “I wish we would have taxfree weekends more often,” said Norma Massey, owner of the 60-year-old downtown Frederick’s Shoe Store.

“We did better than last year. Families came out and bought more,” she said. “Our selection of shoes is definitely down and we’ll replenish our stock on Monday.” Massey’s downtown business neighbor at The Catwalk, a women’s ready-towear shop, agreed. “We’ve had a lot of tourists,” said store owner Gina Pugh, who has operated her store on downtown Washington Street for nearly two years. She said the stores had help attracting customers from the Summertime Blues Jam outdoor concert to benefit the cleanup of the

April 20 Gulf Coast oil spill. “This is what downtown needs,” she said. “They need to liven it up a little bit.” Downtown shops kept their regular business hours. The concert, featuring local and regional bands, was sponsored by Duff’s Tavern & Grille, Upper End Lounge, Willingham’s and The Pour House. Proceeds will be donated to the United Way of the Gulf Coast relief fund. Across town, department store retailer JCPenney at Pemberton Square mall, which had opened three

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Mississippi employment staggers through downturn By Alan Sayre AP business writer If the recession is easing its grip on Mississippi, employment figures are doing a good job of hiding it. Last month, the state was down 64,900 non-farm jobs from June 2008 — just before the start of the economic meltdown — with construction and manufacturing taking the brunt of the loss. Improvement, to this stage, is hard to find: The state labor department says Mississippi lost 5,700 jobs between June 2009 and June 2010. State economist Darrin Webb says uncertainty is the big factor holding back the economy. “Businessmen and consumers are afraid to spend. Businessmen are afraid to hire.” Over the past two years, there are only two sectors of the Mississippi economy that have gained jobs overall. Education and health services are up by 1,000 jobs — on a nonseasonally adjusted basis — since June 2009. Government has gained 6,600 jobs, but most of those

At a glance Losses and gains in Mississippi non-farm employment between June 2008 and June 2010: • Statewide: down 64,900 • Goods-producing jobs: down 41,300 • Service-producing jobs: down 23,600

Major economic sectors • Manufacturing: down 25,009 jobs • Construction: down 15,400 jobs • Mining and logging: down 900 jobs • Trade, transportation and utilities: down 9,900 jobs • Professional and business services: down 9,000 jobs • Education and health care services: up 1,000 jobs • Leisure-hospitality: down 7,600 jobs • Government: up 6,600 jobs. Source: Mississippi Department of Employment Security are likely short-lived since the federal government did temporary hiring to take care of the Census. The goods-producing sector has lost 41,309 jobs since 2008, including 8,500 in the past year. Although the serviceproviding sector is down by 23,600 jobs from June 2008, at least the pace has slowed, with only 900 fewer jobs now than in June 2009. Mirroring other states, man-

ufacturing and construction have been the biggest losers. Manufacturing has lost 25,000 jobs over the past two years, with wood products and the building of electrical equipment and appliances taking out the largest chunks on a percentage basis. The broad sector of trade, transportation and utilities, which includes wholesale and retail trade outlets, the warehousing and transpi-

ration companies that store and ship goods and the utilities that serve them are down 9,900 jobs from June 2008 and 300 from June 2009. That sector is tied largely to consumer spending, which is cited as a reason for the slow recovery nationwide. The Consumer Confidence Index came in at 50.4 in July, a steeperthan-expected decline from the revised 54.3 in June, according to a survey by the Conference

Board. The decline followed a drop of nearly 10 points, from 62.7 in May, and is the lowest point since February. “Consumers went on a binge early in the year, but slowed down again,” Webb said. The leisure-hospitality sector, which includes tourism and casinos, has lost 7,600 jobs over the past two years, including 2,200 since June 2009. The financial sector has shed 2,200 jobs since June 2008 and the broad sector of professional-business services has lost 9,000. Like other coastal states, Webb said the full employment effects of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and the moratorium on deepwater petroleum drilling in the Gulf likely haven’t shown up yet. Webb said it was even premature to offer an estimate. The mining and logging sector, which includes petroleum, has lost 900 jobs over the past two years amid lower energy prices and a prespill slowdown of activity in the Gulf. “At this point it’s too early,” Webb said. “But obviously it’s going to cost us. We just don’t know how much yet.”

Job fair Continued from Page A1. be high. “The jobs are still there, they’re just harder to get,” he said. Last year, when the local unemployment rate was 10.4 percent, more than 2,000 people attended the job fair. Unemployment rates in June this year reached 11.6 percent, among the highest it’s been over the past five years. So, simply showing up to the job fair isn’t enough to actually find work, Buckner said. “You need to come marketing your skills and creating a strong first impression,” he said. “The majority of the businesses there will be looking for people to hire, not just potential workers for later.” Buckner recommends job-seekers dress for the job fair as they would for an interview, at least “business casual,” generally described as professional slacks or skirt and nice shirt or blouse, no jeans, flip-flops, T-shirts or shorts. Piercings should be removed, and tattoos should be covered. Also, everyone should bring résumés if possible. And perhaps most importantly, Buckner said, is to come with a positive attitude and be open to all opportunities. Don Brown, job fair chairman and WarrenYazoo Mental Health executive director, said punctuality is important, too. “Be there early, show that you really want to be employed,” Brown said. Slightly more than 700 job offers were made at last year’s job fair, according to an exit survey by the Warren County Chamber of Commerce. If even half of those offers were accepted, chamber director Christy Kilroy said, the job fair was a “huge success.” The employers at this year’s job fair will be from the medical field, manufacturing, sales, trucking, military and education. Multiple community colleges and trade schools also will be represented for those wanting to further their education. “I know that the unemployment rate (for Warren County) has gone up. This has created an even greater need for the job fair,” Brown said. “Considering the economy, I am pleased that so many employees are coming, and we’re looking for a big success.” The Vicksburg Area Job Fair is one of about 20 across the state each year through the Governor’s Job Fair Network, which has held an event in Vicksburg for about a decade. Though her experience at the job fair two years ago was positive, Mary Ray said she’s glad she won’t have to attend this year. “I’m very happy with my job. I hope to be here until I get to retire — but that probably won’t be for another 100 years in this economy,” she said with a laugh.

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Job-seekers Debra Rush, right, and Melissa Tilden hunt for employment at an earlier job fair.

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CLUBS VHS Class of 1981 — Seeking classmates for July 2011 reunion; Ann McKenzie 601415-5692, Cynthia Mayfield Brown, 601-638-5699, or Cornelius Early, 601-630-3290. Rosa A. Temple Class of 1966 — 6:30 tonight; reunion planning; Mount Calvary Baptist Church, 1350 East Ave.; 601-415-0512 or 601-2181355.

Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary — Noon Monday; lunch, $6; guests welcome; bring one or two office supply items for Citadel office; Citadel, 530 Mission 66. Vicksburg Kiwanis — Noon Tuesday, Jacques’ Cafe. WC Republican Party — 5:30 p.m. Tuesday; executive meeting; visitors welcome; courthouse. Lions — Noon Wednesday; Charlie Mitchell, speaker; Jacques’. Elks Fidelity Lodge 507 — 7-10 p.m. Wednesday; back to school dance; $3 admission; ages 14-18; Willie Mae Johnson 601-456-1330; 1916 Walnut St. Army/Navy Club — 7 p.m. Thursday; steak dinner meeting at the clubhouse.

PUBLIC PROGRAMS Overeaters Anonymous — 5:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays; free, no weigh-ins; 1315 Adams St. Vicksburg Al-Anon — Noon Tuesday; second floor, First Presbyterian Church, 1501 Cherry St.; 601-634-0152. Warren Central High — Freshmen orientation, 6 p.m. Monday. Beechwood Elementary — Kindergarten orientation, 5 p.m. Tuesday; Meet the Teachers, grades 1-6, 5:30-6:30 p.m.; students may bring school supplies. Warren Central Junior High — Seventh-grade orientation, 6 p.m. Tuesday; cafeteria/auditorium. Serenity Overeaters Anonymous — 6-7 p.m. Wednes-

day; Bowmar Baptist Church, Room 102C; 601-638-0011. Vicksburg Al-Anon — 8 p.m. Wednesday; family, friends of alcoholics and addicts; 502 Dabney Ave.; 601-636-1134. Divorce Recovery —10-week workshop each Tuesday begins Aug. 17, 6-8 p.m.; for divorced, divorcing, separated or recovering from broken relationships; Grace Christian Counseling, 1414 Cherry St.; Anne Sinclair 601-636-5703 or anne_sinclair2000@yahoo. com.

CHURCHES Calvary Baptist — Revival, 6 p.m. Monday-Friday; the Revs. Rudy Smith, Tyrone Haggar, Joseph Carter and Kevin Smothers, speaking; the Rev. Rudy L. Smith, speaker; 406

Klein St. Providence M.B. — Revival, 7 p.m. Monday-Friday; the Rev. Leonard Walker, guest evangelist; the Rev. Earl Cosey, pastor; 7070 Fisher Ferry Road. House of Peace Worship — Back to school giveaway, 6 p.m. Tuesday; grades K-12, students must be present; 601-2182479; 2372 Grove St. Taking It Back Outreach Ministry — 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, 8 a.m.5 p.m. Saturdays; $5 bag of clothes; 1314 Fillmore St. Greater Grove Street M.B. — Musical Extravaganza, 7 p.m. Saturday; Men of Faith, Voices of Victory, and other groups, choirs and soloists; 2715 Alcorn Drive.

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Rangel using three-way defense against charges Maxine Waters might be next WASHINGTON (AP) — To rebut a lengthy list of alleged ethical misdeeds, Rep. Charles Rangel is trotting out this three-way defense: I didn’t do it. I did it, but was inattentive. Others were allowed to do the same without penalty. It’s an approach that nervous Democrats are watching closely in one of the most politically explosive cases in years. Should it go to a public trial this fall, smack in the middle of the election season, and should his defense fall short, that won’t help Democratic candidates forced to defend their party’s ethics. The GOP already is demanding that specific Democratic candidates give up contributions provided by Rangel’s

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political organizations, and about a half-dozen Democrats have asked the 20-term lawmaker to resign. He’s facing 13 counts of wrongdoing, including providing official favors in return for donations, hiding income and assets, and failing to pay taxes. If Rangel’s predicament wasn’t bad enough for Democrats, there’s an added complication on the ethics front: Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., also might face an ethics trial this fall on allegations of improperly trying to help a bank,

where her husband owned stock, that was seeking a federal bailout. People familiar with the Waters investigation, who were not authorized to be quoted about charges before they are made public, say the allegations could be announced this week. Rangel, 80, is a former chairman of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee. Waters, 71, is a prominent member of the House Financial Services Committee. Both have influential roles in matters affecting voters’ pocketbooks — linking the important issues of congressional ethics and the economy. A good portion of the Rangel

case centers on his soliciting donations — from corporate fat cats and foundations — to the Rangel Center at City College of New York, founded to support academic programs in public service. Waters came under scrutiny after former Treasury Department officials said she helped arrange a meeting between regulators and executives at OneUnited Bank without mentioning her husband’s financial ties to the institution. Her husband, Sidney Williams, held at least $250,000 in the bank’s stock and previously had served on its board. Her spokesman said Williams was no longer on the board during the meeting.


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Nutrition Children don’t do their own shopping Of all Mississippi’s woes, it seems childhood obesity might be the easiest to address. After all, few children drive themselves to grocery stores or fast-food restaurants. Children don’t plan menus or select items to put on the table. These jobs are reserved for adults, who all too often can be seen loading up carts with absolute junk — frozen pizzas, sugary drinks and super-sized sacks of chips. The produce sections are the loneliest areas of supermarkets, followed closely by the aisle where beef, chicken, fish, cheese and milk are sold. As long as we’re preaching, let’s add this: It’s not because parents don’t know better. It’s impossible for anyone on this planet to go through a day without

seeing or hearing about the importance of good nutrition to physical and mental health. The fact that we are what we eat is not exactly new. The first lady of the United States is just the latest in a long series of high-visibility adults honing in on this topic. We wish her every success. The hard fact is that while controlling childhood obesity should be a nobrainer, too many parents are catering to their children’s preferences — loading them up with empty calories, often to shut them up, and then wondering why their kids are lethargic and bringing home poor grades. Too often the excuses of “too busy to cook” or “too poor to buy other groceries” are invoked. The former is a cop-out and the latter is a lie. Being a parent is a commitment. We

understand that parents — especially working single parents — have less time to spend in the kitchen than people of leisure. But it takes the same amount of time to put a package of peeled and ready-toeat carrots in the shopping cart as it does to dump in a mega-sized box of cookies. As for expense, wholesome foods that require some preparation at home are, across-the-board, less expensive than microwave meals. A new school year starts this week. It’s a busy time for everyone, but we hope all parents will make a commitment to do right by their children. It’s not a kid’s fault if he or she is overweight. Our children are healthier and happier when they receive good nutrition. Only parents can make sure they get it.

Lumumba’s proposed solution is still seeking a problem to solve.

Jackson joins immigration ‘ball game’ Let’s see now. In a city and county that are both stressed in paying their bills and meeting budgets, Jackson City Councilman Chokwe Lumumba wants it to be policy that the city discourage city employees, including police, from making inquiries into the citizenship status of people seeking taxpayer-funded public services. At least 23 American cities have adopted ordinances banning city employees and police officers from asking people about their immigration status, including: Washington, D.C.; New York City; Los Angeles; Chicago; San Francisco; Santa Ana; San Diego; Salt Lake SID City; Dallas; Houston; Austin; Detroit; Jersey City; Minneapolis; Miami; Denver; Baltimore; Seattle; Portland; New Haven; and Portland, Maine. While Lumumba’s proposal carries exemption and exceptions — such as determining the legal status of someone under arrest — it would mean officers could not stop people to ask their immigration status or ask about the status of people who report crimes. At the same time, Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson and Jackson Police Chief Rebecca Coleman have said they are receiving no complaints about Hispanic immigrants being hassled about their citizenship when seeking city services — suggesting that Lumumba’s proposed solution is still seeking a problem to solve. Lumumba made no bones about the fact that his “solution” is a headthem-off-at-the-pass reaction to the migration of Arizona’s tough new immigration laws to other states like Mississippi — telling the media: “We should send a message of where Jackson stands.” On the other side of the partisan and philosophical fence, state Rep. Becky Currie, R-Brookhaven, has pledged to introduce legislation in Mississippi that mirrors the Arizona law during the next legislative session. In case anyone missed it, Mississippi is stacking up tough political issues that threaten to dominate all others in the 2011 statewide elections: illegal immigration, unemployment, voter ID, the so-called “personhood” amendment and past and future budget cuts. Lumumba’s proposal makes little sense in a city and county with the fiscal woes that confront Jackson and Hinds County. But from the standpoint of pure politics, it indicates that he’s paying attention up the street at the Capitol and reading the tea leaves correctly. Illegal immigration is a red meat political issue that draws both support and derision from both mainstream political parties. While liberal Democrats and conservative Republicans alike don’t like to admit it or have anyone in the media state it, both parties have ignored enforcement of immigration laws because of the power of the Latino lobby on Capitol Hill, their own desire to win Latino votes and an ongoing addiction to cheap labor. Neither party has the high ground on illegal immigration and those who claim it are rewriting history. But a stagnant economy and high unemployment had served as jet fuel to illegal immigration as a political issue. Both parties will try to manipulate it in 2011. Count on it.


New school year time to focus on mission New school years are a fresh start. They never fail to bring new problems, new opportunities, new challenges. This year, the Vicksburg Warren School District, which commences classes Thursday, will also have a person new in top leadership. And, as has been said before, leadership is what the district needs most. Dr. Elizabeth Duran Swinford appears to be an excellent choice to follow Dr. James Price, who retired during the summer. She’s highly credentialed, experienced and had been a finalist for several other superintendent positions. She comes into the job on a 3-2 vote, facing another year of reductions in state funding and a state

labeling of the district as “at risk of failing.” Those are the negatives. There are plenty of positives, too, and she pointed out many of them she’d observed while joining other finalists here for a week of interviews. Dr. Swinford also said she wants to know more. “I plan to spend a lot of time in the schools, learning about them, about the school environment, what the needs are, what the perceptions of the community are,” she said. “I will be conducting some community forums and finding out as much as I can before making any decisions that will impact the district.” Our hope is that she will commit to the district and accept the challenges, be will-

ing to make hard decisions and empower faculty and staff to perform to their professional capacity. No officious intermeddling. No tolerance for distractions or diversions from the schools’ mission. There are high-quality students, parents and teachers involved with local public schools, but there are a lot of naysayers and whiners, too. Maintaining focus will not be easy. But the alternative is failure, which should be rejected as an option. The district doesn’t need “reinvention.” It doesn’t need gimmicks. It needs clarity. It’s Dr Swinford’s job to provide that. The duty for the rest of us is a supportive response.

Director Brown’s arrest a disgrace to MDOT The arrest of Mississippi Department of Transportation Executive Director Larry L. “Butch” Brown is a big deal, despite the fact the PR department of the Beau Rivage has described the incident as a “misunderstanding.” By his description, Brown, who served as mayor of Natchez from 1992 until 2000, was playing a “penny machine” in the casino about 3:45 a.m. on July 23 when he nodded off. There’s a fine line between “nodding off” and “passing out.” Brown conceded drinks at dinner and accepting “whatever they give out” from casino cocktail servers. He doesn’t concede being drunk, but he sure looks pretty bedraggled in the booking photo shot by Biloxi police after they took

him off the hands of casino security. It’s easy to understand why casino officials have soft-pedaled the situation. Brown, rising president of the national association of people who have his job in other states, is bringing the group’s convention to the Beau Rivage. Biloxi police, however, haven’t knuckled under and have charged Brown with public intoxication. He has a hearing set for October. There is not a person in state government who has more control over more money than Brown. Appointed by the three elected highway officials, he manages planning, construction, bids and follow-up on the spending of billions of taxpayer dollars. That’s not the kind of guy one would expect to be “nodding off” at a slot machine at close to 4 in the morning.

When he spoke last week at the Neshoba County Fair, Central District Commissioner Dick Hall, who has long pointed out Brown’s shortcomings, held up a copy of Brown’s arrest record. Hall called MDOT leadership “dysfunctional” and asked, “Is this all we expect nowadays? Is this the new standard for public service?” Brown, however, has the solid support of Southern District Commissioner Wayne Brown and Northern District Commissioner Bill Minor, who rebuffed Hall’s suggestion that the director at least be suspended. Hall said he hopes Butch Brown gets professional help, but doesn’t believe there is help available for the other commissioners. “You can’t fix stupid,” Hall said. Amen.

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

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WEEK IN Vicksburg Highs peaked at 99 degrees, but several days saw the heat broken by scattered clouds and showers. Lows were all in the middle 70s. Small amounts of rain were measured on four days with the total less than a half-inch. The Mississippi River fell much of the week, starting at a reading of 30.5 feet and ending up at 29.7 feet. The forecast for today was a reading of 30 feet. Meeting in Jackson, trustees of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History delayed a decision on whether to list the old plantation house at the Ceres industrial park as a Mississippi Landmark. Warren County Port Commission members want the structure removed from the park or torn down. About 25 cyclists participating in the Push America Journey of Hope crossed the river bridge on their coast-to-coast journey. A book-signing was set for Dr. George E. Abraham. The local physician’s work is called “Delta Diet.” On a 3-2 vote, trustees of the Vicksburg Warren School District selected Dr. Elizabeth Duran Swinford of Baton Rouge, La., as new superintendent of the Vicksburg Warren School District. She succeeds Dr. James Price, who retired during the summer. Workers in Vicksburg’s summer youth employment program completed several tasks, including assessing the city’s playgrounds and then performing needed painting and other work. Cooper Lighting was the only firm to seek a property tax exemption for an expansion or improvement, a fact seen by Tax Assessor Richard Holland as a sign of lean economic times. The advent of two-a-day practice sessions signalled the approach of football season at area high schools. The Vicksburg organization confirmed it will go along with the national decision to abbreviate the YMCA name to the Y. A new logo is part of the change. To bring awareness to the role of citizens in crime prevention, retired police officer Doug Arp spent the week in a swimming pool. Arp is nationally known for his innovative awareness campaigns. Merchants prepared for Mississippi’s second 48-hour sales tax holiday. The 7 percent levy is waived on clothing and shoes as school days near. A seven-year local law enforcement officer, London Williams, 40, was among people indicted by the Warren County Grand Jury. Williams was charged with sexual battery and incest. Former city employee Barry Graham, 56, was given probation and ordered to pay restitution and costs after pleading guilty to embezzlement. He was manager of Vicksburg’s government-access TV channel and had been on unpaid leave during the investigation. In their summary report, members of the grand jury recommended girls in public schools be instructed on the state’s statutory rape laws. Deaths during the week included Ruth Sheppeard Harris, LouWanda Miles, Jerald Winfred Warrick, Louise Moore Larson, Carla Nadler Simpson, David Anderson Jr., David Hunt Dabney, Ida Moffett, Travis Maurice Bell Jr., Isabelle Grace Allen and Irene Breland Martin.


Infatuation with race, fear fueled Sherrod story Competition in news is not new. Many shook their heads last month over the Shirley Sherrod fiasco, attributing the whole matter to technology that allows “real time” reporting and a 24-hour news cycle. But there’s more to ponder. In the old days — even in the day when dispatches were sent by telegraph — “getting it first” was essential. The emphasis on speed in the news business predates the Pony Express. Admittedly, there may have been more emphasis on “getting it right.” Then and now putting out a news story or bulletin that later has to be retracted is a great embarrassment. The Sherrod saga is more directly tied to the shift to “instant analysis” coupled with a desire to increase audiences by preying on people’s fears and prejudices. Said another way, we live in a time when the press not only wants to be the first to tell you what happened, but also feels compelled to tell you how you should feel about it. And if we can scare you, you’ll stay tuned. An example: There was a time not too long ago when a president would deliver a State of the Union address and the major media, such as The New York Times, would take a week or so to dissect and ponder the president’s words before offering a commentary. These days, the president starts a speech at 9 p.m. Eastern time and presses are rolling at midnight with editors all



over the nation explaining the president’s reasoning and motives to people who may or may not have heard what the president actually said. And the newspaper folks are already behind the TV and radio commentators and this latest phenomenon — bloggers — who summarize and “interpret.” At one time, we felt our job, at least initially, was to tell you what the president said and let you figure out why he said it and whether he really meant it. Now we think you can’t figure that out without our immediate assistance. Strictly speaking,

Reacting to the more complete story, President Barack Obama cited how unfortunate it is that we all tend to leap to conclusions based on our fears. the reporting on Sherrod was factual. She is a USDA official. She did make a speech to the NAACP and she did say that she, as a black woman, did consider how much help to provide a white Georgia farmer who had come to her desk. But as everyone quickly learned, those facts were highly incomplete. It was like a history textbook that merely listed Adolph Hitler as chancellor of Germany in the 1930s and 1940s. There’s a lot more to know about Hitler. And there was a lot more to Sherrod’s speech. The selected facts were

advanced on the Internet for the very purpose of distortion, which is understandable and, due to the blessing of the First Amendment, a sacred right. They were picked up by commercial media — which is supposed to be more responsible — because they fit a marketable narrative. Only when the farmer Sherrod helped contacted the media did the script unravel. “She saved our farm,” he said. That was a convincing rebuttal to the initial implication that Sherrod had blithely used race as a criteria to exact revenge. Reacting to the more

complete story, President Barack Obama cited how unfortunate it is that we all tend to leap to conclusions based on our fears. He didn’t expressly include members of his own administration in that statement, but several, including Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, conceded the president hit the nail on the head. In matters of race, black people sometimes conclude they will not get fair treatment from a white person, no matter what. Whites have the same fear. It’s an unfortunate inheritance from our state and national history that despite the fact we usually do well with each other on a person-to-person basis, we become fearful when we engage in “groupthink.” That dovetails for the worse with the infatuation of today’s national media to create and perpetuate fear. Watch any network newscast to verify this. Almost every story — except an obliga-

tory report on a pig that plays the piano or something — will have fear as the central element. We get warnings about food, illness, Republicans, Democrats, foreclosure, weather that’s too hot or weather that’s too cold. If race is involved, well, that’s just a jackpot. Where there are plenty of legitimate stories to report on all topics, including race, one that exploits our racial fears is akin to a casino jackpot. The Sherrod “story” fit that mold — and that’s why it went viral before being checked out. It wasn’t merely an issue of haste. In a more sane world, we’d all be more skeptical. But the media world is not a sane world — or at least not as sane as it should be. •

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

Pressures to increase debt may be overwhelming WASHINGTON — On the federal debt crisis, inertia has all the momentum. A compelling political logic favors inaction. America’s debt problem is mainly an entitlement spending problem. Serious entitlement reform would involve concentrating limited resources on the poor, eliminating subsidies for the rich and moving support for the middle class from a system of defined benefits to defined contributions. However skillfully this transition is designed, it will mean a middle-class benefit cut. That’s why, in 2005, Republicans and Democrats both fled from Social Security reform like startled grouse. Even worse, this year President Obama and the Democratic Congress created a new health entitlement funded mainly by taking money from Medicare, making that program more difficult to stabilize in the future. The Obama administration has not only avoided reform; it has complicated the job for future administrations. The need for entitlement reform is almost universally conceded. The politics of entitlement reform, however, seem hopeless. The only consistent advocates of responsibility are congressional deficit hawks — generally a finger-wagging, dyspeptic bunch. Being right does not make them attractive, and there will never be enough of them to carry a political task this heavy. If the debt debate is defined in Congress as pitiless austerity against business as usual, business as usual will regularly prevail. But the vast scale of the debt problem creates an unexpected political possibility. According to the Congressional Budget Office, spending on mandatory health programs and Social Security is expected to grow from about 10 percent of gross domestic product today to roughly 16 percent in 2035. By way of his-



The politics of entitlement reform, however, seem hopeless. The only consistent advocates of responsibility are congressional deficit hawks — generally a finger-wagging, dyspeptic bunch.

torical comparison, government spending on all of its programs and activities has averaged about 18.5 percent of GDP over the last four decades. Put another way: In 25 years, nearly the whole portion of the economy we spend on government will be spent on entitlement programs alone. Just about every other function and priority of the federal government will be swallowed up by increased spending on health care and retirement, or the percentage of the economy taken by taxes will need to dangerously increase. This is the other option. Members of Congress should take special notice. Are you an advocate of growth-oriented tax cuts like, say, Sen. Jon Kyl,

R-Ariz.? Without entitlement reform, future tax reductions are a budgetary impossibility. Support defense spending like Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., or increased resources for child nutrition like Rep. George Miller, D-Calif.? Want more emphasis on fighting poverty, low-income housing, foreign assistance, health research, national parks, environmental protection, border patrols or plain old congressional pork? All will be severely constrained by the current trend in entitlement spending growth. Every federal budget involves a debate between liberal and conservative priorities on discretionary spending and tax reductions, expressed in the

production of 12 annual appropriations bills. But the trajectory of mandatory spending threatens all of those priorities. Properly understood, the budget battle is not between big spenders and budget hawks. It is between those who want to spend larger and larger portions of the budget on health care and transfers to the elderly, and those who want to use budget resources for anything else. The coming debt debate will be sensitive and uncomfortable because it has undercurrents of generational conflict. Since the New Deal, America has seen a massive transfer of wealth from young to old through entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare, with many dramatically positive results. But that transfer is quickly escalating. Baby boomers are now beginning to retire in surging numbers. People are living longer and collecting benefits for more years — a good thing, but expensive for federal programs. And health costs are increasing faster than are other forms of inflation. In an entitlement system,

these public commitments expand automatically, requiring political intervention to change. Devoting resources to the sick and elderly counts many achievements and benefits. But we are reaching a point where these important priorities threaten to overwhelm everything else. The political constituency for accelerated mandatory spending, including AARP and health providers, is powerful on both sides of the aisle. But the coalition for entitlement reform should be broad as well, including everyone from tax cutters to poverty warriors to pork spenders. When members of Congress find their legislative discretion severely narrowed by mandatory commitments, they may awaken to difficult, necessary responsibilities. For them, it is a choice between reform and irrelevance. Entitlement reform remains an uphill political cause — but maybe not a hopeless one. •

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


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3 squabbling companies must cooperate on well NEW ORLEANS (AP) — On shore, BP, Halliburton and Transocean are engaging in a billion-dollar blame game over the blown-out oil well in the Gulf of Mexico. At sea, they’re depending on each other to finally plug up the environmental disaster. Workers say the companies’ adversarial relationship before Congress, in public statements and maybe one day in the courts isn’t a distraction at the site of the April 20 rig explosion, where Transocean equipment rented by BP is drilling relief wells that Halliburton will pump cement through to permanently choke the oil well. “Simply, we are all too professional to allow disagreements between BP and any other organization to affect our behaviors,” Ryan Urik, a BP well safety adviser working on the Development Driller II, which is drilling a backup relief well, said in an e-mail last week. But at least one expert said government probes and potential for lawsuits can’t help but chill communication between the companies. Urik’s rig was in a holding pattern Saturday, awaiting progress by its sister rig, the Development Driller III, which is drilling the primary relief well and ran into a minor snag while preparing for a procedure known as a static kill that will make it easier to stop the gusher for good. The DDIII is clearing out debris that fell in the bottom of the relief well when crews had to evacuate the site last week because of Tropical Storm Bonnie. Once the debris is cleared, engineers plan to start as early as Monday on the static kill, which involves pumping mud and possibly cement into the blown-out well through

Brown pelicans rest on yellow oil containment boom near Comfort Island, La., Saturday.

the temporary cap. If it works, it will take less time to complete another procedure known as a bottom kill, the last step to permanently sealing the well by pumping mud and then cement in from the bottom, which could happen by mid- to late August. Workers know all about the clashes among their respective employers, “but the crews have done an excellent job of focusing on getting these relief wells finished safely,” Dennis Barber, a Transocean senior toolpusher aboard the DDII, said last week in an e-mail from the rig. The roles of the three companies in the relief kill effort are much the same as they were on the Deepwater Horizon, the exploratory rig that blew up soon after a temporary cement cap was placed on its well, killing 11 workers. The conflicts began almost as soon as oil started flowing. “Transocean’s blowout preventer failed to operate,” BP executive Lamar McKay said in Senate testimony in May, referring to the massive safety device atop the well that was supposed to bottle up the oil in an emergency. Transocean CEO Steven Newman shifted blame in the same hearing, saying “all offshore oil and gas production projects begin and end with the operator, in this case BP.” He also noted that Halliburton

Oil spill taints research funded by BP at Berkeley BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — BP’s catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is fueling opposition to the University of California, Berkeley’s research partnership with the British company, with activists and professors on the famously liberal campus calling for a severing of ties. The oil giant gave UC Berkeley a $500 million grant in 2007 to create the Energy Biosciences Institute, which works to develop new sources of plant-based fuel. The 10-year deal, believed to be the largest-ever corporate sponsorship of university research, has outraged many students and professors who worry the global oil company will exert too much influence over academic research and damage the university’s reputation. Now, as the spill devastates the Gulf Coast, some local activists and faculty members say it’s time to end the partnership. “Our bottom line is the public good, and their bottom line is profit,” said Ignacio Chapela, a UC Berkeley professor of environmental science. “There comes a point where those positions are irreconcilable, and I think that point is now.”

On Friday, a group of activists staged an anti-BP demonstration next to the construction site where the university is building a new facility to house the research institute. They poured chocolate syrup on the sidewalk — to represent the oil spill — and held signs the read “Berkeley Petroleum” and “Do you want BP Pollution in Berkeley?” “Now that we can see what BP is responsible for in the Gulf, we demand that the contract between UC and BP be relooked at,” activist Stephanie Tang said, speaking to onlookers through a megaphone. But UC Berkeley officials say the institute has nothing to do with the Gulf spill, and the university has no plans to end its research partnership with BP. “The horrible events in the Gulf should only strengthen our commitment to find alternatives to fossil fuels,” said Graham Fleming, UC Berkeley’s vice chancellor of research. “Why would anyone’s interest be served by stopping this research?” BP officials also say the company remains committed to funding the Berkeley-based research institute, as well as its other alternative energy research programs.

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was responsible for encasing the well in cement, while Halliburton executive Tim Probert said his company’s work was completed 20 hours before the rig went up in flames. The Justice Department has opened civil and criminal investigations into the spill. Attorney General Eric Holder has indicated that BP isn’t the only company that could be held liable. Kenneth Green, a resident scholar at the American

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Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research think tank, said the investigations may have stifled communications between the government and companies — and between the companies themselves. BP is trying to move forward from the disaster that sent anywhere from 94 million to 184 million gallons of oil spewing into the Gulf, announcing once the cap was finally in place that its vilified chief executive, Tony Hayward,

will be leaving in October. He will be replaced by American Bob Dudley, who told reporters in Biloxi Friday that it’s “not too soon for a scaleback” in the cleanup, and in areas where there is no oil, “you probably don’t need to see people in hazmat suits on the beach.” State waters closed by the spill have slowly reopened to fishing, most recently in Florida and Alabama.

Canadians warned before Michigan spill DETROIT (AP) — A federal agency says it repeatedly warned the Canadian company at the center of an oil spill in southern Michigan about problems with a pipeline network that includes the segment that ruptured. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration said Saturday it raised concerns during a February meeting with executives of Enbridge Inc. The company owns the pipeline that leaked tens of thousands of gallons of oil into the Kalamazoo River. The federal agency’s chief counsel said it pushed Enbridge to improve its performance with the Lakehead pipeline system, which includes the section with the rupture.

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3 teens jailed in thefts from 15 vehicles, house By Manivanh Chanprasith



Don’t steal Ladies Night from the men Never once have I professed to speak for men worldwide. At times seeing male behavior sickens me, but on occasion someone must stand up and put a stop to a foot-inthe-door injustice being perpetrated upon all of us in the name of ending discrimination. Reuters, a worldwide news agency, obtained an email from the new head of the Minnesota Department of Human Rights cracking down on Ladies Nights. The email, from Commissioner James Kirkpatrick, states that Ladies Nights deny “men the right to the ‘full and equal enjoyment’ of the goods of a place of public accommodation because of sex.” “Gender-based pricing violates the Human Rights Act,” he wrote. Is it not enough women earn on average about 30 percent less than men in the business world? Is it not enough that in most functioning households the women run the finances, the meals, the children? And now some malcontent wants to take away a minimal discount on drinks? This decision really isn’t about costing women money on drinks. It’s allowing the door to the ridiculous to be opened a little bit wider. Once the foot is in the door — in this case something as minuscule as Ladies Night — the attack moves to other “discriminatory” acts. Time to get rid of Faith Night at the old ballpark. I mean if someone does not have faith, but likes baseball, aren’t they being discriminated against because a ball team is catering to the faithful? Adios children eat free at the local motor lodge. Why should children get all the breaks? I cannot eat for free. Ask the better percentage of the man world, and I would guess the answers would be similar: Get rid of Ladies Night? Yeah, whatever. A man goes to a bar for two things — cold drinks and women. A man wouldn’t care if a bar owner gave away drinks, pedicures, manicures, new shoes and a department store shopping spree if any one would attract more women to a bar. Banning Ladies Night will hurt men as much as it hurts the women. Banning real discrimination is paramount to a functioning society, but this is a stretch at best. Every once in a while the door gets jarred open and must be slammed shut. Preferably on Mr. Kirkpatrick’s foot. •

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

Two Vicksburg teens were charged Saturday with breaking into 15 vehicles and a home in south Warren County, and deputies recovered about $3,000 in stolen goods. A third teen was charged with accessory after the burglary and credit card fraud. Those arrested and being held in the Warren County Jail without bond are Bobby E. Bunton, 17, no address available; Malcolm R. Robertson, 19, 404 Zollingers Hill; and Latrice D. Wheatley, 17 109 Delta Dawn Circle, Sheriff Martin Pace said. Bunton and Robertson are accused in vehicle burglar-

ies reported Thursday night and Friday morning along Glass and Hartley roads, Red Oak, Impala and Buford drives and Rocky Lane, said Warren County Deputy Chris Satcher, who is leading the investigation. Wheatley is charged with credit card fraud and accessory after the burglary, Satcher said. He said Bunton and Robertson also are charged in a residential burglary in the 2100 block of Glass Road in which three credit cards were taken, possession of burglary tools and credit card fraud. Satcher said the goods were recovered in a black duffle bag and large garbage bag that were found under a See Thefts, Page A8.

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Deputy Chris Satcher lists recovered stolen goods Saturday.

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Regina Shelton talks about her new Habitat for Humanity home at 1005 Stadium Drive.

‘Nothing is like owning your own home’ By Manivanh Chanprasith For first-time Vicksburg homeowner and Habitat for Humanity home recipient Regina Shelton, “Nothing is like owning your own home.” Shelton and her three children cut the ribbon to their new home at 1005 Stadium Drive Saturday after a twoyear process, thanks to the Warren County chapter of Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit Christian organization that aids people in attaining homes worldwide. “This is a dream come true,” said the 39-year-old Shelton. The Sheltons’ house dedication is for the second of three Habitat houses on Stadium Drive and the chapter’s 22nd house built since its inception in 1991. The first of the three on Stadium Drive, at 1009 for Towanna Anderson and her family, was in June 2009 and the last, at 1007 for Helen Hardges and her family, will be dedicated Saturday at 10 a.m. “The work is still in progress,” said Abraham Green, executive director of the Warren County Habitat for Humanity. “We hope to have it completed within two weeks when we can take it to the city for the final

A crowd gathers outside Regina Shelton’s new home to cut a ribbon Saturday.

If you go Warren County Habitat for Humanity will have a house dedication for Helen Hardges and her family at 10 a.m. Saturday. The dedication will be at 1007 Stadium Drive. The public is invited to attend. inspection.” He said the kitchen cabinets and the home’s central heating and air still need to be installed, and the bath-

rooms need some final touchups. As Habitat recipients, Shelton and her children, Canesha, a freshman at Hinds Community College, Desmond, a junior at Warren Central High School, and De’corian, a second-grader at Sherman Avenue Elementary School, helped build their own house. “We did some of everything,” Shelton said. “We helped put down the flooring. We helped put up the insulation. We painted the walls.”

They had some help from community volunteers, too. “We had some professional builders come in, like plumbers and electricians, but from that point, we had the community help,” Green said. “The fraternity Kappa Alpha Psi, the social science and criminal justice departments at Alcorn (State University) and Bowmar Baptist Church came and helped. But the core group who came out every Wednesday night was First Presbyterian Church.” Green said the church had

donated the three Stadium Drive lots to Habitat. “This donation has developed into a tax-producing property with three homes,” Green added. The Sheltons’ 1,428-squarefoot home cost nearly $70,000. A stove and refrigerator estimating to cost about $700 were donated by Whirlpool Corporation, and International Paper and Rainbow Hotel Casino each kicked in $1,000 to help pay for a fence for the back yard. A.O. Smith, a company that produces water heaters, installed, for free, water heaters in Shelton’s and Hardges’ homes as part of a trial run of one of their new products. The water heaters will be replaced in about five years to be tested, Green said. After the Stadium Drive homes are complete, Green said, Warren County Habitat will begin the building process for two homes on Roosevelt Avenue, possibly in September. Shelton, a 16-year food industry veteran of the Vicksburg Warren School District, said after she moves her family in, a big housewarming celebration will be in the works. “I don’t know when it will be, but we’re having a big party,” she said.


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

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

Delivery trucks park in front of the Nehi Beverage Co. building in Vicksburg in the early 1930s. Nehi bottled several soft drinks including Royal Crown Cola. Note the windshields on the trucks — they opened from the

bottom for more ventilation. The photo is from the Old Court House Museum collection and was given by Jeanette Davis Hayes.

Thefts Continued from Page A7. tree in a wood line between Demby and Buford drives. “We received information from cooperative sources as to the whereabouts of the stolen items,” Satcher said. Among recovered items were four GPS systems, a laptop computer, a vintage Michael Jordan basketball jersey, a machete, two hunting knives, a bow, a stereo, rare cigarettes and clothes. “We’re early on in the investigation so we don’t know where some of this

Bobby E. Bunton

a buying spree in which nearly $1,000 was charged on three stolen credit cards at Walmart and two gas Latrice D. stations on Wheatley U.S. 61 South. Satcher said Walmart surveillance tapes showed the three teens making purchases. They also face more

Malcolm R. Robertson

stuff came from,” Satcher said. “It’s a work in progress.” Also, the teens were believed to have gone on

public meetings this week

Jackson woman jailed A Jackson woman was in the Warren County Jail Saturday night on a warrant. Kimberly Redd, 18, 542 Boormoat, was arrested by Clinton police and brought to Warren County at 6 p.m. Friday to face an indictment of felony false pretense, Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace said. She was held without bond.

City man charged with embezzlement

Monday • Warren County Board of Supervisors, 9 a.m., Warren County Courthouse, BOS meeting room, third floor; objection hearing on property values. • Vicksburg Board of Mayor and Aldermen, 10 a.m., room 109, City Hall Annex, 1415 Walnut St.


from staff reports released from the Warren County Jail Saturday after being held for the Mississippi Gaming Commission. Michael J. Lisa, 24, 1711 Clay St., was arrested by MGC at 1:59 a.m. Saturday and charged with felony embezzlement and computer fraud, jail records showed. He was released on a $10,000 bond.

Tuesday • Vicksburg Board of Zoning Appeals, 5 p.m., room 109, City Hall Annex, 1415 Walnut St.

A Vicksburg man was


charges in the Vicksburg city limits. Vicksburg police did not return calls for comment. Satcher said more charges and more suspects might be added. “City and county officers have been working together on this for several days,” Pace said, “and it looks like this investigation may solve numerous thefts in the county as well as within the city limits.” The three are expected in court Monday.

Toyota resuming work at Mississippi plant BALDWYN — Gov. Haley Barbour says Toyota will resume work at the site of a $200 million plant that will supply parts to its automotive manufacturing facility in north Mississippi. Toyota Auto Body Co. Ltd. is building the plant in Baldwyn. It will employ about 300 workers. The Toyota Auto Body facility will operate under the name Auto Parts Manufacturing Mississippi Inc. It will provide stamped parts, body weld parts and plastic parts to the Toyota plant. In June, Toyota announced that it would resume operations at its manufacturing facility at Blue Springs.

Deal sought for man with conviction flipped JACKSON — An attorney says he plans to approach prosecutors about a plea bargain for a man whose 2006 murder conviction in Jackson was recently overturned. Johnny Ray Brown had been sentenced to life in prison for killing Violar Bracey, whose body was found in December 2004 in a Jackson motel room. She had been shot to death. With two prior convictions for receiving stolen goods and selling cocaine, Brown was sentenced as a habitual offender. The Mississippi Supreme Court recently threw out the conviction because of the trial judge’s instructions to the jury. Defense attorney Thomas Powell said he might see if



BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS the 28-year-old Brown can plead guilty to manslaugher. That charge carries up to 20 years.

2 arrested in sale of wooden ‘laptops’ JACKSON — Two men have been arrested in Jackson for allegedly trying to peddle blocks of wood as laptop computers. Hinds County authorities charged 45-year-old Eddie Handford and 54-year-old Frank Hamilton with trademark infringement and sale of goods bearing counterfeit labels. Investigators say the wooden blocks were covered in duct tape and bubble wrap and had a Toshiba label on each. Authorities also found binders filled with paper being passed off as computers.

Slain sheriff’s wife to fill his position LUCEDALE — The widow of the late George County Sheriff Garry Welford will fill her husband’s office until a special election is held on Nov. 2. The county’s board of supervisors named Debbie Welford to the post Friday. Welford was killed July 21 when a speeding pickup truck ran over him while trying to evade a road block. Two people have been charged with capital murder in his death.

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40 million businesses will have more work WASHINGTON (AP) — Tucked into the new health care law is a requirement that could become a paperwork nightmare for nearly 40 million businesses. They must file tax forms for every vendor that sells them more than $600 in goods. The goal is to prevent vendors from underreporting their income to the Internal Revenue Service. The government must think vendors are omitting a lot because the filing requirement is estimated to bring in $19 billion over the next decade. Business groups say it will swamp their members in paperwork, and Congress is listening. Democrats and Republicans want to repeal it, but getting them to work together on the issue is prov-

ing difficult in an election year. The House rejected a bill Friday that would have repealed the provision. The two parties disagreed on how to make up the lost revenue. “This foolish policy hammers our business community when we should be supporting their job growth,” Sen. Mike Johanns of Nebraska said in the Republicans’ weekly radio and Internet address Saturday. “It’s only one example of how the administration’s promise to support small businesses really rings hollow.” Democrats blamed Republicans for Friday’s failure. “Despite all of their rhetoric about the need to eliminate this reporting requirement, Republicans walked away from small businesses when

it mattered most,” said Rep. Sander Levin, D-Mich., chairman of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee. Businesses already must file Form 1099s with the IRS when they purchase more than $600 in services from a vendor in a year. The new provision would extend the requirement to the purchase of goods, starting in 2012. The requirement would hit about 38 million businesses, charities and tax-exempt organizations, many of them small businesses already swamped by government paperwork, according to a recent report by the National Taxpayer Advocate. It would also create an avalanche of paperwork that could strain the IRS itself, wrote the advocate, an independent watchdog within the

IRS. Businesses that repeatedly make small purchases from the same vendor would have to keep good records in case the total exceeded $600 in a year. Companies would also have to get vendors’ tax identification numbers to include in the filings. “Tax paperwork and compliance are already major expenses for small businesses,” a coalition of 80 business groups recently wrote lawmakers. “This new and expanded requirement means that almost every business-tobusiness transaction is potentially reportable to the IRS.” Republicans want to repeal the filing requirement and pay for it by changing other parts of the new health care law, a strategy that Demo-

cratic leaders won’t support. Democrats want to repeal the filing requirement and pay for it by raising taxes on international corporations and limiting taxpayers’ ability to use special trusts to avoid gifts taxes. Republicans won’t support that. The House rejected the Democratic bill Friday after Democratic leaders brought it up under a procedure that requires a two-thirds majority for approval. The vote was 241-154, with nearly all Democrats voting in favor of the bill and nearly all Republicans opposed. Johanns has been working to repeal the filing requirement in the Senate, with similar results.

Obama tries to sneak into D.C. spy museum WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s hard to travel incognito when you’re the president — even on a mission to a spy museum. President Barack Obama, his wife, Michelle, and daughter Sasha made a Friday night visit to the International Spy Museum in downtown Washington. Obama, wearing jeans, a casual shirt and sandals, found people lining the street outside the museum snapping his picture and cheering and waving as he walked in after a short motorcade ride from the White House. There was no immediate word on which exhibits the Obamas checked out during

their visit, which lasted about an hour. The privately run museum offers a Friday night “Spy at Night” event that includes “Operation Spy,” an interactive experience that uses special effects to take each visitor “into the role of a U.S. intelligence officer on an action-packed international mission.” The Obamas shared a tender moment on their way back home. The president kissed the first lady on each side of her neck as they stood under a canopy by the White House driveway; Friday night is often “date night” for the couple.

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President Barack Obama walks into the International Spy Museum.

whether the standard lethal injection procedure complied with the constitution. The report also said 106 death sentences were handed down in the United States last year, the lowest number since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated capital punishment in 1976.


were heavy and steady. It’s all about the kids’ clothes.” Kids’ clothes were items that attracted Franklin County shopper Allyson Smith and Clinton resident Jackie Starks to Vicksburg. “We made a special trip for the sale,” Smith said while picking out uniform sizes for her three children, ages 14, 12 and 7 at JCPenney. “They’re better stocked this

year.” “We got up around 7 to come to Vicksburg and shop,” Starks said as she helped her son pick out school clothes, also at JCPenney. At the Outlets at Vicksburg, the scene was the same — shoppers carrying numerous shopping bags were plentiful. “A few stores doubled their sales goals,” said Paige

Caldwell, outlets marketing and special events manager. “Last year, we did fabulous, and this year was just as well,” she said. “Staying open late really benefited us.” The outlets had opened an hour early both days and two hours later on Friday. She was unable to disclose figures. The Children’s Place store manager Valerie Herren said

Saturday’s turnout in her store was much better than Friday’s. “We had a cash registers waiting all day,” she said. “All of our stores around the state said they saw the same traffic increase on Saturday.” Items eligible for the 7 percent sales tax suspension include only clothing and shoes up to $100 each.

Joyce Warren; his daughters, Jennifer Anne Warren, Kimberly Renee Warren, and Krysten Marie Warren; his sister; Windie Lou Warren. In lieu of flowers dona-

tions may be made to the Wilson Research Foundation @ Methodist Rehabilitation Center – 601-364-3598 or Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital.

deaths CLINTON — Hickman Warren, 65, passed away peacefully Tuesday, July 27, 2010, at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center in Jackson. Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. Sunday at Lakewood Funeral Home in Jackson. Funeral services will be held on Monday at 11 a.m. in the Chapel at Lakewood Funeral Home with the family receiving friends starting at 10 a.m. A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. Monday at Wintergreen Cemetery in Port Gibson. Hickman Warren was born in Port Gibson on July 18, 1945. He served his country honorably in the U.S. Army Reserve. He was a long time resident of Clinton. Mr. Warren was an avid hunter, fisherman and a terrific cook, especially when it came to grilling. He never met a stranger. He was employed by Pickens Lumber for many years. Mr. Warren was a loving husband, father and friend to all. He was married to the love of his life, Joyce Warren, for 38 years. Mr. Warren was truly “One of a kind”.

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 Partly cloudy; highs around 100; lows in the upper 70s

Highs and Lows High/past 24 hours...........100º Low/past 24 hours............... 74º Average temperature......... 87º Normal this date................... 81º Record low..............63º in 1984 Record high......... 100º in 1970

pared with fewer than 35 in each of the two previous years. The United States carried out 52 executions in 2009, compared with 37 the year before, the report said. But it noted that for some months between late 2007 and 2008 executions in Texas and other states had been put on hold pending a Supreme Court decision on

UTICA — Betty Price Hubbard died Saturday, July 31, 2010 at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland. She was 80. Mrs. Hubbard was born in Utica, and was a homemaker and a member of First Presbyterian Church in Jackson. She was preceded in death by her parents, Powell and Irene Price; her brother, Polly Price; and two sons, William W. Hubbard Jr. and Powell P. Hubbard. Survivors include her husband, William W. “Sonny” Hubbard; two children, Mary Lynn Alexander and Pollyana Lewis; a brother, Will Newman Price; five grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren. Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Raymond Chapel of Wright and Ferguson Funeral Home in Jackson. Burial will follow at the Utica Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday and from 10 a.m. Tuesday until the hour of service. Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 1390 N. State St., Jackson, MS 39202. An online guestbook is at



worldwide. The Chinese figure is virtually unchanged from the previous report, though the number of executions worldwide dropped by about 50 percent. Iran carried out 402 executions, its highest figure in a decade. The report said Iraq put at least 77 people to death, com-

Hickman Warren


Heat advisories are in effect for today and a few more days with temperatures in the upper 90s the rest of the week.

Monday-wednesday Partly cloudy; highs around 100; lows in the upper 70s

released by Hands Off Cain and covering 2009 and the first six months of this year. The group said its estimates were based on reports by media and other rights groups, as the exact number in China and other states is kept secret. China alone accounted for some 5,000 executions, representing 90 percent of the 5,679 capital punishments

Betty Price Hubbard


TOday Sunny; highs near 102 to 103; lows in the upper 70s

ROME (AP) — Iraq is now among the world’s top executioners for the first time since the 2003 fall of Saddam Hussein, an Italian anti-death penalty group said Saturday, reporting that the number of the country’s executions rose dramatically last year. China and Iran are still the world’s top two executioners, according to the report

hours earlier both days, saw the same kind of crowd. “We were running as expected,” said store manager Alvin Richardson, who has managed retail stores during sales tax holidays in two other states before. “We



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Mr. Warren was preceded in death by his father, Archable Hickman Warren; his mother, Maria Seldon Warren. He is survived by his wife,


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Rainfall Recorded at the Vicksburg Water Plant Past 24 hours.........................N/A This month..............4.81 inches Total/year.............. 25.72 inches Normal/month......0.10 inches Normal/year........ 33.54 inches Solunar table Most active times for fish and wildlife Monday: A.M. Active..........................11:07 A.M. Most active................. 4:55 P.M. Active...........................11:30 P.M. Most active.................. 5:19 Sunrise/sunset Sunset today........................ 8:00 Sunset tomorrow............... 8:00 Sunrise tomorrow.............. 6:18

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Pakistan floods blamed for 800 deaths

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Marc Mezvinsky, from left, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Chelsea Clinton and father-in-law former President Bill Clinton after the couple’s wedding Saturday.

Chelsea Clinton is Mrs. Marc Mezvinsky RHINEBECK, N.Y. (AP) — Chelsea Clinton married her longtime boyfriend Saturday night at an exclusive estate along New York’s Hudson River. Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton announced in a statement that their daughter wed investment banker Marc Mezvinsky after weeks of secrecy and buildup that had celebrity watchers flocking to the small village of Rhinebeck for the evening nuptials. “Today, we watched with great pride and overwhelming emotion as Chelsea and Marc wed in a beautiful ceremony at Astor Courts, surrounded by family and their close friends,” the Clintons said. “We could not have asked for a more perfect day to celebrate the beginning of their life together, and we are so happy to welcome Marc into our family. On behalf of the newlyweds, we want to give special thanks to the people of Rhinebeck for welcoming us and to everyone for their wellwishes on this special day.” More than 400 guests were expected at the historic estate. Details of the wedding were kept fanatically close to the vest, with shopkeepers, innkeepers, vendors and restaurateurs sworn to secrecy.

Officials restricted airspace over the estate, and the area will remain a no-fly zone until 3:30 a.m. today. Roads were blocked off, and inconvenienced neighbors were soothed with a complimentary bottle of wine. Some of the celebrities spotted in Rhinebeck for the event included actors Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen, fashion designer Vera Wang and Madeleine Albright, who was secretary of state during Bill Clinton’s second term as president. The wedding took place at Astor Courts, a secluded estate along the Hudson River built as a Beaux Arts style playground for John Jacob Astor IV more than a century ago. The estate features the sort of commanding view that once inspired Hudson River School painters, as well as 50 acres of buffer space to shield the party from prying eyes. Chelsea Clinton and Mezvinsky were friends as teenagers in Washington, and both attended Stanford University. They now live in New York, where Mezvinsky works at G3 Capital, a Manhattan hedge fund. Mezvinsky worked previously at Goldman Sachs as an investment banker.

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NOWSHERA, Pakistan — The death toll in the massive flooding in Pakistan surged past 800 as floodwaters receded Saturday in the hard-hit northwest, an official said. The damage to roads, bridges and communications networks hindered rescuers, while the threat of disease loomed as some evacuees arrived in camps with fever, diarrhea and skin problems. As rivers swelled in Pakistan’s northwest, people sought ever-shrinking high ground or grasped for trees and fences to avoid getting swept away. Buildings simply crumbled into the raging river in Kalam, a town in the northern part of the Swat Valley, Geo TV showed Saturday. Reports coming in from districts around the northwest, where such flooding has not been seen since 1929, showed at least 800 people had died, said Mian Iftikhar Hussain,


the region’s information minister.

Jailed American admits 5 slayings PANAMA CITY — A jailed U.S. man has admitted killing five other Americans so he could take over their businesses and other properties in a Panamanian resort area, a government prosecutor said Saturday. The man’s wife refused to talk with investigators and asked for legal assistance from the U.S. Embassy, the official said. The embassy was closed Saturday and no one was available for comment. The couple, William Dathan Holbert and Laura Michelle Reese, were arrested last week as they tried to enter Nicaragua from Costa Rica and were sent back

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Mexico frees reporters nabbed by drug gang MEXICO CITY — Federal police rescued two kidnapped news cameramen in northern Mexico on Saturday, five days after they were seized by drug traffickers in a bid to get their employers to broadcast cartel messages. Monday’s kidnapping of journalists with national television networks, including the nation’s largest Televisa, shocked many Mexicans. Two other journalists abducted the same day were released earlier. Public Safety Secretary

Genaro Garcia Luna said Javier Canales of Milenio Multimedia Television and Alejandro Hernandez of Televisa were freed before dawn Saturday in the city of Gomez Palacio, where the men had been held in a residential area.

One in 30 million: Yellow lobster found PROVIDENCE, R.I. — It’s not made of gold, but a yellow lobster pulled from Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay is quite rare. Lobsterman Denny Ingram says he found the lobster in one of his pots the bay’s East Passage last week. It is golden on the top and bright yellow on both sides. Experts say the genetic feature is very rare, occurring in about 1 in 30 million lobsters. Ingram said he will keep it on display at a bayside site reserved for fishermen.





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Tough day for Braves, Madness Vicksburg squad falls in 14s semis

Braves fall after winning opening game On the move Braves get Ankiel at trade deadline Story, MLB trade roundup/B3



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Delta State golfer shot an openinground 68 to take a fourshot lead Saturday at the Warren County Championship at Clear Creek Golf Course. Complete scores/B2.


Smith out front at County tourney

Chase Smith is right back in his usual spot atop the leaderboard at the Warren County Championship. Smith birdied the last four holes and five of the last six to finish with a 4-under par 68 Saturday in the first round of the twoday tournament at Clear Creek Golf Course. The late surge allowed Smith — the three-time defending champion — to shake off a so-so effort on the front nine and take a four-shot lead over Ben Brooks. Rodney Lindsey was in third at 73. Two-time Warren County champion Mike Hurley was among four golfers who were six shots back at 74. In the Senior Men’s division, Eddie Ray shot a 77 to take a one-shot lead over Rodney McHann into today’s final round. Karen Carroll led the Ladies Championship after shooting an 89 in the first round. Gaby Davidson was three strokes back at 92. The tournament continues this morning, with the seniors teeing off at 7:30, followed by the ladies at 8. The championship flight will tee off at 10:50 a.m.


Due to a transmission problem at the Louisiana Lottery office in Baton Rouge, Saturday’s Louisiana Lottery numbers were not available. The numbers will appear in Monday’s edition. The Powerball numbers were 1-16-17-41-57. The Powerball was 15 and the power play was 3. Weekly results: B2

By Ernest Bowker As they make the transition from coach-pitch to advanced baseball, it’s only natural for the Vicksburg Braves to have their ups and downs. There will be days when the first-year pitchers struggle, or the bats go cold, and other days when everythng clicks. Days like Saturday. The Braves, a 9-year-olds’ tournament team playing up an age group, opened the 10-year-olds’ Governor’s Cup with a 13-0 shutout of the Redhats. Later in the day, they managed only two hits in a 9-0 loss to the Delta Bulldogs. “It’s the way the whole summer has been,” said Braves coach Jamie Creel, who spent 10 seasons as Vicksburg High’s coach before stepping down in June. “We’ll play one great game, then stink it up. It’s youngness and playing up, but at some point you have to find that consistency.” After the early victory, the Braves were never able to get on track in their second game of the day. Their only hits were singles by Sean Dailey and Clint Hargrave. In the second inning, Dailey singled, Christian Oakes was hit by a pitch and P.J. Mims walked to load the bases with one out. Jarfikar Parker then came on in relief for the Bulldogs and escaped the jam with a pair of strikeouts. Parker went on to strike out six batters in 2 2/3 innings. The Bulldogs took an early 3-0 lead after two innings, then blew the game open with six runs in the third. Trevor Muzzi had an RBI double, while Konner Short and Owen Jackson each singled in runs. With the loss, the Braves fell into the No. 5 seed for the elimination round. They will face the Bulldogs again today at 11 a.m. The winner advances to the semifinals.

By Jeff Byrd

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Vicksburg Braves catcher Hank Holdiness blocks up a pitch against the Delta Bulldogs Saturday at Halls Ferry Park. The Braves lost the 10-year-olds’ Governor’s Cup game, 9-0.

Below, the Vicksburg All Stars’ Trace Daily yells for time during a 6-year-olds’ game against the Madison Mavericks. The All-Stars lost, 20-12.

Billies take third Cup title When it comes to the Governor’s Cup, the Vicksburg Billies are bullies. Shane Still went 3-for-3 with a triple, double, RBI and two runs scored, and Thomas Trichell was 2-for3 with a double and two runs scored as the Billies cruised to a 13-5 win over the Monroe Outlaws in the 8-year-olds’ Governor’s Cup championship game. Monroe’s Dalton Keeper tripled and scored a run. It was the third consecutive Cup title for the Bullies in the coach-pitch division. They finished this tournament with a perfect 4-0 record and outscored their opponents 63-19.

METAIRIE, La. — Darren Sharper was an All-Pro last season, set an NFL record with 371 return yards off interceptions and was some voters’ pick for defensive player of the year. He might not even get his job back when he returns from offseason surgery on his left knee. The New Orleans Saints free safety is on the physically unable to perform list and could miss two weeks before being activated, and second-year pro Malcolm Jenkins is making his move. “One of the things that motivates Darren Sharper to work real hard in rehab right now is how well Malcolm Jenkins is doing,” New Orleans defensive coordinator Gregg Williams said Saturday. “That’s just a fact. He sees it. I see it.” Jenkins, the Saints’ firstround draft pick in 2009, finished with 55 tackles while starting six games at corner-

nfl back as a rookie. He shifted to free safety in the offseason, and is sharing reps on the first-team defense with fourth-year pro Usama Young. Jenkins provided the highlight of the first practice of training camp, flipping wide receiver Lance Moore on his head with a huge hit. “He is someone that obviously has a real good skill set, and he’s also very intelligent,” New Orleans coach Sean Payton said. “When you get a smart player that has good talent, that’s a good combination.” Williams said he always envisioned Jenkins as a safety, but originally thought it would be three or four years before he was ready to change positions. The free safety is the quarterback of the secondary, telling the corners where to line up and making quick verbal adjustments when receivers go in motion.

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Midnight madness big hit with Eagles

Jenkins pushing hard for more playing time By The Associated Press

Simpson Academy freshman Andrew Berry looks to follow in another successful line of Cougar pitchers at the MAIS school. Berry tossed a complete game two-hitter to lead the Kuhlman Coalition to the 14-year-olds’ Governor’s Cup championship Saturday at Halls Ferry Park. Berry had a one-hitter and a shutout through five innings before settling for a 10-1 victory over Bayou Baseball, a tournament team from Sterlington, La. The Coalition is made up of players from three counties. “We have some from Florence, Hazlehurst and Simpson County,” said Coalition coach Brad Warner. “We knew how good a pitcher Andrew is, so we just held him for the final game. He pitched a great game and we hit well in support of him.” The Coalition beat the Mississippi Madness of Vicksburg 12-0 in the semifinals, with Berry again playing a key role. He hit a two-run homer to spark the rout. John Bridges also drove in two runs with a fourth-inning single for the Coalition. The Madness is a 13-yearolds’ team that was playing up an age level. Coach Brad Hasty said the team viewed playing in this week’s tournament as practice for next week’s 13-year-olds’ tournament. The Madness finished 0-3 in the tournament. They lost 7-1 to the Coalition and 11-4 to Bayou Baseball in pool play. “We moved up to this level to play against the bigger kids and it was a tough day. But next week, we’ll be back in our age group,” Hasty said. The Coalition, which lost to Bayou 7-4 in pool play, came back in the final to rip 14 hits

By Ernest Bowker

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton watches the team stretch before Saturday morning’s practice. That timetable has accelerated. “I’m preparing to be a starter,” Jenkins said. “That’s what I want to do, but we’ll see how this camp comes out. Depending on how Darren’s injury works out, I’m just trying to get all the experience I can so if I do get in I can replicate what he did.” Sharper, a four-time Pro See Saints, Page B3.

While their opponents were home Friday night, snug in their beds after a week of exhausting two-aday practices, the Porters Chapel Eagles were going back to work. As soon as Friday turned into Saturday — 12:01 a.m., to be exact — the Eagles hit the practice field for a full two-hour workout. Saturday was the first day teams were allowed to practice in full pads, and the perfect opportunity for PCA to showcase half of its season motto “first on, last off.” “This is the definition of it. If you look in the dictionary for that, you’ll see our picture,” PCA lineman Jacob Smithey said during a 12:30 a.m. water break. “We were hyped up. Right now, I feel like I’m ready to play a game.” Running back Steven Moore agreed. “It’s real exciting. The

prep football first day of full pads, it’s what everybody’s been waiting for,” he said. “We’re the first ones in pads. Everybody else is in bed right now.” College basketball teams have done versions of “midnight madness” for years as a way to mark the first day of practice. Those events often draw hundreds or thousands of fans to noisy arenas for the event that is a glorified pep rally. The high school football version of midnight madness was much more lowkey. Fearing noise complaints from the nearby residential neighborhood, coaches nixed a plan to play music during the workout. The crowd, numbering about 25 parents, grandparents, family members and friends, was far smaller See PCA, Page B3.


Sunday, August 1, 2010

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Baseball M-Braves’ slide continues at Huntsville The Mississippi Braves’ second half is quickly turning into a carbon copy of the first. Andre Lamontagne and Chris Cody combined for a four-hit shutout Saturday as the Huntsville Stars beat the M-Braves 5-0. It was the 12th loss in 16 games for the M-Braves, who had a sevengame winning streak before the Southern League all-star break July 11-13. They fell to 16-19, and are five games behind Mobile in the South Division. The M-Braves finished in fourth place in the first half. Taylor Green went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs for Huntsville, and Brett Lawrie was 2-for-2 with a solo homer, a pair of walks and two runs scored. Lamontagne (3-0) threw five innings to earn the win and Cody threw the last four to notch his first save of the season. Each pitcher allowed two hits, one walk and struck out three.

NASCAR Busch zips to win in Nationwide race NEWTON, Iowa — Kyle Busch raced to his sixth victory in his last seven Nationwide starts and ninth of the season Saturday night, leading 209 of 250 laps in a dominating run at Iowa Speedway. Busch moved a victory away from the series season victory record of 10 he shares with Sam Ard. Busch, a 10-time winner in 2008, is second in series history with 39 victories — nine behind Mark Martin’s record. Kevin Harvick was second, followed by Jason Leffler and Brad Keselowski in front of a standingroom only crowd of roughly 55,000. Trevor Bayne, who became the first Nationwide driver in 18 years to capture three consecutive poles earlier Saturday, finished fifth. Keselowski increased his series points lead over Carl Edwards to 231.


BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Aug. 1 1936 — The Olympic Games open in Berlin. The opening ceremony is presided over by Adolf Hitler. 1945 — New York’s Mel Ott hits his 500th home run in a 9-2 victory over the Boston Braves at the Polo Grounds. Only Babe Ruth with 714 and Jimmie Foxx with 527 have more. 1990 — Arkansas jumps to the Southeastern Conference, severing its 76-year tie to the troubled Southwest Conference. 1996 — Michael Johnson wins Olympic gold in the 200 meters in a record 19.32 seconds, becoming the first male to win the 200 and 400 in a single games. Dan O’Brien wins gold in the decathlon, four years after failing to make the U.S. Olympic team.

2010 Governor’s Cup 6-year-olds

All games played at BMX field Saturday Vicksburg All-Stars 20, Cobras 10 Clinton All-Stars 15, Madison Mavs 0 Clinton Stars 14, Lightning 12 Mavericks 20, Vicksburg All-Stars 12 Clinton Stars 15, Cobras 2 Clinton All-Stars 17, Lightning 2 Vicksburg All-Stars 20, Lightning 11 Madison Mavericks 15, Cobras 0 Today Clinton All-Stars vs. Madison Mavs, 1 p.m. Clinton Stars vs. Vicksburg All-Stars, 2:20 p.m. Championship game, 3:40 p.m. ­­———


All games played at American field Friday Blue Jays 19, Bulls 1 Billies 18, Blue Jays 7 Saturday Billies 15, Outlaws 0 Outlaws 20, Bulls 1 Billies 17, Bulls 7 Outlaws 15, Blue Jays 12 Billies 13, Outlaws 5, Vicksburg Billies win title ­­———


Saturday Blazers 13, Warriors 6 Cardinals 7, Choctaw Baseball 6 Terror 8, Delta Bulldogs 7 Vicksburg Braves 13, Redhats 0 Tigers 18, Blackhats 3 Strokers 9, Culkin Cardinals 4 Blazers 11, Tigers 10 Terror 8, Choctaw Baseball 2 Delta Bulldogs 9, Vicksburg Braves 0 Strokers 12, Blackhats 2 Warriors 23, Redhats 6 Warriors 8, Choctaw Baseball 7 Tigers 14, Redhats 1 Culkin Cardinals vs. Blackhats, (n) Today Strokers vs. Warriors*, 11 a.m. Bulldogs vs. Vickburg Braves#, 11 a.m. Blazers vs. Tigers*, 1 p.m. Terror vs. Cardinals or Blackhats#, 1 p.m. Semifinals*#, 3 p.m. Championship game*, 5 p.m. * at National field # at Bluff field % at American field ­­———


Games at Delta, Bluff and Ladies fields Saturday Mudslingers 8, Lions 8 Warriors 9, FH Sluggers 4 Venom 8, Mudslingers 3 Militia, 15, FH Sluggers 7 East Quachita 12, Militia 6 Warriors 12, Lions 2 Venom 13, East Quachita 4 Mudslingers 9, Militia 8 East Ouachita 9, Lions 8 Venom 10, FH Sluggers 2 Today All games at Delta field Tigers vs. Mudslingers, 1 p.m. East Ouachita vs. Venom, 3 p.m. Championship game, 5 p.m. ­­———


Saturday All games at Babe Ruth field Coalition 7, Madness 1 Bayou Baseball 7, Madness 4 Bayou Baseball 11, Coalition 4 Coalition 12, Madness 0 Coalition 10, Bayou Baseball 1, Coalition wins title ­­———


Games at Babe Ruth Field and Bazinsky Field Friday Vicksburg Gators 6, Best 5 SWMS Braves 3, White Sox 2 Clinton 10, Gators 7 Braves 8, Port Gibson Jaguars 0 Saturday All games at Bazinsky Field Tri-County 6, The Other Team 5 Sox 7, Port Gibson 6 Best 8, The Other Team 0 Tri-County 10, Clinton 1 Braves 13, Port Gibson 4 Tri-County 5, The Other Team 4 Vicksburg Best vs. Clinton, (n) Sunday All games at Bazinsky Field Vicksburg Gators vs. Sox, 11 a.m. Semifinals, 1 and 3 p.m. Championship game, 5 p.m.

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W New York.......................66 Tampa Bay....................64 Boston...........................59 Toronto..........................54 Baltimore.......................32

L 37 39 45 50 72

Central Division

W Chicago.........................58 Minnesota......................58 Detroit............................52 Kansas City...................44 Cleveland.......................43

L 45 46 51 60 61

Pct GB .641 — .621 2 .567 7 1/2 .519 12 1/2 .308 34 1/2 Pct GB .563 — .558 1/2 .505 6 .423 14 1/2 .413 15 1/2

West Division

W L Pct GB Texas.............................61 43 .587 — Oakland.........................52 51 .505 8 1/2 Los Angeles..................53 53 .500 9 Seattle...........................39 66 .371 22 1/2 Friday’s Late Game L.A. Angels 9, Texas 7 Saturday’s Games Cleveland 2, Toronto 1 Boston 5, Detroit 4 Oakland 6, Chicago White Sox 2 Kansas City 4, Baltimore 3 N.Y. Yankees 5, Tampa Bay 4 Minnesota 4, Seattle 0 Texas 2, L.A. Angels 1 Today’s Games Cleveland (J.Gomez 1-0) at Toronto (Litsch 1-4), 12:07 p.m. Detroit (Verlander 12-6) at Boston (C.Buchholz 11-5), 12:35 p.m. N.Y. Yankees (Sabathia 13-4) at Tampa Bay (J.Shields 9-9), 12:40 p.m. Oakland (G.Gonzalez 9-6) at Chicago White Sox (Floyd 6-8), 1:05 p.m. Baltimore (Millwood 2-10) at Kansas City (Chen 5-5), 1:10 p.m. Seattle (French 0-1) at Minnesota (Liriano 9-7), 1:10 p.m. Texas (Cl.Lee 9-4) at L.A. Angels (Jer.Weaver 9-7), 2:35 p.m. Monday’s Games Toronto at N.Y. Yankees, 6:05 p.m. Cleveland at Boston, 6:10 p.m. Minnesota at Tampa Bay, 6:10 p.m. Kansas City at Oakland, 9:05 p.m.

National League East Division

W Atlanta...........................59 Philadelphia...................56 Florida............................53 New York.......................53 Washington....................46

L 44 48 51 51 58

Central Division

W St. Louis........................58 Cincinnati.......................58 Milwaukee......................48 Chicago.........................46 Houston.........................44 Pittsburgh......................36

L 46 47 57 58 59 67

The Vicksburg Post

Pct GB — .558 .552 1/2 .457 10 1/2 .442 12 .427 13 1/2 .350 21 1/2

West Division

W L Pct GB San Diego.....................60 42 .588 — San Francisco...............60 45 .571 1 1/2 Colorado........................54 50 .519 7 Los Angeles..................54 50 .519 7 Arizona..........................38 66 .365 23 Friday’s Late Games St. Louis 1, Pittsburgh 0, 10 innings Florida 4, San Diego 2 San Francisco 6, L.A. Dodgers 5 Saturday’s Games Cincinnati 5, Atlanta 2 San Francisco 2, L.A. Dodgers 1 Houston 6, Milwaukee 0 Washington 7, Philadelphia 5 N.Y. Mets 5, Arizona 4 St. Louis 11, Pittsburgh 1 Colorado 6, Chicago Cubs 5 Florida 6, San Diego 4 Today’s Games Arizona (D.Hudson 0-0) at N.Y. Mets (Niese 7-4), 12:10 p.m. Atlanta (Hanson 8-7) at Cincinnati (Volquez 1-1), 12:10 p.m. Philadelphia (Hamels 7-7) at Washington (Lannan 2-5), 12:35 p.m. Milwaukee (Ra.Wolf 7-9) at Houston (W.Wright 0-1), 1:05 p.m. Pittsburgh (Duke 5-9) at St. Louis (Wainwright 14-6), 1:15 p.m. Chicago Cubs (Silva 10-4) at Colorado (De La Rosa 3-3), 2:10 p.m. Florida (Jo.Johnson 10-3) at San Diego (Garland 9-7), 3:05 p.m. L.A. Dodgers (Kershaw 10-5) at San Francisco (M.Cain 8-8), 7:05 p.m. Monday’s Games Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 6:05 p.m. N.Y. Mets at Atlanta, 6:10 p.m. Milwaukee at Chicago Cubs, 7:05 p.m. Houston at St. Louis, 7:15 p.m. Washington at Arizona, 8:40 p.m. San Diego at L.A. Dodgers, 9:10 p.m.


Atlanta Cincinnati ab r h bi ab r h bi Infante 2b 5 1 3 0 BPhllps 2b 4 0 0 0 Heywrd rf 5 1 0 0 OCarer ss 4 0 1 0 C.Jones 3b 3 0 0 0 Votto 1b 4 0 1 0 McCnn c 3 0 3 0 Rolen 3b 3 2 2 1 Glaus 1b 4 0 0 0 Gomes lf 4 1 1 0 Hinske lf 3 0 0 1 FCordr p 0 0 0 0 AlGnzlz ss 4 0 0 0 Bruce rf 3 1 1 1 MeCarr cf 4 0 1 0 Stubbs cf 4 0 0 0 Jurrjns p 2 0 0 0 Hanign c 3 1 1 2 Moylan p 0 0 0 0 Arroyo p 2 0 0 0 MDunn p 0 0 0 0 L.Nix ph 1 0 1 0 Conrad ph 1 0 0 0 Rhodes p 0 0 0 0 Masset p 0 0 0 0 Heisey lf 0 0 0 0 Totals 34 2 7 1 Totals 32 5 8 4 Atlanta......................................200 000 000 — 2 Cincinnati.................................000 100 40x — 5 E—Ale.Gonzalez (1), Me.Cabrera (4), Hanigan (4). DP—Cincinnati 2. LOB—Atlanta 9, Cincinnati 5. 2B—Infante (9), O.Cabrera (24), Rolen (21), Hanigan (7). HR—Rolen (18). IP H R ER BB SO Atlanta Jurrjens L,3-4 6 2-3 8 5 5 0 6 Moylan 1-3 0 0 0 0 0 M.Dunn 1 0 0 0 2 2 Cincinnati Arroyo W,11-6 7 4 2 1 3 3 Rhodes H,20 1-3 1 0 0 0 0 Masset H,12 2-3 0 0 0 0 0 F.Cordero S,28-34 1 2 0 0 0 2 HBP—by Arroyo (Jurrjens). Umpires—Home, Angel Campos; First, Alfonso Marquez; Second, Tim Timmons; Third, Bob Davidson. T—2:53. A—41,611 (42,319).

minor league baseball Southern League North Division

W x-Tennessee (Cubs)......21 Huntsville (Brewers)......19 Carolina (Reds).............17 Chattanooga (Dodgers).15 West Tenn (Mariners)...15

L 14 16 18 19 20

Pct. .600 .543 .486 .441 .429

GB — 2 4 5 1/2 6

W L Pct. Mobile (Diamondbacks).20 13 .606 x-Jacksonville (Marlins).20 15 .571 Montgomery (Rays).......17 17 .500 Mississippi (Braves)...16 19 .457 Birm. (White Sox)..........13 22 .371 x-clinched first half ——— Saturday’s Games Huntsville 5, Mississippi 0 Jacksonville 3, Carolina 1 Tennessee 9, West Tenn 1 Birmingham 6, Chattanooga 1 Montgomery at Mobile, (n) Sunday’s Games Mississippi at Huntsville, 1 p.m. Jacksonville at Carolina, 1 p.m. West Tenn at Tennessee, 4 p.m. Chattanooga at Birmingham, 5:05 p.m. Montgomery at Mobile, 6:05 p.m. Monday’s Games Birmingham at Jacksonville, 6:05 p.m. West Tenn at Chattanooga, 6:15 p.m. Carolina at Huntsville, 7 p.m. Mobile at Mississippi, 7:05 p.m. Tennessee at Montgomery, 7:05 p.m.

GB — 1 3 1/2 5 8

South Division

golf Warren County Championship First-round scores At Clear Creek Golf Course


Championship flight Chase Smith.......................................................... 68 Ben Brooks............................................................ 72 Rodney Lindsey.................................................... 73 Joel Greer............................................................. 74 Mike Hurley........................................................... 74 Parker Rutherford.................................................. 74 Zach Shiers........................................................... 74 Bob Davidson........................................................ 74 Matt Hossley......................................................... 74 Flight 2 Chad Henley......................................................... 75 Chris Whittington................................................... 75 Todd Brown........................................................... 75 Marlo Lamela........................................................ 76 Chris Ingram.......................................................... 77 Dave Kuchman...................................................... 77 Hunt Gilliland......................................................... 77 John Caldwell........................................................ 77 Herby Poole.......................................................... 78 Flight 3 Barry Palmertree................................................... 78 Casey Pressley..................................................... 78 Issac Williams....................................................... 78 John Ferguson...................................................... 78 Quinton Lovins...................................................... 78 Javier Torres......................................................... 80 Joe Grayson.......................................................... 80 Phillip Young......................................................... 80 Robert Portwood................................................... 80 Flight 4 Matthew Bell.......................................................... 80 Nade Ellis.............................................................. 80 Nick Mekus............................................................ 81 Rocky Shiers......................................................... 81 Don Lagrone......................................................... 82 Doug Lee............................................................... 82 Jeff Cowan............................................................ 82 John McKeown...................................................... 82 Terry Jackson........................................................ 82 Flight 5 John Reid Golding................................................ 82 Chris Jackson........................................................ 83 Robby Stabler....................................................... 83 Trey Martin............................................................ 83 Ben Webb............................................................. 84 Bill Kelly................................................................. 84 Donald Carter........................................................ 84 Hugh Hasty........................................................... 85 Jim Warren............................................................ 85 Flight 6 Bob Burr................................................................ 85 Dustin Simmons.................................................... 85 David Coulon......................................................... 87 John Harrigill......................................................... 87 Keith Ehrhardt....................................................... 87 Clyde Ellis............................................................. 88 Daniel Greer.......................................................... 88 Jake Tarnabine..................................................... 88 Tom Corbin........................................................... 88 Flight 7 Daryle Whittington................................................. 89 Jay Prince............................................................. 89 Neil Ferrell............................................................. 89 Mike Channell....................................................... 90 Robert Carroll........................................................ 90 Matt Ledbetter....................................................... 92 Michael Dill............................................................ 93 Austin Golding....................................................... 95 Flight 8 David Rogillio........................................................ 96 Derek Nugent........................................................ 96 Glen Ward............................................................. 98 Mickle Heyward..................................................... 98 Brian Patterson................................................... 101 Sam Bracatto...................................................... 105 Louis Emery........................................................ 112

Senior Men’s

Championship flight Eddie Ray.............................................................. 77 Rodney McHann................................................... 78 Bob Walters........................................................... 80 Winters Calvin....................................................... 82 Charles Marshall................................................... 83 Pete Johnson........................................................ 83 Flight 2 Brad Heisler.......................................................... 86 Larry Grant............................................................ 87 Albert Parkerson................................................... 88 Don Watt............................................................... 95 Max Reed.............................................................. 99

Sprint Cup

Pennsylvania 500 Lineup

St. Aloysius

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Aug. 20................#Ocean Springs................. 6 Aug. 27......... at Lawrence County............ 7:30 Sept. 3........................ Hattiesburg............ 7:30 Sept. 10............................Natchez............ 7:30 Sept. 17...............................OPEN Sept. 24...........*Northwest Rankin............ 7:30 Oct. 1.......................*at Greenville................. 7

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Warren Central Pct GB .573 — .538 3 1/2 .510 6 1/2 .510 6 1/2 .442 13 1/2

Porters Chapel Aug. 20.............Tallulah Academy............ 7:30 Aug. Prairie View............ 7:30 Sept. 3 ..............River Oaks (La.)............ 7:30 Sept. 10.. *at University Christian............ 7:30 Sept. 17........ at Trinity Episcopal............ 7:30 Sept. 24............ Prentiss Christian............ 7:30 Oct. 1................ *Russell Christian................. 7 Oct. Tri-County................. 7 Oct. 15............................Riverfield................. 7 Oct. 22............... at Central Hinds . .............. 7 Oct. 29....... *at Newton Academy................. 7 *District 5-A game


2010 Schedules

Aug. 20........................... #Gulfport................. 8 Aug. 27................................OPEN Sept. 3 ................ Richwood (La.)............ 7:30 Sept. Tylertown............ 7:30 Sept. 17........ at Lawrence County............ 7:30 Sept. 24......................... *Grenada............ 7:30 Oct. 1.......... *at Northwest Rankin................. 7 Oct. 8........................... *Greenville................. 7 Oct. 15.......... *at Madison Central................. 7 Oct. 22.............................. *Murrah................. 7 Oct. 29.................*Warren Central................. 7 Nov. 5...........................*at Clinton................. 7 *Division 2-6A game #Red Carpet Bowl at Vicksburg

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Championship flight Karen Carroll......................................................... 89 Gaby Davidson...................................................... 92 Linda McHann....................................................... 93 Flight 2 Suzanne Hurley..................................................... 99 Laura Lee............................................................ 105

prep football Aug. 20....................... Pelahatchie............ 7:30 Aug. 27........ at Tallulah Academy............ 7:30 Sept. 3 ............Greenville-St. Joe............ 7:30 Sept. 10.......... at Madison-St. Joe............ 7:30 Sept. 17...............................OPEN Sept. 24..............*at Bogue Chitto............ 7:30 Oct. 1.................................*Dexter................. 7 Oct. 8................................. *Salem................. 7 Oct. 15..........................*Cathedral................. 7 Oct. 22...................... *at Mt. Olive................. 7 Oct. 29.................... *West Lincoln................. 7 Nov. 5.................... *at Sebastopol................. 7 *Division 4-1A game

Oct. 8.................*Madison Central................. 7 Oct. 15..........................*at Murrah................. 7 Oct. 22.............................. *Clinton................. 7 Oct. 29..................... *at Vicksburg................. 7 Nov. 5........................ *at Grenada................. 7 *Division 2-6A game #Red Carpet Bowl at Vicksburg

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After Friday qualifying; race today At Pocono Raceway Long Pond, Pa. Lap length: 2.5 miles (Car number in parentheses) 1. (14) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 171.393. 2. (42) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 171.096. 3. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 170.371. 4. (24) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 170.222. 5. (39) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 169.936. 6. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 169.901. 7. (43) A J Allmendinger, Ford, 169.879. 8. (31) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 169.77. 9. (1) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 169.696. 10. (5) Mark Martin, Chevrolet, 169.613. 11. (12) Brad Keselowski, Dodge, 169.543. 12. (16) Greg Biffle, Ford, 169.447. 13. (2) Kurt Busch, Dodge, 169.44. 14. (29) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 169.163. 15. (77) Sam Hornish Jr., Dodge, 169.122. 16. (9) Kasey Kahne, Ford, 169.1. 17. (20) Joey Logano, Toyota, 169.024. 18. (6) David Ragan, Ford, 168.995. 19. (47) Marcos Ambrose, Toyota, 168.7. 20. (88) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 168.672. 21. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 168.669. 22. (71) Bobby Labonte, Chevrolet, 168.602. 23. (98) Paul Menard, Ford, 168.413. 24. (00) David Reutimann, Toyota, 168.366. 25. (99) Carl Edwards, Ford, 168.347. 26. (17) Matt Kenseth, Ford, 168.294. 27. (82) Scott Speed, Toyota, 168.083. 28. (56) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 167.951. 29. (19) Elliott Sadler, Ford, 167.813. 30. (46) J.J. Yeley, Dodge, 167.629. 31. (83) Reed Sorenson, Toyota, 167.37. 32. (38) Travis Kvapil, Ford, 167.33. 33. (87) Joe Nemechek, Toyota, 167.156. 34. (78) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 166.988.

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(09) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 166.988. (55) Michael McDowell, Toyota, 166.979. (37) David Gilliland, Ford, 166.457. (66) Dave Blaney, Toyota, 166.392. (36) Casey Mears, Chevrolet, 166.322. (33) Clint Bowyer, Chevrolet, 165.511. (34) Kevin Conway, Ford, Owner Points. (7) P.J. Jones, Toyota, Owner Points. (64) Todd Bodine, Toyota, 166.276.

Sprint Cup standings

Through July 25 1. Kevin Harvick............................................... 2,920 2. Jeff Gordon.................................................. 2,736 3. Denny Hamlin.............................................. 2,660 4. Jimmie Johnson........................................... 2,659 5. Kurt Busch................................................... 2,658 6. Kyle Busch................................................... 2,630 7. Jeff Burton................................................... 2,615 8. Matt Kenseth................................................ 2,573 9. Tony Stewart................................................ 2,544 10. Carl Edwards............................................. 2,496 11. Greg Biffle.................................................. 2,462 12. Clint Bowyer............................................... 2,446 13. Mark Martin................................................ 2,384 14. Dale Earnhardt Jr...................................... 2,353 15. Ryan Newman........................................... 2,299 ———

Nationwide Series U.S. Cellular 250 Results

Saturday At Iowa Speedway Newton, Iowa Lap length: .875 miles (Start position in parentheses) 1. (2) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 250 laps, 195 points. 2. (7) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 250, 175. 3. (6) Jason Leffler, Toyota, 250, 165. 4. (4) Brad Keselowski, Dodge, 250, 160. 5. (1) Trevor Bayne, Toyota, 250, 160. 6. (5) Steve Wallace, Toyota, 250, 150. 7. (12) Michael Annett, Toyota, 250, 146. 8. (8) Justin Allgaier, Dodge, 250, 142. 9. (9) Matt DiBenedetto, Toyota, 250, 138. 10. (16) Carl Edwards, Ford, 250, 134. 11. (17) Josh Wise, Chevrolet, 250, 130. 12. (20) Shelby Howard, Chevrolet, 250, 127. 13. (26) Michael McDowell, Dodge, 250, 124. 14. (13) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 250, 121. 15. (15) Drew Herring, Ford, 250, 118. 16. (30) Paul Menard, Ford, 250, 115. 17. (22) Mike Bliss, Chevrolet, 250, 112. 18. (23) Steve Arpin, Chevrolet, 250, 109. 19. (28) Joe Nemechek, Chevrolet, 250, 106. 20. (33) Jeremy Clements, Chevrolet, 249, 103. 21. (35) Kenny Wallace, Chevrolet, 247, 100. 22. (32) Blake Koch, Chevrolet, 246, 97. 23. (41) Robert Richardson Jr., Chevy, 245, 94. 24. (38) John Wes Townley, Ford, 244, 91. 25. (36) John Borneman III, Ford, 244, 88. 26. (11) Jason Keller, Chevrolet, 244, 85. 27. (31) Tayler Malsam, Toyota, 242, 82. 28. (39) Mike Wallace, Chevy, accident, 201, 79. 29. (34) Tony Raines, suspension, 166, 76. 30. (3) Brian Scott, Toyota, accident, 162, 73. 31. (25) Brendan Gaughan, accident, 93, 70. 32. (42) Colin Braun, Ford, accident, 90, 67. 33. (18) Brian Keselowski, accident, 90, 64. 34. (14) Mark Green, Chevrolet, accident, 90, 61. 35. (19) Morgan Shepherd, accident, 43, 58. 36. (27) Reed Sorenson, Toyota, accident, 41, 55. 37. (10) Kevin Lepage, Toyota, brakes, 33, 52. 38. (24) Danny O’Quinn Jr., brakes, 24, 49. 39. (40) Brad Baker, Ford, brakes, 20, 46. 40. (37) Tim Schendel, transmission, 18, 43. 41. (21) Chase Miller, Chevrolet, brakes, 16, 40. 42. (43) Dennis Setzer, Dodge, handling, 9, 37. 43. (29) Jeff Green, Chevy, transmission, 2, 34. Race Statistics Average Speed of Race Winner: 104.222 mph. Time of Race: 2 hours, 5 minutes, 56 seconds. Margin of Victory: 2.030 seconds. Caution Flags: 6 for 27 laps. Lead Changes: 7 among 3 drivers. Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Led, Laps Led): K.Busch, 4 times for 209 laps; T.Bayne, 2 times for 21 laps; K.Harvick, 1 time for 20 laps.

Nationwide Series standings 1. Brad Keselowski......................................... 2. Carl Edwards.............................................. 3. Kyle Busch.................................................. 4. Justin Allgaier............................................. 5. Paul Menard............................................... 6. Kevin Harvick.............................................. 7. Steve Wallace............................................. 8. Trevor Bayne.............................................. 9. Brendan Gaughan...................................... 10. Jason Leffler.............................................

3,349 3,118 2,876 2,833 2,620 2,609 2,488 2,365 2,347 2,326

transactions BASEBALL

Major League Baseball

MLB—Rescinded the four-game suspension for Atlanta LHP Jonny Venters, deciding he didn’t purposely throw at Milwaukee’s Prince Fielder.


National Football League

CLEVELAND BROWNS—Agreed to terms with CB Joe Haden on a five-year contract. DENVER BRONCOS—Agreed to terms with WR Demaryius Thomas. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS—Signed CB Kevin Thomas. NEW YORK GIANTS—Signed DT Linval Joseph to a multiyear contract. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES—Signed WR Kelley Washington to a one-year contract. Released Jared Perry. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS—Announced the retirement of WR Sean Morey. Placed OL Chester Pitts, FB Owen Schmitt and CB Josh Pinkard on the active/physically-unable-to-perform list. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS—Agreed to terms with DT Gerald McCoy on a five-year contract and OT Donald Penn on a six-year contract.

lottery Sunday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 0-2-6 La. Pick 4: 3-3-1-2 Monday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 1-1-1 La. Pick 4: 5-6-2-2 Tuesday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 8-6-6 La. Pick 4: 6-7-0-7 Wednesday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 9-3-8 La. Pick 4: 7-4-2-1 Easy 5: 1-24-25-26-27 La. Lotto: 1-8-14-18-19-30 Powerball: 1-11-20-25-27 Powerball: 2; Power play: 5 Thursday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 2-9-8 La. Pick 4: 2-1-8-0 Friday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 5-7-8 La. Pick 4: 4-3-1-4 Saturday’s drawing La. Pick 3: n/a La. Pick 4: n/a Easy 5: n/a La. Lotto: n/a Powerball: 1-16-17-41-57 Powerball: 15; Power play: 3

Sunday, August 1, 2010

The Vicksburg Post


Braves acquire Ankiel, Farnsworth

All-stars on move at trade deadline

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Atlanta Braves made a five-player deal Saturday to upgrade their outfield and an already formidable bullpen, acquiring Rick Ankiel and right-hander Kyle Farnsworth from Kansas City for three players. The NL East leaders are trying to fend off a charge by second-place Philadelphia, which had cut a sevengame deficit to 3 1/2 entering play today. The Phillies also made one of baseball’s most high-profile trades this week, acquiring starter Roy Oswalt from Houston. Atlanta sent reliever Jesse Chavez, outfielder Gregor Blanco and minor league pitcher Tim Collins to the Royals. Kansas City included cash in the deal. Ankiel joins an outfield that currently features rookie Jason Heyward in right, Melky Cabrera in center and Eric Hinske in left. The Braves demoted struggling outfielder Nate McLouth — who started a team-leading 52 games in center — to the minors four days ago with a .168 average.

By Ben Walker AP baseball writer

“Ankiel’s a tremendous outfielder, a great athlete,” third baseman Chipper Jones said. “Hopefully he helps solidify things out there in center.” The 31-year-old Ankiel batted .261 with four homers and 15 RBIs in 27 games for the Royals, who signed him to a one-year, $3.25 million deal. He has missed time with an injured right thigh. “I know he hasn’t played much, but since he’s been back, he’s played well,” manager Bobby Cox said. “He’s great defensively. He’s really, really good.” Atlanta’s offense has struggled lately, but still ranks among the top in the NL. The Braves are fifth in batting average and runs scored. Farnsworth joins a bullpen that is already one of the NL’s best, bringing the Braves a hard thrower who can help them get to closer Billy Wagner. The 34-year-old Farnsworth is 3-0 with a 2.42 ERA. He’s in the second year of a two-year, $9.25 million deal. Atlanta’s bullpen leads the NL with 21 wins and is second to San Diego with a 3.22 ERA.

The associated press

Kansas City Royals outfielder Rick Ankiel, above, was traded to the Atlanta Braves on Saturday. The Braves also got reliever Kyle Farnsworth in exchange for pitchers Jesse Chavez and Tim Collins, and outfielder Gregor Blanco. “Farnsworth — we know he can be really dominant,” Jones said. “I think that moves our bullpen to top-notch. When we get to the seventh inning with a lead, I like our chances.” Both players were expected to join the Braves for the final game of their series against the Cincinnati Reds today. The Reds won 5-2 on Saturday. The Royals got three young players in the deal, the latest in a flurry of moves. Kansas City recently traded outfielder

Scott Podsednik to the Los Angeles Dodgers and infielder Alberto Callaspo to the Los Angeles Angels. “It’s been busy,” Royals general manager Dayton Moore said. “I’m very comfortable with our strategy. It all unfolded originally with Alberto Callaspo and Scott Podsednik. We felt we needed to get out in front, figuring it was going to be a busy trade deadline.”

Cabrera’s blunder costly to Braves CINCINNATI (AP) — The ball deflected off the greenpadded post in the outfield wall and rolled to Melky Cabrera, who whirled and threw. The left hand went forward. The ball went sideways. The race was on. Ryan Hanigan doubled home two runs and kept going when the ball slipped away from the Atlanta Braves center fielder, rounding the bases on the pivotal play of the Cincinnati Reds’ 5-2 victory Saturday, one that came down to one wacky moment. “Just an unfortunate play out there in center — whatever that was,” Atlanta’s Chipper Jones said. It was an unfortunate day for the NL East leaders in a couple of ways. The Braves lost leadoff hitter Martin Prado to a hand injury, another setback to a struggling lineup. Later, they traded to upgrade their outfield and bullpen.

The associated press

Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann, right, tags out Cincinnati ‘s Orlando Cabrera at home plate in the first inning Saturday. Center field was the problem in this one. Hanigan doubled off Jair Jurrjens (3-4), who has yet to win on the road. Two runs scored while Cabrera chased the ball to the wall. When the outfielder turned and threw quickly, the ball slipped from his hand and rolled across the outfield, allowing the catcher to chug home on the weird error. “I saw it as I was rounding second,” Hanigan said. “I knew I had a chance. It was

one of those things. It was good timing. I was in a position where I was deciding whether to go to third. I saw the ball come off and it made my decision pretty easy.” Bronson Arroyo (11-6) gave up five hits in seven innings. Francisco Cordero, who took the loss in Atlanta’s 6-4 win on Friday night, got booed when he was introduced to start the ninth. He gave up a pair of singles, then got Jason Heyward on a called third strike for his 28th save in 34 tries.



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against two Bayou pitchers. That was more than enough for Berry, who struck out four and walked two. “We made too many errors in the first game against them. I guess I had a good game in the last one,” Berry said. Bayou coach Rock Frost said his team might have gotten too fat after winning both of its pool games. “It may have been the burgers. We got too many of them at What-A-Burger,” Frost said with a laugh. The Coalition jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the second inning as leadoff man Domi-

nic Morris delivered a tworun single. Morris finished with three hits, a run scored and three RBIs. The third of four errors by Bayou set up two runs in the fourth that extended the Coalition’s lead to 6-0. In the sixth, Tyler Mason and Morris each drove in runs to make it 9-0. Bayou got its lone run in the bottom of the sixth when Austin Haymen singled in Austin Mills with two out. Mason assisted the Coalition with two hits and three runs scored. DeMarcus Fuller had four hits and stole three bases.

Bowl selection who was supposed to be on the downside of his career when New Orleans signed him, played a pivotal part in the defensive turnaround that helped propel the Saints from 8-8 two years ago to Super Bowl champions. In 2008, no Saints safety had more than two interceptions. Sharper matched that total in the season opener against Detroit, finished with nine to tie for the league lead, and returned three of them for touchdowns. “We invented a couple things last year I had never done in 30 years of coaching

Heyward had doubled home a pair of runs in the 10th inning off Cordero for Atlanta’s win the previous night. The Braves will be without Prado for at least a week. Tests on Saturday found he broke the second knuckle on his right pinkie when he slid headfirst into home plate on Friday night. Prado leads the league in hits, ranks third with a .315 average, and leads the majors with 44 multihit games.

because of his unique skills,” Williams said. “If Darren is ready to go, then we’ll find another place for Malcolm to play because he’s a good enough player that he needs to play as many snaps as he can.” Sharper won’t get a free pass, though. Regardless of what he did last year, he will have to prove his health in training camp. “It’s foolish to think you can walk in and play full speed without practice,” Williams said. “The only guy that can do that is Brett Favre.”

PCA Continued from Page B1. than the one expected for the season-opener against Tallulah Academy on Aug. 20. That hardly mattered, though. The team went through a high-energy session of football drills, then ran some offensive plays into the wee hours of the morning. PCA coach John Weaver said the team fed off the sight of the crowd to bring a satisfying end to a long day. “It’s great to see,” he said.

“They saw that and said, ‘We’ve got a crowd? People want to watch us?’ I had chill bumps. It felt like we were going to a game.” The Eagles had their normal Friday morning workout, then skipped the afternoon session to rest up for the late-night affair. Some players showed up to the fieldhouse around 8 p.m. and watched movies, lifted weights and played video games. Several played for a

team called the Best in the 16-year-olds’ Governor’s Cup baseball tournament at Halls Ferry Park. “Three of them played a baseball game this afternoon. You see where their mind is,” Weaver said as he pointed to a player making a tackle just before 1 a.m. “Our team chemistry is why we’re like this. They like being around each other.” Weaver wasn’t sure whether PCA’s midnight

madness will become an annual tradition. Some fans in attendance, though, felt that it should. “I hope this is a new tradition. The kids were excited to get here. My boy left the house at 6 o’clock,” said Stephanie Brewer, whose son, Caze, is a senior lineman. “It’s pulling the school together. You’ve got parents that don’t even have kids on the field that are out here.”

Former All-Stars Jake Westbrook, Ted Lilly, Ryan Ludwick and Kerry Wood were traded Saturday as pennant contenders played a game of beat-the-clock. Lance Berkman went to the World Series champion New York Yankees after rejecting the Chicago White Sox. Octavio Dotel, Chad Qualls and Ryan Theriot also joined the playoff chase and Ryan Church highlighted a fiveplayer deal between last-place teams. The swaps came as clubs scrambled before the 4 p.m. EDT deadline for making trades without waivers. It was a day full of deals between haves and have-nots — veterans for prospects, mostly. The NL Central-leading St. Louis Cardinals were the prime players in a three-team trade, getting Westbrook from Cleveland and sending Ludwick to NL West-leading San Diego. “I’m excited to go to a club that’s contending for a playoff spot and pitch in some meaningful ballgames,” Westbrook said. “That’s why you play the game, to get a chance to play in the playoffs and I look forward to doing that.” Westbrook was scratched before he was set to start at Toronto. Ludwick leaves a crowded outfield in St. Louis. The Yankees plucked Wood from Cleveland, shortly after finishing off the deal to get Berkman from Houston. The Astros sent $4 million and Berkman, the Yankees’ new designated hitter, for reliever Mark Melancon and minor league infielder Jimmy Paredes. “You don’t want to play games that don’t have anything riding on them. This is a chance to get back into that mode of playing games that are meaningful and that there’s an excitement about,” Berkman said. A five-time All-Star, the 34-year-old Berkman was hitting only .245 with 13 home runs and 49 RBIs. The AL Central-leading White Sox had a deal in place for Berkman, general manager Kenny Williams said. But because Berkman is a 10-and-5 player — 10 years in the majors, the last five with the same team — the slugger could turn it down. Instead, he chose the Yankees. “I probably would have accepted a trade to Texas. I

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would have probably thought about a trade to Tampa. I would have accepted a trade to St. Louis and I would probably have thought about a trade to San Diego,” Berkman said. In other deals: • The Los Angeles Dodgers, seven games behind San Diego, got the left-handed Lilly, Theriot and about $2.5 million from the Chicago Cubs for infielder Blake DeWitt and minor league right-handers Kyle Smit and Brett Wallach. The Dodgers also boosted their bullpen by obtaining Dotel from Pittsburgh. • AL West-leading Texas Rangers traded catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia to Boston for pitcher Roman Mendez, first baseman Chris McGuiness, a player to be named later and cash. Texas also completed its trade for Cristian Guzman, getting the infielder and cash from Washington for righthanders Tanner Roark and Ryan Tatusko. • Tampa Bay got Qualls from Arizona for a player to be named. The 31-year-old righty reliever was 1-4 with 12 saves and an 8.29 ERA. • San Francisco sent pitcher Joe Martinez and outfielder John Bowker to Pittsburgh for left-handed reliever Javier Lopez. • Arizona sent catcher Chris Snyder, minor league shortstop Pedro Ciriaco and cash to the Pirates for outfielder Church, former AL Rookie of the Year Bobby Crosby and right-hander D.J. Carrasco in a trade between last-place teams. • Detroit traded outfielder Wilkin Ramirez to Atlanta for a player to be named or cash. • Florida got lefty reliever Will Ohman from Baltimore for minor league righty Rick VandenHurk. Teams still can make trades for the rest of the season, but it gets tricky. Players must first pass through waivers, meaning any club can get an opportunity to claim them before a deal is done. Deals must be completed before Aug. 31 for a player to be eligible for the postseason with his new team.


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Sunday, August 1, 2010

The Vicksburg Post


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Sunday, August 1, 2010

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Safety concerns take stage at Pocono There’s no reason LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Pocono Raceway keeps taking hits. Often criticized by drivers for unnecessary 500-mile races and for clogging two spots on the Sprint Cup schedule, the 2 1/2-mile triangle track is now deemed by some unsafe after an accident in the June race involving Kasey Kahne. The rally cry of “shorten the races” has morphed into “make them safer.” Track president Brandon Igdalsky is listening — and he’s promising to do what it takes to improve the track. “Do we need to make changes? Yes,” he said. Greg Biffle offered the harshest critique in a recent Sports Illustrated story, saying “they’re going to kill somebody there.” He added: “If they don’t change that racetrack — maybe not next year, maybe not three years from now — they’ll hurt somebody there.” Igdalsky wants the feedback — even as he feels Biffle overstated the danger — and has already started planning safety improvements. The track is adding more SAFER barriers in time for next year’s race and would like to install a catch fence along the nongrandstand areas. The barriers would be installed along the inside wall between turns 1 and 2 and down the “Long Pond” stretch. The barriers, a combination of steel and foam, will replace the current guard rail system. SAFER barriers are currently in place at each of NASCAR’s oval tracks and are also being installed on the road course at Watkins Glen. Kahne was involved in a huge scare in the June race when he lost control of his car in the grass, went airborne and into the trees that line the track. Had the car sailed higher, Kahne would have flipped out of the track. “The Kasey thing was a freak thing,” Igdalsky said. “He didn’t make anything out of it. Everybody else decided to talk about it.” Still, Igdalsky would like to add a catch fence there in time for 2011. Jimmie Johnson, the fourtime defending Cup champion, believes a catch fence is one of the necessary changes.

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nascar On TV Noon, ESPN Pennsylvania 500 “And not just this track, but I don’t think grass has any purpose inside the walls of a race track anymore,” he said “There’s no friction to slow down the vehicle, and then the cars just hammer the wall when that’s the case. And then you get mud and rain and a wheel can sink into the mud and flip the car over and get it flipping. We’ve seen that at Daytona and Talladega, and even here.” Add it to the Pocono wish list. The 34-year-old Igdalsky has taken a bigger role as

Sunday’s Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono International Raceway.

his grandfather, track owner Joseph Mattioli, scales back his duties. Igdalsky helped bring corporate sponsorship to the races, the first trucks race on Saturday, and has an eye on bringing back an IndyCar Series race. “We’re making some noise,” Igdalsky said. Pocono Raceway had corporate sponsorship for its June Cup race for the first time since 1996. Pocono’s June race had been called the Pocono 500 since 1997. Mattioli said last year that Pocono didn’t have sponsorship because he didn’t need the money. “I don’t need the money and if you don’t need the money, what the hell is the sense of sponsorship?” Mattioli said last June. “We call all the shots. All the VIPs on race day are our people, not the sponsor’s people.”

He said before Saturday’s trucks race the sponsorship package “was so nice we couldn’t refuse it.” Mattioli is used to criticism of his track and has made improvements. The track underwent a 10-year renovation in the 1990s, adding new crash walls, a garage area and 150-site motor home park. He had a decrepit section of track filled in 2008 with asphalt that created a patch drivers raved about. One thing he won’t do is surrender a Sprint Cup series race. Mattioli and Igdalsky are both adamant that they will never give up one of their two races. Mattioli called the idea of offering up a race “stupid.” “I know that for a fact,” Igdalsky said. “We’re not giving up any races.”

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Clear Creek Senior Golf Shamble The Clear Creek Senior Men’s Golf Association will host a “Golf Shamble” Thursday at Clear Creek Golf Course. A sign-up sheet will be posted on the bulletin board and tee time will be at 8:30 a.m.

Clear Creek Ladies weekly golf report On July 10 the Clear Creek Ladies hosted a couples golf tournament. The winners of the championship flight were Glen and Kathy Roscoe, Sherry Rosales and Charlie Jordan, Jamie and Guena Elliott, and Rodney and Linda McHann. Winners of the first flight were Bob and Gaby Davidson, Don and Melanie Biedenharn, Robert and Karen Carroll, and John and Mary McKeown. The winners in the second flight were James and Brenda Roberts, Rob and Jackie Gain, Sandy and Ben Russell, and Joy and Jody Murphy. For the men, Charlie Jordan was closest to the pin on No. 14, and Glen Roscoe was closest on No. 4. Laura Lee was closest for the women on No. 2, and Karen Carroll was closest on No. 13. On July 21 the Ladies played a game of “most 3s, real and handicap.” The winners were Mary May, Connie Kegerreis and Linda McHann. The only chip-in was made by McHann. The Ladies will play their

monthly retirees’ scramble on Wednesday. Checkin time is at 8 a.m., with tee time at 8:30. Please sign up in the Clear Creek Golf Course clubhouse by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, or call 601-638-9395 to register.

Vicksburg YMCA football/cheerleading The Vicksburg YMCA is taking registration through Aug. 21 for its grades 3-4 and grades 5-6 football/cheerleading leagues. Also needed are volunteer coaches, cheer sponsors and referees. For information please call 638-1071 or visit the Purks Branch YMCA.

Fall baseball registration Registration for the Vicksburg Parks and Recreation Department’s fall baseball league will begin on Aug. 6 and continue until sept. 6. The league is open to children ages 5-15, and the registration fee is $25 per person. Registration forms are available at the Parks and Rec office on Army Navy Drive, Just Duett Sports, and The Sports Center. For more information, call 601-634-4514.

Co-ed softball registration Registration for the Vicksburg Parks and Recreation Department’s co-ed softball league will continue until Aug. 23. The registration fee is $175 per team, plus $5 for

each non-city resident and $10 for each non-county resident. Non-county residents must be from Claiborne, Sharkey or Issaquena counties only. Registration forms are available at the Parks and Rec office on Army-Navy Drive. A mandatory coaches meeting will be held Aug. 18 at 6:30 p.m. the Parks and Rec office. For information, call 601-634-4514.

MS Elite softball tryouts Tryouts for the MS Elite 8-and-under fast-pitch softball tournament team will be held Aug. 8 at the men’s softball field at City Park. Players must have been born in 2002, and the team will play in the 2011 tournament season. For information, call Jason Smith at 601-218-4151.

YMCA soccer registration open Registration is open for the Vicksburg YMCA’s Little Kickers Soccer program. The league is open to children ages 4-6, and the registration deadline is Aug. 21. Games will be played on Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. beginning Aug. 24. Parents can register their children at the Purks YMCA from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on weekdays, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Registration fee is $40 for YMCA members and $60 for nonmembers. For information, call 601638-1071.

Vicksburg Kiwanis golf ball drop The Vicksburg Kiwanis Club is holding a Golf Ball Drop fundraiser for the Vicksburg Family Development Center on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at the Vicksburg Factory Outlet Mall. The cost is $5 per golf ball number and entrants do not have to be present to win. Tickets are available at the outlet mall office. Grand prize is $1,000, second closest is $500 and third is $200. For information, call Charlie McKinnie at 601-218-1754.

Harris first in Cup matches McKay Harris shot a twoday total of 124 over 27 holes to lead the Vicksburg team to victory in the VicksburgJackson Junior Cup, held Thursday and Friday at Clear Creek Golf Course and Vicksburg Country Club. The Vicksburg team of Harris, Conner Smith, Mack Foley, Bram Francis, Laura Phillips, Karley Whittington and Anna Fletcher shot a total of 632, beating the Jackson squad by 86 strokes. The tournament featured one player from each side playing 27 holes, three others playing 18, and three more playing 12. Foley, Smith, Harris and Whittington all won their respective age group titles. L.J. Jones (5-7-year-old boys) and Jeshanah Johnson (11-14-year-old girls) won their age groups for the Jackson team.

I’ve been involved in the final editing this past few weeks of a new book for this fall, entitled “The Holy Ghost Has a Funny Bone,” so I have been in a frame of mind to cogitate on Godly things, the which I admit that I know too little about, personally. This is the same Deity who was responsible for creating the elephant, the giraffe, and the duck-billed platypus, as well as the legless salamanders that populate our Delta blue clay a fathom deep, tunneling beneath the Swimming Hole and growing to be as big around and as long as my arm. You have to think that He was laughing at some of the things He came up with. But sometimes I catch myself wondering, “How come God made that?” I was actively pondering that just this week, when I was out at the Swimming Hole mowing, and Betsy was back toward the Mammy Grudge ditch bank, picking figs. All my life I have had fig trees in the yard, boy and man. I have never seen a wasp nest in a fig tree before. Yet when I saw Betsy waving her arms and running across the yard toward the house, I knew she had run upon some sort of stinging insect. She doesn’t run that way from snakes. Sure enough, she had picked right into a big red wasp nest, hanging from the bottom side of a big fig leaf — and fig leaves, Biblically, are large enough to preserve the modesty of original sin — man and woman, remember? However, I had never seen a fig leaf used for a wasp nest support, like my bride now pointed out vehemently to me, with the order to do something about it. I went and got the spray, and attacked the angry stinging insects which had attacked my wife, who arrived with a hoe to knock the nest down and hack it up. We then toured the rest of the fig trees to inspect for unforeseen nests of any type, although further fig-picking was consigned to me for the rest of this summer. Neither one of us has ever been allergic to wasp stings before. I was once somewhat

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incapacitated for an afternoon when I was 9 or 10, when I managed to kick into an unseen yellowjacket hive, and was stung 22 times despite having run full speed though two barbed-wire fences. We got some Benadryl down Betsy right away, but since she’s never been allergic before, didn’t worry about her having any kind of reaction. But the next morning, I was sending out prayer requests, because she woke up hurting, with her jaw and left arm swollen and red. Mark Propst, a Kairos Prison Ministry buddy in Madison, and the harmonica player on the MS Kairos Music Team we serve together on, called me with a home remedy that I had not heard of before. He had me take some meat tenderizer, make a paste of some with spit (had to be her own) and pack that on the stings, while telling me that it works better if applied immediately, of course. It worked! No doubt that it would have been better if used right after the stings, but it definitely made a difference, even 24 hours later. Next time, we’ll know. But it does beg the question: why did God make wasps, yellowjackets, ground bumblebees, and other seemingly nogood-doing stinging insects, even mosquitoes? I reckon so we’d never forget that there is evil afoot throughout the world. If I had been in charge — but I wasn’t, was I? Well, I’m gonna ask, one day. Anyhoo, by the third day Betsy was back in good health, and we have a full bottle of meat tenderizer in the kitchen. And I’m the designated fig picker for the rest of the summer.

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

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TONIGHT ON TV n MOVIE “Enemy of the State” — A former NSA operative, Gene Hackman, aids the innocent victim, Will Smith, of a politically motivated assassination cover-up./5 on FX n SPORTS NASCAR — The Sprint Cup Series’ northern swing continues with a stop at the tricky triangle of Pocono Raceway for the Pennsylvania 500./Noon on ESPN Gene Hackman n PRIMETIME “True Blood” — Sookie goes to extremes in her attempt to save Bill; Sam infiltrates a dog-fighting ring; Jason tries to uncover the truth about Crystal; Summer makes a play for Hoyt’s affections; Debbie vows revenge on Alcide; Eric tries to get information./8 on HBO

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 Tom Wilson, “Ziggy” creator, 79; Robert Cray, blues singer-musician, 57; Joe Elliott, Def Leppard singer, 51; Chuck D, Public Enemy rapper, 50; Coolio, rapper, 47; Sam Mendes, movie director, 45; Tempestt Bledsoe, actress, 37. n DEATH Suso Cecchi D’Amico — The screenwriter who emerged from the male-dominated post-war Italian cinema to become a celebrated artist and contribute to such milestones as “Bicycle Thieves” and “The Leopard,” died in Rome Saturday at age 96. Cecchi D’Amico worked with some of the most renowned Italian directors, including Franco Zeffirelli, Michelangelo Antonioni and Mario Monicelli, whose movie “Casanova 70” earned her an Oscar nomination.


Montag seeks to divorce Pratt Fifteen months after saying “I do,” reality TV stars Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt are headed for divorce. The 23-year-old starlet and plastic surgery devotee filed for divorce Friday in Santa Monica, Calif., citing irreconcilable differences. Representatives for Montag and Pratt did not respond to requests for comment. Montag began dating the 26-year-old Pratt while filming MTV’s reality show “The Hills.” The couple’s April 2009 wedding was featured on the show. Court documents show the two were legally married May 25, 2009, and separated on their one-year anniversary. The media-hungry pair published a book together last year: “How to Be Famous: Our Guide to Looking the Part, Playing the Press, and Becoming a Tabloid Fixture.” Montag filed for a legal separation on June 8, which some dismissed as a publicity stunt. In the divorce filing, she asked the court to deny spousal support to Pratt. The couple have no children.

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How about a drink in the drink? The hamburger patties, French fries and pretzels tossed into the pool at Waterworks Waterpark in Dale City, Va., were bad enough. But did a vandal really have to smear mozzarella cheese on the water slide? The park is closed until workers can drain, sanitize and refill the pool. The vandalism took place between 10 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday. A reward is offered for tips leading to an arrest.


BY BERNICE BEDE OSOL • NEWSPAPER ENTERPRISE ASSOCIATION Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) — Don’t let a good opportunity for personal gain slip past you, as long as it is ethical and legal. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — That opportunity to take advantage of something that has been outside of your immediate control could at last open up for you. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — Although you may not have been expecting to, you could learn something from observing how an associate handles a tricky matter. Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Some constructive information will emerge from a discussion with an associate who never limits his/her thinking. Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Your thinking is presently plugged into a success pattern, so don’t ignore any ideas or unique thoughts you get concerning ways or means to advance your work or career interests. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Don’t be surprised if you get not one but a couple of chances to put to good use some information you recently learned. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Go ahead and try out some of those creative ideas that you’ve been tossing around in your head lately. Pisces (Feb. 20-March 20) — It’s just like you to focus your primary thoughts on doing whatever it is you can to please those with whom you’re involved. Aries (March 21-April 19) — You’re likely to find more ways to save money, from running across a great bargain to being able to fix something that is broken yourself. Taurus (April 20-May 20) — Even though you may have to go to work, you’ll find ways to turn everything you do into a fun event. Gemini (May 21-June 20) — Someone who needs to get a big burden off his/her mind might choose you as a confidant. This person knows you will treat what is told to you with respect, and that you’ll never breathe a word of it. Cancer (June 21-July 22) — Try to engage in activities that are more mental than physical, because they’ll be more comfortable for you.


Garden State gains popularity

Yo, it’s Jersey! You got a problem with that? By Wayne Parry The Associated Press SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. — On TV these days, it may seem like it’s all Jersey, all the time. Housewives flipping tables and yanking out hair weaves. A good-natured but hot-tempered cake baker, muttering his more choice expressions in Italian. Stylists teasing up big hair. And of course, the horny, hard-drinking, foul-mouthed crew at the Jersey shore beach house. Be careful what you wish for: Long derided as an insignificant suburb of New York and Philadelphia, New Jersey has yearned for a national identity. Well, it has one now, at least on the television screens of America. And, Maddone! What an identity it is! “It’s like Dirty Jersey — kind of trashy,” said Casey Maher, 18, of Islip, N.Y. “I like it!” Maher and three friends, all from Long Island, were in Seaside Heights, standing one recent evening across the street from the now-famous, brown-shingled beach house where the cast of “Jersey Shore” was to begin filming the show’s third season. “It’s not some place you have to be all proper,” said 17-yearold D’Anna Cervone. “It’s casual living,” added 18-year-old Brittany Banks. “It’s cool here.” There are four reality TV shows set in the Garden State, and they’re among the most popular of the genre: “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” on Bravo; MTV’s “Jersey Shore,” the chronicle of 20-somethings having a blast at the beach; TLC’s “Cake Boss,” about the goings on at Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken; and Style Network’s “Jerseylicious,” about battling hair stylists in Green Brook. But the image of New Jersey that’s going out to the rest of America is loud, brash, in-your-face, big hair, small vocabulary, Italian surnames a must. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a fanatic for the state’s most famous rocker, Bruce Springsteen, says that image

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Cast members of “Jersey Shore,” from left, Sammi Giancola, Pauly “DJ Pauly D” Delvecchio and Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi participate is a false one. He said the MTV show “takes a bunch of New Yorkers, drops them at the Jersey shore, and tries to make America feel like this is New Jersey.” “I could tell people, they want to know what New Jersey really is? I welcome them to come to New Jersey any time,” he told ABC’s “This Week” TV show. “The Jersey shore is a beautiful place, and it’s a place that everybody should come on vacation this summer.” Yet even Christie himself is part of the Jersey barrage; he had a cameo role in “Cake Boss” when baker Buddy Valastro made a cake for his inauguration. “Forget New York City, we’ve been there before, that’s old hat,” said Francesca Gaffney of West Hills, Calif., who made a special trip to New Jersey to visit The Cake Boss bakery, and wasn’t even planning to stop in nearby Manhattan. “We always said if we came to the East Coast we’d come here,” the 52-year-old elemen-

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tary school teacher said of her visit, where she was near the end of the line and facing a two-hour wait — even though Valastro was in Italy that day. Gaffney said she and her friends in California have become huge fans of all things Jersey in the past two years as new shows hit the airwaves. “I’ve seen ‘Jerseylicious’ and, of course, I’ve seen ’Jersey Shore,’ every single episode, I admit it,” Gaffney said. “I just think it’s very different; in California, they don’t dress that way, they don’t act that way, they don’t look that way. It’s extremely different, so it’s a novelty — especially to Californians. They’re like, ‘Wow!’ “Oh, and ‘Housewives of New Jersey’ — everyone I know watches that. Jersey is very popular. Good for them.” Fiona Boyd of Edinburgh, Scotland, was waiting in line with her husband and sons, hoping to buy “Cake Boss” T-shirts and be among the few people wearing them in Scotland, where they watch the

program on satellite cable. The family’s trip to America consisted of a stop in Ft. Myers, Fla., where they dedicated time in their hotel catching up on new “Cake Boss” episodes they hadn’t seen at home, and taking a day trip to Hoboken. “We thought we must come here as well, to try the cakes. It’s quite a funny program and the cakes are beautiful,” she said. “Jersey Shore” has helped keep cash registers ringing in Seaside Heights. The show fistpumped nearly $3 million into the local economy during its first season, and expectations are higher this time around. (Filming just got under way here after a hiatus in Miami.) But despite the pop culture high and support of tourists, many people don’t like the Jersey stereotypes dished up as reality. The Web site www. has form letters people can download and mail to TV networks listing objections to their shows.

Bride blushes at size of gift, then refuses it Dear Abby: We sent a check to our niece a month before her marriage as a wedding gift to her and her fiance. The amount was generous, and we felt any young couple would be delighted to receive it. We also attended their out-of-state wedding. Four months after we sent the check, it had neither been cashed nor had we received any acknowledgment that it had been received. I contacted my sister to verify that it hadn’t been lost only to be told that my niece was “embarrassed by the large amount of the check and could not accept it”! Have you ever heard of such a thing? We think it is rude on multiple counts: First, evaluating the gift; second, rejecting the gift; and finally, not feeling obligated to even acknowledge it. I’m boiling mad. My sister was the one who suggested “money” when we asked what the bride could use as a gift. We always felt that any gift — large or small, liked or not — should be graciously accepted and acknowledged. Have you any thoughts on this? — Furious in Arizona

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Dear Furious: Yes — and congratulations. Your letter is a first. I have heard of brides complaining that a gift of money wasn’t large enough — but never that it was “too large.” Could there be some additional tensions in the family that prevented your niece from telling you that your generosity was more than she could comfortably accept? If so, she could have returned it with a note thanking you and explaining the reason why. Your thoughts regarding etiquette are absolutely correct. Any gift — or kind deed — should be graciously acknowledged. Dear Abby: Our youngest son was honored at his groom’s dinner last month. As I looked down our table, six of our guests were fixated on sending/receiving text mes-


sages on their cell phones. One young woman sat staring off into space because no one had made any attempt to engage her in conversation. Finally, I remarked that this was rude and that people should shut off their gadgets and get to know one another. These people were invited to honor my son who was being married. It did not go over well. I got comments like, “What’s wrong with that?” “Oh, I have taken my knitting to these events,” and, “I do this all the time.” My thought was, “Well, stay home then and text away!” Is it so hard for people to tune in and turn on to what is going on around them and forgo their “toys” during special life events? I am ... Tired of Technology Dear Tired: Obviously it

is. But some people are so “addicted” to their electronic devices that they literally go into a form of withdrawal if they can’t check for messages every few minutes. I agree that what happened was rude. But having discussed this subject with more than one psychiatrist, what I’m hearing is that many individuals today who effectively communicate on their devices, have difficulty engaging in eye-to-eye, oneon-one social interaction. That may explain the phenomenon you observed at the party.

• 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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Internet info cuts into sales of celeb tell-all books books

By Hillel Italie AP national writer NEW YORK — Put Angelina Jolie’s face on a magazine cover and sales will surely rise. Get her to write a memoir and it would be worth millions. But write a book about her, without her cooperation, and you’re taking a chance. Coming a week after the release of her latest film, “Salt,” a biography has been published. “Angelina,” by Andrew Morton, is out with an announced first printing of 150,000 copies and the promise of a “spellbinding” adventure. Openly billed as “Unauthorized,” the book includes intimate details on her troubled childhood, on such past lovers as Billy Bob Thornton and Timothy Hutton and, of course, her years with Brad Pitt. Morton has a strong commercial history, but better when he works with a subject’s involvement (Princess Diana, Monica Lewinsky) than without (Tom Cruise, Madonna). In the age of the Internet, the unauthorized biography has been increasingly scooped by instant, endless online gossip. “Sales of tell-all celebrity biographies have been negatively impacted by the information that is available on the Internet or in print,” says Patricia Bostelman, vice president of marketing for Barnes & Noble Inc. “The Morton book is also competing with all the press Jolie has been getting around the launch of ‘Salt,’ in which

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Andrew Morton’s unauthorized biography “Angelina” she is deliberately staying on message about her life with Brad and the kids. The audience for the book has often read all the key revelations prior to publication.” “There is much more competition from the tabloids and the Internet, so you have to go

beyond the day-to-day gossip,” says Morton’s editor, Hope Dellon of St. Martin’s Press. The Jolie book tells of her strained relationship with her father, actor Jon Voight; her cultish bond with Thornton and her ever-growing family with Pitt. Identified sources include


a childhood caretaker, an alleged former drug dealer and a close friend of Jolie’s mother, the late Marcheline Bertrand, whom Dellon believes is given a fresh and thorough take in Morton’s book. Unnamed friends and associates are cited for allegations that Jolie fought with co-star Winona Ryder on the set of “Girl, Interrupted,” or had been intrigued by Pitt long before they became involved. A critique of Pitt’s ex-wife, Jennifer Aniston, was offered by “a psychologist who has met with Jennifer socially,” while insights on Pitt-Jolie were provided by a “psychologist in the Brad, Angie and Jennifer circle,” and “an observer with an inside track on the couple.” The unauthorized celebrity book was defined and mastered by Kitty Kelley, who in the 1980s and 1990s had million sellers in hardcover alone with biographies of Frank Sinatra and Nancy Reagan. Her latest, “Oprah,” was a hit by most standards, but not for Kelley, who herself has said that the Internet endangers her kind of book. “Oprah” has sold just 115,000 copies so far, according to Nielsen BookScan, which tracks around 70-75 percent of sales. Beyond Kelley, there is a core of writers taking on familiar celebrities, including C. David Heymann (the Kennedys) and Edward Klein (Katie Couric, Hillary Clinton).

new on the shelves The Warren County-Vicksburg Public Library reports on new books regularly: • “Backseat Saints” by Joshilyn Jackson focuses on a minor character from “Gods in Alabama.” Ro Grandee is the perfect Texas housewife. She keeps quiet and takes her husband’s punches like a lady. But she wasn’t always this way. Underneath her pastel skirts and hidden bruises lies Rose Mae Lolley, teenage spitfire, Alabama heartbreaker and a crack shot with a pistol. Rose Mae is resurrected when a gypsy’s tarot cards foretell doom for dutiful Ro: her husband is going to kill her — unless she kills him first. Armed with only her wit, her dad’s ancient .45 and her dog, Fat Gretel, Rose Mae hightails it out of Texas, on a journey of self-discovery. • “Yesterday’s Promise” by Vanessa Miller is the first in the “Second Chance at Love” series. Melinda Johnson has always felt called to the ministry. So, when her father decides to step down after 30 years of leadership at Omega Christian Center, it seems only natural for her to take his place. But Bishop Johnson feels led by a god who has other things in mind, and to succeed him he appoints Steven Marks — a man opposed to women pastors, not to mention the fact that he is Melinda’s ex-fiancé. Though defeated, Melinda maintains her position as the church’s Missions and Community Outreach Director. Frequent interaction with the new bishop incites bitter sparring — and rekindles long-suppressed attraction, which grows only stronger when Melinda develops a relationship with Steven’s daughter, Brianna, who’s still struggling with the death of her mother. Can Steven and Melinda set aside past pains, forgive each other and give love a second chance? • “Insatiable” by Meg Cabot features Meena Harper. Meena is sick of vampires, but her bosses are making her write about them anyway. She’s not unfamiliar with the supernatural due to her powers of precognition. But not even that can prepare her for what happens when she meets and falls in love with Lucien Antonescu, a modern-day prince with a bit of a dark side — a dark side for which a lot of people, such as an ancient society of vampire hunters, would prefer to see him dead. The

problem is, Lucien’s already dead. Maybe that’s why he’s the first guy Meena’s ever met with whom she could see herself having a future. Meena’s always been able to see everyone else’s future, but not her own. And while Lucien seems like everything she’s ever wanted in a boyfriend, he might turn out to be more like a nightmare. • “That Perfect Someone” by Johanna Lindsey sweeps us back into the world of the Malory family. Nine years ago, Richard Allen fled England to live his own life. To guard the secrets of his past, he took to the sea and settled in the Caribbean, joining a band of pirates and adopting the persona of a carefree Frenchman named Jean Paul. When he slips back into England to carry out an urgent task, Richard becomes infatuated with a married woman, Georgina Malory. But his reckless attempt to woo Georgian at a masked ball turns out to be the worst mistake of his life because it brings him faceto-face with another beautiful woman: the one he was betrothed to and left behind. • “Forgiven” by Vanessa Miller brings back Pastor Jerome Tyler “JT” Thomas. This time, JT is committed to God and his family in ways he never considered possible. After losing everything because of past indiscretions, JT realizes that he doesn’t want to live without God or his family. But his wife hasn’t forgotten the dirt in his back yard, and denies JT the very thing he craves — forgiveness. When his mother-inlaw and ex-mistress hatch a plot to destroy him, JT discovers that he will need all the power he can muster to stay true. • “Lowcountry Summer” by Dorthea Benton Frank is a sequel to “Plantation.” When Caroline Wimbley Levine returned to Tall Pines Plantation, she never expected to make peace with long-buried truths about herself and her family. The Queen of Tall Pines, her late mother, was a force of nature. But now she is gone, leaving Caroline and the rest of the family uncertain of who will take her place. In the lush South Carolina countryside, old hurts, betrayals and dark secrets will surface, and a new generation will rise along the banks of the mighty Edisto River. • “Beachcombers” by Nancy Thayer centers on the

bittersweet reunion of three sisters. Abbie Fox hasn’t seen her father or two younger sisters in almost two years, during which she’s jetted around the world and experienced life, if not love. But now Lily, the baby of the family, is sending Abbie urgent e-mails begging her to return home to Nantucket. Their middle sister, Emma, has taken to her bed, emotionally devastated after the loss of her high-powered stockbroker job and a shockingly unexpected break-up with her fiancé. Also, Lily is deeply worried that Marina, the beautiful enigmatic woman renting their guesthouse, has set her sights on the sisters’ widowed father, Jim. The Fox girls closed ranks years ago after the haunting, untimely death of their mother. But seeing their dad move on with his life forces each of them to take stock. • “In My Father’s House” by E. Lynn Harris is a novel of love, family and the lengths to which we go to protect those we love. Only the world’s most beautiful make the roster of Picture Perfect Modeling agency, and they only do shoots for the most elite photographers and magazines. They are fashionista royalty and the owners, Bently Dean and his partner, Alexandra know it. But even Picture Perfect isn’t immune from hard times. So, when Sterling Sneed, a rich celebrity party planner, promises a ridiculously high fee for some models, Bentley finds he can’t refuse — though the job isn’t exactly a photo shoot. He agrees to supply 15 gorgeous models as eye candy for an A-list event, with instructions to look good, be charming and entertain the guests. His models are pros, and he figures they can handle the


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GASOLINE PRICES Average regular unleaded self-service prices as of Friday: Jackson..............................$2.55 Vicksburg..................$2.57 Tallulah..............................$2.71 Sources: Jackson AAA, Vicksburg and Tallulah, Automotive. com

PORTFOLIO Kinder Morgan rep is Chamber speaker A representative of Kinder Morgan will be the speaker at the next Vicksburg-Warren County Chamber of Commerce members luncheon. Allen Fore, director of comAllen Fore munity relations, will discuss the company’s Midcontinent Express natural gas pipeline, which runs 500 miles from Oklahoma to Alabama, touching Warren County along the way. Lunch is $12 and will be from noon to 1 p.m. Aug. 11 at Vicksburg Convention Center. To register, e-mail

Jackson’s Hawkins Field maps out growth Hawkins Field opened in 1928. It was Jackson’s commercial airport until the new one opened in 1963 in Rankin County. Hawkins Field has a number of corporate and medical-services flights and houses various divisions of the Mississippi Army National Guard. It’s also used for flight-school training.

By staff and AP reports JACKSON — The future for Hawkins Field in Jackson is beginning now with the first steps toward a master plan for growth. The Jackson Municipal Airport Authority, which operates Hawkins Field and Jackson-Evers International Airport, is working with an architectural and engineering firm to create the plan for how the airfield can grow. “We’re looking to inventory what we have out there and (develop) a plan for the next 20 years,” said Mark Counts, a vice president with Barge Waggoner Sumner &

Cannon, a Nashville architecture and engineering firm. The 18-month study is about 75 percent complete, and its backers have met with business and community leaders to get their input. The Federal Aviation Administration requires such plans every 10 years, said Dirk Vanderleest, JMAA’s CEO. The plan will include goals

that can be accomplished in five, 10 and 20 years and must be approved by JMAA and FAA, Vanderleest said. “(We’re) looking at the runways, the taxiways, navigation equipment, and listening to the community,” he said. Similar efforts are being made in Vicksburg. At Vicksburg Municipal Airport on U.S. 61 South, officials adopted a 20-year master plan in March 2009

outlining about $23.5 million in facility upgrades, including a larger runway to accommodate commercial air traffic. Upgrades realized thus far have been the completion of a 10-bay T-hangar earlier this month. Still in progress is a complete renovation of the 60-year-old terminal. That project is being done inhouse by the city, and has seen a number of delays

since work began in October 2008. The city has been paying $1,000 a month to rent a manufactured house since renovations began to serve as a temporary terminal. About five months from completion is a new fire station at the Vicksburg airport, which is being paid for via a large share of a $1.3 million Community Development Block Grant awarded to the city following Hurricane Katrina. Also planned in Vicksburg is the acquisition of a 19-acre tract on the north side of the runway, the clearSee Hawkins, Page B10.

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Ex-school principal to lead ERDC outreach Rick Tillotson, a former elementary school principal in the Vicksburg Warren School District, has been named education outreach coordinator for the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center. At ERDC, Tillotson Rick will work Tillotson to establish a relationship with area schools with the goal of generating interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Tillotson has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Delta State University and a master’s in education from Mississippi College. He has been an educator for 30 years, with 26 spent in the VWSD as principal of Jett, Bowmar Avenue and Sherman Avenue elementary schools.

Accountant Boolos receives certification A Vicksburg accountant has earned credentials from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Todd Boolos now holds the institute’s Certified in Financial Forensics Credential. Todd The desBoolos ignation was established in 2008 and is granted to those with considerable experience in financial forensics. Also required are at least 75 hours of continuing education. Recertification occurs every three years. Financial forensics involves regulations and statutes, finance and accounting concepts and criminal investigations. Boolos and his wife, Tammy, have three children.

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New York City Health Commissioner Thomas Farley, right, shakes hands with cousins Jose Araujo, center, and Tony Araujo, owners of Spark’s Deli, after posting an A at their restaurant.

New York eateries held to task on food safety By The Associated Press NEW YORK — New York City’s 24,000 restaurants include fast-food outlets selling chicken by the bucket and temples of haute cuisine where multi-course tasting menus can cost hundreds of dollars per person — before the wine. But whether they have three stars from Michelin or three flavors of milkshake, all the restaurants soon will share some common ground — a letter-based A, B or C — grading system aimed at informing diners about cleanliness and food safety. The effort kicked off this past week, and it has some restaurateurs worried that places that earn a B or a C will go out of business as diners flock to the competitor with an A in the window.

How it works Restaurants that get fewer than 14 violation points will earn an A. Between 14 and 27 points will be a B, and more than 27 will be a C. Restaurants that don’t ace the first inspection will have a chance to bring up their grade. A restaurant that gets more than 13 violation points will be reinspected within a month. If it still doesn’t The associated press qualify for an A, it must either post its B or C grade or display a placard that says Restaurateur and “Food Network” person“Grade Pending” while it appeals the bad ality Marc Murphy talks about New York grade at an administrative tribunal. City’s new restaurant grading scale. “Some will undoubtedly close if they get a B or a C,” said Robert Bookman, a lawyer for the New York State Restaurant Association, which vehemently opposes the letter grades. Others say they accept the new system and will strive for an A. “It is our goal always to get an A,” said David Chang, whose hotter-thanhot restaurants include

Momofuku Noodle Bar and Momofuku Ko. “If we don’t get an A, we fail.” Chang said he has sent his sous chefs to city Health Department workshops to get up to speed on the new system. Health officials say they are changing the way they rate restaurants because every year 11,000 people go to hospitals in New York City for food-borne illness

related to eating out, and that number is rising. The letter grade system is similar to one that has been in use in Los Angeles since 1998, and public health authorities there say food-borne illness has declined as a result. “If L.A. can to it, we can do it,” said Associate Health Commissioner Elliott Marcus. New York City already

inspects restaurants and gives them violation points for infractions ranging from mice and cockroaches to a refrigerator that’s not cold enough. Inspection results are available on the Health Department’s website — if you know where to look. “Most people walking down the street deciding where to eat don’t have access to the website,” Marcus said at a workshop on the new system in Flushing, Queens. That will change when restaurants are required to post their grade in a prominent spot. Grading began this week, with a deli in Queens getting the first score. Spark’s Deli in Long Island City received an A. The grading process will take a little more than a year. Restaurants that get fewer than 14 violaSee Grade, Page B10.


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Continued from Page B9. ing of trees and brush and the installation of Federal Aviation Administrationapproved fencing. If grant funding comes through via the FAA, the airport is also hoping to install an advanced weather system and pathway approach indicator in the coming year. Hawkins Field opened in 1928. It was Jackson’s commercial airport until the new one opened in 1963 in Rankin County. Hawkins Field has a number of corporate and medical-services flights and houses various divisions of the Mississippi Army National Guard. It’s also used for flight-school training. The plan will include a rundown of Hawkins’ current tenants and amenities, growth trends, future needs as well as ways to most effectively increase safety, economic development and capital improvement at the airfield.

One initiative that could emerge when a final report is approved includes extending the main runway from 5,385 feet to 6,000 feet. Vanderleest said it’s a goal the airfield has had for many years. Extending the runway will allow more corporate flights heading cross-country to stop in Jackson to refuel, he said. Future growth at Hawkins Field could open up surrounding areas to more economic development, said Benjie Barham, the Hinds County Economic Development District’s director of business development. There are several warehouse-type buildings available at Hinds County’s nearby industrial park that are well-suited to businesses using the airfield, he said. Plus, Hawkins Field has established a niche as a site for corporate traffic and could expand that with the right plan, he said.

Jackson-based Trustmark National Bank has housed its corporate jet at Hawkins Field for more than 20 years, Richard G. Hickson, chairman and CEO, said in an e-mail. He said Hawkins Field has provided “efficient and reasonably priced services” for Trustmark and other companies over the years. Barham said larger hangars and more hangars are needed to attract other corporate clients. Counts said the plan could also include building a new terminal featuring meeting rooms and other amenities, and perhaps renovating an older terminal to include something like a restaurant. Security is the primary concern for Perry Robinson, who heads the Georgetown Neighborhood Association and has lived near the airfield for more than five decades. He said there are too many dilapidated build-

ings and not enough lighting near the airport, creating a potential breeding ground for crime. He’d like to see a community center built in the area. That, plus more lighting and other safety features, will help the airfield draw more traffic, Robinson said. “When that (community improvement) comes, industry will start to invest,” Robinson said. “We’re on our way to making this a reality.” Counts said a list of recommendations should be complete in three months, and the final report ready in six months. Should the plan be approved, an environmental study likely would be needed, a process that can take several years. Other state and federal agencies would have to approve, also, before any construction could start.


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Two take honors in state pageant Two Vicksburg children have received honors in the Little Miss Magnolia State Pageant. Ashlyn Boler, 4, the daughter of Tara Pettway and Justin and Misty Boler, placed in the top 15 in her Ashlyn age group, Boler which was comprised of 47 4and 5-year-olds. Ashlyn competed as Little Miss Southwest. McKenzie Cole, 4, competed in the same age group and was named the pageant’s Overall Most Beautiful. She McKenzie was also Cole named Best Dressed in her age group and placed first in the photogenic category. McKenzie is the daughter of Josh and Michelle Cole. Her mother is the 2010 first runner-up in the Mrs. Mississippi America Pageant. McKenzie competed as Little Miss Vicksburg. Little Miss Magnolia, in Vicksburg July 24-25, and drew 285 contestants.

Vicksburg Poker Run will be Saturday Mississippi Chapter E of the Gold Wing Road Riders Association and the Vicksburg Cruisers Car Club will host an event Saturday in Vicksburg. The Vicksburg Poker Run will be at Vicksburg Cycle on North Frontage Road. Activities kick off at 9 a.m. with a car and bike show and end at 2 p.m. with results and awards. The fee to enter is $10 per poker card. Proceeds will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Call Elaine Williams at 601-415-1241 or Doug Kamien at 601-831-0461.

Tool demo today at Poverty Point Poverty Point State Historic Site will conduct hourly Prehistoric Tool Demonstrations this afternoon from 1 to 4. Poverty Point offers the opportunity to study the culture of area inhabitants from 1600 to 1100 B.C. Admission is $4. Children ages 12 and younger and adults 62 and older are admitted free. Poverty Point is in West Carroll Parish, east of Monroe on Louisiana 577. The park is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Call 888-926-5492.

Yard art is subject of Extension session The Warren County Extension Office’s First Tuesday Gardening Series will be titled Designing with Succulents...Living Garden Art. The free program will be from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Extension office at 1100-C Grove St. It will be led by Toni Stanchfield, who will present ideas for developing living garden art. Call 601-636-5442.

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Philip Brown holds one of the baby pigs born on his farm on Warriors Trail.

Farmer Brown in the business of bacon Philip Brown doesn’t have to bring home the bacon. There’s some on his breakfast plate every morning, and there’s plenty more on the hoof in the pig barns on the family’s farm on Warriors Trail. Philip, 54, has been in the business, along with his father, D.D. Brown, of raising pigs for market since 1968, when he was 12. There have been times when the Browns had as many as 1,500 head; now Philip is down to about 80, and he’s slowly phasing out of the business. Pig farming for the Browns began when Philip’s greatuncle George suggested the family give it a try, “and the next thing we knew, he brought a truckload of pigs over here and just dumped them out.” Though D.D. had said he didn’t want anything to do with raising pigs, he found that he had to deal with them, “so he started building things to take care of ’em,” Philip said. He and his dad and sister built the grain bin the year he graduated from Porters Chapel Academy, and he told D.D., “As soon as I find something I like doing more, I’m leaving.” With the Brown grandparents three miles east and his mother’s family, the Ellisons, the same distance to the west, he had it made as a child. Like most young men, though, he wanted to make it on his



own. He poked his nose in a few jobs, “but I didn’t like people telling me what to do.” He’s been busy ever since, working for his dad and for himself. The big barns have concrete floors and low walls, all mixed and poured by hand, and as the herd grew, the facilities had to be expanded, “so anytime any of the kids in Bovina wanted a job, they knew where to come,” Philip said, “if they knew how to mix concrete.” Laborers included his own children, cousins and neighbors, “and now their kids are working for me.” The concrete floors, sloped for cleaning, are separated into areas for different sizes of animals, all the way from babies to huge — maybe up to 300 pounds — for a pig will grow proportionately to how much he is fed, not like a dog that reaches a maximum size. A roof covers the entire area which includes a gestation barn and the farrowing (or maternity) barn, so “there’s quite a science to it.” When visitors come to the farm, they often want to feed the cute, little pigs, so Philip tells them, “Just

Did you know... • The words pig, hog and swine are all generic terms without regard to gender, size or breed. • A male pig is called a boar. • A female pig is called a gilt if she hasn’t had piglets sand a sow if she has. • Pigs learn quickly, picking up tricks faster than dogs.

• Pigs rank No. 4 in animal intelligence behind chimpanzees, dolphins and elephants. • Piglets learn their names by two to three weeks of age and respond when called. • Pigs are social animals, forming close bonds with each other and other species. They enjoy close contact and lie

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Philip Brown shows off his corn grinder. push that button.” Everything is now automated, the grain being transferred from an 18-wheeler by use of an auger that runs through pipes to three feed tanks. So, with enough feed, when does a pig become a hog? “A good rule of thumb,” Philip said, “is when you can’t pick him up anymore.” Pigs really are smart, just like Arnold on the TV show “Green Acres,” and Philip said they’ll watch you open a gate, and then they’ll figure out how to do it. People ask how long it takes to train them to turn on the automatic sprayers: the answer is

close together when resting. • Pigs use their grunts to communicate with each other. • Pigs are very clean animals, keeping their toilets far from their living and eating areas. Even piglets only a few hours old will leave the nest to relieve themselves. Source:

“about five seconds.” They’ve earned their reputation for wallowing in mud and being dirty, Philip said, “because they don’t sweat, so they have to regulate their body temperature. There are water holes for wallowing, and there are the automatic sprayers. They’d get in the swimming pool if you’d let them.” For a long time, Philip was the only pig farmer in Warren County. It’s not a hobby with him — it’s a commercial business. When he started full time in 1974, he joined the Mississippi Pork Producers, which had about

300 members. Last January at the state meeting, there were only six. Statistics show there were 33,000 farms in Mississippi in 1950 with pigs on them — 18,000 of the animals were in Warren County. So what happened to pig farming in the state? “It all started in the mid1990s, when George Bush decided to burn our feed as fuel,” Philip believes. “I knew right then and there that there was no way we could compete against Big Oil.” There are only a handful of independent producers left in the Deep South as production is shifting to northern See Farmer, Page C2.


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Vicksburg woman takes top honors in fitness contest

Veronica Boyd, the 2010 overall bikini winner in the National Physique Committee’s Mississippi Bodybuilding, Figure and Bikini Championships

A 2008 St. Aloysius High School graduate took home a title during this year’s National Physique Committee’s Mississippi Bodybuilding, Figure and Bikini Championships. Five winners were named at the 29th annual event, held July 17 in Jackson. Veronica Boyd, 19, the daughter of Dean Anderson and Lonnie Boyd, won top bikini honors. She and her 14 competitors were judged on muscle, tone and definition. Boyd advances to the national competition, set for Oct. 16 in Atlanta. Her win was the second this summer. On June 5 in Ridgeland, she took the overall bikini competition at the NPC’s Southern Classic Bodybuilding, Figure, Fitness and Bikini Championships.

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from staff reports Boyd is a dietetics student at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Ole Miss Ford center tells season offerings The Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts at Ole Miss is selling tickets for its 2010-2011 season. The year will feature classic Broadway, family fun and big-name performer Amy Grant, a contemporary Christian crossover artist. The season kicks off at 8 p.m. Oct. 6 with a performance by the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet. Grant’s show will be at 8 p.m. Oct. 8. Ticket prices vary. For

information and a schedule, contact the UM Box Office at 662-915-7411 or visit The Ford Center is at 100 University Ave. on the Ole Miss campus at Oxford.

Japan the theme at art museum The Birmingham Museum of Art has kicked off a series of Japanese-themed events. The exhibit “Fashioning Kimono: Art Deco and Modernism in Japan” ushers in lectures, a festival of classic Japanese films, a shibori-dyeing workshop and kimonorelated programs. The museum is located at 2000 Rev. Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 Sun-

days. Admission is free, but fees may apply for special exhibits. Visit or call 205-254-2565 for information.

Bird walk Saturday by Jackson Audubon The Jackson Audubon Society’s monthly family bird walk will be Saturday at LeFleur’s Bluff State Park in Jackson. Participants are asked to enter the Mayes Lake entrance of the park, at 115 Lakeland Terrace, and meet at 8 a.m. in the parking lot of the picnic area near the pavilion. Park admission is $3 per car. The JAS hosts bird walks each first Saturday, except in December and January.

Bring binoculars, water, insect repellent and a snack. Binoculars on loan can be reserved by calling 601-9567444. The website is www.

Gallery Crawl Thursday in downtown Monroe A Downtown Arts Alliance’s Downtown Gallery Crawl will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday in downtown Monroe. The event, a special third anniversary celebration, will feature art and music and the chance to win a $100 gift certificate. For information, visit www. or e-mail

local events & ENTERTAINMENT National Night Out Tuesday

Bike MS: Bike to the Battlefield

LD’s Kitchen, 1111 Mulberry St., 601-636-9838

Free Children’s activities, speakers at numerous locations; all begin at 6 p.m.; venues: Trinity Baptist Church, 3365 Porters Chapel Road; Word of Faith Christian Center, 3525 Wisconsin Ave.; Kroger, 3508 Pemberton Square Blvd.; Bowmar Baptist Church, 1825 U.S. 61 South; South Street Shoppette, 1318 South St.; Kings Community Empowerment Center, 224 R.L. Chase Circle; basketball game (police vs. firefighters) at 8 p.m. at Kings center.

Oct. 9; begins at Clinton Baptist Healthplex on Clinton Parkway, ends at Battlefield Inn in Vicksburg; 35-, 75- and 150-mile routes available; $30 for individuals through Sept. 9, $40 from Sept. 10Oct. 8 and $50 day of ride; or 601-856-5831.

• 8:30 p.m. Monday — Blue Monday Band; call for cover. • 8:30 p.m. each second and fourth Tuesday — Central Mississippi Blues Society Band, local artists; free. • 7 p.m. each first and third Tuesday — Sounds Unlimited; free.

Mississippi Writers Guild Annual conference; 3:30-9 p.m. Friday and 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturday; Riverwalk Casino Hotel on Warrenton Road; workshops, speakers, panel discussions and critique sessions; $125 for MWG members, $144 for nonmembers; discounts for groups, students and seniors; 601-638-7235 or

Clash in the Kitchen Aug. 12 at Vicksburg Convention Center; cook-off to benefit Mississippi Firefighters Memorial Burn Association; tickets: $40 at the door or from Amanda Fontaine, 601-540-2995.

Vicksburg Farmers’ Market 8-11 a.m. Saturdays and 4-7 p.m. Wednesdays; parking lot of LD’s Kitchen on Mulberry Street.

Southern Cultural Heritage Center Reservations required for each event: 601-631-2997 or info@; Let’s Dance: ballroom exhibition and dance social; 1 this afternoon; James Frechette, instructor; dance is free; lunch: $7.89 for Goldie’s Express and $7 for McAllister’s; Johnny Bellar concert: 6 p.m. Aug. 13; free; A Katrina Retrospect: 2-4 p.m. Aug. 21; featuring works by local artists, photographers and authors; free; Mixed media workshop: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 21; Elke Briuer, instructor; $45 for members, $50 for nonmembers, supplies included; Four-day portraitdrawing workshop: 6-9 p.m. Sept. 7, 14, 21 and 28; Jackson artist Jerrod Partridge, instructor; $180 for members, $190 for nonmembers; supplies included; space limited to 12; River Kids after-school art camp: begins Aug. 26; Karen Biedenharn and Kathy Gibson, instructors; for students in first through sixth grades; free, but space limited.

Book-signings Robert Dalby: 4 p.m. Friday, “A Piggly Wiggly Wedding”; Kathleen Koch: noon Aug. 11, “Rising From Katrina: How My Mississippi Hometown Lost It All and Found What Mattered”; Lorelei Books, 1103 Washington St.; 601-634-8624.

Jackson Zoo Splash & Slide water area Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Aug. 15; 2918 W. Capitol St.; summer fee: $7.25 for adults, $4.50 for ages 2 to 12 and free for younger than 2 and Friends of the Zoo; 601-352-2580 or www.

Ameristar Casino, 4116 Washington St. 601-638-1000, • Glenn Williams — Variety/country; tonight at Cabaret Lounge; free. • Dr. Zarr’s Funkmonster — Variety/funk; Friday-Saturday at Bottleneck Blues Bar; free. • Shabang — Variety; Tuesday-Aug. 8 at Cabaret Lounge; free. • Memphis All Stars — Variety; Aug. 13-14 at Bottleneck Blues Bar; free. • The Fortunes — Oldies; Aug. 10-15 and 17-22 at Cabaret Lounge; free. • Brian McKnight — R&B; 7:30 p.m. Aug. 14 at Bottleneck Blues Bar; $50-$60; must be 21.

DiamondJacks Casino, 3990 Washington St., 601-636-5700, • Mo’ Money — 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday-Saturday; Fantasy Pit Stage; free. • Michael Anthony & The Groove — 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Aug. 13-14; Fantasy Pit Stage; free. • The Dayz — 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Aug. 20-21; Fantasy Pit Stage; free.

Eddie Monsour’s at the Biscuit Company, 1100 Washington St., 601-638-1571 • 8 p.m.-midnight Wednesdays — Open mic. • 7-10 p.m. Thursday — ladies’ night; free for women. • 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday — Band TBA; call for cover.

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

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

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

Vicksburg Convention Center and Auditorium, 601-630-2929, • Greeks of Comedy Tour — 7:30 p.m. Aug. 21; convention center on Mulberry; tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at door, available at box office or • Rob Lake: A Night of Magic — 7:30 p.m. Aug. 28; auditorium on Monroe; tickets: $24-$44 per person, chance to win free admission at

Denham Springs hoping to revive city’s old gathering ground DENHAM SPRINGS, La. (AP) — Old City Hall, which was renovated in 2008, is getting an added feature that officials hope will make it a gathering point, as it once was. Work on a new park adjacent to the historic building should begin this month, said Jim Spring of the Denham Springs Main Street Commission. The park will be west of the building that has served as a library, police station and city hall, Spring said, and will include landscaping and places for people to sit. In addition to benches, the work will include the planting of shade-

tolerant plants, installation of an underground sprinkler

system, the addition of antique lighting and other amenities.

“We’re in the process of trying to find just the right bird bath,” Spring said. The project has a working name of Sanctuary Park. With donated money, labor and materials and help from the city, the project will result in about $30,000 in work, Mayor Jimmy Durbin said. Workers completed renovation of Old City Hall in December of 2008, more than a decade after a group of city leaders started a movement to restore the building, In the 1930s, the Works Progress Administration began work on the concrete struc-

ing states did the same until there are few left. Philip markets his pigs at Jack Wilson’s in Crystal Springs and Attala Frozen Foods in Kosciusko. Another problem is the Department of Environmental Quality, a government agency that doesn’t seem to have to answer to anyone but can slap a $25,000-a-day fine on a farmer if they’re not satisfied with the operation. It costs a lot to feed a pig — about 900 pounds of feed for a 300-pound hog. That’s about 45 cents a pound which is about what farmers are getting for their animals. He grinds his feed, uses no antibiotics, steroids or animal

by-products making his pigs “as close to a natural product as you can get,” he said. A while back, he had the idea of “something like organic pigraising, by feeding them just on grass. It was just something I wanted to try.” The pigs looked so good out there in the green pasture, he said. They were all females. He turned a boar hog out there with them, “and the results are right now in that third pen. We’re going to have a whole bunch of babies,” but a man who ordered a dozen decided to take only two because he said he couldn’t process them.

At one time, Philip could buy corn from three different suppliers in Vicksburg and sometimes had to spend several hours waiting in line. He can’t buy it here today, and “the farther north you go, the cheaper corn is. Ethanol isn’t the only problem — there are also weeds to contend with, and you wouldn’t believe the difference in the cost of keeping soybeans clean in Mississippi versus Iowa. They don’t have the weeds we’ve got,” and taking away chemicals right and left has about ended our ability to have clean fields. In the 1960s, he said, it was determined that a combination of

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Old City Hall in Denham Springs, where a park, to the left of the building, is being planned

ture as part of a nationwide public works program aimed at putting the unemployed to work as part of the economic battle with the Great Depression during the New Deal. The WPA completed the building 13 months before the beginning of World War II. Later, a U.S. Department of the Interior report recommending the structure for eventual inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places said the construction represented a “coming of age” for Denham Springs. The iron grillwork and the detailed woodwork provide a

testament to craftsmanship of the period. The building served numerous governmental purposes, until the last officials moved out and padlocked it in the 1980s. The structure fell into disrepair and became the target of vandals. Once the political hub of the city, Old City Hall now provides a meeting room and space for offices and a museum. Durbin said he hopes the park will help turn the site back into a gathering place. “Local residents or visitors can walk over and sit,” he said.

corn and beans had just the right amount of amino acid for feeding pigs, “like it was made in heaven.” It isn’t just pig farming that is in trouble. Philip pointed out that once there were several dairies in Warren County — now the closest one is south of Brookhaven. In high school, he baled hay to sell to other farmers, for there were 24 cattle herds on Warriors Trail — now there are only two. Everyone used to have chickens, a milk cow and a garden, but now they’re more dependent on large stores. Several years ago, Philip sold his interest in the pig

operation to his dad, but then agreed to manage the business when D.D. became ill. He spends about four hours each day tending to the pigs, then helps his wife, Deborah, with household chores and sees after his father. With the market declining, he decided on the first of the year to get out of the pig business. “I can’t fully retire,” he said. “That’s too stressful. God made us to do something” — but it might not be raising pigs. •

Farmer Continued from Page C1. locales where some industries have as many as 100,000 sows. It’s not just using corn to make ethanol that has hurt the business — it’s also government regulations, and Philip said he never would have thought that decisions made in Washington would practically put him out of business. In danger is not just the independent producer, but also large slaughterhouses and meat-packing plants. Bryan at West Point is just one example. They relied on one supplier, and when a permit was refused, they went out of business. Smaller companies in adjoin-

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

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Mr. Tillotson, Miss Melancon marry June 12 Richard Neil Tillotson and Anna Katherine Melancon were married at 7 p.m. June 12, 2010, at Bovina Baptist Church. The Rev. Brian Parker officiated at the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Ray and Nancy Melancon of Vicksburg. She is the granddaughter of Luke and Phyllis Mobley and Al and Merle Melancon, all of Vicksburg. The groom is the son of Rick and Julie Tillotson of Vicksburg. He is the grandson of Harry and Nell Woods and Jack and Barbara Tillotson, all of Vicksburg. Given in marriage by her father, the bride’s chosen colors were black, white and yellow. A program of nuptial music was presented by Jennifer Tillotson, organist/pianist; and Desi and Tim Goodson and Rick Tillotson, vocalists. Maid of honor was Emily Melancon, sister of the bride, of Vicksburg. Matron of honor was Desi Goodson, sister of the bride, of Vicksburg. Bridesmaids were Ansley Fulcher of Vicksburg and Abi Collins of Clinton, both cousins of the bride; Jennifer Craft of Magee; and Kristin Ware of Pearl. The groom’s father served as best man. Groomsmen were Tim Goodson, brotherin-law of the bride, and Stephen Tillotson, brother of the groom, both of Vicksburg; Casey Bowen of Raleigh; and Jake Tillotson of Tupelo and Davis Woods of Austin, Texas, both cousins of the groom.

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Neil Tillotson The bride is the former Anna Katherine Melancon Ushers were Adam Fulcher, cousin of the bride, and Zak Tillotson, cousin of the groom, both of Vicksburg; Luke Mobley, uncle of the bride, of Laurel; and Bryan Collins, uncle of the bride, of Clinton. Flower girl was Meg Collins, cousin of the bride, of Clinton. Ring bearer was Zac Collins, cousin of the bride, of Clinton. Special wedding assistants were Allyson Collins and Geni Fulcher, aunts of the bride.

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Aug. 7 • Kathleen Brown Shortridge and Justin Davis Peters 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church Reception to follow Family and friends are invited No in-town invitations are being sent • Amanda Suzanne Corley and Paul Edward Pierce 2 p.m. at Grace Outreach Church, Seminary Reception at Sterling’s Family and friends are invited • Tasha Elaine Wynn and Rick Jordan 4 p.m. at Greater Grove M.B. Church Reception at Baltes Gymnasium Family and friends invited to ceremony Reception is by invitation only

A reception followed at the Southern Cultural Heritage Center. Guests were entertained with music by DJ Peter Christian. For a wedding trip, the couple traveled on a Carnival cruise to Cozumel and Calica, Mexico. They will make their home in Clinton. The bride is employed at Hudspeth Regional Center, and the groom is employed with Vision Landscape.

Bridesmaids’ brunch On the morning of the wedding, Phyllis Mobley and Merle Melancon hosted a bridesmaids’ brunch at Anchuca. Rehearsal supper The groom’s parents hosted a rehearsal supper at Roca Restaurant. The couple chose this time to present gifts to family members and the wedding party. Announcement party The couple was honored with an engagement announcement party at the B’nai B’rith Literary Club. Host couples were Geni and Bill Fulcher, Luke and Adrienne Mobley and Allyson and Bryan Collins. Barbecue Dr. and Mrs. Martin Chaney and Mr. and Mrs. Doc Oakman honored the couple with a barbecue at the Chaney home. Weekend getaway The bride’s sisters treated her to a weekend at Orange Beach, Ala. Luncheon Martha Mobley, aunt of the bride, and Carol McMillin, cousin of the bride, hosted a luncheon at the McMillin home. Showers Teachers at Warren Central Junior High School hosted a bridal shower at the home of Amy Robinson. The ladies of First Baptist Church honored the bridal couple with a shower at the church. The ladies of Bovina Baptist Church hosted a miscellaneous shower at the church.

Wade to wed Mr. Head on Sept. 25 in Brandon Ray and Dotty Wade of Vicksburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Carrie Jeanette of Byram, to Robert Lee Head, also of Byram. Mr. Head is the son of Reggie and Donna Head of Vicksburg. Miss Wade is the granddaughter of Jeanette Wade Robinson of Long Beach and the late Rufus A. Wade and the late John and Hilda McBroom, all of Vicksburg. Mr. Head is the grandson of

Bob and Josephine Head and Wanda Beauchamp and the late Jonathan P. Beauchamp, all of Vicksburg. The bride-elect is a 2002 graduate of Warren Central High School. The prospective groom is a 2000 graduate of St. Aloysius High School. Vows will be exchanged at 4 p.m. Sept. 25, 2010, at the Luckett Lodge in Brandon. A reception will follow. All relatives and friends are invited to attend.

Amy Brooke Spencer Engaged to marry Dr. John Brian Alford

Spencer and Alford to recite vows Oct. 2 John and Sandra Spencer of Columbus, Ohio, announce the engagement of their daughter, Amy Brooke of Starkville, to Dr. John Brian Alford. Mr. Alford is the son of John and Shirley Alford of Vicksburg. Miss Spencer is the granddaughter of the late Jack and Emza Spencer and the late Roscoe and Catherine Reinhart, all of Columbus. Mr. Alford is the grandson of Trudy Fellows and the late Aubrey Fellows of McComb and the late Clifton and Thelma Alford of Tylertown. The bride-elect is a 1996 graduate of Groveport-Madison High School in Groveport, Ohio. She was a member of the band, theatre and National Honor Society. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio State University and a Master of Science degree from Mississippi State University. Miss Spencer is a doctoral graduate student at Mississippi State University, where she is pursuing a degree in wildlife and fisheries.

The prospective groom is a 1993 graduate of Vicksburg High School, where he was a member of the band, choir, theatre, tennis team, Key Club, National Honor Society and Hall of Fame. He was on the honor roll. He received a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in biological science, both from the University of Southern Mississippi. He was a member of the Pride of Mississippi band and served as president of Delta Tau Delta fraternity. He received a Doctor of Philosophy from Mississippi State University in fisheries management. Dr. Alford is a fishery research biologist for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in Baton Rouge. The wedding will be at 3 p.m. Oct. 2, 2010, at Desert Plantation in St. Francisville, La. A reception will follow. All relatives and friends are invited to attend.

Anna Victoria Burnett Engaged to marry Sidney Derek Tillotson

Miss Burnett to marry Mr. Tillotson Aug. 28 The engagement of Anna Victoria Burnett to Sidney Derek Tillotson, both of Vicksburg, is announced today. Vows will be exchanged at 4 p.m. Aug. 28, 2010, at The Duff Green Mansion. A reception will follow. All relatives and friends are invited to attend. Miss Burnett is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Walter Lee Frazier and Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Kelly Burnett, all of Vicksburg. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Cowart Sr. and Mr. and Mrs. James Burnett Sr., all of Vicksburg. Mr. Tillotson is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Ellis Tillotson Jr. of Vicksburg. He is the grandson of Sidney Tillotson Sr. of Vicksburg, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Lutrick of Star and Mrs. Troy E. Crew of Atlanta, Texas.

The bride-elect is a 2001 graduate of Warren Central High School, where she performed in musicals and was a member of the Beta Club, Student Council, Viking Voices and Total Sound. She is attending Mississippi State University, where she was a member of College Republicans and Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. She served as community chair for Panhellenic Council. Miss Burnett is employed with Alfa Insurance in Starkville. The prospective groom is a 1999 graduate of Porters Chapel Academy. He attended Hinds Community College, where he was a member of the Agricultural Club. Mr. Tillotson is pursuing a degree from Mississippi State University.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lee Abbott The bride is the former Donna Joyce Jennings Minnie Mae Johnson Engaged to marry Antonio Maurice Burse Sr.

Abbott, Jennings wed Miss Johnson to wed June 12 in Yazoo City Mr. Burse on Aug. 28 The engagement of Minnie Mae Johnson to Antonio Maurice Burse Sr., both of Vicksburg, is announced today. Vows will be exchanged at 4 p.m. Aug. 28, 2010, at Lovings Place, 1622 Clay St. A reception will follow. All relatives and friends are invited to attend. Miss Johnson is the daughter of Jenny Johnson and William Appleton, both of Vicksburg. She is the granddaughter of Minnie Hamilton of Vicksburg and Pearly Mae Johnson of

Eagle Lake. Mr. Burse is the son of Helen Mace and Thomas Mace of Vicksburg. He is the grandson of Fred Albert Mace Sr., the late Sarah Mae Mace, the late Eugene Gibbs Sr. and the late Geraldine Burse Lloyd, all of Vicksburg. The bride-elect attended Vicksburg High School. The prospective groom attended Warren Central High School and is employed at Confederate Ridge Apartments.

Robert Lee Abbott and Donna Joyce Jennings were married at 10:30 a.m. June 12, 2010, at Church of Christ in Yazoo City. Dr. John Dial officiated at the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Joyce and Paul Dozier of Little Yazoo, Miss. The groom is the son of the late Kathleen and Robert Friley and the late Eugene Marion Abbott, all of Vicksburg. The bride was escorted by her son, Thomas Wetzel. Her chosen colors were white and hydrangea blue. A program of nuptial music was presented by Eric Abbott.

A reception followed at the home of the bride and groom in Flora. Special wedding and reception assistants were Patrick Remington, Kathy Hillman and Dot Williamson. For a wedding trip, the couple traveled to Gatlinburg, Tenn., before spending a week on a Caribbean cruise. They will make their home in Flora. Both are employed at International Paper. Shower The ladies of Church of Christ in Yazoo City honored the couple with a shower at the church.


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Amborn, McCaa are married in Port Gibson Andrew Charles Amborn and Ellen Carole McCaa were married at 7 p.m. June 5, 2010, at Port Gibson United Methodist Church. The Revs. David L. Harrison and Margaret Ayers and Monsignor Patrick Farrell officiated at the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Humphreys McCaa of Port Gibson. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Burnice Cleveland and Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Nelson, all of Port Gibson. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Henry Amborn Sr. of Vicksburg. He is the grandson of Cammie Falvey and the late Daniel Dewitt Falvey of Utica and Florence Amborn and the late Charles Louis Amborn of Vicksburg. Given in marriage by her father, the bride’s chosen colors were coral, apricot, ivory and gold. A program of nuptial music was presented by Sheila Hess, organist; Beth Cade, soloist; Casey Creasey, soloist; and the Port Gibson Heritage Singers. Maid of honor was Sara Burrell of Port Gibson. Matron of honor was Mary Katherine McCaa of Port Gibson. Bridesmaids were Kinley Caldwell, Angela Kurtz and Lauryn Martin, all of Vicksburg; Casey Creasey of Jackson; Darreth Seal of Port Gibson; and Peyton Feigley of Baton Rouge. The groom’s father served as best man. Groomsmen were Chad McCaa and Scott McCaa, both of Port Gibson; and Robert Amborn Jr., Charlie Amborn, Vincent Banchetti, Chad Bounds, Mark Harris, Beau Theobald and Charles Waring, all of Vicksburg. Ushers were Joseph Puckett of Port Gibson and Rob Jones, Dan Muirhead and John Theobald, all of Vicksburg. Flower girls were Allison Redding and Caroline Redding, both of Ridgeland, and

Mrs. Andrew Charles Amborn The bride is the former Ellen Carole McCaa Madeline Grace Lowery of Oxford. Ringbearers were Charlie Penny, Wynn Brown and Michael Greenlee, all of Jackson. Serving as program attendants were Grace Burnett, Charly Ott and Caroline Puckett. Jordan Amborn served as the bride’s proxy. A reception followed at the home of the bride’s parents. For a wedding trip, the couple traveled to St. Lucia. They will make their home in Vicksburg. The bride is a fifth-grade teacher at the Claiborne Educational Foundation. The groom is a partner in his family business, United Cleaners. Brunch The bride and her bridesmaids were honored with a pajama brunch at Anchuca

on the morning of the wedding. Hostesses were Bonney Anderson, Amelia Carpenter, Cathi Dodgen, Lynn Etheridge, Mary Jane Greenlee, Linda Ann Headley, Joyce McCay and Lynn Moore. Lunch A groomsmen’s lunch was held at the home of Robert Amborn Jr. on the morning of the wedding. Rehearsal dinner On the eve of the wedding, the groom’s parents hosted a rehearsal dinner at the B’nai B’rith Literary Club. Shower The bride was honored with a kitchen shower at Georgia’s at the Depot. Hostesses were Angel Brumfield, Ruby Brumfield, Vickie Bowen, Andrea Bowen, Leann Coxwell and Sydnette Russum. Weekend getaways The groomsmen honored

the groom with a weekend getaway to Las Vegas. The bride was honored by her bridesmaids with a weekend getaway in Seaside, Fla. Parties An engagement/cocktail party was held at the home of Dr. and Mrs. David Headley. Hostesses were Clyde and Ed Bean, Ruthie and Randy Bicker, Clare and Robert Burnett, Katy and Joe Campbell, Carolyn and Burnice Cleveland, Vickie Hall, Calley Jones, Cissy and Denis La Roche, Brenda and Percy McCaa, Frances Charles and Clyde Nelson and Jane and Mark Puckett. The bridal couple was honored with a spring fling at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Caldwell. Hosts were Lynne and Raymond Abraham, Martha and Charlie Amborn, Kelly and Dean Andrews, Sharon and Ronnie Andrews, Linda and Paul Banchetti, Shannon and David Bell, Jan and David Blackledge, Cathy Blagg, Jennifer and Dennis Coulter, Donna and Richie Cowart, Elena and Will Dottley, Sallie and Hunter Fordice, Carolyn and Jerry Hall, April and Bill Harris, Connie and David Hosemann, Jennifer and Don Jackson, Marianne May Jones, Carol and Peter Mims, Nina and Larry Rocconi, Liz and Glenn Taylor and Belynda and Howard Waring. Rocky and Bill Abraham, Nancy Barland, Michelle Burrell, SuAnne and Hank Drake, Ruth Ann and Mac Drake, Jacquelyn and Robert Gage, Ginger and Hasie Marsalis, Peggy and Ken McLemore, Linda and Sonny Moore, Linda and Lem Montgomery, Sarah and John Noble and Flo and Kenny Strawn hosted a volleyball party at McGregor in Port Gibson. A margarita-and-manicure party was held at Hair Envy.


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Mr. and Mrs. Kelvin Martin The bride is the former Willie Jayne Hunter

Mr. Martin marries Miss Hunter in Texas Kelvin Martin and Willie Jayne Hunter were married Feb. 2, 2010, in Houston, Texas. Their marriage was celebrated in Vicksburg at 6 p.m. May 29 at Unique Banquet Hall. The Rev. Johnny Williams officiated. The bride is the daughter of Willie Mae Newson Hunter and Willie James Hunter of Vicksburg. She is the granddaughter of the late Eugene and Annie Lee Walker and the late Woodrow and Vernice Hunter of Vicksburg. The groom is the son of James D. Martin and Edna and Terry Steed of Vicksburg. He is the grandson of the late Edmond and Maggie Lyde Carter of Crawford and the late Randle and Wheatie Bell Martin of Coffeeville. The bride’s chosen colors were orange, yellow and gold.

Hosts were James Martin, Edna and Terry Steed and Willie Mae Newson Hunter. Greeters were Audrey Tyrone, Jackie Shorter and Zelma Mays. Zelmarine Murphy served as announcer. Servers were Elois Woods, Geraldine Williams, Audrey Tyrone, Brenda Grimes, Jackie Shorter, Janice Carstafhnur and Sirobe Carstafhnur. Pammy Hall and Charlette Houston attended the guest register. Zelma Mays and Connie R. Martin served as table attendants. The couple will make their home in Houston. Shower Sirobe Carstafhnur and Tuesday Hairston honored the bride with a lingerie shower. Special guests were the mothers of the bride and groom and Zandra Hunter, sister of the bride, of Atlanta.

Jeffrey and Julia Breland announce the birth of a 6-pound, 5-ounce daughter, Viviann Elizabeth, on July 3, 2010, at River Region Medical Center. Grandparents are Steven and Debra Holm and Paul Sr. and Sheila Breland. The baby is welcomed by a sister, Hannah Breland. • Branan and Brooke Southerland announce the birth of a son, Branan “Patrick” Southerland Jr., on July 6, 2010, at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center in Jackson. Maternal grandmother is Lucy Britton. Paternal grandparents are Marcie Southerland, Connie Southerland and A.L. and Daisy Tanner. • Marcus J. and Edwina N. Brown announce the birth of a 5-pound, 15-ounce son, Marcus Jamal Brown Jr., on July 6, 2010, at River Region Medical Center. Grandparents are Edwin P. Whitman of Shreveport and Charmane Buie and Cheryl and Ronnie Lane of Vicksburg. • Earnest R. and Debra D. Hoye announce the birth of a 6-pound, 5-ounce son, Da’Various Zyques Singleton, on July 6, 2010, at River Region Medical Center. Grandparents are Teresa Rena Sanders and Karen Singleton. • De’Barrea D. Smith and Mercedes C. Taylor announce the birth of a 6-pound, 10-ounce daughter, Maliyah Denise Smith, on July 6, 2010, at River Region Medical Center. Grandparents are Charlotte Taylor, Kenneth Thompson, Yarvannia Smith, Barry Smith Sr., Roslyn Turner and Arthur Turner. • Michael Jackson Jr. and Annie Davis announce the birth of a 7-pound daughter, Ja’vonna Marie Davis, on July 8, 2010, at River Region Medical Center. Grandparents are Michael Jackson and Sarah Conner.

Shawnte King announces the birth of a 5-pound, 3-ounce daughter, Shannicqua Breanna Lashay King, on July 8, 2010, at River Region Medical Center. Grandparents are Georgia King, J.C. Shorter, Dorothy Middleton and A.B. Middleton. • Derrick D. Payne and Brae’LaShaé M. Griffin announce the birth of a 5-pound, 12-ounce daughter, Sha’Mari Dazion C’Monne Payne, on July 8, 2010, at River Region Medical Center. Grandparents are Terry Ann Griffin, Xavier James Hill and Orrick Payne of Vicksburg and Sherry Payne of Natchez. • Harry Shorter and JaQuala Smith announce the birth of a 3-pound, 11-ounce daughter, Zy’Kieria Mo’Na Shorter, on July 9, 2010, at River Region Medical Center. Grandparents are Audrey Smith, Michael Cullins and Annetria and Harry Shorter Sr. • Robert and Christy Lick announce the birth of a 6-pound, 10-ounce daughter, Jamie Elizabeth, on July 9, 2010, at River Region Medical Center. Grandparents are Nancy and Bill Brady of Vicksburg and J.W. and Brenda Donald of Richland. • Brian O’Keith Stafford and Emma Jean Harris announce the birth of a 6-pound, 7-ounce daughter, Zyon Jaynae Stafford, on July 9, 2010, at River Region Medical Center. Grandparents are Sallie Stafford of Panther Burn and Willie and Ella Harris of Mayersville. • Mark D. Bass and Hillary A. Sellers announce the birth of a 7-pound, 15-ounce son, Noah Daniel Bass, on July 9, 2010, at River Region Medical Center. Maternal grandparents are Anne and Johnny Sellers. Paternal grandparents are Jackie and Keith Bass.

Mr. and Mrs. Dustin Louis Pambianchi The bride is the former Lee Claypool

Mr. Pambianchi weds Miss Claypool June 5 Dustin Louis Pambianchi and Lee Claypool were married at 4:30 p.m. June 5, 2010, at Our Lady of Victories Catholic Church in Cleveland. The Revs. Sean Atkinson and Mark Rowlen officiated at the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Blaine Claypool Jr. and Angela Taylor Stephens of Vicksburg. She is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Loranzy Taylor of Waterproof, La., and the late Mr. and Mrs. Edward Blaine Claypool Sr. of Clinton. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Steve Pambianchi of Cleveland. He is the grandson of Cherrie Pambianchi and the late Jim Pambianchi and Edith Richardson and the late E.G. “Rich” Richardson, all of Cleveland. Given in marriage by her father, the bride’s chosen colors were watermelon and brown. A program of nuptial music was presented by Robin Passer Washington, soloist, and Dr. Mary Lenn Buchanan, organist. Maid of honor was Samantha Holly Claypool of Hattiesburg. Bridesmaids were Kathryn Anne Danna, Ashley Hardy O’Neal and Gina Elizabeth Pambianchi, all of Cleve-

land; Erin Sullivan Bennett of Vicksburg; Abigail Elizabeth Claypool of Columbus; Brittany Florence Claypool of Brandon; and Candice Ellison Hester of Benton, Ark. Stephen David Pambianchi of Cleveland served as best man. Groomsmen were Jason Scott Cole of Brandon, Matthew Charles Jones of Cleveland, Joshua Lee McPherson of Meridian, Daniel Wayne Patrick of Coldwater, John Michael Sellers of Southaven, Luis Antonio Ybarra of Brookhaven and Macalaster James Deveney of Kansas City, Mo. Ushers were Matthew Thomas Dean and Christopher Charles Orr, both of Cleveland, and Austin Cole Wilson of Conway, Ark. Ring bearer was John Pittman Crews of Cleveland. A reception followed in the parish center at the church. Hostesses were Sarah Aylward, Leah Feretti, Courtney Howell, Anjanette Powers and Stacey West. For a wedding trip, the couple traveled on an Alaskan cruise. They will make their home in Flowood. The bride is employed at Flowood Elementary School, and the groom is attending dental school at University Medical Center.

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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.

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History, chocolate, bridges abound in Brooklyn’s trendy DUMBO By Beth J. Harpaz AP travel editor NEW YORK — Four centuries in 30 minutes. That’s what tourists get in trendy DUMBO. The history of this offbeat Brooklyn neighborhood includes Dutch settlers, George Washington, Walt Whitman, the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges, and a 21st-century chocolate shop. But history and chocolate are just a small part of what makes DUMBO — which stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass — worth visiting. The neighborhood and an adjacent area called Fulton Ferry Landing are also home to Brooklyn Bridge Park, which opened in March with panoramic views of the bridges, Empire State Building and Statue of Liberty, all in one turn of the head. For foodies, in addition to Jacques Torres Chocolate, destinations include Grimaldi’s, famous for brickoven pizza; the Michelin-starred River Cafe, and the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory. And then there are the streetscapes — gritty and majestic, chaotic and charming. Every corner reveals a visual urban jazz that is uniquely New York. To get to DUMBO from Manhattan, take the F train to the York Street station. Exit, turn right on Jay Street, and start your sightseeing by looking up. Wooden-barrel water towers dot the rooftops and “NECK FACE” graffiti adorns a building to your right. Continue a few blocks along Jay, then turn left on Water Street. Here stands the Manhattan Bridge overpass that gives the neighborhood its name. Walk under the massive stone arch. Above, subway trains roar and clatter across the bridge, but layers of history can also be found by looking down. Beneath your feet, asphalt gives way to old granite paving stones crisscrossed with tracks from the Jay Street Rail line, which transported freight for the factories that once dominated the neighborhood. As you continue down Water Street, look to your right at the intersection of Washington Street. The Empire State Building is straight across the river. A stop at the chocolate shop, 66 Water St., is a must. The frozen hot chocolate is a divine summer treat, bonbons are $1.50 a piece and there’s an ice cream annex next door. When the store opened in December 2000, “I was in a neighborhood that was deserted,” recalled owner Jacques Torres, a former pastry chef at Le Cirque. “It was definitely a risk. It was not the neighborhood we know today.” The evolution from postindustrial to residential chic is ongoing, as evidenced by massive construction along Water Street and signs advertising new rentals and loft apartments in old factory and warehouse buildings. Brooklyn was the country’s fourth-largest manufacturing center by 1880. DUMBO, with access to the river for easy shipping, was home to a sugar refinery, coffeepackaging plant, and factories that made soap, shoes, Brillo steel pads and house paint. A business that made paper boxes for companies like Nabisco and A&P employed 1,700 people in 10 buildings in the early 20th century. The box titan’s name, Robert Gair, can still be seen on some buildings. “It’s incredible how many different products still recognized to this day were made there,” said Marcia Reiss, who wrote a neighborhood history guide about DUMBO sold by the Brooklyn Historical Society. At the foot of Water Street lies Fulton Ferry Landing. Ferry service between Brooklyn and Manhattan started here in 1642, when the area was a Dutch farming settlement. “It was just a man rowing a boat,” said Reiss. The ferry landing also played a role in the American Revolution. In 1776, George Washington and 9,000 of his troops rowed across the water in retreat after a terrible defeat to the British, “narrowly preserving the Continental Army,”

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the first Thursday of every month, 5:30-8:30 p.m., www. — and big yellow water taxis that connect the ferry landing to Lower Manhattan and Governor’s Island, In conjunction with the DUMBO Arts Festival, Sept. 24-26, the Brooklyn Historical Society is sponsoring two free 45-minute tours of DUMBO, Sept. 26, at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., meeting at York and Jay streets by the F train stop. DUMBO is also part of a 2 1/2hour bus tour called A Slice of Brooklyn — $75, — with stops at great pizzerias, landmarks and movie locations around the borough. The itinerary includes the ferry landing, Eagle Warehouse, Grimaldi’s, and filming sites for “Once Upon a Time in America” and “Scent of a Woman.” “DUMBO has the modern things — Jacques Torres and Grimaldi’s — but it also has the history,” said the tour founder, Tony Muia.

Graffiti that reads “Neck Face” is painted on a building across from a subway stop in the DUMBO section of the Brooklyn borough of New York. an even better spot for photographs. As you face the water, continue to your left, to the new Brooklyn Bridge Park. Enjoy the waterfront promenades, grassy fields and panoramic vistas. Options for food here range from street vendors to the River Cafe at 1 Water St. ($98 prix-fixe dinner). The Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory is housed in a fireboat house on the ferry landing that dates to 1926. And there’s always a long line outside Grimaldi’s, at 19 Old Fulton St., across from the Eagle Warehouse. Or head back toward Jacques Torres, where the neighboring Water Street Restaurant offers a creative but unpretentious menu with many dishes under $20. Other DUMBO attractions include Bargemusic, which hosts concerts on Fulton Ferry Landing; a free art gallery walk

A sign outside Grimaldi’s Pizzeria Reiss wrote in her book. Notice the railing around the pier. Words stamped into the metal offer an excerpt from a Whitman poem, “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry.” Whitman served from 1846 to1848 as editor of the Brooklyn Eagle, an important daily paper in its day. The massive arched entrance to the Eagle Warehouse, on the site of the paper’s pressroom, is at 28 Old Fulton St., across from the pier on the right as you face the street. A plaque outside the building explains the connection to Whitman. The building was converted to apartments 30 years ago, and today a twobedroom apartment there lists at nearly $1 million. Connie Fishman moved into the Eagle in 1986. “For a decade nothing happened, and then all of a sudden, there was a new wave of people and a lot more tourists,” she said. “Now they wander up and down our block looking for the entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge. There’s always somebody lost trying to figure out where to go.” (Note to bridge-seekers: Look for a sign farther up Old Fulton Street, on the left, for the bridge stairs, which will take you to the pedestrian walkway leading back to Manhattan.) The fact that DUMBO is still relatively unknown is part of its charm. Sean Cavanaugh, visiting on a recent summer day from Alexandria, Va., with his wife Jean and two children, admitted that he thought the

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Some of the chocolates available at Jacques Torres Chocolate neighborhood housed “a miniamusement park.” (Dumbo is a circus elephant character from Disney.) Instead, the Cavanaughs found beautiful old buildings and the waterfront. “This is a great little area,” Cavanaugh said, taking in the soaring view from the ferry landing of Lower Manhattan and the bridges. It was near this spot that John Roebling, who designed the Brooklyn Bridge, was mortally injured, hit by a ferry as he surveyed the future construction site. His son Washington Roebling — who was also seriously injured supervising construc-

tion of the bridge — and Washington’s wife Emily completed the project. The Brooklyn Bridge, with its majestic Gothic arches and delicate filigree of cables, opened in 1883. At the time, it was the longest span ever built. “It was an achievement ahead of its time, an engineering marvel,” said Ron Schweiger, a Brooklyn historian who has served as an official city tour guide for the bridge. The Manhattan Bridge, built to accommodate the increasing traffic between the boroughs, opened in 1909. As beautiful as views from the ferry landing are, there’s

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‘Dinner for Schmucks,’ is an unsatisfying visual meal By Christy Lemire AP movie critic There’s a lot less bite in “Dinner for Schmucks” than there was in the classic French farce that was its inspiration. Whereas “The Dinner Game” (“Le Diner de Cons”) from celebrated writer-director Francis Veber was a tight, sharp satire of societal pretension — and was nominated for six Cesar Awards in 1999 — this remake seems more interested in easy, broad slapstick. That’s unsurprising coming from Jay Roach, director of the “Austin Powers” movies, “Meet the Parents” and “Meet the Fockers.” Still, Roach takes his sweet time getting to the big, wacky evening at the film’s climax. “Dinner for Schmucks” is 34 minutes longer than its predecessor, and feels like it. As Steve Carell and Paul Rudd get to know each other during a series of mishaps and misunderstandings, the pacing drags and the script takes this twosome through some seriously time-consuming, hit-and-miss detours en route to a predictably safe ending. But Carell, being the smart, sensitive comic actor that he is, infuses what might have been an insufferably obnoxious character with some real humanity. You come to care about this guy, especially once you learn how he stumbled into his sad-sack life. The same can’t be said for Rudd’s character — the straight man in the equation — because he’s drawn so plainly, it’s hard

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Steve Carell, left, and Paul Rudd in “Dinner for Schmucks” to feel emotionally invested in whether he suffers or succeeds. Rudd stars as Tim Conrad, a financial analyst on the verge of a promotion at a competitive private equity firm. But first, he must impress his boss (Bruce Greenwood) at a secret monthly dinner where the company elite compete to see who can bring the biggest idiot as their guest. Tim’s sophisticated girlfriend Julie (Stephanie Szostak) is appalled at the cruelty of this concept but — clearly being an idiot himself — he goes through with it anyway, hoping to impress her enough that she’ll finally say yes to his repeated marriage proposals. Flawed logic, but whatever.

When Tim literally runs into Barry Speck (Carell), a kindhearted IRS employee and amateur taxidermist, he knows he’s found his schmuck. In the original film, the poor, unsuspecting fool builds models of famous monuments using matchsticks. Barry makes intricate dioramas using dead mice he’s lovingly dressed up and placed in whimsical settings; the details of them, highlighted at the film’s start, are hilarious and awesome at once. Being clueless about everything else in life, though, Barry gets his nights mixed up and gloms onto Tim early. Since he’s such a decent fellow, he tries to help Tim out of a series of sticky situations but,

Duvall, cast fly high with ‘Get Low’ By David Germain AP movie writer Robert Duvall looks great as a grizzled old coot, while Bill Murray makes a mighty fine funeral director. Surround them with sharp old-timey details of the Depression-era boondocks and the roles fit them even better. That’s the lowdown on “Get Low,” a very old-fashioned comic drama whose charm comes more from the characters, performances and rich period feel than from the story itself, which is inspired by real events but strains at the reins a bit in its fictionalized elements. Duvall is perfectly cast as a rural hermit who abruptly ends 40 years of seclusion to arrange a “living funeral” so he can hear what people might have to say about him while he’s still around. With terrific support from Murray, Sissy Spacek, Lucas Black and Bill Cobbs, “Get Low” marks a rosy featurefilm debut by director Aaron Schneider, a veteran cinematographer whose 2003 tale, “Two Soldiers,” won an Academy Award as best live-action short film. From “Two Soldiers,” a 1940s-era William Faulkner adaptation, to “Get Low” was a natural progression, both films set in the rural South and intricately recreating a backwoods folksiness with deep warmth and humor. Duvall’s Felix Bush is the local boogeyman around his late-1930s town, where boys sneak up and toss rocks through the windows of his isolated home and adults spread tall tales of supposed violence in the old man’s past. After Felix learns of an old friend’s death, four decades of ruminating alone over his dark secrets boil over. Felix heads to town looking to throw a funeral party where people can come and say whatever they like about him, his way to “get low” — or down to business — as he prepares himself for the true end of his life. Down-on-his-luck undertaker Frank Quinn (Murray), amusingly lamenting how “people are dying in bunches everywhere but here,” jumps at the chance to stage Felix’s living funeral and assigns his goodhearted apprentice (Black) to help make arrange-

naturally, only makes things worse. This includes making Julie think he’s having an affair with a psycho stalker (Lucy Punch) and breaking into the loft of an arrogant artist and notorious womanizer (Jemaine Clement) who’s one of Julie’s top clients. They

also run into Zach Galifianakis, underused in a one-note role as Barry’s work rival who fancies himself an expert in mind control. Too often, these scenarios are uncomfortable for the viewer — not because of their intended awkward comedy, but because they’re just plain tedious to watch. But Clement, best known for

“Flight of the Conchords,” is a total scream here, cut very much from the same skintight cloth as Russell Brand in “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “Get Him to the Greek.” It’s as if he exists in his own movie — a deliciously weirder and infinitely more interesting one. “Dinner for Schmucks,” a Paramount Pictures release, is rated PG-13. Two stars out of four.


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finally, Felix the penitent. It’s not a fatal flaw, just a nagging one. The drama simply wraps up a little too neatly given the ragged edges of Felix and the people he touches, including Cobbs as a preacher privy to the old man’s secrets. For a filmmaker who has worked mostly in contemporary settings in television, film, music videos and commercials, Schneider shows eyes and ears marvelously attuned to the past. The images glow with wistful nostalgia, while the rhythms of the dialogue and Jan A.P. Kaczmarek’s rootsy musical score immerse viewers in earlier times. Murray occasionally lets some modern smarm slip through undertaker Frank’s demeanor as a glib 1930s huckster. You can let that slide, though, because Murray is so much fun to watch. “Get Low,” a Sony Pictures Classics release, is rated PG-13. Running time: 103 minutes. Three stars out of four.

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Michael Taylor

Joseph Jackson of Vicksburg spotted these two frogs being downright brazen about waiting for their supper.

Michael Taylor of Vicksburg had to stop his car on Oak Ridge Road when he saw this colorful sunset over a plowed field near Tucker Road.

Joe Smith

Wally Powell

Joe Smith of Vicksburg was visiting at Pensacola Beach, Fla., before the oil spill and oil threat chased off the tourists.

Wally Powell of Vicksburg zoomed in to Marian Love Phillips looked over the barrel of a Civil War cannon at Louisiana capture the beauty of a blooming hi- Circle to see a bird’s eye view of the two Mississippi River bridges at Vicksbiscus. burg.

Marian Love Phillips

GIVE US YOUR BEST SHOT! 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, in person at Post Plaza or by mail to The Vicksburg Post, News photos, P.O. Box 821668, Vicksburg, MS 39182.

02. Public Service

05. Notices

FREE KITTENS TO good home. Kept inside, liter box trained. 601-630-7621.

Center For Pregnancy Choices Free Pregnancy Tests

KEEP UP WITH all the local news and sales...Subscribe to The Vicksburg Post TODAY!! Call 601636-4545, Circulation.

· Education on All Options · Confidential Counseling Call 601-638-2778 for appt

Is the one you love hurting you?

(non-medical facility)

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

07. Help Wanted

05. Notices

07. Help Wanted


Haven House Family Shelter 601-638-0555 or 1-800-898-0860 Services available to women & children who are victims of domestic violence and/or homeless: Shelter, counseling, group support. (Counseling available by appt.)

05. Notices ENDING HOMELESSNESS. WOMEN with children or without are you in need of shelter? Mountain of Faith Ministries/ Women's Restoration Shelter. Certain restrictions apply, 601-661-8990. Life coaching available by appointment.

07. Help Wanted

05. Notices KEEP UP WITH all the local news and sales...subscribe to The Vicksburg Post Today! Call 601-636-4545, ask for Circulation.

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

Classifieds Really Work!

07. Help Wanted

07. Help Wanted

Job Advertisement School District: Madison Parish School System

07. Help Wanted

Job Vacancies: Assistant Principal - Wright Elementary School Assistant Principal - Madison Middle School Compensation: Salary commensurate with verifiable years of experience plus the Madison Parish Sales Tax Supplement

The ISLE OF CAPRI CASINOS, INC—NATCHEZ has the following positions available immediately: VIP REPRESENTATIVE and HOTEL MANAGER The Hotel Manager is responsible for the successful management of the Hotel. Responsible to the Sr. Director of Operations for successful performance of assigned duties. Responsible for the supervision and performance of Front Desk Manager, Front Desk Clerk, Reservationist, Switchboard Operators, Bellmen, Bell Captain, Front Desk Supervisor, Executive Housekeeper, and Concierge. The Isle of Capri offers an excellent benefit package to include: 401K, health insurance, PTO, tuition reimbursement, team member recognition programs, and excellent salaries commensurate with experience. Must be able to obtain a Gaming License, Alcohol Beverage Card and pass drug test/background check.

Dates to Apply: July 26, 2010 through August 4, 2010 until 12:00 noon Where to Apply: Dr. Patricia B. Candler, Madison Parish Schools 301 S. Chestnut Street, Tallulah, LA 71282 Remarks: Applicant must meet qualifications at the time Letter of Application is filed. A copy of your Louisiana Certification credentials and a resume must be attached to your Letter of Application Applicants will be scheduled for interviews August 5 and 6, 2010.

The BodyShop at GeorgeCarr is currently seeking a

Prep Technician (Painter’s Assistant)

Hours Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Pay based on Experience and Qualifications. Apply in person to Jamie Eakes in the Body Shop, Monday -Friday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. EOE


GeorgeCarr BU IC K • PON T IAC • CADILL AC • GMC 601-636-7777 • 1-800-669-3620 2950 S. Frontage Road, Vicksburg, MS •

07. Help Wanted

07. Help Wanted

COMPUTER GRAPHICS DESIGNER Qualified applicant should have good grammar skills, experience with MacIntosh computers, ad layout and design. Knowledge in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign. Responsibilities include creating and composing advertisements to customer specifications. Must be creative, organized, self-motivated, able to meet deadlines. Send resumes to: Dept. 3731 The Vicksburg Post P.O. Box 821668 Vicksburg, MS 39182

The Classified Marketplace... Where buyers and sellers meet. A M I k i d s - N o r t h e a s t L A is seeking t w o D r i v e r s. Job Summary: Responsible for transporting students to and from the Institute and its activities in a safe, timely, and professional manner, ensures proper supervision of students, administers the maintenance of all assigned vehicles and ensures safe operating conditions, other duties as assigned. Education Requirement: High school diploma or equivalent. Current state driver’s license, current motor vehicle report, satisfactory criminal background check and drug screening n Powell required. Please submit resume to KarVan or ChaQuita Richardson

LOOKING TO MOVE UP IN THE JOB MARKET? Step this way to the top of your field! Job opportunities abound in the HELP WANTED SECTION of

The Vicksburg Post Classifieds. Call 601-636-SELL


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1100 National Street


2813 Drummond St.

New Price $ 269,900

Very cute 4 bedroom, 2-1/2 bath home, 2106 SqFt. Whirlpool tub, lots of storage, large private fenced backyard. 2-story with basement (not incl in SqFt). New deck and carport.


420 Lake Forest


House recently painted inside with beautiful color choices, new hardwood floors downstairs, master suite with huge closet, whirlpool tub, sep. shower, split plan with 4th BR w/bath upstairs. Ideal for teenager! You will be deeded fishing privileges in the neighborhood (only 5 houses have this) for fully stocked pond right down the street. This is very nice small, secluded neighborhood off Redbone.

JONES & UPCHURCH, INC. Call Andrea at


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

119 Olde Trace

5 bedrooms, 3 baths over 2600 sq ft. New addition with incredible master suite. New Price $214,900.

Real Estate McMillin And

Beverly McMillin

Custom built in The Trace, this 3 bedroom 3 bath home includes a well-designed floor plan with gleaming concrete floors, formal dining room, family room, bonus room & large laundry room. Solid granite, stainless appliances & abundant storage in kitchen. Front court yard & back screened porch are perfect for outdoor entertaining.






& Coldwell Banker All Stars


& Coldwell Banker All Stars

601-634-8928 or 601-218-2489

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


1116 Main Street


Beautifully restored to former glory! Very spacious-great for entertaining! 3 bedrooms/2 1/2 baths. Careful attention to detail-crown moulding, tray ceilings, original staircase, gas-log fireplaces! $539,000

204 Pebble Beach

196 Fairways Drive Remodeled within past 5 years. 2492 Sq. Ft. plus finished basement. Unfinished basement 257 SF. Entrance from Monroe & Walnut Streets. 16 Parking spaces. OWNER WILL CONSIDER A LEASE.

06. Lost & Found

FEMALE CAT. WHITE and gray, Warriors Trail/ Shannon Lane area. Answers to Snowball. Call 601-415-1821

07. Help Wanted

TRUCK DRIVERS Immediate Openings Full Time Class A CDL W/ Haz Mat Good Record Local & Long Haul Vacation Pay & Health Ins.

1-800-748-8931 8am - 5pm Monday - Friday Drivers: Flatbed. Class A 2 yrs. Exp. Req. $.38-.48cpm/exp based. Trinity Logistics GroupEEO/AA 800-533-7862 Ext. 9 CONFEDERATE RIDGE APARTMENTS now accepting applications for Maintenance Tech. Experience is a must! Call 601-638-0102, for information.

Drivers Wanted!

1-877-285-8621 Call M-F 8am-5pm DROP 3 SIZES in 10 minutes. No exercise, no diets, no surgery. 601-4157231or EARN EXTRA MONEY. Deliver the new AT&T Real Yellow Pages in the Vicksburg area. Full/ Part time, daily work, quick pay, must be 18+ years, have drivers license and insured vehicle. 800-422-1955 Ext. 4, 8:00am- 4:30pm MondayFriday. LANDSCAPE TECHNICIAN needed for growing local business. Contact 601-750-8322 for details. EOE. LOCAL FIRE AND water damage restoration company looking for a talented individual to fill a Crew Chief position. Must be willing to learn and have valid drivers license. Contruction or cleaning experience a plus. We are an equal opportunity employer. Mail resume to: P.O. Box 820972, Vicksburg, MS 39182.


   !! " # $%&'$($' )*)* #     ' + " NEEDED: 12 TEMPORARY Farm workers (8/20/10-12/20/10) to harvest sweet potatoes and pack in Morehouse and West Carroll Parish, Louisiana. Employment is for a minimum of ¾ of the workdays of the total period of the contract. All tools, equipment and housing if outside commuting area are provided at no cost. If applicable, transportation and subsistence expense to the job will be paid upon completion of 50 percent of the employment period or earlier. $9.10/ hour. Must be able to lift 40 pounds. Work in extreme temperature, prolonged standing and bending. Subject to drug testing upon hire. Apply at nearest Louisiana department of Labor. Refer to job # 358-904. Deep South Gold, incorporated. NEEDED: LIVE IN sitter. Over 18. Up to $925 per month. 1 child. Plus tuition assistant. 713-538-8635.

09. Child Care NEED CHILDCARE? NEW daycare facility. Ages 0-12, clean facility, low student/ teacher ratio CMPDD accepted, NO registration fee for the month of August. Inquire about free week of tuition. 601-636-8063.

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

12. Schools & Instruction TUTORING. CERTIFIED K-6 retired teacher, flexible schedule, reasonalbe rates. 601-218-4320.

14. Pets & Livestock CHIHUAHUA BABIES Lots of Colors. Beautiful, small. Shots and Wormed. CPR registered. $150 up. 318-680-2100. CKC TOY POODLES. Females, 9 weeks, shots, wormed, vet checked, tails docked. Apricot. Cream. $250-$300. CKC German Shepherds. Female, 6 months, shots, wormed. To good homes. 601-634-0320, 601-415-8585.


Has Available for Adoption:

35 Dogs 43 Cats 1 Horse Highway 61 South

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


Home for Sale? Show it to the world at

17. Wanted To Buy

18. Miscellaneous For Sale

18. Miscellaneous For Sale

21. Boats, Fishing Supplies

22. Musical Instruments


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.

5300 KODAK EASY Share printer, brand new, still in box, $80. 3000J Lenovo business computer, XP 1GB memory with speakers, used 1 month, $450. 601-634-6121, leave message.

SCOTTS (JOHN DEERE) 42 inch cut lawn tractor chassis. Must see. 601-6363233.

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

YAMAHA TRUMPET. EXCELLENT condition, school approved. $275. 601-636-2803.


Adopt Today!

WOULD LIKE TO buy 50 foot good used mobile home. 601-831-1755.

18. Miscellaneous For Sale Call the Shelter for more information.


Foster a Homeless Pet!

PEEK-A-POO PUPPIES. 9 weeks old, Champion breed, very small house dogs, 10 pounds maximum weight. Have shots and wormed. $125 each. 601-738-2496. SHIH TZU BABIES. So beautiful gold and white, black, white, black and white. Shots and wormed. CPR registered. $100-$250. 318-680-2100. SHU POO BABIES. Great little family pets. Shots and wormed. CPR registered. 318-680-2100. $150

*TIRE CHANGER $1,200. *6 FOOT FINISH mower, $750. *18,000 BTU air conditioner $250. 601-618-9850. TWO 35 ton low boy trailer, $5,000 each o.b.o, 201 VOLVO TRACTOR TRUCK N14 Double deck sleeper, Low mileage, clean as a hounds tooth, $13,000 o.b.o. 1997 KENWORTH 900, Cat engine, double deck sleeper, low mileage. Clean as a hounds tooth. $13,000 o.b.o 601-638-9232.

2 TWIN DOUBLE cyclone gates, $125 each. 4 foot swimming pool, with new motor, $250. Wanted male or female roommate. 601218-3037. 2001 28 foot Fifth wheel camper, $7,800. 2005 3130 Kubota tractor, 4x4, bush hog, $11,000. 601-618-1716. 300 SQUARE FOOT tool storage house, $3500. Lots of miscellaneous concrete yard items. 601-415-0447.

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

17. Wanted To Buy $ CASH TODAY I buy junk cars, trucks and vans. Call 601-618-6441. CASH PAID FOR COINS, war relics, antique books and collectibles. Call 601618-2727. LOOKING FOR A canoe. Must be in good shape, good price. 601-638-2903.

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

07. Help Wanted


14. Pets & Livestock



Real Estate McMillin And 601-831-1386


Very nice, well maintained double wide home on Grange Hall Road. 3 bedroom, 2 bath, eat in kitchen with large living area. Looks brand new, must see. ONLY $50,000.

Debra Grayson

$270,000 601-636-5947 or 601-415-4114

1606 Vicklan Street

IMMACULATE 4 bedroom 2.5 bath Beautiful home in the Glenwood Circle Area. This 4 bedroom 2.5 home in Fairways! This home is well maintained & move in ready. bath home features a large family room, master bedroom w/2 This 2300 plus square foot home closets, wonderful kitchen with features a large kitchen with a bar brick floors, dining room and a & breakfast area, formal dining heated and cooled sunroom. room, large family room and a This home is loaded with character beautiful covered patio. The yard is and not mention it is just steps landscaped to perfection!! from the neighboorhood park! Do not miss this deal! $229,000 $269,900

780 Grange Hall Rd.

Move In Ready! Property features over 2600 sf, hardwood floors, ceramic tile, formal dining room, great room with fireplace, eat-in kitchen, media room with large built-in TV, media equipment, pool table, wet bar with wine cooler, refrigerator, and ice maker; Owner's suite features walk-in closet, whirlpool tub, separate shower and vanities, patios.


Newly Remodeled! Seller just added a second bath off the master bedroom. Kitchen has been completely remodeled with New Cabintry and Stainless Appliances, Formal Living and Dining, Hardwood Floors, Large Mudroom/Laundry, New Paint, Hardware and Lighting, Large Detached Garage.

08. Sales Help Wanted

BROWN GAS STOVE for sale. $120. 601-638-5527 FOR LESS THAN 45 cents per day, have The Vicksburg Post delivered to your home. Only $14 per month, 7 day delivery. Call 601-636-4545, Circulation Department. HOME ENTERTAINMENT CENTER. Oak, 6 years old. Paid $1675, asking, $750. 601-636-1662. KING SIZE BEDROOM set Solid oak headboard & foot board, large chest and 2 nightstands. Very good condition $400 - 636-0984.

19. Garage & Yard Sales

22. Musical Instruments

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

CLARINET. SCHOOL APPROVED, great condition. $500. 601-301-0459.

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

HOLTON TRUMPET and case. Like new. $400. 601994-3269.

11. Business Opportunities

11. Business Opportunities

24. Business Services Malone Home Improvements Honest Work for an Honest Price •Vinyl siding •Sheetrock •Additions •Decks •Metal/Shingle roofs •Ceramic/ Laminate Flooring •And More Ronnie Malone Free Estimates

(601)738-0884 (601)663-6587 Classifieds Really Work!

11. Business Opportunities

QUEEN SOFA SLEEPER, $250, Twin frame and mattress $80,Nine foot oak shelf $50, old dresser $30, odds and ends. 601-529-2808.

THE PET SHOP “Vicksburg’s Pet Boutique� Bring Your Best Friend to our NEW LOCATION, 3508 South Washington Street Not so far, just 1 mile south of Belmont St. Same Great Pet Merchandise, Just More Room!


08. Sales Help Wanted

Immediate Job Opening

Practical Nursing Instructor Hinds Community College Vicksburg Warren County Campus Minimum Qualifications •RN, ADN or BSN(License unencumbered and current) •Two years experience in professional practice For additional information contact: Rachel Welch 601-629-6864 Hilton Dyar 601-629-6804

07. Help Wanted

FOAM PACKAGING INC. has an opening for a Truck Driver. Class A CDL Regional Full- Time Driver w/o Haz Mat. Min. 5 yrs tractor-trailer exp & good driving record. Forklift Experience A PLUS. • Home Daily •No Back Haul •Repeat Runs. Competitive Salary & Excellent Benefit Pkg.

Apply in person Monday- Friday 8:30am- 4:00 pm at 35 Stennis Road or send resumes to: Attn: Driver PO Box 1075, Vicksburg, MS 39181 or Fax: 601-636-2655 No telephone inquiries. EOE M/F/H/V

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

! No Wonder Everybody’s Doing It

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

Your Hometown Newspaper!

Openings Available in:

Oak Ridge & Delta, Louisiana areas

601-636-4545 ext. 181

n o s a e S ll a b t o o F n! i a g a is here Show off your Football player, Cheerleader or Band Member by placing their photo in this special page.

Cost: $20 per photo. Deadline: August 4th, 2010 Publishes: August 19th, 2010

Come by the Vicksburg Post Classified Dept. or call 601-636-7355 (SELL) for more information.

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Professional Quality at an Affordable Price 22 hp Kawasaki 50” Stamped Deck Reg. $3,399 SALE $


26 hp Kawasaki 60” Welded Deck Reg. $5,649 SALE $

4,999 24 hp Kawasaki 48” Welded Deck Reg. $4,499 SALE $

3,999 0% FOR 24 MONTHS or 1.9% FOR 36 MONTHS. *w.a.c.

Visit our website at • Buy where you can get Service & Parts!

COOK TRACTOR COMPANY Tractors, Mowers, and Equipment

680 Hwy. 80 • Vicksburg • 601-636-4641 Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. • Saturday 8:00 a.m. - Noon Cook Tractor Company’s 22 years of sales and service backed up by Gravely’s 93 years of manufacturing experience.

24 hp Kawasaki 48” Cut Commercial Reg. $7,329 SALE $


31 hp Kawasaki 60” Cut Commercial Reg. $9,399 SALE $



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needed at

Current ASE qualification required. Call Robert at 601-802-2620 or come see us at the Vicksburg Job Fair August 3rd, 9am-2pm Blackburn Motor Company

See you at the Job Fair 2566 S. Frontage Rd., Suite C Vicksburg, MS 39180 Telephone: (601) 630-9966 Fax: (601) 636-1777 Start your summer off right with a job at

• Senior Operations Analyst • Revenue Auditor • Slot Shift Manager • Slot Floor Supervisor • Experienced Dealers - Craps, Blackjack, Roulette Candidates who submitted an application more than 90 days ago should complete a new application. If you want to be part of the excitement and are an experienced customer service professional, download an application at and click on “work for us” or stop by our Human Resources office at 200 Warrenton Road, Vicksburg, MS 39180 (next to Waffle House & Days Inn) Monday-Friday 9:00am–4:00 pm EOE / DRUG FREE

24. Business Services

26. For Rent Or Lease

28. Furnished Apartments

29. Unfurnished Apartments

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

PROFESSIONAL OFFICE SPACE available August 2nd. Great location. Utilities and janetorial service included. $900/month. 601-638-4050.

NEWLY RENOVATED. Completely furnished corporate apartment. All utilities provided including cable and internet. Laundry room, courtyard, security entrance. Great location. $750 - $900 month. 601-415-9027, 601-638-4386.

2 BEDROOM TOWNHOUSES or 3 bedroom apartments, from $500 to $525 monthly, $300 deposit. 601-631-0805 management.

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


27. Rooms For Rent $350 MONTHLY, $75 DEPOSIT. Central air, phone, cable television, private bath. 601-272-4564.



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


D&D Tree Cutting, Trimming & Lawn Care Insured For Free Estimates, call “Big James” at 601-218-7782. DIRT AND GRAVEL hauled. 8 yard truck. 601638-6740. LAWN AND TREE services, free estimates. Yard clean up, grass, tree cutting, reasonable prices. Ronny 601-831-6083. River City Lawn Care You grow it - we mow it! Affordable and professional. Lawn and landscape maintenance. Cut, bag, trim, edge. 601-529-6168.

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

09. Child Care

Downtown location. Overlooks Washington Street. Great Location! Deposit Required. 601-638-5943, 662873-4236, 662-873-2878. NIGHTLY, WEEKLY, MONTHLY RATES. Between Ameristar and Diamond Jacks Casino. Multiple night discounts, no deposit, best prices in town. DIXIANA MOTEL 4041 WASHINGTON STREET VICKSBURG, MS. 601-631-6940

PRE-VIEW VICKSBURG'S FINEST furnished apartments on-line at www. vicksburgcorporatehousing. com 601-874-1116.

1 OR 2 BEDROOMS. Refrigerator, stove, water. Downtown. $450 monthly, deposit required. 601-218-3835, 601661-8999.

1-2 BEDROOM DUPLEX All electric central air/heat, refrigerator, stove $600 monthly $600 deposit 817797-7991

CORPORATE APARTMENT. Fully furnished. $800 monthly, utilities, weekly cleaning, off street parking. 601-661-9747.

Looking for a new ride? Check our online listings today. Just go to

EXCELLENT IN-TOWN location. 1 bedroom furnished, private parking, deposit and references required. $450 monthly. 601-218-6208.

18. Miscellaneous For Sale


BUFORD CONSTRUCTION CO., INC. 601-636-4813 State Board of Contractors Approved & Bonded


Voted #1 Apartments in the 2009 Reader’s Choice

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

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

501 Fairways Drive Vicksburg

18. Miscellaneous For Sale

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

One Hour Seminar!

Barnes Glass

• Bulldozer & Construction

1 AND 2 BEDROOMS with refrigerator and stove. $400 monthly, $200 deposit. 601-634-8290.


• Construction

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

$450 MONTHLY! 1 bedroom, gated community, hardwood, washer/ dryer, central heat/ air, elderly and disabled welcome, 1115 First North. 512-787-7840.

1 BEDROOM. FURNISHED, with utilities, washer/ dryer, wireless internet, cable, garage. $200 weekly. 601-638-1746.

The Good Shepherd Daycare has immediate openings infants through four year olds for working parents or parents attending school fulltime. Payments are based upon your income and certificates are welcome. Contact Tameka Butler, Daycare Director, at 601-636-7687 for information on registering your child.

• Glass

Vans • Cars • Trucks •Insurance Claims Welcome•

1, 2 AND 3 BEDROOM APARTMENTS, downtown. $400 to $650 monthly, deposit required. 601-638-1746.

09. Child Care

Score A Bullseye With One Of These Businesses!

Quality Service at Competitive Prices #1 Windshield Repair & Replacement

29. Unfurnished Apartments

28. Furnished Apartments

FURNISHED 2 BEDROOM, 1 bath, washer, dryer, $525 monthly, deposit. Downtown area. 601-218-3835.

2 BEDROOMS, 1 bath. 1214 Main Street, central air/ heat. $495 plus deposit. 601-631-4755.



Tuesday, August 3rd

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


New Homes

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

Jon Ross 601-638-7932 ROY’S CONSTRUCTION

RESIDENTIAL/COMMERCIAL New Construction & Remodeling


Show Your Colors! Post Plaza



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

• Lawn MobileCare Home Services

Dirt For Vicksburg Magnolia Mobile Parts Fred Clark 634-6579 •Set up Supplies Heavy Clay, 610, •Skirting Clay Gravel, Fill Dirt •Tubs, Faucets •Vinyl Siding •Carpet, Tile •Roof Sealant Trackhoe, Dozer, Box •Doors & Windows Blade, Demolition Work •Air Conditioners Driveways: Repair, Form & Finish “If we don’t have it, we’ll get it” House Pads: Concrete, Clearing & Grubbing Licensed & Bonded


• Signs

• Printing


• Business Cards • Letterhead • Envelopes • Invoices • Work Orders • Invitations (601) 638-2900 Fax (601) 636-6711 1601-C North Frontage Rd Vicksburg, MS 39180






Joe Rangel - Owner

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601.636.7843 • 601.529.5400 From small repair projects to home upgrades...We’re not satisfied until You are. Call today for your Free Estimate!

All Business & Service Directory Ads MUST BE PAID IN ADVANCE !

Call today about our special long term ad runs available in the Business Directory. We offer specials from 3 months to 12 months at a great price deal !


Medical Transcriptionist

Learn to work at home transcribing medical reports dictated by doctors! Train At Home • An In-Demand Career No Commuting • No Selling Earn More Money Than In Most Office Jobs*


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Hit The Bullseye By Advertising Daily With The Business And Service Directory Aim for the coverage and receive the most for your advertising dollars in the Vicksburg area Business & Service Directory!

For Details About This Seminar Call 1-800-242-3604, Dept. VICA1A80

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29. Unfurnished Apartments 2 BEDROOM BLOWOUT! CONFEDERATE RIDGE 780 Hwy 61 North

Call for Details

601-638-0102 CYPRESS HILL APARTMENTS- 402 Locust Street. 1 bedroom $500, lights/ water provided. Section 8 welcome. 601-456-3842.

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



FAMILY ATMOSPHERE Newly remodeled 2 and 3 bedrooms. Paid cable, water and trash.Washer, dryer and microwave included. Ask about our move in special. Call 601-415-8735 or

Sunday, August 1, 2010

30. Houses For Rent 3 BEDROOM, 1 bath brick home with carport. 5 minutes from Rainbow and Riverwalk Casinos. $700 monthly, deposit required. 601-529-2015. 3 or 4 BEDROOMSRent $1,000 and up! 721 National, 418 Groome 732-768-5743 5455 FISHER FERRY Road. 3 bedroom 2 bath house. No pets, no smoking. $900. 601-638-3211. LOS COLINAS. SMALL 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath Cottage. Close in, nice. $795 monthly. 601-831-4506. TWO BEDROOMS 2617 Letitia $400 monthly plus deposit. 601-636-7282.

31. Mobile Homes For Rent 2000 DOUBLE WIDE 3 bedroom, 2 bath 1 acre, quiet neighborhood in county, Bovina School District. $65,000. 601-218-3053, 601-218-5894. 3 BEDROOMS, 2 baths. $625 monthly, $400 deposit, Section 8 welcome. Cooper Lighting area. 303587-0687.

4 BEDROOM 2 bath, Mobile home for rent. $300 deposit. $600 monthly. 601218-0960.

MEADOWBROOK PROPERTIES. 2 or 3 bedroom mobile homes, south county. Deposit required. 601-619-9789. LARGE 1 BEDROOM, newly remodeled, Drummond Street. $485 monthly. Deposit required. 601-529-8983, 601-415-4818.

32. Mobile Homes For Sale

30. Houses For Rent 2104 BAKER STREET. 4 bedroom, 1.5 baths, newly renovated. Central air. $650 monthly. $650 deposit 601529-5376.

5 BEDROOM, 2 bath, 28x80. Like new, Paid $85,000, sell for $55,000 firm. 601-218-2678. DEER CAMP SPECIAL. 2 bedroom, 1 bath single wide. $3,000 or best offer. 817-929-7221.

River Hills

32. Mobile Homes For Sale KEEP UP WITH ALL THE LOCAL NEWS AND SALES... SUBSCRIBE TO THE VICKSBURG POST TODAY! CALL 601-636-4545, ASK FOR CIRCULATION. MOBILE HOME FOR sale. Southern 2004. 16x60 2 bedroom 2 bath. $13,900. Set up and ready for you! 601-218-3475.

34. Houses For Sale

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


33. Commercial Property

Member FDIC

BUILDING FOR SALE or Lease. 1905B Mission 66. Broker/ Owner Greg. 601291-1148.


1911 Mission 66 Office or Retail Suite B-Apprx. 2450 sq. ft. Great Location! Easy Access! High Visability!

Brian Moore Realty Connie - Owner/ Agent

318-322-4000 MODERN OFFICE FOR rent. Downtown area. 600 square feet, kitchenette, shower, wi-fi, parking. $495 601-529-6093.

2150 South Frontage Road

1100 National Street 4 BR, 2.5 BA, 2106 Sq. ft. Whirlpool tub, 2-story w/ basement. $99,000.

34. Houses For Sale

34. Houses For Sale

37. Recreational Vehicles

1411 ELM STREET. 2 bedroom, 1 bath, new roof. $13,500. 601-529-5376.

307 Drusilla Lane. Peaceful 3 bedroom, 1.5 baths, fenced backyard. $75,000. Antonio Cobbs, 601-618-1832.

UNDER BOOK VALUE! 2006 Sierra Camper, 3 slide outs, extra roomy, sleeps 10, full couch, queen size bed, many extras. Asking $29,950. 601-638-1057.

Licensed in MS and LA

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

601-634-8928 2170 S. I-20 Frontage Rd. Rental including Corporate Apartments Available

Jones & Upchurch Real Estate Agency

McMillin Real Estate 601-636-8193

169 Shell Beach

Carla Watson...............601-415-4179 Judy Uzzle-Ashley....601-994-4663 Mary D. Barnes.........601-966-1665 Stacie Bowers-Griffin...601-218-9134 Rip Hoxie, Land Pro....601-260-9149 Jill Waring Upchurch....601-906-5012 Andrea Upchurch.......601-831-6490

Eagle Lake, 3/2, 2275 SF, 210’ lake frontage, large boat launch, 175’ pier, 12x65 screened porch, boat/jet ski lift, large master BR w/ whirlpool tub. $325,000 Call Bette Paul Warner, 601-218-1800, McMillin Real Estate

601-415-9179 McMillin Real Estate

Rely on 20 years of experience in Real Estate.

DAVID A. BREWER 601-631-0065 5 BR, 3.5 BA home on 4.6 acres on quiet county cul-de-sac.


601-636-SELL To Place Your Ad.





Classified Advertising really brings big results!

302 NEWIT VICK 4 BR, 2 BA. Privacy fenced yard w/ patio.







38. Farm Implements/ Heavy Equipment 1949 8N FORD TRACTOR, 2 bottom breaken plow. 601-638-5397. 2005 KUBOTA L3400. 35 horse power, 396 hours, 2 wheel drive with 5 foot disk. $8500. 601-415-5213 or 601-638-0795. No calls after 10pm!

40. Cars & Trucks

35. Lots For Sale

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

Daryl Hollingsworth..601-415-5549


Classifieds Really Go The Distance!

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

Big River Realty

REDUCED! 4413 Nailor Road, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths. 149,000. 601-218-5739, 601-218-3566, or visit

1803 Clay Street



Check the real estate listings in the classifieds daily

29. Unfurnished Apartments

34. Houses For Sale

Broker, GRI

203 John Allen St. Adorable home, ready to move in. 3 bdrms, 1 baths. 1253 sq. ft. $89,000. 420 Lake Forest. 5 BR, 3 BA, over 2600 sq. ft. New addition with incredible master suite. $214,900. 225 Boundary Line. 20 acres,new home with Inground pool. 100x150 riding arena. 3774 Ring Road. Affordable home, well maintained in south county. $89,900.



EASY FINANCING Look NO Further! •2001 Chrysler Sebring Only $850 Down •2000 Ford Explorer $1150 Down •2004 Nissan Altima $1400 Down

Gary’s Cars Hwy 61 South For pre-approval MUTUAL CREDIT UNION has a 2004 White Pontiac Grand Am. 82,000 miles. $5,000. If you have any questions, please call 601-636-7523 ext 258.


40. Cars & Trucks

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

The Car Store CARS • CARS • CARS• CARS• CARS 01 CHEVY MALIBU LS V1845R ..............22 Months @ 240 per month ......$930*down 04 CHEVY MALIBU V2000........................24 Months @ 220 per month ......$930*down 00 BUICK CENTURY LIMITED V1976 ....27 Months @ 250 per month ..$1035*down 00 CADILLAC DEVILLE V2027 ................24 Months @ 240 per month ..$1080*down 03 CHEVY IMPALA V2007........................28 Months @ 260 per month ....$1135*down 02 PONTIAC GRAND PRIX GT V2009 ..28 Months @ 250 per month ..$1205*down 03 CHEVY IMPALA LS V2006 ................28 Months @ 260 per month ..$1240*down 02 NISSAN SENTRA GXE V1915 ..........28 Months @ 260 per month ..$1240*down 05 PONTIAC GRAND AM GT V2023 ....28 Months @ 260 per month ..$1345*down $ D 00SFOORDLD MUSTANG V2011 ......................26 Months SO*Ldown SO@LD290 per month ..$1400 03 MERCURY GRAND MARQUIS LS V2017...... 26 Months @ 320 per month .. 1565*down TRUCKS • TRUCKS • TRUCKS • TRUCKS 05 JEEP WRANGLER V2028 ........27 Months @ 230 per month ..$1050*down 00 CHEVY SUBURBAN LS V2025 27 Months @ 260 per month ......$1080*down 02 CHEVY SILVERADO C1500 V2026 28 Months @ 240 per month $1170*down 02 CHEVY SUBURBAN LT V2024 24 Months @ 370 per month ......$1845*down $

29. Unfurnished Apartments








Move-In Special


$200.00 OFF



1 & 2 Bedrooms $550/$610


Safe & Quiet Community!!!!! 601-636-2377 629 Hwy 80-East




Utilities Paid •


No Utility Deposit Required

Downtown Convenience • Classic Elegance in Modern Surroundings

• 1 Bedroom Studios & Efficiencies 2 Bedrooms/ 2 Bath


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

601-638-6015 • 2800 Clay Street • Vicksburg, MS Classifieds Really Work!

Please call one of these Coldwell Banker professionals today:

601-630-2921 • 801 Clay Street • Vicksburg George Mayer R/E Management



601-661-0765 • 601-415-3333


INTO THE GOOD LIFE! Apartment Homes


Jimmy Ball


Tim DeRossette


Herb Jones


Marianne Jones


Connie Norwood


Kim Steen


2970 Hwy 61 N. • Vicksburg

New Cars Have Arrived!!! Mon - Fri 9am-5pm • Sat 9am-1pm No Credit Card required on Car Rentals!

$100 Deposit • $40 Day


Harley Caldwell, Broker

Spacious 1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartment homes!


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


Ask us about our Weekly Rate !!


601-636-0503 • 2160 S. Frontage Rd.



2008 Chrysler Sebring Convertible

2006 Volkswagon Beetle Convertible

Sale Price $16,995

Sale Price $16,998



Toll Free 1-866-238-8861

601-638-7831 • 201 Berryman Rd

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

415-3333 • 638-1102 • 636-1455


2007 Chevrolet Cobalt LT, 2 dr., low miles

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

$9,995 2008 Chrysler Sebring Convertible


2007 Nissan Sentra S, 4 dr., auto

$11,995 2006 Volkswagon Convertible


2008 Mazda 3

$12,495 2007 Cadillac CTS


2008 Ford Fusion SE

$13,998 2009 Ford Mustang


2008 Chevy Impala LT

$13,998 2009 Altima 2.5S, 4 dr.


2006 Chrysler Town & Country

$15,998 2006 Chevrolet 1500 Crew Cab SLT, loaded



Sunday, August 1, 2010

The Vicksburg Post

L I F E . L I B E R T Y. A N D T H E P U R S U I T.

2010 Cadillac & Buick Clearance

0% Financing up to 72 Months On All New 2010 Cadillacs 2010 Cadillac


2010 Cadillac



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44,415 $ Sale Price - 40,495 $ Rebates - 3,000 M.S.R.P. -

M.S.R.P. Luxury Collection features including leather interior and sunroof. #30065








2010 Buick

Equipped with ultra view sunroof, luxury collection, thunder gray chromaflair paint, 6-speed auto. trans. spare tire. #30057







2010 Buick

Lacrosse CX

Lacrosse CXL

Test drive the vehicle all the experts have been saying “may be the best Buick ever”

M.S.R.P. #1936








2010 Buick

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2011 Buick

Lucerne CXL


2 To Choose! In Stock NOW!

34,800 $ Sale Price - 33,995 $ Rebates - 4,000 M.S.R.P. -

Includes leather interior, 6 passenger seating, 3.9L V6 engine and much more. #1923









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2009 Cadillac STS

2009 Cadillac CTS

2009 Buick Enclave

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New Body Style, Gorgeous

GM Program Car





29,995 $27,995 $28,595 $31,995


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L I F E . L I B E R T Y. A N D T H E P U R S U I T. • 601-636-7777 • 1-800-669-3620 • 2950 S. Frontage Road • Vicksburg, MS Financing with approved credit.


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