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TODAY IN HISTORY 1833: Oberlin College in Ohio — the first truly coeducational school of higher learning in the United States — begins holding classes. 1911: Italian film composer Nino Rota, known for scoring works by such directors as Federico Fellini and Luchino Visconti, as well as the first two “Godfather” movies, is born in Milan. 1947: The Tennessee Williams play “A Streetcar Named Desire” opens on Broadway. 1967: Surgeons in Cape Town, South Africa led by Dr. Christiaan Barnard perform the first human heart transplant on Louis Washkansky, who lives 18 days with the new heart. 1967: The 20th Century Limited, the famed luxury train, completes its final run from New York to Chicago. 1979: Eleven people are killed in a crush of fans at Cincinnati’s Riverfront Coliseum, where the British rock group The Who was performing.

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CAMP VICTORY, Iraq — Inside palace walls built by Saddam Hussein, U.S. generals plotted the war’s course, tracked the mounting death toll and swore in new American citizens under gaudy glass chandeliers. Just outside the palace, American troops whacked golf balls into manU.S. soldiers made leave hiplakes or fished hop mark for carp, while others sat down with a cigar and a can of nonalcoholic beer hoping for a respite from incoming rockets or mortar shells. Along another lake some distance away, a jailed Saddam tended to tomatoes and cucumbers in a small, walledoff enclosure with guards patrolling overhead. Ever since the soldiers of the 3rd Infantry Division fought their way into the Baghdad airport grounds nearly nine years ago, the sprawling area they renamed Camp Victory has held a special place in the American military experience in Iraq. From here, the highestranking generals sitting behind banks of telephones and video screens communicated with commanders in the field and political leaders in Washington, and dictated strategy that unfolded on the streets of Fallujah, Mosul and Najaf. It was an intersection in the war where U.S. troops, hot and dusty after traveling across Iraq’s deadly roads and highways, could relax with a latte or bootlegged movie before heading back out again. On Friday, the base that at its height was home to 46,000 people was handed over to the Iraqi government as part of American efforts to move all U.S.

Eli Baylis•The Vicksburg Post

Leah Wheeless places a bid on a silent auction item at the Vicksburg Art Association’s Christmas party and 50th anniversary celebration Friday night at the Firehouse Gal-

today • Breakfast with Santa — 8-10 a.m. at Vicksburg Convention Center; $7 at convention center or at; 601-630-2929 for details. • Holly Days Arts & Crafts Show — 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Southern Cultural Heritage Center; admission, $1; 601-631-2997 oir • Christmas Parade of Lights-A Disney Christmas — 5 p.m. downtown; awards given for best floats; 601-634-4527 or • V105.5 Christmas Caroling Contest Finals — 7 p.m. at Vicksburg Convention Center; admission: $5 for adults, children 12 and younger free; 601630-2929. • “It’s a Wonderful Life” — 7:30 p.m. at Vicksburg Theatre Guild’s Parkside Playhouse, 101 Iowa Ave.; $12 for adults, $10 for seniors 55 and older, $7 for students 13 and older and $5 for children 12 and younger; 601-636-0471 or • Port Gibson parade — 10 a.m. downtown; theme: Through a Child’s Eyes.

lery. This year’s theme was Moulin Rouge, and attendees dressed the part. Holiday events continue today and Sunday in Vicksburg.

• Mississippi College’s “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” — 2 p.m. at Swor Aditorium on Clinton campus; $7, general admission; $5, students; $3, groups of 20 or more; 601-925-3935. • Mississippi College Festival of Lights — 7:30 p.m. at Provine Chapel on the Clinton campus; general admission, $15; MC faculty and staff, $10; students with ID, $5; 601-925-3440.

Sunday • “It’s a Wonderful Life” — 2 p.m. at Vicksburg Theatre Guild’s Parkside Playhouse, 101 Iowa Ave.; $12 for adults, $10 for seniors 55 and older, $7 for students 13 and older and $5 for children 12 and younger; 601-636-0471 or • Miss Mississippi Trunk Show — 2-3 p.m. at Vicksburg Convenion Center; reception afterward; Mary Margaret Roark models wardrobe for 2012 Miss America Pageant. • Mississippi College’s “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” — 2 p.m. at Swor Auditorium on Clinton campus; $7, general admission; $5, students; $3, groups of 20 or more; 601-925-3935.

See Iraqis, Page A7.

The Y ‘keeps me going,’ says birthday boy, 91 By Pamela Hitchins World War II veteran Charles Gastrell celebrated his 91st birthday Friday at his favorite eating place with a little help from the friends he says keep him young. Gastrell and his wife, Kitty, 86, were treated to lunch at the Rainbow Casino by a group that included Dan Fordice, who has recorded Gastrell’s wartime memories of “flying the hump” over the China-India-Burma theater; retiring Y director Herb Wilkinson, newly-named Y

director Casey Custer and members of the Y’s Men from the Purks Y, where Gastrell exercises almost daily; and former square dance partners Rhada and Theresa Hopkins. “If you get to be 91 years old and have friends around you like all of you, you will think you have been given everything in life that you need,” Gastrell told them. “Life is wonderful when you are doing good things.” Gastrell was born in Texas, and his family moved to See Gastrell, Page A7.

Eli Baylis•The Vicksburg Post

Charles Gastrell, right, 91, chats with Dan Fordice during his birthday party at Rainbow Casino Friday.


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Dr. Bill Howard, left, of MEA Medical Clinics shakes hands with Warren County District 5 Supervisor Richard George during a new business celebration Friday at the East Clay Street office. The primary care clinic is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. The phone number is 601-619-7717. At right, from left, are A.J. “Buddy” Dees Jr., president of the Vicksburg-Warren County Chamber of Commerce, and North Ward Alderman Michael Mayfield.

Child molester gets maximum 15 years A Vicksburg man convicted Nov. 9 of child molestation was sentenced in Warren County Circuit Court Friday to 15 years in prison, the maximum allowed by law. Thomas Tubbs, 57, 906 National St., was also assessed a $5,000 fine by presiding Judge Isadore Patrick. Because it is a sex crime, Tubbs will serve day-for-day without possibility of early release or parole, according to Mississippi law, said Warren County Victim Assistance Coordinator Brenda Theriot. Tubbs was arrested Dec. 21, 2009, several days after a child, then 3, told her mother that Tubbs had touched her inappropriately. November’s trial was the second on the molestation charge for Tubbs, who had remained free on $100,000 bond following a December 2010 mistrial in which jurors could not reach a unanimous decision. Tubbs also served about 10 years of a 25-year sentence imposed after he pleaded guilty in 1993 to raping a 10-year-old girl. Also in Warren County Circuit Court for the week ending Friday: • Jimmie Hart, 21, 1408 Sherman Ave., pleaded guilty to vehicle burglary and was sentenced by Circuit Judge M. James Chaney to the Ninth Circuit Court Drug Court Program for a period not to exceed five years, plus a $3,000 fine, $2,200 in restitution and $997.50 in court costs. Hart was arrested Dec. 13. • Larry Donnell Johnson, 31, 3207 Enochs St., Jackson, was found guilty of violating probation and sentenced by Chaney to a Mississippi Department of Corrections restitution center to

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pay outstanding fines, fees and costs (unspecified), followed by a return to probation for up to five years. Johnson was charged in October 2010 with false pretense. • James Maxey, 20, 108 W. China St., was found guilty of violating probation and sentenced by Chaney to complete the MDOC Regimented Inmate Program followed by the Greenwood Restitution Center to pay $1,567.50 in fines and costs, and then up to three years of probation. Maxey was arrested April 26, 2010. • Willie H. Rose, 20, 2234 Grove St., Apt. B, was found guilty of violating probation and sentenced by Chaney to four years in prison, plus outstanding fines and costs (unspecified). Rose was arrested Aug. 25, 2008, for business burglary. • Raymond Sanders, 47, 1901 Court St., pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance and was sentenced by Patrick to the drug court program for a period not to exceed five years, plus a $1,000 fine and $1,297.50 in costs. Sanders was arrested April 13. • Wilon Smith, 225 Buena Vista Drive, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance and was sentenced by Patrick to three years in prison followed by three years of probation, plus a $3,000 fine and $797.50 in costs. Smith was arrested April 13. • Sonya Reachelle Wells, 36, 1245 Mount Alban Road, No. 16, was found guilty of violating the terms of the drug court program and sentenced by Chaney to six years in prison, to include an extended drug and alcohol treatment program and with credit for time served. Wells was arrested

July 6, 2007, for possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute. • Mary Elizabeth Williamson, 23, 4201 Lee Road, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance and was sentenced by Chaney to the drug court program for a period not to exceed five years, plus a $1,500 fine, $212 in restitution and $1,297.50 in costs and fees. Williamson was arrested July 23. • Malcolm Wright, 22, 4737 Lee Road, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance and was sentenced by Chaney to the drug court program for a period not to exceed five years, plus a $5,000 fine and $1,297.50 in costs. Wright was arrested June 29. • Terrance D. Wright, 27, 1305 Newitt Vick Drive, pleaded no contest to shooting into a dwelling house and was sentenced by Patrick to two years in prison followed by five years of probation, plus a $5,000 fine, $500 in restitution and $322.50 in costs. Wright was arrested May 24, 2010.


After the Great Flood of 2011, the Vicksburg Kiwanis Club took on the task of repairing the Vicksburg Housing Authority’s Waltersville Estates playground. We could not have done it without the community. Volunteers poured over 500 service hours into this project. We would like to thank Anderson-Tully for mulch; Wesley B. Jones Electrical for heavy equipment, labor and the ground cloth; Guaranty Bank, the Walmart Foundation and The Home Depot for monetary donations; The Home Depot and Team Depot for providing equipment, labor and expertise; River Region Medical Center for water for volunteers; Vicksburg Fire Department for water and labor to wash the play structures; and the Louisiana-Mississippi-West-Tennessee Kiwanis District and Kiwanis International foundations for grants. We would particularly like to thank Ed Wong and the Vicksburg High School Key Club who contributed over 100 service hours. Ryan Lee President

Blankets will comfort I would like to take this opportunity to thank those in the community who have continued to make our annual blanket drive a success. Woodmen of the World Lodge No. 1 was kind enough to sponsor our campaign for the third year. We are certainly grateful for the generous financial contribution. Red Cross collects blankets every year to help the elderly and families that have suffered from a home fire. We are thankful for the donations from individuals, churches, schools, businesses and organizations. Your thoughtfulness will certainly help those less fortunate find comfort and warmth this winter. It is the season for giving, and we have certainly been blessed. Because of your generosity, we can continue to make a difference in the lives of those in our community. Janice Sawyer American Red Cross

Community stepped up Our 9-year-old autistic son, Chase, became lost while visiting my grandmother’s house on Jeff Davis Road. One minute, he was in the backyard playing; the next, he was gone. My family searched, but realized we needed help. We called my cousin Jeff Crevitt and 911. The response from the sheriff’s department was prompt and professional. Every neighbor whose door we knocked put on their shoes and helped with the search. I was so humbled because the whole neighborhood, my entire family and even an off-duty officer were all looking for him. After two agonizing hours, someone spotted him on Gullet Road — three miles away. Chase had gotten too far away from the house, lost his way in the woods and just kept walking. He ended up in the back yard of Al Gullett, who kept him safe until we got there. I don’t know the names of everyone who helped us, but I wanted to thank them for helping. The spirit of community was amazing that day. Deann Hill

Soccer season success

from staff reports

Boots, horse feed among stolen items Western boots, clothing, horse feed and pecans were reported stolen from the Bovina Feed and Seed on Tiffintown Road, Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace said Friday. The burglary was reported at 8 a.m. Friday. The sheriff said someone broke in through the rear of the store Thursday night, and store employees discovered the thefts when they reported for work Friday.

On behalf of the Vicksburg Soccer Organization, we would like to thank all of those who sponsored, volunteered and participated in this season’s activities. We would like to express a special thanks to Chevy Youth Soccer and Atwood Chevrolet for their generous donation. Craig Schwinn of Atwood was on hand during this season’s opening day of games to present VSO president Chris Dixon with a monetary donation and equipment. We were also able to obtain a new bulletin/display board at the field thanks to volunteers. We have had a successful season, and it could not have been done without help from our players, families, friends, volunteers and sponsors. Thanks again to everyone. Your help is greatly appreciated. Vicksburg Soccer Organization

community calendar BENEFITS Yuletide Souls Fest — Authors and artists, 9-4:30 today; raffle, must be present to win; Public Library; donations accepted for Vicksburg Child and Parent Center.

PUBLIC PROGRAMS Poverty Point Tool Demonstration — 1-4 p.m. Sunday, each hour; West Carroll Parish, east of Monroe on Louisiana 577; 888-926-5492. Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home — Memorial observance, 4 p.m. Sunday; 601629-3500; 2102 Clay St. Narcotics Anonymous — River City Group, 8 p.m. Sunday, Tuesday and Saturday; Good Shepherd Community Center, 629 Cherry St.; daytime, Alvin J., 601-661-7646 or 601-415-1742; evening, Joseph P., 601-278-1808; Jackie G., 601-636-8739.

Tuesday Vicksburg AlAnon — Noon Tuesday; second floor, First Presbyterian Church, 1501 Cherry St.; 601634-0152. River City Mended Hearts — 5 p.m. Tuesday; chef John Pelton, Healthy Eating; Rooms C and D, River Region Medical Center. Getting Ready For the Holidays — Noon Thursday; Lynette McDougald, Mississippi State University instructor and florist; 601-636-5442; Warren County Extension Service, 1100-C Grove St. Church League Basketball Registration — For males, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 10-Jan. 7; $150 per team, youths 12-14 and 15-18; adults 19-26; Kings Empowerment Center; 601634-4788 or 601-634-4756. The Mississippi Chorus — 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17; Wesley Biblical Seminary, Jackson; tickets:

php/season-and-tickets, 601278-3351 or mschorus@gmail. com.

CLUBs American Legion Post 213 “The Hut” — Dance and cash raffle drawing; 8 p.m. Sunday, DJ “Horseman” Mitchell, $3 per person, $5 per couple. Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary — Lunch, $8; noon Monday; Old Southern Tea Room; bring toy, game or article of clothing for child or senior item for Angel Tree; guests welcome. Retired Education Personnel of Vicksburg-Warren County — 1 p.m. Monday; executive board meeting; Hinds Community College auditorium, Mississippi 27; 601-6383755 or 601-415-0512. Vicksburg Chapter of NARFE — 11:30 a.m. Tuesday; One Voice, ladies ensemble from Bovina Baptist; Toney’s Res-

taurant. VAMP — Noon Tuesday; bring a gift; $12 for lunch, to be donated to local charity. Vicksburg Kiwanis — Noon Tuesday, Jacques’ Cafe; Cheryl Rinehart and Susan Harris, Bluffs & Bayous Magazine. Lions — Noon Wednesday at Toney’s; speakers: Chancery Clerk Dot McGee; Mark Chaney, Pearl Harbor Day; Jim Hess, Christmas message; no more December meetings.

CHURCHES Triumphant Baptist — Food distribution, 9-11 today; picture ID, Social Security card for each family member and proof of income; 601-6388135; 74 Scenic Drive. House of Peace Worship — Ordination service for ministers Anthony Sweezer, Constance Braxton, Catina White and Ramona Latham, 2 today; 2372 Grove St.

First Baptist — Love program for pastor Kemp Burley, 4 today; the Rev. Johnny Hughes, 601-535-2891; Hermanville. First Baptist — Blood drive, 4-7 p.m. Wednesday; donors receive T-shirt; Family Life Center, 1607 Cherry St.

boil water Culkin Culkin Water District has issued a boil water alert for customers on Boykin, Abraham and Paxton roads and along Mississippi 27 from its intersection with U.S. 80 to Beechwood Elementary. Residents should boil cooking and drinking water vigorously for two minutes before consumption. Also, a boil water notice has been lifted for customers from the 720 to 1300 block of Newitt Vick Drive and all side streets.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

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Occupy New Orleans

Ingalls aims to buy out 500 workers at Gulfport, Pascagoula shipyards By Jeff Amy The Associated Press

The associated press

Occupy New Orleans protesters camp out at Duncan Plaza, across from City Hall.

Clear park, mayor tells protesters NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Mayor Mitch Landrieu has ordered Occupy New Orleans protesters to remove tents and other gear from the park across from City Hall. In an afternoon news conference Friday, Landrieu said the protesters can continue to exercise their rights as citizens, but also must comply with the law. “I am giving notice on behalf of the city of New Orleans that we need to enforce the law now,” Landrieu said, including that the park is closed from 10:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. Landrieu said enforcement could begin at any time, although at one point he said if the park weren’t empty by next week he would call for it to be cleared. It was obviously something he hopes to avoid. “We think we can both have what we want and what we need if we follow the law,” the Democratic mayor said. The protesters, loosely affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement, have been in Duncan Plaza for 58 days. But Michael Crosby of New Orleans, an Occupy volunteer coordinator, said about 80 percent of the approximately 160 people in the park are now homeless persons. “Most of the Occupy people left a couple of weeks ago,” Crosby said. What began as a protest has become a humanitarian effort, he said. “We would have left before this, but what happens to the

‘I am giving notice on behalf of the city of New Orleans that we need to Mayor Mitch Landrieu enforce the law now,’ Mayor Mitch Landrieu said, including that the park is closed from 10:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. other people here?” he said. “Mayor Landrieu said he wanted to help them, but no one has been over here. I sent a list of names to his office but haven’t heard a thing.” On a chilly twilight, the park was neat, trash bagged and put near the entrance, the grass around the tents clean. But many of the homeless people there appeared to be drunk; some looked as if they needed medical or mental care. “We’ve been feeding them, trying to take care of them,” Crosby said. “The city isn’t doing anything for them, no one is.” Landrieu said the protesters were being informed immediately that they must leave, but he did not set a deadline or say when authorities might move in if they fail to do so. “At some point in the future if they refuse to leave I will enforce the law,” he said.

“Arrest is a last resort, but it will be necessary if people refuse to comply with the law.” Crosby said those in the park are “just average people,” and did not want a confrontation. But, he said, the police might not want one either. “With all the trouble they have had with the Justice Department, that probably wouldn’t be a good idea.” The police department is operating under a consent decree with the U.S. Justice Department. Several officers have been convicted for civil rights violations. There has been no friction with police. Superintendent Ronal Serpas said his officers patrol the park several times a shift, but have had no trouble. “Police say we’re doing a pretty good job taking care of some of their problems,” he said Both Landrieu and Serpas cited health and safety measures as problems. Landrieu said people have been cooking over open fires and electrical wires are strung in unsafe ways. The city placed portable toilets at the park, which cost $1,000 a week, Landrieu said. The mayor said the protesters can continue to assemble in Duncan Plaza during the day, but cannot sleep there or keep equipment in the park. The encampment has been growing in recent weeks with about 100 tents now there.


JACKSON — Ingalls Shipbuilding says it is seeking to cut the non-union part of its Mississippi workforce by 500 employees. The unit of Huntington Ingalls Industries said Friday it was offering a buyout package to non-union workers at its Pascagoula and Gulfport shipyards. Workers who choose to leave would get one week’s pay for every year worked at Ingalls, up to 26 weeks. In a prepared statement, company spokesman Bill Glenn said the company had to reduce “indirect budgets” because of increased cost pressures and the expectation

of federal budget declines. He called the cutbacks “unfortunate but necessary.” The company has 10,000 workers in Pascagoula and about 500 in Gulfport. About 4,250 are not covered by union contracts. Ingalls has received ship contracts worth $3.4 billion this year. Late Friday, Ingalls won a $46 million Navy contract. Observers expect that the federal government will cut its budget in coming years, meaning it will buy fewer ships for the Navy and Coast Guard. The Navy also has struggled with increasing costs for ships, meaning it can buy fewer. Huntington Ingalls, spun off earlier this year from defense contractor Northrop Grum-

man Corp., has been working to increase profits at its Gulf Coast operations, which have traditionally earned less than its shipyard in Newport News, Va. The company plans to close its shipyard in Avondale, La., in 2013, and is reducing employment there. Union workers voted Thursday to extend their contract by three years. Under that deal, each worker will get a $1,000 bonus in place of a 2012 cost-of-living adjustment, plus raises in 2012, 2013 and 2014 worth nearly $4,000 a year to a journeyman working a full-time schedule. However, health care premiums will also increase. Glenn said the buyout and extension were not linked.


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JACK VIX SAYS: Don’t forget about the parade.


William Waller

Governor changed state history for the better From other Mississippi newspapers: • The Clarion-Ledger, Jackson: Former Gov. William Waller, who blazed a trail for a more diverse government in Mississippi, died Wednesday, but the improvements he made live on. In recent years, Waller has been best known for his advocacy of removing barriers to voting. In an Aug. 9 letter to The Clarion-Ledger, for example, he argued for open primary balloting. “If this had been in place at this election it would have been less confusion and more realistic democratic results. The restraints fixed by party vote prevents the voter from exercising his choice for each candidate,” he wrote. His was not a “party line,” as the longtime Democrat noted: “Many voters

would choose some Republicans and some Democrats and would not make a 100 percent exclusive party choice.” But that evenhanded way wasn’t out of keeping with Waller, the ex-Hinds County district attorney who called himself a champion of the “little guy,” and routinely would lambaste the state’s power brokers in Jackson, whom he called “The Capitol Street Gang.” Waller wrote a memoir titled “Straight Ahead: The Memoirs of a Mississippi Governor,” that outlines the times he served — when a New South was arising. Waller’s term of 1972-1976 spanned the Old South of racism and this New South of opportunity. Southern governors were seeing the advantages of luring industry from the Rust Belt to the Sun

Belt — later reaping big rewards. Waller helped pioneer these changes, not as a strategy, but as a matter of personal responsibility. Waller was prosecutor in the trial of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers. Though unsuccessful, he told WLOXTV in an interview: “I think that signaled to the whole state that crime applies to any race... and if you commit a crime you’re going to be prosecuted.” Waller broke color barriers as governor and championed public education. In many ways, he was ahead of his time, with goals such as public kindergartens filled by successors. But in others, he was perfect for the time. He changed Mississippi history for the better.

Vision testing warranted for aging drivers The Greenwood Commonwealth: Starting at age 40, eyesight starts to decline, even for those who have had no vision problems in the past. That deterioration continues to progress over the rest of a person’s life. And yet Mississippi never tests a driver’s vision again from the time the person was first issued a license, most often as a teenager. It doesn’t make sense, particularly as drivers get into their 70s and 80s. This state takes it on trust that elderly drivers will take care of themselves, will get regular checkups and, when it becomes apparent that they shouldn’t be driving, will voluntarily give up their car keys or family members will take them away.

That doesn’t always happen, though. A couple of recent cases involving elderly Mississippi drivers has shined the spotlight again on whether the state should retest elderly drivers when their licenses come up for renewal. In one case, an 82-year-old driver has been charged with manslaughter in the fatal collision with a 10-year-old who was trying to board a school bus. In the other, an 87-year-old driver hit two young girls as they were leaving their school bus. In both cases, it’s clear that the drivers meant no harm. They either were distracted or just didn’t see clearly enough what was happening in front of them.

At a minimum, Mississippi should require, as some other states do, that elderly drivers have their vision retested when their licenses come up for renewal. It would be ideal to make them pass a driving test, too. The state scrutinizes young would-be drivers because, even though they are in peak physical condition, they lack experience and judgment. For elderly drivers, the problem is the reverse. They have the experience, but the physical attributes required to drive well — vision, coordination, reflexes — are in decline. The state should acknowledge this biological fact by requiring some form of sensible retesting.

Don’t spend it just because you have it Natchez Democrat: Isn’t it interesting how money tends to burn holes in pockets, particularly when that money doesn’t belong to the pockets’ owners? Last week, Natchez city aldermen heard a request from the city’s tourism department asking for permission to raise the pay for five employees at the Natchez Visitor Reception Center. The city has been under a hiring and pay freeze since October, when the new budget year began.

Whether or not the Natchez Convention Promotion Commission even had to ask the city for permission to grant the raises wasn’t clear, since the group, in a way, operates somewhat independently of the city. We’re glad the tourism folks asked, though, because it raised awareness of what was about to happen. The rationale provided by the NCPC officials to justify the change in the approved budget — which comes only two months into the new fiscal year —

is a purported budget surplus. The raises will total $31,000, and the surplus is projected to be $35,000. Those figures would seem to provide only a slim margin for error. Perhaps the NCPC provided more information to the board of aldermen than was made public in last Tuesday’s meeting. However, based on what we know, we feel asking for pay raises — while the rest of the city’s employees including fire and police personnel are frozen — isn’t wise, or prudent.

OLD POST FILES 120 YEARS AGO: 1891 The funeral for Nadine, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. U.C. Logue, is held. • The sale of seats for Mr. Barnes of New York starts here.


110 YEARS AGO: 1901

40 YEARS AGO: 1971

Mrs. Will Voellinger dies. • The city of St. Joseph will be put in the Vicksburg-Greenville mail line. • The Rev. H.R. Singleton leaves for the Methodist Conference in Hazlehurst.

U.S. Rep. Charles H. Griffin wires that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been given approval for a project to protect 10,000 acres of farm and industrial lands with a Vicksburg-Yazoo ring levee. • West Vicksburg Junior High School’s chapter of the National Honor Society inducts 24 ninthgraders into its membership.

100 YEARS AGO: 1911 Anderson Lammons returns from a business trip to New Orleans. • Phillip Wilkerson returns from Port Gibson.

30 YEARS AGO: 1981

90 YEARS AGO: 1921

David May and Kellogg Bobb resign from the Warren County School Board, each having more than 12 years of service. • Kirk Fordice is presented an award by Maj. Gen. William Read, division engineer of the Lower Mississippi Valley Division, for presentations made at a scientific meeting of the Society of American Military Engineers.

W.H. McCullough is looking for a big Christmas postal business. • “Dawn of the East,” starring Alice Brady, is showing at the Alamo Theatre. • Mrs. Joel Meyers Jr. and son are here from Grace. • Maj. James Gorman is re-elected county road foreman.

80 YEARS AGO: 1931 Bishop Gerow is here to attend the Sisters of Mercy Centennial Jubilee celebration. • Services are held for Gordon Fortner. • Mrs. Nettie Waldaur of Memphis stops here en route to Shreveport.

70 YEARS AGO: 1941 “U.S. Now at War with Axis” reads a big headline in the Vicksburg Evening Post as Congress acts swiftly to accept the challenge hurled by Hitler and Mussolini. • A reception is planned at Crawford Street Methodist Church honoring the Rev. T.O. Prewitt, new pastor, and the Rev. Van Lan-

Mrs. Porter Nicholson and family are visiting with relatives in St. Louis. • S.D. Strickland, former Vicksburg engineer, dies in Los Angeles. • Velma Colvin, 87, a Tallulah school teacher, is killed in an auto accident.

drum, new district superintendent. • Mrs. Sue Kelly Mee, now in Honolulu, Hawaii, advises her parents that she is safe following the Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor.

60 YEARS AGO: 1951 W.H. Campbell is elected president of the Vicksburg Chamber of Commerce. • Lucy Armstrong is visiting relatives in Kansas City, Mo. • Grove Street School presents its annual Christmas pageant.

50 YEARS AGO: 1961 J.E. Blackburn is elected president of the Vicksburg Chamber of Commerce. • Mr. and

20 YEARS AGO: 1991 The Beck House and the Belle Fleur are listed as city landmarks. • Mr. and Mrs. Todd Boolos announce the birth of a daughter, Brittany.

10 YEARS AGO: 2001 Mabel Stevenson, former resident, dies in Pontiac, Mich. • Brenda Opoka and Annette Peeples complete the latest session of Child Care Director’s Credentialing Training. • The Vicksburg National Military Park announces its annual park pass fee will rise from $10 to $20 beginning Jan. 1.

The most interesting things are never marked in green on the map or all shined-up in ubiquitous tourist brochures. They sneak in between the lines and miles.

Getting into the groove for a long road trip across America In Arkansas, the 18-wheelers were thick as hypocrites in Congress. In Oklahoma, the motel’s “dog” room smelled of cats, and just after dark, a plumbing snafu in the neighboring room wet our pungent green carpet. The nice manager allowed us to move, a hassle with all our dog beds and puppy paraphernalia, but soon enough we felt at home. The nearby diner was teeming with a lot of well-fed regulars, always a good sign. I ate fried chicken livers, almost as good as Norma Vandiver’s at home. RHETA It takes me only a gRIMSLEY few hours to get in the groove for a long road trip. I always leave home with reluctance, thinking maybe I’ll never again see my Mississippi hollow. I make mental snapshots of the physical things that are important to me, a strange assortment of items that defy taxonomy: Grannie’s quilt, Mabel’s portrait, Don’s old hats. About 200 miles out, I forget about fires, thieves and tornadoes and remember why I used to love life on the road. The most interesting things are never marked in green on the map or all shined-up in ubiquitous tourist brochures. They sneak in between the lines and miles. In Oklahoma, my dog Hank barked his head off at a psychedelic concrete buffalo, ignoring the two live ones in a pen. In Shamrock, Texas, a human huddle around a homemade grill outside of the restaurant alerted us the brisket might be good. It was. Just west of Capulin, N.M., I caught my first sight of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, snow-capped and daunting, just as dramatic the fifth time as it was the first. In Colorado, the sky seemed bluer, the wind stronger. By the time we got to home base in Colorado Springs, the weather was balmy and we were down to shirtsleeves. Long road trips have been greatly improved by technology. As a virtual Luddite, I don’t say that kind of thing often. But an iPod allows you to summon music to suit mood, which changes every few miles. In Arkansas I needed Chip Taylor and Carrie Rodriguez. Oklahoma made me think of Hank Snow. Willie and Bob Wills naturally sang us into Texas. Webb Pierce chimed in around New Mexico. The excitement and volume grew when we crossed into Colorado, where in a misguided and jubilant moment I tried to harmonize with Iris DeMent. For years while working for various newspapers I traveled alone. Music kept me trucking, and from talking to myself and going batty. All I had then was a radio, and not the satellite kind that gives you electives. I was at the mercy of commercial radio. That didn’t stop me from singing my way across the Southeast hundreds of times. Willie’s version of “Good Morning, America” was my favorite traveling song, and I could wing it by myself whenever I left Memphis headed South through the Delta. Kristofferson sang that freedom means nothing left to lose. Another definition for freedom might be traveling alone with nobody to hear when you belt out a song flat-out and off-key. • Rheta Grimsley Johnson writes for King Features Syndicate.


Saturday, December 3, 2011

The Vicksburg Post


Cain to say today if he’ll continue campaign ATLANTA (AP) — Rapidly becoming a mere footnote in the presidential race, Herman Cain sent mixed signals Friday on whether he would abandon his beleaguered White House bid today after a woman’s allegation of an extramarital affair. He said he would make a “major announcement” on whether he would press on — at an event still being

billed as the grand opening of a new headquarters. It is the latest — and perhaps final — twist in a campaign Herman saga that has Cain t a ke n t h e Georgia businessman from unknown longshot to surprise

frontrunner to embattled tabloid subject. He arrived at his suburban Atlanta home on Friday afternoon to talk with his wife of 42 years, Gloria, about whether to press on after his campaign was rocked by multiple sexual harassment allegations and this week’s claim that he had a 13-year affair. He denies wrongdoing. It was their first face-to-face

meeting since the allegation was made public. Earlier, in a speech in Rock Hill, S.C., Cain wouldn’t disclose whether he would drop out but told supporters to stay tuned. He said he would clarify the next steps of the campaign and assured backers the affair claim was “garbage.” But he also said he needed to consider what he would do with campaign donations already

Professor’s quirky obit catches on

The associated press

Robert Spiegel sports teams or the satisfaction of sipping a high-quality single malt Scotch whiskey. “He was a very humble man, and reaching some level of postmortem fame would really please him. I’m sure he would have been delighted by it, and surprised,” said Kevin Lynch, a fellow English professor emeritus at Central Connecticut who worked with Spiegel for 32 years. Spiegel was a high school teacher in Brooklyn before joining Central Connecticut State’s faculty in 1965. He was accompanied on his move by his wife, Ursula, whom he’d met on a blind date under New York City’s Washington Square arch. He quickly took on a reputation at Central Connecticut as a teacher who could leave a roomful of students entranced by anything from Dostoyevsky to the literature of baseball —

something his obituary called “a thinly veiled therapy to alleviate the trauma he sustained from coaching arguably the worst Little League team in recorded (or unrecorded) history and from the sufferings he endured from 40 years as a devout Mets fan.” Such lines in his obituary were what caught the eye of many strangers Friday, some of whom pondered in Facebook postings whether Spiegel had written the death notice himself. Though his family would have liked that, they said, the progress of his dementia made it impossible. Instead, it was written by his son, Jeff, who described himself in the obituary as someone “who, if nothing else to show from his lineage, inherited his father’s sardonic sense of humor.” Spiegel’s obituary was so nontraditional that family

Cain had not seen his wife since Ginger White, 46, came forward and said she had a sexual affair with Cain that lasted more than a decade. He has said they were only friends but acknowledged that he helped pay her monthly bills and expenses. His wife, Cain said, did not know of the friendship with White.

Michigan might step in if Detroit doesn’t step up

Robert Spiegel, 1934-2011

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Robert Spiegel’s passion for Russian literature, the New York Mets, ethnic cooking and beagles endeared him to generations of students and colleagues at Central Connecticut State University. Now, through the power of social media, the 77-year-old former English professor’s obituary is charming strangers, as well. Spiegel, a resident of the Hartford suburb of Berlin and a native of New York City, died Wednesday after a struggle with cardiac disease and dementia. He was eulogized in a quirky obituary written by his son that appeared Friday in central Connecticut newspapers. It quickly started spreading on strangers’ Facebook pages and Twitter feeds, usually accompanied by the readers’ admissions they did not know him — but wished they had, based on the richly detailed obituary. “Whereas the disease did thankfully erase most memories of the ‘62 Mets season, it eventually also claimed his life,” his obituary read, referring to his beloved team’s 40-120 record in a year that took 10 games just to get their first win. Friends and family say the obituary and its response are a fitting coda for the life of a man who loved spurring conversation, whether it was about good writing, New York

banked if he dropped out of the race. “Nobody’s going to make me make that prematurely,” Cain told a crowd of about 100 people. “That’s all there is to it.” “My wife and family comes first. I’ve got to take that into consideration,” Cain added. “I don’t doubt the support that I have. Just look at the people who are here.”

members and the funeral home traded calls back and forth Thursday as the directors wanted to double check that yes, indeed, the Spiegels wanted it to appear exactly that way. “Robert Spiegel of Kensington was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on May 2, 1934, lived and subsequently died,” the opening line reads. “Most of his noteworthy accomplishments happened in said middle part.” The obituary described the dayslong vigil at his hospital bed before his death amid what his son described as lively conversation against a backdrop of the music of Jimmy Buffett and Bob Marley, “chicken curry and the occasional smuggled glass of Glenlivet.” In addition to his wife and son, Spiegel is survived by a daughter, three grandchildren and several other family members.

DETROIT (AP) — The deficit and easing cash-flow idea is extreme, even in a city problems on its own. “We know what needs to be accustomed to fighting for survival: Should the state of Mich- done, and we stand ready to do it,” an indignant Bing said. igan step in to run Detroit? The financial review starts The governor has taken steps in that direction, propos- Tuesday and may last up to ing an unprecedented move 90 days. The same fate has befallen that could give an appointed manager virtually unchecked other cities. Atlantic City agreed in 2010 power to gut union contracts, cut employee health insurance to let New Jersey take over its and slash services. But city finances in an arrangement that allowed leaders bristle the city to at the notion. If it happens, Detroit spread a $9.5 Said the would be the largest million defimayor: “This is our city. American city ever taken cit over five sparDetroit needs over by a state. Michigan years, ing hometo be run by owners and Detroiters.” has seized control of If it hapsmaller struggling cities, businesses a significant pens, Detroit would be the but until now Detroit was property tax increase. largest Ameralways off-limits. In Pennsylican city ever vania, Gov. taken over by a state. Michigan has seized Tom Corbett signed a law in control of smaller struggling October enabling a takeover cities, but until now Detroit of Harrisburg. New York City had a brush was always off-limits. That changed this week, with bankruptcy in the midwhen Republican Gov. Rick 1970s, but the rescue packSnyder’s administration said age put together by then-Gov. it would begin a review of Hugh Carey stopped short of Detroit’s precarious finances. a full state takeover. “It terms of a city, I think If the governor concludes that the city’s economic situation Detroit stands alone,” said constitutes an emergency, he Michael LaFaive, director of could dispatch a manager who fiscal policy at Michigan’s could push the mayor and city Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a nonpartisan group council to the sidelines. It’s not clear how everyday that espouses free markets. An emergency financial manservices like trash pickup and bus routes would be affected, ager would have the power to but the fixer’s mission would privatize utility departments, be clear: Do whatever it takes as well as the bus system and other agencies. A manager to stop the bleeding. Democratic Mayor Dave also could sell off city-owned Bing says Detroit doesn’t need parking lots and even Belle the help. He insists the city is Isle, Detroit’s popular island reducing a $150 million budget park, LaFaive said.

Former Sheriff of the Year charged in meth-for-sex case DENVER (AP) — A former Colorado lawman who was once named the nation’s sheriff of the year was charged Friday with drug and prostitution offenses after authorities said he offered methamphetamine to a man in exchange for sex. Patrick Sullivan Jr., 68, was being held on $500,000 bond in an isolation cell at a jail named in his honor in suburban Denver. Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said current or former law enforcement officials are usually kept from the general inmate population for their safety at the Patrick J. Sullivan Jr. Detention Facility. Prosecutors charged Sullivan with felony distribution, possession of meth as well as a misdemeanor charge of soliciting prostitution. Author-

ities say he offered methamphetamine in exchange for sex from a male acquaintance in a sting set up by officers with Patrick a drug task Sullivan force. Sullivan also is charged with attempting to influence a public servant following a Sept. 20 report of an “old man” inside a home that the caller said he wanted to leave. An incident report notes a man at the house reported Sullivan was getting three recovering addicts back into drugs. Sullivan told investigators he was helping them out as part of his work with a law enforcement and state drug rehab program. Officials have

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provide cover for two of his deputies who were pinned by gunfire. He was also named Sheriff of the Year by the National Sheriff’s Association and praised by former Rep. Tom Tancredo in 2002. Meanwhile, Robinson said police talked to him in January about Sullivan as part of an investigation into the unsolved drowning death of


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a man. Robinson said a detective contacted him in January for insight into the personality of Sullivan. Denver police refuse to say whether they questioned Sullivan or what information they sought in the Jan. 26 drowning death of Sean Moss, 27. An autopsy found intoxication from meth and gammahydroxybutryic acid that’s a

rave drug known by various street names such as “Liquid Ecstasy,” that’s also a date rape drug, contributed to Moss’ death. Police spokesman Sonny Jackson said the case remains open because the coroner was unable to determine if Moss’ death was accidental, a suicide or homicide.


Saturday, December 3, 2011

Business Fr o m s t a f f a n d A P r e p o r t s


The following quotes on local companies are provided as a service by Smith Barney Citi Group, 112-B Monument Place, 601-636-6914. Archer-Daniels (ADM)............ 29.99 American Fin. (AFG)..................35.72 Ameristar (ASCA)........................17.57 Auto Zone (AZO)..................... 330.22 Bally Technologies (BYI)...........37.30 BancorpSouth (BXS).................... 9.88 Britton Koontz (BKBK)................ 6.10 Bunge Ltd. (BG)...........................62.70 Cracker Barrel (CBRL)................48.70 Champion Ent. (CHB).....................20 Com. Health Svcs. (CYH)...............18.77 Computer Sci. Corp. (CSC)...........24.67 Cooper Industries (CBE)..........55.28 CBL and Associates (CBL)................14.43 CSX Corp. (CSX)...........................21.65 East Group Prprties (EGP)............41.91 El Paso Corp. (EP).......................25.29 Entergy Corp. (ETR)...................69.64

Fastenal (FAST)............................41.60 Family Dollar (FDO)...................58.70 Fred’s (FRED).................................13.69 Int’l Paper (IP)..............................28.77 Janus Capital Group (JNS)..............6.56 J.C. Penney (JCP)........................32.98 Kroger Stores (KR)......................23.36 Kan. City So. (KSU).....................67.86 Legg Mason (LM)..................... 26.27 Parkway Properties (PKY).............10.10 PepsiCo Inc. (PEP)......................64.28 Regions Financial (RF).................4.22 Rowan (RDC)................................ 33.25 Saks Inc. (SKS).................................9.49 Sears Holdings (SHLD)............. 58.56 Simpson-DuraVent (SSD).............33.12 Sunoco (SUN)............................... 39.00 Trustmark (TRMK)...................... 22.48 Tyco Intn’l (TYC).......................... 47.48 Tyson Foods (TSN)..................... 20.16 Viacom (VIA)................................. 53.35 Walgreens (WAG)....................... 33.12 Wal-Mart (WMT)......................... 58.09

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smart money Q: I am 84 and have two CDs worth about $230,000. My three adult children are registered as equal principal beneficiaries. What are their options after I die? Can their shares be rolled over into BRUCE their IRAs, and the required minimum withdrawal be based upon their reaching 70 1/2? Or must their withdrawal be based on my age? Is there a time limit for them to withdraw their shares? Where can I find an explanation of such benefits? — F.D., via e-mail A: I’m assuming your $230,000 is in some type of tax-sheltered environment: IRA, 401(k), 403(b), etc. There


are various regulations with regard to how such money has to be distributed — taxes paid, etc. Failing that, if these are just ordinary CDs and they have your children’s names on them and have been properly set up (payable on death or something similar), the money will be split three ways upon your death and taxes, if any, will have to be paid. The attorney advising the executor of your estate can determine your children’s rights. Without the specifics of this money and other monies that are in your name, it is difficult to give a specific answer. The research involved and the costs should be minimal. I would do this immediately. It’s much easier for you to straighten out problems now. •

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S&P closes out best week since 2009

Decline in jobless rate sends stocks on the rise NEW YORK (AP) — An early rally fizzled on the stock market Friday but still left the Standard & Poor’s 500 index up 7.4 percent for the week, its biggest gain since March 2009. A surprise drop in the U.S. jobless rate sent stocks higher in early trading, but the gains faded during the afternoon. The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 0.61 of a point to close at 12,019.42. The Dow ended the week up 7 percent, the largest weekly gain since July 2009. Bank stocks rose sharply, continuing a weeklong rally. JPMorgan Chase & Co. jumped 6.1 percent, the most among the 30 stocks in the Dow average. Morgan Stanley leapt 6.9 percent, the second-biggest gain of any stock in the S&P 500 index. European stock indexes and

The Nasdaq composite index inched up 0.73 to 2,626.93. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 0.31 of a point to 1,244.28. The S&P surged 7.4 percent over the week, the most since March 2009. the euro rose after German Chancellor Angela Merkel made a speech pushing for tighter rules on government spending. Merkel said the 17 countries that use the euro must quickly restore market confidence by making financial controls stricter. Bond yields for Spain and Italy fell, a sign that investors are becoming more confident in the ability of those countries to pay their debt. France’s CAC-40 and Britain’s FT-SE each rose 1.1 percent. Markets could be in for volatility next week as European leaders meet. The Labor Department

reported before the market opened that the unemployment rate fell to 8.6 percent last month, the lowest level in 2 1/2 years. Economists had expected the rate to stay at 9 percent. A reason the rate fell was that more than 300,000 people gave up looking for work and were no longer counted as unemployed. The Nasdaq composite index inched up 0.73 to 2,626.93. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 0.31 of a point to 1,244.28. The S&P surged 7.4 percent over the week, the most since March 2009. Decisive steps by world leaders to right Europe’s teeter-

ing economy sent stocks soaring on Wednesday. The Dow jumped 490 points, its biggest gain since March 2009 and its seventh-largest one-day point gain in history. The weekly point gain of 787 in the Dow was the second-biggest in its history, following a 946-point gain in October 2008. “This market has been gripped with fear for a long time,” said Peter Cardillo, chief market economist at Rockwell Global Capital. “And I think some of these fear factors are beginning to dissipate.” The improvements in the U.S. job market are “another illustration that the US economy is, for now at least, shrugging off the global economic downturn and fears about the collapse of the euro-zone,” Capital Economics Chief U.S. Economist Paul Ashworth said in a note to clients.

GOP congressmen OK anti-regulation bill WASHINGTON — House Republicans passed legislation Friday to reduce what the GOP calls “an avalanche” of unneeded, costly regulations. Opponents call the bill an attempt to prevent the government from protecting Americans at their workplaces and in their homes. The 253-167 vote sent the bill to the Democratic-run Senate, where it’s likely to die. Just to make sure, the White House has issued a veto threat.



GOP seeks solution for payroll tax plan WASHINGTON — House Republican leaders offered Friday to overturn a pair of Obama administration environmental policies and avert a deep cut in payments to doctors treating Medicare patients as part of legislation renewing a Social Security payroll tax cut through 2012.

The tax cut is due to expire on Dec. 31. A one-year extension would cost an estimated $120 billion. The expense would be offset by cuts elsewhere in the budget, but Republican critics noted the savings would take a decade to materialize, while the cut itself would last for a year. Despite the misgivings, Speaker John Boehner of Ohio and other Republican leaders are committed to passing the legislation, fearing political fallout if payroll taxes rise on Jan. 1 on 160

million wage-earners.

Panel subpoenas former senator WASHINGTON — A congressional panel has subpoenaed former Sen. Jon Corzine to testify next week about his role leading MF Global, a brokerage firm that collapsed this fall. The House Agriculture Committee issued the subpoena after Corzine failed to reply to an informal request to appear at the hearing.

Facebook planning to open second office in New York NEW YORK — Facebook will open an engineering center in New York City early next year, its first such office outside the West Coast, the social network giant announced Friday. Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg joined elected officials for the announcement at Facebook’s existing New York office on Madison Avenue. Sandberg would not say how many people Facebook would hire in New York, only that the company plans to add “thousands” worldwide in coming years. Sandberg said the company will stay in its current location at Bank of America Plaza for the time being. The building overlooks Grand Central Terminal in Midtown Manhattan. “Both New York and Facebook share this kind of energy that’s really hard to describe, and both make you feel like you’re part of something bigger than yourself,” said Serkan Piantino, who will head up the engineering unit.


BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Facebook’s New York office currently focuses on advertising sales and employs about 100 people. The Palo Alto, Calif.-based company has about 3,000 employees; its engineers are based in Palo Alto and Seattle.

Creator of ‘FarmVille’ going public with stock NEW YORK — Hoping to harvest some fresh cash, the online game company behind “FarmVille” said Friday that it plans to raise $1 billion in an initial public offering of up to 100 million shares. Zynga Inc. is the latest in a spate of IPOs by Internet companies this year, ranging from professional networking service LinkedIn Corp. to the deals site Groupon Inc. Zynga, whose games are played mainly on Facebook, plans to sell its shares at $8.50 to $10 each. If the shares are priced at $10, Zynga will be valued at $7 billion.

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Iraq prime minister target of explosion, official says

Continued from Page A1. troops out of the country by the end of the year. “The base is no longer under U.S. control and is under the full authority of the government of Iraq,” said U.S. military spokesman Col. Barry Johnson. He said that by 2 p.m. Friday, there was no longer any U.S. troop presence at the base. The transfer of the country’s largest American military base to Iraqi custody happened with little fanfare, and no ceremony was held. The area, which the military formally calls Victory Base Complex, was originally used as a country club for the Baghdad elite under Saddam. A visitor can still find small relics of that era, such as signs advising patrons where to park, or the hours during which the casino was open. Saddam built the palace complex near the airport out of embarrassment. During the 1978 Arab League summit he was forced to house incoming dignitaries in private homes in Baghdad because he had no proper accommodations, according to Robert O. Kirkland, a former U.S. military historian who interviewed former Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz and other Iraqis who were once in American custody. To rectify the problem, Saddam went on a palacebuilding spree, eventually building nine structures of varying size and impressiveness. He gave some of them names that reflected his often convoluted view of the world: Victory over America, Victory over Iran and Victory over Kuwait. In the run-up to the war, U.S. military planners were confused by a cone-shaped structure they could see from satellite imagery, said Col. Les Melnyk, another former U.S. military historian in Iraq. They labeled it a possible prayer site. It turned out to be a pigeon coop. Maj. William Sumner was a captain when his unit arrived at Camp Victory in mid-April 2003. He remembers how Iraqi looters managed to get into the complex and make off with geese, pelicans and other animals from a small zoo Saddam had built. “I think that’s when the cougar got out of the enclosure,” he said. For weeks afterward, a large feline, which Sumner said could have also been a bobcat, was spotted wandering around the base. In the early days after the invasion, soldiers swam in the man-made lakes or toured the islands with


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U.S. Army Pfc. Stephen Thomas of Gainsville, Fla., jumps into the swimming pool at Camp Victory.

Cpl. Craig Chavez of Pomona, Calif., relaxes on an armchair believed to have belonged toSaddam Hussein.

The detention facility that once held Saddam Hussein

BAGHDAD (AP) — An revealed that the bomb was explosion earlier this week supposed to go off when in the Green Zone, a pro- Prime Minister Nouri altected area in the center Maliki visited the parliaof the Iraqi capital, was ment during an upcoming an assassination attempt session, he said. But alagainst the Iraqi prime Moussawi declined to give minister, an Iraqi spokes- further details. He added that security man said. That assailants were able officials already had inforto get a bomb inside what mation leading them to is supposed to be the most believe that al-Maliki might be targeted heavily fortiduring his fied area in parliament the country trip. Alraises seriMaliki was ous doubts expected to ab o u t t h e address the abilities of legislative Iraq’s secubody soon rity forces at but no date a crucial time had been when Amerset. ican troops A security are leaving official with the country. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri knowledge The Baghof the invesdad military al-Maliki tigation said spokesman, Qassim al-Moussawi, said police found a charred body an attacker was able to get near the mangled vehicle a vehicle carrying about 44 and were still trying to pounds of explosives into determine the identity of the Green Zone and then the person through DNA tried to join a convoy of tests. The official said no other vehicles going into the one had come forward to claim the body, and it was parliament grounds. But at a checkpoint lead- not clear whether it was an ing into the parliament com- innocent bystander or a suipound, guards prevented cide bomber. Al-Maliki was in his office the driver from going any farther because he did not in another area of the Green have proper authorization. Zone when the bomb went The driver then drove to the off, the official said, speaking parking lot just opposite the on condition of anonymity parliament entrance where because he was not authomany lawmakers or their rized to talk to journalists. No one else was killed in staff park, and the vehicle the blast, though two people exploded seconds later. At the time, officials had were wounded. The vast area in central said they did not know if the explosion was the result of Baghdad dubbed the Green rocket or mortar fire into Zone is the most protected the Green Zone, whether area in Iraq and houses a bomber managed to get the U.S. Embassy, the Iraqi inside or whether a bomb parliament and the homes had been attached to a vehi- of many Iraqi government cle that then drove into the officials. People going into the area must go through a Green Zone. Al-Moussawi said the new checkpoint and show ideninformation was based on tification. Guards check for confessions from members bombs or use dogs to search of a terrorist group. They for explosives.

paddle boats. But quickly the atmosphere became more like bases back in the U.S. That meant rules and regulations — and military police to enforce them. Sumner said during his unit’s second week at Victory he was pulled over for speeding. “After we moved onto our other place, we just tried to refuse to go back there whenever possible,” he said. Victory Base Complex was essentially a city, often hit by rockets or mortar shells. One time the violence came from within. In May 2009, a U.S. soldier shot and killed five fellow troops at a combat stress clinic. The facility was so big it was divided into sections with different names. Troops could travel from Camp Stryker to Camp Liberty without leaving the base. A public bus system with posted routes transported people to the dining facilities, the gym or a dirt speedway where troops and contractors would race remote-con-

trolled cars. By the numbers supplied by the U.S. military, it was a substantial operation: • The incinerators destroyed an average of 178,000 pounds of waste a day. • A water purification plant produced 1.85 million gallons of water a day. • A bottled water plant filled 500,000 one-liter bottles a day. • Three plants produced 60 megawatts of power a day. If soldiers grew tired of food at the massive chow halls, they could grab takeout at Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Cinnabon, Burger King or Subway. At various stores they could buy anything from illegal DVDs to a Harley Davidson motorcycle delivered straight to their door back in the U.S. when they returned from the war. In the early days of the war, troops could even buy Saddam Hussein’s personal silverware and place settings.

Troops and contractors visiting from other bases took tours of the palaces. One particularly entertaining pastime was feeding the carp in the lake surrounding Al Faw palace, where the top generals and U.S. military officials were based. The aggressive fish would jump out of the water for cereal, Girl Scout cookies and Pop Tarts. Off-limits to most troops was the jail used to house Saddam and some of his cohorts. In a dilapidated,

bomb-damaged building encircled by concertina wire, American troops interrogated and guarded the former dictator before he was handed over to the Iraqis and executed in 2006. The Iraqi government has not yet announced plans for the complex, prime real estate in a country sorely lacking in parks and public spaces. The Iraqi military is already using some parts, and there is talk of turning Saddam’s jail cell into a museum.

a heart of gold,” said Frances Nielsen, the hostess who seats them and helps Kitty with her wheelchair. Gastrell also helps care for Kitty — the two of have been married 65 years, and she points out that they went together for five years before that — calling himself “a fulltime male nurse.” He goes to the Y most every day. He had to quit swimming a few years ago because of shortness of breath, he said, but has a series of exercises he does to keep his back strong and ache-free. “I’ve got arthritis,” he said, “but this takes care of that if I don’t overdo it.” Friday, after lunch and birthday cake, Fordice told a number of stories about Gastrell’s war service, a 24-yearold piloting four-engine bombers converted to cargo planes over the Himalaya Mountains in “the world’s worst weather.” Pilots didn’t have an option to be grounded. They had to fly — no matter what. “Our mission was to keep the Chinese supplied while they were fighting (the Japanese),” he said. U.S. bombers flying missions around Japan also would refuel and get supplies from bases on the

mainland, he said. Before going overseas, Gastrell was a test pilot in Savannah, Ga., making sure planes just coming from the factory were not defective before they were flown across the Atlantic into combat in

Europe and North Africa. He was also the youngest Eagle Scout ever in Warren County, earning the honor in 1933 when he was just 13. Fordice said he began interviewing World War II pilots, members of “the greatest

generation,” about 10 years ago and Gastrell was one of the first. “You look at all the things those guys went through in the last 90 years, and it’s just incredible,” Fordice said. “We’ll never see that again.”


Continued from Page A1. Vicksburg when he was about 5, he said. He was among a group of about 20 men from the city who enlisted before the start of the war in the 106th Engineer Battalion’s Company B. Gastrell left the company in 1942 to join the Army Air Corps, where he was trained to pilot bombers like the B-24, which he later flew in 65 round-trip missions over the Himalayas, being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for those 650 combat flying hours, he said. Most of the men he served with, who used to get together monthly, have died, he said, with just Brooks Bogan and Grover Sanders left from the company. It makes friendships like those with Fordice, Wilkinson and the Y’s Men all the more treasured, Gastrell said. “If I didn’t have the Y, and these people to talk to — this is what keeps me going,” he said. “I can’t say enough about the Y. It’s irreplaceable.” Gastrell said he loves the Rainbow’s buffet, and he and Kitty eat there every day — and he’s got the credit card receipts to prove it, he said with a laugh. “He’s a giver, and he has





Partly cloudy with a high in the lower 70s and a low in the upper 30s

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

LOCAL FORECAST sunday-tuesday Chance of showers; highs in the lower 70s; lows in the lower 50s

STATE FORECAST TOday Partly cloudy; highs in the lower 70s; lows in the upper 30s sunday-tuesday Chance of showers; highs in the lower 70s; lows in the lower 50s

Almanac Highs and Lows High/past 24 hours............. 66º Low/past 24 hours............... 37º Average temperature......... 52º Normal this date................... 51º Record low..............20º in 1979 Record high............81º in 1978 Rainfall Recorded at the Vicksburg Water Plant Past 24 hours.................0.0 inch This month................ 0.0 inches Total/year.............. 36.97 inches Normal/month......0.52 inches Normal/year........ 46.94 inches Solunar table Most active times for fish and wildlife Sunday: A.M. Active.............................N/A A.M. Most active................. 6:08 P.M. Active...........................12:18 P.M. Most active.................. 6:28 Sunrise/sunset Sunset today........................ 4:57 Sunset tomorrow............... 4:57 Sunrise tomorrow.............. 6:49

RIVER DATA Stages Mississippi River at Vicksburg Current: 29.4 | Change: 0.3 Flood: 43 feet Yazoo River at Greenwood Current: 19.4 | Change: NC Flood: 35 feet Yazoo River at Yazoo City Current: 16.2 | Change: 0.1 Flood: 29 feet Yazoo River at Belzoni Current: 18.2 | Change: NC Flood: 34 feet Big Black River at West Current: 4.3 | Change: -0.3 Flood: 12 feet Big Black River at Bovina Current: 8.0 | Change: -0.1 Flood: 28 feet StEELE BAYOU Land....................................76.6 River....................................76.5

MISSISSIPPI RIVER Forecast Cairo, Ill. Sunday.................................... 42.0 Monday.................................. 42.5 Tuesday.................................. 42.5 Memphis Sunday.................................... 23.3 Monday.................................. 24.2 Tuesday.................................. 24.9 Greenville Sunday.................................... 36.1 Monday.................................. 36.6 Tuesday.................................. 37.1 Vicksburg Sunday.................................... 30.4 Monday.................................. 30.9 Tuesday.................................. 31.4


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Politics reason for pipeline delay, Canadian leader says TORONTO (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper strongly suggested Friday that politics was behind the Obama administration’s decision to delay a proposed oil pipeline from Canada — days before his planned visit to the White House. Harper travels to Washington on Wednesday where he and Obama are expected to announce an agreement to enhance border security and

Prime Minister Stephen Harper

President Barack Obama

trade. Harper is also expected to urge Obama to approve the Keystone XL pipeline to the

Ex-ruling party leader quits over Mexico debt questions MEXICO CITY — The head of Mexico’s former ruling party resigned Friday over a financial scandal that threatened the party’s efforts to rebrand itself as corruption-free and retake the presidency in 2012. Institutional Revolutionary Party head Humberto Moreira stepped down at a party meeting broadcast nationwide and intercut with live denunciations by opposition politicians. It was a remarkable scene in a country where the leader of the PRI once held virtually unquestioned power. Moreira was widely promoted as the face of the new PRI after he stepped down as governor of the northern state of Coahuila last January. He frequently appeared in national campaign ads with party candidates for key state races. Then, in July, the Coahuila legislature said the state’s total debt was four times larger than the $700 million that was reported by state officials just before Moreira stepped down. The PAN said it suspected at least some of the public money was stolen by officials. Moreira has not clearly explained the ballooning debt figure.

Ultraconservatives out front in Egypt CAIRO — Egypt’s ultraconservative Islamist party said Friday it plans to push for a stricter religious code in Egypt after claiming surprisingly strong gains in this week’s initial round of voting for parliament, the first elections since Hosni Mubarak’s ouster. Egypt’s election commission announced only a trickle of results Friday and said 62 percent of eligible voters cast ballots in the highest turnout in Egypt’s modern history. Abdel-Mooaez Ibrahim, the head of High Election Commission, jokingly described it as “the highest since the time of pharaohs.” Preliminary counts leaked by judges and individual political groups indicated that the Muslim Brotherhood’s political arm took the largest share of votes. Following closely behind, was the ultraconservative Islamist Nour Party and a coalition of liberal parties called the Egyptian bloc, according to those unofficial counts. That trend — if confirmed and if extended over more rounds of voting — would give the religious parties a popular mandate in the struggle to win control from the ruling military that took over from Mubarak and ultimately reshape a key U.S. ally.

Incumbent headed for victory in Congo KINSHASA, Congo — Preliminary results from Congo’s presidential election show incumbent Joseph


Kabila leading opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi, although the country’s election chief warned only a small percentage of precincts had been counted. With around 15 percent of votes tallied, Kabila was leading with over 1,52 million, around 52 percent, according to results announced Friday. Tshisekedi was second among the 11 candidates with 997,074, or 34 percent. Election commission president Daniel Ngoy Mulunda released the early results four days after Monday’s vote, after the Election Day was extended for three days to give porters time to transport ballots from the remote corners of this giant nation. Congo remains on edge after days of violence which left at least 18 dead and seriously wounded 100 more, with most of the deaths caused by troops loyal to Kabila, Human Rights Watch said in Friday.

Russian watchdog fined for violations MOSCOW — A court on Friday found Russia’s only independent election watchdog guilty of violations, casting doubt on its ability to monitor Sunday’s parliamentary election as voters complain of record violations by the Kremlin party. The Kremlin is determined to see the dominant United Russia maintain its majority in parliament. President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin both made final appeals for the party on Friday, warning that a parliament made up of diverse political camps would be incapable of making decisions. The respected independent watchdog Golos, which compiles complaints of election law violations across the country and posts them on online, has recorded more than 4,700 complaints, most involving United Russia. The court agreed with prosecutors that the Golos website violates a law forbidding the publication of public opinion research within five days of an election. Golos was fined about $1,000. “They are afraid that Golos will tell the truth. They are concerned that they cannot control us,” Golos deputy director Grigory Melkonyants said. “They might silence Golos, but they will not silence those people who witness these violations every day.” He insisted that the group would be able to continue its operations, saying that Russians have a constitutional right to report violations. Golos said it plans to send out 3,000 activists to observe Sunday’s election.

Texas Gulf Coast. “It is not in this country’s interests that we are a captive supplier of the United States of energy products, especially when we see some of the politics that are going on south of the border,” Harper said. Harper later said in an interview with Sun Media that he was “disappointed with the politics down there.” Last month, the U.S. State Department decided to delay

the project until 2013, after the presidential election, to allow the project’s developer to figure out a way around Nebraska’s Sandhills, an ecologically sensitive region that supplies water to eight nearby states. Harper has said he has already made it clear to Obama that Canada will step up its efforts to sell oil to Asia since the decision was delayed, and would keep pushing the U.S.

to approve the project. The pipeline is critical to Canada, which must have infrastructure in place to export its growing oil sands production from northern Alberta. The region has more than 170 billion barrels of proven reserves and daily production of 1.5 million barrels from the oil sands is expected to increase to 3.7 million in 2025. Only Saudi Arabia and Venezuela have more reserves.

The Obama administration’s announcement to put off a decision went over badly in Canada, which relies on the U.S. for 97 percent of Canada’s energy exports. Harper said Canada’s economic prosperity depends on the growing energy sector and said “diversifying our markets for those products is not just essential to our economic prosperity, but to our economic security.”

Clinton wraps up myanmar trip

U.S. seeks partnership, secretary of state says YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was presented during a historic three-day visit to Myanmar with two distinct sides to life in the isolationist and authoritarian country: the planned city of monstrous government offices and palaces built by a brutal military regime, and the Southeast Asian metropolis famed for temples and monks, where Clinton met a soul mate in opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Bidding for a dramatic advance of American influence in Asia, Clinton finished the visit Friday with a call for greater reform from a government long accustomed to iron-fisted rule. She invoked the promise of a new era of relations with the U.S. if the country also known as Burma delivered democratic change. “The United States wants to be a partner with Burma,” Clinton said Friday at Suu Kyi’s home. “We want to work with you as you further democratization, as you release all political prisoners, as you begin the difficult but necessary process of ending the ethnic conflicts that have gone on far too long, as you hold elections that are free, fair, and credible.”

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton hugs opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi in Yangon, Myanmar, Friday. If the immense but largely empty capital of Naypyidaw represented the harshness of the southeast Asian country’s present, bustling Yangon offered glimpses of a brighter past — and possibly future. Despite the risk of giving legitimacy to a brutal military regime, the Obama administration saw Myanmar’s dem-

ocratic stirrings as a unique opportunity to champion democracy for almost 50 million people who have struggled under more than two decades of dictatorship. By re-opening the discussions at such a high level, the administration also raised the chances of making dramatic inroads for American foreign policy

in China’s backyard. Myanmar has historic ties with China but has pulled back from a major dam project sought by its northern neighbor amid signs the new leaders are sensitive to criticism that China is taking unfair advantage of its much smaller but resource-rich neighbor. Finishing the first trip by a secretary of state to the nation in more than 50 years, Clinton and Suu Kyi held hands on the porch of the lakeside home where the Nobel peace laureate spent much of the past two decades under house arrest. Clinton thanked her for her “steadfast and very clear leadership.” Suu Kyi had welcomed Clinton’s visit and tentatively embraced reforms enacted by Myanmar’s new civilian government. She thanked the secretary and President Barack Obama for their “careful and calibrated” engagement that has seen the U.S. take some modest steps to improve ties. “If we move forward together, I am confident there will be no turning back on the road to democracy,” Suu Kyi said. “We are not on that road yet, but we hope to get there as soon as possible with the help and understanding of our friends.”


RELIGION saturDay, de ce mbe r 3, 2011 • SE C TI O N B DEVOTION B2 | CHURCH EVENTS B3 Karen Gamble, managing editor | E-mail: | Tel: 601.636.4545 ext 137

Remind kids Christmas is about giving Q: Our child is asking skeptical questions about Santa Claus. How do we break the news? Jim: Most kids aren’t as traumatized as their parents assume. My wife and I made sure we “broke the news” to our boys ourselves. That way, they wouldn’t hear it from their peers. Use language like this: “When you were little you pretended to be a princess. In the same way, it was fun for you to believe that Santa Claus is real. But now you’re growing up, and your understanding of the FOCUS ON world is THE FAMILY changing.” Touch on the fact that families all over the world have stories about Santa, whether he takes the form of SinFOCUS ON terklaas THE FAMILY in Holland or Father Christmas in England. You might also want to do some research. The celebration of Christmas is ultimately centered on the birth of the Messiah. Even if your family doesn’t embrace this view, it’s certainly worth talking with your daughter about the themes of selflessness it embodies. Q: I am 32 with two small children. I’ve had random dreams and memories of sexual abuse in my childhood. Am I remembering something that happened? Juli: Yes, it is possible. There is a lot of controversy about the accuracy of repressed memories. Most professionals agree with the fact that highly traumatic events are stored in our memories differently than normal ones. I believe God has given our minds the ability to temporarily block traumatic experiences. As you mature, you develop the capacity to process and understand things. Addressing traumatic memories of childhood abuse is a painful process. It may be disruptive to family relationships while you are healing. Work with a counselor who is trained in sexual abuse recovery. Also, you will need a strong support network. We would love to help you find a counselor through our national referral network or to point you to excellent resources to encourage you on your journey to healing.

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

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Mattie Jones, 14, rehearses a scene from “The Christmas Post” at Hawkins United Methodist Church. Mattie is the daughter of Sonny and Teresa Jones.

Hawkins musical features cast in search of season’s reason By Terri Cowart Frazier Hawkins United Methodist Church will present “The Christmas Post,” a musical set in the 1940s that features people in search of the meaning of Christmas. The theme, said church member and director Cheryl Montgomery “is perseverance of faith.” The play features more than 45 cast members ranging in age from second

If you go Hawkins United Methodist Church, 3736 Halls Ferry Road, will present “The Christmas Post” at 7 p.m. Friday and Dec. 10 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 11. Admission is free, but canned goods will be accepted. Call 601-6362242 or visit grade to some who actually lived during the 1940s,

Montgomery said. The characters — all with their own beliefs about Christmas — are street corner newspaper vendors, carolers from a small church, the owner and manager of a prestigious department store and main characters Alice Garfield and daughter Katie. Alice, a widow, is struggling to make ends meet — and provide her family with a memorable Christmas. “We have been doing the production every few

years,” Montgomery said. “So many people are dealing with economic loss, and the play relates to those struggling financially.” Show times are 7 p.m. Friday and Dec. 10 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 11. Admission is free, but canned goods for local food banks will be accepted. The church is at 3736 Halls Ferry Road. For more information, call 601-636-2242.

other Holiday church events TODAY • Goodrum Memorial United Methodist — 10 a.m., 250 nativities from around the world; Weissinger family’s private collection; 12726 U.S. 61, Cary.

sunday • Cool Spring M.B. — 6 p.m., Christmas candlelight service; the Rev. Byron Maxwell, pastor; 385 Falk Steel Road. • Goodrum Memorial United Methodist — 1 p.m., 250 nativities from around the world; Weissinger family’s private collection; 12726 U.S. 61, Cary. • Triumph — 6 p.m., “Home for the Holidays” by the LeFevre Quartet; 136 Honeysuckle Lane. • Wayside Baptist — 11 a.m., Christmas Cantata and congregational singing; 6251 Jeff Davis Road.

MONDAY-thursday • Christ Episcopal — 7:30 a.m., quiet and peace during holiday season, morning prayer; 601-638-5899; 1115 Main St.

Dec. 10 • Springhill M.B. — 6 p.m., Christmas musical; Tallulah Angelic Voices of Praise, guest choir; Dr. Reginald Anderson, pastor; 815 Mission 66.

DEC. 14 • Bethlehem Baptist — 6:30 p.m., Christmas, inside and outside; bring can goods; 1886 Macon Front Road, Oak Grove, La.

DEC. 15 • Bethlehem Baptist — 6:30 p.m., Christmas, inside and outside; bring can goods; 1886 Macon Front Road, Oak Grove, La.

DEC. 16 • Bethlehem Baptist — 8 p.m., Christmas, inside and outside; bring can goods; 1886 Macon Front Road, Oak Grove, La. • Utica Baptist — 6:30 p.m., drive-through live nativity; free, rain or shine; 601-940-5077; 220 E. Main St.

Dec. 17 • Pleasant Valley M.B. — 5 p.m., Christmas program; 2585 N. Washington St. • Pleasant Valley M.B. — 5 p.m., the Rev. Kemp Burley benefit with Christmas play and musical; 260 Mississippi 27. • Utica Baptist — 6:30 p.m., drive-through live nativity; free, rain or shine; 601-940-5077; 220 E. Main St.

DEC. 18 • Bowmar Baptist — 9 and 10:30 a.m., “ All Creations Sing”; 601-636-2596; 1825 U.S. 61 South.

DEC. 31 • Pleasant Valley M.B. — 10 p.m., combined watch meeting with Rock of Ages M.B.; Drs. Joe Harris Jr. and Michael R. Reed, pastors; 2944 Valley St.


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

Baha’i Faith Services for Baha’i Faith are comprised of a devotional at 11 a.m. Sunday, followed by Deepening at 11:30. Call 601-415-5360.

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

Bethel A.M.E. Services at Bethel A.M.E. Church, 805 Monroe St., begin at 9:30 a.m. with Sunday school, followed by worship at 11. Communion is the first Sunday. Wednesday Bible study begins at 6:30 p.m. Choir rehearsal is at 10 a.m. Saturdays before the fourth Sunday. Board meeting is each second Sunday after the service. The Rev. Arnita Spencer is pastor.

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

Bovina Baptist Services at Bovina Baptist Church, 5293 U.S. 80, begin at 9:45 with Sunday school under the direction of Bill Arrington. Worship begins at 11 with the sanctuary choir, under the direction of Jerry Stuart, minister of music, singing special music. Bobbie Bruce is organist. Donna Harper is pianist. Brian Parker is minister of students and education. Evening service begins at 5 with Bible study and mission organizations. Worship begins at 6. Dr. Chas Rowland, pastor, will deliver the messages of the day. Wednesday evening activities begin at 6 with prayer service, handbells, youth Bible study and children’s choir rehearsal. Adult choir rehearsal begins at 6:45. A nursery is provided.

Bowmar Baptist Services at Bowmar Baptist Church, 1825 U.S. 61 South, begin at 8:30 a.m. with classic worship. Lifegroups meet at 9:20. Creative worship for families, Stepping Stones (5-year-old worship), Kids On the Rock (grades 1-6) and youth worship begin at 10:30. Signing for the hearing impaired is available upon request during the classic and creative services. Call 601-636-2596;

Bradley’s Chapel U.M.C. Services at Bradley’s Chapel United Methodist Church, 13815 Oak Ridge Road, begin at 9:45 a.m. with Sunday school, followed by worship at 11. Music is led

by Hope Raney. Earlene Alexander is pianist. Children’s church is led by Ann Grimshel. UMW/UMM Christmas party is at 6:30 p.m. Monday. Wednesday night prayer meeting is at 6 at the home of John and Beverly Harris. The Rev. George Butler is pastor.

Bypass Church of Christ Services at Bypass Church of Christ, 787 U.S. 61 North, begin at 9:30 a.m. with Bible class, followed by worship at 10:30 with Dr. Willie Nettle, minister, delivering the sermon. Worship consists of congregational, a cappella singing and observance of the Lord’s Supper. Evening assembly begins at 6 with Dimmette, speaking, followed by a churchwide family meeting to discuss the program of work and the 2012 budget. On Wednesday, Bible study begins at 7 p.m. For transportation or a free Bible correspondence course or home Bible study, call 601638-6165; www.bypasscoc. com.

Calvary Baptist Services at Calvary Baptist Church, 2878 Old Highway 27, begin at 7 a.m. with Brotherhood Breakfast. Sunday school is at 9:45. Worship is at 11 with a Christmas program by the children’s choir and Impact Team. R.L. Sigrest is worship leader. Sanctuary choir rehearsal begins at 4 p.m. Discipleship training is at 5. Worship is at 6 with Bruce Bryant, interim pastor, bringing the message. PAC, Praying After Church, is in the red room following the service. Tuesday’s GROW visitation is canceled during December. Wednesday services begin at 6 p.m. with children’s activities, youth and prayer meeting. A nursery is provided.

Calvary M.B. Services at Calvary M.B. Church, 406 Klein St., begin at 9:30 a.m. with Sunday school. Worship is at 11. Second Sunday fellowship breakfast begins at 9. Prayer meeting/Bible study begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The Rev. Joe Mosley is pastor.

Cedar Grove M.B. Services at Cedar Grove M.B. Church, 3300 Grange Hall Road, begin at 9:30 a.m. with Sunday school led by the Rev. Carl Terrell, superintendent. Worship begins at 11 with Paul H. Fleming, pastor/teacher. Communion is each third Sunday. Choir rehearsal begins at 7 p.m. Monday with Travanti Hill, minister of music, leading. Children’s choir rehearsal is at 7 p.m. each second Tuesday. On Wednesday, prayer meeting/Bible study is at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday Night Live is each first Wednesday at 7 p.m. Brotherhood Ministry meets at 7 p.m. each second Friday. Sunday worship is broadcast on WRTM FM 97.5 at 10 a.m.

Christ Episcopal Christ Episcopal Church, 1115 Main St., will celebrate the Second Sunday of Advent with Holy Eucharist Rite 1 at 8 a.m. in the chapel and at 10 in the church. The Rev. Sam Godfrey will preach and celebrate at both services. Sunday school begins at 9 with the adults meeting in the parish hall and children meeting in the Sunday school building. Each Sunday of Advent, a light breakfast will be served in the parish hall while speakers present a series of talks around the theme “Signs of Advent.” Choir practice is at 9:30 in the parish hall. Child care is provided during the 10 a.m. service. The Wednesday Coffee/ Bible study group meets at 10 a.m. in the Sunday school building. Godfrey will conduct a healing service at 12:15 p.m. in the chapel. Cen-

devotion “For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day.

2 Timothy 1:12

• It is a miracle today that I know Jesus Christ. I didn’t say that it is a miracle that I know about Jesus Christ. I know Him. I know Jesus Christ because I have believed Him. And how did that happen? The Holy Spirit has taken the things of Christ and has shown them to me, so that He has become real to me. Is Jesus Christ real to you? • The Holy Spirit reveals God to each of us. Without Him, we would have no understanding of a relationship with God through His Son Jesus Christ. Hallelujah! • How wonderful it is that God has chosen to know us through His Son by the Holy Spirit. We have a constant Companion. The job of the Holy Spirit is not only our Teacher, but He is our Protector who is protecting the interests of God in His children every day. • Devotion written by Dr. Adrian Rogers in conjunction with Love Worth Finding Ministries. Web site: tering prayer is at 5:30 p.m. in the chancel. Morning prayer is at 7:30 Monday through Thursday in the church. Call 601-638-5899; www. christchurchvburg.dioms. org.

Church of Christ Services at Church of Christ, 3333 N. Frontage Road, begin at 9 a.m. with Bible classes for all ages. Eric Welch will present the lessons for worship at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. On Wednesday, ladies Bible class begins at 9:45 a.m. Bible classes for all ages are at 7 p.m. Call 601-636-4801 or e-mail for a free correspondence or home Bible study course. “A Minute of Inspiration” is broadcast on KHits 104.5 at 6:50 a.m. weekdays.

Church of Christ Sunday services at Church of Christ, 811 Culkin Road, begin at 10 a.m. with Bible classes. Worship is at 11. On Wednesday, a Bible class for all ages is at 7 p.m. Call 601636-0141 or 601-529-0904 for a free Bible study. Larry Harris is the minister.

Clover Valley M.B. Services at Clover Valley M.B. Church, 7670 Mississippi 27 South, begin at 10 a.m. with Sunday school. Worship is at 11. Communion is each first Sunday; Covenant is each third Sunday; women’s ministry devotional service is each fourth Sunday; pantry donations are accepted each second and fifth Sunday. All begin at 11. Bible study is at 7 p.m. Tuesdays. Missionary workers meet at 6:30 p.m. each second Tuesday. Choir rehearsal begins at 5 p.m. Saturday before the second, third and fifth Sunday. Call 601-636-6375 or 601-6382070. The Rev. Samuel Jones is pastor.

at 6:50 a.m. UMW Christmas luncheon begins at 11 in Wesley Hall. The Charge Conference and administrative board meeting is at 6 p.m. in Floral Hall. On Wednesday, children with solo and speaking parts only will rehearse at 5 p.m. in the sanctuary. Family night supper begins at 5:15. Ty Wamsley will present an Epiphany program on the Star of Bethlehem and adult handbell rehearsal is at 6. Chancel Choir Rehearsal is at 7. The Rev. Cary Stockett is pastor. Visit

Cross Point Services at Cross Point Church, 510 Porters Chapel Road, begin at 10 a.m. with Sunday school. Worship is at 11 lead by Beaver Myers, worship pastor and the praise team. Robert Andrews, pastor, will deliver the sermon. Children’s church and a nursery are during worship. On Wednesday, activities for the entire family begin at 6 p.m.

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

Eagle Lake U.M.C. The First Sunday of Advent worship at Eagle Lake United Methodist Church, 16682 Mississippi 465, Eagle Lake, begins at 9 a.m. with the Rev. Barbara Hite bringing the sermon with Holy Communion being observed. Sunday school begins at 10:20, followed by fellowship time. The Eagle Lake Hi-Steppers walk daily in the fellowship hall at 8:30 a.m. Call 601-6367177 or 601-218-6255.

Cool Spring M.B.

Ebenezer Baptist

Services at Cool Spring M.B. Church, begin at 9:30 a.m. with Sunday school. Communion is each first Sunday at 11. Regular services are each third Sunday at 9. Youth services are each fifth Sunday at 11 a.m. On Tuesday, prayer service begins at 6 p.m., followed by Bible study. The Rev. Byron Maxwell is pastor.

Services at Ebenezer Baptist Church, 2346 Grove St., begin with Sunday school at 9 a.m. each second, third, fourth and fifth Sunday. Willie H. Smith is superintendent. Worship and Communion are each first Sunday at 8:30 a.m. Bible class/ prayer meeting begins at 6 p.m. each second and fourth Wednesday. The Rev. Dr. Michael R. Reed Sr. is the pastor.

Crawford Street U.M.C. Services at Crawford Street United Methodist Church, 900 Crawford St., begin at 9:45 a.m. with Sunday school. Chancel choir rehearsal is at 10:40. Worship is at 10:55. The youth will meet from 5 until 7 p.m. for rehearsal of Christmas play. The sanctuary and Sunday school rooms are handicapaccessible through the elevator in Wesley Hall. On Tuesday, Men’s Breakfast with a devotion begins

Family Life Cathedral Sunday services at Family Life Cathedral, An Oasis of Love, 2832 Ken Karyl Ave., begin at 9:30 a.m. with Successful Living classes, followed by praise and worship at 11. A nursery is provided for children as old as 3. Children’s church is available. Second Sunday praise and worship begin at 8 a.m. Successful Living classes begin at 6 p.m. Friends and Family Day is

each third Sunday with Successful Living classes at 9:30, followed by praise and worship at 11. On Wednesday, intercessory prayer begins at 6 p.m., followed by discipleship classes at 7. Worship is broadcast at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and 8:30 p.m. Thursday on the local access channel. Call 601-629-3900, 601-6383433 or 601-218-5629 for shuttle bus. E-mail flcoasisoflove@ Betty J. Young Tyler is pastor.

First Baptist Services at First Baptist Church, 1607 Cherry St., begin at 9:30 a.m. with Bible study, followed by worship at 10:50 with Dr. Matt Buckles, pastor, delivering the message. Sunday school and morning worship for the hearing impaired are available. Mission banquet begins at 6 p.m., with special guests Don and Rose McCain, former IMB missionaries to Portugal. Celebrate Recovery, begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Mafan Building, 1315 Adams St. On Wednesday, English as a Second Language begins at 8:30 a.m.; Blood Drive begins at 4 p.m.; Mission Mosaic at 4:30 p.m.; and children’s choirs at 5. Church family time begins at 5:50. Adult and youth Bible study, RAs, GAs, Mission Friends and adult choir rehearsal are at 6:15, and family night supper is from 4:45 until 6. On Thursday, Medical/ Dental Clinic is open from 2 until 7 p.m. at 1315 Adams St. On Friday, English as a Second Language begins at 8:30 a.m. Celebrate Recovery will meet at 6 p.m. at the Mafan Building. Visit www.

First Baptist Services at First Baptist Church, 1511 1/2 Lane St., begin at 9:30 a.m. with Sunday school. Worship is at 11 each first and third Sunday. Communion is each first Sunday. Prayer and Bible study begin at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Choir rehearsal is Saturday before the first Sunday at 3 p.m. and Saturday before the third Sunday at noon. The Rev. Roosevelt Smith is pastor.

First Christian Services at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 3005 Porters Chapel Road, begin at 9:30 a.m. with Sunday school. Worship is at 10:45 with the chancel choir presenting the anthem. The Rev. Jeffery Murphy will deliver the message. The Lord’s Supper is celebrated each Sunday. On Wednesday, choir rehearsal is at 6 p.m., followed by fellowship supper and board meeting at 7. A nursery is provided.

First Presbyterian Services at First Presbyterian Church, Cherry and South streets, begin at 8:55 a.m. with a service of Praise and Thanksgiving in the chapel. Worship is at 9:30 in the sanctuary with the Rev. Tim Brown leading the service. Barbara Tracy is organist and Sharon Penley is choir director. Sunday school begins at 10:45. On Monday, Denominational Relations begins at 4:30 p.m. Sanctuary choir practice is at 6. On Tuesday, men’s Bible study begins at 7:15 a.m. Al-Anon begins at noon. On Wednesday, Explorers Bible study begins at 5:55.

Gibson Memorial Services at Gibson Memorial United Methodist Church, 335 Oak Ridge Road, begin at 10 a.m. with Sunday school. Worship is at 11 with the Christmas cantata “There’s Something About that Name.” Greg Hazelrig is pastor. Paul Ballard is worship leader. The Dabney Bible Class can be heard at

10 a.m. Sunday on WBBV 101.3. On Wednesday, bell choir begins at 5:15 p.m. Choir practice is at 6:30. UMW Ladies brunch is set for Dec. 10 at 9:30 a.m.

Goodrum Baptist Services at Goodrum Baptist Church, 4569 Fisher Ferry Road, begin at 9:45 a.m. with Sunday school, followed by worship at 11. Wednesday night prayer meeting begins at 6:30. Mike Pennock is the preacher. Benny Still will lead the music.

Gospel Temple M.B. Services at Gospel Temple M.B. Church, 1612 Lane St., begin at 9:30 a.m. with Sunday school. Recco Owns is Sunday school superintendent. Bennie Slaughter is deacon and assistant superintendent. Worship and Communion service are at 11 a.m. each second and fourth Sunday. Women’s ministry meeting is at 6 p.m. Monday. Prayer/ Bible study meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. The Rev. Walter Edley is pastor. For transportation call 601-634-0759.

Grace Baptist Services at Grace Baptist Church, 1729 Hankinson Road, begin at 9:45 a.m. with Bible study. Worship is at 11 with the Rev. Bryan Abel, pastor, delivering the message. Ed Crawford will lead the music. Evening services times have been changed. Worship now begins an hour earlier at 5:30, followed by discipleship training at 6:30. On Wednesday, business and prayer meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.

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

Hawkins U.M.C. Services at Hawkins United Methodist Church, 3736 Halls Ferry Road, begin at 8:45 a.m. with Sunday school. Worship is at 10. Parent/student confirmation meeting begins at 4:15 p.m. Family snack supper begins at 5. Movie and message is at 5:30. A nursery is available. On Monday, “Christmas Post” rehearsal is at 5:15 p.m. Feeding the Homeless is at 5:30. Cub Scouts meets at 6. Boy Scouts meets at 7. On Tuesday, “Christmas Post” rehearsal is at 5:15 p.m. Prayer group and Honduras mission team meeting begins at 6. Girl Scout leader meeting is at 6:30. On Wednesday, Handbells begins at 5:45 p.m. Chancel choir rehearsal begins at 7. On Thursday, Girl Scouts meets at 1:15 p.m. “Christmas Post” rehearsal is at 5:15. The “Christmas Post” performance begins at 7 p.m. Friday and Dec. 10. The Rev. Susannah Grubbs Carr is pastor.

House of Peace Ordination service begins at 2 today for Ministers Anthony Sweezer, Catina White, Constance Braxton and Ramona Latham. Continued on Page B3.

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church events Continued from Page B2. Services at The House of Peace Worship Church International, 2372 Grove St., begin at 9:30 a.m. with Sunday school, followed by worship at 11. On Monday, Intercessory prayer begins at 6 p.m. On Tuesday, Bible class begins at 6. Choir rehearsal is at 7. Christmas morning service begins at 9:30 Dec. 25, all other Sunday services are canceled. “Perfect Peace” is broadcast at 6 a.m. Sundays on WAPT-16 and Monday through Friday on WUFX-11.

Immanuel Baptist Services at Immanuel Baptist Church, 6949 U.S. 61 South, begin at 9:45 a.m. with Sunday school, followed by worship at 10:45 and children’s church led by Ashley Coomes, children’s director. Evening services begin at 5 with discipleship training and choir practice, followed by worship at 6. On Wednesdays, prayer service, children’s classes for grades K-6 and youth services begin at 7 p.m. Adult choir practice, led by interim music director Dale Yocum begins at 8. A nursery is available. Billy Brumfield is pastor. Jason McGuffie is associate pastor and youth minister.

Jubilee Revival Center Services at Jubilee Revival Center, 900 Clay St., begin at 10:30 a.m. with worship. Evening service begins at 6. Tuesday intercessory prayer begins at 5 p.m. Bible study is at 6.

King David M.B. No. 1 Services at King David M.B. No. 1, 2717 Letitia St., begin at 9:30 a.m. with Sunday school. Communion is at 11 a.m. each second Sunday. Choir rehearsal is at 6 p.m. Mondays. Bible study is at 4 p.m. Wednesdays. The Usher Board meets at 9 a.m. each second Saturday. Creative Woman’s ministry meets at 9 a.m. each fourth Saturday. The Rev. A.L. Hines is pastor.

King Solomon Sunday services at King Solomon Baptist Church, 1401 Farmer St., begin with Hour of Soul-Saving Power at 8:15 a.m. Regular worship is at 10. The Rev. R.D. Bernard, pastor, will deliver the message and the Voices of Praise will provide the music at both services. A nursery is provided beginning at 9:30 a.m. The service can be heard on WRTM-FM 100.5 at 11 a.m. and on WJIW-FM 104.7. Sunday evening service begins at 5 with the Rev. Mark Williamson, pastor of New Hope M.B. Church of Jackson and the New Hope M.B. Church choir. Communion will be served at each service. Bible study/discipleship training begins at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Friday’s Bible study begins at noon. CDs or DVDs of Sunday messages are available by calling the church at 601-638-7658. Transportation is available by calling 601-831-4387 or 601218-7113 the day before. The Rev. R.D. Bernard is pastor.

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

Lighthouse Baptist Services at Lighthouse Baptist Church, 1804 Sky Farm Ave., begin at 9:45 a.m. with Sunday school. Sharon Forbes will lead the children and youth classes. Mike Sharp will lead the adult

Northside Baptist

special events SUNDAY • Greater Grove Street M.B. — 3 p.m., Greek Ministry Gospel Songfest; Dr. Casey D. Fisher, pastor; 2715 Alcorn Drive. • Second Union M.B. — 11 a.m., 144th church anniversary; the Rev. Earl Thomas, guest speaker; Michael R. Reed, pastor; 18074 Old Port Gibson Road.

DEC. 10 • Mount Givens M.B. — 1 p.m., annual business meeting; 210 Kirkland Road. • New Oak Ridge M.B. — 6:30 p.m., program to honor musiclass. Worship is at 11 with Dr. E.L. Sharp, pastor, delivering the message. Evening activities begin at 5:30 with training union for young adults, led by Debra Grayson, and men’s prayer. Worship is at 6 with special music and the pastor’s message. Wednesday activities begin at 6 p.m. with young adults training union, led by Grayson, and Bible study and prayer service for adults. A nursery is provided.

Living Word Baptist Services at Living Word Baptist Church, 2845 Clay St., Suite 13 (in the Emmich Building), begin at 9:30 a.m. with Sunday school and new members orientation. Worship is at 11. Morning Glory worship services are at 8:30 a.m. each first and third Sunday. Bible study is at 7 Wednesday night. W.I.T.N.E.S.S., a women’s ministry, is at 10 a.m. each first and third Saturday. Man II Man, a men’s ministry, is at 8:30 a.m. each second and fourth Sunday. Dr. Stevie C. Duncan is senior pastor. Visit;

Locust Grove M.B. Services at Locust Grove M.B. Church, 472 Stenson Road, begin at 9:30 a.m. with Sunday school. Rudolph Walker is superintendent. Communion is each second Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and each fourth Sunday at 8:30. Testimonial services begin at 8:30 a.m. each fifth Sunday. Bible study begins at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Choir practice begins at 5:30 p.m. each first, second and fourth Monday. The Rev. Robert L. Miller is pastor.

Lutheran Church of the Messiah The Divine Service for the Second Sunday in Advent will be celebrated at The Lutheran Church of the Messiah (LCMS), 301 Cain Ridge Road, at 9 a.m. Sunday school follows at 10:30. Advent Vespers and Catechesis is at 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Visit or call 601-636-1894.

Mercy Seat Baptist Services at Mercy Seat Baptist, 5 Dos Casas Lane, begin at 10 a.m. with Sunday school, led by Grace Brown. Communion begins at 11 a.m. each third and fourth Sunday. Covenant is each third Sunday. Bible study begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Choir practice led by Mattie Lacey begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday before the third and fourth Sunday. Musicians are Shirley ColemanHarris and Charlie Gross. The youth Christmas party is set for Dec. 17. The Rev. Rudy L. Smith is pastor.

Mount Alban M.B. Services at Mount Alban M.B. Church, 2385 Mount Alban Road, begin at 9 a.m. with Sunday school led by Leonard Knight, deacon and superintendent. Worship with Communion is each first Sunday; praise and worship are each second, third and fourth Sunday; youth service is each fifth Sunday; all start at 11. On Wednesday, prayer/ Bible study is at 6:30 p.m.

Choir rehearsal begins at 6 p.m. Thursday. Women of Faith is at 10 a.m. each second Saturday. The Rev. Henry Lee Taylor Jr. is pastor.

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

Mount Ararat M.B. Services at Mount Ararat M.B., 50 Culkin Road, begin at 10 a.m. with Sunday school each second through fifth Sunday. Henry Middleton is superintendent. Communion is each first Sunday at 11:30. Choir rehearsal begins at 5 p.m. Thursday before the first Sunday. Bible class begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The Rev. Johnny L. Williams is pastor.

Mount Calvary Baptist Services at Mount Calvary Baptist Church, 1350 East Ave., begin at 9:30 a.m. with Sunday school, directed by Al Evans, superintendent. Worship is at 11 with Mincer Minor, pastor, delivering the message. Communion is at 11 each second and third Sunday. Children’s ministry for ages 1-7 begins at 9:30 a.m. in the annex each Sunday. Service begins at 8 a.m. each fifth Sunday. Brotherhood meets at 6 p.m. each first Tuesday. Ushers meet at 6 p.m. each Tuesday before the second Sunday. Wednesday’s youth Bible study and intercessory prayer begin at 6 p.m., followed by adult Bible study at 7. Junior choir rehearses at 5 p.m. Thursday before the first and third Sunday. Senior choir rehearses at 6 p.m. Thursdays. Male chorus rehearses at 6 p.m. Thursday before the fifth Sunday. Women’s ministry begins at 10 a.m. each first Saturday. Trustee board meeting begins at 9 a.m. and deacons at 11 Saturday before the second Sunday. For transportation call before 8 a.m., 601-636-4999.

Mount Carmel Ministries Services at Mount Carmel Ministries, 2015 Grove St., begin at 9:30 a.m. with Sunday school for all ages. Worship begins at 11 with Communion each first Sunday. Musicians rehearse at 6 p.m. Mondays. On Wednesday, praise and worship choir rehearsal begins at 5 p.m. Bible study is at 7. Men’s fellowship is at 7 p.m. Thursdays. Saturday’s exercise class begins at 8 a.m. Youth choir rehearsal begins at noon Saturday before the second and third Sunday. The Revs. Mitchell and Dr. Deborah Dent are pastors. For information or transportation, call 601-218-5087 or 601-638-9015; e-mail

Mount Carmel M.B. Services at Mount Carmel M.B. Church, 2629 Alma St., begin at 9:30 a.m. with Sunday school led by Keafur Grimes. Worship with Communion is first Sundays. Sunday school enhancement is each second Sunday; worship and testimony service is

cians; church choirs invited to bring two selections; the Rev. K.C. Frazier, pastor; 2875 Newman Road.

DEC. 17 • Greater Grove Street M.B. — 6 p.m., Greater Grove Street Mass Choir concert featuring Lonnie McBride and Virgie Dishmon and the Chosenaires of Vicksburg; Dr. Casey D. Fisher, pastor; 2715 Alcorn Drive. • Pleasant Valley M.B. — 10 a.m., men’s fellowship breakfast with Rock of Ages M.B.; Drs. Joe Harris Jr. and Michael R. Reed, pastors; 260 Mississippi 27.

each third Sunday; and youth services are each fourth and fifth Sunday. All are at 11 a.m. Wednesday’s prayer meeting/Bible study is at 6:30 p.m. Senior choir rehearsal begins at 4 p.m. Saturday before the first Sunday. Male choir rehearsal begins at 7 p.m. Friday before the third Sunday. Youth choir rehearsal is at 1 p.m. Saturday before the fourth Sunday. Mission Society meets at 3 p.m. each Monday after the second Sunday at the church and at 2 p.m. each fourth Saturday at Carmel Manor, 910 Bowman St. Dr. Franklin L. Lassiter is pastor.

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

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

Mount Olive M.B. Services at Mount Olive M.B. Church of Villa Nova, 210 Villanova Road, in the Oak Ridge community, begin with Sunday school at 8:30 a.m. Worship is at 10. Communion is at 10 a.m. each third Sunday. On Tuesday, Bible study begins at 6:45 p.m. The Rev. Richard Hopkins is pastor.

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

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

Narrow Way M.B. Services at Narrow Way M.B. Church, 400 Adams St., begin at 11 a.m. each first and third Sunday. Communion is each first Sunday. Bible class begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The Rev. James E. Williams is pastor. Call 601-218-8061.

Nazarene Church Services at Vicksburg First Church of the Nazarene, 3428 Wisconsin Ave., begin at 9:20 a.m. with Sunday school. Worship is at 10:30. Evening praise and worship begins at 6. Wednesday Night Recharge

includes youth activities beginning at 6 with dinner, followed by Bible study at 7. Worship Team practice begins at 6. Adult Bible study begins at 7. Prayer meeting begins at 7 p.m. Thursday. Men’s prayer breakfast is each first Saturday at 8 a.m.. First time guests are free and all others are $5 each. Hispanic worship and children’s Sunday school are at 3 p.m. Friday, followed by prayer and Bible study at 6. Alberto Vidal is pastor of Hispanic Ministries. The Rev. Chuck Parish is senior pastor. Pastor of Discipleship Ministries is the Rev. Ron Ray. The Rev. Kuhrman Cox is pastor emeritus. Visit www.vicksburg-nazarene. org.

New Mount Elem M.B. Services at New Mount Elem M.B. Church, 3014 Wisconsin Ave., begin at 9:30 a.m. with Sunday school, followed by worship at 11. Prayer/ Bible class begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Dr. Leonard Walker is pastor.

New Mount Pilgrim Services at New Mount Pilgrim M.B. Church, 501 N. Poplar St., begin at 9:30 a.m. with Sunday school led by Leroy Gillium, deacon and assistant superintendent. The following begin at 11 — second Sunday services; Covenant follows Sunday school third Sundays; and Communion services each fourth Sunday. Life Changing for Today’s Christian begins at 6:30 p.m. Monday. Minister Jacqueline Griffin, is instructor. Prayer meeting is at 6 p.m. Tuesday, followed by Bible study under the direction of the Rev. Virdell Lewis. Senior choir practice under the direction of Jean Thomas is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday before the second, third and fourth Sunday. Usher board meets each first Saturday at 11 a.m. Recordings of services are available from Lee Griffin, deacon, or by calling 601-6366386. The Rev. Henry J. Williams is pastor.

New Poplar Grove Services at New Poplar Grove Independent Methodist Church, 4366 Mississippi 27, Edwards, begin at 10 a.m. with Sunday school. Worship is at 11 with, James O. Bowman Sr., pastor, delivering the message. Communion is each first and third Sunday. Bible study begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

New Rock of Ages M.B. Services at New Rock of Ages M.B. Church, 2944 Valley St., begin at 9:30 a.m. with Sunday school. Ernestine Boone is superintendent. Herbert Jackson is assistant superintendent. Worship begins at 11. Communion is each third Sunday. Youth service is each fifth Sunday at 11. Patricia Stamps is pianist. Bible class begins at 5 p.m. each first and third Monday, followed by prayer meeting at 6. The usher ministry meets each third Saturday at 1 p.m. Choir rehearsal is at 2. Pastor aide ministry meets at 4 p.m. each first Monday. Mission ministry meets each third Monday at 4 p.m. For transportation call 601529-4159 or 601-634-6598. Dr. Michael R. Reed Sr. is pastor.

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

Pleasant Valley M.B. Services at Pleasant Valley M.B. Church, 260 Mississippi 27, begin at 9:30 a.m. with Sunday school. Worship is at 11. On Tuesday, Covenant Nursing Home ministry is at 6 p.m. Bible class begins at 7. The Rev. Joe Harris Jr. is pastor.

Pleasant Valley M.B. Services at Pleasant Valley M.B. Church, 2585 N. Washington St., begin at 10 a.m. with Sunday school. Jimmy Bright is superintendent. Communion is each first Sunday at 11:30. Worship is each third Sunday at 8:30. On Tuesday, prayer service is at 6 p.m. Bible study is at 6:30. Ladies Auxiliary meets at 6:30 p.m. Friday after the first Sunday. Choir rehearsal begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday before the first Sunday and Thursday before the third Sunday. The Rev. E.E. Gibbs is pastor.

Porters Chapel U.M.C. Services at Porters Chapel United Methodist Church, 200 Porters Chapel Road, begin at 8:30 a.m. with early service. Good News Discussion Group begins at 9:45 a.m. Sunday school is at 10. Traditional worship service is at 11. The Rev. D.R. Ragsdale will deliver the sermon, and Ken Warren will lead music. A nursery is provided for children as old as 5. Administrative Council meeting begins at noon. Hanging of the Green is at 5 p.m. On Monday, Boy Scouts will meet at 7 p.m. Cursillo meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Charge conference begins at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Call 601-6362966. E-mail

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

Redwood U.M.C. Services at Redwood United Methodist Church, 101 Redwood Road, across from Redwood Elementary, begin with Open Assembly at 10 a.m., followed by Sunday school. Second Sunday of Advent worship is at 11 with the Rev. Barbara Hite bringing the sermon. Holy Communion will be observed and a special time for children. Colt and Christopher Lee will be acolytes. Johnny and Christopher Lee will be ushers. A nursery is provided. Kidz Klub meets at 3:40 p.m. Wednesday and adult choir practice is at 6:45. Visit Call 601-2186255 or 601-636-7177.

Refuge Services at Refuge Church, 6202 Indiana Ave., begin at 10:45 a.m. with praise and worship with Bethany Winkler, music pastor. Pastor Tony Winkler will bring the message. Kidz Construction for ages 4-9 begins at 10:45. Wednesday services begin at 7 p.m. for ages 2 through adult in the Family Life Center. A nursery is available for children as old as 4 Sunday.Call 601-638-4439; Continued on Page B4.


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church events Continued from Page B3.

Ridgeway Baptist Services at Ridgeway Baptist Church, 4684 Redwood Road, begin at 9:45 a.m. with Sunday school, followed by children’s church and worship at 11. Evening worship begins at 6. The Rev. Gene Jacks, pastor, will deliver messages of the day. Bible study/prayer meeting begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

St. Alban’s Episcopal Services for the Second Sunday of Advent at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 5930 Warriors Trail, Bovina, begin at 8:30 a.m. with Holy Eucharist, Rite 1. Choir practice is at 9:45 under the direction of Joan Leese, organist and choirmaster. Adult Christian education is at 10. Holy Eucharist, Rite II, is at 11 with the Very Rev. Billie Abraham, preaching and celebrating at both services. Child care is provided at the 11 a.m. service. Coffee and fellowship follow both services. Wednesday, a study of the book, “Twelve Steps to Spiritual Wholeness, A Christian Pathway” is at 7 a.m. Bible study is canceled for December. Healing service and Holy Eucharist are at 6 p.m. Wednesdays. Visit www.stalbansbovina. org; 601-636-6687.

St. George Orthodox Services at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church, 2709 Washington St., include: the celebration of the 25th Sunday After Pentecost and the Feast of Sts. Barbara and John of Damascus; Matins and Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. Sunday; the Divine Liturgy at 10:30 a.m. Sunday; the Evening Divine Liturgy for the Feast of St. Nicholas at 7 p.m. Monday. The Very Rev. John W. Morris, Ph.D. is pastor. Call 601-636-2483; www.

St. James No. 1 M.B. Services at St. James No. 1 M.B. Church, 400 Adams St., begin at 9:30 a.m. with Sunday school led by Robert Hubbard, superintendent, and Walter Bell, assistant superintendent. Worship is at 11 a.m. each second and fourth Sunday. Communion is each second Sunday. Bible study begins at 6 p.m. each Tuesday. Willie J. White is pastor.

St. Luke Church of God in Christ Services at St. Luke Church of God in Christ, 915 First East St., begin at 9:30 a.m. with Sunday school, followed by worship at 11. Evening worship service begins at 7 with YPWW Bible study. One Hour of Prayer is at 8 a.m. Saturday. On Tuesday, prayer/Bible study is at 7 p.m. A home and foreign missions Bible study is at 7 p.m. Friday, followed by an evangelism and youth service each first and third Friday, YWCC is each third Friday and choir rehearsal at 8

p.m. each second and fourth Friday. Elder Douglas Anderson is pastor. For transportation, call 601-638-0389.

St. Luke Community Services at St. Luke Community Baptist Church, 707 Pierce St., begin at 11:15 a.m. with worship each first, second, fourth and fifth Sunday. Bible study begins at 6 p.m. Monday before the second and fourth Sunday. The Rev. Billy Bennett Jr. is pastor.

St. Mary’s Catholic St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 1512 Main St., will celebrate the Second Sunday of Advent at 9 a.m. Mass for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary will be Thursday at 6:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Daily Mass is at 6:30 a.m. Monday through Saturday in the parish chapel. Our Lady of Perpetual Help devotion is at 7 p.m. Monday in the chapel. Choir rehearsal is at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The Rosary is recited at 8:30 a.m. Sunday before Mass. The Sacrament of Penance is from 8 to 8:45 a.m. Sunday, or by appointment. Youth Mass is each fourth Sunday. The Rev. Malcolm O’Leary, SVD, is pastor. Call 601-636-0115.

St. Mary’s Episcopal St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 900 First North St., will observe the Second Sunday in Advent using Rite 1, from the “Book of Common Prayer.” The Rev. Denny Allman will bring the message and serve at the Eucharist. Snacks and coffee are available before and after the service in the parish hall.

St. Paul Catholic Sunday at St. Paul Catholic Church, 713 Crawford St., is the Second Sunday of Advent. Vigil Mass is at 5:30 tonight, and Sunday Mass is at 10:30 a.m. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is at 5 p.m. Saturdays. Rosary Saturdays are at 5 p.m. before Mass. Daily Mass is at 7 a.m. Tuesday through Friday. Advent Lessons and Carols service is at 5 p.m. Sunday at Holy Trinity Episcopal church. There will be Advent Scripture readings and song with members of both churches leading. Music will be provided from choirs of both churches. Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Glynn Hall. Thursday is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, A Holy Day of Obligation Mass is Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. and Thursday at 7 a.m. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is Friday following the 7 a.m. Mass until noon in the chapel.

St. Paul M.B. Services at St. Paul M.B. Church, 1413 Elm St., begin at 9:30 a.m. with Sunday school. Evelyn Byrd is superintendent. Roosevelt Kidd is assistant superintendent. Worship is at 11 a.m. each second

Sunday with Communion being observed. Bible study begins at 6 p.m. Monday. Each second Saturday choir rehearsal is at noon. Ushers ministry meeting is at 1:30. Pastor aide ministry is at 2:30. Theresa Williams is church musician. Dr. Michael R. Reed Sr. is pastor.

Second Union M.B. Services at Second Union M.B. Church, 18074 Old Port Gibson Road, Utica, begin at 10 a.m. with Sunday school led by George Martin III, superintendent. Communion is each first Sunday at 11. Bible class begins at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Each first Saturday, choir rehearsal begins at noon. Usher board meets at 2 p.m. Claudia Herrington is musician. Dr. Michael R. Reed Sr. is pastor.

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

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

Southside Baptist Services at Southside Baptist Church, 95 Baptist Drive, begin at 9:45 a.m. with Sunday school. Worship is at 11 with Greg Clemts, pastor. Andrew Clemts, interim song director, and Jim Bowman, instrumentalist, will lead the music. Adult choir practice begins at 4 p.m., followed by Bible Study at 5 and worship at 6. Wednesday prayer services are at 10 a.m. Bible study/prayer service is at 7 p.m. Call 601-631-0047; www.

Springhill M.B. Services at Springhill M.B. Church, Grand Gulf Road, Port Gibson, begin at 10 a.m. with Sunday school each first and third Sunday and at 9:30 each second, fourth and fifth Sunday. Communion services begin at 11 a.m. each first and third Sunday with the Rev. Joseph L. Brown, pastor, delivering the message. Bible class begins at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays before the first and third Sunday.

Temple of Empowerment Services at Temple of Empowerment, 707 Pierce

St., begin at 9 a.m. with worship. Communion is each first Sunday. Women’s Sunday is each third and fifth Sunday. Youth Sunday is each fourth Sunday. Intercessory prayer begins at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, followed by Bible study at 6. G. Tyrone Haggard is pastor and founder. Call 601636-0438;

Travelers Rest Baptist Services at Travelers Rest Baptist Church, 718 Bowmar Ave., begin at 9 a.m. with Sunday school, followed by worship at 10:30 with music by the Inspirational and Praise choir. Baptism is at 10 a.m. each first Sunday. A nursery is available. Children’s church is provided for grades 1-6. The deacons ministry meets at 7:30 p.m. each second Monday. The missionary ministry meets at 10 a.m. each first and third Saturday. The ushers and wellness ministries meet after services each third Sunday. Youth tutorial meets at 7 Tuesday nights. Boy Scouts meets at 6:30 p.m. each second and fourth Tuesday. Bible study/prayer is at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Midweek Bible study/prayer begins at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Men of Purpose meets for rehearsal each first and third Monday. Inspirational choir meets for rehearsal each second Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Perfect Praise choir rehearsal is at 6 p.m. each fourth Wednesday. United Voices of Worship rehearsal is at 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Call 601-636-3712 on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Thomas E. Bernard is pastor.

Trinity Temple Baptist Services at Trinity Temple Baptist Church, 3802 Patricia St, begin at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast. Sunday school is at 8. Worship is at 9. Prayer meeting begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday, followed by Bible class at 6:30. Choir rehearsal begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Javelin Clark is the musician. The Rev. James C. Archer is pastor. Visit www.; 601-6361636.

Triumph Services at Triumph Church, 136 Honeysuckle Lane, begin with pre-service prayer at 8:15 and 10:15 a.m. Worship is at 8:30 and 10:30 with the sanctuary choir presenting praise and worship under the direction of Landy Maughon. Mike Fields, pastor, will bring the message. The service at 10:30 will be streaming live on Kingdom Kids Church and a teen class are available. Christmas concert with the LeFevre Quartet begins at 6 p.m. Corporate prayer is at 6 a.m. Tuesday and at 8 a.m. Saturday. Wednesday services are as follows: Elevate Your Life classes, GENERATE student ministries and

Kingdom Kids church. All begin at 6:30 p.m. Choir practice begins at 7:35. Men’s fraternity meets at 8 a.m. first Saturdays. A nursery is provided.

Triumphant Baptist Services at Triumphant Baptist Church, 124 Pittman Road, begin at 8:20 a.m. with Sunday Connection at the Kings Community Empowerment Center. Corporate prayer is at 9:30 a.m. Sundays and noon Wednesdays. Worship begins at 10. Sunday Connection and worship is canceled Sunday. Music ministry rehearsal is at 7 p.m. Thursday. Weekly Bible sessions are as follows: women’s class at 5:30 p.m. Monday; Elders at noon Friday; and during midweek service at 6 p.m. Tuesday. For transportation, call 601638-8108, 601-638-8135 or 601218-6728. The Rev. Dexter P. Jones is senior pastor.

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

Wayside Baptist Services at Wayside Baptist Church, 6151 Jeff Davis Road, begin with Sunday school at 9:45 a.m., followed by worship at 11 with Jason Wooley, pastor, leading. Evening worship begins at 6. Wednesday prayer meeting/Bible study begins at 7 p.m. A nursery is provided Sunday mornings. Christmas Cantata and congregational singing begin at 11 a.m. Dec. 4.

Westminster Services at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3601 Halls Ferry Road, begin at 9:45 a.m. with Sunday school. Worship is at 11 with the Lord’s Supper. Scott Reiber, pastor, will preach, assisted by Elder Mark Monroe. Kids Klub and youths begin at 5 p.m. Worship is at 6 with Reiber, assisted by Terry Warren. Mary Claire Allison is choir director. Dr. Gwen Reiber is the organist. A nursery is provided. On Tuesday, Hannah Circle meets at 7 p.m. On Wednesday, choir rehearsal begins at 6. Prayer is at 7:15. Esther Circle begins at 7 p.m. Thursday. Visit

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

the message. Evening activities begin at 4:30 with choir practice. Deacons meet at 5. On Wednesday, old-time prayer and youth ministries begin at 6:30 p.m. Monthly business meeting is at 7. WMA ladies Christmas party begins at 8 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Christmas program begins at 6 p.m. Dec. 10. A nursery is provided.

Woodlawn Baptist Services at Woodlawn Baptist Church, 2310 Culkin Road, begin at 9:40 a.m. with Sunday school, followed by worship at 11. The Rev. Kent Campbell is pastor. The Rev. Mike Barber is minister of music. A nursery is provided for children as old as 3. Children’s church is available for 4 years through second grade, following Sunday school. Morning services are at 11 on WBBV-101.3-FM or Evening worship and Awana clubs begin at 5:45. On Wednesday, early service begins at 10 a.m. Family activities begin with supper at 5 p.m. Children’s missions and music begin at 5:40. Underground Connections for the youth begin at 5:45. Worship is at 6. Sanctuary choir rehearsal begins at 7:10 p.m. Call 601-636-5320.

The Word Church Services at The Word Church of Vicksburg, 1201 Grove St., begin at 10 a.m. with Sunday school. Worship is at 11:30. Bible class begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Call 601-807-3776. Bishop Oscar L.Davis is pastor.

Word of Faith Services at Word of Faith Christian Center, 3525 Wisconisn Ave., begin at 9:30 a.m. with Sunday school. Worship is at 10:30. Children’s church and a nursery are provided. Glorify God youth ministry begins at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Corporate prayer is at 10:15 a.m. Sunday and at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday. The Rev. Reginald L. Walker is pastor. Bishop Keith A. Butler is founder. Call 601-638-2500 for more information.

Zion Travelers M.B. Services at Zion Travelers M.B. Church, 1701 Poplar St., begin with Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. Minister Virginia Houston is superintendent. Deacon Eddie James Lee is assistant superintendent. The following are at 11 a.m. — Communion first Sundays; worship second and fourth Sundays; women’s ministry third Sundays; and youth ministry fifth Sundays. Choir practice begins at 6 p.m. Monday before the first and fourth Sunday. Intercessory prayer is at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Prayer meeting is at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Bible study is at 6. Sunday school lesson planning meeting begins at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Alfred E. Lassiter Jr. is senior pastor. Ministers are Onita Lassiter, Elanie Smith, Gwen England and Elbert Cox Jr.

Sisters celebrate golden anniversary of Christmas craft TAYLORVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Two Taylorville sisters started helping their pastor’s wife 50 years ago with a small project to help raise money for the church. An estimated 11,500 golden angels later, the sisters say it’s still fun to do. The golden angels have raised thousands of dollars for the First Presbyterian in Taylorville — and Verla Romangnoli and Velma Shaw have never pocketed a dime for all their hard work, dedication and beautiful decorations. The beautiful angels have become a nationwide commodity. “We’ve shipped to every single state and multiple countries,” Verla said.

Verla Romangnoli

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Velma Shaw and Verla Romangnoli’s golden angels The angels are only sold at the First Presbyterian bazaar each December, but the sisters say they get orders throughout the holiday season.

The Christmas decorations have been featured in multiple magazine articles, a morning television show and in a few magazines.

Velma Shaw

Verla and Velma have become quite famous for their handy work, but remain humble. “People have said we should sell them online and make a profit, but we just wanted to do it for the church. It’s been good money for them,” said Velma. Since 1962, the sisters say they have learned a lot, and

working together is the best way to get them done. “It’s a messy process, with the fabric and wallpaper paste, you need a lot of space and time to let them dry,” said Verla. “Once we get going, both of our houses are full of materials.” The golden angels started when their pastor’s wife snagged the idea from a magazine and asked them to help make some for the bazaar. Back then, the ladies say, they had more help. “We started with about 10 or 12 ladies. But since about 1968 or so, we’ve been doing them on our own,” said Velma. “It used to be a bigger deal, but the younger people don’t seem to have time anymore.

We used to work too, but we always made time.” After the first year, Velma wasn’t too sure if the angels would be a hit. “I remember one lady who came to the bazaar, she looked at them and said they were ugly,” she said with a laugh. But Velma and Verla have long since perfected the craft and have learned that it’s easier to make them in parts, each sister has certain jobs and they work together to put the special touch on each one. “We make quite a few trips between each other’s houses when we are in the creation process,” said Verla.

N. GREENVILLE at Delta St. 1 p.m./NCAA Division II playoffs


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USM out to spoil Houston’s party By The Associated Press

Championship weekend begins Noxapater, West Bolivar, Olive Branch win titles in Jackson/C3

Schedule PREP BASKETBALL Porters Chapel hosts Russell Christian Today, 4 p.m.


Vicksburg hosts Clinton Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. WC hosts Franklin County Tuesday, 6 p.m.

On TV 7 p.m. ABC - College football’s championship Saturday concludes with “Bedlam,” the annual meeting between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. This year it decides the Big 12 title race and could vault Oklahoma State into the national championship game.

Who’s hot P.J. LASSITER

Porters Chapel Academy basketball player scored 16 points in a 69-37 win over Rebul Academy on Thursday night.

Sidelines Mullen denies contact with PSU

HOUSTON — Case Keenum’s first Senior Day was nothing to celebrate. Houston’s injured quarterback hobbled onto the Robertson Stadium turf on crutches last Nov. 13, with the season’s smallest crowd offering lukewarm, empathetic applause. Keenum was resigned that this was how his college career would end, a season and final home game ruined by a freak injury to his right knee. The NCAA, though, granted the school’s appeal to give Keenum one more chance to get it right and, boy, have he and the Cougars taken advantage. No. 7 Houston (12-0, 8-0 Conference USA) has rolled through the regular season behind its record-setting quarterback and earned the right to host today’s league championship against No. 24 Southern Miss (10-2, 6-2). Not even the ever-positive Keenum could’ve imagined how different this once-andfor-all final home game will feel compared to last year. Or how much would be at stake. An undefeated season. A Bowl Championship Series berth. An invitation to the Heisman Trophy ceremony. Everything could be one win away. “We’ve done some special things,” Keenum said, “but we know that there are even more special things out there.” It could be one grand finale for Houston coach Kevin Sumlin, too. The main drawback of the Cougars’ march into the national spotlight is that Sumlin has emerged as a target for just about every higher-profile program looking for the next coaching

By The Associated Press

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Houston quarterback Case Keenum will try to cap off an undefeated season and lead the Cougars into a BCS bowl by beating Southern Miss in the Conference USA championship game today. superstar. The Cougars have cleanly swatted away distractions all season, from nagging BCS talk to the first visit to campus by ESPN’s popular “GameDay” program. “I can’t control who’s going to write about me going where,” Sumlin said. “I see things that people have asked me about that

On the air C-USA championship Southern Miss at Houston Today, 11 a.m. TV: ABC; Radio: 105.1 FM

SEC championship

LSU vs. Georgia Today, 3 p.m. TV: CBS; Radio: 103.9 FM

See C-USA, Page C3.

prep basketball

STARKVILLE (AP) — Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen insists he hasn’t been approached by Penn State about its coaching vacancy. Mullen released a statement through the university, saying: “Neither I, my agent nor the administration at Mississippi State University have been contacted.” The statement also said that he is “very happy” with the progress at Mississippi State and that he would not comment over any other job speculation. Mullen is in his third year at Mississippi State, where he has a 20-17 overall record, including a 6-6 mark this season.

ELI BAYLIS•The Vicksburg Post

Vicksburg High’s Aleeshah Smith tries to outrun South Delta’s Kiara Bell for a loose ball during Friday night’s game. Vicksburg won, 62-33.

ATLANTA — Given little chance to knock off the nation’s top-ranked team, Georgia doesn’t have a lot to lose in the Southeastern Conference championship game. Then again, No. 1 LSU probably doesn’t either. In all likelihood, the Tigers have already put together a resume that’s impressive enough to get them to New Orleans for the BCS title game — even if the 12thranked Bulldogs pull off a huge upset today. Count Georgia coach Mark Richt among those who feels LSU (12-0, 8-0 SEC) deserves to play for the national championship, whether they win or lose to his team. He can certainly read a schedule, noting the Tigers have already beaten three teams among the top eight in The Associated Press poll — No. 2 Alabama, No. 6 Arkansas and No. 8 Oregon — as well as 22nd-ranked West Virginia. “If you look at all the oneloss teams and if, in fact, they became a one-loss team, just look at who they played,” Richt said Friday. “I would think they’d be a shoe-in to play (for the national title). I know that’s not what they’re focusing on, because you don’t go 12-0 unless you can focus on every game.” LSU’s Les Miles, whose team is a two-touchdown favorite, refused to get dragged into the debate. No need to, really, since he’s coaching the last unbeaten team from one of the major See SEC, Page C3.

Gators, Missy Gators stop slides By Jeff Byrd

LOTTERY La. Pick 3: 8-1-2 La. Pick 4: 4-1-6-0 Weekly results: C2

Georgia, LSU meet for SEC title

After a tough stretch of road games resulted in a four-game losing streak, the Vicksburg Gators needed to come home and get a breather. Class 2A South Delta provided it. Sophomore point guard Edward Davis returned to the lineup after sitting out a week with a concussion, scored 16 points and led the Gators to a 71-55 win on Friday night. It was Vicksburg’s first victory since Nov. 10 against Brookhaven. It had won three of four to start the season. “It’s been a while since we’ve won a game,” Gators coach Dellie C. Robinson said. “It was a combination of things, mainly being inexperience, being on the road for the first time and Red (Davis) got hurt. He missed a game and a half.” Davis, who suffered a con-

cussion against Canton, was back after sitting out the week required by the MHSAA’s player safety guidelines. His return was exactly what the Gators needed. Davis’ floor leadership and scoring was key to beating a game South Delta squad. Davis dished out six assists while also grabbing four steals and four rebounds. Romeo Carter chipped in 15 points and five rebounds, while De’Angelo Richardson had 13 points and two steals. South Delta coach Roy Watson was glad to get a chance to play a Class 6A team, even if it didn’t end well for his team. “I’m glad they took me up on my offer,” Watson said. “We want to compete and play against a bigger team and it’s a short trip. We were excited to play them.” South Delta (3-3) trailed by 20 in the second quarter and 16 late in the third but used an 8-0 run to start the fourth

quarter and make it 53-46. Davis recharged the Gators. His feed to Tre’Darius Carter led to a free throw. Davis followed with two more free throws and a basket off a steal to boost the lead back to 12, 60-48, with 3:31 left. After a lane violation cost the Bulldogs a free throw and left it an eight-point deficit, the Gators killed off 45 seconds of clock before Romeo Carter scored on a backdoor cut to seal the victory with 1:26 left. Darius Singleton led South Delta with 16 points.

(G) Vicksburg 62, South Delta 33 The Missy Gators (3-5) used a 16-0 run in the second quarter to blow the game open, and went on to snap a fivegame losing streak. Breanna Foy and back-up center Kailin Young keyed the spurt that gave VHS See Gators, Page C3.


Saturday, December 3, 2011

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BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BOXING 8 p.m. SHO - Champion Anselmo Moreno (31-1-1) vs. Vic Darchinyan (37-3-0), for WBA super bantamweight title; champion Abner Mares (22-0-1) vs. Joseph Agbeko (28-3-0), for IBF bantamweight title GOLF 8 a.m. TGC - Sunshine Tour, Nedbank Challenge (tape) 1 p.m. TGC - World Challenge 3 p.m. NBC - World Challenge 3 p.m. TGC - PGA Tour, Qualifying Tournament COLLEGE BASKETBALL 11 a.m. CBS - North Carolina at Kentucky Noon ESPNU - UMass at Miami (Fla.) 2 p.m. ESPNU - Purdue vs. Xavier 2:15 p.m. ESPN - Arkansas at UConn 2:15 p.m. ESPN2 - Gonzaga at Illinois 3:30 p.m. FSN - Texas at UCLA 4 p.m. ESPNU - Oregon vs. BYU 4:15 p.m. ESPN - Pittsburgh at Tennessee 4:15 p.m. ESPN2 - South Florida at Kansas 6 p.m. ESPNU - LSU vs. Rutgers 8 p.m. ESPNU - West Virginia at Mississippi State SOCCER 6:30 a.m. ESPN2 - Premier League, Chelsea at Newcastle


from staff & AP reports

Prep soccer St. Alosyius splits with Philadelphia Haylee Prescott scored two goals and assisted on another, and four other St. Aloysius players scored as the Lady Flashes routed Philadelphia 6-0 on Friday night. Kacey Stewart, Riley Griffith, Nicole Hayward and Grace Franco all had goals for St. Al (7-2). Stephanie Riveros and Sara Katherine McDaniel had assists. In the boys’ game, Sam Stanton scored off an assist from Zane Russell, but St. Al (1-4-1) lost to Philadelphia, 4-1.

Lady Vikes beat Oxford Warren Central got goals from Lindsey Burris and Taylor Hanes to blank Oxford 2-0 at the Brooke Welch Tournament on Friday. Hanes had an assist on the Burris goal and then scored hers off a free kick. Keeper Katie Humphries got the shutout for the Lady Vikes (6-3).

NFL Suh’s suspension upheld by league NEW YORK — Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh’s appeal of his two-game suspension has been denied by the NFL. Art Shell, jointly appointed by the league and the players’ association to hear such cases, ruled Friday that Suh’s suspension for stomping an opponent was appropriate. Suh will miss Sunday’s game at New Orleans and a Dec. 11 home game against Minnesota. He can return for practice on Dec. 12.

College football Oregon runs away with Pac-12 crown EUGENE, Ore. — LaMichael James ran for 219 yards and three touchdowns as No. 8 Oregon beat UCLA 49-31 in the inaugural Pac-12 championship game Friday night. The Ducks (11-2) won their third straight conference title and earned a likely berth in the Rose Bowl.


BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Dec. 3 1946 — Army halfback Glenn Davis is named the Heisman Trophy winner. 1956 — Wilt Chamberlain scores 52 points in his collegiate debut with Kansas. 1957 — Texas A&M halfback John David Crow is named the Heisman Trophy winner. 2000 — The 200-yard rushing games by Mike Anderson, Corey Dillon, Warrick Dunn and Curtis Martin mark the first time in NFL history that four runners have 200 yards on the same day. In fact, it had never happened three times in a single day. Anderson rushes for an NFL rookie record 251 yards and four touchdowns in Denver’s 38-23 victory over New Orleans.

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MHSAA Championship schedule

All games at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium, Jackson Friday Class 1A - Noxapater 21, Shaw 10 Class 2A - West Bolivar 26, East Marion 7 Class 6A - Olive Branch 35, Petal 34 Today Class 3A - Charleston vs. East Side, 11 a.m. Class 4A - Lafayette vs. Amory, 3 p.m. Class 5A - Starkville vs. Picayune, 7 p.m.

——— Recent state champions MHSAA champions in each class since 2000 Class 6A 2011 - Olive Branch 2010 - South Panola 2009 - South Panola Class 5A 2010 - West Point 2009 - West Point 2008 - Meridian 2007 - South Panola 2006 - South Panola 2005 - South Panola 2004 - South Panola 2003 - South Panola 2002 - Wayne County 2001 - Starkville 2000 - Moss Point Class 4A 2010 - Lafayette 2009 - St. Stanislaus 2008 - Noxubee County 2007 - Laurel 2006 - West Point 2005 - West Point 2004 - Brookhaven 2003 - Wayne County 2002 - D’Iberville 2001 - Clarksdale 2000 - McComb Class 3A 2010 - Forest 2009 - Tylertown 2008 - Louisville 2007 - Louisville 2006 - Franklin County 2005 - Hazlehurst 2004 - Senatobia 2003 - Greene County 2002 - Collins 2001 - Collins 2000 - Magee Class 2A 2011 - West Bolivar 2010 - Lumberton 2009 - Bassfield 2008 - Baldwyn 2007 - West Bolivar 2006 - East Marion 2005 - Lumberton 2004 - Lumberton 2003 - Seminary 2002 - Taylorsville 2001 - Ackerman 2000 - Booneville Class 1A 2011 - Noxapater 2010 - Mount Olive 2009 - Mount Olive 2008 - Puckett 2007 - Ray Brooks 2006 - Puckett 2005 - Ray Brooks 2004 - Mize 2003 - Weir 2002 - Puckett 2001 - Pelahatchie 2000 - Mize

Quarterfinals Today’s Games Wayne St. (Mich.) at Minnesota-Duluth, Noon North Greenville at Delta St., 1 p.m. Northwest Missouri St. at Pittsburg St., 1 p.m. New Haven at Winston-Salem, TBA Semifinals Dec. 10 North Greenville-Delta St. winner vs. Northwest Missouri St.-Pittsburg St. winner New Haven-Winston-Salem winner vs. Wayne St.Minnesota-Duluth winner ———

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W Houston.............. 8 Tennessee.......... 6 Jacksonville........ 3 Indianapolis........ 0 W Baltimore............ 8 Pittsburgh........... 8 Cincinnati............ 7 Cleveland............ 4 W Oakland.............. 7 Denver................ 6 Kansas City........ 4 San Diego.......... 4


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All Games W L 10 2 6 6 5 7 5 7 3 9 2 10

West Division

Conference All Games W L W L x-Houston......................8 0 12 0 Tulsa..............................7 1 8 4 SMU...............................5 3 7 5 Rice...............................3 5 4 8 UTEP.............................2 6 5 7 Tulane............................1 7 2 11 x-clinched division title Today’s Game Southern Miss at Houston, 11 a.m. ———

SWAC Eastern

Conference W L x-Alabama A&M............7 2 Jackson St...................7 2 Alabama St....................7 2 Alcorn St......................1 8 MVSU............................1 8


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Friday’s Game No. 8 Oregon 49, UCLA 31 Today’s Games No. 1 LSU vs. No. 12 Georgia, at Atlanta, SEC championship, 3 p.m. No. 3 Oklahoma St. vs. No. 13 Oklahoma, 7 p.m. No. 5 Virginia Tech vs. No. 21 Clemson, ACC championship, at Charlotte, N.C., 7 p.m. No. 9 Boise St. vs. New Mexico, 5 p.m. No. 7 Houston vs. No. 24 Southern Miss, C-USA championship, 11 a.m. No. 11 Michigan St. vs. No. 15 Wisconson, Big Ten championship, at Indianapolis, 7:30 p.m. No. 16 Kansas St. vs. Iowa St., 11:30 a.m. No. 18 TCU vs. UNLV, 1:30 p.m. No. 19 Baylor vs. Texas, 2:30 p.m. ———

Conference Games W L x-LSU.............................8 0 Alabama........................7 1 Arkansas........................6 2 Auburn...........................4 4 Mississippi St..............2 6 Ole Miss.......................0 8 x-clinched division title Today’s Game Georgia vs. LSU, at Atlanta, 3 p.m. ———


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W Dallas.................. 7 N.Y. Giants......... 6 Washington......... 4 Philadelphia........ 4 W New Orleans...... 8 Atlanta................ 7 Tampa Bay......... 4 Carolina.............. 3 W Green Bay.......... 11 Chicago.............. 7 Detroit................. 7 Minnesota........... 2 W San Francisco.... 9 Seattle................ 5 Arizona............... 4 St. Louis............. 2


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L T Pct 2 0 .818 7 0 .417 7 0 .364 9 0 .182 ——— Dec. 1 Seattle 31, Philadelphia 14 Sunday’s Games Kansas City at Chicago, Noon Atlanta at Houston, Noon Denver at Minnesota, Noon Carolina at Tampa Bay, Noon Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, Noon N.Y. Jets at Washington, Noon Oakland at Miami, Noon Tennessee at Buffalo, Noon Indianapolis at New England, Noon Baltimore at Cleveland, 3:05 p.m. St. Louis at San Francisco, 3:15 p.m. Dallas at Arizona, 3:15 p.m. Green Bay at N.Y. Giants, 3:15 p.m. Detroit at New Orleans, 7:20 p.m. Monday’s Game San Diego at Jacksonville, 7:30 p.m.

college basketball Top 25 Schedule

Friday’s Games No. 4 Syracuse 72, No. 10 Florida 68 No. 6 Louisville 62, No. 20 Vanderbilt 60, OT No. 13 Missouri 90, Northwestern St. 56 Today’s Games No. 1 Kentucky vs. No. 5 North Carolina, 11 a.m. No. 2 Ohio St. vs. Texas-Pan American, 11 a.m. No. 8 Connecticut vs. Arkansas, 2:15 p.m. No. 9 Wisconsin vs. No. 16 Marquette, 3:30 p.m. No. 11 Xavier vs. Purdue, 2 p.m. No. 14 Michigan vs. Iowa St., 11 a.m. No. 15 Kansas vs. South Florida, 4:15 p.m. No. 17 Pittsburgh at Tennessee, 4:15 p.m. No. 19 Gonzaga at Illinois, 2:15 p.m. No. 21 Mississippi St. vs. West Virginia, 8 p.m. No. 22 Memphis vs. Austin Peay, 7:30 p.m. No. 23 Saint Louis vs. Portland, 7 p.m. No. 25 Texas A&M vs. Stephen F. Austin, 7 p.m. Sunday’s Games No. 7 Baylor at Northwestern, 3 p.m. No. 18 UNLV at Wichita St., 3:05 p.m. No. 24 California at San Diego St., 4 p.m. ———

Tank McNamara

Today 11 a.m. MPB - Charleston vs. East Side 3 p.m. MPB - Lafayette vs. Amory 7 p.m. MPB - Starkville vs. Picayune

College Today 11 a.m. ABC - C-USA championship, Southern Miss at Houston 2:30 p.m. ABC - Texas at Baylor 3 p.m. CBS - SEC championship, LSU vs. Georgia 6:30 p.m. Fox - Big Ten championship, Michigan State vs. Wisconsin 6:30 p.m. ESPN2 - BYU at Hawaii 7 p.m. ABC - Oklahoma at Oklahoma State 7 p.m. CBS Sports Network - Fresno State at San Diego State 7 p.m. ESPN - ACC championship, Virginia Tech at Clemson


Mississippi college schedule

AMERICAN CONFERENCE W New England...... 8 N.Y. Jets............. 6 Buffalo................ 5 Miami.................. 3

High school

Sunday Noon Fox - Atlanta at Houston Noon CBS - Cincinnati at Pittsburgh 3:15 p.m. Fox - New York Giants at Green Bay 7:15 p.m. NBC - Detroit at New Orleans Monday 7:30 p.m. ESPN - San Diego at Jacksonville

Quarterfinals Today’s Games Wabash at Mount Union, Noon Salisbury at Wis.-Whitewater, 1 p.m. St. John Fisher at St. Thomas (Minn.), 1 p.m. Wesley at Mary Hardin-Baylor, 1 p.m. Semifinals Dec. 10 Salisbury-Wis.-Whitewater winner vs. St. John Fisher-St. Thomas (Minn.) winner Wabash-Mount Union winner vs. Wesley-Mary Hardin-Baylor winner

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Second Round Today’s Games Old Dominion at Georgia Southern, Noon Central Arkansas at Montana, 1 p.m. Maine at Appalachian St., 1 p.m. Stony Brook at Sam Houston St., 2 p.m. New Hampshire at Montana St., 2 p.m. Lehigh at Towson, 2:30 p.m. James Madison at North Dakota St., 3 p.m. Wofford at Northern Iowa, 4 p.m. Quarterfinals Dec. 9 or Dec. 10 Stony Brook-Sam Houston St. winner vs. New Hampshire-Montana St. winner, 1:30 or 7 p.m. Wofford-Northern Iowa winner vs. Central Arkansas-Montana winner, 1:30 or 7 p.m. Old Dominion-Georgia Southern winner vs. MaineAppalachian St. winner, 1:30 or 7 p.m. Lehigh-Towson winner vs. James Madison-North Dakota St. winner, 1:30 or 7 p.m. ———

NCAA Division II playoffs

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Conference W L x-Georgia.......................7 1 South Carolina..............6 2 Florida............................3 5 Vanderbilt......................2 6 Kentucky........................2 6 Tennessee.....................1 7

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NCAA FCS playoffs

South Delta (55) Darius Singleton 16, Dequante Carroll 12, Tavis Bee 11, Knight 5, Parker 4, Reed 2, Davis 2, Coleman 2, Robinson 1. Vicksburg (71) Edward Davis 16, Romeo Carter 15, DeAngelo Richardson 13, Ward 7, T. Carter 5, Dixon 5, King 4, Brisco 3.

Friday’s Games Belhaven 68, Talladega 63 Northwestern 92, Mississippi Valley St. 67 Centre College 65, Millsaps 50 Freed Hardeman at Tougaloo, (n) Today’s Games Delta St. at Southern Arkansas, 2 p.m. Howard Payne at Mississippi College, 3 p.m. Belhaven at Tougaloo, 7 p.m. West Virginia at Mississippi St., 8 p.m. Sunday’s Games New Mexico St. at Southern Miss, 1 p.m. Sewanee at Millsaps, 3 p.m. Ole Miss at Penn St., 5 p.m. ———

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SEC schedule

Friday’s Games Syracuse 72, Florida 68 Cincinnati 57, Georgia 51 Seton Hall 81, Auburn 59 Louisville 62, Vanderbilt 60

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Today’s Games North Carolina at Kentucky, 11 a.m. Arkansas at Connecticut, 2:15 p.m. Pittsburgh at Tennessee, 4:15 p.m. LSU at Rutgers, 6 p.m. West Virginia at Mississippi St., 8 p.m. Sunday’s Games South Carolina at Clemson, 2:30 p.m. Ole Miss at Penn St., 5 p.m. ———

C-USA schedule

Friday’s Games No games scheduled Today’s Games Georgia Tech at Tulane, 1 p.m. St. Thomas vs. Rice, 2 p.m. Arizona State at Tulsa, 3 p.m. Charlotte at East Carolina, 4 p.m. Hartford at Central Florida, 4 p.m. UAB at Kent State, 6 p.m. Texas A&M-C.C. at Houston, 7 p.m. Austin Peay at Memphis, 7:30 p.m. Sunday’s Games New Mexico St. at Southern Miss, 1 p.m. SMU at Arkansas-Little Rock, 2 p.m. ———

transactions BASEBALL

American League

CLEVELAND INDIANS—Signed C Matt Pagnozzi to a minor league contract. TEXAS RANGERS—Named Tim Purpura senior director of player development. Promoted Jayce Tingler to field coordinator. Agreed to minor league contracts with C Dusty Brown, SS Luis Hernandez and INF Yangervis Solarte.

National League

SWAC schedule

Friday’s Game Northwestern 92, Miss. Valley St. 67 Saturday’s Games Texas Southern at Denver, 5 p.m. Alabama St. at FIU, 6:30 p.m. Alabama A&M at South Alabama, 7:05 p.m. Sunday’s Games No games scheduled


MISSISSIPPI VALLEY ST. (1-7) Joyner 4-12 1-1 10, Pajkovic 0-1 1-2 1, Arrington 2-6 0-0 4, Studivant 1-4 0-2 2, Cox 4-12 0-0 9, Jones 3-5 1-3 7, Burwell 2-4 7-8 11, Crosby 9-19 2-3 23, Ralling 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 25-64 12-19 67. NORTHWESTERN (7-0) Crawford 5-6 0-0 14, Jimenez 1-5 0-0 3, Sobolewski 1-4 0-0 3, Marcotullio 3-6 0-0 8, Hearn 5-8 2-2 15, Mirkovic 5-5 1-3 11, Montgomery III 0-3 0-0 0, Demps 3-11 0-1 8, Fruendt 8-11 1-1 21, Shurna 3-5 0-0 9, Curletti 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 34-67 4-7 92. Halftime—Northwestern 59-21. 3-Point Goals—MVSU 5-16 (Crosby 3-6, Cox 1-4, Joyner 1-4, Ralling 0-1, Arrington 0-1), Northwestern 20-39 (Fruendt 4-5, Crawford 4-5, Shurna 3-4, Hearn 3-5, Demps 2-4, Marcotullio 2-5, Sobolewski 1-4, Jimenez 1-5, Montgomery III 0-2). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—MVSU 38 (Crosby 11), Northwestern 41 (Hearn 7). Assists—MVSU 10 (Joyner 4), Northwestern 30 (Marcotullio 7). Total Fouls—MVSU 13, Northwestern 14. A—4,705.

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South Delta 10 5 8 10 — 33 Vicksburg 14 21 19 8 — 62 South Delta (33) Kiara Bell 17, Jackson 6, Harris 6, Washington 4. Vicksburg (62) Breanna Foy 21, Lexus Vaughn 14, Young 8, Arkoful 7, Smith 7, Farris 2, Morris 2, Shears 1.



South Delta Vicksburg

8 19 10 18 — 55 20 18 15 18 — 71

Friday’s Games 3 Notre Dame 69, Pennsylvania 38 11 Rutgers 63, Florida 49 23 Green Bay 66, Marquette 50 25 Vanderbilt 77, Denver 56 Today’s Games 16 Penn St. at No. 19 Texas Tech, 2 p.m. 22 DePaul vs. Loyola of Chicago, 7 p.m. Sunday’s Games 1 Baylor at Minnesota, 1 p.m. 3 Notre Dame at Creighton, 1:35 p.m. 4 Texas A&M at No. 13 Purdue, 11 a.m. 5 Stanford at Fresno St., 4 p.m. 6 Maryland at American U., Noon 7 Duke vs. Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. 8 Tennessee vs. No. 21 Texas, 1 p.m. 10 Louisville at No. 12 Kentucky, Noon 15 Georgia vs. Georgia Tech, 1 p.m. 17 Ohio St. at No. 18 Oklahoma, 2 p.m. 20 Georgetown vs. Rider, 1 p.m. 23 Green Bay vs. Northern Iowa, Noon 24 Delaware vs. William & Mary, 1 p.m. 25 Vanderbilt vs. High Point, 2 p.m.

HOUSTON ASTROS—Agreed to terms with INF Diory Hernandez on a minor league contract. LOS ANGELES DODGERS—Agreed to terms with LHP Chris Capuano on a two-year contract. ST. LOUIS CARDINALS—Named John Mabry assistant hitting coach. Promoted Barry Weinberg to senior medical advisor and Chris Conroy to assistant athletic trainer. SAN DIEGO PADRES—Named Omar Minaya senior vice president of baseball operations.

LOTTERY Sunday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 0-2-1 La. Pick 4: 5-7-6-8 Monday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 7-8-9 La. Pick 4: 4-0-1-1 Tuesday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 8-8-1 La. Pick 4: 3-8-5-3 Wednesday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 6-4-9 La. Pick 4: 2 8 6 3 Easy 5: 2-3-5-14-19 La. Lotto: 2-6-9-27-29-32 Powerball: 2-6-34-35-47 Powerball: 22; Power play: 2 Thursday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 9-2-8 La. Pick 4: 0-6-0-4 Friday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 8-1-2 La. Pick 4: 4-1-6-0 Saturday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 9-8-2 La. Pick 4: 1-5-8-9 Easy 5: 1-12-13-14-25 La. Lotto: 1-9-14-19-21-39 Powerball: 20-37-39-45-55 Powerball: 28; Power play: 2

Saturday, December 3, 2011

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Olive Branch rallies to win Class 6A title

college basketball

Wildcats clobber Valley

By The Associated Press

By The Associated Press Nick Fruendt scored 21 points as unbeaten Northwestern rode a hot first half to a 92-67 rout of Mississippi Valley State on Friday night. Drew Crawford hit four 3-pointers and scored all 14 of his points as the Wildcats (7-0) rolled up 59 points before the break, the most Northwestern has scored in a half in coach Bill Carmody’s 12 seasons. Northwestern’s lead peaked at 41. The Wildcats tied the school record for 3-pointers in a game, hitting 20. They also made 20 against North Carolina AT&T on Dec. 13, 2009. The game was lopsided in every respect. Northwestern’s John Shurna, whose 21.8-point scoring average entering the game was the highest of any player in a BCS conference, hit three first-half 3-pointers but didn’t play in the second half and finished with nine points. Paul Crosby led Mississippi Valley State (1-7) with 23 points.

Syracuse 72, Florida 68 Brandon Triche had 20 points and Scoop Jardine finished with 16 and seven assists


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Northwestern’s Davide Curletti (30) fights for a rebound against Mississippi Valley State’s Terrence Joyner in the first half Friday. Northwestern won, 92-67. for No. 4 Syracuse (8-0), which remained undefeated with a win over 10th-ranked Florida (5-2). Kenny Boynton led Florida with 22 points and Erving Walker scored 17.

Cincinnati 57, Georgia 51 Sean Kilpatrick scored 22 points, Dion Dixon added 19 and Cincinnati (5-2) held off Georgia (4-4) in the Big EastSEC Challenge. The Bearcats, playing their first road game this season, erased an 11-point deficit early in the second half with a 16-4 run. Georgia, which has

lost three straight, scored just three field goals after Gerald Robinson’s layup put the Bulldogs ahead 38-31 with 13:02 left.

Louisville 62, Vanderbilt 60 Peyton Siva drove through the middle of Vanderbilt’s defense for a layup with 1.4 seconds left and No. 6 Louisville rallied to beat the 20th-ranked Commodores in overtime. The Cardinals (7-0) came back from two big deficits — nine in the second half and five in overtime. Kyle Kuric’s 16-footer gave Louisville a

60-58 lead with 34 seconds left. John Jenkins, who finished with 27 points, hit two free throws for Vandy (5-3) to tie it with 12.2 seconds to go, but Siva broke the defense on a high pick-and-roll and got to the hoop for the game-winning basket to finish with 15 points.

Seton Hall 81, Auburn 59 Herb Pope had 23 points and 12 rebounds for his sixth double-double of the season and Seton Hall cruised past Auburn (4-1) in the Big East/ SEC Challenge.

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Todd Mays rushed for a 1-yard touchdown and then the go-ahead 2-point conversion with 1:12 remaining in the fourth quarter as Olive Branch rallied to beat Petal 35-34 on Friday night and claim the MHSAA Class 6A championship. It’s the first state title for the Conquistadors (15-0), who nearly ended up losers to Petal (10-5) on the final play. Petal’s Austin Franklin missed a 38-yard field goal as time expired. Franklin made a 43-yard field goal on the previous snap, but an Olive Branch player was ruled offsides, which is a dead ball penalty in the MHSAA. The teams lined up again, and Franklin was unable to knock it through. Mays rushed for 84 yards and four touchdowns for Olive Branch, which rallied from a pair of two-touchdown deficits in the second half. Petal led 19-7 and 27-14 before Olive Branch began its comeback. Petal also took a 34-27 lead late before Mays led the go-ahead drive. Petal quarterback Anthony Alford rushed for 201 yards and three touchdowns. He was also 8-for-8 passing for 169 yards and two touchdowns.

Class 1A Noxapater 21, Shaw 10 Tray Baber rushed for 160 yards on 19 carries and scored a touchdown as Noxapater



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are really outlandish. I have a track record of handling things.” Southern Miss is dealing with the same kind of speculation about its coach, Larry Fedora. Like Sumlin, Fedora is wrapping up his fourth season and he’s been mentioned as a candidate for several openings. The Golden Eagles are 32-19 under Fedora, and they’re finally having the breakthrough season he’s long expected. “It’s probably taken longer than I wanted it to, to be honest,” Fedora said. “I felt like we’ve been in a position to do it each and every year and just didn’t get over the hump or didn’t get it done for a lot of different reasons. “This year, this team has overcome a lot of things to put themselves in a position to play for the conference championship.” The league’s trophy is really what today’s game is about, and the outcome will be dripping with irony, no matter who wins. The Cougars can secure the league’s first BCS berth, just as they’re preparing to bolt for a more lucrative conference. Southern Miss, meanwhile, can deny the league its best chance to earn a BCS bid and the multimillion dollar payday that would

come with it. “That’s a tough one, you know?” Fedora said. “I’m sorry. That’s the only thing I can say.” The one thing Conference USA can bank on is both teams putting on an offensive show. The teams have scored an average of 58.8 points together in the 13 meetings, and the winning team has scored at least 30 points in nine of those. The Golden Eagles won 59-41 in Hattiesburg last year, and Houston won 50-43 at home in 2009. “There have been some crazy things that have happened in this game,” Sumlin said. This year, both teams have as much firepower as ever. Keenum is the Football Bowl Subdivision’s career leader in just about every significant category for quarterbacks, and the Cougars have scored at least 35 points in all 12 games, hitting 56 or more in half of them. Tyron Carrier, Conference USA’s career receptions leader (307), is 10 catches shy of moving into second place on the FBS career chart. Patrick Edwards has 41 TD catches, fifth in FBS history. The Golden Eagles, meanwhile, have averaged 37 points in their last seven conference games, and senior

bryant hawkins•The associated press

Southern Miss wide receiver Ryan Balentine runs for a touchdown last week against Memphis. Southern Miss will face Houston in the Conference USA title game today. quarterback Austin Davis needs 77 yards passing to break his own single-season school record. Southern Miss junior Tracey Lampley could be the most versatile player on either side, with 885 yards rushing, 728 yards receiving and more than 1,800 career yards on kick returns. The stadium atmosphere could be as wild as the game itself. Students began camping

outside the ticket office at 3 a.m. Monday, and about 400 had gathered when athletic director Mack Rhoades arrived at work about 6 a.m. When the office opened, the school sold out its allotment of 4,000 student tickets in about four hours. “I think it is a situation where everyone will be excited,” Sumlin said. “Our fans will be as excited as anyone. We can’t wait to play Saturday.”

Gators Continued from Page C1. a commanding 33-13 lead. South Delta scored the first six points of the third quarter to close to 35-21, but the Missy Gators answered with a 19-2 run to close the period. “We needed that,” VHS coach Barbara Hartzog said. “We needed to get our identity back and our confidence. We’re still pretty young.” Foy finished with 21 points and had four assists. Lexus Vaughn led the third-quarter run with back-to-back 3-pointers and scored 14 points. Kiara Bell led South Delta with 17 points.

ELI BAYLIS•The Vicksburg Post

Vicksburg’s Breanna Foy splits the lane between South Delta’s Kiara Bell (3) and Briana Jackson, right during Friday’s game. Foy scored 21 points in the Missy Gators’ 62-33 win.

conferences. To some, this game is just an afterthought, something the Tigers must get out of the way before they get on with their rematch against SEC West rival Alabama for an even bigger crown. “I do know that’s an issue for other folks,” he said. “It’s not one for us. We’re very, very focused on the next game and a very quality Georgia opponent.” Indeed, there’s a sense this team wants a national title that includes no ifs, ands or buts. In 2003, LSU defeated Oklahoma for the BCS title but Southern Cal was voted No. 1 in the AP poll. Four years later, the Tigers became the first twoloss team to win it all, getting plenty of help from other schools along the way. “We’ve talked about it several times, but not about the what ifs,” Miles said. “It’s all about what we’ve accomplished to this point. We’ve put ourselves in position to play a championship game. That’s this Saturday against a very, very talented Georgia team. I promise you, our football team understands that.” Georgia (10-2, 7-1) might be the hottest team in the country outside of LSU. The Bulldogs have bounced back from an 0-2 start with their longest in-season winning

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beat Shaw (12-3) for the Class 1A title. It’s Noxapater’s first state title. Quarterback Ethan Hamilton also had a rushing touchdown for Noxapater (12-3) and Barrett Carter had a 65-yard fumble return for a touchdown in the second quarter that made it 21-0. Corderius Shepherd scored Shaw’s only TD with a 5-yard run in the fourth quarter.

Class 2A West Bolivar 26, East Marion 7 Jovious Wade rushed for 61 yards and a touchdown as West Bolivar beat East Marion to claim the Class 2A championship. It’s the fifth state title for West Bolivar and first since 2007. The Eagles forced seven East Marion turnovers, including a 46-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Demario Brown that made it 19-7 in the third quarter. Demarrion Haynes also had a rushing touchdown for West Bolivar (15-1), which finished with 243 total yards. Xavier Grindle scored East Marion’s only touchdown on a 78-yard pass from Deandrey Johnson in the first quarter. Grindle also rushed for a teamhigh 69 yards. East Marion finished with a 13-2 record.

streak since 1982, removing any doubt about Richt’s coaching future. But their schedule hasn’t been nearly as tough as the Tigers’ because of a quirk in the rotation that allowed them to avoid all three of the top teams in the SEC West. Given the pressure his program was under coming off its first losing mark in 14 years and then dropping its first two games, Richt and his staff engineered an impressive turnaround. Plus, only five starters are seniors. “We’ve had a lot of really special times with this team,” Richt said. “I’ve enjoyed it maybe as much as any team I’ve coached.” For the first time in school history, LSU has four backs with at least six rushing touchdowns, and all figure to touch the ball today. Spencer Ware (687 yards) will get the start, but he’s got plenty of help with Michael Ford (721), Alfred Blue (445) and freshman Kenny Hilliard (248). “It helps to wear down a defense,” offensive lineman Will Blackwell said. “The main thing, the best thing for us is we don’t have to put the whole load on one guy. When one of those guys comes in, he can just pound it as much as he can and look forward to getting a little break.”


Saturday, December 3, 2011

TONIGHT ON TV n MOVIE “State of Play” — An investigative journalist, Russell Crowe, stumbles into a cover-up of gigantic proportions as he and his partner probe the murder of a beloved congressman’s, Ben Affleck, mistress./8 on Bravo n SPORTS College football — Southern Miss travels to Houston to battle the Cougars for the Conference USA championship./11 a.m. on ABC n PRIMETIME “How I Met Your Mother” — Barney and Robin bond while Russell Crowe intervening in Ted’s relationship; Marshall fears an impending bout of food poisoning; Ted acts as best man in an important wedding./7:30 on CBS

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

MILESTONES n BIRTHDAYS Andy Williams, singer, 84; Ozzy Osbourne, rock singer, 63; Daryl Hannah, actress, 51; Julianne Moore, actress, 51; Brendan Fraser, actor, 43; Anna Chlumsky, actress, 31; Brian Bonsall, actor, 30; Amanda Seyfried, actress, 26; n DEATH Louis Silverstein — The former New York Times art director who helped modernize the Times and was credited with influencing newspaper design nationwide has died at 92. Silverstein’s daughter, Anne Silverstein, said that her father died Thursday of cardiac arrest at a hospital in Brooklyn. Silverstein was charged with transforming the so-called “Gray Lady” into a more visually appealing newspaper that could attract readers in the age of television. Former Times managing editor Arthur Gelb said Silverstein responded with a vision for opening up the newspaper’s design.


Kardashian’s husband seeks annulment NBA player Kris Humphries has asked a judge to annul his 10week, highly publicized marriage to Kim Kardashian on the basis that it was fraudulent. The filing comes roughly a month after Kardashian filed for divorce and apologized to fans. Humphries’ petition did not offer any details to support his contention that the marriage was a fraud, which a judge would have to determine is true for the marriage to be completely nullified. Kardashian’s attorney Laura Wasser declined to comment. The couple signed a prenuptial agreement before marrying in a Kim Kardashian and Kris star-studded ceremony Aug. 20 Humphries at an exclusive estate in California. Kardashian’s sisters and TV co-stars Kourtney Kardashian, 32, and Khloe Kardashian, 27, served as co-maids of honor. Kim Kardashian and Humphries began dating late last year and announced their engagement in May. He proposed on bended knee with a 20.5-carat ring by spelling out “Will you marry me?” in rose petals. Kardashian filed for divorce Oct. 31, citing irreconcilable differences. The actress-model is the star of the E! Entertainment Television series “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” and her marriage to Humphries was turned into a high-touted televised special. Humphries is a free agent NBA forward who played last season for the New Jersey Nets. He is requesting that if an annulment isn’t granted, the couple be deemed legally separated.

Louisiana sees surge in film projects Wahlberg flick, TV police drama among productions on plate for state By The Associated Press As cast and crew of the HBO television series “Treme” filmed in the French Quarter, a warehouse elsewhere bustled with stage hands prepping for production on the Will Ferrell comedy “Dog Fight” while a helicopter prepared to take flight for the shooting of the new 3-D IMAX film, “Hidden World.” The stream of film activity this late in the year is positioning Louisiana to hit, if not exceed, last year’s record of more than 100 film and TV projects, said Chris Stelly, executive director of the Office of Entertainment Industry Development, the state agency that promotes Louisiana’s film, theater, music and digital media industries. Stelly said this is also likely more film activity than in any other U.S. state outside of the entertainment hubs of California and New York. “It’s incredible,” he said. “The holidays and the summer months, those are usually slower times for the film industry here, but last year and this year that hasn’t been the case. What we’re seeing is the filming industry stabilizing in Louisiana with a steady stream of business all year long.” Other projects filming between now and Christmas include the Mark Wahlberg action flick “Broken City” and the TV police drama “Common Law.” In the new year, production is set to begin on Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained,” Summit Entertainment’s caper film “Now You See Me” and the Columbia Pictures drama “Maersk Alabama” starring Tom Hanks.

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Police look for man in cape, nothing else A man wearing a mask and a cape and nothing else is flashing folks in Santa Fe. Police Capt. Aric Wheeler said the last report about the super hero flasher was he was wearing just a ski mask. Police are trying to track down the streaker who two days ago exposed himself to a teenager on a jogging trail. Over the past years, police said they’ve gotten reports that someone dressed like a superhero has been going around the Santa Fe area leaving little to the imagination. Santa Fe police are also concerned the brazen behavior may turn violent and possibly lead to touching or fondling a victim. The charges the flasher faces are no joke especially because some of the victims of indecent exposure have been minors. If caught and convicted he likely would have to register as a sex offender.

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John Seda, right, and Dan Ziskie on the set of the HBO televisions series “Treme” at the Chicky Wah Wah Lounge in New Orleans Louisiana accepted more than 130 applications for its tax incentive program in 2011 and hosted more than 100 film and TV projects for the second year in a row. That’s about triple previous years, Stelly said. According to state figures, Louisiana had fewer than 40 projects in both 2004 and 2005, and the state saw fewer than 90 projects each year thereafter until 2009. In 2009, the state decided to make its tax credit permanent and increase the benefits to 30 percent. Originally, the statute reduced the incentive to 20 percent with plans to eventually reduce it again to 15 percent. Stelly said the state’s move has helped to steady and grow the industry. “It sent a message that we are here to stay, that Louisiana

is a reliable place to do business,” Stelly said. “That was such an important thing for us. As other states began dropping off, we gave more stability to what we were doing here in Louisiana.” Since the film tax credits were introduced in 2002, movie production hubs have popped up in cities across the state, including Shreveport, Lafayette and Baton Rouge. But New Orleans continues to see most of the activity. This year 45 projects — almost half of all those filmed in the state — were shot in the New Orleans area. Most of the projects being filmed in New Orleans have a minimum $40 million budget, said Katie Williams, director of Film New Orleans, the department under the mayor’s office

of cultural economy that handles film and video projects. “Every year we’re getting bigger projects with bigger budgets and higher level actors,” Williams said. “It really shows the maturation of our industry.” Among the projects heading to New Orleans in coming months is “Maersk Alabama,” the real-life pirate drama being directed by Oscar-nominated director Paul Greengrass. Hanks will play Capt. Richard Phillips, who was kidnapped along with his crew when his ship was hijacked by Somali pirates on its way to a Kenyan port in 2009. The film is being based on a book Phillips wrote about the rescue, “A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea.”

McCready’s ex says she’s pushing luck over son ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Country singer Mindy McCready is pushing her luck with the legal system by not following a judge’s order to return her 5-year-old son to the care of her mother in Florida, her exboyfriend and father of the boy said Friday. McCready said Thursday she would not bring her son back from Tennessee, despite violating a custody arrangement. McCready took the boy during a recent visit at her father’s Florida home, and a judge signed an order Thursday ordering authorities to take the boy into custody and return him. It’s not yet clear whether the singer could face criminal charges. “I’m doing all this to protect Zander, not stay out of trouble,” McCready wrote in an e-mail to The Associated Press on Thursday. “I don’t think I should be in trouble for protecting my son

Jimmy Fallon to release comedy album “Late Night” host Jimmy Fallon is known for performing with his famous musical guests, including Justin Timberlake, Bruce Springsteen and Blake Shelton, so it seems only natural the comedian and music enthusiast would release a new album. Fans won’t have to wait long. His second record, not yet titled, is scheduled for release next summer on Warner Music Nashville. It will feaJimmy Fallon ture parodies and music that have become instant classics on NBC’s “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.” His first album, “The Bathroom Wall,” was released in 2002.

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Mindy McCready took the boy during a recent visit at her father’s Florida home, and a judge signed an order Thursday ordering authorities to take the boy into custody and return him. It’s not yet clear whether the singer could face criminal charges. in the first place.” McCready said she is in Tennessee and cannot travel because she’s nearly seven months pregnant with twins. The judge’s order means law enforcement anywhere can pick up the boy and bring him back to Florida. The boy’s father, Billy McKnight, said Friday he spoke on the phone with McCready and their boy after the judge’s deadline expired. “He did sound healthy and ok. He wasn’t crying or scared,” McKnight said about their

son. “I think she believes she has a case and doesn’t realize she’s pushing her luck on this one,” he said. McCready and her mother have had a long custody battle over the boy. The boy was living with McCready’s mother, who was awarded guardianship in 2007. McCready said her son has suffered abuse at her mother’s house; her mother, Gayle Inge, denies the abuse allegations. “Once the child is located, we will pick him up and bring

Marley heirs sue half brother over name use MIAMI (AP) — A feud has erupted within the first family of reggae, with the widow and nine children of Bob Marley suing his half brother to stop use of the Marley name to promote an annual Miami music festival and profit from other businesses in his native Jamaica. The lawsuit filed Thursday in federal court contends the half brother, businessman Richard Booker, and several affiliated companies are violating copyright and trademark laws by using Marley’s name, photographs, lyrics, symbols and other intellectual property without authorization. The lawsuit says people could be deceived into thinking those uses are officially endorsed by Marley’s widow, Rita Marley, and their children. Booker and Bob Marley shared the same mother. The entities include the Bob Marley Movement of Jah People Inc., which promotes the music festival, a restaurant in Jamaica called Mama Marley’s and several businesses with the name Nine Mile

— the part of Jamaica where Marley grew up and is now buried. One Nine Mile business offers a tour of the Bob area, and the Marley music event is known as the Nine Mile Music Festival. In addition, a recent press release about the music festival included this headline: “All For The Love Of Bob Marley.” The 19th annual festival is scheduled for March of next year on Virginia Key, near Miami. Three of Marley’s kids — Stephen, Damien and Julian Marley — are scheduled to perform. Marley, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, died of cancer in 1981 at age 36. Some of his best-known songs are “I Shot The Sheriff,” ‘’Jamming,” “No Woman, No Cry,” “Get Up, Stand Up” and “Exodus.” The lawsuit, filed by Fort Lauderdale attorney Bruce

Hemerlee, seeks unspecified damages and also asks a judge to stop Booker and the companies from using any Marley-related references in the various ventures. Hemerlee represents Rita Marley and the children through a Bahamas-based entity called FiftySix Hope Road Music Ltd. Booker, whose home and businesses are in Miami, did not return a telephone call Friday seeking comment.

him back to Florida,” said Terri Durdaller, a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Children and Families. “Although these circumstances are unfortunate for a young child, his safety and well-being are our number one priority.” McCready provided a series of e-mails to the AP with Lee County Judge James Seals’ ruling to return the boy. McCready found fame in the mid-1990s and has lived a complicated life in recent years. In August, she filed a libel suit against her mother and the National Enquirer’s parent company, American Media Inc., over a story published in the tabloid newspaper that quoted Inge. And in 2008, McCready was admitted to a hospital after police said she cut her wrists and took several pills in a suicide attempt.

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Hard-working girl upset by mother’s ingratitude Dear Abby: I’m a 12-yearold girl who has a problem with my mom. Once a week we clean the house, which is fairly large. Even when I do a good job on every room my mom never says, “Nice job,” “Good work,” or even a simple “Thanks.” It hurts my feelings because I thank her for all the things she does for me. Am I wrong to want or expect compliments in return? — Never Thanked in Oregon Dear Never Thanked: No, you’re not wrong. I don’t know anyone of any age who doesn’t crave positive reinforcement. Have you mentioned to your



mother how this makes you feel? Because if you haven’t, you’re expressing your disappointment to the wrong person. Dear Abby: Every year we send a holiday letter along with our greeting cards. The letter usually highlights

events of immediate family members from the past year. This year there is a problem. Our 22-year-old son, “Dexter,” is in jail on burglary charges related to a drug problem. Many of our friends and relatives already know about this, but others are not aware. Our son’s siblings are doing well and we like to report on their activities. However, we are confused concerning Dexter. We really cannot send the holiday letter and leave him out, but neither can we fabricate a story concerning his status. Telling the truth would be informational but

also awkward. We would appreciate your advice. — Holiday Letter Writer Dear Letter Writer: Write the letter as you usually would, and when you get to your incarcerated son, say: “Dexter has taken some time to rethink his future. He sends you all his love.” You do not have to go into any more detail or belabor the point.

• 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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Harvard Medical School staff members answer questions for Dr. Komaraoff on Saturdays.

Q: I have ugly warts on my hands. I’ve heard that if I wait it out, they might go away. But I hate looking at them and would like to treat them now. What are my options? A: Warts are generally harmless. They do usually disappear on their own over time. But, as you point out, they can be unattractive. And some, like those found on the soles of the feet, can make walking and exercise painful. Although your warts will probably go away without treatment, that can take many months, so it’s reasonable for you to try to speed up the process. Unfortunately, getting rid of warts can be a challenge. But fortunately, the most effective treatments are the least invasive. Warts crop up when your skin cells grow faster than normal due to a human papillomavirus infection. Among the 150 strains of HPV, about 10 cause skin warts, including those classified as common, plantar and flat warts. Some sexually transmitted types of HPV are implicated in cervical and other genital and anal cancers, but the strains that cause skin warts are not

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linked to cancer. All of us come into contact with HPV repeatedly — when we shake hands or touch a doorknob, for example — but only some of us develop warts, and that’s hard to explain. Children and people with immune system abnormalities are particularly vulnerable. For unclear reasons, so are people who work as meat, fish and poultry handlers. But the most likely explanation is that some people are simply more prone to warts than others. Skin warts aren’t very contagious. They can spread from person to person by direct contact, mainly through breaks in the skin. Theoretically, you can also pick up warts from surfaces such as locker room floors or showers, but there’s no way to know how often this occurs. Warts on one part of your body can be spread to other areas, so it’s important to wash your hands and anything that touches your warts, such as

nail files or pumice stones. About half of all warts go away on their own within a year, and two-thirds within two years. So “watchful waiting” is definitely an option for new warts. If you’d prefer not to wait it out, you have several treatment options, including these, considered to be the top three: • Salicylic acid: This is similar to the ingredient in aspirin, and it should usually be your first choice. Salicylic acid costs little, has minimal side effects, and comes in various over-thecounter preparations, including liquids, gels and patches. To treat a wart, soak it for 10 to 15 minutes (you can do this in the shower or bath). Then file away the dead warty skin with an emery board or pumice stone, and apply the salicylic acid. Do this once or twice a day for 12 weeks. Warts in thick skin, like the bottom of the foot, might respond best to a salicylic acid patch that stays in place for several days. Continuing treatment for a week or two after the wart goes away might help prevent recurrence. • Freezing: In this treatment, also called cryotherapy, a clinician swabs or sprays liquid nitrogen onto the wart and a small surrounding area. The extreme cold burns the skin,


BY BERNICE BEDE OSOL • NEWSPAPER ENTERPRISE ASSOCIATION Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — It’s OK to be a bit assertive when dealing with others, as long as you’re not too pushy. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Don’t suffer in silence if someone with a bad attitude bugs you. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Something that has a lot of potential might not come off as anticipated because of a lack of understanding. Pisces (Feb. 20-March 20) — Social arrangements aren’t apt to come off to everyone’s liking if plans have never been discussed and made in the first place. Aries (March 21-April 19) — Don’t wreck a nice day by doing something to another out of spite. Taurus (April 20-May 20) — Conditions in general are rather good for you, yet you could put a damper on things by being far too touchy about an innocent remark that is made

by another. Gemini (May 21-June 20) — Responding angrily in response to a slip of the tongue made by someone who didn’t mean anything by the remark would only make you look bad. Cancer (June 21-July 22) — Promote the general good instead of gratifying your ego. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) — Regardless of whether you’re the buyer or the seller, be prepared for some tough dickering. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — You can be either a provocateur or a peacemaker when dealing with the family. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — Even if you resent having chores to do, it behooves you to get them out of the way early. Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Be sure you know what you’re talking about if you offer a friend some advice.

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BY DR. ROBERT WALLACE • NEWSPAPER ENTERPRISE ASSOCIATION Dr. Wallace: My parents are avid readers of your column and most of the time they agree 100 percent with your advice. Many times our family will discuss your daily advice and sometimes we “debate” on whether or not your advice was excellent, very good, average, below average or terrible. My parents have never given you a terrible, but I must admit that I’ve graded your answer terrible twice. But that’s not bad because our newspaper picked up your column about two years ago. But now the time has come when I need your advice with an “excellent” response. I’m 15 and a good student. I also am on the junior varsity tennis team. This makes me feel very happy. I love being on the team. My grandmother, who lives with us, is trying to convince my parents that girls should not participate in athletics because it is not “lady like.” Please inform my parents that playing sports is an asset and is, indeed, very much lady like. — Nameless, Dallas, Texas Nameless: Several years ago Sassy Magazine did a survey on female high school athletes and found that they are 92 percent less likely to become a drug user, 80 percent less likely to be involved in sexual activity and three times more likely to graduate. Besides the benefits of regular exercise, which promotes good health, female athletes also, on the average, have higher grades than those girls who do not participate in athletics.

Make sure your parents relay this information on to Grandmother. Dr. Wallace: Why do teens have such a high number of drug abusers? Also, why are teens so vulnerable to smoking and drinking? Is it because they want to act grown-up? If so, they’re making a huge mistake. — Cindy, Dixon, Ill. Cindy: Acting grown-up is a part of the reason, but teens also feel invincible and do not fear the consequences of using addictive substances. The Department of Health and Human Services conducted a survey on drug abuse and found that teens see less harm connected to using drugs than the rest of the population. Each year, thousands of Americans die from abusing cocaine, but only about half of the teens surveyed believe there’s a great risk in using this highly addictive drug. And only 49 percent of the teens surveyed thought that smoking a pack of cigarettes a day would harm them, compared to two-thirds of the general population saying they felt it would. Why is there such a big percentage difference? Blame it on youthful exuberance and the “I’m going to live forever” philosophy. That’s why the tobacco companies are able to attract 3.000 new smokers every day. • Dr. Robert Wallace writes for Copley News Service. E-mail him at rwallace@Copley News Service.

causing pain, redness and usually a blister. Getting rid of the wart this way usually takes three or four treatments, one every two to three weeks. After the skin has healed, apply salicylic acid to encourage more skin to peel off. • Duct tape: Duct tape does appear to work for treating warts. One research study compared duct tape with cryotherapy. Subjects wore duct tape patches over their warts for six days. Then they removed the patches, soaked and filed the warts, left them uncovered overnight, and reapplied the tape in the morning, leaving them in place for another six days. They repeated this process for two months. The study found duct tape was about 45 percent more effective than cryotherapy. This study used silver duct tape — clear duct tape does not appear to have the same effect. When compared with other health problems, warts are bit players. But since they can be unsightly and sometimes uncomfortable or even painful, we understand why you’re worried about warts.

• Write to Dr. Komaroff in care of United Media, 200 Madison Ave., 4th fl., New York, NY 10016, or send questions to his website,

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ATTENTION HAIR STYLISTS! Multi purpose salon chairs (3 to choose from) $125 each. 2 anti-fatigue mats, $40 each. Call 601-527-6474, leave message. HEY! NEED CASH NOW? We buy junk cars, vans, SUVs, heavy equipment and more! Call today, we'll come pick them up with money in hand! 1-800826-8104. MATCHING CHOCOLATE LOVE seat and couch, coffee table, 2 end tables. Set $350 Full size headboard with frame, twin size mattress, coffee table, DVD player. 601636-8984, 901-896-4586. OAK COFFEE TABLE with 2 end tables, sofa table, 2 lamps and small rocker recliner. $300 for all. 601831-7400.


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

RED TUBULAR METAL twin/ full bunkbed with mattresses $150, matching desk and chair $50, Combi stroller black, grey, lime green $50, 2 Rockford Fostgate p2 12 inch subwoofers $150. 601-638-4471. THE BEST WAY to bargain hunt is to check the Classifieds Daily. We make it easy with our convenient home delivery. For details call 601-636-4545, Circulation.

WANTED: ANYTHING OLD-Money, coins, war relics, books, photos, documents, etcetera. 601-618-2727.

17. Wanted To Buy HEY! NEED CASH NOW? We buy JUNK CARS, VANS, SUV’S, TRUCKS, SCHOOL BUSES, HEAVY EQUIPMENT, HEAVY DUTY TRUCKS & TRAILERS. Whether your junk is running or not, & PAY YOU CASH NOW. Call today, we'll come pick your junk up with CASH in hand!

2 LAZY BOY Recliners. 1 small $125, 1 extra large $250. 601-638-2624.

THE PET SHOP “Vicksburg’s Pet Boutique”

TRAMPOLINELIKE NEW, great condition, Includes net. $175 or best offer. 601-619-9513. TWIN MATTRESS SETS $175, Full sets $199. New sofa love seat $675. 601638-7191. Discount Furniture Barn. USED TIRES! LIGHT trucks and SUV's, 16's, 17's, 18's, 19's, 20's. A few matching sets! Call TD's, 601-638-3252.

19. Garage & Yard Sales 100 NEWIT VICK DRIVE. Saturday 7am-12noon. Bikes, clothing, household, Too much too list! 102 EMERALD WAY. Saturday 7am- 12 Noon. Sofa, Steam cleaner, baby walker, Christmas Village collectibles, baby clothes.

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107 VICKI LANE, off Freetown Road, 7am-12 noon, furniture, clothing, bicycle. Little bit of everything, great prices!

314 LINDA DRIVE, Warrenton Heights, Saturday, 6am-until, lots of great bargains!

134 ROLLINGWOOD DRIVE. Saturday 7am12noon. Furniture, kids clothing, kids toys. 1370 CULKIN ROAD. Friday 8am- 5pm, Saturday 8am- until. Parking lot of Fantastic Finds. 2 Family sale. Furniture, household items, tools.

11 - 7 SHIFT LAREINA PATTERSON, Staff Development Nurse

HERITAGE HOUSE NURSING CENTER 3103 Wisconsin Ave. Vicksburg, MS 39180

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

BOWMAN STREET, off Washington, behind TrState Tires. Saturday 8am. Warehouse and moving sale. Furniture, including TV's, large sofa, end and coffee tables, dresser, chairs, night stand, glassware and collectibles, men and women clothes, boys clothes, toys, golf clubs, baby items, much more. Good prices! GARAGE SALE OVER? River City Rescue Mission will pickup donated left over items. 601-636-6602.

1385 MT. ALBAN ROAD, between Warriors Trail and Scott Road, Saturday, 8am-until, 800 square foot wood flooring, tools, household items.

GIGANTIC GARAGE SALE. 815 Veto Street, across from Police station. Saturday December 3rd 6:30 am- 6pm. Everything must go.

1825 MACARTHUR Drive. Saturday 7am- 2pm, Sunday 1pm- 4pm. Christmas and home décor, collectibles, Liberty Falls, housewares, glassware, furniture, rugs, books, other miscellaneous!

HEY! NEED CASH NOW? We buy junk cars, vans, SUVs, heavy equipment and more! Call today, we'll come pick them up with money in hand! 1-800826-8104.

217 ENCHANTED DRIVE. Saturday 7am-12 Noon. Multi family. Clothes, computers, much more.

INDOOR GARAGE SALE- On the first and second floor. Saturday only 7am-12 noon, Miss Hardware, 1622 Washington Street.

411 HAAS STREET off John Allen. Saturday 6am12 Noon. Men, women's, kids clothing, electronics, games, TV's, furniture, movies, toys, shoes. Everything must go. 492 LAKESIDE DRIVE Saturday December 3rd . 7am 11am. Lots of household items, new toys, children and adult clothes, some furniture. 6324 HIGHWAY 61 North. Parking lot of Thrift store. Friday and Saturday 8am-5pm. 3 families. Ceramic dolls, plus size clothes, children's clothes, some toys, much more. 727 FONSYLVANIA ROAD. 7 miles past Fisher Ferry Super Jr on left. Friday and Saturday 7am- until. Dishes, DVDs, hunting equipment, crossbow, deer stands, dresser, toys, stereo.



• Minimum 1 year experience in hospital, home health, hospice or oncology

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• RN Required and minimum 1 year experience in Hospice or Home Health • Strong Management & Organizational Skills • At least 3 years experience as an RN • PTO, Paid Holidays, 401-K


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INSIDE, 205 PINEYWOODS Drive. Off Oak Ridge Road. Saturday 7am12 Noon. Microwave, comforters, Christmas decorations, dishes, glasses, miscellaneous. MOVING ESTATE SALE. 2300 Drummond Street, Corner of Harris and Drummond Streets, Vicksburg, MS 39180. Friday, December 2 9-5, Saturday, December 3 8-3. For pictures and more information: Sale conducted by Brewer Pittman Sales. STILL HAVE STUFF after your Garage Sale? Donate your items to The Salvation Army, we pick-up! Call 601-636-2706. What's going on in Vicksburg this weekend? Read The Vicksburg Post! For convenient home delivery call 601-636-4545, ask for circulation.

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Call our Circulation Department for CONVENIENT Home Delivery and/ or our On-line Subscription. Monday- Friday, 8am-5pm, 601-636-4545.

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

22. Musical Instruments CONN TRUMPET $600, KING trumpet $400. Both with case. 601-638-4471. NEWEST MODEL PEAVEY Bandit amp. Like new, $200. 601-994-3269.

24. Business Services A CHIMNEY SWEEP. Inspect/ clean, best price in town! Licensed/ insured. 601-218-0253 Jeff- Agape. ALPHA CLEANS WINDOWS, gutters. Interior, exterior painting, repairs. 601-636-5883.

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

D & D TREE CUTTING •Trimming • Lawn Care • Dirt Hauled • Insured For FREE Estimates Call “Big James” 601-218-7782


Ask us how to “Post Size” your ad with some great clip art! Call the Classified Ladies at 601-636-Sell (7355).

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20. Hunting 12 FOOT TRIPOD Stand, 12 foot 2 man stand, 5x8 trailer. 601-629-7418.

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

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Bienville Apartments The Park Residences at Bienville 1, 2 & 3 bedrooms and townhomes available immediately.




FOR LEASING INFO, CALL 601-636-1752 •

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

Vans • Cars • Trucks •Insurance Claims Welcome•

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

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

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

Simmons Lawn Service

Professional Services & Competitive Prices • Landscaping • Septic Systems • Irrigation: Install & Repair • Commercial & Residential Grass Cutting Licensed • Bonded • Insured 12 years experience Roy Simmons (Owner) 601-218-8341


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

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

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

24. Business Services DIRT AND GRAVEL hauled. 8 yard truck. 601638-6740. HOLIDAY CLEANING GOT you down? We can help! Home/ Office, efficient/ reasonable/ dependable.1-601-826-7001 (local). I-PHONE REPAIR. Buy, sell and repair. Arcue Sanchez - 601-618-9916. River City Lawn Care You grow it - we mow it! Affordable and professional. Lawn and landscape maintenance. Cut, bag, trim, edge. 601-529-6168.

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

26. For Rent Or Lease RICHARD M. CALDWELL BROKER SPECIALIZING IN RENTALS (INCLUDING CORPORATE APARTMENTS) CALL 601-618-5180 COUNTRY HOME 3 Bedroom, 1-1/2 bath Fenced pasture 2 acres , barn, 2 miles City limits $800 monthly/ $800 deposit. 601-415-0186.

28. Furnished Apartments 1 BEDROOM WITH kitchen and bathroom, cable hook-up and utilities furnished. 601-529-9804. LUXURY FURNISHED APARTMENT in downtown historic home. 1 bedroom; 1 bath. Utilities, cable, internet. $900. Maid/ laundry service optional. 662-822-9222,

29. Unfurnished Apartments 2 BEDROOM HOUSE. Eagle Lake. $600 monthly. Partially furnished. 601-2185348. 2 BEDROOM, 1 bath. Central heat and air. $450 monthly includes water, plus deposit. 601-831-6616. 2 BEDROOM. ALL electric includes water $450. With stove and refrigerator. $200 deposit. 1 BEDROOM $425 monthly, $200 deposit. 601-634-8290.

THE COVE Stop looking, Start living!

Paid cable, water and trash. Washer, Dryer and built-in microwave furnished. 601-638-5587 1-601-686-0635 AVAILABLE IMMEDIATLEY! 1 bedroom downstairs apartment. Stove, refrigerator, dishwasher and water furnished. Private, quiet, near River Region. No pets. $550 monthly. 601-638-4685.

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34. Houses For Sale

34. Houses For Sale

BEAUTIFUL DOWNTOWN LOCATION. 2 bedroom, 1 bath. Central air/ heat. Washer and dryer $750 monthly. Deposit and references required. 601529-8002.

CARY, MS. 3 bed, 2 bath home, 4.5 lots. Shown by appointment only. Asking $115,000. 601-824-0270.

FOR SALE BY owner $70,000. 3 bedroom 2 bath. Port Gibson. Large backyard, All new heating cooling. 601437-0654, 601-870-5548.

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

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

Licensed in MS and LA

Jones & Upchurch Real Estate Agency BEAUTIFUL LAKESIDE LIVING

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

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

501 Fairways Drive Vicksburg

CONVENIENT DOWNTOWN LOCATION. 2 bedroom, 2 bath apartment, central heat/ air, washer/ dryer hookups. $800 monthly, deposit/ references required. 601-529-8002 COUNTY 2 BEDROOMS, 2½ baths. Openwood Townhouse. 1,400 plus/ minus square feet, cheap county car tags. 601-831-8900. Leave message.

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

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FOR SALE BY OWNER 6613 Halls Ferry Road. Move in ready!! 4 bed, 2 bath, 1824 square feet. $150,000. for pictures. 601-218-0130. NICE HOUSE WITH river view. Oak street Vicksburg MS. 3 bedroom, good condition. $45,000. 601-6368291.

Kay Odom..........601-638-2443 Kay Hobson.......601-638-8512 Jake Strait...........601-218-1258 Alex Monsour.....601-415-7274 Jay Hobson..........601-456-1318 Daryl Hollingsworth..601-415-5549

Sybil Caraway....601-218-2869 Catherine Roy....601-831-5790 Mincer Minor.....601-529-0893 Jim Hobson.........601-415-0211







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

Commodore Apartments


1, 2 & 3 Bedrooms

The Vicksburg Apartments

605 Cain Ridge Rd. Vicksburg, MS 39180

601-638-2231 LUCKETT COMPOUND. DOWNTOWN 1 bedroom Central air/ heat, washer and dryer. $625 monthly. References and deposit required. 601-529-8002. SAVE! SAVE! SAVE! Ask about our Holiday Special- 2 and 3 bedrooms. We aim to please. Call 601-686-0635.

Units Available!!! Shadow Cliff Apartments 9:00am– 4:00pm Must be 62 or older 1 Bedroom Laundry Facilities Community Room On-site Service Coordinator 601-638-1684 2721 Alcorn Drive Vicksburg, MS 39180 Equal Housing Opportunity

SMALL 2 BEDROOM, 1 bath. Stove & refrigerator included. $225 deposit, $450 rent. 2101 MLK Blvd. 601218-0130. SPACIOUS 2 BEDROOM apartment. 61 South area. Meadowbrook Properties, 601-619-9789.

30. Houses For Rent 3 BEDROOM, 1 bath. Central heat/ air, fenced yard, carport, hardwood floors. $695 monthly, $695 deposit. 850-291-4743. 3 BEDROOMS 2.5 baths. 4 years old, 2-story, all electric, garage, 2000 square feet, hardwood and ceramic. $1500 monthly, deposit/ references required. 601218-1002. 4 BEDROOM, 2 bath. Formal living/ dining, hardwood floors, large workshop. $1150/ month, 601-831-0066, please leave message. FOR LEASE IN TALLULAH. Approximately 2,900 square feet, on Bayou. 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath. $895 monthly. 1 year lease, security deposit required. 318574-0618.

31. Mobile Homes For Rent 16X60 2 BEDROOM, 2 Bath, 12x60 porch. No pets. $200 deposit, $650 monthly. 601-631-1942. 2 BEDROOM, 1 bath. Washer/ Dryer. All electric, No pets, $450 month, $200 deposit. 601-638-6239.


33. Commercial Property 7800 SQUARE FOOT office/ multi purpose building. On-site parking. $6.75/ square foot. 601-634-6669.

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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


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

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

38. Farm Implements/ Heavy Equipment HEY! NEED CASH NOW? We buy JUNK CARS, VANS, SUV’S, TRUCKS, SCHOOL BUSES, HEAVY EQUIPMENT, HEAVY DUTY TRUCKS & TRAILERS. Whether your junk is running or not, & PAY YOU CASH NOW. Call today, we'll come pick your junk up with CASH in hand!


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Finding the ride you want in the Classifieds is easy, but now it’s practically automatic, since we’ve put our listings online.

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2002 Ford Escape $850 Down $163 Bi -Weekly Gary’s Cars 601-883-9995 Looking for a new ride? Check our online listings today. Just go to

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2003 FORD E250 van. Wheel chair accessible and drivable, 120,000 miles. $7500. 601-218-9408.

2005 LINCOLN NAVIGATOR. Excellent condition, 69,000 miles. $16,500 or best offer. 601-218-3252.

AUTO WORLD Come see us at George Carr Rental building for great used car bargains. 601-831-2000 after 3pm.

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

HEY! NEED CASH NOW? We buy JUNK CARS, VANS, SUV’S, TRUCKS, SCHOOL BUSES, HEAVY EQUIPMENT, HEAVY DUTY TRUCKS & TRAILERS. Whether your junk is running or not, & PAY YOU CASH NOW. Call today, we'll come pick your junk up with CASH in hand!

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TOPIC SATURDAY, De ce mbe r 3, 2011 • SE C TI O N D COMICS D2 | KIDS PAGE D3 Karen Gamble, managing editor | E-mail: | Tel: 601.636.4545 ext 137


Mark Hall of Casting Crowns

Casting Crowns continues to lead on Christian charts By Jonathan Landrum Jr.

The Associated Press ATLANTA — Four times a week, Mark Hall ministers to youth at a suburban Atlanta megachurch, working from an office where the walls are lined with vintage Marvel comic books and that also houses a stone-like desk decorated with symbols from “The Avengers.” In Hall’s eyes, he’s a “dork.” But when he steps away from his youth pastor endeavors and comic memorabilia collection, the 42-year-old stars as the lead singer and songwriter of Casting Crowns, a seven-member, Grammy-winning contemporary Christian rock band, one of the most popular in the genre. In mid-October, the group released its latest album, “Come to the Well.” It debuted at No. 2 on Billboard’s Top 200 charts, trailing only behind Adele, who has dominated the charts with her best-selling album “21.” The band’s album also topped the Christian album chart for three weeks in a row. The band has become accustomed to leading the Christian chart. Their 2009 album, “Until the Whole World Hears,” was No. 1 on the chart for 18 weeks. However, the success doesn’t define the band, according to Hall. “Fame is such an illusion,” said Hall, who has been a youth pastor at Eagles Landing First Baptist Church for about 10 years. “If you look at me, I’m just a dork that I’ve always been. The way I see it, God connected with them (fans) through our song that he let me write. There’s no room for me or us to get a big head.” Since the band’s debut album in 2003, Casting Crowns has gone platinum three times and gold twice. They’ve earned a Grammy award for their 2005 album “Lifesong,” won five Group of the Year titles at the Dove Awards — gospel’s highest honor — and they just won an award for Contemporary Inspirational Artist at the American Music Awards this month. Not bad for a band that does music on a part-time basis. “I’m extremely thankful for being No. 2 on the charts,” said Hall of the band’s latest achievement. “It’s amazing. I think like probably most musicians, it’s something that encourages the moment, but then you have to get See Crowns, Page D3.

Military leaves ‘punky’ stamp on youths

song in Arabic and English. “It is about our situation. About no jobs on with young Iraqis. Calling themselves “punky,” or “hustlers,” many are donning hoodie sweat shirts, listening to 50 Cent or Eminem and watching “Twilight” vampire movies. They eat hamburgers and pizza and do death-defying Rollerblade runs through speeding traffic. Teens spike their hair or shave it Marinestyle. The “Iraq Rap” page on Facebook has 1,480 fans. To many of their fellow Iraqis, the habits appear weird, if not downright offensive. But to the An Iraqi boy dances youths, it to hip-hop music in is a vital part of Baghdad. their pursuit of the

By The Associated Press BAGHDAD — After more than eight years in Iraq, the departing American military’s legacy includes a fledgling democracy, bitter memories of war, and for the nation’s youth, rap music, tattoos and slang. In other words, as the Dec. 31 deadline for completing their withdrawal approaches, U.S. troops are leaving behind the good, the bad and what “Lil Czar” Mohammed calls the “punky.” Sporting baggy soldiers’ camouflage pants, high-top sneakers and a back-turned “N.Y.” baseball cap, the chubby 22-year-old was showing off his break-dancing moves on a sunny afternoon in a Baghdad park. A $ sign was shaved into his closely cropped hair. “While others might stop being rappers after the Americans leave, I will go on (rapping) till I reach N.Y.,” said Mohammed, who teaches part time at a primary school. His forearm bore a tattoo of dice above the words “GANG STAR.” That was the tattooist’s mistake, he said; it was supposed to say “gangsta.” Eight million Iraqis — a quarter of the population — have been born since the U.S.-led invasion of 2003, and nearly half the country is younger than 19, according to Brett McGurk, a fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York and, until recently, senior adviser to the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. So after years of watching U.S. soldiers on patrol, it’s inevitable that hip-hop styles, toughguy mannerisms and slangy English patter would catch

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American dream as they imagine it to be. “Lil Czar” Mohammed, a Shiite Muslim, says he was introduced to American culture by a Christian friend, Laith, who subsequently had to flee the anti-Christian violence that broke out in Baghdad. “I had nothing to help my friend, he left,” he said. “But when I get the money and become a rich boss, I will tell my friend Laith to come back.” Meanwhile, he said, he is trying to record a rap

for us.” “I love the American soldiers,” said Mohammed Adnan, 15, who pastes imitation tattoos on his arm. Adnan lives in Sadr City, the Baghdad base of followers of anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who has threatened violence against U.S. troops if they stay beyond 2011. But, surprisingly, Adnan says the U.S. gangsta look is accepted in his neighborhood. “All young men in Sadr City wear the same clothes when we hang around,” he said. “Nobody minds. And we’re invited to weddings or celebrations where we perform breakdancing.” It all adds up to a taste of the wide world for a society which lived for decades under Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship that deprived them of satellite TV, cell phones and the Internet, and then through invasion, terrorism and sectarian killing. Not all Iraqis welcome the culture the Americans brought. Dr. Fawzia A. al-Attia, a sociologist at Baghdad University, says one result is that young Iraqis now reject school uniforms, engage in forbidden love affairs and otherwise rebel against their elders. “There was no strategy to contain this sudden openness,” she said. “Teenagers, especially in poor areas where parents are of humble origin and humble education, started to adopt the negative aspects of the American society because they think that by imitating the Americans, they obtain a higher status in society. “These young Iraqi people need to be instructed,” she said. “They need to know about the positive aspects of the American society to imitate.” Like many Iraqis, high school student Maytham Karim wants to learn English. But the English he hears most often from his peers — and mostly those who listen to American music — is laden with profanity. As U.S. forces began closing their bases Iraqis rummaged through their garbage for discarded uniforms, caps and boots to sell to youngsters who pay top dollar to dress like soldiers. Baghdad’s tattoo business is also booming. Hassan Hakim’s tattoo parlor in an affluent Karradah neighborhood is covered with glossy pictures of half-naked men and women showing off their ink, regardless of Islam’s strictures on baring the skin. The storefront caused a stir when it opened last summer, but complaints soon died down and the See Hip-hop, Page D3.

Afghans peer into uncertain future as U.S., others pull troops By The Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan — Drawdown plans announced by the U.S. and more than a dozen other nations will shrink the foreign military footprint in Afghanistan by 40,000 troops at the close of next year, leaving Afghan forces increasingly on the frontlines of the decade-long war. The United States is pulling out the most — 33,000 by the end of 2012. That’s one-third of 101,000 American troops who were in Afghanistan in June — the peak of U.S. military presence in the war, according to figures provided by the Pentagon. Others in the 49-nation coalition have announced withdrawal plans, too, even as they insist they are not rushing to leave. Many nations have vowed to keep troops in Afghanistan to continue training the Afghan police and army in the years to come. And many have

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U.S. soldiers board a military plane at the base in Bagram, north of Kabul. pledged to keep sending aid to the impoverished country after the international combat mission ends in 2014. Still, the exit is making Afghans nervous. They fear their nation could plunge into civil war once the

foreign forces go home. Their confidence in the Afghan security forces has risen, but they don’t share the U.S.led coalition’s stated belief that the Afghan soldiers and policemen will be ready to secure the entire nation in

three years. Others worry the Afghan economy will collapse if foreigners leave and donors get stingy with aid. Foreign forces began leaving Afghanistan this year. About 14,000 foreign troops will withdraw by the end of

this month, according to an Associated Press review of more than a dozen nations’ drawdown plans. The United States is pulling out 10,000 service members this year; Canada withdrew 2,850 combat forces this summer; France and Britain will each send about 400 home; Poland is recalling 200; and Denmark and Slovenia are pulling out about 120 combined. Troop cutbacks will be deeper next year when an estimated 26,000 more will leave. That figure includes 23,000 Americans; 950 Germans; 600 more French; 500 additional Britons; 400 Poles; 290 Belgians; 156 Spaniards; and 100 Swedes. Gen. James F. Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps, told the AP that the number of Marines in Helmand province in southern Afghanistan will drop “markedly” in 2012, and the role of those who stay will shift from See Troops, Page D3.


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Hip-hop Continued from Page D1. business is thriving. “Iraqi youth are eager in a very unusual way to get tattoo on their bodies, probably because of the American presence here,” said Hakim, 32, who is attending graduate school at Baghdad’s Fine Arts Academy. “Four years ago, people were concealing their tattoos when in public, but now they use their The associated press

Afghan newly born babies are seen at the Malalai Maternity Hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Survey: Fewer babies dying, Afghans are living longer KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghans are living longer, fewer infants are dying and more women are surviving childbirth because health care has dramatically improved around the country in the past decade, according to a national survey. The survey indicates that increased access to health care in Afghanistan, more hospitals and clinics and more trained health care workers and doctors have significantly contributed to an overall improvement in the health of most Afghans. “There have been many changes in the health sector and that is why we have so many positive changes,” said Bashir Noormal, director general of the Afghan Public Health Institute. Conducted by the Afghan Health Ministry in 2010, the survey was sponsored and funded by international organizations such as UNICEF, the World Health Organization, the U.S. government and the British Department for International Development. It was the most comprehensive to date in Afghanistan, despite the exclusion of some rural areas in the south where international forces are fighting insurgents. It showed that the estimated life expectancy is up to between 62 and 64 years for both men and women. That compares with previous studies that showed life expectancy from 47 to 50 — the latter figure reported by the WHO in 2009. More importantly, the survey showed that infant mortality has been cut in half in recent years, and is now down to 97 deaths per 1,000 live births. The survey said

one in 10 children in Afghanistan dies before they are five years old while previous surveys, carried out about five years ago, showed that one child in five died before reaching that age. The 2009 WHO study reported 199 deaths per 1,000 live births. Women in this war-ravaged country also are far more likely to survive pregnancy today. The survey indicated that the number of women who die from pregnancyrelated causes has dropped to one in every 50. Afghan women on average have just over five children, it said. Still, one Afghan women dies about every two hours from pregnancy-related causes and while childhood mortality is decreasing, it remains the highest in the region. Despite the progress, Afghan Public Health Minister Suraya Dalil said, “we still have a very long way to go.” Recent improvements are visible at Kabul’s Malalai Maternity Hospital, the oldest and biggest such facility in the capital. The teeming 200bed hospital is crowded with women seeking mostly emergency help with difficult pregnancies. It handles 80 births a day, including 30 Cesarian sections. Dr. Hafeeza Amar Khail, the facility’s medical director, says the hospital is “seeing decreasing mortality every year — last year, the year before and the year before that” and attributed the improvements to constant training. “We now update doctors, midwives and all the staff of this hospital,” she said. “We also have a midwife clinic and supply midwives to the provinces.”

Troops Continued from Page D1. countering the insurgency to training and advising Afghan security forces. Amos declined to discuss the number of Marines expected to leave in 2012. There are now about 19,400 Marines in Helmand, and that is scheduled to fall to about 18,500 by the end of this year. “Am I OK with that? The answer is ‘yes,”’ Amos said. “We can’t stay in Afghanistan forever.” “Will it work? I don’t know. But I know we’ll do our part.” Additional troop cuts or accelerated withdrawals are possible. Many other countries, including Hungary, Finland and Italy, are finalizing their withdrawal schedules. Presidential elections in Europe and the European debt crisis also could speed up pullout plans. Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard said this week that Australia’s training mission could be completed before the 2014 target date. Back in June, then-U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said that when the Obama administration begins pulling troops from Afghanistan, the U.S. will resist a rush to the exits, “and we expect the same from our allies.” Gates said it was critically important that a plan for winding down NATO’s combat role by the end of 2014 did not squander

gains made against the Taliban that were won at great cost in lives and money. “The more U.S. forces draw down, the more it gives the green light for our international partners to also head for the exits,” said Jeffrey Dressler, a senior research analyst at the Institute for the Study of War in Washington. “There is a cyclical effect here that is hard to temper once it gets going.” U.S. Army Lt. Col. Jimmie Cummings Jr. said the cutbacks that have been announced will not affect the coalition’s ability to fight the insurgency. “We are getting more Afghans into the field and we are transferring more responsibility to them in many areas,” Cummings said, adding that many leaders of the Taliban, al-Qaida and the Haqqani militant networks have been captured or killed. Afghan security forces started taking the lead in seven areas in July. They soon will assume responsibility for many more regions as part of a gradual process that will put Afghans in charge of security across the nation by the end of 2014. Some countries are lobbying to start transition as soon as possible in areas where they have their troops deployed — so they can go home, said a senior NATO official.

designs to show off. It is the vogue now.” Most of Hakim’s customers are Iraqi security guards imitating their American counterparts. They demand tattoos of coffins, skulls, snakes, dragons, bar codes, Gothic letters and crosses. Female customers prefer flowers and butterflies on their shoulders. Also, many

young women now dare to wear tight tops and hip-hugging jeans with their hijabs, or head coverings. Some also sport miniature dogs. Showbiz and military chic aside, young Iraqis agree that the American troops opened their minds to the outside world. The wait for a place in an English class, for example, can last months.

“I found that all Iraqis want to learn English,” said Nawras Mohammed, and using the Internet or watching satellite TV is fine. But users need to be selective, the 24-year-old college graduate said. “The positive and the negative aspects of the American presence,” she said, “depend on us.”

gin (drums). Casting Crowns is known for their aggressive guitar grooves, which center on themes of not giving up and leaning on a higher power. The band’s power rock ballads are built on Bible Scriptures. Music is an extension to their individual ministries.

All seven members of Casting Crowns remain active in student ministry and tour part time around their church duties. They lead Bible study group gatherings, head church mission trips and counsel teenagers. Each of the band members makes an effort to separate

his or her youth ministry endeavors from the Casting Crowns brand. They rarely perform any of the band’s songs at worship services on Sundays or use church as a platform to announce upcoming concerts or boast about their accolades during service.

Crowns Continued from Page D1. back to life.” Along with Hall, who has co-authored three books, the band includes married couple Juan DeVevo (lead guitar) and Melodee DeVevo (violin, backup vocals); Hector Cervantes (guitar); Megan Garrett (piano); Christ Huffman (bass guitar); and Brian Scog-


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December 3, 2011