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TODAY IN HISTORY 1799: Former President George Washington is eulogized by Col. Henry Lee as “first in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of his countrymen.” 1980: Iranian television footage is broadcast in the United States, showing a dozen of the American hostages sending messages to their families. 2004: Some 230,000 people, mostly in southern Asia, are killed by a tsunami triggered by the world’s most powerful earthquake in 40 years beneath the Indian Ocean. 2009: Percy Sutton, the pioneering civil rights attorney who represented Malcolm X before launching successful careers as a political power broker and media mogul, dies in New York at 89.

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200-year-old Braille remains staple for teaching impaired By Pamela Hitchins phitchins@vicksburgpost.com The seven keys of the Perkins Braille Writer have unlocked a new world for Caleb O’Neal, an 8-year-old Beechwood Elementary secondgrader. “It’s like you get to function well,” Caleb said. “The keys are kind of like writing and seeing, and they teach you how to learn.” Caleb is one of four visually impaired students learning Braille at the school with special education teacher Lina Jones. The Braille writer is a little bit like a typewriter. “He comes home talking about the letters he’s learning and the words he was able to put together and his numbers,” said Caleb’s mother, Nichole O’Neal. “I really like the program. I just want Caleb to be able to learn as much as he can.” Jones is certified in teaching children with visual disabilities and says Braille is an important skill for them to have. About 80 percent of what most people learn comes through their sense of sight, she said, and the visually impaired have to find other ways. “You can imagine how hard and how long we have to work in order to learn,” said Jones, 56, who was born with congenital cataracts and has limited vision. “You have to be strong, to fight every day. We’ve had to fight to keep Braille alive. Large print isn’t always feasible.” Statistics published online by the Braille Institute show a marked decline in the last half-century in the number of legally blind children who can read Braille, from 50 percent in 1960 to just 12 percent today. Braille is not just for those who are completely blind. Anyone with a visual disability or who is considered legally blind — 20/200 with best correction — needs Braille, Jones said. See Braille, Page A2.

RICHMOND, Va. — A glass vial stopped with a cork during the Civil War has been opened, revealing a coded message to the desperate Confederate commander in Vicksburg Lt. Gen. John C. Pemberton on the day the Mississippi city fell to Union forces 147 years ago. The dispatch offered no hope to doomed Lt. Gen. John C. Pemberton: Reinforcements are not on the way. The encrypted, 6-line message was dated July 4, 1863, the date of Pemberton’s surrender to Union forces led by Ulysses S. Grant, ending the Siege of Vicksburg in what historians say was a turning point midway into the Civil War. The message is from a Confederate commander on the west side of the Mississippi River across See Message, Page A2.

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What is Braille? • Braille is not a language, but a system for reading and writing English using different combinations of six raised dots. • Braille is named for its inventor, Louis Braille, who was born in Coupvray, France, on Jan. 4, 1809. He attended the National Institute for Blind Youth in Paris, France, as a student and experimented with ways to make an alphabet that was easy to read with the fingertips. He was 15 when he devised Braille from the tactile “Ecriture Nocturne” (night writing) code invented by Charles Barbier for sending military messages that could be read on the battlefield at night, without light. Source: The American Federation for the Blind

By The Associated Press VATICAN CITY — Iraqi Christians celebrated a somber Christmas in a Baghdad cathedral stained with dried blood, while Pope Benedict XVI exhorted Chinese CathoPope lics to Benedict XVI stay loyal despite restrictions on them in a holiday address laced with worry for the world’s Christian minorities. Saturday’s grim news seemed to highlight the pope’s concern for his flock’s welfare. In northern Nigeria, attacks on two churches See Pope, Page A9.

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Message Continued from Page A1. from Pemberton. “He’s saying, ‘I can’t help you. I have no troops, I have no supplies, I have no way to get over there,’” Museum of the Confederacy collections manager Catherine M. Wright said of the author of the dispiriting message. “It was just another punctuation mark to just how desperate and dire everything was.” The bottle, less than 2 inches in length, had sat undisturbed at the museum since 1896. It was a gift from Capt. William A. Smith, of King George County, who served during the Vicksburg siege. It was Wright who decided to investigate the contents of the strange little bottle containing a tightly wrapped note, a .38-caliber bullet and a white thread. “Just sort of a curiosity thing,” said Wright. “This notion of, do we have any idea what his message says?” The answer was no. Wright asked a local art

Braille Continued from Page A1. Vicksburg Warren schools have “about eight or nine” visually impaired students, said special education director Eddie Spann. Most are at Beechwood, he said. “In Mississippi there are not a lot of teachers certified to teach Braille,” Spann said. “We are fortunate to have Mrs. Jones to provide that instruction. My certification also includes teaching the visually impaired, and I can read and write Braille as well.” Spann signed on here as SPED director in October, and his experience includes 13 years at the Mississippi School for the Blind in Jackson, the last six as director, administrator and vocational counselor. He also has personal experience with visual challenges, having lost his right eye at the age of 12 in a basketball game. Spann said there is an ongoing debate among people in the field over the use of Braille, when students should learn it and whether it should be mandated for the visually impaired regardless of their level in school. Some children, especially adoles-

community calendar clubs Vicksburg Kiwanis — Noon Tuesday, Jacques’ Cafe; Annette Kirkland, Southern Cultural Heritage Center director, speaker. Rosa A. Temple Class of 1968 — 6 p.m. Wednesday; holiday dinner; Jacques’.

PUBLIC PROGRAMS Tuesday Vicksburg AlAnon — Noon Tuesday; second floor, First Presbyterian Church, 1501 Cherry St.; 601634-0152. Serenity Overeaters Anonymous — 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, Bowmar Baptist Church, Room 102C; 601-638-0011. Prepared Childbirth Class — 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 5; pre-register by one week before class; $10 due on day of class; Allen Karel, 601-883-5354 or e-mail james.karel@riverregion.com.; River Region Medical Center, rooms A and B.

CHURCHES Cool Spring M.B. — New Year’s Eve 10 p.m.; combined service with Triumphant Baptist Church; 385 Falk Steel Road. Mount Carmel Ministries — New Year’s Eve, 10 p.m.; 2015 Grove St. New Mount Zion — New Year’s Day, 8 a.m.; combined service with China Grove, Holly Grove M.B. and Locust Grove M.B churches; 516 Feld St.

conservator, Scott Nolley, to examine the clear vial before she attempted to open it. He looked at the bottle under an electron microscope and discovered that salt had bonded the cork tightly to the bottle’s mouth. He put the bottle on a hotplate to expand the glass, used a scalpel to loosen the cork, then gently plucked it out with tweezers. The sewing thread was looped around the 6 1/2by-2 1/2-inch paper, which was folded to fit into the bottle. The rolled message was removed and taken to a paper conservator, who successfully unfurled the message. But the coded message, which appears to be a random collection of letters, did not reveal itself immediately. Eager to learn the meaning of the code, Wright took the message home for the weekend to decipher. She had no success. A retired CIA code breaker, David Gaddy, was contacted, and he cracked the code in several weeks. A Navy cryptologist inde-

pendently confirmed Gaddy’s interpretation. Cmdr. John B. Hunter, an information warfare officer, said he deciphered the code over two weeks while on deployment aboard an aircraft carrier in the Pacific. A computer could have unscrambled the words in a fraction of the time. “To me, it was not that difficult,” he said. “I had fun with this and it took me longer than I should have.” The code is called the “Vigenere cipher,” a centuries-old encryption in which letters of the alphabet are shifted a set number of places so an “a” would become a “d” — essentially, creating words with different letter combinations. The code was widely used by Southern forces during the Civil War, according to Civil War Times Illustrated. The source of the message was likely Maj. Gen. John G. Walker, of the Texas Division, who had under his command William Smith, the donor of the bottle. The full text of the message to Pemberton reads: “Gen’l Pemberton:

Braille literacy • Nearly 12 percent of 55,000 legally blind children in the United States can read Braille, down from 50 percent in the 1960s. • In 1968, of 19,902 blind students enrolled in elementary and secondary education, 40 percent read Braille, 45 percent read large type or regular print, and 4 percent read both. • In January 1993, out of 50,204 blind students, fewer than 9 percent could read Braille, 27 percent could read print, and 40 percent could not read at all. In other words, while there are 40,000 more blind children in school today, only 30 percent can read. • Approximately 90 percent of blind jobholders in the United States are Braille-literate. • Thirty-three states have enacted bills promoting Braille instruction within K-12 school systems. • Vision problems affect 5 percent or nearly 5 million preschool-age children, ages 3-5, and 25 percent or 12.1 million of school-age children, ages 6-17. Source: The Braille Institute Online http://www.brailleinstitute.org/facts_about_sight_loss cents, are resistant and it becomes a battle, he said. “If a child is born blind, of course we should teach him Braille. But if a child has usable vision, I support using that vision to the greatest extent,” he said. “We should not focus totally on learning Braille. We can do both — promote Braille and develop their usable vision.” Federal law requires instruction that’s “appropriate” for each child, Spann

said, which includes Braille “if it is determined that the child needs Braille,” he said. The decision is made by a group of people including the parents, teachers, school officials and specialists who work together to develop the IEP — Individualized Education Plan. Spann stressed that what VWSD offers is Jones’ class for visually impaired children, not a “Braille program” per se. The latter would

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The Vicksburg Post You can expect no help from this side of the river. Let Gen’l Johnston know, if possible, when you can attack the same point on the enemy’s lines. Inform me also and I will endeavor to make a diversion. I have sent some caps (explosive devices). I subjoin a despatch from General Johnston.” The last line, Wright said, seems to suggest a separate delivery to Pemberton would be the code to break the message. “The date of this message clearly indicates that this person has no idea that the city is about to be surrendered,” she said. The Johnston mention in the dispatch is Gen. Joseph E. Johnston, whose 32,000 troops were encamped south of Vicksburg and prevented from assisting Pemberton by Grant’s 35,000 Union troops. Pemberton had held out hope that Johnston would eventually come to his aid. The message was dispatched during an especially terrible time in Vicksburg. Grant was unsuccessful in defeating Pemberton’s troops

on two occasions, so the Union commander instead decided to encircle the city and block the flow of supplies or support. Many in the city resorted to eating cats, dogs and leather. Soup was made from wallpaper paste. After a six-week siege, Pemberton relented. Vicksburg, so scarred by the experience, refused to celebrate July 4 for the next 80 years. So what about the bullet in the bottom of the bottle? Wright suspects the messenger was instructed to toss the bottle into the river if Union troops intercepted his passage. The weight of the bullet would have carried the corked bottle to the bottom, she said. For Pemberton, the bottle is symbolic of his lost cause: the bad news never made it to him. The Confederate messenger probably arrived to the river’s edge and saw a U.S. flag flying over the city. “He figured out what was going on and said, “Well, this is pointless,’ and turned back,” Wright said.

include a staff of computer techs, orientation and mobility instructors and other specialists. Some of those services are provided either through agreements with the School for the Blind or contracted out with someone who visits the district “a couple of times a month or year,” he said. Jones works one-on-one with students who come to her room for a period each day. She integrates her lessons and activities with their regular work, such as spelling lists and math problems. Kindergartner Jamie White, 6, likes to use the Braille caravan, a decidedly low-tech yet fun set of yellow blocks and high-contrast black pegs that can be used to make Braille letters and numbers. The system works for both low-sighted children as well as those who need to feel the raised dots created when child places pegs in the holes. High tech developments have been a mixed blessing. Besides the manual Braille writer that Caleb and other students use, Jones has in her office a larger, more expensive embosser that is connected to her computer and can print text in Braille. The computer is also equipped with a speech pro-

gram, so Jones can choose to have what’s on the screen vocalized through speakers. There’s also closed circuit TV that’s able to greatly magnify print materials on a monitor, she said. But when the print has to be enlarged to the point where a child is looking at just one letter at a time, and for children who may have certain progressive diseases that gradually limit their visual field and ultimately cause blindness, Braille literacy may be the only way for a child to learn to read and write. “The Braille writer is fun,” said Jamie, who learned to make at least eight letters and write her name in about a month of working with Jones. Jones and her husband, Mark, owner of radio station WVBG 1490 AM, who was born blind, are the parents of a 6-year-old first-grader, Lensi, who has excellent vision and is a top reader at Bowmar Elementary. Lina Jones is in her second year on staff at VWSD, and before that served as a consultant to this district and as an itinerant teacher of the visually impaired in a number of districts in Louisiana.

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HELP FOR IBS AND FECAL INCONTINENCE Women with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and fecal incontinence are often unsure of what to do or where to go for help. Speakers are OB/GYN Barbie Sullivan, MD, Gastroenterologist Michelle Petro, MD, Urogynecologist Robert Harris, MD, and Nurse Practitioner Mickie Autry, Ph.D., N.P.C. $5 optional lunch. January 13, 11:45 AM, Baptist for Women

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Biden: Gay marriage ‘inevitable’ WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden said Friday that the country is evolving on the issue of gay marriage and he thinks it’s inevitable there will be national consensus. He said on ABC’s “Good Morning America� the same thing is happening with the issue of marriage that happened with gays’ service in the military. Changes in attitudes by military leaders, those in the ser-

EPA moving unilaterally to limit emissions WASHINGTON (AP) — Stymied in Congress, the Obama administration is moving unilaterally to clamp down on greenhouse emissions, announcing plans for new power plants and oil refinery emission standards over the next year. In an announcement posted on the agency’s website late Thursday, Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa Jackson said the aim was to better cope with pollution contributing to climate change. “We are following through on our commitment to proceed in a measured and careful way to reduce GHG pollution that threatens the health and welfare of Americans,� Jackson said in a statement. She said emissions from power plants and oil refineries constitute about 40 percent of the greenhouse gas pollution in this country. President Barack Obama had said two days after the midterm elections that he was disappointed Congress hadn’t acted on legislation achieving the same end, signaling that other options were under consideration. Jackson’s announcement came on the same day that the administration showed a go-it-alone approach on federal wilderness protection — another major environmental issue. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said his agency was repealing the Bush era’s policy limiting wilderness protection, which was adopted under former Interior Secretary Gale Norton.

Thermos alert an attempt to think ahead WASHINGTON (AP) — A top military official says new warnings about insulated beverage containers are an example of federal officials trying to anticipate terror tactics. Adm. James Winnefeld told The Associated Press Friday that the Transportation Security Administration is “always trying to think ahead.� Winnefeld is the head of the U.S. Northern Command, which is charged with protecting the homeland. TSA officials had said Thursday that in coming days, passengers flying within and to the U.S. may notice additional security measures related to insulated beverage containers such as thermoses. Winnefeld says officials responsible for homeland security are always a bit more alert over the holiday season. He says there has been a lot of chatter online about potential terror activity, but nothing specific. Meanwhile, President Barack Obama’s counterterrorism chief, John Brennan, held an inter-agency conference call Friday to review steps the government is taking to ensure vigilance, including enhanced security measures and coordination with foreign partners. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and FBI Director Robert Mueller were among those on the call. The president is vacationing in Hawaii with his family.

vice and the public allowed the repeal by Congress of the “don’t ask, don’t tell� policy that will eventually allow Joe gays to serve Biden openly in the military. Gay marriage is still not legal in most states. Presi-

dent Barack Obama recently said his feelings on the gay marriage issue are evolving, but he still believes in allowing strong civil unions that provide certain protections and legal rights that married couples have. Obama said he is still wrestling with whether gay couples should have the right to marry, now that the change in the law will allow them to serve openly in combat.

The question came just hours after he signed landmark legislation Wednesday repealing the ban on gays serving openly in the military. The law ends the 17-year-old “don’t ask, don’t tell� policy that forced gays to hide their sexual orientation. But in letters to the troops, the four military service chiefs warned that the ban is still in place, and will be for some time to come.

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United Way Area’s generosity astounding In a time when “austerity” — severe budgetary clampdowns — is MerriamWebster’s Word of the Year, the people of this area should rise and give themselves a standing ovation: the United Way of West Central Mississippi reached 93 percent of its stated financial goal in 2010. The goal was lofty indeed. Being sought in the yearlong campaign was $1.4 million; collected was $1,321,760. The lion’s share will be shared among 21 agencies in Warren, Yazoo, Sharkey, Issaquena and Claiborne counties in Mississippi and Madison Parish in Louisiana whose purpose is

to help our poor, our tired, our hungry, our undereducated. Historically, this United Way chapter has been a boulder in the national sea of charity pebbles. An example is just 80 miles away, where the MissLou United Way in Natchez, a city about two-thirds the size of Vicksburg, raised 75 percent of its fundraising goal of $175,000 in a five-month push. Contrast that with $1.3 million in a year. United Way funding comes from the people. It is heartwarming to see that even in tough times the fine people of our community again rose to the occa-

sion to give money that ultimately will help those less fortunate. The Vicksburg-area numbers are astounding — especially in this economy. The state jobless rate is hovering at about 10 percent, the national housing market has yet to fully recover and the national debt is skyrocketing. The effects are being felt from K Street in Washington, D.C., to Washington Street in downtown Vicksburg. But, like always, in this area when a need is great, the response is even greater.

Background checks at schools warranted Porters Chapel Academy officials need to revisit the school’s policy on hiring, and when they do, they should keep in mind their own mission statement, which reads in part: “Porter’s Chapel Academy strives to train young people through a wellrounded Christian education, thereby preparing them for life as leaders who will choose character before career, wisdom beyond scholarship, service before self and participation as a way of life.” Case in point, a man hired last summer to serve as a strength and conditioning coach for all sports— and therefore in direct contact with students — was arrested last week and charged with bank robbery. He is the same man who served five

years in prison after being convicted in Harrison County in 1995 of bank robbery, armed robbery, burglary and uttering a forgery. He also is the same man who was arrested and charged with felony embezzlement in Vicksburg and saw the charge dropped only after restitution was made. Porters Chapel apparently performed no background check on 45-year-old Derrick Collins, and the information about his criminal background came out only after Britton & Koontz’s branch on U.S. 61 North was robbed. Warren County deputies were led on a high-speed chase and Collins’ vehicle crashed into one driven by a law enforcement officer. The school’s response was a one-

paragraph statement that read Collins was not a classroom teacher. That matters little — he had contact with students and, presumably, was a person with authority over them. Back to that mission statement. Were school officials so interested in beefing up the school’s athletics with this particular coach that they sacrificed their own principles? Did they “choose character before career, wisdom beyond scholarship”? We think not. Was his background checked? Did it matter? We think not. There will be a next time for the private school to hire an employee. Please, for the sake of the students, don’t let this happen again.

The plight of Iraqi Christians One of the more unfortunate consequences of the U.S. invasion of Iraq has been the virtual decimation of the already small Christian community in Iraq. Christians were hardly immune from persecution under Saddam Hussein, but since they constituted less than 3 percent of the population and were not a threat to the regime, they were not often a specific target, as were Shia Muslims and Kurds. Since the 2003 invasion, however, things have gotten worse — not necessarily because of specific government policies (the current constitution offers protection on paper to religious and ethnic minorities) but because of the dynamics of post-invasion Iraq. Saddam was nominally a secular ruler, though he invoked Allah whenever he ran into trouble or opposition. Iraq now recognizes Islam as the official state religion, and no law can be passed that contradicts

its basic tenets. Despite formal protection of Christians’ basic rights, they have been targeted for attacks and many have fled their original homes, some to Kurdish regions in the north and some to countries like Iran, Syria, Jordan, even Western Europe. A New York Times story cites an estimate, for example, that 5,000 of the 100,000 Christians who once lived in Mosul still remain there. The latest exodus, involving thousands of families fleeing Baghdad and Mosul, followed an Oct. 31 siege at a church in Baghdad that killed 51 worshippers and two priests and follow-on bombings targeting Christians. Although the attacks do not seem to be organized by the government, The U.S. Commission on International religious Freedom (appointed by the president and Congress) notes that violent incidents are seldom properly investigated,

and official discrimination in employment and housing is widespread. It may be that it will prove impossible for a Christian community to thrive in an Iraq that is officially Muslim, and that almost all Iraqi Christians will eventually flee. That would be sad; some of the oldest Christian monasteries in the world are in Iraq. It would not, however, be unprecedented. In 1948, after the establishment of the state of Israel, almost all of Iraq’s Jews fled the country. It was hardly the intention of those who decided to invade Iraq to unleash persecution of Iraqi Christians. But all actions have unintended consequences, which should dictate prudence in the future when considering dubiously justified military action.

Now it’s time to put some stock in the speculation that Gov. Haley Barbour actually has a chance of winning the Republican nomination for president in 2012. Why? Because we’ve apparently reached critical mass in terms of national media speculation on Barbour’s “will he or won’t he” intentions for the 2012 presidential sweepstakes and jumped to the next level — the attempted deconstruction of Haley Barbour by those who oppose him. Deconstruction? Yes. The goal here is to publicly tear Barbour limb from limb and leave him so politically disemboweled that he crawls back to the lake house and retirement when his term as governor is over. That deconstruction effort began in earnest Monday after a few fits and starts earlier this year. For Barbour — just months ago anointed by the Politico website as “the most powerful Republican in American politics” — it is an effort that will almost certainly expand and become more brutal. The tools of choice for deconstructing Southern politicians who dare invade the rarified air of presidential politics are sex and race. When it’s sex, the modus operandi is to paint the candidate as the reincarnation of the late Earl Long chasing after stripper Blaze Starr or worse. See Bill Clinton, bimbo eruptions, etc. See Jimmy Carter, lusted in his heart, etc. When it’s race, the game is even simpler — make the argument that the candidate or public figure is a racist and then dig in their background to find something plausible enough to at least make the racist characterization plausible. The worst allegation SID against a politician who happens to be a white Southerner is the charge that he or she is a racist. It’s nothing short of nuclear in national politics. See former Senate majority leader Trent Lott, birthday party speech, etc. See Judge Charles Pickering, failed 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judicial nomination, etc. Barbour’s latest deconstruction by the liberal blogosphere and other Democrats who will oppose anyone who challenges President Barack Obama in 2012 centers on three main allegations: that Barbour is “sugar-coating” the history of integration in his hometown; that he’s engaging in “revisionist history” of the White Citizens Council; and, that he doesn’t recall the exact year that Martin Luther King Jr. made a speech in Yazoo City when Barbour was a teen. I don’t presume to know what Barbour remembers about Mississippi’s tortured civil rights past or the role of the Citizens Council in it. What I do know is that Barbour was 14 when James Meredith integrated Ole Miss, 15 when Medgar Evers was assasinated in Jackson and 16 when Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James Chaney were murdered near Philadelphia. Barbour’s memories of school integration in Yazoo City in 1970 — as recounted in the current edition of “The Weekly Standard” — jibes with the accounts of that event published in January 1970 in Time magazine and again in June of that same year. The late Yazoo City native Willie Morris wrote a book titled “Yazoo: Integration in a Deep Southern Town” that painted a far more complex and conflicted image of both the evolution and implementation of the integration that Barbour recalls in his hometown. Of course, Barbour was in college at Ole Miss by the time those events actually took place. The bottom line is that this kind of journalistic archeology and partisan burnishing of Barbour’s past on the issue of race will accelerate and intensify so long as he’s even a potential presidential candidate. It will target both Barbour and his family. That goes with the turf of modern presidential politics. Nobody knows that better than Barbour. But the proposed political narrative of Barbour as a white Southern racist entitles his political detractors to neither facts of their own choosing nor the power to read Barbour’s mind back in 1970 or today. Haley Barbour is a racist just as Barack Obama is a Kenyan — in the minds of those who despise them.

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• Contact Perspective Editor Sid Salter at 601-961-7084 or e-mail ssalter@clarionledger.com.


Sunday, December 26, 2010

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WEEK IN Vicksburg Average highs in Vicksburg hovered around 60 degrees, while overnight lows ranged from the upper 20s to low 50s. No rain was officially recorded during the week. The Mississippi River dropped from 18.5 feet to 13.6 feet on the Vicksburg gauge. A rise was predicted, however, as a reading of 14.4 was predicted for today. A documentary will be released after the first of the new year on Beulah Cemetery, a private graveyard established in 1884 by the Vicksburg Tabernacle No. 19 Independent Order of Brothers and Sisters of Love and Charity. The Beulah Cemetery Restoration Committee commissioned the project in the spring and hired a Jackson-based producer to complete the video. Decks of playing cards featuring scenes from the Vicksburg National Military Park are being sold for $10 by the Vicksburg Foundation for Historic Preservation at shops along Washington Street. The cards include images of monuments, memorials and park sites. Employees of the Engineer Research and Development Center have created a fabric tube that could attach itself to a levee hole should the nation have another levee break like the ones in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. Final testing on the Portable Lightweight Ubiquitous Gasket (PLUG) was performed with a mock levee break. United Way of West Central Mississippi reached 93 percent of its $1.415 million goal. Barbara Tolliver, executive director, said she was pleased with results of this year’s fundraising and had expected fewer donations because of the economy. Miskelly Furniture representatives delivered items donated by the store to the Scott Hosemann family, who lost all belongings in a house fire Dec. 1. Area organizations pitched in food, household items and cash donations. The Vicksburg Police Department received permission to increase its staffing model by one to 81 officers. The department presently has 72 officers serving on staff. AmeriCorps members distributed more than 400 bags of toys at Good Shepherd Community Service as part of a program in which struggling parents can sign up for help with Christmas presents for their children. Enough gifts were left over to serve 75 to 80 more. The service gets donations from churches, businesses and individuals. NRoute public transportation will create a mobility manager/regional coordinator position using federal stimulus dollars. An allocated $45,000 from the Mississippi Department of Transportation under the American Recovery Reinvestment Act will be used to fund the post, which will oversee transportation needs of the central, seven-county region. Local unemployment stood at 10.1 percent for the month of November, up from an adjusted 9.9 percent in October, according to figures released by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security. Residents of Covenant Health and Rehab are getting special treatment through the Adopt a Grandparent program. The program gives employees of the nursing home an opportunity to spend time with and buy small presents for residents who have no family in Vicksburg. Local deaths during the week were Laura Geraldine Farrar Arender, Paul Ellis Nunnaly Barrett, Nathaniel Brown, Bessie Mae Smith, Kyle Curtis Ishmael, Claudia Kendrick, Charles Ray James and George Lyndell Lewis Sr.

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Sources: Many are ringing in the new year with songs OXFORD — With a new year impending, there are signs and songs aplenty on the political scene. Bill Luckett, Delta lawyer and “binisman” (in Haley-speak) is handing out bumper stickers that read, “Mule-Headed Farmers For Bill.” The slogan turns what was seen as a gaffe into a big plus, destined for the textbooks of campaignery. There were gasps when superMississippian Morgan Freeman, who is supporting Luckett, his restaurant partner and friend, for the Democratic nomination for governor, told The Associated Press, “Reform in Mississippi is hard because the base stock of this state is a muleheaded bunch of farmers.” But the bumper stickers make lemonade from lemons, and may be followed by a larger array: Mule-Headed Teachers for Bill, Mule-Headed waiters, welders, washerwomen. Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant is heir apparent, at least for the Republican nomination, when Haley departs. Bryant has done his due diligence at every Rotary Club in Mississippi. He intends to get the nomination because he’s worked for it, but there are rivals on the horizon — including “binis” genius and philanthropist Dave Dennis. Remember 16 years ago when Vicksburg’s Kirk Fordice took on the GOP establishment and “whipped its …?” So does Dave Dennis, but he’s a lot nicer guy. Rumblings from the Gulf Coast, where Dennis is better known, say Bryant (who can do it) is singing Elvis’ “Blue Suede Shoes,” with particular emphasis on the intro. Remember, “One for the money, two for the show…” (Dennis will have money; Bryant will need it.) For Christmas, word has it that Bryant mailed Dennis a CD of Barbra Streisand belting out “Don’t Rain On My Parade.” Singing another financial tune is state Sen. Doug Davis, R-Hernando. Appointed by Bryant to follow new U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee as chairman of Senate Appropriations, Davis has Tom Waits’ version of “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime” on an audio loop in his office. Also prowling the Capitol halls is Rep. Steve Holland, D-Plantersville. Holland, once as rotund as the rotunda, has been surgi-

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At the White House, no one is singing, but there are reports President Barack Obama’s agent is in talks to get him a gig as a game show host in a couple of years.

cally slimmed. He looks good, so good in fact he’s walking up to strangers and telling “Yo Mama So Fat” jokes. House Speaker Billy McCoy, D-Rienzi, is in full voice. A wave of ultra-conservative election year politicking threatens his coalition. Walk by his office and listen. “I’m a Lonely Little Petunia in an Onion Patch” wafts through his door. U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, once one of three House Democrats from Mississippi will start the new year as one of, well, one. That doesn’t really concern him. Very little does. It might be hard to picture him singing a Taylor Swift tune, but word is his lullaby is “Untouchable.” He’s said to be particularly fond of the line, “In the middle of the night when I’m in this dream; it’s like a million little stars

spelling out your name,” to which he adds B-E-N-N-I-E. Not so euphoric is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. She’s been reported circling the city in her Air Force jet. The Bose system is playing her new anthem, “Those Were The Days My Friend.” A tiny tear was said to have dropped into her champagne flute at the refrain, “We thought they’d never end; we’d sing and dance forever and a day; we’d live the life we choose; we’d fight and never lose …” Down at ground level, Tea Party designees are moving in, replacing Pelosi’s furniture with their own. They have their stereos on, too, tuned to D.C.’s only country station. A cheer goes up every time Roy Clark’s classic, “Thank God and Greyhound She’s Gone” is played. Now Pelosi is losing clout,

not her job. Same for Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., over in the Senate. He has a Beatles tune on his mind. It’s “Help” and he sings louder on the lyric, “And now my life has changed in oh so many ways. My independence seemed to vanish in the haze.” At the White House, no one is singing, but there are reports President Barack Obama’s agent is in talks to get him a gig as a game show host in a couple of years. Democrats, not at all pleased with their chief’s negotiating clout, say he will emcee a new version of “Let’s Make A Deal.” Unlike in Monty Hall’s day, there will be no zonks. Contestants will just ask for whatever they want and get it. And, of course, we can’t forget about Haley. Pedestrians say Gov. Barbour is often seen walking in the downtown area, always with his iPod. They’re not sure what tune is streaming into his ears, but when he passes at close range they say it sounds a lot like, “Hail To The Chief.” • Charlie Mitchell is a Mississippi journalist. Write to him at Box 1, University, MS 38677, or e-mail cmitchell43@yahoo.com.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

House’s ‘Biggest Loser’ triumph an inspiration to all The recent triumph of Patrick House, winner of “The Biggest Loser,” is a great story in the fight against obesity. What’s even cooler is he currently resides in Vicksburg and grew up in our state. He’s made various public appearances here with sponsors, family and friends signing autographs and taking pictures on his way to becoming a nationwide “reality show celebrity.” I didn’t watch any episode of “The Biggest Loser,” nor do I personally know House. I do however, understand the story of his success and the uplifting drama it created here in Vicksburg, as well as our state. While talking to some friends and after reading the article in Wednesday’s edition of The Vicksburg Post, I asked myself, “Why is he taking a job at a high school in South Carolina?” Mississippi ranks No. 1 in obesity ... for the sixth year in a row, according to foodconsumer.org. Warren County is 22nd out of the 81 counties in this state, according to countyhealthranking. org. Amidst all the hoopla and pageantry, the State of Mississippi, and the citizens of Warren County lost an ambassador for overweight children and adults. I haven’t been to any of the high

Voice your opinion Letters to the editor are published under the following guidelines: Expressions from readers on topics of current or general interest are welcomed. • Letters must be original, not copies or letters sent to others, and must include the name, address and signature of the writer. • Letters must avoid defamatory or abusive statements. • Preference will be given to typed letters of 300 or fewer words. • The Vicksburg Post does not print anonymous letters and reserves the right to edit all letters submitted. • Letters in the column do not represent the views of The Vicksburg Post. school campuses here lately, nor have I ventured onto the junior high or elementary schools’. I’d be willing to bet the $250,000 Patrick won, though, that there’s some fat kids roaming the playgrounds and hallways who could use some motivation. Patrick House would have been the perfect motivator. Vicksburg Warren School District Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Duran Swinford, Mayor Paul Winfield and Gov. Haley Barbour dropped the ball on this one to

Mindstream Academy in South Carolina. Or maybe they just let the “Big One” get away. Bic Smith Vicksburg

Headline misleading Recently the Associated Press released an article under the heading: “Warren County school employee accused of robbing bank” At what point do we consider the press to be misleading? I found the article and read it. It was not a Warren County School employee, it was a Porters Chapel Academy employee. In no way associated with the Warren County School District. In my eyes this is a headline designed to garner wide interest by misleading its readers. In short it bypasses every ethical use of mass media one can possibly think of. It’s designed more for sensationalism than news. How often can the media do this and actually call themselves a “reliable” news source? Yvette Mangum Editor’s note: The headline appeared in The Clarion-Ledger’s online edition on Dec. 15, not in The Vicksburg Post.

Water Department praise When the sewer across the

street from my home becomes stopped up with leaves and other debris, a rain causes all the dirty water coming down the street to cross the street and come up into my driveway, which always leaves a coating of mud there and in the gutters along the front of my home. Such was the case this Friday morning. Around 9 a.m., I called the Sewer Department and within 15 minutes there was a representative making an inspection. Shortly thereafter a work crew arrived and emptied all the sewers on this corner of leaves and mud. They worked swiftly and efficiently. It was a big job. After this was done, a crew from the Street Cleaning Department arrived and power washed my driveway and the gutters on both sides of the street. This was all accomplished in less than 2 hours. I wish to commend these departments for their prompt attention to my problem and to thank the work crews for their efforts and especially the young man who first arrived to access the situation. He was most courteous and obviously wanted to be helpful. Thanks to all of you! Marion (Fronia) Theobald


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Retiring Cason Schaffer still seeking elusive postcard Anglers call it “the one that got away” — the prized catch that wasn’t meant to be. For Cason Schaffer, it’s a postcard. And on this day he cannot find the closest replica he has to it. Flipping through a bound volume of Vicksburg postcards — all vertical and all either city or Vicksburg National Military Park scenes — hundreds of pages thick, he shifts back and forth looking for the prize. “There it is,” he said before pulling a copied picture of an original postcard featuring Lincoln Savings Bank, the first black-owned bank in Mississippi. The bank opened in 1892 and lasted until 1911 on Washington Street. Schaffer has a token from the bank that, when presented with 50 cents to a bank teller, would open a savings account worth a dollar. Although the bank has been closed coming on a century, Schaffer knows somewhere an original postcard of the bank exists. He located it once — on

Internet auction site eBay — but the bid got too high. “The bid got up to $117,” said Schaffer, 83. “I didn’t want to go higher than that.” He has been kicking himself ever since. He can show visitors volumes of Vicksburg-area postcards in the room his wife of almost 59 years, Frances, calls the “junk room.” “She’s always sending me there,” Schaffer said with a chuckle. Or he could open the curio cabinet to reveal hundreds of medicine bottles, each engraved with the name of a Vicksburg pharmacy. “Can you imagine that

now? Having the name of the drug store engraved in a glass bottle?” he asked. Interested in sales

tax stamps or tokens from the 1930s? Schaffer will dig out another album and roll his fingers over the pages, describing each piece in detail. It’s the coins, though, and his involvement in the Vicksburg Coin Club and Mississippi Numismatic Association that had a group of about 30 gathered to honor Schaffer. He is retiring his post as secretary-treasurer of the VCC after, well, he doesn’t really know how many years. “Cason, on behalf of the Vicksburg Coin Club, I want to say thank-you,” said Mark Richter, VCC president. “Cason would handle all the little details, and we would pretty much ride his coat-

tails.” Coin shows in Vicksburg — there are usually three a year — began, likely in 1968. The shows are considered some of the best the state has to offer, and Schaffer has been a huge part in that, members of the MNA said. He was responsible for setting up tables, collecting money and everything in between. The first one to arrive and the last one to leave became his calling card. “I’m almost 84 years old,”

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Schaffer said. “It got to be too much. It’s time for someone else to take over.” In 2011, he will continue to have a role in Vicksburg shows and plans to remain active in the VCC, just not as active. “There will never be another one like you,” Darrell Beeson, president of the MNA, told Schaffer as he presented a Cross pen set. Schaffer also received a 2010 Silver Eagle coin with a personalized message and a plaque from the VCC. His collecting obsession began long ago. At 14, he penned and edited a story about sales tax tokens in Stamp and Hobby News. His father worked for the railroad and coached a local baseball team. Schaffer graduated from Carr Central High School and then Mississippi State. He served in the military, then spent most of his life working as a social worker and for the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Association. Both Cason and Frances (Currey) Schaffer attended Carr Central High School, but they didn’t meet until they were in college — he at Mississippi State and she at the current Mississippi University for Women.

“I never knew who she was,” Schaffer said with a chuckle. Almost 59 years later, the two have spent the majority of their married life in Vicksburg. Their four sons are carrying on the tradition as collectors. Two are bottle collectors, another is a stamp collector and his fourth collects postcards. Even Frances Schaffer is quick to lead a visitor into the back of their three-acre plot of land to show off the “bottle dump” — a shed filled with old glass bottles with even more spread on the surrounding ground. For Cason Schaffer, though, like any dedicated fisherman, he knows that the big one is still out there somewhere. He knows the next time opportunity presents itself, he will jump. He has enlisted the help of friends and collectors nationwide, and even has his postcard-collecting son on the hunt. Being as Saturday was Christmas, he even wondered if maybe that same son might have found the elusive Lincoln Savings Bank postcard and has been holding a secret that he might deliver today when the family has Christmas together. “I don’t know if he could keep a secret like that,” said Schaffer, his eyes showing a bit of hope that maybe today he will finally land the big one.

• Sean P. Murphy is web editor. He can be reached at 601-636-4545 or smurphy@ vicksburgpost.com.

GRAND ISLE, La. — As dawn breaks on the Gulf of Mexico, Hans Holbrook and Chris Brantley stomp onto the beach in rubber boots, telescopes and tripods slung over their shoulders, alert for signs of birds. Grand Isle’s annual Christmas bird count has begun — early, as always. This year the National Audubon Society’s bird count on the Gulf Coast is especially important: It comes eight months after the BP oil spill set off panic in the hearts of ornithologists and bird lovers across the nation. The counts will be used by scientists tracking the health of the Gulf’s bird populations. Holbrook and Brantley are among 60,000 bird watchers across the Western Hemisphere who count birds during the winter holidays and submit checklists for the Audubon Society’s Christmastime bird tally. The society began doing the annual count 110 years ago. Bird count records go back to 1949 for Grand Isle. The two birders pitch their tripods in the sand and start looking. They start early so they can do as much birding possible while the birds are active. “A black-bellied plover,” Holbrook, a birder since age 8, says, leaning into his telescope. “I got a herring gull down here and there were some other gulls, which could have been ring-billeds, I think,” says Brantley, the Grand Isle count’s group leader. “Yeah, I saw a few ringbilled gulls, a few herring gulls go by, a Caspian tern, a Forster’s tern; I saw three black skimmers out there.” “I had a dozen brown pelicans go by.” Brantley, who has been counting birds on Grand Isle for 15 years, is upbeat about what he saw Wednesday. It’s his first time down here since the oil spill. “It looks about the same to me,” he says. Louisiana is one of the nation’s richest and most important bird habitats and the oil spill jeopardized this national treasure. The Audubon Society plans to study this winter’s 65 bird counts along the Gulf of Mexico for clues about the oil spill and its effects on bird populations. Ten Gulf Coast bird count locations were oiled, said Greg Butcher, the society’s conservation director. “Louisiana is a place that is right in the middle of bird migration,” explains Phil Stouffer, a bird expert and professor at LSU. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reports that about 3,000 birds were found visibly oiled and about 2,000 of those died during the spill. Some 4,000 other birds not visibly oiled were found dead.


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4 La. teens face arson, murder charges

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

An employee of Biedenharn Candy Co. stands next to a horse and wagon used to deliver some of the world’s first bottled Coca-Cola after bottling began here in 1894. The photo was contributed by

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

OPELOUSAS, La. — A 16-year-old boy and three 14-year-old boys have been booked with arson and second-degree murder for a fatal fire set off by fireworks, Opelousas Police Chief Perry Gallow says. The fire Wednesday night killed 55-year-old Johnny Little, a city employee who was alone and believed to have been asleep when the fire broke out. He tried unsuccessfully to get out of the blazing house, Gallow said. It’s illegal to set off fireworks in Opelousas. Gallow said Little called about 90 minutes before the fire to report that boys were setting off fireworks near his home, but officers were unable to find the boys. Witnesses told police the boys were firing roman candles at the house, and one set fire to a curtain, Gallow said. He said the fire caused an explosion inside Little’s house.

Betty Biedenharn, whose late husband, Eric Biedenharn, was a nephew of Joseph Biedenharn, the man credited with first bottling Coca-Cola.

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City woman accused of smuggling marijuana into Warren County Jail A Vicksburg woman was in the Warren County Jail Saturday charged with possession of a controlled substance in a correctional facility, Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace said. Chiquita Wince, 20, 814 Walnut St., is accused of bringing marijuana into the Warren County Jail and attempting to give it to an inmate during visiting hours around 2 p.m. Friday. Jail officials saw Wince try to slip an envelope containing pot and tobacco through a door in a cell block, Pace said. The officers stopped her and, after searching her, they found two packages of pot in the waistband of her pants. A K-9 officer was called and after a search of Wince’s car they found two more small bags containing pot, Pace said. Wince is being held in the jail without bond pending an initial court hearing.

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Reward offered in drive-in fire HATTIESBURG, Miss. — Metro Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for information leading to an arrest in the fire that destroyed the Beverly Drive-In. Coordinator Diane James said the fire damaged a major historic site and endangered the community and responding firefighters. The historic movie theater had been closed since 2005 because of damage from Hurricane Katrina. It caught fire around 3 a.m. Oct. 30.

Forrest County rejects grant for DUI blitz HATTIESBURG, Miss. —

Forrest County Sheriff Billy McGee said the Mississippi Department of Public Safety put too many strings on money to get extra officers looking for drunk drivers over the holiday season. He told The Hattiesburg American sobriety checkpoints that began Dec. 16 will run through Jan. 3 without the extra money. McGee said the state wants arresting officers to shepherd their cases through the courts, filing state reports at every step. He said the information’s all public, and state police could get it themselves.

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Lawyer: Feds probe pilot critical of air security SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A pilot who posted videos on YouTube that were critical of security at San Francisco International Airport is now the subject of an investigation, the pilot’s attorney says. The pilot placed several videos on YouTube in late November or early December that showed how ground crew members can enter secure areas by swiping security cards and without undergoing further screening. The Transportation Security Administration is looking into whether the pilot revealed sensitive information, his attorney, Don Werno

of the Santa Ana-based law firm Werno and Associates, said Friday. The TSA wouldn’t answer questions but said in a statement it is responding to the situation and is confident in the security at San Francisco International Airport. “As to access control at SFO, TSA is confident in the tools the airport has implemented and reminds passengers there are security measures in place that are both seen and unseen.” The pilot remains employed with a major airline, but he has withdrawn from a program that trains flight crew to

help prevent hijackings after authorities confiscated his federally issued firearm, Werno said. He declined to release the pilot’s name, citing concerns about the man’s job. In the footage, the pilot says that pilots undergo intense screening, but then have access to ax-like weapons that are stored in the cockpit in case of emergencies. One of the videos, which number more than six, was of federal air marshals and sheriff’s deputies who came to the pilot’s home earlier this month to seize his federally issued firearm. The pilot had been allowed to carry the

weapon on board as part of a program after 9/11 that trains certain flight crew to serve as “federal flight deck officers” to prevent hijackings. Werno said his client was upset about what he feels is lax security for ground crew, including baggage handlers, working at SFO while flight crews and passengers are subject to intense screening. “The airport should be a security zone where everything that comes into the airport perimeter is checked,” he said. The pilot removed the videos from YouTube after the TSA objected.

The pilot, a 50-year-old Sacramento-area native, has worked for a major airline for the past 10 years and continues to fly, according to Werno. He has been advised by his airline not to disclose his identity. In its statement, the TSA said it “responded and took action in this situation because the pilot in question was a FFDO (federal flight deck officer).” “FFDOs must be able to maintain sensitive security information as a condition of the FFDO program,” the agency said. It did not elaborate.

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for “to the city and to the world”). Bundled up in an ermine-trimmed crimson cape against a chilly rain, he delivered his assessment of world suffering from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica. Benedict’s exhortation to Catholics who have risked persecution in China highlighted a spike in tensions between Beijing and the Vatican over the Chinese government’s defiance of the pope’s authority to name bishops. The pope has also been distressed by Chinese harassment of Rome-loyal bishops who didn’t want to promote the state-backed official Catholic church. “May the birth of the savior strengthen the spirit of faith, patience and courage of the faithful of the church in mainland China, that they may not lose heart through the limitations imposed on their freedom of religion and conscience,” Benedict said,

praying aloud. Chinese church officials did not immediately comment late Saturday. A day earlier, one said the Vatican bears responsibility for restoring dialogue after it had criticized leadership changes in China’s official church. Persecution of Christians has been a pressing concern at the Vatican of late, especially over its dwindling flock in the Middle East. Christians only make up about 2 percent of the population in the Holy Land today, compared to about 15 percent in 1950. Earlier this month Benedict denounced lack of freedom of worship as a threat to world peace. In Iraq, Christians have faced repeated violence by militants intent on driving them out of the country. At Our Lady of Salvation church in Baghdad, bits of dried flesh and blood remained stuck on the ceiling, grim reminders of the

Oct. 31 attack during Mass that killed 68 people. Black cassocks representing the two priests who perished in the al-Qaida assault hung from a wall. Bullet holes pocked the walls of the church, now surrounded by concrete blast barriers. Reflecting the pope’s hope that Christian minorities can survive in their homelands, Archbishop Matti Shaba Matouka told the 300 worshippers: “No matter how hard the storm blows, love will save us.” After the October siege, about 1,000 Christian families fled to the relative safety of northern Iraq, according to U.N. estimates. More than 100,000 pilgrims poured into Bethlehem since Christmas Eve, twice as many as last year, Israeli military officials said, calling it the highest number of holiday visitors in a decade. “(It’s) a really inspiring thing to be in the birthplace

of Jesus at Christmas,” said Greg Reihardt, 49, from Loveland, Colorado. Still, visitors entering Bethlehem had to cross through a massive metal gate in the separation barrier that Israel built between Jerusalem and the town during a wave of Palestinian attacks in last decade. Benedict said he hoped Israelis and Palestinians would be inspired to “strive for a just and peaceful coexistence.” The pope also prayed that Christmas might promote reconciliation in the tense Korean peninsula. The top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan crisscrossed the country, making a Christmas visit to coalition troops at some of the main battle fronts in a show of appreciation and support in the 10th year of the war against the Taliban.

Continued from Page A1. by Muslim sect members claimed six lives, while bombings in central Nigeria, a region plagued by Christian-Muslim violence, killed 32 people, officials said. Eleven people including a priest were injured by a bombing during Christmas Mass in a police chapel in the Philippines, which has the largest Catholic population in Asia. The attack took place on Jolo island, a stronghold of al-Qaida linked militants. But joy seemed to prevail in Bethlehem, the West Bank town where Jesus was born, which bustled with its biggest crowd of Christian pilgrims in years. The suffering of Christians around the world framed much of the pontiff’s traditional Christmas Day “Urbi et Orbi” message (Latin

deaths Ailene B. Hynum Mrs. Ailene B. Hynum of Vicksburg, formerly of Crystal Springs, Miss., passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010. She was 68 years old. Mrs. Hynum will always be loved, cherished and remembered by her family for being a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother always providing guidance, support and unconditional love to her family. She was a retired employee of Marathon Letourneau. She was an avid NASCAR fan and loved to watch and cheer for the New Orleans Saints. She was born in Monticello, Miss., and was preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Bonnie Barker, and Melvin and Mae Hawkins. She is survived by her loving husband of 50 years, Walter B. Hynum. She is also survived by five children, 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, including Tony Sr. and Kathy Hynum and their children, Tony Jr. and Lauren Hynum; great-grandsons Trey, Bradly and Tagen, and Hailey Hynum; Roy and Cindy Hynum Hearn and their children, Chris and Jennifer Hynum; great-grandsons, Lane and Vaughn, Nick and Jennifer Hearn, and great-grandson John-Ryan, and Heather Hearn. Tim and Amy Hynum and their daughter, Anna-Claire; Doug and Sonia Hynum King and their children, Austin and Savannah King, and Zachary Holdiness; Jay and Dana Hynum Hearn and their children, Kelsea Hearn; greatgranddaughters Kenlee and Karlee, Hannah Hearn and James Hagen Hearn. In addition, she is survived by her brothers Joe Lynn Hawkins, Mike Barker and Kenneth Barker, all of Crystal Springs, and sisters, Jenny Smith of Byram, and Jo Berry and Mevaline Simmons of Crystal Springs. Pallbearers will be Rick Deaton, Burton Hynum, Mark Hynum, E.J. Malpeka, Lakey Wilder and Justen Rouse. The family would like to say a special thank-you to Denise Hasty with Amedysis Home Health and Dr. Walter

Johnston for their loving and devoted care. Visitation will be Monday from noon to 2 p.m. at Riles Funeral Home. Burial will be at 2:45 p.m. at Wintergreen Cemetery in Port Gibson.

Charles R. James Charles R. James died Monday, Dec. 20, 2010. He was 54. Mr. James was a member of New Mount Elem MB Church in Vicksburg. He was a building inspector for the City of Vicksburg for more than 20 years. Survivors include his wife, Trudy James of Vicksburg; daughters, Catrina James and Courtney James, both of Vicksburg; mother, Virginia Subject of Vicksburg; father and stepmother, Reverend Elzie (Bessie) O’Neal of Bovina; brothers, Elzie O’Neal-Johnson, James O’Neal, Elbert (Lynette) O’Neal and Fred M. O’Neal, all of Vicksburg; sisters, Patricia A. Glasper, Elzina Meeks, Sherry O’Neal and Mary O’Neal, all of Vicksburg; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Services will be held at noon on Tuesday at Greater Grove Street MB Church with the Rev. Leonard Walker officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 1 until 7 p.m. at Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home.

Tyna Louise Holland Jones Tyna Louise Holland Jones passed away on Thursday Dec. 23, 2010 in Madison, Miss. She was 93. Mrs. Jones had been a resident of the Nichols Center in Madison. She was born and raised in Yalobusha County, Miss., and attended school in Oakland, Miss. She married Raymond L. Jones, also of Yalobusha County, in April 1938. She and Raymond settled in Port Gibson, where they farmed and raised their family. For over 20 years they managed the Jones 5 and 10 Cent Store. They were members of First Methodist Church of Port Gibson. Mrs. Jones was preceded in death by her husband,

Raymond, in 1995, and by a granddaughter, Tina, in 1989. She is survived by her sister, Margaret Hawks of Memphis, Tenn.; four sons, Jerry L. Jones (Lisa) of Brookhaven, Miss., Bill R. Jones (Jan) of Magnolia Springs, Ala., and Richard L. Jones (Joan) of Gainesville, Fla.; a sister, Linda J. Marsalis of Madison, Miss.; grandchildren Ashley Jones of Brookhaven, Miss., Mark Marsalis (Karen) of Clovis, N.M., Cindy Ingle (Kyle) of Perrysburg, Ohio, David Jones of Denver, Colo., Amy Jones of Bon Secour, Ala., Angie Kennedy (Mark) of Wilmington, N.C., Katie Khera (Wilbert van de Pieterman) of Morgan Hill, Calif., and Meg Pokorny (Tom) of Port Orange, Fla.; and seven great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at noon on Monday at the Glenwood Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Benden Ginn officiating. Internment will follow in the Wintergreen Cemetery in Port Gibson. Visitation will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday until the hour of the service. Pallbearers will be David Jones, Mark Marsalis, Kyle Ingle, Tom Pokorny, Wilbert van de Pieterman and Ken Jones. Glenwood Funeral Home

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Patrick L. Walker Patrick L. Walker died Dec. 24, 2010 at his home following a sudden illness. He was 48. Mr. Walker was a member of the Locust Grove M. B. Church and a graduate of Hinds Community College. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Annie Mae Walker, and a sister, Lucille Sanford. He is survived by his brothers, Rudolph Walker and Randolph Walker, both of Vicksburg; Robert Major Walker, Joseph Walker and Phillip Walker, all of Jackson, Micheal L. Walker of Clinton, and Ronnie Walker of Nashville; four sisters, Eunice W. Reddick, Mary W. Anderson, Debra W. Williams and Patricia W. Daniel, all of Vicksburg; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and others. Funeral arrangements are incomplete with W. H. Jefferson Funeral Home in charge.

Claude F. Wright Sr. Claude F. Wright Sr. died Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010, at his home in Vicksburg. He was 87. Mr. Wright was the son of the late James J. Wright and

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LOCAL FORECAST Monday-wednesday Partly cloudy; highs in the lower 50s; lows in the lower 20s

STATE FORECAST TOday Mostly cloudy; highs in the upper 30s; lows in the upper 20s Monday-wednesday Partly cloudy; highs in the lower 50s; lows in the lower 20s

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45 dead in Pakistan bombing KHAR, Pakistan — A burqa-clad woman suicide bomber in Pakistan lobbed hand grenades, then detonated her explosive belt among a crowd at an aid center Saturday, killing at least 45 people in militants’ latest strike against the authorities’ control over the key tribal region bordering Afghanistan. Police believed it was the first time Islamic militants have sent a woman to carry out a suicide attack in Pakistan, where the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan against alQaida and the Taliban insurgents continues to spill over despite Islamabad’s repeated claims of victory on its side of the porous border. The bomber, dressed in the head-to-toe burqa robes that women commonly wear Pakistan and Afghanistan, was challenged by police at a check point, officials said. She then charged toward a group of 300 people lined up outside the food aid distribution center in the town of Khar, tossing two hand grenades before blowing herself up, officials said. The crowd was made up of people who have fled conflicts elsewhere in the area.

Hamas warns Israel after Gaza airstrikes GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The militant Islamic Hamas rulers of Gaza warned Israel Saturday that it will escalate hostilities against Israel if tensions don’t subside along the Gaza-Israel border, and the shadowy leader of its military wing vowed to make Israel “disappear.” Hamas spokesman Abu Obeida said the group would respond aggressively to Israeli attacks. He said Israel is “playing with fire.” A recent flare-up along the border has threatened the calm that has largely held since Israel’s bruising invasion of Gaza two years ago aimed at stopping years of Palestinian rocket fire. About

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At least 38 killed in Nigerian attacks JOS, Nigeria — Multiple explosions in central Nigeria killed 32 people and six others died in attacks by Muslim sect members on two churches in the north, officials said Saturday. Police spokesman Mohammed Lerama said that 32 people died and at least 74 were injured in four bomb blasts Friday night that went off in close succession in dif-

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Bickering Marshall was PCA’s playmaker Bulldogs on B3 fall again 2010 By Jeff Byrd jbyrd@vicksburgpost.com

Christmas Heat Miami’s “Big Three” shine against Lakers in holiday showdown. Story/B6.

Schedule PREP BASKETBALL VHS vs. Port Gibson Tuesday, 11 a.m. at Mendenhall WC vs. Florence Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. at Mendenhall

On TV 3:15 p.m. Fox - The New York Giants and the Green Bay Packers meet at Lambeau Field, with the winner all but guaranteed of a playoff spot and the loser out of the postseason. Preview/B4.

Who’s hot ZACH GRAHAM

Ole Miss basketball player scored 19 points to lead the Rebels to a 69-61 victory over Saint Louis on Friday night. Story/B2.

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HATTIESBURG (AP) — Former Hattiesburg High School football coach Doug Merchant, who coached prep teams in Mississippi for more than 30 years, died Wednesday at the age of 68. Among Merchant’s coaching stops were Mize, Monticello, Pearl, Taylorsville, Hattiesburg and Morton. He led Taylorsville to a state title in 1990, then helped Hattiesburg win two South state titles during his stint there from 1993-2000. Funeral services are scheduled for 3 p.m. Monday at the Billy M. King Colonial Chapel funeral home in Collins.

LOTTERY

Thursday’s Drawing La. Pick 3: 6-0-7 La. Pick 4: 9-5-4-5 Friday’s Drawing La. Pick 3: 0-4-4 La. Pick 4: 7-0-6-6 There were no Louisiana Lottery drawings on Saturday. The winning Powerball numbers will appear on Monday. Weekly results: B2

Whether he played at a big school, or a small one like Porters Chapel Academy, Chris Marshall has loved football. The game was good to Marshall in 2010. He set a single-game school record for catches and yardage against Prentiss Christian with 10 receptions for 203 yards. He was a factor — both as a gamebreaking wide receiver with over 1,000 yards and as a ballhawking cornerback with six interceptions — on both sides of the ball. For his efforts, Marshall is the Vicksburg Post’s Offensive Player of the Year. Marshall said his love for the game helped propel his production. “What’s not to like about football?” Marshall asked. “I love being able to do something worthwhile. I like scoring touchdowns. It is such an adrenaline rush. From snap to whistle, I love playing football.” That determination was something Porters Chapel coach John Weaver saw when he first met Marshall. “Right away, I knew I had a special guy,” Weaver said. “Then against Prairie View, he proved it. He caught the go-ahead touchdown pass and made an interception on the last play to seal a 14-12 win.” The win at Prairie View was a highlight for Marshall. “The best was Prairie View,” Marshall said. “We were down 12-0 at halftime and then I caught the go-ahead touchdown pass with nine seconds left on fourth down. Then got the interception. It was the best feeling in the world.” Marshall’s journey to Vicksburg was a long one. He cut his teeth at East St. John (Reserve, La.), a school that has produced a lot of college prospects like former LSU quarterback Ryan Perrilloux. “I remember seeing one of Perrilloux’s games against St. Charles Catholic,” Marshall said. “I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of.” Marshall joined East St. John’s defensive backfield and began the season buried at third on the depth chart. Not long into the season, the two players in front of him got hurt and Marshall, a freshman, got the start at safety. Marshall had hoped the East St. John coaches would let him catch passes at wide receiver. They declined. “I liked catching the ball, but they thought of me as a pass-defending safety,” Marshall said. “The guys who were hurt came back to start. I slid down the depth chart, but by midseason I was starting again.” East St. John finished 6-5 in both of his seasons. “We could not get past Destrehan,” Marshall said. “They won back-to-back (Class) 5A titles in Louisiana in those two seasons.” In August of his junior year, Marshall and his mother, Wilma McFarland, moved to Sugarland, Texas. “I got a break when I was able to enroll the first day of school,” Marshall said. “It did not take long for me to start for them at corner.”

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offensive player OF THE YEAR Chris Marshall wide receiver Porters Chapel Academy

Inside on B2 Final prep stats and the complete list of all Vicksburg Post players and coaches of the year Stephen F. Austin suffered through a 0-9 season. “We couldn’t finish a game,” Marshall said. “The wheels would just come off.” Marshall was on the move again by the summer and Vicksburg was the destination. He checked out Porters Chapel and was sold on coach John Weaver. “I liked what he was going to make the program about,” Marshall said. “He’s a pretty good guy. We just clicked. I wanted to go to a solid football program and also get a decent education.” Marshall provided a monster season and was the chief catalyst in PCA’s spread offense. “Chris did a lot for us,” Weaver said. “He was our primary target on offense and a key to our defense with his six interceptions. If we had a third-and-7, we could throw a 3-yard pass and he would make up the rest.” Marshall felt it could have been a better season despite the lofty numbers. “I had a decent season,” Marshall

said. “It should have been better. I hurt my quad during the Lousiana Tech camp. I ran a 4.45 there, but got hurt and had to sit out the midnight madness practice. Then, I sprained my ankle and that hampered me for the rest of the season.” Despite the nagging injuries, college recruiters noticed him. Louisiana Tech offered a scholarship. Then came Alcorn State. Earlier this month, the University of Illinois became interested and Marshall has scheduled a visit in January. The good news is that Marshall has already posted a qualifying score on his SAT. “Ron Zook contacted me,” Marshall said. “He said I had fine hands.” Illinois is a member of the Big Ten Conference and that has a distinctive spot in Marshall’s heart. “My mom is an Indiana Hoosier, so I grew up on the Big Ten,” Marshall said. “I like how they run things in the Big Ten. There is a demand for quick wide receivers.” Marshall would love to add a visit to Michigan State and might take one visit to a west coast school. He will also visit Alcorn because his sister is enrolled there. Wherever he lands, Marshall said he will pursue a degree in biology. “I think a spread attack would fit Chris best, but they must also have a good biology program,” Weaver said.

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HONOLULU — Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury had no excuses for either the loss or the conduct of his players. Zane Johnson had 19 points and eight rebounds to lead Hawaii over short-handed Mississippi State 68-57 in the fifth-place game of the Diamond Head Classic on Saturday, the first game for the Bulldogs since they suspended two players for fighting in the stands. The Rainbow Warriors (9-3) controlled the inside and the game with the Bulldogs’ top big men Renardo Sidney and Elgin Bailey suspended indefinitely. Sidney and Bailey were involved in a fistfight after the Bulldogs’ game Thursday night. The altercation, captured Renardo by cameras, Sidney lasted for several minutes before being broken up by teammates and coaches “That’s well documented, you all have seen and Elgin Bailey heard enough from the last two days, but we’re not going to make any excuses for that,” Stansbury said. “We’ll move on. You all got my statements and you all have heard what we’ve done at this point. We’re going to leave it at that and move on here.” With Bailey and Sidney out, Kodi Augustus and Wendell Lewis were the tallest players for the Bulldogs at 6-foot-8. Augustus had 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead Mississippi State (8-5), which shot 27 percent from the field and was outrebounded 41-36 by the small, finesse team. Hawaii outscored Mississippi State 30-12 in the paint. “As a basketball player, you can’t make excuses for the loss of players, you just have to keep playing basketball and move forward,” Augustus said. “For the team, it’s been rough, but at the same time, we’ve got to put it behind us and move forward.” Bailey and Sidney were suspended indefinitely and sent home early from Hawaii. Both players have issued an apology. The Bulldogs travel to Las Vegas to face St. Mary’s on Wednesday. Sidney and Bailey will not be with the team. The earliest they could return is Mississippi State’s Southeastern Conference opener against Alabama on on Jan. 8. “But I’ll make a decision on that as we go forward here,” Stansbury said.


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Sunday, December 26, 2010

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BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS COLLEGE FOOTBALL 7:30 p.m. ESPN - Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, Fla. International vs. Toledo NFL Noon CBS - N.Y. Jets at Chicago Noon Fox - San Francisco at St. Louis 3:15 p.m. Fox - New York Giants at Green Bay 7:15 p.m. NBC - Minnesota at Philadelphia

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from staff & AP reports

College basketball Southern Miss stumbles in Cancun CANCUN, Mexico — Travis Franklin had 25 points and nine rebounds, leading Colorado State to a 63-58 victory over Southern Miss in the Cancun Governor’s Cup championship game on Friday night. The Rams (8-3), who trailed 29-24 at halftime, have won four straight and six of eight. They won three games in Cancun by a combined 15 points. Andy Ogide scored 15 for Colorado State, which made 18 of 21 free throws. Franklin also had three steals. Gary Flowers had 22 points and nine rebounds for the Golden Eagles (9-2), who had won four straight. Reserve LaShay Page made three 3-pointers and scored 14 points. R.L. Horton hit a 3-pointer with 2:03 left to give Southern Miss a 56-55 lead but Colorado State responded with a 7-0 run. Franklin made two foul shots, Ogide had a three-point play, and Jesse Carr capped the surge with two free throws with 31 seconds remaining. Flowers’ jumper with 25 seconds left was the Golden Eagles’ only field goal in the final 2 minutes. After a sluggish start, Colorado State shot 57 percent (12-for-21) from the field and went 14-for-15 from the line in the second half. Southern Miss was 4-of-7 on free throw attempts overall. The Rams held the Golden Eagles to seven points over the final 11 minutes of the first half to get within five at the break. Flowers’ 3-pointer with 2:25 left were the last points for either team before halftime.

Graham leads Rebs over Saint Louis CANCUN, Mexico — Zach Graham scored 19 points and Ole Miss beat Saint Louis 69-61 on Friday to finish third in the Cancun Governor’s Cup. The Billikens (5-7) were without coach Rick Majerus, who missed the game because of an illness. Assistant Porter Moser ran the team with Majerus out. According to the school, the 62-year-old Majerus started feeling ill earlier Friday. The symptoms weren’t severe, but he decided to stay away from the sideline as a precaution. Dundrecous Nelson had 16 points, Chris Warren added 15 and the Rebels (9-3) outrebounded Saint Louis 42-23. Graham made 11 of 12 free throws and Ole Miss was 25-for-29 overall. Ole Miss grabbed control with an 11-0 run in the second half. Graham, Nelson and Henry each hit a 3-pointer in the surge that made it 51-37 with 8:37 left. Kyle Cassity made five 3-pointers and finished with 21 points for the Billikens. Brian Conklin scored 19 points, and Jordair Jett had 12. Saint Louis forced 19 turnovers but went 5-for-13 from the foul line.

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BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Dec. 26 1908 — Jack Johnson becomes the first black man to win the world heavyweight boxing title with a 14th-round knockout of Tommy Burns in Sydney, Australia. 1960 — The Philadelphia Eagles come from behind twice on a 35-yard pass to Tommy McDonald from Norm Van Brocklin and a 5-yard run by Ted Dean to beat the Green Bay Packers 17-13 for the NFL title. 2004 — Peyton Manning breaks Dan Marino’s single-season touchdown pass record when he throws his 48th and 49th of the season, rallying Indianapolis from a 31-16 fourth-quarter deficit to win 34-31 in overtime against San Diego. 2005 — DeAngelo Williams sets an NCAA record with his 34th 100yard rushing game and scores three touchdowns, leading Memphis to a 38-31 victory over Akron in the Motor City Bowl.

The Vicksburg Post

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prep football 2010 Area Leaders Final OFFENSE Passing

Player Comp. Att. Yds. Cam. Cooksey (VHS).... 154 274 2,352 Jonah Masterson (PC)... 121 211 2,011 Hunter Windham (TA)..... 87 184 1,763 Silento Sayles (PG)........ 85 135 1,614 Beau Wallace (WC)........ 90 224 1,243 Ricky Green (SD)............ 53 108 1,009 Jordan Currie (CH)...........- - 747 Aaron Terrell (HA)........... 19 45 220 Ford Biedenharn (SA)..... 26 45 183 Ledarion Robinson (HA). 16 52 182 Carlisle Koestler (SA)..... 12 30 165

Rushing

Player Att. Jordan Currie (CH).......160 Hakeem Johnson (SD).137 Hunter Farrior (CH).......134 Cody Landrem (TA)......172 Kaw. Gaston (VHS)......180 T. Montgomery (SD).....88 Carlton Campbell (SA).. 151 Ford Biedenharn (SA)...97 Silento Sayles (PG)......58 Mac Jones (SA)............88 Johnny Hulbert (PG).....68 Shon Jackson (WC)......59 Jake Boyd (PC).............51 Lee Douglas (CH).........37 Dominic Savage (PG)...53 Austin Roberts (WC).....75 Led. Robinson (HA)......126 Tommy McCaplin (PG).39 Peter Harris (PC)..........46 Reginald Brown (SD)....48 Ricky Green (SD)..........29 D. Youngblood (VHS)...69 Mont. McDaniel (PC)....24 Adarius Barnes (PG).....17 Greg King (WC)............58

Yds. 1,456 1,334 1,246 1,118 1,028 799 798 613 603 508 470 419 392 387 380 376 362 286 268 266 260 258 234 214 213

Receiving

Player Rec. Yds. Chris Marshall (PC)......50 1,029 Malcolm Grant (WC).....40 771 Mont. McDaniel (PC)....38 525 Milan Nasif (VHS).........36 401 Adam Reed (VHS)........36 288 Alvin Stamps (VHS)......35 1,021 Brandon Smith (SD)......34 685 Cody Petty (TA)............32 921 Adarius Barnes (PG).....27 647 Rafael Saldana (TA).....23 476 Rodney Dee (PG).........21 333 Jake Boyd (PC).............20 334 Shan Shivers (TA)........20 282 Kaw. Gaston (VHS)......18 241 Shelton Headley (SA)...18 143 Lamar Anthony (VHS)...16 242 Calvon Smith (PG)........15 194 Buddy Cook (WC).........15 153 Jodarius Grisby (PG)....12 176 Dexter Divinity (HA)......12 162 Reg. Warnsley (HA)......12 71 Louis Carson (WC).......11 135 Eric Thompson (SD).....10 161 Nam. Gaines (VHS)......9 113 Josh Hoffman (TA)........8 134 Carlton Campbell (SA).. 7 122 Dominic Savage (PG)...7 116 Landon Reddick (TA)....7 34 Bill McRight (WC).........6 25 Tommy McCaplin (PG).5 70 Jeff Hearn (PC).............5 60 ———

TD Int. 18 12 16 9 15 13 14 4 6 8 13 8 12 1 8 1 2 0 8 1 3

TD 13 10 18 14 12 7 3 4 1 8 5 3 4 3 3 2 5 6 3 3 8 1 1 5 0

Avg. 9.1 9.7 9.3 6.5 5.7 9.1 5.3 6.3 10.4 5.8 6.9 7.1 7.7 10.5 7.2 5.0 2.9 7.3 5.8 5.5 8.9 3.7 9.8 12.6 3.7

TD 9 5 4 4 0 10 10 7 3 3 2 2 2 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0

Avg. 20.6 19.3 13.8 11.1 8.0 29.2 20.2 28.8 24.0 20.7 15.9 16.7 14.1 13.4 7.9 15.1 12.9 10.2 14.7 10.5 5.9 12.3 16.1 12.6 16.8 17.4 16.6 4.9 4.2 14.0 12.0

DEFENSE Tackles

Player No. Mitchell Hoskins (PG)......................................... 147 Tyshaun Tittle (HA)............................................. 110 Robert Seaton (SD)............................................ 108 Given Breckenridge (WC)................................... 106 Lee Douglas (CH)............................................... 104 Tyler Jobe (TA)................................................... 106 Shaquan James (VHS)....................................... 102 Austin Roberts (WC)........................................... 100 Elliott Bexley (SA)................................................. 95 Landon Corkren (CH)........................................... 94 Montana McDaniel (PC)....................................... 91 Melvin Young (SD)................................................ 90 Jake Boyd (PC)..................................................... 90 Tyler Comans (WC).............................................. 90 Bill McRight (WC)................................................. 89 Alvin Stamps (VHS).............................................. 88 David Adams (SD)................................................ 82 Landon Reddick (TA)............................................ 81 Ezell Sharp (PG)................................................... 79 Jordan Currie (CH)............................................... 79 Hunter Farrior (CH)............................................... 79 Smith Brandon (SD).............................................. 77 Caze Brewer (PC)................................................. 75 Peter Harris (PC).................................................. 71 Carlton Campbell (SA).......................................... 65 Ford Biedenharn (SA)........................................... 65 Derrick Hoye (SD)................................................. 64 Thomas Mayfield (WC)......................................... 59 Isaiah Anderson (PG)........................................... 59 Trey Darden (VHS)............................................... 59 Eli Brown (VHS).................................................... 58 Lamar Anthony (VHS)........................................... 53 Cody Petty (TA).................................................... 53 Jeff Hearn (PC)..................................................... 53 Markus Hyder (WC).............................................. 53 Micheal Shorter (SD)............................................ 53 Sage Lewis (SA)................................................... 50 Lazarius Neal (PG)............................................... 50 Kederrick Parson (VHS)....................................... 49 Beau Wallace (WC).............................................. 49 Ledarius Odems (SD)........................................... 48 Michel Duncan (PG)............................................. 48 Johnny Banks (PG)............................................... 47 Cameron Machen (TA)......................................... 47 Marlon Dorsey (SD).............................................. 47 Christopher Mobley (TA)....................................... 46

Sacks

Player No. Darrius Moore (PG).............................................. 14 Lee Douglas (CH)................................................. 11 David Adams (SD)................................................ 11 Ledarius Odems (SD)............................................. 9 Jalen Baker (HA).................................................... 7 Robert Seaton (SD)................................................ 7 Micheal Shorter (SD).............................................. 6 Jordan Currie (CH)................................................. 6 Hunter Farrior (CH)................................................. 6 Christopher Mobley (TA)......................................... 5 Tyler Jobe (TA)....................................................... 4 Shaquille Carter (SD).............................................. 4 Smith Brandon (SD)................................................ 4 Landon Corkren (CH)............................................. 4 Wade Grady (TA).................................................... 3 Jacob Smithey (PC)................................................ 3 Thomas Mayfield (WC)........................................... 3 Patrick Brown (WC)................................................ 3 Mac Jones (SA)...................................................... 3 Terrell Reed (VHS)................................................. 3 Trey Darden (VHS)................................................. 3 Mitchell Hoskins (PG)............................................. 3 Johnny Banks (PG)................................................. 3 Lazarius Neal (PG)................................................. 3

Interceptions

Player No. Chris Marshall (PC)................................................ 6 Adarius Barnes (PG)............................................... 6 Lamar Anthony (VHS)............................................. 4 Derrick Hoye (SD)................................................... 4 Lee Douglas (CH)................................................... 3 Ledarion Robinson (HA)......................................... 3 Shan Shivers (TA).................................................. 3 Beau Wallace (WC)................................................ 3 Jonathan Tenner (VHS).......................................... 3 Melvin Young (SD).................................................. 3 Louis Carson (WC)................................................. 2 DeAndre Smith (WC).............................................. 2 Jake Boyd (PC)....................................................... 2 Carlton Campbell (SA)............................................ 2 Mac Jones (SA)...................................................... 2

Player No. Landon Reddick (TA).............................................. 5 Cameron Machen (TA)........................................... 5 Louis Carson (WC)................................................. 4 Peter Harris (PC).................................................... 4 Lee Douglas (CH)................................................... 4 Jake Boyd (PC)....................................................... 3 Given Breckenridge (WC)....................................... 3 Tyler Comans (WC)................................................ 3 Derrick Hoye (SD)................................................... 3 ———

SPECIAL TEAMS Kicking

Player PAT Pate Demuth (CH)...................... 50 Travis Haas (VHS)...................... 28 Dewayne Russell (PC)................ 27 Silento Sayles (PG).................... 22 Will Stegall (WC).......................... 6 Wade Grady (TA)........................ 16 Terry Montgomery (SD).............. 13 Devon Bell (WC).......................... 3 Blake Hudson (SA)...................... 6

FG 7 3 0 0 4 0 0 1 0

Pts. 71 37 27 22 18 16 13 6 6

Punting

Kick returns

Player No. Avg. TD Chris Marshall (PC).................... 21 33.1 3 Brandon Smith (SD).................... 26 30.0 0 Cody Petty (TA).......................... 36 23.6 3 Malcolm Grant (WC)................... 14 20.9 0 Cody Landrem (TA).................... 16 18.9 0 Jake Boyd (PC)........................... 12 17.9 0 Barrett Teller (SA)....................... 12 17.6 0 DeAndre Selmon (HA)................ 11 16.7 0 Carlton Campbell (SA)................ 18 15.1 0 Note: Includes punt and kickoff returns. Key: CH-Central Hinds; HA-Hinds AHS; PC-Porters Chapel; PG-Port Gibson; SA-St. Aloysius; SDSouth Delta; TA-Tallulah Academy; VHS-Vicksburg High; WC-Warren Central.

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W x-Pittsburgh........ 11 Baltimore............ 10 Cleveland............ 5 Cincinnati............ 3 W Kansas City........ 9 San Diego.......... 8 Oakland.............. 7 Denver................ 3

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West L 5 6 7 11

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W x-Atlanta............. 12 New Orleans...... 10 Tampa Bay......... 8 Carolina.............. 2

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South L 2 4 6 13

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Dec. 27 Independence Bowl........................Georgia Tech (6-6) vs. Air Force (8-4)

4 p.m. ESPN2

Dec. 28 Champs Sports Bowl...North Carolina State (8-4) vs. West Virginia (9-3) 5:30 p.m. ESPN Dec. 28 Insight Bowl..................................................Missouri (10-2) vs. Iowa (7-5)

9 p.m. ESPN

Dec. 29 Military Bowl.................................... East Carolina (6-6) vs. Maryland (8-4) 1:30 p.m. ESPN Dec. 29 Texas Bowl.......................................................Baylor (7-5) vs. Illinois (6-6)

5 p.m. ESPN

Dec. 29 Alamo Bowl..................................Arizona (7-5) vs. Oklahoma State (10-2) 8:15 p.m. ESPN Dec. 30 Armed Forces Bowl...............................................SMU 7-6 vs. Army (6-5)

11 a.m. ESPN

Dec. 30 Pinstripe Bowl................................. Syracuse (7-5) vs. Kansas State (7-5) 2:30 p.m. ESPN Dec. 30 Music City Bowl..........................North Carolina (7-5) vs. Tennessee (6-6) 5:40 p.m. ESPN Dec. 30 Holiday Bowl.................................. Nebraska (10-3) vs. Washington (6-6)

9 p.m. ESPN

Dec. 31 Meineke Bowl...................................Clemson (6-6) vs. South Florida (7-5)

11 a.m. ESPN

Dec. 31 Sun Bowl.................................................Notre Dame (7-5) vs. Miami (7-5)

1 p.m. CBS

Dec. 31 Liberty Bowl...................................................Georgia (6-6) vs. UCF (10-3) 2:30 p.m. ESPN Dec. 31 Chick-fil-A Bowl......................South Carolina (9-4) vs. Florida State (9-4) 6:30 p.m. ESPN Jan. 1 TicketCity Bowl............................. Northwestern (7-5) vs. Texas Tech (7-5)

11 a.m. ESPNU

Jan. 1 Capital One Bowl...........................Michigan State (11-1) vs. Alabama (9-3)

noon ESPN

Jan. 1 Outback Bowl............................................Florida (7-5) vs. Penn State (7-5)

noon ABC

Jan. 1 Gator Bowl.................................... Michigan (7-5) vs. Mississippi State (8-4) 12:30 p.m. ESPN2 Jan. 1 Rose Bowl................................................... TCU (12-0) vs. Wisconsin (11-1)

4 p.m. ESPN

Jan. 1 Fiesta Bowl........................................Connecticut (8-4) vs. Oklahoma (11-2) 7:30 p.m. ESPN Jan. 3 Orange Bowl....................................Stanford (11-1) vs. Virginia Tech (11-2) 7:30 p.m. ESPN

Jan. 6 GoDaddy.com Bowl...............Miami Ohio (9-4) vs. Middle Tennessee (6-6)

7 p.m. ESPN

Jan. 7 Cotton Bowl................................................Texas A&M (9-3) vs. LSU (10-2)

7 p.m. Fox

Jan. 8 BBVA Compass Bowl............................ Pittsburgh (7-5) vs. Kentucky (6-6)

11 a.m. ESPN

Jan. 9 Fight Hunger Bowl..........................Boston College (7-5) vs. Nevada (12-1)

8 p.m. ESPN

North L 4 6 9 10

T 0 0 0 0

Pct .714 .571 .357 .286

PF 293 333 244 308

PA 242 220 314 329

W L T Pct St. Louis............. 6 8 0 .429 Seattle................ 6 8 0 .429 San Francisco.... 5 9 0 .357 Arizona............... 4 10 0 .286 x-clinched playoff spot y-clinched division ——— Dec. 23 Pittsburgh 27, Carolina 3 Saturday’s Game Dallas at Arizona, (n) Today’s Games Tennessee at Kansas City, Noon San Francisco at St. Louis, Noon N.Y. Jets at Chicago, Noon Baltimore at Cleveland, Noon New England at Buffalo, Noon Detroit at Miami, Noon Washington at Jacksonville, Noon Indianapolis at Oakland, 3:05 p.m. Houston at Denver, 3:05 p.m. San Diego at Cincinnati, 3:05 p.m. N.Y. Giants at Green Bay, 3:15 p.m. Seattle at Tampa Bay, 3:15 p.m. Minnesota at Philadelphia, 7:20 p.m. Monday’s Game New Orleans at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. ——— Week 17 Schedule Jan. 2 Chicago at Green Bay, Noon Oakland at Kansas City, Noon Jacksonville at Houston, Noon Tampa Bay at New Orleans, Noon Miami at New England, Noon Minnesota at Detroit, Noon Carolina at Atlanta, Noon N.Y. Giants at Washington, Noon Pittsburgh at Cleveland, Noon Buffalo at N.Y. Jets, Noon Dallas at Philadelphia, Noon Cincinnati at Baltimore, Noon Tennessee at Indianapolis, Noon Arizona at San Francisco, 3:15 p.m. St. Louis at Seattle, 3:15 p.m. San Diego at Denver, 3:15 p.m.

PF 258 279 250 255

PA 295 363 314 370

Top 25 Schedule

Saturday’s Game No. 15 Baylor vs. Florida St., (n) Today’s Games No games scheduled Monday’s Games No. 2 Ohio St. vs. Tenn.-Martin, 7:30 p.m. No. 4 Connecticut at No. 6 Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m. No. 9 Missouri vs. Northern Illinois, 7 p.m.

Mississippi Schedule

Pct .857 .714 .500 .286

PF 446 295 239 273

PA 303 259 261 353

Pct .571 .571 .429 .357

PF 381 319 322 333

PA 342 365 282 386

Pct .733 .714 .357 .214

PF 334 324 252 281

PA 223 253 271 362

Pct .643 .571 .500 .214

PF 322 388 353 292

PA 281 260 330 415

NATIONAL CONFERENCE East

W Philadelphia........ 10 N.Y. Giants......... 9 Washington......... 5 Dallas.................. 5

Dec. 26 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl........Toledo (8-4) vs. Florida International (6-6) 7:30 p.m. ESPN

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Dec. 24 Hawaii Bowl................................................................. Tulsa 62, Hawaii 35

West

Chris Marshall, WR, Porters Chapel Tim Jones, RB, Warren Central Clayton Holmes, QB, Porters Chapel Austin Barber, RB, Porters Chapel Hayden Hales, QB, Porters Chapel Chris Mixon, RB, Porters Chapel Larry Warner, RB, Warren Central Larry Warner, RB, Warren Central Richmond Fields, RB, Warren Central J.J. Brown/Phelan Gray, RB, Vicksburg J.J. Brown, RB, Vicksburg Caris London, RB, Vicksburg Thomas McKnight, RB, Vicksburg Josh Morgan, QB, Warren Central Ben Jernigan, QB, Porters Chapel Stacy Williams, RB, St. Aloysius Brian Darden, RB, Warren Central Brian Darden, RB, Warren Central Jamaal Williams, RB, St. Aloysius Brian Darden, RB, Warren Central Alfred Daniels, RB, Vicksburg Damian McClelland, RB, Vicksburg Larry Carter, RB, Warren Central Kenny Johnson, RB, Warren Central John Kavanaugh, RB, St. Aloysius

W Indianapolis........ 8 Jacksonville........ 8 Tennessee.......... 6 Houston.............. 5

Dec. 22 MAACO Bowl.......................................................... Boise State 26, Utah 3

W y-Chicago........... 10 Green Bay.......... 8 Minnesota........... 5 Detroit................. 4

Offensive Players of the Year

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Dec. 21 Beef ’O’ Brady’s Bowl........................... Louisville 31, Southern Miss 28

Jan. 10 BCS National Championship.....................Auburn 13-0 vs. Oregon (12-0) 7:30 p.m. ESPN

Lee Douglas, LB, Central Hinds Mitchell Hoskins, LB, Port Gibson Carlos Williams, LB, Vicksburg Carlos Williams, LB, Vicksburg Dekores Branch, LB, Vicksburg Willis McGowan, DB, Vicksburg Chico Hunter, DB, Warren Central Humphrey Barlow, LB, Porters Chapel D’Eldrick Taylor, DB, Vicksburg D’Eldrick Taylor, DB, Vicksburg Thad Henderson, DT, Warren Central Thad Henderson, DT, Warren Central Jason Myers, LB, Vicksburg Josh Morgan, DB, Warren Central Ivan Martin, DL, Warren Central Chris Rainey, LB, Vicksburg Eric Payne, LB, Warren Central Michael Myers, DL, Vicksburg Michael Myers, DL, Vicksburg Chris Henderson, LB, Vicksburg Ronnie Taylor, LB, Vicksburg Robert Winters, LB, Warren Central Robert Winters, LB, Warren Central Jack Muirhead, LB, Warren Central

L 2 4 7 10

Dec. 18 New Orleans Bowl........................................................... Troy 48, Ohio 21

Jan. 4 Sugar Bowl.........................................Ohio State (11-1) vs. Arkansas (10-2) 7:30 p.m. ESPN

Defensive Players of the Year

W x-New England... 12 N.Y. Jets............. 10 Miami.................. 7 Buffalo................ 4

Dec. 18 Humanitarian Bowl............................Northern Illinois 40, Fresno State 17

Dec. 23 Poinsettia Bowl........................................... San Diego State 35, Navy 14

Player No. Avg. Devon Bell (WC).......................43.....................40.6 Montana McDaniel (PC)...........18.....................39.2 Judson Gatling (SA)..................17.....................34.5 Pate Demuth (CH)....................17.....................33.0 Ricky Green (SD)......................10.....................31.1 Carlton Campbell (SA)................9.....................30.4 Rafael Saldana (TA).................21.....................30.1 Wade Grady (TA)......................23.....................29.4

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2010 - 11 BOWL SCHEDULE Dec. 18 New Mexico Bowl . ........................................................ BYU 52, UTEP 24

Pct .714 .643 .357 .357

PF 412 360 268 354

PA 339 288 343 396

Pct .857 .714 .571 .133

PF 369 354 280 186

PA 261 270 290 377

Thursday’s Games Mississippi St. 69, San Diego 52 Southern Miss 74, Saint Louis 67 Colorado St. 63, Southern Miss 58 Friday’s Games Ole Miss 69, Saint Louis 61 Colorado St. 63, Southern Miss 58 Saturday’s Game Mississippi St. vs. Hawaii Today’s Games No games scheduled Monday’s Games No games scheduled

SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE East

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

West

All Games W L PCT 9 2 .818 9 2 .818 9 2 .818 9 3 .750 8 3 .727 7 3 .700

Conference All Games W L PCT W L PCT Arkansas............. 0 0 .000 8 2 .800 Ole Miss............ 0 0 .000 9 3 .750 Mississippi St... 0 0 .000 8 5 .615 LSU..................... 0 0 .000 7 5 .583 Alabama............. 0 0 .000 6 6 .500 Auburn................ 0 0 .000 4 7 .364 Saturday’s Games Hawaii 68, Mississippi St. 57 Today’s Games No games scheduled Monday’s Game Southern U. at LSU, 6 p.m.

CONFERENCE USA

Conference All Games W L PCT W L PCT UCF...................... 0 0 .000 11 0 1.000 Memphis.............. 0 0 .000 9 2 .818 Southern Miss... 0 0 .000 9 2 .818 UAB...................... 0 0 .000 9 2 .818 UTEP................... 0 0 .000 9 3 .750 Marshall............... 0 0 .000 8 3 .727 Tulane.................. 0 0 .000 8 3 .727 SMU..................... 0 0 .000 7 4 .636 East Carolina....... 0 0 .000 7 5 .583 Houston................ 0 0 .000 7 5 .583 Rice...................... 0 0 .000 6 6 .500 Tulsa.................... 0 0 .000 6 6 .500 Saturday’s Games No games scheduled Today’s Game No games scheduled Monday’s Game George Washington at UAB, 7 p.m.

SOUTHWESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE Conference All Games W L PCT W L PCT Alabama A&M..... 0 0 .000 3 5 .375 Jackson St........... 0 0 .000 4 8 .333 Prairie View......... 0 0 .000 3 10 .231 Texas Southern... 0 0 .000 2 8 .200 Grambling St....... 0 0 .000 2 9 .182 Alabama St.......... 0 0 .000 2 10 .167 MVSU................... 0 0 .000 1 10 .091 Southern U.......... 0 0 .000 1 10 .091 Alcorn St.............. 0 0 .000 0 9 .000 Ark.-Pine Bluff..... 0 0 .000 0 11 .000 Saturday’s Games No games scheduled Today’s Games No games scheduled Monday’s Game Southern U. at LSU, 6 p.m.]

HAWAII 68, MISSISSIPPI ST. 57

MISSISSIPPI ST. (8-5) Augustus 4-14 9-11 18, Lewis 0-1 0-0 0, Johnson 4-17 2-2 12, Benock 1-4 3-3 6, Bryant 2-6 0-0 4, Steele 5-14 2-2 14, Beckham 1-4 0-0 2, Smith 0-3 1-2 1. Totals 17-63 17-20 57. HAWAII (9-3) Thomas 4-6 2-6 11, Joaquim 4-7 1-1 9, Thompson 2-10 9-10 14, Johnson 7-15 3-3 19, Barnes 2-8 0-2 6, Miles 0-0 0-0 0, Ostrowski 0-0 0-0 0, Wiseman 4-6 1-2 9, Kurtz 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-52 16-24 68. Halftime—Hawaii 42-23. 3-Point Goals—Mississippi St. 6-25 (Steele 2-5, Johnson 2-8, Benock 1-3, Augustus 1-7, Bryant 0-1, Smith 0-1), Hawaii 6-24 (Barnes 2-6, Johnson 2-7, Thomas 1-2, Thompson 1-9). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Mississippi St. 36 (Augustus 11), Hawaii 41 (Joaquim 11). Assists—Mississippi St. 9 (Augustus 3), Hawaii 10 (Thompson 5). Total Fouls—Mississippi St. 18, Hawaii 18. A—6,694.

LOTTERY Sunday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 0-2-5 La. Pick 4: 5-5-2-5 Monday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 0-1-3 La. Pick 4: 2-0-6-2 Tuesday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 8-0-5 La. Pick 4: 9-3-5-4 Wednesday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 9-3-1 La. Pick 4: 4-9-1-6 Easy 5: 1-10-14-27-36 La. Lotto: 12-14-17-26-34-40 Powerball: 11-33-44-46-47 Powerball: 12; Power play: 2 Thursday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 6-0-7 La. Pick 4: 9-5-4-5 Friday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 0-4-4 La. Pick 4: 7-0-6-6 Saturday’s drawing La. Pick 3: No drawing La. Pick 4: No drawing Easy 5: No drawing La. Lotto: No drawing Powerball: n/a Powerball: n/a; Power play: n/a


Sunday, December 26, 2010

The Vicksburg Post

OFFENSE

Kawayne Gaston Running back

Cameron Cooksey QUARTERBACK Vicksburg, Jr.

Vicksburg, Jr.

Central Hinds, Sr. Rushed for 1,246 yards and 18 TDs ... MAIS all-star selection ... added 79 tackles, 6 sacks and 12 tackles for loss at linebacker

Wide receiver

Malcolm Grant Wide receiver

Warren Central, Sr. Led the Vikings in receiving, with 40 catches for 771 yards and 5 TDs ... also ran for 2 TDs ... averaged 20.9 yards on kick returns

Wide receiver

Vicksburg, Jr.

South Delta, Jr. Caught 34 passes for 685 yards and 10 TDs ... also totaled 781 yards on 26 kick returns

Offensive line

Athlete

Brandon Smith

Big-play receiver averaged 29.2 yards per catch ... finished with 35 receptions for 1,021 yards and 10 TDs ... also had 88 tackles as a defensive back

Matt Wooten

Jordan Currie

Running back

Strong second half of season made him Gators’ first 1,000-yard rusher since 2002 ... finished with 1,028 rushing yards and 12 TDs ... also a threat in the passing game, with 18 receptions for 241 yards

A.J. Stamps

Robert Arledge Offensive line

St. Aloysius, Sr.

St. Aloysius, Jr.

Region 4-1A lineman of the year ... Class 1A All-State selection ... threeyear starter at tackle ... had 31 tackles on the defensive line

Sturdy center helped three backs rush for more than 500 yards apiece ... two-year starter

Central Hinds, Jr.

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Dual-threat QB led all area rushers with 1,456 yards ... ran for 13 TDs and added 12 more passing ... had 747 passing yards ... added 623 yards and 4 TDs on kick returns ... also played DB and finished with 5 interceptions and nearly 80 tackles

Tyler Haas

Offensive line

Norman Price

Offensive line

Nick Mitchell

Offensive line

Vicksburg, Sr.

Central Hinds, Sr.

Center on offensive line that set the stage for Gators’ high-powered offense

Three-year starter for 10-2 Cougars ... big lineman was key cog on offense that averaged 321 rushing yards and 37 points per game ... also played on defensive line

Vicksburg, Jr.

12

Big tackle was key part of offense that had a 2,000-yard passer, 1,000-yard receiver and 1,000-yard rusher ... second team Class 6A All-State selection

special teams

Devon Bell

Fuad Ahmed

Punter

Kick returner /All-purpose

Warren Central, Jr.

Briarfield, Sr.

Led the area with a 40.6-yard average on 43 punt attempts ... had 20 touchbacks on 31 kickoffs

Rushed for 2,556 yards and 39 touchdowns in eight-man football ... MAIS all-star selection ... had 33 tackles and 3 fumble recoveries on defense

Pate Demuth

Cameron Machen Defensive line

Cody Petty

Kicker

Kick returner /All-purpose

Central Hinds, Jr.

Tallulah Academy, Sr.

Converted 7 of 9 field goal attempts, with a long of 47 yards ... went an impressive 50-of-51 on PAT tries ... averaged 33 yards per punt ... selected to All-MAIS team

Averaged 23.6 yards per return on punts and kickoffs ... returned three kicks for touchdowns ... also a threat in the passing game, with 32 receptions for 921 yards and 7 TDs ... had 53 tackles and an interception return for a TD as a defensive back

Caze Brewer

Defensive line

Tallulah Academy, Jr.

Porters Chapel, Sr.

Opportunistic defender recovered five fumbles ... totaled 47 tackles and two sacks

Three-time all-county selection had another outstanding season ... totaled 75 tackles, including 9 for loss, at defensive tackle

Linebacker

Mac Jones

Darrius Moore

Defensive line

Led all area players with 14 sacks from defensive end spot ... had 3 takeaways ... totaled 41 tackles

Linebacker

Hinds AHS, Sr.

St. Aloysius, Sr.

Led Hinds AHS and was among the area leaders with 110 tackles ... had two sacks

Led the Flashes with 3 sacks and tied for team lead with 2 interceptions ... added 43 tackles ... rushed for 508 yards and team-high 8 TDs at running back

Austin Roberts Linebacker

Warren Central, Sr.

Mitchell Hoskins Linebacker

Beau Wallace

Defensive back

Port Gibson, Sr.

Warren Central, Sr.

2009 Post Defensive Player of the Year had another strong season, with 147 tackles ... also had 3 sacks

Two-year starter at safety finished senior year with 49 tackles and 3 interceptions ... also a two-year starter at QB ... threw for 1,243 yards and 6 TDs

Two-year starter on offense and defense ... amassed 100 total tackles ... rushed for 376 yards and 2 TDs at fullback

Bill MсRight

Defensive back

Warren Central, Jr.

Lamar Anthony Defensive back

Adarius Barnes Defensive back

Vicksburg, Jr.

Port Gibson, Jr

Cornerback totaled 53 tackles and a teamhigh 4 interceptions ... also played receiver and finished with 16 catches, 242 yards and 3 TDs

Playmaking DB led team with 6 interceptions ... totaled 24 tackles ... at receiver, caught a team-high 27 passes for 647 yards and 3 TDs

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DEFENSE Port Gibson, Fr.

Tyshaun Tittle

2010

Hunter Farrior

ALL-AREA TEAM

Finished season with 2,352 passing yards and 18 TDs ... first junior in Warren County history to surpass 3,000 career passing yards ... had three 300-yard games ... completed 56.2 percent of his passes

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Two-year starter in the secondary had 89 tackles ... had a team-high 12 pass breakups ... also played receiver and returned punts


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Sunday, December 26, 2010

The Vicksburg Post

NFL

Jackson seeking second chance GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Brandon Jackson isn’t getting his hopes up again. Fourteen weeks after he first thought he’d take over as the Green Bay Packers’ go-to back, Jackson finally got 22 carries last Sunday at New England. Maybe this time it will be the beginning of a trend. The Horn Lake native was given the starting job in 2007 as a rookie second-round draft pick, only to hurt his shin in his third start and watch as Ryan Grant emerged as the featured back. Jackson had been waiting three years to get another chance to be the guy. When Grant’s season ended with an ankle injury in the opener at Philadelphia, this was it. But while Jackson got 18 carries (for 63 yards) in relief of Grant against the Eagles, it wasn’t until last week that Jackson had 20 carries in a game, rushing for 99 yards in the Packers’ 31-27 loss to the Patriots. The coaches had experimented with using fullback John Kuhn as the featured back, test-drove Dimitri Nance and even gave rookie James Starks an opportunity to prove he could be the go-to guy. Asked if his faith had been tried while he waited for a game like last week’s, Jack-

son nodded. “Oh, it was. It was like, ‘OK, I’m the guy. ... Where are the carries?�’ Jackson said. “But it was never to the point where I was going after coaches: ‘Why are you not giving me the ball?’ It was just, ‘Continue to wait for that opportunity, because we are a pass team first, then run.’ So it wasn’t too much about being frustrated, it was just waiting on that opportunity to get the carries that I wanted.� Before this year, the 5-foot-10, 216-pound Jackson had never carried the ball more than 75 times in a season. He believed he could handle a 20-carry load week in and week out. But coaches weren’t so sure after seeing Jackson miss five games in 2007, three in 2008 and four last year due to injury. “I think one of our thoughts was, (Grant’s injury) happened so fast. I don’t know if a guy goes from (37) carries in ’09, do you go from that type of player to giving him 320 or 350 in a season?� offensive coordinator Joe Philbin said. “I don’t know about that. You never say never, but we all know he’s certainly not the biggest back in the league. With the wear and tear on running backs, I don’t know. But I certainly wouldn’t rule it out.� Jackson’s play was one of

several positives for the Packers (8-6) heading into today’s must-win game at Lambeau Field against the New York Giants (9-5). Meanwhile, the Giants are coming off a stunning fourthquarter collapse against Philadelphia and spent the week fending off the perception that they’re falling apart. Quarterback Eli Manning made a short speech during a team meeting Monday, and expects the Giants to be focused. “We’re still in a good spot,� Manning said. “And whether the game against Philadelphia went differently and we’d have won, we’re going to play this week and need a win this week. So in our minds, nothing’s changed.� Despite the crushing loss, the Giants have a clear path to the playoffs: They’re in if they win today. “If you’re going to dwell on what happened last week and let it affect the way you prepare the following week, you’re not going to be good — win or lose,� guard Rich Seubert said. “So we’ve had some big wins, and we’ve had some big losses. This is my 10th year, and this isn’t the first time this has happened to me. The beautiful thing is destiny is still in our hands. We go win, we’re in the playoffs.�

sports arena Submit items by e-mail at sports@ vicksburgpost.com; postal service at P.O. Box 821668, Vicksburg, MS 39182; fax at 601-634-0897; or delivered in person to 1601-F N. Frontage Road by Monday for publication Wednesday, or Friday for publication on Sunday. Please include your name and phone number.

VSO spring soccer registration Registration for the Vicksburg Soccer Organization’s spring season will continue until Jan. 16. Registration forms are available at Just Duett and the Sports Center, or they can be downloaded at www.vsosoccer.org. The season begins in February and games are played at the Bovina soccer fields. The league is open to players ages 3-18. The registration fee for

ages 3-7 is $50, ages 8-9 is $60 and ages 10-18 is $70.

Tournament team baseball tryouts The Warren Country Warriors 12-year-olds’ tournament baseball team will hold tryouts on Jan. 3 and 4 for all team members and new players at Halls Ferry Park. Players must not turn 13 before April 30 and must attend both days of the tryout. For information, call Aaron Jarabica at 601-629-6169.

Parks and Rec basketball meeting There will be a mandatory coaches meeting for members of the Vicksburg Parks and Recreation Department’s

adult basketball leagues on Tuesday. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Parks and Rec offices on Army Navy Drive. For information, call 601-634-4514.

Kings Center basketball The Kings Community Empowerment Center is taking registration for its church basketball leagues. There will be youth divisions for players ages 12-14 and 15-18, as well as men’s and women’s adult leagues for players ages 19 and up. Registration is open until Friday at the Kings Center, and the fee is $150 per team. Rosters are due by the registration deadline. The season starts Jan. 15. For information, call 601-634-4788.

The Brownspur stocking stuffers We are presently preparing Christmas stuff for grandsons now — “Sir� is four and “Nil� is coming up on two — after years of our own kids being out from underfoot, so I’ve been cogitating in the den by the fire at nights on how Christmas used to be. In doing so, I went way further back than my own kids — back to when I was a kid myownself. Writing the last couple of weeks about the Santa Calls from Tollie and Angie Miller also stirred those memories of when me and Troy were the official Brownspur Stocking Stuffers for several years. Back then, before the Guv’mint ended the sharecropper system, we had about 50 families living on Brownspur. Mr. Mac was our farm mechanic, and his sons Alton and Troy were my constant companions growing up, as big brothers to me. Alton was several years older, Troy was a year ahead of me in school. When Christmas Eve afternoon arrived, we had a special assignment with our daddies. A Christmas shipment from Silbernagel would have come in a day or so before then to the Brownspur Commissary Store, which today serves as our two-bedroom, two-bath guesthouse, remodeled of course. But back when it was in full operation, The Store (we still call it that) would close at noon on Christmas Eve, so no one would be around when Big Robert, Mr. Mac, Uncle Sam, Alton, Troy and I would assemble a little before dark to stuff stockings. Uncle Sam would break open the first box and pass out red

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net stockings, about knee high, with decorations across the top. Then the men and Alton would start opening more boxes on the other side of the main countertop: oranges — the big, thick-skinned naval kind — along with apples and nuts — walnuts, Brazil nuts, almonds and pistachios, all in the shells. There would be mounds of those old-fashioned chocolate cream drops (so many that we always woke up with a bellyache Christmas morning), cellophane-wrapped peppermint candy canes and small tart lemon drops, as well as assorted jawbreakers. There was a case of those candy orange slices, sugarcoated. Troy and I had to stuff stockings for every young kid on Brownspur, starting with a shiny new quarter. That went into the toe first, provided by Big Robert. As we progressed, the men would be labeling empty case boxes with the names of each family’s kids, so that no one would be missed. I remember one time when Dave Woods’ brother had come to visit from Up Nawth, and Uncle Sam rousted me out of bed close to midnight to stuff four more stockings, fast! Alton would tote families’ boxes out to the pickups backed up to The Store porch, directed by his daddy, who made sure that they’d be stacked in the order they’d be

delivered, for fast unloading. The whole operation took two or three hours, with the men laughing and usually smoking some only-at-Christmas cigars, which probably came in the same shipment. Mr. Mac would every year come up with some type of toy, or teddy bear, a small gift to top the stockings, peeping out for Christmas morning from the fireplace mantles at each Brownspur home. Alton was driving age, so he got to take one of the pickups around to the houses while Daddy and Mr. Mac drove the others, with Troy and me to unload the boxes of stockings at each house. Of course, parents had been alerted to watch for the Stocking Stuffers, so as to meet us outside and sneak boxes into hiding for a few hours. Seems like there was always a clink of glass against bottle neck when the daddy of each home greeted the pickup driver, but Troy and I were riding in the back (snow, sleet or rain) so I can only guess what that might’ve been. Maybe Christmas Cheer for the adults? When all the stockings had been stuffed and delivered, we’d go back home for Christmas Eve dinner, then our family tradition was to read the Christmas story in front of the fire, and open one gift each from under the tree. Funny, I don’t recall any of those first gifts on Christmas Eve nights, but I remember like it was yesterday me and Troy stuffing stockings at Brownspur.

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

The associated press

Green Bay Packers running back Brandon Jackson (32), a Horn Lake native, runs with the ball in last week’s game against New England. Jackson and the Packers will host the New York Giants today at Lambeau Field. The Packers still can get in if they win their last two games, both at home. “Our playoffs started when we got on the plane to come home Sunday,� Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. “That’s the way we’re approaching our preparation, that’s the way we’re approaching this game. It’s going to be a playoff-type atmosphere here at home. We feel very good about that.�

NFL on TV Today

Noon CBS - N.Y. Jets at Chicago Noon Fox - San Francisco at St. Louis 3:15 p.m. Fox - New York Giants at Green Bay 7:15 p.m. NBC - Minnesota at Philadelphia

Monday

7:30 p.m. ESPN - New Orleans at Atlanta

Garbage Collection for the New Year Holiday! So that our employees may spend the New Year holiday with their families, there will be no residential garbage collection on Saturday, January 1st. County residential garbage collection will resume on the next scheduled service day. Please have garbage out early. We will be running extra trucks due to the high volume of the holiday. Commercial routes will run as usual. Thank you.

If you have any questions concerning your service, please call Waste Management of Central Mississippi at 601-636-3105.

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Sunday, December 26, 2010

NBA

The Vicksburg Post

Heat leaves Lakers blue on Christmas

The associated press

Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade, top, dunks over Los Angeles Lakers forward Lamar Odom during the first half of Saturday’s game. Wade had 18 points as the Lakers won 96-80.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers finally got their first look at the revamped Miami Heat, and the champs might be a little bit disturbed by what they saw. LeBron James had 27 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists while hitting a season-high five 3-pointers, and the Heat thrived on the holiday stage in a 96-80 victory over Kobe Bryant and the Lakers on Saturday. Chris Bosh had 24 points and 13 rebounds, Dwyane Wade added 18 points on a sore knee and the Heat won for the 14th time in 15 games while flustering the two-time defending champions into a terrible offensive performance. Although both teams called the game a television curiosity rather than a potential NBA finals preview, it clearly meant something to James, who had his third triple-double with Miami and the 31st of his career. He also outplayed Bryant again in his second

straight Christmas win at Staples Center, punctuating the win with what certainly appeared to be mutual trash talk in the final minutes. Bryant and Pau Gasol scored 17 points apiece for the Lakers, who fell behind early and never caught up to the tantalizing new contenders for their title. James played a balanced, patient game, even after a technical foul near halftime for an under-the-basket scuffle with Lakers defensive stopper Ron Artest. James’ teammates contributed enough to keep the Heat comfortably ahead, with Bosh playing an outstanding first half and Mario Chalmers contributing 13 points in a reserve role, including three 3-pointers. Lamar Odom had 14 points and nine rebounds for the Lakers, who have lost two straight at home after winning five in a row on the road, following up Tuesday’s collapse against Milwaukee with this

high-profile flop. Although Bryant wore garish green shoes for the holiday, his Lakers simply didn’t raise their games to meet the spotlight that follows Miami, falling well behind in the first half and never making a run. While the Heat realize Boston and Orlando are much more important obstacles to their championship hopes, and while the Lakers don’t get terribly excited about playing anybody except the Celtics, there was a palpable edge in the crowd at Staples Center. It turned into frustration as the Lakers mostly failed to match the Miami stars’ big-game effort. Bryant, who picked up his third technical foul in two games, was visibly displeased with his teammates throughout the second half. Coach Phil Jackson dislikes the Lakers’ annual spot on the NBA’s Christmas schedule, and perhaps for reasons beyond the season: Los Ange-

les dropped to 4-8 on Christmas since 1999, including last season’s one-sided loss to James’ Cleveland Cavaliers. At least this year the Lakers didn’t hand out giveaway foam hands, dozens of which were thrown onto the court late in last year’s game. Players on both teams broke out festive holiday sneakers for the occasion, including limegreen Nike kicks on Bryant, Gasol and Odom. James and Bosh wore holiday-red shoes with garish green laces. Wade missed the Heat’s win in Phoenix on Thursday night to rest his sore knee, and he wasn’t yet 100 percent at Staples. He acknowledged the injury increased his fatigue, which seemed obvious on two missed dunks in the first half. Yet Miami thrived with defense, holding both Bryant and Gasol without a field goal in the first quarter. The Heat pushed the lead to double digits early in the second quarter.

Orlando snaps Celtics’ long winning streak By The Associated Press The remolded Magic are making the NBA’s new streakbusters. Brandon Bass scored 21 points, Hedo Turkoglu had 15 and the Orlando Magic ended the Boston Celtics’ winning streak at 14 games with an 86-78 victory Saturday for back-to-back wins against the NBA’s best. A Magic team that had dropped eight of nine games and orchestrated two blockbuster trades suddenly looks awfully scary in the Eastern Conference after a pair of victories over Boston and San Antonio. “You see what the possibilities are,� Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said. “You see that you have a chance to be a really good team. We’re not there yet by any means, but you have a chance to be a very good team. And I think that right there, that belief and that confidence that if we will stay with it, we can be very good. “That’s a great thing for our team to get that belief that, yeah, this can work. We can

do this.� Jameer Nelson (12 points) and J.J. Redick (10 points) each made a jumper in the final minutes to help Orlando rally from 12 points down in the second half to cap another big come back. The Magic also ended San Antonio’s winning streak at 10 games Thursday. Kevin Garnett had 22 points, and Paul Pierce added 18, but injuries finally caught up with the Celtics against the team they beat last season in the East finals. Boston hadn’t lost since Nov. 21 at Toronto.

Knicks 103, Bulls 95 Amare Stoudemire and Raymond Felton each scored 20 points, and the Knicks limited Chicago to two baskets in the first 10 minutes of the fourth quarter while pulling away. The Knicks, the NBA’s highest-scoring team but 28th in defense, didn’t allow a field goal for more than 8 minutes after the game was tied in the opening minutes of the final period. Stoudemire anchored the defensive effort with 10 rebounds and six blocks.

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TONIGHT ON TV n MOVIE “The War” — A Vietnam veteran, Kevin Costner, teaches his son, Elijah Wood, and daughter what is worth fighting for in 1970 Mississippi./7 on GMC n SPORTS NFL — The New York Jets travel to the blustery, icy reaches of Soldier Field to take on the Chicago Bears./Noon on WJTV n PRIMETIME “The Mentalist” — The team has to begin an investigation again after Patrick’s actions Kevin Costner cause a case to be thrown out of court./9 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 Phil Spector, record producer, 71; John Walsh, “America’s Most Wanted” host, 65; David Sedaris, humorist, 54; Nadia Dajani, actress, 45; Jared Leto, actor-singer, 39; Chris Daughtry, rock singer, 31; Zach Mills, actor, 15. n DEATHS Roy R. Neuberger — Wall Street investor who became one of the nation’s top modern art collectors, died at 107. Neuberger acquired hundreds of paintings and sculptures by such artists as Milton Avery, Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe and others. But he never sold any work by a living artist, believing collectors should buy contemporary art and keep it, while giving the public access.

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Perry to rebuild woman’s burned home Entertainment mogul Tyler Perry is offering to rebuild the home of an 88-year-old great-grandmother who lost all her belongings in a fire. Rosa Lee Ransby and her 4-year-old great-granddaughter escaped the fire Tuesday that destroyed her home of 40 years in Coweta County, southwest of Atlanta. Coweta County firefighters began soliciting donations, and calls flooded in.

Spider-Man actor walking again The stunt actor who fell 30 feet while playing Spider-Man on Broadway is walking again, and his father said Saturday that he can’t wait to return to the role despite injuries that have him confined to the intensive care unit. Christopher Tierney walked Friday for the first time since his fall during Monday’s performance of “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” and is spending Christmas with his mother and brother in the hospital while recovering from back surgery.

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A teacher’s science of tree trimming Greg Esteven of Amite, La. uses a child’s bow and arrow and a baseball with an eyelet screwed into it to hang Christmas lights and decorations from the 90-foot-high red oak in front of his house. Even then, the highest 20 feet or so are undecorated. From 1985 to 1998, he gave his physics, calculus, and chemistry students extra credit for finding shapes and symbols from those subjects, which he carved and hung amidst the lights. Back then, Esteven would attach wire for ornaments to rockfilled socks, which he threw over the branches. Now he threads wire or cord through an eyelet screwed into a baseball — or to an arrow for the bow he bought his son Gregory 19 years ago, when Gregory was 7 years old.

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BY BERNICE BEDE OSOL • NEWSPAPER ENTERPRISE ASSOCIATION Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Don’t involve yourself in anything in which you can’t use your full strength or muster the forces needed to advance a personal interest. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — A failure to use your full talents or vivid imagination would be tantamount to quitting before you even got started. Pisces (Feb. 20-March 20) — Shakespeare reminds us never to be a borrower or a lender. Follow this advice, especially in situations that would involve you fiscally with friends. Aries (March 21-April 19) — In order to accomplish your aims, you could attempt to use tactics that companions find offensive, should you run into a snag. Taurus (April 20-May 20) — Your intentions aren’t likely to be realized if you lack the courage of your convictions. Gemini (May 21-June 20) — Those nonproductive doldrums you have at times are likely to receive more attention from you than the responsibilities you are expected to fulfill. Cancer (June 21-July 22) — The ability to make your own decisions could be abrogated if you allow some of your peers to do your thinking for you. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) — Spend your energy on resolving complications instead of trying to find a fall guy on which to blame your lack of production. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Usually you’ll reconsider your thinking before taking a risk on losing your resources or wasting your efforts on something that could be iffy. However, today you might leap first and look later. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — Although you and your mate might have a difference of opinion when it comes to domestic economics, fortunately this condition isn’t likely to exist in other critical areas of your life. Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Should you have to contend with some kind of problem that isn’t entirely of your making, take care that you don’t start to feel sorry for yourself. Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — It won’t be worth taking a huge risk if what you receive would only be a nominal gain at best.

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Discovery launching Chicago version of ‘Cash Cab’ By David Bauder AP television writer NEW YORK — “Cash Cab” is spreading the wealth. The Discovery Network show that turns a New York City cab ride into an instant game show is launching a spinoff version based in Chicago next spring. Comic Beth Melewski, a “Second City” cast member, will be behind the wheel. The expansion comes after a triumphant year for “Cash Cab.” The series, itself a remake of a British TV’s similar game based in London, won its second Daytime Emmy award for best game show. Ben Bailey won his first Emmy as best host. The idea for the Chicago version came when Bailey did a handful of tapings in Las Vegas, some that included entertainers such as Carrot Top playing for charity, and Discovery recognized how a new city with new people and new sites could give “Cash Cab” an entirely different feel, said Clark Bunting, Discovery’s CEO. Bunting is from Michigan, and he wanted to get the

On TV “Cash Cab” is on Discovery from 4-6 p.m. nightly. The Chicago shows will begin in May.

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If caller ID says husband, wife should take his call Dear Abby: When my husband, “Mac,” calls me on the phone, he expects me to look at the caller ID and immediately interrupt whatever conversation I’m having to take his call. Unless I expect an important call (from a doctor or my children’s school), I do not look at the caller ID. I give my full attention to the person I’m speaking to. If I hear someone “beep,” I’ll attempt to quickly bring the conversation to a polite and natural end before calling back the person who tried to reach me. Mac believes that anyone I’m talking to should understand that he takes priority. Today, he called seven times in two minutes to then berate me for not instantly taking his call about an unimportant matter. Abby, in Mac’s defense, he’s a high-level executive with limited free time during the day. He is not otherwise demanding and usually calls me only once a day. I make every effort to quickly wrap up my phone calls and return his within minutes. Who is right? — On a Short Phone Leash Dear on a Short Phone Leash: As your husband is a high-level executive, his time might be tightly scheduled. Because he calls you only once a day, it’s not too much to ask that you take the call. I can understand that he finds it frustrating that you refuse. If I were you, I’d start taking these calls — unless you would prefer getting your messages from your husband via his personal assistant. Dear Abby: My mother-inlaw, “Thelma,” came to live with us two years ago because at 82, she was no longer financially able to support herself. Because she likes to cook, she has done most of the meal preparation. Over the last year, Thelma’s judgment has deteriorated and so have her cooking skills. She’ll often prepare meals by 2 p.m. that won’t be served until 6:00 or 7:00. The food sits on the stove or kitchen counter for hours. She also overcooks to the point of burning and meats are tough and difficult to eat. My mother-in-law is so kind, I don’t want to offend her. My husband refuses to discuss it with her because he doesn’t want to upset her. Please help. — Hungry in Missouri Dear Hungry: Food is the least of your problems. Your mother-in-law is showing signs of dementia. Does her doctor know about this change in her? If not, that should be the first thing on your agenda. If so, then you and your husband need to understand that what’s happening may be progressive. A point may come when, if a fire should start while she’s cooking, she would no longer remember what to do. You and your husband should

The double Emmy win, a cameo taking Tracy Morgan for a ride on “30 Rock,” and a taping of Oprah Winfreythemed questions that will air Dec. 28 on the daytime queen’s program illustrate how “Cash Cab” has made a dent in popular culture. A game show on four wheels is able to compete creatively with longtime studio favorites “Jeopardy!” and “Wheel of Fortune.” “It was pretty awesome,” Bailey said, sitting in his taxi during a recent break in taping. “It’s everything that people thought it would be. It’s validation and credit for hard work. But at the same time, it’s a trophy.”

Beth Melewski will be behind the wheel in a Chicago spinoff of “Cash Cab.” Midwest involved. Chicago, a city similar to New York with many cabs, seemed like it could work in a way that Los Angeles, for example, couldn’t since there’s relatively little cab use. Melewski had the combination of smarts and knowledge of her city to work well in the cab, he said. “Beth feels real-deal Chicago,” he said. “You’ve got to have, for these shows at least, a feel for the city.” He doesn’t expect expansion beyond these two cities

in the United States, Bunting said. Other “Cash Cab” versions air in Canada, Japan and Australia. The Chicago shows will begin showing within the two-hour block of four “Cash Cab” episodes that Discovery shows from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., probably after the broadcast networks end their season in May. Bailey has been taping fresh New York episodes that will begin showing earlier. He’s already made more than 200 since the game began in 2005.

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Young adult novel ‘Matched’ is futuristic tale Carolyn Lessard The Associated Press Imagine a futuristic world where your perfect mate is selected by the government when you’re 17, according to DNA compatibility. At a special matching ceremony, Cassia Reyes learns she is to be paired with her childhood friend Xander Carrow. She is given a microcard with data about Xander, but a technical malfunction shows her matched with another boy — Ky Markham. Ky is from the unruly outer provinces. He was adopted by his uncle after his parents were killed. Ky has been classified as an “aberration,” a person who is not meant to be matched. Cassia questions her match to Xander, and her blossoming relationship with Ky soon jeopardizes her future — and his. Citizens are monitored by “Officials” who report infractions to a ruling government known as the “Society.” There are strict rules and restrictions in place that maintain harmony in both life and death (citizens are euthanized when they turn 80).

book review There is a curfew. All residents must wear regulation clothing. Citizens are assigned to jobs that best match their skill set. Food is prepared and delivered daily to each person according to specific nutritional needs. The Society has limited works of art and literature to 100 preapproved poems, songs and paintings. All other works, especially those that promote free thinking and rebellion, have been destroyed. “Matched” offers a dose of teen angst and a love triangle. The plot is typical, yet mild compared with other popular young adult novels. Author Ally Condie slowly sets the stage for her young adult series about a dystopian society where, in exchange for a long, disease-free and peaceful life, citizens follow rigid guidelines that keep them in a state of ignorance. Unfortunately, Condie also keeps the reader in this state as well, withholding significant details until the story’s end.

“The Snow Globe” by Sheila Roberts us back to the town of Second Creek, Miss. When the First Lady of Second Creek, Gaylie Girl Dunbar approaches her new husband, Mayor Hale Dunbar, former owner of the local Piggly Wiggly market, with a civic project involving Christmas caroling around the historic town square, all the local church choirs quickly sign up for the big event. But when an electrical fire devastates the square’s beautiful old buildings a week before Christmas, everything is thrown into chaos. It falls to the town’s indefatigable army of matrons — the Nitwits — to find a way to revive the holiday spirit and raise money to rebuild. It will take a miracle and its Christmas in Second Creek, where everyday miracles are a way of life. • “The Three Kings” by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez is a Christmas dating story. Christy de la Cruz has it all: A great career as an interior designer for the stylish homes of New Mexico, marriage to a tall and handsome man, and a great family — especially her cousin Maggie. But as the holidays approach, she’s down to two out of three — that handsome husband has walked out the door. Christy is not up for dating… until Maggie takes her on as the ultimate romantic project. Just like the Wise Men in the nativity story, Melchior, Caspar, and Balthazar arrive bearing gifts and displaying their best stuff. One’s a pretty boy, one’s a rugged cowboy, and one’s an animal lover. Which one will win Christy’s heart? • “Cat Coming Home” by Shirley Rousseau Murphy finds Joe Grey and his pals searching for the links between two seemingly unrelated events. Escaping Los Angeles and the ugly memories of her son’s recent murder, Maudie Toola returns to her childhood home of Molena Point, bringing her orphaned grandson, whom she must now raise, with her. Mourning for her son, she’s not looking forward to the holidays, but feels she must make them positive for the child. But

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PORTFOLIO RRMC Sleep Center gains national OK The Sleep Center at River Region Medical Center has gained accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. The center was given three months of preparation time to pass a sixhour inspection. Criteria, set by Medicare and private insurers, include displaying and maintaining proficiency in: testing procedures and policies; patient safety and followup; and physician and staff training. The Sleep Center is located on the first floor of River Region West, on North Frontage Road. The facility treats more than 80 disorders, including sleep apnea, narcolepsy and restless legs syndrome.

Pesticides course scheduled for Jan. 6 The Mississippi State University Extension Service Office in Port Gibson will offer a course in pesticides. The Jan. 6 class is to certify private pesticide applicators in the area of restricted-use pesticides. A private applicator is someone who uses or supervises the use of restricted-use pesticides to produce an agricultural commodity on property owned or rented by themselves or their employer, or on property of another person with whom they trade services. Cost for the course is $10, and it will begin at 10 a.m. at the Port Gibson office at 615 Market St. Information may be obtained by calling the Warren County Extension Office at 601-636-5442.

USDA offering aid for farmers’ losses Help for farmers who experienced losses due to a natural disaster during the 2009 crop year is available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments. To be eligible farmers must have: • At least a 10 percent production loss on a crop of economic significance; • A policy or plan of insurance under the Federal Crop Insurance Act or the Non-insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program for all economically significant crops; • Been located in a county that was declared a primary disaster county or contiguous county by the Agriculture Secretary under a Secretarial Disaster Designation. Without that designation, producers may be eligible if the actual production on the farm is less than 50 percent of the normal production on the farm due to a natural disaster. Sign-up begins Jan. 10. Visit the local Farem Security Administration at 2660 Sherman Ave. and 921 Farmer St.

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Theresa Christenson of Burbank, Calif., holds an unemployment check that’s kept her afloat since a 2009 layoff from Yahoo.

Jobless benefits extension offers hope going into new year By The Associated Press CLEVELAND — Kimberly Smith holds up the piece of paper that is the only thing keeping her from bankruptcy: an application for extended unemployment benefits. She’s not happy that she needs it. And she’s upset that it was nearly taken away. “I do deserve it,” the 49-year-old says. “I’ve done everything I could to try and get a job. I tried to get back into the retail industry. I made the effort to, at my age, go back to college.” President Barack Obama extended unemployment benefits for Smith and millions of other Americans when he signed tax-cut legislation Dec. 17. It helps people who have been out of work more than 26 weeks but less than 99 weeks, though the benefits vary greatly from state to state. They could be just about anybody. People with college degrees and people with no higher education. People

‘We, the middle class, are just trying to keep our heads above water. And you know what? We’re drowning.’ Kimberly Smith Unemployed in Cleveland

who have resorted to living out of their cars. People who have cashed out their retirement savings. People who once held six-figure jobs and people like Smith, who was laid off from her job as a department manager at a jeweler’s a year and a half ago. What unites them is the bitterness in their voices as they talk about how badly they need unemployment benefits — to clothe their children, to pay for heat,

to save their homes from foreclosure. “My options are to not pay my bills, have my house taken away, have creditors on me,” says Smith, a mother of two in Lyndhurst, Ohio, who has been supporting her family on an unemployment check that amounts to $477 a week before taxes. The new law restores, for 13 more months, the 99-week maximum. It also renews federal programs that extend benefits beyond the 26 weeks

that states always provide. Those federal programs had expired Nov. 30. For unemployed people who spoke to The Associated Press across the country, the extension is a relief, but a shadow of the relief a new job would provide. They are frustrated not only with their struggles to find work, but with the accusations — on TV, even by protesters outside the office for food stamps — that they’re lazy, that they’re not trying hard

enough. Right now, there is nothing Smith would like more than a job. Anything to get her out of her living room, where she spends her days trolling the Internet for jobs while the snow piles up outside. Before her job with the jeweler, she spent two decades working for a fashion retailer that ended up leaving northeast Ohio. Smith doesn’t intend to settle for a low-skill, lowwage job, saying she’s not going to “throw myself into poverty.” “That’s just making people settle for whatever can be had,” she said. “Speaking for myself, I didn’t spend 25 years in a career that was supposed to be my livelihood for the rest of my life to go work at a Starbucks.” Instead, she has re-educated herself. There are jobs in the medical industry, people told her. So she went back to school and became a certified medical assistant. Weeks blurred See Jobless, Page B10.

Unemployed stretching limbs to ease their minds By The Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio — The women snuggle into nests of pillows and blankets. A light breeze, like a mother blowing on a baby’s boo-boo, falls from ceiling fans and tickles their backs. The room is dark, silent, until they crawl out of child’s pose and chant, “Omm.” This is free yoga for the unemployed: a different kind of jobless benefit where former managers, laid-off limo drivers and others can turn to the grown-up version of nap time to ease the stress of being out of work. With national unemployment just below 10 percent, $20 yoga classes don’t qualify as necessities for many out-of-

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Instructor Zack Lynn teaches at Yoga on High in Columbus, Ohio. work people who’ve pruned luxuries from their budgets. So in a gesture that’s part send-good-vibes-to-the-universe and part community outreach, a handful of yoga

studios have decided to cut the unemployed a break. “We didn’t want them to have to choose, ‘Should I eat today or go take this class?’ We wanted to give them the

ability to do both,” said Zack Lynn, a computer techie by day who teaches a free yoga class for people out of work in Columbus. The Integral Yoga Institute in New York started offering free weekly classes last year when some students lost their jobs and couldn’t afford to pay $17 per course. Now, a dozen or two jobseekers drop in for free sun salutations and other stretches every week. “It helps to quiet the mind and helps people realize that this is a temporary situation,” said Jo Sgammato, the studio’s general manager. Yogis say breathing exercises can reduce the stress of job interviews and poststretching tea time is good for networking.

“You’re not really thinking about other things,” said Quinn Johnson, a 42-yearold former limo driver who started attending Integral Yoga’s free classes earlier this year. “You’re relaxing. You’re stretching.” Some students have found work and switched to paid classes. But employment experts and yogis alike are quick to point out that yoga shouldn’t get all the credit. “Yoga’s not getting anybody a job,” said Wendy Enelow, an executive career consultant in Coleman Falls, Va. “What the yoga studios do — and I think kudos to them — is if you physically feel better, your head’s going to feel better and you’re in a better place to manage your job search.”


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Jobless Continued from Page B9. into months. And still Smith cannot find a job. “We, the middle class, are just trying to keep our heads above water,” she says. “And you know what? We’re drowning.”

‘They have no idea’ “If I hear one more senator, congressman, TV pundit or whatever...” Theresa Christenson can’t finish the sentence before breaking into tears. “It really gets me when they say ‘you lazy people,”’ says Christenson, who lives on $1,720 a month in unemployment insurance benefits and what’s left of her dwindling 401K. “They have no idea how depressing that is when you have been beating your head against the wall, trying to find work. Every time I see that or read it, I just start crying. They have no idea.” Before she was laid off from a quality assurance job at Yahoo! in July 2009, Christenson, of Burbank, Calif., earned around $100,000 a year. The 58-year-old has managed to hang on to the 4-bedroom house that she coowns with her sister, where they’ve lived for 22 years. Without the extension, she expected to lose the stucco, one-story “house that looks like every other house.” She knows she’s better off than others, but depression has set in during the long, hard months of fruitless searching. “People who have lost their homes and are now living out of their car — my heart shatters for them,” she says. “I’m very, very thankful for the extension.” Yet she says she’s disgusted by the deal between Obama and congressional Republicans that made the extension possible — a deal that preserved tax cuts for the wealthy as well as the poor.

Benefits outlasted The furnace broke down not long ago in Tina Price’s ranch home in Southfield, Mich., so she resorted to plugging in space heaters to keep her children warm. Her unemployment benefits were cut off in November and she’s been unemployed for about 92 weeks. She took a buyout from American Axle several years ago and hasn’t had steady employment since. The biweekly unemployment checks worth about $670 will last a few more weeks thanks to the new extension. But not enough to get her family through the winter. “I’m still struggling to get things right,” she says. “My bills are sky-high because I have not been able to pay them — the light bill, gas bill and water bill. I try to keep agreements with the utilities.” Price still receives state assistance to buy food. Friends, family and “generous people” have also been helping, she says. She’s taking information technology classes as part of a career retraining program.

puter savvy, Internet savvy, degreed, certified,” he says. “And I can’t find anything.” Bryson was homeless and lived in his car for a while before finding the McKees Rocks Employment and Training Center, where he now works about 20 hours a week, making minimum wage and, ironically, helping other people improve their resumes and find work. He still qualifies for about $200 a month in unemployment benefits, but says it’s still hard to make ends meet. He has no health insurance and fears what will happen when his car, which has more than 200,000 miles on it, breaks down for good.

Layoff after layoff Without the unemployment extension, Joan Niedhardt would have lost the roof over

her head to foreclosure. She is living through her third bout of unemployment since 2004, when budget cuts cost her a $65,000-a-year job as an information technology project manager in state government. “I am my only means of support,” says Niedhardt, of Bel Air, Md., who has been unemployed for the past six months. She desperately needs her current unemployment benefits, which would have run out next week. She has worked as a grant writer, a public relations executive, a project manager, a web designer. After losing her job in state government, she went back to school for another degree in business management and computer science and a certification in web graphic design.

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Savvy, 60, striking out Mike Bryson left Pittsburgh when the steel industry collapsed, heading south for greener pastures in the form of Maryland’s electronics and computer industry. He found a job there but returned when it ended, and has been out of work since August 2009. Bryson has experience and education — he recently attended a technical training center and has many computer certifications — but the 60-year-old believes his age has made it more difficult to find a job. He’s sent out hundreds of resumes. “Right now, I’m com-

casino tax revenue Vicksburg’s five casinos pay a 3.2 percent revenue tax to the State of Mississippi that is divided — with 10 percent going to schools, 25 percent to Warren County and 65 percent to the city. A second revenue tax is a 0.8 percent share of the state’s 8.8 percent revenue tax. It is split based on population proportions between Vicksburg and Warren County. Each casino is also required to pay $150 for each gaming device annually to the city. To date, two casinos have paid the gaming device fee. These are the latest receipts: November 2010 City...................................$461,095 County............................$217,574 Schools..............................$59,015

November 2009 City...................................$454,079 County............................$213,709 Schools..............................$58,069

Fiscal year 2010-11 to date City...................................$922,828 County............................$405,843 Schools...........................$110,500

Fiscal year 2009-10 to date City............................... $1,004,007 County............................$440,566 Schools...........................$119,720

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sales tax revenue The City of Vicksburg receives 18.5 percent of all sales taxes collected by businesses in the city limits. Revenues to the city lag actual sales tax collections by two months, that is, receipts for April reflect sales taxes collected on sales in February. Here are the latest monthly receipts: October 2010.............$568,017 Fiscal year to date................... $568,017

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land transfers The following commercial land transfers were recorded in the Chancery Clerk’s Office for the week ending Dec. 24, 2010: • Malcolm J. Carson and Mark Smith to MM&R Land Investments LLC; Section Block 9, Section 19, Township 16N, Range 3E; 923 Washington St.; former Monte Carlo Lounge. • Dirtworks Inc. of Vicksburg to MY Investments LLC; Section 27, Township 16N, Range

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TOPIC SUN DAY, DE cember 26, 2010 • SE C TI O N C LOCAL EVENTS CALENDAR C2 | WEDDINGS C5 Karen Gamble, managing editor | E-mail: newsreleases@vicksburgpost.com | Tel: 601.636.4545 ext 137

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Poverty Point taking trees for recycling Poverty Point State Historic Site will recycle live Christmas trees through Jan. 5. Trees, with all the decorations removed, may be dropped off at 120 Maple St. in Epps, La., next to the Epps police station. The trees will be turned into mulch and used to landscape the park, which is located east of Monroe on Louisiana 577. Call 888-926-5492.

Film fest seeking music videos Crossroads Film Festival’s Music Video Showcase is accepting applicants through Feb. 1. Organizers will select videos that will be included in the 2011 festival, set for April 1 to 3 in Jackson. Mail entries to: Crossroads Music Video Showcase, P. O. Box 22604, Jackson MS 39225. Entry is free. Call Andi Agnew at 601510-9148 or visit www. crossroadsfilmfestival. com.

‘You can quote me’

Architecture subject of Monroe lecture The Cooley House Foundation at the Masur Museum and the University of Louisiana at Monroe will present a talk by John H. Stubbs, vice president of field programs for the World Monument Fund, Jan. 27. Stubbs, the son of architect William King Stubbs, will talk about local architecture designed by his father. The free lecture will be at 6 p.m. at the Emy-Lou Biedenharn Recital Hall at ULM. A party will follow at the Mary Erwin House, designed by the elder Stubbs. Tickets are $50 and are available by calling the museum at 318-32922378 or e-mailing evelyn. stewart@ci.monroe.la.us.

Jefferson College displaying local art Historic Jefferson College near Natchez will present an exhibit by one of its most active donors, Robert Burns Jr., and others through Jan. 7. Burns will display his artwork in memory of his parents, Robert and Hortense Burns, in the Prospere Hall Visitors’ Center. Admission is free. The college is four miles northeast of Natchez off U.S. 61 North. Call 601-4422901 or e-mail hjc@mdah. state.ms.us.

Dyslexia Symposium set at Southern Miss The DuBard School for Language Disorders at the University of Southern Mississippi has set its 15th annual Dyslexia Symposium. Workshops will take place Feb. 4-5 at the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus. Registration is $115 per person before Jan. 7, and continuing education units have been approved for speech pathologists, educators and school administrators. Call 601-266-4186.

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Wardell Wince has opinions, not afraid to share This is the first of a two-part series based on an interview with Wardell Wince, who grew up here, joined the Marines and returned to Vicksburg. • If you don’t want to hear a straight-from-the shoulder answer, don’t ask Wardell Wince a question. The 77-year-old Marine (“Once a Marine, always a Marine”) was born here the day after Valentine’s in 1934. He’s compassionate, has a quick wit and is vocal in his opinions — and doesn’t mind being quoted. Retired from two professions — 20 years in the Marines and 20 years in security at the Vicksburg Hospital—Wardell lives with his cat Button (“cute as a button”) is twice-married and twice-divorced and has no children. His years in the Marines made him aware of the importance of education and discipline. He was 16 when he jumped a freight on Levee Street, a bitter teenager with two peanut butter sandwiches that lasted him for 2 1/2 days. “I couldn’t have told you

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where I was going,” he said, but he wound up in the town of Harvey, Ill., about 21 miles from Chicago. When he jumped off the boxcar, a man who was a railroad detective yelled at him. Seeing that long-barreled pistol, Wardell ran to him rather than trying to get away. The detective questioned him, and Wardell had a hard time answering him. He had a fear of jail, he said, and for the third time in his life, he cried. About that time, the section chief walked up, and the detective told him that “this young fellow is going to mess up my weekend” because he had to take him to the police station and book him. The section chief quizzed him: How old are you? 16. Why can’t you be 19?

Wardell Wince, at age 18. Wardell didn’t know. Well, would he mind being listed as 19? No, as long as he didn’t have to go to jail. So Wardell went to work for the railroad, living in a converted boxcar with other laborers, getting paid $1.25 an hour, then after three months found another place to stay for $15 a week. After 18 months in Illinois, a friend suggested they join the Army, and at first Wardell said, “No. There’s a war

Wardell Wince was 16 when he jumped a freight on Levee Street, a bitter teenager with two peanut butter sandwiches that lasted him for 2 1/2 days. ‘I couldn’t have told you where I was going,’ he said, but he wound up in the town of Harvey, Ill., about 21 miles from Chicago. When he jumped off the boxcar, a man who was a railroad detective yelled at him. Seeing that long-barreled pistol, Wardell ran to him rather than trying to get away.

going on.” He was talked into it, but he flunked the test for the Army, the Air Force and the Navy. So, how did he get into the Marines? Well, he initially failed that test, too. But as he was getting ready to go back to Harvey, he saw a fellow standing in the doorway, “sharp as a tack. He didn’t even look like he was breathing,” and though someone basically warned him that he didn’t want to be in that outfit, he asked the sergeant if there was any way he could sign him up. The officer reviewed his test score and asked, “Why didn’t you go any further than the fifth grade?” The Marines took Wardell, sent him to boot camp in San Diego and he got a taste of what was in store. He endured the mental abuse, everything that was thrown at a raw recruit, and finally at midnight, physically drained, the drill instructor stood in the barracks doorway and asked, “Are you people asleep?”

“And some idiot answered, ‘Yes, sir,’ and I won’t tell you what happened next,” Wardell remembers. “But I thought about my grandmother’s biscuits and fatback and asked, ‘What have I got myself into?’” Wardell ended up in Korea, “and I couldn’t have told you why I was there.” After three years, his time was up and he wanted to re-enlist. First, he had to see the regimental commander who had the records before him and said, “Wince, you have a very impressive record, but if you want to stay in the Marine Corps, you are going to have to improve your mind.” Wardell said he couldn’t read a paragraph when he went into the Marines, but on his own time he went to school so he could remain in the Corps. From experience, he knows the value of education, “because I didn’t have anyone to make me go. I have been on my own since I was 13. That’s why when I see See Wince, Page C2.


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‘It’s the Rolls Royce of what we can offer’

Hollywood-style special effects give girl new ear WASHINGTON (AP) — Elise Lutz never let her friends see what was left of her ear. She’d carefully style her long hair into a one-sided ponytail, or swelter under a swim cap for hours at meets, to cover the molten lump from a severe burn as a toddler in her native China. But as a teenager, the North Carolina girl expressed her desire to be whole again with a simple request: She really wanted pierced earrings. Thus began a months-long quest for a new right ear, one made of silicone but so lifelike that it even glows a bit in the sun like real skin. Elise benefited from a little known field called anaplastology, where medical artists make Hollywood-like special effects come alive to fix disfigurements that standard plastic surgery cannot. “It kind of took forever, but it was worth it,” says Elise, 14, as she headed to show her transformation to her dad and sisters. “I’m so excited; I’m more than 100 excited.” No messy glue-on prosthetic that she might accidentally knock off. Elise had tried that once and hated it. This time, she would go under the knife to have rods implanted in her skull to snap her new ear into place — and hold it even when this passionate swimmer dives into the pool.

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Elise Lutz, above, is fitted for a prosthetic ear at the Anaplastology Clinic in Durham, N.C. At right, the 14-year-old checks out her new look in the mirror. “People who have implantretained ears or noses or whatever usually think of them really as their own body,” says Jerry Schoendorf, who with his colleague at The Anaplastology Clinic in Durham, N.C., — and surgeons at nearby Duke University Medical Center — created Elise’s ear. “It’s the Rolls Royce of what we can offer,” adds fellow anaplastologist Jay McClennen. Facial prosthetics — made to counter damage from

cancer, trauma, birth defects — haven’t gained the attention of artificial legs and arms. The specialists who craft them can be hard to find: The International Anaplastology Association counts just 150 members worldwide. But facial prosthetics are becoming more realistic and longer-lasting, and Elise’s journey offers a glimpse of the tricks that help: Titanium rods adapted from dentistry that bond with bone to hold them in

place. More flexible silicones. Even “flocking,” using those nylon particles that make the velvety insides of jewelry boxes can help give silicone “skin” more dimension — and not in flesh tones, but flecks of bright reds, plums, blues, oranges. Patients “can’t believe all those colors go into making that skin,” says McClennen, who now fixes faces using techniques honed in previous careers to “age” actors

in the movies, and in forensic reconstruction. No one knows for sure how Elise was burned. Probably, boiling water sloshed down her head and right side, says Kim Williams of Wake Forest, N.C., who with her husband adopted Elise at age 9. Plastic surgeons started but abandoned ear reconstruction. Prosthetics made to glue on daily are a more common option, especially for cancer patients whose doctors need to regularly check for recurrences. But that didn’t work for Elise. Then Schoendorf suggested an implant-retained ear: It would cost $8,000 to $10,000, nearly double an adhesiveretained prosthesis, plus surgery. But where a glue-on ear prosthetic might last about three years, the implant-

retained one should last twice as long, he says. In June, Schoendorf and McClennen made a precise mold of where a new ear implant would need to fit. With the residual ear tissue carefully removed, Duke otolaryngologist Dr. David Kaylie then drilled tiny titanium posts into Elise’s skull. They barely emerge from the skin. Over the next few months, bone cells called osteoblasts will fuse with the titanium to anchor those rods, he told her. Finally, Elise’s new ear is ready to attach, complete with earring hole. She practices clicking it on, surprised that it’s easy, and smiles into the mirror, hair tucked back. “This one looks fantastic,” she later proclaims.

local happenings Events Vicksburg Theatre Guild “I Remember Mama,” Feb. 18-20 and 25-27; Parkside Playhouse, 101 Iowa Ave.; 601-636-0471 or www.e-vtg.com.

Westside Theatre Guild “The Rocky Horror Show”; midnight New Year’s Eve, 7:30 p.m. New Year’s Day and Jan. 2; $12; Coral Room inside The Vicksburg on Clay Street; 601-618-9349.

Soul Session Sundays 3-6 p.m. today at the CYA Village Campus on Mississippi 548 in Hermanville; holiday crafts, entertainment, etc.; free

Southern Cultural Heritage Center The Art of Beautiful Writing: 5:30-7 p.m. Jan. 6, 13, 20 and 27; Cecil Evans, instructor; $95 for SCHF members and $115 for nonmembers, includes basic supplies; Ballroom dance lessons: 5 p.m. Jan. 9 and 23; the Foxtrot; James Frechette, instructor; $20 per person; College planning meeting: 6:30-8 p.m. Jan. 11; free; Front Porch Dance: 7 p.m. Feb. 5; $30 for members, $35 for nonmembers and $250 for table reservations; includes catered dinner; reservations required; Four-day beginner stained glass workshop: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 7-10; the Rev. Mark Bleakley, instructor; $160 for SCHF members and $170 for nonmembers, includes supplies and stained glass; River Kids after-school art program: begins Jan. 27; 3:45-5 p.m. each Thursday for 13 weeks; for first- through sixth-graders; limited to 60 students; Karen Biedenharn and McKenzie Coulter, instructors; free; Contact: 601-631-2997 or info@southernculture. org.

Harlem Ambassadors basketball show 7 p.m. Jan. 27; Port Gibson High School gym; tickets: $7 for adults and $5 for children in advance, $9 and $7 day of the game, free for ages 5 and younger; 601-437-8905.

Spiritual education for children 4-5 p.m. Tuesdays; will resume Jan. 18; for ages 6-14; Christ Episcopal Church Sunday school building, 1109 Main St.; sponsored

by Baha’i of Vicksburg; Jeanine Hensley, 601-415-3253; Alma Smith, 601-636-8628; youth.educ@gmail.com.

• Tomato and Hot Stuff — Jan. 21-22. • The Owen Brothers — Jan. 28-29.

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March 8-9; Eagle Ridge Conference Center, 1500 Raymond Lake Road, Raymond; $125 by Feb. 25 or $150 at the door; Dr. Rick Snyder at 601-892-3731 or greenhousetomatosc.com.

Music DiamondJacks Casino, 3990 Washington St., 601-636-5700, www.diamondjacks.com Free from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. on the Fantasy Pit Stage: • Morris Day and The Time — New Year’s Eve. • Michael Anthony & The Groove — New Year’s Day. • Ted & Arthur — Jan. 7-8. • The Dayz — Jan. 14-15. • Mo’ Money — Jan. 21-22. • Phil Vaught — Jan. 28-29.

Ameristar Casino, 4116 Washington St. 601-638-1000, www.ameristar.com • Sinamon Leaf — Variety; tonight at Cabaret Lounge; free. • Hip Kitty — Rock; New Year’s Eve at Bottleneck Blues Bar; free. • Dr. Zarr’s Funkmonster — Variety/funk; New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day at Bottleneck Blues Bar; free. • BB Secrist — Oldies; Tuesday-Jan. 2 and Jan. 4-9 at Cabaret Lounge; free. • Mustang Sally — Country rock; Jan. 7-8 at Bottleneck Blues Bar; free. • Broxton — Variety; Jan. 14-15 at Cabaret Lounge; free.

Rainbow Casino, 1380 Warrenton Road, 601-636-7575 Free at the Highway 61 Bar: • The Owen Brothers Band — New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. • Jeuss Right — Jan. 7-8. • Midnight Magic — Jan. 14-15.

• 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays — Ben Shaw; free.

LD’s Kitchen, 1111 Mulberry St., 601-636-9838 • 8:30 p.m. Monday — Blue Monday Band; call for cover. • 8:30 p.m. each second and fourth Tuesday — Central Mississippi Blues Society Band, local artists; free. • 7 p.m. each first and third Tuesday — Soul Idenatee and Sounds Unlimited; free.

Eddie Monsour’s at the Biscuit Company, 1100 Washington St., 601-638-1571 • 8 p.m.-midnight Wednesdays — Open mic. • 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday — Live music TBA; call for cover.

Beechwood Restaurant & Lounge, 4451 Clay St., 601-636-3761 • 9:15 p.m. Friday-Saturday ­— Live music in lounge, call for cover.

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

Vicksburg Convention Center and Auditorium, 601-630-2929, www.vccmeet.com • “All Shook Up” — 8 p.m. Jan. 21; auditorium on Monroe; tickets: $22, $32, $52; www.ticketmaster.com or VCC. • Rob Lake: A Night of Magic — 7:30 p.m. April 2; auditorium on Monroe; tickets: $24-$44 per person.

Wince Continued from Page C1. a child walking the streets, they should be carrying an ID for emergencies. We need an 8 o’clock curfew. There is no reason for a child to be on the streets. Guards and police are needed at the schools not just because of the children, but because of those sorry parents. I could go on and on. When I see a child walking the streets, I know what’s going to happen.” Youths “don’t have the right just to walk the streets, doing what they wish,” Wardell said. “We’ve got to put a stop to this mess, and it’s getting worse every day.” He wrote a letter to the editor, which appeared in The Vicksburg Post, deploring the “baggy pants” look, and only one person com-

mented on it — and that was a lady from out of town. He talked to one of the supervisors about the subject and was told if they passed a law, how would they enforce it? “You mean to tell me that if you pass a law, you don’t know how to enforce it?” Wardell asked. “Call on me. I can tell you how.” “The mayor seems to think it’s artistic expression, their Fifth Amendment rights,” Wardell said. “I don’t know what planet he’s on. Whatever happened to indecent exposure? And the truancy officer? — That’s a waste of money.” If he had his way, Wardell said, old-fashioned canings such as they administer in Singapore would be administered, or “I’d put an old-fash-

ioned whipping on his butt. If he didn’t holler loud enough, I’d start all over again.” “And you can quote me,” he continued. “You can take an X-ray of some of the sorry leaders, and you won’t see any guts.” Wardell grew up in his grandmother’s home near Greater Mount Lebanon Church and then on West Pine Street. He is the oldest son of the late Tom Wince, owner of the famous nightclub, The Blue Room. He went to McIntyre School on North Cherry Street, quitting after the fifth grade “because nobody cared.” He was a shoeshine boy at Metzger’s Barber Shop, and to make a little extra money, he and his friends sold some scrap iron to have enough to go to the

picture show at the Palace Theatre, which cost 26 cents. Though he and his father were never close, it was the arrest, conviction and jailing of Tom Wince that was a sobering time for Wardell. His father was accused of buying stolen property, which he said was a set-up; Wince was sentenced to four years, but was released after two. “My father was arrogant,” Wardell said. “He was flashy.” He could have bought his way out, “but he said no, he was going to clear his name.” Wardell had been on his way to school when he decided to enter the courthouse and watch the trial. He sat in the balcony, saw the district attorney ver-

bally abuse his father, “and I got up and walked out of the building crying. Something prompted me to look back. I saw the American flag flying over the building. I thought there was something wrong with the system. I think I was about 11.” When he jumped that freight a few years later, he said, he was bitter because “I didn’t understand my father, his status, and he didn’t take care of me. I stopped caring about him when I found out he didn’t care about me.” Wardell did a lot of growing up in the Marines. He got an education, served in two combat missions in Vietnam, went to NCO school and came home a gunner sergeant and retired when he was just 38 years old. Though

he spent some time in New Orleans, he settled in Vicksburg because it is a different era from when he grew up for “those times are past.” He realizes he’s lived a fascinating life, but admonishes, “I’m not finished yet. There’s lots of folks I’m going to make mad before I die. These same people I’m talking about, they see me coming, they go the other way. I’m very vocal. I have a passion for things I’m very concerned about.” He doesn’t drink or smoke, and facing problems head on may be part of the reason, he said. “I don’t know how to spell stress.” •

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


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‘He just know our swagger’

Miami director’s hustle hooks artists Lil Wayne, Pitbull By David Fischer The Associated Press MIAMI — Long before his work earned millions of YouTube clicks, music video director David Rousseau would conjure mental images of the songs wafting into his neighborhood from the nearby Orange Bowl. Growing up in the 1980s in Little Havana, Rousseau couldn’t afford to attend the big concerts happening blocks away, including Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson, Pink Floyd and Genesis. But he was set on a path to his presentday career by imagining his own videos for the music spilling out of the stadium. “I would literally sit on top of one of the cars in the neighborhood and listen. You’re hearing the music and you’re trying to figure out what’s going on in there. That’s where you start visualizing the music,” said Rousseau, whose parents are Cubans who moved to Miami from Venezuela. These days, the 35-yearold’s imagination spawns bright colors and graphics that accompany the music of artists including Lil Wayne, Enrique Iglesias, Pitbull, and T-Pain. Rousseau’s innovative — and often thrifty — approach has earned him repeat business from Pitbull, as well as Lil Wayne’s label, Cash Money Records. “He just know our swagger,” said Cash Money CEO and rapper Bryan “Birdman” Williams. Rousseau’s expertise in creating visuals that pop out of people’s web browsers has benefited him in recent years, as the primary venue for music videos has shifted from television to the Internet. “When you’re watching things on TV and you have a wide shot and you see a vast vista, it’s beautiful,” Rousseau said. “But when you watch it on your phone or on YouTube, people look really tiny. Now you have to do more close-ups. You have to do more shots where the artist is full frame, centered in front of the screen.” Still, Rousseau calls hours spent watching MTV his film school. As a child, he began making his own videos with his father’s Super 8 camera and later took TV production classes in high school. After

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David Rousseau stands in a Miami sound stage as Pitbull records a music video.

David Rousseau sits on a sound stage in Miami. graduating from South Florida’s Barry University with a communications degree in 1999, Rousseau got a job in the promotions department at Miami’s CBS affiliate, WFOR. Rousseau eventually landed at the satellite and digital cable channel The Tube Music Network. He was working there in 2006 when a friend recom-

mended his directing skills to rapper Pitbull. “He was hungry,” Pitbull said. “He was like ‘Look, I’ll shoot this video for basically nothing. I just want to show you how I work.’ And sure enough, we did ‘Be Quiet’ in Little Haiti, and we haven’t stopped working since then.” Rousseau has made 13

videos with Pitbull, including “I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho),” which has received more than 150 million views on YouTube since its March 2009 release. A video Rousseau shot this year for the Iglesias and Pitbull collaboration “I Like It” was nominated for an MTV Video Music Award.

Building on his initial success with Pitbull, Rousseau started the production company CreativeSeen in 2008. The company offered a cheaper alternative to its larger competitors, which appealed to music labels stung by the recession. “We took advantage of the economic situation,” Rousseau said. “Normally, a production company would turn down a job because they really couldn’t make a profit out of it, but we could. And even if we broke even, we were starting to get new clients.” The days of big acts routinely shelling out a millon dollars for music videos are over, Rousseau said. Video budgets can still get into the six figures, but many are shot for less. Taking those lower-budget projects while keeping the quality in place helped Rousseau quickly build a solid reputation. “I love his work ethic,” Pitbull said. “I love the fact that he’s a person who wants to get it done no matter what.

He isn’t afraid to hustle. He isn’t afraid to grind.” Pitbull’s most recent video, “Hey Baby,” was one of five videos Rousseau shot in October over a four-day period. But that schedule was relatively easy compared to the 12 videos he shot over two weekends earlier this year for Cash Money. Birdman praised Rousseau for having a clear idea of what they needed, and for getting the job done in a short amount of time. Looming over the process was the fact that Lil Wayne was just weeks away from starting a jail sentence in New York for a weapons charge. “It was intense for everyone,” Rousseau said. “You know how people say deadlines like ‘What’s a deadline?’ Well, going to prison, that’s a firm deadline.” The idea was to stockpile videos that would keep Lil Wayne in the public eye while he was jailed, including May’s “Get A Life” and September’s “I Am Not a Human Being.” Lil Wayne was released from jail in November. C a s h M o n ey ’s Kev i n Rudolf said he trusted Rousseau right away, which was important since the rocker’s “I Made It” video was shot entirely in front of a green screen. “You never know when you’re the artist and you’re performing in front of a green screen what it’s actually going to look like,” Rudolf said. British singer-songwriter Jay Sean was impressed by how Rousseau ran the set while filming the video for “Like This, Like That.” “David’s style was interesting because he didn’t need to yell; he didn’t need to scream at anybody,” Sean said.” I think he knew what he wanted to capture, and he kept his eye on the goal. It made the whole day pretty easy to film.” Rousseau’s production company has parlayed its musicvideo success into commercial work, and Rousseau said he’s not ruling out the possibility of television or movies. “I love doing music videos,” Rousseau said. “We have other things that we’re developing, but there’s no rush.”

‘Little Fockers’ is like house guest who won’t leave By David Germain AP movie writer Meet “Little Fockers,” the latest in Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller’s comedy franchise. Grit your teeth through the fairly short though agonizing duration of its stay. Then wave goodbye in relief as its huge cast of characters departs like the annoying inlaws they are. “Meet the Parents” from 2000 was a tolerable trifle and 2004’s “Meet the Fockers” was a bloated bore. But “Little Fockers” is tasteless trash, filled with abysmally unfunny gags involving vomit, enemas, erectile dysfunction and the like as De Niro’s Byrnes clan and Stiller’s Focker family stumble through another mindless reunion. The only positive thing De Niro, Stiller and such co-stars as Barbra Streisand, Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Alba and Owen Wilson honestly could say about “Little Fockers” is that they were paid well. Jay Roach, who directed the first two movies, only produces this time, with Paul Weitz filling in as director on “Little Fockers.” Weitz’s past work ranges from sweet and sharp (“About a Boy”) to gross but edgy (“American Pie”). He’s delivered an awful mess here, working from a witless screenplay credited to John Hamburg, co-writer of

Robert De Niro and Blythe Danner in “Little Fockers”

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Colin Baiocchi, left, and Ben Stiller in “Little Fockers”

film review the first two movies and a producer on this one, and Larry Stuckey, an associate producer on “Meet the Fockers.” A string of dumb episodes, “Little Fockers” strains to find new reasons for De Niro’s father-in-law from hell, Jack Byrnes, to revive his suspicions about Stiller’s Greg Focker, the male nurse his darling daughter Pam

(Teri Polo) has chosen for a mate. It all goes down as Jack and his wife (Blythe Danner) visit Greg and Pam for the birthday bash of the couple’s twins. Ex-CIA agent Jack resumes his surveillance of Greg, who has an innocent flirtation with a gorgeous pharmaceutical rep (Alba) peddling Sustengo, a new drug to treat impotence. Really. This is what the filmmakers expect you to pay to

see. Wilson is back as Pam’s old flame, doing the same passive-aggressive pining and whining he did in the first two movies. Streisand and Hoffman return as Greg’s touchyfeely parents, whose sexual frankness again leaves the upright Jack unsettled. Laura Dern joins the cast in a pointless role as head of a school that Greg and Pam are considering for their kids. A confrontation between

De Niro and Harvey Keitel as Greg’s housing contractor could have been a real hoot given the long history between the two actors, pals since their early days in Martin Scorsese films. But it’s just stiff, awkward and humorless, like the rest of the movie. The jokes are beyond lame, including a terrible play on words involving “The Godfather” that apparently had the filmmakers in stitches, since the movie repeats it so often. There’s even a dreadful, prolonged “Jaws” gag (the same studio made both movies, so at least the “Fockers” gang could poach the “Jaws” theme music on the cheap). It’s remarkable so many stars could be lured into this

rubbish, no matter how big the paychecks. But then, Hoffman initially said no to reprising his role, coming on board only after most of “Little Fockers” had been shot. His scenes were added later, pairing him mostly with Streisand and Stiller, then clumsily interspersed amid the main action. Hopefully, there will be no call for any of the actors to repeat their roles after this. Let’s pray these in-laws never come to visit again. “Little Fockers,” a Universal release, is rated PG-13 for mature sexual humor throughout, language and some drug content. Running time: 98 minutes. One and a half stars out of four.


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Sofia Coppola goes inside Hollywood in ‘Somewhere’

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‘Cool 39-year-old filmmaker explores fame, Tinseltown and parenting Revolution’ marks CTI’s 40th year By Sandy Cohen AP entertainment writer

LOS ANGELES — Sofia Coppola knows what it’s like to grow up with a famous dad: Jetting off to faraway places, spending long stretches of time in hotels and getting an inside look at the bizarre, privileged and often decadent world of Hollywood. The 39-year-old filmmaker also knows what it’s like to be a parent in show business: She has two young daughters with partner Thomas Mars, who fronts the rock band Phoenix. In her new film, “Somewhere,” which opens Wednesday, Coppola explores fame, Hollywood and parenting from both perspectives, with a style and approach completely distinct from that of her famous father. Where Francis Ford Coppola embraces new filmmaking technology and high-def cameras, Sofia Coppola prefers classic film and her dad’s old lenses from the 1980s. Where he is known mostly for dark, action-filled dramas such as “The Godfather” and “Apocalypse Now,” she prefers simpler stories and character portraits — like those of a displaced college grad and an aging movie star in 2003’s “Lost in Translation,” which won her an Academy Award for original screenplay and made her the third woman ever nominated for a directing Oscar. She approaches “Somewhere” with similar subtlety. The film tells the story of Johnny Marco, a handsome, hotshot actor who lives in Hollywood’s storied Chateau Marmont hotel, ignoring the stack of scripts by his bedside to instead fill his time with beer, pills and a pair of twin strippers who carry their own collapsible poles. His smoky haze is interrupted when his 11-year-old daughter, Cleo, arrives unexpectedly for an

By Charles J. Gans The Associated Press

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Director Sofia Coppola and her brother, producer Roman Coppola

film extended stay. “I was just thinking about how having a kid really changes your perspective and your priorities, so I was imagining for a guy like that, having a daughter, what that might be like,” Coppola said from a suite at the Four Seasons Hotel, where she was promoting the film. “It was fun to show another side of Hollywood that you don’t normally get to see, because we’re so fixated on celebrity culture today.” In Coppola’s Hollywood, twin strippers are available for hire and the in-call masseuse might get naked to make his clients more comfortable. Models and topless beauties are everywhere, impromptu

parties are the norm and publicists and other handlers are perennially perky. Coppola said she wanted to take moviegoers inside modern fame and show how its superficial trappings may not satisfy the real needs in life. “I think that because I grew up around it that I’ve seen another side of it and it doesn’t have the same mystique,” she said. Never one for Hollywood’s party scene, Coppola no longer lives in Los Angeles. After her divorce from fellow filmmaker Spike Jonze in 2003, she relocated to New York. Now she lives in Paris with Mars and their two girls, a 4-year-old and a 6-month-old. Coppola said she still likes L.A., “but it’s pretty extreme that the

What a drag

Boas, bustiers take off in theaters By Mark Kennedy The Associated Press

and another finding comfort in it as he battles AIDS. Busch — the Tony Award-nominated playNEW YORK — Will Swenson went from very wright of “The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife” and hairy to virtually hairless in a matter of weeks. an actor who has built a 30-year career playing He jumped from acting in “Hair” in Lon- female roles in such comedies as “Vampire Lesdon’s West End in May to vamping in “Priscilla bians of Sodom” and “Die, Mommie, Die!” — conQueen of the Desert the Musical” in Toronto. siders the blip a coincidence. “Every couple of years Now instead of cultivatthere just happens to be ing his curls, Swenson a number of shows runfinds himself shaving ning at the same time — a lot. that have drag involved “Definitely differin it or men playing a ent from ‘Hair’ in that female character,” he regard,” says the Tony says. “These cycles Award-nominated come more frequently actor in an interview because the concept from Canada. “In ‘Hair’ of an actor playing a they were like, ‘Don’t female role has become cut anything.’ At ‘Prisless and less shocking cilla’ they’re saying, ‘Cut or innovative.” everything.”’ Certainly the conWhen “Priscilla” cept of Bedford — a comes to Broadway Tony-winning classiin February, Swenson cal actor who specialwon’t be alone in fighting izes in Shakespeare and razor burn: Drag is spicMoliere — playing a ing up New York stages woman seemed unlikely this winter, with actors just years ago. But he’ll of all backgrounds and soon be directing himages slipping on fishself as the formidable nets and bustiers, Victorian dresses, nun habits, Will Swenson in “Priscilla Queen of the Des- Lady Bracknell in the Oscar Wilde comedy. feathers, plaid skirts or ert the Musical” in Toronto “I thought we might luscious evening gowns. The gender-bending can be a key part of the produce something different if we approached plot, as in “La Cage aux Folles” and “Priscilla,” or it in an utterly serious way, which is what as an unmentioned twist, such as Charles Busch we’ve done,” Bedford says. “I really mean this: I playing Mother Superior in “The Divine Sister” approached Lady Bracknell just as seriously as and Brian Bedford as Lady Bracknell in “The I approached King Lear.” Bedford’s choice is not unprecedented. Importance of Being Earnest.” “There’s a blip clearly going on right now,” says Although Lady Bracknell has been played by Joe Jeffreys, a theater historian at New York such actresses as Margaret Rutherford, Edith University’s Tisch School of the Arts. “It’s more Evans, Joan Plowright and Judi Dench, the late like a pendulum — it goes forward and then it William Hutt also took up the character’s parasol and fur stole to great acclaim at the Stratford goes back.” The pendulum this season also includes Shakespeare Festival in the 1970s. Bedford says he viewed portraying Lady Bracksmaller moments of drag, including male actors playing female parts in the frantic Alfred Hitch- nell as a way to add a farcical element to the procock send-up “The 39 Steps” and even in the hit duction and as a professional challenge, although Broadway musical “Billy Elliot,” which has a he admits he has played a woman once before. “When I was 14, I did play the Virgin Mary,” duet between the main character and his school chum as they try on women’s clothing. The off- he says. But that early role turned out to be less Broadway revival of Tony Kushner’s “Angels about choice than necessity: Bedford was at an in America” also touches on the controversial all-boys Roman Catholic boarding school at the role drag has played in the gay community, with time. “I was thrilled doing any kind of acting at one character criticizing the practice as sexist that point,” he says, laughing.

whole city revolves around show business.” She shot “Somewhere” at Chateau Marmont, a kind of show-biz mecca on the Sunset Strip, where her team filled the hotel’s fifth floor and her star, Stephen Dorff, took up temporary residence. She had to keep the crew small since the hotel was still open for business, and because she wanted to impart a fly-on-thewall feeling to viewers. “It felt more like a filmschool project or something,” she said. Like “Lost in Translation,” “Somewhere” evolves quietly, with long shots allowing the characters to slowly reveal themselves. Dorff said he appreciated the change of pace. “I love that in this life, where

everybody’s busy, everybody’s texting, that Sofia kind of just says, ‘Whew. Slow it all down, baby. This is going to be a portrait of my guy, and if you open your eyes a little bit and go with us, you’re going to have a nice reward at the end,”’ he said. “That’s what she does with all her films, and I think this one even more.” Coppola spent more than two years on “Somewhere,” writing, directing, producing and editing the film. She said she finds writing to be the hardest part, shooting the most exciting and editing the most enjoyable. The film was a family affair, with her brother and dad serving as producer and executive producer, respectively. Mars and his band made the score.

This four-CD collection celebrates the 40th anniversary of producer Creed Taylor’s launch of CTI Records. The independent jazz label managed to reach a larger audience without compromising artistic integrity, finding middle ground between straight-ahead acoustic jazz and the electric jazz-rock fusion that was all the rage in the early 1970s. The 39 remastered tracks from 1970-1975 — featuring CTI’s musicians trading roles as leaders and sidemen — is organized thematically to showcase different facets of the label’s profile. Disc one (“Straight Up”) is the closest to unadulterated mainstream jazz, highlighted by tenor saxophonist Stanley Turrentine’s hard-driving “Sugar.” Disc two (“Deep Grooves/ Big Hits’) includes trumpeter Freddie Hubbard’s groove masterpiece “Red Clay” as well as Brazilian keyboardist Eumir Deodato’s funky jam on Richard Strauss’ “Also Sprach Zarathrustra.” Other tracks reflect the label’s penchant for jazz versions of pop hits: Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit” performed by Benson or James Taylor’s “Fire and Ice” by flutist Hubert Laws. Disc three (“The Brazilian Connection”) reflects Taylor’s affinity for the bossa nova sound he introduced to U.S. audiences on early 1960s Charlie Byrd and Stan Getz recordings. Disc four (“Cool and Classic”) presents 1950s cool jazz mainstays in more contemporary settings — for example trumpeter-vocalist Chet Baker’s tenderly caressing “What’ll I Do” in a string arrangement by Don Sebesky.


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By Mesfin Fekadu The Associated Press

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NEW YORK — Keyshia Cole’s new album, “Calling All Hearts,” is out this week. It’s the follow-up to her first three albums, all platinum-sellers that had multiple R&B hits. But this time around, Cole’s lead single has not created a buzz for the singer like it has done in the past. “I Ain’t Thru,” which features Nicki Minaj, has only peaked at No. 58 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop songs chart. Cole says she made the decision to release the song — though her record label disagreed. “The label didn’t really want to drop the record because they knew ... that people wanted a more intense, soulful record from me about love and I really should have followed (their) direction,” she said. “But I wanted that to be a statement record. It’s like saying, ‘I’m doing me, you know. I don’t have no regrets for nothing that I’m doing.”’ “There’s no way to predict how people will respond to things,” said Ron Fair, chairman of Geffen Records. “It’s something that Keyshia really wanted to say.” Cole is following up the song with “Long Way Down,” which she says “people are gravitating more toward” because of its midtempo groove and focus on love; the song was released to radio last week. Fair, who executive produced all of Cole’s albums, says though the pre-album buzz isn’t as strong as it has been in the past, he’s not worried about the new album’s firstweek sales. “The record business is so perilous right now that it’s always, for me, a case of the tortoise not the hare,” Fair said. “What will be the ultimate judgment is where this record is in a year.” Since 2005, Cole, now 29, has secured her spot in the R&B world, releasing hit songs about heartache and love lapses that were reminiscent of Mary J. Blige, helping make Cole one of the field’s brightest stars. Her first album, “The Way It Is,” featured ballads like “Love” and “I Should’ve Cheated.” In 2007 she released “Just Like You,” a Grammy-nominated album that had No. 1 hits like “Let It Go,” “I Remember” and “Heaven Sent.” Cole says after that success

she wasn’t interested in singing similar songs. “I just think that people expect me to be, you know, an artist that sings about just love. But I’m always growing as an artist and I have to feed my artistry,” she said. Keyshia With 2008’s Cole “A Different Me,” Cole switched up her style: The disc featured uptempo songs that highlighted the singer’s sex appeal. While three of the CD’s songs cracked the Top 10 on the R&B charts, they didn’t make a splash like those on her previous efforts. Cole’s first two albums have sold 1.6 and 1.7 million units, respectively, while “A Different Me” only moved 1 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. So on “Calling All Hearts,” Cole says she’s returning to her signature style, while adding a “grown woman” twist at the same time. Part of Cole’s growth is due to the changes in personal life: She disconnected with her family — famously seen on the BET reality show “Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is” — and she started her own. Cole had a son in March and is engaged to Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Daniel Gibson, who is seen in Cole’s music video for “Long Way Down.” “She’s very much a different person having met this wonderful man in her life ... having a baby and you know, having a stable home life in Cleveland,” Fair said. Cole, originally of Oakland, Calif., was raised by adoptive parents; her real mother, Frankie Lons, was a drug addict. On her reality show, which lasted for three seasons and ended in 2008, Cole was seen trying to balance life in both of her families while having a singing career. Following the show, Cole’s birth mother and sister, Neffeteria Pugh, launched their own BET reality show, “Frankie & Neffe,” which was produced by Cole and lasted for one season. Earlier this year Cole announced that she was separating herself from her biological family, saying she “needed serenity and peace to move forward.”

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Turcottes to celebrate Mr. Kelly, Miss Dixon with Mass, reception are wed in Egremont Roy and Katherine Turcotte will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Friday. They were married Dec. 31, 1960. Both graduated from high school in 1959 — Roy from St. Aloysius and Katherine from St. Francis Xavier. They have four sons, Jeff Turcotte of Albuquerque, N.M., Greg Turcotte of Seminary, Tim Turcotte of Lexington, Ky.,

and Steve Turcotte of Vicksburg. They also have 15 grandchildren and seven greatgrandchildren. A Mass with special blessing will be at 5:30 p.m. Friday at St. Michael Catholic Church. A reception in the Turcottes’ honor will follow in the parish hall from 7 until 9 p.m. All relatives and friends are invited to attend.

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2010 CHEVY TAHOE #5455A was: $51,995 now: $48,995

2002 DODGE DURANGO #5487A was: $9,995 now: $7,995

2004 CHEVY SILVERADO 2500 #3834A was: $18,999 now: $11,995

2006 FORD SUPER DUTY F250 #5252B was: $19,995 now: $16,995

2008 DODGE RAM 1500 #8218A was: $23,995 now: $20,995

2003 BUICK RENDEZVOUS #8164A was: $9,995 now: $8,195

2004 CHEVY SUBURBAN #5378B was: $15,995 now: $12,495

2010 CHEVY IMPALA #3202P was: $18,995 now: $16,995

2009 CHEVY SILVERADO 1500 #8269A was: $23,995 now: $21,495

2004 DODGE RAM 2500 #5441A was: $10,995 now: $8,295

2004 CHEVY SILVERADO 1500 #8170BB was: $16,995 now: $12,895

2010 CHEVY HHR #5440A was: $19,999 now: $16,995

2007 TOYOTA TUNDRA #5469A was: $23,995 now: $21,995

2006 MAZDA5 #3176PA was: $12,995 now: $8,995

2009 FORD FOCUS #3148P was: $15,495 now: $12,995

2006 CADILLAC SRX #3251P was: $19,995 now: $17,895

2006 FORD SUPER DUTY F250 #8232A was: $25,995 now: $23,295

IF YOU DON’T SEE WHAT YOU WANT IN OUR AD JUST CALL.. NEW VEHICLES ARRIVING DAILY!

With Approved Credit. See Dealer For Details. Pictures For Illustrational Purposes Only. *Warranty is included on pre-owned vehicles with over 100,000 miles. $200 deductible applies.

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PHOTOS BY OUR READERS Herb Caldwell

Haley Steed

Herb Caldwell of Vicksburg saw the contrast in the power lines and the sky on a recent evening near U.S. 61 South.

Ten-year-old Haley Steed found these geese on a foggy morning swimming on a lake near her grandmother’s home.

Sadie Mae Day

Joseph Jackson

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

Joseph Jackson of Vicksburg spotted this hawk nearly camouflaged in front of a tangle of kudzu.

Sadie Mae Day of Delta, La., said this 5-foottall hollyhock was the only one that bloomed from a packet of seeds. 02. Public Service

05. Notices

FREE PUPPIES TO good home. German Shepherd/ Labrador Mix, very loyal. 601-629-4371.

Center For Pregnancy Choices Free Pregnancy Tests

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

¡ Education on All Options ¡ Confidential Counseling Call 601-638-2778 for appt www.vicksburgpregnancy.com

Classified Advertising really brings big results!

(non-medical facility)

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

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

05. Notices

05. Notices

Is the one you love hurting you? Call

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

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.

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

07. Help Wanted 1713 CLAY STREET. Hairstylist private booth rental. Starting $300 monthly. 601-618-8659 or 601429-5005.

Company Drivers & Owner Operators: New Dedicated Contract in Vicksburg. Blowin’ & Goin’ Year Round O/O: Line Haul + 100% Fuel Surcharge Company: $.34/mile Great Hometime CDL-A, Clean MVR. 3 yrs Exp. Req. Call Shannon: 877-948-3625

07. Help Wanted

07. Help Wanted

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

Discover a new world of opportunity with The Vicksburg Post Classifieds. UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP!

HONDA OF VICKSBURG

SALES PROFESSIONALS NEEDED We are looking for individuals who: • possess strong selling skills • works well with the public • able to achieve sales based goals * HIRING ALL POSITIONS We offer full benefit packages, and strong commission based sales and bonuses. Apply in person at Excel Honda, 601-636-1800 2939 I-20 N. Frontage Road, Vicksburg, MS.

The Classified Marketplace... Where buyers and sellers meet.

Vicksburg Video has openings for Installer and Customer Service Rep Positions. Vicksburg Video offers excellent benefits, which include the following: Health Insurance Dental Insurance 401(k) Retirement Plan Profit Sharing Plan Additional Supplemental Insurance Paid Vacation and Sick Leave Paid Training and Education in the National Cable Telecommunications Institute Complimentary Cable Service & High-Speed Internet Service for applicants living in our service area and discounted phone service Interested applicants may fax a resume to (601) 636-3797, or mail a resume to or come in and fill out an application at our office at 900 Hwy 61 N, Vicksburg, MS 39183. Vicksburg Video, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is a drug and tobacco free work environment.


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108 Evelyn St. Great home for the first time home buyer or someone looking to downsize in nice in town neighborhood. Beautiful hardwood floors. No houses at all across the street, and this is a very short, nice street. 3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths. $76,000.

515 Kavanaugh Nicely remodeled home, convenient Oak Park area location. 3 bedroom, 2 bath.

135,000

$

JONES & UPCHURCH, INC. Call Andrea at

601-831-6490 Over 33 years of experience put to work for you! EMAIL: ANDREA@JONESANDUPCHURCH.COM Andrea Upchurch WWW.VICKSBURGHOMES.COM

The Vicksburg Post

BETH MAZZANTI

Sanders Hollingsworth Builders

& Coldwell Banker All Stars

PRESENTS 1100 WARRENTON ROAD A rare find! Lovely home situated on 6.8 acres with an amazing view of the Mississippi River. The downstairs features formal living & dining and a large family room which opens onto a covered back patio. Gleaming Hardwood & Ceramic Tile Flooring throughout. Perfect home for entertaining!

217 Brookwood Drive Great neighborhood, great school district, unbelievable price!!! Features include 2777sf, 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, walk-in closets, two small bonus rooms (which can be used as an office and second living area), formal dining room, eat-in kitchen with oak cabinets, great room with fireplace, patio, central heating and air.

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

Licensed by the State of MS & the City of Vicksburg

REDUCED!!! 601-636-5947 or 601-415-4114

601-634-8928 or 601-218-2489

LEECH REAL ESTATE OF VICKSBURG, INC.

homesofvicksburg.net

www.leechrealestateofvicksburg.com

SH

Johnny Sanders 601-629-7808

Visit us online at www.vicksburgpost.com 200 LightCap Blvd.

Complete renovation in Oak Park! 3 bedrooms, 2.5 new baths, updated kitchen, new flooring, formal areas & family room. Enjoy private backyard from screened porch. Must see to appreciate. 2,399 sq. ft. for only $179,000.

503 Oakwood

107 OLD PORTERS CHAPEL RD. You Will Love This Lovely Brick Home With Three Bedrooms & Two Full Baths. Formal Living Room,A Huge Fenced Yard Off the Formal Dining Room, A Wonderful Eat-in Kitchen, Two-car Carport. NEW PRICE • $169,900

McMillin

REATHA CREAR

Real Estate & Appraisal 601-636-8193

& Coldwell Banker All Stars 601-831-1742 601-634-8928

07. Help Wanted

07. Help Wanted

1713 CLAY STREET. Hairstylist private booth rental. Starting $300 monthly. 601-618-8659 or 601429-5005.

ATTN: 25 Driver Trainees Needed! for Schneider National. Local CDL Training. No Exp. Needed. Weekly Home Time. Call Today! 877-358-9922 www.tdi-jobs.com/ vicksburgpost

RECEPTIONIST POSITION A small health related company has an immediate opening for a PART-TIME Receptionist. Responsible for collecting, posting, and managing accounts; communicating with clients; and providing clerical assistance. Submit resume and three letters of reference postmarked by Dec. 27, 2010 to Receptionist Position, P.O. Box 526, Vicksburg, MS 39181. FULL-TIME SECRETARY/ BOOKKEEPER position. Associates Degree in business or related field. Two or three years experience preferred. Proficient in Microsoft office and Quick books Pro. Send resume to P O Box 64 Vicksburg, MS 39181

SCHNEIDER NATIONAL

Check the classifieds daily or sell the rest with a fast action classified ad.

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 ftc.gov/credit A message from The Vicksburg Post and the FTC.

❁❁❁❁❁ Every day is bright and sunny with a classified ad to make you

MONEY!

LOST YOUR NINE IRON?

Call Allaina or Michele and place your ad today.

601-636-SELL ❁❁❁❁❁

24. Business Services

CLASSIFIEDS REALLY GO THE DISTANCE! Call 601-636-SELL

To Place Your Ad.

11. Business Opportunities

11. Business Opportunities

24. Business Services

• Construction

Barnes Glass

CONSTRUCTION

Vans • Cars • Trucks •Insurance Claims Welcome•

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

• Bulldozer & Construction

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

• Lawn HandyMan Care Services

RIVER CITY HANDYMAN We’re not satisfied until You are. Call today for your Free Estimate!

ROSS

New Homes

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

Jon Ross 601-638-7932 • Lawn MobileCare Home Services Magnolia Mobile Home Parts 601-634-6579 • Skirting • Set up Supplies • Tubs, Faucets • Vinyl Siding • Carpet, Tile • Roof Sealant • Air Conditioners • Doors & Windows “If we don’t have it, we’ll get it.”

• Dirt Works CLARK’S CONSTRUCTION State board of contractors approved and bonded. 601-638-9233. Fill dirt for erosion purposes, clay gravel, 610, back fill sand. FREE estimates on demolition, driveway work, replacement of old broken driveway and add- ons. Lot clearing, dozer track hoe work.

CLASSIFIEDS 601-636-SELL (7355)

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

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

! No Wonder Everybody’s Doing It Your Hometown Newspaper!

Openings Available in:

Vicksburg

601-636-4545 ext. 181

If you’re finding too much of this and that cluttering your house, sell it fast. Call and place your classified ad today.

601-636-SELL

601-415-6868

601-638-6243

• Glass

Joe Rangel - Owner

11. Business Opportunities

REALTOR ASSOCIATE® COLDWELL BANKER ALL STARS marianne.jones@coldwellbanker.com

24. Business Services

24. Business Services

Score A Bullseye With One Of These Businesses!

Quality Service at Competitive Prices #1 Windshield Repair & Replacement

Remember...

Marianne May Jones

BUSINESS & SERVICE DIRECTORY

601.636.7843 • 601.529.5400

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

2735 Washington Street • Vicksburg, MS

Home for Sale? Show it to the world at www.vicksburgrealestate.com

reathacrear@aol.com

PRESENTED BY

Located close to WES. Large yard with 2 workshops, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths with an office, Dining Room and large Living Room. Hardwood Floors, large Corner Lot with 2 carports and Storm Cellar.

• Printing

• Signs

PATRIOTIC • FLAGS • BANNERS • BUMPER STICKERS • YARD SIGNS

Show Your Colors! Post Plaza 601-631-0400

1601 N. Frontage Rd. Vicksburg, MS 39180

SPEEDIPRINT & OFFICE SUPPLY

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

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

WE

ACCEPT MOST

MAJOR CREDIT CARDS

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"POP ART "

Hit The Bullseye By Advertising Daily With The Business And Service Directory

Aim for the coverage and receive the most for your Choose from the headings below to add some advertising dollars in the Vicksburg “Pop” to the informationarea in your advertisement. Selling anything from cars to Business & Service Directory! houses and everything in between. Call our Classifieds department at 601-636-SELL (7355) today for more information.

• CLASSIFIEDS • 601-636-7355 • www.vicksburgpost.com •

"POP ART "

PRICES are added to the regular cost of your ad. $1.00 extra per day • Minimum charge $3.00

“Pop” to the information in your advertisement. Selling anything from cars to houses and everything in between. Call our Classifieds department at 601-636-SELL (7355) today for more information. Choose from the headings below to add some

PRICES are added to the regular cost of your ad. $1.00 extra per day • Minimum charge $3.00

Available for a

from

For Results You Can Measure, Classified Is The Answer. •Rent Office Space By The Square FOOT •Find An Exercise Bike And Lose INCHES •Buy A House With A Great YARD •Get Better MILEAGE With A New Car.


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Madelyn Roesch from Downtown Vicksburg. Shop and Dine in Downtown Vicksburg... Where Everything is waiting for you!

5 years old 0-5 Age Group

1309 Washington St. • Vicksburg, MS 39180 (601) 636-7277 Toll Free (866) 637-7277 M - F 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sat 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT: www.uptownfloristandgifts.com

1600 Hwy 61 N. Vicksburg

Tina’s

Tina Foley Owner

Flowers & Gifts

~ ~ LLC

601-638-4747 • 1-877-408-4627

Funeral Home May the blessings of Jesus fill your home this holiday season. 5000 Indiana Avenue 601-629-0000

Destiny Skylar Taylor 9 years old 6-10 Age Group

www.charlesrilesfuneralhome.com

Marianne May Jones

Wishing you a Happy & Safe Christmas and a joyous New Year!

ANDREA LEWIS

Realtor-Associate

601-415-6868

RealtorÂŽ Associate 601-218-0644

ALL STARS, LLC Your Perfect PartnerÂŽ

andrealewis@cablelynx.com

LEECH REAL ESTATE OF VICKSBURG, INC.

2170 S. Frontage Rd. #3, Vicksburg, MS 39180

Seasons Greetings

BELL’S ENTERPRISES Bell’s Music Co. 601-636-3481 Bell’s Ice Co. 601-638-8106 Bell’s Towing Service 601-636-8267

is for ANGEL 1312 Washington Street • 601.629.6201 www.artandsoulofthesouth.com

BETTE PAUL WARNER McMillin Real Estate & Appraisal, Inc. Bette@VicksburgRealEstate.com 601-218-1800 601-636-8193

Zarria King

12 years old 10-12 Age Group

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!!

“Everybody needs a helping hand for the health of their family.�

Happy Holidays! 1670 Hwy 61 N, Vicksburg 601-631-6837 Angela Daquilla, RPH Michael Jones, RPH

KIM & HYMAN THE STEEN TEAM WANT TO WISH YOU

2566 S. Frontage Rd., Ste C, Vicksburg, MS Telephone: 601-630-9966 Fax: 601-636-1777 www.staffltd.com sarasykes@staffltd.com wandacook@staffltd.com

& YOURS A

601-218-7318

Home for Sale? Show it to the world at www.homesofvicksburg.com

Katzenmeyer’s • Antiques • Furniture • Pets & Supplies

3508 S. Washington Street Vicksburg, MS 39180

FIBER FLOOR & SHEET VINYL

Mississippi Auction Service, LLC

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Hardy A. Katzenmeyer, MS Lic. 988 www.msauctionservice.com

11/30/2010 SEE STORE FOR DETAILS

ON SALE THRU

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601-636-3210 4BMFT •(BJM $PUISBO BOE (FOB •5BUVN Monday-Friday 9am-5pm • Saturday 10am-2pm Sales: Gail Cothran and Gena Tatum Locally owned by Jim and Liz Fulgham

Gift Certificates Available

Thank you to all our contestants and sponsors in the coloring contest and Congratulations to our winners!!! Allaina, Michele & Vickie

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from


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Classified • S O M E T H I N G N E W E V E R Y D A Y • We accept: e y r w • Call Direct: (601)636-SELL Online Ad Placement: http://www.vicksburgpost.com

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

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

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

13. Situations Wanted

Classified Display Deadlines

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

Ads to appear Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

17. Wanted To Buy

15. Auction

CAREGIVER AVAILABLE . 24/ 7, full time, part time or live in. For your total care, experienced, dependable, compassionate, excellent references, valid driver's license, reliable transportation, non-smoker. Call 601497-5144. CHRISTIAN WOMAN LOOKING for job caring for elderly or children. 601-5293632.

14. Pets & Livestock

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

17. Wanted To Buy

WE HAUL OFF old appliances, lawn mowers, hot water heaters, junk and abandoned cars, trucks, vans, etcetera. 601-940-5075, if no answer, please leave message.

18. Miscellaneous For Sale FOR LESS THAN 45 cents per day, have The Vicksburg Post delivered to your home. Only $14 per month, 7 day delivery. Call 601-636-4545, Circulation Department.

I PAY TOP dollar for junk vehicles. Call 601-218-0038. TOP PRICES PAID for coins, Gold, Silver, war relics, estates. 601-618-2727.

AKC/ CKC REGISTERED Yorkies, Poodles and Schnauzers $400 and up! 601-218-5533,

  

VICKSBURG WARREN HUMANE SOCIETY

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

THE PET SHOP “Vicksburg’s Pet Boutique� 3508 South Washington Street

DOGGIE SWEATERS ARE HERE! A VARIETY OF SIZES, STYLES & COLORS! COME IN FOR A FITTING!

CALL 601-636-SELL AND PLACE YOUR CLASSIFIED AD TODAY.

Highway 61 South

601-636-6631

29. Unfurnished Apartments

Currently has

30 puppies& dogs 39 cats & kittens available for adoption.

Call the Shelter for more information.

Please adopt today!

VICKSBURG WARREN HUMANE SOCIETY Hwy 61 S. • 601-636-6631

29. Unfurnished Apartments

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

DON’T SHOP...

Classified Ad Rates Classified Line Ads: Starting at 1-4 Lines, 1 Day for $8.28

Deadline 5 p.m., Thursday 3 p.m., Friday 3 p.m., Monday 3 p.m., Tuesday 3 p.m., Wednesday 11 a.m., Thursday 11 a.m., Thursday 18. Miscellaneous For Sale OAK FIREWOOD. PICK up or delivery. 601-631-4002. RED OAK FIREWOOD. long bed truck, stacked, good load. $70 601-415-9760. 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 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.

Classified line ads are charged according to the number of lines. For complete pricing information contact a Classified Sales Representative today at 601-636-SELL. Ads cancelled before expiration date ordered are charged at prevailing rate only for days actually run, 4 line minimum charge. $8.28 minimum charge.

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21. Boats, Fishing Supplies

24. Business Services

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

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

Great Expectations Remodeling and Flooring 769-203-9023

MS. LADIES SPOTLESS cleaning. If you need help for the Holidays Call 601218-5910. River City Lawn Care You grow it - we mow it! Affordable and professional. Lawn and landscape maintenance. Cut, bag, trim, edge. 601-529-6168.

Remember...

Classifieds Really Go The Distance! Call

601-636-SELL To Place Your Ad.

Internet Place your classified line ad at

http://www.vicksburgpost.com

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.

28. Furnished Apartments

29. Unfurnished Apartments

$600 MONTHLY STUDIO. $900 1 bedroom townhouse. Utilities/ Cable/ Laundry. Weekly cleaning 601-661-9747.

2 bedroom house, $400 monthly. 3 bedroom Duplex $450 monthly. Refrigerator and stove furnished. $200 deposit on all. 601-6348290.

COMPLETELY FURNISHED. 1 Bedroom or studio apartment. All utilities paid. Includes cable, internet and laundry room. $750 $900 a month. 601-415-9027 or 601-638-4386.

29. Unfurnished Apartments Make us your HOME, We make Life EASY! We have it ALL! Paid cable, water & trash, we furnish washer/ dryer & microwave. Ask about our SPECIAL! Call NOW!! 601-415-8735

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

Get YOUR Business noticed in our BUSINESS SERVICE DIRECTORY

Sign a 3 month or 6 month agreement and SAVE!!!

Adopt Today!

Call the Shelter for more information.

HAVE A HEART, SPAY OR NEUTER YOUR PETS!

CROSS OVER

Look for us on www.petfinder.com

INTO THE GOOD LIFE!

www.pawsrescuepets.org

Foster a Homeless Pet!

Apartment Homes

Spacious 1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartment homes!

GOT NO JINGLE IN YOUR POCKET? Sell your unwanted or unused items with a fast-action classified ad.

• CABLE FURNISHED • HIGH SPEED INTERNET ACCESS AVAILABLE • NUMEROUS LAVISH AMENITIES • SPARKLING SWIMMING POOL • BASKETBALL COURT • VOLLEYBALL COURT

601-636-SELL

Run a 1 column x 1 inch size CALL TODAY TO $84.60 Monthly GET INFORMATION (which is only $2.82 per day)!

ON PLACING YOUR Run a 1 column x 2 inch size BUSINESS IN THIS $169.20 Monthly (which is only $5.64 per day)! DIRECTORY! ✰ SOME RESTRICTIONS APPLY ✰

www.gfprop.com

29. Unfurnished Apartments

601-636-0503 • 2160 S. Frontage Rd.

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

and

VICKSBURGS NEWEST, AND A WELL MAINTAINED FAVORITE. EACH WITH SPACIOUS FLOOR PLANS AND SOPHISTICATED AMENITIES. EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY

FOR LEASING INFO, CALL 601-636-1752

www.parkresidences.com • www.bienvilleapartments.com

Call Allaina, Michele or Vickie today!

601-636-SELL (7355) 1601 F North Frontage Road Vicksburg, MS 39180


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Classified

• Something New Everyday •

Call Direct: (601) 636-SELL Online Ad Placement: http://www.vicksburgpost.com

29. Unfurnished Apartments

33. Commercial Property

34. Houses For Sale

BEAUTIFUL LAKESIDE LIVING

CLAY STREET. 1300 square feet, convenient location. $650 monthly. 601618-8659, 601-429-5005.

105 RANCHO ROAD. 2 bedroom, 1 bath with 4.99 acres. Located 1 mile outside city limits. $60,000. 601-415-5033.

34. Houses For Sale

Voted #1 Apartments in the 2009 Reader’s Choice

• 1, 2 & 3 Bedroom Apts. • Beautifully Landscaped

LOOKING FOR YOUR DREAM HOME?

• Lake Surrounds Community

• Pool • Fireplace • Spacious Floor Plans 601-629-6300 www.thelandingsvicksburg.com

501 Fairways Drive Vicksburg

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

601-638-2231

Check the real estate listings in the classifieds daily.

Ask Us. FHA & VA Conventional ! Construction ! First-time Homebuyers !

DOWNTOWN, BRICK, MARIE Apartments. Total electric, central air/ heat, stove, refrigerator. $500, water furnished. 601-636-7107, trip@msubulldogs.org

Candy Francisco Mortgage Originator

!

Mortgage Loans 601.630.8209

Member FDIC

MAGNOLIA COMMONS OF VICKSBURG, 2 Bedroom - $630 3 Bedroom - $724 Enjoy Life In Our Modern, Convenient Apartment Community Located off Highway 61 South. 601-619-6821

TAKING APPLICATIONS ON 1, 2 and 3 bedroom. $200 deposit on each. Refrigerator and stove furnished. 601-634-8290.

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601-636-8193 VicksburgRealEstate.com 225 Boundary Line. 20 acres, new home with Inground pool. 100x150 riding arena. 1100 National Street 4 BR, 2.5 BA, 2106 Sq. ft. Whirlpool tub, 2-story w/ basement. $99,000. 209 Willow Drive Totally remodeled home w/ 1600+ sq.ft. $114,900. 106 Emily Great Location. New paint, flooring, counter tops and more. Priced to sell quick. $109,900. 111 Renaud 17.2 acres behind hospital on 61 N. House on the property goes with it. $649,000. 115 Robinhood 4 BR, 2.5 BA, new hardwood floors, paint, roof and appliances. Beautifully landscaped on 2.57 acres. $269,900. 4722 Roberta Circle 3 BR, 2 BA. Priced to sell fast! $74,900. 105 Deer Circle 2.4 acres, 4 BR, 2 BA, big wired and plumbed workshop. $169,900

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Hours: 8a.m. - 5p.m., Monday - Friday, Closed Saturday & Sunday Post Plaza 1601F North Frontage Rd. Vicksburg, MS 39180 601-636-4545 36. Farms & Acreage 310.46 acres Freetown Road, Bovina area. Rolling pasture, beautiful house site. $55,000. 321.52 acres China Grove. Wooded, $85,000. 3Financing available3 May and Campbell Land Company. 601-634-8255.

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Q How would Reese

Q Where does Andrea Bocelli live? Who’s yourr

Witherspoon describe working with Robert Pattinson?—Kim Berg, Spokane, Wash.

favorite tenor?—Arlene Mazone, Lone Tree, Colo.

A The actress, 34, says

N Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Rya Ryan Seacrest this year. How do does she usually celebrate?— ? brate?—Marc Allen, Miami, Fla.

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“Ther so much pressure A “There’s

A We can’t pick a favorite—but Bocelli (who lives in Tuscany) can. “[The late] Franco Corelli,”” ver the 52-year-old Italian tenor declares. “If I’d never r.” heard his voice, I couldn’t have become a singer.”

her 10-years-younger Water for Elephants co-star is “a wonderfully sweet boy—I mean, man. And off-the-charts handsome.” Witherspoon is attracting lots of attention herself: In both How Do You Know and 2011’s This Means War, she has not one but two suitors. “It’s my love-triangle period,” she jokes. “I guess this is just what women in their 30s go through.” Witherspoon: Table for three, please

McCarthy: All about Eve

Q How is last season’s American Idol runnerup, Crystal Bowersox, doing these days?—M. Oshiro, Honolulu, Hawaii

A She’s great—almost

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ter on The Closer?—D. Campbell, Alexandria, Va.

A “We’re both patient,” says Tenney, 49. “Our

Tenney: Art imitates life—and vice versa

writers play to our strengths. Sometimes things you say in passing even appear on the page. A character once got a ticket because he threw a banana peel out the window. That happened to me! I got a fine and eight hours of community service. I learned my lesson.”

Q Why does Johnny Depp keep returning to the Pirates films? Isn’t he tired of playing the same character?—Debbie Adler, Seattle, Wash.

A Are you kidding? “Captain Jack is always going to be a part of me,” says Depp, 47. “I like going back to him and seeing what we can cook up. It’s tougher to play someone like my character in The Tourist. I have the most fun when I can hide behind wigs or hats or makeup.” Depp digs disguises 2 • December 26, 2010

on New Year’s, and you’re always disappointed,” says McCarth 38. “So four minutes McCarthy, mi before midnight, I sit down with a friend and talk about how great thin things are and what we’re looking forward to. It’s much more meaningful to me.”

Walter Scott asks…

Steven Curtis Chapman

too great, in fact. “Artists feed on their misfortunes, and I don’t have many now,” says the re- Bowersox: Reversal cently married 25-year- of fortune old, whose debut album, Farmer’s Daughter, is just out. “My writing isn’t as angsty as it once was. The songs are happier. But I think I like it that way.”

The Grammy-nominated Christian singer, 48, talks about his new song, his faith, and how his family is coping after the loss of 5-year-old Maria Chapman two years ago.

Q I loved Paul Newman’s Doc Hudson character in

WS Why did you write “Meant to Be”? SCC I think we all want to know that if

A Owen Wilson, who voices race car Lightning

our lives don’t turn out the way we imagine, there’s still a purpose. It’s a song that I believe is true of all of us. WS How are you and your family doing since your daughter’s death? SCC It’s not the defining thing in our lives, but it has redefined us. My wife would call it a “wrestling match with God.” WS Are holidays especially difficult? SCC I think we realize now more than ever the brokenness of our world, and this loss we’ll carry for the rest of our lives. But it’s also when we celebrate the coming of hope. We’re weary, but I think 2011 will be a new beginning. Full interview at Parade.com/chapman

the animated movie Cars. How can they do a sequel without him?—Aly McKenzie, Los Angeles, Calif.

McQueen, remembers Newman fondly from the first film: “Paul loved fast cars. He said, ‘If you have to worry about the risk, you’re dead already.’ I couldn’t relate to that. I’m happy in my Prius.” As for the sequel, Wilson says, “There’s a nice homage to Paul in it.” Newman’s beloved Doc

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12 she took of her columned house on a mountain in Hawaii, framed by double rainbows. Wearing a navy jogging suit, white T-shirt, and ballet flats— comfort clothes after hours of taping—she’s more girlfriend than chairwoman, quick to giggle and totally focused. She sinks into her couch to discuss her new venture, which she’ll oversee from California after The Oprah Winfrey Show goes off the air in September. But there will still be plenty of Oprah on OWN. She has creative control, which means ultimate responsibility for 1200 hours of original and acquired programming in the first year, plus the burden of delivering her audience—and the entire, magical Oprah brand. An immense challenge, even for a superstar.

Oprah

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prah Winfrey perfectly understands the power—and potential pain—of her name. As a child in Milwaukee she watched Romper Room, whose host, Miss Nancy, peered into her “magic mirror” and greeted her young viewers. “I can see Susie and Jimmy and Bobby,” Miss Nancy might say, eliciting yelps of delight from children at home. Not little Oprah. “I used to stand there in front of the black-andwhite Magnavox thinking, Maybe today?” she tells me. She would move from one side of the TV set to the other, “thinking Miss Nancy would see me. Waiting for her to say hello to Oprah. Of course that never happened. She was handed a list of 4 • December 26, 2010

names and saw nobody!” Oprah reminisces slowly, hands tucked protectively under her legs. “I would have to say that my deepest feeling about myself growing up, the word that would best describe how I felt, would be lonely. And alone. It added to that feeling that there’s nobody like me.” She shifts into the present, grinning. “Now,” she adds playfully, “that’s a pretty good feeling!” Half a century later, isolation is unthinkable. Oprah’s days are nonstop, her success unprecedented: The Oprah Winfrey Show has been the top daytime talk show since its debut in 1986. Starting Jan. 1, she goes 24/7 with the launch of the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) on cable,

reaching nearly 80 million homes on what is now the Discovery Health channel. The programs include familiar faces, new series, and emotional excursions into miracles and family roots. OWN is a 50/50 partnership with Discovery—their idea, their money, her genius, her…well, name. A name that everyone knows today. Oprah greets me in her livingroom-size office at Harpo Studios in Chicago. Dog toys clutter one corner; twin shelves hold 15 shiny Emmys; an elegant curved desk dominates. “I spend more time here than I do at home, so it’s important that it be comfortable,” she says, touching signed books, presidential photos. Most cherished: the snap

to the launch of OWN, how do you feel? First it was, “Wowee, omigosh, a network!” And then it was, “What in the world have I done?” and, “Can I really do this?” So I had a lot of anxiety about it. After you made the deal? Yes. I was questioning, Why don’t I build a boat and sail around the world? Why don’t I learn French and find a nice little house in Provence? I could see myself bicycling with my baguettes and the whole thing. But I talked it over with my friends, and they all said, “You’re not going to be happy doing nothing.” What’s OWN about? It is mindful television. I think so much of television is a minefield that just zaps your energy, wastes your time. What I want to do is build a channel that is a respite for your mind, an oasis of stimulation, that you come away from with little pieces of light. I’m continued

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aiming for a moment where somebody could say, “I never thought of it that way before.” I just love that. How many of the shows are your idea? Master Class [see sidebar]. Finding Sarah [a six-part documentary with Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, premiering in spring]. That came from an interview I did this summer with her. We had a moment of real connection, watching the tape of her trying to get £500,000 [for access to Prince Andrew]. She said she didn’t want to go into bankruptcy. I said, “But when you look at that tape, don’t you see a morally bankrupted person? The one thing you were trying to avoid, you already are.” She said, “I never thought of it that way before.” Ah, there you go again! I remember the last thing I said to her when I left that interview:

“Don’t let me see you on Dancing with the Stars.” She started e-mailing me and at one point asked what did I think of her doing a celebrity chef show. And I said, “That’s not going to help you. How are you going to rehabilitate yourself on a celebrity chef show? You should be working on yourself.” You’re tough. I said, “I’ve never mentioned it because I don’t want you to think I’m trying to use you, but if you’re going to do TV, this is what you should do.” And she said? “Let me think about it. I’d have to expose myself, and what does that really mean?” I said, “All the things in your e-mails are so fascinating.” Like, she sent me an e-mail about how it’s so difficult to give up going to Spain this year. And I said, “You have no money. People who don’t have money don’t go to Spain

on holiday. Hello! ” And now you’ve got her doing a show. The great benefit of having your own channel is that you can be walking down the street. . . The other day I was in a restaurant, [and there was] the most handsome waiter. I was like, “Well, what are you interested in doing? You have a very good TV face.” [laughs] I look at everything. If I have an idea, it feels like a huge paint box. So I have moved from “Omigod, what am I going to do?” to “I can do anything.” You’ve said, “I know that as I start out on this next chapter there will be some mistakes and what others perceive as failures.” What will you perceive as a failure? What will be a failure is if nobody comes and watches this network. What others will perceive as failure is if some shows don’t succeed. I’m concerned about the bigger overall

Premiering Soon on OWN Oprah’s goal? ‘To present information, insight, and inspiration in an entertaining form.’ IN THE BEDROOM WITH DR. LAURA BERMAN (JAN. 3, 10 P.M. ET/PT) Sex and relationship therapy for couples. “Every time I do Laura Berman on the show I feel like, Ugh, I really don’t want to be discussing this on daytime television,” says Oprah. “Finally she has a space to do that kind of talk.” ENOUGH ALREADY! WITH PETER WALSH (JAN. 3, 8 P.M. ET/PT) A professional organizer helps families get a grip on their stuff. “Everybody has a mess going on somewhere,” Oprah says. YOUR OWN SHOW: OPRAH’S SEARCH FOR THE NEXT TV STAR (JAN. 7, 9 P.M. ET/PT) Ten contestants compete to headline a show; Nancy

O’Dell and Carson Kressley co-host. “We’re looking for someone who has talent and wants to do some good in the world,” says Oprah. CRISTINA FERRARE’S BIG BOWL OF LOVE (JAN. 3, 3:30 P.M. ET/PT) OPRAH PRESENTS MASTER CLASS (SNEAK PEEK JAN. 1, 7 P.M. ET/PT)

Famous folks (like Jay-Z, above) share personal insights. “This was my brainstorm, my baby,” Oprah says. “Every life has a story; every experience is a lesson.” “I love the way Cristina loves food,” Oprah says. KIDNAPPED BY THE KIDS (SNEAK PEEK JAN. 1, 1 P.M. ET/PT) On this reality series, kids force their parents to ditch work for family time. “One of my favorite shows on this

channel,” Oprah says. MIRACLE DETECTIVES (JAN. 5, 10 P.M. ET/PT) Mysterious phenomena are investigated from both a spiritual and a scientific perspective. Says Oprah: “I’m intrigued by mysticism, how God operates.”

picture: my belief that people are basically good and want to see the Watch the good in them reTop 10 moments of flected through The Oprah Winfrey Show their experiences at Parade .com/oprah and the shows that they watch. This is a gamble I’m taking. I believe that the banal state of television, the kind of insipid space that we’re in—that you can have as many channels as we have and not find anything that really interests you—means that to a great extent we’ve lost our way. As a nation? No. I think that television programmers program to the lowest common denominator. I happened to be on the treadmill one night and passed one of the Housewives shows—I don’t know which city— and literally my mouth was open ’cause I thought, “This is on television?” I recognize that there’s a whole group of people who find that very entertaining. I wonder for how long. I think that there are people who want to be fed just a little more. In all the years that you’ve been doing such successful television, what have you learned about people? Everybody just wants to be heard. Toni Morrison said that what every child wants to know is, Do your eyes light up when I enter the room? Did you hear me and did what I say mean anything to you? That’s all they’re looking for. That’s what everybody is looking for. And the reason I think my ability to communicate with people around the world has been so rewarded is because I actually understand that. Could you have done something like be an ambassador? Nobody’s offered [that] to me in this continued on page 8

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A Day in Oprah’s Life

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What she makes Stedman for dinner—and much more 6:00 a.m. “Yesterday I got up at

6. I was going to get up at 5:30, but at 1 a.m. I sent an e-mail to security saying, ‘Give me an extra half hour.’ I got to the office about 6:30 and got on the treadmill downstairs in the gym. [While on the treadmill] I play Scrabble on my iPad, against the computer.” 7:30 a.m. “I got in the makeup chair, then did two shows.” 11:30 a.m. “I drank a green drink—spinach, parsley, a little bit of apple juice, celery, and cucumbers in a blender—and made some phone calls. I had to call Africa, and you have to do that before everybody goes to bed over there.” 12:35 p.m. “I got back in the makeup chair—I was running late—and then did a show with Barbra Streisand.” 2:00 p.m. “I came back upstairs, called the bank with any transfers that needed to be made, money issues. Then we had meetings about the next week’s shows, what we have coming up.” 7:50 p.m. “Yesterday was an early day, since I was on the treadmill [again] by 10 of 8. I’d already done 45 minutes in the morning, so I did 30 minutes. Actually, it took 34 minutes to finish my Scrabble game, and I stayed on to 35 to round it off. The guy next to me was at a level-50 incline, and I was at 10. I was embarrassed to stay at 10, so I moved to 20. I was like [panting]— but I was going to keep it there.” 8:50 p.m. “This almost never happens, but I came home at the same time as Stedman [Graham, Oprah’s longtime love]. I made him something for dinner— leftover shrimp and rice, a little salad with lettuce, olive oil. I shaved some truffles, chopped up rosemary. I made it for him; I had a rice cake with almond butter. I’m trying not to eat past 7:30. I sat at the kitchen table and we talked for maybe 30 minutes, then I went to bed. 10:00 p.m. “I took my little stack of books to bed. I was trying to figure out what the next book club [selection] was going to be.” [She chose Great Expectations and A Tale of Two Cities.] 11:10 p.m. “Lights out.”

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(bon-EE-va) ibandronate sodium 150-mg tablet What is BONIVA?

administration. But I will tell you a funny story. When I was at the Kennedy Center Honors for Tina Turner [in 2005], I was sitting at Colin Powell’s table, and he said that we were in the ambassadors room [a room at the State Department with portraits of ambassadors and secretaries of state]. And I said, “Gee, this is really—this is lovely. An ambassador, I think that would be really great.” He goes, “Name your country, baby, name your country.” [laughs] So I can say reliably,“She turned down an ambassadorship!” I just laughed. He goes, “No, seriously, do you want to be an ambassador?” I go: “No, really, I was just—it’s just a thought. I was just saying it’s a nice room!” Can I ask about President Obama? Are you concerned, disappointed? No. I think that no one understands until you’ve been in that seat the enormous pressure to please and satisfy everybody. And I think instead of being grateful for where we are and what he has done, we’ve forgotten that we were on the brink of a depression when he took over this office. And as everybody celebrates the holiday season and sits around with their families, regardless of your circumstance, we could’ve had breadlines. How soon we forget that. And you would support him again? Absolutely. Would you ever run for office? No. Because? Because I know my lane and I can drive very well in it. I don’t want to get in that lane.

BONIVA, a bisphosphonate, is a prescription medicine used to treat and prevent osteoporosis in postmenopausal women, characterized by weakening of the bone. Taken once a month in tablet form, BONIVA may stop and reverse bone loss in most women. It has been clinically proven to help build and maintain bone density, which can help reduce fractures.

What is the most important information about BONIVA? BONIVA may cause serious problems in the stomach and the esophagus (the tube that connects your mouth and stomach) such as trouble swallowing, heartburn, and ulcers. Who should not take BONIVA?

Before you start BONIVA.

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• have abnormalities with your esophagus, such as restriction or difficulty swallowing • have low blood calcium (hypocalcemia) • cannot sit or stand for at least 60 minutes • have kidneys that work very poorly • are allergic to BONIVA or any of its ingredients See Patient Information for complete list.

• are pregnant or plan to become pregnant • are breast-feeding • have trouble swallowing or other problems with your esophagus • have kidney problems • are planning a dental procedure such as tooth extraction Tell your health care provider and dentist about all medications you’re taking, including vitamins, antacids, and supplements.

How should you take BONIVA?

You must take BONIVA exactly as instructed by your health care provider. • Take first thing in the morning, on the same day each month. • If you miss a monthly dose and your next scheduled BONIVA day is more than 7 days away, take one BONIVA 150 mg tablet in the morning following • Swallow whole (do not chew or suck) with a full glass (6 to 8 oz) of the day that you remember. Do not take two 150 mg tablets within the same plain water (not sparkling or mineral). Do not take with tea, coffee, week. If your scheduled BONIVA day is only 1 to 7 days away, wait until your juice, or milk. next scheduled BONIVA day to take your tablet. Then return to taking one • After you take BONIVA, remain standing or sitting for at least BONIVA 150 mg tablet every month in the morning of your chosen day, 60 minutes before you eat, drink, lie down, or take any other oral according to your original schedule. If you are not sure what to do if you medications, including calcium, vitamins, and antacids. Some miss a dose, contact your health care provider, who will be able to advise you. medicines can stop BONIVA from getting to your bones. • If you take too much BONIVA, drink a full glass of milk and call your local poison control center or emergency room right away. Do not make yourself vomit. Do not lie down. What are the possible side effects of BONIVA?

Stop taking BONIVA and call your health care provider right away if you have pain or trouble swallowing, chest pain, or very bad heartburn or heartburn that does not get better. Follow dosing instructions carefully to decrease the risk of these effects. BONIVA may cause:

Common side effects are:

Less common side effects are:

• Pain or trouble swallowing • Heartburn • Ulcers in stomach or esophagus

• Diarrhea • Pain in extremities (arms or legs) • Upset stomach

• Short-term, mild flu-like symptoms, which usually improve after the first dose

Rarely, patients have reported allergic and skin reactions. Contact your health care provider if you develop any symptoms of an allergic reaction including skin rash (with or without blisters), hives, wheezing, or swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat. Get medical help right away if you have trouble breathing, swallowing, or feel light-headed. Rarely, patients have reported severe bone, joint, and/or muscle pain starting within one day to several months after beginning to take oral bisphosphonate drugs. Contact your health care provider if you develop these symptoms after starting BONIVA. Rarely, patients have reported serious jaw problems associated with delayed healing and infection, often following dental procedures such as tooth extraction. If you experience jaw problems, contact your health care provider and dentist. This summary is not a complete list of side effects. For a complete list, consult your health care provider or pharmacist. Want to know more? This summary is not everything you need to know about BONIVA. It does not take the place of talking with your health care provider about your condition or treatment. For more complete information, talk to your health care provider or pharmacist. Visit myboniva.com or call 1-888-MyBONIVA for the complete Prescribing Information, which includes the Patient Information.

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Be as ingenious an engineer as Eiffel—and as tough a general as MacArthur.

Under every float’s delicate façade is a custom-welded steel chassis that supports up to 25 tons. Features that can pile on the poundage include a stadium-quality sound system, computer-driven hydraulics to make the figurines move, and engines and generators to operate it

all. Estes’ success comes in part from his engineering background: He and his aeronautics-engineer dad were perpetual tinkerers, and he studied the subject in college. But a float builder must also be part field marshal. Fiesta has a full-time staff of 30—and more than 6000 volunteers who help decorate in the final month-long push.

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Pray for good weather.

Floats are finicky. When the mercury hits the mid-70s, the flowers wilt like suspects on Law & Order. The most delicate—roses, tulips, orchids—are placed only in the last 48 hours, with each stem in a vial of sterilized water. Fiesta’s 2004 FTD float held a staggering 100,000 roses—in 100,000 microvases. If it’s too cold (below 42 degrees), glue congeals. Then it’s byebye, flowers. The worst weather horror? Rain. “The glue turns to liquid, and things slide off like melting ice cream,” Hynd says. Luckily, it’s poured just 10 times in 121 parades.

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No loitering!

Like sharks, floats must keep moving. Even a tiny pause can cause an ugly gap on TV or, worse, a pileup. With over 40 floats, two dozen

Know your botany.

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marching bands, and hundreds of performers on horseback navigating the 5.5-mile-long route, that can spell disaster. In 1999, Fiesta built a float for the Kingdom of Thailand; when the hundreds of dancers escorting it passed the grandstand where the Princess of Thailand sat, they unexpectedly stopped to bow. A lovely gesture, to be sure, but it caused a 20-second delay—and parade bosses slapped Estes with a $3000 fine.

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Upgrade your accident insurance—stat!

Estes’ medical chart is an orthopedist’s nightmare: Once, a chassis fell on his foot, breaking seven bones. Another time, he slipped off a truck ramp, shattering both elbows and one wrist. In total, he says he’s broken 40-plus bones on the job.

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Push the envelope.

Every year, Estes seeks bigger thrills, which is what sponsors expect for spending up to $400,000 per float. In 2009, Fiesta’s entry for Natural Balance Pet Foods featured two skateboarding bulldogs (real ones) on a 52-foot track. In 2010, five bulldogs snowboarded down a 60-foot ramp on the float (which, at a length of over 113 feet, set a Guinness record). This year, Fiesta and Natural Balance are trying for the world’s heaviest float. Weighing over 35 tons—more than 11 SUVs—the barge will showcase five dogs jumping into a pool filled with 4000 gallons of water. But the bulldogs won’t be among them. “Do you know what happens when a bulldog dives?” asks Fiesta project manager Beverly Stansbury. “He sinks like a frozen turkey.” Instead, they’ll be riding mini-surfboards.

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Growing up in West Virginia, none of us were big party animals on New Year’s Eve. My mom, grandparents, extended family, and a friend or two would just try our best to stay up and watch the ball drop on TV. The next day we’d have a New Year’s Day supper, and that’s when Mom would make Hoppin’ John with greens and cornbread. Hoppin’ John is comfort food for me, but it’s also symbolic. Black-eyed peas are meant to bring you good luck in the new year, and greens like kale or collards are supposed to bring money and fortune. In fact, my grandpa liked to hide a quarter in them, and whoever got it with their portion had extra good luck. Making a recipe I grew up with is a way to look back on the past before moving into the future. I’m a big believer in New Year’s resolutions. On January 1, I make a list. But I don’t do anything too outlandish. Last year my resolution was to take a multivitamin every day—and I did it! Kind of dorky, but that was my goal!

“Don’t overcook the beans; I use canned blackeyed peas, which don’t require a lot of cooking time. You can also add spices: Curry or Italian blends work well.”

“My mother the and I always took walks together on New Year’s Day. Now that I live at the beach, I’m going to pick up one special shell and write the year on the back for a new collection.”

Hoppin’ John Some people put bacon in their Hoppin’ John, but we never did when I was a child. This recipe really lets the beans shine. Servings: 6

1 Tbsp olive oil 1 medium onion, diced 1 red bell pepper, diced 2 garlic cloves, minced 2 15-oz. cans black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained 1/4 cup vegetable broth or water

1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper 2 green onions, thinly sliced 1/4 cup flat-leaf parsley, minced Cooked rice Shredded white cheddar Hot sauce (optional)

1. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium. Add onion, red bell pepper, and garlic. Sauté until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes. 2. Stir in black-eyed peas, broth, salt, and pepper. Reduce heat to low; cook 10 more minutes. Stir in green onions and parsley. 3. Serve on top of cooked rice and garnish with cheese. Add hot sauce, if desired. Per serving (before cheese, rice, and hot sauce): 170 calories, 3g fat, no cholesterol, 420mg sodium, 31g carbs, 5g protein.

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My three sisters and I need to divide up our late mother’s jewelry. Her instructions to me, the eldest, were: You (sister No. 1) pick first, then sister No. 2, sister No. 3, and sister No. 4. On the next round, sister No. 2 picks first, then No. 3, No. 4, and No. 1. And so on. My youngest sister doesn’t like this idea very much, which is one reason we haven’t gotten the job done yet! Can you suggest a fair way to accomplish this important task? —Laurie Fong, Santa Rosa, Calif.

Actually, your mother’s method is very good. To illustrate why, let’s say she had 16 pieces of jewelry, valued from 1 to 16 points, with 16 being the most desirable (in dollars, sentiment, etc.) to all four sisters, and so on down the line. Following her instructions, you (sister No. 1) would wind up with a 16-point piece of jewelry, a 9-point piece, a 6-point piece, and a 3-point

Complete 1–81 so the numbers follow a horizontal or vertical path. (No diagonals.)

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I’ve been listening to conversations that are none of my business. And may I just say: You people are fascinating. My habit started when I was about 2. We lived in a house with a party line, a shared phone connection with several neighbors, not a reference to our nightly conga dances. We never had those. My parents jitterbugged. As for the party line, I’m told my mother would regularly gasp as if she’d just swallowed a wasp and then dive for the phone whenever she spotted wide-eyed me cradling the receiver. My goodness, the things people say when they think little ears aren’t listening. Made me quite the star at the coffee klatch. I’d interrupt my mother’s gossip extravaganza with a well-timed insight gleaned from my burgeoning career as Early adopter: The author, at 17 months, toeing the party line a CIA mole, and she’d yank me into the kitchen for a lecture that started with “Young lady” and segued into, “Now, tell idea why so many women shout to each What a relief me exactly what she said.” By the time other from their porcelain perches, but it is to know I was 6, I couldn’t help wondering why I do hope never to be one of them. Mom didn’t just invite me to grab a cup Thanks to cellphones, most of us now I’m not the of Maxwell House and pull up a chair. listen in on conversations even if we don’t only one Clearly, I was in the loop. want to. People shouting, all day long. Up to adolescence, I spent a lot Everything sounds like an emerpretending of time hovering in doorways and gency, too, whether they’re breakmy family is perfecting an air of oblivion ing up with a lover or standing in whenever my mother caught me. the toilet-paper aisle yelling, normal. your Eventually I upgraded to conver- Share “Which! Brand!” thoughts Connie sations in public places, particu- with My favorite eavesdrop of 2010: Schultz at Parade.com larly in airports, coffeehouses, Woman standing at gas pump in /schultz and bathroom stalls. I have no suburban Cleveland, waving the 18 • December 26, 2010

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nozzle with one hand as she screamed into the phone, “Did I not tell you that a wood turtle will run if you don’t latch the gate? You have to go get him! No, don’t call him! He’s not a dog—he’s a turtle! ” Sometimes people who are wired with those hands-free devices trick me into thinking they’re talking to me. Then they get annoyed when I answer. Boy, that’s embarrassing. Let me offer this blanket apology: I’m sorry I smiled and thought you were talking to me. But you were looking straight at me. And could we work on our delivery? I’m a little tired of strangers rolling their eyes and snapping, “I’m not talking to you.” Back to eavesdropping: I think overhearing the minutiae of other people’s lives fuels a sense of camaraderie. We really are in this together. And what a relief to know I’m not the only one pretending my family is normal. At the grocery store recently, I stood for 15 minutes in front of two pretty, middle-aged sisters arguing over who had the pointier nose. We were in the checkout line, where the week before my husband and I had a rather spirited discussion over why he would not be picking out the toiletries again anytime soon. As for the women behind me, they only stopped fighting once they agreed that neither nose compared to the beak on the sister not in attendance. Being the only daughter who wasn’t a homecoming queen, I felt an immediate solidarity with the missing sister, who was probably the smart one anyway. I’m only guessing, and that is not a statement about my own sisters’ intelligence. Nor is it a reflection on my mother, who also was a homecoming queen. Please, hold the sympathy. I’m over it. Really. Which is why I’m going to stop writing now.

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