Broken water line disrupts school day - Matchbin

Broken water line disrupts school day - Matchbin

The Columbia Police

Department was dispatched to

Friendship City Park Friday about

6:45 p.m. with a call about possible

shots fired.

“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

was dim.

At the time of the shooting, the

Columbia Junior High baseball

team was practicing. Parents,

players and coaches were told to



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trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing

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Teenagers terrorize town

Juveniles arrested in a shooting at city

park and auto burglaries in Columbia

By Don Hill




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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

Staff Writer

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, a teacher support

organization that joins with

teachers and parents in the

development and use of

challenging learning

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


water line


school day

By Lori Watts

Staff Writer

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,”

he said.

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

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the ground by his car.”

Hall said the best they can

determine right now, Willison

had a confrontation with another

black male.

“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

Willison’s car.”

A weapon, possibly a 9 mm

caliber handgun, has not been


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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

represent crack-cocaine.

“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


Reginald Hierrezuela,

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

Marion County.

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

was caught.

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

resisting arrest.

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

in jail.

“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

underwent emergency

surgery. The last report CPD

received said Rocking Chair

was in stable condition.

Brumfield said

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

to manslaughter

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 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

The Columbian-Progress.)

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

domestic warrant.

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

simple assault.

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

of the

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


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

individual lives.

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

than this.

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

business, too.

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.


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

to 1,500 workers in

Tupelo, which survived a

plant-closing round with

an Albany, GA plant. The

Tupelo plant makes aftermarket

tires, which

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., and click “House” or “Senate.”


January 29, 2009 5A

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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CA junior varsity cheerleaders wrap up successful year

Front Row: Lauren Welch, co-captain, Jordan Welch, captain. Second row:

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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

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for the Key Clubs “Christmas for Kids.”

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The junior varsity cheerleaders at Columbia Academy are finishing up their 2008-2009

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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


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The NCA camp instructors also chose five of the squad members as All-American

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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.

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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

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January 29, 2009 7A

Junior Auxiliary holds annual Women’s Health Luncheon

By Lori Watts

Staff Writer

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

healthy living.

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

served up.

Every Person’s Biography


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

Staff Writer

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,"

he said.

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,"

he said.

"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

Staff Writer

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

Valentine's Day.

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

organization alone.

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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Feb. 14.

No Name-Calling Week at

Columbia High Schoool

By Lori Watts

Staff Writer

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, 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

completely anonymous.

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, "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

well,”Robertson said.

More information about No Name-Calling Week is

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“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


January 29, 2009 9A

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.

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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

Believe, Achieve,

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

to meteorologist.

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

great job.


January 29, 2009 11A


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

continued from Page 1A

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,”

Hendrick said.

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

an adult.”

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

grade students.

“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

the inconvenience.

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.

Foxworth Water

Association representatives

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

school early.

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











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



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.


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.


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.


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, 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

Mildred Garrett.

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 with

Bates-Gould Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.


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.


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

Foxworth Cemetery.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.



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

Salisbury, Wiltshire,

England; and a sister, Masie

Brinkworth of Swindon,

Wiltshire, England.

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

received eighteen

beautiful roses from her

grandchildren living in

Oxford and in Tupelo.


January 29, 2009 13A

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

County Library.

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

Grade-Ashley Breshears,

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

Quinn, Parliamentarianfourth

grader Charayana

Johnson, Vice-presidentsixth

grader Makayla

Sistrunk, Secretary

Treasurer-sixth grader

Deionshai Stepney,

Reporter-fourth grader

Kenneigha Barnes and

President-sixth grader

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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Venison Chili

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,

finely chopped

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


3 tablespoons

Worcestershire sauce

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


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

cooking itself.

“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

previous years.

Jeff Houck is a staff writer for The Tampa Tribune in


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January 29, 2009 15A

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

and Archives

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,

representing Mississippi

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

Learning .com.

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

produce light.

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


Chris Watts

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

[Mississippi] Senate

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.

Marion 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

Little River."

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

generating electricity.

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


Finally, students

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

interviewed Professor

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

Methodist Church.

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

inevitable conclusion:

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

of wonder."

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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Cynthia Moses of Columbia, left, and Mark Fails of

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Savannah Moree of Columbia received the Judge

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Jonathan Nolan, left, and Steven Bracey, both of

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and Technical Scholarship at Pearl River Community


James Fortenberry, left, and Ben Selman, both of

Columbia, received the Marion County Retired

Teachers Scholarship at Pearl River Community


Kenneth Stringer of Sandy Hook received the Marion-

Jefferson Davis County Alumni Scholarship at Pearl

River Community College. He is shown with donor

representative Maude Parish at the annual PRCC

Development Foundation Scholarship Dinner. Not

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Adam Ward of Foxworth received the Columbia Lions

Club Scholarship at Pearl River Community College.

He is shown with donor representative Mack Davis at

the annual PRCC Development Foundation

Scholarship Dinner.

Kathryn Hasselvander of Columbia, left, received the

Van and Mary Lowry Scholarship at Pearl River

Community College and Kristen Barber of Sandy

Hook, second from right, received the Lucy

Robertson Memorial Scholarship. They are shown

with donors Mary and Van Lowry at the annual PRCC

Development Foundation Scholarship Dinner.

Brittni Prine of Columbia, second from left, received

the Garland Parish Memorial Scholarship at Pearl

River Community College. She is shown with donors

William Parish and Maude Parish and her grandson,

Adam Albritton, at the annual PRCC Development

Foundation Scholarship Dinner.

Cadie Clark of Carson, right, received the LaRue and

Mary Jean Saulters Scholarship at Pearl River

Community College. She is shown with Mary Jean

Saulters at the annual PRCC Development

Foundation Scholarship Dinner.

Damie Robbins of Columbia receives the Hestian

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