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                 Better Newspaper Contest Events:                                                                                                 2007 BNC Contest Statistics
                            Advertising:                                                                                                               23 daily newspapers
                    August 29, 2008 Rules go out.                                                                                                   entered with 1,212 entries
                  October 7, 2008 Contest deadline.                                                                                                  45 non-daily newspapers
                              Editorial:                                                                                                            entered with 1,496 entries
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                                             Table of Contents


AWARDS BY NEWSPAPER - DAILIES ....................................55
AWARDS BY NEWSPAPER - NON-DAILIES ...........................57
BILL MINOR AWARDS ........................................................60
COMMENTARY COLUMN .....................................................21
COMMUNITY SERVICE .........................................................53
DANIEL M. PHILLIPS FREEDOM OF INFORMATION AWARD ...53
DESIGN .............................................................................50
EDITORIAL CARTOON ........................................................15
EDITORIAL PAGE(S) ...........................................................44
EDITORIALS .......................................................................45
FEATURE PHOTOGRAPH .....................................................33
FEATURE STORY ................................................................23
FRONT PAGE .....................................................................42
GAME STORY....................................................................17
GENERAL EXCELLENCE .......................................................54
GENERAL INTEREST COLUMN .............................................19
GENERAL NEWS PHOTOGRAPH ..........................................25
GENERAL NEWS STORY.....................................................49
GRAPHIC ...........................................................................41
HEADLINE .........................................................................52
IN-DEPTH/INVESTIGATIVE COVERAGE ...................................8
LIFESTYLES PAGE OR SECTION ..........................................48
PERSONALITY PORTRAIT ...................................................39
PICTORAL SERIES IN ONE ISSUE........................................35
PICTURE-STORY COMBINATION ........................................37
PLANNED SERIES OF STORIES ...........................................10
SPECIAL SECTION OR ISSUE ..............................................54
SPORTS ACTION PHOTGRAPH ...........................................31
SPORTS COLUMN .............................................................14
SPORTS FEATURE .............................................................15
SPORTS FEATURE PHOTOGRAPH .......................................30
SPORTS PAGE OR SECTION ...............................................47
SPORTS NEWS STORY ......................................................12
SPORTS NEWS PHOTOGRAPH............................................29
SPOT NEWS PHOTOGRAPH...............................................27
SPOT NEWS STORY............................................................6
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                                                     BEST GENERAL NEWS STORY
Daily Division A - Above 20,000                                      Second Place The Daily Mississippian, Nicole Spinuzzi
First Place NE Mississippi Daily Journal, Emily Le Coz               Student accuses DKE of assault
Ethics Study                                                         Good narrative of alleged racist incident at Ole Miss frat
This is a clear eyed explainer of the sort of thing that happens of- house.
ten in local governments, but rarely gets the attention or notice it Third Place Delta Democrat Times, Terri Ferguson
needs. A good graphics and facts box added to the impact.            A child’s last goodbye
Second Place The Sun Herald, Jean Prescott                           An incredibly sad story about the death of a toddler. Good use
What’s the story in Pass Christian?                                  of quotes to capture the emotions. Retold the manner of death
This is a great story that shows the newspaper is focused on the     - by being left in a hot day care van all day - with sensitivity.
things that real people are talking about in their community.
Prescott does a good job writing with a flair to make what could     Daily Division C - Below 9,000
have been routine story more interesting.                            First Place The Daily Corinthian, Brant Sappington and Jeff
Third Place The Clarion-Ledger, Jimmie E. Gates, Chris               York
Joyner, Billy Watkins, LaRaye Brown, Arnold Lindsay and              Charity tragedy
Kathleen Baydala                                                     The scope of the coverage captured the tragedy from all pos-
Not Guilty                                                           sible angles. There was little left to wonder and all questions
What a bizarre story. The staff does a good job covering the bases were answered.
and Joyner’s analysis tells the story of how the story turned out    Second Place The Daily Leader, Adam Northam
this way in a compelling manner.                                     Sign vandalism
Honorable Mention Hattiesburg American, Nancy Kaffer                 A strong short lede grabbing the reader. Story is written in a
Tight strings attached to 16th section leases                        crisp fashion enhancing credibility.
Kaffer does a fine job of explaining the area set up for readers. Third Place The Daily Leader, Therese Apel
                                                                     Somber signs
Daily Division B - 9,000 to 20,000                                   A good story telling beginning for what was a well written con-
First Place The Meridian Star, Fredie Carmichael                     troversial piece.
Land to sea                                                          Honorable Mention The Oxford Eagle, Lucy Schultze
Great story telling. Captured the intensity of the feeling of        Vision fulfilled
Navy pilots earning their wings with no margin for error.            A great story tell beginning with thoroughness of fact and
Good sidebar column brings the writer’s experience aboard            background on the clinic presented in a readable fashion. En-
the aircraft carrier alive.                                          gaging.

                                               Minor Award for Best General News Story



                      ETHICS STUDY
                       They said               Points of debate                                                          She said
                                                                                                                                                       Good intentions,
                                                                                                                                                       now conflict
                                                                                                                                                                            BY EMILY LE COZ
                                                                                                                                                                                 Daily Journal




                                                                                                                                                   T
                       (Ed Neelly and his                                                                                  (Cindy Brown)
                                                                                                                                                          UPELO – In the course
                       administration)                                                                                                                    of 10 months, a study of
                                                                                                                                                          the city’s hiring practices
                                                                                                                                                          has degenerated from an
                                                                                                                                                   honest attempt at self improve-
                                                                                                                                                   ment to a mud-slinging contest
                                                                                                                                                   between two camps.
                                                                                                                                                      On one side: Mayor Ed Neelly and his administra-
                                                                                                                                                   tion. On the other: ethics consultant Cindy Brown and
                                                                                                                                                   members of both the City Council and the Multi-
                                                                                                                                                   Racial Committee.
                                                                                                                                                      Caught in the middle: citizens of Tupelo.
                                                                                                                                                      They’re the ones subjected to a prolonged battle of
                                                                                                                                                   “he said, she said,” and they’re the ones who will pay
                                                                                                                                                   for the ever-expanding study. To date, taxpayers owe
                                                                                                                                                   more than $59,000. Those costs are expected to
                                                                                                                                                   markedly rise, with Neelly predicting a total tab of
                                                                                                                                                   $100,000 to $150,000 and no end to the study in sight.
                                                                                                                                                      Citizens also have been left to wonder who’s re-
                                                                                                                                                   sponsible for the mess and what value – if any – the
                                                                                                                                                   final report might have.
                                                                                                                                                      Neelly and his administration blame the study con-
                                                                                                                                                   sultant for missteps, half-truths, unprofessionalism
                                                                                                                                                   and bias: “One of the things that has consistently
                                                                                                                                                   bothered me,” said city attorney Guy Mitchell, “is why
                                                                                                                                                   does the person doing an assessment want to create
                                                                                                                                                   doubt and suspicion rather than do the assessment
                                                                                                                                                   she was hired to do?”
                                                                                                                                                      The chief consultant and her supporters blame the
                                                                                                                                                   administration for stonewalling, lying and withhold-
                                                                                                                                                   ing information: “It is not my intention to incite any-
                                                                                                                                                   one,” said Cindy Brown, of EthicsNow. “I want to do
                                                                                                                                                                                       Continued on Page 6A
                                                                                                                                                               COST TO TAXPAYERS
                       1WeCindy Brown’s requests.from Neelly, mayor) with all
                          of
                              have cooperated fully
                                                      (Ed
                                                           the beginning
                                                                                    1Administration officials have not cooperated with me.         $27,000
                                                                                                                                                   Ethics study (contract price)
                           Brown was told not to go into the records vault alone
                       2 and unannounced, but she can still have access to
                       those records. (Guy Mitchell, city attorney)
                                                                                          was kicked             public
                                                                                    2 Iattorney Guy out of the office. records room by city
                                                                                                      Mitchell’s
                                                                                                                                                   $24,000
                                                                                                                                                   Study expansion
                                  has interviewed several
                       3 Brown butdirector) contactedpeople in my depart-
                           ment, she never                  me. (John Pittman,
                                                                                                   been able
                                                                                    3 Ilichave notDepartment.to interview anyone in the Pub-
                                                                                           Works
                       Public Works
                                                                                        I made numerous requests to have a meeting with all
                                                                                                                                                   $10,780.52
                           Brown never once asked to meet with department
                       4 heads. (Darrell Smith, chief operations officer)           4 department heads and introduce myself. That request
                                                                                    was denied.
                                                                                                                                                   Travel-related costs (Oct. 30-Jan.4)

                       5 Brown has not communicated well with the city ad-
                           ministration (Neelly and Smith)                          5 Administration officials have not communicated well
                                                                                        with me.
                                                                                                                                                   $11,532.78
                                                                                                                                                   Attorney’s fees (through July 31)
                       6We have given Brown everything she originally re-
                          quested.                                                  6 Not all the records I originally requested have been
                                                                                        provided.                                                     The city has paid EthicsNow $13,500 for the first half of the origi-
                                                                                                                                                   nal study contract and received bills for the expanded amount of
                       7City employees seem happy to me. (Neelly)                   7 There is a great deal of fear in this city.                  $24,000 and nearly $11,000 in travel-related expenses. More travel
                                                                                                                                                   expenses are expected to come, as is the bill for the final half of the
                       8 The consultants never told the administration they
                           needed documents by a certain date. (Smith)
                                                                                              Operations Officer Darrell Smith told me
                                                                                    8 Chief thatonwasn’t true.information for me, but I he was
                                                                                        working collecting
                                                                                    out later
                                                                                                                                        found      original contract.
                                                                                                                                                      In addition, the city’s law firm, Mitchell McNutt & Sams, submitted
                                                                                                                                                   a bill for its involvement in the study. It came in at more than
                       9 TheEthicssigned a until– not EthicsNow. The EthicsNow
                           of
                               city          contract with the National Institute
                                     in October
                       contract never came        January.
                                                                                        The original contract with EthicsNow was signed in
                                                                                    9January. but the city lost it so a new one was signed
                                                                                    in
                                                                                        October,                                                   $11,500.
                                                                                                                                                      Mayor Ed Neelly estimates the final tab could reach $100,000 or
                                                                                                                          PHOTOS BY THOMAS WELLS
                                                                                                                                                   $150,000.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Page 5
                                                                                BEST GENERAL NEWS STORY
Weekly Division A - Above 4,000
First Place Madison County Journal
Andrew Ujifusa
Road widening taking Ridgeland homes
This is a great example of journalism at the most local level,
exploring how public project impacts regular people. Ujifusa
writes a compelling tale.
Second Place The Sea Coast Echo, Anthony Jones
FEMA knew about trailer formaldehyde
This story relates a compelling local connection to emotional
story. Thorough and to the point.
Third Place The Carthaginian, Waid Prather
Freedom lost
Nicely done story that follows up on previous reporting in a
thoughtful manner.
Honorable Mention The Sea Coast Echo, Dwayne Bremer
FEMA may not fund school
An important story reported concisely and with a good feel
for what is at stake.


  A Cabin In The Road
     By William Browning           kudzu lapping the roadsides was          “Hell, I’m 66 years old,”
          Reporter                 old, and the gravel beneath your     Fletcher said recently. Standing
                                   tires new. And the cabin you even-   beside the cabin in the road, talk-
 TILLATOBA – If you found your-    tually met – sitting nigh in the     ing about the situation, Fletcher
 self driving County Road 161 on   middle of the road – was begun by    worked himself into a rant. “I just
 the afternoon of August 6, the    Fletcher Fly in May, 2006.           wanted to have me a cabin down
                                                                        here on my own land. And these
                                                                        folks are fighting me over it.”
                                                                            On March 20, Yalobusha
                                                                        County Board of Supervisors
                                                                        Attorney John Crow sent Fly a let-
                                                                        ter.
                                                                            “The board is requesting at this
                                                                        time that the building be removed         Weekly Division B - 2,500 to 4,000
                                                                        from the right-of-way within 15
                                                                        days,” the letter read. “Please           First Place North Mississippi Herald, William Browning
                                                                        understand that the structure
                                                                        should be removed away from the
                                                                                                                  A Cabin in the Road
                                                                        road a sufficient distance so that        Rural storytelling at its best.
                                                                        heady machinery can be used to
                                                                        maintain the road.”                       Second Place The Magee Courier, Claire Auccoin
                                                                            Fly, whose doggedness is
                                                                        apparently matched by his sense           Fire ants lead to arrest of accused thief
                                                                        of autonomy, doesn’t understand
                                                                        that.
                                                                                                                  Writer provides the uncommon hook needed to spice up this
                                                                            “As far as this road goes,” he        story.
                                                                        offered, still walking around the
                                                                        cabin, “I’ve told the supervisors I       Third Place Petal News, Andrew Williams
                                                                        can take care of the road myself.”
                                                                            The problem with that is, a July
                                                                                                                  Great grocery grab
 Fletcher Fly points to an apparent bullet hole in the side
 of his cabin. The cabin sits directly on top of County Road
                                                                        1, 1998 state law required all            Andrew made a strong story out of what could have been a
                                                                        supervisors to adopt an official
 161, near Tillatoba. Fly is having a dispute with other
 property owners in the area over where he chose to build
                                                                        map designating and defining all          meager back-page mention.
 the cabin.                          – Photo by William Browning                    See Cabin Page 6




Weekly Division C - Below 2,500                                                                                Impounded dogs kept in squalor
First Place The Deer Creek Pilot, Ray Mosby and Natalie                                                        City not following
Perkins                                                                                                        its own ordinance
Impounded dogs kept in squalor                                                                                      RAY MOSBY,
                                                                                                                    & NATALIE PERKINS
                                                                                                                                                      the streets in protest.
                                                                                                                                                             During Gary Henderson’s
                                                                                                                                                      mayoral administration, the exist-
                                                                                                                                                      ing impoundment pens—five of
Very powerful lead. Reader can imagine how citizen                                                                   ROLLING FORK—The
                                                                                                               floor of the tiny pen is covered in
                                                                                                               feces. There’s more excrement in
                                                                                                                                                      the six now have holes and
                                                                                                                                                      appear unusable—were con-
                                                                                                               the single bowl of food. One of        structed and there was consider-
found the dogs. Good details on city ordinance, employee                                                       the two animals within is snared,
                                                                                                               hung-up within the makeshift
                                                                                                                                                      able talk about updating the city’s
                                                                                                                                                      animal control ordinance. A pro-
                                                                                                                                                      posed new one was even draft-
                                                                                                               chicken wire fencing serving as a
acting as dog catcher.                                                                                         patch for the outer cage, and has
                                                                                                               an eye injury, possibly from the
                                                                                                               sharp, ragged ends of the wire.
                                                                                                                                                      ed—but never passed by the city
                                                                                                                                                      board. Accordingly, animal con-
                                                                                                                                                      trol is still ostensibly governed by

Second Place The Tunica Times, Meg Coker                                                                             You wouldn’t treat a dog
                                                                                                               like that, but that’s exactly what’s
                                                                                                               happening to those impounded by
                                                                                                                                                      one adopted on Nov. 20, 1990.
                                                                                                                                                             That document sets up a fee
                                                                                                                                                      schedule for costs incurred in
                                                                                                               the City of Rolling Fork.              housing stray animals, prescribes
Cheating allegations surface at local elementary school                                                              There are a number of
                                                                                                               facets to the animal control
                                                                                                                                                      methods for notifying owners of
                                                                                                                                                      impounded pets and vests the
                                                                                                               issue—the problem of animals           police department with authority
Good job on difficult subject. Kept facts and players                                                          continuing to run free, the prob-
                                                                                                               lem of how to catch them, the
                                                                                                               problem of what to do with those
                                                                                                                                                      and responsibility for collecting
                                                                                                                                                      roaming animals.
                                                                                                                                                             But that’s not what’s hap-

straight without placing fault on principal or teacher.                                                        that are—but right now none of
                                                                                                               them are being addressed with
                                                                                                               much success, or in accordance
                                                                                                                                                      pening.
                                                                                                                                                             For a number of years now,
                                                                                                                                                      Rolling Fork has effectively
                                                                                                                                                      punted its animal control respon-
Third Place The Monitor-Herald, Mack Spenser                                                                   with the city’s on-the-books ordi-
                                                                                                               nance governing such.
                                                                                                                     Local animal lover Theresa
                                                                                                                                                      sibilities to Carvin Webb, an
                                                                                                                                                      employee of its public works
                                                                                                               Tilghman was on the way to the         department. For several years,
One dropout solution: Redesign high schools                                                                    store Sunday afternoon but as she
                                                                                                               was driving past the city’s animal
                                                                                                               impoundment cages at its shop on
                                                                                                                                                      Webb operated on a fee system—
                                                                                                                                                      money per animal caught—but
                                                                                                                                                      when that was deemed to be inef-

Nice job explaining the Redesign program, its phases and                                                       Dr. Martin Luther King Street,
                                                                                                               something made her stop. “I just
                                                                                                               had a feeling,” she said.
                                                                                                                                                      fective earlier this year, the city
                                                                                                                                                      board voted to authorize four
                                                                                                                                                      hours of overtime per week for

how it differs from traditional education models.                                                                    What she saw, that               Webb’s “dog catcher” duties.
                                                                                                               described above, made her                     While the 1990 ordinance
                                                                                                               sick—and motivated. Tilghman           maintains that the city clerk
                                                                                                               contacted Rolling Fork Alderman        “shall keep a listing by descrip-
Honorable Mention The Deer Creek Pilot, Ray Mosby                                                              James Denson, who came and
                                                                                                               saw the same things she did.
                                                                                                                                                      tion of such animals as impound-
                                                                                                                                                      ed at City Hall for inspection dur-
                                                                                                                                                      ing all business hours,” City
                                                                                                               Denson admitted to problems
Earlier suicide ruling now questioned                                                                          within the animal control opera-
                                                                                                               tion, Tilghman said. “He said he
                                                                                                                                                      Clerk Dorothy Pearson has regu-
                                                                                                                                                      larly maintained at board meet-
                                                                                                               would try to find the responsible      ings that she never knows at any
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Treating like a dog?
Good lead. Explains why there is an issue..story very logi-                                                    persons,” she said.
                                                                                                                     Tilghman cleaned the pen
                                                                                                               herself, fetched fresh water from
                                                                                                                                                      given time which animals, if any,
                                                                                                                                                      are impounded. Presumably, if a
                                                                                                                                                      pet turns up missing, its owner
                                                                                                                                                                                             What looks remarkably like a tear falls from the eye of this young dog, apparently once someone’s pet, with-
                                                                                                                                                                                             in the city’s small impoundment cage behind the city shop on Dr. Martin Luther King St. The pen is filled with
                                                                                                               the sole nearby garden hose            calls City Hall and Pearson sub-
cal in progression and states facts without judgment.
                                                                                                                                                                                             feces, which was also found in the lone dish of food. A second dog lies in the cage at its feet.
                                                                                                               which does not reach all the way       sequently calls Webb.
                                                                                                               to the pens. She fed the two dogs             Equally problematical have      dogs running free, but that also     wrote City Attorney Allen             mals that have been shot and tran-
                                                                                                               inside and freed the one entan-        been the methods utilized in the       has sometimes proved ineffec-        Woodard, advising him of a            quilized. If a child had acciden-
                                                                                                               gled in the wire. “They ate like       dog-catching process itself. The       tive, both from an accuracy          February incident in which one of     tally injected himself, the out-
                                                                                                               they were starving,” she said.         city originally purchased a num-       standpoint and when larger dogs      the would-be tranquilizing            come could have been disas-
                                                                                                                     And when she went back           ber of individual traps to be bait-    are involved, For the drug to        syringes was found by 5th grade       trous,” the letter concluded.
                                                                                                               Monday, the same dog was entan-        ed and catch the animals. That         enter the dog’s body, the dart       students on the school’s play-              And what of the animals
                                                                                                               gled in the wire again.                simply didn’t work.                    must lodge in its flesh, and won’t   ground. “We are bringing this         that are successfully retrieved
                                                                                                                     It is the sort of situation             More recently, Rolling Fork     if it strikes bone.                  incident to your attention in         and impounded? An owner can
                                                                                                               which in larger cities prompts         purchased a tranquilizer dart gun             On April 10, officials at     hopes that animal control will
                                                                                                               animal rights activists to take to     for Webb to use in the capture of      Sharkey-Issaquena        Academy     take more care in retrieving ani-       See Impounded dogs on Page 2
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                                                    BEST SPOT NEWS STORY
Daily Division A - Above 20,000
First Place The Clarion-Ledger, Kathleen Baydala, Andrew Nelson,
Leah Rupp, Arnold Lindsay and LaRaye Brown
Melton jailed
A comprehensive look at the story everyone was talking about, with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 JAILED
all the bases covered. A good example of what newspapers do best.
Second Place NE Mississippi Daily Journal, Emily Le Coz                                                                                                                                                                                  FROM
Young mother killed in crash
A sad story well told. Too often these stories of real human tragedy
are relegated to briefs. Le Coz shows why it is important. Kudos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       CITY HALL
also for the side bar that addresses the problem.
Third Place The Clarion-Ledger, Richard Lake, Nicklaus Lovelady                                                                                                                                                                       TO COUNTY
and Rebecca Helmes
4-Hour stand off
A good example of another scene and narration in daily journalism.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        LOCKUP                                       Photo illustration/The Clarion-Ledger



Honorable Mention The Mississippi Press
Chevron fire                                                                                                                                                                        Judge: Melton can’t leave before Friday
A good example of thorough coverage on the story of the day.
                                                                                                                                                                                    By Kathleen Baydala
                                                                                                                                                                                    kbaydala@clarionledger.com
                                                                                                                                                                                       A Circuit Court judge said Wednesday
                                                                                                                                                                                    that Jackson Mayor Frank Melton must sit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         PROBATION CONDITIONS                        No special perks                                 PDF: Green

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     for mayor, says
                                                                                                                                                                                    in a Hinds County jail until at least Friday          The arrest warrant accuses Jackson
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Mayor Frank Melton of violating the                                                            responds to
                                                                                                                                                                                    before his hearing on alleged probation vio-                                                                                                      Melton motion
                                                                                                                                                                                    lations.                                           terms of his probation by staying out
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       past curfew, participating in police raids,                                                    PDF: Melton

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Hinds sheriff
                                                                                                                                                                                       Dressed in a purple windbreaker, shoul-
                                                                                                                                                                                    ders drooped, the controversial first-term         spending the night at a home where chil-                                                       warrant
                                                                                                                                                                                    mayor surrendered to the Hinds County              dren were present and failing to notify his
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       probation officer of his heart surgery in a                                                    Gallery: Ram-
                                                                                                                                                                                    Sheriff ’s Department about 9:30 a.m.                                                                                                             sey on Melton
                                                                                                                                                                                    Wednesday. His booking mug shot shows              timely manner.                                By Andrew Nelson
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Conditions of his probation include:       ajnelson@clarionledger.com                       Gallery:




                               Teen charged with
                                                                                                                                                                                    an expression rarely seen on a man known
                                                                                                                                                                                    for his swagger and defiance.                         ■ A midnight-to-6 a.m. curfew. He          and Leah Rupp                                    Frank Melton
                                                                                                                                                                                       Early Wednesday morning, the mayor              must notify his probation officer of an       leah.rupp@clarionledger.com
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Video: Jack-
                                                                                                                                                                                    left a local hospital, ending a week’s wait for    overnight stay at least 48 hours in              Jackson Mayor Frank Melton won’t be           son mayor
                                                                                                                                                                                    law enforcement to arrest him on charges           advance and provide the address and           getting any special treatment during his         surrenders to
                                                                                                                                                                                    he violated terms of his probation on misde-       name of the homeowner as well as the          stint in the Hinds County jail — other than      authorities
                                                                                                                                                                                    meanor gun charges.                                names of others who may be present.           being separated from the general inmate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ■ Prohibition from contact with per-       population — Sheriff Malcolm McMillin            Poll: Should
                                                                                                                                                                                       Hinds County Circuit Judge Tomie                                                                                                               Frank Melton
                                                                                                                                                                                    Green said Melton will remain at the Hinds         sons younger than 17.                         said Wednesday.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ■ Prohibition from using police equip-                                                      continue to




                             killing parents, friend
                                                                                                                                                                                    County Detention Center in Raymond until                                                            “There won’t be any mints on the pillow,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ment.                                         and he will be wearing standard jail-issued      serve as may-
                                                                                                                                                                                    she can schedule a hearing.                                                                                                                       or of Jack-
                                                                                                                                                                                       Melton, 57, is being held in the medical           ■ Prohibition from carrying weapons.       clothing.” he said. “He’s going to be treated
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ■ Prohibition from consuming alcohol       just like anybody else.”                         son?
                                                                                                                                                                                    wing of the detention center, away from
                                                                                                                                                                                    other inmates .                                    or drugs.                                        Melton will have unlimited access to a pay    Audio: Resi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     phone but only during the hour or so per day     dents share
                                                                                                                                                                                       Melton, escorted by his attorneys,                        WHAT’S NEXT                         he will spend in one of the jail’s common        thoughts on
                                                                                                                                                                                    surrendered after the monitoring device on
                                                                                                                                                                                    his ankle alerted probation officials he had         Melton could appear before Circuit          areas, McMillin said.                            Melton
                                                                                                                                                                                    left his hospital room at St. Dominic/Jack-        Judge Tomie Green as early as Friday.            He is not expected to perform any mayoral     StoryChat:
                                                                                                                                                                                    son Memorial Hospital and returned to his            City Council President Ben Allen            functions while locked up in the Hinds Coun-     Join the
                                                                                                                                                                                    northeast Jackson home.                            said the mayor’s arrest won’t affect          ty Detention Center, said Chief Administra-      debate online
                                                                                                                                                                                       The mayor had been in the hospital              how the city is run.                          tive Officer Robert Walker.
                                                                                                                                                                                    because of chest pains since last Thursday.                                                         Melton is being held in the jail’s medical
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    See JAIL, 7A                                                                               See HEALTH, 6A


                                                                                                                                                                                                                          WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
                                                                                                                                                                                                           “I can understand                     “This is not a                          “Jackson is                              “We have plans in
                                                                                                                                                                                                           if he killed some-                    proud day for                           being destroyed                          place” should the
                                                                                                                                                                                                           body, but it’s a                      anybody                                 because of nor-                          mayor be
                                                                                                                                                                                                           misdemeanor.”                         involved. It’s a                        mal things and                           released at once
                                                                                                                                                                                                           — City Council-                       sad day.” —                             mediocre                                 or in six months.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           man Frank                             Sheriff Malcolm                         things.” — State                         — Council Presi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Bluntson                              McMillin                                Rep. Jim Evans                           dent Ben Allen


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      MORE COVERAGE INSIDE, 6A, 7A

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                                                                                                                                                                                Daily Division B - 9,000 to 20,000                                 Weather, 6E


                                                                                                                                                                                First Place The Natchez Democrat, Julie Finley
                                                                                                                                                                                Teen charged with killing parents
                                                                                                                                                                                Julie Finley is one fine reporter and writer. She not only
                                                                                                                                        MARCUS FRAZIER | THE NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT
   KALB news reporter John Thomas Kobos interviews the uncle of murder victim Matt Whittington, Ernie Newman Wednesday morning near the Wood resident
                                                                                                                                                                                nailed the facts in this tragic story, but presented them ex-
   where the triple murder occured. Newman said he received a call around 8:30 Wednesday morning stating that his nephew had been killed. At top, shattered
   glass in a back door and an empty evidence bag left by investigators at the scene hint at the incident that occurred at the Wood’s home on Shady Lane in Fer-
   riday early Wednesday morning.
                                                                                                                                                                                pertly.
                                                                                                                                                                                Second Place The Natchez Democrat, Katie Stallcup
  Ferriday teen charged with murder Neighbors say that boys                                                                                                                     Truck drives off cliff
                 BY JULIE FINLEY
              THE NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT   were ‘salt of the Earth’
                                               fice release. Once his parents were dead,
                                               Wood reported that he killed Whitting-
                                               ton.
                                                                                                                                                                                Katie hits one over the fence. Well reported and well writ-
    FERRIDAY — A Ferriday teen has been
  charged with first-degree murder in the
  shooting deaths of his parents and an-
                                                 John and Jerri Wood were allegedly
                                               sleeping in their Woodland Subdivision
                                               house when the shootings occurred.
                                                                                                         BY JULIE FINLEY
                                                                                                      THE NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT
                                                                                                                                 claims the boys had plotted to-
                                                                                                                                 gether to kill Wood’s parents.
                                                                                                                                                                                ten. Lots of detail to explain complicated events.
  other teenage boy   .
    But the facts behind the killings are
                                                 Connor Wood faces three counts of
                                               first-degree murder.                                FERRIDAY — Connor Wood and
                                                                                                                                   “It has just rocked every-
                                                                                                                                 one’s world,” Ferriday resi-                   Third Place Enterprise-Journal
  murky  .                                       Wood has been home schooled since             Matt Whittington have always      dent Pat Roller said. “It’s
    Connor Wood, 15, allegedly called 911
  at 3:41 a.m. Wednesday and told police
                                               last attending Huntington School in
                                               third-grade. Whittington, a student at
                                                                                               been normal boys with sup-
                                                                                               portive families, neighbors
                                                                                                                                 been a tough day .”
                                                                                                                                   Roller teaches at Hunting-                   Blaze hits Brookhaven
  that a 16-year-old intruder — Matt Whit-     Cathedral School, lived in the neighbor-        and friends said Thursday  .      ton School, where some of
  tington — had shot and killed Wood’s
  parents. Wood said he heard the shots,
                                               hood.
                                                 The teens are listed as friends on the
                                                                                                  Whittington, 16, was killed
                                                                                               early Thursday morning, al-
                                                                                                                                 the students knew Wood,
                                                                                                                                 and is the former minister of
                                                                                                                                                                                Not the biggest story, but darn well written and reported.
  found a gun and killed Whittington.          social networking Web site Facebook.            legedly by Wood, 15. Wood’s       First Presbyterian Church,
    Later in the day, Wood changed his
  statement, saying the two boys had
                                               com, and frequently posted messages
                                               on one another’s Web pages.
                                                                                               parents John and Jerri were
                                                                                               also killed.
                                                                                                                                 where the Wood family once
                                                                                                                                 attended.
                                                                                                                                                                                Honorable Mention The Natchez Democrat, Katie Stall-
  planned to kill the Wood couple, accord-                                                        A Concordia Parish Sher-
  ing to a Concordia Parish Sheriff ’s Of-                    SEE MURDER, 3A                   iff ’s Office release says Wood           SEE NEIGHBORS, 3A                       cup
                                                                                                                                                                                One dead, one injured after shooting
                                                                                                                                                                                Another fine piece of work, again with perspective.

Daily Division C - Below 9,000
First Place Starkville Daily News, Brian Hawkins
Overnight blaze claims life of 10-year old girl
A solid #1 with news upfront and soon about the status of 6-year old girl. A thorough explanation of the fire filled out story.
One good piece and deserving of #1.
Second Place The Daily Leader, Therese Apel
Snakes on a plane
Great piece! The spot element was maintained yet story read more like a feature/story tell. However, again reader does not
have to wait long to find out pilot is OK. Good job.
Third Place The Oxford Eagle, Alyssa Schnugg and Jonathan Scott
Scruggs arrested
Tighten up lede some but otherwise factual information provided answers to the questions.
Honorable Mention Greenwood Commonwealth, Bob Darden
Train collides with tanker truck
The story was thoroughly written. The lede for a spot story could have been tightened. Would have liked some of evacuees to
have shared experience.
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                                                BEST SPOT NEWS STORY
Weekly Division A - Above 4,000
First Place The Scott County Times, Chris Allen Baker and                                                          Two Arrested
Tami K. Phillips
Two arrested in Midway murder case                                                                                  In Midway
Strong balance of details and emotion in package.
Second Place The Neshoba Democrat, Debbie Burt Myers
                                                                                                                   Murder Case
                                                          T T  F C                                                    WO EENS ACE APITAL
Lives spared in F-2                                        M  C     F                                                  URDER HARGES OR
                                                           S  17-Y -O                                                  LAYING  EAR LD
Strong story with lots of details.                                                                                        By CHRIS ALLEN BAKER
                                                                                                                            TIMES NEWS EDITOR


Third Place The Neshoba Democrat, Debbie Burt Myers                                                                  MIDWAY—Two Scott County teens
                                                                                                                   were charged with capital murder
                                                                                                                   Tuesday in the death of another local

and Jim Prince                                                                                                     teen whose body was found Monday
                                                                                                                   after a three day search.
                                                                                                                     Issac Jermaine Nelson, 18, of 105
                                                                                                                                                                                    THE TIMES/BRIAN BLACKLEY
                                                                                                                                                           Chief Deputy Roger Thompson of the Scott County
                                                                                                                                                           Sheriff’s Department discusses the murder case
                                                                                                                   Sandhill R., Forest, and Craig

Boring ruptures gas main
                                                                                                                                                           with Chris Allen Baker and Tami K. Phillips, Times
                                                                                                                   Lashoun Macbeath, 19, of 2228 King      staffers, on Monday near where the body of Shan-
                                                                                                                   Rd., Forest, were taken into custody    non Torrence was found.
                                                                                                                   within 24 hours of the discovery of
                                                                                                                   the victim’s body.                         Chief Deputy Roger Thompson

Well covered from many angles.                                                                                       Shannon Torrence, 17, a senior at
                                                                                                                   Scott Central High School, was found
                                                                                                                   dead at approximately 10 a.m. Mon-
                                                                                                                                                           said “several suspects” were being
                                                                                                                                                           considered and a search remained
                                                                                                                                                           underway for the missing car.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     THE TIMES/LESLIE MADISON
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mary Carpenter, mother of the slain Shannon Torrence, holds dirt collected from a secluded area in the woods just off Midway-Odom Road where her son’s
                                                                                                                                                              Scott County Coroner Joe Bradford

Honorable Mention The Sea Coast Echo, Dwayne Bremer
                                                                                                                   day in a wooded area approximately                                                           body was discovered. She said cherishes the spot and plans to visit it often. She views it as a place of peace and solitude. Tuesday, Carpenter and other fam-
                                                                                                                   100-150 yards near Turner Road just     said that Torrence was found lying                   ily members visited the spot and placed flowers on the ground.
                                                                                                                   off Midway-Odom Road, a communi-        on his back and efforts were made by



                                                                                                                                                                                                                Family Grieves Over Loss Of Son
                                                                                                                   ty approximately 30 miles north of      crime scene investigators to move

Waveland 911                                                                                                       Forest. Sources say he was nude.        Torrence while preserving evidence.
                                                                                                                     Sheriff William S. Richardson con-       Other sources indicated there is
                                                                                                                   firmed the arrests at approximately     evidence to support the theory that
                                                                                                                   4:30 p.m. Tuesday. He later confirmed   Torrence may have been suffocated.

Strong lede and terrific first person details.                                                                     that a 2002 silver Grand Am, which
                                                                                                                   was connected to the case, had been
                                                                                                                   found.
                                                                                                                                                              “We have an autopsy scheduled for
                                                                                                                                                           Tuesday night and that should give
                                                                                                                                                           us the cause of death,” Bradford said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     By TAMI K. PHILLIPS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    TIMES FEATURES EDITOR

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  MIDWAY––Mary Carpen-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        after an emotional visit to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        the site. “There’s no vio-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        lence there now. It will
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        always be a peaceful place I
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   King said little as she vis-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ited the crime site with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Torrence’s family Tears
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 rolled down her face as she
                                                                                                                     “We have located the car,” Richard-   “There is a lot involved in this case
                                                                                                                   son said, declining comment on that     and we just found the body.” Bradford                ter’s tears rolled down her             can come and visit.”                     glanced at a Grand Am car
                                                                                                                   part of the case.                       said officials with the Mississippi                  cheeks and mixed with the                 Torrence was first                     parked nearby  .
                                                                                                                     Richardson said Nelson was taken      State Crime Lab and the Bureau of                    pile of dirt she held in her            reported missing by his                    “That looks like Shan-
                                                                                                                   into custody Tuesday morning when       Investigation are assisting the sher-                hands Tuesday afternoon.                                   .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        parents on Friday Local                  non’s car,” King said, refer-
                                                                                                                   he was found at home. Macbeath was      iff ’s department. State Pathologist                   Carpenter collected the               authorities scouted areas                ring to the vehicle that was
                                                                                                                   taken into custody Monday after-        Steven K. Hayne was scheduled to                     dirt from the wooded area               of the county before locat-              still missing as of Tuesday .
 Tazer incident triggers investigation                                                                             noon, Richardson said.                  conduct the autopsy, which Bradford
                                                                                                                                                           said he expected to take approximate-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                off Turner Road in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                northern border of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ing the body on Monday
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Along with Torrence’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 .                 Family and friends
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 remembered Torrence as a
                                                                                                                     Before the arrests were announced,
 By Hank Wiesner                                                                                                   law enforcement officials had
                                                                                                                   remained tight-lipped Tuesday in the
                                                                                                                                                           ly an hour or more.
                                                                                                                                                              “This case will be ruled a homi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                county where her son, 17-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                year-old Shannon Tor-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        girlfriend, Carley King,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Carpenter slept in her
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 kind-hearted, vibrant
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 young man. A senior at
 RIPLEY –Tippah County Sheriff Brandon Vance and the FBI are investigating a Ripley man’s allega-                  early stages of their investigation
                                                                                                                   after Torrence’s body was found
                                                                                                                                                           cide,” Bradford said, adding that he
                                                                                                                                                           planned to meet with Torrence’s fam-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                rence, was found murdered
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Monday morning.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        son’s bed Monday night.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          “She was his first and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Scott Central High School,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 he had plans for a bright
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        only love,” Carpenter said               future.
 tion that Tippah deputies fired multiple Tazer darts into him, and kicked him and punched him while               Monday morning in rural Scott
                                                                                                                   County. Torrence had been reported
                                                                                                                                                           ily Tuesday.                                           “This is the last place my
                                                                                                                                                                                                                son was alive,” Carpenter               about King. “He loved the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Shannon Torrence is pictured here
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          in his senior portrait. His body was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ground she walked on.”
 he was handcuffed, following an arrest earlier this month.                                                        missing since Friday.                                       Please see MURDER, Page 6A       said Tuesday afternoon                                                                    Please see FAMILY, Page 5A      found on a deserted road Monday.

   Jimmy Dale Hunsucker, Jr., 26, filed a formal complaint by phone with Sheriff Vance about the situa-
 tion on June 12 following his arrest, the sheriff said this week.
    Said Sheriff Vance this week: “A formal complaint was filed with me initially, and we’re looking into
 it. There is also a federal investigation under way parallel to it. No deputies have been suspended in
 connection with this case. The Tippah County Sheriff ’s Department and the Ripley Police Depart-
 ment are not being investigated, but the incident is.”
   The sheriff said the situation that led to Hunsucker’s being Tazered took place shortly after 6 p.m.
 Saturday, June 9. A caller observed a white pick-up run off the road on Miss. 15 South, and believed
 the driver to be intoxicated. Also observed was what the sheriff termed “suspicious activity of a pas-
 senger with two guns and ammo who ran behind a building.”
   Authorities were notified, and officers responded to the scene. They met the vehicle, turned around,
 followed it, and observed it pass on a double yellow line, and run a stop sign. Deputies signaled the
                                                                                                                  Weekly Division B - 2,500 to 4,000
 vehicle to stop on
 Hazel Road, and it did so.
                                                                                                                  First Place Southern Sentinel, Hank Wiesner
   The two men were taken into custody. Deputies transported Hunsucker to the Tippah County Jail,                 Tazer incident
 and the passenger was taken there by Ripley police. At the jail, the sheriff said, Hunsucker displayed
 “belligerent and                                                                                                 Solid writing and reporting in a he-said, she-said scenario.
 non-compliant behavior, resisted being placed in a cell, assaulted deputy Jeff Rogers, and became
 combative. Jeff and his father, deputy Will Rogers, then attempted to gain control of Hunsucker by               Second Place The Banner-Independent, Angela Storey
 use of Tazers,” the sheriff
 said.
                                                                                                                  Shooting
    Tazers are used to incapacitate resistant subjects by use of a small amount of current at high volt-
 age.
                                                                                                                  Sad story well told in clear detailed story.
   Both deputies are certified in the use of Tazers. The sheriff said Hunsucker sustained some super-             Third Place The Banner-Independent, Kenny Goode
 ficial markings consistent with the use of Tazers but did not appear to be seriously injured from the
 encounter.                                                                                                       Rolling Meth Lab
   Hunsucker’s account is far different. After leaving his place of business on Miss. 15 South, he said he
 was stopped by police and deputies in several vehicles.                                                          Interesting story: too bad the lead missed the fact that the meth
    He said he was roughed up at the scene after stopping, given a field sobriety test, then carried to
 jail. He admits to a good deal of cussing going on between him and officers. At the jail, he refused a
                                                                                                                  lab was in a semi.
 sobriety test on a breath-testing machine. That’s when his troubles really began, he said.
   With his hands cuffed in front of him, sitting in a chair at a machine for breath-testing, he said he
 was struck in the throat with a Tazer dart. “It felt like I was set on fire, and it felt like I got hit with a
 baseball bat. I fell out of the chair.” An officer then started to stomp him, he contends. As the night
 wore on, he said he was Tazered again and again by several different officers, at several places in the
 jail, and also punched and kicked, he said.
   Hunsucker is charged with DUI/ test refusal, reckless driving, failure to comply-resisting arrest, and


                                                                                                                              Child left on van;
 assault on an officer. He was released the following Monday on $3,000 bond, according to records.
    A charge of public drunkenness against Hunsucker’s passenger was dismissed by Will Rogers. Two
 .45 unloaded pistols, two holsters and ammo was seized from the passenger. No weapons charges
 were filed, according to
 records. The weapons are expected to be returned to the passenger, who is the legal owner, the sheriff
 said.
   Hunsucker is a convicted felon, according to Circuit Court records. He pled guilty Feb. 10, 2005 to
 possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine. He was sentenced to five years suspended,
 and received two years supervised probation.
                                                                                                                              19-month-old dies
   As a convicted felon, he is prohibited from possessing firearms.                                                                          RAY MOSBY                                                                                   investigating the incident.
                                                                                                                                             Editor                                                                                            Holmes said that the child’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         mother,       Kenya      Johnson,
                                                                                                                                     ROLLING FORK—A 19-                                                                                  described as almost inconsolably
                                                                                                                               month-old Glen Allan child is                                                                             distraught at the local hospital,
Weekly Division C - Below 2,500                                                                                                dead after apparently being inad-                                                                         told her that she had personally
                                                                                                                               vertently left on a Mississippi                                                                           put the child on the van Monday
First Place The Deer Creek Pilot, Ray Mosby                                                                                    Christian    Family      Services                                                                         morning for transportation to an
Child left in van                                                                                                              (MCFS) transportation van all                                                                             early childhood intervention pro-
                                                                                                                               day Monday in the sweltering                                                                              gram run by Mississippi
A hard hitting, no nonsense approach to spot story. All in-                                                                    summer heat.                                                                                              Christian Family Services in
formation needed is there for reader.                                                                                                Kaleb B. Johnson of 109                                                                             Rolling Fork.
                                                                                                                               Spencer, Glen Allan, was pro-                                                                                   Holmes said that she did
Second Place The Union Appeal, Bill Graham                                                                                     nounced dead at Sharkey-                                                                                  not know where the van was
Swat team called in                                                                                                            Issaquena Community Hospital                                                                              parked during most of the day
                                                                                                                               about 3:15 p.m. Monday after his                                                                          Monday, but that it was parked
A strong lede and following graf make this a strong sec-                                                                       body was discovered on the bus                                                                            on MCFS property on Delta St.
ond.                                                                                                                           and resuscitation efforts failed.                                                                         late that afternoon. She also said
                                                                                                                               The child’s body temperature                                                                              that seven children and two
Third Place The Union Appeal, Bill Graham                                                                                      was reported to have been in                                                                              adults, a driver and a monitor,
Gag order issued                                                                                                               excess of 108 degrees and he is                                                                           had been on the van Monday
                                                                                                                               believed to have been dead for                                                                            morning as it transported those in
Story flows well and provides reader needed details.                                                                           several hours.                                                                                            the program to MCFS.
Honorable Mention The Union Appeal, Jack Tannehill                                                                                   The air temperature in                                                                                    Kaleb Johnson’s body was
                                                                                                                               Rolling Fork Monday was report-                                                                           discovered as MCFS personnel
E. C. Student                                                                                                                  ed at 92 degrees, less than it has                                                                        were preparing to load the van to
An intriguing story on the kidnapping attempt of a                                                                             been in some recent days, but                                                                             return children home Monday
19-year-old college student. Story gives an indept account                                                                     easily hot enough to prove fatal                                                                          afternoon. How the child was
                                                                                                                               within the confines of a vehicle                                                                          overlooked when unloading
of kidnapping but would have strengthened lede by in-                                                                          for an extended period of time.                                                                           Monday morning and how he had
cluding how she escaped.                                                                                                             Sharkey County Coroner                                                                              not been noticed missing during
                                                                                                                               Ola Mae Holmes ordered an                                                                                 the day’s program time remained
                                                                                                                               autopsy and said that both the                                                                            key unanswered questions at
                                                                                                                               Rolling Fork Police Dept. and the                                                                         Tuesday’s early holiday press
                                                                                                                               Miss. Bureau of Investigation are                                                                         time.
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                                       BEST IN-DEPTH/INVESTIGATIVE COVERAGE
Daily Division A - Above 20,000
First Place The Clarion-Ledger, Jerry Mitchell                      Minor Award for Best In-depth
Buried Secrets
Apart from the excellent in-depth work, this entry is distinguished    Investigative Coverage
by the coverage of both the writer and the newspaper for pursuing
an important story that many no doubt wish were left alone.
Second Place NE Mississippi Daily Journal, Ginny Miller, Bobby
Harrison, Dennis Seid and Carlie Kollath
The Drop Out Drain
Excellent treatment of an area of public education where facts
must be known before people can have an intelligent conversation.

Third Place The Sun Herald, Geoff Pender and Anita Lee
Where did the money go?
A vital story well told, that hold people and agencies accountable.

Honorable Mention NE Mississippi Daily Journal, Emily Le Coz
The Mystery of Cindy Brown
A pit-bull examination of a questionable character and spending
of public money.

Daily Division B - 9,000 to 20,000
First Place Delta Democrat Times, Terri Ferguson
Battle for Courthouse
Raised important questions about possible behind-the-scenes poli-
tics influencing the site selection of a key judicial building.
Second Place The Commercial Dispatch, Birney Imes, Rachel
Eide, Garthia Burnett and John Coffey
MUW Fight
Consistent, thoughtful coverage of a divisive and sometimes legally
complex issue about an academic institution.
Third Place The Natchez Democrat
Binkey Vines coverage
The newspaper’s staff did a thorough job of keeping readers ap-
prised of new developments, particularly heading into an election.

Daily Division C - Below 9,000
First Place The Daily Corinthian, Brant Sappington and Jeff York
Mary Winkler Murder Trial
Amazing depth of coverage - felt like I was there.
Second Place Starkville Daily News, Shoshanna Brackett, Brian Hawkins, Paul Sims and Kelly Daniels
Campus massacre
Great local coverage of a national event. Brings it home to readers.
Third Place The Daily Star, Karis Pope
Chancery Clerk paid more than governor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Page 9
                                                                              BEST IN-DEPTH/INVESTIGATIVE COVERAGE
Weekly Division A - Above 4,000
First Place Madison County Journal, Steven Watson
Dirt road paving questioned
This newspaper showed what appears to be a county engineer arrang-
ing to pave roads in a subdivision he owns.
Second Place The Wayne County News, Sean Dunlap
Worst nightmare
This reporter wrote three stories and published 6 photos of a gas pipe-
line explosion that killed 2 people. Real initiative.
Third Place The Sea Coast Echo, Dwayne Bremer
Vanished without a trace
This reporter stayed on this story about the disappearance, and find-
ing the body of a slain mother and arrest of her husband.

Weekly Division B - 2,500 to 4,000
First Place The Banner-Independent, Kenny Goode
BHA coverage
Good solid hold-the-feet-to the fire coverage of a little noticed but vi-
tal public agency. Stories illustrate value of press in shining the light
in little scrutinized areas.
Second Place The Sun-Sentinel, Clay McFerrin
Emmit Till Coverage
Aggressive stories on a sensitive, controversial subject. Well done.
Third Place The Winona Times
Flowers trial
Aggressive coverage on a vital public health issue.
Honorable Mention Petal News, Andrew Williams
Smoking Ban
BHA Coverage                                                           the letter indicated the problem was not just with the BHA - that
By Kenny Goode                                                         Booneville City Hall shares in the problem. One letter suggested
The Banner-Independent                                                 that city officials would pay the price for it at the next election if
  Much of the Tuesday, June 5, three-and-a-half-hour-long meet-        certain appointed commissioners are allowed to remain on board;
ing of Booneville Housing Authority Commissioners was spent              • Went into executive session to discuss salaries. Shouting
with the officials arguing among themselves and with representa-       and loud voices could be heard by those in the lobby who had
tives from the HUD office in Jackson, who were included in the         attended the meeting. Also, those in the lobby could hear that
meeting via a conference call.                                         much of the executive session
  The Booneville Housing Authority is currently under “HUD             consisted of complaints to HUD representatives from two board
Review”, which is a budget review and means that every procure-        members, specifically Whisenant and Aust;
ment purchase must first be approved by HUD officials.                 • Voted 3-2 not to accept previous minutes from a meeting
  The Banner-Independent was told the HUD review was imple-            . Whisenant, Aust and Shackelford voted not to accept. Smith
                                                                                                                                                                           NEWTON AND NESHOBA COUNTIES AWARD WINNING NEWSPAPER
mented because of some past “questionable” board actions.              and Spencer voted to approve. The motion failed. Bellino stated,
  Board Commissioner Hale Aust has complained frequently that          “The fact that you interrupt each other and don’t follow proper
HUD is taking away the power of the BHA board which consists           parliamentary procedure makes it difficult for the people who
of Aust, Buddy Whisenant, Keith Shackelford, Roosevelt Spencer         are trying to record the minutes of the meeting to get an accurate
and Chairman Dewell Smith.                                             account of what is going on.”;
  And Whisenant told HUD officials, “If you are going to approve       • Voted 3-2 to notify prospective bidders in writing in the future;
everything, you don’t need this board.”
  A HUD representative in Jackson responded that every item
                                                                       • Voted unanimously for Hale Aust to write up a purchasing order
                                                                       policy after he and Whisenant would not accept the purchase/
                                                                                                                                                                        Weekly Division C - Below 2,500
should not have to have a motion of the board for Executive
Director Debbie Bishop to act.
                                                                       work order system executive Debbie Bishop had implemented.
                                                                       Bellino stated, “You are asking for a purchase order system that
                                                                                                                                                                        First Place The Union Appeal, Bill Graham
  Booneville has 160 public housing units in several different
complexes around the city.
                                                                       we don’t necessarily require. You, last month, asked for a pur-
                                                                       chase order system that followed the work order and that is what
                                                                                                                                                                        Diabetic patients suspicions
  Holly Bellino, who is the public housing HUD director, told the
board during Tuesday’s meeting that they needed legal counsel
                                                                       Debbie did;”
                                                                       • Unanimously approved paying the monthly bills;
                                                                                                                                                                        Nice work digging to find the names of the companies -
“more than any other Housing Authority board in Mississippi and
you need one quickly.”
                                                                       • Approved a revision to the current budget in order to close out
                                                                       the current fiscal year;
                                                                                                                                                                        would have liked to have seen more.                                                   By Jack Tannehill

  She added a previous attorney had been hired through improper
procurement procedures and expressed frustration when Com-
                                                                       • Failed to approve the 2008 fiscal budget and will meet again on
                                                                       Tuesday, June 19 in order to try to come to an agreement between
                                                                                                                                                                        Second Place Southern Advocate, Gene Ladnier                                      & Robbie Robertson



missioner Buddy Whisenant refused to turn in his scoring sheet
toward seeking a legal replacement.
                                                                       the commissioners. Bellino told commissioners the Booneville
                                                                       Housing Authority stands to lose hundreds of thousands of dol-
                                                                                                                                                                        Nine arrested for voter fraud
  “Why don’t you just pick one for us?” Whisenant yelled loudly.
  The hiring of an attorney was tabled until a future meeting.
                                                                       lars if certain criteria are not met by Aug. 18;
                                                                       • Approved giving ASCO Sanitation the waste contract for one
                                                                                                                                                                        Third Place The Deer Creek Pilot, Ray Mosby
  Bellino also chastised the board for wasting time, allegedly hav-
ing pre-meetings with three board members present, nitpicking,
                                                                       year at the cost of $1,211 after a lengthy discussion filled with
                                                                       arguments among board members. During the discussion, it was
                                                                                                                                                                        Woman charged in death of child
not following parliamentary procedures, of trying to take away         alleged Commissioner Hale Aust had a conflict of interest. Aust
the day-to-day operating                                               stated he worked part-time for the Northeast Mississippi Solid
duties of the executive director, fighting among themselves, dis-      Waste Management Authority which operates the Walnut landfill.
playing little interest at the heart of housing authority issues and   A later call to ASCO Sanitation revealed that any dumpster refuse
of having little or no regard for housing authority regulations.       from the Booneville area would go to the local transfer station
  “Until you begin complying to HUD policies, you will not be          and to the Walnut landfill;
spending HUD money for improper procurement procedures,”               • Approved using an agenda like the one suggested in the bylaws
Bellino added.                                                         of the organization;
  Later in the meeting, Commissioner Whisenant began firing off        • Approved having an insurance representative talk to commis-
questions to Linda Harris, a BHA tenant who has written some           sioners about liability insurance;
letters to the media previously voicing concerns that the board’s      • Approved Debbie Bishop, Barbi Day and Vicki Cole to at-
intent is to tear down some apartments and place ballfields on the     tend the State Housing Authority’s yearly conference on the
site.
  Commissioner Shackelford stated a group meeting with tenants
                                                                       Gulf Coast to accept their annual awards;
                                                                       • Tabled the matter of hiring legal counsel, after a long                                 Diabetic patients suspicious of company’s tactics
could be held every quarter, “and they could listen to what we say.    discussion, because the board could not agree on how the                     This report, the sec-         He got suspicious                                    ple were.                     thing, she got a package of have received packages of
                                                                                                                                             ond in a series investi- when the caller asked for
The petition and everything else that has gone on here has been        matter should be handled. At one point, Whisenant threat-             gating fraud in our com- his mother’s Medicare
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Another local woman supplies in the mail.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       was told that her son had
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          breathing treatments and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Like Mr. Parker, she medication, three months
on my back.” He suggested getting future input from the tenants.       ened to go see the mayor of Booneville after the meeting,             munity, reveals com- information.
                                                                                                                                             plaints about a Florida
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       recommended her, even sent it back.                                worth.
                                                                                                                                                                                  He told the caller-                                  though he hadn’t.                    It’s not just people            Continued on page 4,
  At a previous meeting, board members stated they did not             “to see if Booneville wants to be in the ‘housing project             company’s attempts at who said his name was                                                     And even though she with diabetes the company see Scam...
                                                                                                                                             getting personal infor- Neil- he wasn’t interested.                                       says she hadn’t signed any- is calling-other local people
intend to raze any HUD subsidized apartments.                          business’. This has gotten bad, bad blown out of propor-              mation from several                  But on February 6,
                                                                                                                                             Union residents.               Mr. Parker received a letter
  Whisenant continued and grilled Harris, getting her to acknowl-      tion and you are part of it,” he told Bellino, and added, “You
edge statements she had written were based on rumors.                  don’t want to admit that anyone has done anything wrong                By Bill Graham
                                                                                                                                                 Appeal News Editor
                                                                                                                                                                            from Christian Healthcare
                                                                                                                                                                            Network, a Florida-based
                                                                                                                                                                            medical supply company,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     6 names, 2 addresses, an ex-con...
                                                                       except three new board members. We may not need an                                                   congratulating his mother
  “Can you tell me where they came from?” Whisenant asked.
  Harris responded that many people have told her the board            attorney. Why don’t we just go back like we were doing and                   Wayne Parker is puz- on enrolling in the pro-
                                                                                                                                             zled, and a little frustrated. gram.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           and don’t forget the chiropractor
                                                                                                                                                    In January he started         A few weeks later, he         Wayne Parker
planned to raze some apartments in order to build new ball fields.     let everybody buy what they want to, whenever they want               getting phone calls from a received a package of sup-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             If you’ve gotten a call depends on who you talk laundering and securities
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          someone Diabetic Supplies fraud in connection with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       recently from Christian to and which piece of Network
                                                                       to, spend what they want to, whenever they want to, rent              company claiming it could plies.                            was doing.                    representing a Christian paperwork they send you. S t r a t t o n - O a k m o n t
  Whisenant welcomed her to come to any meeting.                                                                                             help his mother get her dia-         He doesn’t know                “My sister had a baby charity that claims to help         There’s        Christian Brokerage, Inc., a New
  But, he also accused her of initiating the media blitz that has      houses to whoever you want to and nobody ask no ques-                 betic supplies for free.       how they got her informa- on Monday, and that people with diabetes, Healthcare Network, Med- York company that operat-
                                                                                                                                                                            tion-he says he’s the only S a t u r d a y,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Med-CareSupply,Diabetic and Medical dump” room “pump
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   there’s some- Care Diabetic and Medical ed a Supply, Inc.   boiler
scrutinized recent actions and alleged actions of this board -         tions.” Bellino responded, “We are involved because you are                                          one who knows           her they called                                thing        you                       Christian and                  scam       in
                                                                                                                                                                            Medicare number- or why and asked                                      should know.      Pharmacy, www.discount- which the stocks of little
which resulted in petitions, letters of complaint and attention        not following the law, which could put the housing author-                                           his mother was signed up how she was                                         T h e d i a b e t i c s u p p l i e s . c o m , companies were pumped
                                                                                                                                                                            for this service.            doing,” she
from members of                                                        ity at risk and it is our job to make you comply.”;                                                         “I didn’t sign any- said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   organization, www.christiandiabetics.or up so that favored
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   which is based www.christiandiabetics.org
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     g, and Christian Diabetic investors could dump their
                                                                                                                                                                            thing,” he says.
the NAACP.                                                             • Agreed to study and grade scoring sheets, for architectur-                                                Mr. Parker isn’t don’t know
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 “      I                          in Boca Raton, Supplies.                              shares, eventually causing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Fl. has at least        What are these com- the share prices to plum-
  Harris, who had just had surgery and was wearing a neck brace,       al/engineering proposals for the upcoming fiscal year, and                                           alone.                       where they
                                                                                                                                                                                   Several other Union got
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   six names and panies, and who is in met.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    that                           two addresses.
told Whisenant she did not initiate the first letters. “They were      then return them to the Booneville Housing Authority of-                                             residents have         also ( i n f o r m a -
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     charge?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              www.discountdiabeticsupplies.com from the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         It’s actu-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               And according to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           On an acceptance let- court documents
                                                                                                                                                                            received suspicious calls tion) from.”                                 ally one com- ter to Shashoney Madden, Nassau County, New York,
initiated by other residents. I was only one of many.”                 fice. Bellino said it was a pressing issue for the board to get                                      from this company.                   When                              pany.             a local woman contacted Supreme Court, in August
                                                                                                                                                                                   Amy Eldridge was Ms. Eldridge
  Bellino interjected Whisenant’s comments and advised him he          an architect approved and get monies obligated. “Because                                             surprised that the caller asked how                                    pany
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         One com- by the company, Daniel 2006 Porush was held in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Christian director contempt of court and sen-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              that’s Porush is listed as Pharmacy
                                                                                                                                                                            knew not only where she they knew
was treading dangerous ground; that his tone and questions were        if you don’t, you are looking at losing your capital fund                                            worked, but what days she this informa-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   been      calling of the organization.                tenced to 180 days in jail.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   people         in       What the letter does-               His crime?
“borderline harassment”.                                               program. You are also looking at no longer being a high                                              has off.                     tion, she was                 Union asking for their per- n't state is that Porush has
                                                                                                                                                                                   The second time they told two people from sonal medical information, also spent time in federal support.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Failure to pay child

  Bellino continued by stating Harris, or any other tenant, has the    performer and losing your high performance bonus. You                                                called, she became even Union recommended her.                                   Christian Healthcare Network
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       and in some cases, getting prison.                                      Continued on page
                                                                                                                                                                            more suspicious when the             But the caller would it without their permission.         In     1999       Porush 4, see Company...
right to complain, contact the media and make other statements         are also looking at losing future funding.” Whisenant coun-                                          caller asked how her sister not tell her who these peo-          What it’s called pleaded guilty to money
in regard to BHA issues without fear of retaliation, intimidation      tered that he was tired of listening to HUD officials and
or harassment.                                                         accused them of ‘nit-picking’. “I’m fixing to go to the house.”
  In other business, the board:                                        Chairman Dewell Smith then quipped, “Suits me. Go ahead.”
  • Was given petitions and letters by the chairman from tenants         The next meeting will be on Tuesday, June 19 at 5:30 p.m. at theBy Bill Graham
who are displeased with the actions of the BHA board. One letter       Booneville Housing Authority office where approval of the budget
stated that tenants should begin attending board meetings to           will be on the agenda. The meeting is open to the public.
demand answers regarding some of the board’s past actions. And
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                                                              day, Ja ua 6, 00
Daily Division A - Above 20,000
First Place The Clarion-Ledger, Jerry Mitchell and Gary                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      THE 1964 SLAYINGS OF
Pettus                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       TWO BLACK TEENS
Forgotten Killings
Very well done series that probes an uncomfortable, divisive
subject in a fair and honest way. From accounts of victims
to Klansmen, the series rolls out a brutal history and dem-
                                                                                                                                                                                            Finally, a day in court
onstrates how the ripple effects us today. Particular Kudos
                                                                                                                                                                                            Seale                                                                                                                                                         THE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          CRIME
to the crisp, vivid writing of Gary Pettus.                                                                                                                                                 pleads                                                                                                                                                          In 1964, two

Second Place The Clarion-Ledger, Arnold Lindsay, Chris                                                                                                                                      ‘not                                                                                                                                                          black Franklin
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          County teens

Joyner, Kathleen Baydala, Jimmie Gates, Richard Lake and
                                                                                                                                                                                            guilty’
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          were abducted
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          and beaten and
Billy Watkins                                                                                                                                                                               By Jerry Mitchell
                                                                                                                                                                                            jmitchell@clarionledger.com
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          thrown alive into
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          a river to drown.
Melton on trial                                                                                                                                                                             and Ana Radelat
                                                                                                                                                                                            Clarion-Ledger Washington Bureau
                                                                                                                                                                                               A judge will decide Monday                                                                                                                                 THE
Colorful, in-depth coverage of a controversial leader and his                                                                                                                               whether to free on bond reputed
                                                                                                                                                                                            Klansman James Ford Seale, who
                                                                                                                                                                                            pleaded not guilty to federal kid-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          CHARGES
unorthodox ways, The writers really cover this one from all                                                                                                                                 napping and conspiracy charges in
                                                                                                                                                                                            connection with the 1964 slayings
                                                                                                                                                                                            of two black teenagers.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            On Wednes-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          day, James Seale
angles.                                                                                                                                                                                        Assistant U.S. Attorney John
                                                                                                                                                                                            Dowdy said Thursday the 71-year-
                                                                                                                                                                                            old former crop-duster should stay                                                                                                                            was arrested on            PDF:


Third Place The Clarion-Ledger, Julie Goodman
                                                                                                                                                                                            behind bars. Seale is charged in the
                                                                                                                                                                                            May 2, 1964, abduction of Henry                                                                                                                               federal kidnap-
                                                                                                                                                                                            Hezekiah Dee and Charles Eddie
                                                                                                                                                                                            Moore, who were hitchhiking in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ping and conspir-
Mississippi Choctaws: Tribe in Transition                                                                                                                                                   Meadville when they were grabbed,
                                                                                                                                                                                            beaten and thrown into the Missis-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          acy charges in the
                                                                                                                                                                                            sippi River, where they drowned,                                                                                                                              case.
Goodman does a very nice job of blending history, color and                                                                                                                                 according to FBI reports.
                                                                                                                                                                                               Jackson lawyer Kathy Nester of
                                                                                                                                                                                            the federal public defenders’ office                                                                                                                          WHAT’S
a hint of national intrigue to show us what is at stake for a                                                                                                                               said Seale, who suffers from cancer,
                                                                                                                                                                                            should be freed because he is in poor
                                                                                                                                                                                            health.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          NEXT
tribe struggling to define its future.                                                                                                                                                         Seale’s trial on two counts of
                                                                                                                                                                                            kidnapping and one count of con-
                                                                                                                                                                                            spiracy is set for April 2, although
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            On Monday,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Seale is sched-
Honorable Mention The Sun Herald, Anita Lee                                                                                                                                                 that date likely will be pushed
                                                                                                                                                                                            back.
                                                                                                                                                                                               The clash between past and pre-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          uled to appear in

Sherry Killings - Twenty years later                                                                                                                                                        sent became apparent when the
                                                                                                                                                                                            reputed Klansman stood in front
                                                                                                                                                                                            of U.S. Magistrate Judge Linda R.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          federal court in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Jackson for a
Interesting read on a notorious case with plenty of colorful
                                                                                                                                                                                            Anderson, the first African-Ameri-                                                                                             Joe Ellis/The Clarion-Ledger
                                                                                                                                                                                            can magistrate in Jackson. Shack-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Reputed Ku Klux Klan member James Seale is McIntosh of the U.S. Marshal’s Service after
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          bond hearing.
                                                                                                                                                                                            led in chains and wearing an
                                                                                                                                                                                            orange jumpsuit, he responded to         escorted from the James O. Eastland Federal Seale pleaded not guilty to charges linked to the
characters.                                                                                                                                                                                 many of her queries with “yes,
                                                                                                                                                                                            ma’am” or “no, ma’am.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Courthouse in Jackson on Thursday by James 1964 killings of two black teens in Mississippi.

                                                                                                                                                                                               Seale now faces a trial before


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Residents of victims’ town
                                                                                                                                                                                            U.S. District Judge Henry

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Inside Today
                                                                                                                                                                                            Wingate, the first African-Ameri-
                                                                                                                                                                                            can district judge in Jackson. If
                                                                                                                                                                                            convicted, Seale could face up to
                                                                                                                                                                                            three life sentences.
                                                                                                                                                                                               His arrest is the 28th in connec-
                                                                                                                                                                                            tion with a civil rights-era slaying
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Prosecutor faces his
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    biggest opportunity and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    biggest challenge, 4A
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   divided on suspect’s arrest                                                             PDF: The indictment of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           James Ford Seale
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Video: Court appear-
                                                                                                                                                                                            since 1989, when Mississippi                                           By Andy Kanengiser                           One Stop, Morgan, who is African
                                                                                                                                                                                            reopened its investigation into the                                    andy.kanengiser@clarionledger.com                                                       ance of James Seale
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ABC News producer                                                           American, said James Seale, who is         Video: Thomas Moore
                                                       ROAD MAP TO THE FUTURE
                                                                                                                                                                                            1963 assassination of NAACP                                               ROXIE — More than 40 years after          white, should serve time if found
                                                                                                                                                                                            leader Medgar Evers in Jackson.         may take the witness                                                                                                   talks about the arrest
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   two black teenagers from this tiny           guilty.
                                                                                                                                                                                               Since then, authorities in seven     stand, 4A                                                                                                              Video: U.S. attorney
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Franklin County community were                 But a number of white residents
                                                                                                                                                                                            states have re-examined 29 killings                                                                                                                            general on the arrest
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   abducted and killed, residents seemed        argued that Seale, at 71, shouldn’t be     Gallery: Forgotten
                                                                                                                                                                                            from the civil rights era, leading to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Coming Sunday                  divided along racial lines Thursday          prosecuted for a case that goes back



 UP TO THE CHALLENGE
                                                                                                                                                                                            22 convictions, most recently in                                                                                                                               killings: Henry Hezeki-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   over the arrest in the case.                 more than four decades. Some simply
                                                                                                                                                                                            2005 when a Mississippi jury con-                                                                                                                              ah Dee and Charles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It’s “never too late” for justice, said   say it’s time to move on.                                            PDF:
                                                                                                                                                                                            victed Edgar Ray Killen of              Former FBI agent treads                                                                                                Eddie Moore
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Casandra Morgan, 50, a Roxie native            A former crop-duster, Seale plead-
                                                                                                                                                                                            manslaughter for orchestrating                                                                                                                                 Flash: Interactive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    familiar ground in civil       and cook at Franklin Lower Elemen-           ed not guilty Thursday in U.S. District    graphic shows
                                                                                                                                                                                            the Klan’s killings of civil rights     rights-era slayings            tary. “Since I was a child, my mom has       Court in Jackson to federal kidnap-
                                                                                                                                                                                            workers James Chaney, Andrew                                                                                                                                   sequence of events
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   talked about it.”

    SACS accreditation gives school district steps to success
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ping and conspiracy charges in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      After pumping gas at the W&W                                    See ROXIE, 5A
                                                                                                                                                                                                        See INDICTMENT, 4A




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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1F                            4B                                1E
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Weather, 8E




                                                                                                                                                                                           Daily Division B - 9,000 to 20,000
                                                                                                                                                                                           First Place The Natchez Democrat, Julie Finley
                                                                                                                                                                                           Roadmap to the future
                                                                                                                                                                                           This series is an excellent example of how to tackle a wide-
                                                                                                                                                                                           ranging issue into well focused, digestible pieces. Nicely done.
                                                                                                                                                                                           Second Place The Vicksburg Post, Charlie Mitchell
                                                                                                                                                      BEN HILLYER | THE NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT
                                                                                                                                                                                           Hurricane Katrina - 2 years later
 Frazier Primary first grade teacher Lisa Lewis teaches her students how to count money with a variety of tools including personal dry-erase boards for each
 student and bags filled with plastic money that looks like real quarters, dimes and nickels.
                                                                                                                                                                                           Writer takes a unique approach to reporting on efforts to re-
                  BY JULIE FINLEY
               THE NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT

  NATCHEZ — The industry supermarket has
                                                                                                                                   Teaching to                                             build, highlighting agencies and jobs that play an important
an aisle on which Adams County leaders
                                                                                                                                                                                           role but might be overlooked.
don’t shop.
  It’s not that the products there aren’t need-
ed; the Econom-
                                                                                                                                   think a top                                             Third Place The Natchez Democrat, Julie Finley
ic Development
Authority just
doesn’t have
the right type
                      SACS CHALLENGES
                      1. Provide instruction and
                                                 |
                                                                                                                                     priority                                              Season of wishes
basket to hold         CURRICULUM to sup-
them.
  Typically the
type of busi-
                       port meeting AYP and
                       increase the school’s clas-
                       sification levels.
                                                                                                                                               BY JULIE FINLEY
                                                                                                                                            THE NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT                           Identifies local non-profits at a time of year when resources are
nesses and in-
dustries that
are interest-
                      2. Provide and maintain
                       updated TECHNOLOGY.
                      3. Increase PUBLIC
                                                                                                                                   NATCHEZ — When Lisa Lewis’ first-
                                                                                                                                 grade students struggled with count-
                                                                                                                                 ing money Lewis knew she needed a
                                                                                                                                                                                           most needed. Good historical background on each group.
ed in coming           PERCEPTION of the val-                                                                                    better financial plan.
to Natchez or          ue of education.                                                                                            So she collected ideas from her peers
Adams Coun-           4. Increase support-                                                                                       at Frazier Primary School and this
ty look to hire
their employ-
ees from the
                       ive PARENTAL
                       INVOLVEMENT at the
                       secondary level.
                                                                                                                                 year, her money, has, well, appendag-
                                                                                                                                 es.
                                                                                                                                   Lewis calls them sticks; some of her
                                                                                                                                                                                           Daily Division C - Below 9,000
surrounding
area.
  Industries
                      4. MAINTENANCE of old-
                       er school buildings.
                      5. Find additional ways to
                                                                                                                                 students call them eyelashes. Regard-
                                                                                                                                 less, they seem to be doing the trick.
                                                                                                                                   “We count money by fives,” she said.
                                                                                                                                                                                           First Place The Oxford Eagle, Alyssa Schnugg and Lucy
that would re-
locate staffs or
even just top
                       COMMUNICATE to par-
                       ents and stakeholders.
                      6. HIRE AND RETAIN
                                                                                                                                 “A quarter gets five sticks, a dime gets
                                                                                                                                 two and pennies get a dot. The lines
                                                                                                                                 really help them when they get a com-
                                                                                                                                                                                           Schultze
management to
Natchez don’t
take a second
                       quality teaching person-
                       nel.
                                                                                            BEN HILLYER | THE NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT
                                                     At top, Frazier Primary first graders Austin Heard and An-
                                                     drew Porter learn how to round their numbers. As part of the
                                                                                                                                 bination of coins.”
                                                                                                                                   Students draw their coins, and their
                                                                                                                                 sticks on dry erase boards. And once
                                                                                                                                                                                           Where the candidates stand
look at the city,                                                                                                                they’ve successfully counted their
EDA Board Chairman Woody Allen said.
  And Allen doesn’t chase them because he
                                                     lesson, each student gets to show their answers by giving a
                                                     thumbs up if they think a number should be rounded up or
                                                     a thumbs down if they think a number should be rounded
                                                                                                                                 dough, the students do what any adult
                                                                                                                                 would do — spend it.
                                                                                                                                                                                           Nice overview of all candidate positions with good graphics to
doesn’t have the big thing they are looking          down. At bottom, Natchez-Adams School District Director                       Thursday, Lewis was selling pencils
for — a highly ranked public education sys-          of Curriculum Karen Tutor discusses curriculum ideas with
                                                     McLaurin teachers Kenethia Doss, Yolanda Winding and Ash-
                                                                                                                                 to students with the correct amount                       give voters more comparative information.
               SEE CHALLENGE, 5A                     ley Yelverton.                                                                           SEE PRIORITY, 5A


         PART ONE OF A SEVEN-PART SERIES • MONDAY: What the school district is doing to update technology.
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                                                                NESH                                                                                                  NEWSPAPER
Weekly Division A - Above 4,000
First Place The Amory Advertiser
Drop Out Drain
Tools on the issue of high school dropouts from many angles.
Second Place The Pontotoc Progress, Brenda Owen
Drop Out Drain
Another strong drop out series.
Third Place The Lamar Times, Dana Gower
Big Bay
Extremely thorough and well-written. Every
entry provided the largest picture and the lat-
est news.
Honorable Mention The Neshoba Demo-
crat, Steven Watson and Andrew Ujifusa
Farthest to the Fair
Fun, thorough and an easy read.

Weekly Division B - 2,500 to 4,000                                                                                                 By Bill Graham

First Place The Chickasaw Journal & Times-
Post

                                                                            Who will be MISSING?
Drop out drain
The Journal staff does a nice job of concisely
pointing out a serious community problem                                                                                                                                                                                                     PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY SCOTT BURDEN
                                                                        Almost half of ninth graders entering the Houston and Okolona public school systems are projected to drop out before graduation according to the lastest statistics. Adminstration and staff are
and profiling people whose lives can serve as                           working on avenues to combat the increasing dropout rate in the county.

models of hope for others.                                                                CHICKASAW COUNTY SCHOOLS                                                                                          BEATING THE ODDS
Second Place North Mississippi Herald,                                                 ADDRESS DROPOUT RATES, CONCERNS                                                                                  A STUDENT; NOT A STATISTIC
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Case studies and statistics have      November 2005, Iyanda had a sec-
William Browning                                                        By Lisa Voyles
                                                                        Chickasaw Journal
                                                                                                                                  like they can’t succeed, that is where we will lose
                                                                                                                                  them.”
                                                                                                                                                                                               named teenage pregnancy as a
                                                                                                                                                                                               contributing factor to the increasing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ond child and in May 2006 was in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        an automobile accident that left
                                                                                                                                     Coker feels that early intervention is a key to
Exploring
                                                                        A
                                                                                   s educators in the region and state            reducing the dropout rate. The district has im-              dropout rate, but for Rasheeda           her with a bro-
                                                                                   take a closer look at the escalating           plemented after-school programs at the lower                 Iyanda quitting school was never an      ken back.
                                                                                   high school dropout rate, those in the
Browning uses some folksy charm and turns                                          county are well aware of the problem.
                                                                                                                                  levels with outreach programs in the county to
                                                                                                                                  help students stay on grade level and progress
                                                                                                                                                                                               option. Iyanda was fifteen years old
                                                                                                                                                                                               when her daughter was born, but
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Still she re-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        fused to quit.
                                                                        The Houston Public School district recorded               with their class. Tutorials are offered in the mid-          never questioned the fact that she          “The wreck
some nice phrases in this series on growth in a                         an average dropout rate of 40.6 percent with
                                                                        the Okolona Municipal School district report-
                                                                                                                                  dle and upper grades to assist students with                 would graduate high school.              was in May and I
                                                                                                                                  extra help.                                                     “My mother is so strong-minded,”      didn’t start walk-
small town. Nice use of local voices as well.                           ing an average of 45.1 percent.
                                                                           The reasons that students leave school are
                                                                                                                                     The district has also implemented a Teacher
                                                                                                                                  Support Team to help pick up “at risk” students
                                                                                                                                                                                               Iyanda said. “I took after her. I knew
                                                                                                                                                                                               I had to graduate to better my life
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ing again until
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        that August,”
                                                                        many and varied and staff and administration
Third Place Petal News, Andrew Williams                                 are working overtime to stem the flow.
                                                                           “Everyone has different ideas for what causes
                                                                                                                                  before they fall behind and has set in place a
                                                                                                                                  dropout prevention team to combat the issue.
                                                                                                                                                                                               and support my child.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Iyanda’s mother helped her raise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Iyanda said. “But RASHEEDA IYANDA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I went back to
                                                                                                                                     With the Okolona district reporting the high-             her child while she completed her        ICC the next semester.”
School Construction Projects                                            it,” said Houston Superintendent Steve Coker in
                                                                        an interview earlier this year. “We know when it
                                                                                                                                  est dropout rate in Northeast Mississippi, Su-
                                                                                                                                  perintendent Hansel Gunn favors a hands-on
                                                                                                                                                                                               high school education, graduating           Iyanda commutes to ICC–Tupelo
                                                                        happens. Ninth and tenth grade show the great-                                                                         in May 2005and moving on to
Williams does a good job of keeping readers                             est losses. If they feel left behind, frustrated and                         Turn to DROP OUT on Page 2A               Itawamba Community College. In            Turn to STATISTIC on Page 2A

abreast of construction projects.
           By Bill Graham

Weekly Division C - Below 2,500
First Place The Union Appeal, Ed Inman and Jack Tannehill
Carleton oil
A fine handling and engaging look at the plight of small business in small town America. A complete assessment. A great
grasp of a complex topic.
Second Place The Monitor-Herald, Mack Spenser
Calhoun City looks at zoning
A complete look at Calhoun City’s pursuit of zoning. A great idea to look at and capture the experience neighboring cities and
town has had with zoning.
Third Place Magnolia Gazette, Guy Geller
Another trip into the past
A well written, 6-part series chronicling a couple’s trip to Europe. However, the length of the series and the seemingly mundane
reports on minute details made it a difficult read.
Honorable Mention The Monitor-Herald, Mack Spenser
Vaughn..., cancer, relay
A short and sweet set of stories but could not see how piece could qualify for best planned series.


           Carleton Oil/ Spanky’s on the auction block today
            Prince Oil current high bidder at $6.2 million
           By Ed Inman                            Prince Oil Company of                will be accepted in $25,000 incre-
                                              Philadelphia, the apparent high          ments, according to Tyree's pro-
                   Appeal Reporter
                                              bidder, has offered $6.2 million         posal. In the event the high bid-
              A federal bankruptcy judge is   to purchase four Spanky's Food           der is unable to follow through
          expected       to    rule  today,   Marts located in Union, Decatur,         on their bid within a specified
          Wednesday, August 1 on the sale     Louisville and the Spanky’s              time frame, Tyree asked that the
          of four convenience stores cur-     located at the intersection of           sale would be reassigned to the
          rently held by Union-based oil      Hwy. 15 and I-20 in Newton               second-highest bidder, should
          distributor       Robert  Wayne     Hattiesburg-based          Morris        they request that option.
          Carleton, III.                      Marketers and Martens &                      Approximately one dozen                         Three bidders, including Prince Oil of Philadelphia, are scheduled
              Carleton Oil, Inc. and two      Williams have bid $5.975 million.        creditors, their attorneys, and                     to bid today on four Spanky’s stores, including this one in Union,
          related companies, Spanky's         The third bidder, Ridgeland-             other interested parties attended
          Food Marts and C and C              based Terra Holdings and Morris          Tuesday's hearing, and most
                                              Petroleum bid $5.925 million.            appeared satisfied with the pro-                    the Union-based Citizens Bank,                       another creditor, Professional
          Properties, filed for protection
                                                  Tyree requested Tuesday that         ceedings.                                           expressed similar optimism. Any                      Services Corp., Inc. (PSCI), oper-
          under Chapter 11 bankruptcy
                                              Ellington give the two low bid-              Carleton, who referred most                     of the three bids appear to more                     ated by Sam Gibson, has indicat-
          laws in January of this year.
                                              ders along with Prince an oppor-         questions to his attorney, said he                  than satisfy the company's debt                      ed their intent to also file a
              Carleton's attorney, Jeff
                                              tunity to re-bid at the official         believes the final purchase price                   to the bank of approximately                         motion seeking secured creditor
          Tyree, told U.S. Bankruptcy
                                              auction which has been set for 9         could exceed Prince's offer of                      $4.8 million. "That's kind of                        protection.
          Judge Ed Ellington during a
                                              a.m. August 1 at Mississippi's           $6.2 million. "I am hopeful that                    unusual in bankruptcy court,"                           Under Chapter 11 bankrupt-
          Tuesday, July 24 hearing that
                                              Southern District federal court-         we will have more bids on                           Wilson said.                                         cy laws, secured creditors are
          three bidders have filed propos-
                                              house in Jackson.                        August 1," he said.                                     Citizens Bank is identified as                   generally offered the highest
          als to purchase the properties                                                                                                                                                        Continued on page 11A, see
                                                  Bids in excess of $6.2 million           Marcus Wilson, attorney for                     the largest and only secured
          under a July 23 deadline.                                                                                                                                                             Carleton ...
                                                                                                                                           creditor to Carleton, although
Page 12
                                                  BEST SPORTS NEWS STORY
Daily Division A - Above 20,000
First Place The Clarion-Ledger, Kyle Veazey
                                Page D1      CYAN MAGENTA YELLOW BLACK
Raising support
Everything a first-rate news piece should be. Extremely thorough, detailed and thought provoking. Great service to readers.
Second Place Hattiesburg American, Patrick Magee
Bower Era Ends
Excellent piece, strong lede, thorough coverage. Great spot news coverage nd reporting. Writing well done.
Third Place NE Mississippi Daily Journal, Brad Locke
Ashley’s had enough
Appropriate piece for outgoing coach; good perspective on difference between girls and boys teams.




              Rai$ing $upport
              Foundations underwrite                                                                                                                              Inside Sports
              big-dollar world of sports                                                                                                                                           Page 10D & 11D

                                                                                                                                                                   Rai$ing $upport at Southern Miss
              By Kyle Veazey                                                           “Here’s the thing that folks have to remember: There’s no
              kyle.veazey@clarionledger.com                                         downturn in costs when you’re losing,” said Smith, the executive            Golden Eagles athletic director Richard Giannini also
                 When George Smith returned to Ole Miss in 1995, he inherited       director of the UMAA Foundation, which used to be known as                serves as the chief executive officer of the USM Athletic
              a Loyalty Foundation that had just raised a cool million bucks to     the Loyalty Foundation. “The cost of winning and losing is not            Foundation. While he says it may seem unusual, he likes
              support the Rebels.                                                   recognized from year to year. Everything costs the same whether           the control it affords him.
                 A dozen years later, his group regularly raises more than $10      you’re winning or losing.”
              million a year.                                                          The UMAA Foundation, and the Bulldog Club and Bulldog
                                                                                                                                                                              $upport for whom?
                 And it’s still far from enough.                                    Foundation at Mississippi State, help underwrite the big-dollar              Want to know where all that cash is going? We take a
                 Even as Ole Miss is mired in three straight losing football sea-   world of college athletics in Mississippi. And in an age in which         look at some of the more interesting expenses Missis-
              sons — and Mississippi State in six — fund-raisers at both            athletic budgets are soaring, Mississippi State and Ole Miss,             sippi State and Ole Miss cover via fund-raising.
              schools are making all efforts to keep cash coming into their cof-    which have the Southeastern Conference’s two lowest budgets,
              fers.                                                                 are counting on their schools’ athletic foundations to produce                             $upport by others
                 One such effort will be this week in Jackson, as Ole Miss fans     more and more.                                                               How do other SEC schools handle fund-raising?
              gather Tuesday and MSU fans on Thursday to hear their head               Still, they’re just at the foot of a towering mountain.
              coaches drum up support for the upcoming football seasons.                                                       See FOUNDATIONS, 10D




Daily Division B - 9,000 to 20,000
First Place The Vicksburg Post, Ben Gouldsmith
From the ground up
Great idea for a story. Makes minor sports meaningful and could have huge impact. Lots of stats (research) without being
boring.
Second Place The Meridian Star, Brandon Walker
Family business              $10,306,563                                            $9,087,411
                                  in 2004-05                                            in 2004-05
Heart warming angle of what could have been a very ordinary story. Lots of insight into the inductee.
                             $12,932,935
Third Place The Meridian Star, Brandon Walker                                      $10,242,560
Big man on campus                 in 2003-04                                            in 2003-04

Great lead, fun read.                                                          PREP FOOTBALL
                                              $11,530,303                                                $8,444,987
Daily Division C - Below 9,000
                                                       in 2002-03                          Games cause dilemma for local man
                                                                                           BY CURTIS ROCKWELL
                                                                                                                                                                   in 2002-03

                                                                                                                                             to be your old stomping grounds.                                                   “”That will be
First Place Picayune Item, Curtis Rockwell                                                 Item Sports Editor                                   Cole is the father of both LSU tight end
                                                                                                                                             and former Picayune standout Mit Cole as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             strange,” said Cole,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             a standout linemen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             and a member of
Games cause dilemma                                                                           Picayune resident Hoppy Cole will find
                                                                                           himself sitting in not one, but a pair of unfa-
                                                                                                                                             well as current Maroon Tide stalwart Drew
                                                                                                                                             Cole.                                                                           the             1976
                                                                                           miliar seats on Saturday.                            The older son will be on the field at Tiger                                  Pascagoula unbeat-
A unique story of a father’s challenge in struggling                                          That’s what happens though, when you           Stadium Saturday afternoon as the Tigers                                        en state champi-
                                                                                           have two sons playing football within hours       face the old ball coach in Steve Spurrier and                                   onship team. He
to make time to see both sons participate in the                                           of each other several hundred miles apart.        his South Carolina Gamecocks.                                                   went on to sign
                                                                                              And also, when one of the sites happens           Just hours later, the youngest son will take                                 with and play for
game the family loves.                                                                                                                       take the field of War Memorial Stadium as                                       Ole Miss.
                                                                                                                                             Picayune meets Pascagoula, which just hap-                                         “I think this will
Second Place Daily Times Leader, Logan Lowrey                                                                                                pens to be the same place the elder Cole                    Mit Cole            be the first time I
                                                                                                                                             made his mark as a standout with the Pan-                                       have ever cheered
Former NFL player and West Point native dies                                                                                                 thers in the late 1970’s.                           against Pascagoula, but obviously I’ll be
                                                                                                                                                “It’s an interesting situation, it really is,    pulling for Picayune,” he added.
A touching account of a mother’s loss of her son.                                                                                            but a good one,” Cole, a financial officer             It’s not as if the Cole family won’t be rep-
                                                                                                                                             with The First Bank, said. “If it wasn’t            resented in Tiger Stadium on Saturday,
Well written piece where reader feels pain of the                                                                                            Pascagoula, I would probably go to Baton            though. Cole’s oldest two sons, Dusty and
                                                                                                                                             Rouge. But since its is there, it makes it a lit-   Keith, who are also Picayune residents, will
family.                                                                                                                                      tle bit different.”                                 be in attendance.
                                                                                                                                                Cole’s parents, Ray and Ellen, still live in        “They will represent the family,” Cole
Third Place The Bolivar Commercial, Donell                                                                                                   Pascagoula and his dad was not only the             laughed.
                                                                                                                                             radio voice of the Panthers for years but has          It will be the first time Cole has been to a
Maxie                                                                                                                                        been a member of the Pascagoula School              Pascagoula game in 11 years, since the 10
                                                                                                                                             Board for over 25 years.                            year re-union of the state title team.
Powell steps down after one season at JFK                                                                                                       Cole and his wife Cindy will travel to              Thanks        to    Mit’s      not    getting
                                                                                                                                                                                                  red-shirted as a freshman, this should be the
                                                                                                                                             Jackson County Saturday morning and
A good look at a coach torn between family and                                                                                               watch Mit and LSU on television, marking
                                                                                                                                             just the second time in four seasons he will
                                                                                                                                                                                                 only time Cole will have to make this type of
                                                                                                                                                                                                 difficult decision.
sport. What was particularly effective was coach’s                                                                                           miss an LSU game.
                                                                                                                                                “Mit understood, especially since it was
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Drew will follow in his dad and his broth-
                                                                                                                                                                                                 er’s footsteps, as he has committed to sign
reflections on his season and obvious love of                                                                                                Pascagoula,” Cole added. “But it’s a trade
                                                                                                                                             off, because I’ll miss Picayune’s game
                                                                                                                                                                                                 with Auburn. But since both players are sen-
                                                                                                                                                                                                 iors, dad won’t have to worry about them
family.                                                                                                                                      against St. Stanislaus later in the year to fly
                                                                                                                                             to Lexington for the Kentucky-LSU game.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                 playing against each other next season when
                                                                                                                                                                                                 the Tigers and Bayou Bengals face off.
Honorable Mention The Daily Leader, Tom                                                                                                         After the unusual feeling of watching the
                                                                                                                                             Tigers face the Gamecocks on TV, Cole will
                                                                                                                                                                                                    “I guess that was kind of a blessing in a
                                                                                                                                                                                                 way,” Cole concluded.
Goetz                                                                                                                                        then sit for the first time ever on the visiting
                                                                                                                                             side at War Memorial Stadium for a
                                                                                                                                                                                                    If not, it would have put Cole sitting in yet
                                                                                                                                                                                                 another unfamiliar seat for yet another foot-
Early wake up call                                                                                          Drew Cole                        Pascagoula game.                                    ball game.

A good look at the rigourous and sometimes little
known work schedule of high school athletes.
Story tell beginning would have worked well.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Page 13
                                                                                                                      BEST SPORTS NEWS STORY
Weekly Division A - Above 4,000
First Place The Neshoba Democrat, Steve Swogetinsky
Peyton is family
The writer did a good job of painting Peyton Manning as a
family member, not just a hero, in Neshoba County. He talk-
ed to lots of people and did a nice job.
Second Place The Neshoba Democrat, Debbie Burt
Myers
Peebles participates in NYC marathon
This story about a marathon runner is fact-filled and easy to
read. What really sells it, though, are interesting little fac-
toids (who knew marathon runners carry phones and cam-
eras?)
Third Place The Scott County Times, Chris Allen Baker
Big Buck killed in Bienville
The story is short, but is fun, fact filled and has a great lead.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Photo by Steve Swogetinsky
                                                                                                                                                              Friends and family at Williams Bros. will be pulling for Peyton Manning Sunday when he leads the Indianapolis Colts against the Chicago Bears
Honorable Mention The Pontotoc Progress, Tim Tutor                                                                                                            in the Super Bowl. Holding the Peyton Manning jerseys are, from left, Ben Dan, Prentiss Lewis, Sid Williams, Jonne W. Mabus, John Williams
                                                                                                                                                              and Jane Dees Crosswhite.

Where have all the dove fields gone?
Very informative. Bonus points for including the picture of                                                                                                   Peyton is family at Williams Bros.
                                                                                                                                                                By STEVE SWOGETINSKY                    ball sensation, married Olivia            Super Bowl fever.                          game?’ A lot of people you wouldn’t
Elmer Fudd.                                                                                                                                                           Staff Reporter                    Williams of Philadelphia in a story-
                                                                                                                                                                                                        book wedding that captivated the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     “It is so exciting that he is getting
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  to play in the Super Bowl,” Peyton’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             have thought would have watched
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             ball games have come into the store
                                                                                                                                                                  Peyton Manning jerseys are selling    town.                                     uncle and part owner Sid Williams          and told me what a good game it was
                                                                                                                                                              faster than the trademark sliced bacon        Peyton and his brothers, Cooper       said. “He has worked hard and has          and they couldn’t sleep that night.”
                                                                                                                                                              this week at Williams Bros., where as     and Eli, grew up visiting the store and   been disappointed so many times.               Without a doubt, the Colts’ victory
                                                                                                                                                              boys he and his brothers roamed the       their grandparents, the late Amzie           “Everybody, not just the family,        was good for business.
                                                                                                                                                              aisles in the historic general mercan-    Cooper and Frances Thomas                 but everybody around here, is excited          “We have sold more Peyton Man-
                                                                                                                                                              tile store co-founded by their great-     Williams, both of whom were active        about it. People come up to me at the      ning jerseys this week than we have
                                                                                                                                                              grandfather.                              in the business operation.                store and say, ‘I have never met him,      as long as we’ve been carrying them,”
                                                                                                                                                                  Established in 1907, Williams             Now both Peyton’s No. 18 and          but I just think of them as family.’”      Jane Dees Crosswhite, Olivia Man-
                                                                                                                                                              Bros. is still family-owned and Peyton    Eli’s No. 10 jerseys are on sale in the      Numerous Neshoba countians              ning’s first cousin, said. “He works
                                                                                                                                                              Manning is definitely family, not only    Nike room at Williams Bros.               have met the Mannings over the years       hard and he’s so deserving.”
                                                                                                                                                              to the blood kin second and third gen-        Manning and the Indianapolis          at Williams Bros., he said.                    As a mother of children involved
                                                                                                                                                              eration owners, but employees and         Colts earned a place in the Super            “They come out to the store when        in sports, Crosswhite said she often
                                                                                                                                                              customers as well — perhaps even the      Bowl on Jan. 21 when they rallied         they are here, and they come out to        thinks about Manning’s parents. She
                                                                                                                                                              whole county.                             from a 21-3 halftime deficit to defeat    the Fair every year,” Williams said. “I    herself was a high school basketball
                                                                                                                                                                  Neshoba County’s association with     New England 38-34 in the AFC              had a 90-year old lady call me at the      standout.
                                                                                                                                                              the Mannings began in 1971 when           championship game. This week,             end of the game (against New Eng-              “I feel for Archie and Olivia and
                                                                                                                                                              their father Archie, the Ole Miss foot-   everybody at the store seems to have      land) and say, ‘did you watch that ball              See PEYTON, page 15A




                                                                                                                                                Weekly Division B - 2,500 to 4,000
                                                                                                                                                First Place The Sun-Sentinel, Clay McFerrin
                                                                                                                                                Disc golf introduced at Charleston school
                                                                                                                                                Fun story, very interesting.
                                                                                                                                                Second Place The Sun-Sentinel, Clay McFerrin
                                                                              school district nurse Stephanie Coker, Cashana Brooks, vocational Charleston players, coach
 Students and staff at Charleston High School demonstrate tossing             Mayhan, Monquita Kirk, principal Bucky Smith, Carshava Sutton,
 discs into a waiting metal receptacle in the “disc golf” game intro-
 duced last week as a new physical activity at the school. Pictured           building trades instructor Stan Tribble, Rodriquez Murry, James
 (from left) are Shanna King, Marlin Little, P.E. instructor Wayne            Frost and Cameron Wilson. (Photo by Clay McFerrin)                Informative, concise and personalized.
 Disc golf introduced                                                         at Charleston school Third Place The Chickasaw Journal & Times-Post
 „ Game will augment                    ing the year and evaluated our                                          baskets and 100 discs. The Elliott goes maroon
                                        assessment and found out where         ‘Besides the throwing, school’s metal and building trades
 Charleston High’s
                                                                                                                  “This is the first week we’ve Good insight on recruiting process, lead could have been stron-
                                        some of our weaknesses are,” said                                       classes assembled the baskets.
                                        Coker.
                                                                                 the students will get
 phys ed curriculum                        The Charleston High School               a lot of exercise           actually gotten to use them,”
 By CLAY McFERRIN
 Sun-Sentinel Editor
                                        Health Council determined, in
                                        part, that students did not snack
                                                                                  just walking to the
                                                                                   different stations.’
                                                                                                                Tribble noted Thursday.
                                                                                                                  At the time, the baskets were
                                                                                                                                                ger and more individualized.
                                        properly, nor did they get enough                                             placed in the gymnasium, for easy
    Disc golf is not a new sport, but   physical activity.                              -CHS physical education       access by the three classes of
                                                                                       instructor Wayne Mayhan
 some students at Charleston High          Utilizing a portion of the pro-                                            physical education students.
 School are getting their first expo-
 sure to the game that combines
                                        ceeds from a $3,000 “Health is
                                        Academic” grant received through      the fewest number of throws of the
                                                                                                                        Eventually, said CHS phys ed
                                                                                                                      instructor Wayne Mayhan, the            Weekly Division C - Below 2,500
 flying discs with many of the          the Ridgeland-based The Bower         disc.”                                  baskets will be taken outdoors and
 rules, as well as much of the ter-
 minology, of traditional golf.
                                        Foundation, it was decided that
                                        healthy snacks would be pur-
                                                                                 Players throw a Frisbee-like
                                                                              disc toward a target consisting of a
                                                                                                                      spaced apart to create a playing
                                                                                                                      course more like the sport intends.
                                                                                                                                                              First Place Kemper County Messenger, Austin Bishop
    School officials say the students   chased and sold to CHS students       metal basket with chains hanging          “When it gets cooler, we will
 are having a good time playing
 disc golf without even thinking
                                        at cost.
                                           CHS vocational building trades
                                                                              over it, trying to land the disc in a
                                                                              basket before moving on to the
                                                                                                                      get them outside,” Mayhan said.
                                                                                                                      “Besides the throwing, the stu-
                                                                                                                                                              Warriors ready for 1A playoffs
 about the associated health bene-
 fits the activity brings.
                                        instructor Stan Tribble recom-
                                        mended investing part of the grant
                                                                              next “hole.”
                                                                                 The flying plastic discs used in
                                                                                                                      dents will get a lot of exercise just
                                                                                                                      walking to the different stations.”     Interesting lead that makes the reader want to see the game.
    That is all the better, according   money in a purchase that he           disc golf are smaller and denser          School principal Bucky Smith,
 to registered nurse Stephanie
 Coker, who as a member of the
                                        believed would help to improve
                                        the students’ level of physical
                                                                              than a Frisbee. They come in dif-
                                                                              ferent styles for specific tasks —
                                                                                                                      himself a disc golf player for a
                                                                                                                      number of years, agreed.
                                                                                                                                                              Very concise with good information.
 East Tallahatchie School District      activity: disc golf.                  for instance, the driver is thinner       “When you get to playing this,
 Health Services was charged with
 the formation of health councils
                                           Tribble has been playing the
                                        sport for nearly a decade after a
                                                                              and flatter to achieve greater dis-
                                                                              tance in flight while the putter is
                                                                                                                      throwing the discs and running
                                                                                                                      after them, you get a lot of walk-
                                                                                                                                                              Second Place The Tunica Times, Peter Thomas
 for each campus in the district.
    The councils were formed in
                                        disc golf course was introduced at
                                        George Payne Cossar State Park
                                                                              thicker for better close-range con-
                                                                              trol — much like the varying
                                                                                                                      ing in,” Smith noted.
                                                                                                                        Tribble said he envisions the         Holy Carp!!
 2006, bringing in volunteers from      near Oakland. He has placed in        designs of ball golf clubs.             disc golf set will be utilized not
 many different walks of communi-
 ty life — including business,
                                        four or five disc golf tournaments.
                                           The sport is fairly basic.
                                                                                 Tribble explained that on a reg-
                                                                              ulation course, players stand 200-
                                                                                                                      only for physical education pur-
                                                                                                                      poses but during special outdoor
                                                                                                                                                              Interesting story, a little too long, but good. Sub-heads would
 industry and government — to           According to the Professional         400 feet from the basket when           activities at the school.
 assess physical and academic
 needs of students at each school.
                                        Disc Golf Association, “The
                                        object of the game is to traverse a
                                                                              they start. Each basket has a par
                                                                              score, just like regular golf.
                                                                                                                        And, yes, scorecards will be
                                                                                                                      produced for a little friendly com-
                                                                                                                                                              have helped.
    “We met two or three times dur-     course from beginning to end in          CHS ordered nine of the mobile       petition along the way.
                                                                                                                                                              Third Place Kemper County Messenger, Ryan Satcher
                                                                                                                                                              KA begins 8-man football era Friday
                                                                                                                                                              Story was good, but needed more. Info box and accompanying
                                                                                                                                                              picture helped.


                                                                              Warriors ready for 1A Playoffs
                                                                              Nanih Waiya pays visit to No. 3-ranked Mt. Olive on Friday night
                                                                                               By AUSTIN BISHOP                                                a lot of pressure on you,” Nanih Waiya head coach Tate                             those seven turnovers we would have been in the game,”
                                                                                            Kemper County Messenger                                            Hanna said. “Their quarterback (Julius McNair) is some-                            Hanna said. “We went out there and played them well in
                                                                                  There are three things the Nanih Waiya Warriors need                         thing. He has thrown for 17 touchdown passes and that’s a                          the first quarter.”
                                                                              to remember gong into Friday night’s opening round of the                        lot.                                                                                  The second quarter saw Mt. Olive scored 34 points in
                                                                              MHSAA Class 1A Playoffs at Mt. Olive.                                                “They spread the field out on you,” he said. “That puts                        the second quarter on the way to the win.
                                                                                  McNair.                                                                      a whole lot of pressure on the linebackers.”                                          Hanna said his team is making the trip on Friday to do
                                                                                  McNair.                                                                          Also in the mix for Mt. Olive is running back Jason                            more than just play a good game.
                                                                                  McNair.                                                                      McNair, who set the Mississippi high school career record                             “We are telling them that if we do what we are sup-
                                                                                  Weir High School may be famous for its long line of                          for touchdowns when he picked up three last week to run                            posed to we have a chance to beat a real good team with
                                                                              Millers, but Mt. Olive is just as renowned as the school                         his total to 119. And the quarterback’s main target is a                           one of the most prolific backs in high school history,”
                                                                              where the McNairs reside.                                                        familiar name — Steve McNair, Jr. Yes, he is the son of                            Hanna said.
                                                                                  The most famous, of course, is NFL quarterback Steve                         that Steve McNair.                                                                    Nanih Waiya earned it’s spot in the playoffs by beating
                                                                              McNair, who currently plays for the Baltimore Ravens.                                Playing Mt. Olive in the playoffs is nothing new for the                       Thomastown 49-0 on the road on Friday night.
                                                      Photo by Jim Ogletree
                                                                                  But there are three McNairs on this year’s team that                         Warriors. Last year NW went in as a No. 4 seed and lost                               The win pushed the Warriors overall record to 8-3 and
 Nanih Waiya’s Fred Hampton (4) hopes to lead the                             bear watching.                                                                   to the Pirates 48-14.                                                              Region 3-1A mark to 7-3.
                                                                                  “They have a good football team and their offense puts                           “We went down there last year and if we hadn’t had                                                             See WARRIORS, page 7
 Warriors to victory over Mt. Olive on Friday night.
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                                                                                                      BEST SPORTS COLUMN



                                 Ole Miss: It’s just not working
                                          hen Ole Miss hired Ed Orgeron                      deal. But given all the        season they are closed.                      schedule?

                                 W        as its head football coach on
                                          Dec. 16, 2004, we knew — or
                                 should have known — he would have to
                                                                                             other snafus over the
                                                                                             past nearly three years,
                                                                                             it is painfully indicative
                                                                                                                               One year, Ole Miss is so, so close. “I
                                                                                                                            don’t think we’re that far off, to be hon-
                                                                                                                            est with you,” Orgeron told us midway
                                                                                                                                                                            One week, players are suspended for
                                                                                                                                                                         skipping class. A few weeks later, play-
                                                                                                                                                                         ers are put on probation, but not sus-
                                 learn much on the job.                                      of a larger problem.           through his first season. “We’ve got to      pended, for skipping town with clock
                                    Being a defensive line coach/recruit-                        Ole Miss’ is a football    get better at a couple positions. I don’t    radios and pillows from a motel. Which
                                 ing coordinator does not prepare one                        program in disarray, and       think there’s any doubt about that, but      is worse? You tell me.
                                                                                  Rick
                                 adequately for the demands of being
                                 the CEO of a Division I-A football pro-       Cleveland
                                                                                             it starts at the top.
                                                                                                 The Rebels need new
                                                                                                                            we’re not that far away.”
                                                                                                                               Two years later, after two highly rat-    Decisions gone awry
                                 gram, particularly not one in the South-    direction.                                     ed recruiting classes, Orgeron laments          A head football coach must be a del-
                                 eastern Conference.                            There has never seemed any rhyme            that Ole Miss just doesn’t have enough       egator, who hires good people and then
                                    What we didn’t know then was that        or reason to Orgeron’s decision-making         SEC-caliber athletes to compete.             lets them do their jobs. At Ole Miss,
                                 Orgeron would prove such a slow             — on or off the field. It is almost as if he      In February of 2006, Brent Schaeffer      Orgeron tried to be both a head coach
                                 learner.                                    makes his decisions based on tea               was Orgeron’s top recruit, a football        and a defensive coordinator when he
                                    In and of itself, this latest Ole Miss   leaves, the flipping of coins or which         savior who Orgeron said was putting          had never been either. Moreover, Org-
                                 football controversy — 20 players put       way the wind is blowing.                       Ole Miss’ football program years ahead       eron had to fire two of his assistants
                                 on probation for petty theft from              One season, practices are completely        of schedule. You know the rest.              before they ever coached in a game. He
                                 motels — would not be all that big a        open: Come one, come all. The next                The question now appears: What                             See CLEVELAND, 6C




                                Daily Division A - Above 20,000
                        3C
                                First Place The Clarion-Ledger, Rick Cleveland
                                Diverse style, hard-hitting but backs up opinion.
                                Second Place Hattiesburg American, Van Arnold
                                Third Place NE Mississippi Daily Journal, Gregg Ellis
Editor Rusty Hampton says ...
                                Daily Division B - 9,000 to 20,000
                                First Place The Vicksburg Post, Sean P. Murphy
                                Not too long or too short; interesting stories, told well.
                                Second Place Enterprise-Journal, Ernest Herndon
                                He takes you there and keeps you reading to the end. Richly detailed.
                                Third Place The Natchez Democrat, Jeff Edwards
nist Rick Cleveland says ...    Does a good job of providing perspective.




                                Daily Division C - Below 9,000
                                First Place The Oxford Eagle, Chris Kieffer
                                Kieffer delivers columns with a steady hand and a lot of thought. Good job!
                                Second Place The Oxford Eagle, John Davis
                                When sending columns to South Carolina for consideration, working in a Clemson reference is a good idea. Handing out
                                well-worded praise and critiques, as Davis does, helps too.
                                Third Place Starkville Daily News, Don Foster
                                Foster obviously knows and loves his community and it shows in his columns.

                                All Weeklies
                                First Place The Panolian, Myra Bean
                                Intense focus on local sports and issues with contest - not to mention strong opinion. Put them at the top.
                                Second Place The Columbian Progress, Mona Moore
                                Good variety of topics and perspectives, entertaining to read and relevant to community.
                                Third Place The Madison County Herald, Martin Kester
                                Well written, though sharper ledes would have moved this up.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Page 15
                                                   BEST SPORTS FEATURE
Daily Division A - Above 20,000
First Place Hattiesburg American, Van Arnold
Special Season
Fantastic, heart-wrenching story.
Second Place NE Mississippi Daily Journal, Gregg Ellis
The simple life
Fun story, good capturing lead. Story gives great insight into
coach.
Third Place The Clarion-Ledger, Kyle Veazey
Croom’s Plan
Great insight, very interesting.

Daily Division B - 9,000 to 20,000
First Place Enterprise-Journal, Kevin Nielson                                                                                                                                                                                                 AARON RHOADS | ENTERPRISE-JOURNAL


The good foot                                                                                                                                                                                                                       North Pike junior varsity base-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ball player Dustin Smith runs to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    the outfield during practice.


This story made me feel like I was with him in the car and
on the field. Flows well, great detail.
Second Place The Daily Mississippian, Thomas McKee
Introducing Seth Adams
                                                                          The good foot
                                                                      A truck accident and amputated leg weren’t enough to keep
Great story telling, great quotes, great details. Couldn’t                North Pike’s Dustin Smith away from the diamond
want for more.                                                                                                                                                BY KEVIN NIELSEN
                                                                                                                                                             ENTERPRISE-JOURNAL
                                                                                                                                                                                  to cut us out.
                                                                                                                                                                                     “When they lifted the dashboard
                                                                                                                                                                                  up, I felt my foot and screamed that
                                                                                                                                                                                  my foot was burning.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 to where he was before the accident.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Smith is hitting in the high-.300s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 for the Jaguars junior varsity baseball
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 team this season. That average in-
                                                                                                                                        North Pike outfielder Dustin

Third Place The Vicksburg Post, Ernest Bowker                                                                                        Smith’s gait has a slight dip in it when
                                                                                                                                     he puts his weight onto his left leg
                                                                                                                                     where his prosthesis covers from his
                                                                                                                                     knee down.
                                                                                                                                                                                     For a month after that, Smith was
                                                                                                                                                                                  in and out of the hospital. Besides his
                                                                                                                                                                                  foot, his knee cap had also popped out
                                                                                                                                                                                  of place in the accident and also had
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 cludes a double that one-hopped the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 wall at West Lincoln, and Smith ar-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 rived at second base with a double he
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 may never have hit.

The Legacy                                                                                                                              As he runs, the dip becomes more
                                                                                                                                     pronounced, but running is the
                                                                                                                                     whole reason he chose the prosthesis
                                                                                                                                     in the first place.
                                                                                                                                                                                  to heal.
                                                                                                                                                                                     By Aug. 13, Smith made his deci-
                                                                                                                                                                                  sion and the surgery was complete.
                                                                                                                                                                                     “I still have my whole calf,” Smith
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    “His running has improved since
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 August and he’s worked with his
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 teammates real well,” Lott said. “The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 first day of practice he didn’t hesitate

The lead drew me in, the rest kept me going.
                                                                                                                                        The junior varsity player didn’t          said. “They say it’s a lot better to be        and went right out to his old spot in
                                                                                                                                     have to lose his foot and his left leg be-   long than short.”                              the outfield.”
                                                                                                                                     low the calf, but that was the only way         He was fitted for his prosthesis and           Smith’s position in the outfield
                                                                                                                                     he would have been able to run again.        began to relearn everything from               meant more to him than just a famil-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 iar spot in the grass. It was the way

Honorable Mention The Natchez Democrat, Matt Bur-
                                                                                                                                        “I chose to have my leg amputat-          keeping his balance to swinging a bat.
                                                                                                                                     ed,” Smith said.                                Physical therapy helped him get re-         things were and it became the symbol
                                                                                                                                        “(The doctors) told me I could keep       gain his balance, but when it came to          that he could still do everything he did
                                                                                                                                     my foot, but I wouldn’t be able to run       baseball, he’s been on his own.                before July 4.
                                                                                                                                     and I would have to walk with a cane.           Running the bases and fielding                 Other people’s sympathy is what

rowes                                                                                                                                So I decided to go with a prosthetic.”
                                                                                                                                        The reason Smith had to make the
                                                                                                                                     difficult choice all started last July 4.
                                                                                                                                                                                  balls was new. Throwing and hitting
                                                                                                                                                                                  was an adventure to learn for the sec-
                                                                                                                                                                                  ond time in his life. All of it was a little
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ate at him in his time in a wheel-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 chair. Switching positions wasn’t
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 what he wanted to do, and to try an-
                                                                                                                                        On a day when baseball is played          more difficult to master in just eight         other position because he couldn’t
                                                                                                                                     in front of near-capacity crowds all         months.                                        run as well was giving in to that
                                                                                                                                     over the country, Smith almost lost             “I’m on the verge of finishing              sympathy.
                                                                                                                                     his chance to play the game he loves         teaching myself to bat again,” Smith              “When I was in a wheelchair,


Daily Division C - Below 9,000
                                                                                                                                     — even if it is for only two more sea-       said last week. “I’m getting to where I        everyone was feeling sorry for me,”
                                                                                                                                     sons.                                        can run a little, but it’s a lot harder to     Smith said. “That was the thing that
                                                                                                                                        “(Jed Fortenberry, Tyler Dickerson        run up and bend over and catch a               killed me most.
                                                                                                                                     and I) were at a family thing with a         ground ball. I still fall sometimes, but          “I can’t give up; then people will
                                                                                                                                     bunch of friends, playing volleyball         I’m not going to give up.”                     feel sorry for me, and I don’t like

First Place Starkville Daily News, Travis Downey                                                                                     and swimming and cooking,” Smith
                                                                                                                                     said.
                                                                                                                                        “After we left the house I don’t re-
                                                                                                                                     member anything.”
                                                                                                                                                                                     Smith has had a boost from the ad-
                                                                                                                                                                                  versity and from his coaches.
                                                                                                                                                                                     After the accident, when baseball
                                                                                                                                                                                  was furthest from his mind, North
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 that.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Smith has been successful on the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 baseball diamond, starting every
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 game for the junior varsity team.

Ron Polk Unplugged
                                                                                                                                        The three of them left in an old,         Pike baseball coach George Lott told              But he’s also successful in other
                                                                                                                                     black Chevy S10. Going around a              Smith he wasn’t taking him off the             pursuits. He shot a doe with his uncle
                                                                                                                                     curve in the road the pickup hit some        team.                                          Brad this past season and is getting
                                                                                                                                     gravel and fishtailed. Fortenberry              “I don’t care if I’m sitting in the         ready to go turkey hunting, which
                                                                                                                                     overcorrected, Smith said.                   dugout watching other guys play,”              rolls seamlessly into what he hopes

Great feature on legendary coach showing side to him away                                                                               Fortenberry went through the
                                                                                                                                     back glass of the cab. Dickerson was
                                                                                                                                     sitting on the far passenger side and
                                                                                                                                                                                  Smith said. “I love to be part of the
                                                                                                                                                                                  team.
                                                                                                                                                                                     “Coach helped me with that.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 his life after baseball will be — a game
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 warden.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    “I do a lot of outdoors stuff, hunt-
                                                                                                                                     broke his leg. Smith was in the middle       When he told me he wasn’t taking me            ing and fishing,” Smith said. “Those

from the news - excellent profile.                                                               AARON RHOADS | ENTERPRISE-JOURNAL
                                                                                                                                     of the two.
                                                                                                                                        “Fluid (from the engine) filled up
                                                                                                                                     my shoe and boiled my foot,” Smith
                                                                                                                                                                                  off the team, I knew I could still play.”
                                                                                                                                                                                     In Lott’s hindsight, Smith was the
                                                                                                                                                                                  one player on the team who could
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 are a lot of trouble to do with a cane.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Which is why he chose to lose his
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 lower left leg in the first place.
                                                                                                                                     said. “We stayed in the car for an hour      handle what happened, and now the                 So he could run, field, throw and

Second Place The Clarksdale Press Register, Larry Binz           Smith throws a baseball to the infield during practice.             and a half, while the firefighters tried     high school junior is on his way back          hit.




25 years without skipping
Great local feature on types of people ordinarily not in the paper.
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                                                    BEST SPORTS FEATURE

Weekly Division A - Above 4,000
First Place The Columbian Progress, Mona Moore
Citizen of the Year - Profile 2007
Second Place The Scott County Times, Chris Allen Baker
Williamson
Third Place The Madison County Herald, Martin Kester
Local lanes alive

Weekly Division B - 2,500 to 4,000
First Place Southern Sentinel, Sean Smith and Tina Campbell
Never quit
Sometimes a writer encounters a person with such a good story that
not much window dressing is needed. You let the subject tell the
story. Smith did that with an inspirational story about a man’s
perseverance. Nice job.
Second Place The Magee Courier, Clara Aucoin
The pirate from Magee
Lots of stories are written about local players enjoying success at the
college or pro level, but most aren’t as thorough as Aucoin’s entry.
Informational and interesting.
Third Place Southern Sentinel, Sean Smith and Tina Campbell
Chasing the dream
Nice Peek inside the day-to-day life of an aspiring pro baseball
player.




                                                                          Hall of Fame induction completes circle for Fanning
                                                                           By Marty Stamper                   school. In baseball, I played      wanted to do and how we were         a 35-22 showing.
                                                                            Appeal Sports Editor              four years,” Fanning said.         going to go about doing it.              “We started a program                    The Mack Fanning File
                                                                                                                  “Coach Harris came here            “Football is such a disci-       here on Saturday mornings                    Slowpitch Softball                  Fastpitch Softball
                                                                              In a way, Mack Fanning’s        when I was an eighth grader        plined-type sport, it teaches        that really accelerated our bas-            (at Newton County)                  (at Newton County)
                                                                          illustrious coaching career         and he’s still living here. He     you to respect it,” Fanning          ketball level,” Fanning said.         1990                7-7              1999              19-8 b
                                                                          resembles that of a perfect         taught you how to win. He          said. “We won one game and           “By the time our girls got to         1991              15-5               2000              24-3-1 a
                                                                          relay team.                         taught you how to accept defeat    lost nine and tied one that first    the seventh grade, they were          1992              35-10 a            2001              35-4 c
                                                                              In his younger days,            and gain from it. That’s proba-    year. The next year we went 3-       already playing pretty good           1993              34-9               2002              36-6 a
                                                                          Fanning received the benefit        bly what I appreciate the most.”   8. Then we began to put a few        because we had started them           1994              26-8               2003              30-4 a
                                                                          of a veteran coach’s wisdom.                                                                                                                      1995              32-13 c            2004              18-13
                                                                                                                  Harris recalled Fanning as     wins together and were 10-0-1        in the second and third grade
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1996              33-10 b                     (at Clinton)
                                                                          In his later years, it’s Fanning    a player who wanted to be the      and in ‘1972 we were 9-1-1.”         on Saturday mornings.”                1997              23-11              2006              14-16
                                                                          who has handed out some             best he could possibly be.                                                                                    1998              28-12 c            2007              16-14
                                                                          solid advice to the new kids in         “When he played baseball,             A Hard Lesson                          Family Affair                1999              34-6 b             Total             192-68-1
                                                                          the game.                           he and several of the boys                 Learned                          One of Fanning’s fondest          2000              31-10 b


Weekly Division C - Below 2,500
                                                                              Fanning will reap the           would sorta get up a little bet       “When we first started,           recollections is of coaching          2001              34-3 a                     Girls Basketball
                                                                          rewards of a still active 37 1/2    about who was going to get         Hickory had 22 players               his son Mark at Hickory and           2002              30-6 c                      (at Hickory)
                                                                          year coaching career when           the most hits or something,”                                            then at Newton County High            2003              28-8               1988-89           16-14
                                                                                                                                                 the previous year                                                            (at Southeast Lauderdale)          1989-90           19-8
                                                                          he’s inducted into the              Harris said. “He wouldn’t hit      and 17 grad-                         School.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2006              15-14              Total             35-22

First Place The Union Appeal, Marty Stamper
                                                                          Mississippi Association of          them that hard, but he’d usual-    uated                                    “I coached him in junior
                                                                          Coaches Hall of Fame in             ly wind up getting the hits that                                                                              Total             405-132
                                                                                                                                                                                        high football and basketball                                                     Boys Basketball
                                                                          Jackson Friday night.               we needed at that particular                                               and then in baseball in high                  Baseball                           (at Hickory)
                                                                              Joining Fanning in the          time.                                                                        school,” Fanning said.                    (at Hickory)                Total             28-22

Fanning                                                                   Class of 2007 are Norris
                                                                          Ashley, who has won eight
                                                                          state     championships        at
                                                                                                                  “He’s
                                                                                                              been a hard
                                                                                                              worker. In
                                                                                                                             always                                                         “That was a lot of fun.
                                                                                                                                                                                              He probably wasn’t a
                                                                                                                                                                                               shortstop, but that’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Total

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1991
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              200-134
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 (at Newton County)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              13-12
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Football
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           (at Hickory)
                                                                          Ingomar and is the winningest       basketball, he                                                                    where we had to             1992              23-7               Total              73-46-2

Nice, in-depth feature that accurately captures career of dedicated       high school boys’ basketball
                                                                          coach in Mississippi history;
                                                                          Van Chancellor, who won two
                                                                                                              was a little bit
                                                                                                              short, but he
                                                                                                              worked hard and
                                                                                                                                                                                                 play him for our
                                                                                                                                                                                                   team.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        “He was like
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1993
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1994
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1995
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1996
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              23-8
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              20-10
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              18-8
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              20-10
                                                                          state     championships        at   was real quick. He
coach.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      several other         1997              19-8
                                                                          Harrison Central, an SEC            was very knowl-                                                                          boys I had           1998              17-10              a = state champs
                                                                          Championship at Ole Miss,           edgeable of the game.                                                                      coached in         1999              24-12 b            b = state runner-up
                                                                          four WNBA championships                 “He played a lot in                                                                     football...       Total             379-219            c = third in state

Second Place Simpson County News, Allen Baswell                           with the Houston Comets, and
                                                                          is currently the women’s bas-
                                                                          ketball coach at LSU; Jack
                                                                          French, who has won three
                                                                                                              both basketball and
                                                                                                              baseball and did a good
                                                                                                              job.
                                                                                                                  “To give an example of
                                                                                                                                                                                                           he never
                                                                                                                                                                                                            made
                                                                                                                                                                                                              t h e
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          athletes that I would not have
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          met as a coach,” Fanning said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 said Kristin Chaney, who started
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 six years for Fanning before
                                                                                                                                                                                                                same      “Many of those are young               becoming a three-time All-

Peacemaker                                                                state championships in foot-
                                                                          ball, all at Forest; and Mike
                                                                          Justice, who won two state
                                                                                                              how tough he was, we were
                                                                                                              playing Northeast Lauderdale
                                                                                                              and he had a foot that we
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ladies who are named at the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          field as the MAC All-Stars.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               “I think that’s a very posi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 American (twice in softball and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 once in basketball) at East
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Central Community College
                                                                          football championships at           thought was sprained. In that                                                                               tive note for consolidation. If
Clumsy lede (no need to mention weather) only drawback in good
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 and continuing both her softball
                                                                          Louisville and another at           game, he hurt it a little more                                                                              we’d stayed as a 1A school             and basketball careers at the
                                                                          Madison Central.                    and we carried him and had it      s o                                                                      here, we might not have ever           University of Southern Mississ-
                                                                              Induction ceremonies will       X-rayed and it was broken.         that                                                                       had the opportunities to play.       ippi.

local story with tons of color.
                                                                          be held at the Coaches Hall of      Yet he was still playing. He       didn’t                                                                       Consolidation was a major              “It didn’t take much to get
                                                                          Fame and Awards Banquet at          was that determined.               leave a                                                                        help as far as softball in our   us motivated because we were
                                                                          the Hilton Hotel.                       “That was just Mack for        lot     of                                                                      area.”                          such a close-knit group, but I
                                                                              It doesn’t take Fanning         you.”                              kids with                                                                             In his 14 seasons         think that’s a credit to him
                                                                          long to tell his biggest thrill                                        high school                                                                        with the slowpitch           because he coached us in prac-
                                                                          from the honor.                          An Early Surprise             experience,”                                                                         Lady         Cougars,      tice and then when we went
                                                                              “I get to join a person like        Fanning began his coach-       Fanning said.                                                                          Fanning’s teams          out to play, it was our time.
                                                                          Richard Harris, who I credit        ing career at Hickory in 1968.         “We       took                                                                       won 390 games,             “I think he’s one of the
                                                                          with most of my successes in        There, he coached football,        our lumps. One                                                                            while       losing    best coaches around and I
                                                                          athletics,” Fanning said. “I        basketball, and baseball.                                                                                                 s only 118. They
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   es a
                                                                                                                                                 game we were get-                                                                                               have the utmost respect for
                                                                          want to say he taught me how            “I went to Mississippi         ting beat 69-0 and                                                              m            were       state   him. He gave me my first shot
                                                                          to win. He just taught me a lot     College for four years and                                                                                    st ti ark
                                                                                                                                                 the opposing coach                                                     nde M                   champions        to play as an eighth grader and
                                                                          about life.                         Gerald Hollingsworth was the                                                                          ) fo son eir             . in        1992    had confidence in me. I
                                                                              “It’s a goal that way back      principal here,” Fanning said.
                                                                                                                                                 called timeout with 19
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 (33 n his ing thfor him and
                                                                                                                                                 seconds left to try to kick                                 g’s e dur ed                                2001    wouldn’t be where I was with-
                                                                          in 1968 that I never thought I      “He met me one day and                                                                     nin s wh              y         and finished sec-       out him. All the credit has to
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Fan year photo l, pla ond in 1996, 1999, and
                                                                                                                                                 a field goal.
                                                                          would have the privilege or         asked me would I like to work
                                                                          honor of.                           for him.
                                                                                                                                                     “There was a lesson                         ack the file choo                                               go to him.”
                                                                                                                                                 there in life for me. As we                f M re this h S                2000.
                                                                              “There’s other coaches              “I was coming as the                                                   e o we               ig
                                                                                                                                                 got into some other sports,         On oach wn in ry H                        Newton County began a                     Making a Tough
                                                                          like Frank Hodges, Malcolm          helper in everything. In late      especially the girls’ softball       a c ), sho Hicko          m i s - fastpitch softball program in                       Call
                                                                          Robinson, Coyte Vance that          June, Gary Risher left to go to    arena, there were times we             (28 s at          take twice.” 1999 and quickly made its                     When Newton County
                                                                          are in it. There are some indi-     Forest, so I inherited the foot-   could have scored a lot more             day           Mark        has mark in that sport.                      began its fastpitch program in
                                                                          viduals in there that have won      ball head job.”                    runs than what we did but kids                gone on to enjoy a suc-         “We thought about going
                                                                          a lot of ballgames.”                    On the football field,                                                                                                                         the spring of 1999, Fanning
                                                                                                                                                 have feelings too.”                  cessful coaching career of his independent that first year, but            added that spring sport in
                                                                              Fanning has 1,112 com-          Hickory went 73-46-2 in                His Bulldog baseball             own at St. Andrew’s.                we thought our athletes were
                                                                          bined wins as a head coach in       Fanning’s 12 seasons with                                                                                                                          addition to his baseball
                                                                                                                                                 teams won 200 games and lost                                             good enough to hold their              chores.
                                                                          six different sports.               three conference champi-           134. They won Class B state                New Game in Town own,”                       Fanning         said.
                                                                                                              onships to his credit.                                                                                                                                 “We practiced baseball
                                                                                                                                                 championships in 1981 and                 When Hickory consolidat- “Basically, that turned out to               from about 2:30 until a quarter
                                                                                Good Role Model                   One of his quarterbacks        1983.                                ed with Decatur and Beulah be a true statement.”
                                                                              Fanning is the first to cred-   was Andy Lucovich, who                                                                                                                             til 5, then we practiced fast-
                                                                                                                                                     “We were experimenting           Hubbard to form Newton                   Indeed. In their first season     pitch from 5 to 7,” Fanning
                                                                          it Harris, a 1991 MAC Hall of       threw for six touchdowns in a      with baseball and really didn’t      County High School in the fall of competition, the Lady
                                                                          Fame inductee, for helping          single game.                                                                                                                                       said. “We played fastpitch on
                                                                                                                                                 have a facility, but we played       of 1990, Fanning was in Cougars were the state runner-                     Mondays, Thursdays, and
                                                                          formulate his coaching style.           “Lucovich’s sophomore          four or five games in the early      charge of both the baseball up. They went on to win state
                                                                              Fanning played baseball         year, he threw 18 touchdown                                                                                                                        early Saturdays and we played
                                                                                                                                                 1970s,” Fanning said. “In ‘76,       and slowpitch softball pro- championships in 2000, 2002,                   baseball on Tuesdays, Fridays,
                                                                          and basketball for Harris at        passes to our tight end Mike       we began to play a little more       grams. None of the three and 2003.
                                                                          Hickory High School. Later          Hurst alone,” Fanning said.                                                                                                                        and late Saturdays.
                                                                                                                                                 regular.”                            schools had played softball              In Fanning’s six years with           “There was one time there
                                                                          on, the two coached together.       “Andy was a pleasure to                Two years of boys’ basket-       prior to consolidation.             the program, Newton County
                                                                              “I played football my senior    coach. Today, coaches do all                                                                                                                       was a little time problem until
                                                                                                                                                 ball produced a 28-22 record              “If the consolidation of the won 162 games while losing
                                                                          year. I played basketball, or was   the play calling. Andy had all     and two years on the hard-           schools had not happened, 38 and tying one.                                   Continued on B4...
                                                                          on the team, three years in high    that down and knew what we         wood with the girls resulted in      there would have been several            “We were always prepared,”




                                                                                                                                                    By Marty Stamper
                                                                                                                                                                                          Page 17
                                                                                 BEST GAME STORY

                                                                  Richton 12 • East Union 2


State champions!
RICHTON: Rebels win school’s
first prep baseball championship,
pay tribute to fallen teammate
            By STAN CALDWELL
                American Sports Writer
          scaldwell@hattiesburgamerican.com

   PEARL – There were tears mixed with the
smiles and laughter of joy.
   There was sadness combined with the exul-
tation of victory.
   Such is life in Richton today, where a small
town celebrates a championship while remem-
bering one who is missing.
   The Richton Rebels made their dream come
true Monday afternoon, pounding East Union
12-2 at Trustmark Park to win their first-ever
Class 2A state championship in baseball.
   After it was all over, the Rebel players insist-
ed that they had a 10th man playing for them,
their fallen catcher, Colby Anderson, who would
have been a junior on the team, but was killed
in a car crash last summer.
   “It was great, awesome,” said junior third
baseman Chantse Edwards, who held Ander-
son’s jersey during the official team photo. “This
season has been for (Colby). This is his state
championship.”
   Richton (31-9) didn’t need any seventh-in-
ning dramatics to win their championship, as
they did in Saturday’s 9-5 win in the first game
of the series.
   In fact, the Rebels didn’t need a seventh in-
ning at all, scoring seven runs in the first in-
ning and ending it with four runs in the sixth.
   “We felt like we were more aggressive at the
start than we were Saturday,” junior center field-
er Jordan Cochran said. “We felt a lot better in
the pregame.”
   East Union (27-9) never had a chance.
   Sophomore right-hander Craig Bullock (9-5)                                                                                                GREG JENSEN | Special to the Hattiesburg American
                                                      MEMBERS OF THE RICHTON High baseball team celebrate their victory over East Union in the Class 2A state baseball cham-
           See RICHTON, 4B                            pionship series Monday in Pearl. Richton swept East Union in two games to capture its first state title.


Daily Division A - Above 20,000
First Place Hattiesburg American, Stan Caldwell
State champions
Tough category to judge because of all the strong entries. This one stands out because Caldwell makes a 12-2 game interesting,
while at the same time paying tribute to a fallen player. Well done.
Second Place The Clarion-Ledger, David Brandt
Not in the cards
Brandt perfectly captures a we got robbed moment. A terrific lede sets the tone.
Third Place The Clarion-Ledger, Kareem Copeland
Grand finals
Copeland’s prose and style make this story about an unsung gridiron hero an interesting read.

Daily Division B - 9,000 to 20,000
First Place The Vicksburg Post, Sean Murphy
On to Omaha
Outstanding example of putting emotion up high and writing it perfectly. Great transition, never go bogged down in game
description.
Second Place The Vicksburg Post, Sean Murphy
A class above everybody else
Well-developed lede that moved above cliche potential to make story engaging. Great use of quotes and thorough throughout.
Third Place Enterprise-Journal, Kevin Nielsen
Nice lede contextualizes game story and makes this one stand out. Good clean writing.

Daily Division C - Below 9,000
First Place Starkville Daily News, Travis Downey
Headed for Omaha
Nice well developed lede, thorough description and nice use of quotes.
Second Place The Oxford Eagle, Chris Kieffer
Rebels hold off Demons to earn win
Good work, though would have preferred lede describing empty extra point for immediate color and impact.
Third Place Picayune Item, Curtis Rockwell
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                                                                                                      BEST GAME STORY
Weekly Division A - Above 4,000
First Place The South Reporter, Barry
Burleson
                                                                                     ‘Biggest win in school history’
Biggest win in school history                                                        • Byhalia’s
Outstanding story telling, interesting                                               aerial show
game, outstanding story flow.                                                        too much for
Second Place The Amory Advertiser,                                                   Senatobia
                                                                                     By BARRY BURLESON
Brandon Speck                                                                        Editor
                                                                                        Byhalia High School football is

Headed to Huskerland                                                                 officially on the map.
                                                                                        The Indians shocked tradition-
                                                                                     rich Senatobia 38-37 Friday night,
The lead puts the reader right there.                                                setting off a huge celebration on a
                                                                                     home field that has only been in
                                                                                     use since 2002. That’s when
Outstanding story-telling. A few minor                                               Byhalia got back in the varsity foot-
                                                                                     ball business after a 20-year
grammatical errors, but a good story.                                                absence.
                                                                                        “This is the biggest win in
                                                                                     school history,” second-year coach
Third Place The Madison County Herald,                                               Devin Rutherford said amidst
                                                                                     hugs. “Nobody thought we could
Martin Kester                                                                        slay the giant.”
                                                                                        And just like David, quarter-
                                                                                     back Marcus Thomas used a sling
Lady Saints heading to state title rematch                                           to do it - the sling of his arm.
                                                                                     Thomas was 29 of 45 passing for

Cool story, love the detail.                                                         390 yards, two touchdowns, three
                                                                                     two-point conversions and three
                                                                                     interceptions.
                                                                                        “It’s an aerial show,” Rutherford
                                                                                     said about his high-flying offense.
                                                                                     “We throw it around and hope we
                                                                                     catch more than we drop and more
                                                                                     than we throw to the other team.”
Weekly Division B - 2,500 to 4,000                                                      The Indians definitely caught
                                                                                     them on this night, particularly
                                                                                     Chris Hill and Marquise Green.
First Place The Sun-Sentinel,                                                        Hill reeled in 14 for 180 yards, two
                                                                                     touchdowns and two two-point
Clay McFerrin                                                                        conversions. Green snagged nine
                                                                                     for 156 yards and a two-point con-
                                                                                     version. Hill, also playing defense,
Charleston power lifters                                                             caught two of the Warriors’ passes,
                                                                                     too, one of those for a touchdown.

Interesting story, good lead.                                                           The Indians are above .500 for
                                                                                     the first time since reinstating foot-
                                                                                     ball. They’re 4-3 overall and 3-1 in
Second Place The Chickasaw Journal &                                                 the district. Senatobia, which won
                                                                                     a state championship in 2004,
                                                                                     dropped to 5-2 and 2-1.
Times-Post, Adam Gore                                                                   Believe it or not, defense domi-
                                                                                     nated the first quarter. It was                                                                                                                        Photo by Ronnie Day


Toppers drop two, take one Nothing                                                         l                                  Overcome with emotion
                                                                                                                                  Weekly Division C - Below 2,500
fancy, just a solid baseball story.
                                                                                                                                  First Place The Union Appeal, Marty Stamper
Review style book for baseball.
                                                                                                                                  2nd half onslaught
Third Place The Yazoo Herald, Joffree Washington
                                                                                                                                  Lots of information. Readers get the point. One team was
Yazoo wins fumble filled contest
                                                                                                                                  overmatched, plus a lot of detail.
Got to the point quickly. Good imagery.
                                                                                                                                  Second Place Kemper County Messenger, Ryan Satcher
                                                                                                                                  KA Lady Rams winTightly written. Appropriate quotes.
                                                                                                                                  Third Place Kemper County Messenger, Austin Bishop
                                                                                                                                  Nanih Waiya powers way past arch-rival
                                                                                                                                  Simple, interesting lead.


                    Second-half onslaught ends Cougars’ season
                     By Marty Stamper                                                         battle at 7-7 less than three
                      Appeal Sports Editor                  Cougars vs.                       minutes into the game.
                                                                                                  The Cougars went 98 yards
                        It’s extremely difficult to        Franklin County                    in 13 plays and took the lead
                    stop a snowball rolling down-                  Rushing                    on a 22-yard pass from Cory
                    hill and that’s pretty much                          Att-Yds              Edwards to Gabe Loper on the
                    what the Newton County               Floyd Graves      16-54              third play of the second quar-
                                                         Cory Edwards      16-27
                    Cougars faced in their third-                                             ter. Acosta’s kick gave the
                                                         Rod Toole          6-15
                    round matchup with Class 3A                    Passing                    Cougars a 14-7 lead.
                    defending state champion                            Com-Att-Yds               Newton County picked up
                    Franklin County last Friday.         Cory Edwards       3-7-84            two more points when the
                        For nearly a half, the           Patrick Ezell      0-3-0             Bulldogs snapped the ball out
                    Cougars were able to hold the                  Receiving                  of their end zone for a safety
                    Bulldogs pretty much in                              Catch-Yds            on a punt attempt.
                    check. In fact, Newton County        Michael Granger       1-43               Following the free kick,
                    pulled out to a 23-7 lead in the     Gabe Loper            2-41           Edwards hit Granger on a 43-
                    second quarter.                                Tackles                    yard scoring toss with 5:03 to
                                                         Darius Walker             17
                        But as the game wore on                                               go in the half.
                                                         Guy Holden                15
                    and the Cougars wore down,           Tyler Robinson            14             Franklin County answered
                    Franklin County had no prob-         Brandon Wilbourn          12         with a seven-play, 66-yard
                    lem convincing those in atten-       Ladarius Gallaspy          6         scoring drive capped by a 9-
                    dance who the better team            Michael Granger            5         yard run by 6-foot-4, 210-
                    was.                                 Gabe Loper                 4         pound junior quarterback
                        After allowing 23 points in      C.J. Mapp                  4         Jamie Collins with 1:17 show-
                    the first half, Franklin County      J.J. Thompson              4         ing.
                    gave up no points and just 22        Ethan Chance               4             The Bulldogs, whose scor-
                    total yards in the second half            Fumble Recoveries               ing defense was ranked No. 2
                                                         Brandon Wilbourn           1
                    as the Bulldogs stormed back                                              in Class 3A behind the
                                                         Tyler Reeves               1
                    to take a 43-23 victory.                                                  Cougars, then held Newton
                        The Cougars had to over-         the first of his five extra points   County to just 22 total yards     Newton County’s Brandon Wilbourn (53) and Ladarius Gallaspy, right, hem up a
                    come some adversity of their         for the Bulldogs.                    on 22 plays in the second half.   Franklin County ballcarrier for a short game in Friday’s Class 3A playoff game.
                    own to take the early lead.             Michael Granger ignited           Of those yards, 11 came on the                                                              Photo by Marty Stamper
                    Newton County lost a fumble          the Cougars with an 82-yard          final two plays of the game.
                    at its 26 on the first play of the   return for a touchdown on the            “(Josh Tillman, a 6-foot-5,   whole offense,” Newton County
                    game and five plays later,           ensuing kickoff and Jose             245-pound defensive end, and      head coach Jeff Breland said.
                    Alex Smith scored on a 14-           Acosta’s PAT evened what             Bo Tillman, a 6-foot-6, 290-      “We couldn’t block them. That’s
                    yard run. Jace Carlock kicked        was expected to be a defensive       pound tackle) shut down the       the first time in 22 years I’ve had
                                                                                                                                two people whip an offense, but
                                                                                                                                those two did it.
                                                                                                                                    “They’re a lot more athlet-
                                                                                                                                ic than we were. We were run-
                                                                                                                                ning the option and about
                                                                                                                                every time (Bo Tillman) had
                                                                                                                                one arm on the fullback and
                                                                                                                                one arm on our quarterback.
                                                                                                                                He was slowing the fullback
                                                                                                                                up and the other arm was
                                                                                                                                grabbing the quarterback. His
                                                                                                                                wing span is probably six feet.
                                                                                                                                    “They’re pretty good. Their
                                                                                                                                coach told me after the game
                                                                                                                                that LSU is probably going to
                                                                                                                                offer Josh Tillman (a scholar-
                                                                                                                                ship) this week. He just buck-
                                                                                                                                led my guards, I’m talking
                                                                                                                                dropped them to their knees
                                                                                                                                and I’ll put our two guards up
                                                                                                                                with anybody.”                        Newton County’s Gabe Loper, right, is wrapped up
                                                                                                                                    Meanwhile, Collins went on        by Franklin County’s Alex Smith (26). Loper scored
                                                                                                                                to score three touchdowns in the      on a 22-yard reception to put the Cougars up 14-7.
                                                                                                                                second half to spark the Bulldog                                     Photo by Marty Stamper
                                                                                                                                comeback. For the game, he
                                                                                                                                rushed 19 times for 142 yards.
                                                                                                                                    “He’s really good and he’s        yard run on the first play of the   second half.
                                                                                                                                not hurt anymore,” Franklin           third quarter to cut the               “They threw the ball and
                                                                                                                                County head coach Grady               Cougars’ lead to 23-21.             hurt us, which they haven’t
                                                                                                                                McCluskey said of his signal             “We scored right before          done all year, and we were just
                                                                                                                                caller. “He was hurt early in         half, which was big,”               standing in the quicksand. We
                                                                                                                                the year with two or three dif-       McCluskey said. We went in          made some adjustments at
                                                                                                                                ferent kind of injuries. When         with a little momentum.             halftime and said ‘no more’
                    Newton County quarterback Cory Edwards is collared for no gain by Franklin                                  he’s on, we can score some               “Our special teams gave up       and we shut them down in the
                    County’s Josh Tillman (13), Carlos Johnson (12), and others in Friday’s 43-23                               points and you can’t run the          a lot of points. We got behind      second half.
                    Class 3A playoff loss to the defending state champion Bulldogs.                                             ball against us.”                     and could have quit, but we            Continued on 4B...
                                                                               Photo by Marty Stamper                               Collins got loose on a 59-        came out and played a great            See Onslaught...




                                                                             By Marty Stamper
                                                                                                                                                                          Page 19
                                                                                BEST GENERAL INTEREST COLUMN
Daily Division A - Above 20,000
First Place The Clarion-Ledger, Earnest Hart
Counting your steps
Hart provides nice commentary on the various gadgets that are starting to take over our lives, with
a guarded perspective.
Second Place NE Mississippi Daily Journal, Leslie Criss
Criss’ columns come off like casual conversation with a message hidden inside.
Third Place The Sun Herald, Kat Bergeron
Sense of place Bergeron mixes modern problems with stories of her past proving, appropriately, a
sense of place.

Daily Division B - 9,000 to 20,000
First Place Enterprise-Journal, Ernest Herndon
Herndon’s folksy story-telling style makes his columns a down-home pleasure to read and give a
sense of how the past is still alive. His grandfather column was particularly touching.
Second Place The Vicksburg Post, Charlie Mitchell
Mitchell’s entry shows his versatility and insightful voice for his community. A touching account of
a friend who died of cancer, an intimate look at a spelling bee, and a powerful cry for better law
enforcement show the range of his talent.
Third Place The Commercial Dispatch, Birney Imes
Imes tells the stories of his neighbors in what seems like a mythical Mayberry-like town of Colum-
bus, Mississippi. Great sense of place and appreciation for the small pleasures of small town life.
Honorable Mention The Meridian Star, Steve Gillespie
Gillespie’s columns cover the range from political satire to every day humor to appreciation for the
role the river plays in the psyche of the community. Good stuff.

Leather Britches
finally learns                                                                                                                                                        f
namesake tune
I
   named this column “Leather                             played around the
   Britches” back in 1979 after an                        campfire by both
   old folk song, but until recently                      northern       and
I never learned to play it — and                          southern       sol-
with good reason.                                         diers.”
     As
    “ a fiddle tune, it is one of the                        I continued to
harder tunes to play,” says the                           struggle with the
book “Rural Roots of Bluegrass”                           tune for a few
by Wayne Erbsen. “It has often                            weeks. At first I
been said that, ‘If you can play         LEATHER          just learned the
“Leather Britches,” you can play                          main       themes.
anything.’ ”                             BRITCHES         Gradually I worked
    That’s an exaggeration, but                           in the grace notes.
there’s something to it.                                         nnn
    When I was teaching myself to        ERNEST              I was begin-
play fiddle in the 1970s and             HERNDON          ning to feel com-
1980s, I learned plenty of old           n                fortable with it
classics, like “Sally Goodin,” “Sol-                      when my banjo-
dier’s Joy,” “Arkansas Traveler”         picking cousin Tim Tynes of
and “Bonaparte’s Retreat.” But           Burleson, Texas, came to visit.
“Leather Britches” was tricky and        Tim, 48, arrived in Amite County
I didn’t attempt to tackle it — un-      with his brother Fred, 45, and fa-
til last month.                          ther Hewitt, 81, for Hewitt’s class                                                    ERNEST HERNDON | ENTERPRISE-JOURNAL
    I was in Mountain View, Ark.,        reunion.
when I ran across Erbsen’s book              Uncle Hewitt, my dad’s broth-      Tim Tynes of Burleson, Texas, plays banjo while his father Hewitt
at a music store, plus an Erbsen         er, is an Amite County native who      Tynes of Fort Worth, Texas, listens in Amite County recently.
CD, “Southern Mountain Clas-             operated a Texaco station in Lib-
sics.”                                   erty in the 1940s. He has lived in     the music was already under way,        ‘LEATHER BRITCHES’ LYRICS
    Then I heard the song on pub-        the Fort Worth, Texas, area as         and I could hear Tim’s banjo ring-      n
lic radio. Evidently the time had        long as I can remember.                ing out into the night through the
come for Leather Britches to learn           Last time I played music with      open doorway.                           Here are lyrics to the old folk
“Leather Britches.”                      Tim, back in the 1980s, he was a          Inside, a small audience lis-         song “Leather Britches,” ac-
    After I returned from                whiz on the five-string. I looked      tened to musicians Sidney Adams          cording to “Rural Roots of
Arkansas, I put the CD on and got        forward to jamming with him            on guitar and vocals, Robert             Bluegrass” by Wayne Erbsen:
out my banjolin (banjo-man-              again.                                 Johnston on stand-up bass, Fred
dolin), for me the easiest instru-           We met at my aunt Joyce            Lilly on fiddle, C.V. Glennis on gui-   I went down town
ment to learn a new tune on. Lat-        Tynes’ house north of Liberty. Af-     tar and vocals, Jessie Coleman on       And I wore my leather britches.
er I could try to transpose it to fid-   ter some chit-chat, we went to the     dobro, Charles Weaver on man-           I couldn’t see the people
dle and banjo.                           back yard to pick.                     dolin, and 15-year-old Jak Causey       For looking at the peaches.
    The difficulty quickly became            Tim — who plays with a blue-       on fiddle.
obvious. Most folk songs have two        grass group called Star Canyon            I joined in with my banjolin.        I went down town
parts: verse and chorus. “Leather        (see www.myspace.com/tim-              When my turn came to start a            And I got a pound of butter.
Britches” has four.                      tynes) — is phenomenal. He plays       song, I suggested “Leather Britch-      I came home drunk
    The first part was simple. Then      the fast-picking bluegrass style       es.”                                    And I throwed it in the gutter.
things got complicated, with             and works in notes you don’t nor-         Most had heard of it, but no
notes jumping every which way.           mally hear in folk and bluegrass.      one really knew it.                     Leather britches, finger stitches,
By the fourth part I was reeling, so         After we swapped a few tunes,         “You have to know that one,          Mammy sewed the stitches in.
to speak.                                I broke out my banjolin and wad-       don’t you?” Sidney asked me. “It’s      Pappy kicked me out of bed,
    According to Erbsen’s book,          ed through “Leather Britches”          your theme song.”                       I had my leather britches on.
“Leather Britches” was listed un-        without too many hitches.                 Well, yes — belatedly.
der the title “Lord McDonald’s               Maybe it was doable after all.        I launched into the song under       Leather britches full of stitches
Reel” in a 1792 music collection.                       nnn                     the hard eyes of these seasoned         Old shoes and stockings on
    “In America this tune has been           A couple of nights later, Tim      musicians, and was relieved to get      My wife she kicked me out of
known as ‘Leather Britches,’ ‘Vir-       and I and some of our kinfolks         through it with no major mis-            bed
ginia Reel,’ ‘The Breeches On,’          met at the Friday-night hoedown        steps.                                  Because I had my britches on.
‘The Irish Lad,’ and ‘Breeches and       in the old Busy Corner store build-       Twenty-eight years after nam-
Stit h ’ ” th b k           “D i         i          d b Addi Ki kl d            i     thi      l         I’   fi ll


Daily Division C - Below 9,000
First Place The Oxford Eagle, Lucy Schutze
Nice writing style and choice of topics.
Second Place The Bolivar Commercial, Aimee Robinette
Enjoyable reading.
Third Place The Daily Corinthian, Mark Boehler
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                                            BEST GENERAL INTEREST COLUMN
Weekly Division A - Above 4,000
First Place The Scott County Times, Brian Blackley
Being southern makes me proud
Publisher prints with pride and professionalism.
Well conceived and well written.
Second Place The Pontotoc Progress, Brenda Owen
                                                                              Being Southern Makes Me Proud
                                                                  young man, or, more accurately,       dent, he added an important                                                                                                                 and to rise above anger or hostility and to

Hey, waiter, there’s an ant in my soup
Written as if it were a letter from home and a
                                                                               A
                                                                  a teenage boy was telling his per- word that made me proud of
                                                                  sonal story of weathering out a
                                                                  tornado that ripped through his
                                                      hometown of Enterprise, Ala., to a Fox
                                                      News correspondent in the hours after the
                                                                                                        who I am, where I come from
                                                                                                        and of the values my wife and
                                                                                                        I are trying to instill in our
                                                                                                        daughters; he said “ma’am.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    use proper rules of decency when speaking
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    to others or about others – especially in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    front of my children.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Joshua’s nasally tone and light Alabama
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    drawl may have been a topic of failed
favorite aunt.                                        disaster two weeks ago.
                                                        Joshua, the teenager, explained how the
                                                                                                        Not once or twice.
                                                                                                          Every single time he
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    attempts at humor in New York bars and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    restaurants, but it shouldn’t be.
                                                      weather prompted his school’s officials to        addressed Greta Van                                                                                                                           It should serve as a reminder that as our
Third Place The Columbian Progress, Don Hill          send students home early.                         Susteren.                                                                                                                                   world becomes more and more cynical and

Writer’s use of quotes shows he has a bunch going for intact, despite the 15 alives thatofthe twister either. It was sincere; like he Brian
                                                        He talked about friends who seemed to be          It wasn’t a forced sound                                                                                                                  as young people have less and less respect
                                                                                                                                 it was                                                                                                             for anyone or anything – including them-
                                                      claimed, noting that couple           his closest second nature. It was           Blackley                                                                                                    selves – that some things can be taught and
                                                      friends were “hit by bricks” but were OK.         was calling out to his mother Publisher                                                                                                     some traditions should be honored.
him. Well written to be well read.                      During the interview, I noted his sharp         when she asked him if he had                                                                                                                  In North Georgia, where I spent four
                                                                              Southern accent; his interview was conduct-                                   finished his homework.                                                                  years before coming back to my home state,
                                                                              ed via telephone, so I couldn’t see him and                                     It was like he was answer-                                                            students aren’t encouraged to use respectful
                                                                              that made his voice the thing my senses                                       ing his grandmother’s call to come in from                                              terms when addressing their teachers.
                                                                              grabbed on to.                                                                the yard because dusk had arrived and the                                                 My neighbors didn’t require their kids to
                                                                                I recall thinking how nasally he sounded                                    light was disappearing. It was like he was                                              call them ma’am and sir, a fact which struck
                                                                              which led me to consider for a moment that                                    talking to his teachers, to his                                                         home when I asked one of the boys a ques-
                                                                              many of us – including me – have a nasal                                         aunts or to the ladies who visit with his                                            tion once and a monotone “NO” was the
                                                                              tone to our voices which blends well with                                     mother or to the women who share the pew                                                response I got from the 7-year-old.
                                                                              our Southern drawl.                                                           with him at church.                                                                       I’m proud of Joshua, of his parents and
                                                                                It was refreshing to hear that voice amid                                     He said ma’am.                                                                        grandparents, of his teachers and friends,
                                                                              the Midwestern tones of TV journalists, but                                     No, it wasn’t a shock. Maybe, for me, it                                              just as I am proud of so many of you, who,
                                                                              what was even more refreshing was the                                         was a reminder of why I chose to return to                                              like me, actually believe decency can be
                                                                              young man’s manners.                                                          Mississippi. It was a reminder that I need to                                           learned if we set good examples.
                                                                                A twister ripped apart the shop that was                                    never forget to correct – to clarify – the                                                If the world had more Joshuas, the world
                                                                              on the same property as his home. It                                          point to my children that it is proper, decent                                          would, indeed, be a better place.
                                                                              wrecked his school. It killed his colleagues.                                 and respectful to use manners and civility                                                Brian Blackley is publisher of The Scott
                                                                                And every time he answered a “yes” or                                       when addressing others.                                                                 County Times. His column is published
                                                                              “no” question from the female correspon-                                        It was a reminder to me to do the same                                                weekly in this newspaper.




                                                                                                                   Thankful for a spiritual life, wife, and family
Weekly Division B - 2,500 to 4,000
First Place The Winona Times, Amanda Sexton
Amanda writes about preachers and the past with
a passion.
Second Place Petal News, Tre’ Bischof
Bischof knows kids and captures childhood
memories.
Third Place The Sun-Sentinel, Clay McFerrin
Cellular etiquette
Writer makes great point about cellular etiquette.
His readers shouldn’t have any questions on this.



                                                                                                                                                                                     Pastor Billy and Olene Little

                                                                                              BY AMANDA SEXTON                 there thanks to the glory of       Seminary.                             ships with each other."             Christian and Godly wife," he         In his spare time, Little likes
                                                                                             EDITOR AND PUBLISHER              God."                                Now the pastor of Hebron              In 1999, Little was called to     said. "She has the greatest         keep a vegetable garden. "I
                                                                                                                                 Little said as a child he was    Baptist Church in the Hebron          minister in the newly built         Christian background. Behind        spend a lot of time on my gar-
                                                                                          The church has always been a         extremely timid and had to learn   Community for more than 20            Carroll-Montgomery Regional         every good preacher is a good       den," he said. "I like to see the
                                                                                        part of Billy Little's life, but his   how to talk to people. "God        years, full-time for the last eight   Correctional Facility in Vaiden.    Christian wife. She can make        vegetables grow, and I like to
                                                                                        faith led him to tend to the flock     started speaking to me about       years, Little has watched his           "God impressed me to go," he      him or break him."                  eat what I grow. I come out of a
                                                                                        as a pastor. For 43 years, Little      being a Christian. Then at a       country church grow over the          said. "I taught classes for three     Olene Little also helps her       rural farm background. Mother
                                                                                        has served as a spiritual guide        revival at my home church, I       years. With around 120 mem-           years, and eventually the           pastor husband in visiting the      and Daddy gardened, and I
                                                                                        for the communities of Carroll,        was called and I surrendered to    bers, the church has currently        Warden asked me to become the       sick or shut-in while he is min-    enjoy it as well."
                                                                                        Montgomery, and Grenada                that call."                        renovated - building a new            chaplain."                          istering to others. Their rela-       Despite Little's success as a
                                                                                        Counties - in and out of the             A bi-vocational pastor, during   sanctuary and family life center        Little said he is blessed by      tionship is very team-driven.       pastor or a satisfying career in
                                                                                        church.                                the week, Little received a        with classrooms and a recre-          God with a wonderful family.          Proudly, Little said all of his   the private sector, he gives cred-
                                                                                          A native of Carroll County,          degree        in      Industrial   ation area. Founded in 1892,          Married to Olene Little for 51      children made professions of        it to the Lord he serves.
                                                                                        Little's life for God began at         Management and worked at           Hebron Baptist also has one of        years, the couple has three chil-   faith under his ministry. "I did      "I can not pat myself on the
                                                                                        Calvary Baptist Church.                Heat Craft in Grenada as a         the largest cemeteries in             dren all of whom serve in the       not pressure them. I did what       back," he said. "It has all been
                                                                                          "Calvary is where I was saved        supervisor for 45 years. While     Montgomery County.                    Mississippi school system.          any other parent would do. I        God. I look back, and I see how
                                                                                        and worked as a youth leader,          working at the factory and           "I like a small church because      Also, they have seven grand-        took them to church and Sunday      God has richly blessed me and
                                                                                        deacon, and eventually was             preaching the Word, he man-        the closeness of the fellowship,"     children and one great-grand-       School and read the Bible.          my family. I am so thankful."
                                                                                        called as a pastor," he said. "I       aged to do his ministry studies    he said. "All your members            child.                              Eventually, they did it on their
                                                                                        have a lot of good memories            at New Orleans Baptist             have close and person relation-         "God has given me a real          own."




                                                                                               Forgetting where you came from                                                           B
                                                                                                  “White cane lying in the                                               Ta
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            certain dignity for someone
                                                                                               gutter in the rain when
                                                                                               you’re     walking      home
                                                                                                                                                                     Different                                                              walking down the street carrying
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            a bag of picked-up cans.

Weekly Division C - Below 2,500
                                                                                               alone...Don’t let it get you
                                                                                               down. It’s only castles burn-                                           Drummer                                                                  The problem is, I didn’t
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            speak either.
                                                                                               ing.”—Neil Young                                                                                                                                 You see, I also had a bag full
First Place The Deer Creek Pilot, Ray Mosby                                                        ROLLING FORK—They
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            of aluminum cans, in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            kitchen, just waiting to be put
Different Drummer                                                                              say that confession is good for                                            By                                                                out sometime before the garbage
                                                                                               the soul, but I strongly suspect                                           Ray                                                               collection on Monday. I could
                                                                                               that not only depends upon the                                                                                                               easily have called to that woman
Reading this was as if I had been sitting with Mosby.                                          soul but for what and to whom a                                           Mosby                                                              and I could have quite properly
                                                                                               fellow’s confessing. Redemption                                                                                                              given her those cans—some-
Well crafted words with great insight.                                                         is another matter.                                                                                                                           thing she needed, something I
                                                                                                   Drive by my newspaper                                                                                                                    was merely to discard. But I did-
Second Place The Tunica Times, Ellen Sharpe                                                    office late in the afternoon and
                                                                                               you’re apt to see me sitting in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            n’t.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Oh, I could have called
Delta Diary                                                                                    chair upon its front porch. From
                                                                                               the first day I arrived in this                                      standards. Wordsworth said that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            myself sparing her feelings, not
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            wishing to embarrass her in
Thanks, neighbor, for your input; now I have                                                   town, I’ve felt that was the best
                                                                                               time to really see it, or perhaps
                                                                                                                                                                    “we all live lives of quiet desper-
                                                                                                                                                                    ation,” and I think that’s true for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            some way, but that just won’t
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            pass my smell test. The truth,
                                                                                               more accurately, get the feel of                                     most of us at one point or anoth-                                       I’m afraid, is that I had indeed
something to think about.                                                                      it. People, it seems to me, are                                      er. There’ve been times when                                            become comfortable, sitting
                                                                                               less affected just before they go                                    dollars were stretched tighter                                          there in my chair, and to call her
Third Place Southern Advocate, Gene Ladiner                                                    to sleep, so why shouldn’t be                                        than an Irishman on St. Patrick’s                                       would have meant getting up and
                                                                                               their towns?                                                         Day between paychecks and one                                           walking the few steps necessary
I’ve thought the same thing on more than one                                                       That’s where I was Friday as
                                                                                               the afternoon was beginning to
                                                                                                                                                                    or two when they didn’t quite
                                                                                                                                                                    stretch far enough and I needed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            to get my sack of cans to give
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            her.
occasion. Thanks for reminding me.                                                             lose its daily battle with the
                                                                                               gathering evening when a
                                                                                                                                                                    help. I think that’s also true for
                                                                                                                                                                    most of us but unlike far too
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                And the truth is my not doing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            so is a sin or two or three.
                                                                                               woman walked past down the                                           many, I always got it.                                                      I have no idea what the going
                                                                                               street, carrying a garbage bag of                                        I never really aspired to be                                        rate for a sack of aluminum cans
                                                                                               aluminum cans she’d obviously                                        rich in the sense that some do,                                         might be. It occurs to me it
                                                                                               been picking up. I don’t know                                        but I did yearn to someday be                                           might be less than the cost of gas
                                                                                               how long she’d been picking up                                       comfortable—that one day I                                              to get you where you need to go
                                                                                               or how far she’d walked in doing                                     might not have to worry every                                           to redeem them.
                                                                                               it. It wasn’t one of those really                                    day and I promised myself that if                                           But I am sure it’s worth less
                                                                                               big garbage bags, but it was full.                                   I ever managed to become that                                           than a soul.
                                                                                                   More on that in a minute.                                        kind of comfortable I would                                                 That’s why I was rarely hap-
                                                                                                   I’m in no way a wealthy man,                                     never forget what it was like not                                       pier to see a human than when
                                                                                               even by Rolling Fork standards,                                      to be.                                                                  that woman reappeared, still
                                                                                               but I reckon that I do all right.                                        But, as the song says: “For a                                       walking, carrying even more
                                                                                               Fact is, I could write a check for                                   pocketful of mumbles, such are                                          cans.
                                                                                               most anything I absolutely had                                       promises.”                                                                  “Would you like mine, lady?
                                                                                               to and it wouldn’t bounce and                                            The woman didn’t see me                                             Would you like my cans?” called
                                                                                               for a middle aged country news-                                      there, sitting in my chair, as she                                      out the sinner seeking salvation.
                                                                                               paper editor it seems to me that’s                                   walked, not slow but neither fast                                           “Yes sir. Thank you.”
                                                                                               doing all right.                                                     down the street, carrying her bag                                           “Oh, no,” the sinner said,
                                                                                                   But it hasn’t always been that                                   of cans. And so she didn’t wave,                                        handing her a sack of aluminum
                                                                                               way.                                                                 or speak as do most when they                                           and what might be the cost of
                                                                                                   There have been a lot of                                         pass by. She just walked straight                                       gas to redeem it, “Thank you.”
                                                                                               times in my life when I wasn’t                                       ahead, managing I thought with                                              After all, there’s redemption
                                                                                               “doing all right” by anyone’s                                        some amazement to maintain a                                            and then there’s redemption.
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                                              BEST COMMENTARY COLUMN
Daily Division A - Above 20,000
First Place The Sun Herald, Geoff Pender                                                            School board is
Open season
Good state house columns are all too rare, and Pender’s efforts make that all too apparent. These
                                                                                                    hurting parish
columns give us a clear, realistic view of what goes on in the statehouse from someone who under-
stands the game.
                                                                                                       children
                                                                                                    T
                                                                                                           he standing-room-only crowd of
Second Place The Clarion-Ledger, Ronnie Agnew                                                              more than 100 at the first 2007
                                                                                                           Concordia Parish School Board
Agnew’s columns on the background of Mayor Melton harken back to the good old days of metro          meeting was mostly children.
                                                                                                        From preschool to high school,
journalism. He’s on the editorial page, but could easily be a metro columnist.                       the district’s students turned out in
                                                                                                     droves, bringing their parents along.
Third Place The Clarion-Ledger, David Hampton                                                           The pre-kindergarten girls wore
                                                                                                     satin dresses with ribbons around
Hampton’s columns do something newspapers often neglect: stating the obvious in a compelling         their waists. The big first-grade boys
                                                                                                     wore suit jackets. Moms, dads, aunts
manner. His story tell style is quite effective.                                                     and uncles carried digital cameras
                                                                                                        It was their night. They’d been se-
Honorable Mention The Sun Herald, Stan Tiner                                                         lected by their respective schools as
                                                                                                     winners of the Sidney A. Murray
                                                                                                     Good Citizenship Award, and with
                                                                                                                      the title comes a few
Daily Division B - 9,000 to 20,000                                                                                    minutes in front of the
                                                                                                                      school board, a certifi-
                                                                                                                      cate and a photo with
First Place The Natchez Democrat, Julie Finley                                                                        Superintendent Kerry
                                                                                                                      Laster.
Descriptive elements make the columns interesting and the subjects make them relevant to the                            In the grand scheme
                                                                                                                      of things, it’s not such
community.                                                                                          JULIE             a big deal, but for a 5-
                                                                                                    FINLEY            year-old it’s a memory   .
Second Place Delta Democrat Times, Ross Reily                                                                           The district gives the
                                                                                                    Managing          good citizenship title
A great mix of news and opinion. Good sourcing gives the columns an added edge.                     editor        | out in each grade level
                                                                                                                      at each school. Thurs-
Third Place The Commercial Dispatch, Birney Imes                                                     day night’s group was especially
                                                                                                     large because no awards were given
Good mix of writing styles. Each entry was distinct yet important.                                   at the December meeting.
                                                                                                        The parking lot was overflowing
Honorable Mention The Natchez Democrat, Ben Hillyer                                                  onto the grass, a first in my three
                                                                                                     years of attending these meetings.
An innovative approach to community issues. Great mix of subjects from pop culture to politics.         The crowd didn’t fit in the meet-
                                                                                                     ing room. Many stood outside in the
                                                                                                               .
                                                                                                     hallway More stood alongside walls
                                                                                                     inside the room.
Daily Division C - Below 9,000                                                                          The mass was there for the good
                                                                                                     citizens, not for the school board.
First Place The Daily Star, Leah McCormick                                                              But it seems our school board
                                                                                                     members are the jealous type.
A profound reflection on how one story of a cancer survivor shares the concept of hope and faith        It seems they want all the atten-
                                                                                                     tion.
in the midst of a struggle.                                                                             It seems the Concordia Parish
                                                                                                     schools should be about them, not
Second Place The Daily Leader, Bill Jacobs                                                           the girls in satin dresses and the boys
                                                                                                     in ties.
Mr. Jacobs’ grasp of the story tell tinged with a personal touch helps to engage the reader. The        That’s the way they acted anyway       .
                                                                                                        Thursday was the first meeting of
flexibility of writing style is impressive.                                                          the new year, which means a new
                                                                                                     board and elections for new officers.
Third Place Greenwood Commonwealth, Tim Kalich                                                          The agenda placed elections two
                                                                                                     notches above “special recognition”
Mr. Kalich tackles tough issues from controversial election bid of LeFlore County Tax Collector      of the students. And in turn the real
                                                                                                     good citizens in the room got a case-
Clark to touching upon racism and bigotry.                                                           in-point exhibition of how to not be
                                                                                                     a good citizen, from the adults, none-
Honorable Mention The Oxford Eagle, Lucy Schultze                                                    theless.
                                                                                                        It’s difficult to place blame in this
Our town is not your toilet                                                                          situation, but elected boards are al-
                                                                                                     most always viewed as a collective
Schutze adds a sense of humor tinged with seriousness in what is a public nuisance.                  body once they are formed, so they
                                                                                                     should collectively share the fault.
                                                                                                        Minutes into the meeting, allega-
                                                                                                     tions of racial preference started fly-
                                                                                                     ing, and the allegations didn’t stop
                                                                                                     until the last car left the parking lot.
                                                                                                        The adults griped over who would
                                                                                                     get to be president just like children
                                                                                                     fighting over who gets to play teach-
                                                                                                                            ,
                                                                                                     er. The presidency however, is vir-
                                                                                                                         .
                                                                                                     tually a title only The elected board
                                                                                                     member carries no more weight than
                                                                                                     any other member; he simply holds
                                                                                                     the gavel and reads from the agen-
                                                                                                     da. Most of the time, gavel banging
                                                                                                     doesn’t work with this group anyway         .
                                                                                                        The voting process — on the presi-
                                                                                                     dency and all subsequent votes
                                                                                                     — had to be taken by a roll call vote
                                                                                                     because some board members want-
                                                                                                     ed to see the person-by-person break-
                                                                                                     down.
                                                                                                        The drama — complete with yell-
                                                                                                     ing — went on at least 20 minutes.
                                                                                                     All the while, the good citizens were
                                                                                                     watching, listening and learning.
                                                                                                        The precious children who have
                                                                                                     started their lives out on the right
                                                                                                     track went home with more than a
                                                                                                     paper certificate and a digital photo
                                                                                                     that night.
                                                                                                        They went home with a confused
                                                                                                     view of how adults handle conflict.
                                                                                                     The older, perceptive children sure-
                                                                                                     ly realized that some of the adults
                                                                                                     threw grown-up sized versions of
                               BEST COMMENTARY COLUMN                                                temper tantrums when they didn’t
                                                                                                     get their way  .
                                                                                                        The children also probably went
                                                                                                     home thinking that black people and
All Newspapers                                                                                       white people just don’t get along.
                                                                                                        Twenty minutes in a crowded
First Place The Sun Herald, Tim Lockley                                                              room on Thursday may have done
                                                                                                     more to harm the education of the
                                                                                                     children present than a single board
GOP                                                                                                  decision this year will do to help
                                                                                                     them.
Very amusing and concise communication of ideas; very skilled with caricature.                          Are these the kind of leaders Con-
                                                                                                     cordia Parish elected? Is this the
Second Place The Clarion-Ledger                                                                      kind of example our leaders should
                                                                                                     be setting for our children?
Marshall Ramsey Plane to Iraq                                                                           The board is new. The members
                                                                                                     are intelligent. The next meeting is
Instant communication and insight; good variety of subjects and artistic style.                                            .
                                                                                                     three weeks away This group needs
                                                                                                     to sit back, see themselves through
Third Place Mississippi Business Journal, Ricky Nobile                                               different eyes and get their act to-
                                                                                                     gether fast or it is going to be a long,
New signs on the coast                                                                               regressive year for education in Con-
                                                                                                     cordia Parish.
Humorous take on difficult to communicate subjects.                                                 JULIE FINLEY is the managing editor of The Natchez
                                                                                                    Democrat. She can be reached at 601-445-3551 or julie.
                                                                                                    finley@natchezdemocrat.com.
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                     A - Above 4,000
Weekly Division THE YAZOO HERALD, SATURDAY, AUGUST 25, 2007
                  4,
First Place The Lamar Times, Tre’ Bischof                      Yazoo’s Wild West-like reputation could be a tourist draw
                                                                                                        l
                           Editorial                             Yazoo City’s
In the war of words, Bischof won the battle if not the lawlessness bars and the  that
                                                               accompanies them have dis-
                                                                                         often
                                                                                                                              Yazoo City than anywhere horseback patrolling the
                                                                                                                              else in Mississippi. All we’ve clubs. In addition to saving
                                                                                                                              got to do is add a little Wild the town money, it adds to
                                                                                                              Jason Patterson West flair and the tourists the Western theme.
war.                                                           tracted our city leaders from
                      Blue Front Cafe’s addition to            being able to fully concen-                    Managing        should start rolling in.         This would also help us
Second Place The Rankin Record, Tim Beeland                    trate on other matters for                     Editor            The first thing we’ve got to maximize the use of our pas-
                   Blues Trail great for Yazoo County years now. The preferred solution
                                                                                                                              do is change our terminolo- senger train services. What
                                                                                                                              gy. Instead of clubs or bars, better way to arrive for your
Painful past does not stop writer from performing s seems to be to keep looking                                               let’s call them saloons. A Wild West adventure than
                                                               at the problem from a differ-                                  simple name change has by train?
professionally.                                              - ent angle until it looks more coming out this month is a them looking better already.           I’ve got a feeling this could
                                                               attractive. For example, Wild West thriller. There are We could probably even get really put Yazoo on the map,
Third Place The Wayne County News, Paul Keane s Outer Limits as a public nui- the shelf at nearly every gro- along and install some of that it would mean that none
                                                               instead of looking at the Louis L’Amour westerns on some of the owners to play but the best part of all is

Writer proves he is more than a friend to save pre- s sanceneighborhood, why not cery store, and you can find those swinging doors spread of our any tough decisions on
                                                               of a
                                                                      slapped in the middle
                                                                                               Clint   Eastwood,     James front entrance and
                                                                                                                                                      on the
                                                                                                                                                             make
                                                                                                                                                                     leaders would have to

                                                             y look at it as a young business Arness or the Duke blasting some sawdust on the floor in how to deal with the prob-
cious freedom. Well pondered and professionally e person trying to for the city? a badyou flip through any case anyone wants to spit lem. That’s years anyway, so
                                                               and tax revenue
                                                                                   create jobs
                                                                                               time
                                                                                                      guy just about
                                                                                                                          the some chewing tobacco.          pening for
                                                                                                                                                                          what’s been hap-

prosed.                                                      s You don’t want to stand in channels.
                                                               the way of progress do you?
                                                                                                                                Tourists could stop by the we might as well make some
                                                                                                 Why not let Yazoo get in on Chamber of Commerce and money while we’re at it.
                                                                                                      -     Maybe instead of looking     the action? We could market     pick up their complimentary         ..............................................
                                                                                                      h   at the situation as a prob-    our reputation to attract       Yazoo cowboy hats and “I        .
                                                                                                                                         tourists looking for some
Weekly Division B - 2,500 to 4,000
                                                                                                          lem, we should be looking at                                   survived a night on the town      Jason Patterson is the man-
                                                                                                      s   it as an opportunity.          adventure.                      in Yazoo City” T-shirts.        aging editor of The Yazoo Her-
                                                                                                            Take a look the popularity     Think about it, you’re more     Think of the money we         ald. He can be reached at 746-
First Place The Yazoo Herald, Jason Patterson                                                         ,
                                                                                                          of the Wild West these days.
                                                                                                          One of the biggest movies
                                                                                                                                         likely to see a real life
                                                                                                                                         shootout at a night club in
                                                                                                                                                                         could save on gas if we had a
                                                                                                                                                                         couple of police officers on
                                                                                                                                                                                                         4911 or by sending an e-mail
                                                                                                                                                                                                         to managing1@bellsouth.net.
Patterson reads are informative and entertaining.
Second Place The Sun-Sentinel, Clay McFerrin
Third Place The Banner-Independent, Kenny
Goode
Goode news

Weekly Division C - Below 2,500
First Place Magnolia Gazette, Lamar Massingill
A religious column without preaching? And they
said it couldn’t be done. Massengill proved them
                       Headlines from past editions of The Yazoo Herald

wrong.
Second Place The Deer Creek Pilot, Ray Mosby
Different Drummer
The loss of the national soul receives a clear warning. Excellent writing.
Third Place The Union Appeal, Ralph Gordon
I declare, I don’t swanney
Gordon captures the reader’s thoughts and memories in a well written manner.




                                                                                                          As we learn to tolerate anything, our values go down the drain
                                                                                                                                                        Vernon Sikes




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                                                     BEST FEATURE STORY
Daily Division A - Above 20,000
                                                                                                                  “We’ve learned to celebrate every day, not just the birthdays.”
First Place Hattiesburg American, Jillian Kramer                                                                                                        – Greg Jackson, Chase’s father


Make most of every day
The writer’s description is excellent. It makes the reader feel like they are
in the room with this family rooting for them.
Second Place The Clarion-Ledger, Billy Watkins
Did he really want to know
The lead just draws you in. The writer’s attention to detail helps paint a
vivid picture and makes this a great read.
Third Place NE Mississippi Daily Journal, Errol Castens                                                                                                                                                     HENRIETTA WILDSMITH | Hattiesburg American
                                                                                                                 CHASE JACKSON sits with his mother Tanya at their home.

The accidental victim
Telling this story through the experience of three women is very effective.                                      ‘Make the most of every day’
                                                                                                                 HATTIESBURG:                                doesn’t live like a typical 7-year-old.

It makes the reader want to learn about all the others too.                                                      Child with rare disease
                                                                                                                 turns 7 years old today
                                                                                                                                                                A feeding tube is taped to the left
                                                                                                                                                             side of his face and it curves around
                                                                                                                                                             his chipmunk-like cheeks, into his
                                                                                                                                                                                                             At a glance
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Niemann-Pick Type C (NPC)
                                                                                                                                                             button-like nose and down through               Disease is a rare degenerative

Honorable Mention NE Mississippi Daily Journal, M. Scott Morris                                                        By JILLIAN KRAMER
                                                                                                                            American Staff Writer
                                                                                                                     jakramer@hattiesburgamerican.com
                                                                                                                                                             his stomach and into his small in-
                                                                                                                                                             testine.
                                                                                                                                                                Chase has pulled it out twice
                                                                                                                                                                                                             disease that affects only about
                                                                                                                                                                                                             500 people worldwide.
                                                                                                                                                                                                             NPC patients experience:
                                                                                                                                                             since he got it in early June, his              ■ Inability to metabolize cho-

Old Time Style                                                                                                      Chase Jackson’s birthday outfit –
                                                                                                                 a short, blue-sleeved shirt with red
                                                                                                                 and white stripes and blue stars –
                                                                                                                                                             mother said. He’s a determined lit-
                                                                                                                                                             tle boy, she says in a tiny voice that
                                                                                                                                                             mimics an elfin child, and she
                                                                                                                                                                                                             lesterol and other lipids within
                                                                                                                                                                                                             cells
                                                                                                                                                                                                             ■ Excessive accumulation of
                                                                                                                                                                                                             cholesterol in the liver and

Just a good story about a unique character. Made me want to meet him.
                                                                                                                 stretches across his blossoming belly       smiles at him and cuddles him to
                                                                                                                 as his mother, Tanya Jackson, holds         her chest as they sit on their brown            spleen
                                                                                                                 him close to her.                           couch together, his long legs dan-              ■ Excessive amounts of lipids
                                                                                                                    It’s the seventh year he’ll wear it                                                      in the brain
                                                                                                                                                             gling over hers.
                                                                                                                 on Independence Day.                                                                        NPC is commonly misdiag-
                                                                                                                                                                Tanya looks around the living                nosed as:
                                                                                                                    The same shirt he wore to cele-          room and takes in evidence of her               ■ Learning disability
                                                                                                                 brate his first birthday is a little        son’s disease. A blown-up mattress              ■ Mild retardation
                                                                                                                 tight for the seventh one, but one          where Chase sleeps and its twin,                ■ Delayed development of fine
                                                                                                                 week before his birthday it fits over       where Tanya lies next to her son at             motor skills
                                                                                                                 his bump of belly fat and the sleeves       night. Containers of medicine and               Symptoms can appear as
                                                                                                                 fall easily around his still-slender        a hospital stand holding liquid food            early as a few months of age
                                                                                                                 arms.                                       bags. A glowing fake aquarium that              and can include:
                                                                                                                    As the only child in the state of        sits next to the TV and keeps Chase             ■ Vertical gaze palsy
                                                                                                                 Mississippi and one of just 500 peo-        amused during the many nights he                ■ Enlarged liver
                                                                                                                 ple worldwide with Niemann-Pick             lies awake.                                     ■ Enlarged spleen
                                                                                                                 Disease Type C – a rare, degenera-             In his sleep-like state Chase                ■ Jaundice
                                                                                                                 tive and always fatal disease that          coughs and Tanya wrinkles her fore-             NPC is always fatal.
                                                                                                                 prevents the body from metaboliz-           head, nudges him forward and dabs
                                                                                                                 ing cholesterol properly and forces                                                         Source: www.nnpdf.org
                                                                                                                 cholesterol into the brain – Chase                    See MAKE, 6A




Daily Division B - 9,000 to 20,000
First Place The Commercial Dispatch, Garthia Elena Halbert
Life After Iraq                                                            ■

A great lead that draws the reader in. A poignant behind the scenes look
at lives we might otherwise never know about.
Second Place The Vicksburg Post, Lauchlin Fields
Mississippi sissy
Story flows well pushing the reader to continue. An interesting look at a
few very interesting individuals.
Third Place Delta Democrat Times, Eleanor Barkhorn
Cult food tradition gone nationwide
An interesting story on a very unique food trend. Took what could be just
a food story to a feature with good sourcing.




                                                                                      f                                                                             y
Daily Division C - Below 9,000
First Place The Daily Leader, Sarah Holcombe
Rendezvous with destiny
A wonderful story with a happy ending. You spent lots of time research-
ing this story and collecting photos and information. The result is a heart
warming real-life story. Good job.
Second Place The Oxford Eagle, Bruce Newman                                                                  Photo Courtesy of MIGHTY EIGHTH AIR FORCE MUSEUM
                                                                                    Tech. Sgt. Joseph J. Walters USAAF (center), had just parachuted
                                                                                 from his damaged plane and had been rescued by Albert Tilkins
                                                                                 (right) and his son at the time this photograph was taken in Nazi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Photo Courtesy of SWEETPEA ADAMS
                                                                                                                                                                         Janine Dardenne (Sweetpea Adams) was 18 years old and living
                                                                                                                                                                      in Boirs, Belgium, at the time she met Joe Walters. She served a
                                                                                                                                                                      translator when she was needed by the members of the Nazi resis-


Leader of the pack
                                                                                 occupied Boirs, Belgium. They helped him reach the Underground to                    tance to help Walters make his way safely into the Underground. She
                                                                                 safety. A life-size copy of this photo hangs at the Mighty Eighth Air                married Versie Adams and moved with him to his hometown of
                                                                                 Force Museum in Savannah, Ga.                                                        Brookhaven in April 1946. Her husband died in 1981.



Great lead into this great story. I wonder if the end of the story got edited Friends reminisce about secret meeting 64 years later
                                                                                 By SARAH HOLCOMBE
                                                                                 DAILY LEADER Staff Writer



out. It was otherwise interesting, sensitive and educational. I want to read        When United States Army Air Force Tech. Sgt. Joseph J. Walters met 18-year-old Janine Dardenne
                                                                                 in her village of Boirs, Belgium, on Aug. 17, 1943, it was a chance meeting that only lasted about 15
                                                                                 minutes — but it turned out to be 15 of the most important minutes of his life. Their primary meet-
                                                                                 ing was not under ideal circumstances, considering that Walters was American, and his plane had
                                                                                 been shot down in Nazi occupied territory.

more about this project!                                                            Recently these old friends met again — for the first time since that fateful day — at the
                                                                                 Brookhaven home of Janine “Sweetpea” Dardenne Adams, who moved here in April 1946 when she
                                                                                 was the “war bride” of the late Versie Adams.
                                                                                    Back in 1942, Walters was an American ball turret gunner on a B-17 Flying Fortress in the famous
                                                                                 Eighth USAAF, 381st bomber group. His plane, the Chug-A-Lug-LuLu, had just completed its 15th

Third Place The Daily Star, Leah McCormick                                       bombing raid, which was on the ball-bearing factories in the Bavarian city of Schweinfurt in
                                                                                 Germany. As many as 190 enemy pilots attacked the plane. With three of its engines shot and dam-
                                                                                 aged beyond repair and the B-17 losing altitude rapidly, the crew bailed out over Belgium.
                                                                                     Parachuting from the plane, Walters and the rest of his crew were strewn across the landscape


Second chances
                                                                                 wherever they drifted to the ground. The moment the Germans realized the plane had gone down,
                                                                                 they immediately began searching for survivors to take as prisoners. They were kept quite busy, for
                                                                                 on that day, more than 600 airmen would be killed or captured. The Eighth Air Force lost nearly 90
                                                                                 bombers on three missions that week.
                                                                                    Walters and the other nine crewmen survived, but of them, only three escaped capture. Walters


McCormick took what could have been a ho-hum profile of a local dogooder
                                                                                 landed in an apple tree in an orchard and much to his relief, was rescued by Albert Tilkin, the owner
                                                                                 of an apple crate factory nearby. He and his son were active members of the Nazi resistance.
                                                                                    As the Tilkin men escorted Walters to safety, one of the factory workers shot a photo with his box
                                                                                 camera. The camera was later destroyed when it was feared that the Nazis would find it, but they kept
                                                                                 the film and hid it for about 40 years, when it finally resurfaced. The photograph is now prominent-


and turned out a masterful story of inspiration that I couldn’t stop reading.
                                                                                 ly displayed at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum in Savannah, Ga.
                                                                                    Walters said, of his rescue, “They asked me if I wanted to surrender. I told them no, so they burned                                                                             Photo By SARAH HOLCOMBE
                                                                                 my parachute and hid me up in the loft and piled a bunch of crates around me.”                              Tech. Sgt. Joseph J. Walters of the Eighth USAAF, 381st bomb group and Sweetpea
                                                                                    After it was dark, they took him to a safe house nearby.
                                                                                                                                                                                           (Janine) Dardenne Adams, of Brookhaven, met almost 64 years ago when he “dropped
                                                                                    In order for Walters to escape via the Underground, he needed to be given instructions about how
                                                                                                                                                                                           in” to her village of Boirs, Belgium.

She was able to convey to the reader this man’s unfailing strength of            he would escape, for he had a long, dangerous journey ahead of him to safety. The solution for the
                                                                                 language barrier was to find someone in the village who could speak English.
                                                                                    Sweetpea Adams was a bright young woman for her age, and had always had a knack for language.
                                                                                 She began at age 13 by learning Flemish, and the ensuing years, she added German and English. She
                                                                                 was the logical choice to serve as translator between Walters and the members of the Underground
                                                                                                                                                                                           real thing, so she was unaccustomed to the rich chocolate. It was also a dangerous thing to be found
                                                                                                                                                                                           in one’s possession, considering that the Nazis were always on the lookout for signs that locals might
                                                                                                                                                                                           be cooperating with the Allies.
                                                                                                                                                                                              Over the course of their brief conversation, she explained to Walters that the next morning at 5


character.                                                                       who would save his life.
                                                                                    Adams recalled her first glimpse of the dashing and handsome American.
                                                                                    “He was sitting at the kitchen table surrounded by some members of the Underground, and the
                                                                                 owner of the house,” she said. “When my mother and I got there, even as sore as he was from being
                                                                                                                                                                                           a.m., a truck would pick him up, and he would be dressed as a construction worker. He would be
                                                                                                                                                                                           given a pick and shovel, and would sit in the back of the truck with other actual construction work-
                                                                                                                                                                                           ers who went to work that way every morning.
                                                                                                                                                                                              This would be the beginning of his long journey back to safety. By the time he made it into safe
                                                                                 all banged and bruised up, and with a broken arm, when we walked into the room, he stood up. I            hands in England at the first of December 1943, he would have walked, run, ridden trains, trucks and

Honorable Mention The Oxford Eagle, Lucy Schultze                                remember how that impressed me, because the others hadn’t done that. I thought to myself right then,
                                                                                 ‘I’m going to marry an American! They’re so polite!’”
                                                                                    Walters said, humorously, of his first encounter with his translator, “I gave her a chocolate bar, a
                                                                                 compass and chewing gum. She told me later that she buried the compass because she thought the
                                                                                                                                                                                           bicycles through Belgium, France, over the Pyrenees, to Spain and finally arriving in England.
                                                                                                                                                                                              “When I was crossing the Pyrenees, I lost a shoe. Eventually, they gave me some more clothes and
                                                                                                                                                                                           more shoes. I even had a beret. I played a deaf-mute so nobody could tell I couldn’t speak the local
                                                                                                                                                                                           language,” Walters said.
                                                                                 Germans were coming. She ate all the chocolate bar and she got sick.”                                        For a year after Walters left Boirs, no one in the village even mentioned that he had been there —

Sounds of hope                                                                      Laughing at the memory of the rare treat, Adams said, “It was one of those candy bars the sol-
                                                                                 diers were issued that was supposed to be eaten on for a week if you were in the desert or something,
                                                                                 and I ate it in 10 minutes on the way home in case I got caught and shot.”
                                                                                    At that time, her village had been under Nazi control for about three years and rationing was a very
                                                                                                                                                                                           because it wasn’t safe with the Nazis all around. Keeping such a big secret was harder for some than
                                                                                                                                                                                           for others.
                                                                                                                                                                                              “My father said, ‘Don’t tell anybody. You cannot open your mouth, because if you do, you’re
                                                                                                                                                                                           going to get people shot.’” Adams said. “Can you imagine a teenage girl not telling a secret like that?


Schultze took a common Peace Corps topic and turned out a great story.
                                                                                                                                                                                                               I never did, though. But it was so hard to have my girlfriends around me and not
                                                                                                                                                                                                               be able to tell them that I had talked to an American flyer!”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 In the beginning, Adams’ voice helped Walters have a chance to make it to safe-
                                                                                                                                                                                                               ty. After he left, it was her silence that ensured it.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Eventually, word filtered back through the Underground to the village that


Good choice of photos and quotes helped create a complete, heart warming
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Walters was safe.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Of course, it was in code because of the Nazi occupation. The code words were,
                                                                                                                                                                                                               “The rabbit is back in the hutch.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 In 1993, with the help of some of her friends like World War II veteran Donald
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Hemphill, of Brookhaven, Adams located her old friend Joe Walters. As they


story of one woman’s sacrifice for the good of a village.
                                                                                                                                                                                                               began to talk, time fell away and they became close friends.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Every year on the anniversary of their first meeting, they make a point to talk
                                                                                                                                                                                                               by phone. They speak frequently throughout the year, as well.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  This year was special, though, for Walters, 93, who now lives in Florida, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                               his daughter, Jo Ann Lydic, of Atlanta, Ga. They made their way to Brookhaven
                                                                                                                                                                                                               to have a real-life visit with the woman who risked her life to help a stranger that
                                                                                                                                                                                                               dark day when he fell to the earth in a village that was surrounded by the enemy.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  President Franklin Delano Roosevelt once said, “This generation of Americans
                                                                                                                                                                                                               has a rendezvous with destiny.” It is a generation of heroes who transcended gen-
                                                                                                                                                                                                               der, age, nationality and social class, and whose sacrifices for a goal greater than
                                                                                                                                                                                                               themselves — freedom for all — ended a world war and tyranny.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Editor’s note: Joe Walters’ complete story has been recorded and is part of the
                                                                                                                                                                                          Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum in Savannah, Ga.. Visit the Web site at
                                                                                                                                                               Photo By SARAH HOLCOMBE
                                                                                                                                                                                          http://www.mightyeighth.org. Further information on World War II history per-
                                                                                   Also at the recent June 3 gathering were fellow World War II veterans, Donald Hemphill (right), of the
                                                                                                                                                                                          taining to this subject may also be found at www.381st.org.
                                                                                 U.S. Army and Roy Adams (left), Sweetpea’s brother-in-law, who has since died on June 13, and who
                                                                                 served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and in the U.S. Army in Korea.
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                                                     BEST FEATURE STORY
Weekly Division A - Above 4,000
First Place The Rankin Record, Dale Rose                                                                                                                                 Welcome Home
No seatbelts in a Stryker
In a category with over 60 entries, this story was easily the
most captivating and memorable. Good use of quotations.
Second Place Madison County Journal, Andrew Ujifusa
Blacksmith breathes life into past
Unique, well-constructed profile of a man and his craft.
Third Place The Northside Sun, Anthony Warren
Northsider receives accolades from Civil War Novels
Compelling, concise and informative.
Honorable Mention The Rankin County News
Charles Bailey
Local photographer creates stunning works
Interesting and insightful.




                                                                                                                                  Family united Sgt. Brian Miller surprised his family by making it home for Christmas. He and his brother Spc. Michael Miller
                                                                                                                                  have both served in Iraq, so this year’s holiday reunion was particularly poignant and joyous. In the front row are Betty Miller,
                                                                                                                                  Kyle Rogers and Donna Rogers. Behind them are Brian Grogan, Tasha and Brian Miller, Michael Miller, Zach Rogers, Megan
Weekly Division B - 2,500 to 4,000                              Bender, and Donna and Billy Miller.

First Place North Mississippi Herald, William Browning
Ernie Pyle, N. B. Saucier, C’ville and you
                                                                   By Dale Rose
                                                                                                                                    No seatbelts in a Stryker
                                                                                                                  he, too, came home this year for Christmas.        “We were kind of like policemen, guarding
Making the reader a part of the story is a very effective tech-    Associate Editor                                  Nearly a week later, the Millers’ house in Le perimeters, making areas safe.” It was tough
                                                                                                                  Bourgeois is full almost 24                        duty to pull. The army got to Baghdad well
                                                                   DONNA MILLER was one day out of hours a day with family and                                       ahead of its infrastructure, and the soldiers
nique in this case. Excellent job of bringing Pyle-Saucier full surgery, still in a lingering haze of anaesthetic friends. “We’re a close fam-
                                                                and painkillers, when her hospital room began ily,” explains Donna
                                                                                                                                                                     bunked down, when they could sleep at all, in
                                                                                                                                                                     bombed-out buildings without running water or
                                                                to fill up with people, laughter, balloons. She Rogers, who is sister-in-law
circle.                                                         smiled hazily, happy to see so many members of to Donna Miller and aunt to
                                                                her close extended family arrived to cheer her.   the two young men sitting
                                                                                                                                                                     electricity.
                                                                                                                                                                        “By the time I got there,” says Brian, 24, “it
                                                                                                                                                                     was not bad. You could even call the living quar-
Second Place The Magee Courier, Donna McLean                    Then, from behind one beloved face arose next to her at a festively-
                                                                another beloved face, this one so unexpected dressed dining table, as well
                                                                that she thought she was hallucinating.           as an active member of the
                                                                                                                                                                     ters nice. They did a good job.” He nods at his
                                                                                                                                                                     brother.
                                                                                                                                                                        MICHAEL CONTINUES. “The first place
Finding daughter after 52 years                                    “I really believed it was
                                                                the anaesthetic,” she says
                                                                                                                  Langford Fire Department.
                                                                                                                     In the living room Brian’s
                                                                                                                  wife Tasha — National               M. Miller
                                                                                                                                                                     we stayed was the Ministry of Finance…”
                                                                                                                                                                        “Hey, I was there!” Brian interjects. They are
                                                                now. “How could it possi-
Excellent lede. Reader is immediately thrown into the emotion   bly be Brian?”
                                                                   Brian grinned and
                                                                                                                  Guard Spc. Tasha Miller —                          still discovering the ways in which their experi-
                                                                                                                  and Michael’s fiancée Megan Bender converse ences overlap and the ways in which they differ.
                                                                stepped forward to hug his                        quietly. Billy Miller stands in the doorway, pour- The Iraq in which Brian served for 16 months,
of the mother’s ordeal. Nice balance of unbi-
ased details.
Third Place Petal News, Dana Gower
Hooray for the home team
High school football series can become boring
after a while, bu this writer found a unique
and interesting way to cover a topic that pops
up every year.
Honorable Mention The Magee Courier,
Donna McLean
Tale of Two Women ends well
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Very compelling look at a subject that touches
many women.




Weekly Division C - Below 2,500
First Place The Deer Creek Pilot
Natalie Perkins
You can brew beer in Mississippi
                                                                 Guess what? You can brew beer in Mississippi
                                                                      NATALIE PERKINS                              convenience stores—just like liquor has to be
Interesting story about a growing                                     Associate Editor                             sold to the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control
                                                                                                                   division, which then taxes and sells it.
                                                                       KILN—What do you get when you                     To learn more about the craft of beer
trend. Adding background on state                                cross an electrical engineer, a chemical engi-    brewing, Louisville native Leslie entered the
                                                                 neer and a home beer brewing kit?                 American Brewers Guild Brewing School in
laws helped give the story depth and                                   The answer: Lazy Magnolia —
                                                                 Mississippi’s only legal beer brewery.
                                                                                                                   July 2003, followed by an apprenticeship at
                                                                                                                   the Crescent City Brewhouse in 2004.
perspective.                                                           With two Bronze Awards in categories
                                                                 at the 2006 World Beer Cup com-
                                                                                                                   While his wife was in school, Mark was
                                                                                                                   hard at work developing a business plan,
                                                                 petition, the Lazy                                performing market research, securing
Second Place The Tunica Times,                                   Magnolia Brewing                                  financing and searching for just the right
                                                                 Company has come                                  location for the company, according to
Peter Thomas                                                     a long way since
                                                                 Leslie Hender-
                                                                                                                   McKiernan. Mark, originally from Cleve-
                                                                                                                   land, is also the artist who designed the com-
Business reaps treasure from trash                               son bought her
                                                                 husband
                                                                                                                   pany’s magnolia logo.
                                                                                                                         In 2004, the couple secured a building
                                                                 Mark that                                         and began filling it with new equipment that
Very informative. A timely story                                 home beer                                         would allow their beer batches to increase
                                                                 brewing kit for                                   from five gallons to 500.
that gives the community pertinent                               Christmas.
                                                                       After one
                                                                                                                         The first batch of beer was brewed on
                                                                                                                   the Lazy Magnolia system in January 2005,
information.                                                     brew, Leslie, the
                                                                 chemical engineer of the family, took over
                                                                                                                   and the first kegs of beer hit the market on
                                                                                                                   the Gulf Coast in March of that year. In
                                                                 and before long, their home was filled with       August, Hurricane Katrina destroyed the
Third Place Kemper County                                        five gallon glass containers and buckets of       couple’s home, and stopped production—            Lazy Magnolia Marketing Director Matt McKiernan (left) and Owner Leslie Henderson
                                                                 brewing beer.                                     but only for a couple of months.                  stand in front of fermentation vessels filled with brewing beer. —Photo by Perkins
Messenger, Suzanne Monk                                                “They invited friends over to sample
                                                                 their beer,” said Matt McKiernan, the com-
                                                                                                                         The company was forced to move into
                                                                                                                   more viable markets like Cleveland and            pecans”—at least to their knowledge.                 need for more diversity.
A hog story                                                      pany’s marketing director and first real
                                                                 employee.
                                                                                                                   Jackson in the aftermath of the hurricane—
                                                                                                                   turning tragedy into something positive.
                                                                                                                                                                            The winter seasonal—Jefferson Stout
                                                                                                                                                                     —uses sweet potatoes to get its unique fla-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 The company has purchased a bottling
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          line, and plans are to begin bottling beer by
                                                                       Well, their friends liked it, and after a         Named for the Magnolias that grow           vor, while Indian Summer is spiced with              the end of the year. “We have a bottling line
I have never read a story like this.                             painstakingly long process of research and        along the Jourdan River near here, the com-       orange peel and coriander.                           on site. We just have to assemble it and get
                                                                 meetings with lawyers who told them it was        pany has since grown to four full-time and               Other products include their                  it up and running,” McKiernan said.
Interesting beginning. Makes reader                              against the law to operate a brewery in
                                                                 Mississippi, Mark and Lisa founded the
                                                                                                                   two part-time employees. It produces five
                                                                                                                   regular beers, as well as two seasonal
                                                                                                                                                                     Amberjaque rye ale, Par 3 American wheat
                                                                                                                                                                     ale, Blue Heron, which is a European-style
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  That could mean Lazy Magnolia’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          signature Southern Pecan could be on local
wonder about such a special animal.                              company in 2003.
                                                                       “There is a longstanding belief that
                                                                                                                   recipes, which are packaged on site in kegs
                                                                                                                   and “party pigs” and sold to distributors
                                                                                                                                                                     filtered wheat ale, and their summer season-
                                                                                                                                                                     al, Lighthouse Pale Ale.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          grocery and convenience store shelves by
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          the beginning of 2008.
                                                                 you can’t legally run a brewery in Missis-        throughout Mississippi. One additional                   According to McKiernan, Lazy                         The company gives regular tours of its
                                                                 sippi,” McKiernan said. “But they read the        recipe, “Harvest Moon Reb Ale,” is brewed         Magnolia also moved in to the Mobile and             brewery every Saturday morning that take
                                                                 law themselves, and it’s just not there.”         for, and marketed only in Oxford.                 Florida Panhandle markets this year.                 visitors through the brewing process, from
                                                                       The key’s not the brewing. It’s the sell-         Mark and Leslie are always trying new              He said that before the company moves         recipe to fermentation to packaging.
                                                                 i                                                    i        ith t l t             b         i     i t             k t L li          h th                      N       li h           Th t i      i t
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                                       BEST GENERAL NEWS OHOTOGRAPH


                                                   Aimee Herschovici Photo of the Year

Daily Division A - Above 20,000
First Place The Sun Herald, William Colgin
Trent Lott
Clear winner
Second Place The Sun Herald, Tim Isbell
Remembering 9/11
Third Place NE Mississippi Daily Journal,
Thomas Wells
Shiloh


Daily Division B - 9,000 to 20,000
First Place Enterprise-Journal, Aaron Rhoads
Sad Homecoming
Photo with the most emotional impact in this
category. Good composition.
Second Place The Vicksburg Post, Joshua Corban
Rafters float away
Third Place The Daily Mississippian, Jessica
Miller
Demetria Bracey’s stepmother




Daily Division C - Below 9,000
First Place Greenwood Commonwealth,
Susan Montgomery
Deaton Funeral
Immediate connection, a very human mo-
ment.
Second Place Greenwood Commonwealth,
Amy McCullough
Missing student’s family offers reward
Third Place The Daily Corinthian, Brant
Sappington
Mary Winkler trial
Timely and serious moment
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                                           BEST GENERAL NEWS PHOTOGRAPH




Weekly Division A - Above 4,000
First Place The Columbian Progress, Mona
Moore
Saying good-bye tears
Well framed and simple depiction.
Second Place The Madison County Herald,
Will Smith
Air care
Third Place The Columbian Progress, Don Hill
Volunteers tackle propane
Good silhouette




Weekly Division B - 2,500 to 4,000
First Place The Yazoo Herald, Jamie
Patterson
A kiss for the greatest generation
Nice moment!
Second Place Southern Sentinel
Hank Wiesner
Gov. Barbour
Third Place The Chickasaw Journal &
Times-Post, Lisa Voyles
On the road again




Weekly Division C - Below 2,500
First Place The Union Appeal, Jack Tannehill
Sweating it out
The sunburst in contrast to the silhouettes make this picture.
Second Place The Deer Creek Pilot, Theresa Tilghman
City’s shame
Third Place Kemper County Messenger, Austin Bishop
In hand
                                                                                                                     Page 27
                                            BEST SPOT NEWS PHOTOGRAPH
Daily Division A - Above 20,000
First Place The Sun Herald, John Fitzhugh
Abandoned children
To say this photo was well composed would only begin to explain it. The image is clean, very well composed AND pertinent.
Second Place The Clarion-Ledger, Joe Ellis
Jackson standoff
Third Place Hattiesburg American, Ryan Moore
Linda Mixon is comforted by her daughter
Honorable Mention Hattiesburg American
Rebecca Latimer
Fire destroys church




Daily Division B - 9,000 to 20,000
First Place The Vicksburg Post, Meredith Spencer
Wreck on I-20
Strong composition and emotional content, good crop and sizing that adds to impact.
Second Place The Natchez Democrat, Ben Hillyer
Run over twice
Third Place The Natchez Democrat, Ben Hillyer Woman on bridge
Very strong photo with powerful elements.
Slightly wider crop, lower angle might have made it stronger.




Daily Division C - Below 9,000
First Place The Oxford Eagle, Bruce Newman
Roseburg Fire
Great use of scale. Thin stream of water looks meager against a sky full of smoke.
Second Place The Oxford Eagle, Lucy Schultze
Deadly wreck
Third Place Greenwood Commonwealth, William Browning
Something smelling fishy
Eye catching image.
Honorable Mention Greenwood Commonwealth, Edward Thompson
Juke joint destroyed
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                                              BEST SPOT NEWS PHOTOGRAPH

Weekly Division A - Above 4,000
First Place The Sea Coast Echo, Dwayne Bremer
Road rage
Second Place The Panolian, John Howell, Sr.
Handcuffed driver
Third Place The Carthaginian, Waid Prather




Futile fight

Weekly Division B - 2,500 to 4,000
First Place The Sun-Sentinel, Clay McFerrin
The burning cab
Loved the magnitude of this shot.
Second Place The Yazoo Herald, Thomas Wetzel
Downtown fire




Third Place Southern Sentinel, Hank Wiesner
Burned out
Weekly Division C - Below 2,500
First Place The Tunica Times, Peter Thomas
Fire
This photo rose to the top for it’s composition and timeliness.
Second Place The Leland Progress, Gaila Oliver
Lucky to be alive
                                                                                                                Page 29
                                        BEST SPORTS NEWS PHOTGRAPH
                                                  Third Place The Tunica Times, Peter Thomas
                                                  Parents rush to hug
                                                  Daily Division A - Above 20,000
                                                  First Place NE Mississippi Daily Journal, Thomas Wells
                                                  Season’s over
                                                  This picture stood out because of the information in layering. One
                                                  judge said, I just wish the photographer knelt down a little.
                                                  Second Place The Sun Herald, John Fitzhugh
                                                  Winning run
                                                  Multiple layering and emotion all add to the overall effect. Great
                                                  emotion!
                                                  Third Place NE Mississippi Daily Journal, C. Todd Sherman
                                                  Strike out
                                                  Judges liked the tightness and catching a moment that a lot of
                                                  photographers would miss.

                                                  Daily Division B - 9,000 to 20,000
                                                  First Place The Vicksburg Post, Joshua Corban
                                                  Rain delay
                                                  Clearly tells the story. Would have benefitted from a tighter crop
                                                  on the boy.
                                                  Second Place Enterprise-Journal, Aaron Rhoads
                                                  State champs
                                                  Immediate and specific emotional connection
                                                  Third Place The Natchez Democrat, Marcus Frazier

Goodwill golfing
A peak emotional moment, caught well.




Daily Division C - Below 9,000
First Place The Oxford Eagle, Bruce
Newman
No. 10 Ole Miss
Great moment. Good timing. Clean composi-
tion.
Second Place The Clarksdale Press Register,
Troy Catchings
Cold Water Clips CCHS
Powerful emotion. Would have looked great
as big lede image.
Third Place The Oxford Eagle, Bruce
Newman
Overtime win
Image had technical issues. Focus was soft.
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                                       BEST SPORTS FEATURE PHOTOGRAPH




Weekly Division A - Above 4,000
First Place The South Reporter
Ronnie Day
Overcome with emotion
Clear winner from the start.
Second Place Madison County Journal,
Josh Neaves
Prep wins third straight title
Nice moment.
Third Place The Madison County Herald,
Will Smith
Barnes becoming star
Nice portrait, several in this category
could have been in the portrait category.



Weekly Division B - 2,500 to 4,000
First Place The Banner-Independent,
Michael L. Miller
Gridiron Visions
Nice, tight composition, good reflection
offering information.
Second Place Southern Sentinel, Sean
Smith
Meeting their heroes
Relationship between kid and NFL player
made this second place.
Third Place Southern Sentinel
Sean Smith
Kelsey & Cody Clifton
Good composition. Judges wished the boy
in the background was in focus.
                                                                            Page 31
                                            BEST SPORTS ACTION PHOTOGRAPH



Daily Division A - Above 20,000
First Place The Sun Herald
Amanda McCoy
All Ocean Springs
A nice, tight shot, what else can we say?
Second Place The Sun Herald, Amanda
McCoy
King of the ring
Third Place The Sun Herald
John Fitzhugh
Soccer Stretch




Daily Division B - 9,000 to 20,000
First Place The Natchez Democrat, Ben Hillyer
Vikings lose championship
Unusual and well captured image.
Second Place The Natchez Democrat, Marcus
Frazier
Safe at second
Excellent action, picture tells the story of the
play.
Third Place The Vicksburg Post, Meredith
Spencer Out at third
Very graphic, peak moment.




Daily Division C - Below 9,000
First Place The Daily Star, Chuck Hathcock
Bulldogs win Liberty
Good peak action and composition. Defense
player’s outstretched arm helped the photo.
Second Place The Oxford Eagle
Bruce Newman
LSU 41, OLE MISS 24
Third Place The Bolivar Commercial, Andy
Collier
Bending backwards
Good moment but had technical issues.
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                                             BEST SPORTS ACTION PHOTO



Weekly Division A - Above 4,000
First Place The Madison County Herald
Will Smith
In-air out
Unusual moment captured clearly.
Second Place The Amory Advertiser,
Brandon Speck
Panther-Tiger tangle
Third Place The Madison County
Herald, Will Smith
Safe slide




Weekly Division B - 2,500 to 4,000
First Place Petal News, Kelli Mitchell
Picayune third baseman
Best of the category it had the ball which
pushed it over
top of 2nd and 3rd places.
Second Place The Chickasaw Journal &
Times-Post
Lisa Voyles
Make the call
Third Place The Magee Courier, Clara
Aucoin
Youth baseball




Weekly Division C - Below 2,500
First Place Kemper County Messenger
Kyle Carter
Kemper Co’s Rotasha
Best of a surprisingly strong category -
photographer obviously made effort to
get different angle.
Second Place The Union Appeal, Mar-
ty Stamper
Summer Richardson
Third Place Magnolia Gazette, Wells
Wilson
Tagging runner at second
                                                                      Page 33
                                            BEST FEATURE PHOTOGRAPH


Daily Division A - Above 20,000
First Place Hattiesburg American, Henrietta
Wildsmith
Purple martin tenants
A very striking image. Great light and composi-
tion.
Second Place The Clarion-Ledger, J. D. Schwalm
Cancer run
Third Place NE Mississippi Daily Journal,
Thomas Wells
Cooling off




Daily Division B - 9,000 to 20,000
First Place The Natchez Democrat,
Ben Hillyer
Sealed with a smile
Perfect depiction of kid’s feeling at the
dentist.
Second Place The Vicksburg Post,
Meredith Spencer
The wet look
Different view of mundane assignment.
Third Place The Vicksburg Post, Brian
Loden
A walk past history




Daily Division C - Below 9,000
First Place The Oxford Eagle, Bruce Newman
Under the rainbow
Good composition and lighting.
Second Place The Daily Corinthian, Michael
H. Miller
Fingers on fence
Third Place The Oxford Eagle, Bruce
Newman
Hoops at dusk
Nice composition.
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                                             BEST FEATURE PHOTOGRAPH




Weekly Division A - Above 4,000
First Place The Madison County Herald
Will Smith
Cruising
A real feel good moment. Clean composition and decent light.
Second Place DeSoto County Tribune, Jamie Mercer
Primary Choice
Unusually appealing. Would like to know if turnout was light or heavy.
Third Place The Neshoba Democrat, Wright Griffis
Fairground wedding

Weekly Division B - 2,500 to 4,000
First Place The Winona Times, Amanda Sexton
In God’s natural world
We liked the composition and position of the boy on the rope swing.
Second Place Southern Sentinel, Jane Matthews
A dream come true
Third Place The Banner
Independent, Kenny Goode
Heroes



Weekly Division C - Below
2,500
First Place Kemper County
Messenger, Barbara Bishop
I got it
Nice moment.
Second Place The Tunica
Times, Meg Coker
Bob Tarvan introduces
Third Place The Tunica
Times
Peter Thomas
Many kids and parents
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Page 35
BEST PICTORAL SERIES IN ONE ISSUE

            Daily Division A - Above 20,000
            First Place The Clarion-Ledger, Barbara Gauntt
            First day of school
            Good visual variety, all tightly shot. Tells story well.
            Second Place Hattiesburg American, Henrietta Wildsmith
            12 who made a difference
            First class photography. Almost a first place.
            Third Place NE Mississippi Daily Journal, C. Todd Sherman
            Jefferson Place




                                                                                 FRAZIER PRIMARY MARDI GRAS BALL


                                                                                                                                having a
                                                                                                                           BALL
                                                                                                                           Students let the good times roll




                        Frazier Primary second-grader LaKeyah Kahoe pulls her mask down to get a closer look at the royal court Saturday night at the Frazier Primary Mardi Gras Ball. At top, Marcos Medrano gets
                        into the spirit of the occasion during the ball’s annual parade of students. Below right, dressed in his Mardi Gras finest, school employee Freddy Lewis leads the parade.




                           Frazier Primary second-grader Hailey Hill waits patiently to hear who
                           is chosen as this year’s Mardi Gras king and queen. At right, Cameron
                           Carradine blows his horn during the introduction of the royal court                                                                      DeMarco Washington crosses his fin-
                           Saturday.                                                                                                                                gers in hopes that his name would be
                                                                                                                                                                    chosen as the ball king. As luck would
                                                                                                                                                                    have it, Washington’s name was select-
                                                                                                                                                                    ed randomly out of the names of this
                                      P HOTO GR AP HS BY BEN HI L LY ER                                                                                             year’s court.




            Daily Division B - 9,000 to 20,000
            First Place The Natchez Democrat, Rebecca Latimer
            Having a ball
            Excellent variety, great framing, photographer saw the story.
            Second Place The Vicksburg Post, Marcus Frazier
            If the shoe fits
            Very well told picture story. Great lighting and composition.
            Third Place The Natchez Democrat, Ben Hillyer
            Back in time
            Nice photography, displayed too small.

            Daily Division C - Below 9,000
            First Place The Oxford Eagle, Bruce Newman
            Textures of time
            Interesting, evocative images. Judges thought heavily Photoshopped
            images belong in a different category.
            Second Place The Daily Star, L. Kasimu Harris
            Gus Shelly
            Nice lede image however secondary image in office nearly
            eliminated the whole package.
            Third Place The Daily Leader, Billy Freeman
            Touching bases
            Could have used more variety.
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                                        BEST PICTORAL SERIES IN ONE ISSUE
Weekly Division A - Above 4,000
First Place The Madison County Herald, Will Smith
24 hours in Madison County
Good variety of images with creative composition.
Second Place The Madison County Herald, Will Smith
Madison County at 5 m.p.h.
Third Place DeSoto County Tribune, Amanda Compton-
Oritz
Springfest kicks off for season

Weekly Division B - 2,500 to 4,000
First Place The Clarke County Tribune, Jennifer Bozeman,
Cindy Baxley and Carver Rayburn
A day we will never forget
Comprehensive coverage of a story with wide impact.
Second Place The Sun-Sentinel, Clay McFerrin
Flooding
Illustrates the scope of the story well.
Third Place Southern Sentinel, Tina Campbell and Sean
Smith
One dollar’s worth a million
Interesting details for a biographical story.

Weekly Division C - Below 2,500
First Place Kemper County Messenger, Barbara Bishop
The founts in DeKalb
Good variety. Different angles
Second Place The Deer Creek Pilot, Natalie Perkins
Recording history
Third Place The Leland Progress, Billy Johnson
Blues Festival
Could have edited tighter.                                 THE CLARKE COUNTY TRIBUNE
                                                           THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2007                                                       COMMUNITY NEWS                                                                                                       A7

                                                              A Day We Will Never Forget
                                                                                            Never Forget
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                                                            1.   Unburned mail was still left in the mailbox.                                                       8. Red Cross Volunteers Dana McKinley, Cheri Barry and Gordon Stewart discuss matters.
                                                            2.   Supervisor Tony Fleming goes over the list of residents to see who was accounted for.              9. The home of Mattie Mitchell still smoldered Friday. Mitchell died in the fire.
                                                            3.   Rick Rainey, Director of Media Relations for Dixie Pipeline, holds a press conference on Friday.   10. The pipeline fire was almost extinguished Friday.
                                                            4.   Residents affected by the explosion pray for the situation and those who were missing.             11. A Red Rider Wagon lay melted in the ashes.
                                                            5.   Sheriff Todd Kemp shows the media the explosion site.                                              12. Gay Avera with the Carmichael Fire Dept. gives drinks to children after the explosion.
                                                            6.   A piece of wood still burns Friday afternoon at Ground Zero.                                       13. Burnt remains of vehicles, homes and woods are all that is left behind.
                                                            7.   Salvation Army volunteers, Mr. and Mrs. Hillman Phillips and Capt. John McBride unload             14. Dixie Pipeline officials go over their plans.
                                                                 boxes from the cantina.
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                                BEST PICTURE-STORY COMBINATION
Daily Division A - Above
20,000
First Place NE Mississippi
Daily Journal
C. Todd Sherman and Emily
Le Coz
Back and forth
Second Place The Clarion-
Ledger, Chris Todd, Brian Al-
bert Broom, Chris Joyner and
Natalie Chandler
Rebuilding the coast
Third Place The Clarion-
Ledger, Bobby Cleveland and
Brian Albert Broom
A week on the water




                                                          Daily Division B - 9,000 to 20,000
                                                          First Place The Natchez Democrat, Luke
                                                          Horton
                                                          After all these years
                                                          Loved this storytelling
                                                          Second Place The Meridian Star, Brian
                                                          Livingston and Paula Merritt
                                                          At ease, Marine
                                                          Third Place The Natchez Democrat, Ben
                                                          Hillyer and Julie Finley
                                                          All about me
                                                          Honorable Mention The Vicksburg Post,
                                                          Lauchlin Fields and Brian Loden
                                                          Carr Central
                                                          Loved dominant images.



                                                          Daily Division C - Below 9,000
                                                          First Place The Oxford Eagle, Lucy Schultze
                                                          and Bruce Newman
                                                          Holding on to heritage
                                                          Second Place The Bolivar Commercial, Lan-
                                                          dry Barbieri
                                                          Shaw remembers its friends
                                                          Third Place The Oxford Eagle, Lucy Schultze
                                                          and Bruce Newman
                                                          Working on a chain gang
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                                      BEST PICTURE-STORY COMBINATION




Weekly Division A - Above 4,000
First Place The Carthaginian, Jacob
Grimes
Frameworks
This entry seemed to work best with more
variety of photos.
Second Place The Calhoun County
Journal, Joel McNeece
Strong on the flag
Third Place The Calhoun County Journal,
Joel McNeece
Let there be light

Weekly Division B - 2,500 to 4,000
First Place The Sun-Sentinel, Clay
McFerrin
Train rams truck
Strong combo.
Second Place The Sun-Sentinel,
Clay McFerrin
Flood damage
Third Place The Magee Courier,
Clara Aucoin
Mendenhall felon

Weekly Division C - Below 2,500
First Place Kemper County Messenger,
Austin Bishop and Kyle Carter
Devastation
Good attempt at trying to tell how the
tornado affected the whole area.
Second Place Kemper County Messenger,
Austin Bishop and Kyle Carter
100 and counting
Third Place The Leland Progress, Billy
Johnson
The big catch
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                                         PERSONALITY PORTRAIT




Daily Division A - Above 20,000
First Place NE Mississippi Daily
Journal
C. Todd Sherman
Mr. Basketball
The light composition and layering all
offer the total package.
Second Place Hattiesburg American
Henrietta Wildsmith
Jan Siesling
Third Place NE Mississippi Daily
Journal, Thomas Wells
Hitting his stride




Daily Division B - 9,000 to 20,000
First Place The Natchez Democrat
Luke Horton
Choosing to live
A brave and sensitive portrait.
Second Place The Meridian Star
Paula Merritt
Anniversary season
A novel approach for the subject
matter.
Third Place The Natchez Democrat
Ben Hillyer Striking gold
Creative approach to sports feature.




Daily Division C - Below 9,000
First Place The Oxford Eagle
Bruce Newman
Light the night
Really told us about the person.
Second Place The Clarksdale Press
Register, Troy Catchings
Autograph seekers
Third Place The Bolivar
Commercial, Aimee Robinette
Rain, rain
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                                            PERSONALITY PORTRAIT

Weekly Division A - Above 4,000
First Place The Madison County Herald
Will Smith
Life, art seen through the lens
One of the few entries with mood and a sense of
who the subject is.
Second Place The Madison County Herald
Will Smith
Mustache wax
Third Place DeSoto County Tribune, Jamie Mercer
Center Hill celebrates Mr. Dunn




Weekly Division B - 2,500 to 4,000
First Place Petal News, Andrew Williams
Nanook of the North
Best of a weak category.
Second Place The Yazoo Herald, Jamie Patterson
Hundred years
Third Place Southern Sentinel, Hank Wiesner
Are you sure of that?




                                                           Weekly Division C - Below 2,500
                                                           First Place Kemper County Messenger, Kyle Carter
                                                           Welcome
                                                           Nice composition.
                                                           Second Place Southern Advocate, Gene Ladnier
                                                           John Wesley Lovelace
                                                           Third Place Kemper County Messenger, Austin
                                                           Bishop
                                                           DeKalb interim police
                                                                                                                        Page 41
                                                       BEST GRAPHIC
Daily Division A - Above 20,000
First Place NE Mississippi Daily Journal, C. Todd Sherman
9/11 101
Stark and unexpected elements combine to create immediately
recognizable icon. Great idea and great execution.
Second Place NE Mississippi Daily Journal, C. Todd Sherman
Putting the pieces together
A good example of idea cleanly and expertly executed; message
is immediate without headline.
Third Place The Sun Herald, Rudy Nowak
Portfolio
Good use of three dimensional graphics to communicate com-
plex subjects; the graphics obviously necessitated much research.




                                                              Daily Division B - 9,000 to 20,000
                                                              First Place The Natchez Democrat, Ben Hillyer
                                                              What do they make?
                                                              Graphics are original and eye-catching. Conveying information
                                                              clearly while contributing to the overall page design; ideas are
                                                              whimsical and unexpected.
                                                              Second Place The Vicksburg Post, Marty Kittrell
                                                              Play ball
                                                              Very good execution of maps as centerpieces; very good choice of
                                                              color and communication of information; good use of space.
                                                              Third Place Enterprise-Journal, Aaron Rhoads
                                                              Shredding the evidence
                                                              Ideas are strong but execution varied. Suggest a cutting edge
                                                              creativity.



                                                              Weekly Division A - Above 4,000
                                                              First Place The Lamar Times, Beth Bunch, Bill Benge and Dana
                                                              Gower
                                                              Big Bay
                                                              Good use of multiple elements. Good use of space and color to
                                                              catch readers’ eyes. Very dynamic design.
                                                              Second Place The Panolian, Cassie White
                                                              Fire deaths
                                                              Clean and simple design; use of color to create impact; perhaps
                                                              use legend to describe how size of dot indicates number dead.
                                                              Third Place The Carthaginian, Waid Prather
                                                              Emergency upgrades eyed
                                                              Good idea; when using art elements behind type, be careful that
                                                              legibility is not compromised.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      BEST FRONT PAGE
Daily Division A - Above 20,000
First Place The Sun Herald, Sara Greer
Several points of entry, nice onlay of masthead in promo photo.
Watch color choices; peach isn’t great.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   THE DART: Turnage uses thread for family ties. 3A                                                                       BIG CATCH: Monterey fisherman wins Bassmaster title. 1B
Great display. Readers love big numbers. Work on scoreboard                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              MONDAY, JUNE 18, 2007                                                                                                                                                                                                     www.natchezdemocrat.com 50¢




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Man                                                              How much is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          NATCHEZ

promo - it detracts from the page. Like breakout boxes.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Gas fire
Second Place NE Mississippi Daily Journal, Josh Hanna and                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                killed in                                                                                                                                                                                                             victim
Scott Burden                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             shooting
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             it worth?                                                                                                                                          stable
This page had good ideas behind it, just not good execution. Too                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       (Depends on who you ask)                                                                                                                Family requesting
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Twenty-three-year-old shot                                                                                                                                                                                            blood donations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          outside of Woodville lounge
much white space on the side saddle boxes. Play numbers bigger.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        BY KATIE STALLCUP
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       THE NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        BY KATIE STALLCUP
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       THE NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT                                                                                                                                                                                       NATCHEZ — Drew Kossum, the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Natchez resident hurt most se-



Vary headline sizes.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           WOODVILLE — A 23-year-old Woodville man                                                                                                                                                                             verely in a natural gas fire June
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         died after being shot in the abdomen early                                                                                                                                                                            6, is in stable condition, a family
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Sunday morning, officials said.                                                                                                                                                                                        member said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Charles Lee Wells, of 1402 Stop and Go                                                                                                                                                                                 Kossum, 21, is being treated
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         St., was shot at roughly 2 p.m. in front                                                                                                                                                                              at the Joseph M. Still Burn Cen-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         of Stewart Lounge in Woodville, Adams                                                                                                                                                                                 ter in Augus-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         County Coroner James Lee said.                                                                                                                                                                                        ta, Ga., Lein-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           The incident is                                                                                                                                                                                                     da Peterman,        THE DETAILS |
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         being investigat-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ed as a homicide
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 “The victim                                                                                                                                                                                   Kossum’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               aunt, said.         DONATE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                was an innocent

Daily Division B - 9,000 to 20,000
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         case, Wilkinson                                                                                                                                                                                                          “He’s still in    BLOOD for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         County Sheriff                                                                                                                                                                                                        critical care,”      Drew Kos-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Reginald Jackson       person who was                                                                                                                                                                                 Peterman             sum Tues-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         said Sunday   .                                                                                                                                                                                                       said. “He’s          day at the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           “There was a        trying to break up                                                                                                                                                                              doing OK,            First Baptist
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         fight at the club
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         that escalated on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   the fight.”                                                                                                                                                                                 but he’s heav-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               ily sedated.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Church in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Natchez and


First Place The Natchez Democrat                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         the inside of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         club, and, reveal-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ing from the in-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         vestigation, the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Reginald Jackson
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Wilkinson County Sheriff

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         victim was an innocent person who was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               He was in a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               drug-induced
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               coma for sev-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               eral days.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Kossum was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Wednesday
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    at Concordia
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Bank in Vi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    dalia.



Clean look, nice white space, easy to read with many entry                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               trying to break up the fight,” Jackson said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         “Apparently, when he left the club, that’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         when he received the gunshot.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           The sheriff ’s office has a suspect, but no
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         arrests had been made Sunday, Jackson
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               flown to the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               burn center
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               after he and two other Natchez
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               workers were injured when an
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Amite County natural gas well


points, teases at top and bottom not overdone.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         said.                                                                                                                                                                                                                 caught fire.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           “It’s still under investigation,” he said.                                                                                                                                                                             He has been through several
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         “We’re still pulling in some witnesses. No-                                                                                                                                                                           surgeries and had to use a sig-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         body knows anything, which is the usual                                                                                                                                                                               nificant amount of blood — an
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         thing when that happens at a nightclub.”                                                                                                                                                                              average of 10 pints for each of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Wells was shot in the lower part of his                                                                                                                                                                             the three or four surgeries.


Second Place Delta Democrat Times, Ross Reily                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            stomach, he said. Lee assisted the sheriff ’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         office, Jackson said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           “(Wells) was brought to Natchez Region-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         al Medical Center by a privately-owned ve-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         hicle,” Lee said. “The ER staff evaluated
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Vance Custer holds a glass inkwell that she brought for appraisal at the Natchez Antiques Show at the Nat-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        chez Convention Center. She received three appraisals, including one from Bob Laroski, at bottom, and from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Dan Marquette.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          BEN HILLYER | THE NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT              SEE VICTIM, 3A




Exciting look, nice details, but way too much going on with teas-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         him and rushed him to surgery for a gun-


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Appraisals given at antiques show
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         shot wound to the abdomen.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Wells died at 8:55 a.m. Sunday, Lee said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         The cause of death was severe hemorrhag-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ing from the gunshot wound.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 River
ers surrounding the flag. They detract from the stories on page 1.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           The Mississippi State Crime Lab would
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         perform an autopsy, he said. Lee said he                                                                                                                     BY KATIE STALLCUP


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               expected
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         would likely assist with the autopsy        .                                                                                                               THE NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  NATCHEZ — Miss-Lou residents brought every-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               thing from mandolins to coconuts to the Nat-


Third Place Enterprise-Journal, Aimee Romano and Matt Wil-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         EXTENSION SERVICE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               chez Convention Center Sunday to see what
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               their family heirlooms were worth.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Antiques experts appraised items brought
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               to the third annual Natchez Antiques Show
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               and Sale, which
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                to drop
liamson                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Farm pond                                                                                                                          ran from Friday
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               through Sunday
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  One of those lin-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               ing up with items
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                .         APPRAISAL #1                                                BY GRAFTON PRITCHARTT
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       THE NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            management                                                                                                                         was Vance Custer.                WORTHLESS                                        NATCHEZ — While the Missis-



Good elements, but points of entry mostly headlines, highlights
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               She comes to the                                                                sippi River is not affected by
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               show every year,       due to chip on side of piece                             the drought conditions in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           “It’s unusual because it was first                                  she said, and every                                                             state, smaller bodies of water

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            class offered                                               blown into a spiral mold that gives it an
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               year, she brings
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               something differ-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               ent.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          APPRAISAL #2
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               are.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The Mississippi River level
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               currently reads 27.05 which


down the left are nice.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  BY VERSHAL HOGAN
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        THE NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           NATCHEZ — Area fishermen and women will
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         be offered a chance to learn how to build
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    unusual effect.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Dan Marquette
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  This year, she
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               cradled in her
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               hand a pink glass
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               inkpot that had
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               belonged to her
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  $350 - $400
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       in perfect condition. Less
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         due to worn condition
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               is higher than it was last year.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               This may surprise a few people
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               due to the lack of rainfall in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Miss-Lou area.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 “The rainfall up north has


Honorable Mention The Meridian Star
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         their own fisher’s paradise this Friday   .                                                                                            grandmother’s                                                                   made the river a little higher
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           The Mississippi State University Ad-                                                                                                family  .                                                                       than normal,” Vicksburg Corps
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ams County Extension Service will offer                                                                                                  “There’s a little        APPRAISAL #3                                        of Engineers Media Services
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         a farm pond                                                                                                                           chip on the side                                                                Director Frank Worley said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         management                                                                                                                            from some genera-                                                                 The Mississippi River is fed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         class from                                                                                                                            tion of grandchil-                  $750 - $900                                 by the Ohio and Missouri ba-


Three things to do today is a great idea, worth stealing, but over-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      9 a.m. to 12
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         p.m., Exten-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         sion Service
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Director Da-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         vid Carter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               dren playing with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               it,” Custer said. “I
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               grew up in a fam-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               ily that loved an-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       in perfect condition. $350
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        due to worn condition

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               tiques but used them every day I didn’t real-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               sins, which have kept the level
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               regulated this season, Nation-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               al Weather Service Hydrologist
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Marty Pope said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 “We depend on afternoon


all the look is cluttered with lines, the most troubling ones divide                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           “If they’re
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         a serious fisherman or just a weekend hob-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         byist, this class will teach how to make their
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         pond more productive,” he said.                                  “Because it’s an inkwell and a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               ize (our belongings) were different until I was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               in high school.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Show coordinator Patty Edwards guided
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Custer through three different appraisers,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               each of whom had very different reactions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               showers and tropical systems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               to blow through and keep the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               levels in the Natchez area sus-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               tained,” Pope said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 The river is expected to drop


the gutters in half giving the newspaper a claustrophobic look.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           The three-hour class will have about one-                                                                                           to her small pink piece of glass.                                               down into normal seasonal lev-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         and-a-half hours of classroom time, and the                     really neat piece, I’d say between $350                                  “It’s worth nothing with that chip,” said                                    els during August, September
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         other half will be devoted to hands-on learn-                                                                                         Sue Mangiaracina, the first appraiser. “It’s                                     and October.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               and $400 without the chip.”                                     a lovely peace, and it would be worth $300 or                                     “If the weather pattern holds
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            SEE CLASS, 3A
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Bob Laroski                                                                  SEE WORTH, 3A                                                    SEE RIVER, 3A



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County                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 September 11                                                                                                                                      Second Place The Daily Leader, Matt Coleman
has two                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Good use of dominant art. Consider a little more air around
new West                                                                                                                               A fading memory?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  the headlines. You’ve got a nice look.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Third Place Starkville Daily News, Brian Hawkins
Nile cases                                                                                                                              Visitors to the
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Urgency
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           slacking off, Good variety of topics. Solid layout.
                                                                                                                                        United Airlines
                                                                                                                                               Flight 93
 South Greenwood sees                                                                                                                           National
                                                                                                                                           Memorial in
 first incident of virus; North                                                                                                            Shanksville,

 Greenwood now has three
                                                                                                                                        Pa., today par-
                                                                                                                                           ticipate in a
                                                                                                                                      sunrise memor-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           officials say
                                                                                                                                       ial marking the
By JENNY HUMPHRYES                                                                                                                       sixth anniver-
Managing Editor                                                                                                                       sary of the Sep-                                                                                                                                                                                                                     By CHARLIE SMITH
                                                                                                                                            tember 11                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Staff Writer
     Two new cases of West Nile virus have been                                                                                            attacks. For
reported in Leflo-                                                                                                                         more on the                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Watching firefighters go into the
re County, bring-                                                                                                                             Sept. 11                                                                                                                                                                                                                     World Trade Center towers on Sept.
ing the year’s                                                                                                                             anniversary,                                                                                                                                                                                                                    11, 2001 changed the public’s per-
total to four,                                                                                                                             see page 7.                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ception of emergency responders,
according to the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Greenwood Fire Chief Larry Griggs
Mississippi                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    said.
Department of                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     “It brought a
Health.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        sense of close-
     One new case is                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           ness for the
in North Green-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                public with the
wood, where two                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                firefighters, as
other cases previ-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             well as with the
ously had been                                    -----------------------                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      police,” Griggs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               said.
reported “in the
same                 general “If you cover                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        T.W. Cooper,
area,” said Dr.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                executive direc-
Alfio Rausa, dis-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              tor of Green-
trict health officer.
                                             yourself and                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Griggs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               wood-Leflore
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Emergency
The second new                                wear repel-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Management
case is “south of
the                 railroad lent, you can                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Agency,      said
tracks,”                 about                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 volunteers
three miles from reduce signifi-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               eagerly signed
where the virus
hit in North                                   cantly your                                                                            ‘Society has gotten too lax about what happened’                                                                                                                                                                                                         up after Sept.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               11 to be trained
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               on how to help
Greenwood,
Rausa said.                               chance of get-                                                                              By WILLIAM BROWNING                                                 Sept. 11, 2001.                                                    to life in your mind.”                                                                                            with future dis-
     The first of the                                                                                                                 News Editor                                                            The attacks killed                                                  “Our society has gotten too lax about                                                                         asters. Howev-
new cases was                                              ting it.”                                                                                                                                      2,974 Americans.                                                   what happened,” said Melissa. “I just think                                                        Cooper         er, he said, after
reported early                                                                                                                          It’s been six years, but neither of them                             “I think too many                                               we’re a lazy society, and we take the path of                                                                     six years that
last week and the                                    .
                                               Dr Alfio Rausa                                                                         will forget. They can’t.                                            people have forgotten,”                                            least resistance. And we’ll stay in that                                                      passion seems to have subsided.
second came at                                      ------------------------------------------------------------------------            “I remember it perfectly to this day,” says                       Lewis said. “Too many                                              mindset until we get another reality check.”                                                    “At first the public seemed to be
the end of the                                                                                                                        Lewis Hodges of the day six years ago,                              lives were lost. And                                                   Six years ago today, Lewis was working                                                    pretty interested in learning sur-
week, Rausa said.                                                                                                                     when his daughter, Melissa Hodges, tele-                            when you talk to an                                                for the city of Greenwood, spraying herbi-                                                    vival skills and emergency pre-
     West Nile struck the county for the first                                                                                        phoned him to say she was alive.                                    actual survivor, you get                                           cide on Canal Street, when a coworker                                                         paredness, but lately it seems to
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                                              See WEST NILE, Page 7                                                                   ter’s south tower – the second to get hit – on                      becomes real; it comes                                                                                          See HODGES, Page 7                                                  See URGENCY, Page 7
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Detention                                                                                                                                                         Roadwork continues                                                                                                       Woman moves from home
Center seeks                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               that had sewer problems
more funding                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Landlord says tenant never reported issues to him
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           By BOB DARDEN                                                                                wouldn’t leave. He also said she failed
By WILLIAM BROWNING                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Staff Writer                                                                                 to pay rent for more than a year.
News Editor                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       “I won the court case,” Kimes said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Oryalo Jackson says she’s glad she “The money was not the issue.”
  Leflore County supervisors are still                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     and her daughter and grandchild                                                                        Jackson doesn’t deny she failed to
wrestling with the funding of the county’s                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 have moved out of a duplex at 423 pay rent. However, she said the
Juvenile Detention Center as they try to iron                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ave. G, which suffered from a sewer line problem should have been
out next year’s budget.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    backed-up sewer line.                                                                        addressed as soon as possible.
  County Judge Solomon Osborne, who over-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Jackson said that for a year, raw                                                                   She said Betty Stigler, the city’s
sees the center, has asked for a 29 percent                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                sewage repeatedly backed up into code enforcement officer, came to
funding increase at the facility for the 2007-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             her toilet and bath tub. During the the home and looked at the problem
2008 year. But supervi-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    steamy, hot months of June and July twice. The second time, Stigler took
sors, comparing what the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   the stench was “hellish,” she said.                                                          pictures.
center costs to operate                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       “Most of the time, I had a friend                                                                   Stigler declined to discuss the
and what it brings in, are
hesitant to meet that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           who
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           behind me who
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        lived
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ---------------------------------------------- case.                                                                  Kimes said
request.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   let me take a                                                                                                                               Jackson’s old-
  On Monday, Chancery                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      bath. You often         “Most of the time, I est daughter,
Clerk Sam Abraham told                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     had to wake                                                                                                                                 LaDeirdre
supervisors that from                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      somebody up”               had a friend who                                                                                                 Jackson,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           to use the bath-
Sept. 6 last year to Aug. 6,
2007, the center had                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       room, Jackson        lived behind me who phoned him                                                                                         and verbally
                                 Abraham                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   said.
4,130 out-of-county man
days and 2,276 Leflore County man days.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Kirk Kimes,          let me take a bath.” abused him.                                                                                    He said he
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Bob Darden
  Every day a juvenile stays in the facility it                                                                                                                                                                    Above, Marshall Rias, left, and Robert                                  one of Jackson’s                     Oryalo Jackson                                                                                         eventually just
counts as a man day. For example, if one per-                                                                                                                                                                      Butts, cut a new opening in a storm                                     landlords, said                                                                                                                             hung up on the
son stays in for two weeks, that counts as 14                                                                                                                                                                      drain on the south side of West Park                                    he never heard                  ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- woman.
man days.                                                                                                                                                                                                          Avenue Monday. The drain, at middle                                     a word from Jackson about trouble                                                                      The city has completed its work
  Abraham said it costs $104 a day to keep                                                                                                                                                                         right, will be moved over to the new                                    with the plumbing.                                                                           on the sewer line, and now he’s
the out-of-county juveniles. The center                                                                                                                                                                            opening as part of the widening pro-                                       “If there was a problem, she wasn’t doing some minor plumbing work
charges $75 a day.                                                                                                                                                                                                 ject. Left, workers Isaiah Campbell,                                    calling to make me aware of it. That’s in the house. “I’ve got someone
  “We’re supplementing almost $30 a day for                                                                                                                                                                        left, and James Adair, both of Winona,                                  probably because she owed too much wanting to rent it,” he said.
(other counties’ youths),” Abraham said.                                                                                                                                                                           work to free a storm drain from West                                    money,” he said.                                                                                       Jackson, who moved out five
  District 1 Supervisor Phil Wolfe said, “I                                                                                                                                                                        Park Avenue. The work, part of the                                         Kimes said the city had wanted to weeks ago, said her new rental
think the simple answer to that is to double                                                                                                                                                                       much anticipated widening project, is                                   fix the sewer line for a while. “The city house on Roosevelt Avenue is large
your fee.”                                                                                                                                                                                                         snarling traffic in both directions.                                    had come over and asked them to enough for her, her daughter and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           vacate; they wouldn’t,” he said.                                                             grandson.
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-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------                                                                                                                                                                                                     Kimes he was forced to go to court                                                                  “This is nice, and it has a bathroom
                                                    See CENTER, Page 7                                                                                                                                                                                                                     and get Jackson evicted because she in workable condition,” she said.




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Weekly Division A - Above 4,000
First Place The Madison County Herald
                                                                                 The Herald
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             ➤ Inside :
                                                                                                                                                                               M ADISON C OUNTY
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Symphony
Especially compelling headlines, good use of white space,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           season
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   to start,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         5A
clean.                                                                                                    SERVING MADISON COUNTY SINCE 1892


Second Place Madison County Journal                                   VOLUME 113, NO. 69                                                                                        MCHERALD.COM                                                                          THURSDAY, AUGUST 30, 2007                 ■   50¢



                                                                                                                                      MADISON COUNTY                                                                                                                 MADISON COUNTY
Elegant, professional, pleasing to the eye, but all three lay-
outs in contest were very similar.                                            Stirring up spirit                                                                                                                                             Gluckstadt to
Third Place The Sea Coast Echo, Geoff Belcher                                                                              2                                                                                                                 see slight tax
Honorable Mention The Columbian Progress, Don Hill                                                                                                                                                                                           hike, savings
and Mona Moore
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             on insurance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      BY LUCY WEBER                  Caughman also asked Holmes


Weekly Division B - 2,500 to 4,000
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   lweber@mcherald.com             Community College, which was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  requesting to increase its tax rate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Madison County residents in the county by .96 mills to its full
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             overall won’t face a tax increase 2 mills allowed by law, to take half


                                                                                                                            MASCOTS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             next year, but those around Gluck- the increase now and defer the full

First Place Southern Sentinel, Tina Campbell, Hank Wi-                              1
                                                                                                                        1. Morgan Webb is Ridgeland High School’s Titus
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             stadt might see their levies inch amount until next year. College
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             up and their fire insurance costs officials agreed to accept the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             plunge.                              $500,000 increase in its allot-
                                                                                                                                                                                                       3                                        “Would you pay $50 to save ment, instead of the requested $1

esner and Jessica Davis                                                                                                the Titan 2.Paul Donnell is ‘Joe’ the St. Joseph Bru-
                                                                                                                        in. 3.Cole Walker and Mitch Ables are the Jaguar
                                                                                                                           mascot duo at Madison Central High School.
                                                                                                                        4. Jamarcus Lewis and Dana Caldwell split Falcon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             $942?” City planner Chris Watson million.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             asked the Board of Supervisors on       The proposal to raise the mill-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Monday, about potential savings age to the maximum 4 mills
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             that homeowners in the South allowed by law for the residents of

It took chutzpah to enter the Dream Team front page.                                                                     duty for Velma Jackson. 5. Kate Robinson is the
                                                                                                                               Madison-Ridgeland Academy Patriot.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Madison County Fire District the Gluckstadt area fire district
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             might realize if
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             a higher tax rate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             is used to lower
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    “I did some
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    came from the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    volunteers pro-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    viding fire pro-

But it ain’t bragging if you can deliver the goods. Another                                                                                                                                                                                  the district’s fire
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             insurance rate.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The Board of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Supervisors is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 trimming back
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                in every depart-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    tection there.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Bill Weisen-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    berger, president
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    of the board of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ment request,
prize for a deserving paper.                                                                                                                                                                                                                 heading toward
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             adopting
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             budget for the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 but nothing so
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    commissioners,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    said the district
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    paid more than
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             new year start-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   deep that it                     $2,000 for the

Second Place Petal News                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ing Oct. 1, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             weighing its
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             options on the        would affect
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    study by the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oxford firm of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Bridge & Wat-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             millage, which        operations.”                     son to determine

Whereas the Sentinel was bold, The Petal News is clean
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             generates the                                          the economics of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             county’s operat-       DONNIE CAUGHMAN,                improving the
                                                                                                        4                                                              5                   Photos by Will Smith | The Herald
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             ing funds. Resi-                                       fire protection
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             dents will have       County administrator from Class 9 to

and inviting. Pour a cup of coffee and browse at your lei-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             the opportunity                                        Class 8.

                                                                              Area students rally schools’ fans
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             to ask questions                                          The class rat-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             and make comments on the budg- ing determined by the Mississippi
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             et and the proposed tax levies at a State Rating Bureau is used by


sure. And enjoy!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             public hearing at 9 a.m. Sept. 14 at insurance companies to set indi-
                                                                                          BY LUCY WEBER                        the second year, said.                          the dance team — blink — I’m up in                            the Madison County Courthouse. vidual rates for homeowners —
                                                                                        lweber@mcherald.com                       Madison Central High School’s two            the stands.”                                                     The latest draft of the budget, the lower the class, the lower the
                                                                                                                               Jaguars, seniors Cole Walker and                   “You practically get an unlimited                          which will be presented at the premium.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     “If we don’t do something, we

Third Place The Yazoo Herald, Jason Patterson
                                                                                     igh school spirit comes alive             Mitch Ables, are the other veteran              amount of free,” Ables said. “I go mess                       hearing, does not require the 1.5

                                                                             H       this week in the form of two
                                                                                     fuzzy Jaguars, a flag-waving
                                                                             Patriot, a dancing Bruin, a fired-up Fal-
                                                                                                                               mascots roaming the stands and side-
                                                                                                                               lines to get the crowd as much into the
                                                                                                                               game as they are. Walker, in his third
                                                                                                                                                                               with the football players during slow
                                                                                                                                                                               parts. If you’re in the suit, they don’t
                                                                                                                                                                               mind.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             mill increase that the first draft could go to a Class 10,” Banks
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             called for last week.                said, which would mean higher
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                “I could tell from these guys insurance rates for homeowners
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             what I had to go back and do,” said or even no policies being written.

Compelling layout draws in the reader.
                                                                             con, and a strutting Titan.                       year, and Ables in his second share the            While the costumed veterans have
                                                                                Mascots cavorting on the sidelines,            philosophy: “It’s easier to ask for for-        honed their fun-loving skills and                             Donnie Caughman, county “Under that scenario, some peo-
                                                                             the roar of the crowd and the bright              giveness than ask for permission.”              crowd-pleasing routines, the new kids                         administrator, who presented ple wouldn’t get insurance at all.”
                                                                             lights in packed high school stadiums                “I love to mess with the fans at foot-       are ready to suit up.                                         both draft proposals to the board       For the district to drop a class
                                                                             mean it’s time for high school football,          ball games,” Walker said. “My main                 Paul Donnell asked for the job as St.                      and removed the proposed tax rating to an 8, Watson said his
                                                                             Madison County style.                             goal in the slow parts of the game is to        Joseph’s Bruin last year but had to wait                      hike.                                company’s analysis shows that a
                                                                                “I love being on the football field,           keep them entertained. I’ll get up in the       till his senior year to land the gig,                            Caughman reworked the budg- second fire station needs to be
                                                                             acting crazy and getting the fans                 stands and pick on girls and mimic              something he’s wanted to do since he                          et and cut back some costs in vari- built in the Lake Caroline area and
                                                                             pumped up and the football team ready             folks.”                                         started going to St. Joe in the seventh                       ous departments to absorb the        both stations need at least one
                                                                             to go,” senior Kate Robinson, Madi-                  “I’m always running around mess-             grade.                                                        proposed millage increase.           firefighter on duty 24-7, which the
                                                                             son-Ridgeland Academy’s Patriot for               ing with folks,” Ables said. “I’ll be by                                                                         “I did some trimming back in volunteer department would have
                                                                                                                                                                                             ➧MASCOTS | Page 3A                              every department request, but to hire. Both those steps would
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             nothing so deep that it would
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             affect operations,” he said.                       ➧TAXES | Page 3A




                                                                                                                                     MADISON COUNTY                                                                                                                  SENATE DISTRICT 20


                                                                  St. Dominic continues push for hospital Yancey edges Porter
                                                                                  BY LUCY WEBER
                                                                               lweber@mcherald.com
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               for open Senate seat
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     BY MARK F. BONNER                                   Yancey, a lob-
                                                                     St. Dominic/Jackson Memorial Hospital                                                                                                                                       mark.bonner@rankinledger.com                         byist and Repub-
                                                                  will continue to push for a 75-bed hospital and                                                                                                                                                                                     lican fundraiser,
                                                                  medical building to serve south Madison                                                                                                                                         In the end, grassroots-style                        has already laid
                                                                  County despite initial disapproval from the                                                                                                                                  campaigning trumped a bulging                          out his plans for
                                                                  Mississippi Department of Health.                                                                                                                                            war chest worth more than                              the office — and
                                                                     “We’re determined to go all the way through                                                                                                                               $100,000.                                              education is his
                                                                  the process,” hospital attorney Ed Brunini Jr.                                                                                                                                  First-time candidate Lee          Yancey            top priority.
                                                                  said. “We don’t feel like we should have gotten                                                                                                                              Yancey is the new District 20                             Of course, he is
                                                                  a negative report. We wouldn’t have filed for                                                                                                                                state senator. But the 38-year-                        for building more
                                                                  the CON if we didn’t think we could get it.                                                                                                                                  old didn’t win by any sort of                          schools        and
                                                                     “We’re not going to give up the fight because                                                                                                                             landslide. He picked up the seat                       increasing teach-
                                                                  we think the community wants this,” he said.                                                                                                                                 by a razor-thin margin — a little                      ing wages, but
                                                                     A staff analysis released last week of the hos-                                                                                                                           more than 100 votes more than                          Yancey has an
                                                                  pital’s proposal to build a $93 million facility                                                                                                                             challenger Charles Porter.                             intricate plan to
                                                                  between Madison and Gluckstadt did not rec-                                                                                                                                     Madison County may have           Porter            give educators
                                                                  ommend approval, but that is just the first step                                                                                                                             come out for Porter, but Rankin                        more power to
                                                                  in a three-step process before the department.                                                                                                                File Photo     County made the difference for       discipline students in the class-
                                                                  Brunini said the hospital this week requested a        St. Dominic/Jackson Memorial Hospital is seeking to move 75 beds from its main campus to Madi-                        Yancey.                              room.
                                                                  hearing where a hearing officer would make a           son County.                                                                                                              “I’m running on fumes right          “I’d like to introduce legisla-
                                                                  finding of fact and then present a recommen-                                                                                                                                 now; I’m happy,” Yancey said.        tion that would perhaps give
                                                                  dation to the state health officer, who would          ni said.                                           “It’s ridiculous the state Legislature will not                    “....he still beat me in Madison,    teachers incentives for perform-
                                                                  make the final decision on whether to issue the           Madison County District 2 Supervisor Tim do something about the CON process,” he                                   but I closed the gap this time       ance for their students,” he has
                                                                  certificate of need, or CON, required by law.          Johnson said the difficulty in landing a needed said.                                                                 around.”                             said. “If your class tests at a better
                                                                     No date has been set for the hearing, a             hospital to serve residents of south Madison       “The Legislature has got to do something                              Porter could not be reached       level at the end of the year than in
                                                                  process that could take several months, Bruni-         County shows the CON process should be
                                                                                                                         revised.                                                           ➧ST. DOMINIC | Page 3A                             for comment late Tuesday.                       ➧SENATE | Page 3A

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                                                                 Weekly Division C - Below 2,500
                                                                 First Place Kemper County Messenger, Austin Bishop
                                                                 Nice community coverage, clean design that shows black and
                                                                 white can still work. A few teasers on the front page wouldn’t
                                                                 hurt, though.
                                                                 Second Place Southern Advocate, Joyce Brock
                                                                 Nice, clean look that suffers from having headline weights and
                                                                 sizes all over the place and the photo captions typeface is too
                                                                 lightweight.
                                                                 Third Place The Union Appeal, Bill Graham
                                                                 Some very interesting color choices that don’t always work.
                                                                 With a few teases, this newspaper could be upgraded.
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                                                    BEST EDITORIAL PAGES
Daily Division A - Above 20,000
First Place The Clarion-Ledger
Engaging design for Perspective section; loved the Q & A - good way to get to
issues without full story. Love the voices and refers at bottom.
Second Place The Sun Herald, Marie Harris, Tony Biffle and Stan Tiner
Nice article. Poor design. Great story on parks - a lot more relevant to the
readers.
Third Place Hattiesburg American
Liked the content, the responsibility box and questions, etc. Our views very
easy to read and easy to identify with.

Daily Division B - 9,000 to 20,000
First Place The Vicksburg Post
Wow! Strong opinions and lots of them. Active letters section. Clean
layout. Week in Vicksburg is a nice touch.
Second Place The Commercial Dispatch, Birney Imes, III
Lots of variety. Good effort to include blogs. Good Sunday morning read.
Third Place The Natchez Democrat
Well edited, tight opinions. Readable layout. Lots of variety, given that
Opinion gets one page. Your two cents worth is awesome.

Daily Division C - Below 9,000
First Place The Bolivar Commercial, Wayne Nicholas and Denise Strub
Loved the cartoons. Editorials really drew me in. Liked Jack’s snippets.
Second Place The Oxford Eagle, Don Whitten
Entertaining content. Columns are great and easy to read. A little bit of
something for everyone on these pages.
Third Place Greenwood Commonwealth, Tim Kalich
From single parents to nooses to Congress. Really keepa you reading.




                                                                                Weekly Division A - Above 4,000
                                                                                First Place The Neshoba Democrat, Jim Prince
                                                                                Fiesty and spunky. Lots of topics. Editorial
                                                                                cartoons with a Mississippi angle. A good read.
                                                                                Second Place The Northside Sun
                                                                                Wyatt Emmerich
                                                                                Variety of opinions. Well written.
                                                                                Third Place The DemocratMelissa Turner and
                                                                                Joe Lee III
                                                                                Similar in quality to number 2, but lacks column
                                                                                photos, editorial cartoons, etc.
Weekly Division B - 2,500 to 4,000
First Place The Banner-Independent, Kenny Goode
Strong viewpoint of paper, great reader impact, powerful volume and VERY reader friendly.
Second Place The Magee Courier, Pat Brown
Readable, thoughtful, interesting.
Third Place Southern Sentinel, Tina Campbell and Hank Wiesner
Great public impact - loved it that church/religion had a place.
Honorable Mention The Sun-Sentinel, Clay McFerrin
Loved the use of color.

Weekly Division C - Below 2,500
First Place Southern Advocate, Gene Ladnier and Tina Campbell
It’s easy to see the paper wants to include the community in the process; lots of names and faces and variety.
Second Place The Deer Creek Pilot, Ray Mosby and Natalie Perkins
Strong voices; just too few of them. How can I get in touch with the columnists?
Third Place The Monitor-Herald, Mack Spencer
Pleasing to look at, reads well, but lacks voices. Only one letter to editor in three submissions.
                                                                                                                                                           Page 45
                                                    BEST EDITORIALS
Daily Division A - Above 20,000
First Place NE Mississippi Daily Journal, Lloyd Gray                                          A system shock
Exceptionally well-reasoned, and thoughtful. Fully developed with clear co                  Charges against Scruggs, others
nclusions. Clear focus on community issues.                                                  are the height of abuse if true
Second Place The Sun Herald, Marie Harris                                                                              favor in a lawsuit filed by a


                                                                                    I
                                                                                          n all criminal cases,
                                                                                          there’s a legal presump-     Jackson law firm saying they
Well reasoned, factually supported. Strong emphasis on clearly significant                tion of innocence. Nev-      were stiffed by Scruggs on
                                                                                                                       fees due them for work on
                                                                                          ertheless, the bribery
community issues.                                                                   charges against Mississippi’s      Hurricane Katrina cases. All
                                                                                                                       the defendants say they are
                                                                                    highest-profile lawyer,
Third Place The Clarion-Ledger, Jim Ewing                                           Richard “Dickie” Scruggs,          innocent, but the evidence
                                                                                                                       in the indictment – if it
                                                                                    and four other Northeast
Strong analysis and clear conclusions on state and local issues.                    Mississippians are profound-       stands – gives the govern-
                                                                                                                       ment a strong place to start
                                                                                    ly disturbing.
Honorable Mention Hattiesburg American, Kathleen Williams and Dan Davis                Scruggs, a hero to some         in its prosecution.
                                                                                                                          If true, the charges reflect
                                                                                    and a scoundrel to others
Clear focus on local and regional issues.                                           long before his indictment         an unconscionable cynicism
                                                                                                                       and abuse of the legal sys-
                                                                                    last week, is a major national
                                                                                                                       tem for personal advantage
                                                                                    player in the high-stakes
                                                                                                                       and financial gain. The alle-
                                                                                    realm of corporate and class-
                                                                                                                       gations outlined in the in-
                                                                                    action litigation. His defend-
                                                                                                                       dictment are not simply per-
                                                                                    ers say he’s protecting the lit-
                                                                                                                       sonal and individual crimi-
                                                                                    tle guy and holding big busi-      nality; they are direct attacks
                                                                                    ness accountable. His de-          on the integrity and viability
                                                                                    tractors say he’s an un-           of a system that all citizens
                                                                                    scrupulous bully interested        yearn to believe operates
                                                                                    only in amassing wealth and        with honesty, fairness and
                                                                                    power.                             objectivity.
                                                                                       Whatever the perspective           Inevitably there will be
                                                                                    on Scruggs, the charges            some who believe that
                                                                                    against him, his son Zach          Scruggs’ troubles have been
                                                                                    Scruggs, firm member Sid-          orchestrated by his many
                                                                                    ney Backstrom, New Albany          political and corporate ene-
                                                                                    attorney Tim Balducci and          mies. But perhaps tellingly,
                                                                                    former state Auditor Steve         this case isn’t about a battle
                                                                                    Patterson – who although           with those; it’s about divid-
                                                                                    not an attorney is in partner-     ing the payoff from big cases
                                                                                    ship with Balducci – strike at     among lawyers, and Scruggs’
                                                                                    the heart of our justice sys-      alleged determination to
                                                                                    tem.                               keep more for himself.
                                                                                       Public confidence in the           The defense still must be
Daily Division B - 9,000 to 20,000                                                  integrity of that system is es-
                                                                                    sential to its long-term effec-
                                                                                                                       heard. There is always anoth-
                                                                                                                       er side in every legal pro-
First Place The Natchez Democrat                                                    tiveness. Attempting to bribe
                                                                                    a judge in search of a favor-
                                                                                                                       ceeding.
                                                                                                                          But in the end, if the alle-
Strong focus on local issues. Logical                                               able judicial outcome is
                                                                                    about as ethically reprehensi-
                                                                                                                       gations are proven true in
                                                                                                                       court, there’s no shifting the
thought and well-researched and strong                                              ble as it gets.
                                                                                       The federal indictment
                                                                                                                       blame elsewhere – however
                                                                                                                       many enemies wish Scruggs
conclusions.                                                                        lays out in excruciating de-
                                                                                    tail, complete with seeming-
                                                                                                                       and his cohorts ill.

Second Place The Vicksburg Post,                                                    ly damning conversational
                                                                                    tidbits, a scheme to get Cir-
                                                                                                                       To join an online discussion of this
                                                                                                                       topic, log on to www.djournal.com, or
Charlie Mitchell                                                                    cuit Judge Henry Lackey to
                                                                                    rule in the Scruggs’ firm’s
                                                                                                                       respond at opinion@djournal.com for
                                                                                                                       publication as a letter to the editor.
Well-written and strong, thoughtful
and insightful conclusions.
Third Place Delta Democrat Times,
Woodrow Wilkins
Strong and clear editorial positions on
local issues.
Honorable Mention The Commercial
Dispatch, Rachel Eide
Excellent analysis of local issues. Clear
and focused.




Daily Division C - Below 9,000
First Place Greenwood Commonwealth, Tim Kalich
Strong writing with strong opinion backed by coherent argument and solid fact - a
grand slam.
Second Place The Daily Star, Joe Lee III
Third Place The Daily Leader, Matthew Coleman
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                                                     BEST EDITORIALS
Weekly Division A - Above 4,000
First Place The Neshoba Democrat, Jim Prince
Editorials are strong, forceful and lead the way. Front-page pres-
ence gives them even more heft.
Second Place The Carthaginian
Editorials are thorough and the voice is passionate. Loved the
Summary element.
Third Place Madison County Journal, Steven G. Watson
Auditor should check road plan was best single editorial of any
submitted. Packs a wallop.

Weekly Division B - 2,500 to 4,000
First Place The Yazoo Herald, Jason Patterson
Shorty, pithy, powerful, provocative. Issue well defined,
thoughtfully presented.
Second Place Petal News, Tre’ Bischof
Great writing, excellent conclusion for readers to follow.
Third Place Southern Sentinel, Hank Wiesner
Well written, but on today’s one minute mentality could have
been shorter.
Honorable Mention The Magee Courier, Pat Brown Excellent
focus on FOI and open government.




                                                                               The Editorial
                                                                       We must                                                       Different
                                                                                                                                       Drummer
                                                                       have truth
                                                                             How could this awful, awful thing happen here?
                                                                       Oh, in some big city, maybe, some big impersonal
                                                                       place where people are just faces and names are
                                                                       just entries in phone books, maybe we could under-
                                                                       stand that. But how could this happen here?
                                                                             A not quite 19-month-old little boy is dead; his
                                                                       loved ones endure a grief that mercifully, few of us
                                                                       will ever have to suffer and none of us can really
                                                                       understand unless we have. And while there is
                                                                       always something instrinsically sadder about the
                                                                       death of a child, this one is somehow rendered even
                                                                       worse by how it occurred.
                                                                             If the loss of a life is appalling, then the waste of
                                                                       one is intolerable.
                                                                             A child gets on a van one morning to be trans-
                                                                       ported to a good place, a place where his develop-
                                                                       ment would be enhanced, where he would be better
                                                                       prepared for a life which began behind the curve. A
                                                                       child gets on a van one morning and is dead that
                                                                       afternoon, ironically trapped within a restraining seat
                                                                       designed to keep him safe. A child gets on a van one
                                                                       morning along with several others; they are taken
                                                                       off, he is not, and since that van became the oven in
                                                                       waiting that is the Delta in July, a family must have a
                                                                       funeral.
                                                                             It is unspeakable, but speak of it we must.
                                                                             Mississippi Christian Family Services is just
                                                                       that—an organization that provides services to fam-
                                                                       ilies in the best tradition of Christianity. It is an
                                                                       organization the worth and beneficiaries of which we
                                                                       can see among us every day and where good and
                                                                       caring people help to bring that about.
                                                                             Bad things not only happen to good people,
                                                                       they all too often do.
                                                                             Last week, one of those good people called this
                                                                       a “tragic accident” and while a criminal charge has
Weekly Division C - Below 2,500                                        now been filed, it carries no allegation of volitional
                                                                       evil or the malicious intent to harm a child. However,
First Place The Deer Creek Pilot, Ray Mosby                            even accidents have causes and actions surely have
                                                                       consequences, some of which turn out to be tragic.
Editorials show passion, are written from the heart and with a clear         They must be made known; the truth must be
                                                                       revealed, and the filing of a charge alone does nei-
voice. This community is well served. A clear winner.                  ther. For the sake of a grieving family and for the
                                                                       future of Mississippi Christian Family Services and
Second Place The Monitor-Herald, Mack Spencer                          those whose lives it would make better, nothing
                                                                       short of full disclosure will do.
Strong opinions with lots of information. The anti-tax break piece           For some, there is anger and acrimony, but out-
                                                                       side the natural offsprings of grief, those may be
must have been controversial. Good community leadership.               unjustified here. What is justified, indeed demanded
Third Place Magnolia Gazette, Luke Lampton                             is full accountability. Of all the questions prompted
                                                                       and posed by the last week’s tragedy, the loudest
Not always hyper-local, but able to tie national events to the         remains: “How could this have happened here?”
                                                                             It must now be answered so that it need never
community. Still wondering: should Fernwood incorporate?               be posed again.
                                                                             There is no place here for revenge, but there
                                                                       must be resolution. This is not a time for retribution,
                                                                       but there must be responsibility.
                                                                             A child has died for no good reason and we
                                                                       can’t move on until we know what reason there
                                                                       might be.
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                                                                                                                                                                   BEST SPORTS PAGE OR SECTION
Daily Division A - Above 20,000                                                                                                                                                                                                     Page 8—The Sun-Sentinel, Charleston, Miss., Thursday, November 15, 2007




First Place NE Mississippi Daily Journal                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 SPORTS
Lots of information, good breakout boxes, just a cohesive presentation.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Charleston skates to 48-20
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              victory over North Panola
Second Place The Clarion-Ledger, Rusty Hampton and Staff                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      By CLAY McFERRIN
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sun-Sentinel Editor



Stories have several points of entry with nice breakout boxes, mug shots,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 On to Louisville!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 That’s the battle cry for the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Charleston High School Tigers after
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              they defeated the North Panola High
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              School Cougars 48-20 in a first-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              round home playoff game that really


etc.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          was not that close.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Charleston led 24-6 after one
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              quarter and 46-6 at the intermission
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              before liberally substituting backups
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              for starters in the second half.


Third Place The Sun Herald
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 “In the first half, we really domi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              nated them,” said CHS head coach
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    West Tallahatchie’s Andy Ranson (No. 3) is led by a convoy of teammates (from left) George Daniels (No. 11),              Perry Liles. “That was a big win.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Daniel Davis (No. 81) and Darrick Richards (No. 64) during a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown that                  Our kids played really hard and they
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    came with 2:45 remaining in the second quarter of Friday night’s playoff game. (Photo by Clay McFerrin)                   finally got in that playoff mode.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ——


Very USA Today design. It works pretty well here, but the teasers down the                                                                                                                                                          West Tally comes up short
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 The playoffs continue this week
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              as the Tigers travel to Winston
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              County to face the No. 2-ranked
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              team in Class 3A, the 8-3 Louisville
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              High School Wildcats.


right side are a little overwhelming.                                                                                                                                                                                               in 28-26 playoff decision                                                                                                    Louisville, which dropped from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Class 4A to 3A only this year, has a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              big football tradition, including five
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              4A state championships — the most
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    By CLAY McFERRIN                                                                  conversion run was stopped short,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sun-Sentinel Editor                         SCORING BY QUARTER                    but they retained a two-point edge.     of any school in that classification.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         The stadium went wild again             Liles, who performed his practice
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Nov. 9    1    2   3    4    F                                               teaching at Louisville and scouted        Charleston’s Jeffery Rainey (No. 6) has the ball knocked out after
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       WEBB — The West Tallahatchie                                                   when on the ensuing kickoff, Jarvis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    High School Choctaws’ one-for-                                                    Pigue returned the football 84 yards    for the high school football team         receiving a pass from quarterback Clint Harris (No. 3) Friday night.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              West Tally   0   20   6    0   26                                               there while he was in college at          The play was ruled an incomplete pass. (Photo by Clay McFerrin)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    four success rate on post-touchdown                                               for an apparent go-ahead touchdown
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    conversion attempts came back to          Riverside    6   16   6    0   28       for the Choctaws. However, the          nearby Mississippi State, said he is



Daily Division B - 9,000 to 20,000
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    haunt them in a 28-26 loss to the                                                 score was nullified by a called         familiar with the program historical-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ly and this year’s team specifically.        SCORING BY QUARTER                               STATISTICS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Riverside High School Bulldogs                                                    penalty for holding.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    during a first-round playoff game        most electrify-                             Neither team scored in the fourth       “They don’t really have a weak-            Nov. 9                                                       NP         C
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1   2    3   4    F
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    here Friday night.                       ing play of the                          quarter, although the Choctaws did      ness on defense. They’re very, very                                                First Downs              7         12
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Rushes-Yards          26-68     47-235
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Riverside improved to 9-2 while       night         for                        have at least one opportunity.          solid,” he said of the Wildcats. “Our      Charleston 24 22      2   0    48       Passing Yards           95         49
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    West Tally’s season ends at 6-5.         Choctaw fans,                               Late in the period, Willis hit a     concern is just like any other game                                                Total Yards            163        284
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Total Plays             49         56
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              — we’ve got to move the football.”


First Place The Natchez Democrat, Jeff Edwards
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Choctaws’ head coach Amzi Burt        West     Tally’s                         Riverside running back, jarring the                                                N. Panola    6   0    0   14   20       Comp-Att-Int-TD     11-23-1-2   2-8-1-0
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Jr. said he “had a fear” that his        Andy Ranson                              football loose, and defensive line-        Offensively, Louisville is led by                                               Fumbles-Lost            3-1       5-3
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              junior       quarterback/placekicker                                               Punts-Average        6-37.7     3-40.7
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    team’s three missed two-point con-       received      the                        man Denarrius Morris recovered                                                                                             Penalties-Yards        9-58      6-40
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    versions following touchdowns            football     and                         around midfield for the Choctaws.       Clayton Moore, who last week              game, which
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    would prove detrimental.                 weaved his way                           However, the Bulldogs stiffened,        passed for 418 yards and five touch-      has a 7 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       “We didn’t take care of business,”    upfield en route                         pushing the Chocs back on succes-       downs, ran for a touchdown and            kickoff,     will


Clean layout, great stories.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              kicked four PATs in a 47-12 playoff       advance to face                            SEASONS AT A GLANCE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    he noted. “As we were moving             to a 97-yard                             sive running plays to force a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    through the game, that was a con-        kick return for          Burt            turnover on downs.                      win over Kossuth.                         the victor of                                     Charleston
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    cern. As we scored touchdowns we         a TD with 2:45 left in the first half.      After a total of 42 points were         “His play reminds me of Tim            Friday night’s                            (7-4, Region 4-3A No. 2 team)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    didn’t score the conversions that we     The conversion pass failed.              scored in the first half, Burt had an   Tebow,” said Liles, referring to the      Ripley          at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Aug. 31, Oxford, L 12-36
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    should have, and I had a fear that          Despite the efforts of a deter-       explanation for why only 12 were        University of Florida’s record-set-       Lexington                                Sept. 7, at West Tallahatchie, W 48-0
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ting scrambling quarterback.              M c C l a i n


Second Place Delta Democrat Times, Troy Treasure
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    might come back to bite us.”             mined West Tally defense, Riverside      put up in the second.                                                                                                      Sept. 14, Franklin County, L 6-17
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Riverside got on the board first      again responded with a successful           “We became accustomed to what           The coach said Louisville likes to     matchup.                                 Sept. 21, at Grenada, L 8-14
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              run the option out of the shotgun         Ripley (11-0) is                         Sept. 28, Cleveland E. Side, W 36-12
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    with a Randy Ray 3-yard run in the       scoring drive, converting a fourth-      each other was trying to do, and the                                                                                       Oct. 5, at M.S. Palmer, W 47-14
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              formation, but he noted the               the No.1-rank-            Liles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    first quarter. The conversion pass       and-18 play for a 35-yard Brady TD       second half became a defensive                                                                                             Oct. 12, Humphreys County, W 49-0
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    fell incomplete, but the visitors took   run just before the intermission on      struggle,” he noted.                    Charleston defense should be well-        ed team in 3A. McClain is 8-3. If        Oct. 19, at Velma Jackson, L 7-8
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    a 6-0 lead.                              what Burt called the most disap-            Burt said the Bulldogs “deserved     equipped to address that attack.          Charleston wins, the Tigers would        Oct. 26, Amanda Elzy, W 50-0



Third Place The Commercial Dispatch, Joey Vaughn
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 “We’re the type defense that those     travel to Ripley or host McClain         Nov. 1, at Lexington McClain, W 24-12
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Both teams exploded for a total of    pointing play of the game for him.       to win” the game. “They wanted it                                                                                          Nov. 9, North Panola (Playoffs), W 48-20
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    36 points in the second quarter.            “When you look at the film, you       more and they went after it,” he        types of offenses don’t want to face,     next week. CHS played McClain, a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       The Choctaws scored first in the      see we had three guys right there        added.                                  because we’re athletic and fast,”         fellow Region 4-3A team, two                Points forced this season: 335
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    period on a 1-yard Jarvis Grayson        who could have made the tackle to           Despite the disappointment of a      Liles noted. “I think we stack up         weeks ago, winning 24-12 in Lex-            Points allowed this season: 133
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    carry. The conversion failed, but the    prevent the touchdown,” said Burt.       premature exit from the playoffs,       good with them on the defensive           ington in the regular-season finale.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    score was knotted at 6 all.                 Brady ran for the two-pointer to      Burt said he was proud of his team      side of the ball.”                                        ——                                 Louisville
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       West Tally took a 14-6 lead min-      give the visitors a 22-20 halftime       overall for another winning season.        Both Charleston and Louisville            Last week, Charleston scored           (8-3, Region 2-3A No. 1 team)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    utes later on a 61-yard Henry Willis     advantage.                                  “We met some goals that we were      had some regular-season disappoint-       early and often.                         Aug. 31, at Starkville, L 13-14
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    burst. Henry Hampton carried for            In the third quarter, the home        looking for,” he noted. “One of         ments when they played opponents             Quontarian Murry scored on a 1-       Sept. 7, Wayne County, L 21-39
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    the two-point conversion.                team took the lead on an 11-yard         them was to do what we’ve done the      in higher classifications. Charleston     yard run with 6:35 in the first quar-    Sept. 14, Kosciusko, W 16-7




Daily Division C - Below 9,000
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              lost to 4A Oxford and 5A Grenada,         ter, then added the two-point con-       Sept. 21, at Nettleton, W 42-14
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Riverside responded with an           Willis run. However, the conversion      last three years — to make sure we                                                                                         Sept. 28, at Houston, W 55-13
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Erick Brady 1-yard scoring run.          again failed.                            hosted a playoff game. That means       while Louisville lost to 5A               version to give CHS an 8-0 lead.         Oct. 5, South Pontotoc, W 43-0
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Brady carried for the two-point play        Riverside’s Brady scored his third    you finish first or second in the       Starkville and 4A Wayne Co. and              Moments later, Timothy Kirk           Oct. 12, at Noxubee County, L 26-40
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    that squared the score at 14 apiece.     TD of the night on a 15-yard carry       region. We met that goal. On the        Noxubee Co. However, the Wildcats         intercepted a Cougars’ pass and          Oct. 19, at Aberdeen, W 41-7
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              did beat 4A Kosciusko.                    returned it 35 yards for a touchdown     Oct. 26, Amory, W 35-0
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       On the ensuing kickoff, in the        later in the third. The Bulldogs’        others, we fell a little short.”                                                                                           Nov. 2, Winona, W 34-7
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Louisville has scored 373 points       with 6:19 in the first period.           Nov. 9, Kossuth (Playoffs), W 47-12



First Place Greenwood Commonwealth, Bill Burrus
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              this season while giving up 153.          Murry’s run put CHS up 16-0.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Charleston has scored 335 while              North Panola finally got on the          Points forced this season: 373
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              allowing only 133.                        board at the 3:21 mark with a 50-           Points allowed this season: 153
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Louisville’s opponents this season     yard Kennedy Williams fumble
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              have a cumulative won-lost record         return. The PAT failed.                    The Cougars scored two late
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              of 62-55, Charleston’s 61-53.                Robdreck Little scored for           touchdowns — on a 5-yard pass


Clean lines, coverage relevant to the area, could use a few more breakouts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Liles said the numbers really          Charleston on a 17-yard run with 10     from Quinn Ellis to Trey Tucker at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              prove little and that the proof will be   seconds left in the first period.       2:34 in the fourth quarter a 22-yard
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              in the outcome of Friday’s game.          Murry’s third two-pointer extended      pass play between the same two
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 “This game will answer a lot of        Charleston’s lead to 24-6.              with 58 ticks left on the clock.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              questions about Louisville and               Zemarion Meeks carried for a 1-         Murry led CHS rushers with 16



to jog interest.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              about Charleston,” he said. “I feel       yard TD with 8:05 in the second         carries for 135 yards. Robey had
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              good about it. Our kids are excited       stanza (Timothy Kirk ran for the        nine totes for 57 yards and Little
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              about it. We’re healthy, and we’re        conversion), Kenderrick Robey           seven for 47 yards.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ready to play that level team. If we      scored on a 4-yard run at the 2:56         Clint Harris was 2-for-6 passing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              are going to go to Jackson, this is a     mark (Little dashed in for the PAT)     for 49 yards: a 39-yarder to DeAn-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              game we have to win.”                     and Murry broke away for a 32-yard      gelo White and a 10-yarder to Little.


Second Place The Daily Leader, Tom Goetz
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Admission to this week’s game is       run at the 2:30 point (Marcus              Defensively, Larry Richardson
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              $7, and Liles said the Charleston         Bernard’s PAT kick failed) to close     had seven solo tackles, including
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              All-Sports Pass cannot be used for        out first-half scoring.                 one for a loss, and a sack. Charles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              admission since it is a state playoff.       In the third quarter, Charleston     Harris made six solo stops and had
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              He added that travel directions to        scored a safety with 2:51 remaining     five assists. Chris Davis recorded


Nice teasers on Sunday, stories reflect regional interests, break out a few
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Louisville High School will be post-      when an aggressive Tiger defense        five solo tackles, including three for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ed for fans in the CHS office.            trapped a North Panola runner in the    losses and one sack. Deshaun Kim-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 The winner of Friday night’s           end zone to stuff a reverse play.       ble added four solos and an assist.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Cox captures $30 contest prize
more into boxes for added strength.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           By CLAY McFERRIN
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sun-Sentinel Editor

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Webb Cox of Charleston posted a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Priscilla Williams, Myrlin Cannady,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Doyle Ellett, Rodzinski Weekly,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Cecil Howard, Aaron Williams,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dwayne Loper, Nathaniel Evans
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              12-3 record and survived a tiebreak-                                              and Gary Ramsey.


Third Place The Oxford Eagle, John Davis and Chris Kieffer                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Pictured is the Robert Hill Youth Foundation Inc. nine- and 10-year-old
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             football team, which defeated the Oxford Buccaneers 6-0 in overtime
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Nov. 3 at Oxford High School in the Northwest Mississippi Youth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Football Association’s Super Bowl. The Hill team played 11 games this
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              er showdown with one other contes-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              tant to win the $30 cash during
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Week 11 of The Sun-Sentinel’s 2007
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Football Fever Contest.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Henry Theis, Arnethia Crossgrove,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Joseph Cox, Shelley Diltz, William
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Falling to 7-8 were Edith Sanders-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Gipson, Joshua Brewer, Bobby
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Reed, Richard Wright, Brenda Todd,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Parker Todd, Willie Shipp, Enoch
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Robert Hill team                       year and surrendered 24 points, with eight shutouts. Pictured in front             Also finishing at 12-3 was Paul         Taylor, Roy Lane, Anthony Roach,        Kiihnl, Jerrell Booker, Martha Ann


The design is crisp and the photo choices are first rate but it still needs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             (from left) are Ivory Madkins, Ahmad Alexander (holding the team tro-            Hill of Grenada.                          Tracy Byars and Clyde Kenniel.          Clark, Frank Johnson, Larry Brown,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     wins ‘Super Bowl’                       phy), MVP Dontavius McIntyre (who scored the game’s only touch-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             down on a 3-yard run), Christopher Logan and Javoris Buckley. In
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Winding up at 11-4 were Kathy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Estes, Gloria Wright, David Fowler,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Standing at 9-6 were Howard
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hollins, Buddy Gray, Jimmie A.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Johnny McDowell, Glenda Hodges,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mike Lane, Greg Ellett and DeVonta
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             back (from left) are D’mitrie Brock, Perry Hervey, Cregrick Buckley              Kim Hathcock, Kevin Washington,           Brewer, Efta Hudson, Molly Todd,        Nichols.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Jr., coach Cedric Terry, Ty’jour Jones, Stacey Fane and Jaleel Nunaley.          Dianne Starnes, Terry S. Todd, Terry      Eli Robb, Glenn Todd, Robert               Dropping to 6-9 were Lashonda



breakout quotes, scores boxes or fact boxes to jump up the design scale.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Not pictured are Cornelius Jones, Allen Spurlock, Travion Williams,              Todd, Wilma Weston, Timmy                 Brooks, L.C. Wright, Brenda             Cannady, Walter Hawkins, Ozella
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Daniel Martin and Anthony Davis. (Photo by Clay McFerrin)                        Brooks, Freddie Goss Jr., Steve           McCaskill, L.Q. Weston, Patrick         Kuykendall,        Dianne      Ellett,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              McLendon, Patrick Truly, John Hill,       Taylor, Frank J. Shoemaker, Donald      LaDerrick Hodges, Kim Lane and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Dennis Walker and Derrick                 Jackson, Ozie Cannady, John             Terry McCord.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             The Sun-Sentinel welcomes reader submissions                                                                     Washington.                               Fenton, Judy Williams, Jayme               Raymond Hardy, Kimberly Bush,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       about all achievements in the world of sports and outdoors.                                                              Weighing in at 10-5 were Charles        Wilson, Hope Washington and             Bobby Davis and Timothy Johnson


Honorable Mention Starkville Daily News, Tracey Downey and Aaron
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Dixon, Charles Nicholson, Gyrone          James Branch.                           finished the week at 5-10 while
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Snap a photo, jot down descriptive information and we’ll print it!                                                     Kenniel, Gerald Brown, Kevin                Landing at 8-7 were Jonathan          Calvin Bradford went 4-11.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Todd, D’Atron Goodwin, Malcolm            Brewer, Ann Staten, Doris Nunaley,         At 3-12, Benny Cole of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Call 647-8462, fax 647-3830 or e-mail clay@charlestonsun.net.                                                        McCord, Shemeka Crossgrove,               Sue Jennings, Etta Douglas, Roberta     Charleston captured “Worst Picks of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Maurice Foster, Cassandra Weston,         Redd, Cordell Washington Jr.,           the Week” recognition.



Seidlitz
With the wealth of stories and tag lines for each, I wanted to do
better, but the bold lines dividing the gutters makes the stories look like they are trying to mate.


     THE UNION APPEAL                                                                                                                                                                                            Weekly Division A - Above 4,000
      Wednesday,
   November 14, 2007
                                         SPORTS                                                                                                                   BX3
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 First Place The Star-Herald
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Good graphics, info boxes and main art. Stories were good, but
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 would have liked something besides just football. Scoreboard page
  Cougars flow past Crystal Springs; travel to Perry
   By Marty Stamper
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 was outstanding.
       Appeal Sports Editor                                                                                                                                                    Cougars vs.
     Of the 77 wins he’s been a part of
  at Newton County High School, last
  Friday’s 28-0 shutout of Crystal
                                                                                                                                                                              Crystal Springs
                                                                                                                                                                                       Rushing
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Att-Yds
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Second Place The Amory Advertiser, Brandon Speck and Heath
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Fowler
  Springs ranks very, very high on                                                                                                                                       Rod Toole                  22-118
  Cougar head coach Jeff Breland’s list                                                                                                                                  Floyd Graves                 7-73
                                                                                                                                                                         Cory Edwards                 7-28
  of favorites.                                                                                                                                                          A.J. Mapp                    6-19
     “There’s no doubt. To come in                                                                                                                                                     Passing
  here and to score 28 points and have
  another shutout with what we’ve
  gone through is just remarkable,”
  Breland said.
                                                                                                                                                                         Cory Edwards
                                                                                                                                                                         Patrick Ezell
                                                                                                                                                                                           Com-Att-Yds
                                                                                                                                                                                               3-6-14
                                                                                                                                                                                               0-3-0
                                                                                                                                                                                       Receiving
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Good clean design. Like the variety of stories, but would have liked
     “I’m so proud of these boys. They
  have been a joy to coach, just a great
  group of kids.”
                                                                                                                                                                         Gabe Loper
                                                                                                                                                                         Rod Toole
                                                                                                                                                                                             Catch-Yds


                                                                                                                                                                                       Tackles
                                                                                                                                                                                                   2-12
                                                                                                                                                                                                   1-2
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 to have seen variety of design. Stories read well.
     The Cougars went through a lot to

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Third Place The Scott County Times, Chris Allen Baker
                                                                                                                                                                         Guy Holden                  16
  get the win.                                                                                                                                                           Darius Walker               15
     Around 7 p.m. on Thursday, three                                                                                                                                    Colby Meyer                 12
  Cougars — Floyd Graves, Michael                                                                                                                                        Tyler Robinson                9
  Granger, and John McDougle —                                                                                                                                           Ladarius Gallaspy             9
  were involved in an automobile acci-
  dent. McDougle suffered a broken
  leg and Granger was unable to play
                                                                                                                                                                         Patrick Payne
                                                                                                                                                                         C.J. Mapp
                                                                                                                                                                         Jackson Smith
                                                                                                                                                                                                       8
                                                                                                                                                                                                       4
                                                                                                                                                                                                       4
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Great local coverage. Photography is excellent. Variety of layout
  as well from the impact. Graves, the                                                                                                                                              Interceptions
  team’s workhorse in 2007, played a
  half and was able to contribute to the
  victory as he gained 73 yards and
                                                                                                                                                                         Darius Walker
                                                                                                                                                                                 Fumble Recoveries
                                                                                                                                                                         Tyler Robinson
                                                                                                                                                                         Guy Holden
                                                                                                                                                                                                 r
                                                                                                                                                                                                       1

                                                                                                                                                                                                       2
                                                                                                                                                                                                       1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 would help tremendously. Overall great job for one-man sports de-
  scored a touchdown on seven carries.
     “Considering what we had happen
  to us the last 24 hours and to have
  players step in and play positions they
                                             Newton County’s Rod Toole (2) looks for running room in last week’s 28-0 Class 3A first round
                                             playoff win over Crystal Springs. Trying to move 6-foot-5, 360-pound Oscar Johnson (50) out of the
                                             way is Newton County’s Tyler Nelson. The Cougars go to Perry Central in second-round action this
                                                                                                                                                                        takes place.”
                                                                                                                                                                            The Cougars, 10-1, go to New
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 partment.
  hadn’t practiced in and do what we                                                                                                                                    Augusta to take on Perry Central, 8-
  did, I thought was a tribute to the kind
  of kids we’ve got... the work ethic,
  the commitment,” Breland said.
                                             Friday with kickoff set for 7 p.m. in New Augusta.

                                                “Rod Toole hadn’t played any
                                                                                                                       Photo by Marty Stamper
                                                                                          “Floyd Graves, to come out in the      tiny. I think some good things are
                                                                                                                                                                        3, in second round action this Friday.
                                                                                                                                                                            Getting past Crystal Springs was
                                                                                                                                                                        the first step in the playoff run.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Honorable Mention The Wayne County News, Paul Keane and
     Rod Toole stepped up big as well

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Sean Dunlap
                                             fullback all year and he came in there   first half and do what he did, know-       going to happen for this football          After Newton County was unable
  as he rushed a season-high 22 times        and did a great job,” Breland said.      ing all the trauma that he had through     team. They already have.               to do much on its first two offensive
  for 118 yards and a pair of touch-         “He played tailback also and had         his body, is just a testament.                “We’re just going to keep going         Continued on 5B...
  downs.                                     some big runs.                               “I think this team is a team of des-   one week at a time and see what            See Cougars...




           Early or not, Cougars have reason to show thanks
      For a while Thursday night and Friday, it
   looked like Newton County’s fine football sea-
                                                       had 407 rushing yards and six touchdowns to his
                                                       credit. He also plays safety and returns kicks.
                                                                                                           downs.
                                                                                                              Graves was able to play some. In fact, he
                                                                                                                                                              Weekly Division B - 2,500 to 4,000
                                                                                                                                                             ones unable to go. The Cougars were notorius
                                                                                                                                                             for killing their drives with penalties through-
   son might be coming to a                               McDougle had 367 rushing yards while             rushed seven times for 73 yards and a touch-      out the year, but not Friday.
   quick end in the playoffs.
      Three Cougar starters —
   Floyd     Graves,     Michael
                                                       mainly used as a hole opener for Graves and
                                                       Granger.
                                                          And the Cougars were already without defen-
                                                                                                           down as the Cougars took a 21-0 lead into
                                                                                                           halftime of the 28-0 victory. Granger could
                                                                                                           only watch from the sideline, while McDougle
                                                                                                                                                              First Place The Sun-Sentinel, Clay McFerrin
                                                                                                                                                                 “We had one penalty on fourth-and-1
                                                                                                                                                             toward the end of the game, but for the most
                                                                                                                                                             part, we played okay,” Breland said. “We just
   Granger, and John McDougle                          sive lineman Ellis Thompson due to an injury.       was still hospitalized with a broken leg.         didn’t maintain drives. I think a lot of that has
   — were involved in a car
   wreck on their way to Newton
   County’s basketball games
                                                          It certainly didn’t look good for the
                                                       Cougars.
                                                          “I didn’t know what we were fixing to do,”
                                                                                                              But it could have been much, much worse.
                                                                                                              Factor in that former Cougar William
                                                                                                           Windham was killed in a car wreck last
                                                                                                                                                              Design was OK but section was loaded with local content. Good
                                                                                                                                                             to do with the focus of what’s transpired.
                                                                                                                                                                 “We did what we had to do to win and
                                                                                                                                                             that’s all that mattered.”
   following a stew supper for                         Cougars’ head coach Jeff Breland said. “We          December and senior linebacker Guy Holden             Now it’s on to Perry Central where a win
   the football team.
      All Graves had done this
   year prior to Friday’s first-
                                       Marty
                                      Stamper
                                                       had depth at the running back position. We got
                                                       Rod (Toole) back and Rod’s such a valuable
                                                       player. He broke his leg in the third game of the
                                                                                                           missed all of last year after being involved in
                                                                                                           a wreck during the spring of 2006.
                                                                                                              This year’s Thanksgiving seems to have
                                                                                                                                                              information boxes, stats and records.
                                                                                                                                                             would likely return the Cougars to Decatur to
                                                                                                                                                             face Franklin County the following week.
                                                                                                                                                                 Granger is expected to return this week and
   round playoff game with Crystal Springs is          year and was out five weeks. We moved him           come two weeks early for the Cougar nation.       Toole will only get better with more time at
   rush for 1,322 yards and score 16 touchdowns,
   both team bests. He also plays on the state’s
   top defense in Class 3A.
                                                       back in, but Floyd had been playing so well.”
                                                          Up stepped Toole with the season on the
                                                       line. In the win, he rushed a season-high 22
                                                                                                           They lived to play another day in more ways
                                                                                                           than one.
                                                                                                              Obviously, Toole wasn’t the only player
                                                                                                                                                              Second Place The Chickasaw Journal & Times-Post
                                                                                                                                                             practice to hone his skills.
                                                                                                                                                                 “Rod’s fixing to play football and he’ll get
                                                                                                                                                             all his reps this week. He’ll do fine,” Breland
      Granger, the Class 3A fastest male last year,    times for 118 yards and scored two touch-           who stepped up his game in the absence of the     said.
                                                                                                                                                              Good local content, solid design, needs variety in entries and more
  Union splits two with                                                                                                                     Lady Cougars take local content.
  West Lauderdale                                                                                                                           win over Meridian Third Place Southern Sentinel, Tina Campbell and Sean Smith
   By Marty Stamper                   got too many second and third
    Appeal Sports Editor              opportunities. We’ve been
                                                                                                                                              By Marty Stamper                 Brooke Boulton combined on
                                      working on that a lot and
     The Glasgow era of basket-
  ball got under way at Union
  last week with Jamie leading
                                      hopefully it will be better.
                                         “We still won even though
                                      we had 23 turnovers, give or
                                                                                                                                                              Outstanding design for all entries, love the variety of entries, but not
                                                                                                                                               Appeal Sports Editor
                                                                                                                                               In last week’s soccer, the
                                                                                                                                            Newton County Lady Cougars
                                                                                                                                                                               the shutout as the Lady
                                                                                                                                                                               Cougars improved to 1-0-2.
                                                                                                                                                                                  NE Lauderdale
                                                                                                                                                                                  Newton County boys 0
                                                                                                                                                                                                          4
  the Lady Jackets to a 46-44         take a few. But if you turn it
  win over West Lauderdale in
  her debut and Dave watching
  the Yellowjackets fall 64-42 to
                                      over 23 times and give them at
                                      least 10 offensive rebounds
                                      and you still come out win-
                                                                                                                                                              nearly enough local content.
                                                                                                                                            went 2-1-1 to bring a 2-1-3
                                                                                                                                            mark into this week.
                                                                                                                                               The Cougars lost all four of
                                                                                                                                                                                  The Trojans used three sec-
                                                                                                                                                                               ond half goals to pull away
                                                                                                                                                                               from the Cougars in the Nov. 6
                                                                                                                                                                               game at Meridian.
  the Knights in his inaugural        ning, you’ve still done some                                                                          their games to drop to 0-6.
  contest.                                                                                                                                     Newton County played at            Newton County fell to 0-3
                                      good things.”
     Union hosted Neshoba                                                                                                                   West Jones on Tuesday and          with the loss.
                                         Breanna Viverette         led
  Central on Tuesday and was                                                                                                                will go to West Lauderdale on         Northeast, 1-0, got two
                                      Union with 17 points, four


                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Weekly Division C - Below 2,500
  slated to play at Nanih Waiya                                                                                                             Thursday in this week’s            goals each from Alex Galistel
                                      rebounds, and four steals.
  on Friday, but the Winston                                                                                                                action.                            and Wright Hobgood.
                                         Yancey Tillman tossed in
  County school is in the foot-                                                                                                                Newton County girls 5                  Laurel Tournament
                                      12 points to go with four
  ball playoffs that night.                                                                                                                    NE Lauderdale             0        Laurel                  2
                                      steals.
     Union returns to action at                                                                                                                The Lady Cougars got               Newton County girls 1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 First Place The Union Appeal, Marty Stamper
                                         After both teams scored 13
  home on Nov. 27 against                                                                                                                   goals from five different play-       Laurel scored two goals in
                                      points in the first quarter,
  Enterprise.                                                                                                                               ers to whip Northeast at           the first 10 minutes, then held
                                      Union took a 22-19 lead into
     Union girls             46                                                                                                             Meridian’s Northeast Park on       off a late rally by the Lady
                                      halftime and led 30-23 in the
     West Lauderdale         44                                                                                                             Nov. 6.                            Cougars for the win Saturday.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Good series anchored by quality graphics.
                                      third quarter before the Lady
     The Lady Jackets opened                                                                                                                   Rachel Morgan got the              Newton County’s lone goal
                                      Knights closed to within 32-29
  the 2007-08 season with a                                                                                                                 Lady Cougars on the score-         was by Catherine Brand. The
                                      entering the final period.
  two-point victory over West                                                                                                               board with the first goal.         Lady Cougars fell to 1-1-2.
                                         The Lady Jackets managed
                                                                                                                                               Brittany Reed made it 2-0          Laurel                  3

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Second Place Kemper County Messenger, Austin Bishop and Ryan
  Lauderdale on Nov. 6 at             to turn back each West chal-
  Union.                                                                                                                                    in the first half off an assist       Newton County boys 0
                                      lenge to claim the victory.
     “A win is a win,” said                                                                                                                 from Abby Foreman.                    The Cougars dropped to 0-
                                         Union, 1-0, also got eight
  Union first-year girls’ coach                                                                                                                Adrienne McDill made it 3-      4 with the shutout loss
                                      points from Cayla Yates. Quill
                                                                                                                                            0 in the second half.              Saturday at Laurel.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Satcher
  Jamie Glasgow. “We have             Parker had five points, five
  some things to work on. We                                                                                                                   Wendy McCracken turned             Newton County girls 2
                                      rebounds, and three steals.
  turned the ball over way too                                                                                                              an assist from Jessy Harrison         Meridian                1
                                      Robin Moore had seven
  much and we did not rebound                                          Union’s Breanna Viverette shoots a one-handed                        into a 4-0 lead.                      Rachel Morgan scored both
                                      rebounds and four steals. Iesha
                                                                       jumper in the lane in last week’s 46-44 win over West                                                   of the Lady Cougars’ goals as

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Very clean page, very interesting visuals.
  well at all, offensively or         Tyson had four rebounds.                                                                                 Carrie Rushing added the
  defensively.                                                         Lauderdale. She led the Lady Jackets with 17 points.                 final goal late in the game.          Continued on 5B...
                                         Continued on 5B...
     “I thought West Lauderdale          See Union...                                                 Photo by Marty Stamper                   Ashley Kirkpatrick and             See Lady Cougars...



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                                            BEST LIFESTYLES PAGE OR SECTION
Daily Division A - Above 20,000
First Place The Sun Herald, Features Staff
The best in both design and content. Love the rails with quick hits            SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2007                                                                   www.natchezdemocrat.com                                                                   THE NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT   1C

of things. Stories are pretty good.                                                                                                                          Mississippi’s Best Community Daily Newspaper



                                                                                 Extension
Second Place The Clarion-Ledger, Laronda M. Railey and Staff
Great displays, stories, interesting and relevant. Seem to be target-
                                                                                   Service
                                                                                 serves you
                                                                                                                               Where are we?
                                                                                                                                     Mystery tour ends up in Natchez
                                                                               T
                                                                                    he Adams County Ex-
                                                                                    tension Service is com-


ing younger crowd - Great! Like the breakouts. Great sections.                      mitted to providing all
                                                                               local citizens the access to
                                                                               research based informa-
                                                                               tion needed to make your
                                                                               life more satisfying and
                                                                               less stressful. This is done
                                                                                                                                                                                   Detroit

Third Place NE Mississippi Daily Journal, Features Staff
                                                                               by providing you with the
                                                                               knowledge to make changes
                                                                               for the better and solve com-
                                                                               plex problems with the sim-
                                                                               plest solutions. Therefore
                                                                               we will continue to provide



Loved the smoking package - just watch out or cut out quality.
                                                                                              the public with
                                                                                              workshops, and
                                                                                              on-going pro-
                                                                                              grams to in-
                                                                                              crease aware-
                                                                                              ness, education



LIked the tips/brief rails and breakout boxes. Stores are really en-
                                                                                              and knowledge
                                                                               DAVID          to all citizens.
                                                                               CARTER         We have con-
                                                                                              ducted numer-
                                                                               Columnist   | ous programs
                                                                                              in the past 6



gaging.
                                                                                              months that
                                                                               were well received by the
                                                                               public and have had lots of
                                                                               calls requesting more so
                                                                               here are some time frames
                                                                               you can begin to look for.
                                                                                  Q. Will you ever offer
                                                                               programs in the future
                                                                               like previous ones?
                                                                                  Absolutely, our two biggest
                                                                               on-going courses, Master
                                                                               Gardener and Master Horse-




Daily Division B - 9,000 to 20,000
                                                                               man, will both be offered in
                                                                               2008. We will start the next
                                                                               Master Gardener course on
                                                                               Tuesday, Feb. 26, and meet
                                                                               every Tuesday and Thurs-
                                                                               day from 1-5 p.m. until April
                                                                               3. The next Master Horse-



First Place The Natchez Democrat
                                                                               man course will tentatively                 Jim Coy, Lesley Pomeroy, Jessica Cauthen and Car-
                                                                               begin Tuesday, April 15 and                 oline Ketchings, at top, wait for tourists to depart
                                                                               be every Tuesday from 6- 9                  from their plane Thursday morning at the Nat-
                                                                               p.m. until June 3. More in-                 chez-Adams County Airport.
                                                                               formation on both these pro-
                                                                               grams will be available in



Where are we? is a great design and a fun story - very readable.
                                                                               the near future.
                                                                                  The most popular one day
                                                                               workshops we hosted this
                                                                               year were the Global Posi-
                                                                               tioning Systems workshop
                                                                               and pond and lake man-



Opening his eyes is also a great design. Using varied columnists on
                                                                               agement workshop. Both
                                                                               were hands on workshops
                                                                               so spots were limited. I un-
                                                                               derstand some of you may
                                                                               have wanted to attend but
                                                                               the class was full. No date



front works for you.
                                                                               has yet been set, but we will
                                                                               offer both of these courses
                                                                               again in winter or spring. If
                                                                               we have a high demand for                                                                                                                                                 Marilynne Zimmerman
                                                                               the workshops we may offer
                                                                               it on consecutive days. We
                                                                               will also continue to offer
                                                                                                                              Natchez                                                                                                                    reaches out to receive a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         welcoming gift from Jessica
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Cauthen Thursday morn-


Second Place The Commercial Dispatch, Vicky Newman, Kelly                      programs in all areas of 4-H
                                                                               youth development, nutri-
                                                                               tion education, agriculture,
                                                                               childcare, wildlife, forestry,
                                                                               horticulture, and some new
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           ing at the Natchez-Adams
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            County Airport. At left,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            all of the participants
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             wear name badges that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                also tell how many
                                                                               programs we are currently                                                                                                                                                          miles they have trav-


Tippet and Adrian Bohannon                                                     securing funding and out-
                                                                               side speakers for right now.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   eled with the No-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     mads group.




                                                                                                                           P
                                                                                  Q. What are quick bites?                                lane ticket — check. Pass-
                                                                                  One of the biggest new op-                              port — check. Luggage —
                                                                               portunities for learning is                                check. Destination — un-
                                                                               what we call Quick Bites; it                               known. Imagine boarding



This was almost first place. It looks really good and the story is well
                                                                               has been around for a while                                an airplane without know-
                                                                               but rarely advertised. One                  ing where it will land. Fear, worry
                                                                               day a week, state specialist                and panic would be the normal reac-
                                                                               in different subject areas of-              tions for most. But for members of
                                                                               fer one hour programs to                    the Detroit-based Nomads Inc. trav-
                                                                               the public on various topics                el club this is not a problem, it’s a



written and worth the play.
                                                                               from lawn management, ex-                   luxury.
                                                                               otic cooking, horticulture,                   The group recently left their
                                                                               home and garden decora-                     friends, families and homes be-
                                                                               tions, pets, financial man-                 hind for their latest mystery desti-        where they’ re
                                                                               agement, business market-                   nation — Natchez. Close to 100 no-          going,” he said.
                                                                               ing, and the list continues                 mads landed at the Natchez-Adams              The group spent the weekend



Third Place Enterprise-Journal, Aimee Romano and Matt William-
                                                                               (over 50 topics). We will of-               County Airport Thursday morning             absorbing as much Natchez cul-
                                                                               fer all of you the opportuni-               and were greeted by hoop-skirt clad         ture as possible. They toured
                                                                               ty to come to our office and                women serving                               antebellum homes, slept at the
                                                                               participate in these train-                 Southern-style                              Eola Hotel, ate at King’s Tav-
                                                                               ings over our advanced dis-                 p r a l i n e s. Pe r i -   STORY BY        ern, searched for ghosts and
                                                                               tance media center. We will                 od clothing and LUKE HORTON                 rode in horse-drawn coach-



son
                                                                               advertise the week’s topic                  Souther n deli-                             es. They even found time to
                                                                               in this column one week in                  cacies were the            PHOTOS BY        learn the patty cake polka
                                                                               advance and you can call                    passengers’ only DESTINEY ROBB              at the Southern Ceremo-
                                                                               in and reserve a spot if you                clues as to where                           nies living history tour.
                                                                               wish to participate. This                   they might be.                                “This is one of the most
                                                                               is modern education, from                     “We had no idea where we would            unusual groups that has
                                                                               state specialists, on ad-                   end up until we landed,” Nomad              been here,” Marsha Col-


Three very different stories, all good. Three different designs - some         vanced technology, absolute-
                                                                               ly free for everyone.
                                                                                  FYI: Mississippi State
                                                                               University is the only uni-
                                                                               versity in the nation to offer
                                                                                                                           traveler Betty Sloboda said. “I’ve
                                                                                                                           always wanted to come here, but I
                                                                                                                           thought it would be on a steamboat,
                                                                                                                           not an airplane.”
                                                                                                                             After disembarking, itineraries
                                                                                                                                                                       son with Natchez Pil-
                                                                                                                                                                       grimage Tours said.
                                                                                                                                                                       “T hey’ re doing so
                                                                                                                                                                       much in such a small
                                                                                                                                                                       a m o u n t o f t i m e.
                                                                               connecting sight and sound                  for the trip were passed around and         They’re really get-


better than others. A few spacing problems with Bears vs. Colts kept           media technology to every
                                                                               county in the state, over 100
                                                                               total sites.This is the clos-
                                                                               est thing to person to person
                                                                               contact you can have with
                                                                               someone in another part of
                                                                                                                           for the first time, the group knew
                                                                                                                           where they would spend the next
                                                                                                                           four days.
                                                                                                                             “They have no clue whatsoever
                                                                                                                           where they will be going when they
                                                                                                                           board the plane,” Jay Kirkpatrick
                                                                                                                                                                       ting a good taste of
                                                                                                                                                                       Natchez.”
                                                                                                                                                                         Sloboda said she has enjoyed her
                                                                                                                                                                       time in Natchez, but doesn’t have
                                                                                                                                                                       plans to return.
                                                                                                                                                                         In fact, she doesn’t have plans on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sherry
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Wright reacts as



this from second place.
                                                                               the state, now you can use it               with Sweet Magnolia Tours said.             returning to any of her previous         Helen Thornton guides her
                                                                               as well.                                    Kirkpatrick, along with Natchez Pil-        travel destinations.                     and others through Longwood Friday
                                                                                                                           grimage Tours, helped arrange the             “There is just so much to see in the   morning in Natchez. Clark is visiting Natchez with
                                                                               DAVID CARTER is the director of the Adams   vacation for the travel group.                                                       Nomads, Inc., an air travel club from Detroit.
                                                                               County Extension Service.                     “They never know until they get                            SEE TOUR, 2C




Daily Division C - Below 9,000
First Place The Oxford Eagle
Strong and consistent clean layouts; good layouts and interest-
ing use of font styles to create art element.
Second Place Greenwood Commonwealth, Rachel Hodge
Good, clean layouts, good choice of photos and wise decision
making on where photos are placed.
Third Place The Daily Leader, Tammie Brewer Good variety of
different solutions. Kudos on risk-taking.
Honorable Mention Starkville Daily News
Good choice of photos, good direction of models, good variety of
layout solutions.




                                                            Weekly Division A - Above 4,000
                                                            First Place The Wayne County News
                                                            Food, families, fun and features make this section a must read. Col-
                                                            orful art makes a plus.
                                                            Second Place The Panolian, Rita Howell
                                                            Just what the neighbors are talking about. Good use of color.
                                                            Third Place The Rankin Record, Tim Beeland
                                                            Local people, local food, local flavor. Mixing people and recipes is a
                                                            great plus.

                                                            Weekly Division B - 2,500 to 4,000
                                                            First Place Southern Sentinel, Tina Campbell and Jane Matthews
                                                            Good use of cutout to anchor page and create impact. Creative
                                                            treatment of headline furthers impact.
                                                            Second Place The Magee Courier, Clara Aucoin
                                                            Good use of photos to lead reader’s eye; good balance of art elements
                                                            and copy; interesting story.
                                                                                                                         Page 49
                                                 BEST GENERAL NEWS STORY
Daily Division A - Above 20,000                                 Third Place The Daily Corinthian
First Place The Sun Herald                                      Crossroads: Man, Woman and Family
Progress sections                                               Good focused content on facets of community often overlooked
Nice, clean design and good photography. Thorough coverage but of essential importance to our readership.
of all aspects of the economy and Mississippi. Great boxes and Honorable Mention The Daily Leader
breakouts.                                                      Brides 2007
Second Place NE Mississippi Daily Journal                       Great idea for generating reader contribution and build ties in
Toyota: First 100 Days                                          the community.
Content and design thorough and easy to follow. Loved the
covers, the intros and how the sections were split.             Weekly Division A - Above 4,000
Third Place The Clarion-Ledger, Brian Albert Broom, Bobby First Place The Scott County Times
Cleveland and Rick Cleveland                                    Profile 2007
A Week on the Water 2007                                        Now I know the rest of the story. Four sections and well written
Though a little weak in design, the stories were all entertain- articles with great set and design.
ing. The art at times was wonderful.                            Second Place The Columbian Progress, Don Hill and Mona
Honorable Mention Hattiesburg American                          Moore
12 who made a difference                                        Profile 2007
Though a simple section, this section was truly inspiring, easy Small town America captured, award winning design, well
to read and photos engaging.                                    crafted stories, superb.
                                                                Third Place The Wayne County News
                                                                Great idea. Giving fourth grade a chance to shine!
             P R O F I L E                2 0 0 7
                                                                Honorable Mention The Columbian Progress
                     Scott County In 24 Hours
                                                                Milestones 2007-2008
                                                                Slick production, well crafted, people centered writing.

                                                                Weekly Division B - 2,500 to 4,000
                                                                First Place Southern Sentinel, Tina Campbell, Joyce Brock,
                                                                Jane Matthews, Jessica Davis, Sean Smith, Hank Wiesner,
                                                                Barbara Steverson, Deborah Hardin and Tim Watson
                                                                Christmas Memories
                                                                Very clever and original idea combining letter to Santa with
                                                                past Christmas photos - very user generated section.
                                                                Second Place Petal News
                                                                Profile 2007
                                                                Very original ideas in this piece. Well written compelling sto-
                                                                ries. Well thought out.
                                                                Third Place Smith County Reformer, Heath Walley Gridiron
                                                                Gold
                                                                Well designed - good information.

                   The Scott County Times
                           MARCH 28, 2007
                                                                 Weekly Division C - Below 2,500
                                                                 First Place The Monitor-
                                                                 Herald
Daily Division B - 9,000 to 20,00                                Progress Edition
First Place The Natchez Democrat                                 Nice cover, good back-
Profile 2007                                                     ground color, nice inside
Made me smile on every page. The content and design are          art and
great. An inspirational section. Easy and fun to read.           material. Watch over-
Second Place The Commercial Dispatch                             playing photo sizes.
2007 Progress                                                    Second Place Southern
Easy to read. Good relevant stories. Photos a little weak.       Advocate, Tina Campbell,
Third Place Enterprise-Journal                                   Gene Ladnier and Jane
Perspective                                                      Matthews
Love the setup of the covers. Stories engaging and easy to read. Industry
Some photos                                                      Interesting cover, might try
overplayed. Not good enough to run so big.                       tighter crops on cover since
                                                                 run inside is nice. Bold
Daily Division C - Below 9,000                                   fonts on cover, though not
First Place The Daily Star                                       fond of industry font.
Grenada Magazine                                                 Third Place The Union
Good variety of subject matter while allowing focused report- Appeal, Marty Stamper
ing on notable people and organizations; tight editing; great    2007 Football Preview
layout and art.                                                  Great inside design.
Second Place The Oxford Eagle                                    Watch out on boxing copy.
Oxford Town                                                      Some things start to look
Great entertainment magazine; great that it includes family      like ads. Cover could use some work.
oriented events as well as young adult-oriented; good writing
and unexpected angles.
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                                                         BEST DESIGN
                                                           Daily Division A - Above 20,000
                                                           First Place The Clarion-Ledger
                                                           Love the special presentations and packages on A1. Effective head-
                                                           line styles and logical layout. Really grabs readers’ attention.
                                                           Second Place The Sun Herald
                                                           Lots of boxes equals lots of quick news. Looks alike many readers
                                                           would enjoy this newspaper.
                                                           Third Place NE Mississippi Daily Journal
                                                           Clean layout, good visuals, easy to follow.
                                                           Honorable Mention Hattiesburg American
                                                           Many things happening on the page. Lots of information, lots of
                                                           photos. Sometimes, a little much.




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                                                                            Taxes
Daily Division B - 9,000 to 20,000
First Place The Natchez Democrat                                           will not
Nice use of type, good displays through, interesting head-                  go up
                                                                           Overall revenue projected
lines. On covers, be sure to vary head sizes to show hierar-                 to be lower for city
                                                                                                    BY KATIE STALLCUP
                                                                                                   THE NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT

                                                                             NATCHEZ — When the city board of aldermen



chy. A few fuzzy images.                                                   addresses the proposed city budget at today’s
                                                                           meeting, they won’t raise property tax rates, a




                                                                                                                                                                  AGRI TOURISM
                                                                           city official said.
                                                                             The city is required
                                                                           to run an advertise-
                                                                           ment titled “notice of      BUDGET HEARING |



Second Place Delta Democrat Times, Ross Reily
                                                                           tax increase,” even if
                                                                           the tax rate isn’t in-      A PUBLIC HEARING
                                                                           creasing, City Clerk         will be held in the
                                                                           D o n n i e H o l l ow ay    council chambers at
                                                                           said.                        5 p.m. today.
                                                                             For example, the city
                                                                           ad valorem tax rate, or                                                                                                                                                                   Miss-Lou taking advantage
Easy to read. Love the kickers on each story. Watch image
                                                                           millage, isn’t chang-
                                                                           ing, but the advertisement reads “a proposed
                                                                           ad valorem tax revenue increase.”
                                                                             “We have to print it that way,” Holloway said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     of industry’s growing trend
                                                                           “I don’t know why the state does that, but that
                                                                           comes directly out of the state book. The coun-                                                                                                                                             VIDALIA — What may seem like backbreak-
                                                                           ty’s was the same way    .”                                                                                                                                                               ing field work for some may in fact be the



sizes, only need 1 dominant. Good breakout boxes.
                                                                             This year’s budget revenue was roughly $23.15                                                                                                                                           ideal vacation for others, and some in the
                                                                           million. The city has projected next year’s rev-                                                                                                                                          Miss-Lou hope to use agriculture as a way
                                                                           enue at roughly $20.15 million.                                                                                                                                                           to attract tourists.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Rural agricultural tourism — agritourism
                                                                                                      SEE TAXES, 3A                                                                                                                                                  — is a growing trend, and according to the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     U.S. Department of Agriculture, 62 percent
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     of Americans traveled to a rural area with-



Third Place The Vicksburg Post, Karen Gambel and Mar-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     in a three-year pe-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     riod.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Hoping to use


                                                                           Hogs rolling
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     the area’s ag ri-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     cultural backbone
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     — among other
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     things — as a way



ty Kittrell
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     to bring more tour-


                                                                            into town
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ism to the Miss-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Lou, the Miss-Lou Rural Tourism Associa-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     tion was formed in August.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Lynette Tanner, an at-large director for the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     association who owns and operates Frog-
                                                                                         BY VERSHAL HOGAN & KATIE STALLCUP                                                                                                                                           more Plantation, said she understands that



A1 can be a little busy. Other section fronts better de-
                                                                                                THE NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT                                                                                                                                                 locals might not appreciate the concept of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     touring a farm as much someone from out-
                                                                             NATCHEZ — Natchez roads will again rumble                                                                                                                                               side the area.
                                                                           with the sound of choppers this weekend as                                                                                                                                                  “A lot of southerners might feel like they
                                                                           motorcycle owners roll into town for the sec-                                                                                                                                             already know everything there is about agri-
                                                                           ond year in a row.                                                                                                                                                                        culture,” she said. “Of course we have — and
                                                                             Last year, more than 1,000 Mississippi Harley                                                                                                                                           want —southern tourism, but by and large



signed. A1 head sizes need to vary more. Watch photo
                                                                           Davidson Owners Group, or H.O.G., members
                                                                           rode into town for their annual rally .                                                                                                                                                                  SEE AGRITOURISM, 3A
                                                                             This year, they’re returning to the Natchez
                                                                           Convention Center for the second time.
                                                                             “Natchez is just a really good location for
                                                                           motorcycle riding,” Jackson H.O.G. Chapter
                                                                           Director Mike Sumrall said. “With the Trace                                                                                                                                                           STORY BY VERSHAL HOGAN


sizes. All are about the same.                                             and historic byways, it’s a destination city

                                                                                                       SEE HOGS, 3A
                                                                                                                       .”                            Jeanette Jones, at top, and Leon Pearce, above, pick cotton during their tour
                                                                                                                                                     of Frogmore Plantation on Saturday afternoon. Jones and friends drove from
                                                                                                                                                     Eutaw, Ala., to learn about cotton at the plantation.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 PHOTOS BY DESTINEY ROBB




                                                                                   DESTINEY ROBB
                                                                           THE NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT
                                                                             Travis Todd
                                                                            works to re-
                                                                            store power
                                                                                                                                                     Vidalia linemen get rush out of job
                                                                             Wednesday                                                                               BY KATIE STALLCUP                                                                                            mistake, and it can be fatal.”
                                                                              afternoon                                                                             THE NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT                                                        THE DART is a weekly fea-           In spite of the risks, both men would rather
                                                                              on the cor-                                                                                                                                                       ture in which a reporter and a    be the one in the bucket working on lines than
                                                                             ner of Ester                                                            VIDALIA — Kenny Simpson and Travis Todd                                                    photographer throw a dart at      the one on the ground observing.
                                                                             and Clinton                                                           get a kick out of their job.                                                                 a map and find a story where        “I love being in the basket,” Simpson said.
                                                                               in Vidalia.                                                           They just have to be careful they don’t get                                                it lands.                         “It gets kind of boring down on the ground.”
                                                                                Todd and                                                           a shock.                                                                                                                         The job is not a cushy one, they said. The
                                                                              co-worker,                                                             The two men work as linemen for the City                                                                                     men work in the heat, wind and rain.
                                                                           Kenny Smith                                                             of Vidalia, and this week, they were replacing                    roughly four years.                                            “When the weather gets bad, that’s when
                                                                           have worked                                                             a streetlight bulb on Clinton Street.                               They recognize the dangers they face every                 we have to really go to work,” Simpson said.
                                                                            together for                                                             Their responsibility is to keep the juice                          .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     day Both have had friends injured or killed                  “That’s when you’re out in it.”
                                                                              the City of                                                          flowing, whether that means replacing lights,                      on the job.                                                    But the risks have their rewards. Both men
                                                                              Vidalia for                                                          working on power lines or cutting tree limbs                        “Working with electricity is one of the most               worked in Vidalia and around Louisiana and
                                                                           the past four                                                           that threaten lines.                                              dangerous jobs in the world,” Todd said.                     Mississippi to restore electricity after Hurri-
                                                                                   years.                                                            “You’ve got to want to have a sort of rush                        Simpson agreed.                                            cane Katrina hit.
                                                                                                                                                                                       ,”
                                                                                                                                                   to do this, to work with electricity Simpson                                                                ,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       “When you’re dealing with electricity you                    “When you work out in a storm, people
                                                                                                                                                   said.                                                             have to have your mind on it,” he said. “You                 who’ve been out of power for a week appreci-
                                                                                                                                                     The two men have worked as a team for                           can’t be thinking about anything else. One                   ate what you do,” Todd said.



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Daily Division C - Below 9,000
First Place Greenwood Commonwealth
Nice clean lines that follow through the paper, headlines concise
and
appropriate, teasers could be larger.
Second Place The Daily Leader
Good news placement, but sometimes a little close on elements
in the
story. Good tease look.
Third Place The Daily Corinthian
Student space is really nice and love the 5 minute read. Sports
section seems to be cleaner, better designed than front. Quirky
photo corners on page 1 draw your eyes so the photo itself is ig-
nored.
Honorable Mention Starkville Daily News
Please let your newspaper breathe. Content placement good,
but news is too close to your flags and ads. The worst is cutting
your gutters in half. It looks like the strips are expanding and
trying to break through.
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                                                                                                                                                 BEST DESIGN
                                                                                                                                                    Weekly Division A - Above 4,000
                                                                                                                                                    First Place Madison County Journal
                                                                                                                                                    Overall great, clean design. Modern look and feel that invites a
                                                                                                                                                    reader to look and scan the page.
                                                                                                                                                    Second Place The Scott County Times
                                                                                                                                                    Top portion seems modernistic, bottom of pages start to loose
                                                                                                                                                    readers. Very clean, thorough.
                                                                                                                                                    Third Place DeSoto County Tribune
                                                                                                                                                    Nice dominant image. However, headline styles are a little
                                                                                                                                                    confusing. At some points it seems like too much going on the front
                                                                                                                                                    page.

                                                                                                                                                     Weekly Division B - 2,500 to 4,000
                                                                                                                                                     First Place Southern Sentinel, Tina Campbell
                                                                                                                                                     Good use of white space to offset items and bold type faces to
                                                                                                                                                     direct readers’ attention. Especially appreciated Dollar package.
                                                                                                                                                     Second Place Petal News
                                                                                                                                                     Good use of photo and art elements to direct readers’ eye; good use
                                                                                                                                                     of varying sizes and shapes so items don’t compete.
                                                                                                                                                     Third Place The Chickasaw Journal & Times-Post
                                                                                                                                                     Good use of art elements to anchor pages; white space helps page
                                                                                                                                                     to look clean and balanced.


                                                                                                                                                     Weekly Division C - Below 2,500
                                                                                                                                                     First Place The Monitor-Herald
                                                                                                                                                     Good use of art elements in different sizes to add texture and vari-
                                                                                                                                                     ety, while maintaining visual balance.
                                                                                                                                                     Second Place Southern Advocate, Tina Campbell
                                                                                                                                                     Clean unified design which benefits from good photo and art
                                                                                                                                                     choices. Good use of white space and typeface to delineate ar-
                                                                                                                                                     ticles.
                                                                                                                                                     Third Place The Deer Creek Pilot, Natalie Perkins
                                                                                                                                                     Good integration and balance of art elements; good to see designer
                                                                                                                                                     taking risks.



               SPORTS:
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                                                      BEST HEADLINE
Daily Division A - Above 20,000                                  Weekly Division B - 2,500 to 4,000
First Place The Clarion-Ledger, Monte Williams, Jason            First Place The Sun-Sentinel, Clay McFerrin
Hooper and J. Ben Kelly                                          Bank sails in, Beef plant, Spelling Bee
Jailed, Several city impounded, $3mm put for $20mm               Bank Sails in was easily the best head submitted in this cat-
Jailed heds work well with design, scream the big news and       egory.
don’t trip over each other. Plays on words work well with pot-   Second Place Petal News, Beth Bunch
hole, city impound sale heads.                                   Smokers may be put out, Friendship Quilt, Bamer Day
Second Place The Sun Herald, Kim Anderson                        Strong collection of heads that showed prowess in meeting hed
Space Aliens, Twist of fate and Collections                      spec, use of typography.
It’s nice to see whimsy in business section-headlines, and the   Third Place The Magee Courier, Pat Brown
Jurist of note head struck the right chord for the story.        Fire ants, School Board folds, Pilots in
Third Place The Clarion-Ledger, Saterria Kersey                  Six column heads pulled readers into top stories.
Hair today, Fists & Ferry, Allen: Stressed Out
Allen: Stressed Out was a terrific head.                         Weekly Division C - Below 2,500
Honorable Mention NE Mississippi Daily Journal, John L.          First Place Kemper County Messenger, Austin Bishop
Pitts                                                            Eight is enough; To buy or not to buy; retired film star
Let Freedom, Zero Times Two, Bare Outage                         Excellent set of headlines. Each one conveys the tone of the
Strong heads produced on deadline.                               story, tells the reader what the story is about and makes the
                                                                 reader want to dive into the story. Eight is enough great with
Daily Division B - 9,000 to 20,000                               photo.
First Place Enterprise-Journal, Matt Williamson                  Second Place The Monitor-Herald, Mack Spencer
Brrr Rabbit, Pike native, SMALR                                  Park it at the Cart Barn Inn; Putting the fire out; Rain, rain...
Three strong heads made this an easy decision. Brrr Rabbit       Strong set of headlines that use just enough turn of phrase to
made me (and lots of readers, I’m sure) chuckle.                 make a point. Each headline made me want to read the story.
Second Place The Natchez Democrat                                Third Place The Tunica Times, Meg Coker
Hunting Perfection, UPS in the air, Local disaster planned       Holy carp!; Business reaps treasure from trash; Grand Oaks
These heads fit well, drew in readers and did more than          Nice headlines. Reader knows content of story after reading
repeat the lede.                                                 headline. Only drawback is that all three rely on puns.
Third Place The Vicksburg Post, Karen Gamble
Save the Queen, No, he’s not Dilbert, Momma’s dogs
Typography made the Delta Queen head a success.                                           BEST WEBSITE
Honorable Mention The Natchez Democrat, Julie Finley and
Ben Hillyer                                                     All Dailies
Ready & weighting, Consigning, You stir some                    First Place The Clarion-Ledger
Nice play on words.                                             Easy to navigate, lots of local content. Good display.
                                                                Generally a very inviting web site with good visuals and good
Daily Division C - Below 9,000                                  stories.
First Place The Daily Star, Nanette Laster                      Second Place Hattiesburg American
We don’t make miskates, Blessed are the piecemakers, Paying Lots of local content. Good prep sports, blogs, visuals.
through the hose                                                Third Place The Sun Herald
Great headlines. Each one matches tone of story while still     The site is very busy, but there is a lot of good local content
drawing the reader in. These headlines just make you smile.     and it’s updated often.
Second Place The Daily Leader, Matthew Coleman                  Honorable Mention The Natchez Democrat,
No more house calls, Full service station, Touching bases
Nice set of headlines. Each one worked well with the images it All Weeklies
accompanied, leaving the reader with a complete view of the     First Place The Magee Courier
story.                                                          Excellent weekly site. Good graphics, plenty of content, good
Third Place Starkville Daily News, Brian Hawkins                visuals.
Veto wars, Episode 11; Kings of the Road; Milking it            Second Place The Columbian Progress
Nice use of pop culture references. Each headline works on      Lots of local information. Easy to navigate. Excellent display.
multiple levels, making it more interesting to read each time. Third Place The Neshoba Democrat
                                                                Tons of news. Easy to navigate.
Weekly Division A - Above 4,000
First Place The Panolian, Billy Davis
Friend and foe; Truck Driver; Burning banned
Best of the bunch because they hit tight head specs while grab-
bing readers with strong word play.
Second Place The Pontotoc Progress, Brenda Owens
Winning at losing; Cap collector; Prize Winning Cook
Heads that did what they needed to do to attract readers.
Third Place The Carthaginian, Jacob O. Grimes
November pain; Heavy mettle; Spring cleaning
Good use of short overlines to pull readers into the story.
Honorable Mention DeSoto County Tribune, Larry Hudson
If you could take it; New OB; The St. John Diet
Good set of heads.
                                                                                                                           Page 53
                              DANIEL M. PHILLIPS FREEDOM OF INFORMATION AWARD


                                   All Newspapers
                                   First Place The Clarion-Ledger
                                   Open Records Fights


                                   Second Place The Natchez Democrat
                                   Crime meetings




                                                   COMMUNITY SERVICE
All Dailies
First Place The Clarion-Ledger
State Department of Health
This hard hitting series of stories hammers away at the numerous failings of an agency head and her department and expos-
es serious gaps that could endanger the public. The paper really looks out for the public here and keeps at it until necessary
changes occur. Well done.
Second Place The Sun Herald, Robin Fitzgerald and Staff
Inmate abuse at Harrison County jail
Kudos to Fitzgerald for staying on this one. She and the paper have much to be proud of for exposing a culture of abuse and
helping to bring change. She demonstrates grit and tenacity in her coverage. Praise to the paper as well for their willingness to
go to court and further FOI access.
Third Place Starkville Daily News
Politickin’ in the Park
The paper takes the bull by the horns here and comes up with an old-fashioned solution to connect voters to their prospective
leaders. The big winner here is the democratic process.

All Weeklies
First Place The Pontotoc Progress
Welcome home to Pontotoc
A special section is one thing, but a 68-page, full color, glossy magazine, compiled under deadline pressure and from scratch is
spectacular. This will have benefits to the community for years to come.
Second Place The Chickasaw Journal & Times-Post Relay for life - also not Okolona participation
Many newspapers boost Relay for Life - a worthy cause. But the Journal helped not only raise money, but bridged a cultural
divide - an action that can only benefit for years to come.
Third Place The Sea Coast Echo
Shop locally
Nearly every paper urges its readers to shop local but after a devastating hurricane, boosting business becomes an imperative if
the area is to recover and thrive.
Honorable Mention The Neshoba Democrat
Plea for the needy campaign
Page 54
                                            GENERAL EXCELLENCE
Daily Division A - Above 20,000                       Weekly Division A - Above 4,000
First Place The Clarion-Ledger                        First Place Madison County Journal
Second Place NE Mississippi Daily Journal             Second Place The Madison County Herald
Third Place The Sun Herald                            Third Place The Amory Advertiser

Daily Division B - 9,000 to 20,000                     Weekly Division B - 2,500 to 4,000
First Place The Natchez Democrat                       First Place The Banner-Independent
Second Place The Vicksburg Post                        Second Place Southern Sentinel
Third Place Delta Democrat Times                       Third Place The Sun-Sentinel

Daily Division C - Below 9,000                         Weekly Division C - Below 2,500
First Place Greenwood Commonwealth                     First Place The Deer Creek Pilot
Second Place The Oxford Eagle                          Second Place Kemper County Messenger
Third Place The Bolivar Commercial                     Third Place The Monitor-Herald




                                                                 JOURNAL MADISON COUNTY
                                                                                                                                  Page 55
                                             WINNERS BY NEWSPAPER - DAILIES
Daily Times Leader                                                     Third Place Best Sports Column Gregg Ellis
Second Place Best Sports News Story Logan Lowrey                       Third Place Best Design
Delta Democrat Times                                                   Third Place Best Feature Story Errol Castens
First Place Best Indepth/Investigative Coverage Terri Ferguson         Third Place Best General News Photograph Thomas Wells
Second Place Best Front Page Ross Reily                                Third Place Best Sports Feature Photograph C. Todd Sherman
Second Place Best Commentary Column Ross Reily                         Third Place Best Feature Photograph Thomas Wells
Second Place Best Design Ross Reily                                    Third Place Best Pictorial Series in One Issue C. Todd Sherman
Second Place Best Sports Page or Section Troy Treasure                 Third Place Personality Portrait Thomas Wells
Third Place Best General News Story Terri Ferguson                     Third Place Best Lifestyles Page or Section Features Staff
Third Place Best Feature Story Eleanor Barkhorn                        Third Place Best Sports News Story Brad Locke
Third Place Best Editorials Woodrow Wilkins                            Honorable Mention Best Indepth/Investigative Coverage Emily Le
Third Place General Excellence                                         Coz
Enterprise-Journal                                                     Honorable Mention Best Feature Story M. Scott Morris
First Place Best Sports Feature Kevin Nielson                          Honorable Mention Best Headline John L. Pitts
First Place Best General Interest Column Ernest Herndon                Picayune Item
First Place Best General News Photograph Aaron Rhoads                  First Place Best Sports News Story Curtis Rockwell
First Place Best Headline Matt Williamson                              Third Place Best Game Story Curtis Rockwell
Second Place Best Sports Column Ernest Herndon                         Starkville Daily News
Second Place Best Sports Feature Photograph Aaron Rhoads               First Place Best Spot News Story Brian Hawkins
Third Place Best Spot News Story                                       First Place Best Sports Feature Travis Downey
Third Place Best Front Page Aimee Romano and Matt Williamson           First Place Best Game Story Travis Downey
Third Place Best Graphic Aaron Rhoads                                  Second Place Best Indepth/Investigative Coverage Shoshanna
Third Place Best Special Section or Issue                              Brackett, Brian Hawkins, Paul Sims and Kelly Daniels
Third Place Best Lifestyles Page or Section Aimee Romano and Matt      Third Place Best Sports Column Don Foster
Williamson                                                             Third Place Best Front Page Brian Hawkins
Third Place Best Game Story Kevin Nielsen                              Third Place Community Service
Greenwood Commonwealth                                                 Third Place Best Headline Brian Hawkins
First Place Best Front Page Jenny Humphryes                            Honorable Mention Best Design
First Place Best Design                                                Honorable Mention Best Lifestyles Page or Section
First Place Best General News Photograph Susan Montgomery              Honorable Mention Best Sports Page or Section Tracey Downey and
First Place Best Sports Page or Section Bill Burrus                    Aaron Seidlitz
First Place Best Editorials Tim Kalich                                 The Bolivar Commercial
First Place General Excellence                                         First Place Best Editorial Page(s) Wayne Nicholas and Denise Strub
Second Place Best General News Photograph Amy McCullough               Second Place Best General Interest Column Aimee Robinette
Second Place Best Lifestyles Page or Section Rachel Hodge              Second Place Best Picture-Story Combination Landry Barbieri
Third Place Best Commentary Column Tim Kalich                          Third Place Best Sports News Story Donell Maxie
Third Place Best Spot News Photograph William Browning                 Third Place Best Sports Action Photograph Andy Collier
Third Place Best Editorial Page(s) Tim Kalich                          Third Place Personality Portrait Aimee Robinette
Honorable Mention Best Spot News Story Bob Darden                      Third Place General Excellence
Honorable Mention Best Spot News Photograph Edward Thompson            The Clarion-Ledger
Hattiesburg American                                                   First Place Minor Prize - Best Investigative Jerry Mitchell
First Place Best Sports Feature Van Arnold                             First Place Dan M. Phillips Freedom of Information
First Place Best Game Story Stan Caldwell                              First Place Best Spot News Story Kathleen Baydala, Andrew Nelson,
First Place Best Feature Story Jillian Kramer                          Leah Rupp, Arnold Lindsay and LaRaye Brown
First Place Best Feature Photograph Henrietta Wildsmith                First Place Best Indepth/Investigative Coverage Jerry Mitchell
Second Place Best Sports Column Van Arnold                             First Place Best Planned Series of Stories Jerry Mitchell and Gary
Second Place Best Pictorial Series in One Issue Henrietta Wildsmith    Pettus
Second Place Personality Portrait Henrietta Wildsmith                  First Place Best Sports Column Rick Cleveland
Second Place Best Sports News Story Patrick Magee                      First Place Best General Interest Column Earnest Hart
Second Place Best Website                                              First Place Community Service
Third Place Best Spot News Photograph Ryan Moore                       First Place Best Design
Third Place Best Editorial Page(s)                                     First Place Best Pictorial Series in One Issue Barbara Gauntt
Honorable Mention Best General News Story Nancy Kaffer                 First Place Best Editorial Page(s)
Honorable Mention Best Design                                          First Place Best Headline Monte Williams, Jason Hooper and J. Ben
Honorable Mention Best Spot News Photograph Rebecca Latimer            Kelly
Honorable Mention Best Special Section or Issue                        First Place Best Sports News Story Kyle Veazey
Honorable Mention Best Editorials Kathleen Williams and Dan Davis      First Place Best Website
NE Mississippi Daily Journal                                           First Place General Excellence
First Place Minor Prize - General News Reporting Emily Le Coz          Second Place Best Editorial Cartoon Marshall Ramsey
First Place J. Oliver Emmerich Editorial Excellence Lloyd Gray         Second Place Best Planned Series of Stories Arnold Lindsay, Chris
First Place Best General News Story Emily Le Coz                       Joyner, Kathleen Baydala, Jimmie Gates,
First Place Best Graphic C. Todd Sherman                               Richard Lake and Billy Watkins
First Place Best Sports Feature Photograph Thomas Wells                Second Place Best Planned Series of Stories Arnold Lindsay and
First Place Best Picture-Story Combination C. Todd Sherman and Emily   Chris Joyner
Le Coz                                                                 Second Place Best Game Story David Brandt
First Place Personality Portrait C. Todd Sherman                       Second Place Best Front Page Godfrey Jones
First Place Best Sports Page or Section                                Second Place Best Commentary Column Ronnie Agnew
First Place Best Editorials Lloyd Gray                                 Second Place Best Feature Story Billy Watkins
Second Place Best Front Page Josh Hanna and Scott Burden               Second Place Best Spot News Photograph Joe Ellis
Second Place Best Spot News Story Emily Le Coz                         Second Place Best Feature Photograph J. D. Schwalm
Second Place Best Indepth/Investigative Coverage Ginny Miller, Bobby   Second Place Best Picture-Story Combination Chris Todd, Brian
Harrison, Dennis Seid and Carlie Kollath                               Albert Broom, Chris Joyner and Natalie Chandler
Second Place Best Sports Feature Gregg Ellis                           Second Place Best Lifestyles Page or Section Laronda M. Railey and
Second Place Best Graphic C. Todd Sherman                              Staff
Second Place Best General Interest Column Leslie Criss                 Second Place Best Sports Page or Section Rusty Hampton and Staff
Second Place Best Special Section or Issue                             Third Place Best General News Story Jimmie E. Gates, Chris Joyner,
Second Place General Excellence                                        Billy Watkins, LaRaye Brown,
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Arnold Lindsay and Kathleen Baydala                                     The Natchez Democrat
Third Place Best Spot News Story Richard Lake, Nicklaus Lovelady and    First Place Dan M. Phillips Freedom of Information
Rebecca Helmes                                                          First Place Best Spot News Story Julie Finley
Third Place Best Planned Series of Stories Julie Goodman                First Place Best Planned Series of Stories Julie Finley
Third Place Best Sports Feature Kyle Veazey                             First Place Best Front Page
Third Place Best Game Story Kareem Copeland                             First Place Best Graphic Ben Hillyer
Third Place Best Commentary Column David Hampton                        First Place Best Commentary Column Julie Finley
Third Place Best Picture-Story Combination Bobby Cleveland and Brian    First Place Best Design
Albert Broom                                                            First Place Best Sports Action Photograph Ben Hillyer
Third Place Best Special Section or Issue Brian Albert Broom, Bobby     First Place Best Feature Photograph Ben Hillyer
Cleveland and Rick Cleveland                                            First Place Best Pictorial Series in One Issue Rebecca Latimer
Third Place Best Editorials Jim Ewing                                   First Place Best Picture-Story Combination Luke Horton
Third Place Best Headline Saterria Kersey                               First Place Personality Portrait Luke Horton
The Clarksdale Press Register                                           First Place Best Special Section or Issue
Second Place Best Sports Feature Photograph Troy Catchings              First Place Best Lifestyles Page or Section
Second Place Personality Portrait Troy Catchings                        First Place Best Sports Page or Section Jeff Edwards
Second Place Best Sports Feature Larry Binz                             First Place Best Editorials
The Commercial Dispatch                                                 First Place General Excellence
First Place Best Feature Story Garthia Elena Halbert                    Second Place Best Spot News Story Katie Stallcup
Second Place Best Indepth/Investigative Coverage Birney Imes, Rachel    Second Place Best Spot News Photograph Ben Hillyer
Eide, Garthia Burnett and John Coffey                                   Second Place Best Sports Action Photograph Marcus Frazier
Second Place Best Editorial Page(s) Birney Imes, III                    Second Place Best Headline
Second Place Best Special Section or Issue                              Third Place Best Indepth/Investigative Coverage
Second Place Best Lifestyles Page or Section Vicky Newman, Kelly Tip-   Third Place Best Planned Series of Stories Julie Finley
pet and Adrian Bohannon                                                 Third Place Best Sports Column Jeff Edwards
Third Place Best General Interest Column Birney Imes                    Third Place Best Spot News Photograph Ben Hillyer
Third Place Best Commentary Column Birney Imes                          Third Place Best Sports Feature Photograph Marcus Frazier
Third Place Best Sports Page or Section Joey Vaughn                     Third Place Best Pictorial Series in One Issue Ben Hillyer
Honorable Mention Best Editorials Rachel Eide                           Third Place Best Picture-Story Combination Ben Hillyer and Julie
The Daily Corinthian                                                    Finley
First Place Best General News Story Brant Sappington and Jeff York      Third Place Personality Portrait Ben Hillyer
First Place Best Indepth/Investigative Coverage Brant Sappington and    Third Place Best Editorial Page(s)
Jeff York                                                               Honorable Mention Best Spot News Story Katie Stallcup
Second Place Best Feature Photograph Michael H. Miller                  Honorable Mention Best Commentary Column Ben Hillyer
Third Place Best General Interest Column Mark Boehler                   Honorable Mention Best Headline Julie Finley and Ben Hillyer
Third Place Best Design                                                 Honorable Mention Best Sports Feature Matt Burrowes
Third Place Best General News Photograph Brant Sappington               Honorable Mention Best Website
Third Place Best Special Section or Issue                               The Oxford Eagle
The Daily Leader                                                        First Place Best Planned Series of Stories Alyssa Schnugg and Lucy
First Place Best Feature Story Sarah Holcombe                           Schultze
Second Place Best General News Story Adam Northam                       First Place Best Sports Column Chris Kieffer
Second Place Best Spot News Story Therese Apel                          First Place Best General Interest Column Lucy Schutze
Second Place Best Front Page Matt Coleman                               First Place Best Spot News Photograph Bruce Newman
Second Place Best Commentary Column Bill Jacobs                         First Place Best Sports Feature Photograph Bruce Newman
Second Place Best Design                                                First Place Best Feature Photograph Bruce Newman
Second Place Best Sports Page or Section Tom Goetz                      First Place Best Pictorial Series in One Issue Bruce Newman
Second Place Best Headline Matthew Coleman                              First Place Best Picture-Story Combination Lucy Schultze and Bruce
Third Place Best General News Story Therese Apel                        Newman
Third Place Best Pictorial Series in One Issue Billy Freeman            First Place Personality Portrait Bruce Newman
Third Place Best Lifestyles Page or Section Tammie Brewer               First Place Best Lifestyles Page or Section
Third Place Best Editorials Matthew Coleman                             Second Place Best Sports Column John Davis
Honorable Mention Best Sports News Story Tom Goetz                      Second Place Best Feature Story Bruce Newman
Honorable Mention Best Special Section or Issue                         Second Place Best Spot News Photograph Lucy Schultze
The Daily Mississippian                                                 Second Place Best Sports Action Photograph Bruce Newman
Second Place Best General News Story Nicole Spinuzzi                    Second Place Best Editorial Page(s) Don Whitten
Second Place Best Sports Feature Thomas McKee                           Second Place Best Special Section or Issue
Third Place Best General News Photograph Jessica Miller                 Second Place Best Game Story Chris Kieffer
The Daily Star                                                          Second Place General Excellence
First Place Best Commentary Column Leah McCormick                       Third Place Best Spot News Story Alyssa Schnugg and Jonathan Scott
First Place Best Sports Action Photograph Chuck Hathcock                Third Place Best Sports Feature Photograph Bruce Newman
First Place Best Special Section or Issue                               Honorable Mention Best Commentary Column Lucy Schultze
First Place Best Headline Nanette Laster                                Honorable Mention Best Feature Story Lucy Schultze
Second Place Best Pictorial Series in One Issue L. Kasimu Harris        The Sun Herald
Second Place Best Editorials Joe Lee III                                First Place Aimee Herschovici Photo of the Year William Colgin
Third Place Best Indepth/Investigative Coverage Karis Pope              First Place Best Front Page Sara Greer
Third Place Best Feature Story Leah McCormick                           First Place Best Commentary Column Geoff Pender
The Meridian Star                                                       First Place Best Editorial Cartoon Tim Lockley
First Place Best General News Story Fredie Carmichael                   First Place Best Spot News Photograph John Fitzhugh
Second Place Best Sports News Story Brandon Walker                      First Place Best Sports Action Photograph Amanda McCoy
Second Place Best Picture-Story Combination Brian Livingston and Pau-   First Place Best Special Section or Issue
la Merritt                                                              First Place Best Lifestyles Page or Section Features Staff
Second Place Personality Portrait Paula Merritt                         First Place Best General News Photograph William Colgin
Third Place Best Sports News Story Brandon Walker                       Second Place Best General News Story Jean Prescott
Honorable Mention Best Front Page                                       Second Place Community Service Robin Fitzgerald and Staff
Honorable Mention Best General Interest Column Steve Gillespie          Second Place Best Design
The Mississippi Press                                                   Second Place Best General News Photograph Tim Isbell
Honorable Mention Best Spot News Story                                  Second Place Best Sports Feature Photograph John Fitzhugh
                                                                            Second Place Best Sports Action Photograph Amanda McCoy
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Second Place Best Editorial Page(s) Marie Harris, Tony BifÁe and Stan   DeSoto County Tribune
Tiner                                                                   Second Place Best Feature Photograph Jamie Mercer
Second Place Best Editorials Marie Harris                               Third Place Best Design
Second Place Best Headline Kim Anderson                                 Third Place Best Pictorial Series in One Issue Amanda Compton-Oritz
Third Place Best Indepth/Investigative Coverage Geoff Pender and Ani-   Third Place Personality Portrait Jamie Mercer
ta Lee                                                                  Honorable Mention Best Headline Larry Hudson
Third Place Best Graphic Rudy Nowak                                     Kemper County Messenger
Third Place Best General Interest Column Kat Bergeron                   First Place Best Sports News Story Austin Bishop
Third Place Best Sports Action Photograph John Fitzhugh                 First Place Best Front Page Austin Bishop
Third Place Best Sports Page or Section                                 First Place Best Sports Action Photograph Kyle Carter
Third Place Best Website                                                First Place Best Feature Photograph Barbara Bishop
Third Place General Excellence                                          First Place Best Pictorial Series in One Issue Barbara Bishop
Honorable Mention Best Planned Series of Stories Anita Lee              First Place Best Picture-Story Combination Austin Bishop and Kyle
Honorable Mention Best Commentary Column Stan Tiner                     Carter
The Vicksburg Post                                                      First Place Personality Portrait Kyle Carter
First Place Best Sports Column Sean P. Murphy                           First Place Best Headline Austin Bishop
First Place Best Sports News Story Ben Gouldsmith                       Second Place Best Game Story Ryan Satcher
First Place Best Spot News Photograph Meredith Spencer                  Second Place Best Picture-Story Combination Austin Bishop and Kyle
First Place Best Sports Feature Photograph Joshua Corban                Carter
First Place Best Editorial Page(s)                                      Second Place Best Sports Page or Section Austin Bishop and Ryan
First Place Best Game Story Sean Murphy                                 Satcher
Second Place Best Planned Series of Stories Charlie Mitchell            Second Place General Excellence
Second Place Best Graphic Marty Kittrell                                Third Place Best Sports News Story Ryan Satcher
Second Place Best General Interest Column Charlie Mitchell              Third Place Best Game Story Austin Bishop
Second Place Best Feature Story Lauchlin Fields                         Third Place Best Feature Story Suzanne Monk
Second Place Best General News Photograph Joshua Corban                 Third Place Best General News Photograph Austin Bishop
Second Place Best Feature Photograph Meredith Spencer                   Third Place Personality Portrait Austin Bishop
Second Place Best Pictorial Series in One Issue Marcus Frazier          Madison County Journal
Second Place Best Editorials Charlie Mitchell                           First Place Best General News Story Andrew Ujifusa
Second Place Best Game Story Sean Murphy                                First Place Best Indepth/Investigative Coverage Steven Watson
Second Place General Excellence                                         First Place Best Design
Third Place Best Sports Feature Ernest Bowker                           First Place General Excellence
Third Place Best Design Karen Gambel and                                Second Place Best Front Page
Marty Kittrell                                                          Second Place Best Feature Story Andrew Ujifusa
Third Place Best Sports Action Photograph Meredith Spencer              Second Place Best Sports Feature Photograph Josh Neaves
Third Place Best Feature Photograph Brian Loden                         Third Place Best Editorials Steven G. Watson
Third Place Best Headline Karen Gamble                                  Magnolia Gazette
Honorable Mention Best Picture-Story Combination Lauchlin Fields        First Place Best Commentary Column Lamar Massingill
and Brian Loden                                                         Third Place Best Planned Series of Stories Guy Geller
Third Place Best Feature Photograph Bruce Newman                        Third Place Best Sports Action Photograph Wells Wilson
Third Place Best Picture-Story Combination Lucy Schultze and Bruce      Third Place Best Editorials Luke Lampton
Newman                                                                  Mississippi Business Journal
Third Place Best Sports Page or Section John Davis and Chris Kieffer    Third Place Best Editorial Cartoon Ricky Nobile
Honorable Mention Best General News Story Lucy Schultze                 North Mississippi Herald
                                                                        First Place Best General News Story William Browning
                                                                        First Place Best Feature Story William Browning
                                                                        Second Place Best Planned Series of Stories William Browning
                                                                        Petal News
                                                                        First Place Best Sports Action Photograph Kelli Mitchell
                                                                        First Place Personality Portrait Andrew Williams
                                                                        Second Place Best Front Page
                                                                        Second Place Best General Interest Column Tre’ Bischof
                                                                        Second Place Best Design
                                                                        Second Place Best Special Section or Issue
                                                                        Second Place Best Editorials Tre’ Bischof
                                                                        Second Place Best Headline Beth Bunch
                                                                        Third Place Best General News Story Andrew Williams
                                                                        Third Place Best Planned Series of Stories Andrew Williams
                                                                        Third Place Best Feature Story Dana Gower
                                                                        Honorable Mention Best Indepth/Investigative Coverage Andrew Wil-
                                                                        liams
                                                                        Simpson County News
                                                                        Second Place Best Sports Feature Allen Baswell
                                                                        Smith County Reformer
                                                                        Third Place Best Special Section or Issue Heath Walley
                                                                        Southern Advocate
                                                                        First Place Best Editorial Page(s) Gene Ladnier and Tina Campbell
                                                                        Second Place Best Indepth/Investigative Coverage Gene Ladnier
                                                                        Second Place Best Front Page Joyce Brock
                                                                        Second Place Best Design Tina Campbell
                                                                        Second Place Personality Portrait Gene Ladnier
                                                                        Second Place Best Special Section or Issue Tina Campbell, Gene Lad-
                                                                        nier and Jane Matthews
                                                                        Third Place Best General Interest Column Gene Ladiner
                                                                        Southern Sentinel
                                                                        First Place Best Spot News Story Hank Wiesner
                                                                        First Place Best Sports Feature Sean Smith and Tina Campbell
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First Place Best Front Page Tina Campbell, Hank Wiesner and Jessica       Second Place Best General News Photograph Theresa Tilghman
Davis                                                                     Second Place Best Pictorial Series in One Issue Natalie Perkins
First Place Best Design Tina Campbell                                     Second Place Best Editorial Page(s) Ray Mosby and Natalie Perkins
First Place Best Special Section or Issue Tina Campbell, Joyce Brock,     Third Place Best Indepth/Investigative Coverage Ray Mosby
Jane Matthews, Jessica Davis, Sean Smith, Hank Wiesner, Barbara Ste-      Third Place Best Design Natalie Perkins
verson, Deborah Hardin and Tim Watson                                     Third Place Best Sports Page or Section Ray Mosby and Natalie Per-
First Place Best Lifestyles Page or Section Tina Campbell and Jane Mat-   kins
thews                                                                     Honorable Mention Best General News Story Ray Mosby
Second Place Best General News Photograph Hank Wiesner                    The Democrat
Second Place Best Sports Feature Photograph Sean Smith                    Third Place Best Editorial Page(s) Melissa Turner and Joe Lee III
Second Place Best Feature Photograph Jane Matthews                        The Lamar Times
Second Place General Excellence                                           First Place Best Graphic Beth Bunch, Bill Benge and Dana Gower
Third Place Best Sports Feature Sean Smith and Tina Campbell              First Place Best Commentary Column Tre’ Bischof
Third Place Best Spot News Photograph Hank Wiesner                        Third Place Best Planned Series of Stories Dana Gower
Third Place Best Sports Feature Photograph Sean Smith                     The Leland Progress
Third Place Best Pictorial Series in One Issue Tina Campbell and Sean     Second Place Best Spot News Photograph Gaila Oliver
Smith                                                                     Third Place Best Pictorial Series in One Issue Billy Johnson
Third Place Personality Portrait Hank Wiesner                             Third Place Best Picture-Story Combination Billy Johnson
Third Place Best Editorial Page(s) Tina Campbell and Hank Wiesner         The Madison County Herald
Third Place Best Sports Page or Section Tina Campbell and Sean Smith      First Place Best Front Page
Third Place Best Editorials Hank Wiesner                                  First Place Best Sports Action Photograph Will Smith
The Amory Advertiser                                                      First Place Best Feature Photograph Will Smith
First Place Best Planned Series of Stories                                First Place Best Pictorial Series in One Issue Will Smith
Second Place Best Game Story Brandon Speck                                First Place Personality Portrait Will Smith
Second Place Best Sports Action Photograph Brandon Speck                  Second Place Best General News Photograph Will Smith
Second Place Best Sports Page or Section Brandon Speck and Heath          Second Place Best Pictorial Series in One Issue Will Smith
Fowler                                                                    Second Place Personality Portrait Will Smith
Third Place General Excellence                                            Second Place General Excellence
The Banner-Independent                                                    Third Place Best Sports Feature Martin Kester
First Place Best Indepth/Investigative Coverage Kenny Goode               Third Place Best Game Story Martin Kester
First Place Best Sports Feature Photograph Michael L. Miller              Third Place Best Sports Feature Photograph Will Smith
First Place Best Editorial Page(s) Kenny Goode                            Third Place Best Sports Action Photograph Will Smith
First Place General Excellence                                            Third Place Best Sports Column Martin Kester
Second Place Best Spot News Story Angela Storey                           The Magee Courier
Third Place Best Spot News Story Kenny Goode                              First Place Best Website
Third Place Best Commentary Column Kenny Goode                            Second Place Best General News Story Claire Auccoin
Third Place Best Feature Photograph Kenny Goode                           Second Place Best Sports Feature Clara Aucoin
The Calhoun County Journal                                                Second Place Best Feature Story Donna McLean
Second Place Best Picture-Story Combination Joel McNeece                  Second Place Best Editorial Page(s) Pat Brown
Third Place Best Picture-Story Combination Joel McNeece                   Second Place Best Lifestyles Page or Section Clara Aucoin
The Carthaginian                                                          Third Place Best Sports Action Photograph Clara Aucoin
First Place Best Picture-Story Combination Jacob Grimes                   Third Place Best Picture-Story Combination Clara Aucoin
Second Place Best Editorials                                              Third Place Best Headline Pat Brown
Third Place Best General News Story Waid Prather                          Honorable Mention Best Feature Story Donna McLean
Third Place Best Graphic Waid Prather                                     Honorable Mention Best Editorials Pat Brown
Third Place Best Spot News Photograph Waid Prather                        The Monitor-Herald
Third Place Best Headline Jacob O. Grimes                                 First Place Best Design
The Chickasaw Journal & Times-Post                                        First Place Best Special Section or Issue
First Place Best Planned Series of Stories                                Second Place Best Planned Series of Stories Mack Spenser
Second Place Best Game Story Adam Gore                                    Second Place Best Editorials Mack Spencer
Second Place Community Service                                            Second Place Best Headline Mack Spencer
Second Place Best Sports Action Photograph Lisa Voyles                    Third Place Best General News Story Mack Spenser
Second Place Best Sports Page or Section                                  Third Place Best Editorial Page(s) Mack Spencer
Third Place Best Sports News Story                                        Third Place General Excellence
Third Place Best General News Photograph Lisa Voyles                      Honorable Mention Best Planned Series of Stories Mack Spenser
Third Place Best Design                                                   The Neshoba Democrat
The Clarke County Tribune                                                 First Place Best Sports News Story Steve Swogetinsky
First Place Best Pictorial Series in One Issue Jennifer Bozeman, Cindy    First Place Best Editorial Page(s) Jim Prince
Baxley and Carver Rayburn                                                 First Place Best Editorials Jim Prince
The Columbian Progress                                                    Second Place Best Spot News Story Debbie Burt Myers
First Place Best Sports Feature Mona Moore                                Second Place Best Sports News Story Debbie Burt Myers
First Place Best General News Photograph Mona Moore                       Third Place Best Spot News Story Debbie Burt Myers and Jim Prince
Second Place Best Special Section or Issue Don Hill and Mona Moore        Third Place Best Feature Photograph Wright GrifÀs
Second Place Best Sports Column Mona Moore                                Third Place Best Website
Second Place Best Website                                                 Honorable Mention Best Planned Series of Stories Steven Watson and
Third Place Best General Interest Column Don Hill                         Andrew Ujifusa
Third Place Best General News Photograph Don Hill                         Honorable Mention Community Service
Honorable Mention Best Front Page Don Hill and Mona Moore                 The Northside Sun
Honorable Mention Best Special Section or Issue                           Second Place Best Editorial Page(s) Wyatt Emmerich
The Deer Creek Pilot                                                      Third Place Best Feature Story Anthony Warren
First Place Best General News Story Ray Mosby and Natalie Perkins         The Panolian
First Place Best Spot News Story Ray Mosby                                First Place Best Headline Billy Davis
First Place Best General Interest Column Ray Mosby                        First Place Best Sports Column Myra Bean
First Place Best Feature Story Natalie Perkins                            Second Place Best Graphic Cassie White
First Place Best Editorials Ray Mosby                                     Second Place Best Spot News Photograph John Howell, Sr.
First Place General Excellence                                            Second Place Best Lifestyles Page or Section Rita Howell
Second Place Best Commentary Column Ray Mosby                             The Pontotoc Progress
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First Place Community Service                                             Dunlap
Second Place Best Planned Series of Stories Brenda Owen                   The Winona Times
Second Place Best General Interest Column Brenda Owen                     First Place Best General Interest Column Amanda Sexton
Second Place Best Headline Brenda Owens                                   First Place Best Feature Photograph Amanda Sexton
Honorable Mention Best Sports News Story Tim Tutor                        Third Place Best Indepth/Investigative Coverage
The Rankin County News                                                    The Yazoo Herald
Honorable Mention Best Feature Story Charles Bailey                       First Place Best Commentary Column Jason Patterson
The Rankin Record                                                         First Place Best General News Photograph Jamie Patterson
First Place Best Feature Story Dale Rose                                  First Place Best Editorials Jason Patterson
Second Place Best Commentary Column Tim Beeland                           Second Place Best Spot News Photograph Thomas Wetzel
Third Place Best Lifestyles Page or Section Tim Beeland                   Second Place Personality Portrait Jamie Patterson
The Scott County Times                                                    Third Place Best Game Story Joffree Washington
First Place Best Spot News Story Chris Allen Baker and Tami K. Phillips   Third Place Best Front Page Jason Patterson
First Place Best General Interest Column Brian Blackley
First Place Best Special Section or Issue
Second Place Best Sports Feature Chris Allen Baker
Second Place Best Design
Third Place Best Sports News Story Chris Allen Baker
Third Place Best Sports Page or Section Chris Allen Baker
The Sea Coast Echo
First Place Best Spot News Photograph Dwayne Bremer
Second Place Best General News Story Anthony Jones
Third Place Best Indepth/Investigative Coverage Dwayne Bremer
Third Place Best Front Page Geoff Belcher
Third Place Community Service
Honorable Mention Best General News Story Dwayne Bremer
Honorable Mention Best Spot News Story Dwayne Bremer
The South Reporter
First Place Best Game Story Barry Burleson
First Place Best Sports Feature Photograph Ronnie Day
The Star-Herald
First Place Best Sports Page or Section
The Sun-Sentinel
First Place Best Sports News Story Clay McFerrin
First Place Best Game Story Clay McFerrin
First Place Best Spot News Photograph Clay McFerrin
First Place Best Picture-Story Combination Clay McFerrin
First Place Best Sports Page or Section Clay McFerrin
First Place Best Headline Clay McFerrin
Second Place Best Indepth/Investigative Coverage Clay McFerrin
Second Place Best Sports News Story Clay McFerrin
Second Place Best Commentary Column Clay McFerrin
Second Place Best Pictorial Series in One Issue Clay McFerrin
Second Place Best Picture-Story Combination Clay McFerrin
Third Place Best General Interest Column Clay McFerrin
Third Place General Excellence
Honorable Mention Best Editorial Page(s) Clay McFerrin
The Tunica Times
First Place Best Spot News Photograph Peter Thomas
Second Place Best General News Story Meg Coker
Second Place Best Sports News Story Peter Thomas
Second Place Best General Interest Column Ellen Sharpe
Second Place Best Feature Story Peter Thomas
Second Place Best Feature Photograph Meg Coker
Third Place Best Spot News Photograph Peter Thomas
Third Place Best Feature Photograph Peter Thomas
Third Place Best Headline Meg Coker
The Union Appeal
First Place Best Indepth/Investigative Coverage Bill Graham
First Place Best Planned Series of Stories Ed Inman and Jack Tannehill
First Place Best Game Story Marty Stamper
First Place Best General News Photograph Jack Tannehill
First Place Best Sports Page or Section Marty Stamper
First Place Best Sports Feature Marty Stamper
Second Place Best Spot News Story Bill Graham
Second Place Best Sports Action Photograph Marty Stamper
Third Place Best Spot News Story Bill Graham
Third Place Best Front Page Bill Graham
Third Place Best Commentary Column Ralph Gordon
Third Place Best Special Section or Issue Marty Stamper
Honorable Mention Best Spot News Story Jack Tannehill
The Wayne County News
First Place Best Lifestyles Page or Section
Second Place Best Indepth/Investigative Coverage Sean Dunlap
Third Place Best Commentary Column Paul Keane
Third Place Best Special Section or Issue
Honorable Mention Best Sports Page or Section Paul Keane and Sean
2007 BETTER NEWSPAPER CONTEST
                        Editorial Division


           J . O L I V E R E M M E R I C H
 E   D I T O R I A L E X C E L L E N C E A W A R D


                                               A system shock
                                             Charges against Scruggs, others
                                              are the height of abuse if true
                                                                        favor in a lawsuit filed by a


                                    I
                                           n all criminal cases,
                                           there’s a legal presump-     Jackson law firm saying they
                                           tion of innocence. Nev-      were stiffed by Scruggs on
                                           ertheless, the bribery       fees due them for work on
                                     charges against Mississippi’s      Hurricane Katrina cases. All
                                     highest-profile lawyer,            the defendants say they are
                                     Richard “Dickie” Scruggs,          innocent, but the evidence
                                     and four other Northeast           in the indictment – if it
                                     Mississippians are profound-       stands – gives the govern-
                                     ly disturbing.                     ment a strong place to start
                                        Scruggs, a hero to some         in its prosecution.
                                     and a scoundrel to others             If true, the charges reflect
                                     long before his indictment         an unconscionable cynicism
                                                                        and abuse of the legal sys-
                                     last week, is a major national
                                                                        tem for personal advantage
                                     player in the high-stakes
                                                                        and financial gain. The alle-
                                     realm of corporate and class-
                                                                        gations outlined in the in-
                                     action litigation. His defend-
                                                                        dictment are not simply per-
                                     ers say he’s protecting the lit-
                                                                        sonal and individual crimi-
                                     tle guy and holding big busi-      nality; they are direct attacks
                                     ness accountable. His de-          on the integrity and viability
                                     tractors say he’s an un-           of a system that all citizens
                                     scrupulous bully interested        yearn to believe operates
                                     only in amassing wealth and        with honesty, fairness and
                                     power.                             objectivity.
                                        Whatever the perspective           Inevitably there will be
                                     on Scruggs, the charges            some who believe that
                                     against him, his son Zach          Scruggs’ troubles have been
                     Lloyd           Scruggs, firm member Sid-
                                     ney Backstrom, New Albany
                                                                        orchestrated by his many
                                                                        political and corporate ene-
                                     attorney Tim Balducci and          mies. But perhaps tellingly,
                      Gray           former state Auditor Steve
                                     Patterson – who although
                                     not an attorney is in partner-
                                                                        this case isn’t about a battle
                                                                        with those; it’s about divid-
                                                                        ing the payoff from big cases
                                     ship with Balducci – strike at     among lawyers, and Scruggs’
                                     the heart of our justice sys-      alleged determination to
                                     tem.                               keep more for himself.
                       Editor           Public confidence in the           The defense still must be

        Northeast Mississippi
                                     integrity of that system is es-    heard. There is always anoth-
                                     sential to its long-term effec-    er side in every legal pro-
                                     tiveness. Attempting to bribe      ceeding.
                Daily Journal        a judge in search of a favor-         But in the end, if the alle-
                                     able judicial outcome is           gations are proven true in
                                     about as ethically reprehensi-     court, there’s no shifting the
                                     ble as it gets.                    blame elsewhere – however
                                        The federal indictment          many enemies wish Scruggs
                                     lays out in excruciating de-       and his cohorts ill.
                                     tail, complete with seeming-
                                     ly damning conversational          To join an online discussion of this
                                     tidbits, a scheme to get Cir-      topic, log on to www.djournal.com, or
                                     cuit Judge Henry Lackey to         respond at opinion@djournal.com for
                                     rule in the Scruggs’ firm’s        publication as a letter to the editor.

				
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