The Columbia Police
Department was dispatched to
Friendship City Park Friday about
6:45 p.m. with a call about possible
“Three juveniles, two black
males and one white male, were
shooting pellet guns at people
walking the track at city park,” said
CPD investigator Chris Brumfield.
The gun used was a small caliber
air-pumped pellet gun.
Brumfield said the youths fled
the park when the police arrived.
“They all ran and were
apprehended a short time later. It
took about 20 minutes,” Brumfield
said. “One made it to the fence by
the ticket booth on the north side of
the football field, where he was
caught and handcuffed to the
fence, another ran behind the
football field to Pearl Street, and
was later caught near the
intersection of Broad Street and
Sumrall Road. Another was caught
in the park.
Two people were walking on the
track in the park at the time of the
shooting, and one was hit in the
back of the leg. They said they
heard the shot, but the pellet didn’t
do any harm.
One of the walkers said it was
dark, and the lighting in the park
At the time of the shooting, the
Columbia Junior High baseball
team was practicing. Parents,
players and coaches were told to
THURSDAY, JANUARY 29, 2009
Bruno shows JA how to
See page 7A
CHS dominates on the
See page 1B
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face
trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing
of your faith develops perseverance.” — James 1:2-3
VOLUME 107 • NUMBER 9 75 ESTABLISHED 1882
Teenagers terrorize town
Juveniles arrested in a shooting at city
park and auto burglaries in Columbia
By Don Hill
• Dr. Jack Sidney
• Ida Mae Rowley
• Ella Wee Allen
• Kathleen Randall
• Emma Lou Mullins
• Sadee Joey Grace
• Bernard “Bun” Nye
• Elaine Scarborough
• Lee Henry Smith
• Ray Morgan
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JMS LEARNING AT SCIENCE FAIR
Marion County Sheriff Berkley Hall
recognized two of his deputies for going above
and beyond the call of duty on New Year’s Day,
as they helped put out a kitchen fire, preventing a
major catastrophe at the Dan Stepney
Deputy Sheriffs Brandon McKenzie and Pete
Williams were the first to respond to a house fire
reported at 49 Harrison Jefferson Drive. After
finding out everybody was out of the building and
safe, McKenzie and Williams took turns with fire
extinguishers and prevented the fire from getting
too large. They borrowed fire extinguishers from
neighbors, taking turns in going in and out of the
kitchen until the fire department came.
“They didn’t have to do that,” said Marion
County Sheriff Berkley Hall. “But they did and
saved a lot of damage to that apartment and to the
duplex next to it.”
Zachary Kendricks was sleeping in the
residence when the fire started. He suffered cuts
from glass when he jumped through the bedroom
window to escape the fire.
Kendricks neighbor, April Mikell, lived in the
duplex next door. That apartment was spared
from serious damage, only suffering smoke
Appreciation is not shown to these officers
enough,” Hall said. “I would like to thanks
Brandon and Pete for a job well done.”
get into the dugout, where they
remained for about 20 minutes.
“It was really scary,” said one
parent, who did not want to be
identified. “Police came from
Marion County Sheriff Berkley
Hall heard shots were fired at city
park, and he, three MCSO deputies
and two Pearl River Basin
Narcotics Task Force officers
responded. “At first we thought a
police officer was hit, and we
responded to help Columbia out.”
The juveniles, whose ages are
from 12 to 16-years old, have been
charged with aggravated assault
Lee and David Walker, center, use bowling balls to demonstrate Newton’s Laws of Motion at
Science Day at JMS. Sixth graders Kaice Lumpkins and Alex Huther assist with the
experiment. photos by Vicki Boone
Students stage hands on activities
By Lori Watts
Science took center stage in
sixth grade activities at Jefferson
Middle School last week. On
Monday the students unveiled
their projects for the JMS Science
Fair when judges from the
University of Southern
Mississippi critiqued the displays.
On Wednesday, the students
participated in Science Day,
focusing their attention on many
types of energy. Parents and
friends viewed the Science Fair
on Thursday evening.
Science Day consisted of 10
sessions or stations. The students
rotated through each session in
groups throughout the day.
Clay Dyess leads a group of sixth graders at the rocket
launcher station on Science Day at JMS. Students firing the
rocket are Michael Russell and Luke Stewart.
In one station, special guests,
Lee and David Walker, cofounders
of Partnership for
Learning.com, a teacher support
organization that joins with
teachers and parents in the
development and use of
opportunities, used hands-on
Sheriff deputies soar above
and beyond in the line of duty
By Don Hill
See ‘Students,’ Page 15A
and having a firearm on school
Several cars burglarized
The Columbia Police
Department continues to
investigate car burglaries that took
place between Jan. 22 and Jan. 25
in the city.
One 16-year-old juvenile was
arrested carrying some of the
stolen items early Sunday morning.
He and another youth were
discovered after a police officer, on
his way to work, talked to one of
them because of some sodas that
had spilled into the street.
See ‘Terrorize,’ Page 11A
By Lori Watts
A broken water main in Foxworth
caused many difficulties and much
unpleasantness for the West Marion schools
Thursday. Cafeteria workers discovered
that the water was not working at the
primary school when they arrived around
6:30 a.m. By late afternoon the water lines
had been repaired, a boil water alert had
been issued for Foxworth and the janitorial
staffs were cleaning up from the school day.
“The cafeteria supervisor called me to
tell me about the situation,” said Marion
County School Superintendent Ronald
Fortenberry. “The whole Foxworth area
was without water so all our schools were
affected. We already had children on their
way to school,” he said. “Buses were
already running so we had to try to find the
best solutions we could for the problem.”
“We supplied drinking water for the
students and brought some other water in,”
Fortenberry said. “The food staffs were
able to get some food together for breakfast
and lunch, then we dismissed. We couldn’t
have stayed any longer than that but many
of our kids depend on us for those meals,”
Students at the schools were asked to
make limited use of the restroom facilities
and were provided with hand sanitizer as a
See ‘Water,’ Page 11A
Deputy sheriffs Brandon McKenzie, left, and Pete
Williams were honored by the Marion County
Sheriff’s Office for their heroic act on New Year’s
Day. photo by Don Hill
Marion County Sheriff’s
deputies responded to a call
received early Saturday
morning to 2269 Highway 13
South after they were told
someone was shot.
When deputy sheriffs
arrived, they found out Vandell
Willison, 21, of that address,
was taken by a private vehicle to
Marion General Hospital.
“We found out the shooting
actually took place at the
intersection of Old Highway 13
South and Game Reserve
Road,” said Marion County
Sheriff Berkley Hall.
Willison was struck one time
in the left shoulder and later
transferred to Forrest General
“Last we heard he was
stable,” Hall said. “He was shot
in the road, drove back to his
house, and was found lying on
“You Gotta Go To Grubbs”
the ground by his car.”
Hall said the best they can
determine right now, Willison
had a confrontation with another
“We don’t know what
brought it to that point, but we
are still trying to find what
Hall said Willison is not
offering any information to help
the investigation, but MCSO is
looking for a suspect in
connection with the shooting.
Hall said the shooting could be
over relationship with female
“We recovered two 9 mm
shells at the scene that showed
there was gunfire,” Hall said.
“We also recovered glass from
the driver’s side window of
A weapon, possibly a 9 mm
caliber handgun, has not been
Drug dealer arrested for
The Marion County Sheriff’s
Highway 98 East • Columbia, MS
Office continued its ongoing
drug sweep, as Tabarrus J.
Medious, 22, of 519 Walker
Street, was arrested for the sale
of a controlled substance within
1,500 feet of a church.
Medious was actually selling
soap to undercover agent with
the Pearl River Basin Drug Task
Force, as he cut the soap to
“He represented it as drugs,
we bought it as drugs, and he is
being charge as if he was selling
drugs,” said Marion County
Sheriff Berkley Hall.
Louisiana man injured
while fleeing from PRBNTF
Jarod Harris, 18, of 9304
Sidney Drive of Merrers, La.,
was caught at a traffic stop
initiated by the Pearl River
Basin Narcotics Task Force
early Saturday morning on
Turnage Chapel Road. Harris
fled the scene and officers
chased him a short distance
down the road. He left the car
and started to jump fences, but
didn’t clear the last fence and
January 29, 2009
Shooter running from Sheriff’s Office
By Don Hill
Daniel Winters, shown here in a Jan. 13 photo, was
re-arrested by the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics.
photo by Don Hill
By Don Hill
known to most people around
Columbia as “Rocking
Chair,” was shot Friday night
at the Big K “Kangaroo”
Store on Highway 98.
Arrested and charged with
aggravated assault is James
McGowan, 23, of 71
Manning Crossing Road in
“Based on the information
we have so far, it appeared
that the drug deal went bad,”
said Columbia Police
Department detective Chris
Brumfield. “Rocking Chair
went into the bathroom, shut
the door and was holding the
door to keep McGowan from
By Don Hill
Just before he was to take
his case to trial, a Tylertown
man pled guilty to
manslaughter before Judge
Prentiss Harrell on Friday in
Roderick Foriest, 33, pled
guilty to manslaughter for the
April 25, 2006 death of
Kelvin Magee, age 34. Magee
was found shot twice in his
car in Southwest Marion
County near the Walthall
County line at the intersection
of Knoxo Columbia Road
and Turnage Chapel Road.
A couple of weeks later,
Foriest was picked up in
Harris, who suffered from
cuts while trying to negotiate
barbed wire, was taken to
Marion General Hospital,
treated and later released into the
custody of the sheriff’s
department. He was charged
with felony possession of a
controlled substance and
Winters returns to jail
Daniel Winters was arrested
Tuesday, Jan. 13 for selling
controlled substances to
undercover narcotics officers.
Thursday, Jan. 22, he was back
“He bonded out, then started
calling our confidential
informant and threatened his
life,” said Columbia Police
Department’s Chris Brumfield.
“He is a state witness, and you
can’t do that.”
Winters was charged with
intimidating a state witness and
obstruction of justice by the
Mississippi Bureau of
‘Rocking Chair’ shot
over alleged drug deal
getting to him. McGowan
shot through the door and hit
(Hierrezuela) in the
Brumfield said the shooter
used a .38 caliber pistol, and
it was a “through and
through” shot, as the bullet
went in and out of
Hierruzuela, who was sent to
Forrest General where he
surgery. The last report CPD
received said Rocking Chair
was in stable condition.
Hierruzuela does not have a
past history of dealing drugs.
“According to witnesses,
the drugs were fake, they
were not real,” Brumfield
said. “It was supposed to
have been a piece of rock
Foriest pleads guilty
Ridgeland when he was
arrested on other charges.
Foriest waived his right to
have a pre-sentence
investigation conducted and
was sentenced immediately
following his guilty plea,
according to Fifteenth Circuit
Court District Attorney Hal
Harrell sentenced Foriest
as a habitual offender to a
mandatory 20-year term in
the custody of the Mississippi
Department of Corrections.
Because Foriest is a habitual
offender, which means he has
at least two prior felony
convictions, he will serve the
sentence day for day without
the possibility of parole or
any type of early release.
January 29, 2009 www.columbianprogress.com 3A
(Editor’s Note: Information printed in the “Jail Docket” column
is solely the responsibility of the Marion County Sheriff’s
Department, the Columbia Police Department and other law
enforcement agencies listed below. Please report any errors to the
arresting agency, which will provide any corrections needed to
Michael McLeod, 30, 834 Ranch Rd., Foxworth,
arrested by MCSO, charged with warrant-disturbing the
peace, warrant-malicious mischief.
Tanya Barnes, 45, 408 Mary St., arrested by CPD,
charged with DUI 1st other, careless driving.
John Peak, 29, 933 Morgantown Rd., arrested by CPD,
charged with DUI 1st, speeding.
David Pittman, 52, 38 Pine Tree Dr., arrested by
MDOC, charged with post release violation.
Rebecca Emler, 32, 815 West Ave., arrested by MCSO,
charged with commercial burglary.
Pamela Johnson, 43, 27 Toxie Davis Ln., arrested by
MCSO, charged with DUI 1st.
James Ferguson, 55, 12 Kudzue Ln., Natchez, arrested
by CPD, charged with DUI 1st, careless driving.
Charles Wayne Kemp, 34, 219 Nathise Dr., arrested by
CPD, charged with domestic simple assault.
Chad Lawrence, 30, P.O. Box 92, Beaumont, arrested
by MCSO, charges unknown.
Daniel Winters, 37, 33 Columbia Purvis Rd., Lot # 30,
arrested by MBN, charged with intimidating a state
witness, obstruction of justice.
Willie Sims, 21, 10 TC Lane, arrested by MCSO,
charged with contempt, possession of a controlled
substance while in possession of a firearm.
George Batimon, 37, 3241 Hwy 44, arrested by
MCSO, charged with contempt x10, public profanity.
Dustin Patterson, 21, 264 Crawley Rd., arrested by
MCSO, charged with felony taking away a motor
vehicle, felony fleeing and eluding.
Corey Payton, 27, 2081 Hwy 35 S., Foxworth, arrested
by CPD, charged with domestic violence, simple
Anthony Devon Newell, 29, 242 Jones Rd., arrested by
CPD, charged with DUS, DUI 1st.
Jeff Lott, 43, 188 West Black Creek Rd., arrested by
MCSO, charged with hunting from a vehicle, hunting
from a public road, head lighting deer.
Jerry Lott, 35, 66 Jerry Lott Rd., arrested by MWFD,
charged with hunting from a public road, head lighting
deer, hunting from a vehicle.
Michael W. Patterson, 58, 360 North Black Creek Rd.,
arrested by MWFD, charged with head lighting deer,
hunting from a motor vehicle, hunting from a public
James Davis, 27, 107 Old Sumrall Rd., Collins, arrested
by CPD, charged with public drunk.
Kelvin Knisley, 20, address unknown, arrested by CPD,
charged with public drunk.
Lisa Morgan, 31, 195 Hwy 27 N., arrested by WCSO,
charged with felony possession of a controlled
James McGowan, 23, 71 Manning Crossing Rd,
Jayess, arrested by CPD, charged with aggravated
Benjamin Lewis Holmes, 52, 1707 North Main St.,
arrested by MCSO, charged with GJI-bad check.
Jack L. Walker, 61, 542 D St., arrested by CPD,
charged with criminal contempt of court x3.
Calvin Guy, 20, 264 A. Pittman Rd., Sandy Hook,
arrested by PRBNTF/MCSO, charged with careless
driving, resisting arrest.
Jonathan D. Walker, 18, 31 Van Holmes Rd.,
Tylertown, arrested by CPD, charged with simple
Robbie Wood, 39, 1107 Martin Luther King, Apt. B11,
arrested by CPD, charged with public drunk, disorderly
conduct, public profanity.
Jarod Harris, 18, 9304 Sidney Dr., Marrero, La.,
arrested by PRBNTF, charged with felony possession of
a controlled substance, resisting arrest.
Carlos D. Averett, 30, 1211 MLK, arrested by CPD,
charged with DUI 2nd RIT.
Veronica Patton, 34, 336
Lily Rose, Oak Vale,
arrested by CPD, charged
with simple assault
Tabarrus J. Medious, 22,
519 Walker St., arrested by
MCSO, charged with sale
or transfer of a controlled
John Wade Peirce, 45,
463 Pierce Rd., arrested by
MHP, charged with DUI
Jason Allen Raynes, 28,
160 Hwy 587, Lot #24,
arrested by MCSO,
charged with domestic
Chassidy E. Sullivan, 29,
112 Stuckey Rd., arrested
by MCSO, charged with
GJI-bad check, contempt
Walter T. Neal, 29, 315
South Main St., 25 315
South Main St., arrested by
MCSO, charged with
Inaugural Celebration held
at Hope Center
An Inaugural Celebration was held
January 18, at Hope Center in Columbia.
This celebration was to celebrate the
observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
holiday, one of his famous speeches, “I Have
a Dream” and to celebrate the 44th President
United States, President Barack Obama,
who is living the dream. The keynote speaker
Pictured are Dorothy Lewis and Gennett Daniels.
was Gennett Daniels, who brought a message
on Black history of Marion Countians, after
the speaker Mrs. Mary Frelix offered three
toasts, one for President Obama’s two
daughters and mother in-law-one, one for
Michele and one for our 44th President of the
United States, President Barack Obama, the
celebration was enjoyed by all.
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January 29, 2009
OPINION & EDITORIAL
So our children can fly
In the days before Barack Obama became the nation’s 44th president, a
sign in a Washington shop repeated a slogan that circulated during his
“Rosa sat so Martin could walk; Martin walked so Obama could run;
Obama is running so our children can fly!”
The slogan refers to Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr., two of many
people whose actions during the 1950s and 1960s paved the way for
Obama’s election, not to mention the election of dozens of other minorities
to offices great and small.
The slogan is a catchy sentence that sums up the mood of many people
as a man with a funny name who looks nothing like the men pictured on our
money — those are Obama’s own words — becomes the commander in
Today the country is caught up in Obama’s inauguration. Tomorrow the
hard work begins.
In Mississippi, one task is obvious: We need to teach more children to
fly. Mississippi has too many kids who are left behind — trapped by poverty,
lack of parenting, lack of interest in school, lack of interest in their future.
A recent report put the state at the top of the national teenage pregnancy list,
which is one more aspect of the problem: There are too many children
trying to raise children.
Government money cannot solve these problems. If it could, the amount
invested in programs aimed at correcting these deficiencies would have
fixed them many times over.
Now, federal money can help. State government can help by retooling
public education to help steer more teenagers toward a productive
adulthood — which does not necessarily have to include college, by the
But in the end, it will be communities, schools and parents that improve
We need schools that are intolerant of misbehavior. Too many teachers
feel like they have no control over their classrooms, and this needs to
change. They can’t teach if they are babysitting.
We need schools that are intolerant of social promotion. Public schools
may believe that a high percentage of students who are not passed to the
next grade is a poor reflection of their work. Perhaps it is time to look at
these figures as a reflection of the commitment of a student and his family.
Those unwilling to try will fail.
Nothing is worse than promoting a child who can’t master the tasks of
his age group. It only delays the inevitable. There have to be better solutions
But mostly, we need more parents to get serious. It’s a tough world out
there, and a parent’s primary mission is to help their kid do better. To teach
them to fly.
Mississippi is an awesome place to live. Great weather, great people,
great potential. But our potential is limited until we demand more of our
Look at Barack Obama. What an amazing story. His parents divorced
when he was a child, but his grandparents gave him the love and the home
that he needed to make history.
Children in Mississippi can achieve amazing things, too. We must insist
that they try.
Customers don’t like
talking to machines
Of the 22 points in the “Ratepayer’s Bill of Rights” proposed by
Mississippi Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley, No. 18 may not
be the most important. There are, however, plenty of consumers who can
relate to its intent.
The provision reads, “Ratepayers shall have the option to speak with a
live company representative, during the company’s normal business hours,
rather than using the automated system.”
Utility companies aren’t the only offenders in this regard. Lots of
businesses have made it almost impossible to talk to a real person. They put
you through a maze of automated responses and button-punching menus
that throw even the kindest hearted into a foul mood before the ordeal is
Automated answering is done in pursuit of cost-cutting and efficiency,
but it’s impersonal and unfriendly to the customer. We suspect it’s bad for
If the utility companies showed a more human face, for instance, a bill
of rights for ratepayers might be superfluous.
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Gaining a new respect for teachers
Over the past week or so, I’ve had the privilege of
talking with and seeing some of our area teachers in
action and I have come away with much respect and
Granted, I do not agree with every theory and practice
of our modern educational system. I know there are
improvements and changes that need to be made and
that our litigious society and breakdowns in some of
society’s institutions have wreaked havoc on the ability
of our schools to meet some students’ needs.
I know that many in our communities can find things
about which to complain concerning our school systems
and that many of those complaints are sincere and
I also know that there are teachers that are in the
classroom as a last resort or because they could not settle
on some other career. They have plenty of intelligence
and capability but are not really happy in their career and
therefore, may not do as good a job as is really needed.
They may be in a similar situation to one I was in, quite
a few years ago.
I have a bachelors degree in French. When I was a
young woman, and foreign languages were first required
for high school graduates, the headmistress at Columbia
Academy asked me to consider teaching the foreign
language courses there. I readily accepted and truly
enjoyed the experience for about two years. After those
two years, my experience began to change and I soon
realized that although I had achieved some success with
some students, I did not have the “calling” of a teacher.
I realized that I was not preparing the students as well as
someone who was meant to be a teacher could have
Through that experience I gained a new and deep
respect for dedicated teachers who take the success of
their students to heart. These are the kinds of teachers we
all remember from our school days as the special ones
who brought out the best in us. These are the kind of
teachers I had the privilege of interviewing this week.
Each one of the teachers I spoke with expressed a
personal desire to teach each student. I could see the
concern and passion in their eyes as they spoke about the
reasons they became a teacher and what their goals were
for their students.
Through the years that my child has been a student in
the city school district, I’ve had the occasion to interact
with many teachers and I believe that most of them have
House Appropriations Committee works on budget
Business of the state continued to move along, but
the inauguration of the nation’s 44th President,
Barack Obama, overshadowed events of the third
week of the 2009 legislative session.
House members, staff and young pages watched in
the chamber as large screens that were set up for the
occasion allowed us to view the swearing-in and
other activities surrounding the inauguration.
At our own capitol, committees of the House of
Representatives continued to press forward with the
consideration of about 1,500 bills that were
introduced by our members for the session. Our
committees have only until Feb. 3 to “report,”
meaning pass or defeat, these measures to the full
The House Appropriations Committee has been
busier than most as that panel tries to craft a budget
for fiscal 2010 in the midst of the worst economic
times this state and nation have seen in decades.
Many of the items that Appropriations has reviewed
are related to the current 2009 fiscal year. One such
bill handled this week was HB 865 to cover the
transportation costs for about 500 end-stage renal
disease patients across the state who must travel to
receive dialysis services.
The federal Medicare program pays for the dialysis
services, but not transportation. Backers of the bill,
which passed the House floor overwhelmingly, said
many of the patients would die without the state’s
help on travel costs. The state will spend $1.3 million
on the project from the Rainy Day Fund.
Also, the Appropriations panel and full House
approved taking $68 million of the money that would
be raised from an increase in tobacco taxes and apply
it to cash-strapped public school districts. The
districts have suffered budget cuts for the current ‘09
fiscal year and these funds would restore a major
portion of those reductions. While the House passed a
cigarette tax increase, the Senate has not yet acted.
Some districts are beginning to feel the pinch of the
cuts and may have trouble meeting payroll.
Appropriations also heard from state mental health
officials who are facing massive budget cuts by Gov.
Barbour. The officials said cuts will affect alcohol and
drug treatment services, providing wheelchairs and
walkers, early intervention programs and a juvenile
rehab site. Already, the agency has had to shut down
a 35-bed nursing home unit at the State Hospital at
The budget-setting committee also heard from the
presidents of the eight state universities, mainly about
tuition increases. One said, “The truth is, tuition
(increases) is our only way to offset budget cuts. Or,
we could do nothing and settle for mediocrity.” The
officials seemed against an effort to cap tuition, with
one leader saying that would put them at the risk of
losing professor quality and quantity.
The key House Ways and Means Committee was
asked to act post-haste on a proposal to save 1,200
jobs at the Cooper Tire plant in Tupelo. A bill would
been this kind of teacher.
This year, due to my
position as a reporter here
at the CP, I’ve met more
teachers in the county
schools as well. They, too,
have shown their
enthusiasm for imparting
knowledge to their students
and a true concern for the
individual young person.
I know that even good
students and great teachers
can have difficult moments
over a year in the classroom due to personality clashes
or bad days. But I’ve seen an underlying attitude of care
and determination to reach each student where they are
and to bring them to a higher level of achievement.
When I was a teacher, I learned how much time
lesson plans, grading papers, paperwork, overtime duty,
preparing for classes and sponsoring extracurricular
activities took in addition to class time. When I’ve
substituted for teachers in the years since, I’ve
discovered just how exhausted teachers are after a full
day in the classroom.
In light of all this, I wanted to express thanks and
gratitude to these teachers of our children and to
encourage others to do the same.
One of the questions I heard several teachers answer
recently is “What is your biggest challenge? Or what is
the biggest problem or weakness in the system that you
experience? To the teacher, they answered, “Parental
They each expressed the regret that there are not
more parents really involved in the educational life of
their children. They voiced concerns about the interest in
day-to-day activities that is lacking from many parents
and how few of the parents of their children are
supportive of the efforts of the students to attain success
and achieve their goals.
Perhaps the problems some of us see or perceive
could be alleviated best by enlisting the involvement of
parents. I’m sure it’s not the answer to all the difficulties
in our educational system but I found it interesting that
when teachers were asked an open-ended question about
their greatest need for improving their situations, they
each called for more support from parents.
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be considered soon that
would float $13 million in
bonds to upgrade the plant
and add another facility.
Cooper pays an average
salary of $54,000 annually
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Tupelo, which survived a
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an Albany, GA plant. The
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KEN MORGAN provides more profit than
tires for new vehicles.
The House Public Utilities Committee and the full
House approved HB 1090 to place the Public Utilities
Staff, a state agency, under the direct supervision of
the Public Service Commission. The primary
functions of the public utilities staff would be
investigative and advisory in nature, and its director
would be appointed by the three-member elected
PSC. Mississippi utility companies have been under
close scrutiny in recent months of both the PSC and
the state attorney general, who has sued one utility
firm. The PSC and the utilities staff were separated in
the early 1990s and “that’s bad business,” said one
leader of the legislation.
The House Conservation Committee discussed
allowing the Department of Environmental Quality to
charge for their environmental permitting fees. We
are the only southern state not to do so. Based on
what DEQ might propose, the fees we would charge
are far less than those charged by Alabama,
Tennessee, and Arkansas. These permits are issued
for everything ranging from air quality to water
quality, landfills to wastewater discharge. One permit
request from Chevron on the Coast is over 1,000
pages long and has required the time of five engineers
to review and meet with the EPA. These people
prevent you from having to abandon your homes in
the event of a spill, discharge, or disaster. Today, with
DEQ on the state level and EPA at the national level,
we do have some modicum of reassurance that the
water you drink, the air you breathe, and the land you
build your home on are safe.
The House Poverty Committee took up the issue
of teen motherhood and its effects on the state. The
group heard about a McComb High School program
that seeks to keep students in school, as part of the
program to help the state reduce its high dropout rate
and reduce our highest-in-the-U.S. poverty rate.
Passing after much debate was HC 25 which
started out as a bill to honor workers who have died
on the job. An amendment was successfully added
that supports secret unionization votes.
Citizens who would like to contact us at the State
Capitol can do so at 601-359-3770. Floor action of
the debates is being webcast live at www.
ls.state.ms.us, and click “House” or “Senate.”
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FBLA tours Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport
On Thursday, November 13, 2008 the Future Business
Leaders of America (FBLA) members from the Carl Loftin
Career & Technology Center who participated in raising
money for the March of Dimes community service project
traveled to Gulfport to attend a tour of Gulfport-Biloxi
International Airport. Ms. Kristi Bennett, Manager of
Marketing & Communications and former Carl Loftin Career
and Technology Center FBLA member, gave a tour of the
facilities and an overview of career opportunities available in
the aviation industry requiring the technology skills the
students are learning in class. In addition to a walk-through
of the newly expanded terminal, the tour included an
overview of all the capital projects occurring on Airport
premises and the technology involved in developing,
operating, and marketing these projects. Also, with the
assistance of the Federal Aviation Administration, the
students were able to view the logistics involved in safely
guiding multiple aircraft by viewing the Air Traffic Control
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Goss Baptist Church Children’s Choir presents Christmas musical
FBLA Members pictured (front row left to right): Rae Pullum, Mrs. Stephanie Buhrer, FBLA Sponsor, La'Rena
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Goss Baptist Church’s
Children's Choir presented
the Christmas musical
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Sunday, December 14,
2008. Choir members are:
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Kami Purvis, Braylon
Robertson, Emily Doane,
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CA junior varsity cheerleaders wrap up successful year
Front Row: Lauren Welch, co-captain, Jordan Welch, captain. Second row:
Landon Drennan, Sissy Price, LeAnne Scarborough. Third row: Lauren Pope,
Drew Smith, Katie Terry, Autumn Kroner. Back row: Emily Williams, Conner
Sears, Kayla Gibson, Reese Johnson, Annessya Culpepper and Greta Carley.
Columbia Academy’s DECA chapter has been very active
during the 2008-2009 school year. The chapter has focused
on community services, including the semi-annual blood
drive for United Blood Services during National DECA week
and a public relations campaign for breast cancer awareness.
The group also donated shoe boxes to the Christian
Performing Arts “Operation Christmas Child” drive and toys
for the Key Clubs “Christmas for Kids.”
On Jan. 15, 2009 the group participated in DECA district
competitions. Blythe Dunaway ran for District IV Vice-
President and became the first state officer to attend a
Mississippi Private School Association school.
Almost 20 students medaled at the district competitions.
First place winners were Olivia Ryals and D’Anna Broom in
Financial Analysis, Jon Bullock in Hotel and Lodging
Management and Ryan Morris in Sports and Entertainment.
Third place winners were Kelsey Cooper and Shelbey
Rowell in Hospitality Services, Javan Porter in Market
Management and Kayla Berry in Restaurant Food. Winning
fourth place medals were Robert Williamson and Ty Stogner
in Business, Brittnay Fortenberry and Ashton Scarborough in
Sports and Entertainment, Jessica Ashley and Tee Jay Rainey
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Pierce in Internet Marketing and Lauren Williamson and
Blythe Dunaway in Travel and Tourism. Blake Dunaway
won sixth place in Accounting.
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The junior varsity cheerleaders at Columbia Academy are finishing up their 2008-2009
season. They started the year by attending the National Cheerleaders Association camp, held
at Millsaps College in Jackson. The camp attracted some 180 cheerleaders from the
surrounding states. During the camp the squad received superior ribbons and the spirit stick,
an award given to the squad showing the most spirit, each night. They also received a Jump
On the last day of camp, they obtained a National Championship Bid. This is awarded to
the team exemplifying the best technical skills and cheerleading techniques. The bid is
extended as an invitation to compete at the NCA national Championship or the NCAAll-Star
National Championship, both held in Dallas.
The JV squad accomplished a first for the CA JV team. They earned two top awards, the
Performance Top Team Winner and the Chant Champions. These awards were earned by
performing a cheer and a chant that the group had learned during the week. The judges rated
the team’s overall technical skills and its ability to lead the crowd in each category. The CA
team won both categories.
The NCA camp instructors also chose five of the squad members as All-American
nominees. These are cheerleaders that, in the instructors opinions, displayed superior
techniques in any of the categories of jumps, tumbling, stunting, motion, technique,
leadership and dance. CA nominees were Jordan Welch, Lauren Welch, Lauren Pope, Drew
Smith and Greta Carley. Lauren Pope and Greta Carley were selected as All-American
Jordan Welch served as the captain of the squad this year with Lauren Welch as co-captain.
The squad has shown outstanding leadership qualities throughout football season and
basketball season. The entire group has done an excellent job of cheering an supporting both
the football players and basketball players.
CA’s DECA chapter has busy school year
focusing on community services
Columbia Academy’s DECA members show off their medals.
West Marion Primary School students
enjoy field trip and celebration
Ms. Donna Walker’s 1st grade class from West Marion Primary School enjoyed a
field trip to the Franklinton Fair.
Mrs. Donna Walker’s 1st grade class from West Marion Primary School
celebrated Johnny Appleseed’s birthday.
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Junior Auxiliary holds annual Women’s Health Luncheon
By Lori Watts
Nearly 100 women gathered in the large dining hall
flanked by walls of windows in the new National Guard
armory Saturday for the annual Junior Auxiliary Women's
Health Luncheon. Chef Luis Bruno, executive chef to Gov.
Haley Barbour presented a cooking demonstration while
telling his motivating story of healthy living.
In 2005, a 400-pound Bruno turned his life around with a
physician-administered liquid diet. He was facing dialysis,
severe diabetes and other serious health issues at the time.
Now he is 200 pounds lighter, an avid runner, has none of the
health problems he was experiencing, is diabetes free and
spends much of his time spreading his story to encourage
Bruno gave instructions on preparing a quick egg noodle,
chicken and vegetable dish, in a wok, and explained how
many dishes can be prepared with alternative low-fat or lowsugar
substitutes. He had his latest book, "Don't Feel Guilty,
Eat It!" on hand, in which he shares more than 100 recipes of
favorite desserts, sauces and cream-filled dishes that are
usually "off-base" for a healthy diet. The book contains
information of how to cook modified, healthier versions of
the rich dishes.
Bruno's presentation was lively and witty and accented
with the question "Does anybody need a hug?" At first he had
only one taker, Wendy Bracey, Columbia Elementary School
principal, but before the lunch was over several hugs were
Every Person’s Biography
By JIMMY W. COX
Your biography will have no more than four pages.
Some will have even fewer. The first page is white,
denoting purity; the condition of a soul at his or her physical
birth. “...Unless you are converted and become as little
children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of
heaven.” Matt. 18:3. If a child dies before being able to
make a decision about right or wrong, he is “safe”-never
lost. His biography has one page.
The second page is black, because of sin. Each person
who has lived long enough to make decisions, will commit
sin. (Rom. 3:23). “The wages of sin is death,” (Rom. 6:23).
Sin is doing things right that are wrong. (I John 3:4) or
neglecting to do what is right. (Jas. 4:17). Far too many
people will continue to sin and will remain “lost in sin,”
with a black page and will go to the great judgement with
just two pages in his life.
The third page is red. The only reason we can have a
“red page” is because God loved us enough to send His Son
to be a “sin offering” for us. (John 3:16). “But God
demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we
were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Rom. 5:8). The
blood of Jesus was shed for everyone; only those who have
enough faith in Christ to obey Him will be saved. To get a
“red page,” we must: Believe in Jesus Christ, John 8:24;
Repent of sins, Acts 2:38; Confess Christ, Matt. 10:32; Be
baptized into Christ, Rom. 6:3-5. We’re baptized “into His
death,” where He shed His blood. We become children and
heirs of God. Rom. 8:17 and Eph 1:7. No sin is too great or
too black for the blood of Jesus to wash away. (I Tim. 1:15-
Those who become Christians receive Page 4-a new
white page, representing purity. We must try our very
best to live a Christian life. But, if we “are overtaken in a
trespass,” and soil our page, we can restore it- “If we
confess our sin, He is faithful and just to forgive our
sins.” I John 1:9. But, if we turn our back on Christ and
start living a sinful life, we will blacken our page and be
lost. (Heb. 10:25-26). So be very sure to live a Christian
life-be an example to those still in darkness. “Let your light
so shine before men...” Matt. 5:16.
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Bruno also served tastes of the egg noodle dish he prepared
with many in the audience. "I don't have enough for
everybody, so y'all don't get mad. I'm going to let these ladies
decide who gets to taste so you can't be mad at me," he
Columbia High School student Molly Longo was one of
those who received a taste of the dish. "I thought the chef was
very motivating and I really enjoyed the noodles. They were
very good and so quick and easy to prepare," she said.
Joy Broughton, luncheon chairperson, said that she thought
the drizzling rain may have kept many of the others who
purchased the nearly 200 tickets for the luncheon away but
that she was generally pleased with the turnout.
Broughton said that she thought Bruno's program was
great. "Bruno is an up and coming Mississippi star," she said.
"He has an amazing story, an inspiring personality and you
can tell he loves people. And, JA wants to share in spreading
his message of healthy living."
National Guard chaplain enlists civilian help
By Lori Watts
Last week, Chaplain Toby Loftin of the Mississippi
National Guard met with several civic, religious and city
government leaders concerning the formation of a Marion
County military support organization to undergird the
families of the servicemen from Marion County while they
are away from home.
On April 13, E Company of the 155th unit in Columbia
will mobilize for deployment to Iraq. The group will spend
three weeks at Camp Shelby for training. They will continue
to train in other locations before they actually head to Iraq in
Loftin said that the June departure date is tentative. "We
have to be flexible, as anyone in the military will tell you,"
Loftin said that there are about 80 soldiers assigned to E
Company and that about half of them are from Columbia and
the Marion County area. "So that makes about 35 to 40
families in this area that will be affected," he said. "We need
community support on board for sustaining these troops and
their families, especially when they are deployed," he said.
"We are soldiers," Loftin said. "We can do a lot of things,
like go without food, sleep in the cold and get shot at. We are
trained to do those things. But let us get word from home
about our families having trouble, even day to day things like
a car or air conditioner in need of repair, and a soldier can be
rendered ineffective," he said.
Loftin said that there are many kinds of support the
community can give while the troops are away. "But don't
wait until the troops are gone, you can start praying today,"
"Beyond that we want to organize one group under which
everyone in the community can operate," Loftin said. "Often
several groups do things individually but resources get thin
when we work separately. When we gather and work
collectively we can do more," he said.
The local unit has a Family Readiness Group whose
primary task is to relay information about what is happening
overseas to the family. This group can work closely with the
civic organization and local governments to notify them of
needs in families and to let the community know what is
going on with the local troops.
According to Loftin, the support organization would do
more than send cookies and letters to the troops. "Although
we love to get cookies and letters," he said. The support
group would work to help families take care of broken
appliances, illness or other inconveniences that interrupt our
lives normally but that can become overwhelming when the
family has a loved one away on the battlefield. The group can
help alleviate the added stress of the family and the soldier.
Loftin told those in attendance that Pike County presently
has the lead support organization in the state and that he is
working with them to assemble a blueprint for other groups
to use to when structuring their efforts. The group requested
that he provide the blueprint to the Marion County group at
the next organizational meeting if at all possible.
Loftin also said that a "sending off" ceremony is already
being planned for the April departure date and that the
organization could contribute significantly to it.
Judy Griffith, Main Street Columbia Director, said that she
would facilitate the next meeting which will be on Tuesday,
Feb. 3 at 9:30 a.m. at the Church on Main. Church leaders,
civic organization officers, governmental officials, business
owners or anyone interested in volunteering or learning more
about the Marion County Military Support group should
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Columbia Kiwanis Club sponsors annual Mardi Gras parade
By Lori Watts
The Columbia Kiwanis Club is sponsoring the annual
Mardi Gras parade on Saturday, Feb. 14 at 2 p.m. The theme
will be "Love is in the Air" since the parade also falls on
The parade had its beginnings in 1991 at the Myrtles
nursing home. Martha McKenzie, activity director at the
Myrtles, came up with the idea of having a Mardi Gras parade
for the residents, in the halls of the home. Any of the residents
who felt like walking through the halls in the Fat Tuesday
celebration were encouraged and assisted to do so.
After one or two years, the parade was expanded into the
parking lot around the nursing home. Participants in wheel
chairs and with walkers made a lap around the building. Over
the next few years, the processional moved into the
surrounding neighborhood and residential subdivision.
Around 2000, McKenzie said that she could not pinpoint
the year, she had a resident make the comment that she had
not been out to downtown Columbia since her 11-year stay at
the home had begun. McKenzie began to try to think of a way
to take the residents, who were able and wanted to go, out for
an excursion downtown.
It occurred to her that she could take the Mardi Gras parade
to Main Street and the annual event was born.
Throughout the years, more and more groups and
individuals wanted to participate in the parade. Around 2005,
there were 58 different entries in the celebration and
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McKenzie knew it was getting too big for her to handle all the
About that time, the Kiwanis approached McKenzie and
offered to sponsor the parade and handle all the entries and
organizing. She took them up on the offer and began
preparing to be sure that any of her residents that wanted to
ride on the Myrtles' float could be accommodated.
"My heart is with these people. They love to take part so we
provide them with the beads and things to throw and masks
and such if they want them," McKenzie said. "We have some
people who donate beads and things to help us with that," she
"The residents here love to go out and have the interaction
with all the people at the parade," said McKenzie. "We always
hope the weather is beautiful so more of our folks can go."
This year's parade will line up at First Baptist Church. It
will travel down Dale Street to Main Street, then to the
Courthouse and up Broad Street to City Park where it will
In 2007, the Kiwanis began choosing a King and Queen of
the parade. They also choose a Jester of Kindness from among
nominations submitted by the members of the community.
The deadline to submit nominations for the Jester of Kindness
for this year's parade is Thursday, Jan. 29.
The 2009 Mardi Gras Grand Marshall will be John Wayne
Tolar and the Princess will be Marion County Jr. Miss Anna
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No Name-Calling Week at
Columbia High Schoool
By Lori Watts
The week of January 26-30 is No Name-Calling Week in
schools across the nation. A diverse group of Columbia High
School students are volunteering to help bring its message of
"no bullying" to the local community.
According to nonamecallingweek.org, the No Name-
Calling Week Coalition, funded in large part in 2008 by
Cisco Systems, seeks to focus attention on the problems of
bullying and harassment, or name-calling, in schools, and to
provide students and teachers with tools and inspiration to
open a dialogue about ways to eliminate the problem in their
Students made posters to promote the week and each
morning different facts and information will be shared with
the student body during morning announcements. Students
will be encouraged to take a survey through the school's
ANCOM system, an anonymous communication tool
integrated into the schools internet system which allows
students to notify the administration about their concerns
without their identities being known.
The survey will ask students about their own experiences
with bullying and about the environment at the school and in
the community. After the week of emphasis, the results of the
survey can be tallied and shared with administration and
officials to determine if any action needs to be taken. The
students who answer the survey questions will remain
CHS teacher Frances Robertson helped organize the
students' efforts. She said that Bailey Montgomery, Darryl
McMorris, Sydney Riley, Kalin McNabb and Anna Morris
readily volunteered when they learned about the special
Robertson said that she is glad to see emphasis placed on
this age-old problem. She said that the efforts of the students
are excellent but that parents and school staff must also be
made aware of signs of victimization in their children and
According to an article on education.com, "How Do You
Know When Your Student Or Child Is Being Victimized and
How Can You Help," students who are harassed or bullied
may experience symptoms such as depression, anxiety,
aggression, academic issues, low self-esteem and substance
abuse, among others. Several perpetrators of nationally
known school shootings have been identified as victims of
The article identifies eight possible warning signs of
school victimization: numerous lost belongings, frequent
injuries or damage to clothes or property, spending time
primarily with younger students, avoiding recess before
and/or after school, arriving to school late or just at the
starting bell, appearing to be alone most of the time at school,
excessive or insufficient amounts of sleep and somatic
complaints (headaches, stomachaches, etc.)
“We are doing this to bring awareness to this nation-wide
problem and to open up discussion in our community to
determine if victimization is wide-spread in our schools as
More information about No Name-Calling Week is
available at nonamecallinweek.org. More information about
signs of victimization, go to education.com and search
“bullying and teasing.”
CHS students Terri Cain, Alicia Martin and Chelsey
McLendon display their "No Name-Calling" posters
during No Name-Calling Week.
Photo by Lori Watts
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CPS encourages children to learn through fun and educational activities
Ashlee Montgomery shares with her second grade
class some of her adventures in Greece when she
participated in an Earthwatch expedition. Ashlee is
the third teacher at CPS to receive an Earthwatch
Dal Murray’s first grade class participated in
Scholastic’s Classroom Cares promotion and read 473
Reading Fair winners to compete in regional competition
The Reading Fair affords students an opportunity to
showcase a favorite book. Winners in each category
will progress to a regional competition.
New emphasis at the state level on physical education
prompted the hiring of a new PE teacher, Chris
Maul, and the students are having a great time exercising.
Each week a student is named from each classroom
as a SuperKid, which may indicate excellence or
progress in academics or behavior. They receive a
special shirt to wear on Friday of the featured week.
Construction has dominated the landscape at
Columbia Primary School this year as new offices are
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RIF (Reading is Fundamental) funds a grant to distribute
books to students three times during the school
year. The CHS wildcat helped with the distribution
where each child chooses a book to keep.
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The children at CES wanted to help children who are ill
with cancer, so students and staff at Columbia Elementary
participated in the their first “Hats on Day” in conjunction
with National Hat Day, January 15, 2009. Each student gave
a donation to wear a hat on this day. Funds generated from
this event were donated to Pediatric Children’s Cancer
Foundation. The message of hope and compassion for
children with cancer has truly touched the students of CES.
What a fun way to raise money for such a special cause!
Posing for a picture with Mrs. Bracey are Anna
Caitlyn Johnson, left and Carley Burns, right.
January 29, 2009
Columbia Elementary School challenges
students with creative learning
Wearing hats helps other children Weather man for all seasons
Succeed! Yes we can!
At Columbia Elementary School, students and staff viewed
the Inauguration live from their classrooms. The cafeteria
staff prepared boxed lunches for students and staff to enjoy
as they viewed the program. At the closing of the program,
students had an open forum to discuss, question, and reflect
upon the Inaugural ceremony. Mrs. Summer Smith’s class
shows their enthusiasm as they wave their flags!
Fourth-grade students sat patiently in the cafetorium
awaiting the arrival of a special guest speaker Wednesday at
Columbia Elementary. Then, after WDAM Meteorologist
Rex Thompson walked to the front of the Cafetorium, all
eyes were glued to him as he took his place. During an hourlong
presentation, 148 fourth-grade students learned about
Rex’s job and the various components of weather systems.
Teacher Julie Long said the students have been studying
the weather unit and having Rex speak gave them a
connection with an actual career. “This will give them reallife
experience,” Long said. Before his presentation, Rex
explained what inspired him to be a meteorologist. He said.
“When you guys get older and pick a career, pick something
you really enjoy.
Students learned many additional facts about weather. “He
spoke about thunderstorms, lightning, hail, wind, rain,
thunder and tornadoes.
Stephen Cotton and Tanner Cox said they learned a lot.
Harley Ford said, “I’ve never seen a meteorologist in
person.” Kimberly Anderson said, “All my life I’ve thought
those screens were right behind the weather man. I found it
fascinating to know that the screens are in front of and to the
side to the meteorologist.
Many students were inspired by Mr. Thompson’s
presentation. One student even expressed that he might be
interested in changing his career goal from game design artist
Students research famous
Fourth grade students in Mrs. Tibby Johnson, Mrs. Melissa
Herring, and Mrs. Andrea Brown’s classrooms researched
famous Mississippians. Students created posters with
timelines of the major events of their famous Mississippians’
lives. Students dressed in character and made presentations
to their classmates.
Pictured from left to right are: Clara McCance (LeAnn Rimes), Kolby Fountain
(Leontyne Price), Callie Robbins (Faith Hill), Lonnie Bass (B. B. King) and CJ
Swayze (Elvis Presley).
Book of the month program excites students
CES is so excited about their Book of the Month program! Each month the Book of the
Month Committee: Mrs. Tibby Johnson, Mrs. Linda Ramshur, and Mrs. Kathy Houston
select a book to be read to the entire student body. Mrs. Bracey reads the selected book to
students in the cafetorium. The book’s focal point is centered around the character trait of
the month. Students are selected each month through the PBS program to act out the book
as Mrs. Bracey reads it. The Book of the Month provides a perfect opportunity to encourage
students to think about the text of the book and how it relates to their own experiences, their
world, and to other books they have read. Teachers also work with students to make the text
come to life in the classrooms.
January’s Book of the Month is The Hat by Jan Brett, and the feature character trait is selfesteem.
The book was chosen to coordinate with National Hat Day. The students selected
for book of the month in January are: Kameron Eiler, Kemauriyonne Abram, Lonnie Bass,
Jackson Deal, Kimberly Anderson, KilIyah Blankenship, Michael Clark, Destiny Hartwell,
Austin Fountain, Jasheri Allen, Brittany Mosley, and Yasmine Davis. These students did a
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The youths had the drinks
out of the 12-pack containers
because they put stolen items
in the 12-pack soda cases.
Included in the stolen items
were two long guns.
“The officer followed his
instinct, and thought it was
too early for them to be out,”
said Captain Pearlie
Hendricks. “That is when
they started running.”
The two ran, throwing
stolen items as they went.
One juvenile was captured,
the other one is still at large.
The 16-year old was charged
with receiving stolen property.
Brumfield said most of
the burglarized cars were
“They were getting
around on bikes,” Hendricks
said. “They were going
around and checking cars to
see they were unlocked.”
So far, police have recovered
GPS devices, Ipods, cell
phones, change and cash,
portable DVD players, and
canned soft drinks.
“We have recovered two
long guns and we can’t find
the owners of them,”
Brumfield said. “Either they
don’t know they are missing
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or have not filed a report.
One is a .280 caliber rifle.”
“It is a good policy to lock
your cars,” Brumfield said.
“If you see anybody on bicycles
out of the ordinary in
your neighborhood, or anybody
that is walking who is
not ordinarily seen in your
neighborhood call the
“We received a call early
Friday night as an elderly
lady said there were two
black males in the same area
the car was burglarized,”
Brumfield said they are
looking for at least one more
“We think there are several
others involved,” said
Brumfield, several items
have been reported stolen
that have not been recovered.
One is a handgun, which
could lead to a dangerous situation,
according to Hendrix.
“Sometimes juveniles do
not realize the consequences
of their actions when they
use a gun,” Hendrick said.
“Instead of going to juvenile
hall, they can be charged as
Anyone missing a bike?
The Columbia Police Department has collected several
bicycles, most found at an abandoned apartment
building at 1201 Park Avenue. Bikes are normally
stolen by young offenders, used to help commit a
crime, then discarded. “No one has claimed them,”
Brumfield said. “Burglary is one of the hardest cases
to solve. A lot of people do not report stolen items
because they think it is hopeless and the items will
not be recovered.” Brumfield said when they find
stolen or apparently stolen items, it is hard to make
the connection to burglaries because the items have
not been reported stolen.
photo by Don Hill
At the primary school, restroom
use was restricted to
the restrooms in the halls,
which amounted to eight toilet
facilities for over 500
kindergarten through third
“Principals made the decisions
about bathroom use,”
Fortenberry said. “At the primary
school we knew we
couldn’t allow the use of the
facilities that are inside each
classroom and the decision
was made to limit their use to
the separate hall restrooms.”
Fortenberry said that after
the students were dismissed
at 11:45 a.m. the teachers
were required to finish out
the workday. “The teachers
could leave and get some
lunch and go to a restroom,
then they had to come back
for the rest of the day,” he
Rusty Rutland, West
Marion high school principal,
said that the students
worked within the confines
of the day really well, considering
He said that he found out
about the situation when he
arrived at school about 6:15
a.m., students were already
in route and the water association
workers did not have
an assessment for when they
would have things repaired
at that time.
“We couldn’t just send
the students away once they
were here. We had to notify
parents and guardians and
make contact so that families
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could make arrangements,”
Rutland said. “We have an
obligation for the students’
safety not to just send them
home, away from campus
without parental notification.
This was especially true in
the lower grades,” he said.
said that they found out
about the water main leak the
evening before about 9:30.
“We had to wait until the gas
company could come mark
their lines before we could
really assess the situation,”
she said. About 7:30 a.m. the
gas company representative
arrived and gave the water
workers the information they
Rutland said once they
found out from the water
association that the repairs
would probably take until at
least lunchtime, they knew
they would have to dismiss
Thursday morning the
water was flowing again but
the schools still had to supply
bottled drinking water
for the students because of
the boil water notice.
The water association will
have to send two samples to
be tested before they can lift
the notice. Results from the
tests should be available
sometime Monday or
EMAIL THE STAFF OF THE COLUMBIAN PROGRESS:
DR. JACK SIDNEY WILKINSON
Funeral services for Dr. Jack Sidney Wilkinson, 80, were
held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 25, at the chapel of
Hartman-Hughes Funeral Home. Reverend Benton Preston
officiated at the services. Dr. Wilkinson died at the Lacombe
Nursing Center in Lacombe, La. on Saturday, January 18.
Dr. Wilkinson is survived by one son, Michael Wilkinson
of Madisonville, Ala.; one daughter, Michele Wilkinson of
Covington, La.; one sister-in-law, Peggy Wilkinson of
Tylertown; and two grandchildren.
Visitation was held on Sunday, January 25, at the funeral
home, from 1 p.m. until service time at 2 p.m.
Hartman-Hughes Funeral Home was in charge of
IDA MAE ROWLEY COPELIN
Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 6, at 1 p.m.
for Mrs. Ida Mae Rowley Copelin, 88, of Vicksburg, who
died January 3, at Region Medical Center. Services were
held at the Chapel of Colonial Funeral Home with interment
in Darbun Cemetery. Visitation was held from 11 a.m. to 1
Mrs. Copelin was preceded in death by her parents, John
T. and Josephine F. Rowley; husband, Hollis Edwin Copelin;
son, Clyde Leroy Copelin; sister, Oviezine Rowley Morgan;
and two brothers, John Carroll Rowley and Hugh Rowley.
She is survived by her sons, Larry Douglas Copelin and
Timothy Roscoe Copelin; brothers, Carroll Rowley, Sedgie
Rowley and Doyle Rowley; one great-great-grandchild and
a number of nieces, nephews, friends and family.
Colonial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
ELLA WEE ALLEN
Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 20, at 11 a.m.
for Ella Wee Allen, 77, of Foxworth, who died Thursday,
January 15, at Wesley Medical Center. Services were held at
Christian Hill Baptist Church with interment at Pleasant
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Valley Cemetery. Visitation was held Monday, January 19,
from noon to 7 p.m. and Tuesday, January 20, from 10 to 11
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
EMMA LOU MULLINS
Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 21, at 2
p.m., for Ms. Emma Lou Mullins, 74, of Kokomo, who
died Monday, January 19, at Marion General Hospital.
Services were held at Shiloh Baptist Church with
interment in Shiloh Cemetery. Visitation was held
Tuesday, January 20, at Shiloh Baptist Church.
Hathorn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
SADEE JOEY GRACE HELTON
Private graveside services were held Saturday, January
17, at 4 p.m. for Sadee Joey Grace Helton, the infant
daughter of Emilee Robyn Cooper Helton of Hattiesburg,
who died Thursday, January 15, at Arkansas Children's
Hospital in Little Rock, AR.
Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home was in charge of
BERNARD “BUN” NYE
Bernard “Bun” Nye, 94 of Alliance, Neb. died Tuesday,
January 20, 2009 at his home. He was born July 17, 1914
at Lakeside, Neb. to Harry and Lenna Bell (Hooper) Nye.
On November 29, 1935 he was united in marriage to
He leaves a legacy of love to his many children,
grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-greatgrandchildren
and other family members. He is survived
by his wife, Mildred Nye of Alliance, Neb.; daughters Pat
Atkins of Aurora, Neb. and Bonnie Jean Langston of
Columbia. He is also survived by 8 grandchildren, 25
great-grandchildren and 7 great-great-grandchildren. He
was preceded in death by his children Laverne Bud, Betty
Prelle, and Billie Dean Nye, his grandchildren Vicki
Atkins and Connie Langston, 4 brothers and 1 sister.
The family is hosting a luncheon Saturday, January 24,
at 12:00 noon, at the First Christian Church followed by a
graveside service at the Alliance Cemetery at 2:00 p.m.
The Reverend Walter Cline and Marvin Bauer will
The family prefers memorials be given to the Nebraska
Boys Ranch, P.O. Box 639, Alliance, NE 69301. Online
condolences may be left at www.batesgould.com with
Bates-Gould Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
ELAINE SCARBOROUGH SMITH
Beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother
has returned home to her Father in heaven and to our Lord
Jesus Christ. Elaine Scarborough Smith, 87, passed away
quietly Thursday, January 22, in the company of her only
child, Robert and his wife Pamela at the St. Joseph Village
in Manhattan, Kan.
Mrs. Smith, the only daughter of Daniel Winston and
Ophelia (Terry) Scarborough, was born February 14, 1921
in Foxworth. Mrs. Smith lived with her parents and her
brother, Felder Leroy (Bill) Scarborough at the family
home. She graduated from Columbia High School,
Columbia. She later married Robert Lamar Smith in
October of 1938.
Mrs. Smith was employed during World War Two as a
seamstress for Reliance Manufacturing Company (later
known as Pioneer Aerospace) sewing parachutes for
soldiers, pilots and later for astronauts. She was a proud
member of The Amalgamated Cotton Garment Workers
Union. She worked there for the rest of her life, retiring in
Elaine was a true and loving disciple of Christ, and a
lifelong member of Terry's Chapel Congregational
Methodist Church, of Foxworth. She and her husband
moved to Kansas to be nearer to family in 1987, first
moving to Buhler, Kan. Her husband, Lamar, passed away
in November 1993, after more than 50 years of marriage.
Mrs. Smith then followed her son, moving to Manhattan in
1998 upon his retirement. She enjoyed bible study,
gardening, traveling and visiting with family and friends.
Most essential to her life was her faith in God. She lived
her life in such a way as to make her Lord proud, serving
Him first in all things and passing her deep and abiding
faith to her child,
grandchildren and greatgrandchildren.
Mrs. Smith was preceded
in death by her parents, her
January 29, 2009
brother and her husband.
Survivors include her son Robert Winston Smith and his
wife Pamela; four grandchildren, Anne Elizabeth Smith,
Catherine Elaine Smith Childs, Stephanie Marie Stein and
Chadwick John Stein. Also surviving are eight greatgrandchildren,
Daniel, Katie, Matthew, Tabitha, Kylie,
Brandon, Kerry and Stacy.
The family will receive friends during a visitation from
7:00 until 8:00 p.m. Monday evening at the Yorgensen-
Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday,
January 27, 2009, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen
Funeral Chapel with The Reverend Thomas D. Miles
officiating. Graveside services will be held at 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday at the Buhler Municipal Cemetery in Buhler,
On-line condolences may be left at
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be
made to the St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Manhattan.
Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-
Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue,
Manhattan, Kansas 66502.
BRO. LEE HENRY SMITH
Funeral services were held Saturday, January 17, at 1
p.m. for Bro. Lee Henry Smith, 81, of Columbia, who
passed away Friday, January 9, at Forrest General
Hospital. Visitation was on Friday, January 16, from 4 to 6
p.m. at Smith Funeral Home and on Saturday, January 17,
from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Mark Church. The funeral
was held at Saint Mark M.B. Church with interment in
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
KATHLEEN "KAY" HISCOCK
Services were held at 11 a.m., January 20, at Hathorn
Funeral Home in Columbia for Kathleen Randall, 84, of
Columbia, who died January 18 at Forrest General
Hospital. Burial was in the Randall Cemetery in Marion
County. Eld. Trent Tolar and Eld. Douglas Barber
officiated at the service.
Mrs. Randall was a member of Church of England. She
was born in the village of
Oare, Wiltshire, England.
She was preceded in death
by her husband, John Jesse
Randall and an infant
daughter, of Columbia; her
parents, Joseph and Lilian
Coleman Hiscock of Oare,
Wiltshire, England; a
brother, Jeffrey Hiscock of
England; and a sister, Masie
Brinkworth of Swindon,
Survivors include two sons, Ronald Randall and wife
Helen and Joe Randall, both of Columbia; three daughters,
Marilyn Barber and husband Douglas and Maureen
Breakfield and husband Kenneth, both of Columbia and
Pauline Knight and husband Dale, of Seminary; 13
grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren and numerous
nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were her grandsons, Brent Randall, Michael
Randall, Raymond Barber, and Jonathan Barber, all of
Columbia, Jeffrey Barber of Poplarville and grandson-inlaw
Nathan Simmons, of Columbia.
Funeral services were held Thursday, January 22, at 12
noon, for Mr. Ray Morgan, 74, of Columbia, who died
Tuesday, January 20, in Jackson. Services were held at
Morgantown Church of God with interment in Woodlawn
Cemetery. Rev. Cory Odom officiated at the service
assisted by Rec. Lamar Davis. Visitation was held
Thursday, January 22, from 9 a.m. until service time.
Mr. Morgan was preceded in death by his parents, Fate
and Lena Carney Morgan; wife, Betty Morgan; and three
brothers, Roy, Hezzie and Sid Morgan. He is survived by
his sons, Bryan Morgan of Columbia, Rusty Morgan, of
Franklinton, La. and Jay Morgan, of Madison; sisters,
Helen Butler, Bea Lowe and Emmie Beal, all of Columbia
and Lexie Smith, of Madison; and a number of nieces,
nephews, family and friends.
Smith receives birthday surprise
Dorris L. Smith, mother
and house-mate of Kathy
Stauffer Vines and
Elizabeth Vines, was
absolutely stunned when
Moree's Florist delivered
this giant Poinsettia plant
just two days prior to her
81st birthday. Sending
the surprise plant was
her two daughters and
sons-in-law who live in
Richland and Grenada.
The following day, she
beautiful roses from her
grandchildren living in
Oxford and in Tupelo.
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Brassealle signs book at Marion County Library
Connie Holman gets the
last copy of “Ten Pots,” by
local food columnist Rhonda
Brassealle at her book-signing
Thursday at the Marion
Brassealle said the turnout
was very good. “I sold all the
books I had on hand and
signed a few that had been
purchased at Main Street
Frames & Gifts,” she said.
This is Brassealle's third
book-signing in Columbia
since the release of the book
in May 2008. “Ten Pots” is
available at Main Street
Frames & Gifts and at
Dutherene’s Frame Shop.
East Marion Primary School elects Student Council Members
Members of the East Marion
Elementary student council
are Representatives: 4th
Joleeza Pope, Triston
Hutton, Hayleigh Bates,
Lorenzo Armstrong; 5th
Grade-Taylor Tolar, Ditayshia
Lee, Kaitlin Patton, Emily
Bouchon, Brian Broom,
Hailey Holland, Jessica
Graveline, Shonta Alford;
6th Grade-Talaijha Haynes,
Destiny Hathorn, Morgan
Maxwell, Adriana Rodriguez
and Brantley Beach.
Sponsors- (not pictured)
Monica Alexander, Bridgette
Cox, and Kecia Porter
East Marion Student Council
officers are Sergeant at
Arms- fourth grader Quincy
Kenneigha Barnes and
Gencharla Echols. These
students had to make a
speech before the entire EM
Elem. Student body during
their run for office.
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On a recent snow-skiing trip
to Colorado, my group was
seated on a shuttle bus going
from our condo to a restaurant
one evening. Other people
from other states and climes
sat with us there. No one was
saying anything. Someone in
my group spoke to someone
else in the polite quiet voice
you use when you're in close
quarters with strangers.
"What's the score now?"
"Don't know. It was 3 to 10
when we left the room."
A stranger directly shot a
more audible comment across
the bus, "No. The Steelers
scored a touch-down just as
we were leaving. Its 10-10
"Yea, but they ruled that one
out," said our group.
Another stranger, just
entering the bus, "They did. I
saw it to. It's still 3-10.
A shuffle and ruffling waved
throughout the bus - low
whispers turned into louder
voices, cries of anguish over
the Superbowl contenders'
performance that night.
Before we left the bus,
everyone knew were from
Mississippi and that they were
from Chicago, Wisconsin, and
Denver. The discussion had
even switched to college
football and who went for
"Those Mississippi State
fans," said a lady from
Wisconsin who had attended a
game in our state, "those have
got to be the nicest, most
polite fans we've ever been
Just as football is a
universal language, so is a
good, warm bowl of chili -
whether you've been hitting
the slopes all day or are just
curling up by the fire in South
Mississippi. This recipe
recently took rave reviews at a
church social I attended.
Venison and Beef Chili
1 cup dry black beans
1 cup dry red kidney beans
1 cup water
3 cans beef consommé
1 lb. venison back strap,
tenderized and thinly sliced
1 lb. venison sausage,
processed in a food
1 lb. lean ground beef
1 medium white onion,
1 medium green bell
pepper, finely chopped
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 tablespoons chili powder
3 tablespoons ground
1 teaspoon dry mustard
½ teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon Creole
1 29-oz can crushed
Pour into a large Dutch
oven, the beans, water, and
consommé. Bring to a rapid
boil. Stir and reduce to a low
boil. Cook for 2 hours,
replacing water several cups at
a time, as needed.
In the meantime, place back
strap in the bottom of a large
cast-iron skillet. Cover with
sausage. Crumble ground beef
over that. Layer chopped
vegetables and garlic on top.
Mix dry seasonings together in
a small bowl. Sprinkle evenly
over vegetables. Pour
Worcestershire sauce over
that. Cook on medium-low
heat, stirring occasionally, until
vegetables are soft. Cover and
let sit until beans are done.
When beans are soft, add
meat mixture and crushed
tomatoes to pot. Stir and
simmer until warmed through.
If you like thicker chili, simmer
until the right amount of water
has evaporated. For thinner
chili, add more water.
For spicier chili, add 2
tablespoons jalapeno peppers
or pepper juice. If you are
crazy about beans, you can up
Now available at
By Jeff Houck
MEDIA GENERAL NEWS SERVICE
When Thomas Keller was first learning to cook as a
teenager in the early 1970s at the Palm Beach Yacht
Club, the United States was in a sort of culinary Dark
There were no established culinary schools, as there
are today. The restaurant industry mimicked classic
continental cooking performed in the handful of great
French and Italian restaurants across the country. The
ingredients were poor compared with European
equivalents. Customers had limited expectations for
what would appear on their plates. Celebrity chefs were
To Keller’s great benefit, legendary French-born chef
Roland Henin took him under his wing and helped mold
his view of cooking and what it means to be a chef.
The breakthrough for Keller came in 1977, when
Henin taught him that nurturing customers and giving
them pleasure through their food elevates the act of
“It wasn’t only about cooking for the guests and
making them happy,” he says. “It’s also about us
cooking and working together as chefs and finding
great satisfaction in the process of cooking. The quality
of the restaurant manifests itself in the experience that
the staff has, both in the kitchen and in the dining
Three decades later, Keller commands one of the
most well-respected and honored restaurants in the
United States, The French Laundry in Yountville, Calif.,
as well as Per Se in New York City. He now is
For those with a taste for life and leisure
Photo by David Roark
World-renowned chefs Daniel Boulud, left, and Paul Bocuse, right, met recently with country-rat-turned-chef-extraordinaire Remy of
the Disney Pixar hit film Ratatouille at the France pavilion in Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort. The chefs are prepared to toss
exciting new ingredients into the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival opening weekend, the Sept. 26-27 Bocuse d’Or USA
semifinal cooking competition.
attempting to pass along the legacy of what he earned
and learned by preparing a new generation of chefs to
compete in what amounts to the world’s culinary
Olympics, the Bocuse d’Or World Cuisine Contest.
Keller and chef Daniel Boulud championed the effort
to find the country’s best young chefs to represent the
United States against international teams in Lyon,
France. The contest’s namesake, chef Paul Bocuse,
recruited Keller and Boulud to create a formal program
to select the team and train the members before the
Keller is building a lab next to The French Laundry
for that purpose.
This year’s competition to determine the final U.S.
team took place Sept. 26–27 at the Epcot Food & Wine
Festival in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Keller spoke recently from Yountville about the
contest and the goals of the program.
Q: For those who are unfamiliar with Bocuse
d’Or, can you explain a little about why the
competition is so prestigious?
A: Paul Bocuse is certainly an icon in the culinary
world. He has a three-star Michelin restaurant right
outside of Lyon, which is the capital of French
gastronomy. He’s someone who worked with a mentor
of mine, Ferdinand Pointe, who is an icon himself in the
last generation of great chefs.
Chef Bocuse began Bocuse d’Or over 20 years ago
as a result of the need to continue to further the
progress of cuisine by holding something like a culinary
Olympics. Every two years, he holds an international
January 29, 2009
Going for the Gusto: Americans get in on the competition
competition. Every country is invited to field a team and
then present two dishes to a group of international
judges in Lyon.
Q: American teams have never placed higher
than sixth in Bocuse. Was there anything in looking
back that was a reason for our lack of success?
A: There never was really a collective effort to give a
team the support and training that they needed to
succeed. This is the first time we’ve raised enough
funds to support the team through the training process.
We’re actually developing a training center for the team
here in Northern California, in Yountville, for the finalists
to come train for the three months prior to the
competition in Lyon.
Q. You mentioned that you’re building a training
lab next to the facility. Is the lab similar to what
other teams in other countries do?
A: I think we’re reaching to what other teams are doing.
I think the Norwegian team is up to a sponsorship of about
$1 million a year to work with to prepare for the
competition. We certainly haven’t reached that level yet,
but we have reached the level of resources that we’re able
to build this test kitchen. It’s actually a house where the
team can live and practice there. It will give them the
support of a coach, Roland Henin, who was my mentor at
a very young age and who has served as a coach in
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The story of Professor P.S. Bowles
From the Museum: From the Museum: Professor P. S. Bowles: Remembering an African-American educational pioneer
By Chris Watts
Marion County Museum
In 1830, the Presbyterian
Church established Oakland
College in Claiborne County,
Mississippi and in the next
year the very first degree was
conferred from a Mississippi
institution. When the Civil
War erupted thirty-one years
later, the college closed its
doors as the majority of those
enrolled left to take up arms
in defense of the Southern
Confederacy. When the war
ended, the school did not
reopen. In 1871, the vacant
Oakland College property
was sold to the state of
Mississippi and renamed
Alcorn Agricultural and
Mechanical College, in
honor of then Governor
James L. Alcorn.
Nearby, the enigmatic
"Ruins of Windsor" supplied
the iron staircase and
balustrade that are now in the
chapel at Alcorn. The famous
ruins were featured in 1957's
"Raintree Country," starring
Liz Taylor and the more
recent "Ghosts of
Mississippi" starring Alec
Baldwin and Whoopi
By 1974, Alcorn A&M had
been renamed Alcorn State
University. Some of the
notable alumni include
Medgar Evers, who
graduated in 1952.
Acclaimed author Alex
Haley spent time at Alcorn
and went on to pen "Roots"
and "The Autobiography of
Malcolm X." In 1989,
President George Bush spoke
in the commencement
Hiram Rhodes Revels
(1822 - 1901), an ordained
African Methodist Episcopal
minister, was elected
alderman in Natchez in 1868
and represented Adams
County in the state senate in
1869. He was the first
African-American to serve in
the U.S. Senate, and also the
first African-American to
serve in the U. S. Congress,
from 1870 - 1871. As of
activities and impressive
demonstrations to bring
Newton's Laws of Motion to
life for the students.
Another station reinforced
the concepts learned about
the laws of motion through
experimentation with rocket
launches. Clay Dyess and
Lee Mock were the
facilitators of this station.
The rocket launches were
built by Tom Griffith and the
Walkers of Partnership for
Scotty Arinder of Pearl
River Valley Electric used a
power line demonstration to
teach the students about
electrical safety. He led the
students in their own
exploration of series circuits
as the students made their
own circuits from batteries,
wires and a flashlight bulb to
At a fourth station, Tom
Griffith exhibited an
authentic windmill blade and
inverter box for the students
to observe. After learning
about the renewable energy
FROM THE MUSEUM
today, Revels is one of only
six African-Americans to
have served in the U. S.
Senate. In 1870, Hiram
Revels delivered "one of the
most impressive and
eloquent prayers that had
ever been delivered in the
Chamber." He was
appointed to be the first
president of Alcorn 1871.
Professor P.S. Bowles
(1869-1966) was born in
Claiborne County and raised
just upriver in Warren
County. As a student, he
graduated from Alcorn in
1895, remarking that most
people did not graduate early
from college at that time. In
1898, he found himself
teaching school in
Monticello, when he was
contacted by Marion County
in the interests of building
the first African-American
high school in the county.
Superintendent Dr. R. T. Burt
contacted Professor Bowles
to consult him as to whether
he would consider coming to
Marion County and help get
the school off the ground. In
time, he accepted the
proposition and began work
while the school building
was still under construction.
The school was located
"seven miles south of
Columbia on the old river
road, about two miles below
After serving in Marion
County for a few years,
Professor Bowles was
eventually succeeded by G.
W. Spiers. Bowles then spent
available by wind, and how
electricity can be generated,
the students made their own
model windmills, used a box
fan to simulate wind, hooked
them to a volt meter and
recorded their success
At a station about energy
from motors, Carl Martin
spoke to the students about
how motors work. The
students then built a simple
motor and watched it run.
The energy of the body
was the subject of the station
led by Becky Clarke, school
nurse. Clark taught the
students about calories and
how to read a nutritional
Students also took a short
field trip on a school bus to
three important locations in
Columbia. The City of
Columbia gave the students a
tour of the Recycling Center
located on Old Foxworth
Road. They visited the water
treatment center and the
one year at Biloxi and
returned to Alcorn A&M,
this time as a staff member.
At the time, Alcorn was one
of the few African-
American colleges in the
In 1945, Professor P.S.
Bowles retired as president
of Alcorn, after teaching in
the college for forty years.
In 1928, "Bowles Hall" was
completed on the Alcorn
campus. He and his wife
Agatha retired to Marion
County and decided to make
it their permanent home
after the six years they had
spent here previously.
In 1955, a reporter from
the Columbian Progress
Bowles. Then eighty-six
years old, he remarked; "If
doctors lived off what they
make from me they'd have to
find some other means of
making a living," and "I'm
86 on September 29, within
14 years of 100 and I plan to
make a definite effort to live
to that age." Professor
Bowles remarked that his
Christian faith was the secret
to his longevity, as he
remembered joining the
Baptist Church at age
seventeen and endeavored to
live a Christian life from
then on. He and his wife,
Agatha, lived on the old
Lampton Road, and were
active in the Lampton
By the early 1960s the
winds of social change began
to blow. Professor Bowles,
true to his Christian character
and pragmatic way of
thinking, wrote: "All of this
simply adds up to the one
namely, that there is but one
right way out of this much
involved tangle; and that is
for these two race groups
who understand each other
better than any one outside
can explain either to the
other, to meet together, and
each prayerfully consider
what is right for the other to
have; and for the leaders of
each group to graciously
commit their respective
groups to granting of these
right things to the other; to
the end that there shall, ere
long, be written a new
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participated in an internet
scavenger hunt about energy
and toured the science fair.
Almost every sixth grade
student had an entry in the
science fair. First, second
and third place winners will
attend the Regional Science
Fair on Mar. 12 at Southern
Shelley Putnam, sixth
grade science teacher
organizes the Science Days
as a way to celebrate the
passing of a unit of study and
to prepare for the next
subject. She began the
practice last year with four
such days. They are
becoming an anticipated
event at JMS and Putnam
hopes they will become a
tradition of the school. She
has one more Science Day
planned for this year.
Putnam said, "It is my
hope that our Science Days
will inspire our students to
seek professions in the field
of science, as well as, spark
their imagination and spirit
chapter in the book of race
relations in South
Today, Alcorn State
University boasts of being
"one of the leading black
universities in the nation." It
is fully accredited with seven
schools and degree
programs. The campus is
now made up of eighty
modern buildings with an
estimated worth of $71
million. This could not have
been accomplished without
the efforts of such men as
Professor P.S. Bowles. Today
he rests in John J. Jefferson
Cemetery near the Lampton
Community, having lived to
be ninety-seven years old.
The Marion County
Historical Society Museum
and Archives is located on
the West end of 2nd Street,
across from city hall in the
old Gulf and Ship Island
depot. We are open to the
public daily and interested in
collecting family histories,
documents, photos, archival
papers and historical
artifacts from the region.
School groups are always
welcome; we ask they simply
call ahead of time. We
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Adam Ward of Foxworth received the Columbia Lions
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Van and Mary Lowry Scholarship at Pearl River
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Brittni Prine of Columbia, second from left, received
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Cadie Clark of Carson, right, received the LaRue and
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Damie Robbins of Columbia receives the Hestian
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