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The necklace for Michelle Obama

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TODAY IN HISTORY 1814: The War of 1812 officially ends as the United States and Britain sign the Treaty of Ghent. 1809: Legendary American frontiersman Christopher “Kit” Carson is born in Madison County, Ky. 1851: Fire devastates the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., destroying about 35,000 volumes. 1951: Gian Carlo Menotti’s “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” the first opera written specifically for television, is first broadcast by NBC-TV. 1968: The Apollo 8 astronauts, orbiting the moon, read passages from the Old Testament Book of Genesis during a Christmas Eve telecast. 1980: Karl Doenitz, the last leader of the Third Reich following the suicides of Adolf Hitler and Joseph Goebbels, dies in West Germany at age 89.

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Fred Camfield holds the necklace that he and Regina Gailani designed for first lady Michelle Obama.

‘Christmas Romeo’ sends Obama something special By Mary Margaret Halford Around Christmas three years ago, Fred Camfield walked into Art and Soul downtown with a list of women for whom he wanted to buy necklaces. As store owner Regina Gailani scanned the list, Camfield said, “Oh yeah, and I need something remarkable for Michelle Obama, too.” This year, Camfield and Gailani are working on their third necklace to be sent to the White House as a Christmas present for the first lady. “Michelle Obama always wears jewelry by such-and-such designer to events,” Camfield said. “I was watching the news one day and I thought, ‘Why not have a designer from Vicksburg?’” Camfield, a 75-year-old Corps of Engineers retiree, designs the necklaces, and Gailani puts them together. “He’ll come in with a color and a concept, and we start working,” Gailani said. The necklaces usually take about a week to make, but sometimes longer depending on how soon they match

Last year, Fred Camfield said, he received a thankyou note from the White House about a month Michelle after Christmas. Obama ‘It was a nice acknowledgement, so I know they got it.’ Camfield’s vision. “They have to pass the Fred test,” Gailani laughed. The necklace to be sent this year is 18 inches long and made of smoky quartz, turquoise teardrops and Swarovski crystals. The gift is worth a bit more than $25, and it is something that can be worn year-round, Camfield said. Camfield said he got interested in jewelry design when he retired from the Corps 15 years ago. After he had shoulder surgery in 2009, he got to work designing necklaces for his nurses and physical therapists. “I was making a lot of necklaces for

people at Good Samaritan because they took care of me,” Camfield said. “That’s when I saw the first lady on TV and decided to make her one.” “These typically aren’t expensive gifts, but they’re nice because they’re local,” Camfield said. Last year, Camfield said, he received a thank-you note from the White House about a month after Christmas. “It was a nice acknowledgement, so I know they got it,” he said. “We just need to keep promoting Vicksburg.” Camfield and Gailani plan to continue making the necklaces each year at Christmas, as long as the first lady is a person they like. “She’s a classy lady and a bright woman,” Gailani said. “Who could not be proud of having her as our first lady?” Gailani added that though she was surprised when Camfield approached her with the idea of sending a gift to the White House, she’s grown to love the idea. “I was really excited, and it’s just a cool thing,’ Gailani said. “Fred is like a Christmas Romeo with all these necklaces.”

JACKSON — No one filed objections to new congressional districts drawn by federal judges by a Thursday deadline, which could clear the way for judges to ratify the districts following a Wednesday hearing. A three-judge panel released a plan this week to update Mississippi’s four congressional districts. Redistricting is necessary after every U.S. Census to equalize population. The majority-black 2nd District, of which Vicksburg is a part, lost population between 2000 and 2010, so it had to expand geographically to take in more people. Northeast Mississippi’s 1st District, by comparison, had 73,000 more people than ideal. The proposed map decreases the number of split counties from eight to four. Counties split under the new plan are Hinds, Madison, Clarke and Oktibbeha. It also doesn’t split any existing precincts. Lawyers for the state Republican Party and outgoing Gov. Haley Barbour, a party member, lauded the plan, saying it was better than one proposed by a group of plaintiffs that included state Rep. Kelvin Buck, D-Holly Springs. Bennie Thompson, the 2nd District’s Democratic congressman, helped draw the lines proposed by the Buck group. “The Court’s plan fully addresses plaintiffs’ constitutional claims and is superior to the plan proposed by plaintiffs,” wrote Jack Wilson, a lawyer for Barbour. Changes in the new plan include: • Moving Panola, Yalobusha and Grenada counties from the 1st District to the 2nd District. • Putting all of Leake County into District 2. It had been split between District 2 and central Mississippi’s District 3, represented by Republican Gregg Harper. • Putting all of Winston and Webster counties into District 1, removing parts of each from District 3. See Redrawn, Page A7.

Justice Department tosses S.C. voter ID law By The Associated Press COLUMBIA, S.C. — The Justice Department on Friday rejected South Carolina’s law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls, saying it makes it harder for minorities to cast ballots. It was the first voter ID law to be refused by the federal agency in nearly 20 years. South Carolina is among five states that passed laws this year requiring some form of ID at the polls. In November, Mississippi voters approved a voter ID initiative by a 62 to 38 per-

cent margin. The issue had been discussed for years, and Sen. Joey Fillingane, R-Sumrall, with the backing of fellow Republicans, launched a petition to get the initiative on the Nov. 8 ballot. The Obama administration said South Carolina’s law didn’t meet the burden under the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which outlawed discriminatory practices preventing blacks from voting. Tens of thousands of minorities in South Carolina might not be able to cast ballots under South Carolina’s law because they don’t have the right photo ID, Assistant Attorney

General Thomas Perez said. South Carolina’s law was passed by a Republicancontrolled Legislature and signed by GOP Gov. Nikki Haley. The state’s attorney general vowed to fight the federal agency in court. “Nothing in this act stops people from voting,” said Attorney General Alan Wilson, who is also a Republican. South Carolina’s new voter ID law requires voters to show poll workers a stateissued driver’s license or ID card, a U.S. military ID or a U.S. passport. Such laws were already

on the books in Indiana and Georgia, whose law received approval from President George W. Bush’s Justice Department. Indiana’s law, passed in 2005, was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2008. Those new laws also allow voters without the required photo ID to cast provisional ballots, but the voters must return to a specific location with that ID within a certain time limit for their ballots to count. Most of the laws have been promoted and approved by Republicans, who argue they are needed to avert voter

fraud. Democrats say the measures are actually aimed at reducing minority votes for their candidates. The Justice Department must approve changes to South Carolina’s election laws under the federal Voting Rights Act because of the state’s past failure to protect the voting rights of blacks. It is one of nine states, including Mississippi, that requires the agency’s approval. The last time the Justice Department rejected a voter ID law was in 1994 when Louisiana passed a measure See ID, Page A7.


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Tourists stroll through the Vicksburg National Military Park Friday, under a cloudy sky. Expect a chance for rain throughout the holiday weekend, with highs in the 50s and lows in the 40s.

Sharkey man acquitted of armed robbery A Rolling Fork man was acquitted this week in Sharkey County Circuit Court following a two-day trial. Arsenio Odems, 21, 97 Sharkey St., had been charged with armed robbery and being a convicted felon in possession of a weapon. Odems was accused of robbing a Rolling Fork woman outside her home Jan. 26, said Assistant District Attorney Angela Carpenter, who prosecuted the case. Jurors, sworn in Monday by presiding Judge M. James Chaney, deliberated for about 3 1/2 hours before returning their verdict Tuesday. Carpenter said the woman, who lived near Odems, tes-

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tified that she saw him at a convenience store, then returned home where he robbed her at gunpoint, taking her purse containing $100, credit cards and other items. The purse, minus the cash, was later recovered in a car belonging to another man, said Carpenter. That man testified that when he got in his car and discovered the purse he immediately called police. Also testifying was an inmate from the Issaquena County Jail who said Odems had confessed the robbery

to him. No weapon was found in Odems’ possession, however. Odems, who was defended by Jackson attorney Charlie Carr, did not testify. Assistant District Attorney Tom Setser assisted in the prosecution. Also in Sharkey County this week, Irwin Lynn Clark, 47, 322 W. China St., Rolling Fork, pleaded guilty to business burglary and felony malicious mischief and was sentenced by Chaney to one year and one day in prison followed by three years of probation, plus a $1,000 fine, $1,900 in restitution and $322.50 in court costs. Clark was arrested March 23.

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Big Fix Clinic — Large dog spay and neuter campaign, special rates for residents within 90 miles of Jackson area; Mississippi Spay and Neuter Clinic, 100 Business Center Parkway, Pearl; 601420-2438. Narcotics Anonymous — River City Group, 8 p.m. Sunday, Tuesday and Saturday; Good Shepherd Community

Center, 629 Cherry St.; daytime, Alvin J., 601-661-7646 or 601-415-1742; evening, Joseph P., 601-278-1808; Jackie G., 601-636-8739. Volunteers Needed — To assist struggling students; Emma Roberts, 601-631-0102; Central Mississippi Prevention Services.


“1940s Radio Hour” — 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday at the Coral Room Theatre inside The Vicksburg on Clay Street; $12 for adults, $8 for those younger than 12; Westside Theatre Guild, 601-636-8313 or 601618-9349.

CLUBS Vicksburg Kiwanis — No Tuesday meeting.

thanks & appreciation Christmas came early Recently, I walked into the animal shelter to drop off some cat and dog food. I had never adopted a pet from the shelter because everyone knows my family as animal lovers. We have always been given pets. I was still in deep, profound grief, having recently lost my 14-year-old poodle. I asked if I might look at the pets. I was unprepared for what I saw — all theses beautiful cats and dogs in cages that were clean, with fresh water, surrounded by Georgia Lynn and her staff of concerned people who were there to feed and care for them. I’m glad I was able to come away with a precious bundle of love and make it possible for Christmas to come early for Ci Ci. Ci Ci has many shelter mates who need good homes, too. Georgia is doing an unbelievable job of caring for abused, abandoned and unloved animals. I feel sure she would be most grateful for any donations. Thank you, Georgia, for the work you do. D.M. Cupstid Vicksburg

Donations nourished The Storehouse Community Food Pantry is so grateful for the many, many individuals, churches and organizations who have contributed so generously both to our recent plea for help

and faithfully throughout the year. We would like to thank the schools that participated in our Thanksgiving food drive — Beechwood, Bowmar, Dana Road, Redwood, Bovina, Sherman Avenue, Warrenton, Vicksburg Intermediate and Warren Central Intermediate. We collected over 8,000 food items. Thank you for helping the Storehouse provide food to fellow Warren Countians who are going through financial emergencies. Marsha Gay Publicity chairman

Christians were kind Thanks to the many special people who have helped us in the two years since we have begun the citywide usher ministry. I would like to thank Peggy Pierce for her help with Mount Zion. Thanks to supervisors Williams Banks and Charles Selmon, alderman Michael Mayfield and Jeffferson, Lakeview, Robbins and Dillion-Chisley funeral homes. Thanks to the Rev. E.E. Gibbs letting us use Pleasant Valley; and to Mrs. Leslie Maxwell, the Revs. Joe Harris, Willie White and Robert Miller, Deacon and Sister Floyd and Gloria Smith for letting us use Calvary Baptist Church for our monthly meeting. Also, thanks to the United Men of Christ, now Mount Zion Male Choir. When working for the Lord, it’s hard — for everyone

finds fault. But thank God for people like these Christians who helped us along the way. Words can’t express how you make us feel. Patricia Kinnard President Gloria Smith and Estella D. Lewis Vice presidents Peggy Pierce Secretary Mattie Robinson Treasurer

Donors were angels Thank you, Angel Tree donors and volunteers. Because of your generous giving of your time, your energy, your money and your heart, the Christmas wishes of 776 children and 137 nursing home residents will come true. From the application process to the distribution of gifts, countless hours have been dedicated to The Salvation Army’s program. Special thanks to Dr. Stevie Duncan and staff of The Living Word Long Term Recovery Center, for their support and the use of their facility; Pearl Carter and all those who took applications; Linda Renfroe and all the people who manned the tree at the Vicksburg Mall; Mike Carlisle, mall manager; Jo Beth Britt and her helpers who coordinated The Senior Angel Tree; ERDC Environmental Lab for their donation of 400 toys; the Corps’ Division and District offices for donations and volunteers; Lori Burke and Ameristar Casino for providing meals

and volunteers; AmeriCorps volunteers; Lt. Rebecca Walthour and the U.S. Coast Guard unit; Vicksburg Police; Vicksburg and Warren Central high schools; the WCHS ROTC; Becky Curry, for providing donuts and coffee; The Home Depot, for the shopping carts; and River 101 for publicity. May God’s richest blessings be yours during this Christmas season and all through the coming year. Phyllis Renfro 2011 Angel Tree coordinator

Nativity reminded Many thanks to the Rev. Reginald Bernard and the members of King Solomon Baptist Church for their presentation of “A Live Nativity Drive-Thru Celebrating the Birth of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” The good people at KSBC worked long and hard to provide such a lovely depiction of the Nativity. They set up seven beautifully decorated stations at their property at


from staff reports

City man jailed on court sanction A Vicksburg man was in the Warren County Jail Friday night for a drug court sanction, jail records showed. Danny Smith, 45, 3805 Washington St., was being held without bond.

Oak Ridge Road and U.S. 61 North. At each station were live performers and musicians in full costume. Thank you, KSBC, for reminding us that Christmas is not about tinsel, gifts, too much food and red and green decorations — and that it is about the birth of our Lord. Robyn Lea Vicksburg

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High court reverses North to South, people gotta have ’em course in storm suit Air Jordans frenzy

By The Associated Press

Scuffles broke out and police were brought in to quell unrest that nearly turned into riots across the nation Friday following the release of Nike’s new Air Jordan basketball shoes — a retro model of one of the most popular Air Jordans ever made. The mayhem stretched from Washington state to Georgia and was reminiscent of the violence that broke out 20 years ago in many cities as the shoes became popular targets for thieves. It also had a decidedly Black Friday feel as huge crowds of shoppers overwhelmed stores for a musthave item. In suburban Seattle, police used pepper spray on about 20 customers who started fighting at the Westfield Southcenter mall. The crowd started gathering at four stores in the mall around midnight and had grown to more than 1,000 people by 4 a.m., when the stores opened, Tukwila Officer Mike Murphy said. He said it started as fighting and pushing among people in line and escalated over the next hour. Murphy said no injuries were reported, though some people suffered cuts or scrapes from fights. Shoppers also broke two doors, and 18-year-old man

The Air Jordans that hit stores Friday was arrested for assault after authorities say he punched an officer. “He did not get his shoes; he went to jail,” Murphy said. The $180 shoes went on sale Friday in a limited release at stores, and the lines began forming several hours before businesses opened. As the crowds kept growing through the night, they became more unruly and ended in vandalism, violence and arrests. A man was stabbed when a brawl broke out between several people waiting in line at a Jersey City, N.J., mall to buy the new shoes, authorities said. The 20-year-old man

was expected to recover from his injuries. In Richmond, Calif., police say crowds waiting to buy the Air Jordan 11 Retro Concords at the Hilltop Mall were turned away after a gunshot rang out. No injuries were reported, but police said a 24-year-old suspect was taken into custody. The gun apparently went off inadvertently, the Contra Costa Times reported. The frenzy over Air Jordans has been dangerous in the past. Some people were mugged or even killed for early versions of the shoe, created by Nike Inc. in 1985. Nike issued a statement

Gulf oyster industry eyes electronic tracking HOUMA, La. (AP) — The oyster industry in the Gulf of Mexico is developing an electronic system needed to track oysters for new food safety regulations. Gulf states are developing the system, required under measures passed by Congress last year to make it easier to track food-borne illness by tracing food from harvest to table. The Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission, a board representing the five Gulf states on fisheries issues, wants to replace the paper tracking process in use today with electronic technology. Industry leaders say doing that could make the data more efficient, easier to access and could reduce the cost of complying with new food-safety regulations. “The leaders of the Gulf oyster industry understand the importance of this effort, and they are eager to participate,” Alex Miller, a staff economist

Under the electronic system, officials say they consumers, for example, could get information about oysters via a code that a smartphone could read. A map detailing the oyster’s trip from the Gulf to the store could be included, too. with the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission. “This technology allows us to give consumers something that’s transparent,” said Mike Voisin, a member of the state Wildlife and Fisheries Commission and owner of Houma’s Motivatit Seafoods. The Gulf commission says it is working with a company called Trace Register to develop a voluntary pilot project for oyster producers and

harvesters. Once complete, businesses throughout the supply chain — harvesters dealers, processors, shippers, distributors, grocers and restaurants — will take part in a trial run. Under the electronic system, officials say they consumers, for example, could get information about oysters via a code that a smartphone could read. A map detailing the oyster’s trip from the Gulf to the store could be included, too. There might even by the option of viewing the harvest site in real time via a webcam one day, officials said. The electronic system will require some smaller operators to update their businesses with computers, but Voisin said the industry is heading that way anyway. “When the law says you need to do things in a timely fashion, there needs to be some modifications to how you practice,” Voisin said.

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in response to the violence that said: “Consumer safety and security is of paramount importance. We encourage anyone wishing to purchase our product to do so in a respectful and safe manner.” In Taylor, Mich., about 100 people forced their way into a shopping center around 5:30 a.m., damaging decorations and overturning benches. Police say a 21-year-old man was arrested. In Lithonia, Ga., at least four people were apparently arrested after customers broke down a door at a store selling the shoes. DeKalb County police said up to 20 squad cars responded.

JACKSON (AP) — The Mississippi Supreme Court has overturned a judgment for an insurance company in a wind vs. water case involving a Pascagoula home hit by 6.3 feet of storm surge during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The National Flood Insurance Program paid Michael Robichaux and his wife, Mary, who has since died, policy limits for the loss of their home and its contents — $136,500 for the home and $70,400 for contents. At issue was whether Nationwide Mutual Fire Insurance Co. owed the Robichauxes any money for wind damage. Robichaux’s attorneys said he’s owed at least $60,000. Nationwide says no, but for different reasons than the company used in 2009 in an earlier water vs. wind case. Though Nationwide paid neighbors on each side for wind losses, it claimed the Robichauxes had none. Alternately, Nationwide argued the National Flood Insurance Program has already fully reimbursed the Robichauxes and Robichaux can’t collect twice for the same loss. The trial judge erred in dismissing the case, the Mississippi court ruled this week. Justice Jim Kitchens wrote in the decision that there were “genuine issues of material

fact” over whether structures and personal property covered under the Robichaux’s policy “were damaged by wind prior to the destructive force of the storm surge.” In the earlier wind vs. water case, the Supreme Court decided Mississippi law requires insurance companies must prove a hurricane’s tidal surge, rather than wind, caused a loss to deny coverage. Wind and water are separate forces, the court reasoned, that cause different damage. Wind damage is covered under an all-perils policy. In the Robichaux case, Nationwide contended storm surge caused all the damage to the home, based on reports. “Given that this case is to be remanded on the issue of whether wind was a proximate cause of damage prior to the destruction of the other structures and personal property by storm surge ... Nationwide has the burden of proving that the other structures under Coverage B were damaged by an excluded peril. “The converse is true with regard to the Robichauxes’ burden of proving that personal property under Coverage C suffered accidental, direct, physical loss as a result of one of the enumerated perils, namely windstorm,” Kitchens said.


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JACK VIX SAYS: Keep an eye on the sky for Santa’s sleigh tonight.


Phil Bryant Gov.-elect saying all the right things From other Mississippi newspapers: • The Greenwood Commonwealth: So far, Phil Bryant is saying all the right things as he prepares to become Mississippi’s governor in a couple of weeks. He told an assembly of people at a policy meeting in Jackson that he wants to be “the big idea governor.” Like many of the state’s residents, Bryant believes in Mississippi. He told the 200 people at the meeting Dec. 15 that he didn’t run for office to say, “Let’s be mediocre.” Bryant has already made a wise suggestion that the various medical cen-

ters in Jackson should work together to turn the capital city into a regional medical hub along the same lines as Houston. The Republican said the state should expand its medical services, increase energy production, strengthen its manufacturing base and reduce its teen pregnancy rate. Those are all fine goals, but enhancing medical services may be the easiest one to accomplish. If history is a guide, it will be most difficult to reduce the number of teen pregnancies — a statistic that as much as anything else prevents the state from reaching its potential.

Making Bryant’s task more difficult is the fact that a tough economy is the wrong environment to encourage the big-idea, long-term work of which Bryant speaks. Lawmakers who have been grappling with shrinking revenues the past few years have been told to expect even less next year. They will be struggling to maintain current programs, much less add new ones. Bryant’s own Republican Party, though, will be in charge of both the House and Senate. It will be interesting to see how much of the budget goes toward ideas such as the ones the incoming governor is discussing.

Hold on ‘13th check’ is reasonable Enterprise-Journal, McComb: Gov. Haley Barbour’s study commission has delivered a list of sensible suggestions to shore up the financial condition of the retirement system for Mississippi’s public employees. The most controversial part of the proposal will be those recommended for the cost-of-living allowance (COLA) adjustment. The commission recommends: • A three-year freeze on the COLA allowance for current retirees. • A three-year delay on the COLA for new retirees. • Changing from an automatic 3 percent adjustment to one that is based on

the actual rate of inflation. All of this makes sense, even though it will be a tough sell in the Legislature. This is partly because lawmakers benefit personally from the current COLA calculation and in part because the COLA is paid out to many retirees in an end-of-the-year lump sum. There’s nothing that requires retirees to get their COLA in a “13th check.” In fact, most money managers would say that it’s smarter financially to get the increases spread out over a year than in a lump sum. That way the retiree is making interest on the money rather than the government. Still, many retirees prefer the lump sum because it

comes just in time for the Christmas spending splurge and other December obligations. The 13th check has become almost sacrosanct in Mississippi, with lawmakers intimidated from messing with it. Nevertheless, it is reasonable to freeze the size of the 13th check for the next three years, since retirees have been receiving increases well beyond the rate of inflation. There are a lot of taxpayers funding PERS who don’t get a first pension check, much less a 13th one. It’s not too much to ask the retirees to accept a temporary hold on benefit increases and a fairer way to calculate future ones.

Westerners, if you want the truth, handle snow the same way Southerners handle mosquitoes. They are used to it, all right, but not all that much better at coping.

Shoveling snow and decorating a Sam’s tree in a foreign land COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Rooms always reach their full potential with Christmas trees in them. Before that, they are missing something. I sat late last night and stared at the Christmas tableau I’d put together with a Sam’s card, bubble lights that lost their bubble, consignment-store decorations. And it was good. The little living room was shining. Artist Laura Reilly’s nighttime painting of an old downtown theater, The Peak, and more ordinary objects gained an ethereal glow. I’m in Colorado, a little out of my element. But I love a Christmas challenge. My decorations are back home in Mississippi, all but my favorites, anyhow, those being the straw critters my old buddy Edwin Gray gives me each year. I hauled those across country, a Bambi’s forest of deer friends riding shotgun. Most of my lights were lost in a move from Louisiana, but RHETA at the last moment gRIMSLEY before heading out West I remembered the old bubble lights in the shed. If you thump them just right, the hot oil will bubble for a few wonderful minutes and take you straight back to childhood. The day I was supposed to go into the forest to cut a tree with my sister and our dogs and husbands, it snowed. Westerners, if you want the truth, handle snow the same way Southerners handle mosquitoes. They are used to it, all right, but not all that much better at coping. The live trees at Sam’s Club were cheap but frozen. Tied up like a turkey, the tree’s limbs had to be pulled one by one from its trunk. The freeze-dried tree was brittle and lost more than a few needles during the process. But its shape was good. I’d been stubborn about getting the tree at Sam’s. Quantities at that market make sense only for those who routinely feed a big family or a football team. For days I’d been pondering some purchase that would make my membership fee worthwhile. The tree helped my feelings. I won’t be feeding a crowd. I don’t yet know many people here. The ones I’ve met are friendly and resourceful. Two octogenarian neighbor women were both out shoveling snow last week. The young couple on the corner has an LSU flag and a big yellow dog that makes them seem like some kind of distant kin. In nearby Old Colorado City I’ve met an amazing photographer named Kathleen McFadden. She took a picture in Morro Bay, Calif., that hangs in her shop window and may be one of the best photographs I’ve ever seen. “Rhonda’s Trailer” shows us the humble home of a woman who works in a fish market unloading boats and cutting up fish. Rhonda shares the tiny travel trailer with her boyfriend, daughter and cat. The home on wheels is bedecked with more Christmas lights than you’d see at the Biltmore House. It speaks volumes. I miss my Mississippi and Louisiana friends, and I want them to have the best Christmas ever. I can almost see them. Jeanette and Johnelle are planning their family feast, I bet. Sue and Luke must have their perfect tree up and lights on all their shrubs. Bob has a bright-red artificial tree this year, I’ve heard, and Anne new wreaths on her doors. Barbara has the big cypress knee Santas on her steps. I’m out here wishing for a white Christmas, which I might just get, and for the enviable enthusiasm of a fishmonger named Rhonda. •


Barbour one of the most effective leaders in history The Clarion-Ledger, Jackson: Gov. Haley Barbour has been traveling around the state giving his view of important issues. Barbour may be one of the most effective governors Mississippi has ever produced. His achievements are many. For example, his administrative skills and political genius and ability to persuade lawmakers were on full display in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. That worst storm in history was a perfect storm for Barbour and Mississippi when it came to rebuilding the state from disaster. Barbour was able to use his contacts and political abilities to help the state as it sought to recover and rebuild from this terrible disaster. Politically, Barbour turned a constitu-

tionally weak office of the governor into a powerful one by sheer dint of his own political prowess. The priorities he presents today are on target, but the governor’s reflections show the depth of the ongoing, deep issues involving education, health care, teen pregnancy, illegitimacy and other issues associated with poverty that have long plagued the state. His call for more church involvement, personal responsibility and reaffirming values that build families and promote individual success are points well taken. Finding solutions to Mississippi’s deep social and economic problems will take efforts that go beyond government programs. However, solid public policy also must lay the groundwork for family sta-

bility, community health and individual success. Mississippi desperately needs to provide better educational opportunity for all, including early-childhood education. Mississippi needs better job training, which Barbour has done much to achieve already. The state needs better health care. Most of all, Mississippi needs leadership at every level to keep talking and keep pushing for ideas to move the state forward. That is why it is good that Barbour, as he approaches the end of his time in office, is not just talking about what he sees as his achievements, but also issues that remain and his thoughts after wrestling with them for the past eight years.

OLD POST FILES 120 YEARS AGO: 1891 Dan Searles and W.J. Rhea are arranging for a Mendelssohn Club concert. • Pilot W.B. Benbrook, well-known riverman, is dead. • Mrs. J. Spengler, who has been critically ill, is improved.


50 YEARS AGO: 1961 L.C. Latham is elected to the board of directors and Judge Ben Guider is elected president of the YMCA. • Dr. and Mrs. Waverley Artz are the parents of a daughter, Amy, born Dec. 24.

110 YEARS AGO: 1901

40 YEARS AGO: 1971

William Haas and Sophia Laudenheimer are married. • William Henry is thrown from a switch engine and has his leg injured. • E.A. Hill, lumberman, is in Jackson. • H.B. Wilson is re-elected county physician at the salary of $100 per month.

The Vicksburg Infirmary building is purchased by First Baptist Church of Vicksburg for $30,000. • Mr. and Mrs. James Thomas Henry announce the arrival of their first child, Sharon Leigh. • Jim Westbrook of Thomas-Westbrook Agency Inc. has been selected for membership in the Kemper Insurance President’s Club.

100 YEARS AGO: 1911 The water company may charge maximum rates, Judge Niles declares. • George T. Houston is here looking after his interests.

30 YEARS AGO: 1981

90 YEARS AGO: 1921 Mrs. Esther Ostroffsky dies. • Dr. W.G. Kiger of Warren County, state senator, proposes a law to oust any official who drinks or plays cards. • Mrs. Detmar Finke is home from New Orleans. • R.M. Kelly is re-elected as attorney of the board of supervisors.

80 YEARS AGO: 1931 Slashing of the state’s expenses is absolutely essential, state Sen. John Culkin says. • Arnold Dean and Helen Jones are married in Tallulah. • Mrs. Newell Simrall is elected president of the Warren County Home Demonstration Club Council. • Mr. and Mrs. Henry Crichlow of Cleveland are visiting here.

70 YEARS AGO: 1941 Corp. Meredith Menger Jr. is here on a visit to relatives. • Chief J.F. Hosemann of the Vicksburg Fire Department submits his annual report. • The Vicksburg Garden Club meets at the home of Mrs. R.L. Crook on Monroe Street.

60 YEARS AGO: 1951 John Barrymore Jr. stars in “Quebec” at the Rivoli Drive-In Theatre. • James R. Wells dies. • Mrs. Wirt Bond reviews “The Iron Mistress” at a book club meeting here.

An explosion at City Front, followed by fire, destroys a 50-foot boat, Drifter 11, owned by Morris Ratliff and a vessel owned by Randy Harrell, Torpin Peterson and George Austin.

20 YEARS AGO: 1991 The Vicksburg Police Department asks to join a state-affiliated anti-drug unit. • Anthony De’Carl Simpson celebrates his third birthday. • Services are held for Mary Louise Carter.

10 YEARS AGO: 2001 Lela Grace Rabb Wroten, 76-year resident of Tallulah, dies. • Mary Ann Brown wins the Downtown Christmas giveaway. • Jimmy Clark is promoted to general manager of The Vicksburg Post.

Rheta Grimsley Johnson writes for King Features Syndicate.

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Saturday, December 24, 2011

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


The following quotes on local companies are provided as a service by Smith Barney Citi Group, 112-B Monument Place, 601-636-6914. Archer-Daniels (ADM)............ 29.06 American Fin. (AFG)..................37.30 Ameristar (ASCA)........................18.20 Auto Zone (AZO)..................... 330.30 Bally Technologies (BYI)...........38.88 BancorpSouth (BXS)..................11.19 Britton Koontz (BKBK)................ 6.01 Bunge Ltd. (BG)...........................58.09 Cracker Barrel (CBRL)................50.57 Champion Ent. (CHB).....................20 Com. Health Svcs. (CYH)...............17.22 Computer Sci. Corp. (CSC)...........26.48 Cooper Industries (CBE)..........55.00 CBL and Associates (CBL)................16.11 CSX Corp. (CSX)...........................21.34 East Group Prprties (EGP)............43.51 El Paso Corp. (EP).......................26.20 Entergy Corp. (ETR)...................73.14

Fastenal (FAST)............................43.69 Family Dollar (FDO)...................58.76 Fred’s (FRED).................................14.40 Int’l Paper (IP)..............................29.24 Janus Capital Group (JNS)..............6.30 J.C. Penney (JCP)........................35.67 Kroger Stores (KR)......................24.48 Kan. City So. (KSU).....................67.83 Legg Mason (LM)..................... 24.45 Parkway Properties (PKY).............10.12 PepsiCo Inc. (PEP)......................66.57 Regions Financial (RF).................4.40 Rowan (RDC)................................ 31.71 Saks Inc. (SKS).............................. 10.04 Sears Holdings (SHLD)............. 45.85 Simpson-DuraVent (SSD).............33.60 Sunoco (SUN)............................... 40.73 Trustmark (TRMK)...................... 24.23 Tyco Intn’l (TYC).......................... 47.10 Tyson Foods (TSN)..................... 20.91 Viacom (VIA)................................. 50.65 Walgreens (WAG)....................... 35.34 Wal-Mart (WMT)......................... 59.99

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Keycorp .12 96152 7.89 7.65 7.78 + .05 KodiakO g 63359 9.51 9.13 9.51 + .38 Kraft 1.16 46253 37.74 37.22 37.74 + .43 LSI Corp 78119 6.07 5.82 5.91 - .15 LVSands 58067 43.57 42.92 43.54 + .79 LennarA .16 39526 19.78 19.07 19.37 - .21 LillyEli 1.96 64878 41.71 41.27 41.64 + .18 Lowes .56 115395 25.63 25.15 25.27 - .19 MGM Rsts 108750 9.98 9.53 9.96 + .48 MarathnO s .60 37797 29.22 28.88 29.22 + .34 MktVGold .15e x46361 52.79 52.35 52.79 + .54 MktVJrGld 1.59ex36213 24.70 24.15 24.31 + .47 McDnlds 2.80f34609 100.15 98.76 100.15 + 1.55 MeadJohn 1.04130789 67.60 63.74 65.29 - 3.47 Medtrnic .97 38388 37.94 37.41 37.84 + .25 Merck 1.68f 93819 37.90 37.64 37.90 + .35 MetLife .74 42555 31.19 30.81 31.10 + .07 MetroPCS 32574 8.52 8.13 8.17 - .25 MorgStan .20 144018 16.03 15.54 15.76 - .12 PHH Corp 37012 11.32 10.16 10.52 - .59 PatriotCoal 63447 9.58 8.93 9.04 - .44 Petrobras 1.26e 61962 25.82 25.49 25.74 + .12 Pfizer .88f 287122 21.83 21.59 21.83 + .20 Potash s .28 43470 43.32 42.37 42.57 - .06 PrUShS&P 117040 19.38 19.07 19.09 - .31 ProUltSP .31e x66846 47.02 46.29 47.00 + .77 ProUShL20 81560 19.31 19.01 19.15 + .40 ProUSSP500 100792 13.24 12.92 12.93 - .35 ProctGam 2.10 50260 66.69 66.01 66.67 + .48 PulteGrp 42656 6.30 6.04 6.08 - .12 RadianGrp .01 39803 2.25 2.13 2.25 + .12 SpdrGold 34679 156.49 155.82 156.31 + .27 S&P500ETF759056 126.43 125.41 126.39 + 1.12 SandRdge 257725 9.04 8.28 8.57 + .36 Schlmbrg 1 44129 69.14 68.01 69.14 + 1.21 Schwab .24 60727 11.56 11.32 11.54 + .10 SwstAirl .02 48531 8.58 8.34 8.58 + .18 SP Matls .74e 54115 33.91 33.57 33.91 + .33 SP CnSt .88e 50641 32.61 32.32 32.57 + .23 SP Engy 1.07e 51054 69.68 69.05 69.60 + .40 SPDR Fncl .22e295245 13.17 13.03 13.15 + .10 SP Inds .73e 55077 34.09 33.76 34.09 + .33 SP Tech .38e 45367 25.56 25.31 25.56 + .25 Suncor gs .44 36279 28.71 28.30 28.69 + .42 SunTrst .20 58212 17.90 17.41 17.75 + .10 Supvalu .35 44528 8.19 7.93 8.09 + .17 TaiwSemi .52e 35745 12.96 12.76 12.92 + .01 Target 1.20 33072 51.72 51.11 51.70 + .43 TenetHlth 39293 5.01 4.91 4.98 + .06 TexInst .68f 38707 29.79 29.36 29.73 + .23 TimeWarn .94 58200 35.97 35.37 35.96 + .67 US Airwy 49635 5.72 5.42 5.62 - .08 UtdContl 107325 20.00 18.40 19.85 - .41 US Bancrp .50 51246 27.54 27.20 27.49 + .15 US NGs rs 59451 6.94 6.79 6.80 - .13 USSteel .20 59440 26.25 25.64 26.21 + .22 UtdhlthGp .65 38525 51.50 50.69 51.35 + .62 Vale SA 1.76e 91110 22.16 21.89 22.13 + .13 ValeroE .60f 33557 21.22 20.83 21.04 + .05 VangEmg .91e 145749 38.74 38.43 38.73 + .17 VerizonCm 2 130357 39.98 39.41 39.98 + .69 WalMart 1.46 60944 60.00 59.14 59.99 + .80 Walgrn .90 85577 35.34 33.88 35.34 + 1.42 WeathfIntl 41547 14.40 14.17 14.38 + .10 WellsFargo .48 272265 27.97 27.39 27.79 + .54 WmsCos 1f 35236 32.71 32.28 32.71 + .47 Xerox .17 119709 8.29 8.15 8.29 + .10 Yamana g .20f 33667 15.17 14.87 15.08 + .22

Q: My family spent many summers at a vacation home that my parents had purchased. As kids, we loved going there, and it has many fond memories. Our parents have both died and, in the will, they left the home to all three of us. We have been sharing in the taxes, BRUCE insurance and upkeep, and some of us still use it. We have received an offer that we can’t pass up, but only two are willing to sell. I could certainly use the extra money, and so could my brother, but our sister doesn’t want to sell. She’s well off, so the idea of having some extra money means nothing to her. To make matters worse, she doesn’t even use the property like I do. Can we force her to sell? — S.R., via e-mail A: A lot of questions I receive are pretty much in the same

vein. “Do I need a will?” is one. This would be the second. One of the worst things you can do is leave undivided property to your heirs. While you may think you are doing the right thing, your situation is a perfect example of what can happen. The only way I know that you can force your sister to sell is to go to court. I believe that if you and your brother wish to sell, she will be given an option for first refusal. This means that if you have a valid offer, she will get to counteroffer buying you two out or she has to accept it. If you and your brother retain counsel, the overwhelming likelihood is that in relatively short order she will be required to acquiesce or buy you out. If you haven’t done so already, you and your brother might want to meet with her and lay out to her what you just told me. You and your brother need the money and you want to sell. See what she says before taking any further legal action. •

smart money


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

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Wall Street

Stocks close out holiday on high note By The Associated Press Stocks closed higher Friday after a quiet, pre-holiday session that turned the S&P 500 index positive for the year. Traders were relieved by news that Congress extended a payroll tax holiday for workers and emergency unemployment benefits. Both programs were set to expire at the end of the year. Letting that happen would have reduced economic growth by about 1 percent, analysts said. The final business day before Christmas also was the slowest full day of trading so far this year. Traders exchanged just 2.22 billion shares, about half of the recent average. The market will be closed on Monday because Christmas falls on a Sunday this year.

Stocks have risen steadily since Tuesday on hopeful signs about the pace of economic growth in the fourth quarter, which ends next week. Stocks have risen steadily since Tuesday on hopeful signs about the pace of economic growth in the fourth quarter, which ends next week. New claims for unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest level since April 2008, long before anyone realized the nation was in a recession. A series of mixed economic reports Friday did little to derail that optimism. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index added 11.33 points, or 0.9 percent, to 1,265.33. It started the year at 1,257.64. Stocks might surge into the new year if the S&P 500 passes a couple of key tech-

New-home sales up, but won’t boost year WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans bought slightly more new homes in November, but 2011 will likely end up as the worst year for sales in history. The Commerce Department says new-home sales rose 1.6 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 315,000. That’s less than half the 700,000 new homes that economists say should be sold to sustain a healthy housing market. It’s also below the 323,000 homes sold last year — the worst year for sales on records dating back to 1963. December would have to produce its best monthly sales total in four years for 2011 to finish ahead of last year’s total. New homes account for less than 10 percent of the housing market. But they have a big impact on the economy. Each new home built creates roughly three jobs for a year

and generates about $90,000 in taxes, according to the National Association of Home Builders. Economists note that housing is a long way from fully recovering and that many people are opting to rent because they can’t afford to buy or don’t feel a home is a wise investment right now. Home construction has begun a gradual comeback and should add to economic growth in 2011. But the main reason for that increase is that the rate of apartment construction is nearly twice as fast as it was two years ago. Single-familyhome construction remains depressed. “New-home sales only capture one-family homes sold, and the recent pick-up in multifamily construction does not feed into these numbers,” said Yelena Shulyatyeva, an analyst at BNP Paribas.

nical thresholds, said Todd Salamone, research director at Schaeffer’s Investment Research. Fund managers currently hold relatively few stocks, Salamone noted, and many of their funds have underperformed the market and are negative for the year. If the index rises farther above its break-even point for the year or its average over the past several months, fund managers might flood into the market in a last-ditch attempt to improve their annual returns, he said. “The worst thing that can happen for a fund manager is to underperform and be in the

red when your benchmark, the S&P index, is in the green” for the year, Salamone said. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 124.35 points, or 1 percent, to 12,294. Bank of America Corp. was the Dow’s biggest gainer, adding 2.4 percent. All but two of the 30 Dow stocks rose, Alcoa Inc. and Boeing Co. The Dow has risen 527.74 points, or 4.5 percent in the past four days. It was the first four-day winning streak for the Dow since mid-September. The Nasdaq composite index gained 19.19 points, or 0.7 percent, to 2,618.64. Earlier Friday, the government said that consumer spending and incomes barely grew in November. The weak gains suggest that consumers may have trouble sustaining their spending into 2012.

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City: Occupy LA costs hit at least $2.3M LOS ANGELES (AP) — A preliminary report released Friday by the city administrative officer estimates the nearly two-month Occupy LA encampment at City Hall cost the budget-strapped city at least $2.3 million, but officials said the sum is expected to grow. City Administrative Officer Miguel A. Santana told The Associated Press his office requested the cost estimates

from various city departments two weeks ago. The city attorney’s office has already said it expects its previously submitted $188,000 estimate to climb significantly. “This is based on a moment in time,” Santana said. “Obviously the numbers are going to grow.” The latest tab adds to costs tallied by cities nationwide that have been dealing with the anti-Wall Street move-

ment. An AP survey of 18 nationwide cities through midNovember found that the protests had cost local taxpayers a total of at least $13 million. The Los Angeles report requested by the City Council includes an estimate of more than $1.6 million in overtime for police, the Department of General Services and the Office of Public Safety. But the report notes that the estimate does not include

the cost of restoring City Hall park. A rough early estimate of restoring the park to its original condition was $400,000. At the City Attorney’s Office, Chief Deputy William Carter told the AP earlier this week that the agency has spent over $500,000 so far on legal and consulting work, and handling cases involving hundreds of people arrested would likely drive costs over $1 million.

‘It’s tough’

Firefighters scramble to replace toys lost in fire SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Firefighters scrambled Friday to replace toys lost when the city’s biggest blaze in more than seven years left more than 40 people homeless at the height of the holiday season. The effort to help those displaced by the blaze came after firefighters saw ruined gifts strewn in the wreckage near the city’s historic Alamo Square, Chief Joanne HayesWhite said. “The main thing is no lives were lost, but particularly three days before Christmas, it’s tough,” she said. “We saw a lot of burned packages.” Firefighters have already sent about 120 items and expected to get a count later in the day of how many displaced families were still in need, said Sally Casazza, who chairs the toy drive program for the firefighters union. The blaze caused at least $8 million in damage to the buildings and displaced 43 residents, who are being offered temporary shelter at a local church, said Capt. Jeanne Seyler. Firefighters still don’t know what caused the fire. A team of firefighters spent the early hours Friday dealing with hot spots left after flames engulfed three build-

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Firefighters and police officers keep watch over an apartment fire in San Francisco. ings a day earlier. Arson investigators planned to examine the burned-out structures to determine what caused the blaze. The five-alarm blaze started in one of the neighborhood’s trademark, three-story Victorian homes and spread to a nearby apartment building and a single-family home.

A total of 32 dwellings were destroyed by flames pushed by strong wind gusts. The Red Cross was sheltering more than a dozen residents who had nowhere else to go after their dwellings were destroyed. About 150 firefighters, or half the department’s daytime firefighting force, brought

the fire under control after a near three-hour battle, HayesWhite said. One firefighter was taken to a hospital with a burn to the neck, and a civilian was treated for mild smoke inhalation, Hayes-White said. A second firefighter was given oxygen. Firefighters believe all the residents escaped.

“We are still dealing with Occupy LA. We still have to prosecute these arrests. The job is not over,” Carter said. Councilman Dennis Zine, a former police officer, said he is stunned by the estimate and “had no idea it was going to be that high.” “We’re $70 million in debt,” he said. “This is just money we don’t have that’s being expended because of what Occupy LA has done.”

American jailed in Cuba not among free HAVANA (AP) — An American government subcontractor jailed in Cuba for crimes against the state is not among nearly 3,000 prisoners granted amnesty by President Raul Castro on Friday, said a senior Foreign Ministry official. “Alan Gross is not on the list,” Josefina Vidal told The Associated Press, dashing the hopes of Gross’ supporters in the United States, who have been pleading with Cuban authorities to release the 62-year-old Maryland native on humanitarian grounds. Vidal heads the Foreign Ministry’s North American affairs division. In a speech to lawmakers, Castro said his country would pardon 2,900 prisoners, including some convicted of political crimes. Castro cited an upcoming visit by Pope Benedict XVI among the reasons for the amnesty, saying the humanitarian act was “a demonstration of the generosity and strength of the revolution.” He said 86 foreign prisoners from 25 countries would be freed, and that diplomats would be notified shortly.

Redrawn Continued from Page A1. • Splitting Okitbbeha County between District 1 and 3. It all has been in District 3. • Moving all of Marion and Jones County into south Mississippi’s District 4, represented by Republican Steven

Palazzo. Parts of Marion and Jones had been in District 3. • Newly splitting Clarke County between Districts 3 and 4. It has been entirely in the 4th District. Redistricting moved into federal court after state leg-

islators failed to agree on a new congressional map. Judges had to move fast, because the qualifying deadline for congressional candidates is Jan. 13, followed by March 13 primaries. Some Republicans had

wanted to move Adams and Wilkinson counties into the 2nd District, now centered in the Delta and Jackson. But Rep. Alan Nunnelee, the freshman Republican representing the 1st District, voiced acceptance. He said

he was “disappointed” to lose Panola, Yalobusha and Grenada counties, but said he was “excited to reach out and meet my new constituents in Winston and Oktibbeha.”

ID voters. The number of active and inactive voters that should be used to determine how many people would be affected by the law has been in dispute. Department of Motor Vehicles executive director Kevin Shwedo said the state Election Commission knew it was using inaccurate data when it released reports showing nearly 240,000 active and inactive voters lacked driver’s licenses or ID cards. Shwedo sent the state’s attorney general an analysis showing that 207,000 of those voters live in other states, allowed their ID cards to expire, probably have licenses with names that didn’t match voter records or were dead. He said the commission created “artificially high numbers to excite the masses.” A spokesman for the Election Commission did not respond to an email message

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.

Emmich Anderson ROLLING FORK — Emmich “Rickey” Anderson died Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011, at Sharkey-Issaquena Hospital in Rolling Fork. He was 44. Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Mount Lula M.B.





Mostly cloudy with a high in the mid-50s and a low in the lower 40s

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

LOCAL FORECAST Sunday-tuesday Chance of showers; highs in the lower 50s; lows in the lower 40s

STATE FORECAST TOday Cloudy; highs in the mid50s; lows in the lower 40s Sunday-tuesday Chance of showers; highs in the lower 50s; lows in the lower 40s

Almanac Highs and Lows High/past 24 hours............. 55º Low/past 24 hours............... 35º Average temperature......... 45º Normal this date................... 49º Record low..............12º in 1983 Record high............78º in 1955 Rainfall Recorded at the Vicksburg Water Plant Past 24 hours.........................N/A This month..............5.17 inches Total/year.............. 42.14 inches Normal/month......4.61 inches Normal/year........ 51.03 inches Solunar table Most active times for fish and wildlife Sunday: A.M. Active............................ 5:04 A.M. Most active...............10:45 P.M. Active............................. 5:32 P.M. Most active...................N/A Sunrise/sunset Sunset today........................ 5:02 Sunset tomorrow............... 5:03 Sunrise tomorrow.............. 7:02


Continued from Page A1. requiring a picture ID. After changes were made, it was approved by the agency. Justice officials are reviewing Texas’ new law. Kansas, Tennessee and Wisconsin also passed laws this year, but they are not under the agency’s review. South Carolina’s law also required the state to determine how many voters lack state-issued IDs so that the Election Commission can work to make sure they know of law changes. The Department of Motor Vehicles will issue free state photo identification cards to those voters. “Minority registered voters were nearly 20 percent more likely to lack DMV-issued ID than white registered voters, and thus to be effectively disenfranchised,” Perez wrote, noting that the numbers could be even higher since the data submitted by the state doesn’t include inactive


Church in Rolling Fork with the Rev. Otis Anderson officiating. Burial, directed by Walker Funeral Home of Rolling Fork, will follow at Green Chapel Cemetery.

Theodora L. Williams Theodora L. Williams died Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011, at University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. She was 48. Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Friday. Earlier in the week, commission officials said the agency will eliminate nearly 60,000 deceased people and individuals whose names didn’t match DMV records. Haley said the decision was more proof President Barack Obama is fighting conservative ideas like voter ID laws or immigration reform. “The president and his bullish administration are fighting us every step of the way. It is outrageous, and we plan to look at every possible option to get this terri-

ble, clearly political decision overturned so we can protect the integrity of our electoral process and our 10th amendment rights,” Haley said in a statement. South Carolina ACLU executive director Victoria Middleton applauded the Justice Department’s decision, saying the “misguided” law represented “a dramatic setback to voting rights in our state and we are pleased to see it stopped in its tracks.” The decision also was welcomed by civil rights activist

Jesse Jackson, who planned to talk about how voter ID laws are a plot by conservatives to keep blacks from voting in his hometown of Greenville, S.C., next week. He said the laws are like modern day poll taxes, targeting elderly people that can’t afford to get IDs and students. “We’re fighting wars for democracy overseas and we’re fighting democracy at home,” Jackson said. “What a contradiction.”

Stages Mississippi River at Vicksburg Current: 38.9 | Change: -0.1 Flood: 43 feet Yazoo River at Greenwood Current: 24.5 | Change: 0.3 Flood: 35 feet Yazoo River at Yazoo City Current: 24.8 | Change: 0.4 Flood: 29 feet Yazoo River at Belzoni Current: 24.0 | Change: 0.5 Flood: 34 feet Big Black River at West Current: 14.1 | Change: 1.8 Flood: 12 feet Big Black River at Bovina Current: 15.1 | Change: 0.6 Flood: 28 feet StEELE BAYOU Land....................................86.8 River....................................86.5

MISSISSIPPI RIVER Forecast Cairo, Ill. Sunday.................................... 36.3 Monday.................................. 36.4 Tuesday.................................. 36.3 Memphis Sunday.................................... 21.4 Monday.................................. 21.0 Tuesday.................................. 21.0 Greenville Sunday.................................... 42.4 Monday.................................. 41.3 Tuesday.................................. 40.2 Vicksburg Sunday.................................... 38.5 Monday.................................. 37.8 Tuesday.................................. 36.7


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Suicide bombs shake Syrian capital, killing 44 DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Two car bombers blew themselves up Friday outside the heavily guarded compounds of Syria’s intelligence agencies, killing at least 44 people and wounding dozens more in a brazen attack on the powerful security directorates, authorities said. State-run TV said the alQaida terrorist network was possibly to blame for the first suicide car bombings in the nine-month uprising against

authoritarian President Bashar Assad. The opposition, however, immediately questioned the government’s account and hinted the regime itself could have been behind the attack, noting it came during a visit by Arab League observers investigating Assad’s bloody crackdown of the popular revolt. The government has long contended that the turmoil in Syria this year is not an upris-

ing but the work of terrorists and foreign-backed armed gangs. Syrian officials said a suicide attacker detonated his explosives-laden car as he waited behind a vehicle driven by a retired general who was trying to enter a military intelligence building in Damascus’ upscale Kfar Sousa district. About a minute later, a second attacker blew up his SUV at the gate of the General Intelligence Agency, the officials

said. Government officials took the Arab League observers to the scene of the explosions and said it supported their accounts of who was behind the violence. “We said it from the beginning, this is terrorism. They are killing the army and civilians,” Deputy Foreign Minister Faysal Mekdad told reporters outside the headquarters of the General Intelligence Agency, where bodies still lit-

tered the ground. Alongside him, the head of the Arab League’s advance team, Sameer Seif el-Yazal, said, “We are here to see the facts on the ground. ... What we are seeing today is regrettable, the important thing is for things to calm down.” Such attacks are rare in Syria. The impact is also powerful because Damascus is home to the presidential palace and headquarters of security and

military bodies. Although the uprising has spread through many parts of Syria, Damascus has been relatively quiet amid the tight control of ruthless security loyal to Assad. The General Intelligence Agency has been taking a major part in the crackdown against the uprising. In recent months, dissident soldiers have broken from the military to side with peaceful protesters and have attacked government forces.

France says it will foot bill Gaudy Christmas sweaters off the hook to remove breast implants The uglier, the better

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Oh, the sweater designs are frightful, but the parties are so delightful. So if you’ve got one to wear, let it show, let it show, let it show. If your grandmother ever gave you a cheesy holiday sweater that you never thought you’d wear, be grateful — it’s a hot fashion item now. Gaudy Christmas sweaters have become all the rage. Ugly-Christmas-sweater parties are so popular that thrift stores and specialty retailers are making sure the kitschy clothing is in stock, and enterprising entrepreneurs are cashing in. One Chicago couple say they’ve sold more than 3,000 this year from a website they started in 2008, while a pair of Milwaukee siblings expect to clear a $5,000 profit from a site they launched last month. Jack McCarthy, 17, and his sister sell sweaters from thrift stores and yard sales for anywhere from $19 to $45 on “People just seem to love

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Jack McCarthy, 17, and some of the ugly Christmas sweaters he and his sister are selling. outdoing each other in ugliness,” McCarthy said. “The key is, you want something that’s tacky in a good way. You don’t want ugly like boring, you want something like a piece of art. Something that might look good if it weren’t

on a sweater. Like it might be a good decoration, but once you put it on yourself that’s where it becomes ugly.” The sweaters’ popularity reflects a common fashion arc: Something trendy goes out of style, only to become cool

again. Some people speculate that loud sweaters evoke fond memories of holidays past. Others say it’s just an expression of holiday cheer. Either way, when it comes to Christmas sweaters, uglier is better.

Britain’s Prince Philip, 90, hospitalized with chest pains LONDON — Queen Elizabeth II’s husband was hospitalized Friday evening after experiencing chest pains, British royal officials said. Prince Philip, 90, was taken from Sandringham, the queen’s sprawling estate in rural Norfolk, to the cardiac unit at Papworth Hospital in Cambridge for Prince “precautionPhilip ary tests,” a spokeswoman for Buckingham Palace said. She would not say if other members of the royal family were with the Duke of Edinburgh or if he would stay the night at the hospital. The spokeswoman declined to comment further and spoke on customary condition of anonymity. A hospital spokeswoman referred all


BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS calls back to the palace. Philip has been at Sandringham since Monday for the royal family’s Christmas festivities, Buckingham Palace said. It was unclear if Philip’s health would alter the royal family’s plans for the weekend. Philip is known for his good health and rarely misses royal engagements. Upon his 90th birthday in June, he announced plans to cut back his official duties.

10 injured in Yemen in protesters march SANAA, Yemen — Men swinging sticks and soldiers firing rifles attacked protesters demanding Yemen’s president be brought to trial over the killings of anti-government demonstrators, wound-

ing 10 people, witnesses and a medic said. The protesters were heading toward the city’s edge Friday to greet a march of thousands arriving from the city of Taiz, about 170 miles to the south. The four-day march, dubbed the March of Life was due to reach Sanaa today. The lengthy march, a first in the 10 months of demonstrations, aims to pressure a new national unity government and parliament to reject a deal granting President Ali Abdullah Saleh immunity from prosecution in return for stepping down after more than 33 years in power. New presidential elections are set for Feb. 21.

Space station running with full crew of six MOSCOW — A Soyuz spacecraft safely delivered

a Russian, an American and a Dutchman to the International Space Station on Friday, restoring the permanent crew to six members for the first time since September. But just as concerns over the reliability of the Soyuz have eased, a different version of the Soyuz rocket failed Friday during an unmanned launch. It was the latest in a string of spectacular launch failures that have raised questions about Russia’s space industry. The craft carrying mission commander Oleg Kononenko, NASA’s Don Pettit and European Space Agency astronaut Andre Kuipers had traveled through space for two days after blasting off from Baikonur, the Russian-operated cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The six crew members will work together on the International Space Station until mid-March.

PARIS (AP) — France took had their breasts enlarged the costly and unprecedented marched on Paris to demand step Friday of offering to pay more attention to worries for 30,000 women to have their about what might be happenbreast implants removed ing inside them. Images of leaky, blubbery because of mounting fears implants the products and women could rupTens of thousands of mamture and leak other women elsewhere having mograms cheap, industrial-grade silin Europe and in South have been on icone into the America have the same splashed French TV. body. More than Te n s of French-made implants, 1,000 rupthousands of but authorities there have tures pushed other women elsewhere so far refused to follow Health Minister Xavier in Europe suit. The silicone-gel Bertrand to and in South America have implants in question are recommend that the estithe same not sold in the U.S. mated 30,000 French-made wo m e n i n implants, but authorities there have so far France with the implants get refused to follow suit. The sil- them removed at the state’s icone-gel implants in question expense. Bertrand insisted the removare not sold in the U.S. Over the past week, the als would be “preventive” safety fears have created a and not urgent, and French public furor over something health authorities said they usually kept private, even in had found nothing to link France. Women whose own the implants to nine cases of families didn’t know they cancer in women.


RELIGION saturday, de ce mbe r 24, 2011 • SE C TI O N B DEVOTION B2 | CHURCH EVENTS B3 Karen Gamble, managing editor | E-mail: | Tel: 601.636.4545 ext 137

Monitor grandparents’ gift buying Q: My parents see birthdays and even minor holidays as an excuse to shower my kids with excessive gifts. I’ve tried to talk to them about this, but they don’t get the message. Jim: Often, there’s little harm in grandparents wanting to “spoil” their grandchildren, so long as the kids understand that such occasions are regarded as the exception to the rule. But sometimes Grandma and Grandpa need to be reined in. If they’re repeatedly disregarding your wishes as a parent, you might be facing something bigger than the mere doting permisFOCUS ON siveness THE FAMILY of adoring grandparents. You need to take decisive steps to address the problem, albeit in a loving, respectful way that will not jeopardize FOCUS ON the posiTHE FAMILY tive relationship you enjoy with them. We’d suggest that you and your spouse get a baby sitter and schedule a dinner out with your parents. Begin by letting them know how much you love and value them. Then tell them that you’re working hard to raise children who are not given to self-centeredness and materialism. Explain that although you appreciate their kindness and generosity, you’re beginning to feel that they are undermining your efforts by their actions. It would help if you can name specific incidents. Relate the details and tell them how these situations made you feel as a parent. Help them understand why it’s important for your children to be held to a consistent standard. Q: My husband travels a lot and I am looking for a way to stay connected with him. Do you have any advice? Juli: There are a lot of couples in your situation for a variety of reasons, including military deployments, staggered work shifts and corporate travel. With modern technology, couples can creatively find ways to stay connected. Find a mode of communication that fits your personalities and relationship. Some couples use Skype, others talk on the phone or text several times a day just to send quick messages about what’s happening. Other couples connect with deeper, less frequent communication.

Study: Christian population shifts from Europe By The Associated Press NEW YORK — The Christian population has shifted dramatically over the last century away from Europe to Africa, Asia and the Americas, yet Christians overall remain the largest religious group in the world, according to a new analysis released Monday. Europe is home to about one-quarter of the world’s Christians, compared to two-

thirds a century ago, according to the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life. About one-quarter of the global Christian population can now be found in sub-Saharan Africa, while 37 percent live in the Americas and 13 percent reside in the Asia-Pacific region. Brazil has twice as many Roman Catholics as Italy, while Nigeria has more than twice as many Protestants as Germany, where the Protes-

tant Reformation began, the study’s authors said. Despite these changes, Christians are still the world’s largest faith group, with nearly 2.2 billion adherents. Muslims comprise the second-largest group, with about 1.6 billion people, or slightly less than a quarter of the global population, the study’s authors said. Pew compiled the study from national censuses, population surveys, esti-

mates from church groups and other sources in which respondents identified their religion. Analysts compared the findings to surveys from 1910, including data from the Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Mass. The shifting Christian population has been a major concern of church leaders, as they try to build stronger ties

with fellow believers across geographical boundaries and reconcile differing views of the Bible. As just one example, mainline Protestants in the developing world tend to be more theologically conservative than church members in the United States and Western Europe. The tensions have been most visible in the global Anglican Communion See Global, Page B4.

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

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Migrant workers from the Philippines and Africa attend a Christmas-Hannukah party in Tel Aviv.

Christians bring Christmas to Israeli neighborhood By The Associated Press TEL AVIV, Israel — The founders of Neve Shaanan, a neighborhood in southern Tel Aviv, planned their streets in the shape of a seven-branched candelabra — a symbol of their Jewish faith. Ninety years later, the streets are full of Christmas decorations, reflecting a flowering of Christianity in Israel’s economic and cultural capital. Tens of thousands of Christian foreigners, most of them laborers from the Philippines and African asylum seekers, have poured into the neighborhood in recent years. They pray year-round in more than 30 churches hidden in grimy apartment

Tens of thousands of Christian foreigners, most of them laborers from the Philippines and African asylum seekers, have poured into the neighborhood in recent years. buildings. But in late December, their Christian subculture emerges in full force in the southern streets of Tel Aviv, whose founders called it the “first Hebrew city.” On the weekend before Christmas, the center of festivities was the city’s central bus station, a hulking sevenstory maze of concrete. A plastic green fir spewed fake snow from its top in a shop near the main entrance. Christmas carols blasted from storefronts full of rice and noodles. Giggly young

Filipino women took photographs with a Santa Claus figure to send to their friends and parents. A few blocks north of the station, pastor Ruby Austria held her arms up and led prayers for 80 worshippers, most of them Filipino women, at a makeshift church on the third floor of an apartment building. Women wept, clutching small children and singing along to Austria’s prayers and a keyboard accompaniment. Nearly all of them

were in Israel illegally because they lost their work permits when they had children. “God is embracing us,” Austria said. “May we see the true meaning of Christmas, that each of us will be able to see it in our lives and family.” Romeo Moralit, 35, arrived in Israel five years ago to work as a caregiver. He planned to buy a musical Santa Claus statue to bring cheer to his home, he said. Tel Aviv’s Christmas celebrations paled in comparison to Manila’s. “In the Philippines you see decorations everywhere, twinkling lights, and songs playing in all the shopping malls,” he said. For some, the holiday punc-

tuates the divide between parents and children. Nancy Domingo, who arrived in Israel 14 years ago from the Philippines, said her eldest daughter did not plan on eating traditional Filipino Christmas food. The 7-yearold, like the other children of migrant workers here, has grown up steeped in Israeli Jewish culture. The girl speaks Hebrew, learns about Jewish holidays in school and is familiar with Jewish dietary laws, such as the ban on pork. “If I cook pork she won’t eat it because in school they tell her pork is not clean,” Domingo said. “She doesn’t know Christmas, only See Christians, Page B4.

Healing of New York girl began nun’s path to sainthood By The Associated Press HONOLULU — The second Vatican-authenticated miracle in allowing a nun to soon become St. Marianne Cope involves the healing of a New York woman who had an infection destroying her organs, nuns from her religious order have revealed for the first time. A bag of soil containing Marianne’s bone fragments from the Hawaii peninsula where leprosy patients were exiled was pinned to Sharon Smith’s hospital gown, said Sister Burkard, a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities in Syracuse, N.Y. Marianne cared for lep-

Sister Marianne Cope

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rosy patients at the Kalaupapa settlement on the island of Molokai in the 1880s. She died in 1918 of natural causes and was buried there. The pope proclaimed her a saint this week after the Vatican authenticated two miracles that were a result of her intercession. The first miracle involved the unexplained cure of a New York girl who

in 1992 at age 14, was diagnosed with germ cell ovarian cancer. Smith, now healthy and in her 60s, was hospitalized for nearly a year in Syracuse after being diagnosed in 2005 with acute pancreatitis, which tore a hole between her intestines and stomach. A friend shared Smith’s diagnosis with a stranger sitting in the hospital waiting room who recommended praying to Marianne, Burkard said. The nuns had kept a bag of Kalaupapa soil with Marianne’s bone fragments when her body was exhumed in 2005 and her remains were taken to Syracuse. They pinned the bag of soil to Smith’s gown and

began months of praying to Marianne. Her doctor then started to remove tubes from Smith’s body. “She thought it was his way of saying there is no more hope,” Burkard said. Smith was discharged from the hospital in January 2006 and began rehab. She now walks with a cane. She was with the Sisters of St. Francis for their announcement Tuesday but was too overwhelmed for an interview, the nuns said. The Vatican Medical Board ruled unanimously the second miracle is an “inexplicable medical recovery,” and theologians ruled the miracle was due to Marianne’s intercession.

Smith plans to attend the canonization in Rome, Burkard said. It is expected to happen sometime next year. A reliquary of bone fragments from Marianne’s remains is on display at Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace in downtown Honolulu. Born in Germany and raised in Utica, N.Y., she is one of five so-called Blesseds in the country. In 2004, Pope John Paul II declared Mother Marianne “venerable,” the first step toward canonization after the Vatican recognized her intercession for the unexplained cure of a New York girl dying of multiple organ failure.


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

Baha’i Faith Services for Baha’i Faith are comprised of a devotional at 11 a.m. Sunday, followed by Deepening at 11:30. The phone number is 601415-5360.

Berachah Services at Berachah Church, 2918 Fisher Ferry Road, begin at 10 Christmas morning. A nursery is provided for children as old as 3. Wednesday night services will resume in January. Roger Cresswell is pastor. Visit

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 10 a.m. with worship. Dr. Chas Rowland, pastor, will deliver the message. Jerry Stuart is minister of music. Brian Parker is the minister of students and education. Donna Harper is pianist. Bobbie Bruce is organist. Sunday and Wednesday evening services are canceled. A nursery is provided.

Bowmar Baptist Services at Bowmar Baptist Church, 1825 U.S. 61 South, begin at 10:30 a.m. Signing for the hearing impaired is available upon request during the services. Call 601636-2596;

Bradley’s Chapel U.M.C. Services at Bradley’s Chapel United Methodist Church, 13815 Oak Ridge Road, begin at 9:45 a.m. with Sunday school, followed by worship at 11. Music is led by Hope Raney. Earlene Alexander is pianist. Children’s church is led by Ann Grimshel. 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 singing and observance of the Lord’s Supper. Evening assembly is canceled. 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 Carols by Candlelight begin at 6 tonight. Services at Calvary Baptist Church, 2878 Old Highway 27, begin at 10 a.m. Sunday school and other activities of the day are canceled. Bruce Bryant, interim pastor, will deliver the message. R.L. Sigrest is worship leader. Tuesday’s GROW visitation

is canceled. Wednesday youth and prayer meetings begin at 6 p.m. Children’s activities will not be held. A nursery is provided.

Calvary M.B. Services at Calvary M.B. Church, 406 Klein St., begin at 8 a.m. with Christmas services. Sunday school is canceled. 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 8 a.m. with worship. Sunday school and worship at 11 are canceled. Sunday worship is broadcast each Sunday on WRTM FM 97.5 at 10:00 a.m. Prayer meeting and Bible study Wednesday are canceled. Wednesday Night Live is each first Wednesday at 7 p.m. 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. New Year’s Eve services begin with prayer from 9 until 10 p.m., followed by worship from 10:30 until 12:30 a.m.

China Grove No. 2 M.B. Services at China Grove No. 2 M.B. Church, 839 China Grove Road, begin at 8:30 a.m. with worship. The Rev. Virdell Lewis Sr., guest minister, will deliver the message. On Jan. 22, worship begins at 11:30 a.m.

Christ Episcopal Christmas Eve service begins at 5 tonight. The traditional midnight service begins with music at 10:45, followed by Festival Eucharist at 11. Christ Episcopal Church, 1115 Main St., will celebrate the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ with Holy Eucharist Rite II at 10 a.m. in the chapel The Rev. Sam Godfrey will preach and celebrate at the service. On Wednesday, a lay healing service begins at 12:15 p.m. in the chapel. The Wednesday Coffee/Bible study group will resume Jan. 4. Morning prayer will resume Jan. 3. Call 601-638-5899; www. christchurchvburg.dioms. org.

Christian Home No. 2 M.B. Services at Christian Home No. 2 M.B. Church, 4769 Lee Road, begin at 9 a.m. with Sunday school. Regular worship begins at 11 a.m. each second and fourth Sunday. Communion is each second Sunday. Bible study begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday. For transportation call 601883-0286 or 601-636-0419. The Rev. Johnny Hughes is pastor.

Church of Christ Services at Church of Christ, 811 Culkin Road, begin at 10 a.m. with Bible classes. Worship is at 11. On Wednesday, a Bible class for all ages is at 7 p.m. Call 601-636-0141 or 601-5290904. Larry Harris is minister.

Church of Christ Services at Church of Christ, 3333 N. Frontage Road, begin at 9 a.m. with Bible classes for all ages. Eric Welch will present the lessons for worship at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. On Wednesday Bible classes for all ages are at 7 p.m. Call 601-636-4801 or e-mail

devotion “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.”

Matthew 5:6 • When Jesus said that the one who hungers and thirsts for righteousness will be blessed, He was not talking about someone who had a mere appetite, He was talking about a starving man. God made us in such a way that we couldn’t exist long without food. • What is a starving man interested in? The latest football scores? The flower arrangement at the pink lemonade society? The number of stars in the universe? No! He’s only interested in one thing — ­­ food. • In fact, I did some research and discovered that a man can exist about 40 days without food, about three days without water, and only eight minutes without air. In the spiritual realm of eternity, man cannot exist one second without Jesus Christ. • May God help us narrow our focus to the glory of God and the saving of souls. • Devotion written by Dr. Adrian Rogers in conjunction with Love Worth Finding Ministries. Web site: 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.

The Church of the Holy Trinity, Episcopal The Feast of the Nativitiy will be celebrated at 5:30 tonight with the children’s pageant and with Solemn High Mass at 11. The Rev. Luther Ott will officiate at both services. The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ at The Church of the Holy Trinity, Episcopal, South and Monroe streets, will be celebrated with Holy Eucharist, Rite II, at 9 a.m. with Ott officiating. 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 8 a.m. Sunday school is canceled. Communion is each first Sunday; Covenant is each third Sunday; women’s ministry devotional service is each fourth Sunday; pantry donations are accepted at each second and fifth Sunday worship. 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. Combined Watch Night service with New Poplar Grove begins at 10:30 p.m. on Dec. 31. Call 601-636-6375 or 601-6382070.The Rev. Samuel Jones is pastor.

Crawford Street U.M.C. Services at Crawford Street United Methodist Church, 900 Crawford St., begin at 11 a.m. with worship. Sunday school is canceled. Chancel choir rehearsal is at 10:40. Worship is at 10:55. The sanctuary and Sunday school rooms are handicapaccessible through the elevator in Wesley Hall. The youth will meet at 8 a.m. Thursday for their New Year’s Trip to the beach. The Rev. Cary Stockett is pastor. Visit

Eagle Lake Baptist Services at Eagle Lake Baptist Church, Eagle Lake community, begin at 11 a.m. with worship with Dwight Sibley, pastor, delivering the message. On Wednesday, prayer service begins at 6:30 p.m.

Eagle Lake U.M.C. Christmas Eve candlelight Communion worship is tonight at 7. Christmas Day worship at

First Presbyterian Services at First Presbyterian Church, Cherry and South streets, begin at 9:30 a.m. with worship led by the Rev. Tim Brown and the choir presenting a choral program. The choir director is Sharon Penley. The organist is Barbara Tracy. Sunday school is canceled. On Tuesday, Men’s Bible study is canceled. Senior high boys breakfast begins at 6:30 a.m. Take down the Christmas tree begins at 10. Meals on Wheels meets at 10:45. Al-Anon is at noon. On Wednesday, Explorers Bible study begins at 5:55 p.m. Junior high small groups meet at 6.

Goodrum Baptist Services at Goodrum Baptist Church, 4569 Fisher Ferry Road, begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday Night prayer meeting begins at 6:30. Mike Pennock is the pastor. Benny Still will lead the music.

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. Sunday school is canceled. The Eagle Lake Hi-Steppers walk daily in the fellowship hall at 8:30 a.m. Call 601-636-7177 or 601-2186255.

Grace Baptist

Ebenezer Baptist

Greater Grove Street

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.

Services at Greater Grove Street M.B. Church, 2715 Alcorn Drive, begin at 8:30 a.m. with worship. Fifth Sunday services begin at 10 a.m. Bible school begins at 6 p.m. with Hour of Power Service each Wednesday before the fourth Sunday. A baptismal is each last Wednesday. On Thursday, Bible Class and fellowship begin at 10:30 a.m. Valet parking is available for the handicapped or senior citizens. For transportation or prayer request, call 601-2183911. C.J. Williams is minister of music. The Rev. Dr. Casey D. Fisher is pastor.

Family Life Cathedral Sunday services at Family Life Cathedral, An Oasis of Love, 2832 Ken Karyl Ave., begin at 8 a.m. with praise and worship. 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, 601-6383433 or 601-218-5629 for transportation. E-mail flcoasisoflove@ Betty J. Young Tyler is pastor.

First Baptist Services at First Baptist Church, 1607 Cherry St., begin at 10:50 a.m. with worship with Dr. Matt Buckles, pastor, delivering the message. Evening service and activities are canceled. On Wednesday, English as a Second Language begins at 8:30 a.m. All other services or activities are canceled. On Friday, English As a Second Language begins at 8:30 a.m. in Room 109. Visit www.fbcvicksburg. org.

First Christian Christmas Eve service begins at 6 tonight. Services at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), begin at 10:45 a.m. with worship. The chancel choir will present the anthem and the Rev. Jeffery Murphy will deliver the message. The Lord’s Supper is celebrated each Sunday. A nursery is provided.

Services at Grace Baptist Church, 1729 Hankinson Road, begin at 10:30 a.m. with worship with the Rev. Bryan Abel, pastor, delivering the message. Ed Crawford will lead the music. Sunday school and evening worship is canceled. 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. To purchase a recording of the service contact Edward Huell or Gregory Linzy Jr., 601-634-8186. The Rev. Kemp Burley Jr. is pastor.

House of Peace Services at The House of Peace Worship Church International, 2372 Grove St., begin at 9:30 a.m. with Christmas service. Rolling Fork services begin at 8. New Year Eve’s service begins at 10 p.m. Dec. 31. At the Jan. 3 Bible study, Dr. James Hall will speak 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 10 a.m.

Sunday. All other services are canceled for Sunday. A nursery is available. 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. Billy Brumfield is pastor. Jason McGuffie is associate pastor and youth minister.

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

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

King Solomon Sunday services at King Solomon Baptist Church, 1401 Farmer St., begin with Hour of Soul-Saving Power at 8:15 a.m. with the male choir. Regular worship is at 10 with the male 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 and on WJIW-FM 104.7 at 11 a.m. 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 601-6387658. Transportation is available by calling 601-831-4387 or 601218-7113 the day before. The Rev. R.D. Bernard is pastor.

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

Lighthouse Baptist Sunday services at Lighthouse Baptist Church, 1804 Sky Farm Ave., are canceled. Wednesday activities begin at 6 p.m. with young adults training union, led by Debra 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 livingwordbless@

Locust Grove M.B. Services at Locust Grove M.B. Church, 472 Stenson Road, begin at 9:30 a.m. with Sunday school. Rudolph Continued on Page B3.

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church events Continued from Page B2. 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.

Mercy Seat Baptist Christmas Eve services begin at 6 tonight. Services at Mercy Seat Baptist, 5 Dos Casas Lane, begin at 10 a.m. with Sunday school, led by Grace Brown. Christmas Day services are at 11. Communion begins at 11 a.m. each third and fourth Sunday. Covenant is each third Sunday. Bible study begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Choir practice begins 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 Ararat M.B. Services at Mount Ararat M.B., 50 Culkin Road, begin at 10 a.m. with Sunday school each second through fifth Sunday. Henry Middleton is superintendent. Communion is each first Sunday at 11:30. Bible class is each Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Choir rehearsal begins at 5 p.m. Thursday before the first Sunday. The Rev. Johnny L. Williams is pastor.

Mount Calvary Baptist Services at Mount Calvary Baptist Church, 1350 East Ave., begin at 9:30 a.m. with Sunday school, directed by Al Evans, superintendent. Worship is at 11 with Mincer Minor, pastor, delivering the message. Communion is at 11 each second and third Sunday. Children’s ministry for ages 1-7 begins at 9:30 a.m. in the annex each Sunday. Service begins at 8 a.m. each fifth Sunday. Brotherhood meets at 6 p.m. each first Tuesday. Ushers meet at 6 p.m. 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 at 6 p.m. Thursday before the fifth Sunday. Women’s ministry begins at 10 a.m. each first Saturday. Trustee board meeting begins at 9 a.m. and deacons at 11 Saturday before the second Sunday. For transportation call 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. Thursdays. Saturday’s exercise class begins at 8 a.m. Youth choir rehearsal begins at noon Saturday before the second and third Sunday. 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. E-mail mtcarmelministri@

special events CHRISTMAS EVE • Gibson Memorial United Methodist — 6 p.m., candlelight service; the Rev. Greg Hazelrig, pastor; 335 Oak Ridge Road. • Mercy Seat Baptist — 6 p.m., services; Nathanael William, Chelsea Rush Cedric Smith, Arnetta Smith and the Tommie Green Family, Grace Brown and Beverly Brooks-Taylor, singing; the Rev. Rudy Smith, pastor; 5 Dos Casas Lane. • Mount Carmel M.B. — 6 p.m., youth service combined with Christmas Eve service; Dr. Franklin Lassiter, pastor; 2629 Alma St. • New Mount Elem M.B. — 6 p.m., candlelight service, bring battery candle; Dr. Leonard Walker is pastor. 3014 Wisconsin Ave. • Pleasant Valley M.B. — 5:30 p.m., Christmas program; the Rev. E.E. Gibbs, pastor; 2585 N. Washington St. • 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.

CHRISTMAS • Antioch Baptist — 9 a.m. Sunday school Christmas presentation; 10, worship; Alfred E. Lassiter Sr., pastor; 800 Poplar St. • 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 Hall Road.

• Clover Valley M.B. — 8 a.m., service; 601-636-6375 or 601638-2070; the Rev. Samuel Jones, pastor; 7670 Mississippi 27. • Gospel Temple M.B. — 6 a.m., sunrise service; breakfast; Walter Edley, pastor; 1612 Lane St. • Greater Jerusalem — 8 a.m., service; the Rev. Kemp Burley, pastor; 5026 Mount Alban Road. • Holly Grove — 5 a.m., combined service with Locust Grove, China Grove and New Mount Zion M.B. Churches; breakfast; the Rev. R.L. Miller, pastor; 746 Johnson St. • House of Peace Worship — 9:30 a.m., service; Apostle Linda Sweezer, founding pastor; 2372 Grove St. • Jones Chapel M.B. — 8 a.m., service; the Rev. Adrian Clark, pastor; 1340 Bay St. • Mercy Seat Baptist — 11 a.m., services; the Rev. Rudy Smith, pastor; 5 Dos Casas Lane. • 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; the Revs. Mitchell and Dr. Deborah Dent, pastors 2015 Grove St. • Mount Carmel M.B. — 6 p.m., youth service combined with Christmas Eve service; 2629 Alma St. • Mount Givens M.B. — 10 a.m., service; the Rev. Terry Moore, pastor; 210 Kirkland Road. • 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; Dr. Leonard Walker, pastor; 3014 Wisconsin Ave. • New Rock of Ages — 4 p.m., service; Dr. Micheal R. Reed, pastor; 2944 Valley St. • Pleasant Valley M.B. — 6 a.m., service; the Rev. E.E. Gibbs, pastor; 2585 N. Washington St. • Rose Hill M.B. — 7 a.m., service; Walter Lee Weathersby Sr., pastor; 683 Stenson Road. • St. James No. 1 M.B. — 8:30 a.m., service; the Rev. Willie J. White, pastor; 400 Adams St. • St. Luke Church of God in Christ — 10 a.m., service; Elder Dr. Leonard Walker is pastor.

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 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. Com-

munion is at 10 a.m. each third Sunday. On Tuesday, Bible study begins at 6:45 p.m. The Rev. Richard Hopkins is pastor.

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

Mount Zion No. 4 M.B. Services at Mount Zion No. 4 M.B. Church, 122 Union Ave., begin at 9 a.m. with Sunday school each second, third and fifth Sunday. Worship begins at 9 a.m. each first and fourth Sunday. Choir practice begins at 6 p.m. each Wednesday before the first and fourth Sunday. The Rev. Henry Mayfield Sr. 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 Christmas Eve Communion will be served to individual

Douglas Anderson, pastor; 915 First East St. • Shady Grove Baptist — 8 a.m., Sunday school; 9, worship; 61 Shady Grove Circle. • Trinity Temple Baptist — 8 a.m., combined service with Bingham Memorial M.B.; the Rev. James C. Archer, pastor; 3802 Patricia St. • Triumphant Baptist — 8 a.m., service; the Rev. Dexter P. Jones, senior pastor; 24 Pittman Road.

FRIDAY • Pleasant Valley M.B. — 6 p.m., business meeting; 2585 N. Washington St.

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. • Clover Valley M.B. — 10:30 p.m., combined watch night service with New Poplar Grove; 601-636-6375 or 601-638-2070; the Rev. Samuel Jones, pastor; 7670 Mississippi 27. • Gospel Temple M.B. — 10 p.m., service; Walter Edley, pastor; 1612 Lane 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. • St. Luke Church of God in Christ — 10 p.m., watch service; Elder Douglas Anderson, pastor; 915 First East St. • Soul Saving M.B. — 9:30 p.m., combined service with Narrow Way, Mount Hebron, St. James No. 1, New Beginning M.B. Churches, the Revs. Joseph Smith, Andrew Cook, James Williams and Willie White, speakers; Jessie Jones, pastor; 522 Locust St. • Triumphant Baptist — 11 p.m., service; the Rev. Dexter P. Jones, senior pastor; 24 Pittman Road.

NEW YEAR’S DAY • New Mount Elem M.B. — 11 a.m., service; 3014 Wisconsin Ave. • New Mount Zion — 8 a.m., combined service with Locust Grove, China Grove and Holy Grove Churches; breakfast; the Rev. R.L. Miller, pastor; 515 Feld St. • St. Luke Church of God in Christ — 11 a.m., service; Elder Douglas Anderson, pastor; 915 First East St.

JAN. 2 • Jones Chapel M.B. — 6 p.m., annual business meeting; 1340 Bay St.

JAN. 14 • New Mount Elem M.B. — 3 p.m., business meeting; 1340 Bay St.

families tonight from 5 until 7. Combined Christmas service at Vicksburg First Church of the Nazarene, 3428 Wisconsin Ave., begins at 10:30 a.m. Sunday school and evening activities are canceled. Wednesday Night Recharge includes youth activities beginning at 6 with dinner, followed by Bible study at 7. Worship Team practice begins at 6. Adult Bible study begins at 7. Prayer meeting is canceled Thursday. On Dec. 31, combined New Year’s Eve party is from 8 p.m. to midnight. Bring fingerfood and favorite games. 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 6 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

New Mount Elem M.B. Candlelight musical begins at 6 tonight. Services at New Mount Elem M.B. Church, 3014 Wisconsin Ave., begin at 9 a.m. with worship. Sunday school is canceled. Dr. Leonard Walker is pastor.

New Poplar Grove Services at New Poplar Grove Independent Methodist Church, 4366 Mississippi 27, Edwards, begin at 8 a.m. with worship with James O. Bowman Sr., pastor, bringing the Christmas message. Communion is each first and third Sunday. Bible study begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

New Rock of Ages M.B. Services at New Rock of Ages M.B. Church, 2944 Valley St., begin at 9:30 a.m. with Sunday school. Ernestine Boone is superintendent. Herbert Jackson is assistant superintendent. Worship begins at 11. Communion is each third Sunday. Youth service is each fifth Sunday at 11. Patricia Stamps is 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 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 10 a.m. with worship. Dr. Frank Lescallette, pastor, will deliver the message. Sunday school and evening

activities are canceled. Wednesday activities begin at 6 p.m. with mission study, men’s Bible study and GAs, followed by prayer service at 7. A nursery is provided.

Pleasant Hill M.B. Services at Pleasant Hill M.B. Church, 11170 Halls Ferry Road, begin at 10 a.m. with Sunday school. Worship and Communion begin at 11:15 each second Sunday. Worship is at 11:15 each fourth Sunday. Prayer and Bible study begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The Rev. Joseph Brisco is pastor.

Pleasant Valley M.B. Services at Pleasant Valley M.B. Church, 260 Mississippi 27, begin at 9 a.m. with Sunday school. Worship is at 10. Bible class begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Youth conference begins at 7 p.m. Friday. Watch meeting begins at 10 p.m. Dec. 31. The Rev. Joe Harris Jr. is pastor.

Port Gibson U.M.C. Candlelight service begins at 5 tonight. Port Gibson United Methodist Church, 901 Church St., will join St. James Episcopal Church at 10 a.m. for worship. The Rev. Margaret Ayers will bring the message. Professional counseling is offered through Grace Christian Counseling Center, 907 Church St., or by calling 601437-5046.

Porters Chapel U.M.C. Services at Porters Chapel United Methodist Church, 200 Porters Chapel Road, begin at 11 a.m. with Christmas Day worship. 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. Call 601-636-2966. E-mal pcumc_vicksburg@

Redwood U.M.C. Christmas Eve candlelight Communion begins at 5:30 tonight. Services at Redwood United Methodist Church, 101 Redwood Road, across from Redwood Elementary, begin with worship at 11 a.m. The youth will have a special part in lighting the Advent wreath. Sunday school is canceled. Christopher and Colt Lee will be acolytes. Johnny and Christopher Lee will be ushers. A nursery is provided. Adult choir practice is at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday. Call 601-218-6255 or 601-6367177. Visit

St. Alban’s Episcopal Christmas Eve services at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 5930 Warriors Trail, Bovina, begin at 5:30 tonight with a concert. Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at 6. Christmas Day services begin at 10:30 a.m. with a concert, followed by Holy Eucharist at 11 with the Very Rev. Billie Abraham, rector, preaching and celebrating at both services. Morning prayer will be read at 9 a.m. Christmas Day. Child care is provided. Wednesday, a study of the book, “Twelve Steps to Spiritual Wholeness, A Christian Pathway” is at 7 a.m. Bible study is canceled during December. Healing service and Holy Eucharist are at 6 p.m. Wednesdays. Visit www.stalbansbovina. org; 601-636-6687.

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church events Continued from Page B3. each second Sunday. Bible study begins at 6 p.m. each Tuesday. Willie J. White is pastor.

St. John’s Anglican Orthodox Church Services at St. John’s Anglican Orthodox Church, 308 Longwood Drive, begin at 5:30 tonight with Christmas Eve Communion service. New Year’s Eve prayer service begins at 5:30 p.m. Worship will not be Christmas or New Years Eve. St. John’s uses the Authorized Version of the Bible (KJV-1611) as well as the 1928 Book of Common Prayer. Call the Rev. Bryan Dabney at 601 661-0138.

St. Luke Church of God in Christ Services at St. Luke Church of God in Christ, 915 First East St., begin at 10 a.m. with worship. Sunday school is canceled. One Hour of Prayer is at 8 a.m. Saturday. On Tuesday, prayer/Bible study is at 7 p.m. A home and foreign missions Bible study is at 7 p.m. Friday, followed by an evangelism and youth service each first and third Friday, YWCC is each third Friday and choir rehearsal at 8 p.m. each second and fourth Friday. New Year’s Eve watch begins at 10 p.m. Elder Douglas Anderson is pastor. For transportation, call 601638-0389.

St. Mark Free Will Services at St. Mark Free Will Baptist Church, 2606 Hannah St., begin at 8 a.m. with the Lord’s Supper being observed each fourth Sunday. Elder Selmon West is guest pastor. Sunday school and Second Sunday services are discontinued until further notice. Bible study begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday with Willie Williams, deacon and instructor.

St. Mary’s Catholic St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 1512 Main St., will celebrate Christmas Mass at midnight and at 9 a.m. Sunday. Daily Mass is at 6:30 a.m. Monday through Saturday in the parish chapel. Our Lady of Perpetual Help devotion is at 7 p.m. Monday in the chapel. Choir rehearsal is at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The Rosary is recited at 8:30 a.m. Sunday before Mass.

The Sacrament of Penance is from 8 to 8:45 a.m. Sunday, or by appointment. Youth Mass is each fourth Sunday. The Rev. Malcolm O’Leary, SVD, is pastor. Call 601-636-0115.

St. Mary’s Episcopal St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 900 First North St., will observe the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ: Christmas Day service is at 7 tonight. The Rev. Denny Allman will bring the Christmas message and serve at the Eucharist using Rite II, from the “Book of Common Prayer.” A reception will follow in the parish hall. Sunday services are canceled.

St. Paul Catholic Sunday at St. Paul Catholic Church, 713 Crawford St., is the Nativity of the Lord/ Christmas. Vigil Mass is at 4:30 tonight with the children’s choir and at 7 p.m. with the adult choir. The adult choir will begin singing at 6:30 p.m. Christmas Day Mass is at 9 a.m. Daily Mass is at 7 a.m. Tuesday through Friday. Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults resumes Jan. 11 in Glynn Hall.

St. Paul M.B. Services at St. Paul M.B. Church, 1413 Elm St., begin at 9:30 a.m. with Sunday school. Evelyn Byrd is superintendent. Roosevelt Kidd is assistant superintendent. Worship is at 11 a.m. each second Sunday with Communion being observed. Bible study begins at 6 p.m. Monday. Each second Saturday choir rehearsal is at noon. Ushers ministry meeting is at 1:30. Pastor aide ministry is at 2:30. Theresa Williams is church musician. Dr. Michael R. Reed Sr. is pastor.

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

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 the Lord’s Supper being observed at 5. Wednesday prayer services are at 10 a.m. Bible study/prayer service is at 7 p.m. Call 601-631-0047; www.

Music is by Men of Purpose choir. 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 601-6363712 on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.Thomas E. Bernard is pastor.

Springhill M.B.

Trinity Temple Baptist

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.

Combined services at Trinity Temple Baptist Church, 3802 Patricia St, with Bingham Memorial M.B. Church begin at 7 a.m. with breakfast. Christmas service begins at 8. Choir rehearsal begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Javelin Clark is the musician. 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.

Southside Baptist

Temple of Empowerment Services at Temple of Empowerment, 707 Pierce St., begin at 9 a.m. with worship. Communion is each first Sunday. Women’s Sunday is each third and fifth Sunday. Youth Sunday is each fourth Sunday. Intercessory prayer begins at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, followed by Bible study at 6. Call 601-636-0438. E-mail G. Tyrone Haggard is pastor and founder.


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 601638-8108, 601-638-8135 or 601218-6728. The Rev. Dexter P. Jones is senior pastor.

Warrenton Independent Services at Warrenton Independent Baptist Church, 829 Belva Drive, begin at 11 a.m. with worship with a birthday cake for Jesus and a birthday gift for Jesus offering. Marvin E. Curtis Jr., pastor, will deliver the message. Evening worship is canceled. 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 worship at 9 a.m.with Jason Wooley, pastor, leading. All other activities are canceled. Wednesday prayer meeting/Bible study begins at 7 p.m. A nursery is provided Sunday mornings.

pastor. The Rev. Mike Barber is minister of music. A nursery is provided for children as old as 3. Morning services are at 11 on WBBV-101.3-FM or www. Regular midweek service and Wednesday Family activities are canceled for the holidays and will resume on Jan. 11. Supper begins at 5 p.m. Children’s missions and music begin at 5:40. Underground Connections for the youth begin at 5:45. 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.

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.

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. each first Saturday. A nursery is provided.

group far from home. On Saturday, pastor Jeremiah Dairo howled into a microphone between songs. “Today you are in the right place and God will see you through, in the mighty name of Jesus!” Dairo said. Not all Israelis are pleased to see the rising profile of Christmas, which to some symbolizes religious assimilation and to others a religion with a history of hostility to Jews. Moshe Avisar, 67, on his way back to Jerusalem, said the decorations in the bus station bothered him. “I go to the Central Bus Station and I don’t feel like I’m in Israel, even though it’s my country,” he said. Of the decorations, he said, “I don’t want to see this in the Jewish

State. Then all the Jewish people get carried away with it and start celebrating too.” The foreigners are not the only Christians in the city. Jaffa, a historically Arab town that is now the southern quarter of Tel Aviv, has churches dating back hundreds of years. Nationwide, Israel has about 110,000 Arab Christian citizens. A wave of 1 million immigrants from the former Soviet Union in the 1990s included between 50,00080,000 practicing Russian Orthodox. And thousands of other Russian-speaking Jews celebrate a secular version of Christmas. But unlike these groups, the foreign workers and asylum seekers have little

way to gain citizenship. The workers, who receive temporary permits, often overstay them, living illegally and in fear of the immigration police. For these people, the churches are alternate institutions that help them navigate the uncertainty of their lives on the margins of Israeli society. Social worker Tamar Schwartz directs Mesila, an aid organization for foreigners funded partially by the Tel Aviv municipality. The church is a key meeting place for the foreign community, she said. Each year the organization throws a Christmas-Hanukkah party to help bridge between the migrants’ foreign backgrounds and the

Jewish culture their children absorb. “They learn only about Hanukkah in school, and then they get home to parents who don’t speak Hebrew and they hear that Christmas is the most important holiday,” she said. “A child like this grows with a split identity.” The top Roman Catholic clergyman in the Holy Land even warned of the migrants drifting away from their faith by living in a Hebrew-speaking Jewish society. “We must redouble our pastoral efforts to provide religious services and to ensure their integration into the local church,” Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal said Wednesday in his annual pre-Christmas

address. Gift shop owner Daniel Seah said that when he first arrived in Tel Aviv from Singapore 15 years ago he brought his own Christmas tree because he wondered whether he could find one in Israel. A week before Christmas he produced an annual Christmas show on the fourth floor of the Central Bus Station, with singing, dancing and a gift basket lottery. “In the mind of the people who come to Israel, it’s the birthplace of Christianity and they really thought Christmas would be a big deal everywhere,” he said. “They were disappointed. They expect it to be a little more exuberant.”

Pew researchers concluded that the Christian population is so widely distributed that no specific region can claim to be the center of the faith. The smallest concentration of Christians can be found in the area where the faith began, the Mideast and

North Africa, where Christians are only about 4 percent of the population. Egypt has the largest Christian population in the region, with about 4.3 million Christians, mostly Orthodox, who have been targets of violence, especially in the upheaval

since the fall of President Hosni Mubarak. Still, all but 10 percent of the world’s Christians live in countries where they are the religious majority, according to the study. The countries with the largest number of Christians are

the United States, Brazil, Mexico and Russia. Christians comprise nearly 80 percent of the U.S. population, and about 74 percent of Russian citizens. About 5 percent of China’s residents, or 67 million people, are Christian, accord-

ing to the study’s authors. However, accurately estimating China’s Christian population is notoriously difficult, due to the mix of government-sanctioned churches and grassroots house churches that operate illegally underground.

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

Shiloh Baptist Services at Shiloh Bap-

Travelers Rest Baptist

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 canceled. Mary Claire Allison is choir director. Dr. Gwen Reiber is the organist. A nursery is provided. Visit www.wpcvicksburg. com.

Woodlawn Baptist Services at Woodlawn Baptist Church, 2310 Culkin Road, begin at 10 a.m. with worship. Sunday school and evening services are canceled. The Rev. Kent Campbell is

Christians Continued from Page B1. Hanukkah.” Nearby, a mostly African church called Lift Up Your Head, runs an annual trip to Jerusalem’s Old City and Bethlehem. Tour organizer Anthony Stephens, a Nigerian asylum seeker, said 150 people have signed up. “People from all over the world spend a lot of money to come here, but for us it is like a gift because we are in the land,” said Stephens. Lift Up Your Head is sandwiched between two other African congregations on the first and third floors of an apartment building. These churches offer African-inflected gospel music, dancing in the aisles and fiery preaching that holds together an impoverished

Global Continued from Page B1. since 2003, when the Episcopal Church, which is the Anglican body in the United States, elected the first openly gay bishop, V. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire. The 77-million-member fellowship has been fracturing ever since.

Tuesday Belk Bowl / North Carolina St. (7-5) vs. Louisville (7-5) / 7 p.m. ESPN Wednesday Military Bowl / Air Force (7-5) vs. Toledo (8-4) / 3:30 p.m. ESPN Wednesday Holiday Bowl / Texas (7-5) vs. California (7-5) / 7 p.m. ESPN

Hawaii Bowl

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

7 p.m., Tonight TV: ESPN

Thursday Champ Sports Bowl / Florida St. (8-4) v. Notre Dame (8-4) / 4:30 ESPN Thursday Alamo Bowl / Baylor (9-3) vs. Washington (7-5) / 8 p.m. ESPN Thursday Armed Forces Bowl / Tulsa (8-4) vs. BYU (9-3) / 11 a.m. ESPN

Independence Bowl

Little Caesars Pizza Bowl

3 p.m., Monday TV: ESPN

3:30 p.m., Tuesday TV: ESPN2

North Carolina (7-5) vs. Missouri (7-5)

Western Michigan (7-5) vs. Purdue (6-6)


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Updates of Southern Miss’ Hawaii Bowl game against Nevada, and a story recapping it afterward will be available at:

Schedule PREP BASKETBALL (B) VHS vs. Port Gibson Tuesday, 3 p.m. at Mendenhall (G) VHS vs. Magee Tuesday, 4:30 p.m. at Mendenhall (B) WC vs. Magee Tuesday, 6 p.m. at Mendenhall (G) WC at Mendenhall Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.

On TV 7 p.m. ESPN - Larry Fedora takes the field for the final time as Southern Miss’ coach, when he leads the Golden Eagles against Nevada in the Hawaii Bowl.


Porters Chapel Academy football player rushed for 1,600 yards and 19 touchdowns this season to lead all Warren County players. Final 2011 prep football stats/C2

Sidelines Roethlisberger to sit against Rams

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will not start today when the Steelers face the St. Louis Rams. Roethlisberger is dealing with a sprained left ankle and did not practice this week following a 20-3 loss to San Francisco on Monday. He will be replaced by veteran Charlie Batch, who is 4-2 as a spot starter since joining the Steelers in 2003. Roethlisberger watched both practices this week in sweat pants as Batch took the snaps with the first team. Roethlisberger last missed a start due to injury in 2009, when a concussion forced him to sit out a loss to Baltimore.

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Defensive Player of the Year Devon Bell punts the ball at Viking Stadium.

Eli Baylis•The Vicksburg Post

Field position gamechanger Warren Central’s Devon Bell buried opposing offenses with strong leg By Steve Wilson Warren Central’s Devon Bell didn’t record a tackle, a sack, an interception or a fumble recovery. He didn’t put anyone in the hurt locker. Yet, the senior punter and placekicker is The Vicksburg Post Defensive Player of the Year. How can a punter be the area’s best defensive player? It’s all about impact. Bell affected the game defensively in ways that no 100-tackle linebacker could. He was a gamechanger when it came to field position. He averaged 42.1 yards per punt and 15 of his 49 punts landed inside an opponent’s 20-yard line. Bell, who also handled kickoffs and placekicking duties, had 28 of 32 kickoffs result in touchbacks. With offenses forced to start on or inside the 20-yard line every time,

“That’s what I tried to do on every single kickoff, put it through the uprights.” Warren central punter Devon Bell

it took dangerous returners out of the equation. Bell’s aiming point was an unusual one. “That’s what I tried do on every single kickoff, put it through the uprights,” Bell said. “As far as I saw, I did it about three or four times.” All of this means that he buried opposing offenses in the shadow of their own goalposts, giving Warren Central a fighting chance in the field position battle. WC has a strong tradition of great kickers, but Bell — who was named to the Sports

Illustrated All-America high school team — stands out from the pack as a triple threat with punting, kickoffs and placekicking. “We always felt like we had the best special teams going into every game because of Devon,” WC coach Josh Morgan said. “It’s a weapon, a constant weapon, and he’s been a very good player for three years for us. Any time you cross, the 30, the 40-yard line, you felt like you can get three points. We’ve always See Bell, Page B3.

Devon Bell is the first punter picked as player of the year.

College football

Fedora goes on last ride with USM By The Associated Press HONOLULU — As if being 5,500 miles from Hattiesburg and having Waikiki beach as a backyard wasn’t enough, Conference USA champion Southern Miss had to deal with even more distractions. The 22nd-ranked Golden Eagles (11-2) face Western Athletic Conference runnerup Nevada (7-5) in the Hawaii Bowl tonight in what will be the final game under coach Larry Fedora. “It’s going to be tough. There’s a piece of my heart

On TV 7 p.m. ESPN Hawaii Bowl Nevada vs. Southern Miss and soul in this football team,” said Fedora, who is leaving after four seasons to lead North Carolina. “I deeply care about each and every one of those kids. ... But I do know, they’re going to look back at this season and say we won however many games, a conference

championship and we went to Hawaii. That’s what they’ll remember for the rest of their lives.” Southern Miss won a school-record 11 games this season en route to capturing its fifth C-USA title by upsetting Houston 49-28 in the league championship game behind Austin Davis’ four touchdown passes. It’s the Golden Eagles’ first 10-win season since 1988. Despite the record year, Davis said the team isn’t See USM, Page C3.

The associated press

Southern Miss coach Larry Fedora signs footballs after a Hawaii Bowl news conference earlier this week in Honolulu. Southern Miss plays Nevada in the Hawaii Bowl tonight.


Saturday, December 24, 2011

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BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS COLLEGE FOOTBALL 7 p.m. ESPN - Hawaii Bowl, Nevada vs. Southern Miss, at Honolulu NFL Noon Fox - New York Giants at New York Jets Noon CBS - Denver at Buffalo 3:15 p.m. Fox - Philadelphia at Dallas


from staff & AP reports

College basketball No. 13 Wisconsin thumps Valley MADISON, Wis. — Jordan Taylor scored 17 points to lead No. 13 Wisconsin to a 79-45 victory over Mississippi Valley State on Friday in the Badgers’ final game before Big Ten play begins. Playing for the first time in more than a week, the Badgers (11-2) showed no signs of rust, taking a 20-4 lead in the game’s first 8 minutes. The Delta Devils (1-10) were able to cut the lead to 11 points twice in the first half and showed signs they might make it a game. But foul trouble and Wisconsin’s free throw shooting eventually wore them down. Jared Berggren scored 15 points and Josh Gasser added 11 for Wisconsin, which was 31-of-44 from the line. Paul Crosby and Terrence Joyner both scored 14 points for the Delta Devils.

NFL Former players sue NFL over concussion injuries MIAMI — Nearly two dozen former NFL players are suing the league over severe and permanent brain damage they say is linked to concussions suffered on the job. The complaint filed Thursday in Miami follows a similar one in Atlanta earlier this week. It is the latest in a series of recent lawsuits against the NFL by ex-players. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of ex-Miami Dolphins teammates Patrick Surtain, Oronde Gadsden and 19 other players. It accuses the NFL of omitting or concealing years of evidence linking concussions to long-term neurological problems.

MLB Oakland, Washington make six-player trade WASHINGTON — The Athletics and Nationals have completed a six-player trade that sends All-Star pitcher Gio Gonzalez from Oakland to Washington. The deal was announced Friday after the players involved passed physicals. A day earlier, Gonzalez said in a phone interview that the trade was just about done. The Nationals get Gonzalez and minor league right-hander Robert Gilliam in exchange for four players, including three top prospects: catcher Derek Norris, right-handers A.J. Cole and Brad Peacock, and left-hander Tommy Milone. The 26-year-old Gonzalez went 16-12 last season, with a 3.12 ERA in 32 starts and was selected to his first All-Star game.


BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Dec. 24 1997 — In one of the biggest upsets in college basketball history, Division II American-Puerto Rico defeats No. 12 Arkansas 64-59 in the Puerto Rico Holiday Classic. 2000 — Baltimore sets an NFL record for fewest points allowed in a 16-game schedule. The Ravens allow 165 points, easily breaking the mark of 187 by the 1986 Chicago Bears. 2006 — Atlanta’s Michael Vick becomes the first NFL quarterback to rush for 1,000 yards in a season. Needing only 10 yards to reach the mark, he gains 17 on his first carry on the Falcons’ opening possession. Morten Andersen’s 539th career field goal, a 40-yarder, gives the 46-year-old Falcons kicker the NFL record, passing Gary Anderson for the career mark. 2008 — Jimmy Clausen sets a Notre Dame bowl record with 406 yards passing and five touchdowns to help the Irish win a postseason game for the first time in 15 years, 49-21 over Hawaii in the Hawaii Bowl. The Fighting Irish end their NCAA-record nine-game bowl losing streak with the win.

The Vicksburg Post

scoreboard ——— Special teams Kicking

nfl AMERICAN CONFERENCE W y-New England... 11 N.Y. Jets............. 8 Miami.................. 5 Buffalo................ 5


PF 437 346 286 311

PA 297 315 269 371

Pct .667 .500 .286 .133

PF 359 279 207 230

PA 255 278 293 411

Player No. Avg. Devon Bell (WC).......................46.....................41.8 Carlton Campbell (SA)..............28.....................39.8 Pate Demuth (CH)....................30.....................37.3 Peyton Guider (PC)..................39.....................35.7 Jerry Smith (HA).......................27.....................28.7

Pct .714 .714 .571 .286

PF 334 285 305 195

PA 236 218 283 274

Kick returns

Pct .571 .500 .500 .429

PF 292 317 358 192

PA 343 382 313 319

Pct .571 .500 .429 .357

PF 348 334 342 252

PA 296 372 311 300

Pct .786 .643 .357 .286

PF 457 341 341 247

PA 306 281 368 401

Pct .929 .643 .500 .143

PF 480 395 315 294

PA 297 332 293 406

W L T Pct y-San Francisco.11 3 0 .786 Seattle................ 7 7 0 .500 Arizona............... 7 7 0 .500 St. Louis............. 2 12 0 .143 x-clinched playoff spot y-clinched division ——— Dec. 22 Indianapolis 19, Houston 16 Today’s Games Oakland at Kansas City, Noon Jacksonville at Tennessee, Noon St. Louis at Pittsburgh, Noon Denver at Buffalo, Noon Tampa Bay at Carolina, Noon Minnesota at Washington, Noon Cleveland at Baltimore, Noon Miami at New England, Noon N.Y. Giants at N.Y. Jets, Noon Arizona at Cincinnati, Noon San Diego at Detroit, 3:05 p.m. San Francisco at Seattle, 3:15 p.m. Philadelphia at Dallas, 3:15 p.m. Sunday’s Game Chicago at Green Bay, 7:20 p.m. Monday’s Game Atlanta at New Orleans, 7:30 p.m.

PF 327 284 273 166

PA 185 273 305 346

W x-Baltimore......... 10 x-Pittsburgh........ 10 Cincinnati............ 8 Cleveland............ 4 W Denver................ 8 Oakland.............. 7 San Diego.......... 7 Kansas City........ 6

T 0 0 0 0

Player PAT FG Pts. Pate Demuth (CH)....................36-44 6-12 54 Garrett Watson (VHS)...............28-34 1-2 31 Devon Bell (WC).......................17-17 3-6 26 Dewayne Russell (PC)..............19-21 2-6 25 Blake Hudson (SA)...................16-16 3-4 25

Pct .786 .571 .357 .357

W y-Houston........... 10 Tennessee.......... 7 Jacksonville........ 4 Indianapolis........ 2

L 3 6 9 9

South L 5 7 10 13

T 0 0 0 0

North L 4 4 6 10

T 0 0 0 0

West L 6 7 7 8

T 0 0 0 0

NATIONAL CONFERENCE W Dallas.................. 8 N.Y. Giants......... 7 Philadelphia........ 6 Washington......... 5 W x-New Orleans... 11 Atlanta................ 9 Carolina.............. 5 Tampa Bay......... 4 W y-Green Bay....... 13 Detroit................. 9 Chicago.............. 7 Minnesota........... 2


L 6 7 8 9

T 0 0 0 0

South L 3 5 9 10

T 0 0 0 0

North L 1 5 7 12

T 0 0 0 0


Player Comp. Att. Yds. Cam. Cooksey (VHS).... 229 418 3,245 Silento Sayles (PG)........ 66 103 1,579 Jordan Currie (CH)......... 77 162 1,228 Chase Ladd (WC)........... 68 200 1,160 Jonah Masterson (PC).... 74 125 864 Carlisle Koestler (SA)..... 57 120 637 Aaron Terrell (HA)........... 15 54 340


Player No. Jordan Currie (CH).......218 Kaw. Gaston (PC).........205 Carlton Campbell (SA).. 217 D. Youngblood (VHS)...219 Led. Robinson (HA)......108 Aaron Stamps (WC)......133 Dallas Townsend (CH).. 95 Reg. Warnsley (HA)......76 DeAndre Selmon (HA)..76 Tommy McCaplin (PG).29 G. Breckinridge (WC)....60 Zaveon Branch (HA).....44

Yds. 1,689 1,600 1,267 1,067 797 679 578 450 441 335 322 318


Player Rec. A.J. Stamps (VHS)........77 Clyde Kendrick (VHS)...54 Lamar Anthony (VHS)...52 Kourey Davis (WC).......27 Pate Demuth (CH)........25 Arthur Turner (PG)........22 Alton Burden (PC).........21 Gray Jordan (CH).........20 Dillard Reed (VHS).......19 G. Breckinridge (WC)....17 Peter Harris (PC)..........16 Lu Price (CH)................15 Carlton Campbell (SA).. 15

Yds. 1,289 634 943 651 454 530 236 237 168 241 203 336 163

TD Int. 38 12 17 4 11 12 9 8 8 1 7 2 7

TD 27 19 9 4 15 6 7 3 3 7 1 1

Avg. 7.7 7.8 5.8 4.9 7.4 5.1 6.1 5.9 5.8 11.6 5.4 7.2

TD 19 5 12 8 5 1 2 2 2 2 2 4 0

Avg. 16.7 11.7 18.1 24.1 18.2 24.1 11.2 11.9 8.8 14.2 12.7 22.4 10.9

——— Defense Tackles

Player No. Tyler Doss (PG).................................................. 140 Sage Lewis (SA)................................................. 106 Jordan Currie (CH)............................................. 106 A.J. Stamps (VHS).............................................. 104 Elliott Bexley (SA)............................................... 101 Dylan Smith (CH)................................................ 100 Emerson Fletcher (CH)......................................... 97 Bill McRight (WC)................................................. 90 Carlton Campbell (SA).......................................... 88 Reginald Warnsley (HA)....................................... 86 Peter Harris (PC).................................................. 81 Richie Bufkin (PC)................................................ 81 Jonathan Tenner (VHS)........................................ 76


Player No. Isaiah Anderson (PG)........................................... 17 Zaveon Branch (HA)............................................... 9 Dakembi Stewart (PG)............................................ 8 Dominic Savage (PG)............................................. 5 Jerry Smith (HA)..................................................... 4 Delarren Singleton (HA).......................................... 4 Talbot Buys (PC).................................................... 4

Fumble recoveries

Player No. Zaveon Branch (HA)............................................... 3 Ledarion Robinson (HA)......................................... 2 Reginald Warnsley (HA)......................................... 2 Peter Harris (PC).................................................... 2 Talbot Buys (PC).................................................... 2 Sam Kirk (PC)......................................................... 2 Josh Masterson (PC).............................................. 2 Andrew King (WC).................................................. 2 Tyler Comans (WC)................................................ 2 Bill McRight (WC)................................................... 2 Chipper Leech (WC)............................................... 2 Dylan Smith (CH).................................................... 2 Eli Brown (VHS)...................................................... 2


Player No. Avg. TD Alton Burden (PC)........................ 6 39.0 2 Mario Noel (HA)........................... 7 27.6 0 Aaron Stamps (WC).................... 15 21.8 0 DeAndre Selmon (HA)................ 10 21.1 1 Carlton Campbell (SA)................ 22 20.3 0 Forrest Logue (SA)..................... 14 15.5 0 Note: Includes punt and kickoff returns Key: CH-Central Hinds; HA-Hinds AHS; PCPorters Chapel; PG-Port Gibson; SA-St. Aloysius; WC-Warren Central; VHS-Vicksburg High


Conference All Games W L PCT W L PCT Mississippi St... 0 0 .000 12 1 .923 Kentucky............. 0 0 .000 11 1 .917 Auburn................ 0 0 .000 8 1 .889 Florida................. 0 0 .000 10 2 .833 Alabama............. 0 0 .000 9 3 .750 LSU..................... 0 0 .000 9 3 .750 Ole Miss............ 0 0 .000 9 3 .750 Arkansas............. 0 0 .000 8 3 .727 Vanderbilt........... 0 0 .000 8 4 .667 Georgia............... 0 0 .000 7 5 .583 South Carolina... 0 0 .000 5 6 .455 Tennessee.......... 0 0 .000 5 6 .455 Friday’s Games Georgia 64, Furman 50 Tennessee 66, East Tennessee St. 63 Long Beach St. vs. Auburn, (n) Today’s Games No games scheduled Sunday’s Games No games scheduled Monday’s Games No games scheduled Tuesday’s Game Winthrop at Georgia, 6 p.m. ———


prep football 2011 Area Leaders Offense Passing


Player No. Jordan Currie (CH)................................................. 4 Tommy McCaplin (PG)........................................... 4 Carlton Campbell (SA)............................................ 3 Mario Noel (HA)...................................................... 3 Kourey Davis (WC)................................................. 3 Dewayne Russell (PC)............................................ 3 Pate demuth (CH)................................................... 3 Jonathan Tenner (VHS).......................................... 3

Conference All Games W L PCT W L PCT Tulane................. 0 0 .000 11 2 .846 Southern Miss.. 0 0 .000 10 2 .833 Marshall.............. 0 0 .000 9 2 .818 UCF.................... 0 0 .000 8 3 .727 Rice.................... 0 0 .000 8 4 .667 East Carolina...... 0 0 .000 7 4 .636 SMU.................... 0 0 .000 7 4 .636 Memphis............. 0 0 .000 6 5 .545 Houston.............. 0 0 .000 5 5 .500 UTEP.................. 0 0 .000 5 6 .455 Tulsa................... 0 0 .000 5 7 .417 UAB.................... 0 0 .000 3 7 .300 Friday’s Game Kansas St. 78, UTEP 70 Today’s Games No games scheduled Sunday’s Games No games scheduled Monday’s Games No games schedule Tuesday’s Game Belhaven at Southern Miss, 7 p.m. ———


Conference All Games W L PCT W L PCT Prairie View........ 0 0 .000 4 9 .308 Alcorn St........... 0 0 .000 3 8 .273 Southern U......... 0 0 .000 3 9 .250 Alabama A&M.... 0 0 .000 2 6 .250 Alabama St......... 0 0 .000 2 9 .182 Jackson St........ 0 0 .000 2 10 .167 Ark.-Pine Bluff.... 0 0 .000 1 9 .100 Texas Southern.. 0 0 .000 1 9 .100 MVSU................. 0 0 .000 1 10 .091 Grambling St...... 0 0 .000 0 9 .000 Friday’s Game Wisconsin 79, Miss. Valley St. 45 Saturday’s Games No games scheduled Sunday’s Games No games scheduled Monday’s Games No games scheduled Tuesday’s Game Texas Southern at Saint Louis, 7 p.m. ———

Top 25 schedule

Friday’s Games No. 4 Louisville 70, Western Kentucky 60 No. 6 Baylor 83, West Virginia 81, OT No. 13 Wisconsin 79, Miss. Valley St. 45 No. 14 Xavier vs. Hawaii, (n) Wagner 59, No. 15 Pittsburgh 54 No. 21 UNLV 85, California 68 Saturday’s Games No games scheduled Sunday’s Games No. 14 Xavier vs. Clemson or Southern Illinois, at Honolulu, 1 or 3:30 p.m. Monday’s Games No games scheduled Tuesday’s Games No. 13 Wisconsin at Nebraska, 8 p.m. No. 15 Pittsburgh at Notre Dame, 6 p.m. No. 24 Virginia vs. Md.-Eastern Shore, 6 p.m. No. 25 Illinois at Minnesota, 6:30 p.m. ———

Mississippi college schedule

Friday’s Game Wisconsin 79, Miss. Valley St. 45 Saturday’s Games No games scheduled Sunday’s Games No games scheduled Monday’s Games No games scheduled Tuesday’s Game Belhaven at Southern Miss, 7 p.m.


MISSISSIPPI VALLEY ST. (1-10) Jones 0-2 1-2 1, Studivant 0-1 0-0 0, Crosby 4-10 5-5 14, Joyner 5-13 3-5 14, Burwell 0-7 2-2 2, Pajkovic 0-3 0-0 0, Arrington 1-3 0-0 3, Cox 4-7 2-2 11, Ralling 0-2 0-1 0. Totals 14-48 13-17 45. WISCONSIN (11-2) Evans 1-6 3-6 5, Bruesewitz 3-3 0-0 6, Berggren 4-7 7-8 15, Taylor 5-9 6-7 17, Gasser 2-5 7-10 11,

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2011-12 Bowl schedule Dec. 17 New Mexico Bowl.............................................................................Temple 37, Wyoming 15 Dec. 17 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl............................................................. Ohio 24, Utah State 23 Dec. 17 New Orleans Bowl..............................................................La.-Lafayette 32, San Diego St. 30 Dec. 20 Beef ’O’Brady’s Bowl............................................................................ Marshall 20, FIU 10 Dec. 21 Poinsettia Bowl.............................................................................TCU 31, Louisiana Tech 24 Dec. 22 MAACO Bowl..........................................................................Boise State 56, Arizona State 24 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 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

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 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

Brust 1-5 2-2 5, Smith 2-2 0-0 5, Fahey 0-1 0-0 0, Jackson 1-1 2-2 4, Dukan 0-0 1-4 1, Anderson 0-0 0-0 0, Wilson 2-4 3-3 7, Kaminsky 1-1 0-2 3. Totals 22-44 31-44 79. Halftime—Wisconsin 39-22. 3-Point Goals—MVSU 4-14 (Arrington 1-1, Cox 1-2, Crosby 1-3, Joyner 1-4, Pajkovic 0-1, Ralling 0-1, Burwell 0-1, Jones 0-1), Wisconsin 4-10 (Smith 1-1, Kaminsky 1-1, Taylor 1-2, Brust 1-4, Berggren 0-1, Gasser 0-1). Fouled Out—Arrington. Rebounds—MVSU 23 (Cox 7), Wisconsin 39 (Evans 11). Assists—MVSU 9 (Burwell 4), Wisconsin 12 (Bruesewitz, Evans, Taylor, Wilson 2). Total Fouls—MVSU 29, Wisconsin 15. Technical— Wisconsin Bench. A—17,230.

women’s basketball Friday 1. Baylor (12-0) did not play. Next: vs. MVSU, Friday. 2. UConn (10-1) did not play. Next: vs. Fairfield, Thursday. 3. Notre Dame (11-1) did not play. Next: vs. Longwood, Wednesday. 4. Stanford (9-1) did not play. Next: at Southern Cal, Thursday. 5. Maryland (11-0) did not play. Next: vs. Lafayette, Wednesday. 6. Tennessee (7-3) did not play. Next: vs. Old Dominion, Wednesday. 7. Miami (9-2) did not play. Next: vs. Holy Cross, Wednesday. 8. Kentucky (11-1) did not play. Next: at Middle Tennessee, Wednesday. 9. Duke (8-2) did not play. Next: at Temple, Friday. 10. Texas A&M (8-2) did not play. Next: vs. McNeese State, Friday. 11. Ohio State (13-0) did not play. Next: at Wisconsin, Friday. 12. Rutgers (10-2) did not play. Next: at George Washington, Friday. 13. Georgia (10-2) did not play. Next: vs. Furman, Wednesday. 14. Louisville (11-2) did not play. Next: vs. UTMartin, Wednesday. 15. Texas Tech (10-0) did not play. Next: vs. Cal State Bakersfield, Thursday. 16. Penn State (10-2) did not play. Next: vs. No. 24 Nebraska, Friday. 17. Georgetown (10-2) did not play. Next: vs. Vermont, Friday. 18. Green Bay (10-0) beat Wisconsin 65-49. Next: vs. Illinois-Chicago, Thursday. 19. Delaware (9-0) did not play. Next: vs. East Carolina, Wednesday. 20. Purdue (10-3) did not play. Next: vs. Minnesota, Friday. 21. DePaul (12-2) did not play. Next: vs. Northern Illinois, Dec. 31. 22. Texas (9-2) did not play. Next: vs. Delaware State, Wednesday. 23. North Carolina (8-2) did not play. Next: vs. Savannah State, Thursday. 24. Nebraska (11-1) did not play. Next: at No. 16 Penn State, Friday. 25. Vanderbilt (11-1) did not play. Next: vs. Western Carolina, Thursday.

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Saturday, December 24, 2011

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Condensed schedule Cowboys owner ‘scared’ of facing Philly causes quirks, hard slog NFL

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Almost completely out of character for Jerry Jones, the Cowboys owner has publicly expressed fear about facing Philadelphia again after what happened earlier this season. Dallas (8-6) is the only team that doesn’t need help to win the NFC East, and the outcome of the game may end up having no effect at all on who does. Star-studded Philadelphia, anointed by many in the preseason as a team with Super Bowl expectations and sure to defend its division title, now harbors only long-shot playoff chances that could be gone before kickoff at Cowboys Stadium this afternoon. Since the Eagles (6-8) failed to parlay an impressive 34-7 victory over Dallas nearly two months ago into something much more significant, they would be eliminated from postseason contention if the New York Giants beat the Jets earlier in the day. “I don’t worry about it,” Eagles coach Andy Reid said. “If you let all that other garbage get in the way, then you don’t go through the process of preparing for the Dallas Cowboys. ... And if you worry about all that other stuff, that doesn’t help you. You can’t control that.” While Jones is excited about what good could happen for the Cowboys, there is still that uneasy anticipation. “Because it is the Eagles, after the butt-kicking they gave us up in Philadelphia, I’m scared,” the owner said during one of his regular radio appearances this week. “I have that kind of feeling about the respect turns into being afraid of what they can do to you if you have some breakdowns out there. You can put that scared in there if you want to. I think sometimes I do the best when I’m scared.” Despite any possible anxiety by Jones, who later characterized his feelings as an exciting time that “carries with it

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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) directs the offense during last week’s game against Tampa Bay. The Cowboys will host the Philadelphia Eagles this afternoon. all the emotion of what’s at stake for us,” there is another strange twist if the Giants (7-7) win. Not only would the Eagles’ playoff hopes be officially dashed, likely changing their entire demeanor, the outcome of the game for Dallas would be rendered meaningless in determining the NFC East title. The division champion would then be the winner of the regular-season finale between the Cowboys and Giants. Plus, if the Giants lose to the Jets, who lost 45-19 to Philadelphia last week, Dallas would have the opportunity to wrap up its 18th NFC East title before the home fans instead of having to worry about what happens New Year’s Day at MetLife Stadium. So there could be a lot of scoreboard watching for both sides during pregame warmups at Cowboys Stadium, when the Giants and Jets will be playing their game. Or maybe not. “We don’t think anything

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other than just playing these guys this week. It’s literally nothing less or more than that,” Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo said. “We’re out here to beat the Eagles. That’s all we can control.” Eagles quarterback Michael Vick figures he will at least have an eye on the Giants-Jets score. “But you try to stay away from watching it,” Vick said. “You can’t get too wrapped up in it.” Regardless of what happens in the New York game, the Cowboys have a chance to avenge their most lopsided

setback in a season otherwise filled with close losses. Their other five losses are by an average margin of four points, the largest a six-point overtime loss. When Philadelphia wrapped up that rout at home against the Cowboys on Oct. 30, both teams were 3-4 and two games behind the Giants. “We just didn’t play well. We know we have to play better and execute,” linebacker Bradie James said. “For a fan and a competitor, this is a game you want to play in. We have things on the line. This is what it’s about.”



Continued from Page C1. done yet as Southern Miss makes its 10th straight postseason appearance and is looking to snap a two-bowl losing streak. “I would hate to end it on a bad note. We want to finish strong and get No. 12,” said Davis, who has thrown for 3,331 yards and 28 touchdowns this year. Fedora said his team isn’t letting down after its big win over Houston. “You can go out and watch practice and you wouldn’t know if it was Aug. 5, the first day of practice for us, or if it was the next to the last practice. They’re still practicing the same way,” he said. “They understand what it takes. They understand how important it is. We’re not playing another game. We’re making history at Southern Miss.” Fedora is being replaced by South Carolina defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson, who was introduced in Hattiesburg while the team was in Honolulu. “There’s a lot of distractions going on with this football team and their future. So that makes it difficult,” Fedora said. “The thing is, I’ve got to allow these seniors ... they’re going to be the ones that lead us through the distractions. I expect us to play as we do week in and week out.” While Southern Miss is making its first trip here since beating Hawaii in 1977, Nevada is no stranger to the islands, or the Hawaii Bowl. Nevada is making its seventh straight postseason appearance and 12th overall. It will be playing in the Hawaii Bowl for the third time since 2005. Nevada defeated Central Florida 49-48 in overtime in 2005 and lost to SMU 45-10 in 2009. “We’ve been here. It’s great

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Southern Miss fans celebrate with receiver Ryan Balentine (80) after a win over Rice in October. Southern Miss will play Nevada in the Hawaii Bowl tonight. and beautiful and we love it here, but for us, it’s a business trip,” Nevada defensive tackle Brett Roy said. “We know what we’re here to do.” Featuring a high-powered offense that ranks fifth in the nation with 522.8 yards a game and eighth in rushing (251.8), Nevada is coming off a roller coaster year where it started 1-3 and won five straight before losing to Louisiana Tech and Utah State, blowing its chances for a conference title in its final season in the WAC before moving to the Mountain West Conference. “We want to get that bad taste out of our mouths,” said Roy, who is eighth in the nation in both sacks (10) and tackles for loss (18.5). “In order to do that, we have to go through Southern Miss, which is a high-caliber team.” Quarterback Cody Fajardo, who didn’t start until the fifth game, runs Nevada’s potent pistol. He has passed

for 1,647 yards and six scores while rushing for 680 yards and 11 TDs. Nevada also has Rishard Matthews, who has caught 91 passes for 1,364 yards and eight TDs. “They gain a lot of yards on the ground and through the air,” said Southern Miss linebacker Ronnie Thornton, who leads the team with 104 tackles. “They have a very mobile quarterback that can make plays on his own, even when things may seem like they break down.” Nevada is hoping Southern Miss had its fill of Hawaii and a week that included a luau and trip to Pearl Harbor. “Hopefully they’re all swimming, all tired and surfing up a storm,” Roy said. Fedora said he wants his players to enjoy Hawaii because they’ve earned it. But they’ll be ready at kickoff. “They’re enjoying their free time and when it’s time to go, we go,” he said.

had good kickers and good special teams, but doing all three of them and doing them for three years definitely puts him in the conversation. I haven’t seen a punter better than him in a long time. He has a tremendous upside.” It also helped Bell that he had one of the state’s better long snappers, Reagan Fleming, putting the ball in his hands consistently on both field goal attempts and punts. Punting and kicking require more than lining up a target and booting the ball with some force. While attending several elite kicking camps, Bell learned how to execute a perfect drop from his hands to his foot on punts, and how to step correctly to avoid wasting some of his power. But the biggest lesson he learned was mental. This season, when he had a kickoff land short of the end zone against Madison Central, the Vikings’ coverage team relaxed and the Jaguars scored on a return. Madison went on to score two other touchdowns in the fourth quarter and win 42-14. One of the mental lessons he learned at kicking camp helped immediately. “The biggest thing I’ve learned is short-term memory,” Bell said. “You shank a punt, shank a kickoff and it’s going to happen again. Short-term memory is something you’ve got to have as a kicker, otherwise, you’re going to have a bad game. My short-term memory kicked in and I hoped that my one mistake wouldn’t hurt the team. It was a mutual mistake.” Speaking of long distance, Bell owns the county record for longest field goal, break-

Carmelo Anthony’s return to Denver is delayed for another year. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade won’t be visiting Sacramento anytime soon. Fans in Chicago will only see Kobe Bryant on television this season. The NBA sought competitive balance. What it got was schedule imbalance. One of the many consequences of the lockout, besides hundreds of lost games and hundreds of millions of lost dollars, was the tradition that every team plays in every NBA city at least once per season. That’s not the case this year. While teams will visit every other team in their own conference, they will only make trips to play nine clubs from the other side of the league instead of the usual 15. It’s one of many quirks of a 66-game schedule that, in a variety of ways, will not be like any other in NBA history when it begins on Sunday. “In some cases, the team business-type might complain that they didn’t get (to host) the Heat or the Lakers,” NBA Commissioner David Stern said. “While in the background, the coach is doing cartwheels. So it’s kind of an interesting dynamic.” Teams won’t be playing the same number of divisional games, so get ready for complaining should tiebreakers come into play when determining playoff seeding. When Magic coach Stan Van Gundy heard the league was putting together a 66-game slate instead of the usual 82-game run, he figured the breakdown was simple: Play every team in your division four times, then face every other team home and away. It’s not that easy. “I’m not being critical of it,” Van Gundy said. “They’ve got a short period of time to play 66 games and there were a lot of factors they had to con-

ing former Porters Chapel kicker Erik Simmons’ record of 50 yards set in 1998. In this year’s season finale against Jim Hill, with the Vikings facing fourth-and-long on the outskirts of NFL-caliber field goal range, Bell figured he was going to punt. “I thought I was headed out to punt, but Coach (Morgan) yelled ‘field goal, field goal,’” Bell said. “I said to Will (Stegall, holder), lets go out and make one. I had 100 percent confidence I was going to make that kick.” The 55-yard kick sailed through the uprights with room to spare. With that kind of leg and the kind of exposure offered by working at elite camps, it was easy to see that Bell would get noticed by colleges. Usually, kickers are ofered a scholarship later in the recruiting process. But Mississippi State came with an offer in July and Bell was happy to accept. “I was surprised and

NBA on TV Sunday 11 a.m. TNT - Boston at New York 1:30 p.m. ABC - Miami at Dallas 4:15 p.m. ABC - Chicago at Los Angeles Lakers 7 p.m. ESPN - Orlando at Oklahoma City 9:30 p.m. ESPN - L.A. Clippers at Golden State sider and I’m sure that they did it the best way that they could.” Atlanta takes a trip that has the Hawks going north, then south, then north, then west, then east, then west and then home again, all in the span of nine days. Cleveland has a nine-game February homestand. San Antonio goes nearly four weeks without a home game, as it does each year when the rodeo takes over the arena. With this schedule, youth might be served. Washington is expected to have 10 players age 25 or younger. So on those back-to-back-to-back nights, the Wizards might have more spring in their collective step than other clubs. “It reminds me of an AAU season — playing five games in one day,” Wizards guard John Wall said. “It can be tough at times, but I think it can help us.” Not only will every team have at least one stretch of playing three games in three nights, but there will also be times when teams play eight games in 11 days. If a key player rolls an ankle, a team could find itself without him for maybe 20 percent of the season. And there will be nights when weary teams will know the odds are against them. “There will be nights when you’ll be like, ‘OK, well, let’s just go try and see what happens,”’ Miami’s Dwyane Wade said. “It’s not going to be easy. For anyone.”

excited at the same time,” Bell said. “State was the school I wanted to go to and when they offered me, I was thrilled. I knew that was the place I wanted to go.” Initially, Bell will handle kickoff duties in Starkville. But he wants to be able to do all three jobs at the college level: placekicking, punting and kickoffs. If he does do the trifecta at State, he would be in good company. The last Southeastern Conference player to do that was South Carolina’s Ryan Succoup, who is now in the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs. “Kicking off as a true freshman in the SEC would be every kicker’s dream,” Bell said. “I want to do all three, because I believe you shouldn’t just have one goal, but as many goals as you can have. Doing all three would be three goals I’d like to have. Doing all three is just a lot more fun to me and helps your team out a lot.”


Saturday, December 24, 2011

TONIGHT ON TV n MOVIE “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules� — Wimpy Greg, Zachary Gordon, and his older brother and chief tormentor try to survive their parents’ attempts to have them bond./7 on HBO n SPORTS College football — Southern Miss spends Christmas in Hawaii when it takes on Nevada in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl./7 on ESPN n PRIMETIME “Blue Bloods� — When a girl is kidnapped, Jackie and Danny suspect her drug-addicted boy- Zachary Gordon friend is responsible; Erin’s relationship with her boss takes a step forward../7 on CBS

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

MILESTONES n BIRTHDAYS Mary Higgins Clark, author, 84; Mike Curb, recording company executive, 67; Kate Spade, designer, 49; Diedrich Bader, actor, 45; Ricky Martin, singer, 40; Stephenie Meyer, author, 38; Ryan Seacrest, TV personality, 37. n DEATH Ed Roman — A renowned Las Vegas custom guitar builder whose business brought him close to classic rockers such as Eric Burdon and Ted Nugent has died at 61. Lindsey Star Roman said her father, Ed Roman, died Dec. 14 at his Las Vegas home following an illness. Roman was raised in Stamford, Conn., and started playing the guitar as a youth. He worked on motorcycles before turning to guitar building in 1976. He opened up a large Las Vegas shop in 2001, saying the city was a mecca for the biggest names in entertainment.


L.A. rapper arrested for vandalism The rapper known as Tyler, the Creator, was arrested after authorities say he got rowdy following a show at the Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood. Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Arthur Famble Jr. said the rapper was arrested Thursday night after he appeared in a show by his group, Odd Future, and destroyed the Sunset Strip nightclub’s electronic soundboard. Tyler, the Creator The sergeant said Roxy security guards called deputies, and the 20-year-old rapper, whose real name is Tyler Gregory Okonma, was booked for investigation of felony vandalism. He was released early Friday on $20,000 bail. As Okonma was being led to a squad car, the crowd leaving the Roxy became angry and rushed toward deputies, Famble said. Additional deputies were called in to disperse the crowd, and Sunset Boulevard was shut down for about a half-hour. No one was hurt.

Gere to receive George Eastman Award Richard Gere is getting a George Eastman Award in upstate New York for his contributions to movies and humanitarian causes. The star of such films as “An Officer and a Gentleman� and “Pretty Woman� will be honored Feb. 16 during a ceremony at Rochester’s George Eastman House, the restored home of the founder of photography pioneer Eastman Kodak Co. Richard Gere Gere has appeared in more than 40 films. In 1991, he founded the Gere Foundation, which gives grants for public health, education and emergency relief in Tibet. He has long been prominent in the fight against HIVAIDS.

Hip-hop artist could lose name, assets Rapper Young Buck could lose his name and other assets in a bankruptcy case that the rapper said is frustrating his attempts to sign with a new record label. Davidson County Bankruptcy Judge George Paine converted the artist’s bankruptcy from Chapter 11 reorganization to Chapter 7 liquidation this week. The trustee administering his estate has said Young Buck she plans to sell the trademarked “Young Buck� name along with other assets. The platinum artist, whose real name is David Darnell Brown, said he was close to signing a recording deal with New Orleans-based Cash Money Records. To date, creditors have submitted 22 claims totaling $11.5 million in Buck’s bankruptcy case, including $10 million that the record label G-Unit Records said Buck owes them over a contract dispute.

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Cops: Man returns to beer after robbery A Tampa Bay area man ordered a beer at a bar, left to rob a nearby bank then came back to finish his beer, authorities said. The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office said 52-year-old John Robin Whittle was arrested at the Hayloft Bar in Port Richey Thursday afternoon. Deputies said he’s the man who robbed a Wells-Fargo bank branch earlier, but not before stopping off at the Hayloft for a brew. A bartender there said Whittle ordered a beer, disappeared for about 30 minutes and then returned to his beer. Deputies said they arrested him at the bar about 10 minutes after he left the bank. Whittle remained in jail early Friday on $10,000 bond. No attorney was listed for him.

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Elvis-kissing nun praying for miracle Former actress trying to raise money to renovate abbey BETHLEHEM, Conn. (AP) — In the little town of Bethlehem, a cloistered nun whose luminous blue eyes entranced Elvis Presley in his first onscreen movie kiss is praying for a Christmas miracle. Dolores Hart, who walked away from Hollywood stardom in 1963 to become a nun in rural Bethlehem, Conn., now finds herself back in the spotlight. But this time it’s all about serving the King of Kings, not smooching the King of Rock and Roll. The former brass factory that houses Mother Dolores and about 40 other nuns cloistered at the Abbey of Regina Laudis needs millions of dollars in renovations to meet fire and safety codes, add an elevator and make handicap accessibility upgrades. Like 73-year-old Mother Dolores, the order’s nuns have taken a vow of stability with the intent to live, work and die at the complex. The order was established in 1947 in Bethlehem, a small burg in Connecticut’s rolling western hills. Now, the historically self-supporting nuns have launched a fundraiser for the $4 million renovation project dubbed “New Horizons.� They don’t have much money, but they have Mother Dolores: a starlet-turned-supplicant whose unique story might lure the attention and donations of generations of movie fans, particularly those who adore all things Elvis. “This work may not be in my lifetime that it’s finished, but we’re sure trying,� Mother Dolores said of the upgrades, which are budgeted to run about $2 million for the fire code and accessibility compliance work and another $2 million for improvements to the housing and other facilities. They hope to break ground in January. They’re not in imminent

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Actor John Saxon and actress Dolores Hart in 1960 danger of needing to move out, but many of the older nuns can no longer navigate the narrow steps to the main Elvis building’s Presley third floor and must live in another building. And without adequate fire escapes, the monastery has caught the eye of local inspectors, though they’ve worked closely with the nuns on the improvement plans and haven’t ordered them to close the building. For Mother Dolores, the monastery has been home since she was a 23-year-old actress in 1963 and walked away from Hollywood for a life of contemplation and prayer as a postulant.

The abbey’s chapel, workshops, livestock pastures and other features are part of her soul now, and its wood-paneled monastery is the only home she’s known for 50 years. Its theater holds a special place in her heart, harkening to the former career that landed her on talk shows, in magazines and twice as Elvis Presley’s co-star. Dolores Hart was a vivacious, quick-witted blonde starlet when she charmed Hollywood in the 1950s and early 1960s. She shared a kiss with Presley in the 1957 Paramount film, “Loving You� — a modest liplock over which Mother Dolores still fields frequent questions about whether the King was a good kisser. “I don’t know why they ask me. It’s right there on the screen to see; it’s right there for the

looking,� she said Thursday. Hart acted in 10 movies alongside stars including Montgomery Clift, Myrna Loy, Connie Francis and Anthony Quinn. She said she was engaged to be married before joining God’s service and leaving the acting world behind. She broke off her engagement, though her fiance remained a close friend and was a frequent visitor and supporter of the abbey until his recent death. The nuns also received support and help over the years from Mother Dolores’ longtime friend and fellow actress Patricia Neal, who was buried at the abbey after her death in August 2010. Mother Dolores is still a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, receiving copies of movies to watch in her small room — or cell, as they’re known in the order — to help select yearly Oscar winners. Her own movies, including the highly popular “Where the Boys Are,� were made before stars routinely could negotiate to collect later royalties, she said, so that’s not a potential source of income for the upgrades to the abbey. The abbey is financially independent from the Archdiocese of Hartford and supports itself through the sale of everything from artisan cheeses and handcrafted pottery to recordings of its choir.

Queen to host royal family’s Christmas, Kate’s first LONDON (AP) — It will be a traditional Christmas weekend for Queen Elizabeth II’s extended family, which now includes the former Kate Middleton, with the quiet holiday break to be followed by a year’s worth of festivities to mark the queen’s 60th year on the throne. Most of the senior royals, including Prince William and his wife, now forQueen mally known Elizabeth II as the Duchess of Cambridge, will be dispatched across the globe to help the aging monarch celebrate her Diamond Jubilee in grand style. Elizabeth and her husband, Prince Philip, are planning to mark the event with a series of tours throughout England to culminate with a celebration in London in early June that will include an unprecedented pageant on the River Thames with up to 1,000 boats taking part. In a carefully choreographed scenario, the flotilla will be led by the queen aboard the Royal Barge. “They’re hoping the Diamond Jubilee will be as successful as the Golden Jubilee in 2002,� said Joe Little, managing editor of Majesty magazine. “The media then thought the public wasn’t interested, but by the big weekend there were 1 million people in the streets celebrating. I think that will happen again.� He said the queen was surprised by the outpouring of affection in 2002. “Even after 60 years she is very self-effacing, and she’s always amazed when people turn out to celebrate her achievements,� he said.


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Saturday, December 24, 2011

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Wife turned off by men reconnecting online Dear Abby: I have been happily married for more than 20 years. I joined an online social network to keep in touch with family, friends and my kids who are in college. I love the convenience, but I’m in a quandary. A number of men from my past (some I dated and some not) have contacted me online with their phone numbers and asked me to call them. I was flattered at first, but now I think phone communication would be inviting trouble. I politely inform friends who push the issue that I’m happy to catch up online, but out of respect for my husband and my marriage I don’t call men who send me their numbers. Most of them then drop further attempts at communication; others do not. My problem is it continues



to happen. I don’t remember being that popular when I was young, so it has caught me off guard. I suspended my account several times, but reactivated it because I miss the connection with extended family and friends. I’m getting turned off to responding to any “friend” requests anymore because it seems that most men just want to recapture some youthful fantasy. How do I handle this? — Blast from the Past Dear Blast: You are handling it very well just the way


BY BERNICE BEDE OSOL • NEWSPAPER ENTERPRISE ASSOCIATION Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Speak up and defend what you think is right, because you have the ability to do so in a manner that won’t offend anybody. Use your talent for what it’s worth. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — In important activities that require patience and fortitude, you’ll have no trouble remaining calm and gracious. You’ll draw upon your reserves if necessary. Pisces (Feb. 20-March 20) — Those with whom you spend your day will have a pronounced effect upon your attitude. Aries (March 21-April 19) — Once your ambitions are aroused you’ll be unyielding in your pursuit of achievement — so don’t waste time on petty pursuits. Make sure your aims are worthy ones. Taurus (April 20-May 20) — People in general aren’t listening very well at this moment. Thus, in order to get your points across, you might have to be a bit more colorful than usual, but be careful not to look silly. Gemini (May 21-June 20) — This is the time to be resourceful in making something more useful and functional for yourself and others. You’re apt to be extremely clever in how you go about it. Cancer (June 21-July 22) — Don’t hesitate to stand up for a friend or family member who isn’t bold enough to protect his or her interests. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) — It’s the perfect time to do what you can to expose someone to more material gifts than he or she is used to. Direct your benevolent efforts toward somebody you love or who has done a lot for you. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Who you are and what you represent yourself to be will be greatly admired by those in your company. Your friendly and giving nature will be admired and appreciated by all. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — This is a good time to check on people who are generally alone, so they know they are not forgotten. Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — If you recently met someone whom you would like to know better, this is a perfect time to invite him or her to join a gathering of friends and/or family in celebration of the holidays. Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — You are perfectly equipped to handle situations where boldness is required in order to keep things running smoothly for all.

TWEEN 12 & 20

BY DR. ROBERT WALLACE • NEWSPAPER ENTERPRISE ASSOCIATION Teens: If you are a high school senior, you might soon be flooded with mail — regular and electronic —telling you how to get help financing your college education. Be careful. Much of it is a rip-off. The Federal Trade Commission and College Parents of America teamed up to warn prospective college students and their parents about scholarship scams. Bogus scholarship-search services are just a variation on the “You might already have won” prize-promotion scams, according to Jodie Bernstein, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. Typically, these come-ons guarantee students free scholarship money in exchange for an upfront fee. Some of them ask for $50; others ask for a lot more. The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators estimates that more than 350,000 families across America are duped each year by college aid scams. Even $50 spent for no good purpose is a significant loss to young people trying to pull together college funding. And the loss is even greater when you consider the wasted time and money that could have been spent working with legitimate college aid sources. The FTC and CPA suggest that parents and students look for six signs that a college scholarship offer is a scam: • “The scholarship is guaranteed or your money back.” No one can guarantee they’ll get you a grant or scholarship. Refund guarantees often have conditions or strings attached. Get all refund policies in writing — before you pay any money. • “You can’t get this information anywhere else.” Untrue. There are many free lists of scholarships. Check with your school or public library before you decide to pay someone to do the work for you. • “May I have your credit card or bank account number to hold this scholarship?” Don’t give these numbers over the telephone without getting information in writing first. It might be a setup for an unauthorized withdrawal. • “We’ll do all the work for you.” Don’t be fooled! There is no way around it: You must apply for scholarships and grants yourself. • “The scholarship will cost you some money.” Don’t pay anyone who claims to be “holding” a scholarship or grant for you. Free money shouldn’t cost a thing. • “You’ve been selected by a national foundation to receive a scholarship” or “You’re a finalist” — in a contest you never entered. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Before you send any money for scholarship information, contact the Better Business Bureau for a reference. Also, contact your guidance counselor. • Dr. Robert Wallace writes for Copley News Service. E-mail him at rwallace@Copley News Service.

you are. Dear Abby: My friend “Cailin” is very sensitive and not very accepting. She’s also unforgiving and tends to get into stupid arguments about nothing. Since the sixth grade it has gotten even worse. There is a new girl in school who seems to be a really nice, friendly person. Cailin was the first one to meet her and she wouldn’t let anyone else sit with them. I told my mom about it and she said to just sit down with them both. Today I did what my mom said to do. When Cailin saw us together, she was steaming. She ignored me for the rest of the day. I don’t want to keep the new girl, just share her. Why can’t Cailin and I both be friends with her? Is there any way I could talk to her? I’m consider-

ing talking to the dean of students. Would this be OK? — Sharing Friends in Colorado Dear Sharing Friends: Cailin is immature, insecure and possessive. She’s afraid that if the new girl talks to other people, the girl will no longer like and depend on her. That’s why she was angry when you sat down with them. By all means discuss this with the dean of students. The dean might have a solution that will allow the new girl a chance to make friends with more of her classmates — including you.

• 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.

Exercises help prevent deep-vein thrombosis Harvard Medical School staff members answer questions for Dr. Komaraoff on Saturdays.

Q: My 61-year-old mother plans to take a 12-hour plane trip in the near future. Her legs usually get swollen when she flies a long distance. So far, this swelling has been harmless, but I’m worried that on such a long flight, she might get a blood clot in her leg. Is there anything special she can do to prevent this from happening? A: Many people develop mild swelling in their feet, ankles and lower legs during longhaul flights. Sitting still is the culprit; without the pumping action of contracting leg muscles, blood and fluid accumulate in the lower extremities. The swelling itself is benign, though it can be plenty annoying, especially when you try to put your shoes back on at the end of the flight. But swelling can signal complications, especially when it’s more prominent in one leg than the other. The big worry on a long-haul flight is the development of a blood clot, also known as deepvein thrombosis. These clots can cause long-lasting problems in the affected leg. And if the clot breaks away and travels in the bloodstream to an artery in the lungs (this is called pulmonary embolism), it can cause chest pain and breathing problems. A large embolism can even cause sudden death. Our veins are thin-walled blood vessels that depend on the skeletal muscles around them to regulate blood flow. Veins are less complicated than arteries, but they have an elegant design of their own. In fact, this anatomy is particularly important for the leg veins. These veins have the challenge of carrying blood back up to your heart, whether you are reclining in bed or standing upright. Veins have a series of oneway valves that allow blood to flow toward the heart while preventing backflow. The leg veins rely on contractions of the leg muscles to counter the force of gravity and propel blood to the heart. Leg veins are by far the most vulnerable to DVTs and other venous disorders. There are three types of leg veins. The superficial veins lie close to the skin; the deep veins are located deep in the muscles; and the perforator veins connect the other two systems, with blood normally flowing from the superficial to the deep veins, which carry more than 80 percent of the blood that flows from the legs to the heart. Although venous clots can sometimes form without an obvious cause, the majority of DVTs are triggered by one of three conditions: slowed flow of blood, a boost in the activity of the blood’s clotting system, or an injury to the vein wall. Why does travel increase the risk of DVTs? Any form of prolonged sitting can trigger DVTs, but air travel compounds the problem because of its cramped quarters and dry air, which makes the blood “thicker” and “stickier.” Wearing below-the-knee vas-

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cular compression stockings that exert a small amount of pressure can prevent or diminish the swelling. Keeping mobile is also very important. If possible, have your mother sit in an exit row, bulkhead or aisle seat to give her more leg room. She should avoid crossing her legs. Stretching, massaging her lower legs and pumping her feet up and down for about 30 seconds every 30 minutes can help. She should take a walk in the aisle at least once every hour or so.

• 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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01. Legals

05. Notices

05. Notices

07. Help Wanted

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)

Warren County Long Term Recovery Committee

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.

Seeking Regional Drivers To run the Mid South Region Must have Class A CDL with 2 years verifiable 95% Home Weekends Major Medical Dental & Vision Available

02. Public Service FREE TO GOOD home. Just in time for Christmas. Blood Hound/ Labrador mix. 2 females. 601-629-4371. Don't miss a thing! Subscribe to The Vicksburg Post TODAY!! Call 601-636-4545, Circulation.

A non-profit volunteer agency organized to provide for the unmet needs of the Warren County victims of the 2011 flood.

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. Center For Pregnancy Choices Free Pregnancy Tests (non-medical facility)

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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.


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Haven House Family Shelter 601-638-0555 or 1-800-898-0860

06. Lost & Found FOUND TABBY CAT! Goodrum Road area. 601638-3182, 601-831-0549. 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 LOST BROWN AND Black tiger stripe Pit Bull. Porters Chapel/ Bell Meade area. Large reward offered. 601-638-6680.


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07. Help Wanted NOW HIRING SHIP fitters, Flux Core Welders, Short Arc Welders, Stick Welders, Pipe Welders, and Pipe Fitters. Must have 3 or more years experience. Work located along Louisiana/ Gulf Coast area. Please call 985-542-7881 or Fax resumes to 985-3467882. EOE

Apply in person only at:

Sheffield Rentals 1255 Hwy 61 South Vicksburg.

NO PHONE CALLS, PLEASE BARTENDER, CASHIER, WAITERS needed. Full and part time. Please send resumes to: Dept 3774 The Vicksburg Post P.O. Box 821668 Vicksburg, MS 39182 HAIR STYLIST AND Barber needed for local salon on Oak Street. 601-2186675, 601-738-5287.

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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.

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

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PART TIME ON-SITE apartment manager needed for small local apartment complex. Must be honest, dependable, work well with public, must have good clerical skills, experience a plus. Serious inquiries only, fax resume to: 318-3521929.

11. Business Opportunities

11. Business Opportunities

07. Help Wanted BECOME A CERTIFIED pharmacy technician today! Call 601-540-3062 for more information.



CALL 601-636-7535 $10 START UP KIT

11. Business Opportunities

MECHANIC CLASS B CDL This position maintains the Maintenance of Way machinery around the Kansas City Southern Railway system. REQUIRES: High School diploma or GED equivalent; a valid Class B CDL driver's license; demonstration of mechanical aptitude. APPLY ONLINE ONLY at

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LAREINA PATTERSON, Staff Development Nurse

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

The ladies of the Classified Department would like to thank all of our customers for your loyal business throughout this past year, and we hope to be able to continue that relationship through 2012! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!! Vickie, Allaina and Michele

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

Vans • Cars • Trucks •Insurance Claims Welcome•

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

BUFORD CONSTRUCTION CO., INC. 601-636-4813 State Board of Contractors Approved & Bonded Haul Clay, Gravel, Dirt, Rock & Sand All Types of Dozer Work Land Clearing • Demolition Site Development & Preparation Excavation Crane Rental • Mud Jacking



New Homes

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

Jon Ross 601-638-7932

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

Simmons Lawn Service

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

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Step this way to the top of your field! Job opportunities abound in the HELP WANTED SECTION of The Vicksburg Post Classifieds. Call 601-636-SELL 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.

14. Pets & Livestock AKC CHAMPION SIRED Australian Cattle Dog puppies (heelers). Blues and reds. $500. 601-415-8970.

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 MINIATURE MALE DONKEY. 5 months old, spotted color, adorable and sweet, perfect Christmas present. $550. 601-831-4758.

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

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


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

18. Miscellaneous For Sale

24. Business Services

18 INCH cut seasoned Oak firewood, all split. $70- ½ cord, $130- cord. Delivered. 601-415-8970. FIREWOOD FOR Sale. Pick up or delivery. 601630-7085. HUGE HOUSE SALE! Everything must go! Reasonable pricing. 601-6387067, 601-831-2563. MOVING MUST SELL! Furniture and other miscellaneous. Excellent condition, like new! 601-6388383.

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!

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.

19. Garage & Yard Sales

GARAGE SALE OVER? River City Rescue Mission will pickup donated left over items. 601-636-6602. STILL HAVE STUFF after your Garage Sale? Donate your items to The Salvation Army, we pick-up! Call 601-636-2706. What's going on in Vicksburg this weekend? Read The Vicksburg Post! For convenient home delivery call 601-636-4545, ask for circulation.

1994 KAWASAKI 400 4x4. Extra wheels and tires with winch, adult ridden, good condition. $1800. 601831-2999.

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.

29. Unfurnished Apartments

CLOSET PHOBIA? Clear out the skeletons in yours with an ad in the classifieds.


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

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

THE COVE 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

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

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

Discover a new world of opportunity with

29. Unfurnished Apartments

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

601-638-2231 VAN GUARD APARTMENTS. Two bedroom flat, $550 monthly. 3 bedroom apartment $550. MANAGERS SPECIAL. No deposit. $30 application fee. Call 601-631-0805.

30. Houses For Rent IN TOWN LOCATION 1 bedroom. $325 deposit, $325 rent. 601-218-1688, 601-636-2111.

31. Mobile Homes For Rent

1998 16x80. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, fireplace, sliding glass door, completely remodeled. $19,760. Call 601-916-9796, 662-417-2354.


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

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

501 Fairways Drive Vicksburg

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Commodore Apartments

32. Mobile Homes For Sale MOBILE HOMES FOR SALE. NEW, USED, REPOSSESIONS. Homes starting at ONLY $10,000! Call 601-916-9796. USED 16X80. 3 BEDROOMS, 2 baths, new paint, new carpet, like new! Only $18,500! Call 662-417-2354, 601-916-9796.

CONVENIENT DOWNTOWN LOCATION. 2 bedroom, 2 bath apartment, central heat/ air, washer/ dryer included. $800 monthly, deposit/ references required. 601-529-8002

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


Great Staff Great Location, Location, Hard-Working Hard-Working Staff

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

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



FOR LEASING INFO, CALL 601-636-1752 •

2007 28x80. 5 bedrooms, 2 baths, fireplace, central air. Like new condition. Only $49,950. Call 662-417-2354, 601-916-9796. KEEP UP WITH ALL THE LOCAL NEWS AND SALES... SUBSCRIBE TO THE VICKSBURG POST TODAY! CALL 601-636-4545, ASK FOR CIRCULATION.

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29. Unfurnished Apartments

34. Houses For Sale

34. Houses For Sale

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

RENT OR SALE 6613 Halls Ferry Road. 4 bedroom, 2 bath, central air/ heat, appliances. $1,000 rent or $135,000 sell. Deposit and 12 month lease required. 601-218-0130.

HOUSES FOR SALE 1862 MLK 807 First North LAND FOR SALE 801 First North Farmer St. Bl. 3 Call 601-942-1838

33. Commercial Property 7800 SQUARE FOOT office/ multi purpose building. On-site parking. $6.75/ square foot. 601-634-6669. COMMERCIAL BUILDING or Turn- Key restaurant with 2 lots for sale at Eagle Lake. Call 850-683-1085.

34. Houses For Sale 3 BEDROOM, 2 bath, totally remodeled to perfection. Fenced back yard, lots of charm. $99,000. Call Andrea, Jones & Upchurch, 601-831-6490.

Licensed in MS and LA

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

601-636-6490 Kay Odom..........601-638-2443 Kay Hobson.......601-638-8512 Jake Strait...........601-218-1258 Alex Monsour.....601-415-7274 Jay Hobson..........601-456-1318 Daryl Hollingsworth..601-415-5549 Sybil Caraway....601-218-2869

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

32. Mobile Homes For Sale

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


29. Unfurnished Apartments

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

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


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

21. Boats, Fishing Supplies

EXCLUSIVE EVENTS ESTATE and Clearance sale. Everything priced up to $50 is yours for $17. Cash only. December 20th - 27th or by appointment. No reasonable offer will be refused. Don't miss out on this opportunity. For more information call 662-873-4236 9am- 5pm. Courtneys 1415 Washington Street.

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

1 BEDROOM WITH kitchen and bathroom, cable hook-up and utilities furnished. 601-529-9804.

26. For Rent Or Lease

PLEASE CALL THE Gentleman of Junk for all your junk vehicle needs. Just in time for extra Christmas cash, Please leave message if no answer. 601-868-2781.

18. Miscellaneous For Sale

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

NEED YOUR HOUSE cleaned? No job too small. Call Sherri. 601-630-5231.

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

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

D.R. PAINTING AND CONSTRUCTION. Painting, roofing, carpentry service. Licensed, bonded. Free estimates! Call 601-638-5082.


20. Hunting

LARGE CAST IRON WOOD BURNING Cook stove in good condition. 601-618-2727

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



17. Wanted To Buy


28. Furnished Apartments

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

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


29. Unfurnished Apartments


601-661-0765 • 601-415-3333

2006 HONDA CRF80F 4stroke in excellent condition, $900 Also 1998 KTM 380 EXC 2 stroke in very good condition $1,500. 601-6341115. Will sell separately or as pair.

40. Cars & Trucks YEAR END SPECIAL!!

2003 Buick Rendevous $955 Down $176 Bi -Weekly Gary’s Cars 601-883-9995

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TOPIC SATURDAY, De ce mbe r 24, 2011 • SE C TI O N D COMICS D2 | KIDS PAGE D3 Karen Gamble, managing editor | E-mail: | Tel: 601.636.4545 ext 137


Tony Bennett

Box sets take it to the limit with old faves

Trading fat

for ca$h

By Chris Talbott AP entertainment writer Musical box sets, encapsulating a portion or all of an artist’s catalog, are hardly a new trend. They’ve been around for decades. But as labels begin to search for more sources of income, they’re increasingly using yesterday’s hits to help today’s bottom line, from multi-disc deluxe editions of your favorite old album to Bono over-thetop collections of obscurities complete with cool little tchotchkes. And they’re also reaching new heights in pricing. Love U2 beyond measure? There’s the new “Achtung Baby” uber-deluxe edition, a limited, numbered box set that originally retailed for $650. It includes six CDs, four DVDs, a new documentary, a magnetic puzzle box, five clear 7-inch vinyl singles, 16 art prints, an 84-page book, a sticker sheet and a pair of Bono’s bug-eyed sunglasses, among many other things. Tony Bennett fans can own his entire recorded output — more than 1,000 of his songs spread across 73 discs and three DVDs — in “Tony Bennett: The Complete Collection,” original price around $400. Elvis fans willing to pay the $750 list price for “The Complete Elvis Presley Masters” 30-disc set last year took home more than 800 songs — every master released in chronological order plus more than 100 rarities — and a book by Elvis biographer Peter Guralnick. Josh Walker, an assistant manager at Nashville record store Grimey’s New and Preloved Music, recently sold about 20 copies of The Beach Boys’ “The Smile Sessions” box set (he was among the buyers). Walker says the real gems in the box-set world are the ones that come reimagined and packing truly over-the-top rare items. He calls the Beach Boys set, named Spin Magazine’s reissue of the year, “beautiful.” Inside there’s the double-disc set of the original music, three more CDs of all the sessions with Brian Wilson orchestrating the music, a vinyl copy of the original album, two 7-inch single replicas and a coffee table book with See Box sets, Page D3.

The associated press, a diet betting site

Websites make weight-loss wagering easy Companies gearing up for post-holidays rush By Leanne Italie The Associated Press NEW YORK — Neil Ylanan eats for a living and travels constantly as a food expert for a company that supplies in-flight meals to airlines. Toss in those sleepless, sluggish early years of fatherhood — he’s got three young kids — and he was dealing with significant weight gain. Looking around his office in Irving, Texas, the 37-yearold Ylanan realized he wasn’t alone, so he rallied four of his fellow foodies at LSG Sky Chefs for a weightloss competition online.

The LSG Sky Chefs Healthy Wage winners, from left, Neil Ylanan, Andy Davis, Ben Levine, Michael Sutter and Andrew Trabosh They named their team “All About the Benjamins,” in homage to the $10,000 top

prize offered by, one of at least a dozen diet betting sites to

emerge after “The Biggest Loser” went on the air and the nation’s obesity epidemic grew worse. Former Vicksburg resident Patrick House won “The Biggest Loser” in 2010 by shedding 181 pounds. Each of the Benjamins anted up $60 to lose more — up to a safe weekly maximum — than 30 or so teams from the same company and around the map. They had three months. Victory was theirs in October. “At first we really were all about the Benjamins, but the impetus kind of changed. You didn’t want to let your teammates down,” said Ylanan, who at 5-foot-7 began the competition at 245 pounds and ended it at 196.

“I joined a gym. We’ve all picked up racquetball,” he said. “I haven’t played racquetball in 15 years.” Research on whether financial incentives lead to weight loss is inconclusive, but that hasn’t kept thousands of people off diet betting sites since they began sprouting in 2004. Many of the sites experience dramatic hikes in traffic during the danger stretch between Thanksgiving and January. “We think of New Year’s as our Black Friday,” said Victoria Fener, director of operations for Each site has its own rules and tools, like line graphs to track progress, regular e-mails with tips and supSee Dieters, Page D3.

Give the gift of good gardening this Christmas The Internet has changed so many areas of our lives. It is a fast way to look up all kinds of information. Have you heard about the online gift registries that are gaining in popularity? Individuals create a wish-list and post it on one of these registry sites. Some are for Christmas gifts. Registries may be the wave of the future and necessary when you have no idea what to get for someone. When a gardener is the recipient, a gift related to his or her special interest is always appreciated. Warren County Master Gardeners told me about some of their favorite gifts.

At a glance IN THE Top 40 List of GARDEN’s Gifts for Gardeners by Becky MIRIAM


Pat Tisdale’s husband, Bob, has given her ornamental pots, plants for inside and out and gift certificates to local nurseries. This year, a garden cart to display her potted plants is on her list and he has been busy working on building one for her. Charlotte Couch appreciates magazine subscriptions. Southern Living is her

Harris includes: • Sunjar by MOMA, a frosted mason jar that preserves sunlight which powers a LED light to use at night instead of a candle or flashlight. • A membership to the American Horticultural Society. The $35 fee will grant admission to different international

favorite, but Better Homes and Gardens and Birds and Blooms are also good ones, she says. Mississippi Gar-

botanical sites. • Monticello’s Favorite Flowers Sampler, at a cost of $16, including seeds of flowers from Thomas Jefferson’s favorite homesite. • A Cobra Head Weeder. • A Garden Seat/Kneeler, which folds up. • Glass watering balls that allow water to slowly drip to houseplants while you are away on vacation.

dener is running a $19.95 Christmas special until Jan. 1. Visit and use the pro-

motional code, holiday2011. Also, Organic Gardening and Horticulture are other excellent magazines. Tools make good gifts for gardeners. A hoe with two prongs has been a favorite of Georgia Antoine. Terry Rector recommends a folding saw from Forestry Suppliers of Jackson. They carry all kinds of equipment — saws, pruners, shovels, axes, soiltesting kits, stainless steel scoops (great for scooping out potting soil or fertilizer) and long-handled acorn/bulb planters. The business is mostly a See Garden, Page D3.


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port, and rankings to keep 12-week round after the orgaan eye on the competition. nizer decided to save up the Stickk allows users to set money to dole out as cash at their own stakes, including the end. an “anti-charity” donation to Haughton dropped about a hated cause. The George 18 pounds and walked away W. Bush Presidential Library with $200. She’s at the tail and Americans United for end of a third challenge, this Life are top recipients. one running 16 weeks, and Most of the sites are free was about 7 pounds from her or require a small fee. Many goal weight heading into the make money betting optional holidays. to tackle weight loss and “I knew that a competiother health goals. tion would stoke that fire for Regular weigh-ins are usume, since I tend to be fairly ally required, either through driven,” she said. “I’m very the honor system or a thirdtoned and looking and feelparty source like a doctor or ing great. I’ve also become a health club. Privacy seta runner for the first time in tings keep my life.” Regular weigh-ins are sensitive Not all sites details hidden usually required, either that provide if desired but tracking and through the honor system social tools to Facebookesque walls or a third-party source like achieve health provide that goals use a doctor or a health club. money as a sought-after share factor Privacy settings keep motivator. popular with Alex Rainsensitive details hidden ert is head of players. Seth Brown, if desired but Facebook- product for 28, in Morgan the locationesque walls provide that based checkHill, Calif., got a jump in sought-after share factor in service August on his Foursquare. popular with players. He tried to New Year’s resolution to organize a getlose 62 pounds. healthier office contest himHe had fallen into a rouself using a simple spreadtine of burritos, fast food and sheet and small money video games when he lost his antes. He found he couldn’t job and moved back in with keep up with record keeping his parents. He put up $30 to and the money didn’t seem compete against 14 strangto work. ers in a public individual So he turned to Healthchallenge at Weightlosswars., which doesn’t com, where Dell, Google and use money bets. Winners Groupon have sponsored receive virtual fruit to give employees. in solidarity to others over a “I first set out to find a month’s time. At the beginwebsite that acted as sort ning, participants fill out of a social network for fat detailed questionnaires that people,” Brown said. “I thrive are later used by the site to in competitive situations and craft daily emails offering I loved the idea of competing help with self-selected goals with a group of people who like limiting alcohol or soda are in the same boat I am.” and eating more greens or He was in the lead with six whole grains. pounds to go heading into About 40 of Foursquare’s the final stretch. The top 100 employees participated three contenders will win and met their personal chalabout $260 each when the lenges earlier this year. challenge concludes Jan. 16. Rainert, 35, wanted to drop Other people like their some of the pudge he picked wagers the old-fashioned up when he became a dad way, organized on their own nearly two years ago. among people they know for “I’ve used countless food prizes or encouragement. and fitness trackers to try Around this time last to change,” he said. “I think year, Marietta, Ga., attorney this worked for us because Debbie Haughton was facing of the social pressure. When down her 40th birthday. She you’re doing something joined a 12-week, 40-person with someone, you don’t pool organized by a friend. want it to look like you’re She put in $20, weighed in underperforming.” weekly on the honor system Rainert plans to organize and lost about 10 pounds. another round after the new Small prizes, including year. Healthmonth, with workout DVDs and pedomabout 50,000 users, sees two eters, were awarded along or three times more traffic the way. Haughton won a few in January than any other and went back for another month.

Wilson’s insights. “The packaging is above and beyond,” Walker said. “It looks exactly like a storefront and it’s got this little window and it’s inset with these little people selling smiles. So from the get-go, the package is nice.” Single albums getting the box set and deluxe reissue treatment like “Smile” are the biggest trend. You can get the expanded edition of The Rolling Stones’ “Some Girls” for around $150, too. Similarly priced releases this year included Nirvana’s 20th anniversary “Nevermind” box set and Pink Floyd’s “immersion” set for “The Dark Side of the Moon.” But these don’t even come close to the most elaborate items out there. Legacy Recordings, which put out the Presley and Bennett box

Garden Continued from Page D1. mail-order source, shipping merchandise internationally but handling retail sales at the 205 W. Rankin St. location. Their representative, John Gwaltney, told me they are “the best-kept secret in town for gardeners.” Check out their website at For Mary Lynn Thomas, Mud Gloves are a current favorite. They’re made of nitrile coated nylon, making them soft, but durable, and moisture resistant. Joelyn James mentioned rose gloves from Gardeners Supply to my husband as a gift for me several years ago. They cover not only your hands, but the arm up to the elbow and are terrific for preventing all the scratches one normally gets from pruning roses. A small pool and water feature installed by her husband has been Terri Melby’s alltime favorite gardening gift and an inspiration for other landscaping projects. All the supplies, including water plants, were purchased locally, and he completed the project in one weekend. Fountains and birdbaths make a great gift for a gardener. Books rank high with gardeners.

Judy Pennington’s current favorite is “The Pruners Bible” by Steve Bradley. Popular shrubs and plants are listed with information telling when, why and what tools work best — with how-to steps for pruning each, including a diagram. New releases available locally at Lorelei Books include “50 Beautiful Deer Resistant Plants” by Ruth Rogers Klausen, “Heirloom Gardening in the Southern Garden: Yesterday’s Plants for Today’s Gardens” by William Welch and Greg Grant, “Armchair Book of Gardens” by Jane Billinghurst, “The Southern Kitchen Garden” by William Adams and Thomas Leroy and “Eudora Welty’s Home Place” by Susan Haltoms. Other popular sellers suggested on Amazon include “Roses for the Southern Garden” by Michael Shoup, owner of the Antique Rose Emporium in Brenham, Texas, “The Vegetable Book” by Dr. Sam Cotner and “Outwitting Deer” by Bill Aldero. •

Miriam Jabour, a Master Gardener and Master Flower Show judge, has been active in the Openwood Plantation Garden Club for over 35 years. Write to her at 1114 Windy Lake Drive, Vicksburg, MS 39183.


‘I love (box sets), but I’m old school and probably in the minority.’

Eric Church

Country singer

sets, also released the $20,000 “Fifteen Minutes: Homage to Andy Warhol.” Creator Jeff Gordon is quick to point out the deluxe edition, which includes three CDs, four vinyl LPs and 17 signed original silkscreens, is a unique creation for art-world collectors. Only 85 were made and they are selling, Gordon said (a cheaper standard edition goes for $600).

He solicited artists, musicians and former acquaintances of Warhol’s to create a piece of art and a sound recording to accompany it. Patti Smith read a poem. Another recorded contribution includes a 40-minute conversation between two of Warhol’s friends and former employees talking about their old mentor. The originals are now on display at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. The fact Legacy Recordings, Sony Music Entertainment’s catalog division, was interested in the project indicates to Gordon there are many possibilities out there for crosspollination and even expanding the form. “I think there are a lot of people out there who appreciate something like this,” said Gordon, who served as

both a producer and curator on the project. “In a couple of years, you’ll see these things going for $40,000, $50,000 and $60,000.” The trend of pricier box sets seems incongruent with the musical landscape: Many people buy their music digitally, and downloaded singles now rule over albums. When an act’s catalog can be downloaded in moments, who is purchasing these lavish collector’s editions? Rising country star Eric Church counts himself among those fans. “I love (box sets), but I’m old school and probably in the minority,” Church said. “I like those kind of things. I still like to go back and listen to albums in their entirety. I love obscure tracks, live tracks, ‘Live at the Fillmores.’ I love that stuff.”


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