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Senate leaders reach last-minute deal Vote set for today on package that includes payroll tax cuts, jobless benefits, pipeline By The Associated Press

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WASHINGTON — Senate leaders agreed on compromise legislation Friday night to extend Social Security payroll tax cuts and jobless benefits for two months while requiring President Barack Obama to accept Republican demands for a

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swift decision on the fate of an oil pipeline that promises thousands of jobs. A vote is expected today on the measure, the last in a highly contentious year of divided government. House passage is also required before the measure can reach Obama’s desk. In a statement, White

House communications director Dan Pfeiffer indicated Obama would sign the measure, saying it had met his test of “preventing a tax increase on 160 million hardworking Americans” and avoiding damage to the economy recovery. The statement made no mention of the pipeline. One

senior administration official said the president would almost certainly refuse to grant a permit. The official was not authorized to speak publicly. Racing to adjourn for the year, lawmakers moved quickly to clear separate spending legislation avoiding a partial government

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TODAY IN HISTORY 1777: France recognizes American independence 1903: Wilbur and Orville Wright of Dayton, Ohio, conduct the first successful manned powered-airplane flights near Kitty Hawk, N.C., using their experimental craft, the Wright Flyer. 1939: The German pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee is scuttled by its crew, ending the World War II Battle of the River Plate off Uruguay. 1975: Lynette Fromme is sentenced in Sacramento, Calif., to life in prison for her attempt on the life of President Gerald R. Ford. (She was paroled in Aug. 2009.)

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David McHan, left, hugs his wife, Karla, after setting up their Christmas tree in their living room on Friday. At right, Blake Tarnabine removes a small section of trunk from his tree at The Vicksburg Optimist Club’s Christmas tree lot outside of the old Kroger on Pemberton Boulevard as David McHan waits.

Applications expected in April for Aeolian By Danny Barrett Jr.


Application forms for lowto moderate-income seniors to live in a redeveloped Aeolian building are expected by April, when renovations to the old complex at Cherry and Clay streets should begin, its developer said. “We are in the process of designing, and ads are coming,” said Jeremy Mears of Houston-based Brownstone development firm. Mears expects the firm to close a deal to purchase the 87-year-old building by Feb- VOLUME 129 NUMBER 351 4 SECTIONS

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two former CEOs at mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac on Friday became the highest-profile individuals to be charged in connection with the 2008 financial crisis. In a lawsuit filed in New York, the Securities and Exchange Commission brought civil fraud charges against six Daniel former execuMudd tives at the two firms, including former Fannie CEO Daniel Mudd and former Freddie CEO Richard Syron. The execuRichard tives were Syron accused of understating the level of high-risk subprime mortgages that Fannie and Freddie held just before the housing bubble burst. “Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac executives told the world that their subprime exposure was substantially smaller than it really was,” said Robert Khuzami, SEC’s enforcement director. Khuzami noted that huge losses on their subprime loans eventually pushed the two companies to the brink of failure and forced the government to take them over. The charges brought Friday follow widespread criticism of federal authorities for not holding top execSee SEC, Page A9.

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shutdown threatened for midnight. The developments came a few hours after the White House publicly backed away from Obama’s threat to veto any bill that linked the payroll tax cut extension with a Republican demand for a

ruary, then open a central office on the ground floor or off-site. Plans call for a massive interior transformation of the complex’s four levels to feature one- and two-bedroom units outfitted for cable television and Internet connections. Tenants will have on-site storage space and a media room and a salon inside the 15,500-square-foot building. Mears said designs include a 42-space parking area at Cherry and China streets and 20 additional See Aeolian, Page A9.

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Funeral home must stop pre-need services, pay fines By Danny Barrett Jr. Williams Funeral Home must stop selling pre-need funeral services to the public and also must repay the state $13,000 in new and old fines, according to a release Friday from Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. In 2008, the Vicksburg-based funeral service was ordered to cease and desist from selling pre-need merchandise and services to the public. A review found that neither business, headed by CEO Matthew Williams Jr., nor any of its employed agents had registered with the Secretary of State’s Office to sell pre-need contracts. An investigation in June

turned up 11 pre-need funeral service contracts signed between Nov. 22, 2008, and Nov. 30, 2009 — in violation Matthew of the order, Williams, Jr. Hosemann concluded, based on the recommendation of third-party counsel which heard arguments during an administrative hearing Oct. 13. “Consumers need confidence when making their final arrangements,” read a statement from Hosemann. “Selling pre-need policies when you are not registered with the Secretary of State’s Office will result in significant pen- E-MAIL DIRECTORY General comments: Retail advertising inquiries:

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — When New Orleans began rebuilding its biggest business after Hurricane Katrina, it did not want to just get back to normal, it wanted to be bigger than ever. The groups in charge of bringing in both conventions and leisure travelers are now joining together to move closer to a goal set two years ago to see annual visits to the city reach the 13.7 million mark by 2018, the city’s 300th anniversary. Kelly Shultz of the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau says they have joined with New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corp. to make sure the city’s message reaches as many potential tourists as possible. Tourism, the region’s leading industry, is a $5 billion business that generates $200 million in annual tax revenue and creates tens of thousands of jobs. After Katrina, which struck in August 2005, the number of visitors dropped to just 3.7 million in 2006 and most of those were recovery workers for the storm, Shultz said. By last year, despite the recession and the massive BP oil spill and negative publicity it generated for the area, tourism had rebounded to 8.3 million. “Selling the city to conventions and tourist has definitely become easier,” Shultz said. The effort to sell New Orleans gets a tremendous boost to start 2012 with a string of big

Tour guide Candace Kagan leads a cemetery tour through Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 in New Orleans on Tuesday, sporting events — the Sugar Bowl and BCS Championship college football games and the NCAA Final Four basketball championship. “Each of those events means television time for the city,” said Mark Romig, chief executive officer of the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corp. “They show pictures of the city, they talk about it, about our food, our artists. We could not afford to buy that kind of television time.”

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Attracting almost 14 million visitors a year would result in not only a boost in the city’s economy and tax base, Romig said, it could mean tens of thousands of additional jobs. But reaching that milestone will require a steady advertising effort, he said. “In order to compete with other cities that are going after those same leisure dollars, we are really going to have to ramp up our marketing efforts,” Romig said.

“We’re going to have to be out there 24-7 if we’re going to do it.” New Orleans has plenty of tools to work with in 2012. In addition to the sports events, there is Mardi Gras, the Essence Music Festival and New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. And New Orleans figures to get extra attention as Louisiana celebrates its 200th anniversary of statehood.

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Five guilty in Warren Circuit Court In Warren County Circuit Court for the week ending Friday: • Shawn Jones, 38, 2804 Halls Ferry Road, was found guilty of violating probation and sentenced by Circuit Judge Isadore Patrick to one year in prison followed by two years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections Intensive Supervision Program (house arrest) and then two years of probation. Jones was indicted in August 2009 for uttering a forgery. • Michelle Rogers, 51, 104 Higgins Drive, McComb, pleaded guilty in two separate cases of forgery-counterfeit instrument and was sentenced by Patrick and by Judge M. James Chaney to two concurrent terms of nine days in jail (time served) followed by five years of probation. Patrick also sentenced Rogers to pay $323.81 in restitution, plus a $1,000 fine and $322.50 in court costs, and Chaney added $2,484.90 in restitution. Rogers was indicted in January 2010 in one case and in May 2010 in the other. • Jerry Lee Stampley, 41, 3619 Security St., pleaded guilty to two instances of driving under the influence, third offense, and was sentenced by Chaney to the Ninth District Court Drug Court Program for a period not to exceed five years, plus a $2,000 fine and $2,320 in costs. Stampley was arrested Jan. 29 and Aug. 28. • Johnny Earl Thomas, 26, 2213 Pearl St., pleaded guilty to robbery and was sentenced by Chaney to eight years in prison followed by five years of probation, plus a $1,000 fine, $200 in restitution and $322.50 in costs. Thomas was arrested Aug. 28. • Mary Elizabeth Williamson, 23, 4201 Lee Road, pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property and was sentenced by Patrick to drug court for a period not to exceed five years, plus $322.50 in costs. Williamson was arrested June 1.

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Locals clear the air The Mississippi TobaccoFree Coalition of Warren and Claiborne counties wishes to thank those who signed a resolution to eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke in work places and public indoor places — Dot-

tley Spice Mart, Willingham’s, Warren Yazoo Mental Health, RiverHills Bank, Shelter Insurance and the Mississippi Community Education Center. We appreciate your support to eliminate secondhand smoke in all public places, including work places. We will be offering other businesses in Claiborne and Warren counties the opportunity to sign the resolution and support the Smokefree Air Mississippi initiative through Dec. 30. Leslie Horton Director

Hospital staff caring Something good should be

known and shared. I visited the emergency room at River Region Medical Center on the eve of Dec. 6, at 7 p.m., as requested for a procedure. I was met with courtesy there. When taken to the area of the procedure, being a bit anxious, I was greeted by Mr. Jhonny English, who had a calm demeanor, pleasing personality and beautiful smile that assisted in putting all my anxieties at ease. Thanks for caring individuals. Frances P. Williams

Santa breakfast a blast The 2011 Breakfast with Santa at the Vicksburg Con-

vention Center provided hundreds a quality holiday experience. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Ronald McDonald House. I would like to thank our sponsors. This event would not have been possible without their generosity. We were very fortunate to have so many volunteer students who did everything from taking up tickets and clearing tables to assisting the children with making reindeer food and supervising the reindeer games in Santa’s Village. Also, thanks to the Warren County Master Gardeners who decorated trees throughout the convention center. The facility

looked great. A very special thanks to Gary Haygood who has year after year taken all the pictures with Santa. We would like to thank a special volunteer, who wishes to remain anonymous, for collecting door prizes for the ticket raffle. We also appreciate businesses who contributed the door prizes. Last, but certainly not least, a big thanks to Santa and Mrs. Claus for coming to Vicksburg during their busiest time of the year. Sue Bagby Special events coordinator

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Amendment rights during the hearing, but, through his attorney, said current clients’ contracts would be honored. Also, he blamed employee theft and an unspecified illness for the business’ financial woes. The business has operated since 1992 and, in October, was relicensed by the Mississippi State Board of Funeral Service through December 2012, along with seven other funeral homes in Vicksburg. By law, the Secretary of State’s Office’s Regulation and Enforcement Division regulates the pre-need funeral industry and perpetual care cemeteries through its implementation of the Pre-Need and Funeral Registration Act.

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alties. We will not allow individuals to be taken advantage of during these sensitive times.” Also, Hosemann concluded the funeral home failed to establish a pre-need trust fund with the funds from the 11 sales. Williams is ordered to pay $8,000 to reflect those violations, plus $5,000 unpaid from the 2008 order. Since the hearing, Williams has handled two funeral services. In each instance, burial took place more than two weeks after the date of death. A telephone number for the funeral home’s Washington Street office is disconnected, while another for an unlisted Port Gibson location was not answered Friday. Williams invoked his Fifth

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benefits Christmas Trees — Today, 9 until 8; Sunday-Friday, 1.-8 p.m.; next to old Kroger parking lot on Pemberton Square Boulevard; sold by the Optimist and Exchange clubs; proceeds benefit children’s pro-


the Hills.

CLUBs Letitia Street Reunion — 9 until tonight, Christmas party; entertainment by REO; $5 admission; American Legion, The Hut; 1 p.m. Sunday, monthly meeting; home of Beverly Mayfield, 2008 Ford St.; 601218-3869. American Legion Post 213 “The Hut” — Dance and cash raffle Sunday, 8 p.m. until; DJ “Horseman” Mitchell; admission, $3 singles, $5 per couple. Vicksburg Kiwanis — Noon Tuesday, Jacques’ Cafe; Joe Giambrone to speak on Chill in

PUBLIC PROGRAMS Levi’s — A Gathering Place; 7-10 tonight, Christmas jam; donations appreciated. YMCA Christmas Camp — 7 a.m.-6 p.m., for grades K-6; register at Purks Center YMCA or online at; 601-638-1071. Tuesday Vicksburg AlAnon — Noon Tuesday; second floor, First Presbyterian Church, 1501 Cherry St.; 601634-0152.

CHURCHES Pleasant Valley M.B. — Will-

ing Workers Club fellowship meeting, 3 today; 5:30, Christmas program; 2585 N. Washington St. Mount Pilgrim M.B. — Christmas program practice, 4 today; Mary Gaines, 601-6386051 or Alma Hamberlin, 601638-4357; 3327 U.S. 61 South. Greater Grove Street M.B. — Greater Grove Street Mass Choir concert, 6 tonight, featuring Lonnie McBride and Virgie Dishmon and the Chosenaires of Vicksburg; Dr. Casey D. Fisher; 2715 Alcorn Drive. St. Alban’s Episcopal — Living Nativity, 6-8 tonight and Sunday; 5930 Warriors Trail,

Bovina. King Solomon Baptist — Drive-by living Nativity, 6-7:30 p.m. Sunday-Monday; 180 Oak Ridge Road.

HOLIDAY EVENTS Glenwood Circle Luminaries — Saturday at dark. “1940s Radio Hour” — 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and Dec. 27-29 at Strand Theatre on Clay Street; $12 for adults, $8 for those younger than 12; Westside Theatre Guild, 601636-8313 or 601-618-9349.

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Southaven mayor’s sex shop buy billed to city Cuts hit Louisiana colleges, SOUTHAVEN (AP) — Receipts show Southaven Mayor Greg Davis, a Republican who ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2008 on a family-values platform, charged the city $67 for a purchase at a gay sex shop in Canada. The Mississippi auditor on Nov. 2 demanded Davis pay back more than $170,000 for personal expenses billed to taxpayers. There are no criminal charges from the auditor’s investigation. The FBI confirmed Dec. 7 that it is investigating Davis after the auditor’s probe showed possible violations of federal laws. The Commercial Appeal of Memphis reported Friday that Davis has repaid about $96,000. Southaven, a suburb of Memphis, has grown rapidly in recent years. With a 2010 population of 48,982, it is now Mississippi’s third-largest city. The auditor’s office provided Southaven officials with copies of Davis’ receipts. Aldermen originally approved paying the mayor’s expenses and now say they’re reviewing hundreds of pages of the documents to see whether some of the receipts were for legitimate city business. The Commercial Appeal reported it obtained Davis’ receipts through a Freedom of Information request to Southaven. The newspaper reports Davis billed the city for expensive dinners and thousands of dollars in liquor. Although officials are allowed to charge for business meals, it was not immediately clear how many of Davis’ food and liquor purchases were for business. The auditor’s office confirmed to The Associated Press on Friday that Davis billed the city for the $67 purchase at Priape, which describes itself on its website as “Canada’s premiere gay lifestyle store and sex shop.” Davis declined to comment on the expenses, saying his

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Southaven Mayor Greg Davis helps set up a Breakfast with Santa event on Dec. 2 at the Southaven Arena.

The auditor’s office confirmed to The Associated Press on Friday that Davis billed the city for the $67 purchase at Priape, which describes itself on its website as “Canada’s premiere gay lifestyle store and sex shop.” attorney had told him not to talk. “I can’t say anything,” Davis told the AP on Friday. The 45-year-old mayor told The Commercial Appeal he doesn’t remember what he bought at the sex shop, which he visited on a recruitment trip with warehouse developers. Davis, who divorced this year, told The Commercial Appeal on Thursday that he is gay. It was the first time he had said so publicly. “At this point in my life and in my career, while I have tried to maintain separation between my personal and public life, it is obvious that this can no longer remain the case,” Davis said. “While I have performed my job as mayor, in my opinion, as a very conservative, progressive individual — and

still continue to be a very conservative individual — I think that it is important that I discuss the struggles I have had over the last few years when I came to the realization that I am gay.” Alderman Ronnie Hale said he and his colleagues are reviewing receipts to find spending they remember as city business to try to accurately show the amount Davis must repay. Hale said he had examined roughly one-third of the stack by Friday and recognized some that were connected to municipal meetings. “I feel like the majority of the receipts are legitimate,” Hale told AP. “It’s just that he doesn’t have documentation.” Hale acknowledged Davis

Lawsuit: Patient got HIV from Miss. cancer clinic JACKSON, Miss. — A Mississippi cancer clinic doctor who is charged with using old syringes and watereddown chemotherapy drugs now faces a lawsuit that claims a patient contracted HIV from a dirty needle. Dr. Meera Sachdeva, founder of Rose Cancer Center in Summit, has been held without bond since her arrest in August on charges of diluting drugs and billing Medicaid and Medicare for more chemotherapy than patients actually were given. The lawsuit claims James Ralph Patterson Sr. went to the now-shuttered clinic for treatment of his brain and lung cancer but ended up getting watered-down drugs and was infected with HIV by an old needle. Patterson died July 3 at the age of 61.

Charges dismissed in Natchez dogfight case NATCHEZ, Miss. — Felony dogfighting charges have been dismissed against two men arrested in October in a Natchez subdivision. Adams County Justice Court Judge Patricia Dunmore ruled this week that


BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS prosecutors didn’t show probable cause to believe that dogfighting occurred the night of Sept. 26, when Adams County Sheriff’s deputies responded to an anonymous tip. Dunmore also ruled there was not sufficient evidence in the case against 26-year-old Cornelius Dominique Baldwin and 18-year-old Lewis Jackson.

Uphold ideals, Sen.’s wife tells grads HATTIESBURG, Miss. — Legislative duties kept Republican U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker in Washington on Friday, so his wife took his place as speaker at two graduation ceremonies. Gayle Wicker told the University of Southern Mississippi graduates they are the trustees of the founding fathers’ republican experiment. She told 1,200 graduates in two ceremonies that the ideals of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness don’t disappear when times are tough.

A morning ceremony was for the College of Arts and Letters, College of Health and University Libraries. One in the afternoon was for graduates of the College of Business, the College of Education and Psychology and the College of Science and Technology.

Company recalls beef over E. coli concern WASHINGTON — A Nebraska meatpacker recalled more than 40,000 pounds of ground beef products distributed in 16 states after a test confirmed the presence of E. coli, the Agriculture Department. The products were shipped to institutions and distributors in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. Tyson Fresh Meats Inc. of Dakota City, Neb., recalled 10-pound chubs of chuck fine ground beef 80/20, packed in cases containing eight chubs.

appears to have spent city money on personal purchases, but said he supports Davis continuing as mayor. “His heart is with the city of Southaven,” Hale said. “Has he made some questionable expenses? Sure he has.” Hale said he has “absolutely no comment on the mayor’s personal life.” Hale said the city has hired an additional finance official and tightened requirements for reimbursement in April. Davis served in the Mississippi House before he was elected mayor. As a legislator and a 2008 congressional candidate, he talked frequently about being a fiscal conservative. During the congressional campaign, his then-wife, Suzann Davis, talked about her husband’s conservative values. “I know Greg’s heart,” she said in a TV ad. “He has a strong faith in God, and no one will fight harder for all our families.”

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Public colleges will lose a slice of state funding, two state-run health facilities will be shuttered and dozens of state employees could be laid off under the Jindal administration’s deficit-closing plan, which was unveiled Friday and approved by lawmakers. With a drop in tax forecasts and a shortfall in public school financing, Gov. Bobby Jindal had a $251 million problem in the $25 billion budget for the fiscal year that ends June 30. The administration used available state dollars and federal money to close nearly half the gap. About a $144 million shortfall remained, which Jindal closed by sweeping dollars from set-aside funds in different agencies, savings from a hiring freeze and agency cuts. “To eliminate the shortfall, we asked departments to identify targeted cost-savings measures to cut spending while protecting critical services. For many departments, these savings came as a result of reducing operational expenses in travel, supplies, acquisitions, operational services and professional services,” the governor said. Louisiana’s public colleges are losing $50 million, taking the biggest hit. The state’s higher education chief divvied up the cuts among college systems and requested budget reduction plans by Dec. 29. “As you have done in the past, I anticipate you will protect your core mission in the shortterm and seek long-term strategies for efficient delivery of services whenever possible,” Commissioner of Higher Education Jim Purcell said. In other areas, the transportation department won’t replace equipment, the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will delay plans to buy boats and upgrade computer soft-

ware and dollars will be drained from two economic development incentive programs. A staterun mental Bobby health facility Jindal and an institution that cares for the developmentally disabled will be shut down in March by the Department of Health and Hospitals, and those patients will be shifted to other nearby facilities. DHH Secretary Bruce Greenstein said the same number of patients will get care, but the state will need fewer employees. Across agencies, 290 government jobs will be eliminated. Most of the lost jobs are at the health department, particularly at the two facilities being closed: the Greenwell Springs campus of the Eastern Louisiana Mental Health System and the Leesville Residential and Employment Services Center. Those at Greenwell Springs will be moved to the Jackson campus of the mental health system, and the Leesville residents will be moved to Pinecrest Developmental Center in Pineville. Supply, travel and overtime expenses are being reduced throughout departments. A hiring freeze enacted earlier this year by Jindal was estimated to account for $16 million in savings that was cut from agencies. “These are responsible cuts,” said Jindal’s chief budget adviser, Commissioner of Administration Paul Rainwater. He added, “We’re in a tough time, and we’re going to work through this.” House budget committee members voted 17-2 for the plan, while the Senate budget committee backed it in a 9-2 vote.


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System not working in Mississippi From other Mississippi newspapers: • The Clarion-Ledger, Jackson: Mississippi State Superintendent of Education Tom Burnham had a tough message about failing schools and offered a tough remedy for dealing with them. The current system of the state intervening with failing schools isn’t working, he said. As The Clarion-Ledger reported, he said that he will propose a law to allow the state to either forcibly merge or require new elections in failing school districts because the current reform

system doesn’t work. “We will bring forward legislation this year to end conservatorship,” Burnham said. In conservatorship, the state pushes aside local authorities and sends interim leaders to reform a district and its schools. The state can take over because of poor student performance, financial problems or safety issues. Districts now in conservatorship include Drew, Hazlehurst, Indianola, North Panola, Okolona, Sunflower County and Tate County. Burnham said that forcible mergers are desirable in cases where dis-

tricts are too small or too poor to raise enough money for adequate schools. Burnham said he would also seek to ban former school board members and elected superintendents from running again. The problem, he noted, is that even if districts are salvaged, they soon revert to doing poorly. One thing is certain: Mississippi has to do a better job of ensuring equity in schools, that any student anywhere in the state has an equal chance at a good education. It may take some “tough love” to accomplish that.

Fire up the band to promote Mississippi The Sun Herald, Biloxi: Tooting a little horn isn’t getting the job done. Mississippi needs to strike up a proverbial brass band to promote itself. “You just don’t know what you’re sitting on here,” said Ed Day, president and CEO of Mississippi Power Co., to those gathered in Gulfport for a stop on the Mississippi Economic Council’s progress tour. He was referring to the positive aspects of Mississippi — the state’s infrastructure, work force, environment, culture and improving educational performance — that are too often discounted by the state’s all too often

low standing in national rankings. But as MEC President Blake Wilson said, “We do not own the franchise on problems and we need to stop selling that and buying into it.” To help put a stop to the poor-mouthing and give Mississippians even more to brag about, the MEC is championing “Blueprint Mississippi,” the vision of which is “to enable a more prosperous, vibrant and resilient Mississippi, built upon a foundation of economic opportunity for all its citizens.” As with superior highways, superior schools will not blossom overnight. But classroom by classroom and district by

district, progress can be made until no child is left behind anywhere in Mississippi for any reason. Methods to achieve this are already being formulated. But to spread success across Mississippi will require funding from the Legislature that does not dry up whenever the state experiences a rainy day. We’ve proved that we can build roads. Now we need to prove that we can put our children on the road to success here in Mississippi. Doing so will justify striking up quite a few brass bands.

Regional unity key in upcoming term NE Miss. Daily Journal, Tupelo: Turnover in legislative representation is not unusual, and despite perceptions to the contrary, the election of 11 new senators and representatives to serve Northeast Mississippi in the coming four-year term is not unprecedented. Whenever legislative turnover is substantial the shared regional interests ­­— especially related to economic development and public education — bear revisiting. In January, because of voters’ decisions, retirements and partisan realignment, legislative influence will shift to central Mississippi and away from Northeast Mississippi. Two consecutive speakers — Democrats Tim Ford and Billy McCoy — were elected from the region from adjoining districts in Lee and Prentiss

counties. The speaker presumptive, named earlier by the House Republicans, is Rep. Philip Gunn of Clinton. The new lieutenant governor, Tate Reeves, is from the Jackson metropolitan area, as is Gov.-elect Phil Bryant, a Rankin countian who has been lieutenant governor for four years. The new governor, lieutenant governor and speaker certainly can be expected to hold a broader view than their home geography by virtue of their new offices, but with the probable loss of committee chairmanships held by Northeast Mississippians not returning and the possibility of fewer committee chairs from the region once appointments have been announced, the importance of unity in the ranks on the most important issues increases.

All the new members from the region in interviews with the Daily Journal’s Bobby Harrison have said they plan to continue the history of cooperation on matters of overriding importance. Those issues include highways, education and economic development, especially projects and incentives like Toyota and the new manufacturing plants in the U.S. 82 corridor between Starkville and Columbus. The new members said despite any partisan differences, they plan to continue the tradition of the Northeast Mississippi delegation working together for the betterment of the region. That spirit of unity is needed among the Northeast Mississippi legislative delegation moving forward.

OLD POST FILES 120 YEARS AGO: 1891 A party is held at the home of Will Wagener on East Avenue. • C.T. Sublett, assistant baggage master at the LNO&T depot here, is dead. • P.M. Harding is recovering from an attack of the grippe.


50 YEARS AGO: 1961 W.H. Farmer is elected president of the local Kiwanis Club. • Mrs. H.H. White, resident of Cary, passes away. • Gary Merrill stars in “Mysterious Island” at the Strand Theatre. • Mrs. Nannie Northrop dies.

110 YEARS AGO: 1901

40 YEARS AGO: 1971

The choir at Christ Church entertained at the vestry. • Pete Pichetto leaves for Shreveport, La., to accept a position. • John W. Foltz accepts a position in Shreveport, La.

Mayor Murray Sills promises to end fireworks law violations. • The Kings Point Ferry is closed temporarily because of high water and swift currents. • The Vicksburg Warren County Retired Teachers Association holds its annual Christmas dinner.

100 YEARS AGO: 1911 There were 1,312 arrests in Vicksburg during 1911. • The Lyman twins are coming to the theater in “The Spectators.” • “Seven Days” will be shown at the theater soon.

30 YEARS AGO: 1981 Wilfred H. “Bubba” Rotstein dies. • Lamar T. Loe makes plans to sell his automobile dealership after the first of the year. • Services are held for George Nelson Sr.

90 YEARS AGO: 1921 Sessue Hayakawa is seen at the Alamo Theatre in “Black Roses.” • Albert Spengler and Florence Montgomery are married. • John B. Rice dies near Redbone. • Prince & Wilde become Studebaker agents. • Charles Thornell, lumberman, dies. • Baer & Bros. begins its 57th year.

80 YEARS AGO: 1931 W.L. Tucker, chief of police, announces 1,907 arrests were made during the past year. • Mrs. H.G. Hawkins and Stella Galloway return from a visit in Canton. • Fay Rawls of Ardmore Okla., is the guest of Dr. and Mrs. J.S. Austin.

70 YEARS AGO: 1941 Col. Alexander Fitz-Hugh of Vicksburg is reappointed a director of the New Orleans

20 YEARS AGO: 1991

branch of the Federal Reserve Board. • Sgt. D.B. Larr Jr. of the U.S. Army is here on a visit to his parents. • Mrs. J.R. Lessel is on the sick list.

60 YEARS AGO: 1951 Ray Sauer installs Shouphie Habeeb as president of the Kiwanis Club here. • Jessie Smith, well-known resident of Tallulah, dies suddenly. • Mr. and Mrs. Louis Switzer are vacationing in Hot Springs, Ark.

Alice Lowe, Jacqueline Lowe, Tatara Lowe and Bobby Lowe, all of Port Gibson, are injured in an automobile accident on U.S. 61 South. • Laura S. Tanner dies. • Scott and Paula Matherne announce the birth of a son, Dillon Scott, on Dec. 13. • Jessica Lynn celebrates her fifth birthday.

10 YEARS AGO: 2001 Two sections of a large oak tree fall atop Mount Zion M.B. Church No. 4 on Union Avenue. • Fire guts an apartment building behind Tic Toc Beverages on Washington Street. • Corey and Candice Moore celebrate their second birthdays.

I no longer say things like, ‘Gee, wouldn’t Democrats have a field day if Republicans nominated Newt.’ Watch American politics long enough, and you learn to keep your mouth shut.

Nothing cute about Newt’s rise in race for 2012 GOP nod Ya got trouble! Right here in River City. “Newt” rhymes with “cute,” his past is moot, and that spells trouble. The old boy is looking mighty good to Republicans. He’s running a few noses ahead of Dopey and Sneezey in early furlongs. Yet everyone pretty much agrees, even his staunchest supporters: Newt’s a rat. A reformed rat, perhaps, but a rat. I was living in Carrollton, Ga., while working for the Atlanta newspaper. Newt left town a few years before I arrived, but some there couldn’t forgive or forget. One night a television tabloid show teased its upcoming segment: The town that hates Newt. I looked up and saw a picture of Carrollton’s square. My town, his old town, as conservative a place as ever I’ve lived, was the one that hated Newt. What followed were the stories everyone’s heard by now, told tabloid style with lively quotes from the locals. Not pretty. And back then he had only one scorned ex-wife and her church choir to provide juicy fodder. By the time the show finished, Newt was twirling a black mustache and tying the little woman to a railRHETA road track. gRIMSLEY Hypocrisy might not be the worst sin, but it’s one of the least attractive. This, of course, was long before Newt explained that it wasn’t the devil that made him do all those things. It was working hard for his country that made him susceptible to sinning. I frankly don’t care about his personal life, but I didn’t care about Bill Clinton’s, either. Newt sure did. He grabbed on to Monica’s little blue dress like a life raft in an angry sea. But that was the old Newt. He’s done the televised confessional and made sense of it all. His new marriage is seamless, and his new hero is the pope. He and his wife pattern themselves after Ronald and Nancy Reagan. Can you get any more harmonious than that? None less than Sarah Palin has said the Tea Party has chosen to forgive Newt’s past transgressions and remember all the good he did. So long as he doesn’t step out of the small-government boundaries again, Newt may inherit scary Sarah’s constituency. The defrocked front-runner, Herman Cain, likes him; you’d think Cain might be bitter. And that probably means that along with forgetting Newt’s check-kiting, double-dipping, ethics-violating, governmentshutdowning ways, the rank and file also may be able to overlook his hypocrisy. That’s why double standards were invented, after all. I no longer say things like, “Gee, wouldn’t Democrats have a field day if Republicans nominated Newt.” Watch American politics long enough, and you learn to keep your mouth shut. For whenever you think you’ve reached the bottom of the barrel, pulled a monkey from the muck, then someone comes along to remind you it could be worse. My Georgia congressman, elected the year I moved to Carrollton, was Bob Barr. •


Rheta Grimsley Johnson writes for King Features Syndicate.

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U-2 pilot to receive Silver Star posthumously Judge nixes psych exam for WH shooting suspect WASHINGTON (AP) — The Air Force will award a Silver Star posthumously to Francis Gary Powers, the pilot whose spy plane was shot down in 1960 over the Soviet Union in a defining moment of the Cold War. The Air Force determined that the U-2 pilot showed “steadfast loyalty” while under harsh interrogation in Soviet prisons. In a report obtained by The Associated Press, it cited his “sustained courage” and gallantry despite “cajolery, trickery, insults and threats of death.” Powers was swapped for a Soviet spy in February 1962 at Berlin’s Glienicke Bridge. He died in the 1977 crash of a traffic helicopter he was flying in Los Angeles. His son, Francis Gary Powers Jr., of Midlothian, Va., requested that his father be considered for the medal. He said the Air Force confirmed this week that it plans to award it. “It is vindication of my father 50 years afterwards,” he said. “Dad is one of our American heroes.” In the aftermath of the downing, some people criticized Powers for not committing suicide using a toxin-tipped needle he was given before the flight. His son said the CIA instructed pilots to surrender and to use of the poisoned pin only if they chose to while under torture. Pilots were permitted to tell the truth about their missions with the exception of

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In this March 6, 1962, photo, U-2 spy plane pilot Francis Gary Powers sits in the witness chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee in Washington. certain specifications of their aircraft. “While he admitted he was spying, he did not reveal any vital information to the enemy,” said Powers Jr., founder of the Cold War Museum in Vint Hill, Va. The decision to award the Silver Star comes just a few weeks before the 20th anniversary of the dissolution of

the Soviet Union, on Dec. 25, 1991. Powers wasn’t honored after his return in 1962 because of the “global political environment,” the Air Force report said. The U-2 case was detailed in declassified data presented at a 1998 conference, and Powers was awarded a military POW medal and a CIA director’s

medal posthumously in 2000. The U-2 Soviet overflights were a joint CIA-Air Force program. Powers Jr. said he requested his father be considered for the higher military honor a few years ago, citing honors given other captured spy plane pilots. He said no date has been set for the award ceremony.

United States rolling back most sanctions on Libya WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration said Friday it had lifted sanctions on more than $30 billion in assets it had issued against Libya’s banks earlier this year ahead of a historic visit to Tripoli by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. The U.S. froze assets of the Libyan government and thenleader Moammar Gadhafi and

four of his children in February, shortly after shuttering the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli and evacuating staff. The move came amid escalating violence in Libya as Gadhafi sought to crush a rebellion against his rule. White House press secretary Jay Carney said in a statement that Friday’s action would unfreeze all government and

Romney snags key endorsement GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Challenging Newt Gingrich’s claim to South Carolina, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney charged into the state with a key endorsement from the Te a Pa r ty aligned governor and plans Mitt to start airing Romney TV ads in the early primary state. The show of force by Romney was a clear signal he intends to compete aggressively in a

state that stymied him in 2008 and that Gingrich has made a cornerstone of his own campaign. “It’s a real kickoff of a major portion of our campaign,” Romney told reporters after accepting an endorsement from South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley. “I want to win in South Carolina.” While Romney was planting his flag in a Gingrich stronghold, the former House speaker spent the day off the campaign trail, with a booksigning near Washington and private family events in the capital city.

Central Bank funds within U.S. jurisdiction. Assets in the U.S. of the Gadhafi family and former Gadhafi regime members remain frozen. The move will let the Libyan government access most of its worldwide holdings, the White House said. Panetta is expected to visit the Libyan capital on Saturday. He told reporters it will

give him a better sense of the situation in the North African nation while allowing him to pay tribute to the people for bringing down Gadhafi and trying to create a democratic government. Carney said the U.S. looked forward “to a continued close partnership with the new government of Libya during this transitional period.”

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Friday denied a government request for a more thorough psychiatric evaluation of a man charged with firing shots at the White House in what prosecutors say was an attempt to assassinate President Barack Obama. The mental state of Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, who prosecutors say harbored conspiracy theories and fantasies of killing the president, has been a critical issue since his arrest last month. Obama and his wife, Michelle, were out of town and traveling at the time of the shooting. A preliminary psychiatric screening already found the suspect competent to stand trial, but prosecutors sought additional testing out of extra caution and to conclusively resolve any concerns about his mental well-being before trial. They said the initial 50-minute screening, conducted in a cell-

block of the courthouse, was incomplete because it did not take into account some of Ortega’s more bizarre or outlandish behavior and statements. They sought an additional in-patient examination, which would give experts more time to evaluate him. U.S. Magistrate Judge John Facciola, in rejecting the request, said there currently was no evidence that Ortega, 21, was incompetent to stand trial. But he said prosecutors can renew their bid for another evaluation if they believe Ortega’s mental health is deteriorating as the case moves forward. He stressed the difference between a defendant’s overall mental health and competence for trial — a narrower question. “A delusional system does not in and of itself compel the conclusion of a defendant’s incompetence,” he said.

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smart money Q: I recently had surgery to remove a kidney, and I am now a recovering cancer survivor. I’m in for regular monitoring that includes specialists and expensive procedures such as CT scans. My husband and I are both fortunate to have good jobs, but he is going to be laid off later this year. We have utilized his employer’s excellent insurance plan, so we will soon be faced with some tough decisions to ensure we both conBRUCE tinue to have health insurance. Please comment on how a pre-existing condition like cancer will affect our ability to secure coverage for me going forward. — S.R., via e-mail A: Congratulations on becoming a member of an increasingly larger club: the cancer-survivor club. I am glad things are working well for you. You mentioned that your husband will be taking retirement upon his layoff so that you can continue with the cur-


rent insurance. It’s very likely this will be your best option, even though it will be expensive. If he gets a new job and the new insurance program is available to him after a period of time, that’s all well and good. Until you know what will be available, you can’t pass on that option. You mentioned tapping into your own employer’s healthcare plan. You might have a waiting period because you didn’t sign onto the plan immediately. Often, people don’t take an employer’s health coverage and then find out they have a disease and want to get immediate insurance. That, more often than not, is not allowed. Usually, once a waiting period is over, the new plan can be instituted. Get all the details on those options. Find out how long it will take, upon application, to be covered at your present job. Also find out the cost of continuing on your husband’s plan, which you know covers you. It will take some homework, and you really should get to it as soon as you possibly can. •

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


Stock market finishes down for the week NEW YORK (AP) — An early rally faded on the stock market Friday, leaving indexes down about 3 percent for the week as worries resurfaced about a breakup of the euro. BlackBerry maker Research in Motion plunged after slashing its forecast for holiday sales. The Dow Jones industrial average closed down 2.42 points Friday, less than 0.1 percent, at 11,866.93. It had been up as many as 99 points after the Italian government won a confidence vote on austerity measures. That gain evaporated around midday after Fitch warned that it might downgrade the debt of Italy,

Spain and four other countries that use the euro. Materials and industrial companies rose, signaling that traders expect the economic recovery to remain on track. Utilities, health care and consumer staples companies lagged the market as traders sold stocks that are considered to be safer when the economy is weak. The Dow Jones industrial average broke a three-day slump Thursday on news that claims for unemployment benefits plunged last week and measures of manufacturing in the Northeast improved dramatically. The Dow lost

360 points over the first three days of the week as investors questioned whether Europe’s agreement to closer coordinate fiscal policy would be enough to save the euro from a catastrophic breakup. Phil Orlando, chief equity market strategist at Federated Investors, said investors are holding back until they get a “firmer resolution” to Europe’s debt morass and more progress in Washington on reforming entitlements, balancing the budget and getting the country growing again. “Right, now we don’t have anything to offer them,” he said. Some analysts believe ner-

vousness about Europe this fall and winter pushed stock prices lower than their fair value. Investment adviser Uri Landesman, president of Platinum Partners, expects stocks to rise into next year because of the growing likelihood that economic news and European headlines will remain positive. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 3.89, or 0.3 percent, to 1,219.65. The Nasdaq composite index rose 14.32, or 0.6 percent, to 2,555.33 The Dow is down 2.6 percent for the week; the S&P 2.8 percent. The Nasdaq lost 3.5 percent.

Investors give ’Farmville’ maker cold shoulder NEW YORK — As its workers celebrated with hot chocolate and cinnamon buns, Zynga saw its stock dinged on its first day of trading Friday — an unexpected turn of events for a closely watched public debut seen as a precursor to Facebook’s next year. Zynga Inc., the online game developer behind “FarmVille,” “Mafia Wars” and other popular time killers on Facebook, raised at least $1 billion in its initial public offering of stock, the largest for a U.S. Internet company since Google’s $1.4 billion IPO in 2004. But by Friday afternoon, Zynga’s stock fell 50 cents, or 5 percent, to close at $9.50. The stock priced at $10 on Thursday, at the high end of its expected range. It traded as high as $11.50 on Friday before heading into a downward spiral on the Nasdaq Stock Market. It was far from the eye-popping jump that has been the trend this year for freshly public Internet darlings such as LinkedIn Corp., which saw its stock double on its first trading day. Zynga’s opening — with a ticker symbol of “ZNGA” — was supposed to be big. After all, unlike many others with IPOs, the company is profitable, with more than 220 million people playing its games on Facebook each month.


BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS What this all means for Facebook’s IPO, expected sometime after April, is hard to say. One thing is clear, though. “A hot IPO is not guaranteed,” said Kathleen Smith, principal of IPO investment advisory firm Renaissance Capital.

The Food and Drug Administration said Friday the device from Germany-based Berlin Heart will be used to keep children alive until they can receive a heart transplant. Very few medical devices are designed specifically for children, posing

major challenges to doctors and surgeons who treat pediatric cases of life-threatening diseases. The Excor Pediatric System heart device comes in various sizes to accommodate patients ranging from infants to teenagers.

Moody’s downgrades Belgium’s rating NEW YORK — Moody’s Investors Services downgraded Belgium’s credit rating by two notches, citing strains on eurozone countries as they try to finance their heavy debt loads. The ratings agency said it cut the nation’s local- and foreign-currency government bond ratings on Friday to “Aa3” from Aa1,” with a negative outlook. The ratings remain investment grade.

FDA approves first children’s heart pump WASHINGTON — Federal health regulators have approved the first heart pump for children with heart failure, offering an important treatment option for patients who are too small to receive adult implants.

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’Barefoot Bandit’ gets more than 7 years for spree COUPEVILLE, Wash. (AP) — Colton Harris-Moore, the “Barefoot Bandit,” was sentenced Friday to more than seven years in prison after pleading guilty to dozens of state charges. The 20-year-old man gained international notoriety while evading police across the country in stolen planes, boats and cars during a two-year crime spree. He looked down and showed

Death of drum major a homicide ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida A&M University drum major was severely beaten in a hazing incident and died within an hour, the state medical examiner said Friday in declaring it a homicide. Robert Champion, 26, had bruises to his chest, arms, shoulder and back and internal bleeding that caused him to go into shock, which killed him, the office said. Champion’s Nov. 19 death and the severe beating of another band member during a hazing ritual three weeks earlier have brought new scrutiny to a culture of hazing within the Tallahassee school’s famed Marching 100. State and local authorities are investigating Champion’s death. Any death involving hazing is a third-degree Robert felony in FlorChampion ida, but so far no charges have been filed. Three male band members were arrested in a separate probe into the recent beating of a female member whose thigh bone was broken. Witnesses told 911 that Champion was vomiting before he was found unresponsive aboard a band bus outside an Orlando hotel after the school’s football team lost to rival Bethune-Cookman. The toxicology report was negative for drugs and alcohol and there was no injury to the internal organs. Hazing cases in marching bands have cropped up over the years, particularly at historically black colleges, where a spot in the marching band is coveted and the bands are revered almost as much as the sports teams. In 2008, two firstyear French horn players in Southern University’s marching band had to be hospitalized after a beating. A year later, 20 members of Jackson State University’s band were suspended after being accused of hazing.

3 dead in Calif. office shooting IRWINDALE, Calif. (AP) — Three people were killed and two more injured Friday in a California office complex shooting, police said. The suspected gunman was among the dead, Baldwin Park police Capt. Michael Taylor said. The people were shot around 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Southern California Edison office building in Irwindale. One of the dead was discovered inside the building. Another died en route to a hospital. Two others have unspecified injuries and their conditions are not known. The building was quickly locked down and dozens of people were seen streaming out with their hands raised. Two nearby schools also were locked down but no one on the campuses was hurt. There was no immediate word on what prompted the gunfire.

no reaction as the sentence was delivered. Judge Vickie Churchill said, “This case is a tragedy in many ways, but it’s a triumph of the human spirit in other ways.” She described HarrisMoore’s upbringing as a “mind numbing absence of hope,” and believed he was genuinely remorseful and contrite. Friday’s proceedings consolidated cases against Har-

ris-Moore in three Washington counties. He has already pleaded guilty to federal charges i n S e att l e Colton and will be Harris-Moore sentenced for those crimes early next year. He will serve his state and federal sentences at the same

time. Harris-Moore faced a sentencing range of between seven and just under 10 years. “Colton’s very pleased,” said his attorney John Henry Brown, who called the sentence fair. “He was expecting the worst.” Wearing handcuffs and an orange jail uniform, HarrisMoore spoke softly in court while entering his pleas.

In a statement provided to the judge, he said his childhood was one he wouldn’t wish on his “darkest enemies.” Harris-Moore said he studied manuals and online videos to teach himself to be a pilot, and the thrills he experienced while flying stolen planes renewed his passion for life and will help him rehabilitate while in prison. “The euphoria of the countdown to takeoff and the real-

ization of a dream was nearly blinding,” he wrote of his first illicit flight on Nov. 11, 2008. “My first thought after takeoff was ‘Oh my God, I’m flying.’ I had waited my entire life for that moment.” He said he’ll use his prison time to study and get ready to apply to college, with the hope of earning an aeronautical engineering degree.

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Aeolian Continued from Page A1. spaces in the garage below the complex. Attendants hired by the complex will be able to park

Congress Continued from Page A1. speedy decision on the 1,700mile Keystone XL oil pipeline proposed from Canada to Texas. Obama recently announced he was postponing a decision until after the 2012 elections on the much-studied proposal. Environmentalists oppose the project, but several unions support it, and the legislation puts the president in the uncomfortable position of having to choose between customary political allies. Republican senators leaving a closed-door meeting put the price tag of the twomonth package at between $30 billion and $40 billion said the cost would be covered through a fee on mortgages

SEC Continued from Page A1. utives accountable for the recklessness that triggered the 2008 crisis. Before the SEC announced the charges, it reached an agreement not to charge Fannie and Freddie. The companies, which the government took over in 2008, also agreed to cooperate with the SEC in the cases against the former executives. Mudd, 53, and Syron, 68, led

tenants’ vehicles in the lot, which Mears said will be redeveloped with a retaining wall. In September, Brownstone won $749,045 in affordable tax credits, or HTCs, from the Mississippi Home Corporation to renovate the

Aeolian. On Wednesday, the group was awarded $550,000 in HTCs in Louisiana to build a 30-unit apartment complex out of the old Bloom’s Arcade in Tallulah, which is credited with being the nation’s first indoor mall. A single investor will be

chosen from proposals to buy into the projects, Mears said. Rental units funded by HTCs have tenants pay monthly rents on a sliding scale, based on a county’s area median income. Those eligible must earn less than

60 percent of that mark, which was $30,855 in Warren County, based on the most recent income-related census data. Minimum age for eligible tenants will be 62, as per federal guidelines for senior apartments funded by HTCs.

backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The legislation would also provide a 60-day reprieve from a scheduled 27 percent cut in the fees paid to doctors who treat Medicare patients. Several officials said it would require a decision within 60 days on the pipeline, with the president required to authorize construction unless he determined that would not be in the national interest. Senators in both parties hastened to claim credit for the deal. Sen. Richard Lugar issued a statement that said the compromise included legislation he authored “that forces President Obama to make a decision” on the pipeline. The Indiana Republican faces a strong primary challenge next year from a tea

party-backed rival. Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said he had “brokered a final deal by bringing lawmakers from both parties together to support jobs.” Not all Democrats were as upbeat. “Look, this was tough. Harry (Reid) had to negotiate with Boehner and with McConnell,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., referring to House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, the two Republican leaders in Congress. Officials said that in private talks, the two sides had hoped to reach agreement on the full one-year extension of payroll tax cuts and jobless benefits that Obama had made the centerpiece of the jobs program he submitted to

Congress last fall. Those efforts failed when the two sides could not agree on enough offsetting cuts to make sure the deficit wouldn’t rise. Reid, in a statement, blamed Republicans, saying they had wanted to “cut Medicare benefits for seniors” and Democrats refused. GOP officials disputed him. “We’ll be back discussing the same issues in a couple of months, but from our point of view, we think the keystone pipeline is a very important job-creating measure in the private sector that doesn’t cost the government a penny,” said Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader. In a political jab, he added, “Here’s an opportunity for the president to say he’s

not going to let a few radical environmentalists stand in the way of a project that would create thousands of jobs and make America more secure at the same time.” Obama said on Dec. 7 that “any effort to try to tie Keystone to the payroll tax cut I will reject. So everybody should be on notice.” The State Department, in an analysis released this summer, said the project would create up to 6,000 jobs during construction, while developer TransCanada put the total at 20,000 in direct employment. The 1,700-mile pipeline would carry oil from western Canada to Texas Gulf Coast refineries, passing through Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma.

the mortgage giants in 2007, when home prices began to collapse. The four other top execs also worked for the companies during that time. In a statement from his attorney, Mudd said the government reviewed and approved all the company’s financial disclosures. “Every piece of material data about loans held by Fannie Mae was known to the United States government and to the investing public,” Mudd said. “The SEC is wrong, and I look forward

to a court where fairness and reason — not politics — is the standard for justice.” Syron’s lawyers said the term “subprime had no uniform definition in the market” at that time. “There was no shortage of meaningful disclosures, all of which permitted the reader to assess the degree of risk in Freddie Mac’s” portfolio, the lawyers said in a statement. “The SEC’s theory and approach are fatally flawed.” According to the lawsuit, Fannie and Freddie misrep-

resented their exposure to subprime loans in reports, speeches and congressional testimony. Fannie told investors in 2007 that it had roughly $4.8 billion worth of subprime loans on its books, or just 0.2 percent of its portfolio. That same year, Mudd told two congressional panels that Fannie’s subprime loans represented didn’t exceed 2.5 percent of its business. The SEC says Fannie actually had about $43 billion worth of products targeted to

borrowers with weak credit, or 11 percent of its holdings. Freddie told investors in late 2006 that it held between $2 billion and $6 billion of subprime mortgages on its books. And Syron, in a 2007 speech, said Freddie had “basically no subprime exposure,” according to the suit. The SEC says its holdings were actually closer to $141 billion, or 10 percent of its portfolio in 2006, and $244 billion, or 14 percent, by 2008.

deaths The Vicksburg Post prints obituaries in news form for area residents, their family members and for former residents at no charge. Families wishing to publish additional information or to use specific wording have the option of a paid obituary.

Carrie L. McCray PORT GIBSON — Carrie L. McCray died Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011, at River Region Medical Center. She was 63. Mrs. McCray was preceded in death by her parents, Eddie and Olivia JenkinsWalker; and a brother, Charlie Walker Sr. She is survived by her husband, Lee E. McCray of Port Gibson; a son, Edward L. McCray of Port Gibson; two daughters, Debra Williams and Larica McCray, both of Port Gibson; two brothers, Eddie Walker of Chicago and Jimmy Walker of Port Gibson; five sisters, Alma Weston and Bertha Walker, both of Chicago, Cynthia Walker and Wendy McCray, both of Port Gibson, and Fannie Smith of Jackson; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews, friends and other relatives, including Hannah Parker of Port Gibson. Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Mount Burner M.B. Church with the Rev. Ray Coleman officiating. Burial will follow at St. Phillips Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1 until 5 today at Thompson Funeral Home of Port Gibson and Sunday at the church from 1 p.m. until the service.

Dora Rebecca Irwin Pettway Dora Rebecca Irwin Pettway died Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011, at her residence. She was 71. Born in Bentonia, Miss., she was the daughter of the late Wylie Lloyd Irwin and Mable Lillian Cochran Irwin. She was a homemaker and a member of the Nazarene faith. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Cinda Pettway; and a son, John Pettway Jr. She is survived by a daughter, Christine Rebecca Pettway of Vicksburg; a son,


Jason Howard Pettway of Vicksburg; five grandchildren; and several greatgrandchildren. Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Cedar Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Kuhrman Cox officiating. Visitation will be at Riles Funeral Home from 1 p.m. Monday until the hour of the service. Pallbearers will be Jason Pettway, Lester Pettway, Darrell Landrum, Carl Mitchell Storey, R.D. Forbes, Jack Pace, James Storey, James Landrum and Marvin “Kenny” Steadman. Memorials may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Mississippi, 2001 Airport Road, Suite 205, Flowood, MS 39232 and to the Central MS Steel Magnolias Affiliate of Susan G. Komen For the Cure, P.O. Box 16451, Jackson, MS 39236.

Dossie Lamar Pugh JACKSON — Dossie Lamar Pugh died Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011, at University Medical Center in Jackson. He was 68. A native of Holly Bluff, Mr. Pugh lived in Madison County most of his life. He was a deer hunter. He was preceded in death by his father, Dossie Lincoln Pugh; and his mother, Annie Pugh Milligan. Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Diane P. Pugh; a son, Josh Pugh of Canton; one brother, Ted Pugh of Social Circle, Ga.; and five sisters, Linda Pugh Stokes of Vicksburg, Sarah Pugh Deal of Yazoo City, Mary Beth Pugh Cummings of Social Circle, and Patsy Pugh Riley and Gail Pugh Perry, both of Holly Bluff. Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Breeland Funeral Home in Canton. Burial will follow at Canton Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 until 7 tonight at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Cancer Institute, Office of Development, Attn: Jacqueline Houston, 2500 N. State St., Jackson, MS 39216. Online guestbook is available at breelandfuneralhome. com.

Lue Ann Sanders Lue Ann “Polly” Sanders

died Friday, Dec. 16, 2011, at Vicksburg Covenant Health and Rehab. She was 78. Mrs. Sanders was a native of Utica. She had lived in Vicksburg most of her life and was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, James D. Sanders. She is survived by one son, J.D. Sanders Jr. of Tampa, Fla.; five daughters, Barbara Jean Miller, Mary Elizabeth Sanders and Susan Diane Wright, all of Vicksburg, Vera Ann Nickell of Cleburne, Texas, and Gladys Louise Ross of Edwards; one brother, Samuel L. Moore of Vicksburg; 10 grandchildren; and seven greatgrandchildren. Services will be Monday at 10 a.m. at Glenwood Funeral Home with the Rev. Brian Ables officiating. Visitation will be Monday from 9 a.m. until the service at the funeral home. Burial will follow at 1:30 p.m. at Bethsaida Baptist Church Cemetery in French Camp, Miss. Pallbearers will be Rick Nickell, Ronnie Ross, Andy Wright, Mike Miller, James Ross, Allan Adams, Rick Nickell III, Timothy Wright and Brian Bates.

Euphytee Eric Williams Jr. ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. — Euphytee Eric “Tee” Williams Jr. passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011, at Nash General Hospital in Rocky Mount. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Hattie Pearl Williams of the home; his parents, Euphytee and Theresa Williams of Vicksburg; one daughter, Tammie Spooner (Eddie) of Rocky Mount; one grandson, Jordan Spooner; two sisters, Patricia Williams of Hollywood, Calif., and Denise Darasaw (Lloyd) of Silver Spring, Md.; one brother, Ronald Williams (Ana) of Van Nuys, Calif.; and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, at the Ivory Hill Baptist Church in Enfield, N.C. The Rev. Kenneth Richardson Sr. will eulogize and burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, from 5 until 7 p.m. at Robinson Funeral Home in Littleton, N.C., who is in charge of arrangements.





Partly cloudy with a high in the mid-50s 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 and thunderstorms Tuesday; highs in the upper 60s; lows in the upper 30s

STATE FORECAST TOday Partly cloudy; highs in the mid-50s; lows in the upper 30s sunday-tuesday Chance of showers and thunderstorms Tuesday; highs in the upper 60s; lows in the upper 30s

Almanac Highs and Lows High/past 24 hours............. 60º Low/past 24 hours............... 35º Average temperature......... 48º Normal this date................... 49º Record low..............16º in 1932 Record high............79º in 1984 Rainfall Recorded at the Vicksburg Water Plant Past 24 hours.........................N/A This month..............3.13 inches Total/year.................40.1 inches Normal/month......3.21 inches Normal/year........ 49.63 inches Solunar table Most active times for fish and wildlife Sunday: A.M. Active..........................11:15 A.M. Most active................. 5:03 P.M. Active...........................11:40 P.M. Most active.................. 5:28 Sunrise/sunset Sunset today........................ 4:59 Sunset tomorrow............... 5:00 Sunrise tomorrow.............. 6:58

RIVER DATA Stages Mississippi River at Vicksburg Current: 38.6 | Change: 0.1 Flood: 43 feet Yazoo River at Greenwood Current: 22.6 | Change: 0.1 Flood: 35 feet Yazoo River at Yazoo City Current: 22.8 | Change: 0.3 Flood: 29 feet Yazoo River at Belzoni Current: 21.7 | Change: 0.2 Flood: 34 feet Big Black River at West Current: 3.5 | Change: 0.3 Flood: 12 feet Big Black River at Bovina Current: 8.3 | Change: 0.6 Flood: 28 feet StEELE BAYOU Land....................................86.1 River....................................85.9

MISSISSIPPI RIVER Forecast Cairo, Ill. Sunday.................................... 43.2 Monday.................................. 42.6 Tuesday.................................. 40.9 Memphis Sunday.................................... 26.8 Monday.................................. 26.7 Tuesday.................................. 26.5 Greenville Sunday.................................... 43.4 Monday.................................. 43.5 Tuesday.................................. 43.4 Vicksburg Sunday.................................... 38.6 Monday.................................. 38.7 Tuesday.................................. 38.6


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Mexican city to start countdown for 2012 MEXICO CITY — A city in southern Mexico wants to live each moment as if it were the last. Tourism officials in Tapachula have installed a digital clock to count down the time left before the Dec. 21, 2012, solstice, when some believe the Mayan long-count calendar “runs out.” The clock will be started this Dec. 21, a year before what many see as an apocalyptic event. Chiapas state tourism regional director Manolo Alfonso Pinot said Mayan priests will perform a ceremony at the nearby archaeological site of Izapa. Maya experts say the apocalypse fears are a misreading of Maya texts that mention the date, saying the Mayan considered it the end of one calendar cycle and the beginning of another. The doomsday theories stem from a pair of tablets with inscriptions that describe the return of a Mayan god at the end of a 13th period of 400 years, which falls on Dec. 21, 2012. Experts say the date is the end of a cycle of 5,125 years since the beginning of the Mayan Long Count calendar in 3113 B.C., and the start of another.

Russian seize metal bound for Iran MOSCOW — Russia’s customs agency said Friday it seized pieces of radioactive metal from the luggage of an Iranian passenger jet bound for Tehran from one of Moscow’s main airports. It was not immediately clear if the substance could be any use to Iran’s controversial nuclear program. Iran’s semi-official news agency ISNA confirmed that material had been seized from the luggage of an Iranian passenger in Moscow about a month ago, but denied it was radioactive. Russia’s Federal Customs Service said in a statement that agents found 18 pieces of metal, packed in steel pencil cases, at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport after a radiation alert went off.

Crew stabilizes leaky Russian boat WELLINGTON, New Zealand — The 32 crew members aboard a leaking Russian fishing ship near Antarctica have made progress stabilizing the vessel, and a plane is scheduled to drop them supplies. The vessel Sparta on Friday hit underwater ice, which tore a one-foot hole in the hull and caused it to list at 13 degrees. Maritime New Zealand, which is coordinating rescue attempts, said in a statement today the crew had pumped water from the vessel overnight and moved cargo about, making the boat safer and more stable.

Police: Massacre response adequate OSLO, Norway — A police committee on Friday cleared Norwegian officers of major failures for their response to the massacre of 77 people this summer, but families of the victims called the inquiry too weak. Police have been criticized for a series of mishaps that slowed them down as they tried to reach the island where rightwing killer Anders Behring Breivik slaughtered dozens of youths. Olav Soenderland, the head of the committee that evaluated police action during the terror attacks, defended their response, saying they acted as quickly as possible. It took 90 minutes for police to reach the island. Officers struggled after a boat broke down because it was overloaded and all police helicopter pilots were on vacation at the same time.

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GROWING UNREST Egypt’s military clashes with protesters; 3 dead CAIRO (AP) — Soldiers stormed an anti-military protest camp outside Egypt’s Cabinet building Friday, beating women with sticks and hurling chunks of concrete and glass onto protesters from the roof of the parliament in a resurgence of turmoil only a day after millions voted in parliamentary elections. At least three protesters were shot to death in the clashes, including a prominent Muslim cleric, activists said. The heavy-handed assault was apparently an attempt to clear out protesters who have been camped out in front of the building for three weeks demanding the ruling military leave power. But the mayhem — which came despite promises from the army-appointed prime minister that the protesters would not be cleared by force — threatened to spark a new round of violence after deadly clashes between youth revolutionaries and security forces in November that lasted for days and left more than 40 dead. Several women protesters cowered on the pavement as military police beat them with truncheons and long sticks. Another woman was seen bring dragged away by her hair by soldiers. Plainclothes and uniformed security officers threw slabs of concrete and stones on pro-

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An Egyptian protester throws rocks at military police during clashes near Cairo’s downtown Tahrir Square on Friday. testers from atop the parliament building, according to state TV footage and videos and photos posted by protesters on social networking sites. Protesters threw fire bombs and rocks at the security officers, lighting a part of parliament on fire and chanting “Down with the military.” “It’s pretty ironic that the military is throwing rocks at protesters from the parliament building, where a sign is hanging that says democracy is the power of the people,” protester Mostafa Sheshtawy said.

Hours after sunset, the crowds of protesters had grown to hundreds and clashes continued, with youths hiding behind a makeshift barrier of metal sheets and an overturned car, throwing volleys of stones at military police lined up in the broad avenue in front of the parliament and Cabinet headquarters. There were reports of live gunfire from the rooftops. One protester, Islam Mohammed, said a fellow protester pushed him aside and was hit by a bullet in the stomach. “He took a bullet instead of me and

fell to the ground. I have his blood on my shirt and hands,” Mohammed said. The condition of the wounded man was not known. Sahar Abdel-Mohsen, a youth activist, said she saw the bodies of two slain protesters brought to a Cairo hospital, both with gunshot wounds. “The blood is still dripping from the head of one of them,” a 22-year-old man, she told The Associated Press. The other was shot in the chest, she said. A Health Ministry official, speaking on condition of anonymity because

of he was not authorized to talk to the press, confirmed the two deaths. Also killed was Sheik Emad Effat, a cleric from Al-Azhar, Egypt’s most eminent religious institution, said Ibrahim el-Houdaiby, a prominent activist. He said Effat — who has taken a pro-revolutionary position, criticizing the military and issuing a religious decree forbidding voting for former members of the regime in elections — was shot in the heart after joining the protesters outside the Cabinet. The Health Ministry said at least 222 people were injured, including broken bones and gunshot wounds. The assault was likely to reignite the tensions between revolutionaries and the military, which took power after the Feb. 11 resignation of Hosni Mubarak. The youth activists who led the protests that ousted Mubarak accuse the military of acting in the same authoritarian way as the former president. The clashes took place as election officials counted ballots from the second round of parliament elections, considered to be the freest and fairest vote in Egypt’s modern history. A third of Egypt’s provinces voted Wednesday and Thursday. Election results from the first round of voting placed Islamist parties ahead of more liberal parties.


RELIGION Saturday, De ce mbe r 17, 2011 • SE C TI O N B DEVOTION B2 | CHURCH EVENTS B3 Karen Gamble, managing editor | E-mail: | Tel: 601.636.4545 ext 137

Most special gifts come from heart Q: My husband and I have a tradition of getting each other something really nice each Christmas, like jewelry or electronics. However, money is tight this year. How can I give my husband something special without breaking the bank? Jim: Don’t underestimate the power of the homemade gift! In fact, author Dena Dyer says, “Ask anyone to name a favorite gift that he or she has received and you’ll probably hear ‘the drawing my child did of me’ or ‘the poem my husband wrote to propose.’ Handmade and creative FOCUS ON presents THE FAMILY are often the most meaningful.” Here are a few of Dyer’s economical suggestions: • Frame a picture of your FOCUS ON spouse in THE FAMILY a blank photo mat. Surround the picture with written compliments. • Leave short love notes around the house. • If you’re musically inclined, compose and perform a song for your mate. • Remember “mix tapes”? Do the same thing with a computer or digital recorder, alternating favorite songs with spoken memories. Q: Our son, who is 11, was caught stealing. This seems to be an ongoing issue. I am at a loss as to what I need to do. What would be a fair punishment to give him? Juli: Often, parents are tempted to respond to all bad behaviors in the same way. For example, they use the same punishment for arguing with a sibling as they do for a serious problem like stealing. Parents need to clearly distinguish between childish behavior (such as bouncing a ball in the house or not doing chores) and character issues (such as honesty and respect for others). To address this issue with your son, you need to communicate to him that stealing is a very serious moral offense. Trying the same old speech or grounding him from video games for yet another week will not get his attention. Your words, and the consequences you give him, should set this apart as a severe infraction. You might even remind him that if he were to steal as an adult (in just a few years) he could go to jail.

DR. Juli


Jim Daly

• 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

‘I immediately had a burden for these women’

S.C. Catholic abuse policy deals with social media By The Associated Press

Arizonian to tackle Africa’s highest mountain Hiker taking on challenge with Christian group By The Associated Press PRESCOTT, Ariz. — Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro was just a distant vision for Jane Morrill until she reached a milestone. “I’m a hiker,” she said, “not a mountain climber or a backpacker. But, there was something that drew me to that mountain. I have been to Africa and always wanted to go back.” On her 50th birthday, in May, her husband, Jim, encouraged her to give serious thought to climbing Africa’s highest mountain and, when she found out about Operation Mobilization’s Freedom Climb, that was her jumping point. Operation Mobilization is an international Christian organization in operation for more than 50 years. It serves 118 countries with the goal of confronting global injustices, especially against women. The Freedom Climb grew out of the organization’s mission and will focus on raising awareness and money to combat oppression, slavery, exploitation and global trafficking. Morrill is one of 47 women who will make the climb, beginning on Jan. 11, with the ascent to the 19,340foot summit, making it the world’s highest freestanding mountain. The day the climb starts is significant because it is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day in the United States. When Morrill expressed interest in the Freedom Climb, she was encouraged to read “Half the Sky” by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. The book lays out the outrages oppressing the world’s women and three major abuses: sex trafficking and

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Jane Morrill of Prescott, Ariz. forced prostitution; genderbased violence and honor killings and rapes; and maternal mortality. This past summer, Morrill was captivated by “Half the Sky” and committed herself Freedom Climb’s cause. “I immediately had a burden for these women,” Morrill said. “The book brought the problem to the forefront of my mind. When you are a privileged woman in the United States, I felt powerless to do anything, but when I committed to the climb, I thought that was the first step in becoming involved.” Morrill’s companions on the climb range in age from 18 to 73 and they come from all over the world. Twentythree of them met in Colo-

rado Springs, Colo., in October where their host took them on a practice climb up 14,000-foot Pikes Peak. “It went well,” Morrill said, noting she has an advantage because she lives in milehigh Prescott. On her own, Morrill has been preparing for the trek by hiking down the Grand Canyon and back in one day to find out what it would be like to be on her feet for eight-hour stretches, and she regularly hikes local areas. And, during Prescott’s first 17-degree cold spell, she slept in her new mummy bag on the deck of her home to test her resilience to the mount’s temperatures that can hover in the low teens, she said.

The ascent will begin on the morning of Jan. 11 and end on Jan. 16, Morrill said, taking four days to reach the top and two days to descend. Each woman will carry her own personal items and water. They will camp along the way in tents, and mountain guides will bring food and help with gear, Morrill said. On the final day of the climb, the group will reach the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, watch the sunrise, take photos and head back down. Uhuru is the peak’s name, which is a Swahili word for freedom. In order to finance their effort, the women are paying their own expenses and each is raising $10,000 for Operation Mobilization’s cause.

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Charleston, keeping up with technology as it revises its policy for dealing with sexual abuse of children, is prohibiting any church worker from using personal e-mail to contact a child. The policy also prohibits workers from playing online games with minors late at night, asks them to avoid using personal cell phones to contact children and not be accessible to minors on an on-call basis. The new rules for the statewide diocese are part of the updated abuse policy signed by Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone on Monday. The document was last updated in 2003. “We have become a very technologically advanced society,” the bishop said. “When the policy was written, these technological possibilities didn’t exist. However, there are all kinds of possibilities for children to be hurt through the use of technology.” The 69-page document includes new rules for social media and prohibits church workers from using them to have personal communications with children and from friending them on Facebook. It also says that in each parish, “at least two adults must regularly monitor church-sponsored internet content and interactions.” The policy suggests appropriate content in communications to children includes information on upcoming activities, calendars of events, spiritual links and prayer resources. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops did not immediately respond to an inquiry from The Associated Press to determine how common such policies are in diocesan abuse policies. Four years ago, the Diocese of Charleston spent $7.5 million to settle claims brought by those who said they suffered abuse at the hands of priests between the 1960s and the early 1980s. The 123 claims also included spouses and family members. Since the abuse policy was last updated eight years See Catholic, Page B4.

Atheist signs displace Nativity scenes in park By The Associated Press SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Jesus, Mary, Joseph and the three wise men are being crowded out by atheists. Most of the Christmas Nativity scenes that churches had placed in a Santa Monica coastal park for decades have been displaced by nonreligious displays — and the churches are crying conspiracy. The Santa Monica Nativity Scenes Committee, a coalition of 13 churches, and the Santa Monica Police Officers Association, has traditionally claimed 14 of the 21 display spaces, which are vandal-proof, cage-like areas surrounded by chain-link fencing. The coalition displays have featured life-size depictions of the story of the birth of Jesus Christ.

But atheists got all but three of the spaces this year because of a new lottery system. The coalition got two spots to display Jesus, Mary and the wise men. The third went to Isaac Levitansky of Chabad Channukah Menorah. Adding to the loss, the atheists have used only three of the display areas to promote their message. One reads: “Religions are all alike — founded upon fables and mythologies. — Thomas Jefferson.” “Happy Solstice,” reads another. And a display with photographs depicting King Neptune, Jesus Christ, Santa Claus and Satan reads, “Million Americans know MYTHS when they see them. What myths do you see?

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A woman walks past a sign displaying an atheist message at Palisades Park in Santa Monica, Calif.


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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.

singing and observance of the Lord’s Supper. Evening assembly begins at 6 with Jerry Bates of World Evangelism, delivering the message and giving a slide presentation about mission work in India. 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 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. Wednesday night services will resume in January. Roger Cresswell is pastor. Visit

Services at Calvary Baptist Church, 2878 Old Highway 27, begin at 9:45 a.m. with Sunday school. Worship is at 11 with Bruce Bryant, interim pastor, delivering the message. R.L. Sigrest is worship leader. Discipleship training is at 5 p.m. Worship is at 6 with Bryant, 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 youth and prayer meeting. Children’s activities will not be held. Carols by Candlelight begins at 6 p.m. Christmas Eve. A nursery is provided.

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, presenting a Christmas cantata. Bobbie Bruce is organist. Donna Harper is pianist. Brian Parker is minister of students and education. Dr. Chas Rowland, pastor, will deliver the message. Christmas potluck will follow the service. Evening services are canceled. Wednesday evening activities begin at 6 with a candlelight service. A nursery is provided.

Bowmar Baptist Identical services at Bowmar Baptist Church, 1825 U.S. 61 South, will be at 9 and 10:30 a.m. with the Creative Team along with the Blended Choir presenting “All Creation Sing.” Youth worship begins at 10:30. Signing for the hearing impaired is available upon request during the 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 children’s cantata at 11. Music is led by Hope Raney. Earlene Alexander is pianist. Children’s church is led by Ann Grimshel. The Christmas party with Santa Clause begins at 5 p.m. at the youth center. Wednesday night prayer meeting is canceled. 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

Calvary M.B. Services at Calvary M.B. Church, 406 Klein St., begin at 9:30 a.m. with Sunday school. Worship with the Christmas program 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, followed by Christmas program at noon. Communion is each third Sunday. Sunday worship is broadcast each Sunday on WRTM FM 97.5 at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday Night Live is each first Wednesday at 7 p.m. Prayer meeting and Bible study are at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday. Choir rehearsal is at 7 p.m. each Monday with Travanti Hill, minister of music, leading. Children’s choir rehearsal is at 7 p.m. each second Tuesday. Brotherhood Ministry meets at 7 p.m. each second Friday.

Christ Episcopal Christ Episcopal Church, 1115 Main St., will celebrate the Fourth 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. Godfrey will conduct a healing service at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel. The Wednesday Coffee/Bible study group and centering prayer resumes Jan. 4. Morning prayer is at 7:30 Monday through Thursday in the church. On Christmas Eve, the early service begins at 5 p.m. The traditional midnight service begins with music at 10:45 p.m., followed by Festival Eucharist at 11. Christmas Day’s service begins at 10 a.m. in the chapel. Call 601638-5899;

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.

devotion “For it pleased the Father that in Him should all fulness dwell.”

Colossians 1:19

• Do you know why everything happens? It is to crown God’s Son King of kings and Lord of lords. Jesus Christ is to have pre-eminence in all of history. All of history is culminating in this one thing. • Do you know why the world was created? Jesus. Do you know why the Holy Spirit ministers? Jesus. Do you know why there is going to be a final judgement? Because “every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:11). • Hitler and Hemingway will confess it. Buddha and Mohammad will confess it. None of us can change that fact ­— all of creation will acknowledge Jesus as Lord. • Devotion written by Dr. Adrian Rogers in conjunction with Love Worth Finding Ministries. Web site: and 6:30 p.m. On Wednesday Bible classes for all ages are at 7 p.m. Call 601-636-4801 or e-mail vickcofc@cablelynx. com 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.

is at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. with Dwight Sibley, pastor, delivering the messages. Leadership meeting begins at 5. Tuesday visitation begins at 6 p.m. On Wednesday, finance committee meeting begins at 5 p.m., followed by prayer service at 6:30.

The Church of God

Eagle Lake U.M.C.

Services at The Church of God, 5598 Gibson Road, begin at 10 a.m. with Sunday school, directed by Glen Lancaster. Worship begins at 11 with worship in song with special solos. Doris Leist, pastor, will deliver the message. Christmas luncheon will follow the service. Call 601-638-2494.

The Fourth 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 and the youth will have a special time in lighting the Advent wreath. Fellowship time follows with Sunday school at 10:20. The Eagle Lake Hi-Steppers walk daily in the fellowship hall at 8:30 a.m. Call 601-636-7177 or 601218-6255.

The Church of the Holy Trinity, Episcopal The Fourth Sunday of Advent at The Church of the Holy Trinity, Episcopal, South and Monroe streets, will be celebrated with Holy Eucharist, Rite I, at 8 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II, is at 10:30 with the blessing of the Christmas on the River boxes. The Rev. Luther Ott will officiate at both services. Choir practice begins at 9:15 a.m. Sunday and at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Adults meet at 9:30 in the parish hall with Ott for lessons and discussion of the Holy Bible using the New Revised Standard Version. Children’s Sunday school is at 10:15. A nursery is provided from 9:15 until 11:30 a.m. On Tuesday, Lunch Bunch group meets at 12:10 p.m. Pilates begins at 9 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. Call 601-636-0542 for information.

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 is at 5 p.m. Saturday before the second, third and fifth Sunday. Christmas Day ‘s service begins at 8 a.m. Sunday school is canceled. Combined Watch Night service with New Poplar Grove begins at 10:30 p.m. Call 601-636-6375 or 601-638-2070.The Rev. Samuel Jones is pastor.

Cool Spring M.B. Services at Cool Spring M.B. Church, 385 Falk Steel Road, begin at 9:30 a.m. with Sunday school. Communion is each first Sunday. Regular services are each third Sunday. Both begin at 11 a.m. On Tuesday, prayer service begins at 6 p.m., followed by Bible study. Byron Maxwell is pastor.

Eagle Lake Baptist Services at Eagle Lake Baptist Church, Eagle Lake community, begin at 9:45 a.m. with Sunday school. Worship

Ebenezer Baptist 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.

Edwards Baptist Services at Edwards Baptist, 100 Magnolia St., Edwards begin at 10 a.m. with Sunday school. Choir practice is at 9:15 a.m. Worship is at 11, led by Dr. John McCall, interim pastor. The choir, under the direction of Curlee Green, minister of music, will present Christmas music. Bible study begins at 6 Sunday and Wednesday nights. Linda Dickson is pianist. A nursery is provided and managed by Debby Best. Call 601-852-8141. E-mail EdwardsBaptCh@

Family Life Cathedral Sunday services at Family Life Cathedral, An Oasis of Love, 2832 Ken Karyl Ave., begin at 9:30 a.m. with Successful Living classes, followed by praise and worship at 11. A nursery is provided for children as old as 3, and children’s church is available. Second Sunday praise and worship begin at 8 a.m. Successful Living classes begin at 6 p.m. Friends and Family Day is each third Sunday with Successful Living classes at 9:30, followed by praise and worship at 11. On Wednesday, intercessory prayer begins at 6 p.m., followed by discipleship classes at 7. Call 601-629-3900, 601638-3433 or 601-218-54629 for transportation. E-mail flcoasisoflove@Cablelynx. com. 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. Vespers service begins at 4 p.m. On Wednesday, English as a Second Language begins at 8:30 a.m. All other services or activities are canceled. Visit www.fbcvicksburg. org.

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 a.m. each first and third Sunday. Communion is each first Sunday. Prayer and Bible study begin at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Choir rehearsal begins at 3 p.m. Saturday before the first Sunday and at noon Saturday before the third Sunday. The Rev. Roosevelt Smith is pastor.

First Christian Services at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), begin at 9:30 a.m. with Sunday school. Worship is at 10:45 with the chancel choir presenting the anthem and the Rev. Jeffery Murphy delivering the message. The Lord’s Supper is celebrated each Sunday. A nursery is provided.

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

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. 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. Candlelight Communion Christmas Eve service is at 6 p.m. Visit

Grace Baptist Churchwide Christmas party is at 6 tonight, members are asked to bring fingerfoods. 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 worship begins at 5:30, followed by discipleship training at 6:30. On Wednesday, prayer meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. WMU meets at 9 a.m. Friday.

Greater Jerusalem Baptist Services at Greater Jerusalem Baptist Church, 5026 Mount Alban Road, begin at 8:30 a.m. with Sunday school. Worship is at 9:30. The Lord’s Supper is observed each first and third Sunday. Pastor aide meeting is each fourth Sunday following worship. On Tuesday, Men of Jerusalem rehearsal begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by Voices of Jerusalem rehearsal at 8. Deacons meet the last Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. Youth choir rehearsal is at noon each third and fourth Saturday. Christmas morning service begins at 8. To purchase a recording of the service contact Edward Huell or Gregory Linzy Jr., 601-8348186. The Rev. Kemp Burley Jr. 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. Parsonage Open House is from 2 until 4 p.m. Youth Christmas party begins at 6. All other evening activities are canceled. A nursery is available. On Monday, Feeding the Homeless is at 5:30 p.m. Cub Scouts meets at 6. Boy Scouts meets at 7. On Tuesday, prayer group

meeting and preschool Christmas program begin at 6 p.m. The Rev. Susannah Grubbs Carr is pastor.

House of Peace 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 p.m., followed by choir rehearsal at 7. Christmas morning service begins at 9:30. Rolling Fork services begin at 8. New Year Eve’s service begins at 10 p.m. Dec. 31. On Jan. 3, Dr. James Hall will speak during Bible study on hypertension. Grace and Prophecy is broadcast at 11 p.m. Wednesday on the Word Network or on line at

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 of Kings Services at King of Kings Christian Center, 4209 Mount Alban Road, begin at 9 a.m. with Sunday school, followed by worship at 10. Children’s ministry for ages 2-6 is Sunday. Ages 2-10 meet Thursday. Bible study will resume in January. For transportation, call 601-6616444 or 601-629-7791. Willie P. Taylor 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. with the Voices of Praise choir. Regular worship is at 10 with the Women of Worship choir. The Rev. R.D. Bernard, pastor, will deliver the message 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. 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.

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vice of Lessons and Carols. Wednesday night services begin at 6:30 with Bible study for all ages.

Lighthouse Baptist Christmas fellowship supper and activities begin at 5:30 tonight in the fellowship hall. 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 class. Worship is at 11 with Dr. E.L. Sharp, pastor, delivering the message. Evening activities begin at 5:30 with training union for young adult, 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 member 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 E-mail

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 Fourth 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 are at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Christmas Eve Lessons and Carols are at 7 p.m. Christmas Day Divine Service is at 9 a.m. Visit or call 601-636-1894.

Mercy Seat Baptist Activities begin today at 3 with a Christmas party for the youth and decorating of the tree. 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. The annual church business meeting follows the service Sunday. Christmas Eve services begins at 6 p.m. Christmas Day services are at 11 a.m. Bible study begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Choir practice begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday before the third and fourth Sunday. Musicians are Shirley Coleman-Harris and Charlie Gross, choir president. 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

TODAY • 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; 2715 Alcorn Drive. • New Rock of Ages M.B. — 5 p.m., youth department’s Christmas program; 2944 Valley St. • 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; 5 p.m., the Rev. Kemp Burley benefit with Christmas play and musical; 260 Mississippi 27. • Pleasant Valley M.B. — 5 p.m., Christmas program; 2585 N. Washington St. • St. Alban’s Episcopal — 6-8 p.m., live nativity; 5930 Warriors Trail, Bovina.

• Mount Carmel Ministries — 6 p.m., Christmas program; 2015 Grove St. • Rose Hill M.B. — 7:30 p.m., “The Night Before Jesus Christ Was Born” play; written by Mother Virginia Miller; the Rev. Walter L. Weathersby Sr., pastor; 683 Stenson Road.

CHRISTMAS EVE • Gibson Memorial United Methodist — 6 p.m., candlelight service; the Rev. Greg Hazelrig, pastor; 335 Oak Ridge Road. • Mount Carmel M.B. — 6 p.m., youth service combined with Christmas Eve service; 2629 Mount Alban Road. • New Mount Elem M.B. — 6 p.m., candlelight service, bring battery candle; 3014 Wisconsin Ave. • St. George’s Antiochian Orthodox — 6 p.m., Matins of the Nativity of Christ; 7, the Divine Liturgy of the Nativity of Christ; 279 Washington St.



• Bowmar Baptist — 9 and 10:30 a.m., “ All Creations Sing”; 601-636-2596; 1825 U.S. 61 South. • Cedar Grove M.B. — Noon, Christmas program; Paul H. Fleming, pastor; 3300 Grange Hall Road. • Holly Grove — 4 p.m., Christmas program; dinner; the Rev. R.L. Miller, pastor; 746 Johnson St. • Mount Alban/Rose Hill M.B. — 3 p.m., youth Christmas program; 601-638-2911 or 601-883-1894; the Revs. Henry Taylor and Walter Weathersby, pastors; 2385 Mount Alban Road. • Mount Olive M.B. — 5 p.m., candlelight musical; choirs and soloists invited; the Rev. Leon Nelson Jr., pastor; 1925 Baldwin Ferry Road. • Mount Pilgrim M.B. — 12:30 p.m., Mother Catherine Smith, Woman of the Year and Michael Lindsey, Man of the Year; Glen A. Hemphill, pastor; 3327 U. S. 61 South. • Mount Zion No. 1 M.B. — 2 p.m., 11th anniversary of Larry Brown, pastor; Richard Hopkins, pastor of Mount Olive Baptist Church, speaker; 920 Fifth North St. • New Mount Elem M.B. — 4:30 p.m., Sunday school Christmas program; 3014 Wisconsin Ave. • Rock of Ages — 9:30 a.m., canned food drive; 2944 Valley St.; 601-636-6598; 2944 Valley St. • St. Alban’s Episcopal — 6-8 p.m., live nativity; 5930 Warriors

• Bethlehem M.B. — 11 a.m., service; the Rev. Dennis J. Redden Sr., pastor; 3055 N. Washington St. • Cedar Grove M.B. — Noon Christmas program; 3300 Grange

Trail, Bovina.

• Solid Rock Pentecostal — 10 a.m., children’s department birthday party for Jesus; 6 p.m., candlelight service; 4945 U.S. 61 South.

SUNDAY-MONDAY • King Solomon Baptist — 6-7:30 p.m., drive-thru live Nativity; 180 Oak Ridge Road.

Monday • St. Mary’s Episcopal — 6 p.m., Christmas concert with St. Alban’s Episcopal Choir; 6:30, Celebration of the Holy Eucharist featuring John Maxwell performing Joseph monologue; reception; Bolton.

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

FRIDAY • Living Water Christian Fellowship — 7 p.m., youth department musical drama; food; fireworks; 601-415-2029; 2075 Culkin Road. • King David No. 1 M.B. — 6 p.m., Christmas play; the Rev. A.L. Hines, pastor; 2717 Letitia St. 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. Praise and worship are at 10 a.m. each third Sunday. 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., 50 Culkin Road, begin at 10 a.m. with Sunday school each second through fifth Sunday. Communion is each first Sunday at 11:30. Choir rehearsal begins at 5 p.m. Thursday before the first Sunday. The Rev. Johnny L. Williams is pastor.

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

Mount Calvary Baptist Services at Mount Calvary Baptist Church, 1350 East Ave., begin at 9:30 a.m. with Sunday school, directed by Al Evans, superintendent. Worship is at 11 with Mincer Minor, pastor, delivering the

message. Communion is 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. 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 5 p.m. Thursdays. Male chorus rehearsal is 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 601636-4999.

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. Thurs-

Hall Road.

• Gospel Temple M.B. — 6 a.m., sunrise service; breakfast; Walter Edley, pastor; 1612 Lane St. • Holly Grove — 5 a.m., combined service with Locust Grove, China Grove and New Mount Zion M.B. Churches; breakfast; 746 Johnson St. • Jones Chapel M.B. — 8 a.m., service; the Rev. Adrian Clark, pastor; 1340 Bay St. • Mount Alban — 8 a.m., service; the Rev. Henry Taylor, pastor; Mount Alban Road. • Mount Ararat M.B. — 8 a.m., service; breakfast; the Rev. Johnny L. Williams, pastor; 50 Culkin Road. • Mount Carmel Ministries — 8 a.m., service; 2015 Grove St. • Mount Zion No. 4 M.B. — 9 a.m., combined service with Mount Zion M.B. Church Eagle Lake; the Rev. Luster Lacey, guest speaker; the Rev. Henry Mayfield Sr., pastor; 122 Union Ave. • New Mount Elem M.B. — 9 a.m., service; 3014 Wisconsin Ave. • Pleasant Valley M.B. — 6 a.m., service; 2585 N. Washington St. • St. James No. 1 M.B. — 8:30 a.m., service; the Rev. Willie J. White, pastor; 400 Adams St. • Trinity Temple Baptist — 8 a.m., combined service with Bingham Memorial M.B.; 3802 Patricia St. • Triumphant Baptist — 8 a.m., service; the Rev. Dexter P. Jones, senior pastor; 24 Pittman Road.

NEW YEAR’S EVE • Bethlehem M.B. — 10 p.m., watch meeting; the Rev. Dennis J. Redden Sr., pastor; 3055 N. Washington St. • Bingham Memorial M.B. — 10 p.m., combined watch meeting with Trinity Temple Baptist; 1063 Green St. • Greater Grove Street M.B. — 7:30 p.m., Out with the Old, In With the New services; Dr. Casey D. Fisher, pastor; 2715 Grove St. • Jones Chapel M.B. — 10 p.m., combined watch meeting with St. Luke Freewill and Shiloh M.B. churches; Billy Bennett Jr. and Adrian L. Clark, pastors and speakers; 1340 Bay St. • Mount Carmel Ministries — 10:30 p.m., watch meeting; 2015 Grove St. • New Mount Elem M.B. — 10:30 p.m., service; 3014 Wisconsin Ave. • 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. • Triumphant Baptist — 11 p.m., service; the Rev. Dexter P. Jones, senior pastor; 24 Pittman Road.

days. Saturday’s exercise class begins at 8 a.m. Youth choir rehearsal begins at noon Saturday before the second and third Sunday. Christmas program begins at 6 p.m. Friday. Christmas morning service begins at 8. New Year’s Eve service begins at 10:30 p.m. The Revs. Mitchell and Dr. Deborah Dent are pastors. For information or transportation, call 601-218-5087 or 601-638-9015.

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 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. 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.

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, followed by worship. Evening praise and worship begins at 6. On Wednesday, Worship Team practice begins at 6. Christmas dinner begins at 6:30. Regular attendees are asked to bring a side dish and salad, dessert or bread. All other activities are canceled. Thursday’s prayer meeting is canceled until January. 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 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 601-636-6386. 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, bringing the message. Communion is each first and third Sunday. The senior citizen Christmas program begins at 3 p.m. Sunday. The Rev. Elzie O’Neal, pastor of Hickory Tree Baptist Church, is speaker, Evangelist Geneva Jones and Marilyn Lewis, Jerry Hopkins and Alton Draper are speakers. 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 church musician 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 Continued on Page B4.


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church events Continued from Page B3. 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.

Northside Baptist Services at Northside Baptist Church, 4820 N. Washington St., begin at 9:45 a.m. with Sunday school, followed by children’s church and worship. 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.

Open Door Services at Open Door Bible Church, 4866 Mount Alban Road, begin at 10 a.m. with Sunday school taught by Don Carraway. Bible study and worship are at 11, led by Paul Rush. Music ministry is under the direction of Joe Branch. A nursery is provided. Call 601-638-6574.

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. Bible class begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Business meeting begins at 6 p.m. Friday. 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.

Tuesday are to meet at the church at 9:30 a.m. Adult choir practice is at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday. Call 601-218-6255 or 601-636-7177. Visit www.

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 Konstruction 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. Call 601-638-4439;

St. Alban’s Episcopal A living nativity can be viewed tonight and Sunday night from 6 until 8. Sunday activities for the Fourth 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 begins at 9:45 under the direction of Joan Leese, organist and choirmaster. Holy Eucharist, Rite II is at 10 with the Very Rev. Billie Abraham, preaching and celebrating at both services. Child care is provided. Coffee and fellowship follow both services. Christmas at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Bolton begins at 6 p.m. Monday with a concert by St. Alban’s choir. Holy Eucharist will be celebrated with actor John Maxwell’s presentation of the monologue, “Joseph.” 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. The Altar Guild will meet at 9 a.m. to polish brass. Bible study is canceled during December. Healing service and Holy Eucharist are at 6 p.m. Wednesdays. Visit www.stalbansbovina. org; 601-636-6687.

St. George Orthodox

ued until further notice. Bible study begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday with Willie Williams, deacon and instructor.

day after the second Sunday. Dr. Willie Jones is pastor.

St. Mary’s Catholic

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

St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 1512 Main St., will celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Advent at 9 a.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 601-6360115.

St. Mary’s Episcopal St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 900 First North St., will observe the Fourth 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 Fourth 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. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament Friday follows the 7 a.m. Mass until noon in the chapel. Christmas Mass schedule is as follows: Christmas Eve at 4 p.m. with the children’s choir; 7, with the adult choir, adult choir will begin singing at 6:30; and Christmas Day Mass is at 9 a.m. Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults resumes Jan. 11 in Glynn Hall.

St. Paul M.B.

Sunday is the Fourth Sunday in Advent and Poinsettia Sunday at Port Gibson United Methodist Church, 901 Church St. Sunday school begins at 10 a.m., followed by worship at 11 with the Rev. Margaret Ayers bringing the message. Professional counseling is offered through Grace Christian Counseling Center, 907 Church St., or by calling 601-437-5046.

Services at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church, 2709 Washington St., include: the celebration of the Sunday Before the Nativity of Christ, The Sunday of Geneology; Matins and Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. Sunday; the Divine Liturgy at 10:30 a.m. Sunday; Parish Council meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday; Matins of the Nativity of Christ at 6 p.m. and the Divine Liturgy of the Nativity of Christ at 7 p.m. Dec. 24. The Very Rev. John W. Morris, Ph.D. is pastor. Call 601-636-2483; www.

Porters Chapel U.M.C.

St. James No. 1 M.B.

Activities at Porters Chapel United Methodist Church, 200 Porters Chapel Road, begin at 8:30 a.m. with the Men’s Club feeding the congregation in place of the 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. On Monday, Boy Scouts will meet at 7 p.m. Cursillo meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Call 601-636-2966. E-mal pcumc_

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.

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.

St. John’s Anglican Orthodox Church

Shady Grove Baptist

Port Gibson U.M.C.

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. Fourth Sunday of Advent worship is at 11 with the Rev. Barbara Hite bringing the sermon and the youth will have a special part in lighting the Advent wreath. Christopher and Colt Lee will be acolytes. Johnny and Christopher Lee will be ushers. A nursery is provided. Members who wish to go caroling at the nursing home

Services at St. John’s Anglican Orthodox Church, 308 Longwood Drive, begin at 10:30 a.m. with fellowship, followed by Communion service at 11. St. John’s uses the Authorized Version of the Bible (KJV-1611) as well as the 1928 Book of Common Prayer. ase call the Rev. Bryan Dabney at 601 661-0138.

St. Mark Free Will Services at St. Mark Free Will Baptist Church, 2606 Hannah St., begin at 9:30 a.m. with Sunday school. Oscar Denton III is superintendent. The Lord’s Supper is observed at 11 a.m. each fourth Sunday. Second Sunday service is discontin-

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 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 and youth choir rehearsal will resume Jan. 21. 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. Tues-

Shiloh Primitive

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. Christmas program begins at 6, followed by fellowship in the activity building. Wednesday prayer services are at 10 a.m. Bible study/ prayer service is at 7 p.m. Regular services are scheduled for Christmas Day and the Lord’s Supper will be observed at the 5 p.m. service. 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.

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. Baptism is at 10 a.m. each first Sunday. A nursery is available. Children’s church is provided for grades 1-6. Music is by United Voices of Worship. 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. Combined Christmas worship begins at 8 a.m. with Bingham M.B. Church. Combined watch night services begin at 10 p.m. Dec. 31 at Bingham M.B. Church, 1063 Green St. The Rev. James C. Archer is pastor. Visit www.trinitytemplebc. org; 601-636-1636.

Triumph Services at Triumph Church, 136 Honeysuckle Lane, begin with pre-service prayer at 8:15 and 10:15 a.m. Worship is at 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. 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. 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 601-6388108, 601-638-8135 or 601-2186728. 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, followed by the Christmas party in the fellowship hall. 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.

Westminster Services at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3601 Halls Ferry Road, begin at 9:45 a.m. with Sunday school. Worship is at 11 with Scott Reiber, pastor, preaching, assisted by Elder Mark Monroe. Evening worship is at 6 with Reiber with Phil Kirk assisting. Mary Claire Allison is choir director. Dr. Gwen Reiber is the organist. A nursery is provided. Cookie Swap begins at 7 p.m. Monday. Officers and wives dinner begins at 6;30 p.m. Thursday. Christmas Eve worship begins at 5:30 p.m.

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 service begins at 5 with Bryson Haden delivering the message. On Wednesday, old-time prayer begins at 6:30 p.m. with all ministries meeting. 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 services will be “Voices of Christmas” at 3, followed by a fellowship. On Wednesday, early service begins at 10 a.m. Family activities with supper will resume Jan. 11. 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.

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 is at 7 p.m. Monday before the first and fourth Sundays. 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.

Catholic Continued from Page B1. ago, there have been no new cases of children alleging abuse during that period, the bishop said. There are about 195,000 Catholics in South Carolina, roughly 4 percent of the state’s population. Guglielmone said the new policy takes effect next April so there can be workshops to train workers and volunteers on the rules.

Atheists Continued from Page B1. American Atheists. Since 1963.” “Our belief is that these new applicants have been working together to displace and push out the Nativity scenes from the park, rather than erecting a full display of their own,” said Hunter Jameson, a spokesman for a coalition of the city’s churches. Churches had little or no competition for the spaces during the past 57 years. This year, 13 people bid for spaces, prompting City Hall to use a random lottery system to allot the spots. Damon Vix is behind the effort to allocate the spaces by lottery. Last year, he put up a sign with the Thomas Jefferson quote and selections on U.S. Supreme Court decisions about the importance of separating church and state. Vix now helps other atheists acquire the park spaces, including American Atheists Inc. and the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

Dec. 20 Beef ’O’ Brady’s Bowl / Marshall (6-6) vs. FIU (8-4) / 7 p.m. ESPN Dec. 21 Poinsettia Bowl / TCU (10-2) vs. Louisiana Tech (8-4 / 7 p.m. ESPN Dec. 22 MAACO Bowl / Boise St. (11-1) vs. Arizona St. (6-6) / 7 p.m. ESPN

Dec. 24 Hawaii Bowl / Nevada (7-5) vs. Southern Miss (11-2) / 7 p.m. ESPN Dec. 26 Independence Bowl / North Carolina (7-5) vs. Missouri (7-5) / 3 p.m. ESPN

New Mexico Bowl

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

1:30 p.m., Today TV: ESPN

4:30 p.m., Today TV: ESPN

Wyoming (8-4) vs. Temple (8-4)

New Orleans Bowl

Utah St. (7-5) vs. Ohio (9-4)

La.-Lafayette (8-4) vs. San Diego St. (8-4)

8 p.m., Saturday TV: ESPN


SPORTS saturday, December 17, 2011 • SE C TI O N C PUZZLES C6 | CLASSIFIEDS C7

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prep basketball

Eagles blast Mt. Salus

PCA hosts Trinity Today, 2 p.m.


WC at Vicksburg Tuesday, 5:30 p.m.

On TV 3 p.m. CBS - Memphis travels to Louisville to take on Rick Pitino’s fourth-ranked Cardinals.

By Ernest Bowker


St. Aloysius basketball player had 19 points and 17 rebounds in a 65-62 loss to Bogue Chitto on Friday.

Sidelines Police have coach shooting suspects

NEW ALBANY (AP) — Police said Friday that they believe two men now in jail might have shot and killed the wife of the New Albany High School football coach. New Albany Police Chief David Grisham said the Union County Sheriff’s Office arrested two men in their 20s Thursday on unrelated theft charges. On Friday, the chief declined to identify the men, who are being held in the Union County jail on parole violations. Grisham said new witnesses linked the men to the Dec. 5 shooting death of Amanda Price, 31. He said the men could be charged next week. Police believe Price went outside with her dog and startled the men, who shot her. Coach Ron Price was shot while responding to his wife’s screams. He was treated and released from a hospital. The case attracted widespread attention in northeast Mississippi. Amanda Price was a speech pathologist in the New Albany city school system, where counselors comforted grieving students and employees. Hundreds turned out to mourn, and the high school canceled basketball and soccer games. Grisham described the men who are being questioned in the slaying as “well-known to law enforcement” and said they appear to have been breaking into cars near the Price home earlier on the night of the shooting.

LOTTERY La. Pick 3: 9-6-8 La. Pick 4: 3-4-5-5 Weekly results: C2

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St. Aloysius coach Cookie Johnson can’t watch during Friday’s game against Bogue Chitto.

Lady Bobcats topple Lady Flashes By Jeff Byrd Defending Division 7-1A champion Bogue Chitto used a 9-0 run to begin the fourth quarter to subdue a pesky St. Al girls’ team Friday night at St. Al. The Lady Bobcats went on to the 69-47 win. The Lady Flashes (2-8, 0-1) went to a full-court press in the second half and made the Lady Bobcats (10-4, 1-0) earn every basket in the second half. Point guard Adrienne Wallace keyed the decisive run with a pair of baskets while Marshonique Blackwell had a 3-pointer to turn a 45-37 game into a 54-37 cushion. First-year St. Al coach Cookie Johnson felt her team is making progress. “I think we can beat this team if make some shots and not have as many (24) turnovers,” Johnson said. “We played really hard on defense, especially Ellie Welp. She had a tremendous game. She made some steals on defense and got a lot of rebounds.”

the half after Ann Garrison Thomas scored eight of her 19 points. Ashtin Giambrone’s 3-point play with 1:10 left in third quarter got St. Al to within eight at 45-37, but they could not get any closer. Earlneshia Dillon led Bogue Chitto with 28 points. Blackwell and Wallace each had 14 points. Allie Willis finished with nine points, seven rebounds and five assists. St. Al travels to Greenville St. Joe today, a team they beat by 28 earlier this year, and are off until Jan. 3.

(B) Bogue Chitto 65, St. Aloysius 62

St. Aloysius player Alyssa Engel, center, fights with Bogue Chitto defenders for a loose ball on Friday. Welp had 10 rebounds and six steals in the second half. She finished with eight points, 13 rebounds, six steals and three assists. St. Al trailed 18-3 in the

first quarter after making one out of its first 15 shots. The shooting improved in the second quarter and the Lady Flashes got back in the game. They trailed 36-27 at

The Flashes had a fourpoint lead and the ball with two minutes to go, but could not hold off the Bobcats. St. Al’s Matthew Foley took a 3-pointer that missed and Bogue Chitto (5-9) got baskets from Zachary Perkins and James Blackwell to tie the game at 61. A free See St. Al, Page C3.

The way their shots were clanging off the rim early in Friday’s game against Mt. Salus, it seemed like Porters Chapel’s players had one eye on the basketball and the other on this afternoon’s showdown with Trinity. The Eagles snapped back into focus long enough to put together a dominating second quarter, gain some separation, blow out visiting Mt. Salus 73-29 and move on to their next challenge. PCA held Mt. Salus without a point for more than six minutes in the second quarter, long enough to turn an eyebrow-raising six-point lead into a 26-point halftime cushion. “Not disrespecting this team, but this was a practice to get us ready for tomorrow,” PCA coach E.J. Creel said. “We rotated with a lot of things we adjusted from the last time we played Trinity, to get ready for tomorrow.” Kawayne Gaston came off the bench to lead PCA (9-1, 6-0 District 5-A) with 21 points. Alton Burden scored 19, and Talbot Buys had 12 points and eight rebounds. Ted Brisco had 15 points, nine rebounds and five steals. J.J. Johnson, Ben Wiggins and James Selvage scored six points apiece for Mt. Salus (1-10, 1-6). PCA made just 5 of 16 shots from the field in the first quarter, while Mt. Salus went a perfect 5-for-5. The shooting accuracy allowed the visiting Eagles to keep it close, and they only trailed 16-12 in the closing seconds of the period. Then Brisco hit a jumper at the buzzer, and PCA See PCA, Page C3.

prep football

Johnson ready to rebuild Gators By Jeff Byrd

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Tavares Johnson, the new Vicksburg High School football coach, sits in a meeting with Vicksburg Warren School District Board members on Friday.

In six seasons at Cleveland East Side, Tavares Johnson took a football program noted for its strong tradition to new heights. In Johnson’s last two seasons, East Side went 24-4. This included the best season in school history, 14-1, and a spot in the Class 3A semifinals. Johnson now awaits his next challenge. On Friday morning, he was introduced to the Vicksburg Warren Board of Trustees as the new football coach at Vicksburg

High School. He replaces Alonzo Stevens, who retired in November after 11 seasons as the Gators’ head coach. Johnson said he is excited about the opportunity. “I want to hone my craft and I want to be challenged,” Johnson said. “It’s a great opportunity for me to learn and go up against schools like a Madison Central.” Vicksburg Warren District superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Duran Swinford said Johnson is the right fit for the Gators. “We felt like we’ve done our homework and have found an excellent individual,”

Swinford said. “We want to hire teachers first who also coach. That’s what we’ve found in Coach Johnson, a teacher who coaches. He’s proven to be a leader both morally and athletically.” Zelmarine Murphy, the Board of Trustees president, was also enthusiastic about the hiring of Johnson. “We’re impressed that he pushes academics,” Murphy said. “We feel we have a mature coach.” Johnson brings a military background to the Vicksburg High job. He spent 11 years See VHS, Page C3.


Saturday, December 17, 2011

on tv

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BOXING 8 p.m. SHO - WBA champion Andre Ward (24-0-0) vs. WBC champion Carl Froch (28-1-0), for WBA/WBC super middleweight title COLLEGE FOOTBALL 10 a.m. ESPN2 - NCAA Division II championship, Wayne State (Mich.) vs. Pittsburg State 1 p.m. ESPN - New Mexico Bowl, Temple vs. Wyoming 1:30 p.m. ESPNU - FCS smeifinals, Georgia Southern at North Dakota State 3:30 p.m. CBS Sports Network NAIA championship, Carroll vs. Saint Xavier 4:30 p.m. ESPN - Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, Utah St. vs. Ohio 8 p.m. ESPN - New Orleans Bowl, San Diego State vs. La.-Lafayette NFL 7 p.m. NFL Network - Dallas at Tampa Bay GOLF 2 p.m. TGC - Ladies European Tour, Dubai Ladies Master (tape) 7:30 p.m. TGC - PGA Tour Australasia, JBWere Masters NHL 7 p.m. FSN - St. Louis at Nashville SWIMMING 1:30 p.m. NBC - Team USA vs. European All-Stars COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL 7:30 p.m. ESPN2 - NCAA, Division I women’s championship, UCLA vs. Illinois


from staff & AP reports

MLB Bonds gets 30-day home sentence SAN FRANCISCO — Eight years of being investigated for steroid allegations ended for home run king Barry Bonds on Friday with a 30-day sentence to be served at home. No more — and maybe less. U.S. District Judge Susan Illston immediately delayed imposing the sentence while Bonds appeals his obstruction of justice conviction. The former baseball star was found guilty in April not of using steroids, but of misleading grand jurors. Bonds was sentenced to two years of probation, 250 hours of community service, a $4,000 fine and 30 days of home confinement.

College basketball Southern Miss reinstates Dodson HATTIESBURG — Southern Miss guard Darnell Dodson has been reinstated to the team and is eligible to play immediately. The 6-foot-7 senior transferred to Southern Miss from Kentucky last January, but was dismissed from the program after pleading guilty to grand larceny last spring, according to the Hattiesburg American. Southern Miss released a statement on Friday afternoon that said Dodson “has served his suspension with the university, fulfilled all obligations and is eligible to return to campus.” The statement said he will enroll in January and is expected to graduate in May. Southern Miss (7-2) will host Ole Miss (9-1) this afternoon. The Golden Eagles have won five of their last six games.


BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Dec. 17 1933 — The Chicago Bears win the first NFL championship with a 23-21 victory over the New York Giants. The Bears score the winning touchdown on a 36-yard play that starts with a short pass from Bronko Nagurski to Bill Hewitt, who then laterals to Bill Kerr for the score. 1991 — The Cleveland Cavaliers turn a 20-point halftime lead over Miami into the most lopsided victory in NBA history, 148-80 over the Heat. The 68-point margin eclipses the mark of 63 set March 19, 1972, when the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Golden State Warriors 162-99. 2006 — LaDainian Tomlinson breaks Paul Hornung’s 46-year-old NFL single-season scoring record on a 15-yard run in the first quarter of San Diego’s game against Kansas City. The touchdown run gives him 180 points, breaking Hornung’s record of 176 set with the Green Bay Packers in 1960. 2008 — Chris Paul breaks Alvin Robertson’s NBA record for consecutive regular-season games with a steal, reaching 106 in New Orleans’ 90-83 victory over San Antonio.

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scoreboard nfl AMERICAN CONFERENCE East

W New England...... 10 N.Y. Jets............. 8 Buffalo................ 5 Miami.................. 4 W y-Houston........... 10 Tennessee.......... 7 Jacksonville........ 4 Indianapolis........ 0 W Baltimore............ 10 Pittsburgh........... 10 Cincinnati............ 7 Cleveland............ 4 W Denver................ 8 Oakland.............. 7 San Diego.......... 6 Kansas City........ 5

L 3 5 8 9

T 0 0 0 0

South L 3 6 10 13

T 0 0 0 0

North L 3 3 6 9

T 0 0 0 0

West L 5 6 7 8

T 0 0 0 0

Pct .769 .615 .385 .308

PF 396 327 288 256

PA 274 270 341 246

Pct .769 .538 .286 .000

PF 330 266 207 184

PA 208 251 293 382

Pct .769 .769 .538 .308

PF 320 282 285 178

PA 202 198 270 254

Pct .615 .538 .462 .385

PF 269 290 324 173

PA 302 354 299 305


W N.Y. Giants......... 7 Dallas.................. 7 Philadelphia........ 5 Washington......... 4

W x-New Orleans... 10 Atlanta................ 9 Carolina.............. 4 Tampa Bay......... 4 W y-Green Bay....... 13 Detroit................. 8 Chicago.............. 7 Minnesota........... 2

L 6 6 8 9

T 0 0 0 0

South L 3 5 9 9

T 0 0 0 0

North L 0 5 6 11

T 0 0 0 0

Pct .538 .538 .385 .308

PF 324 317 297 229

PA 349 281 292 290

Pct .769 .643 .308 .308

PF 415 341 313 232

PA 286 281 355 370

Pct 1.000 .615 .538 .154

PF 466 367 301 274

PA 278 305 255 364

PF 307 246 253 153

PA 182 259 288 326


W L T Pct y-San Francisco.10 3 0 .769 Seattle................ 6 7 0 .462 Arizona............... 6 7 0 .462 St. Louis............. 2 11 0 .154 x-clinched playoff spot y-clinched division ——— Dec. 14 Atlanta 41, Jacksonville 14 Today’s Game Dallas at Tampa Bay, 7:20 p.m. Sunday’s Games New Orleans at Minnesota, Noon Seattle at Chicago, Noon Cincinnati at St. Louis, Noon Carolina at Houston, Noon Green Bay at Kansas City, Noon Tennessee at Indianapolis, Noon Miami at Buffalo, Noon Washington at N.Y. Giants, Noon Detroit at Oakland, 3:05 p.m. New England at Denver, 3:15 p.m. Cleveland at Arizona, 3:15 p.m. N.Y. Jets at Philadelphia, 3:15 p.m. Baltimore at San Diego, 7:20 p.m. Monday’s Game Pittsburgh at San Francisco, 7:30 p.m.

college football FCS playoffs

Semifinals Friday Sam Houston St. 31, Montana 28 Today Georgia Southern vs. North Dakota St., 1:30 p.m. Championship Jan. 7 At Frisco, Texas Sam Houston St. vs. Georgia Southern or North Dakota St., Noon ———

NCAA Division II playoffs

Championship Today At Florence, Ala. Pittsburg St. vs. Wayne St. (Mich.), 10 a.m. ———

NCAA Division III playoffs

Championship Friday At Salem, Va. Wisc.-Whitewater 13, Mount Union 3 ———


Conference All Games W L PCT W L PCT Alabama A&M.... 0 0 .000 2 3 .400 Southern U......... 0 0 .000 3 7 .300 Alabama St......... 0 0 .000 2 6 .250 Alcorn St............. 0 0 .000 2 7 .222 Prairie View........ 0 0 .000 2 7 .222 Jackson St.......... 0 0 .000 2 9 .182 Ark.-Pine Bluff.... 0 0 .000 1 7 .125 Texas Southern.. 0 0 .000 1 7 .125 MVSU................. 0 0 .000 1 8 .111 Grambling St...... 0 0 .000 0 6 .000 Friday’s Games No games scheduled Today’s Games Alabama A&M at Michigan, 11 a.m. Alabama St. at Saint Louis, 7 p.m. Alcorn St. at Nebraska, 7 p.m. Ark.-Pine Bluff at DePaul, 7 p.m. Southern at UTEP, 8 p.m. Sunday’s Games Dallas Christian at Prairie View, 3 p.m. Jackson St. at North Texas, 7 p.m. Grambling St. at Texas Tech, 7 p.m. ———

Top 25 schedule

Friday’s Games No games scheduled Today’s Games No. 1 Syracuse at North Carolina St., 5:30 p.m. No. 2 Ohio St. at South Carolina, 11 a.m. No. 3 Kentucky vs. Chattanooga, 7 p.m. No. 4 Louisville vs. Memphis, 3 p.m. No. 5 North Carolina vs. Appalachian St., 5 p.m. No. 6 Baylor at BYU, 1 p.m. No. 11 Marquette vs. Northern Colorado, 3 p.m. No. 13 Florida vs. No. 22 Texas A&M, at Sunrise, Fla., 1:30 p.m. No. 15 Pittsburgh vs. South Carolina St., 5 p.m. No. 16 Georgetown vs. American, 11 a.m. No. 17 Mississippi St. at Detroit, 11 a.m. No. 18 Indiana vs. Notre Dame, at Indianapolis, 3:30 p.m. No. 19 Illinois vs. UNLV, at Chicago, 4 p.m. No. 20 Michigan vs. Alabama A&M, 11 a.m. No. 21 Michigan St. vs. Bowling Green, 6 p.m. No. 23 Alabama vs. Kansas St., at Kansas City, Mo., 9 p.m. No. 24 Murray St. vs. Arkansas St., 7 p.m. No. 25 Creighton vs. Houston Baptist, 7:05 p.m. No. 25 Vanderbilt vs. Indiana St., 4:30 p.m. Sunday’s Games No. 8 Xavier vs. Oral Roberts, Noon No. 9 Connecticut vs. Holy Cross, Noon No. 10 Missouri vs. William & Mary, 2 p.m. ———

Mississippi college schedule

Friday’s Games LaGrange College 72, Millsaps 55 William Carey 68, Truett-McConnell 58 Southern Wesleyan 85, Belhaven 54 Tougaloo at Philander Smith, (n) Today’s Games Mississippi St. at Detroit, 11 a.m. Mississippi College at Concordia (Texas), 3 p.m. Ole Miss at Southern Miss, 3:30 p.m. Truett-McConnell at Belhaven, 4 p.m. Southern Wesleyan at William Carey, 5 p.m. Alcorn St. at Nebraska, 7 p.m. Southern Arkansas at Delta St., 7 p.m. Sunday’s Game Jackson St. at North Texas, 7 p.m.

women’s basketball Women’s Top 25 Schedule

Friday’s Games No. 7 Miami 103, Louisiana-Monroe 39 No. 23 DePaul 73, Arizona St. 55 Today’s Games No. 4 Stanford vs. Princeton, 3 p.m. No. 6 Tennessee at UCLA, 4 p.m. No. 12 Ohio St. at California, 4 p.m. No. 14 Louisville at Portland, 4 p.m. No. 15 Texas Tech vs. Illinois, at Chicago, 1 p.m. No. 24 Texas vs. North Texas, 7 p.m. Sunday’s Games No. 1 Baylor vs. No. 2 UConn, 7:30 p.m. No. 3 Notre Dame vs. No. 8 Kentucky, Noon No. 10 Texas A&M vs. Southern Cal, 2 p.m. No. 11 Rutgers vs. Iona, 1 p.m. No. 16 Penn St. vs. Wagner, Noon No. 18 North Carolina vs. South Carolina, at Myrtle Beach, S.C., 2 p.m. No. 20 Vanderbilt at N.C. St., 1 p.m. No. 22 Purdue at Auburn, 2 p.m. No. 25 Nebraska vs. Vermont, 2:05 p.m.

prep basketball

NAIA playoffs

Championship Today At Rome, Ga. St. Xavier (Ill.) vs. Carroll (Mont.), 3:30 p.m.

college basketball SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE East

Conference W L PCT Kentucky............. 0 0 .000 Florida................. 0 0 .000 Vanderbilt........... 0 0 .000 Georgia............... 0 0 .000 South Carolina... 0 0 .000 Tennessee.......... 0 0 .000

Houston vs. Oklahoma, at Oklahoma City, 7 p.m. Southern at UTEP, 8 p.m. Sunday’s Games No games scheduled ———

All Games W L PCT 8 1 .889 7 2 .778 6 3 .667 4 5 .444 4 5 .444 3 6 .333


Conference All Games W L PCT W L PCT Mississippi St... 0 0 .000 10 1 .909 Ole Miss............ 0 0 .000 9 1 .900 Auburn................ 0 0 .000 5 1 .833 Alabama............. 0 0 .000 8 2 .800 LSU..................... 0 0 .000 7 3 .700 Arkansas............. 0 0 .000 5 3 .625 Friday’s Games No games scheduled Today’s Games Mississippi St. at Detroit, 11 a.m. Ohio St. at South Carolina, 11 a.m. Texas A&M vs. Florida, at Sunrise, Fla., 1:30 p.m. SE Louisiana at Arkansas, 2 p.m. Ole Miss at Southern Miss, 3:30 p.m. Indiana St. at Vanderbilt, 4:30 p.m. North Florida at Auburn, 7 p.m. Chattanooga at Kentucky, 7 p.m. Alabama vs. Kansas St., at Kansas City, 9 p.m. Georgia at Southern Cal, 9 p.m. Sunday’s Games No games scheduled ———


Conference All Games W L PCT W L PCT Tulane................. 0 0 .000 11 1 .917 Rice.................... 0 0 .000 7 2 .778 Southern Miss.. 0 0 .000 7 2 .778 UCF.................... 0 0 .000 7 2 .778 Marshall.............. 0 0 .000 6 2 .750 Memphis............. 0 0 .000 5 3 .625 SMU.................... 0 0 .000 5 4 .556 East Carolina...... 0 0 .000 5 4 .556 Houston.............. 0 0 .000 4 4 .500 Tulsa................... 0 0 .000 4 6 .400 UTEP.................. 0 0 .000 2 5 .286 UAB.................... 0 0 .000 2 6 .250 Friday’s Game East Carolina 71, UNC Greensboro 62 Today’s Games Memphis at Louisville, 3 p.m. Ole Miss at Southern Miss, 3:30 p.m. Old Dominion at Central Florida, 4 p.m. UTSA at Tulsa, 6 p.m. High Point at Marshall, 6 p.m. Texas-Arlington at Tulsa, 6 p.m. Lamar at Rice, 7 p.m.



Mt. Salus 22 18 2 5 — 47 Porters Chapel 3 2 0 8 — 13 Mt. Salus (47) Michaela Harper 8, Anna Grace Govero 8, Sandifer 7, Davis 6, Evans 4, Byrd 4, Baging 3, Bishop 3, Green 2, Latham 2. Porters Chapel (13) Claire Mims 4, Graise 3, Brewer 3, Locke 2, Krapac 1.


Bogue Chitto 20 16 9 22 — 69 St. Aloysius 11 16 10 10 — 47 Bogue Chitto (69) Earlneshia Dillon 28, Marshonnique Blackwell 14, Adrienne Wallace 14, Welch 6, Avants 6, L. Wallace 2. St. Aloysius (47) Ann Garrison Thomas 19, Willis 9, Welp 8, Giambrone 5, A. Engel 4, Gamble 2.



Mt. Salus 12 2 6 9 — 29 Porters Chapel 18 22 14 19 — 73 Mt. Salus (29) Ben Wiggins 6, J.J. Johnson 6, James Selvage 6, Miller 4, Davis 4, Gearhart 3. Porters Chapel (73) Kawayne Gaston 21, Alton Burden 19, Ted Brisco 15, Talbot Buys 12, Lassiter 6.


Bogue Chitto 10 21 16 18 — 65 St. Aloysius 14 14 14 20 — 62 Bogue Chitto (65) Zachary Perkins 16, Damien Terrell 15, Dennis Rogers 14, Jermaine Blackwell 12, J. Blackwell 3, Butler 2, J. Blackwell 1. St. Aloysius (62) Elliott Bexley 25, Kameron Reed 19, Welp 6, Foley 6, Islam 2, Smith 2, Hayes 2.

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2011-12 Bowl schedule Dec. 17 New Mexico Bowl Wyoming (8-4) vs. Temple (8-4)....................1:30 p.m. ESPN Dec. 17 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Utah St. (7-5) vs. Ohio (9-4).......................4:30 p.m. ESPN Dec. 17 New Orleans Bowl La.-Lafayette (8-4) vs. San Diego St. (8-4).................8 p.m. ESPN Dec. 20 Beef ’O’Brady’s Bowl

Marshall (6-6) vs. FIU (8-4)...............................7 p.m. ESPN

Dec. 21 Poinsettia Bowl

TCU (10-2) vs. Louisiana Tech (8-4)........................7 p.m. ESPN

Dec. 22 MAACO Bowl

Boise St. (11-1) vs. Arizona St. (6-6).....................7 p.m. ESPN

Dec. 24 Hawaii Bowl

Nevada (7-5) vs. Southern Miss (11-2).................... 7 p.m. ESPN

Dec. 26 Independence Bowl

North Carolina (7-5) vs. Missouri (7-5)....................3 p.m. ESPN

Dec. 27 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl Western Michigan (7-5) vs. Purdue (6-6)...........3:30 p.m. ESPN2 Dec. 27 Belk Bowl North Carolina St. (7-5) vs. Louisville (7-5).................7 p.m. ESPN Dec. 28 Military Bowl Dec. 28 Holiday Bowl

Air Force (7-5) vs. Toledo (8-4).....................3:30 p.m. ESPN Texas (7-5) vs. California (7-5)..........................7 p.m. ESPN

Dec. 29 Champs Sports Bowl Dec. 29 Alamo Bowl

Florida St. (8-4) vs. Notre Dame (8-4)................4:30 p.m. ESPN Baylor (9-3) vs. Washington (7-5)........................8 p.m. ESPN

Dec. Dec. Dec. Dec.

30 30 30 30

Armed Forces Bowl Pinstripe Bowl Music City Bowl Insight Bowl

Dec. Dec. Dec. Dec. Dec.

31 31 31 31 31

Meinke Car Care Bowl Sun Bowl Liberty Bowl Fight Hunger Bowl Chick-fil-A Bowl

Jan. Jan. Jan. Jan. Jan. Jan.

2 2 2 2 2 2

Tulsa (8-4) vs. BYU (9-3).............................11 Rutgers (8-4) vs. Iowa St. (6-6).....................2:30 Mississippi St. (6-6) vs. Wake Forest (6-6)........... 5:40 Oklahoma (9-3) vs. Iowa (7-5)...........................9

a.m. ESPN p.m. ESPN p.m. ESPN p.m. ESPN

Texas A&M (6-6) vs. Northwestern (6-6).................11 a.m. ESPN Georgia Tech (8-4) vs. Utah (7-5).......................... 1 p.m. CBS Vanderbilt (6-6) vs. Cincinnati (9-3)..................2:30 p.m. ESPN UCLA (6-7) vs. Illinois (6-6)........................2:30 p.m. ESPN Virginia (8-4) vs. Auburn (7-5)......................6:30 p.m. ESPN

TicketCity Bowl Capital One Bowl Outback Bowl Gator Bowl Rose Bowl Fiesta Bowl

Penn St. (9-3) vs. Houston (12-1)................... 11 a.m. ESPNU Nebraska (9-3) vs. South Carolina (10-2)....................Noon ESPN Georgia (10-3) vs. Michigan St. (10-3)........................ Noon ABC Florida (6-6) vs. Ohio St. (6-6)...........................Noon ESPN2 Oregon (11-2) vs. Wisconsin (11-2).......................4 p.m. ESPN Stanford (11-1) vs. Oklahoma St. (11-1)..............7:30 p.m. ESPN

Jan. 3 Sugar Bowl

Michigan (10-2) vs. Virginia Tech (11-2)...................7 p.m. ESPN

Jan. 4 Orange Bowl

West Virginia (9-3) vs. Clemson (10-3)....................7 p.m. ESPN

Jan. 6 Cotton Bowl

Kansas St. (10-2) vs. Arkansas (10-2)....................7 p.m. Fox

Jan. 7 BBVA Compass Bowl Jan. 8 Bowl

Pittsburgh (6-6) vs. SMU (7-5).........................11 a.m. ESPN Arkansas St. (10-2) vs. Northern Illinois (10-3)..............8 p.m. ESPN

Jan. 9 BCS National Championship

LSU (13-0) vs. Alabama (11-1).....................7:30 p.m. ESPN

College basketball on TV 11 a.m. ESPN - Ohio State at South Carolina 11 a.m. FSN - Miami vs. Florida Atlantic 11 a.m. Big Ten - Alabama A&M at Michigan 1 p.m. CBS - Butler vs. Purdue 1:30 p.m. ESPN2 - Temple at Texas 1:30 p.m. FSN - Florida vs. Texas A&M 3 p.m. CBS - Memphis at Louisville 3:30 p.m. ESPN2 - Notre Dame vs. Indiana 3:30 p.m. FSN - Winthrop at Clemson 4 p.m. Big Ten - UNLV at Illinois 5 p.m. ESPNU - Appalachian State at North Carolina 5:30 p.m. ESPN2 - Syracuse at North Carolina State 6 p.m. Big Ten - Bowling Green at Michigan State 7 p.m. ESPNU - Houston vs. Oklahoma 7 p.m. CBS Sports Network - Villanova at St. Joseph’s 8 p.m. Big Ten - Drake at Iowa 9 p.m. ESPNU - Alabama vs. Kansas State 9:30 p.m. ESPN2 - New Mexico vs. Oklahoma State

nhl EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division

GP Philadelphia.....30 N.Y. Rangers...29 Pittsburgh........32 New Jersey.....31 N.Y. Islanders..29

W 20 17 17 17 9

L 7 8 11 13 14

OT 3 4 4 1 6

Pts 43 38 38 35 24

Northeast Division

GP Boston.............30 Buffalo.............31 Toronto............31 Ottawa.............33 Montreal...........32

W 20 16 16 15 13

L 9 12 12 14 12

OT 1 3 3 4 7

Pts 41 35 35 34 33

Southeast Division

GP Florida..............32 Washington......30 Winnipeg..........31 Tampa Bay......31 Carolina...........33

W 17 16 14 13 10

L 9 13 13 16 18

OT 6 1 4 2 5

Pts 40 33 32 28 25


GP Chicago...........32 Detroit..............30 St. Louis..........30 Nashville..........31 Columbus........31

W 20 19 18 16 9

L 8 10 9 11 18

OT 4 1 3 4 4

Pts 44 39 39 36 22

Northwest Division

GP Minnesota........32 Vancouver.......31 Calgary............32 Edmonton........31 Colorado..........32

W 20 18 14 14 14

L 8 11 14 14 17

OT 4 2 4 3 1

Pts 44 38 32 31 29

Pacific Division

GP Dallas...............31 San Jose.........29 Phoenix............31 Los Angeles....31 Anaheim..........31 NOTE: Two points time loss.

W L 18 12 16 10 16 12 14 13 9 17 for a win,

OT 1 3 3 4 5 one

——— Friday’s Games Florida 3, Calgary 2, SO Buffalo 5, Toronto 4 Ottawa 6, Pittsburgh 4 New Jersey 6, Dallas 3 Chicago 4, Anaheim 1 Today’s Games Boston at Philadelphia, Noon Vancouver at Toronto, 6 p.m. New Jersey at Montreal, 6 p.m. Buffalo at Pittsburgh, 6 p.m. Anaheim at Winnipeg, 6 p.m. Los Angeles at Detroit, 6 p.m.

GF 110 84 99 85 67

GA 85 65 85 89 96

GF 102 86 97 102 82

GA 61 86 100 116 84

GF GA 87 82 90 94 84 94 84 105 84 113

GF 107 96 75 83 74

GA 96 67 63 83 102

GF 83 101 80 85 86

GA 70 77 90 84 99

Pts GF GA 37 80 86 35 83 72 35 82 82 32 67 71 23 72 100 point for over-

Tampa Bay at Columbus, 6 p.m. St. Louis at Nashville, 7 p.m. N.Y. Islanders at Minnesota, 7 p.m. N.Y. Rangers at Phoenix, 7 p.m. Washington at Colorado, 8 p.m. Edmonton at San Jose, 9 p.m. Sunday’s Games Carolina at Florida, 4 p.m. Calgary at Chicago, 6 p.m. Columbus at St. Louis, 6 p.m.

transactions BASKETBALL NBA

CHICAGO BULLS — Waived G Keith Bogans and G Jennero Pargo. GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS — Claimed G Ish Smith off waivers from Memphis. MIAMI HEAT — Agreed to terms with coach Erik Spoelstra on a contract extension. NEW ORLEANS HORNETS — Agreed to terms with F Jason Smith on a three-year contract.

LOTTERY Sunday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 7-9-5 La. Pick 4: 7-3-0-9 Monday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 5-7-6 La. Pick 4: 1-4-7-5 Tuesday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 5-2-0 La. Pick 4: 0-7-0-9 Wednesday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 6-6-4 La. Pick 4: 6-8-7-9 Easy 5: 3-9-17-24-25 La. Lotto: 5-13-24-29-31-36 Powerball: 2-24-46-52-56 Powerball: 19; Power play: 5 Thursday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 5-0-9 La. Pick 4: 1-5-2-7 Friday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 9-6-8 La. Pick 4: 3-4-5-5 Saturday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 0-8-8 La. Pick 4: 8-4-0-5 Easy 5: 10-14-20-21-22 La. Lotto: 7-8-9-26-33-37 Powerball: 5-18-33-43-45 Powerball: 8; Power play: 3

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college football

Continued from Page C1. throw by Ben Welp gave the Flashes (1-9) its last lead at 62-61 with 1:15 left. Perkins answered with a 16-foot jumper to give the Bobcats the lead for good at 63-62 with a minute left. Elliot Bexley had two shots at retaking the lead, the last on a 10-footer with 16 seconds left, but missed and Bogue Chitto escaped. “In those situations, you have to get to the basket,” St. Al coach Delvin Thompson said. “We’re down one and they’re in the bonus, we wanted everything to go to the basket. You can’t rely on a jump shot.” The loss was the third at

home where St. Al outplayed its opponent but could not close out. “Every game is an experience,” Thompson said. “We will learn how to finish games.” Bexley led St. Al with 25 points, five assists and three steals. Kameron Reed was impressive with 19 points and 17 rebounds. Foley had six points, four rebounds, five assists and four steals. Bogue Chitto had four players in double figures, led by Perkins with 16 points. Damien Terrell had 15, followed by Dennis Rogers with 14 and Jermaine Blackwell had 12.

PCA Continued from Page C1. was off to the races. It turned up the defense, forced 10 second-quarter turnovers and didn’t allow Mt. Salus to score until Johnson hit a runner in the lane with 1:50 to play. By then, PCA had ripped off 18 straight points and led 34-14. “Our defense started off slow. We weren’t fast breaking like we normally do. We were slowing down the ball,” Brisco said. “We started playing better defense and defense leads to offense.” PCA led 40-14 at halftime and by as many as 45 points late in the second half. One of the few truly thrilling moments was a dunk by Brisco — something he has been trying to do all season — in the waning moments. “It felt great,” Brisco said with a smile. Now the Eagles can fully turn their attention to Trinity, which handed them their only loss on Dec. 5 in Natchez. Trinity also beat PCA in the semifinals of the Class

A Tournament last season. This is PCA’s last game until Jan. 7, so a little revenge would make a fine Christmas present. “They gave us our only loss,” Brisco said. “Everybody’s going to bring their A game tomorrow.”

(G) Mt. Salus 47, Porters Chapel 13 Michaela Harper and Anna Grace Govero scored eight points apiece for Mt. Salus, which jumped out to a 22-3 lead at the end of the first quarter and cruised to a win over Porters Chapel. Ten different players scored for Mt. Salus. The visting Lady Eagles led 40-5 at halftime before backing off in the second half. Claire Mims led PCA with four points, and Marshedia Graise and Samantha Brewer had three apiece. Graise and Mims each hit a 3-pointer in the fourth quarter as PCA finished strong.


Ragin’ Cajuns primed for bowl By Brett Martel The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS — Rocky Long and Mark Hudspeth have enjoyed charmed first seasons in their new head coaching jobs. Long’s San Diego State and Hudspeth’s Louisiana-Lafayette each won eight games and collide in the New Orleans Bowl tonight. The foundation each started with, however, was entirely different. The Ragin’ Cajuns (8-4) weren’t supposed to be anywhere near bowl contention, according to various preseason polls. Instead they won eight games for the first time since Jake Delhomme was a freshman quarterback in 1993 to qualify for their first bowl game in 41 years and first ever as a Division I FBS program. The Aztecs (8-4) are in their second straight bowl and seeking a second straight nine-win season. “We were picked 120 (out of 120 FBS teams) by one poll, 118 by another, and don’t think I didn’t use that,” said Hudspeth, who last December left Dan Mullen’s staff at Mississippi State to take his first Division I head coaching post. “If you don’t go to work every day with that in the back of your mind, you don’t have any pride in yourself. I know it got to me, and I hope it got to those kids, and I think it did with the way they worked.” The Cajuns spent most of the season in contention for a Sun Belt Conference title before finally dropping to third with a 6-2 league record. That was still good enough for a bid to New Orleans, which is only about two hours east on Interstate 10 from Louisiana-Lafayette’s idyllic red-brick campus,

The associated press

Louisiana-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth cheers his team against Arizona this season. Arizona won 45-37.

Bowls on TV TV: ESPN 1:30 p.m. New Mexico Bowl - Wyoming vs. Temple 4:30 p.m. Famous Idaho Potato Bowl - Utah St. vs. Ohio 8 p.m. New Orleans Bowl - La.-Lafayette vs. San Diego St. replete with a preserved portion of swamp habitat, in the heart of Acadiana. Predictably, the Cajuns’ bowlstarved faithful have snapped up thousands of tickets and are descending in force upon the Big Easy. “It’s almost like having another home game,” said Cajuns quarterback Blaine Gautier, who needs one more

TD pass to break Delhomme’s school record of 20 in a season. “We’re expecting a huge crowd from Lafayette. It’s beautiful.” Long knows what kind of advantage that could be for his opponent. He was defensive coordinator at SDSU last season, when the Aztecs played in their home stadium and beat Navy in the Poinset-

tia Bowl. “It makes me really nervous,” Long said. “In my opinion, it’s exactly the same situation, in reverse. “I know they don’t get the same notoriety as some other schools in this state,” Long continued, referring to No. 1 LSU. “But they’re a great football team. I don’t think they started out that way, but they’ve gained confidence.” Long, a former head coach at New Mexico, did not have to oversee the type of turnaround Hudspeth pulled off. Still, Long was part of Brady Hoke’s successful effort to change the fortunes of an SDSU program that had endured nine seasons without a winning record when they arrived before the 2009 season. In their second season, they recorded the program’s first bowl victory since 1969. Last winter, Hoke was hired away by Michigan and Long was promoted. “Last year was one of those teams that had a lot of talent, played very well and with each win gained some confidence,” Long said. “This season started with high expectations.” The Aztecs’ success this season has stemmed largely from their running game and defense. Ronnie Hillman rushed for 1,656 yards this season, averaging 5.8 yards per carry, and became the first Aztec rusher since New Orleans native Marshall Faulk to string together consecutive 1,500yard seasons. Hillman likes the idea of playing a bowl game in Faulk’s hometown. “Everybody knows if you’re going to be a good running back (at SDSU), you’ve got to chase his records,” Hillman said.

Wayne State, Pittsburg State meet for D-II title

Continued from Page C1. in the United States Navy as a petty officer in the Atlantic Ordnance Command, and served in both the Gulf War and in Operation Enduring Freedom. “I did a lot of the search and seizures when we ran the blockades off Yemen,” Johnson said. “I’d be in my little boat and then have to stop and get aboard those big boats and check for contraband.” Johnson feels his military service gave him the guidance he needed after finishing high school at East Side, where he was a standout guard and linebacker from 1990-92. “The United States Navy did a great deal for me. I live by its motto: “Honor. Courage. Discipline,” Johnson said. During his time in the Navy, Johnson worked on his bachelors degree and earned it in 2002 at the University of Southern Illinois. When he left the service, he got his first football coaching job at Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Fla. “They had not had football there for 50 years, but we resurrected the program,” Johnson said. He coached linebackers in his first season and produced an honorable mention All-American. In 2004, he was promoted to defensive coordinator and helped lead Edward Waters to a conference championship and No. 14 ranking in the Historically Black Colleges and Universities poll. In 2005, Johnson moved back to his native Bolivar County to be with his ill mother. He took the head coaching job at John F. Kennedy in Mound Bayou. “Mound Bayou had gone winless the year before, but we turned it around and won some games,” he said. A year later, he took the head coaching job at East Side and went 7-5 in his first season. After two rebuilding seasons, Johnson had the Trojans moving upward


in 2009 with an 8-4 finish. In 2010, he moved his ninth grade son, Tavares, Jr., into the starting quarterback role and the Trojans went on to a 10-3 season, which included a playoff win Last season, the Trojans went 14-1 and advanced to the Class 3A semifinals where they lost to eventual state champion Charleston. Johnson’s son keyed the Trojans’ attack by passing for 2,839 yards and 28 touchdowns. In two seasons as a starter, Tavares Jr. has thrown for 4,479 yards with 47 touchdowns and only eight interceptions. Johnson Sr., said he will bring his version of the spread he calls the “Hobo” to Vicksburg. The offense led Class 3A in scoring at 41 points per game. “It’s what I call ‘High Octane, Big Offense.’ We want to score points. We want to score points as fast as we can. It’s my version of the spread. It’s a lot of spread, but it also has option, and some Wing-T elements mixed in,” Johnson said. On defense, Johnson said the Gators will be aggressive. “I play an odd front. I like it because you can adjust it to any kind of offense that you face. I love linebackers and we’re going to have four out there and maybe a fifth, if I can work it in. We’ll have three down linemen and they’ll be the best three we have. We’re going to be sound,” Johnson said. As for player discipline, which VHS principal Derrick Reed said was a determining factor in choosing Johnson over 11 interviewed applicants and 50 overall, Johnson said he has a firm approach. “We’re going to focus on attention to detail and hold kids accountable,” Johnson said. “Kids crave structure and that’s what we’ll bring. Coaching is a very unique profession. They are no set hours. I will do the time necessary to get the job done.”

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — First-timer Wayne State and playoff veteran Pittsburg State have overcome a lot to reach the Division II championship game. Now they have just one more hurdle to clear today at Braly Stadium: Each other. Wayne State (12-3) has had to win four straight road games in its first playoff appearance, joining Delta State last year as the only unranked team to reach the title game. “We’ve played four playoff games against good football teams,” Warriors coach Paul Winters said. “I don’t think we’re intimidated or overwhelmed by the situation. “It’s been a very, very fun ride.” Pittsburg State (12-1) trailed 10-0 and 9-0 after the first quarter in its first two playoff games, then routed Delta State 49-23 last week despite committing five turnovers. “That just doesn’t happen in the championship game,” Pittsburg State coach Tim Beck said. The Warriors program and Beck are playoff veterans, but the current players don’t have much more postseason experience than Wayne State. This is Pittsburg State’s 17th playoff appearance and fifth trip to the championship game, but the Gorillas are coming off a two-year drought. They are 1-3 in the title game with the lone victory coming over Jacksonville State in 1991. “The thing you have to do is enjoy it while you’re here and have fun but every once in a while step back and refocus and remember why here and what you’re here for,” said Beck, in his second year as head coach and 25th with the program. Based on pedigree, this might seem like a mismatch, especially since Pittsburg State finished the regular season ranked No. 7 while Wayne State barely made the playoffs as the lowest-seeded team in its region after a 43-42 loss to Findlay in the finale. Then again, the past 10 championship games have

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Pittsburg State quarterback Zac Dickey makes a 27-yard rush against Delta State last week. been decided by seven points or less. That includes Delta State’s 20-17 loss to Minnesota-Duluth last season on a field goal as time expired. Now, Wayne State is trying to join the 1996 Northern Colorado squad as the only threeloss team to win a Division II title. “They’re playing with an extreme amount of confidence right now,” Beck said. “You can tell that they’re very well coached. They do some very unique things defensively. They’re playing very hard and aggressive and fast on defense. You can tell they’re just an overall very good football team.” It helped that two of Wayne State’s top defenders — defensive end Greg Hasse and linebacker Ed Viverette — returned from injuries in time for the playoffs. “Once we got our guys back from a health standpoint, we were a better team,” Winters said. Wayne State has thrived on balance offensively. Toney

Davis has run for 1,379 yards and 20 touchdowns while Josh Renel has 1,343 yards and 14 TDs on the ground. Quarterback Mickey Mohner has passed for 25 touchdowns while receiver Troy Burrell

has 86 catches for 1,620 yards and 15 TDs. They’ll face a defense led by linebacker Nate Dreiling, who has 124 tackles and seven interceptions. Pittsburg State’s biggest offensive weapon is dualthreat quarterback Zac Dickey. Dickey has passed for 2,100 yards and 16 touchdowns while rushing for 1,097 yards and another 10 scores. He’ll have to be wary of Wayne State safety Jeremy Jones, who has picked off nine passes. Pittsburg State has already avenged its only loss of the season by beating Washburn to open the playoffs. Wayne State stumbled into the field despite losing three of its last five games. T h e Wa r r i o r s h av e rebounded quite nicely after making the playoffs. “I said, ‘Hey listen, we’re in the tournament, we’ve got a chance to compete, let’s go compete,”’ Winters said. “And our guys have done that very well.”


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Suspension appeal denied for Harrison By The Associated Press NEW YORK — James Harrison is nothing if not exact. On the field and off. Though he did not address the media on Friday, after the NFL denied his appeal of a one-game suspension for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Cleveland quarterback Colt McCoy, the Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker did respond on his Twitter page. “17 games, 1000+ snaps, 100+ tackles, 12+sacks and 2 forces fumbles since my last incident and I get a suspension for a football play!” Indeed he did, and as a result, Harrison will sit out Monday night’s game against San Francisco. The ruling was made by NFL-NFLPA on-field appeals officer Ted Cottrell after a careful review of the hit that drew the original suspension on Tuesday. McCoy, who returned during the Steelers’ win over the Browns on Dec. 8, suffered a concussion. He has been ruled out for Sunday’s game at Arizona, and Browns coach Pat Shurmur said that backup Seneca Wallace will start in his place. While Harrison was quiet about the suspension, his teammates — as expected — were anything but. “I’m not surprised. You’re appealing to the same people who put the suspension in place, so no, I’m not surprised at all,” Steelers safety Ryan Clark said. “I don’t care about the league’s message anymore. It’s about us as a football team playing the type of football that’s going to help us win championships, despite who gets suspended, despite who gets

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fined. “We’re going to try to play within the rules. We’re going to stop fighting this battle of talking to them. That’s what this is about.”

Peterson probable for game vs. Saints EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is listed as probable to return to the lineup Sunday against the New Orleans Saints after missing the past three games with a high ankle sprain. Coach Leslie Frazier said Peterson’s ankle responded well to increased repetitions in practice this week. He hinted Peterson might not return to a full workload immediately on Sunday because of the missed time. Peterson said Thursday he was about 85 percent healthy.

Saints’ Harper fined $22,500 NEW YORK — New Orleans safety Roman Harper has been fined a total of $22,500 by the NFL for two infractions during the Saints’ game against the Tennessee Titans last Sunday. Harper was fined $15,000 for roughing the passer, and another $7,500 for unnecessary roughness. In other fines announced by the league on Friday, San Francisco linebacker Larry Grant, New England defensive end Andre Carter and Kansas City linebacker Jovan Belcher were docked $15,000 apiece for roughing the passer infractions. Detroit linebacker Stephen Tulloch was fined $10,000 for striking an opponent away from

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Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison, right, has been suspended one game by the NFL for a helmet-tohelmet hit on Cleveland quarterback Colt McCoy during a game on Dec. 8. the play. Washington’s DeAngelo Hall was penalized $7,500 for unsportsmanlike conduct (throwing a penalty flag).

Injured Johnson out for Texans HOUSTON — Houston star receiver Andre Johnson will miss his second straight game with a strained left hamstring on Sunday when the Texans host Carolina. Johnson was injured running a route against Atlanta on Dec. 4. He missed last week’s 20-19 win at Cincinnati, which clinched Houston’s first AFC South title and playoff berth. It is the second injury Johnson has dealt with this

Reeling Cowboys face must-win game TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — If the suddenly reeling Dallas Cowboys learned anything while letting a solid grip on the NFC East lead slip away, it’s to not take anything for granted. So while Tony Romo and a talented supporting cast might still control their own destiny in the division race, a string of late collapses that’s cost them a clear path to the playoffs illustrate why they can’t afford to overlook anyone — including the struggling Tampa Bay Buccaneers tonight — down the stretch. “We take it week by week,” Romo said, declining to speculate on the prospects of rebounding from consecutive losses to the Cardinals and Giants to finish atop the standings. The Cowboys (7-6) are tied with the Giants for first place, however New York holds the tiebreaker advantage after rallying from a 12-point deficit in the final three minutes to win 37-34 in Dallas last Sunday. Dallas can clinch the NFC East by winning remaining games against Tampa Bay (4-9), at home against Philadelphia, and on the road against the Giants in the regular season finale. “Obviously we’ve lost a couple of close games. ... We just have to come out and play a great game this week, have great energy and play our best game of the year,” Romo said. “It’s going to be a great challenge. ... Tampa is never an easy place to play.” The Bucs have lost seven straight and eight of nine overall following a 3-1 start, raising questions about whether ownership is contemplating replacing coach Raheem Morris. There’s been talk that Cowboys coach Jason Garrett might be on the hotseat even though Dallas owner Jerry Jones said this week that Garrett’s job is safe. Garrett said he’s focused on the Buccaneers, not whether he will be dismissed if the Cowboys fail to make the playoffs.

NFL on TV Today 7:20 p.m. NFL Network Dallas at Tampa Bay Sunday Noon Fox - New Orleans at Minnesota Noon CBS - Cincinnati at St. Louis 3:15 p.m. CBS - New England at Denver 7:15 p.m. NBC - Baltimore at San Diego Monday 7:30 p.m. ESPN - Pittsburgh at San Francisco “There’s no question, any time the owner says something positive, that’s a good thing,” Garrett said. “But again we know what the challenges are, and we’ve got to keep putting our best foot forward. We ask our players to do that and we have to do that as coaches, regardless of what anybody says.” The Bucs, who’ve fallen apart after a start that included victories over NFC South rivals New Orleans and Atlanta, are relishing their role as potential spoilers. After facing the Cowboys, who’ve led in the fourth quarter in five of their six losses, Tampa Bay closes on the road at Carolina and Atlanta. “Dallas is kind of on the bubble right now. ... I can’t think of anything happier than to go out and get a win and maybe put a damper on their hopes,” Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman said, adding that while Tampa Bay’s skid has been frustrating he and his teammates haven’t given up on themselves. “Guys just want to win. We’re upset about losing, but guys come into work and want to do something about it to correct it. It’s not a deal where we’re losing and nobody wants to be around the building or nobody wants to work at it,” Freeman added. “Guys are still giving it all they’ve got, trying to figure out a way to right the ship.”

Wide receiver Miles Austin will lead the Dallas Cowboys against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers tonight. After leading the Bucs to a surprising 10-6 record and narrowly missing the playoffs last season, Freeman has struggled in his second full season as a starter. A year ago, the third quarterback selected in the 2009 draft threw for 25 touchdowns and just six interceptions. This season, he’s been slowed by right thumb and shoulder injuries, made some poor decisions with the football and thrown for 12 touchdowns vs. 18 interceptions. Tampa Bay turned the ball over seven times against the Jaguars and enter tonight tied with the Eagles with a leagueleading 31 giveaways, compared to 19 all of last season. The Bucs are the third-most penalized team in the league. Morris declines to make excuses, but stresses that as the league’s youngest team the Bucs are far from a finished product. He insists he’s not spending time worrying about his job because the pressure to win is no greater than it’s ever been. “If you don’t feel like you’re working for your job every day,” Morris said, “then you’re probably not doing your job.”

season after sitting out six games following surgery to repair an injury to his other hamstring. Coach Gary Kubiak said Johnson is getting close to being ready to play, but that he wasn’t quite healthy enough to go this week.

QB Hasselbeck to start for Titans NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Matt Hasselbeck will start for the Tennessee Titans against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, barring any setback. Hasselbeck practiced fully on Friday despite an injured left calf. He will be listed as questionable, but is expected to start.

CHICAGO (AP) — The attorney for Sam Hurd said Friday that his client had never sold drugs to other NFL players, hoping to put any rumors to rest as the wide receiver without a team prepares to fight federal drug charges that could put him in jail for 40 years. Less than an hour after Hurd was cut by the Chicago Bears, defense attorney Brett Greenfield told reporters that his client planned to fight the charges and wanted one thing made clear. “Sam has asked me to address one point, with respect to the rumors that Sam has been supplying drugs to other members of the NFL, out of respect to the NFL, out of respect to teammates and out of respect to other players, he 100 percent denies that allegation,” Greenfield said. “It is patently and totally false. It just didn’t happen.” League spokesman Brian McCarthy said the NFL was closely monitoring the situation. Asked about a report that authorities have a list of NFL players with ties to the drug case, McCarthy said: “We are not aware of such a list.” U.S. Magistrate Young Kim ordered Hurd to surrender his passport and any firearms. Hurd is expected to be tried in Texas, where the criminal complaint was filed this week by the U.S. attorney. Hurd, who appeared in court in an orange jumpsuit with his feet shackled, waived his right to a preliminary hearing, meaning the next step is for prosecutors to take their case before a grand jury. Several members of Hurd’s family, including his wife, mother and brother, attended the hearing but he didn’t appear to look at them, even as he was led

out of the room. He was later released after posting $100,000 bond. Hurd was arrested Wednesday Sam night outside Hurd a Chicago steakhouse, according to the complaint. He allegedly told an undercover agent he was interested in buying five to 10 kilograms of cocaine and 1,000 pounds of marijuana per week to distribute in the Chicago area. Hurd told the agent a “coconspirator is in charge of doing the majority of the deals” while he focused on “higher-end deals,” the complaint said. He agreed to pay $25,000 for each kilogram of cocaine and $450 a pound for the marijuana, according to the charges, and then said he could pay for a kilo of cocaine — about 2.2 pounds — after “he gets out of practice.” He walked out of the restaurant with the package and was arrested. Hurd faces up to 40 years in prison and a $2 million fine if convicted of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine, or half a kilogram. Teammates said they were stunned by the allegations and general manager Jerry Angelo said he was, too, as he announced the team was cutting Hurd. “There were no facts, there were no flags, that anybody could present tangibly to say we should have known otherwise, and I want to make that perfectly clear to the public, to our fans,” Angelo said Friday. “We do our homework. We do our due diligence.”

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One big, happy family

TONIGHT ON TV n MOVIE “The Love Guru� — An American-born swami, Mike Myers, must get a hockey player’s marriage back on track so the man can help his team win the Stanley Cup./8 on Comedy n SPORTS College football — The college bowl season kicks off today with a tripleheader. Temple and Wyoming play in the New Mexico Bowl to start it off, followed by Utah State vs. Idaho in the Potato Bowl at 4:30, and San Diego State vs. LouisianaLafayette in the New Orleans Mike Myers Bowl at 8./1 on ESPN n PRIMETIME “Grimm� — Nick investigates a series of deaths and disappearances; a stranger shows up to avenge a friend who died at the hands of a Grimm./7 on NBC

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

MILESTONES n BIRTHDAYS Ernie Hudson, actor, 66; Chris Matthews, political commentator, 66; Eugene Levy, comedian-actor, 65; Paul Rodgers, rock singer, 62; Sharon White, country singer, 58; Tracy Byrd, country singer, 45; Milla Jovovich, actress, 36; Bree Sharp, singer, 36; Jennifer Carpenter, actress, 32; Shannon Woodward, actress, 27; Nat Wolff, actor-singer, 17.


’At Last’ singer Etta James terminally ill “At Last� and “Tell Mama� blues singer Etta James, whose health has been fading in recent years, is now terminally ill, and her live-in doctor is asking for prayers. Dr. Elaine James, who isn’t related to the 73-year-old entertainer, said that the singer’s chronic leukemia was declared incurable two weeks ago. The doctor has cared for Etta James at the singer’s Riverside, Calif., area home since March 2010. Elaine James said she’s spreading word of the Etta singer’s ailments so people will pray for her. She James said fans know Etta James has been sick “but not how sick.� Court records in the singer’s probate case show she also suffers from dementia and kidney failure. Elaine James made her comments outside a Riverside conservatorship hearing over the singer’s $1 million estate. The singer’s son, Donto James, wants a conservator rather than the singer’s husband, Artis Mills.

Reggae star appeals drug conviction Grammy-winning reggae star Buju Banton claims in an appeal of his federal drug conviction there was not enough evidence to prove he was involved in a cocaine conspiracy. The appeal filed Friday by attorney David O. Markus also says Banton was relentlessly pursued by a federal informant seeking a $50,000 government payday. Markus said that resulted Buju in improper entrapment. Banton Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie, is serving a 10-year prison sentence following his February conviction on cocaine conspiracy and trafficking charges. A related gun charge was tossed out by a judge. Banton is extremely popular in his native Jamaica and won a Grammy for his latest album shortly before his drug conviction. It will likely be months before the Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issues a decision.

King’s heating oil plan exceeds goals Horror author Stephen King’s efforts to raise money to help low-income Maine residents pay their heating oil bills this winter have exceeded goals. King announced last month that his foundation would match up to $70,000 if listeners of the three Bangor-area radio stations he owns donated that amount, for a total of $140,000. Stephen Listeners donated $24,000, the Lerner FoundaKing tion pitched in $46,000 and the foundation kept its promise. On-air personality Pat LaMarche says an anonymous Californian then promised another $50,000, if King matched it. The Maine native agreed, bringing the total to over $240,000. King said he’s “grateful� to everybody who helped.

ANd one more

Israeli changes name to Zuckerberg Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, meet your Israeli doppelganger: Mark Zuckerberg. Israeli entrepreneur Rotem Guez said he has legally changed his name to that of Facebook’s CEO, a gimmick meant to persuade the social networking site to back down from what he says are threats to take legal action against him. He’s telling Facebook: “If you want to sue me, you’re going to have to sue Mark Zuckerberg.� He said a lawyer for Facebook pressed him this week to close his online business Like Store, calling it illegal. Like Store promises to enhance companies’ online reputations by offering Facebook users free content only accessible by clicking “like� on the companies’ profiles. The Israeli acknowledged on Saturday his company violates Facebook’s terms of use, but says many U.S. companies offer similar services.


Judge to mull challenge of Utah bigamy law SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A polygamous family made famous on a reality television show is asking a Utah federal judge not to block their challenge of the state’s bigamy law. Kody Brown and wives Meri, Janelle, Christine and Robyn filed a lawsuit in Salt Lake City’s U.S. District Court in July. Oral arguments in the case were set for Friday before U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups. The stars of the TLC show “Sister Wives� said the law is unconstitutional because it prohibits them from living together and criminalizes their private sexual relationships. Under Utah law, people are guilty of bigamy if they have multiple marriage licenses, or if they cohabitate with another consenting adult in a marriagelike relationship. Formerly of Lehi, the Browns and their 17 children moved to Nevada in January after police launched a bigamy investigation. The Browns practice as part of their religious beliefs. It’s not clear when Waddoups will rule. State prosecutors contend the Browns — who haven’t been charged — aren’t facing any real harm because the state has rarely prosecuted individuals for bigamy without also prosecuting for other crimes, such as underage marriages, sexual abuse or welfare fraud. “They have not been warned that if they do not cease to engage in their polygamous relationships that legal actions will be taken against them,� Assistant Utah Attorney General Jerrold S. Jensen has said in court papers asking the judge to dismiss the case. “And — what is probably the tipping point — there have been no arrests or prosecutions for the mere practice of polygamy in Utah in over 50 years.� A check of state court records by The Associated Press found

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Kody Brown with his wives, from left, Robyn, Christine, Meri and Janelle

Kody Brown and wives Meri, Janelle, Christine and Robyn filed a lawsuit in Salt Lake City’s U.S. District Court in July. Oral arguments in the case were set for Friday before U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups.

of a custody battle during their divorce. He ultimately pleaded no contest to adultery because the divorce was finalized before the bigamy case went to trial. Easterday was sentenced to

probation. Polygamy in Utah and across much of the Intermountain West is a legacy of 19th century Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

at least two cases, however. Bob Foster had three wives when he was arrested and charged with bigamy in 1974. He pleaded no contest and was sentenced to six months in Jail. He was released after 21 days and ordered to serve five years of probation. A judge also said Foster was not allowed to live with his families. Foster died from cancer in 2008. He was still married to all three women. Mark Easterday was arrested and charged with bigamy in 1999. Authorities were alerted to Easterday’s multiple marriage by his first wife as part

Actor Bale blocked from seeing activist in China BEIJING (AP) — “Batman� star Christian Bale, in the midst of promoting a film he made in China that some critics have called propaganda, wa s p hys i cally stopped by g ove r n ment-backed guards from Christian visiting a blind Bale activist living under house arrest — with a CNN crew in tow to record the scuffle. CNN posted footage of the confrontation on its website Friday. The run-in and publicity is likely to cause discomfort in China’s government-backed film industry, which hopes Bale’s movie “The Flowers of War� will be a creative success at home and abroad. The star’s actions are sure to focus attention on the plight of Chen Guangcheng, guarded around the clock by thugs who have blocked dozens of reporters and fellow activists trying to see him in the past. Bale was to leave China on Friday and his representatives could not be reached for comment.


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Underweight student can’t stomach insults Dear Abby: I’m an 18-yearold male living on my own in an apartment not far from my parents’ home. They visit me often and take turns driving me to the local college because I don’t have a car. My parents tend to worry about me. I’m rather thin, but I eat healthy. My dad goes over the top with his concern about my weight and it is hurtful. He has called me a “cadaver” in front of friends. And when he drops me off after classes, he often says, “Now go eat something fattening!” I have tried to discuss how his repeated comments affect



my self-confidence, but am always met with, “I’m your father. I have every right to be concerned.” Am I wrong to take offense at my dad’s brand of concern? Is there anything I can do to evade these hurtful comments? — Twig with Feelings Dear Twig: Your father’s


BY BERNICE BEDE OSOL • NEWSPAPER ENTERPRISE ASSOCIATION If tomorrow is your birthday: You’re likely to get numerous opportunities in the year ahead to successfully utilize your natural sales abilities and promotional skills. There will be a huge market out there for what you have to offer, so make the most of it. Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Your judgment in most everything you do will be quite keen, with one exception: You might have difficulty being prudent in your financial affairs. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Some kind of problem that has stymied your ambitions for a long time could finally take a turn for the better. As these barriers begin to crumble like an offbrand cookie, victory will heave into view. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — You’ll have the potential to reap some substantial gains from certain joint endeavors. This rare window won’t last very long, so you must act on things immediately. Pisces (Feb. 20-March 20) — Anyone who isn’t directly involved in your financial affairs shouldn’t be allowed to audit your books. Input from an outsider will likely only generate more liability. Aries (March 21-April 19) — It isn’t too wise to get involved with people whose objectives are totally different from yours. You’ll each be going in a different direction and will do nothing for one another. Taurus (April 20-May 20) — Dedicate your time to something worthwhile when your inner urges impel you to be industrious. Instead of wasting your time lying about, do what needs to be done. Gemini (May 21-June 20) — Even if financial conditions are a bit tight, don’t borrow any money for frivolous activities. You’ll be able to iron out your affairs much quicker if you avoid waste. Cancer (June 21-July 22) — When making a deal, you shouldn’t agree to terms that are of no advantage to you. You hold a stronger bargaining position than you realize — use it. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) — Most impediments you’ll face will be figments of your own fertile imagination. All you have to do is swing into action and you’ll quickly find this out for yourself. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Boasting about your material worth won’t impress anybody but you. Your friends will be more stirred by your humility than they are by your purported greenbacks. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — Most of your chums will find you to be an extremely pleasant and refreshing person to be around. However, if anybody should poll your family, they’re likely to find a totally different verdict. Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — This could be one of those days when everything seems to take a second effort. Grin and bear it, because you’ll be smiling when you find out how wonderful everything turns out.

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BY DR. ROBERT WALLACE • NEWSPAPER ENTERPRISE ASSOCIATION Dr. Wallace: I do a lot of reading because I’ve got a lot of time on my hands. I’m an inmate in the Florida prison system and an avid reader of your column. Recently, a boy wrote to you saying he didn’t see anything wrong with smoking marijuana. Well, when I was a teenager I felt the same way. I enjoyed smoking pot, but after a while I wanted something with a little stronger kick and that led me to LSD and finally to cocaine and crack cocaine. As I sit here in my cell, I can honestly say that all of my problems started the day I took my first drag from a marijuana cigarette. I was a good student athlete, but once I got involved with drugs, my grades slipped and I stopped playing sports. I also started hanging around with a crowd that was drug-oriented. Drugs are expensive and to support my habit and the habit of my girlfriend, I turned to a life of crime. At first it was petty theft and eventually it led to burglary and armed robbery. I was fortunate that no one was seriously injured by my stupid behavior. I believe I have turned my life around for the better. I’ll know for sure when I’m released, but that won’t be for quite some time. To all those teens out there who think that smoking pot and taking drugs is cool, please remember this letter. Being cool is being drug-free. If only I had listened to my teachers and my parents, I would have wound up at Penn State instead of the state pen. — Nameless, Florida Prison System. Nameless: Reaching out to others is part of the process of redemption. I wish you the best of luck. Dr. Wallace: I am 16 years old and, until a few weeks ago, I had a beautiful, clear complexion. Now I have three red bumps, one on my chin and two on my forehead. They hurt when I touch them, but they don’t appear to be pimples. I’m concerned because I’m going to be a bridesmaid in my cousin’s wedding in two months and I don’t want to look like I’ve got hives or some disease. I tasted alcohol for the first time a week ago. Could that have triggered the bumps? Please tell me how I can get rid of them. — Nameless, Moncton, New Brunswick. Nameless: The alcohol you consumed almost certainly did not cause the red bumps. Whatever they are, your best bet is to make an appointment with a dermatologist. This professional will give you a complete analysis of your skin problem and tell you how to eliminate the bumps, as well as keep more from appearing. I hope your taste of alcohol was just a one-time try. • Dr. Robert Wallace writes for Copley News Service. E-mail him at rwallace@Copley News Service.

attempt to “help” you by ridiculing you in front of your contemporaries is insensitive. The fact that he is your father does not entitle him to be cruel. If there is a student health center at your college, go there and talk to a medical professional about what is a healthy weight for your height and age, and whether any medical tests might be necessary to verify your health. If not, consult your family physician. This might provide the “proof” you need in discussions with your father. Some males fill out later than others.

You should also ask your mother to point out to your dad that what he’s doing is counterproductive. Perhaps she can make him see the light. If that doesn’t work, arrange other transportation to and from school so you will be less dependent on your father.

• 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.

Dense breast tissue is risk factor for cancer Harvard Medical School staff members answer questions for Dr. Komaraoff on Saturdays.

Q: I’ve heard that women with denser breast tissue have a higher risk of certain breast cancers. I am a 63-year-old, postmenopausal woman, and my doctor has told me that I have very dense breasts. I get regular mammograms, but I’m still worried that I have a high risk for cancer. Should I be worried? A: It’s true that one of the strongest known risk factors for breast cancer is high breast density. The reason for this is poorly understood, but we’ll walk you through the current thinking on the matter. First, let’s talk about what tissue density means when it comes to the breasts. A woman with dense breast tissue has relatively little fat in the breast and more connective and glandular tissue, as seen on a mammogram. Research has indeed found that higher breast density in postmenopausal women increases the risk of specific types of breast cancer. This includes some types that have a relatively poor outlook. In one study, women with 50 percent or higher breast density on a mammogram were three times more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer over a 15-year period than women with less than 10 percent breast density. The link between breast density and breast cancer was stronger for cancer confined to the ducts or lobules of the breast than for invasive tumors. It was also stronger for more aggressive breast cancers. These include larger tumors, high-grade tumors, which are more likely to grow and spread than low-grade tumors, and estrogen receptor negative tumors. The latter tend to recur sooner and be more difficult to treat than ERpositive tumors. Researchers have suggested that the link between breast density and more aggressive tumors may have something to do with the fact that it’s harder to spot cancers in dense breasts on a mammogram. In other words, denser breast tissue may mask or hide aggressive tumors until they’re larger and more dangerous. However, other studies have shown that the link between breast density and breast cancer risk is strong even without taking this masking effect into account. Like your gender, your race, your family history and your genes, breast density is pretty much out of your control. The good news is that as women age, their breasts tend to become fattier and less dense. Still, some women like you continue to have dense breast tissue well into their postmenopausal years. In cases like yours, mammograms are less sensitive than they are for women with fattier breasts. This means you’re more likely to be called back for additional images or to undergo a breast biopsy. Your radiologist may also want to take more images using a different method. Hormone therapy increases breast density, so if you’re considering it for severe menopausal symptoms, you may want to explore other options. If your overall risk for breast

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cancer is high, you might want to ask your doctor about prevention with tamoxifen, an estrogen-blocking drug that can reduce breast density and lower the risk of breast cancer. A 2008 study showed that women whose breast density decreased by 10 percent or more within the first year or so on tamoxifen were 63 percent less likely to develop breast cancer than women taking a placebo. Unfortunately, though, tamoxifen has side effects, some of which can be serious. Mammography has been the main focus of breast cancer detection. But almost half of breast cancers in women ages 50 to 69 are first found by the women themselves or their clinicians.

• 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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Saturday, December 17, 2011



We Write Thousands Of Best Sellers Every Year... We’re The Vicksburg Post Classified Advertising Department . . . our job is to help you write effective classified ads so you can have best sellers too! Give us a call . . . we’ll write one for you! Call (601) 636-SELL.

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Hours: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday, Closed Saturday & Sunday. Post Plaza, 1601-F North Frontage Road, Vicksburg, MS 39180 • P. O. Box 821668 Vicksburg, MS 39182.

Classified Information Line Ad Deadlines Deadlines Ads to appear Deadline Ads to appear Monday Monday Tuesday Tuesday Wednesday Wednesday Thursday Thursday Friday Friday Saturday Saturday Sunday Sunday

01. Legals PUBLIC NOTICE- Warren County. Mabrie Gilmor will be applying for a full pardon 30 days from posting for the crime of vehicular manslaughter committed 6/1990 charged in this county and has lived a law abiding life since, forgiveness is sought. If there are objections to granting of this pardon, please contact the Parole Board by phone at (601) 576-3520 or fax (601) 5763528. Publish: 12/8, 12/9, 12/10, 12/11, 12/12, 12/13, 12/14, 12/15, 12/16, 12/17, 12/18, 12/19, 12/20, 12/21, 12/22, 12/23, 12/24, 12/25/26, 12/27, 12/28, 12/29, 12/30, 12/31, 1/1, 1/ 2, 1/3, 1/ 4, 1/5, 1/6, 1/7, 1/8(30t)

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Deadline 2 p.m., Friday 55p.m., p.m.,Thursday Friday 35p.m., Friday p.m., Monday 3 p.m., Monday p.m.,Tuesday Tuesday 35p.m., 5 p.m., Wednesday 3 p.m., Wednesday 11a.m., a.m.,Thursday Thursday 11 11 11a.m., a.m.,Thursday Thursday

02. Public Service Don't miss a thing! Subscribe to The Vicksburg Post TODAY!! Call 601-636-4545, Circulation.

Classified Display Deadlines Ads to appear Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Check our listings to find the help you need... • Contractors • Electricians • Roofers • Plumbers • Landscapers

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Deadline 5 p.m., Thursday 3 p.m., Friday 3 p.m., Monday 3 p.m., Tuesday 3 p.m., Wednesday 11 a.m., Thursday 11 a.m., Thursday

Classified line ads are charged according to the number of lines. For complete pricing information contact a Classified Sales Representative today at 601-636-SELL. Ads cancelled before expiration date ordered are charged at prevailing rate only for days actually run, 44line lineminimum minimumcharge charge.$8.32 $8.28minimum minimumcharge. charge.

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Center For Pregnancy Choices Free Pregnancy Tests

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Volunteers experienced with construction and design are needed to assist the LTRC in various projects supporting 2011 Flood victims in Warren County. Please call 601-636-1788 to offer support.

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

07. Help Wanted

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

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Place your classified line ad at

Errors In the event of errors, please call the very first day your ad appears. The Vicksburg Post will not be responsible for more than one incorrect insertion.

Mis-Classification No ad will be deliberately mis-classified. The Vicksburg Post classified department is the sole judge of the proper classification for each ad.

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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.

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

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

Is the one you love hurting you? Call

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

06. Lost & Found LOST A DOG? Found a cat? Let The Vicksburg Post help! Run a FREE 3 day ad! 601-636-SELL or e-mail classifieds@vicksburg

Music to a classified advertiser’s ears...a ringing telephone! Try The Vicksburg Post Classifieds. 601-636-SELL

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

07. Help Wanted

07. Help Wanted


Vicksburg, Mississippi


Immediate Opening for a

• DIRECTOR OF NURSING • 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 COME BE A PART OF OUR DEDICATED TEAM

• Competitive Salary



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

06. Lost & Found LOST! AKITA BREED DOG. Year old tan male, large with curly tail. Dana Road area. 601-638-5793, Barbara Appleby or 601-6368890, Kenneth Jackson.

LOST! BLACK KEY FOB, Corner Market store or parking lot. $75 Reward. Call 601-4150157.

07. Help Wanted ACCOUNTING OFFICE SEEKING experienced seasonal employee. Please call 601-636-7268. BECOME A CERTIFIED pharmacy technician today! Call 601-540-3062 for more information. CASHIER/ COOK FOR small grocery store. Afternoons 1pm-8pm and weekends. North county, must be willing to clean and stock coolers. Call 601-415-5223, leave message. HAIR STYLISTS AND Nail Technician positions open at Dimensions Salon. Call 601634-0070 to apply.

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!

1-800-826-8104 LEASING AGENT NEEDED for apartment complex in Vicksburg, MS. Must have at least 1 year customer service experience. Fax resume to: 601-6361475.



LPN/ RN NEEDED as soon as possible. Call Nursing Management Inc. 800-448-3634.

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



New Homes

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

Jon Ross 601-638-7932

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

SALESPERSON NEEDED FOR Buy-Here/ Pay- Here Used Car Dealer. Car Sales Experience preferred but not required. Salary plus commission. Send short resume to: Dept. 3772 The Vicksburg Post P.O. Box 821668 Vicksburg, MS 39182 TAX OFFICE SEEKING experienced tax preparer. Training available for person with accounting background. Send resumes to Dept. 3773, The Vicksburg Post, P.O. Box 821668, Vicksburg, MS 39182.


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

FREE Rides for Children 4 & Under

ROCKET TAXICAB 601-636-0491

SPEEDIPRINT & OFFICE SUPPLY 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

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


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

CALL 601-636-7535 $10 START UP KIT

10. Loans And Investments


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

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13. Situations Wanted NEED A SITTER? Call 601-400-1290, 601-4975144. Over 25 years of experience.


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• Something New Everyday •

14. Pets & Livestock

14. Pets & Livestock

Vicksburg Warren Humane Society & MS - Span Low Cost Spay & Neuter Program

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

Hwy 61 S - 601-636-6631 CKC FEMALE RUSTY red tiny toy Poodle. Vet checked, shots, wormed. $350. 601-415-8585 before 9pm.

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

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

Hours: 8a.m. - 5p.m., Mon. - Fri., Closed Saturday & Sunday Call Direct: (601)636-SELL Post Plaza Online Ad Placement: 1601F North Frontage Rd. Vicksburg, MS 39180 601-636-4545

15. Auction OUR ON-LINE SUBSCRIPTION keeps you “plugged” in to all the local news, sports, community events. Call Circulation, 601-636-4545.

16. Antiques

18. Miscellaneous For Sale

18. Miscellaneous For Sale


2001 YAMAHA 350 Wolverine 4X4 with 5x8 trailer. $3000. 601-6381743.

OAK FIREWOOD. $80truck load, $45 for half load. Any size wood cut. Free delivery. 601-218-7579.

50 INCH TOSHIBA television. Excellent condition. $300 or best offer. 601-6362636.

SPINNER BIKE. ADJUSTABLE padded seat, excellent condition. $200. 601-415-1047.

New Shipment from New Orleans! 619 Crawford Street (beneath Cinnamon Tree)

504-427-4071 Remember...

WOULD THE FATHER and son who answered my ad about a month ago for my tan female Cocker Spaniel, please return her to me? I miss her so much! $100 Reward. 601-634-4734.


18. Miscellaneous For Sale

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To Place Your Ad.

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!


18. Miscellaneous For Sale

BED SHEETS - Experience the Touch and Softness of a 1200 Thread Count Sheet. $37.95 / set MAGIC SOUNDZ - Turn anything into a Speaker - $40. POLARX - Gloves, Hoodies and Socks December 14th - 25th Outlet Mall of Vicksburg between Rue 21 and Claire’s

WE HAUL OFF old appliances, old batteries, lawn mowers, hot water heaters, junk and abandoned cars, trucks, vans, etcetera. 601940-5075, if no answer, please leave message.

WE PAY CASH for junk. Cars, trucks. Vans, SUVs, and old dump trucks. 601-638-5946 or 601-529-8249.

18. Miscellaneous For Sale 16 BY 6 dual axle heavy duty trailer with ramps. $975 or best offer. 601-6362731 or 662-610-5126.

Don’t send that lamp to the curb! Find a new home for it through the Classifieds. Area buyers and sellers use the Classifieds every day. Besides, someone out there needs to see the light. 601636-SELL.

BE A PART OF Baby's First Christmas. Call for more details: 601-636-7355. ELECTRIC TREADMILL, very nice. Large wall unit, couch, love seat, travel trailer, deep freeze, twin bed, hospital bed, Power chair, stove, hens, and lots more. 601-831-2563, 601-6387067. FIREWOOD FOR Sale. Pick up or delivery. 601630-7085. HARVARD FOOSBALL TABLES and air hockey game table, perfect condition. Great Christmas gifts! Must see, make offer! 601638-8925. 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. HOTEL FURNITURE FOR Sale. Battlefield Inn. 4137 North Frontage Road. No phone calls! HUSKEY LINER FLOOR mats for 2010 Equinox. Paid $320, sacrifice $150. 601-529-9430. MATTRESS & BOX SPRING King Size, pillow top . Only 5 years old. $250. 601-5293938

THE PET SHOP “Vicksburg’s Pet Boutique” 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!

SAYING “SAYONARA” TO your sound system? Let the classifieds give the lowdown on your hi-fi; like make, model, wattage, and when to call. Classified... fast-action results. 601-636-SELL.

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Stacy Douglas Antiques. New shipment from New Orleans! 619 Crawford Street (beneath Cinnamon Tree). 504-427-4071. 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. 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. WASHER AND DRYER, $300. Dresser, $65. Recliner, $40. Wicker coffee table, $10. 6 foot book cases, $10 each. 601-994-3450.

19. Garage & Yard Sales 203 HARRIET AVENUE, off John Allen, Today 7 to 11am. Refrigerator, microwave, crock pot, play pen, high chair, walker, jumper. Hats, mittens, Christmas items. 226 MANCHESTER, SATURDAY 8am-1pm. No early birds. Christmas decorations, toys, plus size wedding dress, new Nike shoes, mens and ladies dress shoes, purses, fashion jewelry and much more.

No need to go hunting around town to place your garage sale signs...just place an ad in the The Vicksburg Post Classifieds. Call 601-636-SELL.

There’s no easier way to attract customers and make extra cash!

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19. Garage & Yard Sales 227 HIGH HILL Drive. Saturday 7am- 12noon. Women plus size, clothing including professional wear, Avon products. GARAGE SALE OVER? River City Rescue Mission will pickup donated left over items. 601-636-6602. 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. INDOOR GARAGE SALE- On the first and second floor. Girls clothing and furniture. Saturday only 7am-12 noon, Mississippi Hardware, 1622 Washington Street. MOVING SALE, 207 West Drive, off Nailor Road, Saturday, 7am-11am, refrigerator, furniture, tools, entertainment center, exercise equipment, much more! STILL HAVE STUFF after your Garage Sale? Donate your items to The Salvation Army, we pick-up! Call 601-636-2706.

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.

24. Business Services 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 D.R. PAINTING AND CONSTRUCTION. Painting, roofing, carpentry service. Licensed, bonded. Free estimates! Call 601-638-5082. DIRT AND GRAVEL hauled. 8 yard truck. 601638-6740.

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

20. Hunting

Call our Circulation Department for CONVENIENT Home Delivery and/ or our On-line Subscription. Monday- Friday, 8am-5pm, 601-636-4545. What's going on in Vicksburg this weekend? Read The Vicksburg Post! For convenient home delivery call 601-636-4545, ask for circulation.

29. Unfurnished Apartments

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



FOR LEASING INFO, CALL 601-636-1752 •

I CLEAN HOMES! Over 35 years experience. Excellent references. 601-6312482, 601-831-6052. I-PHONE REPAIR. Buy, sell and repair. Arcue Sanchez - 601-618-9916. NEED YOUR HOUSE cleaned? No job too small. Call Sherri. 601-630-5231. PLUMBING SERVICES24 hour emergency- broken water lines- hot water heaters- toilets- faucetssinks. Pressure Washingsidewalk- house- mobile homes- vinyl siding- brick homes. 601-618-8466. River City Lawn Care You grow it - we mow it! Affordable and professional. Lawn and landscape maintenance. Cut, bag, trim, edge. 601-529-6168.



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



LOOKING FOR YOUR DREAM HOME? Check the real estate listings in the classifieds daily.

40. Cars & Trucks

The Vicksburg Post

Saturday, December 17, 2011


The Classified Marketplace... Where buyers and sellers meet. 31. Mobile Homes For Rent MEADOWBROOK PROPERTIES. 2 or 3 bedroom mobile homes, south county. Deposit required. 601-619-9789.

29. Unfurnished Apartments

29. Unfurnished Apartments


2 BEDROOM Duplex, $400. 4 bedroom duplex, $500. With stove and refrigerator. $200 deposit. 601-634-8290.

Stop looking, Start living! Paid cable, water and trash. Washer, Dryer and built-in microwave furnished.

Ask about our Holiday special! 601-638-5587 1-601-686-0635

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

601-638-2231 DOWNTOWN, BRICK, MARIE Apartments. Total electric, central air/ heat, stove, refrigerator. $520, water furnished. 601-636-7107, NICE 2 BEDROOM apartment. Good river view. $375 monthly. 601-6385832.


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

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

501 Fairways Drive Vicksburg

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

VAN GUARD APARTMENTS. Two bedroom flat, $550 monthly. 3 bedroom apartment $550. MANAGERS SPECIAL. No deposit. $30 application fee. Call 601-631-0805.

31. Mobile Homes For Rent 2 BEDROOM, 1 bath. Washer/ Dryer. No pets, $450 month, $200 deposit. 601-638-6239.

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

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NEED AN APARTMENT? Enjoy the convenience of downtown living at

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

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


601-661-0765 • 601-415-3333

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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TOPIC SATURDAY, De ce mbe r 17, 2011 • SE C TI O N D COMICS D2 | KIDS PAGE D3 Karen Gamble, managing editor | E-mail: | Tel: 601.636.4545 ext 137

U.S. exit could leave Iraq border vulnerable


By The Associated Press

Blake Shelton and wife Miranda Lambert

Country’s top couple get together for tribute

By The Associated Press NASHVILLE — Miranda Lambert is paying tribute to husband Blake Shelton’s late brother with her new single, “Over You.” Richie Shelton died in a car accident in 1990. The newlyweds wrote the song together about a year ago, and Lambert recorded it for her latest album “Four the Record.” It is the second single released from the album. The song idea started on a tour bus as they were flipping through TV channels. Shelton’s “Backstory” happened to be re-airing on GAC, and it was at the part where his dad was talking about his brother’s fatal crash. His father said: “You don’t ever get over something like that.” The couple turned the TV off and started talking. “Miranda never had a chance to meet my brother,” Shelton said recently. “I was just a teenager when that happened. So I was telling her about him, what he was like, and we just ended up like we do sometimes, writing a song.” Richie was only 24 when he died. Shelton was 14 at the time. This was the first time Shelton, now 35, really opened up to Lambert about the tragedy. “We both actually cried while writing the song,” said Lambert, 28. “That’s the only time I’ve ever gotten that emotional writing a song, and him, too. So, I think the initial emotion came out right that day, and I think you hear it in the lyrics.” Some of the lines are pulled directly from Shelton’s experience. Lambert sings, “Your favorite records make me feel better, cause you sing along with every song. I know you didn’t mean to give them to me.” “That’s one of the things I got when my brother was killed. The family gave me all his albums and things like that,” Shelton said. “I just listened to them over and over again to feel like he was there.” Shelton said Richie loved all kinds of music, from Hank Williams Jr. to MC Hammer. He still has his brother’s “No Fences” album by Garth Brooks and says Richie’s favorite song at the time was “Friends In Low Places.” The process helped Lambert and Shelton grow. “It was really a great moment between us. It was like we moved to a deeper level, not just in our relationship, but also, we respect each other as artists, and being able to write something that personal with each other was really cool,” she said.

America and the

Arab Spring The associated press

President Barack Obama, center, walks with, from left, former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Jordan’s King Abdullah II, to the East Room of the White House last year.

Uprisings reshaping U.S.’ place in the world By The Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — About 18 months before the Egyptian uprising that would doom Hosni Mubarak, a U.S. diplomatic cable was sent from Cairo. It described Mubarak as the likely president-for-life and said his regime’s ability to intimidate critics and rig elections was solid as ever. Around the same time, another dispatch to the State Department came from the American Embassy in Tunisia. In a precise foreshadowing of the revolts to come, it said the country’s longtime leader, Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, had “lost touch” and faced escalating anger

from the streets, according to once-classified memos posted by Wikileaks. So was America blindsided or bunkered down for the Arab Spring? The case often is made that Washington was caught flatfooted and now must adapt to diminished influence in a Middle East with new priorities. But there is an alternative narrative: that the epic events of 2011 are an opportunity to enhance Washington’s role in a region hungry for democracy and innovation, and to form new alliances. There’s no doubt Washington was jolted by the downfall of its Egyptian and Tunisian allies. The revolutions blew apart the regimes’ ossified relation-

ships with the U.S. and cleared the way for longsuppressed Islamist groups that eye the West with suspicion. But declaring a twilight for America in the Mideast ignores the Persian Gulf. There are deep U.S. connections among the small but economically powerful and diplomatically adept monarchies, emirates and sheikdoms, which have ridden out the upheavals and are flexing their political clout in the Arab world. The Gulf Arabs and America are, in many ways, foreign policy soul mates. Both share misgivings about Iran’s military ambitions and nuclear program. The Gulf hosts crucial U.S. military bases — including

the Navy’s 5th Fleet headquarters in Bahrain — and is an essential part of the Pentagon’s blueprint for the Mideast the Dec. 31 U.S. withdrawal from Iraq. The bottom line: America’s influence took blows from the Arab Spring, but also remains hitched to the rising stars in the Gulf. “America has lost the predictability of friends like Mubarak,” said Sami Alfaraj, director of the Kuwait Center for Strategic Studies. “But, at the same time, its allies in the Gulf are on the rise. So I would call it a shuffle for America. Maybe a step back in some places, but not in others.” Led by hyper-wealthy See Arab, Page D3.

BAGHDAD — After billions of dollars and nearly nine years of training, U.S. troops are leaving an Iraqi security force capable of providing internal security but unprepared to defend the nation against foreign threats. Building up an Iraqi military and police became a key goal of the United States and its allies after they defeated the Saddam Hussein-era force in 2003. As America’s role in Iraq fades, the results appear at best incomplete. Iraqi forces — about 700,000 strong — have been largely responsible for security in Baghdad and other cities since 2009, carrying out their own raids and other operations against insurgents. More than 10,000 Iraqi soldiers and police have been killed since, more than double the number of American military deaths. “They can kick a door in and knock out a network’s leadership as good as anybody I’ve seen,” said U.S. Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen, commander of the NATO training mission, which will soon be disbanded. “I would say that they have the discipline and the tenacity to fight as well as anybody I’ve ever seen.” But Iraqi forces have their work cut out for them. They will be operating in a country that, although quieter than a few years ago, saw more people killed, wounded and kidnapped last year than in Afghanistan, according to U.S. figures. The departure of American forces also leaves Iraq vulnerable to threats from its neighbors — Iran to the east, Turkey to the north and Syria to the west. A major Arab country of about 30 million people with some of the world’s largest proven petroleum reserves is incapable of defending its borders in one of the most unstable parts of the world. The Iraqi military chief of staff, Lt. Gen. Babaker Zebari, has said it would take until at least 2020 for Iraq to defend its airspace. “An army without an air force is exposed,” Zebari was quoted as saying in a report last October by the U.S. agency responsible for overseeing Iraqi See Iraq, Page D3.

Abuse cases could change rules for tribal courts By The Associated Press FARGO, N.D. — The day after Christmas last year, a drunken Roman Cavanaugh Jr. beat up his 11- and 12-year-old sons. One was hit so hard he couldn’t speak for a full day because his jaw was swollen shut. At the time, Cavanaugh was a free man on North Dakota’s Spirit Lake Indian Reservation, though he had three convictions in tribal court for domestic violence. Had he been charged for those crimes off the reservation, he probably would have been in prison.

Despite an epidemic of domestic violence on American Indian reservations, federal authorities have long been stymied in their pursuit of abusive parents and spouses. That could change if recent rulings in Cavanaugh’s case and a similar matter are upheld, allowing U.S. attorneys to act instead of watching abuse convictions pile up at the tribal level. That’s a change, advocates say, that could save lives. “There’s a gap in what we can do because domestic vioSee Tribal, Page D3.

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Sophia Renville Brown works at the women’s shelter she manages on the Sisseton-Wahpeton Indian Reservation in the Dakotas.


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Arab Continued from Page D1. Saudi Arabia and Qatar, the Gulf rulers have stepped up their games as the political center of gravity drifts in their direction. NATO’s air strikes in Libya got important Arab credibility from warplane contributions by Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. The Gulf’s six-nation political bloc also has tried to negotiate an exit for Yemen’s protest-battered president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, and has taken the lead in Arab pressures on Syria’s Bashar Assad, one of Iran’s most critical partners. Yet Gulf rulers’ desire for change stops at their own borders. In March, they authorized a Saudi-led military force to help their neighbor, Bahrain, defend its 200-year-old unelected Sunni dynasty against pro-reform protests by the island’s Shiite majority. And here lies one of the paradoxes for U.S. statecraft in the Middle East: to align with rulers who are firmly vested in the status quo, but

not be cast as the spoilers of the Arab uprisings. “No one is immune from the waves of change,” said Nicholas Burns, a former No. 3 official at the State Department. “There’s certainly an effort to advise the Gulf Arabs to continue to get on the side of reform.” Burns believes the Arab Spring has taught U.S. diplomats valuable lessons in patience and perspective. “We are witnessing something that is transformative and whose full impact will play out over years, maybe decades, ahead,” said Burns, a professor of diplomacy and international politics at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. “Here is one of those times when the U.S. has to not overact and overreact.” But when events move fast, that may not be the easiest advice to follow. Mubarak was a loyal guardian of Egypt’s groundbreaking 1979 peace treaty with Israel, and there is no certainty that

Iraq Continued from Page D1. reconstruction. Even though a full-scale ground invasion from its neighbors may seem remote, the possibility of incursions from Turkey against Kurdish rebels, or Iranians along disputed border stretches or even from a Syria facing an internal revolt cannot be ruled out, especially at a time when the Arab Spring and the looming showdown between the West and Iran are raising tensions. External defense seemed a low priority in the early years of the war, when U.S. troops served as a deterrent. During those years, the main threat was posed by Shiite and Sunni extremists, including al-Qaida in Iraq, who were battling the Americans and their allies. Iraqi forces were organized and trained primarily to augment the U.S.-led force, using the U.S. military as a model. Soon, Iraqi commanders were giving power-point briefings, and their generals were handing out specially made coins emblazoned with their names and units as souvenirs. Iraqi soldiers at street checkpoints were wearing kneepads slouched down around their ankles, again just like their American counterparts.

But there wasn’t enough time to develop the full package — logistics, intelligence, medical services and a fully integrated command structure — for the Iraqis to operate as effectively without U.S. support. A budget crisis in 2009 and a lengthy political stalemate the following year “crippled both the qualitative development of Iraq’s forces and its ability to implement its own development plan,” wrote analyst Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. The head of Iraqi military intelligence, Hatem al-Magsousi, said it takes the Iraqis a week to plan and carry out a military operation they could execute in a day with American help. Such delays could be costly if al-Qaida — as expected — takes advantage of a security vacuum to reconstitute itself following major defeats on the battlefield in the final years of the war. “Unless the Iraqi security forces continue to put pressure on al-Qaida, they could regenerate capability and come back in an even worse way than they have in the past,” said a U.S. military spokesman, Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan.

Tribal Continued from Page D1. lence is a crime that occurs in steps,” said Timothy Purdon, the U.S. attorney for North Dakota. “First you slap someone. Then you punch them. Then you get a stick. Then you get a gun.” Tribal courts generally provide for a maximum sentence of a year in jail on domestic violence convictions. It’s a different world in federal court. But to prosecute there, authorities must show a defendant is a habitual domestic offender or that a gun was involved. Because tribal courts are not required to provide the same services as federal and state, such as providing a public defender, the convictions there fail to qualify as a past conviction in federal court. An American Indian woman has a 1-in-3 chance of being sexually assaulted in her lifetime, compared with 1-in-5 for the country as a whole, data shows. Sophia Renville Brown, a domestic abuse survivor who manages a women’s shelter on the Sisseton-Wahpeton reservation in the Dakotas, said she suspects those numbers are too low. Most cases go unreported because women are too ashamed. Cavanaugh was convicted of domestic abuse three times in tribal court. When federal prosecutors tried to prosecute him for a

July 2008 incident in which he was accused of slamming the head of his common-law wife against the dashboard of his car, a judge threw out the indictment. Because Cavanaugh did not have a lawyer in tribal court, the judge said, he could not be charged as a habitual offender. Purdon’s office appealed the decision and it was overturned in July. Meanwhile, a second federal appeals court reached the same conclusion in a case from Utah of a member of the Ute tribe. Adam Shavanaux was indicted for assaulting his domestic partner after having been twice convicted in tribal court of domestic assault. Shavanaux did not have a lawyer in tribal court. A judge threw out the indictment, a decision a federal appeals court also overturned in July. Both Cavanaugh and Shavanaux have appealed the decisions reinstating their indictments to the U.S. Supreme Court. Cavanaugh’s attorney, Alexander Reichert, said those decisions come at the expense of stripping Indians of their civil rights. “This goes to a much larger issue, and that is the fact that Congress has refused to acknowledge the fact that Indians have the right to counsel,” Reichert said.

whoever succeeds him will do likewise. Meanwhile, the Palestinians have overridden U.S. objections and asked the U.N. for statehood. “Our ability to influence is limited today more than at any time in the last 35 years,” said Graeme Bannerman, a former State Department analyst on Mideast affairs. That assessment may have some traction in places such as in Tunisia or Egypt, where the U.S. is widely viewed as tainted by its long alliance with Mubarak. But ask about America’s pull in other Mideast points — the free-spending Gulf, the new proto-state in Libya, even slow-healing Iraq and its Iran-friendly government — and the conversation is different. It is more measured about how the U.S. fits into the new Mideast. “It’s too early to tell

whether U.S. influence has diminished or indeed any change will happen because the Arab Spring is still in process,” said Nawaf Tell, former director of the University of Jordan Strategic Studies Center. Tell sees the Arab Spring as the death rattle of the Arab revolutions and coups defined by the all-powerful state and embodied by winner-take-all leaders: Egypt’s Gamal Abdel-Nasser (1954), Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi (1969), the 1970 putsch in Syria that brought Hafez Assad to power in Syria and now a dynasty-in-peril under his son, Bashar, and so on. “These regimes have exhausted their revolutionary credibility and have seen their legitimacy go bankrupt,” Tell said. And as with any big unraveling, there are new rules in the aftermath.

This may mean a less privileged position for U.S. interests and more legwork for Washington’s envoys, said Morris Reid, managing director of the Washington-based BGR Group, which works often in liaison roles between Mideast officials and U.S. companies. The U.S. approach “will be better,” he said, “not necessarily stronger.” “The U.S. will have to work harder for intelligence, diplomatic relations, commercial deals,” said Reid. “The U.S. will now have to prove their value as allies.” A showcase for that in the coming year is likely to be Iraq, and the contest for influence between neighboring Iran and the U.S., after U.S. military forces are gone. That rivalry in turn is influenced by events in Syria, Iran’s main Arab ally, and

the concerns of emirates and sheikdoms that lie just across the Persian Gulf. “Look at it this way: If you accept that the Arab Spring is a once in a four- or fivegenerations moment, then, of course, it will reorder the entire game of influence and politics by the big powers,” said Salman Shaikh, director of The Brookings Doha Center in Qatar. “U.S. leadership does matter,” he continued. “It’s naive to say it will become irrelevant. But it’s also wrong not to notice that America’s era as the region’s diplomatic superpower is coming to an end. The Arab Spring has brought much more independent-minded diplomacy by nations and a new empowerment among Arab people. America is a big player, but no longer Big Brother.”


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